The Napoleonic era is one of the most studied and romanticized periods of history. Personified by Napoleon Bonaparte himself, the years between 1800 and 1815 were full of color, glory and grandeur. Volumes I and II of Napoleonic Uniforms accurately depict the Grande Armée in detail. Volumes III and IV bring the work to a close by tackling the wealth of uniforms worn by France's allies and enemies. Here are their armies as seen by their contemporaries, in lavish illustrations combined with authoritative text, enabling the reader to experience the spectacle at first hand.
Napoleonic Uniforms Volumes III and IV covers not only Napoleon's principal foes like Prussia, Russia, Austria, Sweden, and Britain, but also the armies of smaller states that fought him- the Portuguese, the Dutch-Belgians, Black Brunswickers, and many more. They also cover the armies of the states that served him faithfully and well, the Grand Duchy of Warsaw, the Kingdom of Italy, and Denmark, and also those armies that served him less well, like the Neapolitan and the profusion of forces raised from the Confederation of the Rhine.
Within these armies various types of soldiers are selected for portrayal - from the brass, generals, colonels, dashing aides, to the humble foot soldier who filled the ranks, from the famed cavalry regiments of Europe to the neglected troops who made up the train.
Herbert Knötel was an internationally acclaimed authority on military uniforms, who in his watercolors showed a special talent for depicting men and horses in action. Colonel John R. Elting has added definitive captions to explain the pictures and give the story behind them.
The first two volumes of Napoleonic Uniforms proved to be invaluable sources for this periods for historians, uniformologists, and the general reader. The two additional volumes have not disappointed anyone seeking the continuation of the story to Napoleon's Enemies and Vassals.