Osprey's Big Reveal 2016 - Elite

In Military History, Featured

So what does Elite have in store for 2016? Well, take a look below at some of the elite units and military tactics that we are going to be exploring next year.

ELI 208: US Marine Corps Recon and Special Operations Uniforms & Equipment 2000-15 (January 2016)

ELI 210: World War II US Army Combat Equipments (February 2016)

ELI 211: The SAS 1983-2014 (March 2016)

ELI 212: US Army Rangers; Panama – Afghanistan (May 2016)

ELI 213: The Barbary Pirates 15th - 17th Centuries (July 2016)

ELI ???: World War II Infantry Fire Support Tactics (October 2016)

ELI ???: British Light Infantry & Rifle Tactics of the Napoleonic Wars (October 2016)

From the Barbary Pirates to the US Army Rangers – quite a range! Which of these have you on the edge of your seat?

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PAUL W posted on 30 Aug 2015 19:19:53
sas, rangers n pirates for me
FJ-1973 posted on 29 Aug 2015 13:37:30
Hm... little mixed feelings from me to. I like the books focus about Tactics and Equipments (more of that). But is it same information already published with color-plates, or something new? Little afraid that “British nap. Light Infantry & Rifle Tactics” is “Source: the Sharpe-movies...”

But I really like the Barbary pirates. SAS and US Army rangers are good gaps to fill!
AdamC posted on 18 Aug 2015 12:38:30
I'm afraid I have to echo some of the other comments made here already. There seems to be a lot of ground already trodden being rake over again here. While there's nothing wrong with any of these titles per se and its by no means a "bad" list, it is very safe with only ELI 213 really treading new ground. Ok, yes, the SAS title looks interesting as it covers the more modern history of the Regiment and thus provides an update to 34 year old MAA 116 so I'll take a copy of that. I'll also have a look at the two tactics books but I'm a bit worried that a lot of the content will have been covered else where, particularly the Napoleonic title - doesn't ELI 164 cover this???
KenA posted on 18 Aug 2015 09:47:09
Well, I can’t see any prizes being dished out for initiative or innovation in the formation of this list and neither can I see anyone being dislodged from their comfort zone by it. These titles will likely sell well in the less discerning part of the market and in North America [there are 3 US titles and probably part of a fourth]. Is this what the commercial imperative means? Don't get me wrong - a good book could possibly emerge from one or more of the titles on this list but it is no sure thing at present.
GI Gene posted on 17 Aug 2015 19:06:34
I hope the delayed release of US Marine Corps Recon and Special Operations Uniforms & Equipment means that the artwork will be better than the previous modern USMC uniforms and equipment book.

World War II US Army Combat Equipments looks promising.

I am really thrilled with the modern SAS and US Army Rangers titles. I am assuming the later will cover Ranger operations in Afghanistan through 2015 so it can cover their missions in Iraq as well.

Very pleased overall with the offerings this year.
Paintybeard posted on 17 Aug 2015 08:55:57
There is a lot of familiar ground being re-trodden here. Any of these book COULD be good, if capable authors are chosen who don't just repeat easy, obvious platitudes. I shall be reserving judgement until I can actually flick through a copy.
ASM posted on 17 Aug 2015 08:39:56
SO equipment, SAS, Rangers. Great, great, great! Another strong year for Elite. Despite dull tactics books.

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