By David Nicolle
It truly is more often than not assumed that the army reforms which propelled Russia into the fashionable international have been due exclusively to the genius of Peter the nice. in reality, his reforms have been outfitted upon alterations that had taken position throughout the earlier two hundred years, because the construction in 1550 of RussiaГўв‚¬в„ўs first full-time army strength Гўв‚¬'' the streltsi Гўв‚¬'' through Ivan IV the poor. This account strains RussiaГўв‚¬в„ўs armies from that starting, during the production of paid common regiments from1630, as much as the reign of Peter the good. it really is illustrated with infrequent early drawings, images of surviving artifacts, and excellent color reconstructions of unique army costumes.
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Sergent, Bn de Tirailleurs, 2 Legion Etrangere, 1855: From Brecht original published in L d'0(3), and Benigni' s derivative plate in L d'O(l). Both show brass buttons instead of the regulation silver. Brecht shows a brass cap badge, identified by Milassin as a bugle-horn. The yellow-piped grey-blue trousers are those of the Chasseur battalions. The weapon is their special 1840 carbine, with sabre traditional Swiss pioneer axe, and, almost invisible here, Militaire, introduced as supreme gallantry decoration in 1852.
Brecht shows a brass cap badge, identified by Milassin as a bugle-horn. The yellow-piped grey-blue trousers are those of the Chasseur battalions. The weapon is their special 1840 carbine, with sabre traditional Swiss pioneer axe, and, almost invisible here, Militaire, introduced as supreme gallantry decoration in 1852. . bayonet. 41 Plate 5: The Swiss, 1855-59 42 Plate 6: Mexico, 1863-65 43 For grande lenue regulations specified an aigrette, a tall, stiff hair tuft rising from a brass 'tulip', at front centre.
The leather equipment is 1845 pattern, with additional belly-pouch; note that the tent-pole is now halved. The old square tin canteen with a ntral spout was still observed. White summer campaign trousers were worn at Magenta; we show the crimson Y , . cold-weather type. 40 Drafts of inexperienced young Breton recruits were soon added, bringing the regiment up to a nominal strength of between 2,000 and 3,000, but diluting its fighting quality. Included in the new Army of the North, it fought in the woods of Sainte- Suzanne and at Bethoncourt and Montchevis, in freezing January weather.
Armies of Ivan the Terrible: Russian Troops 1505-1700 by David Nicolle