Osprey New Releases March 2013

Osprey New Releases March 2013

Osprey Publishing Osprey New Releases
March 2013


We take a look at the new releases from Osprey Publishing for March 2013.

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America’s Elite:
US Special Forces from the American Revolution to the Present Day
General Military
Author:
Chris McNab

About This Book
America’s Elites takes the reader through some of the most dramatic special forces operations in US history, from sniping British commanders during the Revolutionary War to Riverine incursions in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, and from demolition missions on D-Day to the SEAL assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound in 2011.

America’s Elite: US Special Forces from the American Revolution to the Present Day
Training and selection procedures are explained in detail, and the book also describes some of the technologies that have separated regular soldiers from their Special Forces counterparts. Illustrated throughout with striking photography and artworks, America’s Elites forms the most comprehensive and visually impressive single-volume guide to US Special Forces available.

Hardback; March 2013; 376 pages; ISBN: 9781780962849
Bolt Action: Armies of Great Britain Bolt Action: Armies of Great Britain
Bolt Action 3
Authors:
Warlord Games & Jake Thornton
Illustrator: Peter Dennis

About This Book
With this latest supplement for Bolt Action, players can now build an army for Great Britain and the Commonwealth. From early campaigns in Europe to the deserts of North Africa and the jungles of the Far East, British forces faced the Axis threat. The army lists presented here have all the information needed to field such elite units as the Paras, Commandos, Chindits and SAS alongside the steadfast ‘Tommy’.

Paperback; March 2013; 88 pages; ISBN: 9781780960890
Talavera 1809:
Wellington’s lightning strike into Spain
Campaign 253
Author:
René Chartrand
Illustrator: Graham Turner

About This Book
The battle of Talavera in 1809 was one of the major battles of the Peninsular War and Arthur Wellesley’s first victory in Spain itself, following which he was created Viscount Wellington of Talavera and Wellington. Although Wellesely’s forces were outnumbered, and a sizeable contingent of the Spanish ran away, he had chosen a superb defensive position and was able to beat off successive French attacks, though at a heavy cost in terms of casualties. Although the French had withdrawn leaving Wellesley the master of the field, his high casualties and approaching French reinforcements led to Wellesley withdrawing to Portugal. His foray into Spain had an enormous effect on Spanish morale as they realized they were not alone in the struggle. British redcoats had had got to within 70km of Madraid, and they would return in future years.

Paperback; March 2013; 96 pages; ISBN: 9781780961804

Talavera 1809
The New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War II The New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War II
Men-at-Arms 486
Authors:
Wayne Stack & Barry O’Sullivan
Illustrator: Mike Chappell

About This Book
In 1939 more than 140,000 New Zealanders enlisted to fight overseas during World War II. Of these, 104,000 served in the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Initially thrown into the doomed campaign to halt the German blitzkrieg on Greece and Crete (1941), the division was rebuilt under the leadership of MajGen Sir Bernard Freyberg, and became the elite corps within Montgomery’s Eighth Army in the desert. After playing a vital role in the victory at El Alamein (1942) the ‘Kiwis’ were the vanguard of the pursuit to Tunisia. In 1943–45 the division was heavily engaged in the Italian mountains, especially at Cassino (1944); it ended the war in Trieste.
Meanwhile, a smaller NZ force supported US forces against the Japanese in the Solomons and New Guinea (1942–44). Fully illustrated with specially commissioned colour plates, this is the story of the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force’s vital contribution to Allied victory in World War II.

Paperback; March 2013; 48 pages; ISBN: 9781780961118
The New Zealand Wars 1820–72
Men-at-Arms 487
Author: Ian Knight
Illustrator: Raffaele Ruggeri

About This Book
Between 1845 and 1872, various groups of Maori were involved in a series of wars of resistance against British settlers. The Maori had a fierce and long-established warrior tradition and subduing them took a lengthy British Army commitment, only surpassed in the Victorian period by that on the North-West Frontier of India. Warfare had been endemic in pre-colonial New Zealand and Maori groups maintained fortified villages or pas. The small early British coastal settlements were tolerated, and in the 1820s a chief named Hongi Hika travelled to Britain with a missionary and returned laden with gifts. He promptly exchanged these for muskets, and began an aggressive 15-year expansion.

The New Zealand Wars 1820–72
By the 1860s many Maori had acquired firearms and had perfected their bush-warfare tactics. In the last phase of the wars a religious movement, Pai Maarire (‘Hau Hau’), inspired remarkable guerrilla leaders such as Te Kooti Arikirangi to renewed resistance. This final phase saw a reduction in British Army forces. European victory was not total, but led to a negotiated peace that preserved some of the Maori people’s territories and freedoms.

Paperback; March 2013; 48 pages; ISBN: 9781780962771
Jason and the Argonauts
Jason and the Argonauts
Myths and Legends 1
Author:
Neil Smith
Illustrator: Jose Daniel & Cabrera Peña

About This Book
The voyage of Jason and the Argonauts and their hunt for the Golden Fleece is one of the most enduringly popular of all of the Ancient Greek heroic myths. Accepting the quest in order to regain his kingdom, Jason assembled a crew of legendary heroes, including Hercules, Orpheus, Atalanta, and the twins Castor and Polydeuces. With this band of warriors and demi-gods, Jason set sail in the Argo on a journey across the known world. During their quest, the Argonauts faced numerous challenges including the Harpies, the Clashing Rocks, the Sirens, Talos, the bronze giant, the sleepless dragon that guarded the fleece, and, of course, the fickle will of the gods of Olympus. Filled with magic, monsters, sword fights, and sacrifice, this ancient adventure story is given new life by Neil Smith who also examines its historical context, its classical sources and its enduring legacy.

