The Cavalry have always been regarded as the most dashing and romantic arm of the armed forces of this period and the British Cavalry were no exception. Held in low regard by Lord Wellington and often proving difficult to control this 62-page book looks at the British cavalry in great detail. The book is packed with black and white plates and illustrations and facts and figures from the time, but most impressive are the central colour plates which show the uniform in great detail but go on to more useful subjects such as some beautiful illustrations of different horse furniture, cavalry swords and types of firearms used. Also shown are colour illustrations of the cavalry formations used which gives a real insight into horse warfare of the period. My favourite colour plate has to be the one showing British cavalry on campaign in Spain, dirty and bedraggled showing the contrast between parade uniform and reality.
Author: Philip Haythornthwaite