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Yangtze River Gunboats 1900-49

by Angus Konstam & Tony Bryan

From the end of the 19th century through the first half of the 20th, most Western powers maintained a naval presence in China. These gunboats protected traders and missionaries, safeguarded national interests,...


British Aircraft Carriers 1939-45

by Angus Konstam & Tony Bryan

In August 1917, at the height of the First World War, a small biplane landed on the makeshift flight deck of HMS Furious - the first ever carrier landing in aviation history. This small act ushered in a new...


British Battleships 1939-45 (1): Queen Elizabeth and Royal Sovereign Classes

by Angus Konstam, Paul Wright & Tony Bryan

With the outbreak of World War II, Britain's Royal Navy and her fleet of battleships would be at the forefront of her defence. Yet from a fleet of 12 battleships, ten were already over 20 years old, venerable...


Union River Ironclad 1861-65

by Angus Konstam & Tony Bryan

At the start of the American Civil War, neither side had warships on the Mississippi River, which was a vital strategic artery. In what would prove the vital naval campaign of the war, both sides fought for...


AV-8B Harrier II Units of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm

by Lon Nordeen & Jim Laurier

In the 1970s the USMC bought the AV-8A Harrier from the UK to test V/STOL concepts for close air support. A successful funding battle was subsequently fought in the 1980s to secure military, political and economic...


B-17 Flying Fortress Units of the MTO

by William Hess & Mark Styling

Osprey's study of the B-17 Flying Fortress Units of World War II (1939-1945). Although the Fifteenth Air Force was dismissed as 'minor leaguers' by the Eighth Air Force, strategic bombers from this outfit had...


B-29 Superfortress Units of the Korean War

by Robert Dorr & Mark Styling

This book is the story of a majestic bomber of the propeller era flying perilous combat missions against a sleek, nimble warplane of the jet age, the Soviet MiG-15. A very heavy bomber and a sky giant during...


B-29 Superfortress Units of World War 2

by Robert Dorr & Mark Styling

The ultimate piston-engined heavy bomber of World War II (1939-1945), the first production B-29s were delivered to the 58th Very Heavy Bomb Wing in the autumn of 1943. By the spring of 1944 the Superfortress...


B-24 Liberator Units of the Fifteenth Air Force

by Robert Dorr & Mark Rolfe

The B-24 was heavily utilised in the North African and Mediterranean theatres by the USAAF's Fifteenth Air Force, with operations over the Ploesti oilfields in Rumania being some of the most famous missions...


B-24 Liberator Units of the Eighth Air Force

by Robert Dorr & Mark Rolfe

Osprey's examination of the B-24 Liberator Units' participation in World War II (1939-1945). The B-24 Liberator was built in greater numbers than any other US warplane, yet its combat crews live, even today,...


B-24 Liberator Units of the Pacific War

by Robert Dorr & Mark Rolfe

Ever present in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to VJ-Day during World War II (1939-1945), the B-24 Liberator proved to be the staple heavy bomber of the campaign. From its ignominious beginnings in the Allied...


Gladiator vs CR.42 Falco: 1940-41

by Hakan Gustavsson

British and Italian biplanes clashed over the Mediterranean at Crete and Malta, and in East and North Africa early in World War II. Both the Gloster Gladiator and the Fiat CR.42 Falco represented the peak in...


A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War

by Rick Morgan & Jim Laurier

Designed in the years following the Korean War and then manufactured for over 30 years starting in 1960, the A-6 quickly became the most capable attack aircraft in the US Navy’s stable. The first squadron,...


Italian Medium Tanks: 1939-45

by Pier Battistelli

Several factors delayed and greatly hampered the development of an Italian medium and heavy tank during Rommel's Desert War in World War II. The first was the strategic stance of the country, focussed on a war...


Austro-Hungarian Albatros Aces of World War 1

by Paolo Varriale & Harry Dempsey

Austro-Hungarian industry produced a series of poor fighter types such as the Phönix D I and Hansa-Brandenburg D I during the early stages of the war, and it was not until licence-built examples of the battle-proven...


Vercors 1944: Resistance in the French Alps

by Peter Lieb

After D-Day the French resistance rose to sabotage the Nazi war effort. Germany rutghlessly assaulted a French stronghold with Fallschirmjaeger airborne troops.

Fighting insurgents has always been one of the...


Chinese Feasts & Festivals

by S. C. Moey

The rich culinary tradition of China is largely inspired by a calendar year filled with joyous occasions for eating, drinking and making merry. Food, fittingly enough, plays a leading role in everything from...


Presidential Retreats: Where the Presidents Went and Why They Went There

by Peter Hannaford

Where do you go to relax when you’re the leader of the free world?

Even the president needs to get away from it all sometimes. From George Washington to Barack Obama, each of our presidents has sought solace...


The Abyss: World War I and the End of the First Age of Globalization--A Selection from TheWar of the World (Penguin Tracks)

by Niall Ferguson

Excerpted from Niall Ferguson’s sprawling bestseller The War of the World, The Abyss now stands on its own as one of the most thrilling short histories of World War I ever written. This is not a conventional...


American Police, A History: 1945-2012: The Blue Parade, Vol. II

by Thomas A. Reppetto

The only new history of the police forces in the U.S. since 1945.