Armies of the Seven Years War: Commanders, Equipment, Uniforms and Strategies of the 'First World War'

Armies of the Seven Years War: Commanders, Equipment, Uniforms and Strategies of the 'First World War'

by Digby Smith


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The first book to cover the commanders, uniforms, weapons, tactics, and battles of all the armies involved in the conflict 


Drawn from many international sources, many not seen before in English-language publications, this is the definitive reference work for students, readers, and enthusiasts of the Seven Years War period. It details the senior commanders, uniforms, weapons, equipment, artillery, strategy, tactics, and combat involvement (military and naval) of the forces that fought for survival and world supremacy from 1756 to 1763. States covered include Austria, Bavaria, Britain, Brunswick, Denmark, Hanover, Hessen-Darmstadt, Hessen-Kassel, Holland, France, the Palatinate, Portugal, Prussia, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Württemberg, and the minor contingents of the Holy Roman Empire. The colonial struggle in North America is included. Coverage of the intricacies of the uniforms, colors, and standards is in unprecedented depth, many details of which were previously unpublished. The tactics of the "horse and musket" era are examined, as are Frederick the Great's abilities as a war leader who led his armies against the rest of Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752459233
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Digby Smith is the author of Charge!: Great Cavalry Charges of the Napoleonic Wars and An Illustrated Encyclopedia: Uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

1 Political Background 7

2 Military Tactics, Weapons and Equipment 9

3 Naval Warfare 20

4 The Austrian Empire 23

5 The Holy Roman Empire 43

6 The Ducal Electorate of Bavaria and the Palatinate 59

7 The Duchy of Brunswick 61

8 The Kingdom of France 65

9 The Kingdom of Great Britain 96

10 The Electorate of Hanover (Braunschweig-Lüneburg) 139

11 The Landgravate of Hessen-Kassel 150

12 The County of Lippe-Detmold and Schaumburg-Lippe 154

13 The Kingdom of Portugal 157

14 The Kingdom of Prussia 161

15 The Empire of all the Russias 207

16 The Electorate of Saxony 219

17 The Kingdom of Spain 224

18 The Kingdom of Sweden 226

19 The Duchy of Württemberg 236

20 The Bishopric of Würzburg 241

Appendix 1 Key Battles 243

Appendix 2 Key Places 291

Appendix 3 Key People 293

Bibliography 328

Index 329

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