Japanese Intelligence in World War II

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Japanese Intelligence in World War II Western studies of Japanese Intelligence in World War II have invariably concluded that this service was very poor. However, these studies have always concentrated on the later years of the war, when Japan was fighting a multi-front war against numerous opponents. In this groundbreaking new study, Japanese scholar Ken Kotani re-examines Japanese intelligence beginning with the early phase of the war. He points out that without the intelligence gathered by the Japanese Army and Navy they would have been unable to achieve their long string of victories against the forces of the United States, Russia, China, and Great Britain. Notable in these early campaigns were the successful strikes against both Singapore and Pearl Harbor. The author Ken Kotani is Junior Research Fellow in military history at the National Institute for Defense Studies,Tokyo. He received a BA from Ritsumeikan University, an MA from King's College London and a PhD from Kyoto University. He specializes in intelligence and military history of World War II. He was co-writer of Encyclopedia of World War II (ABC CLIO 2004), contributed to The Pacific War Companion (Osprey Publishing, 2005) and has written articles for a variety of journals.
Author Ken Kotani
Foreword Professor Williamson Murray
Available June 2009
ISBN
978 1 84603 425 1
Price
$23.95 / CAN $27.95
Period
World War II
Format 230pp, hardback, 91/5'' x 6''
Illustrations 8pp b/w section
Contents Foreword by Professor Williamson Murray Preface and Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1. Japanese Intelligence: A Brief Overview Chapter 2. The Imperial Japanese Army Signals Intelligence Chapter 3. The Imperial Japanese Army Human Intelligence Chapter 4. The Imperial Japanese Army Counter-Inteligence Chapter 5. The Imperial Japanese Navy Intelligence Chapter 6. Analysis and Evaluation of Intelligence Chapter 7. Pre-War and Early Second World War Knowledge of Enemy Forces Chapter 8. Intelligence Use in Japanese War Tactics Chapter 9. Intelligence Use in Japanese War Strategy Chapter 10. Japanese Failures in Intelligence Use Conclusion List of Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index
Officers of the Kempei (military police) overseas (Ken Kotani's collection)
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GENERAL
No Greater Ally The Untold Story of Poland's Forces in World War II There is a chapter of World War II history that remains largely untold.The story of the fourth largest allied military force of the war, the only nation to have fought in the battles of Leningrad,Arnhem,Tobruk and Normandy. It is the story of millions of young men and women who gave everything for freedom and in the final victory lost all. In a cruel twist of history the monumental struggles of an entire nation have been forgotten, and even intentionally obscured.This book redresses the balance, giving a comprehensive overview of Poland's participation in World War II. Following their valiant but doomed defence of Poland in 1939, members of the Polish armed forces fought with the Allies wherever and however they could. Upon the invasion of the Soviet Union by Germany, the Polish soldiers held in the Soviet gulags even raised an army to help beat back the German Army. The Poles who remained in Poland formed the largest, most complex, and most active resistance force of the war, with a complete underground government, system of education, and military. The Underground War culminated with the Warsaw Rising of 1944. Containing information never before seen in English, and rare photographs, this title also provides a detailed analysis of the devastation the war brought to Poland, and the final betrayal when, having fought for freedom for six long years, Poland was handed to the Soviet Union. The author Kenneth K Koskodan graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Communications. Of Polish descent himself, he has researched Poland's participation in World War II for many years, and in the course of his research has interviewed many surviving veterans.
Author Available ISBN
Kenneth K. Koskodan June 2009 978 1 84603 365 0
Price Period Format Illustrations
$24.95 / CAN $27.95 World War II 304pp, hardback, 91/5'' x 71/2'' b/w throughout
German troops conducting mass round up of Polish civilians. (Kenneth K Koskodan's collection) 2
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Young Nelsons Boy sailors during the Napoleonic Wars They `fought like young Nelsons.' These words of a schoolmaster, writing from aboard the Mars after the battle of Trafalgar, describe the valor of his pupils in the heat of battle. Made immortal by the novels of Patrick O'Brian, C. S. Forester and Alexander Kent, these boy sailors, alongside those of every other Royal Navy ship, had entered the British Navy to fight the French across every ocean of the world.There was a long-standing British tradition of children going to sea, of boys who volunteered to fight for Britain, and along the way found adventure, glory, wealth and fame. During the Napoleonic Wars, these children, some as young as eight or nine, were also fighting for the very survival of Britain. For 20 years, the image of young Nelsons on the front line of war caught the imagination of the nation. Drawing on many first-hand accounts, letters, poems and writings, this book tells the dramatic story of Britain's boy sailors during the Napoleonic Wars for the very first time. The author Douglas Ronald studied at Edinburgh University where he gained a Master of Arts Honours Degree in History and French. During a 30-year career in merchant banking, Douglas lived overseas for many years in Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and the United States. He is now a full-time writer. He is currently researching a book on boy soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars.
Author Douglas Ronald
Foreword Alexander Kent
Available August 2009
ISBN
978 1 84603 360 5
Price
$25.95 / CAN $30.00
Period
Napoleonic
Format
304pp, hardback, 91/5'' x 6''
Illustrations 16pp color section
The Spanish Armada The Great Enterprise Against England 1588 Over four centuries have passed since King Philip II of Spain attempted to invade England and conquer the Protestants and their queen, Elizabeth I. His plan called for an armada to sail up the English Channel, then meet the Spanish Army of Flanders on the French coast and ferry them across to England.The Spanish had not banked on the tenacity of the British fleet, and Elizabeth's `Sea Dogs', who harassed the Armada throughout its progress up the Channel, drove the Spanish from their anchorage at Gravelines, so preventing their rendezvous and forcing a full retreat. Naval expert Angus Konstam details the background to the proposed invasion, the opposing fleets, and the whole campaign, including the Armada's disastrous return voyage around Scotland and Ireland, which became one of the most tragic episodes in maritime history. Fully illustrated with photographs, maps and artwork, this book is a colorful account of one of the best-known naval campaigns in world history. The author Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands, and is the author of over 50 books, 30 of which are published by Osprey.This acclaimed and widely published author has written several books on piracy, including The History of Pirates. His most recent work is a full-length piratical biography: Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate. A former naval officer and museum professional, he worked as the Curator of Weapons at the Tower of London and as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. He now works as a full-time author and historian.
