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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
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19th Century

1-66633 Alcala, Cesar illust by Ferrer Dalmau 2ND GUERRE CARLISTA:Guerre De Los Matiners 1846-49 'Osprey' type book with (8) color plates with several figures per plate, many b/w illust/maps, covers the battles/campaigns. 1 vol, 102 pgs 2007 SPAIN, ALMENA EDICIONES
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1-66635 Alcala, Cesar illust by Ferrer Dalmau 3RD GUERRE CARLISTA:Guerre De Los Matiners 1873-74 'Osprey' type book with (8) color plates with several figures per plate, many b/w illust/maps, covers the battles/campaigns. 1 vol, 102 pgs 2007 SPAIN, ALMENA EDICIONES
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1-57360 Allen, William and Muratoff, Paul CAUCASIAN BATTLEFIELDS:Turco-Caucasian 1828-1921 The most important English language study of the Military Operations between Russia and Turkey, it covers every major campaign, (39) maps, (8) plates extensive biblio and chpt. notes, index. 1 vol, 636 pgs 1999 NASHVILLE, BATTERY PRESS
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1-47780 Anglesey, Marquess of ONE LEG:Life & Letters of Henry William Paget Born before the French Revolution he was one of Wellington's better Cavalry leaders, a must read for any student of Napoleonic Cavalry Tactics, b/w illust. 1 vol, 432 pgs 1996 LONDON, LEO COOPER BOOKS
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1-78480 anon ALLIED OCCUPATION OF VERA CRUZ, MEXICO 1861-1862 Compiled from the Official British Reports/Letters; O/B's, naval lists. 1 vol, 72 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-209140 Babac, Dusan THE SERBIAN ARMY in the Wars for Independence Against Turkey 1876-1878 The Wars for Independence, also called the First and the Second Serbo-Turkish Wars 1876-1878, were the first military conflicts in the modern history of the Serbian state, after which the Principality of Serbia gained full independence at the Berlin Congress., There are many written sources concerning the wars of 1876-78. Some of them date from between 1877 to the lull between two world wars, and some many years later. Nevertheless, the fact is that today this bright period of Serbian history is almost forgotten.

This book offers to a very thorough analysis of the Serbian Army of the period, its organization, participation in military operations, weapons, equipment, uniforms, and the system of orders and medals that had just been introduced. It is a synthesis of all available literature, published for the first time in the English language, and contains extensive visual material and photographs, including color uniform plates, contemporary paintings, portraits and photographs and many color photographs of preserved artifacts and documents. A special emphasis is placed on the colorful aspects of Serbian uniforms from the epoch.

After the Crimean War, when photographers were reporting from the field of military conflict for the first time, coverage of the American Civil War and Franco-Prussian War followed, as did the Balkan wars of 1876-78. This book offers remarkable photographs of the time, showing all manner of aspects of the Serbian campaigns, including uniforms, military formations, artillery, telegraphs, liberated towns, and wounded soldiers. It is up to readers to open the book, and enter into this unknown and unexpected territory. Includes 300 color and b/w illustrations. 1 vol, 200 pgs 2015 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-81330 Brett, Edward M. BRITISH AUXILIARY LEGION IN THE FIRST CARLIST WAR Outside of Spain, the 1st Carlist War 1835-1838 isleast remembered; the 10,000 British Legion ofIrish & English Regts fought for Queen Isabella &contributing to eventual victory, biblio, index. 1 vol, 240 pgs 2003 IRELAND, FOUR COURT PRESS
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1-190060 Cairns, Conrad FIRST CARLIST WAR, THE:A Military History 1833-40 Both a history and uniform guide. 1 vol, 104 pgs 2009 UK, PERRY MINIATURES
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1-80740 Chaffin, Tom FATAL GLORY The story of Narciso Lopez & the First ClandestineUS War against Cuba; between 1849 & 1851 Lopeztried five times to overthrow the Spanish, b/willust, chpt notes, biblio, index. 1 vol, 282 pgs 1996 US, UNIV OF VIRGINIA
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2-81810 Cooper, Randolf G.S. ANGLO-MARATHA CAMPAIGNS AND THE CONTEST FOR INDIA The author explains the British struggle for the control of the South Asia Military Economy. Includes chapters on Maratha Military, Deccan Campaign 1803, and Hindustan Campaign 1803. Includes b/w maps, appendices, bibliography, and index. 1 vol, 456 pgs 2014 LONDON, CAMBRIDGE UNIV
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1-72680 Elleman, Bruce MODERN CHINESE WARFARE:1800-1999 Why did the Chinese empire collapse? The author seeks to answer by exploring the last 200 years of Chinese Conflict, b/w illust/maps, biblio, index. 1 vol, 376 pgs 2001 LONDON, ROUTLEDGE PRESS
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1-203530 Felton, Mark CHINA STATION: The British Military in the Middle Kingdom 1839 - 1997 Felton sets out to demonstrate that the British military has been at the forefront of many of the great changes that have swept China over the last two centuries.

