Osprey's Big Reveal: Warrior

In Military History, Featured

Next up in the Big Reveal we have Warrior, which will be seeing two new titles join its ranks in 2017.

Roman Legionary 109 - 58 BC

From 109 BC, when the cohort replaced the maniple as the crucial tactical subunit of the legion, the centurion, although inferior in military rank and social class, superseded the tribune as the most important officer in the legion. The Roman centurion, holding the legionaries steady before the barbarian horde and then leading them forward to victory, was the heroic exemplar of the Roman world, the personification of virtus – masculine valour and excellence. This period is often overlooked, but the invincible legions that Julius Caesar led into Gaul were the refined products of 50 years of military reforms.

British Tank Crewman 1939-45

Great Britain had introduced the tank to warfare during World War I and maintained its superiority with the ‘Experimental Mechanised Force’ during the late 1920s, which combined lorried infantry with fast tanks to produce good results against more conventional forces in several major exercises. Despite these successes, the Experimental Mechanised Force was disbanded due to a mixture of defence cuts in the 1930s depression (so severe that even soldiers' pay was cut) and opposition from traditionalist officers, especially from the cavalry. Britain thus lost leadership in tank warfare, and was relatively unprepared for World War II, both in terms of doctrine and equipment. However, it quickly became obvious that building a large and effective armoured force would be key to defeating Germany.

This study examines the men who crewed the tanks of Britain’s armoured force, which was only four battalions large in 1939. It looks at the recruitment and training of the vast numbers of men required, their equipment, appearance and combat experience in every theatre of the war.

Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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Neil Grant posted on 26 Aug 2016 21:00:15
I'm glad there's such enthusiasm for the British tank crewman book :-) The text is essentially finished (sadly, the hardest bit was deciding what to lose to keep it within the word limit - there are all sorts of fascinating little sidelights, and I've managed to work some of them into photo captions, but some just didn't fit even so).
Hessy Field posted on 26 Aug 2016 16:24:09
Only two titles? Shame. I have a feeling 'Warrior' is largely being replaced by 'Combat' which, to an extent, covers some of the same ground. I agree that British Tank Crewman Crewman 1939-45 fills a significant gap (it would be really good to see a companion volume on British Tank Crewman of W.W.I)
GI Gene posted on 17 Aug 2016 22:52:47
Really looking forward to British Tank Crewman 1939-45, but only two Warrior titles this year?
AdamC posted on 17 Aug 2016 12:35:41
Truly the shortest of short-lists! That being said it does include an absolutely massive gap filler in the form of the British Tank Crew title!!! That's been a huge glaring omission from the Warrior range for donkeys years - well done folks!!! Bring on the next list!
KenA posted on 17 Aug 2016 11:18:46
Thanks for the hint Carl. 2017 is starting to look rather underwhelming, though to be fair Osprey usually seems to put out many of its better titles in the last third of each year.
Pete @ Osprey posted on 17 Aug 2016 10:43:19
My apologies Paintybeard you are absolutely right! British Tank Crewman 1939-45 will be publishing next year. I have amended the blog with some more details.
Carl(Sweden) posted on 17 Aug 2016 10:01:54
A series beeing phased out? Bring out Campaign series(Although we already know titles trough to end of August.)
Paintybeard posted on 17 Aug 2016 09:16:12
What has happened to "British Tank Crewman?"

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