Armies of the Crusades (Men-at-Arms, Volume 75) by Terence Wise

By Terence Wise

Within the early crusades males of all ranks from everywhere Europe took the move and went to struggle Islam as volunteers. a few went out of spiritual fervour, others to flee the plagues and famine that have been rife on the time, nonetheless others looking for land or a fortune in loot. battling along all of those have been the armies raised in Outremer, the Holy Land itself. jointly they waged a bloody spiritual warfare, the members of which incorporated such forces because the Knights Templar, the Teutonic Knights, and the Byzantine Army.

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11~m, Brighton. "spana deLAno /815. ) \tanjllcL. Ruiz, Enrique. 4, ~1aan,Jean. V to VII Tranie, J.. & J-C Carmigniani, Napolion pt In Cnmpagne d'Espagne, Paris. I1,I974 42 THE PLATES A1: Lieutenant-colonel, Royal Corps of Engineers, 1812-1815 The corps definitively adopted the black velvet facings at this time. Rank is indicated on the cuffs and the corps badge is worn on the collar. Engineer officers had no shakos and wore laced bicorns as shown. (Coat in Museo del Ejercito, Madrid) A2: Infantry fusilier.

Ion (sec MAA 332) When Madrid was first liberated by the British a l\1ilicia Nacional Urbana de A1adrid was raised from 26 AUKUSI 1812. This emhorlierl militia, which was to serve as ~arrison and in the Held in the vicinity of the capital. had eight battalions of infanu)' aud a squadron of cavalry. The infantry unifolm was a blue long-tailed coat with scarlet-piped while collar, cutTs, lapels and lUrnbacks. 'hile waistcoat and breeches, black gaiters, and a plain bicofn hal with a white cockarle loop.

Large numbers of btack leather accoutrements were also supplied. 000 shakos sent from Britain had red plumes. We show here a black/red cockade indicating the British alliance. men's smocks. Plate At. Blue coat with scarlet collar, cuffs and tumbacks, black velvet lapels, white piping edging facings; silver buttons, buttonhole lace and turret badge on the collar. The cuffs have the three silver laces of 8 colonel below the three broad gokl embroidered bands of a captain- general. Senior officers could carry goldĀ· pommeled canes.

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