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Military History Collection

"Military History: A Tapestry of Triumphs and Tragedies" From the blood-soaked fields of Edgehill

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Scotland forever, by Elizabeth Southerden Thompson, oil on canvas, 1881

Scotland forever, by Elizabeth Southerden Thompson, oil on canvas, 1881
Elizabeth Southerden Thompson, Lady Butler (1846-1933), Scotland forever, 1881, oil on canvas

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Oliver Cromwell at Edgehill, English Civil War

Oliver Cromwell at Edgehill, English Civil War
Cromwell in prayer before the Battle of Edgehill, English Civil War, 1642. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: British army advancing at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815

British army advancing at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815
Duke of Wellington ordering the entire British line to advance at the Battle of Waterloo, 1815. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne, 1668

William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne, 1668
William of Orange, later King William III of England, leading the Dutch army in Englands Glorious Revolution. Hand-colored engraving

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Battle of Agincourt about to begin, 1415

Battle of Agincourt about to begin, 1415
English army on the morning of battle at Agincourt, Hundred Years War, 1415. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: DCLI recruiting march, Carclew House, Mylor, Cornwall. Friday 2nd July 1915

DCLI recruiting march, Carclew House, Mylor, Cornwall. Friday 2nd July 1915
Soldiers of the Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry on the lawn in front of Carclew House, at ease during a recruitment march. Instruments of their military band are in the background

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Battle of Bull Run, US Civil War

Battle of Bull Run, US Civil War
General Stonewall Jackson leading Confederates at the battle of Bull Run, 1861. Printed 19th-century color lithograph reproduction of an illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Pine Tree flag of the American Revolution

Pine Tree flag of the American Revolution
American soldier carrying the Pine Tree flag, Revolutionary War. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a painting by George Maynard

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Africa, Zulu shield

Africa, Zulu shield

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Battle of Waterloo, 1815

Battle of Waterloo, 1815
Cavalry charge during Napoleons final battle at Waterloo, 1815. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Artwork of a Colt 45 hand-gun

Artwork of a Colt 45 hand-gun

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Civil War musician playing a banjo

Civil War musician playing a banjo
Confederate soldier reenactor playing a banjo in camp, Shiloh National Military Park, Tennessee. Digital photograph

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Spanish Armada, 1588

Spanish Armada, 1588
Defeat of the Spanish Armada by the English navy, 1588. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: French Revolution, French Royal and Provincial Artillery 1789 by Detaille

French Revolution, French Royal and Provincial Artillery 1789 by Detaille
3029946 French Revolution, French Royal and Provincial Artillery 1789 by Detaille; Private Collection; (add.info.: French Revolution)

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Scene from Song of Roland

Scene from Song of Roland
Roland blowing his warhorn in battle against the Saracens at Roncesvalle, 789 AD. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Confederate surrender at Appomattox, 1865

Confederate surrender at Appomattox, 1865
General Lee surrenders his army to General Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, 1865. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Troop train taking Union soldiers to the front

Troop train taking Union soldiers to the front
Union troops transported to the front by rail, US Civil War. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Battle of Manila Bay, 1898

Battle of Manila Bay, 1898
Admiral George Dewey commanding US fleet in the Battle of Manila Bay, Spanish-American War, 1898. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Norman Invasion of England, 1066

Norman Invasion of England, 1066
Taillefer rousing the French army by singing the Song of Roland at the Battle of Hastings, 1066. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Torre del Oro, Seville, Andalucia, Spain, Europe

Torre del Oro, Seville, Andalucia, Spain, Europe

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Civil War cavalry skirmish

Civil War cavalry skirmish
Cavalry duel during a Civil War battle. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Sunken Road, Shiloh battlefield

Sunken Road, Shiloh battlefield
Hornets Nest area of the Sunken Road battlefield, Shiloh National Military Park, Tennessee. Digital photograph

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Civil War artillery reenactors, Shiloh battlefield TN

Civil War artillery reenactors, Shiloh battlefield TN
Confederate artillery reenactors preparing to fire a 12-pounder Napoleon field cannon, Shiloh National Military Park, Tennessee. Digital photograph

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Trojan War battle

Trojan War battle
Combat around the body of Patrocles, Trojan War. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Helen of Troy, wife of Menelaus, taken from Greece

