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    Uniforms of World War II
    by Peter Darman
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 September, 1998)
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    Reviews (3)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good pictorial reference
    The scope of this book is impressive. There are very few uniforms of major or minor combatants that are not shown. The details are skimpy, but then, it's "Uniforms of WW2". The illustrations seemed to be copied from photographs and then beautifully colored. The visual impact of this title almost wants me to give it 5 stars. But there is an omission that I cannot ignore. Even though some obscure subjects are pictured, there's no Japanese pilot from either service! Neither is a Japanese tanker pictured. Ok, ok, no big deal you say. But, there are pilots shown for the Czech and Danish Air Forces! There are also a few weapons misidentified. It is an excellent value for the money. It's not an in depth study, or long on history. As it says on the cover, it's...."Uniforms of World War II".

    5-0 out of 5 stars my review for "Uniforms of World War 2"
    I just recieved this book as a Christmas gift, andI bevievd it was a good overall book, but the author could have given more details on the equipment that went with the uniforms. I liked it, though!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic guide for the military uniform aficionado!
    I've recently started collecting 12" military figures and wanted to make my own uniforms.This is a GREAT reference guide.It doesn't bog you down with too much information and the paintings/drawings are very welldone.The book provides over 250 full-color uniforms of the personnel whoserved in all branches of the armed forces of 30 countries in WWII.Youwould probably have to buy ten or more books and spend a lot of $$$ to getthe reference material that this one book offers!Thanks Mr. Darman! "BZ"...Well done! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0785809392
    Sales Rank: 501301
    Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. Equipment and supplies    3. History    4. History - Military / War    5. Military    6. Military - Uniforms    7. Military - World War II    8. Pictorial works    9. Uniforms, Military    10. World War, 1939-1945   


    $19.99

    Vietnam: Us Uniforms in Colour Photographs (Europa Militaria, 13)
    by Kevin Lyles
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 January, 2000)
    list price: $22.95
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Its Price.Lots of Colour Photos.
    First of all, the book's subject matter is far more focused than its rather general title would suggest.Although this book does contain a few photos of helicopter crewmen, it should really be entitled "Vietnam: US Ground Forces Combat Uniforms in Colour Photographs."

    The book contains 92 colour photos.All of which are nice clear studio photographs.The book features 43 different uniforms.Unlike some uniform books, the models wearing the uniforms are well selected.The uniforms are displayed with full or close to full field gear.Each model is photographed full-length from both the front and back.The book attempts to illustrate how soldiers actually wore equipment and web gear in the field.

    The text accompanying each set of uniform photos is very concise.The opening paragraph provides the historical context: the remaining paragraphs serve to identify the equipment and field gear.

    The book also includes two photos of sleeve insignia and three photos showing the contents on a soldier's pack.

    For its price, this book is a very good reference.It gives the reader a good sense of the overall appearance of the Vietnam combat soldier.However, it does not provide any detailed information, nor does it feature any close-up photos.It is not a good book for militaria collectors, but it is a good book for scale modelers.

    4-0 out of 5 stars My Soapbox review....
    This book , in my own opinion was quite good. It does what most reference books don't.....show the uniforms(or items of interest) in perfect light and studio conditions. Don't get me wrong,I know it is good to see true-to-life photos, but they usually don't give you an idea, or visual picture like this book. The only bad part of this book is that it shows too few examples of variants during this conflict. The thing that make up for it is the price of the book!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Overview
    This is the third edition of a book I have had in my library for a number of years. It is an excellent set of images of recreations of soldiers as they appeared in various time periods. Since Vietnam for the typical serving soldier was a one year tour, the changes from the early sixties to the early seventies when the last ground troops left were considerable. It is said it was not one eight year war (twice as long as we were in WW II) but eight wars in a row. Thus it is not enough to state that a soldier was in Vietnam but when and where and who he served with. There are a lot of mission specific items that were never general issue especially among special operations troops. Major changes were made in the tropical uniforms, the cut, colors and materials of the khaki service uniform and the standard utility uniform worn early in the war and later by rear area troops. The major interest is in the clothing and equipment of the ground troops The "grunts". This book is far from definitive at its length but it is useful in indicating the vast variety fromtime to time and place to place. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1861263058
    Sales Rank: 799546
    Subjects:  1. History    2. History - Military / War    3. History: World    4. Military - Uniforms    5. Military - Vietnam War   


    Modern Military Uniforms
    by Chris McNab
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 August, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    This is a very good book indeed. The illustrations are superb, being detailed and clear. The narrative accompanying each illustration is fascinating and very informative, describing the whole uniform with its historical significance. This book is presented in chronological order and it is interesting to look at the developments in uniform technology as the years go by.

