For those of us who have collected Osprey's Men-at-Arms series books on military units and uniforms since 1969, this coffee-table size book is certainly a "Celebration".
Hard-bound and cased in a blue cloth cover, this almost 400-page book showcases the illustrations that have appeared in the 450 titles of the series. From "The Ancient World" to the "Modern Era", the book is subdivided into several chapters that cover warfare and the clothing worn by the warriors of each era.
The illustrations are beautifully printed in color and are full-page. As with the original series, there are brief notes for each illustration describing the various articles of clothing, weapons or insignia depicted in the artwork.
The book starts with an introduction by Martin Windrow, who has been with the series, on and off, since 1972. He gives an historical perspective on the development of the series which began as an afterthought to an aviation publication and is now, forty years on, a highly successful series with several spinoffs.
It appears that almost every illustrator who drew for the series is represented including the icons of the genre like Angus McBride, Gerry and Ron Embleton, Mike Chappell, Richard Hook and Ron Volstad. A short biographical sketch of the artists is included at the end along with the complete list of 450 titles in the series so far.
If you enjoy military history and especially the clothing worn by the warriors through the ages, this $100 book is money well spent and will reward with hours of enjoyment.