The Danish Army of the Napoleonic Wars 1801-1815. Organisation, Uniforms & Equipment

Volume 1 - High Command, Line and Light Infantry

David A. Wilson

A fully illustrated unique record of the uniforms of the Napoleonic Danish and Norwegian armies and their flags in full color.
Date Published :
May 2020
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
From Reason to Revolution
Illustration :
42 color plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913118914
Pages : 148
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
Stock Status : Available


This book was written to provide an in-depth study of the Danish and Norwegian armies of the Napoleonic Wars. The goal was to provide a working document which is as accurate as possible, covering the uniforms of these armies, their weapons and their evolution as well as their colors and a look at their basic tactics. Although this is principally a uniform book, historical background is also provided to place the details in their context.

This first volume covers the uniforms of the High Command, Guard, and Line and Light Infantry, their arms, equipment, and colors.

The product of five years of research, this study grew out of the author’s desire to provide a reference for friends who were painting Danish wargames figures. It soon became apparent that very little was written on the subject in English and this led to extensive research and consultation with experts including Alan Perry of Perry Miniatures and Jørgen Koefoed Larsen. Every effort has been made to reconcile conflicting sources, rather than risk perpetuating myths and errors, and the result is a comprehensive and lavishly-illustrated reference work on this significant but often-overlooked Napoleonic army.

About The Author

David Alan Wilson was born of mixed Irish, British and Scots origins and was educated at Greenshaw High School, in Surrey, England, specializing in the History of Art, ancient English literature, printing, technical drawing, sculpture, and painting. He worked in the wine trade, and in April 1974 he signed up for voluntary military service in C Squadron (The Sharpshooters), The Royal Yeomanry. After visiting France several times, he returned there definitely in 1977 to learn French in situ. This is where his passion for history and historical modeling really took off after he was introduced to Teddy Suren of Willie figures who not only taught him about sculpting, but also how to organize research. He became more and more interested in both civil and military history, with special interests in the Ancien Régime – including several years in an association of historical re-enactors, specializing in 18th century animations for historical sites – and Scandinavian history. He retired from full time work in June 2019 to devote more time to historical research and writing.


"... this excellent uniform guide offers the text details and visual guide for accurate representation of Danish troops on the tabletop."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

‘’In short, this book contains everything a wargamer wishing to raise a Napoleonic period Danish army requires! It has been researched in consultation with experts such as Jorgen Koefoed Larsen and Alan Perry Highly recommended: If you plan to muster a Danish wargame army, buy this book!’’

- Miniature Wargames

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