2019 in review



 Scapa 1919

Liberty or Death   An Englishman Abroad
Kos and Leros 1943 Australian Bushrangers 1788–1880 USAF F-105 Thunderchief vs VPAF MiG-17


What people said about our books

Scapa 1919

“Extremely authoritative, very well referenced throughout – this really is a seminal text on the subject, and I would heartily recommend it.”― Scale Modelling Now

Wade McClusky and the Battle of Midway

“A thoroughly good read.” ―  Aeroplane Monthly

Warship 2019

"Detailed and accurate information is the keynote of all the articles, which are fully supported by plans, data tables and stunning photographs." ― Scale Modelling Now

Combat 40: Macedonian Phalangite vs Persian Warrior

"An inspiring account, well-written, and with clear battlefield maps and descriptions." ―  Miniature Wargames


Awe-inspiring Artwork

It's so hard every month to pick out just three pieces of artwork from all of those publishing, so picking out the best of them was a real challenge - but we've had a go nonetheless. Which is your favourite?


Strasbourg AD 357 artwork

Campaign 336: Strasbourg AD 357 by Raffaele D'Amato and Andrea Frediani
Illustrated by Florent Vincent

Here, the surrender of Chnodomar is depicted.The defeated Alemannic king, accompanied by 200 of his men, had attempted to escape following the battle, but was cut off and surrounded by the Romans. He surrendered of his own accord.


CBT 42

Combat 42: British Airborne Soldier versus Waffen-SS Soldier by David Greentree
Artwork by Peter Dennis

The plate here shows the fight for the Koude Herberg road junction, 20 September 1944, where two platoons from C Coy, 1 Border engaged advancing German forces, knocking out two PzKpfw B2(f) tanks and breaking up the German infantry attack.


Walker Bulldog battle scene

Duel 94: Walker Bulldog vs T-54 by Chris McNab
Illustrated by Johnny Shumate

This piece of artwork shows the engagement around FSB 31 on February 27, 1971, with ARVN M41A3 tanks from the 17th ACS engaging T-54 tanks of the PAVN. The commander of the ARVN unit, Lieutenant Colonel Xuan Dung, ordered his gunner to engage the lead PAVN tank. The very first shot smashed through the lower armor of an enemy T-54, causing the tank to explode with such ferocity that it flipped over onto its back, with the remaining targets destroyed in the ensuing exchange of fire.


Churchill Infantry Tank

New Vanguard 272: Churchill Infantry Tank by David Fletcher
Illustrated by Henry Morshead

This picture shows a Churchill VI, which is essentially a Mark IV fitted with the 75mm Mark V gun. The tank is transporting infantrymen and crossing a Churchill tank bridge without room to spare at the side, presumably being guided by a dismounted member of the crew.



Best of the Blog

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the famous D-Day landings, we posted a series of extracts from Steven Zaloga’s Atlas of the European Campaigns 1944-45 looking at the key assaults that occurred that day :

D-Day Assaults

As usual, our authors have produced some fantastic content throughout the summer months. Here are a few of our top picks:

The First Anglo-Sikh War 1845–46 by David Smith

The Castagnaro Riddle by Kelly DeVries, Niccolò Capponi

Wade McClusky and the Battle of Midway by David Rigby



Book Vote Winners

May: Men-at-Arms

May's Men-at-Arms book vote was a close one with The French Army of Africa 1872–1914 taking the lead with 27%, beating The Indo-Pakistani Wars 1947–99 by just 2%.

June: Weapon

There was a competition between Raids resulting in Vlad Dracul’s Night Attack: Biological warfare and mass impalement in the Ottoman Wars, Târgovişte 1462 taking the lead with 33% over Battleship Rampage: Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Admiral Scheer raid the Atlantic and Indian Oceans 1940–41, which had 25%. 

July: Campaign

July's Campaign vote was incredibly tight. The East African Campaign 1914-18 won with 26%, beating The Prussian Crusade 1217–74 by only 1%.

August: Combat

August's book vote was another close one with British Royal Marine vs Argentine Soldier taking 29% of the votes and Iranian Soldier vs Iraqi Soldier taking 25%.

Missed our previous round up? Don’t worry, you can find them here: