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Poltava, 1709: Russia Comes of Age (Osprey Campaign)
Poltava, 1709: Russia Comes of Age (Osprey Campaign)
by Angus Konstam
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a fine entry in the Osprey Campaign series., 25 Mar. 2015
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Another worthy title from Osprey, this is a detailed account of Charles XII's campaign that led his army deep into Ukraine, the action at Poltava, clear portraits of the main actors and moving accounts of what happened to so many of the ordinary Swedish soldiers (the wealth of information that the writer has for such an old battle is really astonishing).

This very lively work makes an excellent starting point for delving into warfare of the epoch. I was especially impressed by the descriptions of the artillery fire and its consequences, the terrible fate of the wounded, the sacrifices made by the Swedish soldiers in order to save their king and the paradox ethics of warfare at that time. The book is mainly focused on the Swedish side with the Russians mentioned in a general and not so analytical way. Thus the subtitle on the cover should rather be "Potlava and the Demise of the Swedish Empire".


Samurai Commanders (1) 940-1576 (Elite): Vol 1
Samurai Commanders (1) 940-1576 (Elite): Vol 1
by Stephen Turnbull
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating well written and thoroughly good read., 25 Mar. 2015
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Turnbull does an excellent job of introducing the Sengoku Period (Warring States Period) of Japanese history. During this period, Japan was shattered into dozens of minor statelets. This period see the destruction of the shogunate, a long period of civil wars between the statelets, and the eventual reunification of Japan and the return of the shogunate under the Tokugawa.

This period is of particular interest to fans of the samurai. This period is the last time in history in which samurai were the fierce warriors they are depicted to be. After this period, the samurai become glorified bureaucrats during the 250 years of peace during the Tokugawa shogunate. They only take up arms for a brief period during the fall of the shogunate, but it doesn't match anything that happened during the Sengoku Period.

This book is a fairly thin volume at only 96 pages. However, it is filled with lots of details and colorful illustrations. For samurai fans, this can serve as a great introduciton to the history of the greatest period of the samurai.


The Napoleonic Wars: Peninsular War 1807-1814 v. 3 (Essential Histories)
The Napoleonic Wars: Peninsular War 1807-1814 v. 3 (Essential Histories)
by Gregory Fremont-Barnes
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Provides a very good introduction to the Penninsular War., 25 Mar. 2015
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This book is another masterful piece of writing continuing the story of the Napoleonic era from 1808-1812. In less than 90 pages, it captures the political thought and military preparedness of each country. It explains why countries went to war. And it explains the campaigns, why they occurred, and summaries the battles in exciting, easy to read prose. It is an exceptionally well written summary of the political and military events of the period. If you want a good overview of the period, this is an excellent choice.


Austrian Army of the Napoleonic Wars: Cavalry No. 2 (Men-at-arms)
Austrian Army of the Napoleonic Wars: Cavalry No. 2 (Men-at-arms)
by Philip J. Haythornthwaite
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, interesting, well-written and very well-documented., 25 Mar. 2015
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The author has done an immense amount of research on the Austrian Army of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic period, most of it archival. Here, within the constraints of the Osprey series, he has written an excellent volume that illustrates, both pictorially and in writing, a subject that is both interesting and vital to the collective understanding of the period.

This excellent tome is peppered with first hand accounts of Austrian performance and its bibliography is first rate and extremely helpful. I would go as far as saying that this volume sets a new standard for the Osprey Warrior Series, and is favourable comparable to the excellent volumes in the series by Rene Chartrand, whom I believe has produced the best Osprey books so far.


Carolingian Cavalryman, 768-987 AD (Warrior)
Carolingian Cavalryman, 768-987 AD (Warrior)
by David Nicolle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anothery worthy Osprey title., 25 Mar. 2015
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In this very informative account David Nicolle furnishes the reader with an unusual objective overview of what (especially) recent research for the past 40 years has come up with regarding medieval tactics. I really recommend this book to all medieval aficionados, the illustrations provided by one of the "Hook-clan" are excellent. I'd say this is a really good starting-point for looking up facts on medieval warfare (the dark-ages and the high middle-ages), and a one-stop shop for wargamers.


The Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871: 51 (Essential Histories)
The Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871: 51 (Essential Histories)
by Stephen Badsey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Osprey title - clear, well written, with superb maps., 25 Mar. 2015
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For a general overview of the Franco-Prussian war, one needs to look no further than Stephen Badsey's "The Franco-Prussian War." His 92 page book covers all the battles and, in particular, the events leading to the war. All other events surrounding the war, such as the revolution in France that it caused, are covered though not explored in depth, as they are topics for other books.

It's apparent Stephen Badsey researched the topic well and writes for understanding, reflecting his lecturing background. The numerous maps are excellent , I have never read a book where every single placename is on an accompanying map; making the text and the battles easy to follow. Highly recommended.


Hattin, 1187: Saladin's Greatest Victory (Osprey Military Campaign)
Hattin, 1187: Saladin's Greatest Victory (Osprey Military Campaign)
by David Nicolle
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent concise account., 25 Mar. 2015
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This is an excellent addition to the campaign series. The author has written a well structured account of the campaign and the battle, he starts with the political situation prior to the battle, a brief look at the leaders and the troops involved and the preliminary plans of both sides.

The battle itself is covered in some depth with excellent area maps illustrations and superb 3-d battle maps, which all enhance and make clear the very informative narrative on how the battle developed. The author also discusses the myths surrounding the battle and discredits those appropriate.

There is a chapter at the end on the aftermath with bibliography.

All in all a well researched and informative account and a book that should be on the book shelf of any serious student of the Crusades.


Rome's Lost Son: VESPASIAN VI
Rome's Lost Son: VESPASIAN VI
Price: £5.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent sequel., 23 Mar. 2015
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Another superb sequel in the Vespasian series.


Yorktown, 1781 (Osprey Military Campaign)
Yorktown, 1781 (Osprey Military Campaign)
by Brendan Morrissey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another worthy title in the Osprey campaign series., 21 Mar. 2015
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Another great offering from Osprey with an excellent informative and lively narrative. Considering the length of the booklet the author has packed in an enormous amount of information.

The very informative text is backed up with superb artwork, illustrations, highly detailed maps. Recommended for students and anyone remotely interested in the American war of Independence.


Boston, 1775: The Shot Heard Around the World (Osprey Military Campaign)
Boston, 1775: The Shot Heard Around the World (Osprey Military Campaign)
by Brendan Morrissey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a fine entry in the Osprey Campaign series., 21 Mar. 2015
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Another great offering from Osprey with an excellent informative and lively narrative. Considering the length of the booklet the author has packed in an enormous amount of information.

I agree however with previous reviewers that there are not as many colour plates as I would have expected from an Osprey title, however the plates are extremely well done and accurate, also there are many period prints with photographs and highly detailed maps. Recommended


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