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1. New Artwork from March Books! - 2015-12-09 08:52:05
Today on the blog we have 3 stunning pieces of artwork from some of our March 2016 releases. Take a look and tell us what you think.

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Image taken from New Vanguard 232: The Imperial Japanese Navy of the Russo Japanese War by Mark Stille
Our first piece comes from New Vanguard 232: The Imperial Japanese Navy of the Russo-Japanese War. Painted by Paul Wright, it depicts modern battleships of the IJN engaging the Russians at the battle of Tsushima.


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Image from Campaign 291: The Dnepr 1943 by Robert Forczyk
Next up is this fantastic piece from Campaign 291: The Dnepr 1943. Painted by Steve Noon, it shows a mixed battlegroup from 8.Panzer-Division running into a group of T-34s and Infantry during a heavy snowstorm.


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Image from Weapon 45: The Barrett Rifle by Chris McNab
Our final piece for today was provided by Johnny Shumate for Weapon 45: The Barrett Rifle. It illustrates the realities of trajectory a sniper has to negotiate over long ranges.

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1. 350th anniversary of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps - 2015-12-10 07:43:11
Today marks the 350th birthday of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps. Founded on 10 December 1665, the Korps Mariniers have gone onto serve as a rapidly-deployable expeditionary force across the globe, as well as providing the Dutch government's with its primary counter-terrorism force.
To commemorate the occasion we are looking back at one of their earliest engagements - the Raid on the Medway, also known as the Raid on Chatham.

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Raid on the Medway, 1667
Extract taken from New Vanguard 183: Warships of the Anglo-Dutch Wars 1652–74 by Angus Konstam
The foundations for the spectacular Dutch raid on the main English fleet anchorage in the River Medway were laid by Charles II. The extravagant expenditure of the King and his court had all but bankrupted the country, and so to save money the bulk of the fleet was placed in reserve during 1667. Instead the English relied on their coastal defences to keep the enemy at bay. The Medway was actually poorly defended, with just one fort at Sheerness guarding the mouth of the river, and a boom and a handful of gun batteries protecting the main anchorage further upstream. On 10 June the Dutch stormed and captured the fort at Sheerness, and the following day the fleet entered the river. On the morning of 12 June they broke the boom and negotiated the line of hastily sunk blockships. The English fleet was trapped and helpless, and the following day the Dutch arrived off Chatham, and burned or forced aground several major warships before departing for Holland, with the captured Royal Charles in tow. It was a humiliating blow for the Restoration navy, and it forced Charles II to sign an unfavourable peace treaty with the victors. This plate shows the moment when the 36-gun Dutch warship Vrede from the Amsterdam Admiralty broke the boom. Beyond her lay the 42-gun Fourth Rate HMS Unity (formerly the Eendracht), which had been captured from the Dutch in 1665. The English warship was brushed aside, and forced to flee upriver to avoid the Dutch fireships that followed astern of the Vrede. She was captured the following day.
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1. Osprey's World Tour - China - 2015-12-12 08:12:45
Osprey's World Tour sees us delving into our extensive backlist of books as we explore the globe through military history.

The next stop on our journey round the globe is China. This stunning scene is taken from Fortress 84: Chinese Walled Cities 221 BC– AD 1644 and shows a fortified city of the later Han dynasty under attack.

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A fortified city of the Later Han Dynasty under attack by the Yellow Turbans in AD 184
Extract from Fortress 84: Chinese Walled Cities 221 BC– AD 1644 by Stephen Turnbull.
During the waning years of the Han dynasty serious rebellions arose under three brothers, Zhang Jue, Zhang Liang and Zhang Bao. They were charismatic religious leaders, and promised their followers that the azure heaven of the Han would be replaced by a yellow heaven under the Yellow Emperor, as Zhang Jue styled himself. Their followers wore yellow turbans or headscarves. Here they are seen attacking the rammed earth walls of a Han dynasty fortified city.
The walls are made from layers of rammed loess painstakingly hammered down in layers and then coated with oily yellow clay. The successive layers can be seen on the outer surfaces of the walls, which are protected with battlements above an overhanging lip. So strong are the walls that an elaborate gatehouse with a tower could be raised above it. The rebels are poorly armed and have only scaling ladders with which to attack the city.

