The Danish Army of the Napoleonic Wars 1801-1815. Organisation, Uniforms & Equipment: Volume 3: Norwegian Troops and Militia (From Reason to Revolution)
Helion and Company (December 15, 2021)
Paperback: 144 pages
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 colours 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. Most of the information contained in this volume is published in the English language for the first time.
This third volume looks in depth principally at the Norwegian Army including the regular infantry, cavalry, including their Colours, Guidons and Standards and field artillery covering all aspects of their organisation, uniforms, arms and equipment as well as their Jægers, light infantry and ski troops. The specifically Norwegian cannon and limbers are also covered.
Another subject covered by this volume is the numerous Norwegian and Danish volunteer and militias companies, some of whom were actively engaged on the field of battle. An in depth study of the Island of Bornholm is also included. This volume is illustrated with 54 original full colour plates.
Unlike the few other works in English this book has been conducted with the assistance of respected Norwegian historians, as well as Danish and German historians.
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.