Osprey's Big Reveal: Men-at-Arms

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Today’s post is the first in a series called the Big Reveal. Every August we unveil what’s coming to Osprey in 2018, and kicking off this year’s is our longest-running series, Men-at-Arms.

In 2018, we’re set to publish another five books in this series of over 500 titles.

World War II Vichy French Security Troops

After the Fall of France in 1940, a new puppet state was set up in the south. Officially known as the French State, it is better known as Vichy France. This collaborationist Vichy regime's armed forces were more active and usually more numerous than German troops in the task of hunting down and crushing the maquis - the French Resistance guerrilla forces.

World War II Vichy French Security Troops will cover the organization and operations of Vichy French Security Forces, including: the new Vichy Police Nationale, particularly their Groupes Mobiles de Reserve, the Service d'Ordre Légionnaire, and the Milice Francaise, a ruthless anti-Resistance militia armed partly with British weapons captured from SOE airdrops. It tells the story of Occupied France from the perspective of those who saw alliance with Germany as a necessary price in a war against Communism.

French Naval & Colonial Troops 1872–1914

France's colonial wars in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia were very largely fought by an organization completely separate from both the home-defence Metropolitan Army and the Armée d'Afrique in Algeria. The Naval Troops (Troupes de la Marine) were volunteers, and earned a reputation for greater toughness and hardiness than the conscripted Metropolitan Army.

Spread throughout the French Empire, Naval Troops in this period were characterized by very large infantry and artillery regiments based in France, mixed race regiments (Régiments Mixtes), and entire native regiments raised in West Africa, Madagascar and Indochina. The latter, the so-called 'Tirailleurs’ were organized and led by officers and cadres from the Naval Troops, and wore very varied and colourful uniforms based on formalized versions of traditional local costumes

Polish Legions 1914–19

Due to its partitions and dissolution in the late eighteenth century, hundreds of thousands of Polish soldiers enlisted in distinct units in the armies of many countries – primarily those of the Russian and Austro-Hungarian empires, but also that of the German Reich and the French Republic.

All these forces were uniformed and equipped by the parent armies, though often with explicitly Polish features. The collapse of Tsarist Russia in 1917 and of the Central Powers in 1918 allowed these diverse forces to unite in a re-created Polish Army under the new-born Second Polish Republic in November 1918. This is the fascinating story of the Poles who fought on both sides in the trenches of World War I and then united to fight for their freedom when the defeat of the Central Powers gave them the opportunity

Latin American Wars 1900–1941

From the Mexican Revolution to the Zarumilla War, in the first 40 years of the 20th century the nations of Central and South America were frequently disturbed by border clashes, civil wars and revolution. Many of these conflicts became known as 'Banana Wars'. Some involved only lightly armed guerrillas, but others saw armies operating artillery and armoured vehicles, supported by aircraft and river navies. The conflicts in Honduras and Nicaragua saw the intervention of US Marines, and later wars involved armour and aircraft acquired from Europe, as well as attracting many foreign adventurers.

Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848–70 (2)

In the 1840s, Italy was a patchwork of states. The North was ruled by the Austrian Empire, the South by the Spanish-descended monarchy of the Two Sicilies. Over the next two decades, after wars led by Savoy/Piedmont and volunteers such as Garibaldi, an independent Kingdom of Italy emerged. These conflicts saw foreign interventions and shifting alliances among minor states, and attracted a variety of local and foreign volunteers.

This is the second volume in the two part series which covers the armies of the Papal States; the duchies of Tuscany, Parma, and Modena; the republics of Rome and San Marco (Venice) and the transitional Kingdom of Sicily; and the various volunteer movements.


Which of these titles will you be picking up in 2018? Don’t forget to let us know your favourite, and keep checking the blog for more updates in our Big Reveal.

Post Comments

overman posted on 23 Sep 2017 07:46:34
I liked the first volume on the Italian Unification War and looking forward to the next installment! Also, the Latin American Wars seems to be overlooked a bit. i'd like to see more on the Chaco, among others.
Hessy Field posted on 10 Aug 2017 16:20:56
I quite like this list although a little disappointed not to see a follow-up to either of the two recent titles on the ancient Roman armed forces. If the WARRIOR series still exists - in relation to the Italian Wars - I always felt that a title on Garibaldi's Redcoats would be interesting.
C-Bone posted on 6 Aug 2017 18:36:44
I like the variety on this list, and since there's only five titles, I'll probably buy them all.
Definitely looking forward to French Colonial Troops, Vichy Security Forces, and Latin American Wars.
Tarawa90 posted on 6 Aug 2017 01:12:02
A nice bit of variety but mostly a sleepy list. I think you guys need to up the number of books per year a little bit.
kuvaszsleepybear posted on 4 Aug 2017 07:38:31
The Zarumilla War(Ecuador vs Peru 1941) deserves a "Campaign" of it's own.
GI Gene posted on 3 Aug 2017 18:46:51
World War II Vichy French Security Troops is the one I'm looking forward to next year.
I wonder if this fellow will be in it:


We are off to a great start! Thank you Osprey!
KenA posted on 3 Aug 2017 13:56:36
Interesting list for me given that MAA is not one of my favourite series. Vichy French Security Troops is the pick of the list for me. Once more information is available I may give Polish Legions and Latin American Wars a try.

Painty, over the last few years Osprey has had separate Big Reveal lists for GNA and GNM if that helps.
AdamC posted on 3 Aug 2017 12:58:14
There was no ??? for Games/Adventures last year Painty if memory serves!
Paintybeard posted on 3 Aug 2017 12:39:52
French Naval and Colonial troops is the pick of the crop for me, a title I have long been hoping for. The other 4 are pretty solid too.

And now a little detective work; 16 groups of question marks at the top of the blog. Which series do they represent? I'm going to guess that there will be one for General military/Aviation and 1 for games/adventures. So that leaves 14 series...
Aircraft of the Aces
Air Campaign
Combat Aircraft
Men at Arms
New Vanguard

Check my maths, somebody!
AdamC posted on 3 Aug 2017 12:35:30
Hi guys!

The Big Reveal is upon us! Hurrah!!!

So MAA 2018 – that’s a nice list you there to kick us off! Some really interesting topics not previously covered. Something a bit different rather than “Underpants of the 82nd Airborne (Vol XXXIV)”. All in all I nice little appetite wetter for us there! Bring on the next lot!!!

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