Osprey Publishing MAA 510 Men-at-Arms Dutch Armies of the 80 Years War 1568-1648 (1) Infantry

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The 80 Years' War (also known as the Dutch War of Independence) was the
foundation of Dutch nationhood, and during the course of the conflict one of
its main leaders - Maurice of Orange-Nassau - created an army and a tactical
system that became a model throughout Europe.

This study, the first of a two-part series, focuses on the Dutch infantry.
It examines how Maurice of Orange-Nassau attracted volunteers and students
from across Europe, introduced innovative new training methods such as
common drill movements, and standardised the organisation and payment system
of the army to make it more than a match for the occupying Spanish. His
successes inspired officers and generals across the continent to copy his
methods, including many English officers who went on to fight in the English
Civil Wars. Featuring full-colour artwork and rare period illustrations,
this book examines how the Dutch infantry was transformed into a fighting
force able to defeat the might of Imperial Spain.


Bouko de Groot has a BA in Art History and an MA in Egyptology. He is Dutch
and currently lives in Germany. He has served in the army and is a published
author of a number of academic, popular scientific and business journalistic
articles. When not writing about current affairs, he continues to study and
write about military history.Gerry Embleton has been a leading illustrator
and researcher of historical costume since the 1970s, and has illustrated
and written Osprey titles on a wide range of subjects for more than 20
years. He is an internationally respected authority on 15th and 18th century
costumes in particular. He lives in Switzerland, where since 1988 he has
also become well known for designing and creating life-size historical
figures for museums.

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