Some more Blandford books

Last Wednesday – just before the Masonic meeting I was attending was about to start – one of the other members of my Lodge gave me a plastic carrier bag and said, “I found these at a boot sale and thought that you could find a use for them.”

I only got around to looking inside the bag last night … and was extremely pleased to find copies of three different books written by Robert and Christopher Wilkinson-Latham, illustrated by Jack Cassin-Scott, and published by Blandford. The were CAVALRY UNIFORMS OF BRITAIN AND THE COMMONWEALTH, …

… INFANTRY UNIFORMS 1742-1855, and …


These were a very welcome gift, and fill a gap in my book collection.


14 Comments on “Some more Blandford books”

  1. Ian Dury says:

    I was lucky enough to pick up all three at the old Keegan's bookshop in Reading (now gone) – they are great references

  2. Conrad Kinch says:

    I have the middle volume and it's just lovely. I didn't know about the cavalry volume. Once again Cordery I think you are leading me astray.

  3. Ian Dury,

    They are excellent books … and are worthy additions to my collection.

    Whatever happened to bookshops like Keegan's? I suspect that rising costs (rent, business rates etc.) did much to make them vulnerable during the economic downturns the UK economy has suffered over the years.

    All the best,


  4. Conrad Kinch,

    Me lead you astray? After your recent MEMOIR '44 Kursk campaign, you have revived my interest in running an Eastern Front/Great Patriotic War campaign … and that wasn't in my current plans!

    All the best,


  5. Haven't got the bottom one but still use the other two regularly!

  6. Legatus Hedlius,

    The whole Blandford colour series of books were an excellent source of information. It is a pity that they are now only available second-hand.

    All the best,


  7. Fitz-Badger says:

    Excellent! Very thoughtful of your friend.

    Unfortunately, Blandford books aren't easily found around where I live.

  8. Fitz-Badger,

    It was a very nice present.

    Blandford books are not readily available anywhere these days … which is a great pity.

    All the best,


  9. 3 of my foundation books. I still use them almost 45 years on. Good catch.

  10. Ross Mac,

    I agree that these books are an essential element of any wargamer's book collection.

    All the best,


  11. alastair says:

    Hi Bob. I've nominated your blog for a Liebster Award! I might not have technically stuck to the rules re who you can select but I wanted to pick blogs I liked!!You can see my post listing all my nominations (including this blog) here:

  12. Alastair,

    Thanks for the nomination.

    I will be adding my nominations and the answers to the questions tomorrow.

    All the best,


  13. Ian Dury says:

    Although the prices vary hugely, you can pick up many of the Blandford books via Amazon, though some seem very hard to find, like the ones on the Uniforms of the 7 Years War and Military Flags of the World.

  14. Ian Dury,

    Amazon … It's amazing what you can buy from them!

    Luckily I have copies of both the books you mention, so I won't have to buy them.

    All the best,


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