It's back! This month sees the return of our Raid series to the book vote, and with 5 new thrilling titles to choose between, it's a hard decision to make! To help you we have included some brief descriptions of the operations and sieges below. 

Don't forget to make your vote and tell us your thoughts in the comments!

  RAID: Longships on the Seine: The Viking siege of Paris 885–86

  RAID: Operation Eagle Claw 1980: Carter’s disastrous bid to end the Iran hostage crisis 

  RAID: Termoli 1943: Commandos, tanks, and Fallschirmjäger battle for an Italian seaport 

  RAID: The Empire Strikes Back: Japan’s raids on the US West Coast 1941–45              

  RAID: Von Hipper’s Cruise 1914: The High Seas Fleet raids Yarmouth, Scarborough, Whitby and                                Hartlepool


Longships on the Seine: The Viking siege of Paris 885–86

The Vikings’ siege of Paris in 885–86 was a turning point in the history of both Paris and France. In 885, a year after Charles the Fat was crowned King of the Franks, Danish Vikings sailed up the Seine demanding tribute. The Franks’ refusal prompted the Vikings to lay siege to Paris, which was initially defended by only 200 men under Odo, Count of Paris, and seemingly in a poor state to defend against the Viking warriors in their fleet of hundreds of longships. With siege engines, boats, mines and fire, they attempted to break the Parisian defenders, but failed, and after a year Charles’ army arrived to lift the siege. But Charles then allowed the Vikings to sail upstream against the revolting Burgundians. In this unsatisfactory aftermath the Carolingian empire declined, and Odo – the hero of the siege – was elected king of West Francia, the kingdom that would become modern France.

Operation Eagle Claw 1980: Carter’s disastrous bid to end the Iran hostage crisis

Following months of negotiations after the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran, President Jimmy Carter ordered the newly formed Delta Force to conduct a raid into Iran to free the hostages. The raid, Operation Eagle Claw, was risky to say the least. US forces would have to fly into the deserts of Iran on C-130s; marry up with carrier-based RH-53D helicopters; fly to hide sites near Tehran; approach the Embassy via trucks; seize the Embassy and rescue the hostages; board the helicopters descending on Tehran; fly to an airbase captured by more US forces; and then fly out on C-141s and to freedom. Unfortunately, and not surprising given the complexity of the mission, things went wrong from the start and when the mission was called off at the refuelling site at Desert One, the resulting collision between aircraft killed eight US personnel. This book would look both at the background to, the planning and the conduct of the raid, and what would have happened if the raid had continued.

Termoli 1943: Commandos, tanks, and Fallschirmjäger battle for an Italian seaport

In October 1943 British commandos landed near the small Italian port of Termoli, surprised the defending garrison and captured the port. They were reinforced by sea and over a light bridge by 78th Division troops, and held off early counterattacks by German Fallschirmjäger. But a German panzer division was en route to the area to drive them into the sea. British engineers raced to build a Bailey bridge that would allow the armour of Eighth Army to come to the aid of the desperate defenders. The battle for Termoli dislodged a superior German force from a valuable seaport, and left the 16th Panzer Division so mauled that it was taken from the front and its commander sacked.

The Empire Strikes Back: Japan’s raids on the US West Coast 1941–45

While the Allies fought to contain Imperial Japan, and then began to roll the empire back towards Tokyo Bay, Japan repeatedly struck targets right on the US West Coast, despite the formidable range difficulties. The IJN used long-range submarines to shell targets on land, conduct raids on shipping, and even launch a small floatplane bombing raid. This book would also look at Japan’s incendiary balloon campaign of late World War II – the world’s first intercontinental weapons system.

Von Hipper’s Cruise 1914: The High Seas Fleet raids Yarmouth, Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool

In 1914, the High Seas Fleet was banned from attempting a fleet action – but still sought ways to engage the Royal Navy on favourable terms. In November and December, von Hipper’s battlecruiser squadron led a series of raids, mining coastal waters and bombarding coastal towns, their docks and factories. It would provoke the Royal Navy’s battle fleet into action. If successful, it was a chance for von Hipper to even the odds in the North Sea, by finding and engaging a small part of the Grand Fleet, and inflicting disproportionate casualties on it with superior forces. In the confusion at sea, both sides escaped without inflicting or suffering major casualties, but with over a hundred civilians being killed in their homes, the raids shocked Britain, and became a rallying cry for the war.

