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Suggestions for New Books

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Re: Suggestions for New Books

Postby Senarmont198 » July 25th, 2015, 2:21 pm

Try Napoleonic Uniforms, four volumes, by John Elting. It's expensive, but worth it. The first two volumes are on the Grande Armee; Volume III on French allies, and Volume IV on French enemies. Volume IV has 39 plates on the Russians.
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Re: Suggestions for New Books

Postby Andrew » July 25th, 2015, 2:27 pm

The Ospreys is where I would first direct people; but if you have these (and a considerable amount of cash to spend!!!) you could try the Volumes 1 and 2 of Napoleonic Uniforms, edited by Elting, illustrated by Knotel and published by Macmillan/Greenhill. The illustrations are excellent, the full range of French uniforms are covered and they are both hefty tomes. £300 or so for both volumes second hand on abebooks. :o

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Re: Suggestions for New Books

Postby Darren_M789 » July 25th, 2015, 2:41 pm

Hi

Thanks guys sound great however the price may be prohibitive ha ha!!

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Re: Suggestions for New Books

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » July 26th, 2015, 1:25 pm

john(txic) wrote:British artillery for me, please.


Would Nick Lipscombe's Wellington's Gunners fit the bill? viewtopic.php?f=41&t=1582

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Re: Suggestions for New Books

Postby Senarmont198 » July 26th, 2015, 5:55 pm

You have to be somewhat discriminating with Ospreys. Some are excellent and works of scholarship. Some are not. The best I've found overall with an emphasis on the Napoleonic period are those by Rene Chartrand. Next are those by Ron Pawly. To my mind all others should be judged against these of excellent and high quality and reliability.
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Re: Suggestions for New Books

Postby Digby » December 29th, 2017, 3:15 am

There are quite a few books I'd like to see on Waterloo.

But here are my three top priorities

A 2nd revised edition of Scott Bowden's Armies at Waterloo.
It has the most comprehensive orders of battle on the Waterloo campaign.
But it has quite a few anomalies and omissions that could be tidied up

A Waterloo Campaign Companion by Mark Adkins.
His excellent Waterloo book only covers the battle of Waterloo.
This new Companion would cover Quatre Bras, Ligny and Wavre.

Forwards Mein Children
Blüchers Cavalry at Waterloo by Paul L Dawson
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Re: Suggestions for New Books

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » December 29th, 2017, 11:10 am

Very pleased to see that Mark Adkins has expanded his Companion. That's an excellent book and I expect the additions are just as good. Has anyone read them yet?

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Re: Suggestions for New Books

Postby Senarmont198 » December 29th, 2017, 2:08 pm

The Waterloo Companion is a very nice coffee table book, but the sources are limited and the material on artillery is inadequate to say the least.

I have it and have had it for some years. I would neither recommend it nor use it as a source in writing anything historical on Waterloo.
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Re: Suggestions for New Books

Postby jasonubych » December 30th, 2017, 11:41 am

Hi all,

I hope this is of interest, "The Life of Roderick Innes"
It covers a large part of the 78th's early period in in India and Java but for me it especially of interest as he came from my home town of Tain. Roderick lived to collect his medals and still has relatives in the North East who sent me the link.
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=MWj ... es&f=false

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Re: Suggestions for New Books

Postby Andrew » December 30th, 2017, 5:33 pm

Digby wrote: Forwards Mein Children
Blüchers Cavalry at Waterloo by Paul L Dawson


I'm sure there is plenty more to come from Prussian sources; well beyond their cavalry. Although I am not sure if much/any of it will change our understanding of the battle. We just need someone with the right language skills to get this moving! I think Paul would offer that his strength lies with French!! I think you will need to start up a petition to send to John Franklin who is one of those sickening [!] people who is multi-lingual(sorry John!).

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