Billy Yank - The Uniform of the Union Army 1861-1865 by Michael Mcafee

By Michael Mcafee

A historical past of the U.S. military through the time it served because the leading edge of western enlargement and an outline of its uniforms and kit within the past due 19th century. every one quantity during this ongoing sequence combines distinctive and informative captions with over a hundred infrequent and strange photographs. those books are a needs to for a person drawn to American army uniforms.

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His successor was Marshal Marmon\. ,·larshal Soult. Abandoning the siege, Beresford met thc 30,500 French at AJbuera where, on 16 May 1811, thcre lOok placc one of the bloodiest battles of the whole Peninsular \Var. Beresford had an Anglo-PorlugueseSpanish army 01'29,000 men, including the Legion's 1st and 2nd Light Battalions (back in u1e Peninsula after taking part in the disastrous expedition to the island of\Valcheren), and twO fOOl artillery batteries. l on the Allied left. During the baltic French cav,Jhy broke into the infantl)' formations on the Allied right wing and wreaked great execution before the situation could be stabilised.

Ra plat. with llNo lion, prter and crown in relief. 2 in lhe case of the KGL carried a central suipe of Royal blue. As most of the sergcanLS in a British infanm haualion carried i-fool pikes (oflen sLiIl called by the archaic term 'halberds'), lhese weapons became a mark of their rank as much as [he swords the'. cmicd. In 1802 a new system of badges of rank for noncommissioned officers Wali illlroduccd based on a system of chenons. om on me righl upper ann. sergeanlS. ls. IWO. and lance-corporals.

HIS shako has a plate similar to that of the RA but With 'King's German Legion' 00 the garter. These plates were smaller than the infantry model, and of a different shape. Our subject is armed with a 'hanger' shortsword. and carries a pouch belt with all the tools and eqUIpment IOf cleaning hiS gun's touch·hoIe and prepanng the loaded gun fOf finng. Note his knapsack and rolled H7: Grenadiers' Wing. The somewhat odd look of this item is due to the fact that the strap was worn behind the shoUlder, while the wing was put on the sleeve evenly.

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