Author Angus Konstam
Price
$27.50 / CAN $33.00
Available July 2009
Period
16th century
ISBN
978 1 84603 496 1
Format
224pp, hardback, 91/2'' x 71/2''
Illustrations Color and b/w throughout 3
GENERAL
Vanquished Battles of Annihilation from Cannae to the 21st Century Throughout time, violent battles and bloody clashes have changed the course of history and shaped nations or empires. Battles of annihilation are rare, but ever since antiquity a stunning victory on the battlefield, even if it has failed to win the war, has captured the imagination. In this book Mir Bahmanyar examines battles of annihilation throughout history, some well known, others less so, but all equally extraordinary, to discover what sets these engagements apart, whether they achieve a decisive strategic advantage in war, and why there are fewer battles of annihilation in modern times. The author Mir Bahmanyar was born in Iran, educated in Germany and received his BA in History from the University of California at Berkeley. Mir served in the US Army's 75th Ranger Regiment and has written several books on their history. Mir is also a feature film producer and screenwriter. In 2006 he produced and co-wrote the multi-award winning film Soldier of God. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Author Available ISBN Price
Mir Bahmanyar August 2009 978 1 84603 327 8 $29.95 / CAN $34.00
Period
Multi-period
Format
320pp, hardback, 91/5'' x 71/2''
Illustrations Color and b/w throughout
Armies of the Napoleonic Wars The Napoleonic Wars saw almost two decades of brutal conflict, from the frozen wastelands of Russia to the wilderness of the Peninsula, and from Egypt to the bloody battlefield of Waterloo. Fighting took place on an unprecedented scale across Europe, and over the entire period of the wars Napoleon led his Grand Armйe and his allies against almost every European nation, and against varying coalitions.This book provides a comprehensive guide to all the major armies of the Napoleonic Wars, of France, Britain, Austria, Prussia, Russia, Spain and Portugal, as well as those of other smaller European armies and the United States. Covering the changes experienced by the armies over the period, the author details the organization, infantry, cavalry, and artillery of each.With stunning artwork of the glorious uniforms worn into battle, photographs and period illustrations of the equipment used, this is a beautiful and in-depth study of the armies that fought in the Napoleonic campaigns.
The editor Chris McNab is an author and editor specializing in military history and military technology. He has had over 25 books published, including Tools of Violence (Osprey, 2008), Weapons of War: AK47 (Spellmount, 2001), How to Pass the SAS Selection Course (Sidgwick & Jackson, 2002) and The Encyclopaedia of Combat Techniques (Lewis/Bookmart, 2002). He has also contributed to The Times on the war in Iraq.
Editor Available ISBN Price
Chris McNab June 2009 978 1 84603 470 1 $40.00 / CAN $45.00
Period
Napoleonic
Format
432pp, hardback, 91/5'' x 71/2''
Illustrations Color and b/w throughout
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SAS Heroes Remarkable Soldiers, Extraordinary Men From World War II to Iraq today, the SAS has been at the forefront of armed conflict, though most people wouldn't realise they were even there. Universally acknowledged as the best special forces in the world, every member of the Regiment is a hero in his own right. However, even amongst these remarkable soldiers there are those who stand out. SAS Heroes contains former SAS soldier Pete Scholey's memories of 20 such warriors who are true heroes, although many were never recognized as such during their lives or even in death. It is a collection of stories about soldiers who fought for their country with no desire to be famous, fкted or rewarded, some of whom died in action. A few received medals, and all earned the respect and admiration of their fellow soldiers, their names and faces etched into the true history of the SAS. Hardback edition published as Who Dares Wins.
The author Pete Scholey was, as he puts it,`a lifer' in the most respected, admired and toughest British Army regiment, the SAS. For 20 years Pete served in some of the world's most hostile terrain, patrolling, cooking, fighting, fixing and even laughing as enemy soldiers sought to expel him and his small band of fellow soldiers from whatever foxhole, jungle or sand dune they were holed up in. Pete served in Borneo, Aden, Oman and Northern Ireland as well as with the regiment's CRW anti-terrorist team. On leaving the regiment in 1982, Pete worked as a security consultant.
Author Pete Scholey
Foreword Frederick Forsyth
Available May 2009
ISBN
978 1 84603 477 0
Price
$15.95 / CAN $17.95
Period
Modern Warfare
Format
352pp, paperback, 74/5'' x 5''
Illustrations 16pp color section
The Samurai and the Sacred The fierce loyalty and self-sacrificing attitude of the Samurai have made them both a legend and a cult. Yet although their military prowess and skills in the martial arts have been studied exhaustively, an understanding of their belief system still eludes many. This original and exciting work examines the spiritual world of the samurai, from their attachment to Japan's mainstream religions of Shinto and Buddhism, to their involvement in Confucianism, Christianity and folk religion. Samurai expert Stephen Turnbull examines important topics such as Zen and the martial arts, modern militarism, the cult of the sword, revenge and suicide, hara kiri and the kamikaze pilots ­ the suicide bombers of their day. He also looks at the fascinating issue of Japanese religious terrorism, as well as the growing cult status of the Samurai both in Japan and in the West.
The author Stephen Turnbull took his first degree at Cambridge University, and received a PhD from Leeds University for his work on Japanese religious history. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the Far East and also runs a well-used picture library. His work has been recognized by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies and a Japan Festival Literary Award. He currently divides his time between lecturing in Japanese Religion at the University of Leeds and writing.
