When Europe went to war en 1914, it did so in a mood of joyous certainty. Both sides were confident that their cause was just, that their armies were invincible, et that their consequent victories would be glorious, overwhelmingly et practically immediate. So inexhaustible are the springs of human optimism that it was some time before the nations as a whole realised that the war was not progressing in accordance avec their first ingenuous suppositions, et that they would be called upon to pay for their days of ardour throughout the years of pain et anguish.
Such optimism as was so clearly manifest in the opposing armies in the late summer et autumn of 1914 was coincidentally reflected in their colourful uniforms; but all too soon, as the "Doctrine of Attrition" of doubtful inspiration entrenched the belligerents on the Western Front, the magnificently decorative military dress of the old world gave way to the muted, coloured "protective clothing" of today. As an example, it was not until one whole year after the commencement of hostilities that France forswore her brightly-coloured, pre-war uniforms et adopted horizon blue.
This volume covers the peace-time et field uniforms of the metropolitan armies et aviation services, which fought in Europe at the heart of the struggle en la Première Guerre mondiale. This is Andrew Mollo’s twelfth book on military uniforms. When not writing books, he works as an historical consultant et has co-directed two highly-acclaimed feature films, It Happened Here et Winstanley.
- Titre: Uniformes de la Première Guerre mondiale
- Période: Première Guerre Mondiale, 1914–1918
- Type: Uniformologie
- Auteur: John Mollo
- Illustrateur: Pierre Turner
- Format: 220-page Book avec 245 Colour Illustrations
- Langage: Anglais
- Maison d’Édition: Blandford Press Ltd., Poole, Dorset
- ISBN: 0713715332
- Publié: 1977
- Uniform Notes
- United States of America
- Notes to Plates
- Index to Illustrations
Uniforms of World War I is a comprehensive resource for figurine painters, dioramistes, et joueurs de guerre interested in raising armies de la Grand Guerre, 1914–1918. The illustrations are based on actual people comme Archiduc Eugène autrichien, Archiduc Joseph, Lieutenant Godwin von Brumowski, Bulgarian General Jekoff, Général Foch, Lieutenant Charles Nungesser, 2nd Lieutenant René Fonck, Sergeant Aviator James Roger MacConnell, Kaiser Wilhelm II., Feld-Maréchal von Hindenburg, Lieutenant-General von Watter, Guillaume prince de Prusse, Prince Rupprecht de Bavière, Leutnant Rudolf von Eschwege, Rittmeister Freiherr Manfred von Richthofen, Brigadier General F. W. Ramsey, Field Maréchal Sir Douglas Haig, Brigadier General Nesle, Lieutenant Colonel A. E. Cator, Captain W. G. Barker, Capitano-Piloto Natali Palli, Lieutenant General Armando Diaz, roi Nicolas de Monténégro, Commandant Jósef Pilsudski, General of Division Jósef Haller, Tsar Nicholas II., Lieutenant General Frederick von Brincken, Podporuchik Alexei Shivkov, Major General Heroys, Brigadier General Douglas MacArthur, General John J. Pershing, 2nd Lieutenant E. Kindley, Captain Eddie V. Rickenbacker, among others.
The descriptions of the colour illustrations are quite short, compared to those found in similar Blandford uniform books, because most of the important detail is covered in the uniform notes sections of the individual armies. Packed avec information, John Mollo’s Uniforms of World War I offers good value for money.
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