Sunday, April 6, 2014
Grenadiers through the ages, from 17th century Piedmont to 19th century Kingdom of Italy - Plate by Quinto Cenni (1845-1917)
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Grenadiers through the ages, from 17th century Piedmont to 19th century Kingdom of Italy - Plate by Quinto Cenni (1845-1917)

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Just a selection of really ugly uniform plates (and really ugly uniforms) from the Kingdom of Naples in the second half of the 18th century.

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Friday, April 4, 2014
… it is well more dangerous to write about history than about poetry, for if one writes about history of old past times, it is difficult to obtain the documents needed to make a good impression; and if one writes about contemporary history it’s difficult to please everyone and not to say too much or too little on a matter that is so delicate because it concerns living people … Prince Eugene of Savoy in a letter to the poet Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, quoted in C. Paoletti, Il principe Eugenio di Savoia, my translation.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Trams in Milan being used to transport war wounded, 1915-1918
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Trams in Milan being used to transport war wounded, 1915-1918

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Sunday, March 30, 2014
Portrait of Franz Freiherr von der Trenck, which falls somewhat short of badassery compared to the one painted during his lifetime - Franz Adolf Feilhammer (1817-1886)
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Portrait of Franz Freiherr von der Trenck, which falls somewhat short of badassery compared to the one painted during his lifetime - Franz Adolf Feilhammer (1817-1886)

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Polish army thoughout the 18th century, by Karol Linder.
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Polish army thoughout the 18th century, by Karol Linder.

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Austrian army in the war of the Spanish succession
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Austrian army in the war of the Spanish succession

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Russian infantry soldiers, officers and… little doggie friend… in the Russo-Persian war of 1722-23 - Plate by David Rickman from Peter the Great’s Army: Infantry.

Russian infantry soldiers, officers and… little doggie friend… in the Russo-Persian war of 1722-23 - Plate by David Rickman from Peter the Great’s Army: Infantry.

Monday, March 17, 2014

So you thought I had forgotten that today is Italian Unification Day? Hahahahah nope. Have a nice patriotic little-soldier-leaves-his-beloved-to-fight-for-liberty song from (I think) 1848.

Saturday, March 15, 2014
We have lost poor Lord Downe, one of the most amiable men in the world. Frank, generous, spirited, and odd, with a large independent fortune, he had conceived a rage for the army. He received twelve wounds in the affair of Campen; and though one of them was in his knee, he was forced to walk five miles. This last wound was neglected and closed too soon, with a splinter in it, not being thought of consequence; and proved mortal. He bid the surgeons put him to as much pain as they pleased, so they did but make him fit for the next campaign. He languished ten weeks; and not a mouth is opened but in praise or regret of him. Horace Walpole to Sir Horace Mann, 2 January 1761. The battle mentioned took place on October 10, 1760 at Clostercamp; Lord Downe was lieutenant-colonel of the 25th Foot regiment, which he had commanded at the battle of Minden the previous year.