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1. Osprey Year in Review: September - December 2017 - 2017-12-18 16:37:00
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We complete our look-back at this year by looking back at the no-so-distant past - the autumn months of 2017. We've had a great range of titles in these last few months, with everything from medieval warfare, the armour of the Samurai to the conclusion of Prit Buttar's brilliant series on the Eastern Front of World War I.
Autumn Highlights




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What people said about our books
Improbable Victory
‘Unsurprisingly for an Osprey book, it is very well illustrated, with a number of colour plates and maps. Well written, this is a fine addition to the library of anyone interested in 18th-century military history.’ Military History Monthly
The Sea Devil
“Excellently written, with a good eye for drama and a passion for ships, Jefferson carries the reader on a swashbuckling tale that sets the German Navy in the unaccustomed role of hero.” The Lady
Sevastopol's Wars
‘This monumental work can only enhance Western understanding of the centrality of Sevastopol in the geopolitics and the history of modern Russia.’ British Journal of Military History
Men-at-Arms 512: Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848–70 (1)
‘I highly recommend this excellent book to anyone with the slightest of interests in the Italian Wars of Unification, and to anyone who loves military colour plates in general.’ Wargames: Soldiers and Strategy
Combat 25: Canadian Corps Soldier versus Royal Bavarian Soldier
‘This is an absorbing comparison between the Canadian and the Bavarian armies and the detail of the actions covered and accompanying maps are very informative. This is a fine addition to the Combat series.’ Battlefield Magazine

Our Favourite Artwork



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Campaign 313: The Philippine Sea 1944
By Mark Stille
Illustrated by Jim Laurier
The Air Battle of June 19 is depicted here. It shows that the first American fighters to sight the Japanese were Hellcats from VF-15 flying off Essex, and how they were able to exact their superiority over the Japanese with their better machines.








New Vanguard 252: M113 APC 1960–75
By Jamie Prenatt
Illustrated by Henry Morshead & Johnny Shumate
This image depicts The Battle of Binh Ba, or Operation Hammer, on 6 June 1969. The action came about as a single Centurion tank and a Centurion armoured recovery vehicle (ARV) passed the village of Binh Ba, when the Centurion came under small arms fire. The scene above depicts the following battle that erupted afterwards.


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Elite 219: D-Day Beach Assault Troops
By Gordon L. Rottman
Illustrated by Peter Dennis
This final image shows a Navy demolitionist and army engineer continuing to clear obstacles from the beach for follow-on landings








Best of the Blog
We know that Osprey readers can be a competitive bunch, and love to put their knowledge of military history to the test. Therefore, in preparation for the publication of Mapping Naval Warfare and Case Red, we put together quizzes on both books.
Case Red Quiz
Mapping Naval Warfare Quiz
In September, we published The Sea Devil, which tells the story of Felix von Luckner - one of the most colourful characters of World War I. In this blog post, we shared six extraordinary facts about the life of this unforgettable naval commander.
Six Facts about Felix von Luckner
Our amazing authors have continued to produce fascinating content for our blog. Here are four of the best from this autumn.
The Other First World War by Prit Buttar
Writing Operation Torch 1942 by Brian Lane Herder
Why a Campaign on Nashville 1864? by Mark Lardas
Sinking Musashi by Thomas McKelvey Cleaver
Epic History TV moved back in time to tell the amazing story of Alexander the Great's conquest of Persia this Autumn - with the aid of our extensive range of books on ancient warfare. Click the link below to watch the entire series.










