At Osprey, we feel a lot of tenderness and love for our books - they are like our children! That's why we like to follow their progress when we release them, and when they get a good review it leaves us jumping for joy!

So, every month, we will be releasing a selection of reviews that cover our beloved titles on this blog. You can scan through them and see what people are saying about our volumes for yourself.


Wellington’s Guns, Nick Lipscombe

The author has produced an excellent account of this subject matter and one that is surely a ‘must’ for the Napoleonic bookshelf. Highly recommended.


Dragonslayers, Joseph McCullough

This is a very useful resource book about dragons and their role in different communities and cultures. […] It is complemented by a bibliography of sources. The retelling of St George was one of the best I have seen.

– School Library Association

Concrete Hell - Urban Warfare from Stalingrad to Iraq, Louis A. DiMArco

The history of urban warfare, coupled with DiMarco's analysis, should give pause to anyone tempted to simplify the problem of future war or to assume that emerging technologies might permit future armed conflict to be waged remotely, rapidly and at low cost.

– Survival: Global Politics and Strategy (Apr-May issue)

Hitler's Fortresses: German Fortifications and Defences 1939-45, Chris McNab

[…] This lavishly illustrated book reveals the epic nature of these fortifications and it uncovers the strategic and tactical thinking behind them.[…] The editor has done a splendid job regarding amassing of such data and most entries have a superb narrative and outstanding imagery.

– Dr Stuart C Blank (, March 2014)

Challenge of Battle, Adrian Gilbert

Well-written and carefully argued, “Challenge of Battle” clearly describes the initial battles of WWI in graphic detail and begins what promises to be a major reappraisal of the British army in 1914.

– J. W. Thacker, dept. of History, Western Kentucky University (

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China's Wars, Philip Jowett

This is an excellent study of a chaotic period in Chinese history. It will be of value both to those interested in this period and its conflicts in their own right and those who want to get some idea of events before the current Communist regime came to power

– John Rickyard, History of

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