He devotes chapters to the various wars, military adventures, and rebellions that regularly punctuated Sino-British relationships since the 1st Opium War 1839-1842. This classic example of Imperial intervention saw the establishment of Hong Kong and Shanghai as key trading centers. The Second Opium War and the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions saw the advancement of British influence despite determined but unsuccessful efforts by the Chinese to loosen the grip of Western domination. The Royal Navy's might ensured that, by 'gunboat diplomacy,' trading rights and new posts were established and great fortunes made.

But in the 1940s the British grossly underestimated Japanese military might and intentions with disastrous results. After WWII, the British returned to find that the Americans had supplanted them. The Communists' victory in the Civil War sealed British and Western fates and, while Hong Kong remained under British control until 1997, the end of British rule was almost inevitable. But the handover was a masterly piece of pragmatic capitalism and the former Colony remains an economic powerhouse with strong British influence. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2013 UK, PEN and SWORD
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1-196700 Fermer, Douglas FRANCE AT BAY 1870-1871: The Struggle for Paris The Franco-Prussian War did not end with the catastrophic French defeat at Sedan on 1 September 1870 when an entire French army surrendered, the Emperor Napoleon III was captured and his regime collapsed. The war went on for another five agonizing months, and resolved itself into a contest for Paris - for while Paris held out, France was undefeated.

The story of this dramatic final phase of the Franco-Prussian War is the subject of Douglas Fermer's masterly account, the sequel to his Sedan 1870. He weaves this story of military victory and defeat into a gripping narrative and it sets the extraordinary events of nearly 150 years ago in the wider context of European history. Includes 16 pages of b/w plates. 1 vol, 280 pgs 2011 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-195540 Fletcher, John Adventures of the British & Irish Legions in South America 1817-1824 Gamers Guide and Sourcebook, full color, 12 scenarios, and 20 unit uniform illustrations. 1 vol, 72 pgs 2011 US, GRENADIER PRODUCTIONS
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1-197520 Heath, Ian JAPAN AND KOREA This volume provides a detailed study of the astonishing reinvention of the Empire of Japan during the 19th century as it emerged from 200 years of self-imposed isolation to become a military superpower. As late as the 1850s the country remained technologically and militarily stagnant, but within just 40 years - in what must rank as the most rapid and comprehensive cultural transformation in world history - it had managed not only to absorb and successfully imitate several hundred years of Western technological progress, but had become one of the late Victorian world's top ten military powers.

During the same timeframe it also embraced the concept of colonialism, and with its invasion of China in 1894 and virtual occupation of Korea soon after took its first fateful steps along a road that would lead, with horrible inevitability, to head-on collision with the Allies in World War Two.

