The Wild Geese

The Wild Geese

The Irish Brigades of France and Spain

Men-at-Arms 102
  • Author: Mark McLaughlin
  • Illustrator: Chris Warner
  • Short code: MAA 102
  • Publication Date: 15 Jun 1980
  • ISBN: 9780850453584
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

In the early years of the English Civil War, a French traveller in England remarked that the Irish 'are better soldiers abroad than at home'. Between 1585 and 1818, over half a million Irish were lured from their homeland by promises of glory, money and honour in a constant emigration romantically styled 'The Flight of the Wild Geese'. Throughout this period, the Irish brigades in France and Spain participated in conflicts ranging from the wars of the Spanish and Austrian Succession to the Napoleonic Wars. Spanning over two centuries of history, this book examines the uniforms and organization of the Wild Geese in France and Spain.

Biographical Note

Mark McLaughlin is a respected military historian with a special interest in Irish forces. This is his first Osprey title.Chris Warner is a well-known military artist who has illustrated several books for the Osprey Men-at-Arms series. He is truly versatile in his painting and has illustrated a variety of subjects from 17th century armies to the Boxer Rebellion.


Introduction In the Service of France In the Service of Spain Epilogue Colour plate commentary

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