This is a beautifully produced – and surely definitive – complete account of its subject. With 235 annotated high quality b/w illustrations and six full colour plates, printed on fine quality paper, it is a volume for any edged weapon or British Army enthusiast to treasure. The text encompasses technical details such as the pattern of swords – and the reasons why certain types were adopted, along with instructions for correctly wearing them. There are descriptions of the use of swords in battle – sometimes described by the swordsman wielding them – such as the gory account of the butchery at Waterloo by Sgt. Ewart who famously charged with the Royal Scots Greys. Sir Garnett Wolseley, the celebrated Victorian General, describes chopping men down from head to waist while serving with the Household Cavalry in Egypt in 1882. There are appendices on marking swords and chronological lists of changing sword patterns. This is a Naval and Military Press, National Army Museum joint reprint of the (1996) revised and greatly expanded edition of a book that first appeared in 1975 and quickly established itself as the standard authority on the British Army’s swords.
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SWORDS OF THE BRITISH ARMY. The Regulation Patterns 1788 To 1914 (Revised Edition)
The original version of this book, which appeared in 1975, quickly established itself as the standard work on the regulation pattern swords of the British Army. A revised and greatly expanded edition was published by the National Army Museum in 1996. That edition has now been reprinted by the Naval & Military Press to make available again an indispensable guide for both military historians and arms specialists.