The evolution of its army, arms, uniforms and tactics during the 19th century are all covered, from samurai armor to Western uniforms, and from Katana to Krupps. Korea, by contrast, participated only reluctantly in military modernization, and adopted a limited program of reform only under foreign pressure - especially Japanese, but also American, Russian and Chinese - in the closing decades of the century. Such reforms as the country attempted nevertheless proved too little and too late, and were insufficient to prevent Korea becoming first a puppet state and then a colony of its maritime neighbor. The final part of the book comprises a detailed index for the five volumes of the series published thus far. 1 vol, 176 pgs 2011 UK, FOUNDRY
NEW-hardcover, available late January 2012 ......$63.00 with a discount of 15%

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1-56791 Heath, Ian ARMIES OF THE 19TH CENTURY:V1 Central Asia and the Himalayan Kingdoms 8.25x12, organization, tactics, dress and weapons of Central Asia and the Himalayan Kingdoms. 1 vol, 160 pgs 2000 UK, THE FOUNDRY
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1-56793 Heath, Ian ARMIES OF THE 19TH CENTURY: Vol. 3 India's NE Frontier 8.25x12, organization, tactics, dress and weapons of India's North East Frontier. The 'northeast frontier' of British India comprised what is now northwestern Burma, Assam and northeastern India. This relatively small area was made up of hills and almost impenetrable jungle and contained a remarkable number of warring tribes. Ian Heath has assembled 125 drawings, 52 other illustrations and 9 maps to chronicle this colorful but little-known part of the colonial world. This quality European hardcover has a gold-embossed cloth cover rather than an American style dust jacket. 1 vol, 160 pgs 2000 UK, THE FOUNDRY
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1-63850 Hill, Richard and Hogg, Peter BLACK CORPS d'ELITE, A For several years, the armies of Napoleon III deployed some 450 Muslim Sudanese slave soldiers in Veracruz, the port of Mexico City. As in the other case of Western hemisphere military slavery (the West India Regiments, a British unit in existence 1795-1815), the Sudanese were imported from Africa in the hopes that they would better survive the tropical diseases that so terribly afflicted European soldiers.

In both cases, the Africans did indeed fulfill these expectations. The mixture of cultures embodied by this event has piqued the interest of several historians, so it is by no means unknown. Hill and Hogg provide a particularly thorough account of this exotic interlude, explaining its background, looking in detail at the battle record in Mexico, and figuring out who exactly made up the battalion. Much in their account is odd and interesting, for example, the Sudanese superiority to Austrian troops and their festive nine-day spree in Paris on the emperor's tab.

The authors also assess the episode's longer-term impact on the Sudan, showing that the veterans of Mexico, having learnt much from their extended exposure to French military practices, rose quickly in the ranks, then taught these methods to others. 1 vol, 214 pgs 2000 LANSING, MICHIGAN STATE
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1-192890 Hughes, Ben CONQUER OR DIE! Wellington's Veterans and the Liberation of the New World In the aftermath of Waterloo, over 6,000 British volunteers sailed across the Atlantic to aid Simon Bolivar in his liberation of Gran Columbia from her oppressors in Madrid. The expeditions were plagued with disaster from the start, one ship sank shortly after leaving Portsmouth with the loss of almost 200 lives.

Those who reached the New World faced disease, wild animals, mutiny, and desertion. Conditions on campaign were appalling, massacres were commonplace, rations crude, pay infrequent, and supplies insufficient. Nevertheless, those who endured made key contributions to Bolivar's success. 1 vol, 392 pgs 2010 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-50550 Lucas, Ray RUSSO-TURKISH WAR 1877-78 5.5x8, troop types, b/w drawings/maps, o/b's of the Russian, Romanian and Turkish armies. 1 vol, 48 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-206530 McCullough, Joseph STEAMPUNK SOLDIERS: Uniforms & Weapons from the Age of Steam In the sci-fi genre of Steampunk...

Between 1887 and 1895, the British art student Miles Vandercroft traveled around the world, sketching and painting the soldiers of the countries through which he passed. In this age of dramatic technological advancement, Vandercroft was fascinated by how the rise of steam technology at the start of the American Civil War had transformed warfare and the role of the fighting man.

This volume collects all of Vandercroft's surviving paintings, along with his associated commentary on the specific military units he encountered. It is a unique pictorial guide to the last great era of bright and colorful uniforms, as well as an important historical study of the variety of steam-powered weaponry and equipment that abounded in the days before the Great War of the Worlds.

