By Otto von Pivka
Regardless of Napoleon's transparent virtue within the Peninsular struggle, the Spanish military was once by no means thoroughly destroyed. Wrought by means of bad management and inadequate education, Spain's armies persevered within the struggle opposed to imperial France. This booklet supplies an outline of Spain's burdened place throughout the Napoleonic period, stuck among the competing pursuits of england and France. The e-book focuses totally on the uniforms of the Spanish military within the interval ahead of 1808 and through the conflict years because the military of King Joseph, in addition to the infantry uniforms of 1814-15. quite a few illustrations and 8 color plates vividly depict the uniforms of this often-underestimated strength.
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The as worn by officers of the centre and grenadier collar, lapels, cuffs and tllrnbacks arc trimmed companies. Gold epaulettes and gorgets were with white lace bearing a diamond paltern in worn by officers, but apparently not sashes, red. The drum is brass, with hoops in the facing although Knotel (alone) shows a crimson sash. colour. Drummers apparelllly carried officer- The collar device is a gilt initial letter, apparently pattern sabres. 'A' for Aragon. The dress of a light company soldier is illustrated on Plate D.
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Saboya' Raised in 1537. Dark blue coat, red collar and cuffs, white piping and buttons; dark blue trousers. 'Corona' Raised in 1537. White coat, dark blue lapels, collar, cuffs and piping, white buttons; white waistcoats and knee breeches. \ 33 'Africa' Raised 1559. Blue coat with light blue collar and cuffs, both decorated with silver, white buttons; blue and white trousers; grey greatcoat; black gaiters; shakos. 7. 'Zamora' Raised 1580. Blue coat and collar, red cuffs, buff cuff flaps, lapels and piping, white buttons; white and brown trousers; brown greatcoat; black gaiters; shakos.
Spanish Armies of the Napoleonic Wars by Otto von Pivka