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Review “La Cavalerie Légère de 1845 à 1915” by Louis Delpérier, et al.

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Richard Baxter, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. Richard Baxter A Fixture

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    Here is a publication to gladden the heart of anyone with an interest in the French army. This is a two volume set dealing with the uniforms, equipment and history of the hussars and chasseurs à cheval. The two volumes are well bound and comprise 357 and 319 pages respectively, the paper is high quality gloss and the books are presented in a cardboard slip-case. The books are the first part of what will be a series on all units of the French army of the Second Empire and the Republic until 1915. The books cover the conquest of Algeria, the Crimea, the Mexican expedition, the Franco-Prussian War and the start of WW1.
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    To say that these books are superb is an understatement. Full of detail and coloured images, P1020296.JPG
    photos, uniform studies, museum pieces and drawings, this must easily be the most comprehensive study of its type. It goes without saying that the books constitute an invaluable source of information for modellers and military historians.

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    The text is in French and the writing is scholarly but without being stuffy or academic. Those of you who don't speak the language should be able to pick up the essentials with the help of a dictionary: but if you ever needed an incentive to learn French, then this is it. The authors are to be congratulated on a fantastic piece of work, one which I can not recommend highly enough.

    The books are currently available on E-bay at http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151165473429 for 50 Eros, which to my mind is an absolute bargain. Published by Editions du Canonnier in Nantes.
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  2. Chrisr PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Thanks for the head up Richard. They look superb reference books.

    Chris
  3. ellie A Fixture

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    Hi Richard
    I got this a few weeks ago and have to say it's the most comprehensive book on Uniforms I've seen in a very long time. and for the price it's a steal. It's great quality and it does not matter that it's in French as it's full of photos and all the info you need on the cav uniforms. from the Crimea to ww1. would highly recommend.

    Ian

    www.elliesminiatures.com
  4. Nap A Fixture

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    I have this , it's amazing colour work and an excellent format

    Seller is top notch as well with packing and service the same

    Good to see a book featuring in the review section

    Nap
  5. Richard Baxter A Fixture

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    Hi Nap, yes, absolutely agree, and to be the first volume in a series covering the whole army. A much neglected period and lots of raw material for my good friend Ellie Sahib.
  6. billyturnip A Fixture

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    Definitely added to my shopping list, thanks for posting the review Richard.
  7. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

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    The French do produce some excellent volumes, and I've just spotted one I've ordered via the Ebay link quoted above under 'see other items'. A cracker of a book on Napoleon's Berline.....PeeDee, you might want to take a look!
    Thanks for the review, Richard ; led me into spending yet more on books:cool:
  8. Richard Baxter A Fixture

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    Diolch yn fawr, Taff. Sadly I'm not on commission!
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  9. OldTaff PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Croeso, o'r gorau, Richard. Iechyd da.
  10. Nap A Fixture

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    Hi Richard ,,

    Have to agree , some great books and hey guess what Mrs Nap has said I can have the 2 volumes on the French in WW1 ....yippee ...on their way!!!!!!

    I love books almost as much as Mrs Nap ...grovelling ....

    Nap
  11. stormtrooper miniatures Well-Known Member

    just ordered mine,,,some great books there also,,,i could spend a fortune !!!!

    Alison will kill me,,,ah well that's what wife's are for.

    Stuart
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  12. Nap A Fixture

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    It great isn't it Stu!!! ..not sure if Carole would agree with the comment though ..oh well at least it will be quiet in my modelling room !!!

    Happy days

    Nap
  13. elanlane13 A Fixture

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    I have this set and agree, excellent publications. It has helped with a project to be released next year enormously
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  14. Joe55 A Fixture

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    I'm in trouble now.

    Joe
  15. Nap A Fixture

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    England

    Join the club Joe!!!

    Now that sounds interesting Rob!!!

    Nap
  16. jenghiz Active Member

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    England
    I couldn't agree more for book reviews,well done Richard.
  17. Nap A Fixture

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    England
    Hi Guys,

    Can I also recommend these volumes ( the 2nd 2 are a bit more expensive but massive books ) all simply superb , also from the same top notch seller .

    As with the Lt Cavalry ones masses of colour and information.

    Happy reading

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  18. Richard Baxter A Fixture

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    Thanks Nap, another great set, am now prepared to go bankrupt.
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  19. Nap A Fixture

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    Sorry Richard ..lots of fantastic books eh!

    Nap

    PS Forget the kids shoes ..get a book!
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  20. Richard Baxter A Fixture

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    Yes indeed Nap, and in my favourite language...which coincidentally is also the language of lurve. Kids are grown up so am squandering my pension, just like George Osborne wants me to.
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