Includes: The Great Powers: Great Britain, French Republic, German Empire, Empire of All Russias, Austria-Hungary, The Union, The Confederacy, Kingdom of Italy, and Japan; and the Minor Powers: Balkans, Southern Europe, Northern Europe, Americas, and Asia. 1 vol, 156 pgs 2014 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-83330 Mugnai, B. SOLDIERS & UNIFORMS OF LUCCESI 1799-1847 9x12, history of this city states uniforms, flags, and equipment, b/w & color illust. 1 vol, 475 pgs 2006 ITALY, ITALIAN GOVT PRESS
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1-53520 Penhall, compiler BATTLE OF OSTROLENKA, THE:May 26th 1831 Two eyewitness accounts, one Russian & one Polish highlight this account of the major battle of the Polish revolution of 1830-1831, Napoleonic tactics, o/b's, c/c bios, small biblio. 1 vol, 48 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-44780 Pitre, Brigadier K.G. SECOND ANGLO MARATHA WAR, 1802-1805 Account of the systematic and defeat in detail of the Marathas, twelve b/w maps, good biblio. 1 vol, 244 pgs 1990 INDIA, DASTANE RAMHANDRA
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1-66013 Porch, Douglas WAR OF EMPIRE Part of the Cassell 'History of Warfare' series, 1 vol, 224 pgs 2000 UK, CASSELL COMPANY
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1-198030 Poulter, Ron SABRES ACROSS THE PAMPAS: The Argentian Indian Wars Numerous black and white photos throughout plus 24 detailed color plates by author.

This book shows the dress and uniforms worn by the opposing forces in what could be called 'The Wild West of Argentina.' This was a long drawn out conflict against the Indian tribes, who fearlessly for centuries resisted, first the Spanish and later Argentinian domination.

This work brings to the English speaking world for the first time, the colorful dresses worn by the many Indian tribes in this bloody war. The Indians wore a variety of costumes such as: animal hides and feathers right up to chain mail and other armor. It also shows the uniforms worn by the many armies and militias sent against these defiant tribes. The soldiers wore a variety of colorful uniforms along with the indigenous dress. Also shown are; loyal Indian Corps, Italian Bersaglieri, and naval dress.

The Indian wars of North America have been covered extensively in hundreds of books but the Indian wars in South America have been sadly neglected. Ron's work rectifies this omission with his book which contains 24 color plates of his original artwork, showing the colorful figures which took part in both sides of the conflict, never seen before outside South America. Complementing this there are approximately 160 color and black and white pictures of contemporary drawings and paintings, also included are the works of early photographers who accompany the army on the later campaigns, these show the officers and men, Indians, uniforms, dress, arms, equipment etc.

Ron has worked from the contemporary Spanish sources, books, journals, diaries, official documents and dress regulations of the participants of the war. This book will be of great interest to the growing readers of South American Military History and Uniforms. 1 vol, 176 pgs 2012 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-198710 Puliafito, Cesar THE ITALIAN LEGION BAHIA BLANCA 1856: The Forgotten Front of the Risorgimento The arrival in 1856 of the 'Legion Agricultural Italian Military' in Bahia Blanca, south of the province of Buenos Aires, more than 11,000 kilometers from Italy, meant that this distant frontier country overhaul its cultural and economic. Across the ocean the legionaries of the young Colonel Silvino Abruzzo Olivieri is proposed, in an operation organized by Mazzini and Garibaldi, to join the effort to liberate and unite Italy.