Book Vote Winners
September
This month's vote was for the Air Campaign series. The winner with a very respectable 33.14% was Austria 1915-18: Italy's air campaign from the Adriatic to Vienna, with second place going to Operation Black Buck 1982: Vulcans over Port Stanley with 21.21% of the vote. Thanks to everyone who cast their vote, and don't forget to have your say in this month's Book Vote.
October
Next, we found out which Duel series book won the top spot. With an impressive 36.07%, Humber vs Sdkfz 222 secured the victory, with M41 Walker Bulldog vs T-54 behind with 23.43%. Do you agree with the winner? What do you want to see us publish, let us know in our suggestion box on the homepage.
November
Finally, we took to the skies this month to look at the Combat Aircraft series, and whilst at times it was close, the winner with 31.21% is Arado Ar 234 Blitz Bomber, with Wellington Squadrons of World War 2 in second place with 27.26% Thanks to all who voted, and don't forget to cast your ballot in this month's vote.
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1. An Interview with MAA 515 Author Gabriele Esposito - 2017-12-21 12:28:00
Unfamiliar with the First Carlist War? Want to know more about our newest Men-at-Arms book? Today on the blog we speak with author of MAA 515: Armies of the First Carlist War 1833-39, Gabriele Esposito, about his newest book.
What was the First Carlist War, why did it begin?
The history of Spainduring the 19th century was characterised by a turmoiled political life and by the presence of three bloody civil conflicts, known as the Carlist Wars. These were fought between two main factions over the succession to the Spanish throne, but under many aspects the two opposing sides represented two totally different visions of Spain as a country. On one side there were the Liberals, with a progressist programme and supporting constitutional monarchy as the best form of government; on the other side there were the Carlists, having conservative principles and asking for the return of an absolutistic monarchy. One of the most important political questions that troubled the last years of King Ferdinand VII’s rule was the succession to his throne: until1830, in fact, the king had no direct heirs. Don Carlos, as brother of the monarch, was first in the line of succession and was considered by the majority of the Spanish people as the next king. In 1829, however, Ferdinand decided to marry again in order to have a direct heir who could take the throne upon his death. In the following year he announced the existence of a Pragmatic Sanction signed by his father Carlos IV in 1789, which abolished the Salic Law for the succession to the Spanish throne. This way his direct heir, male or female, would have inherited power in any case. In October of the same year Ferdinand finally had a daughter, named Isabella, from his new wife Maria Christina. This event dramatically changed the political situation ofSpain, because the supporters of Don Carlos had no intention to accept the Pragmatic Sanction and thus the succession of Isabella. On 29 September 1833 Ferdinand died and his daughter Isabella was proclaimed Queen of Spain under the regency of her mother Maria Christina. Don Carlos refused to swear loyalty to the new queen and issued a manifesto, known as ‘Manifiesto de Abrantes’, in which he presented himself as the legitimate king and defender of the traditions (absolute monarchy and religion). In the following weeks his supporters started to organize groups of insurgents (known as “partidas”) in various areas of the country, launching guerrilla operations against the military forces of the royal government. Very soon the conflict escalated into full civil war, which would end only in 1840.
Where did your interest in this topic come from?
Well, I’ve always been very interested in all the military conflicts fought inEuropeafter the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and before the revolutions of 1848. Many people think that thanks to the Congress of Vienna, Europe experienced a long period of peace until the outbreak of the bloody Crimean War.In reality this is not true, because during the years 1815-1848 the countries of Europe were involved in a series of small-scale wars that deeply changed the political geography of the continent. These little wars have never been fully studied from a military point of view. This aspect has always fascinated me and it’s probably one of the main reasons why I’ve spent most of my life researching them. In addition, from a uniformologic point of view, I think that these European wars were very peculiar: in the years of Romanticism the military uniforms of many countries became extremely colourful and elegant. The styles of the Napoleonic Period were mostly retained and in many cases became even more ornate. It was an important period of transition, during which uniforms started to be gradually adapted to the new needs of modern military campaigns. Starting from the Crimean War, after reaching their peak of elegance during the years 1815-1848, the military uniforms of Europe gradually lost a great part of their most fascinating features. In the years of Restoration most of the European armies were involved in suppressing Liberal revolts across the continent, but this was not their only employment: Romanticism saw the formation of several new independent countries, which armed forces were organized and fought for the first time exactly during those years. The First Carlist War was just one conflict in a long series of wars happening inEurope: Caucasian War, Greek War of Independence, Portugal’s Liberal Wars, Russo-Turkish War of 1828-1829, November Uprising of Poland and Belgian Revolution. My personal ambition for the future is that of dedicating a MAA title to each of these conflicts.
What other countries were involved, are these featured in the book?