    I recommend this book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars GOOD BOOK
    This is a good book, the illustrations are amazing and the text is very informative.I think it would be useful for illustrators, designers, modelers and other people interested in military issues. It worths its price.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A fine book, but somewhat lacking
    "Modern Military Uniforms" is a fine book, with superb illustrations of soldier's uniforms from 1945 onwards, accompanied by detailed information. But it is by no means perfect. Following are the main things that bothered me about this book:

    1) I think the USA section of this book is far too small. Uniforms of the US armed forces are depicted on 20 pages, while those of the UK get twice as many pages. It really should have been the other way around. The book also fails to illustrate a desert-camouflaged US soldier of the Gulf War, which is the typical image of the modern US soldier in the public mind. Speaking of the Gulf War, it also would have been nice to see a typical Iraqi soldier from that war, a Repuplican Guardsman for instance.

    2) In the Asia section, there isn't a single illustration of a Japanese soldier. I think there should be, with Japan being a major power in Asia.

    3) Quite amazingly, a MODERN Chinese soldier is nowhere to be found in this book. In all there are 4 illustrations of Chinese soldiers, the most recent dating from 1951. I also think a Taiwanese soldier should have been included, as Taiwan has one of the most advanced armies in the far east, as well as one most likely to see combat in the near future.

    Nevertheless, I recommend this book to all military enthusiasts. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0785811702
    Sales Rank: 512836
    Subjects:  1. History    2. History - Military / War    3. Military    4. Military - Korean War    5. Military - Uniforms   


    $19.99

    Napoleonic Uniforms
    by John Elting
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (20 April, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars NAPOLEONIC UNIFORMS Vol III & IV
    These are the long awaited follow-up of Vol I & II. They cover extensively the little known Confederation of the Rhine, The French Allies, and the foes of Napoleon. The one disappointment was the lack of (only two)plates covering the Ottoman Turks. It is a must have for anyone that paintsfigures from the Napoleonic era.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Superb Encore
    Once again Napoleonic authority John Elting has given us a superb reference work on the period that is useful for uniformologists, historians, and those who collect and paint military miniatures.Thecompanion volumes to Napoleonic Uniforms Volumes I and II which werepublished in 1993, these two new lavishly illustrated books with over 600watercolors by Herbert Knotel, are undoubtedly the best source forNapoleonic Uniforms in print today.The Confederation of the Rhine,Holland, The Grand Duchy of Warsaw, as well as Great Britain, Austria,Russia, Prussia, and a plethora of minor states are represented here with aclear and concise annortation by Col Elting that not only brings thepictures to life, but gives expert commentary on both the uniforms and thetroops and their units.This set is a must for every historical bookshelf,whether or not you are a Napoleonic buff or not.

    5-0 out of 5 stars As if you were on the battlefields
    More than an exhaustive review of the Napoleonic uniforms, this book is a real piece of art as well as a true and accurate reference regarding this European war period. A "chef d'oeuvre" as significant as Elting'sformer work "Napoleonic Uniforms". This book will be useful notonly for uniformologists, historians or toy soldiers' collectors but alsofor anyone interested in Napoleon's military history. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1883476208
    Sales Rank: 578866
    Subjects:  1. General    2. History    3. History - General History    4. History: World    5. Modern - 19th Century   


    $175.00

    Uniforms & Equipment of the Imperial German Army 1900-1918: A Study in Period Photographs (Schiffer Military History)
    by Charles Woolley, Charles Wooley
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 September, 1999)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Captions Sometimes Grossly Erroneous
    This is an outstanding work with priceless photos of mostly prewar scenes. My primary bone to pick are the captions that the author wrote for the artillery section: he misidentified almost all the guns in the photos or failed to make identifications at all. He should have tried to get more expert help in this area, as identification of some of the pieces is not easy as most of them are 1870's - 1880's vintage non-recoil carriage guns. The photos are facinating and amazingly clear; the captions detract from an excellent effort on the whole however.

    3-0 out of 5 stars For early war interest only!
    While this book was VERYinformative and contains a large amount of photos reflecting hard work by the author, the title is deceiving when it says 1900-1918.It should say 1900 to 1916.There is ONE picture of asoldier in a Stalhelm, and post 1915 gear.If you are looking for earlywar photos, this book is for you.However, stay away if you are lookingfor a detaild description of equipment, especially for the post 1916 years.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing photos, great descriptions.I'd like more detail.
    This is a coffee table book if ever there was one.It's HUGE.That's great for us picture hounds though.The pictures in this volume are fantastic, covering more areas of the Imperial German Army than youprobably thought existed.Commentary on the pictures is fairlyinformative, and often amusing.I would have liked a more thoroughdetailing of the gear that the various subjects are wearing, and how thesethings changed over the course of the war.The color insignia plates arealso a nice addition, but some explainations in English would have beenuseful.As a WWI reenactor (I know, odd hobby), I am always looking fornew sources for information on German uniforms, and this is a good one.Asthis might be part of a series, I'd like to see a future volume thatactually details specific pieces of personal gear of soldiers. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0764309358
    Sales Rank: 958391
    Subjects:  1. Armies    2. Equipment    3. Germany    4. Germany.    5. Heer    6. History    7. History - Military / War    8. History: World    9. Military - Other    10. Military - Uniforms    11. Military Equipment    12. Military Science    13. Uniforms   


    $69.95

    Uniforms and Equipment of U.S. Army Infantry, Lrrps and Rangers in Vietnam 1965-1971 (Schiffer Military History)
    by Paul W. Miraldi
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 October, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Uniforms &Equipment of U.S. Army Infantry, Lrrps & Rangers
    As a collector, one of the most useful books I have found in identifying historical information from everything from badges to berrets.It is written in such a way that can easily be understood by all ages.The pictures and illustrations are a great addition to this great work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Capstone work -- A "Must have" book
    Mr. Miraldi's work is an important one as it ties in two other monumental works on this subject (Shelby Stanton's and Kevin Lyles) and makes a complete reference out of all three!To own just one of the other books is not enough, yet it is saying a lot for Mr. Miraldi's work that you can start off by just owning his and that will help you through the majority of your questions on the topic.

