Osprey's Big Reveal: Campaign

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Every summer, we unveil what's coming to Osprey in 2022. This year, we kick off the Big Reveal with the Campaign series. Let us know which of these books are you most intrigued by.

 

CAM: Barents Sea 1942

In December 1942, under Operation Regenbogen (Rainbow), the German Kriegsmarine sought to strike a crippling blow on the Arctic convoys and finally sever the important lifeline in the Barents Sea. In this fascinating work, renowned naval expert Angus Konstam documents the fate of the Allied Convoy JW 51B as it came under attack from some of the Kriegsmarine’s most powerful surface warships – a pocket battleship, a heavy cruiser and six destroyers. Illustrated with stunning battlescene artworks, maps, 3D diagrams and photographs, it explores the David and Goliath struggle between the Allied ships defending the convoy and the powerful German force, until the arrival of the two British cruisers tipped the balance of power. 

 

CAM: Battle of Malta

From June 1940 through 1942, Malta was effectively besieged by a joint Italian and German air offensive. The strategically situated Mediterranean island were subjected to one Axis air raid after another. Italo-German forces were expected to invade, but first the islands had to be subjugated. Malta was reliant for defence on antiaircraft guns and often-outnumbered fighter aircraft and dependent for survival on naval supply convoys. But, soon, the population was reduced to starvation rations. Anti-aircraft guns were restricted in ammunition use and fighter aircraft were sometimes grounded through lack of fuel or numbers. Against the odds, and at heavy cost, Malta was held.

Anthony Rogers' fascinating account of these desperate times explores the background to events, and shows how the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and merchant navy, British and Maltese infantry and, not least, the islanders themselves, emerged triumphant.

 

CAM: Berezina 1812 

Much has been written about the Battle of the Berezina and the 1812 Russian campaign in general, during which the cold winter devastated the Grande Armée. Historians often praise Napoleon for his actions at the Berezina and attribute his success to a brilliant strategic mind, laying a trap that deceived the Russians and resulted in a remarkable feat in the history of warfare. Drawing on contemporary sources, this title recreates one of the great escapes in military history. Although the core of Napoleon’s army escaped, tens of thousands were killed in the battle, trampled in the rush for the bridge, drowned in the icy waters of the Berezina, or captured. Written by an acknowledged expert on the period, this title brings to life in stunning visual detail the events of late November 1812, as Napoleon’s retreating, desperate Grande Armée extricated itself from the clutches of the Russian armies under Kutuzov-Golenischev, Wittgenstein and Chichagov in an epic of heroism and masterful tactics.

 

CAM: Carrhae 53 BC

In June 53 BC, Marcus Licinius Crassus (the Roman general who had famously put down the Spartacan revolt) led seven legions, 4,000 lightly armed troops and 4,000 horsemen across the Euphrates to wage war on Parthia in a vain attempt to gain glory and riches. Though soon deserted by his Armenian allies, Crassus continued his advance into unfamiliar, hostile territory. At Carrhae (present-day Harran, Turkey), the scene was set for a Roman military disaster on an epic scale.

Classical scholar Nic Fields describes in full detail how, despite being heavily outnumbered, Surena's cavalry completely outmaneuvered Crassus' heavy infantry, killing or capturing most of the Roman soldiers. Crassus himself was killed; the Parthians allegedly poured molten gold down his throat, in a symbolic gesture mocking his renowned greed.

 

CAM: East China Sea 1945

The island invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa were the last two major ground campaigns to be initiated during the Pacific War. This superbly illustrated volume explores the air–sea aspects of these pivotal battles. Among the events covered are the ‘death ride’ of the Japanese battleship Yamato (the largest ever built), and the mass kamikaze attacks off Iwo Jima and Okinawa, as well as the amphibious invasions themselves, including the air–sea bombardment of the two islands. The book explores the devastating impact the kamikazes had, and considers the contribution of the USAAF and the British Pacific Fleet to the eventual victory of US air and ground forces.