Helen of Troy, wife of Menelaus, taken from Greece
Capture of Helen by Paris, causing the Trojan War, according to Homer. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a vase painting

Background imageMilitary History Collection: British evacuation of Charleston SC, 1782

British evacuation of Charleston SC, 1782
Charleston, South Carolina, abandoned by the British near the end of the Revolutionary War. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: British riflemen, 1880s

British riflemen, 1880s
Queens Edinburgh Rifle Volunteer Brigade at training camp, Scotland, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Diagram illustrates Battle of Cannae (Canne), 216 BC, drawing

Diagram illustrates Battle of Cannae (Canne), 216 BC, drawing
Roman civilization, 3rd century b.C. Second Punic War. Diagram illustrates Battle of Cannae (Canne, Apulia region, Italy), 216 BC. Color illustration

Background imageMilitary History Collection: A gunner firing a cannon whose elevation has been calculated using a chequered rule fitted with

A gunner firing a cannon whose elevation has been calculated using a chequered rule fitted with two plum-bobs
5311241 A gunner firing a cannon whose elevation has been calculated using a chequered rule fitted with two plum-bobs, 16th century (engraving); (add.info)

Background imageMilitary History Collection: French Army, French Hussar about 1880 by Detaille

French Army, French Hussar about 1880 by Detaille
3031105 French Army, French Hussar about 1880 by Detaille; Private Collection; (add.info.: French Army, French Hussar about 1880, by Edouard Detaille (1848-1912)); © Don Troiani

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Battle of Saalfeld, the death of Prince Louis of Prussia, October, 1806

Battle of Saalfeld, the death of Prince Louis of Prussia, October, 1806
3031056 Battle of Saalfeld, the death of Prince Louis of Prussia, October, 1806; Private Collection; (add.info.: Battle of Saalfeld, the death of Prince Louis of Prussia, October)

Background imageMilitary History Collection: #NAME?

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3031088 #NAME?; Private Collection; (add.info.: Napoleon in the uniform of the Grenadiers by Nicholas Toussaint Charlet 1792-1845); © Don Troiani. All Rights Reserved 2022

Background imageMilitary History Collection: British satire of French retreat from Moscow

British satire of French retreat from Moscow
3030513 British satire of French retreat from Moscow; Private Collection; (add.info.: British satire of French retreat from Moscow); © Don Troiani. All Rights Reserved 2022

Background imageMilitary History Collection: British satire of a French Invasion (engraving)

British satire of a French Invasion (engraving)
3030475 British satire of a French Invasion (engraving); Private Collection; (add.info.: French invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte); © Don Troiani. All Rights Reserved 2023

Background imageMilitary History Collection: French Colonial Army, Zouaves fighting in the streets of Constantine Algeria 1837

French Colonial Army, Zouaves fighting in the streets of Constantine Algeria 1837
3030398 French Colonial Army, Zouaves fighting in the streets of Constantine Algeria 1837; Private Collection; (add.info.: Zouaves fighting in the streets of Constantine Algeria 1837)

Background imageMilitary History Collection: The Battle Jena, Napoleon I defeats the Prussian Army. October 14, 1806

The Battle Jena, Napoleon I defeats the Prussian Army. October 14, 1806
3030390 The Battle Jena, Napoleon I defeats the Prussian Army. October 14, 1806; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Battle Jena, Napoleon I defeats the Prussian Army)

Background imageMilitary History Collection: The Death of Napoleon

The Death of Napoleon
3030356 The Death of Napoleon; Private Collection; (add.info.: Napoleonic Wars, The Death of Napoleon from a period engraving); © Don Troiani. All Rights Reserved 2022

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Proclamation of the Roman Republic, May 9, 1796

Proclamation of the Roman Republic, May 9, 1796
3030182 Proclamation of the Roman Republic, May 9, 1796; Private Collection; (add.info.: Proclamation of the Roman Republic, May 9, 1796); © Don Troiani. All Rights Reserved 2022

Background imageMilitary History Collection: French Army, Spahis escorting French officers in North Africa circa 1880, by Detaille

French Army, Spahis escorting French officers in North Africa circa 1880, by Detaille
3030166 French Army, Spahis escorting French officers in North Africa circa 1880, by Detaille; Private Collection; (add.info.: French Army)

