Osprey - Men at Arms - 427

David Nicolle, Viacheslav Shpakovsky, Armies of Ivan the Terrible. Russian Troops 1505C1700 (Men at Arms 427)
Osprey Publishing | ISBN 1841769258 | January 31 2006 | PDF | 48 pages | 13,80 M
It is generally assumed that the military reforms which propelled Russia into the modern world were due solely to the genius of Peter the Great. In fact, his reforms were built upon changes that had taken place during the previous 200 years, since the creation in 1550 of Russias first full-time military force C the streltsi C by Ivan IV the Terrible. This account traces Russias armies from that beginning, through the creation of paid regular regiments from1630, up to the reign of Peter the Great. It is illustrated with rare early drawings, photos of surviving artifacts, and dazzling colour reconstructions of exotic military costumes.

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