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on 14 October 2013
Having read Ernle Bradfords "The Great Siege" I have been fascinated by this epic battle. When Osprey released their Campaign book of the siege of Malta I couldn't wait to get the hold of it. Osprey produce well researched and beautifully illustrated books by some of the leading authorities on their subject. Not this one! I basically found myself reading a condensed version of Mr Bradford's book. If a writer is going to rely as heavily on one source I would expect the decency of it being mentioned in the bibliography however and probably not surprisingly, there is none. As to the illustrations, apart from the artwork by Christa Hook (for which I have given the book its star), the illustrations are largely irrelevant to the event. As Mr Pickles helpfully points out in a photo of Fort St Elmo " The picture gives no idea how the fort stood during the siege" The tactical map doesn't either though, it shows the footprint of a much later version of the fort.
I must admit to feeling a bit ripped off with this offering. Very disappointing