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1. Writing Winchester Lever-action Rifles - 2015-11-13 08:25:00
Martin Pegler is the author of the newly released Weapon 42: Winchester Lever-Action Rifles, as well as a number of other Weapon books including Weapon 1: The Thompson Submachine Gun and Weapon 25: The Vickers-Maxim Machine Gun. In this blog he talks about what drew him towards writing a book on the Winchester.
Deciding what specific firearms to cover in a book for the Weapon series isn’t quite as straightforward as it may seem. Although they may be interesting, some guns are simply too esoteric to appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, while for others, it is so difficult to find reliable technical information – or indeed practical accounts of their usage – that they would defeat even the most determined author. There are, however, some firearms that are simply iconic, but oddly these are quite often overlooked on the grounds that authors feel everything has been written about them already. In fact, this is often not the case, as many of the books that cover these guns are so detailed and contain such in-depth research that their appeal is primarily to the expert.

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When I began to contribute to the series for Osprey, I felt that some of these famous firearms deserved covering at a more accessible level so that the basic development and technical information was readily available to the casual enthusiast, without the need to wade through a lengthy, and often expensive, tome. Having covered the development and military use of the Thompson submachine gun, the Lee-Enfield rifle and the Vickers/Maxim machine guns, I wanted to write something that was a little different. Having always had a soft spot for firearms of the American West, one immediately sprang to mind, the evocative Winchester rifle. The technical development of the Winchester is in itself a fascinating account; the fact that the Holy Grail of firearms development – repeating fire – was achieved at a time when most armies were still using single shot muzzle-loading muskets is remarkable. The gestation period for any new form of firearm can usually be measured over decades, but the rifle created by Benjamin Tyler Henry can trace its history back a mere 12 years, to the Volition Repeating Rifle invented by Walter Hunt. Henry was able to adopt, adapt and improve the design to the point where functioning rifles were available by 1860. Of course, he was materially aided by a hugely useful and fortunately coincidental improvement in ammunition manufacture, with the introduction of the rimfire cartridge.

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Most military firearms have service lives that rarely stray beyond their intended and rather specific use, but the Henry was different. It was never really accepted as a military weapon during the American Civil War and was adopted in relatively small numbers. With the post-Civil War acquisition of the factory by Oliver Winchester, and its re-naming as The Winchester Repeating Arms Company, came a new era of development that resulted in the Winchester name becoming the single best-known brand in the United States. Improvements to the design, including adding the unique side-loading gate, were engineered by Nelson King; however, the strengthening of the notoriously weak mechanism to cope with the increasingly powerful cartridges was left to John Moses Browning, arguably the most talented gunsmith of the 19th century. A myriad of Winchester rifles appeared one after the other; the Models of 1866, 1873, 1876, 1886, 1892, 1894 and 1895 all sold in their millions and helped shape the course of American history. Few people also appreciate that the first fully automatic gas-operated rifle was actually a Winchester-based design that Hiram Maxim used as a test-bed in 1884 for his subsequent development of the machine gun.
There are countless stories of the use of these rifles by lawmen, cowboys, bandits and Native Americans which I think bring alive the history of these guns. Neither was this lost on the rapidly expanding film industry, who adopted the Winchester rifle, along with the Colt .45 revolver, as an industry standard. In various guises, the Winchesters appeared in hundreds of films, and one, the Model 1873, even had a film made about it, an almost unique tribute to a firearm. It is for no small reason that the Winchester is known as the ‘Gun that Won the West.’
If you are interested in reading more about Winchester Lever-Action Rifles then be sure to pick up Weapon 42: Winchester Lever-Action Rifles, published in October 2015.
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1. Osprey's World Tour - Japan - 2015-11-14 06:38:00
Osprey's World Tour sees us delving into our extensive backlist of books as we explore the globe through military history.


Today in Osprey's World Tour we are heading to Japan, with a stunning illustration taken from the recently released Campaign 284: Guadalcanal 1942-43. It shows the Ichiki detachment charging towards the US Marines, confident that a night-time bayonet charge would defeat their enemy.

