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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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17th Century

1-222790 SCURVY DICE: Family Game Prepare to set sail for fortune and fame on the ocean's blue! As a newly recruited captain in Scurvy Dice, you will outfit your ships with sails, cannons, and men to battle your way to the mythical Parrot Island. Once you're sure you've had your fill of gold, it's time to race to Monkey Grove and secure your haul. Legendary captains may even be willing to temporarily join your crew for a chance at the booty! Game for two to four players aims for 15-30 minutes a game. 1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 US, FIRELOCK GAMES
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1-227321 FLAGS & STANDARDS OF THE GREAT NORTHERN WAR 1700-1721 V1: Sweden Contains more than 400 full-color illustrations of flags, with a little text (in German). 1 vol, 140 pgs 2021 GERMANY, VERLAG EDITION PETERSTOR
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1-66698 LA BATALLA DE TUTTLIGEN 1643 The Battle of Tuttlingen was fought in Tuttlingen on November 24, 1643. Those involved in the conflict were the French forces led by Marshal Josias Rantzau and the armies of the Holy Roman Empire and Spain led by Franz von Mercy. Technically, Mercy led a military force composed of Imperial, Spanish, Bavarian, and Lorrainer troops.

Ultimately, Rantzau's forces were defeated by Mercy's surprise attack. After having suffered defeat, Rantzau's troops retreated back across the Rhine River into Alsace. Moreover, Mercy held both Rantzau and 7000 French troops captive. Illustrated with photographs and maps and color plates.
1 vol, 110 pgs 2014 SPAIN, ALMENA
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1-218390 Barry, Quintin FROM SOLEBAY TO THE TEXEL: The Third Anglo-Dutch War 1672-1674 England and the Dutch Republic fought three naval wars in the middle of the 17th century, arising principally from a clash of mercantile interests. In the first of these, under the Commonwealth, England had much the better, due largely to the outstanding leadership of Robert Blake. The second war was more even. By now Charles II had been restored to the throne. There were a number of fierce battles which went either way, but the war ended with the humiliation of the Dutch burning a large part of the English fleet in the Medway. Includes 8 color illustrations, 35 black and white illustrations, and 4 maps.

After reviewing the earlier wars, this book goes on to describe the third Anglo-Dutch war, fought between 1672 and 1674. This war of shameless aggression was provoked by England, or rather by King Charles and his court, mainly as a matter of commercial greed. It began, before any declaration of war, with an attack on a Dutch merchant convoy proceeding up-Channel.

In this war, for the first time, England fought in alliance with France, and the French fleet was an important, if ultimately ineffective, part of the fleet which under the leadership first of the Earl of Sandwich, then by James, Duke of York, and finally by Prince Rupert, took on the Dutch fleet led by the brilliant Admiral Michiel de Ruyter.

At Solebay on the Suffolk coast, de Ruyter surprised the English fleet on the morning of 28 May 1672; in the intense fighting Sandwich's flagship, the Royal James was blown up and he was killed. Overall, the Dutch could claim it as a victory.

There later followed in 1673 two battles off Schooneveld and then the battle of the Texel. In this fight the French treacherously hung back. De Ruyter's tactical skill in these battles ensured that a planned attempt at invasion was prevented. The war ended with the Allies by no means in unison, and Charles II, obliged by lack of funds to make peace, had nothing to show for a war that should never have been fought. 1 vol, 136 pgs 2018 UK, HELION & COMPANY
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1-215350 Bruijn, Jaap DE RUYTER: Dutch Admiral Was Michiel de Ruyter the greatest sea commander who ever lived? Or simply the greatest sea commander of the 17th century? In this book, nine leading historical authorities from seven different countries examine his astonishing career.

Some people see him as the man who saved the Dutch Republic, and ensured its independence. He knew how to fight a sea-battle on the grandest scale. He could also haggle like a canny Dutch merchant, achieving the release of Hungarian clergymen from Spanish captivity and that of Dutch sailors from barbarian imprisonment. Louis XIV, often his opponent, called him 'a man who did honor to humanity.' 1 vol, 280 pgs 2011 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-666120 Canales, Francisco Martinez LA GUERRA DE SUCESION DE MANTUA: 1628-1631 The death of Vicente II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and Monferrato -- Levante and Poniente bordering with the Spanish Milanese -- opened another dispute in a Europe already in conflict. Who would inherit the duchies attracted the attention of France, the Holy Roman Empire, the intriguing Duke of Savoy, and Spain.

This book investigates the diplomatic maneuvering -- Quevedo himself spying in Venice -- and the battles in Italy, from the plains of the Po River to the steps and Alpine valleys, led by commanders such as Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordoba and Ambrosio Spinola. Illustrated with photographs, maps, and color prints. 1 vol, 82 pgs 2017 SPAIN, ALMENA
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1-66692 Cardona, Enrique F. LA BATALLA DE NIEUPORT 1600: Los Tecios in Flanders The Battle of Nieuwpoort between a Dutch army under Maurice of Nassau and Francis Vere and a Spanish army under Albert of Austria, took place on 2 July 1600 near the present-day Belgian city Nieuwpoort

Against Maurice's complaints, the States General under Johan van Oldenbarneveldt had ordered Maurice to take the army, march south along the coast and take the pirate nest of Dunkirk. The divergence of opinion on this matter between Maurice and Van Oldenbarneveldt were the first signs that the two de facto leaders of the Dutch Republic were beginning to drift apart. This rivalry would eventually lead to the arrest and execution of Van Oldenbarneveldt in 1619.

It was thought that the vicious and long-continued mutiny of a great part of the Spanish troops would make it impossible for the Archduke to collect an army for the relief of Nieuwpoort.