Through extensive documentation, in part unpublished, the author attempts to answer several questions: why it has come to today's distorted image Silvino Olivieri? As the Count Cavour interfered in the management of Oliver? What were the means at the disposal of the military organization? What were the uniforms? As the population survived the 1859 Indium assault? Because after the unification of Italy most of the legionaries remained in Bah 1 vol, 255 pgs 2012 ITALY
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1-54490 Rothenberg, Gunther ARMY OF FRANCIS JOSEPH, THE Critical study of the army of Austro-Hungary from1815-1918, the author provides a breakdown ofnational divisions & comments on organiaztion,training, arms etc, extensive source/notes, index. 1 vol, 298 pgs 1999 LAFAYETTE, PURDUE UNIV
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1-66980 Roubicek, M. OTTOMAN NAVY (10) illust 1 vol, 38 pgs 1980 JERUSALEM, FRANCISCAN PRS
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1-208300 Rumsby, John H. DISCIPLINE, SYSTEM AND STYLE: The Sixteenth Lancers and British Soldiering in India 1822-1846 The 16th Lancers already had a long and distinguished history when they sailed for India in 1822. Over the next 24 years they fought in four wars, most famously in the Sutlej campaign against the Sikhs. The Battle of Aliwal, in January 1846, is still celebrated by the successor regiment of the British Army. In their peacetime life in India, the 16th sometimes enjoyed their exotic surroundings, but also endured the perils of a tropical climate - the regiment lost far more men due to disease than in battle. Includes 26 b/w illustrations and maps.

This book examines in detail what regimental soldiering was like in India in those years. It draws on an unprecedented range of sources, most of them previously unpublished. Aside from the official archives, the story is enlivened by a rich collection of journals, letters and diaries left by the officers and men.

An important feature of the book is the detailed roll of every officer and man who served in the 16th in the Sutlej. This provides a unique profile of the ranks at Aliwal: where they came from, what skills they brought to the army, why they enlisted, and what happened to them in their army career and afterwards. Some surprising results have been revealed: the high rate of literacy, the high suicide rates, and the proportion of men who stayed on in India when their regiment returned home. The officers were highly experienced and professional, in stark contrast to the amateur attitudes of their fellows in the Crimea.

All aspects of regimental soldiering are examined - command, uniforms and weapons, horses, training and medical services, but also how the men lived and played (the Sixteenth's theater was famous). Many officers and men were from army families, and the period covered shows soldiers' sons growing up in the regiment and often reaching high rank.

This unique 'social history' approach to the study of a British regiment will appeal to a wide audience; not only to students and academic staff studying military and social history, but also to students of Indian history, and to family historians with army ancestors. The account of the Sutlej campaign is relevant to the worldwide Sikh community. The nominal roll of the regiment will be appreciated by medal collectors, for whom an 'Aliwal' medal to the regiment has a special allure. The successor regiment of the Sixteenth Lancers is again serving in Afghanistan, so that this book has a topical resonance. 1 vol, 352 pgs 2015 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-72390 Schorr, Dan & Starnes Eric POLISH-LITHUANIAN COMMONWEALTH ARMIES: 1792-94 Covers the uniform detail, organization, (4) pages of color flags, (8) page appendix of unit strength for 1792-1794, (5) page appendix of unit commanders, b/w illust, biblio. 1 vol, 64 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-63350 Silverstone, Paul H. SAILING NAVY 1775-1854, THE Complete compilation from the Revolution to the Mexican War, covers the great lakes vessels and the Texas Navy along with US deep sea vessels, actions fought, biblio, index 1 vol, 144 pgs 2000 ANNAPOLIS, US NAVAL INST
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1-195780 Smaldone, Joseph Warfare in the Sokoto Caliphate The successful jihad of 1804 in Hausaland -- perhaps the most important Islamic revolution in West African history, with consequences still apparent in Nigeria today -- resulted in the establishment of the Sokoto Caliphate, the largest and most enduring West African polity in the 19th century. The book is a full length study of traditional military history, and an authoritative analysis of warfare in its most prominent Islamic state.