    My suggestion is to try to own ALL three works, but if you must start somewhere, then Mr. Miraldi's book is a good place to start!

    Why do I suggest his book over a more technical and textbook-like work such as Stanton? Stanton is an excellent source and a must-have book, but Mr. Miraldi's book takes it one step further and shows you how everything is worn and ties together! The reader is not just shown a pristine example of an item, but is shown an item being used as it would have been used in a particular time frame of the war. This is a better approach for thenovice--it is more "user friendly".

    Overall this is a well done book and I look forward to the new book on advisors that he has put out!

    3-0 out of 5 stars It's all been done before ...
    Having devoured every article Mr. Miraldi has written for `Military Illustrated, Past & Present' I waited months in impatient anticipation when I discovered that he would author a book to be published by Schiffer,the renowned military publisher. Even the rather steep price did notdeter me, however, when I finally received the book I found that my hardearned money might have been better spent elsewhere.

    Mr. Miraldi seems tohave fallen into the trap of over-expanding material to pad out the book. There are a number of faults with not only the material, but the layout ofthe book.Text referring to photographs often overlaps to following pages,requiring one to continually flip back a page to see what the text may bereferring to. Considering the easily followed layout the author used inhis magazine articles it is puzzling as to why he did not utilize it hereas well.

    Miraldi'sheavy reliance on the works of Kevin Lyles and ShelbyStanton is evident in the material and confirmed by his footnotes,unfortunately he has opted not to expand on their work for the most partbut merely emulate it using items from his own collection.He has borrowedLyles' style of chronological depiction by year when I feel that if thecontent would have been more logically ordered by item type (eg. showingtransition of the jungle fatigues from OG-107 to 1st, 2nd, 3rd OD thenERDLs.)

    Many photographs are wasted. He has included individual closeup photos of such inane items such as technical and field manuals, sewingkits, issue bibles - and even the back of a presentation plaque!It wouldhave been better if several of these less important items were groupedtogether and all placed in one shot.The figure photos aren't all thatmuch better.Some photos appear in different hues and would confuse thebeginner collector.Many photos seem to have been done merely using aflash rather than professional lighting (the author even thanks asupermarket 1-hour photo stop in the credits!).Although this works forsome photos this tends to create confusing hard shadow outlines and doesnot properly illuminate all areas of the uniform.Lyles' photos aresuperior.

    Between Lyles and Miraldi, I think every permutation of VNwebbing layout and OD uniform has been illustrated! There are some fancifulcombinations - a LRP sporting a MP-40, a combat grenadier wearing camoshorts and if Miraldi and Lyles are to be believed, every pathfindersported a radio and mike/headset and most grunts in 1971 had cut offsleeves and a `Peace' attitude!

    There are too many shots of the onefigure - an overall perspective can be done in 3 shots - ¾ left, ¾ rightand rear.Lyles covered very adequately in 2 shots -Miraldi needed up to5 shots in some cases!Some photos are even close to being duplicated. There were also too many detailed shots illustrating minor points or pointsdone before. There were also too many individual photos of standardinsignia.Insignia comprise part of the uniform but I felt there arealready enough publications dealing with them and the photos should befocussed more towards uniforms and equipment.Miraldi has also includedmany period pictures, some of which are very good but a lot comprise`buddy' photos and contain very little information or show content whichhas been previously illustrated.

    Unlike Lyles, who largely used pristineitems, Miraldi has included some `salty' items which does not detract fromthe overall effect. However, I would have preferred that if he was going totake close-ups of uniform labels that he use mint examples as the fadedcondition of some of the tags render them close to illegible. Additionally, his examination of the different camouflage employed wouldhave been more credible if he had used mint items for every pattern.Iremain unconvinced of his argument of a `Transitional' versus `BrownDominant' ERDL pattern on the basis that the `Brown Dominant' sample heillustrates looks merely like a faded `Transitional'pattern.At thispoint Miraldi also states that ALICE gear and `RDF' pattern camouflage werenot used in Vietnam but he is only right to the extent in that they werenot used in the period covered by his book.Some photos of operations`Eagle Claw' and `Frequent Wind' (the evacuations of Phnom Penh and Saigonrespectively) quite clearly show a few US Marines wearing `RDF' patternhelmet covers, uniforms and sporting ALICE pouches.

    The footnotingleaves something to be desired.In some cases the footnotes do notcorrespond to the correct chapters.In several instances the attributedauthor's name is spelt wrongly (`Lyels' rather than `Lyles') and to top itall off in one instance there is a remark, from the publisher to theauthor, asking for a missing footnote!