 

CAM: Japanese Conquest of Burma 1942

The Japanese invasion of Burma, which began in January 1942 and ended in May with the arrival of Burcorps at Imphal in Manipur on the borders of British India, was the longest land campaign fought by British Commonwealth troops during World War II. In the Burmese jungles, the battle-hardened, highly trained and lightly equipped Imperial Japanese Army quickly proved itself a vastly superior fighting force to the British, Indian and Gurkha troops that formed 1st Burma and 17th Indian Division, and to the allied Chinese nationalist forces fighting in eastern Burma. This title narrates Burcorps' successful and lengthy fighting retreat north across hundreds of miles of highly malarial, challenging terrain. 

 

CAM: Leyte Gulf 1944 (2) 

In the epic naval battle of Leyte Gulf, crucial roles were played by the Imperial Japanese Navy's Northern and Southern forces. The Northern Force was a key part of the Imperial Japanese Navy's SHO-1 plan: its mission was to lure the US Navy’s Task Force 38 to the north, which would allow the Japanese Center Force to attack into Leyte Gulf. The Imperial Japanese Navy's Southern Force fought the Battle of Surigao Strait on October 25. In this key clash, the Japanese were attempting to enter Leyte Gulf from the south, but encountered the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, resulting in the last battleship duel in history. 

In this second volume of a two-part study, naval expert Mark Stille examines both the Japanese and US decisions that led to the Surigao Strait and Cape Engano battles, the strengths and weaknesses of the opposing sides, and the decisions taken by the commanders involved, notably those taken by Admiral Halsey. It also presents a thorough examination of the impact of the largest naval battle in history on the remainder of the Pacific War.

 

CAM: Narvik 1940

The northern Norwegian town of Narvik was a key ice-free port. At sea, the Royal Navy fought the Kriegsmarine, and succeeded in destroying a German destroyer flotilla in the battles in the fjords. The ensuing land battles that took place between 9 April and 8 June 1940 pitted Norwegian, French, British and Polish troops against German Gebirgsjäger and Fallschirmjäger units. Despite their initial successes, the German invasion of France and the Low Countries altered the overall situation of the war, and the importance of Norway was considerably lessened: on 25 May, Allied commanders received orders to evacuate from Norway. 

In this study, David Greentree presents a meticulously researched narrative of the Narvik campaign, showing how it was a lost opportunity for the Allies. The campaign was a key learning ground for both sides, particularly in the coordination of combined operations.

 

CAM: Siege of Budapest 1944–45 

The 52-day siege of Budapest was one of the most significant urban battles of World War II. The Transdanubia region was strategically vital to Nazi Germany for its raw materials and industry, and because of the bridgehead it allowed into Austria. As a result, Hitler declared Budapest a fortress city in early December 1944. The battle for the city pitted 90,000 German and Hungarian troops against 170,000 Soviet (2nd and 3rd Ukrainian Fronts) and Romanian attackers. The operations to take the city ran across several phases, from the initial Soviet approach to Budapest commencing in late October 1944, through the encirclement of city first on the Pest side of the Danube, and then on the Buda bank, and on to the savage urban fighting that began in December 1944 for the Hungarian capital. This superbly detailed work analyses the background, chronology and consequences of the siege from both a military and political perspective, and documents the huge losses in military and civilian casualties and material damage.

 

CAM: Stalingrad 1942–43 (3)

After failing to defeat the Soviet Union with Operation Barbarossa in 1941, Adolf Hitler planned Operation Blue, which was intended to achieve a decisive victory. In this campaign, Hitler directed that one army group would advance to seize the Soviet oilfields in the Caucasus, while the other pushed on to the Volga River. However instead of a victory, the German forces had to fight hard just to reach the outskirts of Stalingrad and then found themselves in a protracted urban battle. Although hit hard by the initial German offensive, the Soviet Red Army was able to hold onto the city then mount a surprise winter counteroffensive known as Operation Uranus, which succeeded in encircling the German 6. Armee at Stalingrad. Despite a desperate German relief operation, the Red Army eventually crushed the 6. Armee and hurled the remnants of the German southern front back in disorder.

