Properly entitled An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms From 1775-1783 American Revolution: An expert in-depth reference on the armies of the War of the Independence in North America. That’s a mouthful. This is one of the newer uniform references available to modelers these days.
I have been very happy with the purchase. I was excited to finally get it, there was quite a delay from the intended shipping date. The book caused quite a stir on the TMP boards when it was released, and the author dropped in to answer some of the (mostly) unfair critisisms. It seems most of the posters there could have done a better job. My only question is “Why don’t they?”
It is laid out in a somewhat weird manner that tries to get everything in. There are some things that seem odd to the serious AWI buff, like treating Brunswick with the same number of pages as some of the extremely minor powers. Others have noticed the wrong roman numerals on the drums of Brit drummers. I have used it extensively while painting my troops for the Saratoga Campaign. Most of the times, if it doesn’t have a color plate, it has a written description.
I think it is a fine book. Does it have everything? No. Is it perfect? No. Will I be happy having added it to my Library? Hell yes. When I put on the tool belt to fix something around the house, I have more than one tool in it. I wouldn’t expect any one tool to do everything, but I do expect every tool to be useful.