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Defenses of Pearl Harbor and Oahu 1907-50

by Glen Williford & Chris Taylor

At the beginning of the 20th century, the military importance of the Hawaiian Islands became clear. Oahu in particular was a key bastion in projecting America's military power in the Pacific. The island was...


World War II Soviet Armed Forces (3): 1944-45

by Nigel Thomas & Darko Pavlovic

This book presents a detailed analysis of the Soviet armed forces during the final days of the war, covering the soldiers that successfully turned the tide against the Nazi onslaught and pushed it back into...


Sekigahara 1600: The Final Struggle for Power

by Anthony Bryant

Osprey's Campaign title for Sekigahara  (1600), which was the most decisive battle in Japanese history. Fought against the ritualised and colourful backdrop of Samurai life, it was the culmination of a long-standing...


World War II Desert Tactics

by Paddy Griffith & Adam Hook

Osprey's study of desert tactics employed in North Africa during World War II (1939-1945). In 1940-43 North Africa saw the first major desert campaign by modern mechanized armies. The British, Italians, German...


American Civil War Fortifications (1): Coastal Brick and Stone Forts

by Angus Konstam & Donato Spedaliere

The 50 years before the American Civil War saw a boom in the construction of coastal forts in the United States of America. These stone and brick forts stretched from New England to the Florida Keys, and as...


London 1917-18: The Bomber Blitz

by Ian Castle & Christa Hook

Osprey's Campaign title for the Gotha and the massive Staaken 'Giant' bomber raids against London during World War I (1914-1918). On a sunny May afternoon in 1917, the peace of an English seaside town was shattered...


Mississippi River Gunboats of the American Civil War 1861-65

by Angus Konstam & Tony Bryan

At the start of the American Civil War, neither side had warships on the Mississippi River and in the first few months both sides scrambled to gather a flotilla, converting existing riverboats for naval use....


English Castles 1200-1300

by Christopher Gravett & Adam Hook

The simple castles raised after the Norman conquest had been developed throughout 11th and 12th centuries, whilst the introduction of Islamic and Byzantine fortification techniques from the late 12th century...


Polish Aces of World War 2

by Robert Gretzyngier

Pilots of the Polish Air Force saw action from the first day of World War 2 until the final victory in Europe. Flying hopelessly outmoded P.11 fighters in defence of their country in September 1939, a handful...


Lockheed SR-71 Operations in the Far East

by Paul Crickmore & Chris Davey

Even before the first operational flight of the legendary Lockheed U-2 spy plane, aircraft design genius Kelly Johnson began work with his team at the company's "Skunk Works" plant on the type's replacement....


US Navy PBY Catalina Units of the Pacific War

by Louis Dorny & Jim Laurier

Although designed in the mid-1930s and in squadron service several years prior to the Pearl Harbor attack, the PBY Catalina proved its soundness in combat throughout the four years that World War II raged across...


B-17 Flying Fortress Units of the Eighth Air Force (part 2)

by Martin Bowman & Mark Styling

The Boeing B-17, which has come to epitomise the American war effort in Europe during World War II (1939-1945), took the fight to Germans from the late summer of 1942 through to VE-Day. Its primary operator...


Air War in the Falklands 1982

by Chris Chant & Mark Rolfe

The Falklands War (1982), fought between the United Kingdom and Argentina for the possession of the Falkland Islands, was probably the last 'colonial' war that will ever be undertaken by the British. This book...


Mitsubishi Type 1 Rikko Betty Units of World War 2

by Osamu Tagaya & Mark Styling

The most produced Japanese bomber of the World War II (1939-1945), the G4M saw action on every front from the first day of the Pacific conflict through to VJ-Day. The 'Betty's' very long range made it a key...


Mosquito Bomber/Fighter-Bomber Units 1942-45

by Martin Bowman & Chris Davey

Truly an example of engineering ingenuity born out of the desperation of war, the legendary 'all-wooden' Mosquito was perhaps the best twin-engined fighter-bomber of its size to see action in World War II (1939-1945)....


The Mongol Invasions of Japan 1274 and 1281

by Stephen Turnbull & Richard Hook

The two attempts by Khubilai Khan, the Mongol Emperor of China, to invade Japan in 1274 and 1281 represent unique events in the history of both countries. It pitted the samurai of Japan against the fierce warriors...


Panzer Divisions: The Blitzkrieg Years 1939-40

by Pier Battistelli

At the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, Germany's armored forces - the Panzerwaffe - were still in their infancy. The restrictions imposed by the Treaty of Versailles meant that German tank development...


South African Special Forces

by Robert Pitta & Simon Mccouaig

This book provides a highly detailed account of the history, organisation, uniforms and insignia of South African Special Forces from their origins up to the early 90s – units such as the 44 Parachute Brigade,...


Early Samurai AD 200-1500

by Anthony Bryant & Angus Mcbride

War played a central part in the history of Japan. Warring clans controlled much of the country. The wars were usually about land, the struggle for control of which eventually gave rise to perhaps the most formidable...


Ardennes 1944 Peiper & Skorzeny

by Jean-Paul Pallud & David Parker

From the earliest planning stages of the German counter-offensive in the Ardennes during World War II (1939-1945), Hitler was convinced of the importance of taking the Meuse bridges. He resolved that, when his...