Drapeaux Militaires du Monde, 1618–1900

Terence Wise, Guido Rosignoli

Drapeaux Militaires du Monde, 1618–1900, Terence Wise, Guido Rosignoli

Drapeaux Militaires du Monde in Colour (1618–1900) fills a surprising gap in the international study of flags, for most flag books deal exclusively avec national flags, while those specialising in military flags each concentrate on one major power. Furthermore, these relatively few books remain in their native languages et have mostly been out of print for decades. This book, therefore, gathers together for the first time in handy reference form, the flags borne by the armies of the world, de la Guerre de Trente Ans du 17e Siècle aux guerres coloniales du 19e Siècle tardif.

Throughout the book the emphasis has been placed on the Colours, Standards et Guidons carried in battle; not those employed solely for display ou ceremonial purposes; while the period covered enables the story of the military flag to be told from the time when the military formation known as a regiment first began to appear, to the date when flags were no longer carried in action as a general rule.

Terence Wise, the author, is a professional military writer et this, his twelfth book, is the culmination of many years of research. He is a member of the Heraldry Society, Flag Research Center of Massachusetts, librarian of the Military Heraldry Society, member of the Flag institute de la Grande-Bretagne et chairman of the Victorian Military Society.

Guido Rosignoli, the artist, is also prominent in the field of heraldry, having so far contributed five books as both author et illustrator on army, air force, et civil badges et insignia to the Blandford list.



  1. Introduction
  2. Sources
  3. Glossary
  4. Historical Background
  5. The Colour Plates
    • Guerre de Trente Ans 1618–1648
    • Guerres Polonaises 1600–1677
    • Première révolution anglaise 1642–1651
    • Guerre Nordique de Sept Ans 1655–1668
    • Guerre de Dévolution 1667–1668
    • Guerre de Hollande et Guerres Scaniennes 1672–1679
    • Guerre de la Ligue d’Augsbourg 1688–1697
    • Grande guerre du Nord 1700–1721
    • Guerre de Succession d’Espagne 1701–1713
    • Guerre de Succession de Pologne 1733–1738
    • Guerre de Succession d’Autriche 1740–1748
    • Révolte Jacobite 1745–1746
    • Quatrième Guerre intercoloniale 1754–1763
    • Guerre de Sept Ans 1756–1763
    • Guerres Britanniques à l’Inde 1757–1826
    • Lutte pour la Liberté Polonaise 1768–1794
    • Guerre d’Indépendance des États-Unis d’Amérique 1775–1783
    • Guerres de la Révolution française et Guerres Napoléoniennes 1792–1815
    • War of 1812
    • Latin American Wars of Independence 1800–1825
    • Guerres Mexicaines 1810–1848
    • Guerre de Crimée 1853–1856
    • Guerres d’Indépendance Italienne 1848–1862
    • Guerre de Sécession 1861–1865
    • Guerre Austro-Prussienne, 1866, et Franco-Allemande, 1870–1871
    • Colonial Wars 1870–1900
  6. The Plate Descriptions
  7. Index

Drapeaux Militaires du Monde offers an excellent introduction to military colours, standards et guidons de la Guerre de Trente Ans aux Colonial Wars. Painters de figurine et Joueurs de Guerre will find many rare et valuable illustrations of flags for their chosen armies, but there are also many gaps in the collection which require reference to other sources. While the internet has become an important source of downloadable military flags pour joueurs de guerre et miniature collectionistes, printed vexillology books like Drapeaux Militaires du Monde are still an important reference for Modélistes sérieux concerned about the historical accuracy of electronically distributed accessories for their troops.

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