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The Attack of the Ichiki Detachment
Extract taken from Campaign 284: Guadalcanal 1942–43 by Marke Stille
During the night of August 21, the Japanese made their first attempt to rout the American forces on Guadalcanal. The unit assigned to perform the mission was the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, which had a long battle history. The Japanese were sure that a night bayonet charge would do the trick. Here Japanese infantry of the 2nd Company make a charge across the sandbar at the mouth of Alligator Creek. The Japanese officer is leading the way with a sword and most of his men are carrying the standard IJA infantry rifle, the 6.5mm Arisaka Type 38. One man is carrying the standard squad light machine gun, the 6.5mm Type 96 with its 30-round box magazine. The Marine defenders were entrenched on the other side of Alligator Creek. Muzzle flashes are evident from Marine lines, including those of .30-caliber machine guns and a 37mm antitank gun firing anti-personnel canister rounds. No doubt, to the shock of the 2nd Company and Ichiki himself, the untested Marines did not wince in the face of the screaming Japanese and delivered withering fire, which brought them to a stop only 30 yards in front of the Marine positions. This pattern was repeated throughout the night when other men of the Ichiki Detachment charged Marine lines and, later in the campaign, on a number of occasions when the Japanese still believed that night attacks would be successful in the face of Marine firepower.

Further Reading
If you would like to read more about Japanese military history then take a look at the books below - a small selection of Osprey's extensive range.
Essential Histories 31: The Russo-Japanese War 1904–1905
Fortress 5: Japanese Castles 1540–1640
Elite 169: World War II Japanese Tank Tactics
New Vanguard 180: Kamikaze: Japanese Special Attack Weapons 1944–45
Campaign 170: Osaka 1715
Does Japanese military history fascinate you? Let us know what you find most interesting in the comments section below.
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1. Sunday Photo - Sherman's March to the Sea - 2015-11-15 08:16:00
On 15 November 1864 Union General William Tecumseh Sherman began his famous March to the Sea, leaving behind him the smouldering ruins of Atlanta. His aim was to apply the principles of ‘scorched earth’ warfare in a campaign against the Confederate states, crippling their production capabilities and destroying their supply lines to bring an early end to the war.
The quote below comes from the memoirs of General W.T. Sherman
... We rode out of Atlanta by the Decatur road, filled by the marching troops and wagons of the Fourteenth Corps; and reaching the hill, just outside of the old rebel works, we naturally paused to look back upon the scenes of our past battles. We stood upon the very ground whereon was fought the bloody battle of July 22d, and could see the copse of wood where McPherson fell. Behind us lay Atlanta, smouldering and in ruins, the black smoke rising high in air, and hanging like a pall over the ruined city. Away off in the distance, on the McDonough road, was the rear of Howard's column, the gun-barrels glistening in the sun, the white-topped wagons stretching away to the south; and right before us the Fourteenth Corps, marching steadily and rapidly, with a cheery look and swinging pace, that made light of the thousand miles that lay between us and Richmond. Some band, by accident, struck up the anthem of "John Brown's soul goes marching on;" the men caught up the strain, and never before or since have I heard the chorus of "Glory, glory, hallelujah!" done with more spirit, or in better harmony of time and place.

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In this photo we can see Sherman’s men destroying a railway in Atlanta. Often the metal tracks would be heated up and bent around tree trunks to prevent from being repaired, transforming them into loops of metal that became known as 'Sherman’s neckties'.
If you are interested in reading more about this period then be sure to pre-order the upcoming Campaign 290: Atlanta 1864 by James Donnell, scheduled for release in February 2016.
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1. Print on Demand 2015 Update - 2015-11-16 09:01:00
The list below gives every book that has been made available for Print-on-Demand in 2015.


Please note - A number of these books are currently unavailable in the USA. This is due to an upcoming change in distributor. Once this has taken place the conversion of books into POD for US customers will continue.


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Aircraft of the Aces
Aircraft of the Aces 90: Fiat CR.42 Aces of World War 2

Aviation Elite Units
Aviation Elite Units 24: 332nd Fighter Group – Tuskegee Airmen
Aviation Elite Units 27: Jagdverband 44
Aviation Elite Units 29: Jagdgeschwader 7 ‘Nowotny’

Battle Orders
Battle Orders 26: US Airborne Units in the Pacific Theater 1942–45

Bolt Action
Bolt Action 5: Armies of Imperial Japan
Bolt Action 6: Armies of France and the Allies
Bolt Action 7: Armies of Italy and the Axis

Campaign
Campaign 132: The First Crusade 1096–99
Campaign 203: Trenton and Princeton 1776–77 (these will appear as back in stock in the next few days)
Campaign 205: Warsaw 1944
Campaign 209: Niagara 1814
Campaign 210: Operation Dragoon 1944
Campaign 217: The Mongol Invasions of Japan 1274 and 1281
Campaign 223: Operation Nordwind 1945
Campaign 224: Mons Graupius AD 83
Campaign 238: St Mihiel 1918
Campaign 250: The Mareth Line 1943