Author Available ISBN
Stephen Turnbull May 2009 978 1 84603 215 8
Price
$21.95 / CAN $25.00
Period
16th century
Format
224pp, paperback, 91/2'' x 71/2''
Illustrations Color and b/w throughout
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ESSENTIAL HISTORIES
ESS 60 978 1 84176 563 1
ESS 68 978 1 84603 209 7
ESS 69 978 1 84603 271 4
A multi-volume world history of war seen from political, strategic, tactical, cultural and individual human perspectives Fully illustrated with maps, diagrams and color and black and white photographs and contemporary images 96 pages pb $17.95 / $19.95 CAN ESS 71:The Great Islamic Conquests AD 632­750 Few centuries in world history have had such a profound and long-lasting impact as the first hundred years of Islamic history. In this book, David Nicolle examines the extensive Islamic conquests between AD 632 and 750.These years saw the religion and culture of Islam erupt from the Arabian Peninsula and spread across an area far larger than that of the Roman Empire. The effects of this rapid expansion were to shape European affairs for centuries to come. This book examines the social and military history of the period, describing how and why the Islamic expansion was so successful. Author David Nicolle Available May 2009 Period Medieval World ISBN 978 1 84603 273 8 Price $17.95 / CAN $19.95 Each Essential Histories book studies the origins, politics, fighting and repercussions of one major war or theater of war, from both military and civilian perspectives.They are an important reference resource for students, teachers, academics, history enthusiasts and hobbyists. 6
ESS 49 978 1 84176 418 4
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ESS 20 978 1 84176 371 2
ESS 38 978 1 84176 419 1
ESS 45 978 1 84176 343 9
CAMPAIGN
Roman Titles
Great battles of history, with analysis of the command, strategies, tactics and combat resources of the opposing forces Maps, battlefield "bird's-eye views," detailed color artwork battlescenes and color and black & white images of locations, combatants and contemporary artifacts 96 pages pb $19.95 / $22.95 CAN CAM 206: Spartacus and the Slave War 73­71 BC A gladiator rebels against Rome In the year 73 BC, Spartacus broke out of a gladiatorial training school and formed an army of runaway slaves and others with little to lose. His ramshackle army defeated two Roman armies and attacked several cities.Terrified lest the revolt spread, the government in Rome assigned Crassus and Pompey to crush the rebellion. They cornered Spartacus and brought him to battle near the source of the river Silarus. During the battle, Spartacus was killed and his army defeated. Crassus crucified 6,000 prisoners as an example to others who might think of revolt. Written by Nic Fields and illustrated by Steve Noon, this Campaign title brings to life the story of Rome's most famous revolt and the ex-gladiator who led it. Author Nic Fields Illustrator Steve Noon Available July 2009 Period Ancient World ISBN 978 1 84603 353 7 Price $19.95 / CAN $22.95
FOR 2 978 1 84176 430 6 ELI 50 978 1 85532 361 2 WAR 71 978 1 84176 600 3 WAR 39 978 1 84176 299 9 CAM 174 978 1 84603 002 4
CAM 208: Petersburg 1864­65
The longest siege
Author Ron Field
Illustrator Peter Dennis
Available May 2009
Period American Civil War
ISBN
978 1 84603 355 1
Price
$19.95 / CAN $22.95
In 1864 General Ulysses S. Grant decided to strangle the life out of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia by surrounding the city of Petersburg and cutting off General Robert E. Lee's supply lines. The ensuing siege would carry on for nearly ten months, involve 160,000 soldiers, and see a number of pitched battles including the Battle of the Crater, Reams Station, Hatcher's Run, and White Oak Road. After nearly ten months, Grant launched an attack that sent the Confederate Army scrambling back to Appomattox Court House where it would soon surrender.
Written by an expert on the American Civil War, this book examines the last clash between the armies of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.
CAM 209: Niagara 1814
The final invasion
Author Jon Latimer
Illustrator Graham Turner
Available May 2009
Period 19th Century
ISBN
978 1 84603 439 8
Price
$19.95 / CAN $22.95
The War of 1812 has the strange distinction of being largely forgotten by both of its main participants, and yet its outcome was critically important to the future of North America. In 1814, the Americans launched a last offensive in an attempt to seize Canada.This Niagara campaign saw a number of pitched battles including Chippawa, Lundy's Lane, and Cook's Mill, where the Americans, under competent leaders such as Winfield Scott, matched the British shot for shot. However, due to poor planning the campaign failed and Canada survived as an independent state.
A critically acclaimed researcher on the War of 1812, author Jon Latimer presents a new look at an often-forgotten yet crucially important campaign in the history of North America.
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CAMPAIGN
CAM 210: Operation Dragoon 1944
France's other D-Day
Author Steven J Zaloga
Illustrator John White
Available June 2009
Period World War II
ISBN
978 1 84603 367 4
Price
$19.95 / CAN $22.95
Operation Dragoon, the Allied landings in southern France on August 15, 1944, was one of the most controversial operations of 1944, leading to a deep divide between United States and British planners.The US objective was to threaten the rear of the German armies occupying France by a landing on the eastern French coast and to push rapidly northward towards Lorraine to meet up with Allied forces bursting out of Normandy.
Popular Osprey author Steve Zaloga tells the story of this ultimately successful operation, from the acrimonious debates between the Allied commanders to the men who hit the beaches and charged ashore to help liberate occupied France.
CAM 211: Actium 31 BC
Author Si Sheppard
Illustrator Christa Hook
Available June 2009
Period Ancient World
ISBN
978 1 84603 405 3
Price
$19.95 / CAN $22.95
In 32 BC, the Roman Republic descended into civil war between the forces of Octavian in the west and the famous lovers Cleopatra and Marc Antony in the East. Acting quickly, Octavian trapped his foes in the Gulf of Actium. In the ensuing battle,Antony and Cleopatra managed to escape, but their military forces and their hopes for victory in the war were crushed. Soon afterward, the lovers committed suicide, and Octavian dissolved the Republic and declared himself Emperor.
Actium has remained one of the most famous battles of the ancient world thanks to its portrayal in Shakespearian plays and Hollywood films.This new book tells the true story of the decisive and bloody battle that would once and for all seal the fate of the Roman Republic.
Irish history titles
CAM 213: Ireland 1649­52
Cromwell's Protestant Crusade
Following the execution of King Charles I in January 1649, the English Parliament saw their opportunity to launch an assault on the Royalist enclave in Ireland. Oliver Cromwell was appointed as Deputy of Ireland to lead a campaign to restore direct control and quell the opposition.
The first battle in Cromwell's bloody offensive was at Drogheda, where an assault on the city walls resulted in the slaughter of almost 4,000 defenders and inhabitants. The Parliamentary troops then proceeded to Wexford where battle once again led to a massacre. After Cromwell returned to England, his son-in-law, Henry Ireton, continued the operation which ended with the surrender of Galway in 1652 and led to the Act for the Settlement of Ireland, in which Irish Royalists and Confederates were evicted and their lands "settled" by those who had advanced funds to Parliament.
