Osprey's six favourite Campaign titles!

In Military History

Hello all, it looks like it's time for another Friday list! Alongside our fabulous 20% discount on all Campaign titles, this month we are celebrating the series as a whole. After all, which military history enthusiast doesn't enjoy reading about battles and campaigns?! 

So today's list comes straight from the shadowy, mist-shrouded halls of Osprey HQ. We asked a selection of Osprey commanders what their favourite Campaign titles are, and why. Here are their responses!

 1.) Richard Sullivan, Osprey MD and high Priest


'My favourite Campaign title is obviously a Napoleonic one and it is Corunna 1809: Sir John Moore’s Fighting Retreat (Campaign 83). The actual series of events has everything, including cavalry battles, desperate rearguard actions, frozen skirmishes and frantic retreating topped by the final battle and the death of the hero. The book is a good summary of all this topped with some great artwork, some of which I lifted for the Peninsular War 200 Facebook page. I’ve been running this page (alongside the Twitter feed) since January 2009 and as the 200th anniversaries come to an end this year the organisation itself, ably run by Nick Lipscombe (also an Osprey Campaign author) will be looking back at the many events and activities it has a hand in and hopefully contemplating a job well done.'  

2.) Joseph McCullough, Dark Lord of Osprey Adventures imprint.


CAM 226: Midway 1942 by Mark Stille,

 'I’ve been interested in the battle of Midway since I saw the movie as a child. Mark Stille does a wonderful job of taking the battle step-by-step, and breaking down all the different attack flights. I also love how the maps in the book are 3-D, showing the different altitudes taken by the different attack wings. It adds a whole new dimension (literally) to the battle.'

3.) Emily Holmes, Lt. Comissioning editor


Probably super obvious, but CAM 1 – Normandy. Such an iconic and important subject for the list, and perfect starting point for anyone interested in D-Day or the battle for France in 1944. Plus, having visited the sites, it makes it all the more poignant.'

4.) Tom Milner, Commissioning Editor and the most stylish kilt-wearer south of Hadrian's Wall

CAM 180 Easter Rising


'My favourite Campaigns are those that I pick up not knowing much about the subject, and quickly get gripped by. This is a fascinating bit of history and Mike McNally really did it justice - concise, well-written, and with lots of good detail. And pretty Peter Dennis piccies.'

5.) Mike Ramalho, Big Chief of Global Sales & Marketing


 'Mine would be CAM 147 Crete 1941: Germany’s lightning airborne assault.

 Why does it stand out? It was the first Osprey book I read as an Osprey employee, and can still remember the glorious summer day that I was sitting out in a local park in Oxfordshire reading it when I heard a strange whistling sound above me. Looking up I saw a couple of gliders swooping low around the park, just as I was reading about German glider detachments landing in Crete in 1941 – a rather bizarre experience all round! Why did I choose that to read out of the staggering array of potential titles? Well, I was off on holiday to Crete a matter of weeks later… and I definitely didn’t drag my long-suffering better half round half of the island looking at battlefield sites I had read about in the book. I did allow her brief breaks to spend on the beach from time to time though…'

 6.) Osprey CEO and GeneralFeldmarschall Rebecca Smart


 Mine would be Pearl Harbor - we created an anniversary website specially for it at the time (2001) and gathered animated maps, video, audio and a database-linked encyclopaedia of Pearl Harbor. It was a great learning experience and got lots of good press coverage for Osprey.'


So there you have it folks! What would be your favourite Campaign title? For me it would be simply too difficult to pick just one!