Command
Command 2: Erich von Manstein
Command 4: Julius Caesar
Command 6: Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Command 7: Robert E. Lee
Command 9: Bernard Montgomery
Command 10: Marlborough
Command 11: Hannibal
Command 12: Saladin
Command 13: Heinz Guderian
Command 14: Garibaldi
Command 15: Walther Model
Command 16: Horatio Nelson
Command 18: Eisenhower
Command 19: Lawrence of Arabia
Command 20: Orde Wingate
Command 24: Tokugawa Ieyasu
Command 25: Omar Bradley
Command 27: Albert Kesselring

Combat Aircraft
Combat Aircraft 80: Lockheed SR-71 Operations in Europe and the Middle East (these will appear as back in stock in the next few days)

Duel
Duel 1: P-51 Mustang vs Fw 190
Duel 22: USN Cruiser vs IJN Cruiser
Duel 23: USN F-4 Phantom vs VPAF MiG-17/19
Duel 28: Mirage III vs MiG-21
Duel 35: F-105 Wild Weasel vs SA-2 'Guideline' SAM
Duel 42: DH 2 vs Albatros D I/D II

Elite
Elite 92: World War II Medal of Honor Recipients (1)
Elite 169: World War II Japanese Tank Tactics (these will appear as back in stock in the next few days)
Elite 173: Office of Strategic Services 1942-45
Elite 183: U-boat Tactics in World War II
Elite 186: Vietnam Infantry Tactics

Essential Histories
Essential Histories 5: The American Civil War (3)
Essential Histories 9: The Napoleonic Wars (2)
Essential Histories 11: The American Civil War (4)
Essential Histories 17: The Napoleonic Wars (3)
Essential Histories 24: The Second World War (5)
Essential Histories 30: The Second World War (3)
Essential Histories 32: The Second World War (6)
Essential Histories 35: The Second World War (2)
Essential Histories 37: The Spanish Civil War
Essential Histories 39: The Napoleonic Wars (4)
Essential Histories 48: The Second World War (4)
Essential Histories 52: The Boer War 1899-1902
Essential Histories 67: Ancient Israel at War 853–586 BC
Fortress
Fortress 57: The Great Wall of China 221 BC-AD 1644
Fortress 67: Japanese Castles in Korea 1592-98
Fortress 74: Japanese Castles AD 250-1540
Fortress 75: The Forts of New France in Northeast America 1600-1763
Fortress 87: Saracen Strongholds 1100-1500
Fortress 107: Defense of the Third Reich 1941-45

Men-at-Arms
Men-at-Arms 11: Chausseurs of the Guard
Men-at-Arms 334: Spanish Army of the Napoleonic Wars (3)
Men-at-Arms 443: The Army of Herod the Great
Men-at-Arms 455: US Armed Forces in China 1856-1941
Men-at-Arms 458: Army of the Republic of Vietnam 1955-75
Men-at-Arms 475: The Spanish Army in North America 1700-1793
Men-at-Arms 483: Cumberland's Culloden Army 1745-46

Modelling
Modelling 39: Modelling the F4F Wildcat
Modelling 41: Modelling Scale Aircraft
Modelling 44: Displaying your model

Myths and Legends
Myths and Legends 1: Jason and the Argonauts
Myths and Legends 2: Dragonslayers

New Vanguard
New Vanguard 139: Sherman Crab Flail Tank
New Vanguard 140: Armored Trains
New Vanguard 158: T-62 Main Battle Tank 1965-2005
New Vanguard 183: Warships of the Anglo-Dutch Wars 1652-74 (these will appear as back in stock in the next few days)
New Vanguard 191: Italian Light Tanks
New Vanguard 194: British Light Cruisers 1939-45

Raid
Raid 1: Rangers Lead the Way - Pointe-du-Hoc D-Day 1944
Raid 3: The Cabanatuan Prison Raid - The Philippines 1945
Raid 4: Who Dares Win – The SAS and the Iranian Embassy Siege 1980
Raid 6: The Samurai Capture a King
Raid 7: The Blocking of Zeebrugge – Operation Z-O 1918
Raid 9: Rescuing Mussolini – Gran Sasso 1943
Raid 14: The Los Banos Prison Camp Raid
Raid 16: Dambusters - Operation Chastise 1943
Raid 17: The Great Expedition – Sir Francis Drake on the Spanish Main 1585–86
Raid 25: Ride Around Missouri - Shelby's Great Raid 1863
Raid 39: Takur Ghar - The SEALs and Rangers on Roberts Ridge, Afghanistan 2002

