The Italian Front of the Nine Year has been completely neglected by Italian and other European Historians. It is often assumed that the conflict was fought solely in Flanders and the Rhineland, and by mainly North West European Armies. This was not so. William of Orange, the driving force of the Grand Alliance in the fight against the French, considered the Italian aspect of the conflict to be the greatest strategic importance. Piedmont, in north western Italy bordered France, and Italian armies were able to threaten the south of France with invasion. For the first time too, the nature of late 17th century warfare in Italy is considered and the author examines organisation, training and logistics. Military artist Bruno Mugnai enhances the book’s text with 8 specially commissioned colour plates that illustrate the uniforms and flags of this highly visual period.
WILLIAM III’S ITALIAN ARMY Piedmont and the War of the League of Augsburg 1683-1697 “Century of the Soldier” Series
Recommend to all with an interested in the military history of the late seventeenth century, and is equally important for anyone interested in the wider period including the War of Spanish Succession as this book will help to frame the conflict within its broad context. Another accomplished addition to the “Century of the Soldier” series.The author and very talented illustrator Bruno Mugnai must count as one of the best authorities on the Italian Military history.