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%

Did your favourite win? Which Campaign title did you vote for? Let us know in the comments!

Post Comments

Paintybeard posted on 10 Jul 2019 21:21:33
While we are talking about Campaign titles with over ambitious subjects, I will bring up this months First Anglo-Sikh War book.

On the one hand I'm delighted to get any new book on the subject and very much look forward to seeing the maps.

On the other hand this looks like another case of trying to cram too much into one book. There are 4 significant battles during the war and at least three of them would justify a book on their own. I would have preferred a book just on the Battle of Ferozeshah, with the other battles used as "bookends".

Still, I shall be first in line when the book is published!
Ranger08 posted on 9 Jul 2019 23:01:04
I have interest in the Prussian Crusade, East Africa during World War I and World War II Gothic Line operations. However, my opinion is that all five July 2019 Campaign suggestions are overly broad. This is especially so given the tight Osprey Campaign limit of 96 pages. Besides other problems caused by enforced brevity, many of Osprey’s past Campaign titles are diminished by being under indexed. Hopefully, Osprey will regroup proposing similar titles but with more granularity.
GI Gene posted on 3 Jul 2019 01:47:41
I too voted for The Gothic Line 1944–45 since that campaign is too often a forgotten chapter of the war.
KAL9000 posted on 2 Jul 2019 13:10:03
Fingers crossed for a Gothic Line title. I’m hoping Osprey can round out the Italian campaign, since they already have Sicily, Salerno, and Anzio titles. Also as others have mentioned, the Gothic line campaign should be easier to fit into the Osprey 96 page format
Tarawa90 posted on 2 Jul 2019 04:35:12
Very happy to see that the Dracula title won the book vote, especially since I'm the one who suggested it!

As far as this month, I like them all but the Prussian Crusade, East African Campaign, and the whole Soviet-Afghan War are far too big to cram into one book. The Baltic Crusade would be the "longest" campaign book ever! Surely there must be a way to break these down into something more manageable? Don't mistake what I'm saying, I'd love to see more books on these subjects, but done in a better way. I ended up going with the Gothic Line.
Paintybeard posted on 1 Jul 2019 12:23:20
While I am very pleased to see coverage of lesser known wars I think trying to fit the entire East African campaign or the Soviet war in Afghanistan are both too big a subject to get decent coverage in the "Campaign" format.

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