Warrior
Warrior 33: Knights Hospitaller (1)
Warrior 127: Native American Code Talker in World War II
Warrior 135: North Vietnamese Army Soldier 1958-75
Warrior 138: Roosevelt's Rough Riders
Warrior 141: Merrill's Marauders
Warrior 150: Carthaginian Warrior 264-146 BC
Warrior 157: French Foreign Légionnaire 1890-1914
Warrior 160: Desert Rat 1940-43

Weapon
Weapon 4: Browning .50-caliber Machine Guns
Weapon 12: The Uzi Submachine Gun
Weapon 16: The M1 Garand
Weapon 18: The Bazooka

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Battle Orders 21: US Armored Units in the North African and Italian Campaigns 1942–45
Battle Orders 30: Mobile Strike Forces in Vietnam 1966–70
Battle Orders 34: The Roman Army: the Civil Wars 88–31 BC (these will appear as back in stock in the next few days)
Battle Orders 36: Samurai Armies 1467–1649
Battle Orders 37: The Roman Army of the Principate 27 BC–AD 117

Campaign
Campaign 177: Château Thierry & Belleau Wood 1918
Campaign 194: Liberation of Paris 1944

Combat Aircraft
Combat Aircraft 68: F-117 Stealth Fighter Units of Operation Desert Storm
Combat Aircraft 70: F-14 Tomcat Units of Operation Enduring Freedom
Combat Aircraft 76: Lockheed SR-71 Operations in the Far East

Duel
Duel 3: U-boats vs Destroyer Escorts
Duel 4: Panther vs T-34
Duel 7: Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I
Duel 8: P-40 Warhawk vs Ki-43 Oscar
Duel 9: Victory vs Redoutable
Duel 11: P-47 Thunderbolt vs Bf 109G/K
Duel 18: M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural
Duel 21: Centurion vs T-55
Duel 33: Panzer IV vs Char B1 bis

Elite
Elite 100: World War II Axis Booby Traps and Sabotage Tactics
Elite 141: Finland at War 1939-45
Elite 161: The US Home Front 1941-45
Elite 168: World War II Street-Fighting Tactics
Elite 175: World War II US Cavalry Units

Essential Histories
Essential Histories 3: The Napoleonic Wars (1)
Essential Histories 4: The American Civil War (1)
Essential Histories 10: The American Civil War (2)

Fortress
Fortress 59: Crusader Castles in Cyprus, Greece and the Aegean 1191-1571
Fortress 61: Medieval Russian Fortresses AD 862-1480
Fortress 66: The Castles of Henry VIII

Men-at-Arms
Men-at-Arms 339: The King's German Legion (2)
Men-at-Arms 456: Mounted Genadiers of the Imperial Guard
Men-at-Arms 478: The Australian Army in World War I

New Vanguard
New Vanguard 146: Imperial Japanese Navy Battleships 1941-45
New Vanguard 169: US Fast Battleships 1936-47
New Vanguard 172: US Fast Battleships 1938-91
New Vanguard 202: Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-45 (2)
New Vanguard 211: US Cold War Aircraft Carriers

Raid
Raid 11: Pegasus Bridge – Bénouville D-Day 1944
Raid 19: Storming Flight 181 - GSG 9 and the Mogadishu Hijack 1977

Warrior
Warrior 71: Roman Legionary 58 BC - AD 69
Warrior 113: US Army Soldier
Warrior 121: Soldier of the Pharaoh
Warrior 125: Pirate of the Far East
Warrior 130: Tarentine Horseman of Magna Graecia
Warrior 131: Nelson's Officers and Midshipmen
Warrior 140: US Mechanized Infantryman in the First Gulf War
Warrior 145: Ottoman Infantryman 1914-18
Warrior 166: Roman Legionary AD 69-161

