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FOR ORANGE AND THE STATES. THE ARMY OF THE DUTCH REPUBLIC, 1713-1772, PART I: INFANTRY

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Helion & Company July 2018 Paperback 248mm x 185mm 128 pages 8pp colour section, 53 b/w ills & photo's, 5 tables

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The Dutch Republic was one of the great European powers during the 17th and 18th Centuries. Generally, the Dutch Republic was considered to have lost that status after the 1713 Peace of Utrecht; however, when the Republic entered the War of Austrian Succession in 1740, it was able to field an army of over 80,000 men. This expanded to over 110,000 men during the war, demonstrating that the Republic was still a European power to be reckoned with. The losses suffered in that conflict led to a period of decline, which in the end would result in the end of the Republic in 1795. But despite the years of neutrality, shortages, budget cuts and reorganizations, the army was still quite a formidable force. The purpose of this book is to focus on the uniforms and organisation of that army, from the Peace of Utrecht until the reforms of 1772. The army of the Dutch Republic is a subject that sounds familiar, but is yet greatly undiscovered; little of it is known, unlike the armies of Britain, France, Prussia, and even the lesser powers like Sweden and Denmark. Historical sources of it, be it surviving items of uniform and equipment or paintings and prints, are unfortunately scarce. This study brings to light much material previously-unseen.

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Author Geerdink-Schaftenaar, M.
Publisher Helion & Company
ISBN 9781911512158
Date of Publication July 2018
Edition No
Binding Paperback
Book Size 248mm x 185mm
Number of pages 128 pages
Images 8pp colour section, 53 b/w ills & photo's, 5 tables
Language English
SKU HEL0756

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  1. Excellent book review by Colin on 04/10/2018

    I was not aware of any detailed English language information relating to this period, especially the years covering the War of the Austrian Succession and beyond. A very handy book tracing the evolution of the units and uniforms of the Dutch infantry, with the information broken down by regiment. The chapters cover the early period following the Peace of Utrecht and the end of the Wars of Spanish Succession, the significant Dutch involvement in the War of Austrian Succession, breakdowns of structure, organisation, then the best bits for me; chapters on the Guard, National, Swiss, Scots, German and Walloon regiments. The book contains six pages of vibrant colour plates drawn by Mark Allen, together with copious numbers of colour and black and white illustrations, all of which together with the narrative result in an excellent book. I am looking forward to the second volume, covering the cavalry.

  2. Great book review by Rob on 22/08/2018

    This is a great addition to your 18th Century book collection. As the Dutch army in this period has been much neglected, this begins to fill the gap nicely. The book has lots of information, some good prints and a different style of uniform illustration.

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