Russian Grenadiers and Infantry 1799-1815

Overview

This title provides a comprehensive and vivid account of life in the Russian infantry at the turn of the 19th century - a time when the Russian army was arguably one of the most important in the world. Although hopelessly outdated at the outbreak of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815), the army underwent radical changes and modernisation after Czar Paul I's murder. This book details recruitment and training procedures, tactics and equipment, and daily life both at home and on campaign. The experiences of the average ...

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Overview

This title provides a comprehensive and vivid account of life in the Russian infantry at the turn of the 19th century - a time when the Russian army was arguably one of the most important in the world. Although hopelessly outdated at the outbreak of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815), the army underwent radical changes and modernisation after Czar Paul I's murder. This book details recruitment and training procedures, tactics and equipment, and daily life both at home and on campaign. The experiences of the average soldier are examined, and several commonly held assumptions regarding his character and motivation are reassessed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841763804
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/2/2002
  • Series: Warrior Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurence Spring holds a degree in History from London University, and is the co-ordinator of the Russian Army Study Group, an organisation with a world-wide membership. He has worked on a translation of A V Viskovatov's seminal Historical Description of the Clothing and Arms of the Russian Army, and has also written on the English Civil War, plus numerous articles for magazines. Laurence lives and works in Surrey, UK.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Chronology 5
Conscription 9
Training 14
Drill 17
Discipline and Punishment 17
Pay and Provisions 19
Appearance 21
Uniforms and equipment
Arms
Daily Life 29
On Campaign 32
Marching
Sickness
Desertion
Motivation and morale
Tactics 43
Organisation
Formations
Skirmishing
Firing
The Soldier in Battle 49
Casualties
Parades 56
Aftermath 57
Museums and Collections 58
Glossary 59
Bibliography 60
Colour Plate Commentary 62
Index 64
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