ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MILITARY UNIFORMS OF THE 19TH CENTURY

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Post  mconrad on Mon 09 May 2011, 7:58 am

Lorenz Publishing can really pump out these uniform books, and they aren't expensive. Amazon.com has some reviews of this particular one on "19th century uniforms" that describe the product well, with pros and cons. Nice pictures, tons of disjointed information with a number of errors. Gratuitous verbiage with nothing to do with the subject (did you know that after the British left India, it became two countries, one Hindu and one Muslim?). It's not really about the 19th century, just those wars that are well covered by the Company of Military Historians and Osprey books, except for the addition of a small part on the Italian unification wars. Non-uniforms have a surprisingly strong appearance, with coverage of American Indians, Zulus, and Boer citizens (well, one of those is in a uniform).

This book is a good successor to the regular appearances of broad-coverage uniform books for beginners that have been published for the last 30 years. It is a good successor because the authors do take advantage of the specialist research from all that time (none of which is credited).

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Post  Sean on Mon 09 May 2011, 3:03 pm

I wouldn't rush out to buy it though, very American centric. I have a copy if anyone wants to buy it from me.

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Post  ChrisF202 on Tue 10 May 2011, 12:25 am

Yeah it is very American Civil War centered, I would say that at least 40% of the book is American Civil War related. I was quite disappointed Neutral

They have companion books on the Uniforms of the American War of Independence, the Uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars, and an upcoming book on the uniforms of World War One which is due this August.

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Post  sbintayab on Tue 10 May 2011, 1:43 am

Dear,
Can anyone give me the download link of this book?
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Shams

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Post  mconrad on Fri 13 May 2011, 1:08 pm

Here's a color painting created for Military Uniforms of the 19th Century, which is adverted as an "expert guide," "scrupulously researched," and "immaculately detailed." Then compare it to the real thing as presented in Don Troiani's Soldiers in America (Troiani, Coates, and Kochan). Some of the errors: added vertical strip of braid down the front opening, totally wrong collar ornamentation, missed the inverted bell-shape outline of the several rows of chest braid, buttons look flat instead of ball, which braid crosses over which in the design is wrong, bottom front is pointed instead of horizontally flat.




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Post  wfrad on Sun 15 May 2011, 3:01 am

Could this be an attempt at illustrating the 3rd New Jersey cavalry?
Collar would still have had the buttons and braid but this could vary as I believe the uniform was purchased by the state and possibly prone to alterations due to funding, also a number of individuals tailored their uniform to taste.
None of which explains the fact that if there had been extensive research any abnormality should have had an explanation to the reason why.
See the example of the 3rd New Jersey's uniform on page 72 of Katcher's 'The American Soldier', quite similar to this uniform.
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Post  ChrisF202 on Mon 16 May 2011, 11:49 pm

The ultimate mistake in this book is labeling a British Indian Army lancer as a US Army infantry officer ca. 1898! Hopefully the upcoming World War One book will be error free ...

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