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  The Boer Wars (1): 1836-1898 (Men-at-Arms Series 301)
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The Boer Wars (1): 1836-1898 (Men-at-Arms Series 301)
: Ian Knight, Gerry Embleton
: Osprey Publishing
: 1996
isbn: 1855326124
: 49
: english
: PDF (scan)

Over the space of two centuries, the original Dutch settlers of South Africa, augmented by a trickle of refugees from a succession of religious wars in France and Germany, grew into a hardy breed. In time, these people came to think of themselves as white Africans or 'Afrikaners' though they were generally known to one another, and outsiders, as 'Boers', meaning farmers. This book details the fascinating history of the Boers from the 'Great Trek' of 1836-40, through their many wars with such peoples as the Zulus and the Pedi, to their final defeat of the Venda in 1898.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 5-02-2015, 11:36 | : 301   (0)
  British Forces in the West Indies 1793-1815 (Men-at-Arms Series 294)
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British Forces in the West Indies 1793-1815 (Men-at-Arms Series 294)
: Rene Chartrand, Paul Chappell
: Osprey Publishing
: 1996
isbn: 1855326000
: 50
: english
: PDF (scan)

Two centuries ago, the West Indies were a booming set of islands where vast fortunes were made. By the late 1790s, the West Indies attracted four-fifths of British overseas capital investments and provided over one-eight of the government's £31.5 million total net revenue to the Treasury. These figures explain the tremendous numbers of naval and military forces deployed to protect these valuable Caribbean territories during the French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802) and beyond. This fascinating volume by Réne Chartrand examines these forces, including a wealth of illustrations and photographs and eight full page colour plates by Paul Chappell.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 5-02-2015, 08:34 | : 291   (0)
  The Boer Wars (2) 1898-1902 (Men-at-Arms Series 303)
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The Boer Wars (2) 1898-1902 (Men-at-Arms Series 303)
: Ian Knight, Gerry Embleton
: Osprey Publishing
: 1997
isbn: 1855326132
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

On 11 October 1899 the Second Boer War between the British and the Boers began. The war saw the most powerful professional army in the world pitted against the unconventional tactics of the undisciplined Boers. Although the Boers were finally forced to surrender in May 1902 the war had taken its toll on their opponents who lost some 8,000 troops killed in action with a further 13,000 dying from disease. This book covers the organisation, uniforms and very different tactics involved in the conflict, from guerrilla warfare to a final war of attrition that the Boers could not hope to win.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 5-02-2015, 07:13 | : 325   (0)
  Republican Roman Army 200-104 BC (Men-at-Arms Series 291)
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Republican Roman Army 200-104 BC (Men-at-Arms Series 291)
: Nick Sekunda, Angus McBride
: Osprey Publishing
: 1996
isbn: 1855325985
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

The principal source of information on the Roman Republican Army is the sixth book of the Histories of the Greek historian Polybius, written a little before 150BC. This engaging text by Nicholas Sekunda draws heavily on this vital source to outline the equipment and organisation of the Roman Republican Army from 200104 BC a time when Rome was growing from a regional to a world power. With plenty of photographs and illustrations, including eight vivid full page colour plates by Angus McBride, this fascinating volume examines such topics as the Roman shield, helmets, the cuirass, greaves, the pilum, legion organisation, the principales and the tactics they employed.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 4-02-2015, 10:27 | : 317   (0)
  Louis XV's Army (5): Colonial and Naval Troops (Men-at-Arms Series 313)
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Louis XV's Army (5): Colonial and Naval Troops (Men-at-Arms Series 313)
: Rene Chartrand, Eugene Leliepvre
: Osprey Publishing
: 1998
isbn: 1855327090
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

In 1715 France had a sizeable overseas empire in America, Africa and Asia, its colonies garrisoned by thousands of regular officers and soldiers who belonged to the Navy's colonial establishment or by the French East India Company's troops. Though these troops are not usually covered in histories of the French forces, since the end of the 17th century, they saw considerable action against the enemy overseas. This last volume in a series of five (Men-at-Arms 296, 302, 304, 308 and 313) details the uniforms, arms and accoutrements of Louis XV's colonial and naval troops. The text is accompanied by numerous photographs and illustrations, including eight full colour plates.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 4-02-2015, 08:31 | : 321   (0)
  Louis XV's Army (4) Light Troops and Specialists (Men-at-Arms Series 308)
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Louis XV's Army (4) Light Troops and Specialists (Men-at-Arms Series 308)
: Rene Chartrand, Eugene Leliepvre
: Osprey Publishing
: 1997
isbn: 1855326248
: 50
: english
: PDF (scan)