    Some positive points must be notedhowever.I liked the period photos illustrating some uniform points.There were some truly interesting items - the mesh `Delta' boot(illustrated but not explained) and an intriguing ERDL ammunition vest. Unlike previous authors Miraldi also attempts to distinguish Vietnam-erafrom post-war items.

    In conclusion, I would have to say I wasdisappointed with this book, especially after paying a premium price.Itis definitely not a monument to the high standards I know both SchifferPublishing and the author are capable of.Too much of the material hasbeen duplicated in previous (and cheaper) texts and there is very littlenew information for the experienced Vietnam collector - I for one did notlearn anything new. The author writes that he will be working on furtherbooks on the subject and I hope that his future efforts will not be paddedout with superfluous material - and employ a proof reader!This book issuited more to those who are starting out in the Vietnam uniform collectingfield and I would recommend that the experienced Vietnam collector has athorough look through the book before committing to buying one. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0764309587
    Sales Rank: 246990
    Subjects:  1. Army    2. Commando troops    3. Equipment    4. Equipment and supplies    5. History    6. History - Military / War    7. History: American    8. Military - Uniforms    9. Military - United States    10. Military - Vietnam War    11. Military Equipment    12. Military History - Vietnam Conflict    13. Reconnaissance operations, American    14. Uniforms    15. United States    16. United States.    17. Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975   


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    Encyclopedia of United States Army Insignia and Uniforms
    by William K. Emerson
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 September, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for collectors of US army insignia
    As an avid collector of US Army cloth insignia from WWI to modern day,I had failed to do any research on branch insignia preferring the more colourful shoulder sleeve insignia.However as with all collecting one finds themselves the need for more information on all types of insignia worn on the uniform.This masterpiece of work fills this for all collectors of US Army insignia.This is a must have and an indispencible tool for the serious collector/historian.I personally rank William K Emerson's book along side that of Shelby L Stanton's order's of battle books for the amount of time, energy and finally the monumentous task of gathering and putting all this information together in one single volume. To this I must add the name of J Duncan Campbell listed in the preface.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Work for the Library
    I have been acquainted with the author for many years so when I heard this work was to be published I looked forward to acquiring it.
    As I was scheduled to retire in January 1998, I went to the planners of my party and told them rather than perhaps giving me an inappropriate, useless or redundant gift (After all I have been collecting books for forty five years.) I would like a gift certificate from a book store. Well, I got enough to get this and a fine thing it is too.
    Every place I looked where I knew somthing about the subject, especially the post Korea-pre Vietnam Cold War when I served, I had no quarrel with what Bill said. So you can depend on the nineteenth century material which is just as well researched.
    This book is much improved by not just being a catalog of insignia but identifies the clothing upon which it was worn, thus facilitating its use for identification.
    Every major research library should have this in its collection along with his other mighty work Chevrons.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great reference work
    This book would primarily appeal to collectors.It is extensive in its coverage of the history of insignias and it also is liberally illustrated.A definite must have for the collector. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0806126221
    Sales Rank: 231820
    Subjects:  1. Army    2. Encyclopedias    3. History - Military / War    4. Insignia    5. Military - Uniforms    6. Military Uniforms    7. Reference    8. Uniforms    9. United States    10. United States.   


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    Brassey's Book of Uniforms
    by Timothy Newark, Tim Newark
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 January, 1998)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars WORTH EVERY PENNY
    This book not only covers the evolution of uniforms, but the use of uniforms throught history to bring identity to combatants. The use of uniforms as phycological weapons, and the economy of color, why some color uniforms were use in place of others. Conferderate gray for instance. This book is not only worth the price, but worth sharing with others. It will be enlighting to both the armchair historian and the serious millitary acadenic.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the price
    These two authors write general books on various military themes. The publisher Brassey generally publishes various books on military subjects.
    I generally don't like this publisher as their books are too pricey when compared to other similar military books and the authors have done a wishy-washy job on the text, as usual.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Review of Brassey's Book of Uniforms
    Rather than a detailed analysis or encyclopedia of types, this book takes a sweeping look at the meaning and making of military uniforms. Featuring color photos on the making of uniforms as well as historical lithographs,this book is a nice addition of any military history library. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1857532430
    Sales Rank: 533154
    Subjects:  1. History    2. History - Military / War    3. Military    4. Military - Uniforms    5. Military Science    6. Military Uniforms    7. Technology    8. War & Military   


