The figure of Tsar Peter the Great dominated Russia in the 18th century. Within a few decades his reforms had brought about changes from which no section of Russian life remained immune, paving the way for Russia's emergence as a major military power. By the time of his death in 1725, the man who greeted the birth of his son with the exclamation 'another recruit' had forged a dominant European power, and his legacy is still felt today. In this first of two volumes, Angus Konstam examines the organisation, tactics, uniforms and equipment of Peter the Great's infantry troops, in a text complemented by a multitude of illustrations, including eight full page colour plates by David Rickman.
About the Author
Angus Konstam has written several books for Osprey, mainly on 18th century subjects. His recent works include Campaign 44 Pavia 1525 and Elite 67 Pirates 1660–1730. Angus previously worked as a Curator of Weapons at the Royal Armouries, Tower of London, and Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. He now devotes himself to full-time writing, indulging his passion for maritime and naval history to the maximum.
Table of Contents
Introduction · Chronology · The Russian Army in the 1690s · The New Model Army of 1700 · Organisation · Recruitment and Manpower · Uniforms and Equipment · Tactics · Garrison and Militia Regiments · Infantry Standards · The Plates