This third and final volume in the Stalingrad trilogy begins just after the German 6.Armee has been isolated at Stalingrad, and covers the period from 24 November 1942 to 2 February 1943. It explores in detail the German relief operation, the fighting on the Chir River, and the Soviet operations Koltso and Little Saturn, and concludes with the surrender of 6.Armee.

 

CAM: Syria and Lebanon 1941

In June 1941, Australian, British, Indian and Free French forces invaded the Vichy French-controlled mandate of Syria and Lebanon. They faced an enemy that had more artillery, tanks and aircraft. They fought in rocky, mountainous terrain, through barren valleys and across swollen rivers, and soon after the initial advance faced a powerful Vichy French counter-attack on key strategic positions. Despite these difficulties, the Allies prevailed, and in doing so ensured that the territory did not fall into German or pro-German hands, and thus provide a springboard from which Axis forces could attack British oil interests in Iraq, the key territory of Palestine or the Suez Canal. This book examines the high military and political strategy that lay behind the campaign, as well as the experiences and hardships as endured by the men on the ground. The battles in Syria and Lebanon were complex actions, often at the battalion level or below, and this work uses extensive war diaries and available records to make sense of the actions and examine how they affected the wider campaign.

 

CAM: Tannenberg 1914

When Germany declared war in 1914, the Obersteheeresleitung (Army High Command) elected to act offensively in the West whilst leaving a single army to defend the Prussian heartland against any Russian aggression. The belief was that France would be quickly defeated and that there would be time to redeploy forces to the East before any Russian attacks could gather momentum. The Russian war plan was to use overwhelming numbers to gain a quick victory before conducting further operations. Despite some initial success, tardiness and poor communication between the Russian commanders allowed their German opponents to reorganize and to mask one Russian army with a token force whilst engaging the other with the bulk of their troops. This fascinating addition to the Campaign series describes the initial border engagements and the battles of Gumbinnen and Stallupönen, as well as the massive, complex running battle of Tannenberg, in which the Germans mauled Samsonov’s Second Army and all but destroyed the Russians as a fighting force.

 

CAM: The Battle of Gettysburg 1863 (1) 

The Battle of Gettysburg, which took place July 1–3, 1863 in and around the town of Gettysburg, PA resulted in the largest number of casualties of the entire American Civil War and is seen as the key turning point in the conflict. On its first day, Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia sought to destroy the Union army, forcing its men to retreat through the streets of the town to the hills just to the south.

This volume, the first of three to cover the battle in depth, includes the morning cavalry skirmish, the morning clash at the Herbst's wood lot and at the railroad cut, the afternoon clash at Oak Ridge, the afternoon fight at the Edward McPherson farm, the afternoon rout of XI Corps, the last stand ofI Corps at Seminary Ridge, the Union retreat through town, and the positions of the armies at nightfall.

 

CAM: The East Africa Campaign 1914–18

The East African Campaign in World War I comprised a series of battles and guerrilla actions that began in German East Africa in 1914 and spread to portions of Portuguese Mozambique, northern Rhodesia, British East Africa, the Uganda Protectorate, and the Belgian Congo. The campaign saw German colonial forces under Lieutenant-Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck attempt to divert Allied forces from the Western Front. The British responded by attempting to take over German East Africa, launching several incursions, and employing British, Indian, South African, Belgian, Portuguese and local native forces. Progress for Britain and her allies was painfully slow. Initially, the Germans inflicted stinging defeats, but eventually were forced to fall back in front of vastly superior numbers. In this colourful and engaging study, author David Smith documents how German forces were slowly ousted from German East Africa, a process made tortuous by Lettow-Vorbeck's masterful management of the campaign. 