Weapon
Weapon 20: The M60 Machine Gun
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1. AskHistorians Reddit WWI Contest Winners - 2015-11-18 08:46:07
Alongside our commemorative blog series for Armistice Day we ran a competition on the AskHistorians Reddit group. Their users came up with some great questions and answers, making it very tricky to come up with the winners. However, after spending an evening reading through all the posts we have decided upon the winners.
Best Question Winner - k_hopz
"Is Auschwitz possible without the Somme, without Verdun?"
I've stated this question a little differently than I normally do my questions here on AH, in that I'm looking to stimulate some debate, rather than garner a targeted answer.
A little background, this question is a paraphrased sentiment that World War I historian Jay Winter has offered on several occasions, both in writing and in person, as he did at two presentations he gave at my University in commemoration of the Centennial last year. Essenitally, Winter argues the following:
The number killed is so extraordinary that it indicates a certain kind of numbing of sensibilities, a change in the legitimacy of states to promote mass death as a normal phenomenon. Without the Somme and Verdun, there wouldn't have been Auschwitz. Bodies stacked like matchsticks — soldiers saw that in the First World War.
So, to those of you who study cultural representation and the Great War in memory, do you agree or disagree?
Quote taken from Winter interview with the LA Times, found here.
To read the answer it received, click here
Best Answer Winner - thefourthmaninaboat
Throughout the competition thefourthmaninaboat responded to several naval questions. Here is just one of his excellent responses:
Q: What was going on in the Eastern Mediterranean during the First World War? Were the Ottomans at all able to contest British naval dominance?
A: The Ottoman navy was completely unable to challenge the Anglo-French domination of the Mediterranean. Their fleet was vastly outnumbered, and quite outclassed. It also had to deal with the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Instead, most of the fighting was conducted through mine warfare and submarines, as well as the forts of the Dardanelles. The Ottoman Navy was very strongly influenced by the German Navy - many of its heavier units had originally been German, and it had several senior German officers. Many of the Ottoman Navy's more adventurous actions were initiated by these officers.
Minelaying was an important part of the Ottoman strategy for defending the Dardanelles. Mines within the strait sank three pre-dreadnought battleships - the British Irresistible and Ocean and the French Bouvet, and damaged the British battlecruiser Inflexible. Submarine-laid minefields were also used, with one sinking the Titanic's sister ship Britannic in the Kea Channel.
Submarine warfare was carried out by both sides in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Ottomans had no submarines, but the Germans railed or shipped several U-boats in to form an effective squadron at Constantinople. They also operated against targets in the Eastern Mediterranean from bases in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The flotilla at Constantinople mainly operated in the Black Sea, but U-21 had two major successes while sailing to join it. It sank the British pre-dreadnoughts Triumph and Majestic in May 1915. Both battleships were operating in support of the Gallipoli landings. Several French warships would also be sunk by submarines in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the battleship Gaulois and cruiser Amiral Charner. Transports and merchant ships would also be targeted, including HMT Royal Edward, a troop transport sunk with over 800 casualties. Allied submarines were also used effectively in the Eastern Mediterranean, with several subs making it through the Dardanelles to wreak havoc in the Sea of Marmora. One of the first attempts was that by the British submarine B11, which snuck through to sink the old battleship Mesudiye before returning. The first successful attempt to reach the Sea of Marmora was made by the Australian AE2, which spent five days there before being forced to surface and scuttle by a combination of mechanical failures and an Ottoman torpedo boat. She would be followed by several British and French submarines, including the very successful E11, which would sink the battleship Barbaros Hayreddin and multiple steamers and transports. Her commander would win the Victoria Cross for his exploits.
There were very few surface engagements between Allied and Ottoman ships. The first, minor, incident came on the 27th April 1915. As the Gallipoli landings were underway, the Ottoman navy sent a force to support their troops on the peninsula. This included the ex-German battlecruiser Goeben, renamed Yavuz in Ottoman service. Yavuz was sighted by balloon spotters and aircraft from the Allied fleet, and engaged by HMS Queen Elizabeth. This engagement was inconclusive, with Yavuz quickly moving out of range. She would make a similar attempt on the 30th, but would be seen off by HMS Lord Nelson. A second would come on the night of the 12th May. A Turkish destroyer, the Muavenet-i Milliye, crept down the Dardanelles into Morto Bay on the south-western tip of the Gallipoli peninsula. Several British ships, which had been supporting the landings, were moored there. Deceiving the British ships on guard, Muavenet-i Milliye fired several torpedoes, three of which hit the battleship Goliath. Goliath quickly capsized and sank. Yavuz would make a final sortie on the 20th January 1918. Accompanied by her constant companion, the light cruiser Breslau (Midilli in Ottoman service), she would exploit the poor Allied watch on the Dardanelles to raid the Aegean, and if possible, the Allied base at Mudros. Leaving the Dardanelles, Yavuz engaged a British force at Imbros, sinking two monitors. As the Ottoman force left Imbros, it ran onto a minefield. Midilli was sunk, and Yavuz received heavy damage. She withdrew, and was beached in the Dardanelles. The British made spirited attempts to destroy her, including the use of monitors and submarines. However, these were futile, and Yavuz would be towed off, to serve with the Turkish Navy until 1950.
Naval aviation also made a start in the Eastern Mediterranean. The British seaplane carrier Ben-My-Chree accompanied the force to the Dardanelles. While her aircraft were mostly used for spotting the fall of gunfire, she carried two Shorts 184 torpedo bombers. These became the first aircraft to sink a ship, with one torpedoing a supply ship damaged by HMS E14 on the 11th August 1915. On the 17th, both aircraft pulled off successful attacks, with one torpedoing a supply ship, and the other hitting a tugboat. Ben-My-Chree would be sunk by shore batteries in 1917, but the experience gained from her was formative for the RNAS and Fleet Air Arm. Bombers would also be used against the beached Yavuz in 1918, including the giant Handley Page Type O/400.
Pot Luck Winner - b1uepenguin
Thank you for everyone who took part, and we hope that the three winners enjoy their copies of Prit Buttar's latest book Germany Ascendant: The Eastern Front 1915.
If you'd like to look at the complete thread, click here.
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1. November Book Reviews - 2015-11-18 14:23:33
Our monthly Book Review blog is here, bringing you a few of the reviews we have received since October. Take a look and see if any of these books take your fancy!
Combat 12 – Confederate Cavalryman vs Union Cavalryman

