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Escape From Colditz Returns

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Oflag IV-C, the prisoner-of-war camp at Colditz Castle designed to house Allied prisoners who had previously made escape attempts from other camps, was made famous by the BBC television series Colditz in 1972–74. It would be a board game, however, that would truly immortalise the Colditz story in the minds of generations. Today, we are proud to release our new edition of that game – Escape From Colditz.Continue Reading
Our Tank centenary commemorations continue with a blog from David R. Higgins, author of the recently published Duel 71: M48 Patton vs Centurion and a range of other Osprey books. In this piece he looks at German and Soviet tank development in the build up to and during the Second World War...Continue Reading
Earlier this week we commemorated the anniversary of the Battle of Prokhorovka (12 July 1943), one of the greatest armoured confrontations in history. The Germans were looking to capture the town of Prokhorovka and break through the Soviet defensive line but the Russians held firm, suffering heavy losses in the process.Continue Reading

Sunday Photo - The Akutan Zero

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On 10 July 1942 a wrecked Mitsubish A6M Zero was spotted on Akutan Island. The crew of the Catalina that spotted the downed Japanese fighter plane circled the crash site for several minutes, noting its position on the map, before returning to the Dutch Harbor...Continue Reading
For our May book vote we are looking at the Combat series, with 5 titles looking at some fascinating World War II subjects vying for your vote...Continue Reading
Today marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday. Born 21 April 1926, she is the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regnant in world history. To celebrate the occasion we are taking a look at some of the key conflicts Britain has been involved in during her lifetime...Continue Reading
For this week’s Sunday photo we are looking at Henri Giraud, a French general who was captured in both World Wars but escaped each time...Continue Reading
On 5 March 1944 the Red Army launched the Uman–Botoșani Offensive against the German Army Group South in Ukraine. The aim was to inflict a crushing defeat on the German “Uman group” and split the German forces, allowing the Soviet army to capture southwestern Ukraine. Up against them was the 8th Army of Army Group South, led by Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein...Continue Reading
On 7 February 1943 Operation Ke saw the last remaining Japanese forces evacuated from Guadalcanal...Continue Reading

Sunday Photo - The Battle for Hill 170

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On 31 January 1945 a reinforced Japanese infantry battalion launched a fierce surprise assault on the 3rd Commando Brigade, who had been tasked with holding Hill 170...Continue Reading

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