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Last month's Campaign book vote came to an end yesterday and we have found our clear winner. With 37.21% of the vote, your winner was Albania and Greece 1940, which would look at the Italian invasion of the two countries as part of Mussolini's doomed attempt to create a new Roman Empire. Not too far behind with 22.13% of the vote was Hydaspes 326 BC, followed by Fall Rot 1940 with 17.37%. See below the full results:  

 CAM: Hydaspes 326 BC 22.13% 
 CAM: Fulford 1066                                13.33% 
 CAM: Pea Ridge 1862 9.96%
 CAM: Albania and Greece 1940 37.21% 
 CAM: Fall Rot 1940 17.37%

Post Comments

Hessy Field posted on 8 Oct 2018 13:25:24
Although not as great a fan of Raid as some other correspondents I actually like all of these titles bar perhaps "The Empire strikes back" (terrible title) - as far as I am aware there were floating incendiary balloons in the hundreds which had little effect and one 'bombing attack' by a submarine-transported floatplane on an American forest and that was about it but then perhaps there was more... I have voted for the Hipper raid title - I originally hail from the North East and know something about the attacks on Whitby and Scarborough - and WWI titles are scarce on the ground! As regards the success or otherwise of Raid I have to point out that the only two Osprey series I have seen been bargain priced in any numbers are Raid and Command.
PAUL W posted on 3 Oct 2018 23:20:50
Glad Albania and Greece won last month. Fingers crossed it will get published. This month it's raid, one of my favourite series and one I can't understand has failed. Of the list I'd buy all 5 but as I only get one vote , it has to be von Hipper’s Cruise. I also agree with Ken, it's not a great title but then again neither is the empire strikes back!
Paintybeard posted on 3 Oct 2018 12:02:40
Yes, very pleased to see that Osprey are showing interest in keeping the "Raid" series active. I would probably buy any of these titles if they make it to publication. Like KenA the Naval and WW1 factor made me cast my vote for Von Hipper 1914.
Callin'you posted on 3 Oct 2018 01:54:56
I like the sound of "The Empire Strikes Back" but will the book cover the fact that the Canadian West Coast was also attacked?
KenA posted on 3 Oct 2018 01:37:07
I too welcome the Raid vote as I’d like to see many more Raid titles. However, I’ll confine myself here to just the sole WWI title on the list; namely: Von Hipper’s Cruise.

‘Remember Scarborough’ was the rallying cry for the British that resulted from von Hipper’s battlecruiser raid on the three British ports on the North East coast of England on 16 December 1914. This, together with the earlier raid on Yarmouth (2 November 1914), was an enterprising German raid (albeit under strict limits laid down by the Kaiser), being an attempt to draw out small sections of the Royal Navy and then trap and destroy them. The raids had implications for later in the war. One result was Beatty’s Battlecruiser Squadron being transferred from Scapa Flow to Rosyth to be closer to any future such action, which meant a quicker response at Dogger Bank (24 January 1915) and Jutland (31 May-1 June 1916). One thing that was exposed on the British side during these raids were problems with Beatty’s communications and signals and this was still not resolved by Jutland. Beatty never seems to have been properly held accountable for this.

The December 1914 raid had a great effect upon British public opinion. ‘Remember Scarborough’ became a rallying cry against Germany for the attack upon civilians, the attack became part of Britain’s propaganda campaign, and ‘Remember Scarborough’ was used on army recruitment posters. Even the neutral American press got in on the act, condemning the German action; ‘This is not warfare, this is murder’.

We haven’t had much WWI coverage recently by Osprey despite it being the 100th anniversary of that war. Von Hipper’s Cruise (who thought of that awful name?) is the only WWI option here. For that reason, and because of the significance of these raids in the context of WWI, I believe Von Hipper’s Cruise is a must for publication and that is where my vote goes.
GI Gene posted on 2 Oct 2018 17:01:04
I am very encouraged that we are able to vote on more RAID titles. All of the choices are good, and if you toss in other contenders like Son Tay, Kolwezi, and Kronstadt, then it proves that THIS SERIES MUST CONTINUE!

I hope Operation Eagle Claw does well enough for Osprey to consider publishing it.
brianwithani posted on 2 Oct 2018 14:16:22
I always thought Operation Eagle Claw was an obvious Raid title ... it was very daring, complex, and politically-controversial - also its failure precipitated major political and military repercussions in the United States.

My personal vote was for the Yarmouth raids. Bombarding the British homeland with capital ships at the height of the Royal Navy's power always seemed pretty brazen, but you don't hear a lot of details on it (at least in the United States).

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