The lion of the north king gustavus adolphus of sweden was one of the major players in the thirty years war of 1618 48 in 1630 gustavus the last champion of the protestants crushed the catholics at breitenfeld in a victory widely viewed as the fulfillment of a prophecy foretelling the defeat of the eagle the german emperors emblem by a golden lion killed in battle at ltzen only two years later gustavus nevertheless won fame for his technical and tactical innovations the first . The army of gustavus adolphus 1 infantry men at arms gustavus adolphus revolutionary army when gustavus adolphus landed in sweden he was hailed as the savior of the protestant cause but before that could become a reality he had hard fighting to do to do that he had developed one of the best armies that europe had ever seen . Men at arms seriesthe army of gustavus adolphus 1 infantry richard brzezinskirichard hook packed with specially commissioned artwork maps and diagrams the men at arms series of books is an unrivalled illustrated reference on the history organisation uniforms and equipment of the worlds military forces past and present the lion of the north king gustavus adolphus of sweden was one of . Infantry and cavalry gustavus reformed the infantry by increasing the proportion of musketeers to pikemen to two to one with variations so that more men in each formation were able to bring fire to bear on the enemy giving each brigade the main swedish formation greater punching power he adopted wheel lock muskets that were smaller and lighter than the spanish matchlock and did not require a forked rest which made his musketeers more mobile he shortened the pike . The army of gustavus adolphus 1 infantry by richard brzezinski illustrated by r brzezinski and richard hook this first of a two volume set on swedish king gustavus adolphus covers both swedish national army troops and units and mercenary units in swedish usage the hired troops are listed as enlisted soldiers to differentiate them from the
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