This month's book vote sees five land-based New Vanguard titles battling for your vote. Read the full descriptions and cast your vote by clicking on the link below. Plus, check out the results of last month's Elite book vote below. 


NVG: Tanks at Monte Cassino 1944

NVG: The HAWK Missile System

NVG: Miniguns: Rotary machine guns 1963–present

NVG: Tanks in the Battle of Germany: Western Front

NVG: US Armoured Funnies of World War II


Tanks at Monte Cassino 1944

Standing between the Allied armies and Rome, the mountains of central Italy were a long way from being classic tank country. This book explains the role that tanks played in these crucial battles, as deployed by British, Indian, New Zealand and South African elements of Eighth Army, by Fifth Army (American and French) and the German Army.


The HAWK Missile System

Entering service in 1960, the mobile, medium-range HAWK was an iconic US weapons system of the Cold War. At the cutting edge of technology when introduced, its reliability and capability were improved over the years, until it was finally replaced by the Patriot and Stinger systems. As well as serving the US for three decades, and being deployed to key conflict zones from Vietnam to Iraq, the HAWK was also widely sold abroad, where it saw combat in the hands of Israel, France, Kuwait, and Iran.


Miniguns: Rotary machine guns 1963–present

Developed during the Vietnam War to provide helicopter crews with reliable full-automatic firepower, the General Electric minigun adapted the M61 autocannon for rifle-calibre ammunition, creating a relatively light weapon capable of sustained automatic fire without overheating. It became a key weapon for the airborne war over Vietnam, being used in many aircraft and weapons systems, including fixed-wing gunships. Since Vietnam it has remained a stalwart of many armed forces worldwide, in a range of applications.


Tanks in the Battle of Germany: Western Front

In early 1945, the Western Allies’ ground war would finally reach German soil, following Hitler’s last armoured offensives that winter. This examines the tanks and armoured units that fought the last few months of the war in the West, as the most advanced AFVs of the war fought in the hands of an exhausted but still fighting German Army, and the rampaging Western Allied armies.


US Armoured Funnies of World War II

Less well-known than the British ‘Funnies’ of D-Day and beyond, this looks at the specialist tanks the US Army developed for the campaign in Europe, with vehicles including rocket tanks, mine exploders, bridgelayers, and tank recovery vehicles.


ELI: 7th Armoured Division 1939–45  24%
ELI: Flags and Standards of the American Revolution  11%
ELI: World War I Tunnelling Tactics: The war beneath the trenches  26%
ELI: European Medieval Shields  16%
ELI: Soviet Cavalry 1917–45     23%


Did your favourite win? Which New Vanguard title did you vote for? Let us know in the comments!

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TimK posted on 24 May 2020 02:05:47
Awesome, I'm happy to see WW1 Tunneling Tactics won! For this round, I'll probably vote for The HAWK Missile System. It seems pretty relevant considering subterranean combat and an increased emphasis on standoff weapons are making relatively big comebacks. I personally would love anything related to jungle warfare as well. I'm working through a bunch of Osprey's books on the topic now.
RickParkhurst posted on 23 May 2020 15:41:05
Interesting all the units mentioned on the Tanks at Monte Cassino 1944 blurb, and you could not even mention the Poles who took it?
PAUL W posted on 10 May 2020 18:24:44
Nice to see ww1 tunnelling won last month. Voting for monte casino this month. I too like painty's suggestions.
Atkinson posted on 4 May 2020 17:19:10
An amazon search on American Armored Funnies will reveal that its been done by Mr.Z already.
David Hale posted on 1 May 2020 15:28:23
Once again if all five were published I'd buy all five. And I certainly like Paintybeards two suggestions!

Can I also thank you all at Osprey for managing to keep everything going despite a global pandemic! Certainly above and beyond.
Paintybeard posted on 1 May 2020 12:09:42
The cynic in me asks: "What American Funnies?" Having turned their noses up at British designs before D-Day the American High command had to come begging after the problems they encountered in Normandy.

So before this proposed New Vanguard, perhaps we could have an Elite book on 79th. Armoured Division? Or even a Duel title on something like "Allied Specialist Armour vs German Fortifications"?

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