Osprey's Big Reveal: Elite

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It's time to reveal more of our upcoming 2019 books, and in today's post we'll be looking at our Elite series. Which army's history are you most intrigued by? Let us know in the comments!

ELI: Armies of the Baltic Independence Wars 1918–20

Immediately following the end of World War I, amid the collapse of the German, Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires, bitter fighting broke out in the Baltic region as Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania struggled for their independence, and Red and White Russian armies began their civil war. There were also German forces still active in what had been the northern end of Germany's Eastern Front. Armies of the Baltic Independence Wars 1918­­–20 offers a concise but detailed introduction to this whole theatre of war, focusing on the Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and relevant German and Russian forces, plus Finnish, Danish and Swedish contingents

ELI: Armies of Russia's War in Ukraine

In February 2014, street protests in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities led to the ousting of the Russian-backed President Yanukovych. The so-called Euromaidan Revolution brought changes to Ukraine’s constitution, but the violent reaction in the east and south of the country led to armed counter-revolution, unofficially backed by Russia.

This conflict is the essential example of Russia's new policy of 'hybrid warfare', which blends propaganda, misinformation, and the deployment of 'deniable' Special Forces and regular troops alongside proxies and mercenaries to achieve its strategic ends.

ELI: Raiders of New France, North American Forest Warfare Tactics 17th–18th Centuries

French political conservatism and relative lack of investment saw British colonies in 17th century North America grow much more vigorously, pushing into territories that the French had not exploited. That 'New France' survived as long as it did, with a smaller population and military garrison, was largely due to an intelligent doctrine of raiding warfare developed through close contact by imaginative French officers with Indian tribes and Canadian settlers. This was a deliberate plan to overcome numerical weakness by exploiting the potential of mixed parties of French soldiers, Canadian backwoodsmen and allied Indian warriors. By employing hit-and-run 'commando' tactics over great distances, they tied down the New Englanders in a defensive posture and discouraged the enemy's Iroquois allies.

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ZorroG posted on 6 Sep 2018 16:27:24
Like I he Raiders of New France title. Look forward to ordering it when it is published.
PAUL W posted on 28 Aug 2018 22:42:01
3 good books here.
AdamC posted on 16 Aug 2018 13:02:58
AdamC posted on 16 Aug 2018 13:02:26
Well its a sort list but there is nothing wrong with any of the titles on it. They are all good additions to Osprey's range. Good work chaps.
Hessy Field posted on 14 Aug 2018 11:57:12
Disappointed with just the three (or is that two?) titles - though they are on interesting subjects. Although there were six Elites this year I wouldn't describe any of them as "mediocre" (the only possible dodgy one was WWII US Marine Infantry Regiments - a good book in itself but already largely covered by an earlier Elite and Warrior title).
Robert @ Osprey posted on 13 Aug 2018 08:51:07
Apologies, everyone. The Raiders of New France dates have been corrected.
GI Gene posted on 12 Aug 2018 15:59:44
First of all I am surprised there are only three titles in this series next year. The need for another Elite monthly poll is long overdue, so start sending in those suggestions people!

Armies of the Baltic Independence Wars 1918–20 is worth considering, Armies of Russia's War in Ukraine is a must buy, and Raiders of New France sounds like some alternative history since I didn't know the French beat the Vikings and Columbus to the New World... ;) :P
Paintybeard posted on 12 Aug 2018 15:09:36
Three good titles. (Better than 6 mediocre ones, for certain.) Although I think the Baltic book may be trying to cram too much into 64 pages. Very pleased with the modern one about Ukraine, especially as I understand that Mark Galleoti is author.
Callin'you posted on 12 Aug 2018 11:53:02
Looking forward to all the titles, particularly the "Raiders of New France". I've been suggesting a title covering this subject whenever Osprey asks the readers opinion. Although I think you might want to check the dates!

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