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Chartrand, René
The Osprey Men-at-Arms of René Chartrand
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

A brief overview of the volumes in the Men-at-Arms series written by René Chartrand...

Chartrand, René & Courcelle, Patrice
Émigré & Foreign Troops in British Service (1): 1793-1802.
Reviewed by Yves Martin

René Chartrand has been of late a prolific writer for Osprey and I do confess I eagerly wait for each new title he brings out...

Coppens, Bernard & Courcelle, Patrice
Les Armees de Waterloo
Reviewed by Yves Martin.

Coppens' style aims at reconstructing the way soldiers looked. The plates look a bit like card soldiers as they are all "at the ready." The real treat is that Coppens being a true historian and re-enactor he's gone to pains to understand what soldiers really wore.

Elting, John R. and Knötel, Herbert

Napoleonic Uniforms (2007 Edition)
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

An awesome illustrated reference to the uniforms of Napoleon's Grande Armée...

Napoleonic Uniforms: The French Army. (Vols. I and II.) &
Napoleonic Uniforms; Allies: Vassals and Enemies. (Vols. III and IV.)
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

These four volumes are a must for any historian, uniformologist, collector, and painter of military miniatures, or any enthusiast of the Napoleonic period.

Elting, John R.
Military Uniforms in America, Years of Growth, 1796-1851
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

An excellent study of the uniforms of America by a dedicated group of experts...

Forthoffer, Roger
The Forthoffer Fiches Documentaires (Document files)
Reviewed by Yves Martin

Forthoffer provided exceptional work especially on the uniforms of Naples, Italy, and Westphalia. A man obsessed with precision and accuracy, he would not settle for a middle-of-the-road approach.

Fournol, Henri
RUEE: Recherche sur les Uniformes Etrangers de l'Empire
Reviewed by Yves Martin

Recherche sur les Uniformes Etrangers de l'Empire (or RUEE, which is synonymous in French for "Rush") was a group of passionate collectors and amateurs assembled itself in 1972 and 1973. Their purpose was to organize the research around non-French units and their uniforms during the Napoleonic period.

Hollins, Dave
Austrian Grenadiers and Infantry, 1788-1816
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

A new book from Osprey.

Hourtoulle, Dr. F.G.
The Uniform Plates of Dr. F.G. Hourtoulle
Reviewed by Yves Martin

Dr. F.G.Hourtoulle's Soldats et Uniformes du Premier Empire.

Knötel, Herbert, and Elting, John R.
Napoleonic Uniforms: The French Army. (Vols. I and II.) &
Napoleonic Uniforms; Allies: Vassals and Enemies. (Vols. III and IV.)
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

These four volumes are a must for any historian, uniformologist, collector, and painter of military miniatures, or any enthusiast of the Napoleonic period.

Maughan, Stephen E.
The Napoleonic Soldier
Reviewed by Yves Martin

I just hate when this happens: reviewing a book which is both pleasant in some parts to look at and with some good text, but also quite inadequate in many ways — ill fitting my own personal tastes.

Nafziger, George
The Napoleonic Studies Booklets
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A nine volume set of books has been published that focus on the military of the minor states who participated in the Napoleonic Wars.

Rawkins, W. J.
The W. J. Rawkins Uniform Books
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

In the late 1970s and the early 1980s, W.J. Rawkins produced a series of uniform books on the various armies of the Napoleonic Wars. These books were unique because they covered most of the minor countries of the period.

Armies and Uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

William Rawkins’ classic uniform books are finally back in print in a new (and improved) format…

The Austro-Hungarian Army: 1792 – 1814
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Another lavishly illustrated reference from William Rawkins’ History Bookman…

Foreign Regiments in French Service 1795 – 1814 Vol. 5: the Polish Legions
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A reference on Napoleon’s most-colorful troops…

Foreign Regiments in French Service 1795 – 1814: the Swiss Regiments
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

One of the rarest of the Rawkins uniform guides is now available again…

The Royal Saxon Army: 1792 – 1814
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

Latest in Bill Rawkins’ ebook uniform series looks at the army of Saxony…

Rigo
The Rigo Uniform Plates: "Le Plumet"
Reviewed by Yves Martin

This series highlights special uniforms, flags, standards and banners of an army, which for a generation stunned the world.

Rousselot, Lucien (paintings), Ryan, Edward (Text)
Napoleon's Elite Cavalry: Cavalry of the Imperial Guard, 1804-1815, the paintings of Lucien Rousselot
Reviewed by Kevin Kiley

A magnificent look by Rousselot, master illustrator of military uniforms, at the uniforms of the most colorful of Napoleon's soldiers, the elite cavalry units...

Rousselot, Lucien (paintings), Ryan, Edward (Text)
Napoleon's Elite Cavalry: Cavalry of the Imperial Guard, 1804-1815, the paintings of Lucien Rousselot
Reviewed by Yves Martin

Superb illustrations by Rousselot of Napoleon's Imperial Guard cavalry...

Rousselot, Lucien
The Rousselot Plates
Reviewed by Yves Martin

Each plate is in full color, size 32X24 cms folded opened up 32X48, with 4 page text included. Original plates were colored by hand-stencil. A first reprint was done as of 1978, but only for the 1st Empire period plates. A second reprint was done as of 1982 by "Le Hussard du Marais," a model soldier shop operating out of the Marais district in Paris. The purpose was to complement the first reprint. Due to the lack of success, this series was never completed.

Umhey, Alfred.
Napoleon's Last Grande Armée: Eyewitness Portraits From the 1813 Campaign

Reviewed by Tony Broughton

A must for anyone interested in uniforms of the Napoleonic period.

Various
Uniform Plates by 20th Century French Artists
Reviewed by Yves Martin

The following is a list of the most well-known series of uniform plates published in the latter part of the 20th Century.

Vernet, Carle
Uniforms of Napoleon's Army
Reviewed by Robert Burnham

A superb collection of uniform prints of Napoleon's Grande Armée.



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