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Napoleon and the Old Guard at Waterloo

Napoleon and the Old Guard at Waterloo
3030109 Napoleon and the Old Guard at Waterloo; Private Collection; (add.info.: Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon and the Old Guard at Waterloo by Raffet.); © Don Troiani. All Rights Reserved 2022

Background imageMilitary History Collection: King Wilhelm greets the Crown Prince on the battlefield 1793

King Wilhelm greets the Crown Prince on the battlefield 1793
3030096 King Wilhelm greets the Crown Prince on the battlefield 1793, ; Private Collection; (add.info.: King Wilhelm greets the Crown Prince on the battlefield 1793, by Knotel); © Don Troiani

Background imageMilitary History Collection: The wounded Duke of Brunswick leaves the field at Jena

The wounded Duke of Brunswick leaves the field at Jena
3030094 The wounded Duke of Brunswick leaves the field at Jena; Private Collection; (add.info.: The wounded Duke of Brunswick leaves the field at Jena, 1806, by Knotel); © Don Troiani

Background imageMilitary History Collection: French Army, Officer of Tiraileurs, Algeria, campaign dress about 1880

French Army, Officer of Tiraileurs, Algeria, campaign dress about 1880
3030016 French Army, Officer of Tiraileurs, Algeria, campaign dress about 1880; Private Collection; (add.info.: French Army, Officer of Tiraileurs, Algeria)

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Horse Grenadier of the Imperial Guard, undress

Horse Grenadier of the Imperial Guard, undress
3030008 Horse Grenadier of the Imperial Guard, undress; Private Collection; (add.info.: Napoleonic Wars, French Army, Horse Grenadier of the Imperial Guard)

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Tomb of Napoleon I

Tomb of Napoleon I
3029960 Tomb of Napoleon I; Private Collection; (add.info.: Tomb of Napoleon I); © Don Troiani. All Rights Reserved 2022

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Napoleonic Wars

Napoleonic Wars
3029952 Napoleonic Wars, ; Private Collection; © Don Troiani. All Rights Reserved 2022

Background imageMilitary History Collection: Napoleon on campaign

Napoleon on campaign
3029950 Napoleon on campaign; Private Collection; (add.info.: Napoleon on campaign); © Don Troiani. All Rights Reserved 2022

Background imageMilitary History Collection: French Cuirassiers with Bavarian prisoners

French Cuirassiers with Bavarian prisoners
3029948 French Cuirassiers with Bavarian prisoners, ; Private Collection; (add.info.: Franco-Prussian War, French Cuirassiers with Bavarian prisoners)



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"Military History: A Tapestry of Triumphs and Tragedies" From the blood-soaked fields of Edgehill, where Oliver Cromwell etched his name in history during the English Civil War, to William of Orange's resounding victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1668, it has been a captivating saga. In Elizabeth Southerden Thompson's masterpiece "Scotland Forever, " oil on canvas from 1881, she immortalized the unwavering spirit and bravery that coursed through Scottish veins. The British army advancing with determination at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 stands as a testament to their indomitable resolve. The Battle of Agincourt looms large as an emblematic clash between England and France in 1415. It was here that King Henry V defied all odds against a formidable French force, forever etching his name into legend. Across the Atlantic Ocean, amidst America's own turmoil, echoes still resonate from the Battle of Bull Run during the US Civil War. The Zulu shield represents Africa's rich military heritage and its warriors' unyielding courage. The Pine Tree flag fluttered proudly during America's Revolution—a symbol of unity and defiance against tyranny. Meanwhile, artwork depicting a Colt 45 hand-gun reminds us how technology shaped warfare throughout history. Amidst chaos and destruction, music provided solace; a civil war musician strumming his banjo offered respite for weary souls caught up in conflict’s relentless grip. And who can forget Spain’s ill-fated Spanish Armada? In 1588 they set sail with grand ambitions only to be thwarted by England’s naval prowess—an event that would shape Europe for centuries to come. Military history weaves together tales both triumphant and tragic—each chapter revealing humanity’s capacity for valor or folly. From ancient battles fought with swords to modern conflicts waged with advanced weaponry—the stories are as diverse as the warriors who fought them.