May's Book Vote and Last Month's Results

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This month the book vote looks at Men at Arms, Osprey's longest running series, with five new books battling for your vote. Find out more about them in the descriptions below, and then let us know which one you'd be most interested in!

Also, keep reading for the results of last month's Duel book vote. 

MAA: The French Army of Africa 1872–1914                

MAA: The Japanese Home Front in World War II

MAA: The West German Bundeswehr 1955–90

MAA: The East German Nationale Volksarmee 1956–90  

MAA: The Indo-Pakistani Wars 1947–99                       

The French Army of Africa 1872–1914
The troops serving in France’s Army of Africa were recruited from or usually stationed in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. Alongside the French Foreign Legion, the Army of Africa fielded a variety of distinctive and often colourfully attired soldiers such as Zouaves, Spahis, Tirailleurs and Chasseurs d’Afrique as well as the penal units of the African Light Infantry.

The Japanese Home Front in World War II
The unrestricted ‘total war’ waged across the globe during 1939–45 directly affected the population of the Japanese archipelago. Between the escalation of hostilities in China in 1937 and the eventual defeat of Imperial Japan in 1945, Japan’s leaders made extensive provision for the organization of the home front, measures that escalated as the Allied invasion of Japan became more likely.

The West German Bundeswehr 1955–90
West Germany’s armed forces joined NATO troops on the front line in the mid-1950s and continued to fulfil a vital role at the heart of NATO’s commitment to defend Western Europe against the forces of the Warsaw Pact until German reunification. This fully illustrated study examines the organization, dress and equipment of the West German forces who defended the West during the Cold War.

The East German Nationale Volksarmee 1956–90
East Germany’s armed forces were considered to be among the best of the Soviet Union’s allies in Eastern Europe and formed a major part of the Warsaw Pact’s military forces during the Cold War, seeing action in the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, advising the militaries of the other communist countries, and manning the infamous Berlin Wall.

The Indo-Pakistani Wars 1947–99
The armed forces of India and Pakistan have fought one another on numerous occasions since the Partition of British India, notably in 1947, 1965, 1971 and 1999. This fully illustrated study explores the organization, dress and equipment of the soldiers, sailors, aviation personnel and others who served India and Pakistan during these four conflicts and a number of other military clashes.  

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Last month we asked you what would you like to see published in our Duel series. Thank you to everyone who voted and provided feedback, the full results are listed below! 

 DUE: Bf 109 vs I-16: Spain 1937-39    30%   
 DUE: Spitfire V/IX vs Fw 190A: Channel Front 1942-44     15% 
 DUE: B-29 vs Japanese Nightfighter: Home Islands 1944-45             14%
 DUE: UH-1 Huey Gunship vs NVA/Viet Cong: 1965-73         24% 
 DUE: RAF Coastal Command vs Ju 88: Atlantic 1941-45             17%

Did your pick win? Which Men at Arms title have you decided to vote for? Let us know in the comments!

Post Comments

ChrisW posted on 2 May 2019 01:26:57
Wow, I'd buy at least 4 of those 5 titles!
GI Gene posted on 1 May 2019 23:34:39
All very good choices this month. Some of them are great stepping stones for other MAA titles that I will suggest here:

The French Military in Africa since 1962:
Covers all the post-Algeria French interventions in Africa such as Zaire, Chad, and Mali.

The German Bundeswehr since 1990:
Covers the German participation in the Balkans, Afghanistan and UN peacekeeper operations.

The Soviet Home Front in World War II

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