- Tapa blanda: 48 páginas
- Editor: Osprey Publishing (25 de julio de 1991)
- Colección: Men-at-Arms
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1855321351
- ISBN-13: 978-1855321359
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French Army 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War (2): Republican Troops: Franco-Prussian War - Republican Troops Vol 2 (Men-at-Arms) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 25 jul 1991
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The capitulation of Napoleon and his army at Sedan in September 1870 shook Paris to its foundations. The Second Empire was swept from power, and a Government of National Defence hastily put in its place. To replace the weakened professional army the French called for a 'war of the people'. A companion volume to Men-at-Arms 233: The French Army 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War (1) Imperial Troops, this book covers the forces that participated in the second half of the campaign, including the regular army, l' Armeé d' Afrique, la Garde Mobile, la Garde Nationale and the naval forces. The text is accompanied by contemporary photographs and detailed colour plates.
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Stephen Shann specializes in the Franco-Prussian War. In addition to this book, he also authored Men-at-Arms 233: French Army 1870-71 Franco-Prussian War (1) Imperial Troops. Born in 1954, Louis Delperier has a doctorate in History and a French Army reserve commission. He is the author of many French books and articles on the history of uniform, and was the military consultant for the Franco-Prussian War film Champ d'Honneur, shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987. Richard Hook was trained at Reigate College of Art. After national service with 1st Bn, Queen's Royal Regiment, he became art editor of Finding Out magazine during the 1960s. He has worked as a freelance illustrator ever since, earning an international reputation, and has illustrated more than 50 Osprey titles. He is based in Sussex, UK. Christa Hook began her illustrating career in 1986. Her work has featured extensively in the worlds of publishing and television, and she has established herself as one of Osprey's most popular illustrators. Her illustrations combine the historian's attention to detail with the artist's sense of drama and atmosphere, and they are sought after by collectors worldwide.
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Regarding both these series, buffs and artists should bear in mind that the color illustrations, while generally good, are just that, illustrations, primarily drafted renditions of black & white photographs, and that there are no color photo illustrations of the uniforms, equipment, etc - i.e. contemporary color photos of artifacts, or models wearing costumes after the original designs. For that, you have to go to slightly pricier books (e.g. "The German Soldier of World War I" - see my Review of). The contemporaneous b&w photos (and drawings) in all these books, as anyone familiar with the Osprey Series would expect, are abundant and an excellent accompaniment to the historical text.
The army described in the book was raised by the new republican government of France in 1870 to try to repel invasion by the Prussian and German armies, after the two main French Imperial armies had surrendered at Sedan and Metz and the Second Empire had collapsed as a consequence.
(NB: The Imperial army is covered in The French Army of the Franco-Prussian War - part 1).
The republican army was composed of the remnants of the regular army that had not surrendered, as well as the " Garde Mobile" and "Garde Nationale mobilisee" ( made up of people who had drawn a " good number" and were not conscripted in the regular army; they were untrained civilans) and various volunteer or partisan forces.
This books explains clearly and simply what each component of this army was made of, how it was raised, their equipment, weapons and uniforms, their battle records.
At the time, republican France took American civil war armies as their model; they had also been citizen armies raised in haste. Only their opponents, the German armies, were revolutionizing warfare at the time, with their very organized general staff, officer and non-commissioned officer corps, mobilization of well-trained reserve troops, as well as a superior artillery ( Krupp breech-loading steel cannon).
The improvised French army did not stand a chance and all it did in the end was to save the honour of France, that had been badly tarnished by the disasters at Sedan and Metz.
As in every book in the Man-at-arms series there is a series of colour-plates illustrating the uniforms worn by combatants.
The uniforms of this army were quite colourful and the artist has done a good job at reconstructing them.
For more pictures of those uniforms and the battles of the time, the paintings of Edouard Detaille and Alphonse de Neuville, the two most famous French military painters of the time, are THE SOURCE. They are reproduced in many books but the few monographs covering their work in pictures are in French and are very difficult to find.
I would however warmly recommend an excellent recent book by Francois Robichon: L'Armee francaise vue par les peintres, 1870-1914, available from Amazon.fr.
For a thorough account of the war, you can refer to "The Franco-Prussian war" by Michael Howard and a few other titles.