By 21 June Maurice had collected an army for the operation of 12 infantry regiments and 25 cavalry cornets: some 12,000 Foot and 2,000 Horse. On the 22nd, he crossed the Scheldt Estuary in a multitude of small vessels and moved to Ostend; his base of operations. He left there half a regiment and four cornets to reinforce the garrison and on the 30th started for Nieuwpoort.

When Maurice arrived in front of the place on 1 July, he sent 2/3 of his force across the Yser River to blockade it from the West. That night, while he was making preparations for a regular siege, he received news that the Archduke was close at hand with a field army. He knew he was cut off from his base; so he ordered his cousin Ernst Casimir (Ernst Casimir I of Nassau-Dietz) with a force to delay the advancing Spanish while he was bringing the best part of the army to cross again the Yser and rejoin the rest of the army to face the Archduke. He had no option left but to present battle or risk a potentially disastrous retreat by sea.

Ernst Casimir was ordered to seize the Leffinghen bridge, he commanded the Edmonds regiment (Scottish) and the Van der Noot regiment (Dutch) together with four cornets of cavalry and 2 guns, but when he arrived he found that the enemy was already in possession of it. Ernst deployed his force behind a ditch, hoping to fight a delaying action, but the Spaniards were already in great strength across the bridge and charged right home, piercing his centre. The infantry was routed at once and the cavalry fled in panic: the Scots were killed almost to a man and the Dutch fared only slightly better, taking refuge in Ostend. For all purposes, Ernst's command had ceased to exist.

After that cheap victory, the Archduke held a conference with his captains. Most urged to entrench the army across the road to Ostend, forcing Maurice to attack along a narrow front where the Dutch cavalry, mostly heavy, would not be effective against the lighter Spanish cavalry. However, the mutineers, who had been rallied by the Archduke on the promise of free plunder, were eager for a fight and out-argued the rest. The army therefore advanced in battle order along the coast. It was mid-day and the tide was coming in; so that in the end they were forced to abandon the shrinking beach and climb slowly up the slippery sand dunes.

Maurice had just enough time to assemble his whole army to face the Archduke. 1 vol, 110 pgs 2013 SPAIN, ALMENA
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1-1947504 Cristini, Luca and Pogliani, Giuseppe THE BATTLE OF TORNAVENTO: 1636 and the 30 Years War in Italy The Battle of Tornavento was a battle fought in Italy on June 22, 1636 during the Thirty Years' War. In 1636, Cardinal Richelieu had persuaded the Duke of Savoy (Vittorio Amedeo I) to launch an offensive on the Spanish Duchy of Milan. A French Army crossed the Ticino river between Oleggio and Lonate Pozzolo, but was checked by a larger Spanish army, and dug in to await their Savoyard allies.

On June 22 the Spanish attacked, but were held back after the arrival of the army of Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy. Fighting in the summer heat was savage and bloody, in a heathland described by Spanish officers as 'sin arbol, y con falta de agua' ('treeless, and lacking water').

The Spanish abandoned the battlefield and retired to Boffalora. The Franco-Savoyard army remained some days near Tornavento, sacking nearby towns and damaging a canal, but decided to conduct a withdrawal from Milanese territory. Little had been achieved with this battle and the invasion of Lombardy turned out to be a complete failure. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-10270 Dallas, Philip translator ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN ALONSO de CONTRERAS Diary of a 17th Century adventurer, from 1597 to the 1640's. 1 vol, 193 pgs 1989 NY, PARAGON HOUSE
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1-10960 Delbruck, Hans translated by Walter J. Redfroe Jr. DAWN OF MODERN WARFARE, THE:History of the Art of Orignally published in 1890, Delbruck's 4-volume set is a dfeinitive work on the subject. Volume IV considers the impact of gunpowder, firearms and cannon on standing armies. Index, chapter notes. 1 vol, 500 pgs 1990 LINCOLN, UNIV OF NEBRASKA
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2-61600 Drake, Peter introduction by Sidney Burrell AMIABLE RENGADE: THE MEMOIRS OF CAPT DRAKE 1671-17 The remarkable life of this 'wild geese' member.He fought in the major wars of the period. Index,b/w illust. 1 vol, 410 pgs 1960 STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
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1-217320 Espositp, Gabriele ARMIES OF EARLY COLONIAL NORTH AMERICA 1607-1713: History, Organization and Uniforms Detailed overview of the military history of Colonial North America from the first colonial settlement in Jamestown to the end of the first continental war fought in the Americas. Covers the development of organization and uniforms for the British Colonies of North America and for the French ones of Canada. Includes every colonial unit formed by the Europeans in the New World, as well as the regular troops sent to America by Britain and France -- from the early militias of the 13 Colonies to the expeditionary forces formed during the War of the Spanish Succession.

Great military events like King Philip's War and Bacon's Rebellion are analyzed and the evolution of tactics employed in this theater are discussed, showing how much warfare was influenced by the terrain and conditions in North America. Dozens of illustrations, including color art works, show the first military uniforms ever worn in North America plus details of weaponry and equipment. 1 vol, 192 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-225341 Fredholm von Essen, Michael The Lion from the North V1 - The Swedish Army of Gustavus Adolphus, 1618-1632 Describes and analyses the early modern Swedish army, with a particular emphasis on the reforms introduced by King Gustavus Adolphus before and during the Thirty Years War. Also expands our understanding of the Swedish army during the Thirty Years War with focus on its operations on the eastern front against Russian and Polish opponents as well as the better-known operations in Germany against the Catholic League and the Holy Roman Empire. Includes 119 b/w illustrations, 10 b/w maps, 15 tables, 32pp color plates.