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    Mexican-American War 1846-48 (Brassey's History of Uniforms Series)
    by Ron Field, Richard Hook
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 March, 1997)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars One of the better source books
    Brassey's series of books on uniforms and equipment are among the better sources. Covering the U.S. Regulars, Militia, Texas Rangers as well as the Mexican forces, this book is well worth having. True, it focuses on the U.S. troops, but this is because there is quite a bit of information, photographs, and exhisting clothing and equipment. The Mexican troops are a bit harder to research. Most historians have come to rely on Joseph Hefter, who pioneered the effort of documenting Mexico's military history. The color plates by Richard Hook are quite good and give good detail. The photos of reenactors also add to the quality of this book. The only negative comments ? The price is high, but if you want a valuable resource, it comes with a cost.
    A section devoted to the weapons of both armies and their effectiveness would have been handy. If you are a student of this conflict, go for it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Detail combined with accessability
    This book gives a good one-stop-shop for the uniforms and organisation of the US-Mexican War.It is an easy read, providing what I have found to be the most accurate text on this subject readily available.If the book hasany fault it is that it concentrates heavily on the US rather than Mexicanforces, but frankly this is because of the huge variety within the USforces due to the system of volunteer units designing and providing theirown uniforms, and the simple fact that information on Mexican forces isvery hard to find anywhere.Nevertheless, the coverage of the Mexicanforces represents a comprehensive overview of what information there isavailable, and is accurate throughout, avoiding many of the mistakes sooften regurgitated by authors on this subject.

    Well illustrated, withperiod "photographs" mixed with modern photographs ofre-enactors, and colour and line illustrations especially commissioned forthis book.Certainly well worth buying if you have an interest in theperiod.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Detail combined with accessability
    This book gives a good one-stop-shop for the uniforms and organisation of the US-Mexican War.It is an easy read, providing what I have found to be the most accurate text on this subject readily available.If the book hasany fault it is that it concentrates heavily on the US rather than Mexicanforces, but frankly this is because of the huge variety within the USforces due to the system of volunteer units designing and providing theirown uniforms, and the simple fact that information on Mexican forces isvery hard to find anywhere.Nevertheless, the coverage of the Mexicanforces represents a comprehensive overview of what information there isavailable, and is accurate throughout, avoiding many of the mistakes sooften regurgitated by authors on this subject.

    Well illustrated, withperiod "photographs" mixed with modern photographs ofre-enactors, and colour and line illustrations especially commissioned forthis book.Certainly well worth buying if you have an interest in theperiod. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1857532104
    Sales Rank: 187575
    Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. Armed Forces    3. History    4. History - Military / War    5. History: World    6. Mexican War, 1846-1848    7. Mexico    8. Military - Uniforms    9. Military History - Modern    10. Military Science    11. Military Uniforms    12. Technology    13. Uniforms    14. United States    15. United States - Antebellum Era   


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    Spanish-American War 1898 (Brassey's History of Uniforms)
    by Ron Field, Richard Hook
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 December, 1998)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive Study for its Period
    This book covers more than just uniforms, it covers all the items carried or worn by the individual soldiers in this disease-ridden war. Congratulations to the author and the illustrator. This is a valuablecompendium, of a size larger than octavo so that the plates are clear, andwell constructed.I have been researching the U.S.arms, uniforms, andaccoutrements of this period for some forty years now. It takes much morethan a slew of pictures and a fewgee whizzy captions to impress me. Thiswork does--not only does it cover the details of the uniforms, it alsocovers the accoutrements and arms of the contending soldiers of bothnations. I can vouch for the accuracy of the U.S. portion of the book. Thedetail shown herein on the Spanish forces, as far as I know, has not beenreadily available in English at all. Though I have not pursued detailedresearch on Spanish arms, clothing, and accoutrements, I have kept my eyesout for published materials, and I have not seen it. As much of thenon-metallic materiel of this period was subject to hard usage in thefield, and because the U.S. soldiers' clothing and equipments were burnedfor sanitary purposes upon the troops' return home, the cloth and leatherof this period that actually saw service in campaign is extremely rare.What is now available is mostly web belts sold off as surplus and firearmsand edged weapons the same. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1857532724
    Sales Rank: 613748
    Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. Army    3. Ejâercito    4. Equipment and supplies    5. History    6. History - Military / War    7. Military    8. Military - Other    9. Military - Uniforms    10. Military - United States    11. Military History - Modern    12. Military Uniforms    13. Spain.    14. Spanish-American War, 1898    15. Uniforms    16. United States    17. United States - 19th Century    18. United States - 19th Century/Turn of the Century    19. United States.   


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    Soviet Uniforms and Militaria 1917-1991: Ministry of Defence of the USSR : Red Army, Navy, Naval Infantry, Air Force & Paratroopers
    by Laszlo Bekeski, Gyorgy Torok
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 January, 2001)
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    2-0 out of 5 stars If an appearance could kill...
    Being an ex-serviceman of the Soviet Army and Soviet uniform books and dress regulations collector I would not recommend this book to any serious reader. Several pictures show items of field, service and special dress mixed or worn wrongly. Models present a real nightmare for any average sergeant-major: unshaved, long hairs, wearing totally unfitted uniforms (too small or too long sleeves, blouses and trousers are not pressed etc). The art of wrapping putties (see pre-1945 section)must be a great mystery to them (and to the authors).All this is described as "non-regulation manner of wear" but in fact present a group of scarecrows rather than regular soldiers.
    I remember my first sergeant-major who used to say that a real soldier is expected to kill an enemy by his look and appearance. I think - he was telling us the truth. Two stars for binding and dust-jacket. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1861263708
    Sales Rank: 786357
    Subjects:  1. Antiques & Collectibles    2. Antiques/Collectibles    3. History - Military / War    4. Military    5. Military - Pictorial    6. Military - Uniforms    7. Military - Weapons    8. Textiles & Costume   


