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Book Review – Die friderizianischen Uniformen 1753-1786

By Michael Cannon / December 31, 2006
Book Review

I heard about this book being placed up on eBay from someone who was a member of the OSW group on Yahoo (thanks, Guenter!).

Book Cover

 

 

Book Back Cover

This is really a set of books. There are four of them that come in a cardboard box with front and back covers as shown above. Each book is roughly 7 by 5 by 1/2 inches and packs around 200 pages *in each one*! This is a lot of material and some serious eye candy for 7YW Prussian army enthusiasts.

 

Text Page

 

 

Uniform pictures
Books one and two focus on the Infantry. Text and plates are included for regulars, garrison regiments, and some of the militia and light units. The renderings are quite nice and quite frankly might be worth it for the flags alone. Slap the page you want on a scanner, do some easy editing and resizing in your favorite photo editor, and boom, instant beautiful standards! The third book contains plates and text on technical troops, service formations and Kriegsformationen (the translation programs make this to be “war formations” but it appears to be the odd-ball and units not covered elsewhere section – Frei Corps, units from Magdeburg and elsewhere). The final volume covers mounted troops. I can’t find the page now, but there’s even a section on cadet uniforms, so if you want your own little VMI style unit for charging into the teeth of artillery, you can paint it up!
Should you buy this or not? Well, if you are a die-hard fan of the Prussian army and intend to paint nothing else, this will suffice for many years of painting. If so, this set is for you. Do you do fictional countries and want to see what uniform styles were like? If so, I’d give this a definite… maybe. If you already have some uniform references on hand, this will augment them, but it’s a high price tag otherwise. Do you paint professionally or strive for historical accuracy down to the gaiter buttons? If so, this is for you (but be aware that the plates do *not* show trousers and shoe styles and so on – I just realized this as I was writing this review. There is probably text in the book that covers these parts of the uniform but I know just enough German to get into trouble!) I am pleased I picked it up and would do so again.
You can pick it up used for around $80 USD at Amazon.
About the author

Michael Cannon

I have been wargaming as long as I can remember. I met my wife when I was 14 and had been gaming long before that so that should give you an indication as to how long it has been. One of the first games I owned was Anzio by Avalon Hill. I drove over to the hobby shop in the snow to pick it up as I finally had the money to get something! I can remember playing with Airfix figures and Roco tanks back in the 6th grade and before.

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