The Bavarian Army During the Thirty Years War, 1618-1648

The Backbone of the Catholic League

Laurence Spring

The Bavarian Army has been overshadowed by those of Gustavus Adolphus' and Wallenstein's armies, but it was one of only a few armies to have fought throughout the Thirty Years War - first as part of the Catholic League and then as an independent army after the Peace of Prague. Among the generals of the Bavarian Army were Count Johan von Tilly and G
Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
30 b/w ills., maps, diagrams
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781911512394
Pages : 200
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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The Bavarian Army has been overshadowed by those of Gustavus Adolphus’ and Wallenstein’s Armies, but it was one of only a few armies to have fought throughout the Thirty Years War, first as part of the Catholic League and then an independent army after the Peace of Prague. Among the generals of the Bavarian Army were Count Johan von Tilly and Gottfried von Pappenheim, who are two of the most famous generals of the war. This book covers not only the Bavarian Army’s organization, but also has chapters on recruitment, officers, clothing, weaponry, pay and rations of a soldier during the Thirty Years War. As well as life and death in the army, this book also looks at the women who accompanied it. The chapter on ‘civilians and soldiers’ looks at the impact of the war on the civilian population, their reaction to it and the infamous sack of Magdeburg which sent shockwaves across Europe. This chapter also looks at the impact on Bavaria by having Swedish, Spanish and Imperialist troops quartered upon it and how this affected the country’s war effort. In addition there are chapters on regimental colors and a detailed look into the tactics of the time, including those of Spain, Sweden and the Dutch. As well as using archival and archaeological evidence to throw new light on the subject the author has used several memoirs written by those who served in the army during the war, including Peter Hagendorf who served in Pappenheim ‘s Regiment of Foot from 1627 until the regiment was disbanded after the war. Hagendorf’s vivid account is unique because not only is it a full account of the life of a common soldier during the war, but also records the human side of campaign, including the death of his two wives and all but two of his children. This book is essential reading to anyone interested in the wars of the early seventeenth century, not just the Thirty Years War.

About The Author
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Laurence Spring studied at the Universities of London and Aberystwyth. He is also a qualified archivist, and has worked for many years at the Surrey History Centre. He has researched the early seventeenth century for many years and has written on various aspects of the English Civil War, including the campaigns of Sir William Waller and the armies of Sir William Waller and the Earl of Manchester. He has also written many books on the Russian Army during the Napoleonic Wars as well as several articles for the “Surrey in the Great War” website. Since he has an archival background he prefers to search through archives looking for various interesting facts for his books, rather than relying on printed sources, which give a vivid insight to the subject and are not mentioned in secondary sources. Using this method, he has found evidence that contradicts the established ‘facts’ on a subject. He has also written several books for the ‘Century of the Soldier’ series, The First British Army, the army of the Duke of Buckingham, 1624-1628 (2016) The Bavarian Army, the Backbone of the Catholic League (2017) The Battle of the White Mountain and the Bohemian Revolt (2018) and he is writing several more books on the English Civil War for the series which will be published in the forthcoming years.

REVIEWS
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“ … This well written book is recommended not only for its direct coverage but also for its period 'feel'.”

- Miniature Wargames

This really is a high-quality piece of work.”

- Military Modelling

Provides an excellent reference point for the history, organisation, tactics, clothing, and standards of the Bavarian army…Highly recommended.”

- Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy

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