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    Camouflage Uniforms of European and NATO Armies: 1945 to the Present
    by J. F. Borsarello
    Paperback (1999)
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    Isbn: 0764310186
    Sales Rank: 320169
    Subjects:  1. History - Military / War    2. Military    3. Military - Uniforms   


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    Don Troiani's Regiments and Uniforms of the Civil War
    by Don Troiani, Earl J. Coates, Michael J. McAfee
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (28 November, 2002)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Troiani's artwork puts you in the middle of the action
    His stunning artwork has long been respected, but this work is an invaluable resource for reenactors and students of the period. Highly recommend!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a terrific time-sink!
    Because I'm a working historian with a strong interest in material culture and artifacts, combined with a tourist's interest in Civil War battlefields, I've long been a fan of Troiani's amazingly detailed, extremely accurate, almost photographic art. This gorgeous volume combines large-scale reproductions of 130 of his paintings with some 250 color photos of surviving uniforms and equipment from museums and collections around the country (including Troiani's own). After a couple hours of page-turning, I went back and spent much more time studying the depictions of units of special interest to me, such as the Washington Artillery of New Orleans and Terry's Texas Rangers. The variety in uniforms and insignia is staggering, especially compared to the "uniformity" of modern military uniforms. As usual, he includes extensive technical notes and specs, as well as an annotated guide to artifact collections. It's not a cheap book, but it's worth every penny.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finest military artist ever.
    Let me start off by saying that I am not a fan of the Civil War. I do not regulary buy books dealing with it.My primary interest is in the Napoleonic period and I have numerous books on this subject. My prime area of interest are Napoleonic uniforms. However, Don Troiani is such a fine and skillful artist that I have bought his books soley because the fine work he does in portraying the soldiers of the Civil War era.Regiments and Uniforms of the Civil War is a supurb work showing the detail and grit of the average soldier in that horrific conflict.There are dozens of paintings or maybe better described as portraits of individual soldierscovering the numerous regiments that took part in the conflict including infantry, cavalry and artillery. Also included in this book are a number of reproductions of his battle paintings which are also the best military paintings I have ever seen.Over the past 20 years I have bought hundreds of history books but only 5 on the Civil War and four of them I bought were simply for the Don Troiani reproductions.He is in my opinion the greatest military artist. Seeing his work makes me jealous for Civil War buffs and I wish that Troiani would paint uniforms of the Napoleonic era.No Napoleonic artist comes close to the detail, accuracy and skill that Mr. Troiani displays in his work.If you are into uniforms or military art of any period then buy this book.You do not have to be a Civil War buff to enjoy the great artwok of Don Troiani. ... Read more

    Isbn: 081170520X
    Sales Rank: 123227
    Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. Army    3. Civil War, 1861-1865    4. Confederate States of America    5. History    6. History - Military / War    7. History: American    8. Military - Uniforms    9. Pictorial works    10. Reference    11. Soldiers    12. United States    13. United States - Civil War   


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    Brassey's Book of Camouflage (Brassey's History of Uniforms Series)
    by Tim Newark, Quentin Newark, J. F. Borsarello
    Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 March, 1998)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Just a collection of abstract works
    This book is really for the birds. Given the fact that there are now very good specialist books on camouflage schemes and their development, why did the authors of this even bothered to come up with this book?
    I can't see this as being of use to serious military historians nor to laypersons as this is a fringe topic.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Stop trippin'.
    If your a sadistic freak, who collects nazi artifacts on ebay in his spare time, and reinacts famous battles in your backyard, my guess is you will be disappointed with this book, as it is not a "compehensive refrence" of every piece of camoflage ever worn...ever. To me this book is laid out nice, with photos of camo that are aesthetically pleasing, but not of any historical importance. Don't try to make this book something it's not. I don't even think there is any others like it.

    My overall summary:

    Good refrence for graphic designers. Bad refrence for armed forces enthusiasts.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good reference with vague scope...
    If you buy this book as an overview of the history and evolution of camouflage with full examples, you're going to be exceptionally disappointed.If, however, you want a reasonably good survey of current and historical infantry camouflage uniforms, this is a good reference.I've found it to be a useful tool for wargamers... ... Read more

    Isbn: 1857532732
    Sales Rank: 300512
    Subjects:  1. Camouflage (Military science)    2. History    3. History - Military / War    4. History: World    5. Military - Strategy    6. Military - Uniforms    7. Military Science    8. Military uniforms    9. Technology   