After a brief survey of the evolution of warfare and military organization before 1800, Dr. Smaldone examines the historical development and sociological implications of the two important revolutions in military technology which occurred in the 19th century: the adoption of cavalry during the jihad period and the introduction of firearms in the latter half of the century. He argues that these two revolutions were causal factors in producing two structural transformations in the emirates of the Caliphate, first from relatively egalitarian combatant communities to feudal systems, and then to centralized bureaucratic state organizations.
1 vol, 244 pgs 2011 UK, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
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1-207890 Somogyi, Gyozo ROYAL HUNGARIAN DEFENCE FORCES 1868 - 1914 Hungarian military uniforms 1868-1914

Very little text. Cover-to-cover color illustrations with captions in Hungarian and English. Series presents the military culture, weaponry, and warfare spanning various historical periods. 1 vol, 92 pgs 2014 HUNGARY
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1-191260 Spiers, Edward SCOTTISH SOLDIER AND EMPIRE 1854-1902, THE The author reflects upon the iconic role of the Scottish soldier as an empire builder. It examines his role through letters, diaries and the press. B/w illust/maps, biblio, index. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2006 UK, EDINBURG UNIV PRESS
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1-83990 Troiani, Don DON TROIANI'S AMERICAN BATTLES 1754-1865 9x12, lavishly illustrated with full-color artwork, some of which can be found only in private hands; 172+ color paintings, 50+ color photos, from the F&I Wars to the ACW, must have for old and new fans. A few color images in front from F&I War: Brit 44th Regt Grenadier 1755, US VA Regt 1754, Black Watch 1759, Eastern Woodland Indian 1755-80 (generic it seems). Battle of Bushy Run Aug 6 1763. And then it goes into American Revolution with 31 color uniform plates. Rest is lots and lots of American Civil War uniform/battle plates. 1 vol, 264 pgs 2006 US, STACKPOLE BOOKS
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2-83990 Troiani, Don DON TROIANI'S AMERICAN BATTLES 1754-1865 Oversized at 9x12 inches, and lavishly illustrated with full-color artwork, some of which can be found only in private hands -- 172 color paintings and 50+ color photos covers the French & Indian Wars to the American Cicil War.

In the front: A few color images from F&I War: Brit 44th Regt Grenadier 1755, US VA Regt 1754, Black Watch 1759, Eastern Woodland Indian 1755-80 (generic it seems), and the Battle of Bushy Run Aug 6 1763. And then it goes into American Revolution with 31 color uniform plates. Rest is lots and lots of American Civil War uniform/battle plates. 1 vol, 264 pgs 2013 US, STACKPOLE BOOKS
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1-202760 Victor, Maria Paez LIBERTY OR DEATH! - The Life and Campaigns of Richard L. Vowell: British Legionnaire and Commander - Hero and Patriot of the Americas This is the story of Richard Longfield Vowell, an audacious and intrepid young English adventurer who abandoned his studies at Oxford in 1817 to fight against the Spanish Empire that had ruled Latin America for 300 years. It is also the story of the little known British Legion, formed of English and Irish volunteers, which became an integral part of Simon Bolivar's patriot army. The British Legion played a crucial role in training the patriot forces to face Spanish troops battle-hardened in the Peninsular Wars.

With the words 'Liberty or Death!' emblazoned on a black banner, Bolivar set out to liberate Venezuela, and indeed, South America. For the bold and the idealistic, his quest was the stuff of dreams, and in England, there had never before been such intense interest in the destiny of the Spanish colonies. Bolivar's exploits were reported assiduously in the English press, so much so that the Spanish authorities called it 'a South American mania.'

Bolivar lacked a modern army and with England awash with officers and soldiers demobilized from the Peninsular Wars, he took the opportunity to obtain campaign-seasoned fighting men. So it was that in distant Venezuela, Vowell and fewer than 2,000 other British volunteers distinguished themselves in battle.

In Chile, there was a desperate need for a navy to counter Spanish warships and so Bernardo O'Higgins sought British officers to help form the celebrated First Chilean Squadron. Richard Vowell was recruited by the British naval hero, Admiral Lord Thomas Cochrane, to sail with the Chilean Squadron, and he became Commander of the Infantry Marines. He took part in the final naval battle that vanquished forever the Spanish Navy in the Americas.

After the wars in Latin America ended, Vowell returned to England and wrote a seminal book on the campaigns in Venezuela, New Grenada and the Pacific Ocean. Though not well known in the English-speaking world, he is considered to be a heroic figure and an insightful historian among Latin American scholars who frequently cite his work.

