Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Military Uniforms in the Netherlands

I purchased this book from On Military Matters in the hope that there were illustrations of the Dutch East Indies troops. Unfortunately, there weren't...unless you want troops such as naval personnel.Nonetheless, I can always use the information for a "what if" where European troops are transferred to the Indies.

Having said that, this book is great. It certainly lives up to its title -Military Uniforms in the Netherlands. But not outside of it. A large proportion of the illustrations can be found at online sites, such as the Vinkhuijzen collection atthe New York Public Library. The book, however, has a nice text and is set out in a way so much easier than searching online, at least for me : )

The book is 320 pages with approximtely 200 colour pictures of contemporary drawings and illustrations. It is bound in linen and is 30cm x 26 cm. From the back cover:

In 1903, the Military Historical Archive in the Netherlands inherited a large quantity of source material. In this legacy was a volume of illustrations of Dutch military uniform coats, dating from the second half of the eighteenth century, and a series of drawings of uniforms made by Duncan Macalester Loup (1751-1812). Both items are currently in possession of the Netherlands Institute of Military History (NIMH). Owing to their great detail and colourful rendition, these illustrations are one of the treasures of the Institute’s collection.  
With the publication of this book, the Institute and the Netherlands Army Museum have made this remarkable part of the Netherlands’ military heritage accessible to a wide audience. 

This is a great book if you are interested in the period. It also contains information that I haven't seen elsewhere, but alas no information regarding flags.

There are three editions - Dutch, German and English. The Dutch version is 69 euro, with the others slightly more expensive. Postage is a killer : )


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