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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Osprey announces the release of

ACE 127 – Polish Spitfire Aces

ACE 127 – Polish Spitfire Aces

Of all Allied airmen, Polish pilots had had the most experience of fighting the Luftwaffe by the time the war came to Britain. As the Battle of Britain raged, they quickly proved themselves as highly aggressive and skilful interceptors, especially when flying the famous Spitfire. The Polish Air Force eventually became the largest non-Commonwealth Spitfire operator, using some 1,500 Mks I, II, V, IX and XVI to devastating effect. Top scoring USAAF ace of the ETO, Francis "Gabby" Gabreski and a whole host of other Allied and Commonwealth aces flew with Polish squadrons, adding even more to their fighting quality. Conversely, several Polish pilots were attached to other Allied squadrons throughout the war, demonstrating their prowess alongside airmen from a whole host of nations. From an expert on Polish fighter aviation, this is a peerless account of the fiery, talented Polish "Spit" pilots, whose country had been overrun and whose aggression and determination to shoot down Axis aircraft was unmatched.

Contents

Get the Spitfire 
Defending Britain 
Hot summer of 1941
Against the Focke-Wulfs 
Dieppe landings 
Mk IXs 
Mediterranean adventures 
Tactical air force 
Get a Spitfire 
Appendices 

CAM 282 – Leyte 1944

CAM 282 – Leyte 1944

The loss of the Philippines in 1942 was the worst defeat in American military history. General Douglas MacArthur, the 'Lion of Luzon', was evacuated by order of the President just before the fall, but he vowed to return, and in August 1944 he kept his word when he led what, at the time, was the largest amphibious assault of the Pacific War on the island of Leyte. This is the full story of that fateful battle, one of the most ferocious campaigns of World War II and one of huge strategic and symbolic significance. In the face of stubborn Japanese resistance, including the first systematic use of Kamikaze attacks, the US forces ground slowly forwards before another amphibious assault took the vital position of Ormoc in the last decisive battle of the campaign. Based on extensive research in the US Army's Military History Institute, along with other archival and veteran sources, this important study sheds new light on the operation that saw the US finally return to the Philippines and in doing so placed another nail firmly in the coffin of the Japanese Empire.

Contents

Origins of the campaign 
Chronology 
Opposing commanders 
Opposing armies 
Orders of battle 
Opposing plans 
The campaign 
Aftermath 
The battlefields today 
Further reading 
Index

FGV – Frostgrave

FGV – Frostgrave

Amidst the frozen ruins of an ancient city, wizards battle in the hopes of discovering the treasures of a fallen empire. In this fantasy skirmish wargame, each player takes on the role of a wizard from one of ten schools of magic, and builds his band of followers. The wizard's apprentice will usually accompany his master, and more than a dozen other henchman types are available for hire, from lowly thugs to heavily armoured knights and stealthy thieves. Wizards can expand their magical knowledge by unlocking ancient secrets and may learn up to 80 different spells. While individual games of Frostgrave are quick and can easily be played in an hour or two, it is by connecting them into an ongoing campaign that players will find the most enjoyment. The scenarios given in the book are merely the beginning of the limitless adventures that can be found amidst the ruins of the Frozen City.

Contents

Foreword
Wizards and Warbands
Playing the Game
The Campaign
Spells
Scenarios
Bestiary
Spell Cards
The Wizard Sheet

GNM – Osprey Military History Calendar 2016

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Showcasing 12 favourite pieces of Osprey artwork from recent publications, including works by illustrators such as Peter Dennis, Graham Turner, Steve Noon and Howard Gerrard, this beautifully illustrated calendar covers all eras of military history and is the ideal gift for the Osprey enthusiast or more general military history fan.

MAA 501 – Armies of the Greek-Turkish War 1919-22

MAA 501 – Armies of the Greek-Turkish War 1919-22


This is a comprehensive guide to the armies that fought a devastating and decisive conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean between the two World Wars of the 20th century. From the initial Greek invasion, designed to "liberate" the 100,000 ethnic Greeks that lived in Western Turkey and had done for centuries, to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's incredibly efficient formation of a national government and a regular army, this was a war that shaped the geopolitical landscape of the Mediterranean to this day. It gave birth to the modern Turkish state, displacing millions and creating bitter memories of atrocities committed by both sides. Augmented with very rare photographs and beautiful illustrations, this ground-breaking title explores the history, organization, and appearance of the armies, both guerilla and conventional, that fought in this bloody war.

Contents

Introduction: the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I - Allied occupation of Constantinople - Allied encouragement of Greek invasion of Western Anatolia 
Chronology 
The Armies: Greek Army - Pontian Greek and other guerrilla forces - Turkish irregulars - Turkish regular army - Caliphate Army 
Foreign interventionist forces 
Turkish and Greek air arms 
Uniforms and weapons 
Colour plate commentaries 
Index