Tuesday 29 November 2011

Guerreros y Batallas

Series of Osprey type books dealing with Spanish subjects. List here

Monday 28 November 2011

WARFARE MINIATURES League of Augsburg 28mm metal figures

I am really impressed by these late 17th century figures. The poses are excellent and they ooze period feel. Check them out - list of available figures here

Saturday 26 November 2011

Very Good Russian Miltary History Site

For those readers of "Wars of Louis Quatorze" who might have an interest in Russian military history, this is an excellent web site. Called "From Rus to Peter", it covers the span of Russian military history from roughly 900 AD to 1725 AD.

The site (written in English) has pull-down tabs covering biographies of famous leaders, battles of the era, specific tabs on the Army and the navy, Politics, and the General History as well as Military History. Some very good articles with accompanying charts, maps, illustrations and photography. The illustrations are Osprey-style and the photos are of modern-day reenactments. Overall, very nicely done, and a good "thumbnail" source (at worst) for a bit of Russian information.


Thursday 24 November 2011

Monday 21 November 2011

Project SYW

This is an invaluable resource on the web on the subject - check it out, if you have an interest.

Prussian musket

This musket - a 1740 flintlock is now available as a cheap import repro so if you have been waiting for something like that now's your chance.

Austrian flintlocks

From the Regiment Wied website is this useful image of Austrian arms.

Prussian step

Prussian infantry in the time of Frederick the Great on parade in Potsdam. A clip from the East German 1962 film "Minna von Barnhelm".
Eagle-eyed readers will note that I have had this clip on this blog already but I thought it might be worth having a look at the step the soldiers are marching in - is it a reasonable approximation of the 'lock step'? I think it's a modern version but I still think it comes close.
Incidentally there's news of a forthcoming book on the armies of the Seven Years War on my Flintlock and Tomahawk blog.

Friday 18 November 2011

More Morier

This is the British 14th Dragoons.

Tuesday 15 November 2011

An engagement between French troops and a detachment of the 'Free Company' 1755-65

Curious image by Morier here

Bannalist and Pandour, 'Freikorps Trenck' c.1748

By David Morier

Prisoners of War

Martin Psenicka found this lovely engraving - never seen it before - sort of on the same theme as Hogarth's Roast Beef of Old England

Austrian drill manual

Thanks to a Czech friend I managed to get hold of a digital copy of this work. It's excellent. Definitely someone should reprint it. Thanks Guys...

Sunday 13 November 2011

Grenadiers, Infantry Regiments 'Hirzel', 'Constant'? and 'Stuerler'?

Anyone identify the nationality of these troops in the Morier archive? Are they Dutch?

Morier paintings

Collection of paintings of the era of the War of Austrian Succession. Here.

Thursday 10 November 2011

Hanoverian army

Overview here. Following the theme of Frederick's allies

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Braunschweig-L√ľneburg Grenadier a cheval


Frederick the Great's Allies Osprey

Always worth celebrating - an Osprey on a subject you like - even more worth celebrating when they have someone good at the rudder - this one has all the hallmarks of a good 18thc read - Stuart Reid and Gerry Embleton and son Sam are involved with this one...worth a look I'd say. Review here

Monday 7 November 2011

More Terezin

I picked this SYW clip as it shows a bird's eye view of things - rather like the painting below.

Saturday 5 November 2011

Battle of Rossbach 1757

This SYW battle took place today in 1757. A decisive victory for the Prussians. Did an image search and came up with this fine picture. Wiki on the battle here

Thursday 3 November 2011

More from Terezin fortress

Check out the SYW scene in Czech republic and environs. Inspirational - I want to live there and take part!

Wednesday 2 November 2011

Trophies of War

From the Vienna army museum these are Prussian items captured at the battle of Kunersdorf.

Tuesday 1 November 2011

Austro-Hungarian grenadiers by Morier c1748

More stuff on the Seven Years War on my Flintlock and Tomahawk blog.

More Austrian drill pictures

From a little earlier - 1717. More here . The caption reads
Drill book for the Imperial infantry regiment commanded by Col. George Count Browne de Camus, 1717. Drawings show soldiers and officers in black-and-white uniforms, the colours of the Browne arms, carrying out various moves. Forming a barrier. See 17-01-02/57-60
Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Vienna, Austria

Seven Years War uniforms

This classic old school Blandford Press book by Mollo and McGregor is up on the Armchair General site. A useful introduction to the period even after all these years.

Austrian manual of arms for the Seven Years War period

One of my mates from the States is looking for the drill manual for the Austrian army - these are a few of the plates sent by my pal Boris - anyone have the whole work?