Napoleon’s Cavalry by Emir Bukhari

Napoleon’s Cavalry by Emir Bukhari soon to be presented for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: Osprey Publishing, 1979, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Black & White Plates; Black & White Drawings; Diagrams; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: A comprehensive history of the organisation, regimental campaign records, tactical methods, uniforms, insignia, and equipment of the most colourful and impressive cavalry arm the West has ever known the horsemen of the French 1st Empire. Originally published as five separate monographs in the renowned Men-at-Arms series, this book represents the most complete single-volume study ever to appear in the English language on the actual physical detail of the cavalry arm which was transformed by Napoleons genius, and the drive of a handful of inspired leaders, from a traditional scouting and outpost force into an arm of decision on the battlefield.

Five main sections are devoted to the different categories of cavalry: the sixteen heavy regiments of Cuirassiers and Carabiniers; the thirty regiments of Dragoons and Lancers which formed the vast pool of medium cavalry; the twenty-one regiments of light Chasseurs which operated as formed battlefield units; the fourteen regiments of flamboyant Hussars, which completed the light cavalry of the army; and the various elite regiments of Imperial Guard cavalry the Chasseurs, Light Horse Lancers, Dragoons, Horse Grenadiers, and curiosities such as the Mamelukes, Lithuanian Tartars, and Gardes dHonneur. In each section Emir Bukhari traces the dress, insignia, and equipment of officers, NCOs, troopers and musicians from contemporary records and inspection returns and pictorial evidence; lists the campaign history of each regiment; demonstrates the formations used on the field and on the march in clear and detailed diagrams; and delights the military enthusiast with such titbits as the stoppages listed in the pay book of the unfortunate Trooper Clavieux of the 28th Dragoons!

The text is illustrated by nearly 170 monochrome prints, diagrams and paintings, some prepared specially for these monographs, but the majority from the hands of such famous artists as Job, Benigni, Knotel, Bucquoy, Huen and Wilcke. Finally, in 40 specially commissioned plates, the respected illustrator Angus McBride provides no less than 120 superb full-colour studies of officers, NCOs, troopers and trumpeters of all these branches, dressed in the full range of parade, off-duty and campaign uniforms.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little tanned otherwise a very well presented copy.

Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 248 pages. 11¾” x 8¾”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I persuade you to have a look at more books hither or maybe further, hand picked, books in my Military History catalogue?


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