This title provides a fact-filled and vivid account of life in the Russian infantry at the turbulent turn of the 19th century - a time when the Russian Army was arguably one of the most important in the world. Although hopelessly outdated at the outbreak of the European war of 1799, after Czar Paul I's murder the army underwent radical changes and modernization. This book details recruitment and training procedures, military tactics and equipment and daily life both at home and on campaign. The common and extraordinary experiences of the ordinary soldier are examined and several commonly held assumptions regarding his character and motivations dismissed.
Laurence Spring holds a degree in History from London University, and is the co-ordinator of the Russian Army Study Group, an organisation with a world-wide membership. He has worked on a translation of A V Viskovatov's seminal Historical Description of the Clothing and Arms of the Russian Army, and has also written on the English Civil War, and numerous articles for magazines. Laurence currently works at the Surrey Research Centre, formerly the Surrey Record Office, UK. Bill Younghusband was born in 1936. He has been interested in all things military since childhood, an interest compounded through the reading of authors such as G. A. Henty. In 1954 he joined the Life Guards and saw service in Egypt and Cyprus. Bill is a respected military illustrator of many years' experience, and has illustrated numerous Osprey books on 18th- and 19th-century subjects. He is married, and lives in Ireland.
Introduction - Chronology - Enlistment - Training - Appearance and equipment - Everyday life - Experience of battle - Colour plate commentary - Museums - Collecting - Re-enactment - Index