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  1. #1 Historic Soldier Titles 
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    I'm curious where would be a good place to go to learn about interesting soldier designations. I'm always curious when I see names like "grenadier" or "dragoon" and I go look them up to see what these interesting soldier types did, but I'd like to just find a compilation somewhere that just has all the interesting soldier types listed so I can branch out.

    I'm having a very hard time with this.


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    What kind of soldier designations are you interested in? 17th to 18th century European soldiery (dragoons, grenadiers, things like that?) or are you interested in a world wide and historical list of soldier titles, like say the title of Legionary for ancient Roman heavy infantrymen, or Cataphract for the heavy cavalry/horse archer hybrids that were prevalent in Persia and Byzantium from the 1st century BC to the 15th century AD? If you are interested in the Roman (excepting Byzantium) military, the The Roman Military by Adrian Goldsworthy might be up your ally. Any other area I would suggest puttering around on military history forums Read lists and see what kind of books you can scrounge up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KomradRed
    What kind of soldier designations are you interested in? 17th to 18th century European soldiery (dragoons, grenadiers, things like that?)
    Yes

    or are you interested in a world wide and historical list of soldier titles, like say the title of Legionary for ancient Roman heavy infantrymen, or Cataphract for the heavy cavalry/horse archer hybrids that were prevalent in Persia and Byzantium from the 1st century BC to the 15th century AD?
    Even better

    If you are interested in the Roman (excepting Byzantium) military, the The Roman Military by Adrian Goldsworthy might be up your ally. Any other area I would suggest puttering around on military history forums Read lists and see what kind of books you can scrounge up.
    Thanks. :-) That definitely gives me a start.

    I'm happy to slowly scrape through, era by era, or empire by empire. Wiki has a wonderful list of defunct empires and living empires, to work from, so I guess I can start building a collection by trying to find similar books for each empire.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...,_empires,_etc.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_empires
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    If you are interested kojax, there are a series of illustrated books of military history that you can order online by Osprey that contain wonderful illustrations of soldiers throughout history. They are kind of small and can be a tad expensive, but they are very good sources of information of the armies of many different states and peoples throughout history.
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