Our final book vote of the year has arrived, and with it comes 5 new prospective Elite titles. Have a read of the list of options below, read the descriptions, and cast your vote by clicking the link.

  ELI: Battle Tactics of the American Revolutionary War 

  ELI: Russian and Soviet Naval Infantry 1914–45

  ELI: IJA Aviation Uniforms and Equipment of World War II             

  ELI: US Ground Forces in Europe 1952–65       

  ELI: Soviet Ground Forces in Europe 1952–65            

Battle Tactics of the American Revolutionary War

During the American Revolutionary War, British forces, their German auxiliaries and those Americans loyal to the Crown faced the troops fielded by the Thirteen Colonies and their allies, notably the French. On the battlefield, these troops mostly employed close-order linear tactics that harnessed the close-range firepower and close-combat capabilities of the smoothbore musket fitted with bayonet, while rifle-armed specialists, mounted troops and artillery played supporting roles.

Russian and Soviet Naval Infantry 1914–45

Formed at the beginning of the 18th century, the Russian Navy’s amphibious forces – the naval infantry – are especially renowned for their involvement in the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the long and bloody struggle on the Eastern Front during World War II. The naval infantry’s vital contribution to Allied victory in 1941–45 cemented their place at the heart of the Soviet Union’s armed forces, and they continue to play a major role in the Russian armed forces today.

IJA Aviation Uniforms and Equipment of World War II

Founded in 1912, the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force (IJAAF) was tasked with providing tactical close air support for Japanese ground forces, air interdiction capability and aerial reconnaissance. Although the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force had responsibility for long-range bombing and air defence, the IJAAF also undertook some strategic bombing in China. This study explores the appearance and equipment of the IJAAF’s personnel during 1937–45.

US Ground Forces in Europe 1952–65

This study assesses the evolving role, organization, appearance and equipment of the US Army ground forces deployed to Europe on the front line of the Cold War. During this period the US Army underwent a transformation from the force that had fought in World War II and Korea in response to the challenges and crises of this phase of the Cold War, notably the formation of the Warsaw Pact (1955), the founding of the East German Volksarmee (1956) and escalating tensions over Berlin.

Soviet Ground Forces in Europe 1952–65

This study explores the evolving role, organization, appearance and equipment of the Soviet ground forces deployed to Europe on the front line of the Cold War. During this period the Soviet ground forces based in Poland, East Germany, Hungary and elsewhere faced the challenges and crises of this phase of the Cold War, notably the East German Uprising (1953), the formation of the West German Bundeswehr (1955) and the Hungarian Revolution (1956), as well as escalating tensions over Berlin.

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For the second time this year, Duel was the focus of the book vote. However, instead of aviation duels, we asked for your opinions on our suggested AFVs and naval warfare titles. The results were very close in the end, but coming in first place was German 88m gun vs Allied Armour, taking 27.56% of the vote. The runner-up was Egyptian Armour vs Israeli Armour, with Korean Warship vs Japanese Warship coming in third. Thanks to everyone who voted, and don't forget to expand on your decisions in the comments below!

 DUE: Korean Warship vs Japanese Warship: Imjin War, 1593–98       17.45%   
 DUE: British Battleships vs German Battleships, 1941–43    13.68% 
 DUE: German 88mm gun vs Allied Armour: North Africa, 1940–43                     27.56%
 DUE: Elefant/Ferdinand (SdKfz. 184) vs SU-152, Kursk 1943       14.53% 
 DUE: Egyptian Armour vs Israeli Armour, Six-Day War, 1967     26.78%

Post Comments

PAUL W posted on 5 Dec 2018 22:18:57
I voted Egyptian Armour vs Israeli Armour, Six-Day War, 1967 last month and from cruising it from the start it got piped at the post. Hopefully it might make it as a best placed runner up? This month looks a close one between Russian and Soviet Naval Infantry and Battle Tactics of the American Revolutionary War. I've voted for the latter, but would easily buy both. I do think the two cold war books might be splitting its own vote. I also agree the color photos of models didn't work. One or two might of worked but totally instead of the artwork was a mistake in my opinion.
Paintybeard posted on 3 Dec 2018 20:50:49
Yes, it's very good to see some interesting "Elite" titles being posited. I voted for Russian Naval Infantry too, but I'd be very pleased to see both the books about early Cold War armies published as well.

And I fully support GI Gene's dislike for the colour photos in the earlier IJN title. I earnestly hope that experiment will never be repeated.
GI Gene posted on 3 Dec 2018 18:01:15
HOO-RAY! Elite is back! Thank you!
All the selections are great, and I voted for the Russian/Soviet Naval Infantry. A post-1945 title about them too would be wonderful.

If Osprey does IJA Aviation Uniforms and Equipment of World War II, I hope they will use color plates and not color photographs of models wearing the uniforms and equipment like it was done in the IJN title in 2002. Still, I would like to see more aviation related Elite titles about uniforms and equipment, especially in the post 1945 period with regards to the RAF, USAF, and the Soviet Union.

The US/Soviet Ground Forces in Europe titles are an intriguing approach. I just submitted a suggestion for a US Ground Forces in Korea 1953-2000 Elite title.
Hessy Field posted on 3 Dec 2018 15:57:08
I actually wouldn't mind seeing all of these titles published but I have gone with the current majority and voted for Russian and Soviet Naval Infantry.

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