Sweden had a long history of conflict with neighbouring countries, and the reforms introduced by King Gustavus Adolphus had their origin in wars fought in the early seventeenth century, before or in the early phases of the Thirty Years War. The Kalmar war with Denmark, the Novgorod and Pskov campaigns in Russia, the conquest of Livonia, and the war with Poland played important roles in preparing the Swedish army for the wars on the continent from 1630 onwards.

While some of the technical and tactical innovations attributed to the Swedish Army in the Thirty Years War are myths, others were real. Possibly of yet more enduring importance were the Swedish Chancellor Axel Oxenstierna's administrative reforms. A conscription system was established which consistently managed to raise troops, despite the small population of Sweden and its territories. A logistics system was introduced which could supply the armies, despite the vast geographical depth of operations. The intelligence service was developed into a comprehensive support establishment to military operations. It is fair to say that the Swedish army that entered the Thirty Years War and the organisation that enabled it formed the foundation for the subsequent Swedish rise to regional great power status. While the army of Gustavus Adolphus has been described elsewhere, the book includes current research that has not yet appeared in the English language. 1 vol, 304 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND SON
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1-225342 Fredholm von Essen, Michael THE LION FROM THE NORTH Volume 2: The Swedish Army of Gustavus Adolphus, 1618-1632 Describes and analyses the early modern Swedish army, with a particular emphasis on the reforms introduced by King Gustavus Adolphus before and during the Thirty Years War. Also expands our understanding of the Swedish army during the Thirty Years War with focus on its operations on the eastern front against Russian and Polish opponents as well as the better-known operations in Germany against the Catholic League and the Holy Roman Empire.
While the army of Gustavus Adolphus has been described elsewhere, the book includes current research that has not yet appeared in the English language. Includes 119 b/w illustrations, 10 b/w maps, 15 tables, 32pp color plates 1 vol, 200 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND SON
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1-63310 Frost, Robert I NORTHERN WARS:War, State & Society 1558-1721 Covers the series of Wars from 1558-1721 and themilitary strategy, based on extensive primary andsecondary research, biblio, index. 1 vol, 416 pgs 2000 LONDON, PEARSON EDUCATION
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1-70360 Gommans, Jos MUGHAL WARFARE:Indian Frontiers 1500-1700 Based on a vast range of primary sources to detail the practical and technological aspects of Mughal combat such as gunpowder, tactics, animals used in battle, b/w illust, biblio, index. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2002 LONDON, ROUTLEDGE PRESS
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1-85170 Hawley, Samuel IMJIN WAR, THE: Japan's Sixteenth-Century Invasion of Korea and Attempt to Conquer China The most comprehensive account ever published in English, it discusses every aspect of the war, b/w maps/illust, chapter notes, biblio, index.

In May of 1592, Japanese dictator Toyotomi Hideyoshi sent a 158,800-man army aboard a thousand ships from Kyushu to Pusan on Korea's southern tip. Its objective: to conquer Korea, then China and then the whole of Asia. The Imjin War is the most comprehensive account ever published in English on this important event little known in the West. It begins with the political and cultural background of Korea, Japan, and China, discusses the diplomatic breakdown that led to the war, describes every major incident and battle from 1592 to 1598, and introduces a fascinating cast of characters along the way: Hideyoshi himself, Korea's admiral Yi Sun-sin, Chinese commander Zhao Chengxun, and Kisaeng Chu Non-gae. 1 vol, 662 pgs 2005 KOREA, ROYAL ASIACTIC SOCIETY
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1-206420 Hubbard, Ben THE SAMURAI WARRIOR: The Golden Age of Japan's Elite Warriors 1560-1615 During Japan's Warring States period, centuries of strife had left the country divided and leaderless. Those who filled the power vacuum were the daimyo, warlords who ruled over the clans and provinces of Japan. Serving their daimyo, the samurai were the ultimate warriors at a time when military prowess won out over hereditary power and position.

The nature of warfare itself changed-romantic ideas of mounted duels and battlefield decorum became as rare as aristocratic samurai leaders. Marching in to replace them were the common foot soldiers, the ashigaru, armed with pikes and matchlock rifles. The Samurai Warrior examines the fighting men of this key period in Japanese history.

Divided into six chapters, the book describes the unification under the Tokugawa bakufu, the major battles of the era, the weapons and armor used, the social structure of Japanese society, myths about the samurai, and finally the decline of the samurai amidst the modernization of the Meiji period. Includes more than 200 photographs, illustrations, paintings, and maps. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2014 UK, AMBER BOOKS
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1-228800 Leadbetter, Peter THE PERFECT MILITIA: The Stuart Trained Bands of England and Wales 1603-1642 Covers the Trained Bands of the early Stuart period, from 1603 to 1642. Both James I and Charles I tried to create a perfect militia during their reigns, but how far did they get in achieving this aim? There is very little published about this organization. This book includes details on the men who served in it; how they were recruited; their social status, professions and ages. Includes 11 b/w illustrations, 2 b/w maps, and 36 tables.

The soldiers were mustered for training at least once a year at county or regimental level, but were they mustered and trained more often at a local level? And, if so, how often? There were different categories of soldiers in the Trained Bands; these categories were not just designated by the arm of service or by the arms they carried, but also by who had provided (and paid for) them.

The arms and armor used by the soldiers changed over the period covered by this book and descriptions of these are included. Did the men of the Trained Band wear uniforms? Who were the officers who commanded the companies and regiments and how were they appointed? This book aims not only to answer these questions, but also to enlighten the reader on many other aspects of this important organization.

Defense always costs money, and this was especially true of the Trained Bands. Men and muster-masters had to be paid and fed; powder and match bought for training; new arms and armor sourced. All these needed money - money that was in many cases only grudgingly given. The methods of raising this money were varied and in the main seem to have worked.

Relations between the counties and the government in London are also covered. The government's requests or requirements were not always well received; many people in the counties did not like being given orders from London, a place they believed to have little interest in what was happening locally.

