Reviewed in the October 2018 issue of The Armourer is the massive reference manual on the uniforms of the empires of Britain, Russia, Germany, France and the USA from the period 1880-1914. These were the last days of brightly coloured uniforms before the mass carnage of WWI changed uniforms forever. With over 900 pages and 800 illustrations, this epic book studies the history behind all the uniforms and explains the little idiosyncrasies such as the dents in the buttons of the Wiltshire Regiment or why the Russian 15th Hussars had such a lurid uniform. Even troops serving in the colonies of India, the Philippines and North Africa are examined. For collectors and enthusiasts of the period, this is a vital reference manual which even includes numerous charts showing the variations of colours for collars and cuffs, sashes, turbans, pouch belts and leggings. As photography had come into widespread use there are many period images showing exactly how the uniforms were worn and styled. Throw in the historical detail and you have a simply amazing work on the uniforms of empires at the height of their powers.