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The Bavarian Army During the Thirty Years War 1618-1648 (Revised Second Edition)

The Backbone of the Catholic League

Series : Century of the Soldier 1618-1721 #69

Author : Laurence Spring

The Bavarian Army During the Thirty Years War 1618-1648 (Revised Second Edition) : The Backbone of the Catholic League


General - Pages : 240 | Images : 57 b/w illustrations, 16 pages colour plates & images, 1 b/w map, 7 diagrams, numerous tables

Paperback - Date of Publication : June 2021 | Edition : Revised Second Edition | Size : 248mm x 180mm | ISBN : 9781913336028 | Helion Book Code : HEL1229

The Bavarian Army has been overshadowed by those of Gustavus Adolphus’ and Wallenstein’s Armies, but it was one of only a few armies to have fought throughout the Thirty Years War, first as part of the Catholic League and then an independent army after the Peace of Prague. Among the generals of the Bavarian Army were Count Johan von Tilly and Gottfried von Pappenheim, who are two of the most famous generals of the war. This book covers not only the Bavarian Army’s organisation, but also has chapters on recruitment, officers, clothing, weaponry, pay and rations of a soldier during the Thirty Years War.

As well as life and death in the army, this book also looks at the women who accompanied it. In addition there are chapters on regimental colours and a detailed look into the tactics of the time, including those of Spain, Sweden and the Dutch. As well as using archival and archaeological evidence to throw new light on the subject the author has used several memoirs written by those who served in the army during the war, including Peter Hagendorf who served in Pappenheim’s Regiment of Foot from 1627 until the regiment was disbanded after the war. This book is essential reading to anyone interested in the wars of the early seventeenth century, not just the Thirty Years War.

This much welcomed second edition has been greatly expanded and fully revised, with a large colour plate section, new images and many specially commissioned illustrations.

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