The Trained Bands were not put to the test of battle prior to the Civil War, although they had come close in the Bishops' Wars; but they proved reluctant to act against ordinary people during protests about perceived or actual local grievances. 1 vol, 178 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-202730 Lenihan, Padraig CONSOLIDATING CONQUEST: Ireland 1603-1727 This book covers the crucial period of Irish history from the completion of the Tudor conquest of Ireland and the end of Gaelic resistance to the temporary achievement of political stability in the early eighteenth century. This was a period of not entirely successful attempts to turn Ireland into a kingdom that was thoroughly English in terms of land settlement, law and government. It was also a period of revolts, suppression and the threat of invasion - of the Ulster plantations, Cromwell's campaigns, the massacres of Drogheda and Wexford and the Battle of the Boyne- iconic events which laid the foundations for many centuries of trouble to come.

Table of Contents

1. Reform to conquest 1534-1603
2. Consolidating conquest
3. Plantation 1608-22
4. English, Old and New 1613-40
5. Rising 1641-42
6. God or King? 1642-49
7. Cromwellian conquest and settlement 1649-59
8. Charles II 1660-85
9. James II 1685-91
10. Parliament, patronage and 'patriots' 1692-1727
11. Land and people
Conclusion: Wars and Peace 1 vol, 344 pgs 2012 UK, PEARSON LONGMAN PUBS
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1-85080 Lenithan, Padraig editor CONQUEST & RESISTANCE:War in 17th Century Ireland Eleven essays with topics as:Invasions-Scotland& Ireland 1641-91; Siege Warfare; Women & Warfare;Logistics of Conquest; Naval Strategy 1641-91; b/willust/maps, biblio, index. 1 vol, 380 pgs 2001 LEIDEN, BRILL PUBLISHERS
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1-46850 Lynn, John A. GIANT OF THE GRAND SIECLE:French Army 1610-1715 Examination of the army in depth: recruitment,composition, discipline, motivation, leadership, logistics, weaponry, tactics, field warfare and siegecraft, biblio, index. 1 vol, 672 pgs 1997 NY, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
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2-46850 Lynn, John A. GIANT OF THE GRAND SIECLE: French Army 1610-1715 Examination of the army in depth: recruitment, composition, discipline, motivation, leadership, logistics, weaponry, tactics, field warfare, and siegecraft, with biblio and index.

An 'invisible giant,' the 17th C French army was the largest and hungriest institution of the Bourbon monarchy, yet it has received incomplete treatment and is poorly understood. Combining social and cultural emphases with more traditional institutional and operational concerns, this book examines the army in depth, studying recruitment, composition, discipline, motivation, selection of officers, leadership, administration, logistics, weaponry, tactics, field warfare, and siegecraft. The portrait that emerges differs from what current scholarship might have predicted. Instead of claiming that a 'military revolution' transformed warfare, Lynn stresses evolutionary change. Questioning widely-held assumptions about state formation and coercion, he argues that this standing army was primarily devoted to border defense, and only rarely to internal repression. 1 vol, 672 pgs 2006 Us, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
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1-198090 Machua, Captain Bernardo de Vargas THE INDIAN MILITIA AND DESCRIPTION OF THE INDIES Sometimes referred to as the first published manual of guerrilla warfare, Bernardo de Vargas Machuca's Indian Militia and Description of the Indies is actually the first known manual of counterinsurgency, or anti-guerrilla warfare. Published in Madrid in 1599 by a Spanish-born soldier of fortune with long experience in the Americas, the book is a training manual for conquistadors. The Aztec and Inca Empires had long since fallen by 1599, but Vargas Machuca argued that many more Native American peoples remained to be conquered and converted to Roman Catholicism. What makes his often shrill and self-righteous treatise surprising is his consistent praise of indigenous resistance techniques and medicinal practices.

Containing advice on curing rattlesnake bites with amethysts and making saltpeter for gunpowder from concentrated human urine, The Indian Militia is a manual in four parts, the first of which outlines the ideal qualities of the militia commander. Addressing the organization and outfitting of conquest expeditions, Book Two includes extended discussions of arms and medicine. Book Three covers the proper behavior of soldiers, providing advice on marching through peaceful and bellicose territories, crossing rivers, bivouacking in foul weather, and carrying out night raids and ambushes. Book Four deals with peacemaking, town-founding, and the proper treatment of conquered peoples.

Appended to these four sections is a brief geographical description of all of Spanish America, with special emphasis on the indigenous peoples of New Granada (roughly modern-day Colombia), followed by a short guide to the southern coasts and heavens. This first English-language edition of The Indian Militia includes an extensive introduction, a posthumous report on Vargas Machuca's military service, and a selection from his unpublished attack on the writings of Fray Bartolome de Las Casas. 1 vol, 368 pgs 2008 US, DUKE
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1-33830 Malone, Patrick M. SKULKING WAY OF WAR Study of the technology and tactics among the New England Indians, their superior tactics during the late 1600's forced the colonists to change their own tactics, b/w illust, maps, biblio, index. 1 vol, 172 pgs 2001 NY, MADISON BOOKS
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1-902932 Messner, Florian The Ennetbirgische Campaigns THE ENNETBIRGISCHE CAMPAIGNS

The Ennetbirgische Campaigns depicts the campaigns of the Swiss and Valais against Milan, as well as the conflicts between the Graubundner and the Duchy of Milan, with the conquests of the Confederates over the Alpine passes to the south. The luck of the war was changeable, with great victories like the one at Giornico and catastrophic defeats like that of Arbedo. The crossing of the main ridge of the Alps presented the late medieval armies with enormous challenges. For a short time, the Confederation rose to the rank of a major European power. The struggles of the Confederates in northern Italy for and against the French crown are described as well as the founding phase of the papal Swiss Guard.

