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on 16 May 2013
Bought this because needed the information on uniforms of the period, I already have another book by the same author on British Napoleonic uniforms, this book is nearly as good as the Napoleonic book, cant really fault it, though it would benefit from having a few examples of a figure fully dressed with all equipment because otherwise there is a little jumping about to get everything together and some things like the way that soldiers hair was styled and the fact that the vast majority of soldiers wore the tricorn, minor thing though, also a guess of a drummers dress would be good along with the drum itself. I also bought the Digby Smith book and wouldnt personally bother with that at all, information there with regard to uniforms is very sketchy hence buying this book.
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on 28 November 2012
First impressions are that this is the work to have on the uniforms of the British army of the second half of the 18th Century. Beautifully illustrated in full colour, and available for a very good price, it will be for me a frequently consulted reference work and a book to browse for pleasure. I am not qualified to assess the accuracy of the information and illustration given, but there are a couple of important niggles: the 19th Light Dragoons page is missing, replaced by the 21st (which is then repeated in its proper place. The illustrations for footwear for both infantry and cavalry are identical - unlikely to be so, surely? And there is the usual (these days) collection of irritating typos, largely due to computer text editing, which makes it very easy to turn sentences into nonsense by repeating or omitting prepositions, auxiliary verbs and the like. A book of this quality deserves better editing and proof-reading. Otherwise, superb.
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on 23 May 2016
As some other reviewers have pointed out, the kindle version isn't as good as it should be. I'm using the kindle windows app and have read the book on large screens. Despite this, it is not really possible to see the detail in the diagrams. The regimental lineage tables at the back of the book are also very difficult to see - to say they are unreadable is going too far, but they are not far off!

Overall there are quite a few format problems in the kindle version. I have no idea if the text matches the book version precisely, but there are some strange editing failures in the kindle version. For example the section on the 62nd Regiment during the American War of Independence contains the sentence:

"It was interned for most of the war at Cambridge in November 1777, Rutland in November 1778, Charlottesville to June 1781 and Lancaster until April 1783 over a difference between cartridge pouches and boxes."

What???

As another reviewer has pointed out the book doesn't seem to quite know what it is covering as its subject - the cover title is "British Army Uniforms from 1751 to 1783 : including the Seven Years' War and the American War of Independence" - and yet the kindle version gives its electronic title as "British Army Uniforms of the American Revolution 1751 - 1783". Despite the reference to the Seven Years' War on the cover, that war barely gets a mention in the text.

So all-in-all a mixed bag. I'm quite willing to believe the physical book is worth four or even five stars, but I can't give the kindle version any more than three.
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on 16 May 2014
This book is a must for those interested in the minutiae of military history. It is not a handsome volume but that is not its purpose. I have found other works more enjoyable but if one wants the detail in one volume here it is!
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on 10 June 2015
Yet another book to clutter my study? In fact no ,opted for the Kindle version and excellent value its proved to be too. Very informative and well written,recommended also so easy to download
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on 23 May 2016
I can't recommend this book enough. If you are at all interested in this period get this book.
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on 5 April 2013
This book is as pretty as a table-top arrayed with Britain's lead soldiers, and is about as accurate.

Even more than the author's previous work, this book shows evidence of woefully bad editing as well as superficial research.

It may be valuable as a visual summary of the basic uniform distinctions of 1751 and 1768- button lace and facing colour. I am not qualified to say. The fact that there is no clear heading in the text for each regiment discussed is not helpful in that regard. A strange decision.

However, in relation certain specific areas: Highland troops, grenadiers and light infantry, particularly relating to the American War of Independence, I can say with confidence that the writing is in many places incoherent or contradictory and there are frequent statements so vague and generalised to the point of being meaningless. At one point the author details regulation headgear distinctions apparently relating to some time before 1770 that were in fact ordered 17 years after the end of the period he is discussing. As in his previous book on the Napoleonic Wars, in a number of places he repeats later regimental folklore as fact- and even makes mistakes there.

There are numerous other factual errors- far too numerous to list here- some of which go beyond careless research and would seem enter the realm of fiction. At one point, the author seems to have invented an extra regiment (relating to the various incarnations bearing the title '71st Highlanders')

Others are downright bizarre.

Suffice to say, any book that states the Black Watch were disbanded in Nova Scotia in 1783 should be treated with extreme caution.

Anyone using this as a reference work risks being let down very badly.
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on 10 January 2016
one for the history buffs
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on 10 January 2013
A very well presented and illustrated book. The book covers a period of the British Army's history that has not been dealt with in such depth before
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on 27 January 2015
Good useful book
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