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5.0 out of 5 stars "Louis XIV's army was the precursor of today's armies and as such, the first great modern army"
This is an excellently-illustrated introduction to the army of Louis XIV of France. The colour plates are excellent, though only a brief sample of the complexity and scale of the army in its many decades of service. There are numerous contemporary illustrations supporting the text. Note that this author had a series on the same subject serialised in Military Modelling...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Louis XIV's Army and a small part of Virginia
I bought a used copy ,that turned out to be a publishers slight,page 1 to 37 were all about Loius and his armies, page 38 and 39 are about the Virginia milita in the 1860's. whilst the french reappear on page 40 and 41,its only briefly as 42 / 43 are back in the 19th century.And then the index is in French and German! apart from the time travel and bonus foreign...
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Louis XIV's army was the precursor of today's armies and as such, the first great modern army", 28 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Louis XIV's Army (Men-at-arms) (Paperback)
This is an excellently-illustrated introduction to the army of Louis XIV of France. The colour plates are excellent, though only a brief sample of the complexity and scale of the army in its many decades of service. There are numerous contemporary illustrations supporting the text. Note that this author had a series on the same subject serialised in Military Modelling magazine before this volume was published, and which had colour plates which would complement the ones published here.

The Author's Introduction and Afterword-
"One of the great armies of history is now almost forgotten, yet it was in many ways the first modern army. Louis XIV strove for order and an army which was both disciplined and large. Many measures that are now standard in our present day armies were introduced during his reign. This short study is meant merely as an introduction to a truly vast and fascinating subject."
"It was the main instrument by which Louis XIV kept Europe on its toes for over half a century. Its most lasting contribution was probably the great influence it had on other armies. Grenadiers, for instance, were soon the common standard for elite soldiers in all armies; fusilier regiments were created in Britain and Holland; artillery became truly military; the command structure with lieutenant-colonels and brigadiers, became widespread; and Louis' love of pomp, pageantry and order found converts everywhere. What self-respecting army had not adopted uniformity in dress and weapons, and fairly standard drills and manoeuvres by 1700? The practice of having a large permanent army in peacetime, with controls which insured its obedience to authority, was firmly established. The administrative machine was created to draft men for military service, a system refined by the French Revolution's concept of a universal `national service'. Louis XIV's army was the precursor of today's armies and as such, the first great modern army."

The Contents are -
P03: Chronology
P06: The Era of Louis XIV
P07: The Army in 1661
.Reorganisation and administration; Expansion and manpower; Command
P13: Units, Uniforms & Weapons: Maison du Roi
.Gardes du Corps (Body Guards; Gendarmes de la Garde (Men-at-arms of the Guard); Chevaux-Legers de la Garde (Light Horse);Mousquetiers de la Garde (Musketeers); Grenadiers a cheval de la Garde) (Horse Grenadiers); Gardes Francaises (French Guards); Gardes Suisses (Swiss); Gendarmes de France (men-at-arms)
P17: Line Infantry
.Weapons & tactics; Uniforms; Militia
P24: Line Cavalry
.Weapons and uniforms; Hussars;
P37: Dragoons
P38: Artillery
P39: Colours and Standards
P42: Plate Commentaries
P48: French & German Commentaries

The Colour Plates (pages 25-32) -
A: 1, Pikeman, Regt. Douglas, c.1667-69; 2, Musketeer, Regt. Furstenberg, c.1669; 3, Musketeer, Regt. Lyonnais, 1666. There are more figures in the background, in shadowy tones.
#1 has an armoured helmet and breastplate over a red coat with white cuffs and grey breeches and stockings; #2 has a dark blue coat with yellow cuffs, blue breeches and stockings; #3 has a grey coat and breeches with red cuffs and stockings. All have their coat-cuffs turned-back above their elbows.

B: 1, Musketeer, Regt. Des Gardes Francaises, c.1878-79; 2, Garde du Corps, 4th Co., c.1675-80; 3, Grenadier a Cheval, c.1676-80.
#1 has a grey coat and breeches, with a red undercoat and stockings; #2 has a dark blue coat and breeches, with red cuffs; #3 has a red coat and black breeches. #1 & #3 have cuffs matching the coat colour. The cuffs on all three are turned back on or just below the elbow, showing their shirts or undercoats.

