Uniforms of the French Revolutionary Wars, 1789-1802 by Philip J. John Haythornthwaite

Uniforms of the French Revolutionary Wars, 1789-1802 by Philip J. [John] Haythornthwaite soon to be presented for sale on the terrific BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Poole: Blandford Press, 1981, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Jacket illustration: Britain: Officer, 56th Foot, 1799; Prussia: Trooper, 4th Hussars, 1790; France: Infantryman, 1793, wearing 1791 pattern forage-cap and armed with 1717-pattern musket; Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates; Colour Drawings;

From the cover: The French Revolution and the wars it engendered form a watershed in political and social history. It plays no less a role in military history, with the devising and employment of new tactics for the French conscript armies unable to perform the meticulous manoeuvres of the eighteenth century. The Revolutionary Wars saw the birth of the superb French army which was to be led to victory by Napoleon Bonaparte, who himself owed his meteoric rise from subaltern to Emperor to the Revolutionary Wars.

The book includes a historical introduction describing the campaigns and causes of the Revolutionary Wars, including Bonapartes expedition to the Orient; another section describes the military organization of the period, with changes and innovations resulting from experience or expediency; and another the development of military uniforms from the pipeclayed manikins of the eighteenth century, through the ragged, barefoot conscripts of Republican France, to the Napoleonic styles evolving around the turn of the century. There follow sixty-four colour and six black-and-white plates, with extensive supporting text, describing more than 150 uniforms of some twenty-three armies, including those of such little-known campaigns such as Kosciuskos revolt, the counter-revolution in the Vendee, and the 98 in Ireland. The uniforms range from the scarecrow volunteers and immaculate regulars of the French army of 1792 93, through the kaleidoscopic uniforms of the French in Egypt (including the exotic camel-corps), to the varied dress of émigré regiments formed of political refugees and mercenaries, and including a number of irregular corps volunteers, militia and national guard which symbolize the concept of national armies established by the Revolution.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper rubbed at the foot of the upper panel otherwise a very well presented copy.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 147 pages. Bibliography. 10″ x 7¾”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I excite you with my selection hither or maybe further, hand picked, books in my War Gaming catalogue?

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