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…which takes me to what’s ultimately fascinating about the American Civil War (when seen from a safe distance, that is). It has battles not so different from Waterloo, Pavia, Bannockburn and Chalons, but fought by soldiers who then went away to write memoires. It sometimes seems as if everybody – even the bit players – the NPCs – has a name, family, photo, and a write up of their experiences.
In places, this information burdens the narrative with details of names and ranks. However, compensation is quotes from first-hand accounts that put us on the battlefield. We get a sense of the fog of war, and of what actually happens when cavalry units collide:
The rebs drew their revolvers… they rushed together, each line passing through the other, except those that went down in the shock of collision. Then each man attempted to get back to his original position, and the shooting and running, cursing and cutting that followed cannot be understood except by an eye witness.
We can’t truly know what it was like to raise the barritus in the old German forests. We can experience the echo of the rebel yell:
…that wild, unearthly, untrained, undisciplined, yet to the enemy terrific and terrible, Confederate yell, which swelled and grew as it passed from front to rear of our entire column. Down from the crest of that ridge the regiment poured like and avalanche. With flashing sabre and the impetuous speed of a war-horse, nothing could withstand it.
The American Civil War is not my heritage, not my geography (an impediment to easy understanding). I have no imaginative hat in the ring. Even so, after reading this book, I am resolved to dig out at least one of these vividly written memoires.
Blackgate


New Vanguard 223: T-64 Battle Tank

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T-64 Battle Tank: The Cold War’s Most Secret Tank opens up with an explanation of the reasons behind the tank’s development, all of which make for interesting reading. What’s really great is that it doesn’t just give you the “why”, it also gives you the “how”, detailing all the development and construction problems that plagued the T-64 pretty much from the outset.
What’s most interesting about the T-64 is what a monstrosity it is. With all its pop-out rocket deflecting fins, and belt-fed 115 mm cannon It’s like something out of a sci-fi anime, rather than an actual war machine. Some may say this is typical of the Russian Cold War ethos of “Make It As Big As You Can” (see the Mi-24 Hind), but the engineering involved in making it work is staggering.
The artwork and photos are simply superb throughout. The “centrefold” cut-away – in particular – is absolutely brilliant; a real highlight.
The history and development of the T-64 makes for interesting reading, but the artwork and photos are what really lift this book above the crowd. Well worth picking up if you’re modelling or wargaming with the T-64.
Suppressing Fire

Warrior 176: Patriot Militiaman in the American Revolution 1775–82

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This Osprey Warrior volume deals specifically with the role of the Patriot Militaman in the southern theatre, namely the Carolinas and Georgia, perhaps the decisive area of operations during the war, and their role in blunting the British southern strategy. The milita was generally a geographically specific community-based formation with no fixed establishment or strength due to varied populations, the season and the short term service periods. Many would join to accompany friends and family members; consequently militias were very much a reflection of their community and its heritage.

The authors are clearly well versed in their subject matter as in just over 60 pages, they are able to give a superb outline of the role, lifestyle and contribution of these men to the creation of a nation. This book is a perfect addition to the collection of any wargamer of the AWI.
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1. November New Releases Quiz - 2015-11-20 08:22:50
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1. Osprey's World Tour - Russia - 2015-11-21 08:10:00
Osprey's World Tour sees us delving into our extensive backlist of books as we explore the globe through military history.
Our destination today is Russia, with the selected piece of artwork coming from Campaign 148: Operation Barbarossa 1941 (2). The scene below shows a German vehicle speeding along the road towards the bridges as Russian troops scramble into positions from which they can fire upon it.

