Armies of the War of the Triple Alliance 1864-70Posted: March 25, 2015
Osprey Publishing has recently published a book about the war – ARMIES OF THE WAR OF THE TRIPLE ALLIANCE 1864-70 – written by Gabriele Esposito and illustrated by Giuseppe Rava (‘Men-at-Arms’ series No.499 [ISBN 978 1 4728 0725 0]).
As will be obvious from the illustrations on the cover of this book, the war took place at a time when uniforms styles were changing. Some of the uniforms harked back to the days of Napoleon (e.g. bell-topped shakos, turn-backed coatees) whilst others would not have looked out of place during the American Civil War and the Franco-German War (e.g. low kepis and tunics). This was also a war where both sides used steam-powered warships, including some rudimentary ironclads.
Looking through the book I was struck by how relatively quick and easy it would be to put together some very colourful small wargames armies for this war … and how it would make an excellent basis for a mini-campaign! It will certainly be something for me to think about as I continue to varnish and base my collection of Napoleonic figures.