During the period 1880–1914, the soldiers of the great empires of Britain, France, Germany, Russia and the United States were bedecked in elaborate helmets, with ornate weapons and finery, their colourful uniforms representing centuries of regimental history and tradition, often bearing reminders of famous victories and heroic last stands.
In Glory of the Empires, Wendell Schollander presents the definitive study of every regimental uniform in the five empires, including those of the colonies of India, the Philippines and North Africa. He explains the history behind sartorial peculiarities – such as why the Russian 15th Hussars wore a bright pink uniform and the Wiltshire Regiment had dents on their buttons – and reveals the experiences of the men who served. Complemented by over 750 illustrations, this book fulfils a need not only as a one-stop reference work but also as a brief narrative history of the period.
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This reference work cannot be ignored by the specialist military history press and will also be of interest to the more wide-ranging history magazines. The rarity of some of the illustrations will attract editorial interest.
WENDELL SCHOLLANDER has spent over 40 years researching period military uniforms and is the author of over twenty books, including Uniforms of the Franco-Prussian War, Uniforms of the Imperial German Cavalry 1900-1914, The British Army, 1914-1915 and Waffen-SS: Its Uniforms, Insignia and Equipment, 1938-1945. He has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance and a Juris Doctorate degree from Duke University Law School, and had his own law firm for 25 years. He lives in North Carolina, USA.
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