Author Michael McNally Available August 2009 ISBN 978 1 84603 368 1
Illustrator Graham Turner Period 17th Century Price $19.95 / CAN $22.95
MAA 448 978 1 84603 326 1 ESS 70 978 1 84603 270 7 ESS 65 978 1 84603 023 9 CAM 180 978 1 84603 067 3 CAM 160 978 1 84176 891 5
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ELITE
American Civil War
Combat history, uniforms and equipment of military units and larger forces, with studies of personalities, tactics and methods of warfare Color artwork, maps, diagrams, photographs and contemporary images 64 pages pb $18.95 / $22.00 CAN ELI 171: American Civil War Railroad Tactics The American Civil War was the world's first full-blown "railroad war." The well-developed network in the North was of great importance in serving the Union Army's logistical needs over long distances, and the sparser resources of the South were proportionately even more important. Both sides invested great efforts in raiding and wrecking enemy railroads and defending and repairing their own, and battles often revolved around strategic rail junctions. Robert F Hodges reveals the thrilling chases and pitched battles that made the railroad so dangerous and resulted in a surprisingly high casualty rate. He describes the equipment and tactics used by both sides and the vital supporting elements ­ maintenance works, telegraph lines, fuel and water supplies, as well as garrisoned blockhouses used to protect key points. Full-color illustrations bring the fast-paced action to life in this fascinating read; a must-have volume for rail and Civil War enthusiasts. Author Robert F Hodges Available August 2009 Period American Civil War ISBN 978 1 84603 452 7 Price $18.95 / CAN $22.00
DUE 14 978 1 84603 232 5 NVG 40 978 1 84176 219 7 NVG 38 978 1 84176 218 0 FOR 6 978 1 84176 442 9 CAM 179 978 1 84603 035 2
ELI 173: Office of Strategic Services 1942­45 The World War II Origins of the CIA The Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), was founded in 1942 by William "Wild Bill" Donovan under the direction of President Roosevelt, who realized the need to improve intelligence during wartime.A rigorous recruitment process enlisted agents from both the armed services and civilians to produce operational groups specializing in different foreign areas including Italy, Norway,Yugoslavia and China.At its peak in 1944, the number of men and women working in the service totalled nearly 13,500. This intriguing story of the origins and development of the American espionage forces covers all of the different departments involved, with a particular emphasis on the courageous teams operating in the field.The volume is illustrated with many photographs, including images from the film director John Ford who led the OSS Photographic Unit and parachuted into Burma in 1943. Author Eugene Liptak Available August 2009 Period World War II ISBN 978 1 84603 463 3 Price $18.95 / CAN $22.00 9
WARRIOR
Daily lives of fighting men through their own eyes, recruitment, training, weaponry, clothing, equipment, and experiences in and out of combat Color artwork including training, campaign and combat scenes, exploded views of clothing and equipment, photographs, maps and diagrams 64 pages pb $18.95 / $22.00 CAN WAR 131: Nelson's Officers and Midshipmen Filled with the promise of adventure and glory, the Royal Navy of the Napoleonic era enticed hundreds of young men to enlist as officers in its bitter struggle against the French fleet.With some as young as nine, these boys were confronted with the harsh realities of warfare at sea: cramped conditions, fierce storms and ruthless combat. In spite of their youth, these sailors showed enormous courage and valor in the face of battle, their bravery providing inspiration for a range of fictional characters that remain popular to this day. Drawing from letters, poems and personal accounts, this book uncovers the remarkable story of those men and boys who fought aboard His Majesty's mighty fleet to defend their kingdom against the French. Author Gregory Fremont-Barnes Illustrator Steve Noon Available June 2009 Period Napoleonic ISBN 978 1 84603 379 7 Price $18.95 / CAN $22.00
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WAR 89 978 1 84176 677 5 MAA 437 978 1 84603 124 3 MAA 56 978 1 85045 253 2 ESS 25 978 1 84176 472 6 ELI 102 978 1 84176 667 6
WAR 138: Roosevelt's Rough Riders This book examines the brief but colorful history of the 1st US Volunteer Cavalry, and details the rich experiences of the men who fought in its ranks. Founded in May 1898 after the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, the unit was composed of volunteers from all walks of American life. Posted to Cuba, it fought in the battles of Las Guasimas, Kettle Hill and San Juan Hill. At this time, Theodore Roosevelt assumed command, and the unit became known as "Roosevelt's Rough Riders." Eventually withdrawn, the men returned to a hero's welcome in the US.The last veteran of the unit died in 1975, but a rich body of source material has survived, and much of this is covered in this fascinating work. Author Alejandro de Quesada Illustrator Stephen Walsh Available June 2009 Period 19th Century ISBN 978 1 84603 383 4 Price $18.95 / CAN $22.00
WARRIOR
The Gulf War
WAR 140: US Mechanized Infantryman in the First Gulf War In many ways the end of the Vietnam War left the US Army a spent force. Plagued by low morale, drug and race issues, and terrible public relations, the army faced an uphill climb in the effort to rebuild itself.The story of this reconstruction is mirrored in the rise of the mechanized infantryman. Deciding that the key to winning future conflicts lay in highly trained and mobile warriors who could be delivered quickly to battle, the army adopted the mechanized infantryman as its frontline soldier.This new, all-volunteer force was given the best training and equipment that money could buy. Most notably, they were to be deployed onto the battlefield from the new M2 Bradley Armored Fighting Vehicle. This new breed of American warrior got their first test in the First Gulf War. Fighting in the deserts of Kuwait and Iraq, these soldiers proved that the US Army was once again a force with which to be reckoned.This book tells the complete story of the rise of the US mechanized infantryman, focusing on his recruitment, training, lifestyle and combat experiences in Iraq. Author Gordon L Rottman Illustrator Adam Hook Available August 2009 Period Modern Warfare ISBN 978 1 84603 438 1 Price $18.95 / CAN $22.00
COM 50 978 1 84176 751 2 COM 27 978 1 84176 295 1 NVG 2 978 1 85532 283 7 ELI 45 978 1 85532 277 6 ESS 55 978 1 84176 574 7
WAR 139: Byzantine Cavalryman c.900­1204
Author Timothy Dawson
Illustrator Giuseppe Rava
Available August 2009
Period Medieval World
ISBN
978 1 84603 404 6
Price
$18.95 / CAN $22.00
WAR 143: Galloglass 1250­1600
Gaelic Mercenary Warrior
Author Fergus Cannan
Illustrator Seбn У'Brуgбin
Available August 2009
Period Medieval World
ISBN
978 1 84603 577 7
Price
$18.95 / CAN $22.00
Regarded as the elite arm of the military during the Middle Byzantine period, the cavalry executed high-speed reconnaissance, and delivered devastating arrow barrages and crippling blows to enemy formations. Its ranks were filled primarily through direct recruitment or hereditary service by holders of military lands, but in times of crisis irregulars would also be temporarily enlisted. Few books provide any accessible study of the Byzantine soldier's life, and this colorful addition to the Warrior series seeks to redress this imbalance. Offering a thorough and detailed examination of their training, weaponry, dress and daily life, this book reaffirms the importance of cavalry troops in military victories of the period. Making use of original Greek source material, and featuring unpublished manuscript images, this follow-on volume to Warrior 118: Byzantine Infantryman c.900­1204 brings the world of the Byzantine cavalryman vividly to life.
