The Guards Divisions 1914–45

Osprey Elite Series 61

The Guards Divisions 1914–1945, Osprey Elite Series 61.

Osprey‘s examination of the British Guards during World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945). The best example, and perhaps the only body of elite troops who have maintained their role as guardians of a royal household for over three centuries while building a reputation in war that is the envy of all, is Britain‘s household troops, the Guards. Over the years they have maintained the highest standards in peace and war, and have served as an example to the rest of the British Army, a benchmark in all matters military from drill and ’turnout’ to leadership in battle. Veteran Osprey author Mike Chappell describes the history and uniform of the Guards Divisions from 1914–45.


  • Title: The Guards Divisions 1914–45
  • Period: 1914–1945
  • Type: Uniform Guide
  • Author: Mike Chappell
  • Illustrator: Mike Chappell
  • Format: 64-page paperback
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, London, England
  • ISBN: 1855325462
  • Published: 1995


  • Introduction
  • The Guards Regiments 1914–15
  • Battles and Engagements of the Guards Division 1915–18
  • Between the Wars
  • The Second Wolrd War
  • Uniform
  • The Plates
    • Guards Uniform, 1914
    • 1914–1915
    • The Formation of the Guards Division, 1915
    • The Somme, 1916
    • Ypres and Cambrai, 1917
    • The Year of Victory, 1818
    • 1939–1941
    • Training in the UK, 1941–44
    • Normandy
    • Holland, 1944
    • Beyond the Rhine and Victory, 1945
    • Insignia

Mike Chappell’s book on The Guards Divisions is an excellent resource for wargamers and figure painters interested in the British Army of World War One and World War Two. Mike Chappell’s attractive illustrations show British Service Dress, Battledress, Denim Overalls, insignia, weapons, and infantry equipment sets being worn properly, which is not necessarily the case with the miniatures we paint. Using the illustrations as a guide, modellers will be able to identify many items of equipment a miniature figurine may be carrying or not, and scratchbuild any missing pieces. Unfortunately, the colour plates are printed in such highly desaturated colours that matching them to existing model paints can be difficult.

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