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3.0 out of 5 starssome mistakes appear in the "Russian" plates
ByMikhail Barkovskiyon 4 February 2006 - Published on Amazon.com
Nice plates. Unfortunately, several mistakes appeared in the Russian Army related plates. All officers wear moustaches, which is not correct (among the Russian regulars only officers of hussars and lancers wore facial hair). The hair style does not reflect the fashion of the period (hair is too long). Although there are some evidences, that foot officers wore moustaches and long hairs on campaign in 1812-14, this practice was not universal, limited to several individuals and officially forbidden. On the other hand, all grenadiers and foot guards' NCO and men were encouraged to wear moustaches. Private with flag (Plate 58) appears to be armed with officer' sword (taken from the fallen ensign?), since M1807 infantry hanger was shorter and slightly curved. Actually, the weapon does not remind officer's M1798 sword as well. Plate 59 shows the Pavlov Guard Regiment officer wearing mitre cap, which is not correct, since this type of headdress was authorized for officers of the Pavlov regiment for ceremonial purposes in 1825 (before that year they wore regular shakos, during the Russian campaign - M1812 saddle-shape "kiver"). Both officers have white-inside coat tails which is not correct (should be plain red). Marine private (Plate 61) is shown wearing white winter trousers and black gaiters, which is not correct, since naval regiments wore dark green winter trousers with white piping (white trousers, but without leather gaiters, were reserved for summer). Drummer's aprons had fur outside, not plain leather (Plate 62)
4.0 out of 5 starsGreat Plates of Russian and French Campaign Dress Uniforms!
ByA customeron 22 July 1997 - Published on Amazon.com
This book departs from the common pattern of displaying full dress uniforms. Most of the plates depict units in their campaign dress. If you are used to seeing Grenadiers a'Cheval with plumes and white Breeches, here you'll see a horse grenadier in cape, surtout, and muddied boots. Also depicted are the many allied units that particiapted in the invasion. Overall a tremendous study of the warrior on campaign