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If you are interested in reading more about Chinese military history take a look at this list of Osprey books:
Men-at-Arms 463: Chinese Warlord Armies 1911–30
New Vanguard 61: Fighting Ships of the Far East (1)
General Military: China's Wars
Aircraft of the Aces 126: Aces of the Republic of China Air Force
Elite 194: The Chinese People’s Liberation Army since 1949
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1. Sunday Photo - Battle of the River Plate - 2015-12-13 08:18:28
On 13 December 1939 three British cruisers engaged Admiral Graff Spee in the first naval battle of the Second World War. The German Panzerschiff had been commerce raiding since the war began, and the Royal Navy had sent a number of hunting groups out to track it down. Eventually HMS Exeter, Ajax and Achilles found it close to the South American coast.
In the ensuing battle all three of the British cruisers suffered moderate-to-severe damage. Admiral Graff Spee fared worse, suffering critical damage that required emergency repairs. The German ship sought refuge in the port of Montevideo, but when they were informed their stay could be no longer than 72 hours the captain decided to scuttle his damaged ship rather than face the British force.
The photograph below shows HMS Achilles as seen from HMS Ajax during the battle.

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1. December Book Reviews - 2015-12-15 08:40:43
In case you haven't already got your Christmas shopping done here are some book reviews to give you an idea of what we've got to offer. If you're interested, head online or to your nearest book store and pick them up.

The History of the Panzerwaffe, Vol. 1 1939-42
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With getting on for nearly a photo on every page, this book seems more like a volume of images supported by text. These are well selected starting from WW1 up to the early stages of Operation Barbarossa, and include images of the ersatz panzers of the clandestine early panzerwaffe years, and in the war years, some of the more unusual types such as command vehicles, demolition tanks, and bridgelayers. A large number of photos are sourced from private collections, and as the author is also a modeller, there are rear views and often notes on markings. The text is a brief history of the various campaigns, with special emphasis placed on after action reports and evaluations: Spanish Civil War; Austria; Sudetenland; Czechoslovakia; Poland; Norway; North-West Europe; Operation Seelowe; North Africa, Balkans; and Barbarossa. There is no shortage of books about German tanks in WW2, but the breadth of coverage, and the well-judged selection of illustrations in this book give it a strong recommendation.
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Combat 11: German Infantryman vs Russian Infantryman
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This book looks at a time and place when the Russian infantryman could perform just as well as its German opponents, when they were well equipped and had ample supplies of ammunition. Forczyk has chosen one well-known battle, at Gumbinnen, and two more obscure battles (Göritten and Mahartse), all of which involved a significant number of pre-war regular soldiers on both sides. Gumbinnen was an early fight in the early fighting in East Prussia, but the other two took place after the main focus of attention had moved away to the south.
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Forczyk had produced a well balanced book that acknowledges the performance of both sides and presents an image of a more impressive Russian army than their later performance and the collapse of the Tsarist regime would lead one to expect. As always the text is supported by good maps, which help illustrate the progress of the battles, and a good mix of Russian and German photographs.
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American Knights
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This is the account of the US 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion (the first such battalion to be formed), from its initial training in the States to the end of the war in Europe. It covers action in North Africa, Italy, Southern France and Germany.
The book is packed with interesting military detail, especially in terms of equipment, minor tactics, maintenance and morale. It draws heavily on soldiers’ accounts, usually as reminiscences, so it is not always technically accurate but gives a lively feel to the actions. The author has managed to blend the battalion war diary, the individual accounts, and some very detailed tables of organisation and equipment into a volume of considerable use to wargamers.
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I am not usually a great fan of unit-level war diaries based on personal accounts, as they can be over-populated with anecdotes that are of little interest to the reader. But this particular volume grabs your attention with its quality blend of technical, tactical and human story.
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The In & Out

