Martin, Paul.


2nd imp., 1968. 144 pp., including 44 pp. of cold., plates + various b&w plates + ills. D.j., 29 x 22cm. V.G.+. This book shows the inseparable link between the development of military costume in Europe with political events and with economic and social trends. It discusses how each nation in turn introduced a distinctive dress for its fighting men, stemming from such simple motives as the need to distinguish one’s own forces from the enemy, to create order and to encourage a sense of cheerfulness to what was essentially an unpleasant and dangerous occupation. The author shows other factors influencing the colour and decoration of each nation’s uniform, such as the impact of civilian and court fashions, the growth of the cloth manufacturing and allied industries, and the stimulus of the art of heraldry. Reproduced here from contemporary prints, watercolours and lithographs, are no less than 44 pages of lavishly coloured plates as well as various black & white plates, depicting the uniforms.

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