Being there . . . . with expert analysts and brilliant writers who combine gripping first-hand accounts, rare photographs, and strategic tactical maps for new truths and insights about the realities of World War II frontline fighting

Being there . . . . with expert analysts and brilliant writers who combine gripping first-hand accounts, rare photographs, and strategic tactical maps for new truths and insights about the realities of World War II frontline fighting . . . .

                       NOT WITH ONLY ONE OSPREY, BUT 15 OF THEM, AND ALL AT ONCE!   

                   Reviewed and Highly Recommended by Don DeNevi         

 If you are the sort of military reader who can determine interest in a book by its title alone, sensing the author’s ability to narrate skillfully by simply perusing a page or two of print size, follow me into the ARGunners 5-Star book rating system i.e., READABILITY, HISTORICAL ACCURACY, DETAILS, and OVERALL EXCELLENCE, for much-needed verification. For topics hitherto ignored, forgotten, or simply unknown, search the Osprey Publishing catalog to enjoy, relish, nay, cherish, the surprising knowledge available. Listed below are a mere handful.

 To earn their hard-researched literary efforts, the authors introduced today surely entered “seething hell, eternal darkness, and forgotten buried graves” (thanks, Walt Whitman), to disinter “new” WWII information enhancing the old and well-known.  Read for yourself 15 from more than hundreds: 

“Soviet Partisan versus German Security Solider – Eastern Front 1941-1944”, by Alexander Hill.
Brutal fighting between German forces and Russian partisans over four years. Vivid true stories.

“Yugoslav Armies 1941-45”, by Nigel Thomas. Ceaseless guerrilla warfare of Chetniks partnering with Communist Partisans, with Allied support, in defeating SS mountain troops. Rare photos.

“B-25 Mitchell vs Japanese Destroyer – Battle of the Bismarck Sea 1943”, by Mark Lardas. Machines of war pitted against each other. True strategic accounts, USAAF tactics always won.

“Truk 1944-45 – The Destruction of Japan’s Central Pacific Bastion”, by Mark Lardas. The rise and fall of Japan’s Pearl Harbor, author cogently explains success of late-war airpower.

“RAF Fighters vs Luftwaffe Bombers – Battle of Britain”, by Andy Saunders. Excellent reading to immerse reader in the experiences of flying and fighting simultaneously. First-hand accounts.

“The Japanese Home Front 1937-45”, by Philip Jowett. From the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937 until their surrender, a multitude of military and civilian defense forces strove to help.

“North Cape 1943 – The Sinking of the Scharnhorst”, by Angus Konstam. This superbly illustrated book documents the end of the Kriegmarine’s Arctic battle fleet and threat it posed.

“Java Sea 1942 – Japan’s Conquest of the Netherlands East Indies”, by Mark Stille. Fought in early 1942, it was the first major surface engagement of the Pacific War, few as decisively won.

“P – 51B/C Mustang – Northwest Europe, 1943 – 44”, by Chris Bucholtz. Clearly, the best ever “Strap yourself in!” experiences written. Describes toll on German planes month by month.

“The Moscow Kremlin – Russia’s Fortified Heart”, by Mark Galeotti. Wonderfully illustrated book follows the Kremlin’s tumultuous history before and through communism to the present.

“Soviet Machine Guns of World War II” by Chris McNab. In 1939, the Russians dominated their Red Army with three machine guns, heavy, medium, and light, bipod mounted. For gun-lovers.

“Big Week 1944 – Operation Argument and the Breaking of the Jagdwaffe”, by Douglas C. Dildy. In February, the Allies fought history’s first successful offensive (OCA) campaign, winning.

“Fw 109D-9 – Defense of the Reich 1944 – 45”, by Robert Forsyth. Another masterpiece of strapping the reader in to discover the tough fighting experiences of wartime pilots over Germany.

“Syria and Lebanon 1941 – The Allied Fight Against the Vichy French”, by David Sutton. In June, the Allies invaded the Vichy French controlled mandate of Syria and Lebanon. The fighting was fierce. What was this all about? Rarely do authors explore, explain, but Sutton is brilliant at it.

“Soviet State Security Services 1917 – 46”, by Douglas A. Drabik. From late 1917 through the Russian Civil War, the Great Terror, and World War II, the author offers a riveting history.

 What buff among military enthusiasts can resist the information and knowledge found in EVEN one of these titles? Who among us has EVEN heard of one of these topics to research it EVEN superficially? Who knows enough to EVEN share something of it? Does it EVEN deserve a place in the annals of war literature? EVEN at the relative low cost of each between $19 to $30 (depending on number of softcover pages) for his fledgling personal library? 

  The Osprey publishing geniuses on the advice of very serious WWII historians can answer such questions. After all, they conceived a unique military series never before achieved.  As far as the above list is concerned, the reviewer presents it with enormous respect, with a special grateful, appreciative nod to those who knew what titles needed publication. Personally, I’ll eat a little less each day this spring to afford buying them all.

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