Also deals with the internal conflicts of the Swiss in connection with the Ennetbirgische Campaigns. The armies of the Confederates and their opponents are portrayed in detail in terms of composition, armament, tactics, and use. Includes contemporary illustrations, maps, and images of international re-enactment groups.
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1-204160 Mongin, Jean-Marie LA FRONDE 1648-1653 1648 : The Thirty Years War was about to end and we start to see the European balance slowly tip. The great rival of the Bourbon monarchy, Spain, will soon yield to her the place of importance. This conflict weighs heavily on the finances of the French kingdom, and during the years that follow the victory of the young Conde over the Tercios of His Most Catholic Majesty, in Rocroi, have exacerbated a difficult financial situation. The regent, his prime minister, and the king's council are trying to increase revenue, which could plunge the kingdom into chaos. 1 vol, 64 pgs 2014 FRANCE, HISTOIRE AND COLLECTIONS
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1-218880 Mugnai, Bruno THE CRETAN WAR 1645-1671: The Venetian-Ottoman Struggle in the Mediterranean A considerable part of the military history of the 17th century is dominated by the conflict between the Christian powers and the Ottoman Empire. Much has been written about the politics and the campaigns that led to the siege of Vienna in 1683 and the defeat suffered by the Sultan's armies, while, until today, there are relatively few studies on the long war that opposed Venice to the Ottoman Empire. The importance of the event in the context of politics not only of the Mediterranean, but of all Europe, is easily found in the number of chancelleries involved in the war, both directly on the battlefield or in diplomatic negotiations.

The strategic duel involved the belligerents in the control of the supply routes, and the metropolitan territory of both sides remained almost excluded from military operations. It was a conflict where the logistics organization and the ability to supply the armies made the difference, similar in many ways to the campaigns in the southwestern Pacific during the Second World War. It could be said that the Cretan War was the first conflict of contemporary age, but fought with the means of the 17th century. Includes 2 maps, 9 b/w photos, 8 original color plates, and 89 b/w illustrations.

Other aspects make this conflict a topic of great interest. Just remember that in the last years of war, men from almost all the countries of Europe were concentrated in Crete - and for the Ottomans also from Asia and Africa. Even with regard to the reconstruction of military clothing and equipment, this work finally opens a window on a period not very frequented by researchers, although these are years in which great transformation took place both in the armaments and in the development of new combat tactics. The different types of soldiers involved in the conflict have been illustrated with care in color plates, based on the most significant coeval examples and employing several unpublished sources. 1 vol, 304 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-1947502 Mugnai, Bruno and Secco, Alberto The War of Candia 1645-69 Vol. 1: Sieges and Field Operations The war of Candia was the place of military confrontation of two different models, the Western and the Ottoman Empire, to rise up in the courts of Europe to 'Champ de Mars' of the continent.

A contemporary of these campaigns shows specific characteristics called the first 'war material,' which is a conflict fought far from the mainland of the two states in conflict. One might almost say that Candia was the first conflict of the modern age, but fought through the means of the seventeenth century. 16 color plates of uniforms and flags.
1 vol, 80 pgs 2012 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-1947503 Mugnai, Bruno and Secco, Alberto THE WAR OF CANDIA 1645-69: Vol. 2: Campaigns at Sea The war of Candia was the place of military confrontation of two different models, the Western and the Ottoman Empire, to rise up in the courts of Europe to 'Champ de Mars' of the continent.

A contemporary of these campaigns shows specific characteristics called the first 'war material,' which is a conflict fought far from the mainland of the two states in conflict. One might almost say that Candia was the first conflict of the modern age, but fought through the means of the seventeenth century. 16 color plates of uniforms and flags. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2012 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-226110 Paradowski, Michael DESPITE DESTRUCTION, MISERY AND PRIVATIONS: The Polish Army in Prussia during the War against Sweden 1626-1629 In-depth study of the Polish troops during the War against Sweden 1626-1629, from unique structure of the army, through organization and equipment of the units, to soldiers' daily struggle due to lack of pay and food. Each formation is described in detail, from famous winged hussars to Western European mercenaries serving as infantry and dragoons. The author's research is based on many Polish primary sources, that for the first time are available to English-speaking readers, presenting many interesting facts about less known conflict. Includes 87 b/w illustrations, 16 b/w maps, 16 pages color plates, numerous tables. 1 vol, 226 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-226240 Quereng?sser, Alexander HUSSITE WARFARE The Armies, Equipment, Tactics and Campaigns 1419-1437. With the outbreak of the Hussite Revolution in 1419, Bohemia found itself opposed by a superior force of European crusader armies. German knighthood was experiencing its last heyday. But the Bohemian heretics' army, under the leadership of energetic commanders like Jan Ziska, developed tactics with which they won one battle after another. The employment of the defensive Wagenburg ('wagon castle') and intensive use of the first cannon as field artillery brought them many successes. Includes 64 mostly color illustrations, 10 maps, and 18 color plates by Sascha Lunyakov. 1 vol, 144 pgs 2020 GERMANY, BERLIN ZINNFIGUREN
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1-217330 Reid, Stuart BATTLE OF KILLIECRANKIE 1689: The Last Act of the Killing Times In the 50 years of Scottish history dominated by the Jacobite Risings, the last battle, Culloden in 1746, is deservedly remembered as a national tragedy, but the first battle on the braes of Killiecrankie was unquestionably the most dramatic.

It was very much a Scottish battle. The later Jacobite risings would be launched against kings and governments in London. Killiecrankie, on the other hand, pitted Scot against Scot in the last bloody act of the bitter religious struggle known as 'The Killing Times.'