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Soviet 8th Army attempts to break out through LVI Panzer Corps, Dünaburg Bridgehead, 28 June 1941
Extract taken from Campaign 148: Operation Barbarossa 1941 (2) by Robert Kirchubel

The Germans considered the Dvina–Dnepr River line the Red Army’s last, best hope at halting Barbarossa early. If their panzers could rush the rivers and establish bridgeheads on the far bank they believed they could unhinge the Soviets’ defenses and prevent an 1812-style withdrawal. In Army Group North’s area the Dvina bridges at Dünaburg stood tantalizingly close to the Nazi–Soviet frontier. General Hoepner calculated that his panzers could conduct such a daring “panzer raid.” With speed and flexibility in mind his Panzer Group Four was not subordinated to an infantry army. General von Manstein’s LVI Panzer Corps had the mission of Schwerpunkt for this raid.
For their part the Soviets were not prepared for the coming onslaught. They assumed German forces in East Prussia and the Government General would make generally for Moscow. General Kuznetsov’s Northwest Front initially did not have sufficient forces to hold Field Marshal von Leeb. Kuznetsov’s weak leadership compounded this problem as it withdrew from the border: his 8th Army pulled back due north and the 11th Army retreated toward the east with the Western Front. These moves, made without a firm hand from above, opened the road to Dünaburg to von Manstein’s men.
On the morning of Barbarossa’s fourth day a motorized infantry task force plus a company of Brandenburg commandos sped past Soviets too stunned to react. Red Army soldiers guarding the bridges failed to halt the Germans, could not respond effectively, and the Germans held Dünaburg’s three bridges after a matter of minutes. Teutonic Knights founded Dünaburg in 1278, but the massive seventeenth-century brick fortress faced toward invaders from Germany. It was from this direction that Kuznetsov’s escaping men came.
First von Manstein’s 8th Panzer then the 3rd Motorized Divisions occupied Dünaburg and now held the bridgehead. Soviet soldiers from the 21st Mechanized and 5th Airborne Corps trickled north to escape the pursuing Germans, not realizing the LVI Panzer Corps barred the way. Soon elements of the 27th Army’s 16th Rifle Corps, belatedly sent to fill the Dünaburg gap, were trapped as well. Overhead the 8th Mixed and 61st Fighter Brigades sought to destroy the bridges and help their comrades on the ground. Bf 109s of JG 53 Pik As and JG 54 Gruenherz created a holocaust of Red Air Force aircraft, shooting down 74 planes in one day. Members of 8th Panzer established a hasty defense as desperate Soviets pressed against them. German heavy weapons from the fortress fired down in support.
Soviets picked their way forward, in this case with a Maxim 1911 machine gun, trying to fight their way to the bridge and hopefully, re-establish a valid defense of their homeland. Here a Panzer Mark II has been destroyed by a shot to the turret. The battlefield is littered with death and destruction and the sky is criss-crossed with the smoke of falling Soviet airplanes. Unfortunately for the Red Army men their efforts were too disjointed and the Germans too well entrenched. Although many made it across the river, they did not reinstate a legitimate defense. However, neither could von Leeb exploit the brightest spot in Barbarossa’s opening few days; he thought and acted too slowly to exploit von Manstein’s gains.

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Elite 206: Spetsnaz: Russia’s Special Forces
Combat 4: French Guardsman vs Russian Jaeger – 1812–14
General Military: Germany Ascendant: The Eastern Front 1915
Duel 15: Russian Battleship vs Japanese Battleship 1904-1905
Campaign 167: Moscow 1941

What do you think is the most interesting element of Russian military history? Is there something we are missing? Let us know in the comments below.
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1. Sunday Photo - The Cairo Conference - 2015-11-22 08:57:00
On 22 November 1943 the Cairo Conference began, with Chiang Kai-Shek, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill meeting to discuss Allied plans for defeating Japan in World War II. Their discussions led to the Cairo Declaration on 27 November 1943, the text of which can be found beneath the photograph.
The picture below shows Chiang Kai-shek, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill photographed during their discussions.


