Osprey's Big Reveal: Campaign

In Military History, Featured

Rounding of our sneak peek at series books coming out in 2017 is a look at our upcoming titles from one of our most popular series - Campaign. We have thirteen new books to announce, ranging from Hannibal's victory at Lake Trasimene to the battle of Luzon, one of the hardest fought campaigns in the Pacific theatre of World War II

Lake Trasimene 217 BC

Following Hannibal’s crushing victory at the battle of the Trebbia, the reeling Roman Republic sent a new army under the over-confident consul Caius Flaminius to destroy the Carthaginian invaders – unbeknownst to him they were ready and waiting. The destruction of the Roman force at Lake Trasimene firmly established Hannibal as one of the Ancient World’s greatest commanders thanks to his use of innovative tactics, including the first recorded use of a turning movement. The Romans would not send another major army to confront him until the battle of Cannae in 216 BC.

Darwin 1942

Following the devastating raids on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, lightning advances by Japanese forces throughout the Pacific and the Far East, and a desperate battle by the Allied command in the Dutch East Indies, it became evident that an attack on Australia was more a matter of ‘when’ and not ‘if’.
On 19 February, just eleven weeks after the attacks on Pearl Harbor and two weeks after the fall of Singapore, the same Japanese battle group that had attacked Hawaii was ordered to attack the ill-prepared and under-defended Australian port of Darwin.

Kursk 1943

Mauled at Stalingrad, the German army looked to regain the initiative on the Eastern Front with a huge offensive launched near the city of Kursk, 280 miles south-west of Moscow. Armed with the new Panther tank, Hitler and Field Marshal von Manstein were confident that they could inflict another crushing defeat on the Soviet Union. What they did not know is that the Soviets knew about the coming attack, and they were ready. 

Luzon 1945

Driven from the Philippines in 1942, General Douglas MacArthur returned three years later to force the Japanese off of its main island of Luzon. Containing the capital of Manila, vital natural resources as well as thousands of Allied prisoners of war, the triumph at Luzon would be a vital step on the road to victory as the Americans continued to island-hop their way towards the Japanese home islands. This new study details one of the hardest-fought campaigns of the Pacific War with Japanese fatalities alone on Luzon topping 200,000.

Fontenoy 1745

A disputed succession to the Austrian throne led to general war between the leading powers of Europe in 1740, with France, Spain and Prussia on one side, and Britain, Hapsburg Austria and the Dutch Republic on the other. While fighting occurred across the globe, the bloodiest battles were fought in Europe, with none more costly than the battle of Fontenoy in 1745.

Fearing an encirclement of France by a resurgent Hapsburg-controlled Austria, the French commander Marshall Saxe planned to overrun the Austrian Netherlands, thereby dealing a decisive blow against their enemy’s ability to wage war. Saxe’s army, the cream of the French military, invaded and set up a defensive position at Fontenoy, near Tournai – daring his enemies to knock him off his perch.

St Lô 1944

Following the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944, the US army found itself engaged in a brutal attritional struggle to break out of the Normandy beach-head. The hedgerow country of lower Normandy, called the Bocage, presented unanticipated tactical problems since it proved to be ideal for German infantry defense. This certainly proved true at the city of St Lô, the site of a crucial-cross roads and a vital objective for the Allied forces. US forces found themselves up against a determined German force that put up a staunch defence in one of the key engagements in the battle of Normandy.

Shanghai and Nanjing 1937

From 1931, China and Japan had been embroiled in a number of small-scale conflicts that had seen vast swathes of territory occupied by the Japanese. On 7 July 1937, the Japanese engineered the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, which led to the fall of Beijing and Tianjin and the start of a de facto state of war between the two countries. This force then moved south, landing an expeditionary force to take Shanghai and from there drive west to capture Nanjing.

The Bar Kokhba Revolt AD 132-135

In 132 AD, Shimeon Bar Kosiba, a rebel leader who assumed the messianic name Simon Bar Kokhba ('son of a star'), led the people of Judaea and Galilee in open rebellion, aiming to oust the occupying Romans and establish their own independent Jewish state. During the ensuing 'Bar Kokhba Revolt' (the Second Jewish War), the Jewish rebels held their own against the crack Roman troops for four years. The cost of this rebellion was catastrophic: hundreds of thousands of casualties, the destruction of Jerusalem as the Jewish capital and the expulsion of the Jewish community from the region, which only effectively ended with the founding of the State of Israel in 1948.

