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Fort Eben Emael: The Key to Hitler's Victory in the West

by Simon Dunstan & Hugh Johnson

At the outbreak of World War II, Fort Eben Emael in Belgium was the strongest fortress in the world, and it lay exactly across the German invasion route of Belgium and France. The fort’s elimination was essential...


Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank 1979-98

by Michael Jerchel & Mike Badrocke

In 1963 West Germany and the United States signed an agreement to develop the best tank in the world - the MBT/KPz-70. Though by 1970 this project was stopped, West Germany used the components created for the...


The Yom Kippur War 1973 (2): The Sinai

by Simon Dunstan & Kevin Lyles

Osprey's second title in the study of the Yom Kippur War (1973). Israel’s victory in the 1967 ‘Six Day War’ sowed the seeds of the 1973 Yom Kippur War. At 1400hrs on 6 October 1973 the Egyptian army launched...


B-2a Spirit Units in Combat

by Thomas Withington & Chris Davey

The B-2A ‘Spirit’ was an aircraft conceived to fight the Cold War (1946-1991) but which has proved invaluable to both the ‘New World Order’ and more recently the ‘War on Terrorism’. The combination...


B-1b Lancer Units in Combat

by Thomas Withington & Mark Styling

The development of the B-1B Lancer bomber was difficult to say the least. Originally conceived to fulfill a USAF requirement for an Advanced Manned Strategic Aircraft, the original B-1A concept aircraft was...


MIG-21 Units of the Vietnam War

by Istvan Toperczer & Mark Styling

Osprey's study of the use of MiG-21 Units in the Vietnam War (1955-1975). Having honed their piloting skills on the subsonic MiG-17 and transonic MiG-19, the Vietnamese Peoples’ Air Force (VPAF) received...


MIG-17 and MIG-19 Units of the Vietnam War

by Istvan Toperczer & Iain Wyllie

The erstwhile enemy of the USAF and US Navy during the nine years of American involvement in the Vietnam War (1955-1975), the Vietnamese Peoples' Air Force (VPAF) quickly grew from an ill-organised rabble of...


Luftwaffe Air & Ground Crew 1939-45

by Robert Stedman & Mike Chappell

The Luftwaffe, honed in the Spanish Civil War, played a vital part in Germany's 'Blitzkrieg' victories during the 1939-41 period of World War II. Badly overstretched by war on three fronts in 1942-44, it was...


B-24 Liberator Units of the Cbi

by Edward Young & Mark Styling

Osprey's study of the B-24 Liberator Units in the CBI Theatre of World War II (1939-1945). The B-24 Liberator was the mainstay of the US Army Air Force's strategic bombing effort in the China-Burma-India (CBI)...


P-40 Warhawk Vs KI-43 Oscar: China 1944-45

by Carl Molesworth, Jim Laurier & Mark Postlethwaite

Known for the distinctive "sharkmouths" decoration on their noses, P-40 fighters first saw combat in China during World War II.Their most common adversary was the Japanese Nakajima Ki-43, nicknamed "Oscar."...


US Army Ah-1 Cobra Units in Vietnam

by Jonathan Bernstein & Jim Laurier

Osprey's study of AH-1 helicopters and their participation in the Vietnam War (1955-1975). Bell’s AH-1 Cobra was the first dedicated helicopter gunship to reach frontline service anywhere in the world. Developed...


F-117 Stealth Fighter Units of Operation Desert Storm

by Warren Thompson & Mark Styling

During the final years of the 20th century, the most significant break-through in military weaponry was the concept of Stealth technology, and the first mass-produced weapon to utilize this to perfection was...


P-61 Black Widow Units of World War 2

by Warren Thompson & Mark Styling

The first aircraft to be purposely designed as a radar-equipped nightfigher, Northrop's P-61 Black Widow was heavily influenced by early RAF combat experience with radar-equipped aircraft in the years 1940/41...


British and Empire Aces of World War 1

by Christopher Shores & Mark Rolfe

At the outset of World War I the British had some 110 assorted aircraft, used mostly for the visual reconnaissance role. With the advent of faster and more agile single-seaters, the Allies and their adversaries...


Bf 109 Aces of North Africa and the Mediterranean

by Jerry Scutts & Chris Davey

Totally outnumbered throughout their short two-year sojourn in the Western Desert, the crack fighter pilots of the handful of Jagdgeschwader in-theatre fought an effective campaign in support of Rommel’s Afrika...


Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force

by Jerry Scutts & Chris Davey

Unquestionably the best American fighter of World War 2, the North American P-51 Mustang served in large numbers with the USAAF’s Eighth Air Force from late 1943 until VE Day, and was the mount of most aces...


Spitfire Mark I/II Aces 1939-41

by Alfred Price & Keith Fretwell

Spitfire Mk Is and IIs served only briefly in the frontline with the RAF, but their pilots were responsible for achieving impressive scores against the Luftwaffe during 1940/41. This volume details the RAF's...


Ah-64 Apache Units of Operations Enduring Freedom & Iraqi Freedom

by Jonathan Bernstein & Jim Laurier

After the attacks on 11 September 2001, Apache units made significant contributions to the Coalition campaign against Taliban and al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan. Functioning as the 'killer' part of US Army Hunter-killer...


F-14 Tomcat Units of Operation Enduring Freedom

by Tony Holmes & Jim Laurier

The legendary F-14 Tomcat was the weapon of choice to strike hard and fast against the enemies of the United States in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Determined to hit the al-Qaeda bases within Afghanistan,...


US Marine Corps and Raaf Hornet Units of Operation Iraqi Freedom

by Tony Holmes & Chris Davey

Some 84 of the 250 Hornets committed by Central Command to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) proudly bore MARINE titling on their rear fuselages. A further 14 were marked with the distinctive kangaroo roundel of...