Artist – Malcolm McGregor
Chris Parker writes
Another must have book by author John Mollo. on the Uniforms of the American Revolution. Describes the principal military uniforms, insignia, and personal weapons of the British, American, German, French, and Indian forces, with an introductory commentary on the Uniforms of the American Revolution and the organization of the various armies that took part. This is one of the first books I ever bought and I singed it and dated it when I bought mine, 1977. It is still my one and only go to book for a quick look see on uniforms of the American Revolution.
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>>This book by John Mollo is well illustrated with color. A great book for reference of different uniforms.
>>Uniforms of the American Revolution has 208 uniforms of all parties involved American Militia , Continental , Army & Navy . Also the same in British , Hessian and French . There are as well 26 additional illustration of weapons , Head Gear , 24 Flags , ornaments (i.e. buttons , buckles , ) along with British rank and file lace and facings . A very impressive small book of 228 pages with small print ( to cram a lot of information in ) descriptions of every item illustrated . If you can have only one book devoted to American Revolution uniforms this is it . I have four other good to excellent books of Revolution uniforms . This is the by far most complete single book on the subject . The subjects are usually 3 to the page and 4 to 5 inches tall . Sufficient to see much detail and done in a fair variety of poses . I highly recommend it to any one interested uniforms worn during the American Revolution good guys and bad ( you choose who is what )
Uniforms of the American Revolution, is a concise volume on the diverse dress that the major combatants wore during the American war of Independence. Though the focus of this volume is certainly devoted to the color plates (and descriptions), John Mollo has also included a brief history of the armies as well as some orders of battle details.
Now to the color plates.
The authors have used contemporary paintings and first hand descriptions to piece together their images. The range of regiments/units that they have been able to portray is very impressive. As well as depicting the British Regiments at the start of the war, McGregor and Mollo have traced the development of new and more sensible uniforms procured by the British Army by the time of the Saratoga and Philadelphia campaigns. Other uniforms explored include the myriad of American militia units, British loyalists, colorful Germans, and of course, the French.
Because McGregor and Mollo have been able to show all the armies of the American Revolution, at various stages of their campaigns, including full-dress and campaign uniforms, drawing on period sources, this volume provides a good starting point for readers who want to find out exactly what Mel Gibson didn’t get right, and that the British didn’t much enjoy dressing up in long wool coats, if they could help it.
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