Combat October Sale

In Military History, Featured

Throughout October, we’re offering all Osprey customers 20% off our Combat (CBT) and Duel (DUE) titles. Last month we delved into New Vanguard and Weapon’s back catalogue, and we thought it would be fun to do the same for Combat and Duel.

In today’s post, we’re looking at the countless face-offs our Combat series has covered.

The Beginning

From the Hundred Years’ War to World War II, Combat has covered a huge range of skirmishes and battles in its short life. Beginning in 2013 with CBT 1: British Paratrooper vs FallschirmjägerMediterranean 1942–43 and CBT 2: Union Infantryman vs Confederate InfantrymanEastern Theater 1861–65, the series is releasing its 28th addition this month with German Soldier vs Soviet Soldier, which is released to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad.

German Soldier vs Soviet SoldierThe above image is from CBT 28: German Soldier vs Soviet Soldier, showing men from Pioneer-Batallion 336 and the 334th Rifle Regiment engaging in the horrors of house fighting in the buildings along Prospekt Lenina.

If you aren’t familiar with the CBT series and its layout, each title assesses the ethos, organization, weapons and tactics of the troops on both sides in a particular conflict, focusing on their combat performance in three battlefield encounters. Featuring photographs, maps and immersive specially commissioned artwork and drawing upon first-hand accounts and operational histories, the series allows us to experience the heat of battle in a unique way. In particular, the split-screen 'soldier's eye view' comparison illustrations provide a glimpse of the battlefield from the different viewpoints of the opposing forces.

Templar Knight vs Mamluk WarriorAn example of a comparison piece featured in CBT 16: Templar Knight vs Mamuk Warrior.

Have You Seen?

In August and September, our Big Reveal series let you in on what would be published in 2018. Combat fans will be glad to hear that 8 new titles will join the fold, taking our series up to 37.

From the height of the Greco-Persian Wars to the French Indochina War, you’re sure to find a topic of interest in our 2018 CBT list.

To read more about our 2018 books and CBT titles, click here.


As our Combat series continues to grow, here are some of the most popular additions to the series, which may help you choose your next read.

Panzergrenadier vs US Armored Infantryman Finnish Soldier vs Soviet Soldier
King's African Rifles Soldier vs Schutztruppe Soldier Viking Warrior vs Anglo-Saxon Warrior
Boer Guerrilla vs British Mounted Soldier US Infantryman vs German Infantryman
Canadian Corps Soldier vs Royal Bavarian Soldier New Zealand Infantryman vs German Motorcycle Soldier
Roman Soldier vs Germanic Warrior German Infantryman vs British Infantryman

 What was your first CBT book? Do you have a favourite? Let us know in the comments below! 

Post Comments

Tess posted on 13 Oct 2017 11:03:27
My first was US Marine vs Japanese Infantryman, Guadalcanal 1942-43.

So far my favorite is King's African Rifles Soldier vs Schutztruppe Soldier, East Africa 1917-18. It is a very good example why I love your books. I get to learn about soldiers it is very difficult to find information almost anywhere else.
Warriors who have been overlooked for so long finally get the respect they deserve thanks to your books.

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