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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
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...
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Treat with extreme caution. Superficial. Careless. Wrong.
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...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, 16 May 2013
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding title, 28 Nov 2012
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the Tin, 16 May 2014
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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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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Treat with extreme caution. Superficial. Careless. Wrong., 5 April 2013
This review is from: British Army Uniforms from 1751-1783: Including the Seven Year's War and the American War of Independence (Hardcover)
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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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars British Army Uniforms 1751 - 83, 10 Jan 2013
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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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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Franklin on British uniforms., 5 April 2013
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Another great book from Franklin on British uniforms. A must have for any one interested in this part of history.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version, 15 Nov 2013
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Well for starters - if you are getting this for a standard Kindle - don't bother.
I moved my version to a Nexus 7 so it was at least in colour but the pages are too small to make out any real detail. Shame as this seems to be a nicely produced book whose strength seems to be in the illustrations.
My advice would be either buy the actual book or only download it to a large tablet .
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strange kindle title, 9 Nov 2013
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I don't understand why the Kindle title mentions the American Revolution when throughout the book it calls it the American War of Independence and that is what it even calls it on the book cover!

The colour plates are good but I'm not so sure of the regimental histories. It covers a lot of ground, perhaps trying to cover too much and the formatting doesn't work all that well on the Kindle version. I am happy with what I got for what I paid but it's only getting three stars because of the title.
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