Galloglass, from the Gaelic gallуglaigh for "young foreign warriors," were mercenaries from the Western Isles of Scotland who fought in the retinues of Irish magnates from the mid-13th century until the early 17th century. Without question, galloglass are among the most visually impressive warriors of all time: they were sketched by Albrecht Dьrer, are mentioned by Shakespeare, and are discussed with awe and amazement in the correspondence of all the leading Elizabethan soldiers who served in Ireland. This is the first book to concentrate on the experience of the Galloglass, providing a detailed military history of these fearsome warriors.
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MEN-AT-ARMS
Uniforms and equipment of the world throughout history Meticulously researched color artwork plates, photographic maps and drawings 48 pages pb $17.95 / $19.95 CAN MAA 451: Imperial Roman naval forces 31 BC­AD 500 The Roman navy, although somewhat overshadowed by the legions, played an important part in the Roman Empire. For the army to conquer and rule its vast territories, control of the sea lanes was essential.The navy's fleets needed to be structured and powerful in order to dominate the trade routes, transport legions and defend against pirates and other enemies.This book provides a detailed re-evaluation of the vital contribution made by the Roman navy to Roman imperial power, covering the organization of the fleets and the everyday life of the sailors. Previously unpublished research is complemented by superb color reconstructions of uniforms and equipment, making this a vital resource on a neglected piece of ancient history. Author Raffaele D'Amato Illustrator Graham Sumner Available June 2009 Period Ancient World ISBN 978 1 84603 317 9 Price $17.95 / CAN $19.95
Native Americans
MAA 454:The Seminole Wars 1817­58 The Seminole of Florida were one of five so-called "Civilized Tribes" who for many years lived in peace with the settlers. However, by 1815, frontier Americans had grown increasingly envious of their relative wealth and land, and resentful of their harboring of former slaves.This book reveals the dramatic stories behind the ensuing Seminole Wars, examining the dogged resistance displayed by the Seminole as they endured three drawn-out campaigns. Illustrated with careful reconstructions of the colorful and varied clothing and uniforms worn by both sides, the author discusses the organization and history of a tribe that refused to give in, until the sheer weight of the opposing forces ultimately led to their defeat. Author Ron Field Illustrator Richard Hook Available August 2009 Period 19th Century ISBN 978 1 84603 461 9 Price $17.95 / CAN $19.95
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MEN-AT-ARMS
Military forces in the Far East
MAA 455: US Armed Forces in China 1856­1941 This volume reveals the little-known story of the 90-year presence of American forces in China up until the fall of Peking in 1941. Included is coverage of the first operations on the Pearl River in 1856, as well as US involvement in the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. As China entered a chaotic period in her history, known as the "Years of the Warlords," US Marines also participated in numerous small-scale amphibious landings. Finally, during the Sino-Japanese War and early into World War II, US volunteers of the "Flying Tigers" became renowned for their combat missions in support of Chinese Nationalist forces, and their aerial duels are also recounted by the author John Langellier, who has spent several years researching the subject in the US and China. Discover the history of these various actions and the different services involved, recreated in color artwork and illustrated with rare, previously unpublished photographs. Author John Langellier Available May 2009 Periods 19th Century / World War II ISBN 978 1 84603 493 0 Price $17.95 / CAN $19.95
MAA 424 978 1 84176 904 2
MAA 306 978 1 85532 665 1
MAA 230 978 1 85532 103 8
MAA 95 978 0 85045 335 5 CAM 85 978 1 84176 181 7
MAA 452: The Belgian Army in World War I
Author Ronald Pawly
Illustrator Patrice Courcelle
Available May 2009
Period World War I
ISBN
978 1 84603 448 0
Price
$17.95 / CAN $19.95
MAA 453: Armies of the East India Company 1750­1850
Author Stuart Reid
Illustrator Gerry Embleton
Available August 2009
Periods 18th Century / 19th Century
ISBN
978 1 84603 460 2
Price
$17.95 / CAN $19.95
While small in numbers, the Belgian Army played a vital role in World War I that is often overlooked. Germany's invasion of neutral Belgium, which led Britain to declare war in August 1914, should have been swift and fierce yet the unexpectly heroic defence of Belgian fortresses frustrated the German Schlieffen Plan for a thrust to Paris and a lightning victory. The plucky Belgian resistance proved successful in buying time for French and British troops to mobilize and report to the front, where the Belgians would then go on to fight, stubbornly defending the northern end of the Allied trench lines for the rest of the war. Discover the story of this determined army, from their organization and commanders to their uniforms and equipment.The only main combatant army of World War I not previously covered by Osprey, this volume will be an important addition to any enthusiast's collection, which includes detailed artwork and archive photographs.
Contrary to popular belief, the capture of India was not accomplished by the British Army, but by the private armies of the East India Company, a small force initially concerned with the protection of their trading empire, which grew in size and strength to eventually become an army larger than that of any European sovereign state.This is the fascinating history of this army, examining the many conflicts in which they fought, and their equipment and training, which rivaled those of most European powers. The exotic uniforms, combining traditional Indian and British dress, are illustrated in detail and make for a wonderfully colorful account of a private band of adventurers who successfully captured the jewel of the British Empire.
