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The tragic national epic of Polish history began in these late 18th-century wars. Under Poland's Saxon monarchy, Russia and Prussia constantly meddled in the affairs of the Kingdom. In 1768 a civil war broke out between pro-Russian 'Commonwealth' Poles and 'Confederate' patriots who opposed foreign intervention; Russia intervened directly, and the First Partition followed in 1772. Guerrilla resistance continued, and anti-Russian political moves...

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Polish Armies of the Partitions 1771-94

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Overview

The tragic national epic of Polish history began in these late 18th-century wars. Under Poland's Saxon monarchy, Russia and Prussia constantly meddled in the affairs of the Kingdom. In 1768 a civil war broke out between pro-Russian 'Commonwealth' Poles and 'Confederate' patriots who opposed foreign intervention; Russia intervened directly, and the First Partition followed in 1772. Guerrilla resistance continued, and anti-Russian political moves were snuffed out by a second Russian invasion in 1792.

Following a Second Partition between Russia and Prussia in 1793, Poland's national hero Thaddeus Kosciusko led a national uprising against the invaders in April 1794. After remarkable victories against the odds at Raclawice and Warsaw, the patriots were finally defeated by the combined armies of Prussia and Russia at Maciejowice. This led to the Third Partition of 1795, between Prussia, Russia, and Austria, and Poland ceased to exist as a political nation.

Featuring specially commissioned full-color illustrations, this is the epic story of Poland's doomed struggle to remain independent in the face of aggression from its neighbours in the late 18th century.

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"...richly illustrated with images of Kosciuszko and other soldiers, including some in quite exotic uniforms, who fought in the doomed struggle to preserve Poland’s independence in the face of aggressive neighbors."
- Toy Soldier & Model Figure (May 2013) 

"...offers a fine survey of the Polish-Lithuanian armies of the late 18th century. From their organization and their distinctions to historic battles and confrontations, this history is illustrated with a combination of rare early images and colorful artwork which brings to life the uniforms, equipment and statistics of the Polish armies. Highly recommended!"
- The Midwest Book Review (April 2013)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780963747
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Series: Men-at-Arms , #485
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 48
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Vincent Rospond is US sales manager for Games Workshop’s publishing arm, Black Library Books. He has made a long-time study of this subject. This is his first book for Osprey.
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Table of Contents

Historical Background 3

Poland in the 18th century

Chronology 4

The Armies of 1764-72 7

Organization, Commonwealth armies

Uniforms

The Bar Confederation

The Army of 1772-91 12

Organization

Uniforms

The Army of 1791-94 16

Organization

Uniforms

Units of the Polish Crown and Grand Duchy of Lithuania, 1765-94 22

Crown cavalry regiments - dragoon regiments - Crown cavalry formed 1794

Crown infantry: regiments - independent companies - militia & volunteers

Crown technical corps

Lithuanian cavalry regiments - dragoon regiments

Lithuanian infantry: regiments - independent units - militia

Lithuanian technical corps

Army of the Targowica Confederation, 1792-93

Select Bibliography 43

Plate Commentaries 44

Index 48

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