John Robert Elting was a soldier for thirty-five years (1933 1968), with a couple of civilian interludes as a high school instructor. His first commission had been from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Stanford University in 1932. He combined this with summer duty in Company H (machine-guns), 163rd Infantry Regiment, Montana National Guard, and then as an officer in the Civilian Conservation Corps. In 1940 he became an ROTC instructor at Oregon State College. From then on he was continually in service until 1947 (71st Armored Field Artillery Battalion, the Tactics Department of the Armored School at Fort Knox, Combat Command B of the 8th Armored Division in the Rhineland, Ardennes, Alsace, and Central Europe campaigns, 24th Field Artillery Battalion of the Philippine Scouts). In 1948 he was recalled, after a short civilian interlude as a teacher, and was assigned to the Armed Forces Information School and, from there, to the Military Academy, West Point. In 1954 John Elting's turn for overseas duty came up and he was posted to the J-2 (Intelligence) Division of the Far East Command, returning to West Point in 1957. There he began researching and writing A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars, with Colonel Esposito acting as overall editor and advisor. Between 1965 and 1968, Colonel Elting served as G-2 of the Washington Military District, before retiring in 1968. After his retirement, he turned his attention to writing and research (in his own modest words, he 'tried to be a historian'). He was a military consultant to Time Life Books for the World War II, Civil War, and Third Reich series. He was also the author, co-author or editor of sixteen books, including The Battles of Saratoga, American Army Life, A Dictionary of Soldier Talk, Swords Around a Throne and the four volumes of Napoleonic Uniforms. He took particular delight in the history of Napoleon's Army and the French emperor's campaigns and in the study of the American Revolution, but was a considerable authority on all aspects of military history. His knowledge was deep, and he gave generously of it, and for many he served as an inspiration. After a short illness, he passed away suddenly, seated at his desk in his study, at home, on Thursday 25 May.Reseña del editor:
l 'Indispensable to anyone seriously interested in the subject' - Library Journal (USA) 'These are works to be treasured ...Highly recommended' - Military Modelling Combines superb artwork and an authoritative text Captions give detailed explanation of each illustration Includes 916 superb colour plates No other period in history has produced such magnificent uniforms as those worn by the soldiers involved in the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleonic Uniforms is the only reference work of its kind to depict accurately the entire Grande Armee in detail. It portrays the French armies as seen by their contemporaries, and combines authoritative text with lavish illustrations. This superb two-volume set depicts in magnificent colour the uniforms of the Royal Army, Emigrant Troops, Revolutionary Armies, and the Army of Egypt. The new edition will be presented in a cloth bound slipcase. Herbert Knotel's plates, recognised by uniform specialists as being amongst the best and most accurate, fully capture all the beauty, verve and swagger of this colourful episode in military history. With more than nine hundred plates, each with an authoritative caption by Colonel John Elting, Napoleonic Uniforms is the standard source of reference on the uniforms of Napoleon's allies and opponents. Colonel John R. Elting was the foremost expert on Napoleon's Grande Armee and the armies of the Napoleonic period; his books include the acclaimed Swords Around a Throne and, with Vincent J. Esposito, the authoritative A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars. Herbert Knotel was an acclaimed illustrator of military uniforms from a distinguished family of artists and historians. John H. Gill is the author of With Eagles to Glory: Napoleon and his German Allies in the 1809 Campaign and the forthcoming Thunder on the Danube: Napoleon's Defeat of the Habsburgs.
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