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Specialty manufacturers to organize new kind of military history event

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New York, NY— On October 19, 1781, British General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to the American Revolutionaries at Yorktown, VA, effectively ending the American War of Independence. To commemorate this event and celebrate America’s rich military heritage, W. Britain has teamed with Osprey Publishing and Casemate Publishing to organize the first-annual Military History Weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia. It will be a two-day affair, October 17-18, at the Hospitality House in downtown Williamsburg.

“We have felt for a long time that fans of military history need an event that bridges the different segments of the hobby, notes W. Britain general manager, Richard Walker. “In the one corner you have ‘metal heads’ like me who paint and collect toy soldiers. In the other you have Ph.D. historians who chase down things like the names of General Washington’s body guard. And in between you have reenactors, wargamers, and armchair historians. There are plenty of shows that serve each of these groups separately. We hope that our event will be the kind of ‘big tent’ under which everyone can come together.”

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A couple more ACW books from Osprey Publishing

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I have added two books from Osprey Publishing to my ever growing collection of books concerning the American Civil War.  They are quite different from each other in style, content, and format, but both offer interesting perspectives on elements of the Civil War / War Between the States / Rebellion / War of Northern Aggression / War for Southern Rights / The Late Unpleasantness (did I cover all my political correctness bases???).

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New Osprey book – Brandy Station 1863

Osprey volume #201 of the Campaign Series is entitled Brandy Station 1863: First step towards Gettysburg. The author is Dr. Daniel Beattie, long considered one of the experts in this fight, and the man who wrote the text for many of the wayside markers around the battlefield. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs of the modern battlefield taken by Dan and his wife, as well as Adam Hook’s usual excellent drawings and sketches, this is one of the best treatises on Brandy Station you will find. At 96 pages, it cannot possibly fulfill the needs of researchers or readers wanting very detailed accounts of the fight and the events leading up to it, but Beattie draws upon his years of study to develop a thorough overview that lacks nothing in terms of giving the reader a solid understanding of what transpired and why. This should become the first book you recommend to friends who want an overview of the largest cavalry battle of the Civil War.

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New Osprey title – Irish-American Units in the Civil War

I received a copy of Osprey’s latest American Civil War title, Irish-American Units in the Civil War, which is Number 448 in their popular Men-at-Arms series. Written by Thomas G. Rogers, the 48-page book includes eight pages of full color illustrations by frequent Osprey contributor Richard Hook. Dotted with dozens of period photographs and etchings, the author takes a brief look at leading (as well as some rather obscure) Irish regiments and companies raised in the volunteer armies of both warring sections of the country. Focused heavily on their early war uniforms and appearance, the book is a useful general overview for wargamers wishing to field armies to contest 1861/1862 battles. As the war dragged on, the colorful and distinctive uniforms that marked several of these Irish units wore out and often were replaced with regulation attire.

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American Civil War Fortifications (Volume 3; The Mississippi and River Forts)

The American Civil War was one of the first “modern” wars, with aerial reconnaissance, torpedoes, land mines, submarines, repeating or rapid fire weapons, entrenchments, mass transit using railroads, and other innovations. One thing that was timeless was the usage of heavy fortifications, particularly along the coasts and river ports. These fortresses were often targets of attacks from both land and water. Continue reading

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Lots of new titles from Osprey!

Prolific military publisher Osprey recently has released a number of new titles for the World War II buff. Many of these are of utility to the WWII miniature wargamer.

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Book review: Osprey’s “World War II Infantry Assault Tactics”

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The good blokes at Osprey Publishing in merry ole’ England have been quite prolific in recent days with new volumes within their already impressive line-up of books of interest to military history buffs and wargamers. Among the recent new releases is Volume #160 of their Elite series. Entitled World War II Infantry Assault Tactics, this 64-page softback book is a very worthy addition. While so many books focus on the equipment, organization, uniforms, and battles, this one is a departure, focusing on ground assault tactics on a micro-level. The author, Gordon L. Rottman, is a former infantryman well versed in the art of small arms combat, and his experience and research, coupled with his strong prose, enable the reader to get a good grasp of small unit tactics during the Second World War.

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Osprey: The US Home Front 1941-45

The good folks at Osprey Press have released an interesting new addition to their Elite series (Volume 161), The US Home Front 1941-45. Written by Florida-based Alejandro de Quesada, this book explores the major activities in America while the troops were overseas. It is useful as a broad look at the home front, and will whet the appetite for the reader to dig deeper into the specific topics of interest. No subject is covered in any real depth, but that is not the intention of the writer. He successfully presents a comprehensive overview of various aspects of life in an America at war.

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Another new Osprey title!

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Osprey Publishing has sent me a copy of one of their latest releases, this one on the Sherman Firefly tank. The British army took delivery on hundreds of U.S.-built Sherman tanks and outfitted them with a massive 17-pound gun. This innovation finally allowed British forces to match up with the imposing german firepower that had dominated the Western European Theater of Operations for so long. Veteran author David Fletcher, the historian at the Tank Museum in Bovington, UK, had penned an interesting and detailed account of the history of this conversion, exploring the people and methodology behind the development of the Firefly.

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Two new WWII Osprey titles released!

Osprey Press continues to expand their prolific range of World War II books. Because my father was a WWII vet, I have always taken a strong interest in reading accounts of the war, particularly in areas he fought in or specific topics he enjoyed. Among the latter were the German “buzz bombs” and “V-bombs,” weapons that were designed to strike England and terrorize the population.

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