The emergence of light troops at the time of Louis XV's reign (1715-1774) is a sign of the search for better intelligence of the enemy and rapid tactical moves on battlefields. This fourth instalment of René Chartrand's review of Louis XV's army reveals an extraordinary variety of units, most now long forgotten, who had a dazzling assortment of uniforms, equipment and weapons, as is revealed by this interesting text and its numerous accompanying illustrations, which include eight full page colour plates by Eugène Lelièpvre.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 3-02-2015, 04:42 | : 242   (0)
  Louis XV's Army (3): Foreign Infantry and Artillery (Men-at-Arms Series 304)
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Louis XV's Army (3): Foreign Infantry and Artillery (Men-at-Arms Series 304)
: Rene Chartrand, Eugene Leliepvre
: Osprey Publishing
: 1997
isbn: 185532623X
: 49
: english
: PDF (scan)

On account of long-standing tradition as well as sheer numbers, the importance of foreign regiments in the French army had become considerable by the time of Louis XV. Since the Middle Ages, the rulers of France had called upon mercenaries from various neighbouring nations to form units which were often among the finest in the army. In this third of five volumes covering the army of Louis XV [Men-at-Arms 296, 302, 304, 308 & 313], René Chartrand examines the organisation and uniforms of the foreign infantry and artillery troops in a text containing a wealth of illustrations including eight full page colour plates by Eugène Lelièpvre.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 30-01-2015, 03:59 | : 511   (0)
  Louis XV's Army (2): French Infantry (Men-at-Arms Series 302)
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Louis XV's Army (2): French Infantry (Men-at-Arms Series 302)
: Rene Chartrand, Eugene Leliepvre
: Osprey Publishing
: 1997
isbn: 1855326256
: 46
: english
: PDF (scan)

In Louis XV's army the classification of 'French' infantry denoted troops recruited from men born and raised in France. These regiments were called, naturally enough, infanterie francaise as opposed to the mercenary 'foreign' infantry recruited elsewhere. Making up the bulk of the army, all officers and men were to be of the Roman Catholic faith, the official state religion. Regimental recruiting parties went to towns and villages looking for likely young volunteers, inducing them to enlist with the usual promises quick money, fast women, good wines and great glory.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 29-01-2015, 06:01 | : 325   (0)
  Louis XV's Army (1): Cavalry & Dragoons (Men-at-Arms Series 296)
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Louis XV's Army (1): Cavalry & Dragoons (Men-at-Arms Series 296)
: Rene Chartrand, Eugene Leliepvre
: Osprey Publishing
: 1996
isbn: 1855326027
: 50
: english
: PDF (scan)

France had a population of between 22 and 25 million at this time, and maintained the largest standing army in Europe. In peacetime it might have amounted to about 200,000 men; in times of war, it could be anything up to half a million. A substantial part of Louis XV's army consisted of numerous regiments of guard cavalry, heavy cavalry and dragoon regiments, which were considered the best and noblest part.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 29-01-2015, 04:55 | : 375   (0)
  Russian Army of the Seven Years War (2) (Men-at-Arms Series 298)
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Russian Army of the Seven Years War (2) (Men-at-Arms Series 298)
: Angus Konstam, Bill Younghusband
: Osprey Publishing
: 1996
isbn: 185532587X
: 48
: english
: PDF (scan)

This second volume (see MAA 297) by Angus Konstam on the Russian Army of the Seven Years' War (1756-1763) concentrates on the cavalry, both the regular troops and irregular forces, considering their composition, nature and effectiveness. It also outlines the state of the Russian train of artillery, which was seen as the premier branch of the army and dominated Russian military doctrine throughout the 18th century. As a result of reforms, the Russians entered the war with Prussia somewhat wrong footed. The ability of the army to recover from this in the crucible of war is a major part of this story.
 
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