Over the last couple of years, I have been lucky enough to go to most of the events that Osprey attend in the UK, and at every single one of these events the same questions crop up. But the single most asked question relates to the strange gaps that crop up in a couple of our series - where series numbers have been allocated, but the book has never materialized.
There are a few usual suspects -
Campaign 144 New York
Campaign 173 Taranto
Campaign 171 River Plate
Elite 99 Warrior Women of Northern Europe
Elite 100 American Civil War Vivandiers
Elite 119 US Naval Commandos of World War 2
Elite 129 US Naval Commandos of Korea
Combat Aircraft 63 Aichi Val Units
Warrior 107 Scottish Medieval Knight
There are a wide range of reasons behind the 'disappearance' of these books. Some have been firmly cancelled ( Elite 99, 100, 119, 129). Some are still pending - notably COM 63, CAM 171 and CAM 173, and some have already been replaced (Cam 144 with Cam 192 New York). But for anyone who collects the full series of any Osprey books, these gaps are annoying.
For the last couple of years I have been campaigning hard for these numbers to be replaced by a new title, and I am glad to announce that I have finally succeeded.
With the help of my fellow blogger Kate, we have been able to convince the number crunchers that launching a new book with an older series number than usual will not adversely affect that sales of the book - and so welcome to the new Elite 100, World War II Axis Booby Traps and Sabotage Tactics , which is available to pre-order now!
Now it's just up to you all to go out and buy the book, so that Kate and I can continue our crusade to replace all of these book numbers - so you can truly have a complete 'set' of books!
As you can probably tell - Elite 100 is also going to be one of the first Elite titles to take the new cover style - and this one looks particularly vibrant with some fabulous Peter Dennis artwork on the front. Kate, who has overseen the new designs for the Elite series is going to post up some bits and pieces about the new covers shortly - so keep your eyes open.