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    U.S. Army Uniforms of the Cold War 1948-1973
    by Shelby Stanton
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 July, 1998)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive Developmental Study
    The previous reviewers have elucidated the contents of this book. I wish to comment on it from two perspectives, as a specialist in this period and as a participant. I just recently reread parts of it. And it brought memories of the "Stand Tall" peacetime Army with its "break starch" utility uniforms and spit shined boots. And summer khaki shirts tailored so tight that you could not sit down withought opening a button so you could naturally "spread". Guard mount uniforms were often worn with the pockets sewn shut so they would not gape. And no wallets surely! Some even had their shirts tailored so severely that the button placket was sewn shut and a hidden zipper put under the arm on the side. We sure looked good standing tall but we couldn't move very well if we had had to go to war.:) Of course, the guard mount extra sharp stuff was immediately afterward shucked for something with a looser fit for standing around and pacing. So this covers everything you might want to know except for cold weather clothing which is covered in the Korean War volume and tropical clothing in the Vietnam volume of Shelby's ouevre.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good coverage in one handy volume.
    America's new global responsibilities, technological developments, and the usual peacetime bureaucratic impetus for self-justifying change produced an impressive variety of army uniforms in the Cold War period.
    Stanton, an acknowledged expert, sorts out the changes in this fine addition to his series on Army uniforms, covering not only the field uniforms (ingeniously designed, soldiers noted, to be hot in the summer and cold in the winter), but also the whites, blues, the familiar khakis and OD's, and the new greens. Also included are special uniforms of all sorts, individual equipment, and women's' uniforms.
    Stanton's works, always well written and excellently illustrated, are essential for anyone interested in the history of U.S. Army uniforms.

    (The "score" rating is an ineradicable feature of the page. This reviewer does not "score" books.)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good fill-in of normally undocumented military period.
    This book provides some good photographic and written information on the period between the major U.S. wars.Some of the more obscure equipment is shown like gear worn by the supporting labs & departments of the military.It also has a good section on womens uniforms and equipment.It is all black & white which is a downfall.Overall though it is a good reference for the collector or historian. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0811729508
    Sales Rank: 266226
    Subjects:  1. History    2. History - Military / War    3. Military    4. Military - Uniforms    5. Military - United States    6. Reference    7. United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)   


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    Bluecoats: The U.S. Army in the West 1848-1897 (The G.I. Series : the Illustrated History of the American Soldier, His Uniform and His Equipment, Vol 2)
    by John P. Langellier
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 1995)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Clear and Incisive Study
    The author has produced a slew of photo studies with incisive text on the life and times of the U.S. soldier, and his Spanish and Mexican californio predecessors also. His specialty is in gathering together contemporarysource material for the illustrations. This method has the great virtue ofshowing what was what and when. But if no photos are available, thensomething may be omitted. All of these books are vertical studies coveringa period of years. Though sometimes the illustrations serve to identifyindividual items of equipment, these works are not intended for thatpurpose. They are not catalogs intended for materiel collectors. They areof such a length and of such a level of detail that they will serve thepurposes of the general reader with a curiousity about what grandaddy didin WW II or great great great grandaddy in the Civil War and what he lookedlike and how he lived. This is not to say that the specialist such asmyself cannot find useful nuggets herein. I can. I use these for generalsurveys of periods I do not study in detail, such as the Civil War, and theWar With Mexico, etc. And to look up the odd facts. I have yet to bedisappointed with any of them.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Clear and Incisive Study
    The author has produced a slew of photo studies with incisive text on the life and times of the U.S. soldier, and his Spanish and Mexican californio predecessors also. His specialty is in gathering together contemporarysource material for the illustrations. This method has the great virtue ofshowing what was what and when. But if no photos are available, thensomething may be omitted. All of these books are vertical studies coveringa period of years. Though sometimes the illustrations serve to identifyindividual items of equipment, these works are not intended for thatpurpose. They are not catalogs intended for materiel collectors. They areof such a length and of such a level of detail that they will serve thepurposes of the general reader with a curiousity about what grandaddy didin WW II or great great great grandaddy in the Civil War and what he lookedlike and how he lived. This is not to say that the specialist such asmyself cannot find useful nuggets herein. I can. I use these for generalsurveys of periods I do not study in detail, such as the Civil War, and theWar With Mexico, etc. And to look up the odd facts. I have yet to bedisappointed with any of them. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1853672211
    Sales Rank: 369332
    Subjects:  1. 1848-1860    2. 19th century    3. Army    4. Equipment    5. History    6. History - Military / War    7. History: American    8. Military - United States    9. Military Uniforms    10. Uniforms    11. United States    12. United States - General    13. United States.    14. West (U.S.)   


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    Uniforms (FotoFactory Anthology Series, Book 3) (Anthologies Series Book 3)
    by David A. Sprigle
    Hardcover (01 October, 1998)
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    Isbn: 188392331X
    Sales Rank: 464015
    Subjects:  1. Photo Essays    2. Portraiture   


