Here’s a web site of a company that I only recently discovered, I’m sure it’s been around for a while though. But just in case someone out there in FLW-land hasn’t heard about it I thought I’d highlight it - as it is a very nice web site.
As the title suggests, Uniformology.com is (as they put it) ‘devoted to the study of uniforms’. They sell books and CDs all about the history of uniforms.
While they tend to specialise in Napoleonic themes there is the odd late 19th Century volume in their library of books. However, what makes the site worth a visit is the section of the site which showcases the work of Moritz Rühl.
The Rühl page includes links to 22 beautifully illustrated pages which cover the armies of Europe from about 1895 to The Great War (plus one on the uniforms of the Norwegian army of 1939).
Each page has a selection of wonderful period colour lithographs showing the uniforms of a particular army plus insignia. They are wonderful reference for the avid Funny Little Wars aficianado.
Here is a list of the armies covered on the site:
1. Uniforms of the Belgian Army 1900
2. Uniforms of the Austro-Hungarian Army 1914
3. Uniforms of the French Army 1913
4. Uniforms of the Imperial German Army 1900-1908
5. Uniforms of the Imperial German Schutztruppen
6. Uniforms of the Balkan Armies 1900
7. Uniforms of the Spanish Army 1895
8. Uniforms of the Italian Army 1895-1900
9. Uniforms of the Imperial Russian Army 1890-1908
10. Uniforms of the Imperial Russian Army in the Field 1914
11. Uniforms of the United States Army 1882-1903
12. Uniforms of the United States Army 1913
13. Uniforms of the Austro-Hungarian Army & Navy 1888-1895
14. Field Grey Uniforms of the Imperial German Army 1914
15. Imperial German Army Badges, Insignia & Flags 1910-1914
16. Imperial Japanese Army 1900
17. Imperial Chinese Army 1910
18. Schematics of the Uniforms of the Imperial German Army 1908
19. Horizon Blue Uniforms of the French Army 1915
20. Service Uniforms of the Italian Army 1915
21. Uniforms of the Norwegian Army 1939
22. Uniforms of the Swiss Guard & Papal Knights
Furthermore, there is even better news if you are a enthusiastic follower of Victorian and Edwardian British Army uniforms. Uniformology also have several sections devoted to British Regiments!
All-in-all it’s a excellent web resource for your uniform research.