Frederick the Great's Allies 1756-63

Frederick the Great's Allies 1756-63


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This book describes and illustrates the organization and uniforms of the Allied contingents during the Seven Years' War (1756-1763). At the outbreak of the war King George II's dual role as King of England and Elector of Hanover led to Britain creating and funding an alliance with Frederick's Prussia. This colorful multi-national arm of British, Brunswick, Hanoverian, and Hessian troops, with other smaller contingents, played an essential part by guarding Prussia's western front against French armies, and in the process the British contingent won some remarkable victories, such as the redcoats' legendary attack at Minden and Granby's cavalry triumph at Warburg. This disparate group of soldiers is brought to vivid life by the illustrations of Gerry and Sam Embleton and by the unrivalled detail of Stuart Reid's analysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849081771
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/21/2010
Series: Men-at-Arms Series , #460
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Stuart Reid was born in Aberdeen in 1954 and is married with two sons. He has worked as a librarian and a professional soldier and his main focus of interest lies in the 18th and 19th centuries. This interest stems from having ancestors who served in the British Army and the East India Company and who fought at Culloden, Bunker Hill and even in the Texas Revolution.

His books for Osprey include the highly acclaimed titles about King George's Army 1740-93 (Men-at-Arms 285, 289 and 292) and the British Redcoat 1740-1815 (Warriors 19 and 20).

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

The background to the British-Hanoverian alliance with Prussia

Chronology 4

His Britannic Majesty's Army In Germany 5

Composition and command

Organization & Uniforms: Cavalry 7


British: Royal Horse Guards - Dragoon Guards - Horse - Dragoons

Hanoverian: Guard - Line Cuirassiers - Line Dragoons

Hessian: Horse - Dragoons

Prussian: Dragoons

Infantry 15


British: Footguards and Line

Hanoverian: Footguards and Line

Hessian: Footguards and Line - Militia

Prussian: Fusiliers

Technical Troops 24

Brunswick artillery - British artillery - Buckeburg contingent - Hanoverian artillery - Hessian artillery

Light Troops 35

Brunswick: Hussars - Jägers - Light Infantry - Auxiliary Volunteers

British: Light Dragoons - Highlanders - Fraser's Chasseurs - Légion Britannique

Buckeburg contingent

Hanoverian: Hussars - J&agers - Scheither's Freikorps

Hessian: Hussars - Jägers - Frei-Regiment von Gerlach

Prussian: Hussars - Freikorps von Trumbach

Plate Commentaries 42

Index 48

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