Killiecrankie saw the first, and most successful, Highland Charge, as the clansmen broke the line of the Government's redcoats 'in the twinkling of an eye,' and the outnumbered Jacobites achieved a stunning victory. The Highlanders, however, suffered debilitating losses of almost one third of their strength, and their leader, John Graham the Viscount of Dundee, was killed.

The Jacobites continued their advance until stopped by Government forces at the Battle of Dunkeld a little more than three weeks later. Though the Jacobites had failed, the struggle of the Highland clans to return the Catholic James and his successors to the throne of Scotland and England would continue for the next two generations. 1 vol, 264 pgs 2018 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-50330 Reid, Stuart I MET THE DEVIL & DUNDEE:Battle of Killiecrankie Excellent account of the campaign & battle 1689.B/w illust & maps, color plates of flags/uniforms by Bob Marrion. 1 vol, 51 pgs 2009 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-80520 Rennoldson, Neil editor WARFARE IN THE AGE OF LOUIS XIV Vol I in the Renaissance Military Series includes Diary of the Siege of Luxembourg 1648; Extracts from the London Gazette July 1705; and The Letters of Richard Pope-Officer in the English Cavalry 1680+. 1 vol, 98 pgs 2005 UK, PIKE & SHOT SOCIETY
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1-206680 Riley, Jonathon THE LAST IRONSIDES: The English Expedition to Portugal, 1662-1668 When Charles II returned home he began the search for a dynastic marriage. He fixed upon the Infanta of Portugal, Catherine of Braganza, whose dowry included the possession of Tangier, Bombay, and valuable trade concessions. The Portuguese had been fighting for their independence from Spain for twenty years and needed alliances to tip the scales in their favor.

In return for the concessions, Charles agreed to send to Portugal a regiment of horse and two of foot, which provided an excuse to ship away the remnants of the Cromwellian armies that had not been disbanded at the Restoration. The prospect of service was at first well received 'Major-General Morgan drew forth his regiment of foot consisting of 1000 proper men besides officers, and made a short speech, acquainting them that his Majesty had been graciously pleased to design them for honorable service abroad. . . Whereupon they all with great acclamations of joy, cried out, All, all, all. . .'

There were also officers and men who had remained loyal to the crown to them Charles owed a debt of employment. Former Royalists therefore made up the balance of the regiment of horse - uncomfortable bedfellows for their former enemies.

The English and French regiments fought with courage and discipline at the series of major battles and sieges that followed, most of which have never been properly described. This is, therefore, the rediscovery of a lost episode in our military history. It was the English and French soldiers, under Schomberg's leadership, who proved the decisive factor in winning back Portugal's independence. But in return for their courage in battle, the English soldiers were rewarded with insults and want of pay.

At the conclusion of peace in 1667, only 1,000 out of the 3,500 men who made up the force were left standing. 400 of these received what was effectively a death sentence: They were shipped to Tangier to join the fight against the Moors. The remainder returned to seek service in England or abroad - but places were hard to find. One veteran of the horse summed up the feelings of many - '. . . there was never a more gallant party went out of England upon any design whatever, than were that regiment of horse. . . they came into the country full of money and gallantry, and those which survived left it as full of poverty and necessity.'

The author's detailed but lively text is fully supported by a range of illustrations and specially commissioned maps. 1 vol, 192 pgs 2014 UK, HELION and COMPANY
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1-66689 Rivas, Alberto LA BATALLA de FLEURS 1622: Thirty Years War After failing to relieve Heidelberg, which was besieged by Tilly's army, Frederick V, Elector Palatine, decided to disband his army. On July 13, 1622 the contract was canceled and the unemployed army of Mansfeld and Christian of Brunswick was hired by the Dutch to help in the relief of the siege of Bergen-op-Zoom.

The Protestant army departed from Alsace and at a fast pace crossed Northern France, entering the Spanish Low Countries through Hainaut.

The Spanish Army of Flanders, under command of Ambrosio Spinola, engaged in the siege of Bergen-op-Zoom, a town on the estuary of the Schelde River, was in a dangerous position; while a relieving Dutch army was being assembled to the East at Breda he faced an invasion from the South. He was in danger of being trapped between the two enemy armies, his line of retreat towards Antwerpen blocked by the invading German army. Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordoba, commander of the Spanish army in the Palatinate, was recalled in a hurry to stop that army. Cordoba marched through Luxembourg and the difficult terrain of the Ardennes, and was able to intercept Mansfeld and Brunswick in the border of Brabant.

The Protestant army advance guard met Spanish cavalry scouts on August 27 and the 29th they found Cordoba's army entrenched. Cordoba, much weaker in cavalry, had assumed a blocking position north of the town of Mellet, near Fleurus, with flanks supported by woods. The Protestant commanders deployed their army to try to break through the Spanish position. 1 vol, 110 pgs 2012 ITALY
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1-226550 Roberts. Keith AN UNIFORME ORDER AND DISCIPLINE AMONGST US V1: Make Ready, Training in Arms Handling 1590-1650.. Exceptionally well illustrated with plates from Drill Manuals. Includes complete set of plates and translations for EXERCISE OF ARMES and LE MARESCHAL DE BATAIILE, the French 1647 manual. This is the first in a series of books on the military theory and practice introduced by the reforms of Prince Maurice of Orange. These reforms were then developed further by the Dutch and other armies through practical use during the 30YW and ECW. The objective of this series is to set out the perspective of contemporary soldiers on the military systems they used in their own words and with the illustrations used in contemporary military books and pamphlets. Essentially, what contemporary soldiers thought they were doing, and how they went about it and the advantages and disadvantages they saw in doing so. 1 vol, 260 pgs 2021 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-19660 Sapherson, C.A. DUTCH ARMY OF WILLIAM III, THE Covers the Army of the Netherlands and subsidiary troops, b/w illust of flags & standards, biblio. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-20920 Sapherson, C.A. BRITISH ARMY OF WILLIAM III, THE Details all the various units, flags, standards, several appendices, biblio. 1 vol, 68 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-217930 Spring, Laurence THE BATTLE OF THE WHITE MOUNTAIN 1620 AND THE BOHEMIAN REVOLT: 1618-1622 Battle of the White Mountain and the Bohemian Revolt, 1618-1622 examines the battle, campaigns, and events leading up to the battle, such as the Bohemian Army's march on Vienna, the sieges of Pilsen and Bautzen and the battle of Zablat. These events are often described using the words of the protagonists themselves. Includes 8 pages of color plates and 26 b/w illustrations.

