By Stuart Reid
The hot forty third Regiment shaped in 1739 not just wore bonnets, yet had brief jackets instead of coats, and belted plaids rather than breeches. as well as their firelocks and bayonets they have been armed with Scots broadswords, pistols and dirks. within the early days some of them will even have carried round shields or objectives. The British military used to be by no means to be a similar back. Stuart Reid explores the background, garments and kit of the 18th-century Highland regiments, in a textual content complemented by means of a mess of images and illustrations, together with complete color plates.
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Dv. 12 Reitvorschrift, H. Dv. 104 Die Auysbildung am s. Gr. Werfer 34, Butz MG 34 and D102 Die Infanterie im Stellungkrieg. For fortifications and trenches see H. dV. 11 Feldbefestigungen der Infanterie (1940) and Bildheft: Entwurf Neuzeitlicher Stellungsbau (1942). All, except for Reibert, were official publications. ), Gander and Chamberlain’s Small Arms, Artillery and Special Weapons of the Third Reich (MacDonald and James, 1978) and Combat (Vol. 1) from Pictorial Histories of Missoula, Montana.
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18th-Century Highlanders (Men-at-Arms, Volume 261) by Stuart Reid