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During the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815), the Cossacks were Russia's unique and plentiful supply of irregular cavalry. They were employed as skirmishers, raiders and scouts, and their tactics of harassment and harrying caused great problems for Napoleon's Grand Armée as it retreated through Russia in 1812. This title shows how, although labelled as rapacious, lascivious, mercenary and ill-disciplined on the field by their detractors, they laid claim to being the finest light cavalry in Europe. This book also details the various tribes that made up the Cossack nation, the social structure of Cossack life, and how they were organised and employed in war.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Chronology · Enlistment · Training · Appearance and equipment · Everyday life · Experience of battle · Colour plate commentary · Museums · Collecting · Re-enactment · Index

Product details

Published Mar 19 2003
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841764641
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 49 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 67
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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