 

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AdamC posted on 13 Aug 2021 13:44:33
Some great titles here!!!! Burma finally!!!! Really looking forward to that one. Next time around how about; Cunaxa 401 BC, Raphia 217 BC, Syracuse 214-212 BC, Ilipa 206 BC, The Dacian Wars 101-106, The Standard 1138, Mohi 1241, Liegnitz 1241, Mansura 1250, Varna 1444, Orsha 1514, Mohacs 1526, Vienna 1529, Pinkie Cleugh 1547, Yellow Ford 1598, Britenfeld 1631, Nordlingen 1634, Worcester 1651, Sedgemoor 1685, Killiecrankie 1689, Oudenarde 1708, Minden 1759, Quiberon Bay 1759, Fleurus 1794, Holland Expedition 1799, Eylau 1807, Friedland 1807, Albuera 1811, Queenston Heights 1812, Six Days Campaign 1814, Mexico City 1847, Second Anglo-Sikh War 1848-49, Corinth 1862 (1st & 2nd Battles), Charleston 1863, Red River 1864, Cold Harbor 1864, Mobile Bay 1864, Koniggratz 1866, Red Cloud’s War 1866-68, 2nd Afghan War 1878-80, 2nd Ypres 1915, Kut 1915-16, Gaza 1917, 3rd Ypres 1917, Caparretto 1917, Fall Rot & The Alps 1940, Operation Silver Fox 1941, Cape Matapan 1941, Kokoda Trail 1942, Kharkov 1943, Arab-Israeli War 1948-49, The Hook 1952-53, Pork Chop Hill 1953, Suez 1956, Ap Bac 1963, Operation Starlite 1965, Operation Apache Snow/Hamburger Hill 1969, Cambodia 1970, Operation Lam Son 719 1971 and 1st Gulf War 1990-91.










Mark Lardas posted on 28 Jul 2021 18:56:13
As I recall, I discussed wanting to do a Mobile Bay Campaign and a Campaign on Sibley's New Mexico campaign. That was many years ago. Nothing came of them (yet) because ACW tended to fall out of favor after the sesquicentennial ended (and I don't think I will be around for the bicentennial). Although I think someone else bagged Mobile Bay.

Pedestal is another idea different editors and I have kicked around in the past, both as a Campaign and an Air Campaign. Again, maybe later.
PAUL W posted on 24 Jul 2021 10:35:05
Painty, yes a op pedestal campaign title would be a great idea. Mark thanks for the update on Corregidor 1945.
Tarawa90 posted on 22 Jul 2021 04:51:11
Thank you Mr. Lardas for addressing Corregidor. I hope the boo turns out well, should be a good one. I was curious if you could address some other titles? Forgive me if I'm mistaken, but I recall in the past you had hinted at working on a CAM about Mobile Bay and another on the Mexican War?
Mark Lardas posted on 20 Jul 2021 17:55:25
In reference to Corregidor 1945, I have signed a contract to write it, with my delivery of materials to Osprey in July 2022.It seems likely to be released in 2023, based on normal schedules post author delivery. (Assuming I don't get hit by a bus before I deliver it.)

Yes, its a change from my normal fare, but it sounded like a fun book to write. And if you don't push into new fields you don't grow.
Hessy Field posted on 19 Jul 2021 05:52:14
Good to see the WWI titles - however I am going to have to disagree with most of the previous comments. Even by recent Osprey standards this is disproportionately biased towards WWII - although accepting it includes interesting titles among them, particularly Syria and Lebanon and the Siege of Budapest. Thus, the medieval period, early modern, 18th century and the modern era are wholly ignored. I hope that the reveal for other series will show a little more balance.
Paintybeard posted on 17 Jul 2021 22:33:08
KenA and PAUL W: I still hope for a "Campaign" just on Operation Pedestal, that is plenty of action to cram into 96 pages.

And for WW1, please could we have another French title? "Nivelle Offensive 1917" would be my favourite.
PAUL W posted on 17 Jul 2021 22:11:56
Some great titles here. Looking forward to most of them. Especially Carrhae 53 BC.

