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This is a vivid (and occasionally gory) history of soldiers on horseback and their changing appearance. The development of weapons and methods of fighting are detailed.
After his grandfather makes him a fiddle for his eighth birthday, Mishka learns to play The Blue Danube so well that he decides to set out to seek his fortune as a musician.
The comical three poor tailors spend their lives stitching away, making coats for the people in the town. One day they decide to have a break to see the sights of the town for themselves.