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A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium

by Chris Harman

Chris Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals. Interacting with the forces of technological...


US Marine Rifleman 1939-45: Pacific Theater

by Gordon Rottman & Howard Gerrard

Osprey's study of United States Marine Corps riflemen during World War II (1939-1945). It is sometimes a basic assumption that a US Marine Corps rifleman was essentially trained, uniformed, equipped, and armed...


US Army Infantryman in Vietnam 1965-73

by Gordon Rottman & Kevin Lyles

This book tells the compelling story of the average US infantryman in the Vietnam War (1955-1975). Beginning with conscription, enlistment, Basic Training, and Advanced Individual Training at the Armed Forces...


Japanese Infantryman 1937-45: Sword of the Empire

by Gordon Rottman & Michael Welply

This book examines in detail the Japanese Infantryman who was, despite comparisons with the notorious German Waffen SS of World War II (1939-1945), an enigma to Westerners. Brutal in its treatment of prisoners...


The Great Locomotive Chase - The Andrews Raid 1862: The Andrew's Raid 1862

by Gordon Rottman & Mariusz Kozik

In April 1862, the stage was set for one of the greatest locomotive chases in history. Union forces planned to steal a train and travel at high speed to Chattanooga, Tennessee, disabling the line as they went,...


Viet Cong and NVA Tunnels and Fortifications of the Vietnam War

by Gordon Rottman, Lee Ray & Chris Taylor

Field fortifications and tunnel systems are typically thought of as defensive and active protective measures, but the VC/NVA also employed them offensively. It was common for extensive field works to be constructed...


German Field Fortifications 1939-45

by Gordon Rottman & Ian Palmer

The German Army of World War II considered itself an offensive, mobile force. The experiences in the trenches in World War I had done much to shape its concept of field fortification, and its mobile warfare...


Japanese Pacific Island Defenses 1941-45

by Gordon Rottman & Ian Palmer

The prolonged and bloody fighting for control of the Japanese occupied Pacific islands in World War II is a key point in 20th-century warfare. No two islands were alike in the systems and nature of their defensive...


Okinawa 1945: The last battle

by Gordon Rottman & Howard Gerrard

By the spring of 1945 the Allies were sweeping all before them in the Pacific War against Japan, and a series of victories had reclaimed many of the islands and territories seized by the Imperial Japanese forces...


Khe Sanh 1967-68: Marines battle for Vietnam's vital hilltop base

by Gordon Rottman & Peter Dennis

Khe Sanh was a small village in northwest South Vietnam that sat astride key North Vietnamese infiltration routes. In September 1966 of the Vietnam War (1955-1975), a Marine battalion deployed into the area....


US Army Combat Equipments 1910-88

by Gordon Rottman & Ronald Volstad

Whether referred to as web gear, TE-21, TA50, LBE or LCE, the American soldier's individual combat equipment was seldom praised – except by its developers. Nevertheless, it has always been, and will continue...


Stryker Combat Vehicles

by Gordon Rottman & Hugh Johnson

The eight-wheeled (8x8) Stryker combat light armored vehicle was adopted by the US Army in 2002 to provide a comparatively rapidly deployable contingency force with armor protection, tactical mobility, and heavy...


Landing Ship, Tank (LST) 1942-2002

by Gordon Rottman & Tony Bryan

The Landing Ship Tank (LST) is one of the most famous of the many World War II amphibious warfare ships. Capable of discharging its cargo directly on to shore and extracting itself, the LST provided the backbone...


Japanese Paratroop Forces of World War II

by Gordon Rottman & Mike Chappell

Osprey's examination of Japan's parachute units of World War II (1939-1945). For the first time in English, this book offers a concise but fact-packed account of the organization, equipment, and all operations...


US Marine Corps 1941-45

by Gordon Rottman & Mike Chappell

While the US Marine Corps was one of the smallest of American armed services in World War II (1939-1945), its contribution to the final victory cannot be overstated. The US Marine Corps may have only comprised...


US Army Air Force (2)

by Gordon Rottman & Francis Chin

While the most conspicuous components of the US Army Air Forces in World War II (1939-1945) were the air units, there were also hundreds of ground units and organisations. Besides assigned military personnel...


Panama 1989-90

by Gordon Rottman & Ronald Volstad

In December 1989 US Army forces, supported by the US Air Force and US Navy, participated in Operation 'Just Cause'--the invasion of Panama. A combination of airborne, helicopter and ground assaults quickly secured...


US Army Airborne 1940-90

by Gordon Rottman & Ronald Volstad

Osprey's examination of the US Army's airborne division in various conflicts, such as World War II (1939-1945) and the Vietnam War (1955-1975). The first 50 years of the US Army airborne arm is a story of continuing...


World Special Forces Insignia

by Gordon Rottman & Simon Mccouaig

There exists among the world's armies a proliferation of special forces groups. Today's smaller armies, especially those of developing nations, demand maximum efficiency in force structure and employment. Mountain,...


Inside the US Army

by Gordon Rottman & Ronald Volstad

When conscription was eliminated in the early 1970s, the US Army found itself with a very different kind of soldier. While the personality of the Army remained the same, the organization of its higher levels...