Savannah 1779

In 1778 Great Britain launched a second invasion of the southern colonies as part of the “southern strategy” for victory in the American Revolutionary War. A force of 3,000 British soldiers, Hessians and Loyalists was dispatched from New York City to capture Savannah, the capital of the State of Georgia. The city fell in December 1778, and became a base for British operations in the southern colonies. Desperate to regain one of the most important southern cities, Continental troops under General Benjamin Lincoln joined forces with a French naval expedition under the Admiral Charles-Henri d’Estaing in an an all-out assault on the British fortified positions protecting Savannah.

Operation Torch 1942

Following the raid of Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt identified the European theatre as his country’s priority. Their first joint operation with the British was Operation Torch, the largest and most complex amphibious invasion at the time. Three landings took place simultaneously across the French North African coast in an ambitious attempt to trap and annihilate the Axis’ North African armies between the invading forces under General Eisenhower and British Field-Marshall Montgomery’s Eighth Army in Egypt.

Philippine Sea 1944

The battle of the Philippine Sea took place during the United States' amphibious invasion of the Mariana Islands during the Pacific War, and involved the US Fifth Fleet and the Japanese Mobile Fleet in one of the epic naval engagements of the war.
The two fleets clashed on 19/20 June 1944 and the Japanese carrier fighters were shot down in devastating numbers by US aircraft in what became known as the 'Great Marianas Turkey Shoot', before US counterattacks and submarine strikes forced the withdrawal of the Japanese fleet.

Nashville 1864

Falling between the exciting events of Sheridan’s Shenandoah campaign and the conclusion of Sherman’s March to the Sea, General John Hood’s invasion of Tennessee has been largely forgotten. Yet for eleven weeks the fate of the Civil War was held in the balance of this campaign, teetering on a knife’s edge as Hood’s force threatened Union supply lines. Victory could very well have turned the tides of the war to favouring the Confederacy again, whilst defeat would be another heavy blow to the already faltering Confederate war effort.

The Hindenburg Line 1918

From 26 September until 6 October 1918, the Allied Armies in France launched their biggest ever combined offensive on the Western Front. Two million troops of the British, French, American and Belgian Armies launched four attacks in rapid succession across a 250km front between the Argonne and Flanders.

At the centre of these events was the British First, Third and Fourth Armies’ attack on the formidable ‘Hindenburg Line’ defences between Cambrai and St Quentin. Assisted by the French First Army, the British, Australian, Canadian and American troops breached three defence lines consisting of deep trenches, dense wire entanglements, concrete bunkers and extensive tunnel systems arranged in a zone four miles deep. This victory stood in stark contrast to the inconclusive assaults of 1916–17 and demonstrated for the first time that the Allies had achieved strategic, operational and tactical dominance over their German foe.

That brings our Osprey series reveals to a close, but there are more books to announce for 2017. Watch this space!

Post Comments

Hessy Field posted on 26 Sep 2016 16:09:14
I know I'm a little late to comment but this is a good list - I am particularly pleased to see Fontenoy 1745 especially as it is the same writer/artist team responsible for Ramilles 1706 which was my favourite Campaign title of 2014. The 18th Century is my favourite period and - apart from North America - is not that well covered by Osprey; so I wonder if there would ever be the chance of Minden 1759 or even Panipat 1761?
kuvaszsleepybear posted on 10 Sep 2016 08:08:44
Operation Torch FINALLY !!I'll be getting "Darwin" but come on if Osprey made "Pearl Harbour' a RAID then that's what"Darwin" should be!
Daitengu posted on 10 Sep 2016 02:38:37
Hindenberg Line is certainly something that I am sure will be done well.
Nanjing is interesting - hopefully it will focus more on the actual military conflict rather than the horrible killing of civilians.
Luzon 1945 I'll definitely get.
Kursk 1943 - of course everybody will get that one. Surely it has been covered before though?
C-Bone posted on 10 Sep 2016 00:03:52
Hi everybody. I'm definitely looking forward to Fontenoy and Savannah. Surprised to see Nashville--as Tarawa90 says, I thought it was covered in Sherman's March (More on Franklin, perhaps?). But since we're talking Tennessee battles (thanks for this year's Chattanooga), can we expect Stones River in the future?
As Carl mentioned, I'd also like to see titles on the New Guinea campaigns. Definitely a lot to work with there.
Paintybeard, I'm with you. I loved RAID, and I think there's still a lot of potential there (Ploesti 1943, anyone?). Also a big fan of FORTRESS.
Tarawa90 posted on 9 Sep 2016 16:53:25
About time guys! We were getting worried you'd forgotten.