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Chian Kai-Shek, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill~
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The Cairo Declaration:
The several military missions have agreed upon future military operations against Japan. The Three Great Allies expressed their resolve to bring unrelenting pressure against their brutal enemies by sea, land, and air. This pressure is already rising.
The Three Great Allies are fighting this war to restrain and punish the aggression of Japan. They covet no gain for themselves and have no thought of territorial expansion. It is their purpose that Japan shall be stripped of all the islands in the Pacific which she has seized or occupied since the beginning of the first World War in 1914, and that all the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, such as Manchuria, Formosa, and The Pescadores, shall be restored to the Republic of China. Japan will also be expelled from all other territories which she has taken by violence and greed. The aforesaid three great powers, mindful of the enslavement of the people of Korea, are determined that in due course Korea shall become free and independent.
With these objects in view the three Allies, in harmony with those of the United Nations at war with Japan, will continue to persevere in the serious and prolonged operations necessary to procure the unconditional surrender of Japan.
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1. The Book Diaries - Some dazzling profiles - 2015-11-24 08:11:09
Author Mark Lardas has finished creating his art refs for NVG Seaplane and Aircraft Carriers of World War I. This latest instalment of the Book Diaries explains how profiles are born.
Some dazzling profiles

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When I create an artist’s brief, I do not build it linearly – Plate A, Plate B, and so on through Plate G. Rather, I do them by categories: profiles, battle scenes and technicals (as a group), and finally the cutaway. Why do it that way? Because profiles are the simplest plates to do. The cutaway is the most complex.
Wait! I thought Nicolas Chamfort said we should swallow a toad every morning, in order to fortify ourselves against the rest of the day. You know, do the hard stuff first and get it out of the way.
Admittedly if you do swallow a toad first thing in the morning your day has to improve from there. But my goal is turning out a great New Vanguard, not necessarily fortifying myself against the rest of the day.
Chamfort was also fortifying himself against dealing with Ancien Régime aristocrats. (Compared to them a toad looks almost good.) By contrast, I am unleashing my inner Cecil B. DeMille in creating instructions for a plate. By that standard, the profiles are ones to get done first, because they are the simplest. You do not start out the show with the finale.
Profiles are a good warm-up exercise. I do one New Vanguard every other year or so. Even with other Osprey books in the pipeline, it may be four to six months since I prepared my last artist’s brief. I want to get back into practice.
Profiles are so straightforward I often feel somewhat guilty when preparing them. Boiled down, all you need is a detailed and accurate line drawing of the subject, some color references, and maybe some black-and-white or color photographs to provide detail. My besetting sin with profiles is making them too complicated. (Check out the Orbiter profiles in Space Shuttle Launch System 1972–2004, and you will see what I mean.)

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Argus Port and Starboard
I am guilty of that with this book, too. With sailing ships, the masts, spars, and sails fill up the page. One side view is all you can do. Steel warships are long lean beasts. You can put in multiple views: side and overhead both.
The two profiles Tom Milner and I agreed upon illustrated World War I aircraft carriers. There were only three. One profile plate shows the evolution of HMS Furious – as it appeared in 1917, 1918, and 1928. The other one illustrated HMS Argus and HMS Vindictive in 1918.
As built, Furious had a flying-off deck, with an 18-inch gun turret aft. There was no way to land. That was unsatisfactory, so they rebuilt Furious with a landing-on deck replacing the useless gun turret. (Furious’s turrets ended up on the monitors Lord Clive and General Wolfe.) The superstructure and smokestack made actually landing more than a bit challenging, so in 1927 Furious was again rebuilt, this time as a conventional flush-deck carrier. (Except for the feature where you could launch from the front of the hanger deck as well as the flight deck.)

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The Evolution of HMS Furious
Cool stuff, except an overhead and side view of each is six profiles. Nine if you want to show both side of each ship. Too many. A page is only so big. So Tom and I settled on just the side views. Sigh.
Same issue arose with “The Rest of the Fleet” plate. Argus and Vindictive are asymmetric. I really wanted port and starboard profile views. Tom pointed out how unamused the artist would be at all of the extra work. Also, the profiles would be so small detail would be lost. So, one side view for each. Again, sigh. (I asked about maybe doing a foldout, so it could be bigger, and Tom said something about fitting me out with a choke-chain to restrain my eagerness.)
Even given the downsizing from my overambitious expectations, these should be spectacular plates. 1918 was the golden age of the dazzle paintjob. All three ships will have the dazzle scheme used by them during the war. Each paint job is different – not just on each ship, but on each side. LSD would not be synthesized for another 20 years, but you would swear they must have had it in 1918.

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Dazzle Pattern - Ooh! Pretty!
Better still, from my viewpoint, dazzle camouflage was not made up of just white, black, and shades of grey. Blue, yellow, tan, sometimes mixed together, were also included. Tracking down the dazzle patterns use and the colors of the patterns for the three aircraft carriers was one of the fun challenges in creating the instructions for these plates.
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