Godoy's Army

Spanish Regiments and Uniforms from the Estado Militar of 1800

Charles Esdailes, Alan Perry

Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
From Reason to Revolution
Illustration :
79 color plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
ISBN : 9781911512653
Pages : 120
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
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Based on an extremely rare (albeit slightly incomplete) illustrated version of the Spanish Army’s order of battle as it existed in the year 1800, this work cannot but form a most unusual addition to the collection of anyone interested in military uniforms (or, more specifically, the Revolutionary and Napoleonic era). Almost every regiment of the Spanish Army is represented - including such extraordinary units as the Royal Corps of Cosmographic Engineers - while the beautiful full-page, hand-colored engravings of the originals have been supplemented by a transcript of the details (in brief, the senior officers and the uniforms) given in the published edition of the army’s order of battle, to which the album reproduced in the pages of this work was intended to complement. Also included is a substantial introduction to the Spanish Army in the period immediately preceding the Peninsular War - written by the leading expert on the subject - that will be of great interest to any student of that conflict; the soldiers seen in the book are, after all, pretty much the same as the soldiers who suddenly found themselves fighting Napoleon in 1808. A foreword by the current owner of the original - the well-known wargamer and figure designer Alan Perry - explains how the book came into his possession.

About The Author

Professor Charles J. Esdaile is Britain’s leading expert on the Peninsular War. The occupant of a Personal Chair in the Department of History at the University of Liverpool , he is the author of numerous works on Spain in the Revolutionary era, the Peninsular War of 1808-1814 and the Napoleonic Wars - including The Spanish Army in the Peninsular War (Manchester University Press, 1988), The Peninsular War: A New History (Allen Lane, 2002) and Napoleon’s Wars: an International History, 1803-1815.

Alan Perry is a well-known figure designer and wargamer who is currently co-proprietor of Perry Miniatures.


"What we have is a marvellous reference that will be a boon to wargamers and figure modellers in providing super detail on uniforms and their colours as worn by the various Spanish regiments in the era of Napoleon and the Peninsula War.”

- Military Model Scene

" … This is a beautiful book.”

- Miniature Wargames

- "If anyone is interested in the Military from this period, or the history of military uniforms this will no doubt prove a great addition to their collection. Recommended.”

- Britmodeller

"This is a beautifully presented work, exposing the reader to a plethora of information and a dazzling array of uniform colours and styles that I was completely unaware of for an army in this period…I absolutely encourage you to buy this book!”

- Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy

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