Free eBooks: Week 1

In Military History, Featured

Many people all over the world are staying at home to combat the spread of COVID-19. While self-isolation might be a bit daunting, it’s also a great opportunity to catch up on your reading. To help pass the time, we’ll be giving customers five free eBooks each week for the next four weeks. Read through the options, add the eBook to your basket and use the code FREEBOOKS1 at checkout to get your free eBooks. 


CBT 8: US Marine vs Japanese Infantryman by Gordon L. Rottman
Illustrated by Johnny Shumate

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The brutal fighting between US Marines and Japanese infantry on the island of Guadalcanal in many ways came to typify the island-hopping war in the Pacific. This book not only explores the differing tactics and equipment used by the two combatants but also shows how the challenges of fighting in inhospitable tropical jungles impacted on soldiers on the ground, as combatants had to deal not only with their determined opponents but also the twin issues of disease and stretched supply lines. Written by a former special forces veteran with extensive knowledge of jungle warfare, this fully illustrated book lifts the veil on one of the most pivotal and ferocious close combat duels of World War II.

DUE 65: Bf 109E/F vs Yak-1/7 by Dmitriy Khazanov, Aleksander Medved
Illustrated by Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector, Andrey Yurgenson

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Step into the cockpits of the Luftwaffe's Bf 109 and the Red Air Force's Yaks 1-7, two fighters which were involved in some of the largest, fiercest aerial battles in history. The Iconic Messerschmitt fighter and its combat hardened pilots inflicted a fearful beating on the Yaks in the beginning of the war. Some of the highest scoring aces in history benefitted from the Bf 109's technical superiority over the overweight and underpowered Yak 1, racking up incredible successes against their poorly trained and equipped adversaries. And yet, as the Soviets accumulated combat experience, their tactics improved, as did their mounts in the upgraded Yak 1B and gradually, the Red Force eroded the Jagdwaffe's dominance of the skies in the eastern front, though with the 109G they would never lose qualitative superiority. Featuring first-hand accounts from veteran pilots, rare archival photographs and expert analysis, this volume brings to life the vicious dogfights that took place between the Bf 109 and the Yak as they vied for mastery of the frozen skies of the Eastern Front.



ELI 110: Sassanian Elite Cavalry AD 224–642 by Kaveh Farrokh
Illustrated by Angus McBride

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The Sassanians ruled the last great imperial Empire of Persia before the Arab conquests of the 7th century. Rome's only equal in the classical world, the Sassanian Empire had an enormous impact on the development of architecture, mythology, arts, music, military tactics and technology. Within the Sassanian military, the cavalry was the most influential element, and Sassanian cavalry tactics were adopted by the Romans, Arabs, and Turks. Their cavalry systems of weaponry, battle tactics, Tamgas, Medallions, court customs, and costumes influenced Romano-Byzantine and medieval European culture, and this book allows the reader to see how a little-studied eastern power affected the development of cavalry traditions in the western world.

RAID 37: Blackbeard’s Last Fight by Angus Konstam
Illustrated by Mark Stacey, Johnny Shumate, Alan Gilliland

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In April 1713 the War of the Spanish Succession came to an end. During the conflict hundreds of privateers - licenced pirates - preyed on enemy shipping throughout the Caribbean. These privateers now found themselves out of a job, and many turned to piracy. One of theme was Edward Teach - more popularly known as "Blackbeard”. He joined the pirates in New Providence (now Nassau) in the Bahamas, and by early 1717 he had become a pirate captain. From then on he caused havoc off the North American seaboard, in the West Indies and off Honduras, before appearing off Charleston, South Carolina in May 1718. He blockaded this major port for a week, an act that made Blackbeard the most notorious pirate of his day.

WPN 26: The Martini-Henry Rifle by Stephen Manning
Illustrated by Peter Dennis

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The breech-loading, single-shot .458in Martini-Henry rifle has become a symbol of both the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879 and the numerous battles in Egypt and the Sudan in 1884-85, but continued to be used by both British and colonial troops well into the 20th century. Its invention and introduction into British service were in direct response to the success of the Prussian Dreyse needle gun, which demonstrated that the breech-loading rifle offered faster loading, improved accuracy and superior range; significantly, the weapon could be loaded and fired from a prone position, thus offering the rifleman greater security on the battlefield. Due to the longevity of service, many Martini-Henry rifles survive today, both in museums and in private collections, and the weapon is highly prized by shooting enthusiasts. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and an array of arresting first-hand accounts and written by an authority on warfare in the Victorian era, this engaging study tells the story of the powerful Martini-Henry and its impact on the battlefield, from the Anglo-Zulu War to the opening months of World War I.

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RolandV posted on 31 Mar 2020 22:42:59
I'm sorry I missed this generous offer! At least I caught Week 2 while the code was valid! This has inspired me (after years of lurking) to buy at least a Bronze Membership -- I've gotten far more than $1's worth of entertainment and education just browsing the books while in the waiting line at the hobby store. Thank you very much!
AaronH posted on 29 Mar 2020 11:39:17
Thank you very much.
It is very much unexpected and generous.

To all @Osprey Publishing, I hope you and your loved ones stay safe.

Regards from Australia.
Paintybeard posted on 25 Mar 2020 14:29:47
Hello Minal,

Yes, I re-purchased the title that was giving trouble and it down-loaded properly.

Once again, many thanks to everyone at Osprey for this very kind and generous gift. I'm filling up several gaps in my book collection.
Minal @ Osprey posted on 25 Mar 2020 09:53:23
Hi Painty,

Did you manage to download DUE 65?

Minal @ Osprey
leithgolding posted on 24 Mar 2020 18:27:21
A wonderful gesture, thank you, this goes a long way! thank you again

Paintybeard posted on 24 Mar 2020 17:51:35
Good day again Emily, and thank you for your prompt reply.

I managed to get the Elite title to purchase properly in the end, although Paypal insisted that I paid £0.01 before I could have the book. (A bargain I was very happy with to have more of Mr McBrides lovely work.)

But I still can't get at the Duel title. It is in my elibrary, but each time I press the download tab I jut get sent back to the forst page of my elibrary.

Both books were ordered in pdf format.
Emily H @ Osprey posted on 24 Mar 2020 15:04:15
Hi Painty,

ELI 110 seems to be discounting fine for me when you enter the discount code at checkout. Are you looking at ePub or PDF?

DUE 65 also seems to download okay for me - are you still having problems? If the file is queuing behind another download it may take a few minutes to start downloading.

Many thanks,

Emily @ Osprey
Miko posted on 24 Mar 2020 12:52:56
Wonderful idea Osprey. Thanks very much for this.
Paintybeard posted on 24 Mar 2020 12:22:48
Ummm... I don't want to look the gift horse in the mouth but...

The Elite title on Sassanian cavalry is still at full price.

The Duel title on Bf 109 vs Yak does not down-load.
ph posted on 24 Mar 2020 10:09:45
This is a very appreciated measure, very generous. Thank you
David Hale posted on 23 Mar 2020 21:31:49
That's a very kind offer, thank you.

I've never bought an e-book so I'll try these and you never know, I might end up buying a lot!
Paintybeard posted on 23 Mar 2020 20:13:49
A very generous gesture. Thank you very much.
ChrisW posted on 23 Mar 2020 19:22:31
A generous and noble gesture, thank you!

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