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BATTLE ORDERS
Command and organizational strutures of major forces on campaign, their doctrine, training, tactics, and equipment. Maps, tables, organization charts, photographs and other images in color and black & white 96 pages pb $25.95 / $30.00 CAN BTO 38: Panzer Divisions 1944­45 This volume provides a detailed examination of the late-war changes to the German Army's Panzer forces and the formation of new units, from the collapse on the Eastern Front, through operations on the Western Front in Normandy and the Ardennes, to the final battle for Berlin in 1945.The major organizational changes that took place in this intense period are examined, together with the evolution of German armored doctrine, tactics, and command. Details of unit histories and operations, illustrated with color maps, are also provided. Author Pier Paolo Battistelli Available July 2009 Period World War II ISBN 978 1 84603 406 0 Price $25.95 / CAN $30.00 Osprey's Battle Orders series breaks down military units into their constituent parts to reveals how individual fighting strength, combat missions and command decisions determine the course of major battles and wars. 14
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DUEL
The strategic, technological, tactical and human elements that determined who triumphed in machine-on-machine combat Color artwork battlescenes, cockpit, turret and gunsight views, cutaways, diagrams, maps and photographs 80 pages pb $17.95 / $21.00 CAN DUE 18: M1 Abrams vs T-72 Gulf War 1991 The Gulf War bore witness to a number of deadly encounters between these two great adversaries. Heavily armored, highly mobile and capable of killing at over 2500m, the M1 Abrams is to this day a veritable fighting machine. Superior to both Iraq's Soviet-era T-55 and T-62 tanks, nearly all sources claim that no Abrams tank has ever been destroyed by enemy fire. Despite entering service in 1980, the M1 Abrams remained untested in combat until the Gulf War in 1991, where it was to be confronted by its archenemy ­ the Iraqi-assembled, Soviet-designed T-72. Entering production in 1971, the T-72 arguably outstripped its contemporaries in a balance of mobility, protection and firepower. By the time of Operation Desert Storm, however, the tables had turned and the tank suffered due to low-quality ammunition and poorly trained crews. In this fascinating study, Steven J Zaloga pits these two great fighting machines against one another, plotting their development throughout the Cold War until both tanks met in combat in the deserts of Iraq and Kuwait. Author Steven J Zaloga Available August 2009 Period Modern Warfare ISBN 978 1 84603 407 7 Price $17.95 / CAN $19.95 DUE 19: Constitution vs Guerriere Frigates during the War of 1812 Famed as a classic naval duel, a clash between two sailing frigates of the 19th century afforded the victor immeasurable fame and glory. During the War of 1812, the Royal Navy and United States Navy squared off in a number of such duels, the most famous of those between the USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere and between HMS Shannon and USS Chesapeake.Tactics between the two nations varied, with the US Navy favoring twenty-four pound guns, heavy carronades, and larger crews, while the British tended to equip its frigates with eighteen-pound guns and smaller, more economical crews. Through first-hand accounts of officers and sailors present at the battles and fascinating comparisons of artillery, crew ability and tactical achievements, this book offers an unparalleled insight into the ruthless reality of frigate battles in the War of 1812. Author Mark Lardas Available August 2009 Period 19th Century ISBN 978 1 84603 434 3 Price $17.95 / CAN $19.95 The War of 1812 15
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FORTRESS
Military architecture and engineering, historic defensive systems in action around the globe. Color artwork reconstructions and cutaways, photographs, maps and diagrams 64 pages pb $18.95 / $22.00 CAN
FOR 84: Chinese walled Cities 221 BC­1644
It has been said in China that a city without a wall would be as inconceivable as a house without a roof. Even the smallest village invariably had some form of defensive wall, while the Great Wall of China was an attempt to build a barrier along the most vulnerable border of the entire country. Yet the finest examples of walled communities were China's walled cities, whose defensive architecture surpassed anything along the Great Wall.This book traces the evolution of the walled city from the 3,000-year-old remains of the beaten earth walls of the Shang dynasty to the huge stone fortifications of the Ming dynasty. Stephen Turnbull, expert military historian, reveals the defensive structures of all the major ancient Chinese cities, and discusses how they protected entire communities and not just castle dwellers, with color artwork reconstructions, maps and photographs.
Author Stephen Turnbull Period Ancient World Price $18.95 / CAN $22.00
Illustrator Steve Noon Available May 2009 ISBN 978 1 84603 381 0
Fortifications in the Far East
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FOR 83: Roman Auxiliary Forts With the vast expansion of the Roman Empire came a need for more and more fortifications to defend it. The borders of the Empire stretched through wildly different terrains which demanded a huge variety of fortifications, depending on the local conditions and the threats faced by the different areas. The adoption of local auxiliary troops and local building techniques at key strategic points on the outskirts of the empire led to an intriguing mix of strong Roman structures with distinctive local elements. Describing the development of these hugely varied defensive systems, Duncan B Campbell delves into the operation and social history behind the fortifications.With detailed color artwork and maps, he traces their history through the Batavian Revolt of the 1st century AD, which saw auxiliary units scattered far from their native regions, until the decline of the late 3rd and 4th centuries placed their fortifications in an increasingly pressurized and eventually untenable position. Author Duncan B Campbell Illustrator Brian Delf Available May 2009 Period Ancient World ISBN 978 1 84603 380 3 Price $18.95 / CAN $22.00 16
FORTRESS
FOR 85: Scapa Flow The defences of Britain's great fleet anchorage 1914­45 A strategically important natural harbor in the Orkney Islands, Scapa Flow served as Britain's main fleet anchorage during the two World Wars. In 1914 and again in 1939, the British began building a comprehensive defensive network by fortifying the entrances to Scapa Flow, and then extended these defenses to cover most of Orkney. By 1940, it had become an island fortress, the largest integrated defensive network of its kind in Europe, manned by as many as 50,000 Commonwealth troops. Backed by newly commissioned artwork, naval historian Angus Konstam tells the story of this mighty naval fortress, many aspects of which can still be seen on the islands today. Author Angus Konstam Available July 2009 Periods World War 1 / World War II ISBN 978 1 84603 366 7 Price $18.95 / CAN $22.00
Medieval England
