Osprey's Christmas Gift Guide 2019

In Military History, Featured

Are you looking for the perfect present for someone this Christmas? With a few days left of our 30% off sale, we've put together a guide of books included in the sale that make great gifts!

To ensure your orders arrive in time for Christmas, please place them before Monday 9 December if you're in the US and Wednesday 11 December if you're in the UK. Click here for more information regarding Christmas delivery. 



Soviet T-55 Main Battle Tank Panzerartillerie Tanks


Soviet T-55 Main Battle Tank

Containing more than 400 stunning contemporary and modern photographs, and written by two experts on Soviet armour, this authoritative book tells the complete story of the T-55, one of the most widely produced tanks of all time.



Drawing on original material from German archives and private collections, including some images that have never been published before, German armour expert Thomas Anderson explores the formation and development of this force from its early days in the 1930s, through the glory days of Blitzkrieg warfare to its eventual decline in the face of the challenges of the Eastern Front.



From the primitive, bizarre-looking Mark V to the Matilda and from the menacing King Tiger to the superlative M1 Abrams, Professor Ogorkiewicz shows how tanks gradually acquired the enhanced capabilities that enabled them to become what they are today - the core of combined-arms, mechanized warfare.


Air Combat Storm of Eagles


Air Combat

The battle for the skies in World War II fuelled a race between rival air forces to develop ever faster and more capable fighter aircraft - and the struggle for air superiority was never over until the war itself ended. Air Combat explores clashes of some of the finest planes and pilots, in key theatres of the war.


Storm of Eagles

This remarkable volume is a must-have for anyone interested in World War II aviation, combining classic photographs with never-before-seen wartime images.




German submarine U-1105 'Black Panther' Scapa 1919 Cold War Fleet


German submarine U-1105 'Black Panther'

This highly illustrated book uses many new and previously unpublished images to tell the full story of this remarkable U-Boat, evaluating the effectiveness of its late war technologies, document its extensive postwar testing and detail all the features still present on the wreck site today.


Scapa 1919

 In June 1919, the German High Seas Fleet attempted to sink itself in the Flow to prevent it being broken up as war prizes. Of the 74 ships present, 52 sunk and 22 were prevented from doing so by circumstance and British intervention. Marine archaeologist and historian Dr Innes McCartney reveals for the first time what became of the warships that were scuttled, examining the circumstances behind the loss of each ship and reconciling what was known at the time to what the archaeology is telling us today.


Cold War Fleet

Created by two of the most acclaimed naval photographers in the world, this stunning book is a window back in time to the Royal Navy of the Cold War, showing a fleet created to defend Britain and other NATO countries from Soviet attack. Featuring every kind of ship from aircraft carriers and destroyers to auxiliary vessels, this is a peerless resource for any enthusiast of naval history.


World War II


Atlas of the Blitzkrieg The Second World War
Snapdragon World War II Battle by Battle


Atlas of the Blitzkrieg

In September 1939, Nazi Germany launched its infamous Blitzkrieg invasion of Poland, bringing about the outbreak of World War II. Faced with highly tactical and accelerated attacks aimed at disrupting the line of defence and encircling vulnerable troops, Allied forces broke under pressure. Featuring 98 detailed maps, this impressive atlas shows, in intricate detail, the fighting and physical challenges faced by the German attackers and Allied defenders.


The Second World War

This book tells the stories of the men and women who lived and died during the Second World War, from politicians to factory workers, and from High Command to the conscripted men on the front lines. The experience of war is brought to life through a wealth of contemporary documentation, private writings and historical research, whilst the political, military and historical significance of the war is assessed and examined.



Phil Stern is remembered for his iconic images of Old Hollywood stars, but his remarkable service during World War II as a combat photographer with Darby’s Rangers has remained largely unknown. Until now. Stern’s catchy 1940s lingo, honest and intimate observations, and humor, paired with his striking combat photography will transport you 70 years back in time to meet the hardscrabble Rangers and experience some of the key battles of the Mediterranean Theater.


World War II Battle by Battle

This compact gift book takes thirty of World War II's most significant clashes, both the famous and the lesser known, and presents their stories in a concise, easy to digest format, accompanied by beautiful Osprey artwork plates in full colour that illuminate a key moment in each battle.



 Illustrated Histories

The Pirate World Maps of World Forts


The Pirate World

Often romanticised in print and on the silver screen, real-life pirates were a brutal menace that plagued the high seas. In this book, Angus Konstam separates myth from reality, tracing the history of piracy through the centuries, from the pirates who plagued the Ancient Egyptians to the Viking raids and on to the era of privateers.

Maps of War

There is little documented mapping of conflict prior to the Renaissance period, but, from the 17th century onwards, military commanders and strategists began to document the wars in which they were involved and later, to use mapping to actually plan the progress of a conflict. Using contemporary maps, this sumptuous new volume covers the history of the mapping of war on land and shows the way in which maps provide a guide to the history of war.


Forts explains the history of human fortifications, and is beautifully illustrated using photographs, plans, drawings and maps to explain why they were built, their various functions and their immense historical legacy in laying the foundations of empire.

Pocket Manuals

Hurricane Pocket Manual Spitfire Lancaster Pocket Manual HMS Belfast

Each pocket manual contains a collection of key documents that examines the history and design of various vehicles,

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