Post Comments

Adam Bonser posted on 21 Mar 2014 23:25:00
As a fan of 16-17th century and WW2 titles, i\'m really spoilt for choice. Lutzen (1632) is my favourite in terms of the narrative, a superb account, but I think the illustrations slightly let it down. (Why was a depiction of the battery chosen over the demise of Gustavus Adolphus or Pappenheim?) The WW2 pacific war titles have some of my favourite illustrations and maps, but for the whole narrative & illustrations package i\'m going for Fornovo (1495). David Nicolle debunks popular myths of the battle in an excellent account and Richard Hook\'s illustrations are, in turn, dramatic, atmospheric and full of detail.
Amaral posted on 20 Mar 2014 13:21:00
@Mike, Roman subjects are so well treated by Osprey that I managed to get \'The Roman Army - The Greatest War Machine of the Ancient World\' into a monography of the ECEME (\'Escola de Comando e Estado-Maior\', something like \'School Command and General Staff\') of a friend of mine - a major at the time. I am more of a \'modern warfare\' client though and when I first bought from the General Military I was was still in the navy. I bought \'Out of Nowhere - A history of the military sniper\' and showed it to a sniper friend of mine; he liked it so much I bought onether one and made a surprise for him. It was in 2009 and he told me people in the Special Forces Battalion still ask for this book, so good it is. When I say we don\'t ave high quality books (Osprey quality) down here, I mean it!

@Phil, WWII was the greatest event in Human history and it is understandable that people will look for this subject more often. What get some of us worried is the narrowing of publishing policies, but as the list is about personal preferences I don\'t see any problem with the answer - there isn\'t a \'right answer\' in this case.
Mike @ Osprey posted on 17 Mar 2014 11:28:00
I should admit that I prefer my Ancient and Medieval subjects Fortress shaped for the most part. Particularly the Roman stuff. And actually, because the Roman stuff interests me, Warrior is always a particularly rich series to mine too!
Phil @ Osprey posted on 17 Mar 2014 11:01:00
I really enjoyed CAM 106: Culloden Moor 1746. Not sure if I could pick an absolute favourite, but that one certainly stands out. Great Gerry Embleton artwork and an interesting read.

Given the tiny sample polled, I think it\'s a little unfair to start looking for trends or extrapolating company policies from the preferences of individuals. Rather, much like our readers (judging by book sales, anyway), World War II is simply a more popular subject in the Osprey offices - people have more recent family connections, and it\'s far more in the popular consciousness than, say, the Seven Years\' War or the Hussite Wars. Similarly, we\'re a British company with a number of American staff - I\'d be more surprised if there WASN\'T a dominance of Anglo/American subjects!
Amaral posted on 17 Mar 2014 00:48:00
I will vote for my first CAM book:

Campaign 188 Thermopylae 480 BC, Last stand of the 300
SU 85 posted on 16 Mar 2014 11:10:00
Also sorry no medieval or ancient!
Also agree it\'s great to read about a campaign you don\'t know lots about so ,
MALTA 1565 was mine. I now realise it is one of the most fascinating sieges in history!
CMB posted on 16 Mar 2014 03:37:00
Now this is a toughie!
After careful consideration, here\'s what I\'ve got:

Louisbourg 1758
Pavia 1525
Inkerman 1854
Wabash 1791
Can the four D-Day volumes count as one? Also, can the three volumes on Barbarossa also count as one?
If not, how about Iraq 1941 (I hope Osprey does one on Syria someday)
and Lepanto 1571
.George Washington posted on 16 Mar 2014 00:13:00
Little correction: Monongahela 1754-55 instead of two Bull Runs.
MTG posted on 16 Mar 2014 00:10:00
I think you\'ll always love your first. Mine was Rorke\'s Drift.
I too like a campaign every now and then on a subject that is on something for which I know only the basic facts. Thats why the campaign on the Boxer Rebellion is on my wish to read list (which is ever growing!.)
.George Washington posted on 15 Mar 2014 10:27:00
I like all of them, but my absolute favorites would be Wabash 1791, Teutoburg Forest, Isandlwana 1879, Second Manassas 1862, Iwo Jima 1945, and Second Manassas 1862.
Fadrique posted on 14 Mar 2014 14:55:00
Hard to say, but I
ShalimarTroy posted on 14 Mar 2014 11:35:00
that\'s just too hard of a choice! It\'s like asking what is your favorite color in a bag of Skittles?
Paintybeard posted on 14 Mar 2014 11:30:00
Very tricky to choose only one. Probably \'Dieppe 1942\' just beats \'Malta 1565\', but there isn\'t a lot in it.

Also, I\'m MASSIVELY looking forward to the book on Ramillies...
hobbe62 posted on 14 Mar 2014 10:56:00
Are there no Ancient and Medieval fans among the Osprey commanders? Or do they simply prefer titles with Anglo/American participation?

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