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    Billy Yank: The Uniform of the Union Army, 1861-1865 (G. I. (Series), 4)
    by Michael J. McAfee, John P. Langellier, J. Phillip Langellier
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 April, 1996)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Useful
    Micheal J. McAfee, the first author, is a long time accquaintance. He has been a curator at the West Point Military Academy Museum for many years. He is a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians, has been at times agovernor of the same, and is internationally known as an expert on theuniforms styled Zouaves, worn by U.S. forces in the Civil War, and based onthose worn by French forces raised in North Africa, which in turn wereinfluenced by the natives of the area and cut in the manner of theirclothing. He is well qualified to cover this subject. The second author J.Phillip Langellier,The author has produced a slew of photo studies withincisive text on the life and times of the U.S. soldier, and his Spanishand Mexican californio predecessors also. His specialty is in gatheringtogether contemporary source material for the illustrations. This methodhas the great virtue of showing what was what and when. But if no photosare available, then something may be omitted. All of these books arevertical studies covering a period of years. Though sometimes theillustrations serve to identify individual items of equipment, these worksare not intended for that purpose. They are not catalogs intended formateriel collectors. They are of such a length and of such a level ofdetail that they will serve the purposes of the general reader with acuriousity about what grandaddy did in WW II or great great great grandaddyin the Civil War and what he looked like and how he lived. This is not tosay that the specialist such as myself cannot find useful nuggets herein. Ican. I use these books in this G.I. series for general surveys of periods Ido not study in detail, such as the Civil War, and the War With Mexico,etc. I have yet to be disappointed with any of them. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1853672386
    Sales Rank: 748201
    Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. Army    3. Civil War, 1861-1865    4. History    5. History - Military / War    6. History: American    7. Military - Uniforms    8. Military History - U.S. Civil War    9. Military Uniforms    10. Uniforms    11. United States    12. United States - Civil War    13. United States.   


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    Army Panzer Uniforms in Colour Photographs (EMS 13)
    by Wade Krawczyk
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 January, 2000)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Inbetween
    This book occupies the ground between an inexpensive primer like the Men at Arms books, and the hardcover coffee table type books like Pruett and Edwards' "Field Uniforms of German Army Panzer Forces."

    Anyone thinking of buying any of the Osprey titles - either the Panzer Divisions title or the title on tank crews - would be advised to think about what they really want to see. The former concentrates on divisional history and has only some general uniform details. The latter goes into greater detail but talks more about day to day life and equipment.

    This book, however, concentrates solely on the uniforms, and does so with beautiful colour photos of surviving garments. Captions are well done.

    However, this book does not reach the level of detail Pruett and Edwards have achieved. It also costs a fraction of Pruett and Edwards' book, and has better colour photos.

    As a basic general reference to uniform types, it would be my second choice if price wasn't a concern, and my first choice if it was.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Army Panzer Uniforms in Color Photographs
    Like all the Militaria Europa series this is a masterpiece on the subject. Every aspect of the German armored vehicle crewmans' uniform is lavishly photographed and discussed in great detail.The book even displays laundry and tailors markings and how to tell the sizes and dates of manufacture and unit the garment was issued to from markings in the clothing.THE book on the subject.Any WW2 uniform buff,tank modeller,or student of the German armed forces MUST have this in your library.

    4-0 out of 5 stars You can see the real things!
    The real panzer uniforms are displayed clearly in this book.The colour pictures are very sharp and provide vast amount of information on the real stuff.WW2 historians and modelling enthusiasts should consider gettingthis book. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1861263031
    Sales Rank: 201283
    Subjects:  1. Europe - Germany    2. History    3. History - Military / War    4. History: World    5. Military - Uniforms    6. Military - World War II   


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    Red Army Uniforms of World War II in Colour Photographs (Europa Militaria)
    by Anton Shalito, Ilya Savchenkov
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 November, 1993)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Warning-CONDENSED VERSION
    I ordered this book in hopes that it would be the same 200 page photo reference book that my friend had, but it was not.This book is only about 60 pages and does not cover all of the uniforms that I had wanted to see.I sent the book back and I am now in search of the correct one.Do not order this book if you are looking for the longer version.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Something is still missing
    Well, this is a book far above average. A good source for all military artists, modellers etc.
    The only small detail missing on ALL photographs is - a piece of white cloth ALWAYS sewn to the inner side of collar. This white inner-collar was worn on all Soviet uniforms, as by Generals as well as by the rank and file!
    As a former conscript of the Soviet Army in the late 70's I still remember how much attention our Company NCO's payed to this lousy piece of cloth, that has to be changed every day in order to look clean, fresh and "cultivated". For unclean "inner-collar" you could be punished.
    Otherwise this book deserves place on every military history addict's bookshelf.

    3-0 out of 5 stars a nicebook on the red army, but...
    "Red Army Uniforms of WWII..." is a usefull book on the subject, but if you only want to buy one book on Red Army uniforms of WWII, I wouldn't recomend this one.
    The choice of uniforms is very appealing, but the photographs don't show the colors of the uniforms very well. Partialy this is due to all of the models being photographed against a bright red background ( probably as some kind of association with the chosen subject), partialy this is due to the lighting leaving something to be desired. This is a real shame, because otherwise the book would have been first rate!
    The book does offer some uniforms I have never seen anywhere else before, such as the late war camouflage uniform.
    If you would, for example combine this book with the book from Osprey Publishing on the same subject, you would have a good combination to start with. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1872004598
    Sales Rank: 739084
    Subjects:  1. History - Military / War    2. History: World    3. Military - General    4. Military - Uniforms    5. Military History - World War II    6. Military Uniforms   


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