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Frederick the Greats Allies (Men-at-arms) [Paperback]

Stuart Reid , Gerry Embleton
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10 Sep 2010 Men-at-arms (Book 460)
The Seven Years' War in Germany was characterised by an increasing use of 'light' troops in conjunction with regular infantry and cavalry as part of an ongoing evolution in military tactics. This book draws attention to these tactical developments and also provides an analysis of the allied army that fought alongside Frederick the Great in Germany. Composed of troops from the electorate of Hanover and contingents from Hessen-Kassel, Brunswick and Prussia, this force was funded by Britain and led by a Prussian officer, Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick. Later, British troops joined this army as it operated throughout western Germany, and together the allied army won a great victory at the famous battle of Minden in 1759.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (10 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849081778
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849081771
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 14.3 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 536,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This attractive volume describes the organisation and uniforms of the contingents from Brunswick, Britain, Hanover, Hesse-Kassel, Prussia and Buckeburg. It is crammed with black-and-white illustrations by Knotel and others and with colour plates by Gerry and Sam Embleton. The book is also well-written, with clear analysis of organisational changes, unit strengths, etc, and amusing descriptions of some of the commanding officers in an era that saw its fair share of rogues. --Miniature Wargames

About the Author

Stuart Reid was born in Aberdeen in 1954 and is married with two sons. He has worked as a librarian and a professional soldier and his main focus of interest lies in the 18th and 19th centuries. This interest stems from having ancestors who served in the British Army and the East India Company and who fought at Culloden, Bunker Hill and even in the Texas Revolution.His books for Osprey include the highly acclaimed titles about King George's Army 1740-93 (Men-at-Arms 285, 289 and 292) and the British Redcoat 1740-1815 (Warriors 19 and 20).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stuff! 24 Sep 2010
This latest Osprey fills the final MAJOR gap in their coverage of the Seven Years War in Europe - a treatment of His Britannic Majesty's Army which guarded Frederick's Western flank. For a single volume, it covers a great deal of ground, examining the organistaion and uniforms of the contingents from Hanover and the smaller German states, from the opening debacle of Hastenbeck to the end of the war. Stuart Reid even finds enough space to outline the uniforms of the British forces involved (both the initial small force which fought at Minden, and the subsequent "Glorious Rienforcement"), as well as the small contingent of Prussian cavalry Frederick managed to spare for service in the west. With both of the latter already extensively covered by Osprey (the British by Mr Reid himself), it could be argued that neither needed to be here, though their inclusion does make for a more complete package for the uninitiated.

The colour plates by Embleton father and son are (as one would expect) excellent in execution. I've always had a great affection for Gerry Emblton's work as, in a point made elsewhere, he always manages to combine the level of detail in depicting the uniforms that forms one of the main reasons for the existence of this series, whilst still making them look dynamic and "human". The first plate for me stands out in this respect; depicting the Hanoverian infantry, one of the figures (from what the text tells us was a notoriuosly poorly regarded unit) is performing drill with a tree branch (with obvious ill-grace)instead of a musket to the clear amusement of his colleagues!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good guide 26 Oct 2010
As you would expect from the combination of a Stuart Reid text and Gerry Embleton artwork, this is a good Osprey title. Reid keeps, mostly, to describing the uniforms and insignia while Embleton's paintings are lovely. Only issue for me is that I would have much prefered an Osprey for each of Frederick's allies!.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good basic information 15 April 2013
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A good basic review of the armies taking part in the 1756-63 campaign.7 more words are a waste of breath
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5.0 out of 5 stars Met my requirement 28 May 2012
I wanted a book that reviews the other Germans in Freddie's army without sinking into a great deal of detail. That is a wide spread of allies. This book covers the subject first by branch, cavalry, infantry, technical, light, then by state. Just what I needed. A good book, well written, great artwork.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect addition to the set 10 May 2014
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This is a perfect addition to the Osprey series on the Prussian Army of the Seven Years War. If you are a wargamer or miniature painter of the Anglo-Allied army in Germany then you will want this pub.

Same format as all Osprey series; no surprises. Artwork and research are top notch.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice detail--but without context 15 Nov 2010
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This Osprey volume presents quite a bit of useful information--without much context for sensemaking. The focus? Allies of Frederick the Great, many of whom were underwritten by the British.

The slim book begins with a quotation that is about all the perspective provided (Page 3): "A more valid title might actually be `His Britannic Majesty's Army in Germany,' for in reality Frederick II the Great of Prussia had very few allies during the Seven Years' War and all of them were grouped together into a single army, largely in British pay."

There is a description of heavy and light cavalry (and the countries that supplied troops), infantry (heavy and light), artillery, and so on. We see that British, Prussian, Hessian, etc. troops were present.

However, there isn't much discussion of how these fit into Frederick's military machine. Hence, details that are interesting without much context to make sense of those details. In the end, rather disappointing. How did Frederick use these troops? How effective were they? How did they contribute in battle?

Without answers to questions like that, the book is flat. Descriptive material without the bigger picture. . . .
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