It also examines the armies that took part in these campaigns, the soldiers from which came not only from Bohemia, but also Britain, the Dutch Republic, France, the Holy Roman Empire, Hungary, Poland, Spain, the Spanish Netherlands and Transylvania.

However, even before the battle of the White Mountain the seeds had been sewn for the war to last 30 years and such was the Emperor Ferdinand's Counter Reformation policy that when the sword which executed some Bohemian rebels when on display in the nineteenth century it had to be removed for fear of a public disturbance. 1 vol, 164 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-220480 Spring, Lawrence IN THE EMPEROR'S SERVICE: Wallenstein's Army - 1625-1634 Albrecht von Wallenstein was a poor nobleman who rose to become the Duke of Friedland and Mecklenburg in the Thirty Years War. Many see his assassination at Eger in 1634 as the end of the 'interesting' period of the war, since he was the last of the war's titans to be killed.

However, his army continued to serve the Emperor loyally to the end of the war and a few regiments existed well into the 20th century to see action in WWI as part of the Austrian Army and, after the Austrian Anschluss of March 1938, in the German Army during WWII.

Using archive and archeology sources, this book provides a vivid account of what life was like for a soldier in Wallenstein's Army. Chapters include recruiting, logistics, regimental colors, the arms industry, Wallenstein's tactics at the Battle of Lutzen, and case studies on siege warfare using Stralsund and the Alte Veste as examples. 1 vol, 152 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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3-15520 Stoye, John SIEGE OF VIENNA, THE Classic account of the last threat to the Western states by the Turks. Details the campaign, map, b/w illust, index, and biblio.

The Siege of Vienna in 1683 was one of the turning points in European history. It was the last serious threat to Western Christendom and so great was its impact that countries normally jealous and hostile sank their differences to throw back the armies of Islam and their savage Tartar allies.

The consequences of defeat were momentous: the Ottomans lost half their European territories and began the long decline which led to the final collapse of the Empire, and the Hapsburgs turned their attention from France and the Rhine frontier to the rich pickings of the Balkans. The hot September day that witnesses the last great trial of strength between Cross and Crescent opened an epoch in European history that lasted until WWI cataclysm. 1 vol, 320 pgs 2017 UK, BIRLINN
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1-227202 Sutton, Paul THE ANGLO-SPANISH WAR 1655-1660 Volume 2: War in Jamaica In 1655, England's Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell sent a fleet to attack and seize Spanish possessions in South America as part of effort to influence international events for political, religious, and commercial reasons. chose to attacked a weakened Spain in the West Indies believing it a soft target. In late 1654 possibly the largest military force to date ever to leave English shores set sail from Portsmouth under the command of General Robert Venables and Admiral William Penn.

Describes the reasons for war with Spain, the army and fleet assembled at Cromwell's bidding and its objective. The attack on Hispaniole in April 1655 will be explained in detail along with the reasons for its failure as will the occupation of Jamaica as will the beginnings of the Spanish war of resistance. A subsequent volume will recount the war on Jamaica from the end of 1655 until 1660. Includes 18 color illustrations. 1 vol, 318 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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2-192320 Swope, Kenneth M. A Dragon's Head and a Serpent's Tail: Ming China and the First Great East Asian War, 1592-1598 Kenneth M. Swope has undertaken the first full-length scholarly study in English of this important conflict -- the invasion of Korea by Japanese troops in May of 1592. It was one of the decisive events in Asian history and the most tragic for the Korean peninsula until the mid-twentieth century. Japanese overlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi envisioned conquering Korea, Ming China, and eventually all of Asia; but Korea's appeal to China's Emperor Wanli for assistance triggered a six-year war involving hundreds of thousands of soldiers and encompassing the whole region. For Japan, the war was 'a dragon's head followed by a serpent's tail: an impressive beginning with no real ending.

Drawing on Korean, Japanese, and especially Chinese sources, he corrects the Japan-centered perspective of previous accounts and depicts Wanli not as the self-indulgent ruler of received interpretations but rather one actively engaged in military affairs-and concerned especially with rescuing China's client state of Korea. He puts the Ming in a more vigorous light, detailing Chinese siege warfare, the development and deployment of innovative military technologies, and the naval battles that marked the climax of the war. He also explains the war's repercussions outside the military sphere-particularly the dynamics of intra-regional diplomacy within the shadow of the Chinese tributary system.

What Swope calls the First Great East Asian War marked both the emergence of Japan's desire to extend its sphere of influence to the Chinese mainland and a military revival of China's commitment to defending its interests in Northeast Asia. Swope's account offers new insight not only into the history of warfare in Asia but also into a conflict that reverberates in international relations to this day.
1 vol, 432 pgs 2009 US, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
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1-201910 Thion, Stephane ROCROI 1643 Fought on 19 May 1643 between the French army of the Duc d'Enghien and the Spanish army under Francisco de Melo, Rocroi is probably one of the most controversial battles in the long period of conflict between the kingdoms of France and Spain. The numerous sources, be they official accounts, memoirs, or correspondence, most often contradict each other.