I agree, it's a solid list. I'm surprised with Savannah 1779, didn't think there was enough there for a CAM, and Nashville 1864 since it was mostly covered in Sherman's March to the Sea (though I thought while reading it that Nashville should have been a book on its own, but that would have left the actual March too thin). Glad to see two Roman books and a new World War I title finally.

I'd also like to say that I hope that not too many series have been shelved again. It would be a great disappointment if Fortress got shut down again after just coming back. I'm hoping RAID makes a quick return, AVG keeps up, and really hope myths and Legends hasn't been permanently killed off (I really enjoyed that series, it's the only one I had all the titles).
KenA posted on 9 Sep 2016 14:37:12
I must echo others' views that this is a good Campaign list but will, of course, be subject to the authors. I’m very pleased to see Torch there at long last (Operation Exporter 1941 - Syria and Lebanon in 2018?). Similarly, the Battle of the Philippine Sea is very welcome as it fills a huge gap being the last of the great carrier battles of WWII and the only one of the “Big Five” not covered so far by Osprey. Likewise, it’s great to see Shanghai and Nanjing also included. After having read “The Rape of Nanjing” I am looking forward to seeing it given the Osprey treatment.

The Hindenburg Line will likely end up on my list as will Darwin even though the latter was really a raid rather than an all-out campaign. I am still going through withdrawal symptoms due to the absence of Raid titles. In this context, I am most disappointed over the absence of any feedback from Osprey’s MD on the future of Raid titles after his seeking (and obtaining) numerous suggestions of ideas for such titles last year from members of the Forum. Some of us put quite a lot of effort into that exercise and to hear/see nothing back is disappointing to say the least.
Paintybeard posted on 9 Sep 2016 13:33:43
Pete @ Osprey: That's a big relief, a couple of good books every year is something to look forward to. (Martello Towers, please!)

And if you are going to exhume any other old series, please do give us a few more "Raids".
Pete @ Osprey posted on 9 Sep 2016 12:52:42
Hi Paintybeard,

We don’t have any new titles planned for 2017 but you certainly haven’t seen the last of Fortress. Keep your eyes open for 2018!

AdamC posted on 9 Sep 2016 12:44:47
Hi guys! That's an excellent list for me chaps!!! Some absolute crackers there. Torch, Fontenoy, Savannah, Hindenburg Line, 2nd part of Kursk - all of these are immediate buys for me. The only one I have real issues with is the Darwin title - a full campaign on that is stretching the format a bit for me, surely that should have been a Raid title if anything (especially when Campaigns on the Dutch East-Indies 1941-42 and Burma 1941-42 haven't been done yet - that's two for 2018 right there!!!). All in all though a really good Campaign list with some excellent additions to the series that fill some massive gaps.
Paintybeard posted on 9 Sep 2016 12:30:05
A good mixture of titles here. Delighted with Fontenoy and I have high hopes for Torch and Hindenburg Line. (But who are the authors?) I have mixed feeling about many of the WW2 titles. On the one hand they do seem to be going back over ground already covered in previous titles. But by choosing battles that cover rather smaller actions that took part in the bigger battles there is the opportunity to go into more detail and tell a more complete story.

Just one thing. I see this blog post ends by saying: "... That brings our Osprey series reveals to a close..." Surely "Fortress" is not being shut down again? We've only had a bare half-dozen new titles. This would be very disappointing.
Carl(Sweden) posted on 9 Sep 2016 09:55:57
Finally campaign 2017 revealed: I´ll tend to by ww2 and colonial 19th century books so the highlights for me will be the Shanghai and Nanjing togheter with Torch landings and Philippine Sea. The campaign list is as usually focused on ww2 and tough I´ll buy all of the ww2 books I´ll miss out on a colonial war book such as Afghan war book of this year. A book about the war in China great, hope this one have high sailes figures so a follow up can be Changsha. As always a mandatory D-day book, however St Lo is probably less of a duplica than Totalize or Cherbourg. Luzon is ok but New Guinea must be much more relevant to write a book of rather than Darwin air raids. Kursk was expected although Rzhev is the one that I hope for every year from Dr Forczyk. A ww2 focused list but I´ll buy at least seven of the list revealed.

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