FOR 86: English Castles 1200­1300 The simple castles raised after the Norman conquest were developed throughout the 11th and 12th centuries, while the introduction of Islamic and Byzantine fortification techniques from the late 12th century led to further developments in castle architecture.These fortifications were to be thoroughly tested throughout the course of the 13th century as England was riven by the conflict, characterized by prolonged sieges, between the monarchy and powerful magnates. As well as providing the focus for warfare, castles increasingly became the centers of their communities, providing a more permanent base for the lord, his family and retainers, as well as acting as centers for justice and administration. Author Christopher Gravett Illustrator Peter Dennis Available July 2009 Period Medieval World ISBN 978 1 84603 374 2 Price $18.95 / CAN $22.00
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Design, development, construction and operational history of the machinery of war from ancient times to the 21st century. Color full-spread cutaway illustrations, battlescenes, side and front views, photographs, diagrams and tables. 48 pages pb $17.95 / $21.00 CAN NVG 158:T-62 Main Battle Tank 1965­2005 The Soviet Army hastily developed the T-62 in a struggle to compete against the rapid proliferation of NATO tanks in the 1960s. It was essentially a modification of the widely manufactured T-55 tank with the addition of a new 115mm gun. Within the USSR itself, the T-62 was quickly superseded, but it was widely exported, becoming a critical component of the Egyptian and Syrian armies in the 1973 Yom Kippur conflict and heavily influencing later designs of the M1 Abrams and Challenger tanks. In the first English-language history of this tank, Steven J Zaloga examines the development of the T-62 using detailed combat descriptions to bring to life the operational history of this tank from the deserts of the Sinai to the harsh terrain of Afghanistan. Author Steven J Zaloga Available August 2009 Period Modern Warfare ISBN 978 1 84603 390 2 Price $17.95 / CAN $19.95 Cold War Tanks NVG 155: British Airships 1905­30 This book reveals the fascinating story of the cat and mouse duel between two pioneering forms of technolgy ­ the airship and the submarine ­ during World War I. Detailed cutaway drawings reveal the design and development of the airship, during and after the war, whilst full-color illustrations depict them in dramatic action shots. A tragic accident in 1930 brought the airship's military service to an end, resulting in a tiny window in which they were used and little acknowledgement over the years. Ian Castle gives deserved attention to an aviation marvel that for a short amount of time played a crucial role in the defense of Britain. Author Ian Castle Illustrators Tony Bryan & Giuseppe Rava Available May 2009 Period World War I ISBN 978 1 84603 387 2 Price $17.95 / CAN $19.95 18
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D-Day landings
NVG 157: Landing Craft, Infantry and Fire Support Described by one soldier as "a metal box designed by a sadist to move soldiers across the water," the Landing Craft, Infantry was a large beaching craft intended to deliver an infantry company to a hostile shore, once the beachhead was secured. The LCI and its vehicle-delivery counterpart, the Landing Ship, Medium were widely used by the Allies during World War II. Later, the hulls of these ships were used as the basis for a fire support ship. While the landing ships were phased out after the Korean War, some fire support craft remained in use throughout the Vietnam War. This book tells the story of the developmental and operational history of this important tool of American amphibious military strategy that spanned three wars. Author Gordon L Rottman Illustrator Peter Bull Available June 2009 Period World War II ISBN 978 1 84603 435 0 Price $17.95 / CAN $19.95
NVG 159: Staghound Armored Car 1942­62 The Staghound was a unique World War II armored vehicle ­ designed and manufactured in the US, but intended solely for the British Army. From its combat debut in Italy in 1943 until the end of the war it performed particularly valuable service in a reconnaissance role where its speed and armor ensured that it was able to extricate itself from trouble as required without additional support. This book examines the development of this category of armored car and offers a detailed analysis of the extensive combat use of the Staghound in British service as well as in the service of other Allied countries including Canada, New Zealand and Poland. Author Steven J Zaloga Available July 2009 Period World War II ISBN 978 1 84603 392 6 Price $17.95 / CAN $19.95 19
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Expert, step by step hobby guides for beginners and experienced modellers Color photographs throughout in construction, detailing and painting sequences, and reference sections. 80 pages pb $19.95 / 22.95 CAN MOD 45: Painting and Finishing Techniques Although many modelers can master the basic techniques of construction, it is with the painting and finishing of their kits that many begin to struggle.This skill can give the model its distinctive look and feel and can separate the good model form the truly great one. This title will present a detailed, step-by-step approach to addressing the difficulties involved in creating realistic, colorful finishes to armor and aviation models using a variety of different media and techniques. Aimed at both the beginner and the intermediate modeler looking to improve their skills it will give a chapter-by-chapter guide to the subject. Author Kevin Kuster Available August 2009 Period Modelling Price $19.95 / CAN $22.95 ISBN 978 1 84603 263 9 Tabletop wargaming rules and army lists for refighting the battles of the ancient and medieval world with miniature figures. Color artwork references for troops and terrain, troop placement and tactical movement diagrams, tables of organization and graphical representatives of rules. Rule set: 176 pages hardback $34.95 / $44.00 CAN Army lists: 80 pages paperback $19.95 / $22.95 CAN Extended Army list: 100 pages paperback $24.95 / $27.95 CAN FOG 10: Oath of Fealty Fuedal Europe at War While the Crusades raged in the Holy Land, Europe, too, was torn apart by war. From England's Anarchy to the slaughter of the Albigensian Crusade, kings, nobles and clergy all vied for power and wealth. Out of this bloodshed, however, arose one of the most honored ideals of history ­ the Code of Chivalry. With new troop types, historical backgrounds and accompanying maps and artwork, this special extended edition contains more army lists than any other Field of Glory companion and allows wargaming generals to take up arms in defense of honor, faith and liege lord. Author Richard Bodley Scott et al. Cover artist Peter Dennis Available July 2009 Period Medieval World ISBN 978 1 84603 689 7 Price $24.95 / CAN $27.95 Field of Glory Army Lists 20
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The Spitfire
The leading warplanes and units, from World War I to present-day conflict Full-color artwork of individual markings and paint schemes, plan drawings, tables, and archive photographs 96 pages pb $22.95 / $25.95 CAN ACE 87: Spitfire Aces of Burma and the Pacific The arrival of the Spitfire in Burma came at a crucial time as the RAF struggled against the Japanese to support the Chindit operations on the ground. Proving a huge boost to morale, the Spitfire played a large part in defeating the enemy, and covering the subsequent Allied advance through Burma; protecting the ground troops and providing vital supplies. Covering this little-documented aerial war, this book tells the stories of the 54 aces who flew against the Japanese, and also those who fought in India and Australia. Full-color artwork reveals the markings and paint schemes of this most famous of British planes, while first-hand accounts and archive photographs bring the aerial battles of Burma, India and Australia to life. Author Andrew Thomas Illustrator Chris Davey Available June 2009 Period World War II ISBN 978 1 84603 422 0 Price $22.95 / CAN $25.95