The First Carlist War was a very international conflict, because it saw the large military involvement of three other countries in addition to Spain. England, France and Portugal all sent troops to support the Liberal government of the ‘Cristinos’ against the Carlists. Since November 1833 Lord Palmerston, the British Prime Minister, had ordered to the Royal Navy to blockade the coasts of northernSpainthat were in the hands of the Carlists. As the war progressed, the involvement of the Royal Navy became even more significant. Its ships transported Liberal troops and supplies, while the Royal Marines and Royal Marine Artillery launched occasional land operations to help the ‘Cristinos’ when they had particular difficulties against the Carlists. The British help to the government of Maria Christina, however, was not limited only to these measures. In June 1835, due to the negative performance of the Spanish Army against the Carlists, the British government decided to organize an ‘Auxiliary Legion’ of volunteers, which would have been included into the Liberal military forces (thus being paid by Madrid’s government). This wayBritainwould have avoided direct involvement into the conflict, at least formally. Like Great Britain, France had strong political and economic interests in supporting the Liberal government of Maria Christina; similarly, the French wanted to avoid a direct involvement of their regular military forces in Spain. For this reason they transferred their entire recently raised Foreign Legion to the Spanish Army. The Foreign Legion, however, was to serve under its own French officers. The heavy involvement of Portugal in the First Carlist War was something inevitable: the conflict that was now ravaging Spain, between Liberals and Conservatives, had already been fought in Portugal during the years 1828-1834 inthe so-called ‘Liberal Wars’. Remembering very well the help received by Maria Christina, the new Portuguese Liberal government decided to form an expeditionary force to help the Regent Queen in the war against the Carlists. The Portuguese decided to intervene because they feared a possible connection between the Carlists and the Conservative guerrillas still active on their territory. With Don Carlos as new King of Spain, a resume of the hostilities in Portugal was something very probable. All the foreign military forces that helped the Liberals are included in the book.
The Carlist War follows the Peninsular War, was this fought in a similar way? How did the Spanish learn from the events of 1808-1814?
Yes, the First Carlist War was fought exactly with the same weapons and the same tactics of the Peninsular War. During the long struggle against the French troops underNapoleon, the Spanish patriots had learned very well how to employ the mountains of their country to conduct guerrilla operations against the invaders. The Carlists used this experience against the regular troops of the Liberals, obliging them to fight a war of skirmishes and rapid incursions. The supporters of Don Carlos were able to compensate for their numerical inferiority with a perfect knowledge of the terrain. The kind of operations conducted in northern Spain during 1833-1840 showed to the world the new importance of mountain artillery and light infantry, two elements that were to become fundamental for the future tactical doctrines of mountain warfare. As explained in the book, cavalry and heavy artillery were practically of no use in the mountains ofNavarreand of theBasque Provinces(where most of the effective fighting took place). The Carlist forces included large bodies of irregular ‘guerrilleros’ that were active across the whole Spanish territory. The majority of these were easily crushed by the regular paramilitary forces at the beginning of the war, but in some provinces the Carlist insurgents remained active for several years and caused many troubles toMadrid’s authorities. Bandits and armed smugglers had been a serious problem for the monarchy since the end of the Independence War. Various bands of ‘guerrilleros’ retained their weapons after the French retreat of 1814 and started to act as common robbers. In 1833 most of these bands embraced Don Carlos’ cause, seeing an opportunity to enlarge their activities under the sacred flag of traditions and religion. The Carlist ‘guerrilleros’ conducted more or less the same kind of warfare that they had already used against Napoleon: intercepting supplies and communications, harassing Liberal troops marching on their territory, assaulting isolated enemy positions and raiding every possible resource. The areas where Carlist irregulars remained active also after 1834 wereGalicia, Old Castile andNew Castile.
This is one of the first English-language books to go into detail on both the ‘Cristinos’ and the ‘Carlists’, who will MAA 515 appeal to?
This book is probably the first one in the English language to cover all the military units involved in the First Carlist War. In addition to the regular army of the Liberals and insurgent forces of the Carlists, it also covers several other participants to the military operations. First of all the foreign military contingents that helped the Liberal government: British Auxiliary Legion, French Foreign Legion and Portuguese Auxiliary Division. I can anticipate to our readers that for the first time this book will include a colour reconstruction of the French Foreign Legion’s cavalry inSpain, but also very precise info on Portuguese uniforms. In addition, the section of the book devoted to Liberal forces will also include naval infantry, militia, paramilitary units (the famous ‘Carabineros de Costas y Fronteras’ and the Catalan ‘Mossos d’Esquadra’) and volunteer/mercenary units. In addition to the regulars and militia, the Liberal government employed a certain number of volunteer military units that were known as ‘Peseteros’ (from their daily pay of one ‘peseta’ which was a lot more than that of the regulars). The origins of these units can be traced back to the early months of the war, when the regular army was in no condition to defend the provinces bordering with Carlist lands. In order to defend their home territories, the local citizens started to form irregular units known as ‘tropas francas’ and made up of volunteers. Details on uniforms and organization of these troops will be included in the book. Finally, regarding Carlists, the book will include details never published before on the mostly unknown Carlist Army of Catalonia, as well as a lot of information on Carlist irregular guerrilla units and foreign corps (‘Argelino’ Battalion and Portuguese Battalion). Combined with the original art work by well-known military artist Giuseppe Rava, this book will be a must for students of military history, re-enactors, modellers, wargamers and people interested in Spanish military dress or organization.
Armies of the First Carlist War 1833–39 by Gabriele Esposito is available for pre-order and will be available to purchase from 28 December 2017. To pre-order your copy, click here.
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1. Merry Christmas, everyone! - 2017-12-25 16:28:39
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Thank you all for your continued support in 2017, and we hope you have a wonderful day
surrounded by friends, family and books!
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1. Sneak Peek at March's Artwork - 2017-12-27 16:07:00
As we near 2018, let's take a look into what's to come with our March artwork reveal!
CAMPAIGN 319: Imphal 1944 by Hemant Singh Katoch
Illustrated by Peter Dennis

