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Military Dress of the Peninsular War

I am currently working on British, Spanish and Portuguese forces for the Peninsular War.  I have a few reference books around – the odd Osprey and old Blandford book and so forth. On Trademe the other day I spotted this book – which was rather serendipitous. I bid on and won it.

Military Dress of the Peninsular War 1808-1814 by Martin Windrow and Gerry Embleton (1974).

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This is a fairly substantial reference work of 200 pages.  There is a fairly standard historical overview of the Peninsular War – probably nothing that you have not already read. There are a number of black and white illustrations – historical and period paintings and maps for the most part.  The best thing about this book is the one hundred colour portraits of various units that fought in the Peninsular Campaign.  Each illustration is accompanied by a fairly substantial blurb referencing historical and known uniform information of the regiments depicted.

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The colour illustrations are of a really high quality and have a grittiness about them that I find compelling. If you like ‘campaign dress’ you will love them too.  I thoroughly recommend this book. I do not know if it is still in print or not, but if you can find a copy then get hold of it.

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