Frederick the Great's Allies

Frederick the Great's Allies

By (author) Stuart Reid , Illustrated by Gerry Embleton


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The Seven Years' War in Germany was characterised by an increasing use of 'light' troops in conjunction with regular infantry and cavalry as part of an ongoing evolution in military tactics. This book draws attention to these tactical developments and also provides an analysis of the allied army that fought alongside Frederick the Great in Germany. Composed of troops from the electorate of Hanover and contingents from Hessen-Kassel, Brunswick and Prussia, this force was funded by Britain and led by a Prussian officer, Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick. Later, British troops joined this army as it operated throughout western Germany, and together the allied army won a great victory at the famous battle of Minden in 1759.

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 180 x 240 x 6mm | 158.76g
  • 21 Sep 2010
  • Osprey Publishing
  • Osprey
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 1849081778
  • 9781849081771
  • 303,378

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Author Information

Stuart Reid was born in Aberdeen in 1954 and is married with two sons. He has worked as a librarian and a professional soldier and his main focus of interest lies in the 18th and 19th centuries. This interest stems from having ancestors who served in the British Army and the East India Company and who fought at Culloden, Bunker Hill and even in the Texas Revolution.His books for Osprey include the highly acclaimed titles about King George's Army 1740-93 (Men-at-Arms 285, 289 and 292) and the British Redcoat 1740-1815 (Warriors 19 and 20).

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"The Seven Years' War allied troops were a diverse group of soldiers whose colorful uniforms are brought to life by the illustrations of Gerry and Sam Embleton and by the artistic detail analysis of Stuart Reid. This book describes the organization of these Allied contingents at the outbreak of the war when King George II's role as King of England, as well as Elector of Hanover, led to Britain's creation and funding an alliance with Frederick's Prussia." (November 2010) "Show[s] all the hallmarks of what makes Osprey unique. Solid, engaging writing, with overviews of the period that let you get a grasp of the history while focusing on military units and what made them interesting." -"Greater Games Industry ("Spring 2011)

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