ACE 88: Pusher Aces of World War 1 Pusher fighters, designed with the engine at the rear and the machine gun at the front, may have looked ungainly, yet they were able to hold their own remarkably well against their German counterparts.This is the story of the unusual Pusher and its many aces, including Lanoe Hawker VC, who formed and led Britain's first fighter squadron before dying in a ten-minute duel with Manfred von Richtofen; American "cowboy" ace Frederick Libby; third-ranking French ace Charles Nungesser; and the aggressive Belgian ace Fernand Jacquet. Packed with colorful artwork of a variety of Pusher designs, paint schemes, and camouflage from many different nationalities, this book guides you through the twists and turns of this bizarre yet surprisingly successful fighter of World War 1. Author Jon Guttman Illustrator Harry Dempsey Available June 2009 Period World War 1 ISBN 978 1 84603 417 6 Price $22.95 / CAN $25.95 21
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World War I Aviation
ACE 89: Italian Aces of World War 1 The Italian aces of World War I have gone down in history as the irrefutable masters of the skies in the battle against their Austro-Hungarian enemies. In this often-forgotten theater of war these remarkable pilots gave the Italian forces an undisputed air superiority and left an enduring legacy. Having interviewed the descendants of almost every Italian ace from the Great War, Paolo Varriale uncovers these fighters' incredible and sometimes tragic histories.Years of painstaking research has culminated in this truly groundbreaking study which brings to life the exploits of such famous aces as Baracca, Ruffo and Piccio, and the lesser-known Riva, Sabelli and Nardini. Letters, diaries and unpublished photographs shed light on previously unknown personal and unit insignia, exposing many myths and making this a commanding addition to the aviation history of World War I. Author Paolo Varriale Illustrator Harry Dempsey Available August 2009 Period World War 1 ISBN 978 1 84603 426 8 Price $22.95 / CAN $25.95
ACE 90: Fiat CR.42 Aces of World War 2 The Fiat CR.42, a logical development of the Fiat CR.32, was the last single-seat fighter biplane to be produced. It entered service with the Italian Regia Aeronautica in May 1939 before being exported to Belgium, Hungary and Sweden. Its combat debut came when the Belgian Air Force threw its fleet into action during the German invasion of the Low Countries on May 10, 1940. Despite being quickly overwhelmed, the Belgian pilots managed to make a number of aerial claims.The CR.42 later became heavily involved in the fighting in North Africa and although it was gradually replaced by more modern fighters, it continued in a point defense and ground support role until the end of the war. Drawing on research from a range of sources, this book examines the extensive employment of this Italian fighter plane during the course of World War II. Authors Hеkan Gustavsson & Ludovico Slongo Illustrator Richard Caruana Available August 2009 Period World War II Price $22.95 / CAN $25.95 ISBN 978 1 84603 427 5 22
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US Fighter Groups
Combat histories of the most renowned fighter and bomber units Full-color artwork of individual markings and paint schemes, plan drawings, tables, and archive photographs 128 pages pb $25.95 / $30.00 CAN AEU 31: 23rd Fighter Group Chennault's Sharks Famous for the fearsome sharksmouths that adorned their planes, the 23rd FG fought a guerrilla war against the Japanese, steadily moving pilots and aircraft from one remote air base in China to another to keep the enemy off-balance. Because China could only be supplied by air from India, there were constant shortages of aircraft, fuel and ammunition with which to contend.The 23rd FG met these challenges head-on, and by the end of the war its pilots had compiled a score of 594 aerial victories and nearly 400 ground kills.The human cost was high, however ­ 126 pilots lost their lives in China while serving in the 23rd Fighter Group. Author Carl Molesworth Illustrator Jim Laurier Available May 2009 Period World War II ISBN 978 1 84603 421 3 Price $25.95 / CAN $30.00
AEU 32: 479th Fighter Group "Riddle's Raiders" Formed in October 1943, the 479th FG claimed an impressive history against the Luftwaffe during the final year of the war. Originally flying P-38s, the 479th's pilots had a fierce pride of arms.They earned a Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation in the late summer of 1944 and were also credited with the USAAF's first German jet kill in July 1944. Eventually transitioning to the P-51D in September 1944, the 479th excelled with the Mustang.The 479th FG was credited with scoring the last aerial victory claimed by the Eighth Air Force's VIII Fighter Command, on April 25, 1945. By VE-Day, 29 pilots flying in the group had earned "ace" status. Author John Stanaway Illustrator Chris Davey Available May 2009 Period World War II ISBN 978 1 84603 420 6 Price $25.95 / CAN $30.00 23
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The leading warplanes and units, from World War I to present-day conflict Full-color artwork of individual markings and paint schemes, plan drawings, tables, and archive photographs 96 pages pb $22.95 / $25.95 CAN COM 75: Junkers Ju 88 Kampfgeschwader in North Africa and the Mediterranean This volume follows the Luftwaffe's twin-engined "Wunderbomber" southwards to describe its deployment in North Africa and the Mediterranean theater of war. Early 1941 saw the first sporadic air raids on Malta, followed by the campaign in the Balkans which resulted in the conquests of Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete. After supporting land operations in North Africa during the latter half of 1941, the Ju 88s resumed their assault on Malta. Bringing the story to life are personal accounts of the more famous actions ­ the bombing of shipping off the coast of Greece and the sinking of three Royal Navy destroyers south of Crete, all illustrated with rare photographs and full-color profiles. Author John Weal Illustrator John Weal Available May 2009 Period World War II ISBN 978 1 84603 318 6 Price $22.95 / CAN $25.95 North African Theater
COM 80: Lockheed SR-71 Operations in Europe and the Middle East
Author Paul F Crickmore
Illustrator Chris Davey
Available July 2009
Period Modern Warfare
ISBN
978 1 84603 418 3
Price
$22.95 / CAN $25.95
First employed in the Far East over North Vietnam and North Korea,American military intelligence quickly realized the SR-71 Blackbird's potential value over European targets. In 1976, SR-71 Detachment 4 commenced operations from the RAF base at Middenhall in the UK. Its mission was to monitor Warsaw Pact troop movements along the Iron Curtain and photograph the various ports that were home to the Soviet Union's nuclear submarine fleet. Despite the best efforts of the USSR, they were never able to intercept a Blackbird in flight.
Written by an expert on SR-71 operations, this book picks up where Combat 76: Lockheed SR-71 Operations in the Far East left off.
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