This month the book vote looks at the Campaign series, with five new books battling for your vote. Read more about the full list of options below and cast your vote by clicking on the link below!
Plus, keep reading for the results of last month's Raid book vote.
CAM: The Prussian Crusade 1217–74
CAM: The East African Campaign 1914-18
CAM: The Gothic Line 1944–45
CAM: The Battle of Hue 1968
CAM: The Soviet–Afghan War 1979–89
The Prussian Crusade 1217–74
Part of the Northern Crusades, the Prussian Crusade witnessed the Teutonic Knights and their allied crusader forces Christianizing the pagans of the Baltic tribes in Prussia (including Courland, Gotland, Livonia, Neumark, Pomerelia and Samogitia). The Teutonic Knights laid siege to the pagan strongholds, fought them in open battle, and put down several bloody uprisings, before eventually establishing control over Prussia by means of the monastic State of the Teutonic Order. The latter would endure until the Battle of Grunwald (Tannenberg) in 1410.
The East African Campaign 1914-18
The East African Campaign began in August 1914. It witnessed a series of battles and guerrilla actions, and spread from German East Africa into Portuguese Mozambique, Northern Rhodesia, British East Africa, the Uganda Protectorate, and the Belgian Congo. German colonial forces were under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, who sought to divert Allied forces from the Western Front to Africa. His native askaris under European command managed to resist numerically superior British, Portuguese and Belgian colonial forces until the end of World War I.
The Gothic Line 1944–45
The battles of the Gothic Line were some of the toughest fought by British Eighth Army and US Fifth Army, and were the largest fought on the Italian Peninsula. The line was Field Marshal Albert Kesselring's last major defence along the northern Apennine Mountains, and comprised thousands of machine-gun nests, casemates, bunkers, observation posts and artillery-fighting positions. Although the Allies managed to breach the line at several points, there was no decisive breakthrough until April 1945, during the final Allied offensive in Italy.
The Battle of Hue 1968
One of the longest and bloodiest battles of the entire Vietnam War, Hue has gone down in history for the heroic defence of the South Vietnamese city by Army of the Republic of Vietnam, US Army and USMC troops. The People's Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong attempted to seize the logistically vital but poorly defended city in order to cut the vital supply line of Highway 1, and to control the Perfume River that bisected it. Although the North's troops managed to occupy most of the city at the outset, they were gradually pushed out again by the grim determination of the Free World forces. The battle witnessed intense house-to-house fighting, and the city and its civilian population suffered greatly.
The Soviet–Afghan War 1979–89
The consequences of the Soviet Union's failure in the Soviet–Afghan War were far reaching, and the military, diplomatic and political cost of the war to the USSR was enormous. The initial Soviet plan in 1979 was to secure major towns and the road network, suppress resistance to the communist Afghanistani government, and withdraw within a year. But the invasion met with fierce resistance from US-backed mujahideen forces operating in the countryside, and the Soviet Union became bogged down in a bloody proxy war that would drag on for nine years. The war is often referred to as the "Soviet Union's Vietnam", and may have contributed to the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.
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Last month we asked you what would you like to see published in our Raid series. Thank you to everyone who voted and provided feedback, the full results are listed below!
|RAID: Patton’s Prison Break 1945: Task Force Baum’s tank raid to Hammelburg POW camp||12%|
|RAID: Battleship Rampage: Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Admiral Scheer raid the Atlantic and Indian Oceans 1940–41||25%|
|RAID: Vlad Dracul’s Night Attack: Biological warfare and mass impalement in the Ottoman Wars, Târgovişte 1462||33%|
|RAID: Tanker Wars 1987–88: America and Iran’s naval battles for control of the Persian Gulf||17%|
|RAID: The Hermione Mutiny 1797–99: HMS Surprise’s legendary cutting-out expedition||13%|
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