The Cossacks 1799-1815 , Laurence Spring

The Cossacks 1799-1815 , Laurence Spring

This detailed book looks at the famous Russian Cossacks during the period of the Napoleonic wars. The Cossacks were the most numerous of the Russian cavalry of the period and played an important role in harassing the French Forces during their retreat from Moscow in 1812. History has given the Cossacks a very mixed reputation and this book helps dispel some of the myths. As usual with an osprey book it is well illustrated with colour and black and white plates and diagrams. The colour plates show various uniforms and equipment in great detail, useful for modellers, and also show some combat formations, which is useful for wargamers. That said although nicely done the uniforms shown don’t have a great deal of variety, which is strange considering the irregular nature of the Cossacks. It is a well-written and detailed book and gives a good flavour of these horsemen and their culture and tactics during this period. The book is 64 pages long and contains 8 colour plates.

Chapters

Cossack life
Active Service
Organisation
Appearance
Cossack Horses
Pay and Plunder
Training
Tactics
On Campaign
In Battle
On to Paris
Homecoming
Conclusions
Museums
Re-enactment

Author: Laurence Spring
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 64
Publisher: Osprey
Year: 2003


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