August Book Vote and July Results

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For our August book vote we decided to do something a little different. Rather than drawing our suggestions from the 'book suggestions' database on the website we asked some of our editors to come forward with their own ideas. The only condition was that the suggestions could be made a reality, so nothing too crazy.

So, without further ado, here are our 'Editors Picks'.

CBT: US Mechanized Infantryman vs Soviet Motor Rifleman: Central Europe 1983
MAA: Italian Colonial Troops 1883-1943
NVG: Superguns 1860-1991
DUE: US Submarine vs Soviet Submarine: Cold War 1961-91
ELI: Armies of the Baltic Wars 1919-20

CBT: US Mechanized Infantryman vs Soviet Motor Rifleman: Central Europe 1983

During the Cold War both NATO and the Warsaw Pact deployed vast conventional military forces along the Iron Curtain in Europe. As their intended role, equipment and tactics evolved over decades, these forces were never called upon to fight one another – but what would have happened if they had? In this study, which postulates a conventional conflict breaking out in 1983 – a crucial moment in the re-escalating Cold War – the likely combat performance of US and Soviet mechanized infantrymen during three different scenarios is assessed.

MAA: Italian Colonial Troops 1883-1943

The organization and colourful uniforms of the many African units recruited by Italy, from her first colonial adventures until her final defeat in Libya in World War II.

NVG: Superguns 1860-1991

Is bigger really better? Over the last century and a half gun designers have often thought so, and produced one technologically impressive, boundary-pushing giant artillery piece after another – most of which turned out to be fairly useless. This New Vanguard surveys the biggest, wackiest and most extreme artillery of the breechloading era, from Sir William Armstrong’s 111-ton ‘monster gun’ to the Paris gun of World War I, the V-3 of World War II, ‘Atomic Annie’ and the Soviet 2B1 Oka of the Cold War, and Saddam Hussein’s Project Babylon.

DUE: US Submarine vs Soviet Submarine: Cold War 1961-91

In February 1945 HMS Venturer sank U-864 while both vessels were at periscope depth, ushering in the era of the ‘hunter killer’ submarine, capable of sinking other submarines as well as surface vessels. By 1961, both the United States and the Soviet Union had deployed nuclear submarines; armed with ballistic missiles, such vessels could remain submerged for much longer and move far more swiftly than their diesel-electric predecessors. The Cold War witnessed decades of cat-and-mouse games as US and Soviet submarines faced off against each other in the world’s oceans.

ELI: Armies of the Baltic Wars 1919-20

The complex aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution in the new-born Baltic states, which caused fighting between White Russian, Red Army, German, and various local forces.

Head to the homepage to cast your vote!

We also have the results from the July book vote, in which 5 potential Campaign books focussing on World War I battled it out.

CAM: Tannenberg 1914
CAM: Caporetto 1917
CAM: Gaza 1917
CAM: Meuse-Argonne 1918
CAM: Kut 1916

Tannenberg 1914 and Caporetto 1917 stormed to early leads, battling each other for the top spot whilst the other three titles were left in their wake.

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AdamC posted on 3 Aug 2016 12:25:53
Kuvaszsleepybear - Lol, sounds like you are about to stage a desk take-over m8??? A readers coup!!!
kuvaszsleepybear posted on 3 Aug 2016 00:49:46
Osprey really needs to make ME the Editor of Future Book Subjects,LOL.
AdamC posted on 2 Aug 2016 13:09:43
It was Red One way back in February 2014!!! He said - "Hi KenA, actually I pitched the idea for the 1919 Kronstadt Raid to Osprey for the RAID series over a year ago (as well as Mimi and Toutou) but they were not keen on it. I still intend to try again. Even as an American, I find the raid one of the bright shining moments in Royal Navy history and am baffled at the lack of interest. Finland's Mannerheim commented about the raid, "When Britain strikes, it strikes hard!"
AdamC posted on 2 Aug 2016 12:37:40
Pete - I see! Fair enough, it seems to be doing quite well in this vote too. Was that the idea behind Tannenberg 1914 being included again last month too? To test it out against other WWI titles after it did well in a general Campaign vote?

Kuvaszsleepybear - Yep, that would be an immediate purchase for me. I do seem to remember one of Osprey's regular authors posting on the forum ages ago that he'd already pitched it and it had been rejected though. I could be wrong - I'll have a rummage around.
kuvaszsleepybear posted on 1 Aug 2016 18:51:16
Speaking of Armies of the Baltic Wars(my vote) the Kronstadt Raid of 1919 needs a "RAIDS" volume eh.
Pete @ Osprey posted on 1 Aug 2016 14:26:49
AdamC: You are right, Italian Colonial Troops did feature in February's book vote. Martin wanted us to include it in this one as he was keen to see how it would fare in a book vote that didn't have the same limits as the February vote (which was purely for MAA and focused mainly on 19th century).
AdamC posted on 1 Aug 2016 12:45:48
An interesting selection this months chaps! I'm undecided on the wisdom of the counter factual/What If books. On the one hand they would certainly make interesting reads but on the other (particularly with the first title) there's nothing to base it on so it would be largely reliant on the authors imagination. Also there are so many actual historical topics to cover you could ask whether Osprey needs to delve into the depths of "What If"?
As I'm sitting on the fence with the Cold War What If titles I've gone for Superguns 1860-1991 - that sounds like fun!!!
Didnt we have Italian Colonial Troops 1883-1943 back in February's book vote??? It won with 31% of the vote if I remember rightly?

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