The Army of Gustavus Adolphus (1): Infantry

Overview

The 'Lion of the North', King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, was one of the major players in the Thirty Years War of 1618-48. In 1630 Gustavus - the last champion of the Protestants - crushed the Catholics at Breitenfeld in a victory widely viewed as the fulfillment of a prophecy foretelling the defeat of the eagle (the German Emperor's emblem) by a golden lion. Killed in battle at Lützen only two years later, Gustavus nevertheless won fame for his technical and tactical innovations. The first of two volumes, this ...
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Overview

The 'Lion of the North', King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, was one of the major players in the Thirty Years War of 1618-48. In 1630 Gustavus - the last champion of the Protestants - crushed the Catholics at Breitenfeld in a victory widely viewed as the fulfillment of a prophecy foretelling the defeat of the eagle (the German Emperor's emblem) by a golden lion. Killed in battle at Lützen only two years later, Gustavus nevertheless won fame for his technical and tactical innovations. The first of two volumes, this book examines the equipment, uniforms and organization of the infantry that comprised Gustavus's army.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780850459975
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/28/1991
  • Series: Men-at-Arms Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Brzezinski is a leading expert on the military history of Central and Eastern Europe. A fluent Polish speaker, he has researched the Polish Hussars for many years and acted as a historical consultant for film and television on this subject. He lives in Warsaw, Poland.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2001

    Big intentions, little book

    When I first read this book, it followed a heavy dose of Michael Roberts' work and other, older analyses of Gustavus II and his military machine. What I expected was the usual Ospreay book, a concise, accurate, and straightforward study of a particular aspect of military history. However, this book is considerably more pretentious than that. THe author has done a passable job of cramming his side of a massive academic debate into these 96 pages,(two books) spending a sizeable portion of the book's length in attempting to refute exaggerated versions of previous claims that Gustav II introduced uniforms, paper cartridges, etc. This is a commendable effort, for Gustav II's real achievements have become so cluttered by these incorrect accreditations that it makes the truth harder to convery. THis clarification, however, is somewhat inappropriate to a book of this small size; he leaves out some of the more important chronological elements in favor of academic dispute, but his arguments are too restricted by size to be fully formulated. If Mr. Brezinski were to write a full-sized book which fulfilled the potential of these two volumes I would consider it to be a most interesting prospect indeed.

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