This important first biography is based on extensive research undertaken in three continents. It uncovers information previously unknown about Vowell's exciting life and daring exploits - from his birth in a genteel English country town, to his campaigns in the far-off Americas, and to his period in the harsh landscape of Australia, where he confronted another empire and was subsequently and unjustly imprisoned on a remote Pacific island from which he made a dramatic escape.

This absorbing account sheds light on a lost but fascinating episode of British endeavor and valor and its contribution to the shaping of the modern Americas. 1 vol, 192 pgs 2013 US, TATTERED FLAG
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1-207020 Victor, Maria Paez LIBERTY OR DEATH! The Life and Campaigns of Richard L. Vowell: British Legionnnaire and Commander - Hero and Patriot of the Americas Bio of Richard Longfield Vowell, an audacious and intrepid young English adventurer who abandoned his studies at Oxford in 1817 to fight against the Spanish Empire that had ruled Latin America for 300 years. It is also the story of the little known British Legion, formed of English and Irish volunteers, which became an integral part of Simon Bolivar's patriot army. The British Legion played a crucial role in training the patriot forces to face Spanish troops battle-hardened in the Peninsular Wars.

With the words 'Liberty or Death!' emblazoned on a black banner, Bolivar set out to liberate Venezuela, and indeed, South America. For the bold and the idealistic, his quest was the stuff of dreams, and in England, there had never before been such intense interest in the destiny of the Spanish colonies. Bolivar's exploits were reported assiduously in the English press, so much so that the Spanish authorities called it 'a South American mania.'

Bolivar lacked a modern army and with England awash with officers and soldiers demobilized from the Peninsular Wars, he took the opportunity to obtain campaign-seasoned fighting men. So it was that in distant Venezuela, Vowell and fewer than 2,000 other British volunteers, distinguished themselves in battle.

In Chile, there was a desperate need for a navy to counter Spanish warships and so Bernardo O'Higgins sought British officers to help form the celebrated First Chilean Squadron. Richard Vowell was recruited by the British naval hero, Admiral Lord Thomas Cochrane, to sail with the Chilean Squadron, and he became Commander of the Infantry Marines. He took part in the final naval battle that vanquished forever the Spanish Navy in the Americas.

After the wars in Latin America ended, Vowell returned to England and wrote a seminal book on the campaigns in Venezuela, New Grenada, and the Pacific Ocean. Though not well known in the English-speaking world, he is considered to be a heroic figure and an insightful historian among Latin American scholars who frequently cite his work.

This important first biography is based on extensive research undertaken in three continents. It uncovers information previously unknown about Vowell's exciting life and daring exploits -- from his birth in a genteel English country town, to his campaigns in the far-off Americas, and to his period in the harsh landscape of Australia, where he confronted another empire and was subsequently and unjustly imprisoned on a remote Pacific island from which he made a dramatic escape.

This absorbing account sheds light on a lost but fascinating episode of British endeavor and valor and its contribution to the shaping of the modern Americas. 1 vol, 192 pgs 2014 UK, TATTERED FLAG
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1-47750 von Warnery, Emanuel -- With introduction by Nosworthy, B REMARKS ON CAVALRY Reprint of 1798 edition. Extensive introduction by Brent Nosworthy places Warnery in context of the period and examines his major impact on Napoleonic cavalry tactics. Includes 10 b/w plates illustrating cavalry formations and 31 line drawings. This is a prime source for 18th/19th century study. 1 vol, 224 pgs 1997 LONDON, CONSTABLE PUBLISH
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1-197180 Weaver, Ralph THE HUNGARIAN ARMY: 1848-1849 This book deals with a period in history that is little known outside the area of central Europe where the events took place. However, the Hungarian uprising was part of a great movement which spread across Europe in 1848. It was sparked off by the revolution in Paris which ousted the king and ushered in a republic, but the roots of the uprising in Hungary went much deeper into history. It was assisted, not directly, but indirectly by 'liberal' disturbances in Vienna, Italy, Prussia, Spain, Germany, and even in Britain where the Chartist movement profoundly shocked the government of the day.

