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Avast thar ye landlubbers. Did ye not know that on the morrow it be International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Aaar, and here in the brig on the good ship Osprey, we shall all be doin the same. Wi' a bottle of grog, some pieces o' eight and plenty of chances for any of the salty seadogs hereabout to walk the plank.Continue Reading

Osprey by Post

In Military History
Never let it be said that my job isn’t fun. Hot on the heels of the Osprey Men-at-Arms: A Celebration volume, which saw me spending days rummaging through all our Men-at-Arms books and selecting the best artwork going, I was lucky enough to be asked to do a similar thing for Battle – a collection of postcards of some of the greatest battlescenes Osprey artists have ever depicted.Continue Reading

A new war, a new Osprey?

In Military History
As avid fans of our series will no doubt know, our coverage of military history doesn’t stop at just ‘history’, and several of our books, exemplified by the recent Elite double on Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, are as up-to-the-minute as is possible. If the reception of those two books is anything to go by, there is a lot of interest in modern topics. This is not a new phenomenon – throughout Osprey’s 40-year history, we have consistently addressed ‘modern’ conflicts, from the Falklands (the original 3-volume Men-at-Arms mini-series was published in November 1982, only 5 months after the war ended) to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (the relevant Men-at-Arms covering the troops engaged on both sides at the height of the conflict published in 1986, and written by an author who had just returned from the country).Continue Reading

Cleburne Graphic Novel

In Military History
While by no means an expert on the American Civil War, my interest in the period has been piqued recently by a variety of sources, notably Gettysburg, a film I am ashamed to say I hadn't seen until relatively recently (though I at least watched it and Gods and Generals in the right order), and am currently devouring as much as I can on the subject from the first volume of Shelby Foote's 3-volume narrative to Bernard Cornwell's Starbuck Chronicles. One of the pleasures of working in publishing are the occasional advances or preview copies of titles which cross my desk (usually by way of the Marketing staff, who still don't seem to have realised that it would be easier to just give me the freebies to start with, saving themselves from a lot of hassling). So when Cleburne from Rampart Press arrived, I was pretty chuffed, to say the least.Continue Reading

New New Vanguards?

In Military History
Recently, I became a member of a very select, very elite club within the hallowed halls of Osprey (it's like the Illuminati, but with more tanks...)Continue Reading

Faintheart Never Won Fair Lady

In Military History
A brief period browsing on YouTube led me to discover this little gem: a trailer for a forthcoming British comedy set in the world of Viking re-enactment.Continue Reading

Dying with their boots on

In Military History
Given that the so-called ‘Wild West’ lasted a mere quarter of a century at best, it is, after World War II, perhaps the most-filmed period of history. Admittedly, the popularity of the western peaked early, and faded into relative obscurity by the 1980s, while other films maintained or grew in prominence (coming to a cinema near you: my rants about superhero movies…), no-one seemed to care for the classic western anymore. I can quite easily understand the reasoning for this – for a 25-odd year period, hundreds of stories had been crammed into it, probably totalling more runtime than the ‘wild west’ itself actually lasted, and moviegoers were fed up with a stale genre.Continue Reading
Recently, I picked up a copy of the new Battlefield game for the XBox360 – Bad Company. Under a week later, I have now completed the game, and feel prepared to wax lyrical about it! Firstly, I should probably explain that though I completed it in under a week, the game is not a short one – the missions are quite long, and it’s so much fun I didn’t want to stop playing half the time!Continue Reading

The Greatest Military quotes?

In Military History
Recently, with one of my typical flights of fancy, I started to ponder on some of the military sayings and quotes that have achieved fame throughout history. My personal favourites are: "The sun will never set on the British Empire – God does not trust the English in the dark" – AnonContinue Reading

HMS Ontario Discovered

In Military History
On October 31, 1780, the HMS Ontario, a 22-gun brig sloop was swamped by a gale as she crossed Lake Ontario from Fort Niagara. Lost with all hands, 60 British soldiers, 40 mainly Canadian crew and possibly as many as 30 American prisoners-of-war, she remained at the bottom of the lake for 228 years, before being discovered some 500 feet down...Continue Reading

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