Particularly pleased with 2 first world War titles. Have to say though surprised that a number of people are keen on non western front titles. I'm pleased by anything covered by osprey on this period, but for me, two of the biggest gaps are second Ypres and passendale. Whilst I accept there are numerous books on the later, second Ypres is fairly poorly represented, especially considering the various nations involved. In regard to osprey titles on the western front, I wonder if because of the recent predominance of American titles, it may of blinkered some people. Don't get me wrong, these two ww1 titles are both must haves.

There are several comments on the Malta book, my view is that from its description it sounds almost a companion title to the German/ Italian Air campaign title. Which in itself is welcome. I'd personally be pleased with this but hopefully another title on the naval / convoys espect would also be welcome.

As for the start of a gettysburg 3 parter, I still have the 6 part osprey order of battle series for a while back and would be interested to see if it can improve on that.

My fave of ww2 (apart from malta) is Syria and Lebanon. Another good title.

For me the big reveal has started very well.

Finally I see bloomsbury are advertising a post that includes covering this website, I'd like to thank Minal for all the hardwork put into this site and dealing with us fans, sometimes above and beyond.
KenA posted on 17 Jul 2021 13:38:38
Good to see a couple of WWI titles included that are not Western Front and not US-Centric. I would have preferred one of the lesser known, but still interesting, African campaigns covered first. Either, West Africa [Togoland (Togo and the Volta Region of Ghana) and Kamerun (Cameroon)] or South West Africa [German SW Africa (Namibia), the German invasion of Portuguese West Africa (Angola) and the Maritz rebellion in south western South Africa]. Next year perhaps?

Great to see Syria and Lebanon there at long last (Madagascar 1942 next year?). Generally WWII titles are good selections but I still have my fears about Malta. The George Cross Island book will have a lot to cram into just 96 pages. To do the subject justice Malta needs 2 to 3 books (c.f. Stalingrad titles).
Gavin Brown posted on 16 Jul 2021 17:48:20
I suspect I'll be getting most of these. Berezina 1812 is a very welcome surprise. Great to see the Eastern Front of WW2 continuing to get a lot of treatment as well as a title on that of WW1. Gutted though that the 18th century is being passed over this year
EDave posted on 16 Jul 2021 14:53:04
Great choices all around. I'm glad we're seeing a couple WWI Campaigns that aren't Western Front, and I'm hoping we see more in 2023 (Brusilov Offensive and Caporetto would be nice choices). Likewise, I'm glad the WWII titles aren't too US-Centric; I'm especially pleased to see a late-war Eastern Front title and a mid-war CBI title.

I agree with a couple people who think Malta could've been a two-parter; one focusing on the air defense (since there's already an ACM on the Italo-German campaign against it), and another on the convoy actions.
Tarawa90 posted on 16 Jul 2021 14:35:14
That is a lot of WW2. 9 of 14. I know you need to make up numbers from 2020 but jeez guys!
I will say the selection of titles itself is good. Nice to see both Tannenberg (finally) and Tanganyika getting covered from WW1. Disappointed Corregidor got bumped again. Looking forward to East China Sea and Carrhae. Unfortunately, my hopes for a Mexican War title are dashed again.
Paintybeard posted on 16 Jul 2021 13:29:03
Gosh, an early start to the reveals!
Really pleased by most of these. 2 Good titles on WW1 and even a Napoleonic book at long last. (But an odd choice...)

Predictably large amounts of WW2 and it will be a thin year for everyone interested in anything 18th. century or earlier..
BigSmoke posted on 16 Jul 2021 13:18:24
A nice selection of titles. I would try to buy a good majority of these books.

Also, any news about Corregidor 1945?
It is listed under amazon for Canada and want to see if it is going to come out in 2022.
David Hale posted on 16 Jul 2021 12:28:22
Ah, the Osprey Annual Big Reveal, one the highlights of my year! Excellent selection of titles here with the absolute stand-out volume being Tannenberg 1914. Really good to see the Eastern Front of the Great War finally starting to be covered as that has been the biggest hole in the Campaign Series to date. I suspect all of these title will grace my shelves.

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