Among Osprey Publishing’s recent releases in the autumn of 2013 are these four new titles of interest not only to wargamers, but also to general military history buffs. All contain Osprey’s usual excellent custom-drawn graphics, as we have become used to seeing over the years, as well as an excellent selection of vintage and period photographs and drawings. Each paperback book is printed on high quality, coated-two-sides enamel paper using fine offset lithography printing.
The two books at the top of the photograph are both part of Osprey’s popular “Combat” series, which examine opposing warriors across a wide variety of periods and armies.
David Greentree has written an interesting account of the opponents in the Mediterranean 1942-43 theater: British Paratrooper Versus Fallschirmjager. His book details three key encounters between the airborne forces in Tunisia and Sicily. The new book contrasts their organization, training, tactics used on the battlefield, experience, and weaponry. Greentree has drawn from first-person accounts, military records, old photographs, and contemporary strategic and tactical maps to give a useful look at the opposing units. Tennessee freelance artist Johnny Shumate nicely drew the modern illustrations. Chapters include The Opposing Sides; Pont du Fahs, Depiene, and Oudna; Green Hill, Primosole Bridge, and an analysis and conclusion. He also includes a useful look at unit organizations and a selected bibliography. $18.95. ISBN: 978170969244.
Of strong interest to American Civil War buffs is a similar work entitled Union Infantryman Versus Confederate Infantryman from the Eastern Theater 1861-65. Author Ron Field is a familiar name among fans of Osprey’s recent ACW books. Peter Dennis is the illustrator for this book. As with the WWII book, Field’s work compares the opposing combatants. More than a million men fought in the Eastern Theater of the Civil War, the majority in the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Field looks at their typical uniforms, accoutrements, armament, and the strategies used. Chapters include The Opposing Sides; First Bull Run/Manassas; The Bloody Angle, Gettysburg; Chaffin’s Farm/New Market Heights; and again a chapter on analysis and conclusion. Field includes orders of battle for those engagements and a bibliography. $18.95. ISBN: 9781780969275.
Gordon L. Rottman has written a book on World War II River Assault Tactics, with the forementioned Peter Dennis as the graphic artist. Rottman covers engineering feats such as bridgework and pontoons, as well as offensive and defensive strategies. He discusses several classic examples of riverfront operations in Europe, Italy, and Russia. He mentions that “an advancing army could expect to encounter a 200-yard-wide river at least every 100 miles, and getting mechanized forces across a contested river line demanded great resources, both of equipment and skills.” Separate chapters discuss engineer boats, engineer bridge units, bridging equipment, emplacing bridges, the contested river crossing, defense of a river line, and conduct of the assault crossing. MSRP $18.95. ISBN: 9781780961088.
The fourth of the new books is an army list for the popular “Bolt Action” World War II wargames rules set — Armies of France and the Allies. Co-sponsors by Osprey and Warlord Games, this book details the army organizations for France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Greece, as well as the partisans. Written by a team of four primary authors and eight illustrators (including the seemingly ever present Peter Dennis), the 108-page paperback book includes photos of painted wargaming figures, discussions of anti-tank weapons and similar ordnance, and period photographs. With a list price of $24.95, this is not cheap, but it is an incredibly useful addition to Bolt Action for gamers wishing to deploy some of the more obscure nationalities on the battlefield. ISBN: 9781780960920.
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