Polish Army under Napoleon’s command. Vistula Legion, Vistula Lancers

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Author: Sławomir Leśniewski, Ryszard Morawski

Publisher: KARABELA Warsaw 2024
ISBN: 978-83-61229-00-1
Pages: 272, 85 colour plates, a map
Format: 34 x 24 cm (9.8 x 13.6 in), hardcover
Language: Polish, illustration description and summaries in English and French


This is the reprint of the first volume of The Polish Army Under Napoleon's Command three books series.  Ryszard Morawski who is an acknowledged expert on military uniforms, particularly from the Napoleonic Era, rendered the gouaches. The text was written by Sławomir Leśniewski. The author describes the origins of the Vistula Legion, its organization, the tactics used by the infantry and the cavalry, the uniforms and the equipment. The reader will be able to follow the battles of the Legion’s infantry regiments and lancers (los infernos picadores) during several years on the Iberian Peninsula where both formations were famous their bravery and tenacity (Saragossa, Tarragona, Ciudad Real, Ocaña, Albuera). Later, the story moves to the Legion’s participation in the Russian Campaign between 1812 and 1815, including the battles in Russia, Germany and France. 

The illustrations consist of 85 colour plates painted by Ryszard Morawski. Apart from the silhouettes of the infantry soldiers and cavalrymen, they present details of uniforms and equipment. Each plate is captioned in Polish, French and English. The final section of the book contains the bibliography, alphabetical index of names and extensive French and English summaries.




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