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Polish Legions 1914–19 (Men-at-Arms) (Paperback)

Polish Legions 1914–19 (Men-at-Arms) By Nigel Thomas, Johnny Shumate (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Nigel Thomas, Johnny Shumate (Illustrator)
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Due to Poland's partitions and dissolution in the late eighteenth century, hundreds of thousands of Polish soldiers enlisted in distinct units in the armies of many countries--primarily those of the Russian and Austro-Hungarian empires, but also those of the German Reich and the French Republic.

All these forces were uniformed and equipped by the parent armies, though often with explicitly Polish features. The collapse of Tsarist Russia in 1917 and of the Central Powers in 1918 allowed these diverse forces to unite in a recreated Polish Army under the newborn Second Polish Republic in November 1918. With full color illustrations of their unique and colorful uniforms as well as contemporary photographs, this is the fascinating story of the Poles who fought on both sides in the trenches in World War I and then united to fight for their freedom in the Russian Civil War.

About the Author

DR NIGEL THOMAS PhD is an accomplished linguist and military historian, formerly at Northumbria University, now a freelance military author, translator and military uniform consultant. His interests are 20th-century military and civil uniformed organizations, with a special interest in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe. He has written widely for Osprey with titles such as MAA 518 Polish Legions 1914–19 and Elite 227 Armies of the Baltic Independence Wars 1918–20.He was awarded a PhD for the study of the Eastern enlargement of NATO.

Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator living in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his career in 1987 after graduating from Austin Peay State University. Most of his work is rendered in Adobe Photoshop using a Cintiq monitor. His greatest influences are Angus McBride, Don Troiani, and Édouard Detaille.

Praise For…

"This is a great reference for figure modelers addressing the Polish soldiers of World War I." - IPMS / USA

"A plethora of photos, maps and fine color plates painted by Johnny Shumate illustrate the British writer’s concise narrative. Tables of insignia and detailed orders of battle support the text." - Toy Soldier & Model Figure

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472825445
ISBN-10: 1472825446
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: May 22nd, 2018
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: Men-at-Arms