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Lord Palmerston was the only prime minister who refused to move into Downing Street, remaining at home on 94 Piccadilly. How appropriate, then, that the building was to become home to the Naval And Military Club for some 133 years. Nicknamed the In & Out from the signs on the gates to prevent collisions between carriages, the club has given officers a sanctuary from the capital’s temptations since 1862. This superbly illustrated book charts its story from Victorian times to its current premises at St James. Solid and respectable with just a hint of decadence – much like the club itself.
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New Vanguard 225: Republican Roman Warships 509-27 BC
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1. The Battle of the Bulge Begins - 16 December 1944 - 2015-12-16 08:46:41
On 16 December 1944 Hitler launched his final gamble on the Western Front; an assault on the Ardennes that he was convinced would change the course of the war. It would go on to be the largest and most costly battle fought by the US Army in World War II as they bore the brunt of the German offensive.
The extract below explores the origins of the German Plans. It is taken from Campaign 115: Battle of the Bulge 1944 (1) by Steven J. Zaloga.
The idea for the Ardennes offensive came to Hitler in mid- September 1944 during his recuperation from the 20 July 1944 bomb plot. Albert Jodl, the chief of the Wehrmacht operations staff, made a casual mention that the Ardennes was the most weakly held sector of the Allied front. Hitler immediately connected this remark with the bold Panzer drive across the Meuse in 1940 that had led to the stunning victory over France. Given Germany’s desperate circumstances Hitler convinced himself that a success in the west could change the course of the war. In his fevered mind, the alliance between Britain and the United States was fragile, and if their forces could be separated by an assault to the sea, the Allied front would collapse. Hitler dreamed that a third to a half of the Allied divisions on the western front could be destroyed. A similar offensive in other theaters held out no opportunity. Jodl was assigned the task of elaborating Hitler’s plans and he submitted the first draft on 11 October 1944.

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German soldiers run past abandoned US equipment
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The Ardennes offensive was shaped by earlier German counteroffensives. Two previous Panzer operations against the advancing US Army – near Mortain in early August and in Lorraine in September – had failed. Although the attacking German forces had modest numerical superiority in both battles, this was not enough when faced by American artillery and air power. Hitler concluded that the Ardennes operation would require substantial superiority in men and materiel. Since only four American divisions were holding the Ardennes, Hitler calculated that a total of about 30 German divisions would be needed. Given the weakened state of the Wehrmacht after the summer disasters, such a force could not be assembled until late November 1944, but the poor weather in the late autumn would hobble Allied air power. An essential element of the plan, first dubbed Wacht am Rhein (Watch on the Rhine), was total secrecy. Since the attempted military coup of July 1944, Hitler had a pathological distrust of the commanders of the regular army. Details of the plan were kept to an absolute minimum of planners, and the movement of troops and materiel to the German frontier in the late autumn was explained as an effort to prepare for Allied offensives over the Rhine that were expected in the New Year.
The offensive was aimed at the Ardennes sector most weakly held by the US Army from Monschau in the north to Echternach in the south, a distance of about 60km. The neighboring German sector in the Eifel was heavily wooded, shielding fresh German units from aerial observation. The offensive would be conducted by three armies: two Panzer armies in the north and center and a relatively weak infantry army on the southern flank to block counterattacks against this shoulder. Hitler would have preferred to use only his trusted Waffen-SS Panzer divisions, but there were not enough. So he settled on an attack by the 6th (SS) Panzer Army in the vital northern sector with a parallel assault by the 5th Panzer Army in the center. The 6th Panzer Army sector from Monschau to St Vith was the most important, since success here would secure the shortest route over the Meuse through Liège to Antwerp. German planners believed that the main logistics network for the First US Army was in this area and its capture would assist the German attack by providing supplies as well as weakening the American response. The weakest of the attacking German armies, the 7th Army, would strike towards Bastogne. Unlike the two Panzer forces to the north, the 7th Army had virtually no armored support. Bastogne had little role in the original Ardennes plan since it was quite distant from any strategic objectives. The Waffen-SS Panzer commanders were fairly confident they could reach the Meuse river in a day or two, and the plan considered that it might be possible to reach Antwerp by the seventh day of the offensive.

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US Engineers near Wiltz, Luxembourg
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Wacht am Rhein was foolhardy with few realistic chances for success. The quality of German forces in the late autumn of 1944 had plummeted drastically since the summer, due to the catastrophic losses in France and eastern Europe. The plan could only succeed if the initial American defenses could be rapidly breached and if the US Army dawdled as the Panzers raced for the Meuse. This was pinned on Hitler’s exaggerated estimation of German combat power and a dismissive underestimation of American battlefield prowess. Any delays in reaching key objectives would doom the plan, since many key routes through the wooded hill country of the Ardennes could be blocked by relatively small forces at choke points and key river crossings. Delays of only a few days would be fatal since the Americans could use their better mobility to reinforce the Ardennes. The plan’s logistical underpinning was suspect. Fuel and ammunition were in short supply and once the offensive began, the rail lines running into the Eifel would be relentlessly bombed regardless of weather, preventing re-supply.
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