The principal controversy of this battle, far from being anecdotal, concerns the French right flank, placed under the direct command of Louis II de Bourbon, the Duc d'Enghien. The version generally accepted by historians of French sources affirms that the cavalry of Gassion overthrew and quickly pushed back the first Spanish companies, eventually defeating them.

However, Spanish sources, defended by historians beyond the Pyrenees, contend that the cavalry of the Duc d'Albuquerque, opposing that of Gassion and Enghien, broke through the squadrons and two infantry regiments of the French advanced guard on two occasions! Thus, there exist today two battles of Rocroi: the one found in Spanish works and the one found in numerous French works.

Reconstructing a global vision of the battle remains a delicate undertaking. For this reason and to avoid and dubious interpretation, it seemed necessary to Stephane Thion to include numerous quotations to illustrate the unfolding of this battle. 1 vol, 48 pgs 2013 FRANCE, HISTOIRE & COLLECTION
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1-16260 Tincey, John ARMIES OF THE SEDGEMOOR CAMPAIGN Armies, o/b's, b/w illust & maps, biblio. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2013 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-226990 Turnbull, Stephen THE LOST SAMURAI: Japanese Mercenaries in South East Asia, 1593-1688 Reveals the greatest untold story of Japanese samurai warriors -- for almost 100 years were employed as mercenaries in the service of the kings of Siam, Cambodia, Burma, Spain, Portugal, and Dutch East India Company. they were used in dramatic assault parties, as royal bodyguards, as garrisons, and as willing executioners. As a result, a stereotypical image of the fierce Japanese warrior developed that had a profound influence on the way they were regarded by their employers.

While the Southeast Asian kings tended to employ samurai on a long-term basis as palace guards, their European employers usually hired them on a temporary basis for specific campaigns. Also, whereas the Southeast Asian monarchs tended to trust their well-established units of Japanese mercenaries, the Europeans, whilst admiring them, also feared them and led to a great suspicion that the Japanese might one day turn against them. The Spanish in particular feared a Japanese invasion of the Philippines accompanied by a local uprising.

One interesting concept: during the 1630s, if Japan had chosen engagement with Southeast Asia rather than isolation from it, the established presence of Japanese communities overseas may have had a profound influence on the subsequent development of international relations, perhaps even seeing the early creation of an overseas Japanese empire that would have provided a rival to Great Britain. Instead, Japan closed its doors, leaving these fierce mercenaries stranded in distant countries never to return: lost samurai indeed. 1 vol, 192 pgs 2021 UK, FRoNTLINE BOOKS
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1-202550 van Nimwegen, Olaf THE DUTCH ARMY AND THE MILITARY REVOLUTIONS 1588-1688 The Dutch army is central to all discussions about the tactical, strategic and organizational military revolution of the early modern period, but this is the first substantial work on the subject in English. This book addresses the changes that were effected in the tactics and organization of the Dutch armed forces between 1588 and 1688. It shows how in the first decades of this period the Dutch army was transformed from an unreliable band of mercenaries into a disciplined force that could hold its own against the might of Spain.

Under the leadership of Maurits of Nassau and his cousin Willem Lodewijk a tactical revolution was achieved that had a profound impact on battle. However, the Dutch army's organizational structure remained unchanged and the Dutch Republic continued to rely on mercenaries and military entrepreneurs. It was not until the latter half of the seventeenth century that the Dutch, under William III of Orange, Captain-General of the Union, introduced revolutionary changes in military organization and established an efficient standing army. This army withstood attacks by Louis XIV and the Dutch reforms were copied by the English. 1 vol, 602 pgs 2010 US, BOYDEL & BREWER
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1-17900 Verney, Jack GOOD REGIMENT, THE An account of the Carignan-Salieres Regiment in Canada, 1665-1668. The Regiment was sent to secure the colony from the Iroquois, maps, chapter notes, appendix, index. 1 vol, 222 pgs 2000 MONTREAL, MCGILL UNIVER
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1-902909 Weber, T. and Fuhrman, Rolf SAMURAI OF THE SENGOKU PERIOD V1 Great drawings/illust of every aspect of weapons,armor, equipment. (8) fold-out plates, full color 1 vol, 60 pgs 2009 GERMANY, BERLIN ZINNFIG
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1-902910 Weber, T. and Fuhrman, Rolf SAMURAI OF THE SENGOKU PERIOD: Vol. 2 Great drawings/illust of every aspect of weapons, armor, and equipment. Includes eight fold-out plates in full color. 1 vol, 60 pgs 2012 GERMANY, BERLIN ZINNFIGUREN
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1-217780 Wolke, Lars Ericson THE SWEDISH ARMY OF THE GREAT NORTHERN WAR, 1700-1721 The book describes the development of the Swedish Army during the Great Northern War, 1700-1721, when Sweden fought against a coalition of Russia, Denmark-Norway and Poland-Saxony. For parts of the War Prussia and Hanover also joined the enemy coalition. The book describes how the Army was reorganized in the year before the outbreak of the war, with its unique allotment system of recruitment. The book also includes a list of all Army units during the 21 years of war.

The strategic situation in the Baltic Sea region in the last 1690s is given, and is then followed up by an analysis of the strategic situation in the early 1720s.

A description of the Army as it was at the time of the outbreak of the war in 1700, as well as the system of fortresses around the Baltic Sea is provided. The equipment and tactics of the Army are presented, not the least how they developed during the long period of the war.

The development of the 21 years of war are described and discussed to give the reader a good overview of the military (and partly the political) developments. The battlefield performance of the Swedish Army is studied through descriptions and analysis of six battles and one campaign.

The book includes a list of suggestions for further reading, and is supported by a large number of illustrations including specially commissioned color uniform and flag plates. 1 vol, 177 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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