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Osprey's six favourite Campaign titles!



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hobbe62
14-Mar-2014 10:56

Are there no Ancient and Medieval fans among the Osprey commanders? Or do they simply prefer titles with Anglo/American participation?

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Paintybeard
14-Mar-2014 11:30

Very tricky to choose only one. Probably "Dieppe 1942" just beats "Malta 1565", but there isn't a lot in it.


Also, I'm MASSIVELY looking forward to the book on Ramillies...

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ShalimarTroy
14-Mar-2014 11:35

that's just too hard of a choice! It's like asking what is your favorite color in a bag of Skittles?

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Fadrique
14-Mar-2014 14:55

Hard to say, but I´d pick Lützen (1632). When I bought it, I knew almost nothing about he battle and very little about the Thirty Years War. It enocuraged me to go more deeply in this war.

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.George Washington
15-Mar-2014 10:27

I like all of them, but my absolute favorites would be Wabash 1791, Teutoburg Forest, Isandlwana 1879, Second Manassas 1862, Iwo Jima 1945, and Second Manassas 1862.

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MTG
16-Mar-2014 00:10

I think you'll always love your first. Mine was Rorke's Drift.

I too like a campaign every now and then on a subject that is on something for which I know only the basic facts. Thats why the campaign on the Boxer Rebellion is on my wish to read list (which is ever growing!.)

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.George Washington
16-Mar-2014 00:13

Little correction: Monongahela 1754-55 instead of two Bull Runs.

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CMB
16-Mar-2014 03:37

Now this is a toughie!
After careful consideration, here's what I've got:

Louisbourg 1758
Pavia 1525
Inkerman 1854
Wabash 1791
Can the four D-Day volumes count as one? Also, can the three volumes on Barbarossa also count as one?
If not, how about Iraq 1941 (I hope Osprey does one on Syria someday)
and Lepanto 1571

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SU 85
16-Mar-2014 11:10

Also sorry no medieval or ancient!
Also agree it's great to read about a campaign you don't know lots about so
MALTA 1565 was mine. I now realise it is one of the most fascinating sieges in history!

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Amaral
17-Mar-2014 00:48

I will vote for my first CAM book:

Campaign 188 Thermopylae 480 BC, Last stand of the 300

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Phil @ Osprey
17-Mar-2014 11:01

I really enjoyed CAM 106: Culloden Moor 1746. Not sure if I could pick an absolute favourite, but that one certainly stands out. Great Gerry Embleton artwork and an interesting read.

Given the tiny sample polled, I think it's a little unfair to start looking for trends or extrapolating company policies from the preferences of individuals. Rather, much like our readers (judging by book sales, anyway), World War II is simply a more popular subject in the Osprey offices - people have more recent family connections, and it's far more in the popular consciousness than, say, the Seven Years' War or the Hussite Wars. Similarly, we're a British company with a number of American staff - I'd be more surprised if there WASN'T a dominance of Anglo/American subjects!

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Mike @ Osprey
17-Mar-2014 11:28

I should admit that I prefer my Ancient and Medieval subjects Fortress shaped for the most part. Particularly the Roman stuff. And actually, because the Roman stuff interests me, Warrior is always a particularly rich series to mine too!

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Amaral
20-Mar-2014 13:21

@Mike, Roman subjects are so well treated by Osprey that I managed to get "The Roman Army - The Greatest War Machine of the Ancient World" into a monography of the ECEME ("Escola de Comando e Estado-Maior", something like "School Command and General Staff") of a friend of mine - a major at the time. I am more of a "modern warfare" client though and when I first bought from the General Military I was was still in the navy. I bought "Out of Nowhere - A history of the military sniper" and showed it to a sniper friend of mine; he liked it so much I bought onether one and made a surprise for him. It was in 2009 and he told me people in the Special Forces Battalion still ask for this book, so good it is. When I say we don't ave high quality books (Osprey quality) down here, I mean it!

@Phil, WWII was the greatest event in Human history and it is understandable that people will look for this subject more often. What get some of us worried is the narrowing of publishing policies, but as the list is about personal preferences I don't see any problem with the answer - there isn't a "right answer" in this case.

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Adam Bonser
21-Mar-2014 23:25

As a fan of 16-17th century and WW2 titles, i'm really spoilt for choice. Lutzen (1632) is my favourite in terms of the narrative, a superb account, but I think the illustrations slightly let it down. (Why was a depiction of the battery chosen over the demise of Gustavus Adolphus or Pappenheim?) The WW2 pacific war titles have some of my favourite illustrations and maps, but for the whole narrative & illustrations package i'm going for Fornovo (1495). David Nicolle debunks popular myths of the battle in an excellent account and Richard Hook's illustrations are, in turn, dramatic, atmospheric and full of detail.

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