Goff Lumley's first volume (published by MLRS) looked at Regiments and Mergers in the British Army 1907-2007. Thanks to his extensive knowledge he has now undertaken the compiling and writing of a set of books dealing with the British Army from 1660 to 2008, once more illustrated with his superb cap badge drawings. However this book is much more than the title says: he has put together in this first volume a genealogical history of the regular element British Army in a very concise yet clear compass. Other authors have tried and failed to come up with his simple yet comprehensive treatment of what is a very complex subject. Already well reviewed the book seems set to become a 'must have' for all historians of the British Army since the Restoration. It is augmented with jacket drawings of facings and form from the eighteenth century and a colonel's listing which existed before the line numbering system was introduced.
The following comments are from a review of this book: "For those with an interest in the uniforms of the Great War, this book fills a long-vacant gap in the available published material. Even the keenest student will find much new material and yet more which will be unfamiliar. None of this has been available" [in one single publication] "in any title yet published. Whatever titles on uniforms - that the reader already has on his bookshelf - are effectively redundant. In over 400 pages, this title describes more than the sum total of all titles yet seen. The author has been able to draw on an un-rivalled archive of official documents, whose collective titles form a deceptively small part of the Bibliography. Throughout, the text has extensive quotes from the official sources, which will never have been seen by even the most-versed student, or collector. In addition, the colour photographs of the artefacts are supported by numerous contemporary photographs from private collections. In several instances, the actual items being worn by a soldier, in the accompanying photograph, are also illustrated alongside and in colour. This is in addition to coverage of necessaries and personal items owned by an individual soldier. A glance at the very extensive Bibliography, together with the comprehensive Index, are alone sufficient to place this new book as something remarkable."We need say no more except to emphasise that this book stands alone and unrivalled in the field.
An intelligence publication for use in the field, this contains details of a range of medals and decorations likely to be encountered by troops. By no means exhaustive, but a good introduction to the many such adornments to be found on the chests of Germans at the time. Readers should be aware that the original was a roneod copy, and some of the illustrations suffer from the printing method used.
This publication consists of two small pamphlets issued during the Second World War to show how German troops dressed, and how to distinguish their arm of service and rank. The Engliosh language pamphlet was issued in 1942 includes some colour plates, and was to help an initial battlefield identification of the dead and prisoners of war. The second (German) pamphlet contains colour plates of uniforms and insignia worn by the German Armed Forces, Police, RAD and other organisations.
Following a period of three years research and over two years completing the illustrations Elizabeth Sharp has produced 25 full colour plates showing various aspects of uniforms of the Waffen SS. These range from the evening dress of the SS-Hauptamt to the "wear anything" attitude in Riussia in the winter. The plates are true colour representations of a variety of uniforms and camouflage patterns, and also show weapons and personal equipment. The paintings are true to life and give a living picture of the men and their appearance throughout the war. The commentary by Gordon Rottman clarifies the wealth of detail that the artist has included in these unique works.
Goff Lumley knows a lot about the British Army and its history - especially as reflected by the cap badges proudly worn by serving soldiers. In this book he traces the army (and the TA., Yeomanry and the London Regiment and others) from 1907 to the present day and illustrates the mergers that have occurred in the last 100 years. The strength of the book is twofold: the clarity with which he presents the regiments and their changes in title, and the exceptionally well-drawn illustrations of the cap badges themselves. So readers can now follow the regiment or unit of their choice from the latter days of Empire before the First World War through to today, when the British Army is fighting at least two active campaigns with its usual 'get the job done' attitude despite manpower shortages. This book is a cornerstone in any study of the development of the British Army in the period, as well as a permanent record of the cap badges throughout the period. Highly recommended, ands already in use by training establishments.
This important book covers the uniforms of all British Cavalry Regiments (with the exception of the Household Cavalry) from the end of the Second World War. Every detail is presented with colour photographs to illustrate each and every item of the dress, insignia and accoutrements of these colourful uniforms, together with battle- and fighting-dress. Without doubt the author is the leader in his field and he presents the reader with a comprehensive and exact description of military clothing which is second to none. Highly recommended, and already in use by military units and museums as a reference text.
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