The campaign by the Austrian Hapsburgs and their allies both within and outside the borders of the empire surged backward and forward across the area then referred to as Hungary (a much larger area than the present national state), as first the Hungarians and later the Austrians and Russians became ascendant.

The Hungarian government spared no efforts in raising troops, giving them uniforms and arming and equipping them with modern weapons, and when that was not possible, anything that could be pressed into service. Some troops carried the latest percussion weapons while others had pikes and scythes. Cavalry were given, or brought with them, axes and whips!

Illustrated with original color plates by Ron Poulter. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2012 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-194920 West, Elliot THE LAST INDIAN WAR: The Nez Perce Story This newest volume in Oxford's acclaimed Pivotal Moments series offers an unforgettable portrait of the Nez Perce War of 1877, the last great Indian conflict in American history. It was, as Elliott West shows, a tale of courage and ingenuity, of desperate struggle and shattered hope, of short-sighted government action and a doomed flight to freedom.

To tell the story, West begins with the early history of the Nez Perce and their years of friendly relations with white settlers. In an initial treaty, the Nez Perce were promised a large part of their ancestral homeland, but the discovery of gold led to a stampede of settlement within the Nez Perce land. Numerous injustices at the hands of the US government combined with the settlers' invasion to provoke this most accommodating of tribes to war. West offers a riveting account of what came next: the harrowing flight of 800 Nez Perce, including many women, children, and elderly, across 1500 miles of mountainous and difficult terrain.

He gives a full reckoning of the campaigns and battles--and the unexpected turns, brilliant stratagems, and grand heroism that occurred along the way. And he brings to life the complex characters from both sides of the conflict, including cavalrymen, officers, politicians, and the Nez Perce themselves (the Nimiipuu , 'true people'). The book sheds light on the war's legacy, including the near sainthood that was bestowed upon Chief Joseph, whose speech of surrender included the phrase, 'I will fight no more forever.'

Based on a rich cache of historical documents, from government and military records to contemporary interviews and newspaper reports, The Last Indian War offers a searing portrait of a moment when the American identity -- who was and who was not a citizen -- was being forged. 1 vol, 432 pgs 2011 US, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
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1-88960 Williams, Charles ARMENIAN CAMPAIGN 1877, THE In 1877 the Russo-Turkish War was fought not only in Bulgaria and Rumania, but in Armenia as well. First hand account by an English correspondent who accompanied the Turks during the campaign. 1 vol, 184 pgs 2008 US, NAFZIGER COLLECTION
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1-87770 Williams, Dennis THERE ARE YOUR GUNS:Warfare in the Age of Steam Based on GENERAL de BRIGADE rules system, complete rules for Warfare in the Age of Steam 1816-1897 Army lists, scenarios. 1 vol, 112 pgs 2013 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-902927 Wolff, C. THE PRUSSIAN INFANTRY IN THE BADEN FELDZUGE: 1849 In Baden, the military mutiny chased away the Grand Duke, who called on the German Federal Government. Covers the Empire Constitution campaign in 1849, including bloody barricade fighting in Dresden, Iserlohn, and Elberfeld. Also covers weapons, clothing, food, salaries, training, and the service are described in detail so that the reader is given insight into the Prussian army of the revolutionary period. 1 vol, 72 pgs 2016 GERMANY, BERLIN ZINNFIGUREN
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1-209860 Zoppi, Massimo LA SPADA di RADETZKY: Le armate imperiali dalla Restaurazione alla Rivoluzione 1836-1849 The volume, which covers a little-known period in the history of the Habsburg army and Navy, devotes chapters to the structure, armament, tactics, uniform (with more than 45 original plates), strategic and political situation in Central Europe and Lombardy-Venetia, and closes with a discussion of day-by-day political and military decisions (with orders of battle and maps) for the fronts of the Po Valley and Hungary.

Examines the different events in Paris, Vienna, Berlin, London, Moscow, and Frankfurt that led to German unification.

Includes 50 color plates, seven maps, and 18 photos. 1 vol, 264 pgs 2011 ITALY, ITINERA PROGETTI
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