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Battles in the Snow

In Military History, Featured

Here in the UK, we are currently reeling thanks to a twin winter weather offensive, with Storm Emma blasting us from the south-west, and The Beast from the East continuing to advance from Siberia. After struggling through the snow to get to Osprey Towers this morning, we started to think about some of the soldiers who have been forced to fight in freezing, snowy conditions throughout history. Here are some of our favourite pieces of artwork of winter warfare from the Osprey archive...

RAID 23: The Revenge of the 47 Ronin by Stephen Turnbull
Illustrated by Johnny Shumate, Alan Gilliland, Mariusz Kozik

This plate shows an epic struggle on a snowy garden bridge during the raid on Kira’s Mansion during the rebellion of the 47 Ronin.


CBT 4: French Guardsman vs Russian Jaeger: 1812–14 by Laurence Spring
Illustrated by Mark Stacey

In November 1812, Napoleon was leading his beleaguered Grand Army in its retreat out of Russia, when he was forced to turn and fight the pursuing forces of Marshal Kutuzov. This image depicts a French guard unit facing the twin threat of charging Russian cavalry and artillery fire.


WAR 38: Fallschirmjäger: German Paratrooper 1935–45 by Bruce Quarrie
Illustrated by Velimir Vuksic

These soldiers of the Fallschirmjäger are managing to shelter from the cold in their bunker. One of them is even managing to catch a quick snooze.



CAM 291: The Dnepr 1943 by Robert Forczyk
Illustrated by Steve Noon

In this furious skirmish, a mixed battlegroup from 8.Panzer-Division, have run into a group of T-34s and Soviet infantry in a forest clearing during a snow shower, resulting in a point-blank battle.



RAID 39: Takur Ghar: The SEALs and Rangers on Roberts Ridge, Afghanistan 2002 by Leigh Neville
Illustrated by Johnny Shumate and Alan Gilliland

In this image from the war in Afghanistan, troops from the US Army Rangers are laying down suppressive fire to pin down an Al Qaeda-held defensive position on Roberts Ridge.



What are some of your favourite Osprey book depicting winter warfare? Let us know in the comments below!

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Mark Lardas posted on 3 Mar 2018 19:36:40
You know - until I looked at this I never realized how much I really hate snow and cold. I grew up in Southeast Michigan and now live in Houston, TX. One of the great things about living on the Texas Gulf Coast is that you get maybe one snowstorm every decade or so, and it lasts long enough for you to take a picture to send to friends in Minneapolis.

Looking back on all of the books I have written I can think of only two plates showing cold weather with ice or snow - one in Native American Riflemen and one in African-American Soldiers in the Civil War. All the rest? Summer scenes or fought in tropical or semi-tropical climates.

It wasn't a conscious decision, either. I just unconsciously avoided snow.

How strange.
overman posted on 3 Mar 2018 08:12:33
The new CBT title featuring Soviet sailors vs GE Gebirgs is refreshing, especially as the Arctic Front is small and often overlooked, even by WW2 enthusiasts.
JohnK posted on 2 Mar 2018 17:54:03
My favorite is Lake Peipus 1242 where mounted men fought on a frozen lake.

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