Book review: A Guide to British Army’s Numbered Infantry Regiments of 1751-1881

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16 January 2019
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First book in a series of British Army guides, written by regular Armourer contributor, Ray Westlake.

Author: RAY WESTLAKE

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans

 

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First book in a series of British Army guides, written by regular Armourer contributor, Ray Westlake. It looks at the period from 1751 when British infantry abandoned the system of using its Colonel’s name in favour of numbered units, and 1881 when those very numbers were then discarded in favour of territorial names.

 

This large format book goes through each numbered regiment in turn, explaining the history, what uniforms were worn, including coats, caps and badges, as well as what battle honours had been won. To accompany the text are paintings/illustrations, some by artists, others taken from John Player cigarette cards. For the collector the images of badges and helmets will be the most useful.

 

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This is a very detailed and fact-filled run through the regiments that’s worth the price.

 

Buy your copy here

• Naval Military Press

• 130 pages • Softback • £28

 

As reviewed in The Armourer January 2019

 

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