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Soldiers and Uniforms of the American Army. 1775-1954
By Fritz Kredel. Text by Frederick P. Todd. (Dover Publications, Mineola, New York: 2005. Pg. 72. 32 Full-Color Plates.) ISBN: 0-486-44042-7.
Reviewed by Herbert White - June 22, 2005
For military historians, writers, artists, and individuals interested in the evolution of fashion, Fritz Kredel's Soldiers and Uniforms of the American Army, 1775-1954 provides an intriguing overview of the uniforms of the American Army from 1775 through 1954. This book includes 32 full-color plates that are enhanced by the inclusion of explanatory text written by Frederick P. Todd. In addition to illustrating the uniforms worn by members of the American army, these illustrations also show a variety of armaments and accouterments ranging from canteens and musical instruments to calvary horse and packs.
The text that accompanies each illustration provides descriptive commentary on the uniforms as well as background information on the unit or group associated with the uniforms under discussion. Uniforms highlighted in this text included:
Soldiers and Uniforms of the American Army, 1775-1954 is a great reference book that will delight anyone with an interest in military history or fashion.
- Thompson's Pennsylvania Rifle Battalion. 1775
- The Regiment of Artillerists, 1812
- United States Military Academy, 1825
- State Volunteer Corps, 1840
- Texas Rangers and Mississippi Rifles, 1846
- 7th Regiment, New York State Militia, 1861
- Louisiana Zouaves, 1861
- Corps D'Afrique, 1864
- 7th Cavalry, 1876
- Philippine Scouts, 1904
- Pioneer Infantry, A.E.F., 1918
- Parachute and Ranger Infantry, 1944
- 1st Calvary Division, 1950
- Women's Army Corps, 1954
- and more....
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