A new series for 2017

In Military History, Featured

Last month’s Big Reveal kept something from you.

 In the last year we’ve been pondering what new avenues of aviation history Osprey can explore. For more than 20 years Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft and Duel have taken us though the world of pilots, units, and one-on-one air combat. They’ve been a fantastic success, covering all the major conflicts in the sky. Aviation Elite Units and Air Vanguard have added to their scope. And last month the first of the brilliant new X-Planes series went on sale, looking at hi-tech prototypes and the world of experimental flight.

But that all leaves a big part of the story of combat aviation untold. Although we’ve produced the occasional Campaign that covers an air operation – Pointblank, the Doolittle Raid, Pearl Harbor – we’ve not systematically studied how air power has been used in the wars of the last century.

This is the idea behind Air Campaign – our new series for 2017. Whereas Duel tries to give a pilot’s-eye account of aerial combat, Air Campaign aims to explain the bigger picture – the commanders’-eye view of air war. What strategic goals was the campaign meant to achieve? What were the available aircraft, weapons and pilots capable of? What kind of opposition would they face? What plan did the attacking air force form and what tactics could they employ? Then: how was the campaign fought, how did the defenders respond, and looking back on it, what could or should have been done differently?

We’re launching Air Campaign next September, with the first four books ranging from World War II to Vietnam. Next week we’ll tell you what we have lined up – but what campaigns would you have chosen?

If you want to send us your suggestions or ideas over the next year, the email’s helloaircampaign@ospreypublishing.com. The best ideas will get copies of the first two ACMs next September – before they go on sale.

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Redcoat posted on 20 Oct 2016 06:12:47
My guesses for the first four are:

Battle of Britain (long overdue as a Campaign)
D-Day Air Operations (surely Osprey can find room for another D-Day - Normandy title!)
Rolling Thunder
Desert Storm ( got to keep the biggest market happy)
PAUL W posted on 13 Oct 2016 19:10:12
Great news reader raid btw
PAUL W posted on 13 Oct 2016 19:01:05
I reckon battle of Britain, operation tidal wave and hopefully Malta from ww2.
ph posted on 13 Oct 2016 08:49:08
I like the idea a lot, as I like more “technical” stuff (I bought every Air Vanguard although the last books ended having more “combat aircraft” content than technical development details: please continue series but going back to its origins)
As for some suggested titles:
1. Starting with WWI (regardless of Osprey’s initial hypothesis, I think there are air campaigns in this war): Air campaign above Verdun 1916: innovative group tactics, technological war developing new aircraft at top speed
2. Spanish Civil war: German and Italian air bombing campaign: testing WW II
3. WWII:
- Barbarossa’s initial air assault 1941 : massive Luftwaffe attack, but also Russian response leading to some of the biggest air battles ever
- Malta 1940-42: pure air campaign both from Axis and Allies
- Fight over the Channel 1941-43
4. Cold war: apart from Vietnam, Korea,...
- Lebanon 1982: first “modern” air war
5. XXI century: development of current CAS in Afghanistan and Irak 2001-2012: evolution of tactics and weapons

C-Bone posted on 12 Oct 2016 23:20:07
Off we go, into the wild blue yonder!
I bet The Battle of Britain is one of the first four titles.
Rolling Thunder for Vietnam, or Linebacker?
The Rhodesian Bush War has my support.
Tarawa90 posted on 11 Oct 2016 21:13:16
Drat. I was really hoping I'd get that Amazons book that won the book vote.
Daitengu posted on 11 Oct 2016 11:04:25
Sounds good, but you won't have hundreds of battles. Some good ones though:

* Rhodesian Bush War air-campaign (Fireforce etc)
* Iran-Iraq War in the Air
* Biafran Baby air campaign
* India-Pakistan 1965 and 1967
* Taiwan strait 1958
* Football War 1969 (El Salvador & Honduras using vintage Mustangs and Corsairs against each other)

Tom @ Osprey posted on 11 Oct 2016 11:02:13
Many thanks for the suggestions here, and for the emails so far - it's really interesting to see what you'd choose (and reassuring that there's a fair bit of crossover between my ideas and yours.) Some good questions too, which I'll answer in a blog soon.

Carl - to begin with I wanted to focus on campaigns that were a definite attempt to do something with air power, rather than more of a supporting role. Which means WWII and later really. Interesting to see Bloody April suggested more than once though.

Tarawa - why not do it in Campaign?

The good thing about doing it as a new series is that we can tailor the format to the subject. So, for example it will be a bit more technical than Campaign is, explaining what the aircraft available could do, and their shortcomings. And rather than detailing the Opposing Plans of the two sides, it will concentrate on the attacker's plan and objectives. (The objective of the defenders in an air campaign being generally to stop the attackers...)

We'll reveal the four launch titles next week. We're deliberately not focusing on aircraft types in this series - it will be very much about how air power has been used, whether it succeeded or failed.
OspreyRich posted on 11 Oct 2016 09:41:57
Sorry about the delay on news of Raid. Watch this space but I think you will be seeing some titles soon. No promises but it is looking likely. No series ever really dies but there are no plans for Myths and Legends at the moment.
kuvaszsleepybear posted on 11 Oct 2016 04:24:09
Ditto on where is "RAIDS"? Falklands Air Campaign and Indo-Pak Wars and Taiwan Straights.
Tarawa90 posted on 11 Oct 2016 01:03:21
Sorry to butt in again but did we ever get an answer on some of the other series not listed? Is RAID dead or resting? Same with Myths and Legends.
Tarawa90 posted on 11 Oct 2016 00:58:35
If there's a Korean War F-86 Saber focused book, I'll bite.
Tarawa90 posted on 11 Oct 2016 00:57:11
I'm not so sure guys. I'm curious about the series, but I think any air focused campaigns could have fitting in the standard Campaign format. No titles to reveal yet though?
GI Gene posted on 11 Oct 2016 00:12:47
Sounds like an exciting new series! I'll be sending you an email with some suggestions and ideas real soon!
Carl(Sweden) posted on 10 Oct 2016 20:36:06
Great, I love the campaign series and a follow up regarding air campains would be a great addition. I really look forward to this book series.
Sent in some syggestion on the given mail including:
Malta air battles and The Guadalcanal air duel between the Cactus airforce and the Tainan Kokutai.

Looking forward to the reveal but why not ww1 air battles?
Tom @ Osprey posted on 10 Oct 2016 15:32:06
The Six Day War is definitely on my wishlist Painty, though it's not one of the launch titles.

Sea Vanguard/Sea Campaign? Well, one thing at a time...
Paintybeard posted on 10 Oct 2016 14:30:31
I would like to suggest the Israeli air campaign at the start of the Six-day War. Always pleased to hear that Osprey are thinking up new ideas and look forward to hearing more details of this as planning progresses.

So how about adding "Sea Vanguard" and "Sea Campaign" to your repertoires?

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