Paperback; March 2013; 80 pages; ISBN: 9781780967226
Dragonslayers:
From Beowulf to St. George
Myths and Legends 2
Author:
Joseph McCullough
Illustrator: Peter Dennis

About This Book
With its fiery breath, scaly armour, and baleful, malevolent stare, the dragon became the ultimate symbol of evil and corruption in European folklore and mythology. Often serving as a stand-in for Satan, or the power of evil gods, dragons spread death and hopelessness throughout the land. Only heroes of uncommon valour, courageousness, and purity could hope to battle these monsters and emerge victorious. Those that did became legends. They became dragonslayers.

Dragonslayers: From Beowulf to St. George
The list of dragonslayers is small, but it is filled with great and legendary names. Hercules, Beowulf, Sigfried, and Saint George all battled to the death with dragons. Other heroes such as Cadmus, founder of the city of Thebes, Dieudonné de Gozon, the Knight of Rhodes, and the Russian warrior Dobrynya Nikitch might be less well known to western readers, but also fought and defeated dragons. This book retells the greatest legends of this select group of warriors, while examining the myth of the dragonslayer in a historical, mythological, and even theological context.

Paperback; March 2013; 80 pages; ISBN: 9781780967301
M103 Heavy Tank 1950–74 M103 Heavy Tank 1950–74
New Vanguard 197
Author:
Kenneth W. Estes
Illustrator: Richard Chasemore

About This Book
The T43 design represented the pinnacle of U.S. Army tank engineering of the late 1940s. The heavy tank proved fairly popular with its crews, who above all respected the powerful armament it carried. The outbreak of war in Korea brought a rush order in December 1950 which led to a complete production run of 300 vehicles. After 1951, the Marine Corps alone retained confidence in the heavy tank program, investing its scarce funds in the improvements necessary to bring about its fielding after a hurried production run in midst of the ‘tank crisis’ of the year 1950-51. The eventual retirement of the M103 in 1972, over 20 years after manufacture and after 14 years of operational service, demonstrated the soundness of its engineering. It may have been the unwanted ‘ugly duckling’ of the Army, which refrained from naming the M103 alone of all its postwar tanks. For the Marine Corps, it served the purpose defined for it in 1949 until the automotive and weapons technology of the United States could produce viable alternatives.

Paperback; March 2013; 48 pages; ISBN: 9781849089814
Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919–45 (1):
Minekaze to Shiratsuyu Classes
New Vanguard 198
Author:
Mark Stille
Illustrator: Paul Wright

About This Book
This volume will detail the history, weapons and tactics of the Japanese destroyers built before the war. This includes the famous Fubuki class (called “Special Type” by the Japanese, which were, when completed in the late 1920’s, the most powerful class of destroyers in the world. This design forced all other major navies to follow suite and provided the basic design for the next many classes of Imperial Navy destroyers. This book will also cover the three classes built before the Special Type which were based on a German World War I design as well as two classes built after the advent of the Special Type.
Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919–45 (1): Minekaze to Shiratsuyu Classes
All of these ships had a rich history as they fought from the first battles of the Pacific War up until the very end when several accompanied the superbattleship Yamato on her death sortie. The final part of the book will be an analysis of the destroyer designs covered in the book which will include an examination of their strengths and weaknesses. The success (or lack of success) of these designs will be discussed and they will be compared to comparable Allied destroyer designs.

Paperback; March 2013; 48 pages; ISBN: 9781849089845
Takur Ghar: The SEALs and Rangers on Roberts Ridge, Afghanistan 2002 Takur Ghar:
The SEALs and Rangers on Roberts Ridge, Afghanistan 2002
Raid 39
Author:
Leigh Neville
Illustrators: Alan Gilliland & Johnny Shumate

About This Book
On March 4, 2002, a team of SEALs was choppered onto a hostile Afghan mountain peak as part of Operation Anaconda. The largest operation by US forces since Vietnam, it was intended to bring to battle foreign al-Qaeda fighters who had fled after the overthrow of the Taliban and the battle of Tora Bora. But when their special ops Chinook was hit by RPGs, it marked the beginning of the SEALs’ epic day-long battle for survival, which involved Coalition special forces, gunships and Predators in a 17-hour firefight against the al-Qaeda guerrillas.

Paperback; March 2013; 80 pages; ISBN: 9781780961989
German Automatic Rifles 1941–45:
Gew 41, Gew 43, FG 42 and StG 44
Weapon 24
Author:
Chris McNab
Illustrator: Ramiro Bujeiro

About This Book
This book explores the origins, development, combat use and lasting influence of Nazi Germany’s automatic rifles, focusing on the Gew 41(W), Gew 43/Kar 43, FG 42 and MP 43/StG 44. The Blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939–40 convinced many observers that most infantry combat took place at closer ranges than the 750–1,000m. From 1941 Germany’s arms designers took note and produced a new series of infantry firearms. This study not only provides a detailed technical description of each weapon, but also explores how the firearms performed on the battlefields of World War II. The combat takes us from the FG 42 in the hands of Fallschirmjäger at Monte Cassino through to StG 44s being used by Waffen-SS soldiers on both the Eastern and Western Fronts.

German Automatic Rifles 1941–45: Gew 41, Gew 43, FG 42 and StG 44
Postwar service is also studied, such as the Gew 43’s adoption by the Czech Army and the StG 44’s use by the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War. Setting each firearm in its tactical and historical context, and employing striking photographs and full-colour artwork, firearms expert Chris McNab sets out the absorbing story of this distinctive and influential series of weapons.

Paperback; March 2013; 80 pages; ISBN: 9781780963853


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