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This first image is from Imphal 1944 and shows the Japanese attack in Ningthoukhong on 12 June 1944. Ningthoukhong on the Tiddim Road was the village that witnessed the most fighting between the British and Japanese forces in the Imphal Valley. The image here depicts the Japanese 33rd Division making its last serious effort to break through its approach to Imphal. Intense mortar and artillery bombardments, as well as tank fire, began on 12 June, followed by the frontal Japanese infantry assault over the stream.
X-PLANES 7: North American XB-70 Valkyrie by Peter E. Davies
Illustrated by Wiek Luijken

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This second image from North American XB-70 Valkyrie depicts the aircraft’s famous tip-toe landing on 7 March 1966. Following a minor hydraulic failure, pilot Van Shepard tried to lower the undercarriage before hydraulic pressure fell below the point where it was possible. After touchdown the aircraft swung round in a three-mile curve, causing some damage.
WEAPON 61: The Crossbow by Mike Loades
Illustrated by Peter Dennis

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We have another Peter Dennis creation with The Crossbow. This image shows the range of mechanical spanning devices that were available in the 1400s, which gave bows a greater power. Featured in this piece is the windlass (top left), the cordand-pulley (top right), the gaffle (below left) and the cranequin (centre right).
These are now all available for pre-order, along with the rest of our March 2018 titles. Click here to browse the upcoming releases. Don't forget to let us know which plate is your favourite in the comments below!
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