Tuesday 30 November 2021

Death of Charles XII 1718


Today's anniversary is the death of the Swedish King. Shot in the head while besieging Frederiksten. 

Thursday 25 November 2021

Caroliners. Svenska Lif: Compagniet

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Fotograf: Tony Persson VLT

Drilling outside the church, in Badelunda, Västerås. 

Appropriately enough, we had our drill next to the church, just like the soldiers did during the Carolean era. 

Wednesday 24 November 2021

Banal Grenz Infanterie Regiment

 This Czech group are good. Contact them through their Facebook page.

Grenz infantry from 1762

Thanks to Donnie of Austrian reenacting for these.
Grenz infantry

Sunday 21 November 2021

French pikeman of 1677

 Yves Martin has found on BNF some French playing cards depicting the ranks of the army from 1677. To see more go to my War of the Grand Alliance Facebook page. This is showing the elusive classical helmet. Love to find an original of this.

Russian Great Northern war reenactors


More here at their Facebook page

IR von Esterhazy. Trakošćan Castle

 Thanks to Vladimir Brnardić for this.

'Trakošćan Castle is located in northern Croatia (in the Varaždin County) that dates back to the 13th century. Among other treasures it has well preserved hand painted wallpapers that feature Austrian infantry and cavalry troops from 1749/1750. Between them is 37 line infantry regiment under command of Josip Kazimir Drašković when he was a colonel of it as well as one Hungarian and Grenz infantry regiment and dragoon and hussar squadrons. Soldiers uniforms, equipment and flags as well as the formation of individual units and their parts are all faithfully represented. Of interest is the regimental band.'

IR von Esterhazy. Trakošćan Castle. Priest and officers with orchestra in the middle, sappeurs in the back. On the left grenadiers, on the right musketeers.

Tuesday 16 November 2021

Saturday 13 November 2021

Preston 1715

 Rob reminded me that this time now is also the anniversary of Preston

Interesting Knötel

 Haven't seen this before. Interesting. Anyone know the source? Morier I expect. 

Sheriffmuir 1715

 Today's anniversary. Wiki

Friday 12 November 2021

Sunday 7 November 2021

Danish Officer of 1765

 Pleasant artwork from Danish archive.

Friday 5 November 2021

Today in 1688

 William of Orange and his army lands at Torbay Devon.

Battle of Rossbach 1757

 Today's anniversary is this famous Prussian victory. 

Tuesday 2 November 2021

Portugal volume out


We are pleased to announce Wars and Soldiers of Louis XIV Volume 5: The Armies of Portugal 1659-1690 is now available.

In December 1640, the native dynasty of Braganza ascended to the Portuguese Throne. This event heralded the end Spanish domination in Portugal that had started in 1580.

Following the Restoration, an ill-prepared Portuguese David found itself having to face a tormented but not exhausted Spanish Goliath. The new national army was raised in a such a short period of time, to be considered almost unique in European military history. The development of Portugal’s armed forces during this period is a fascinating subject for investigation and reading.

The story of Portuguese army during this period, its organization, and campaigns, together with a study of its uniforms and ensigns is published here in English for the first time. The book is presented with 8 special commissioned colour plates and uses after archival and unpublished sources along with many contemporary pictures.

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