C: 1, Musketeer, Regt. Garde Suisse, c.1878-79; 2, Musketeer, Regt. Vierzet, c.1679; 3&4, Troopers, line cavalry, c.1671-80; 4, Fusilier, Regt. Des Fusiliers du Roi, c.1680.
#1 has a red coat and black breeches and blue stockings; #2 has a buff or light brown coat with blue cuffs, undercoat and breeches, with grey stockings; #3 has a dark blue coat with a buff undercoat; #4 has a buff coat and a grey undercoat; #5 has a grey coat with blue cuffs with red breeches and stockings. Cuffs are positioned as on plate B.

D: 1, Dragoon Regt. Hautefort-Dragon, c.1698; 2, Dragoon Regt. Des Dragons du Roi, c.1698; 3, Dragoon Regt. Tesse-Dragon, 1680; 4, Officer, Regt. Colonel-General des Dragons, 1680.
#1 has a green coat with red cuffs, undercoat and breeches, and a green cap with red band; #2 has a dark blue coat with red cuffs and undercoat, and a blue cap with red band; #3 has a yellow coat with red cuffs and breeches, and a fur hat; #4 has a red coat with blue cuffs, and a red cap with blue band, and a horse and guerdon All cuffs are now definitely below the elbow.

E: 1, Grenadier, Regt. De la Reine, c.1692-98; 2, Militiaman, Provincial Militia, 1688-97; 3, Musketeer, Regt. Des Guardes Francaises, c.1685-97.
#1 has a grey coat with red cuffs, and a blue undercoat; #2, has alight blue or grey coat and matching cuffs and breeches; #3 has a dark blue coat with red cuffs, undercoat and stockings. There are smaller grey-coated figures in the background.

F: 1, Fusilier, Regt. De Navarre, c.1690-1700; 2, Gunner, Regt. Royal-Bombardiers, c.1690-1700; 3, Sergeant. Regt. De Provence, c.1690-96; 4, Fusilier, Regt. Erlach, c.1690-1700.
#1 & #2 have grey coats and red undercoats, #1 has grey cuffs and stockings, #2 has blue cuffs and red stockings; #3 has a red coat, cuffs, undercoat and stockings; #4 has a blue coat and breeches, with red cuffs.

G: 1, Cavalry trumpeter of royal regiment, c.1695-1715; 2, Trooper, Regt. Royale-Carabinier, c.1693-1715; 3, Trooper, Regt. Cosse, c.1695-1715.
#1 has a blue coat with red cuffs and undercoat, with lots of white/silver lace stripes on his coat; #2 has a dark blue coat with red cuffs and buff undercoat; #3 has a grey coat with red cuffs and a horse.

H: 1, Drummer, Regt. Saint-Germain-Beaupre, 1702-14; 2, Fusilier, Regt. Montluc, 1702-1707; 3, Lieutenant colour bearer, Regt. Maille, 1705-14.
#1 has a buff coat with blue cuffs, undercoat and stockings; #2 & #3 have grey coats and red stockings, #2 has red cuffs and grey breeches, #3 has black cuffs and a red undercoat, with a big regimental flag.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Louis XIV's Army and a small part of Virginia, 29 April 2010
This review is from: Louis XIV's Army (Men-at-arms) (Paperback)
I bought a used copy ,that turned out to be a publishers slight,page 1 to 37 were all about Loius and his armies, page 38 and 39 are about the Virginia milita in the 1860's. whilst the french reappear on page 40 and 41,its only briefly as 42 / 43 are back in the 19th century.And then the index is in French and German! apart from the time travel and bonus foreign languages, its a good, brief ,over view of the French army under Louis and the colour plates are up to the usual Osprey standard. Its a big subject so it acts as more of a taster for the perid. Overall despite the missing text on some uniform plates,its a fairly good source book.
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