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Prussia (Volume One) Military Uniforms Reference Collection

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A Matomaton military uniforms reference collection for wargamers.

Sixty-five images of the Prussian army from 1701 to 1798.

This PDF contains reproductions of the actual pages from Richard Knotel's famous Uniformenkunde, a key source in the study of military uniforms for many years.   The scanned pages have been cleaned/corrected, ordered chronologically and assembled into PDFs by nation.


This collection contains images of the Prussian army from 1701 to 1798 and is the first of two volumes.

The PDF contains the following pages:

-- Three pages for the cover, information and legalese.

-- Sixty-five images, one per page.   Each page is complete, including the original text above and below the reference image (no English translation included).   

-- Where multiple states or cities are included in a single PDF there are pages separating each section.

Each collection is provided in a smaller, low resolution version and a high resolution version.

Also Available

Military Uniforms Reference Collections for Austria-Hungary, France, German States & Cities, Baden & Bayern, Hanover, Hessen, Saxony, Westphalia & Wurttemberg, Great Britain, Mediterranean Nations, Northern European Nations, Other European Nations (Belgium, Luxemberg & Switzerland), Prussia, Russia and the USA & Mexico.

About Richard Knotel

Born in Glogau in 1857, Knotel was taught by his artist father and went on to work as an illustrator before studying art at the Berlin Academy of Fine Arts.   He had a lifelong fascination with military history and began his most famous work, Uniformenkunde, soon after leaving the Academy.    The work grew into a huge collection of colour plates detailing a wide range of uniforms from the late 1700s to the early twentieth century.

About Matomaton

I've long been fascinated by military history and the development of military uniforms through the years.   Having had high quality scans of Knotel's illustrations for some time, I thought that other people might share my interest, particularly other wargamers looking for reference material when painting miniatures.

If you would prefer these images to be organised in a different manner (by troop type, period, etc) please let me know and I'll try to get an appropriate PDF up on the site.


These PDF files may not be resold or redistributed.   If you are interested in using copies of the individual plates for use in commercial projects, please contact me via my website.

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File Last Updated:
August 26, 2016
This title was added to our catalog on August 31, 2016.