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Wellington's Cavalry and Technical Corps, 1800–1815 (Hardback)

Including Artillery

Colour Books Military > Pre-WWI > Napoleonic Photographic Books

By Gabriele Esposito
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 50 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781399005470
Published: 3rd November 2021


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While artillery has been described as the queen of the Napoleonic battlefield, this was an era when cavalry could still play a decisive role in battle, as well as being vital on campaign. This volume covers both British cavalry and artillery of the Napoleonic Wars, as well as supporting units such as engineers. Gabriele Esposito describes the history, organization and uniforms of the various units in full detail, following the evolution and combat history of each. Mounted troops deployed in the various British colonies as well as foreign cavalry units in British service will be all covered in specific chapters.

The technical corps, most notably the artillery (both foot and horse) and the engineers, are given similar treatment. Royal Marines naval infantry and some other 'auxiliary' corps (like the Yeomanry/militia cavalry or the Sea Fencibles, all very little known) are also included. The book is lavishly illustrated with dozens of colour paintings.

An excellent reference in my view.

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Military Model Scene

"...a good overview and worthy companion volume."

Historical Miniatures Gaming Society, April 2022

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As with the previous work the illustrations are to a high standard and will be a good source book for artists and military modellers.

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ARRSE (Army Rumour Service)

The many illustrations showing a range of uniforms of different units are really excellent and the bibliography points the reader to further reading.
Bear in mind that the whole army is the subject and content is not limited to those who came under Wellington’s zone of command. Enjoy a jolly interesting read and put this book into your reference section for dipping into as the need arises or when you just feel like looking at some superb illustrations.
We strongly recommend this book.

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Clash of Steel

The author has established a reputation in a series of books in the Armies of the Past category for delivering concise and well presented technical history and this book continues that pattern. It offers explanations of the various Corps and is very well supported by colour plates, and is a very useful reference.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Gabriele Esposito

Gabriele Esposito is an Italian researcher and a long-time student of military history, whose interests and expertise range widely over various periods. Most of his recent studies have been dedicated to the reconstruction of the organization, functioning and tactics of the armies across history; in each of his publications there is always some relevant space dedicated to the 'material culture'of the various armies taken into account and - more in particular - to the empirical science known as 'uniformology'. Gabriele is the author of numerous books on armies and uniforms and is a regular contributor to many specialized magazines in Italy, France, Netherlands and UK. His many previous works include Armies of Early Colonial North America 1607-1713Armies of the Late Roman Empire 284-476Armies of the Hellenistic States 323 BC to AD30Armies of Celtic Europe 700 BC-AD 106Armies of Ancient Greece, circa 500 BC to 338 BC; and The Macedonian Army of Philip II and Alexander the Great 359-323 BC, all published by Pen & Sword since 2018. He lives in southern Italy, near the ancient battlefield of Beneventum.

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