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Napoleon's Last Grande Armee; Eyewitness Portaits from the 1813 Campaign Uniform
Autographed book by Alfred Umhey n° 217 / 10003 kgNapoleon's Last Grande Armee; Eyewitness Portaits from the 1813 Campaign2005 · Berkeley, Californiaby UMHEY, ALFRED; SCOTT BOWDEN Berkeley, California: Military History Press, 2005. Folio. 347 pages, illustrated by Kurt Winkler and Charles Brun with 148 color uniform plates of Napoleon's army from the remarkable illustrations begun in Saxony during the summer armistice of 1813. The 1813 campaign ended Napoleon's hopes of maintaining an empire outside of France's borders. He had more than 500,000 but the Allied armies had 700,000. At the battle of Leipzig he had 200,000 men versus the Allies' 350,000 soldiers. The author Alfred Umhey was the curator of the German Army Museum. Each of the rich colour illustrations has a facing page of details on the troops and where they were (truncated)

Napoleon's LastGrande Armeis the first work published by Military History Press and it is hoped that all their subsequent volumes will be of the same high quality. The book is written by Alfred Umhey, an acknowledged expert on uniforms of the Napoleonic period. Alfred Umhey served as curator of the German Army Museum at Rastatt, he was a manager for a militaria sale house, and is now an independent consultant for museums and historical exhibitions. The book is a bound collection of 148 uniform plates in full colour; the originals were probably painted in the summer of 1813 by an eyewitness at the time.

In the early part of the twentieth century French historian and collector Gabriel Cottreau commissioned French artist Charles Brun to copy plates from two portfolios that he possessed; the portfolios were entitled theFreiberg Manuscriptand theDresden Manuscript. Brun produced 98 plates from the original illustrations which are reproduced in this volume. The artist for the originalFreiberg Manuscriptplates was, in the opinion of military artist Richard Kntel, a student of at the Freiberg Mining Academy whose name was Kurt Alexander Winkler (1794-1862). The originalDresden Manuscriptwas painted by Christoph Ernst Benjamin Bommer and totaled 92 uniform illustrations; Brun reproduced 35 of these as full colour illustrations.

The book is divided into two main parts the first being Brun's representation of Kurt Winkler's plates from theFreiberg Manuscript, each of the original Winkler illustrations being shown with a descriptive text on the opposite page and Brun's own painting on the following page with text opposite. Also included are the tracings that Brun took from the original plates. There are a total number of 113 full-colour plates 50 original Winkler plates and 63 of the Brun plates. The second part is Brun's interpretation of Bommer's work, 35 full-colour plates with accompanying text on the opposite page.

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