From armies of Classical Greece to 20th-century armies of the Indo-Pakistani Wars, there's a great selection of Elite titles competing for your vote this month. Read the full descriptions and cast your vote by clicking on the link below.


ELI: European Battle Tactics 1715–91

ELI: European Siege Tactics 1453–1815

ELI: Close Air Support Tactics 1914–45

ELI: Armies of the Indo-Pakistani Wars 1947–71

ELI: The Athenian Army       

European Battle Tactics 1715–91

In the years after the War of the Spanish Succession, the great powers of Europe sought to refine their tactical doctrines to ensure military success. Innovative thinkers such as Maurice de Saxe and Frederick the Great developed new ways of employing forces on the battlefield, their theories being put to the test during the ‘Lace Wars’ of the 1740s–1770s. Fully illustrated, this study assesses and compares the battlefield tactics employed by the European great powers during the 18th century.


European Siege Tactics 1453–1815

The advent of gunpowder siege weapons transformed the nature of European warfare in the 15th century, prompting the development of new forms of fortifications. The many long-drawn-out sieges of the 16th and 17th centuries reflected the evolving balance of power between defender and attacker. Further defensive refinements were provided by innovative thinkers such as Vauban and Van Coehoorn, while the initiative eventually passed to the attacker as the more mobile armies of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars often chose to bypass fortifications altogether.


Close Air Support Tactics 1914–45

Since the dawn of powered flight, tactical thinkers have developed methods of providing aerial support to friendly ground troops by striking nearby enemy forces. Coordination between air assets and ground forces is particularly important given the potential risks to friendly troops in such close proximity. Fully illustrated with specially commissioned artwork, this study assesses and compares the origins, evolution and application of the CAS technology and tactics employed by the leading powers during the world wars.


Armies of the Indo-Pakistani Wars 1947–71

Between October 1947 and December 1971 the armed forces of India and Pakistan fought three full-scale wars, with the fate of Jammu and Kashmir and latterly Bangladesh determined by the outcomes. Both sides used older weapons and equipment alongside the latest technology supplied by the United States, the Soviet Union and other powers. The ground forces employed by both sides in the three conflicts – occurring in 1947–49, 1965 and 1971 – are examined and depicted in this fully illustrated study.


The Athenian Army

After the armed forces of Sparta, Athens had arguably the most developed army of the Classical Greek world. Following the foundation of Athenian democracy in 508 BC, the Athenian population was divided into ten tribes which contributed troops to the army – hoplite infantry, cavalry, horse archers and light infantry (archers and peltasts). For the most part, this tribal system remained in place for nearly two hundred years, influencing the shape of a whole host of the armies of other Greek states during the 5th and 4th centuries BC.


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


ACE: Aces of Jasta 21  25%
ACE: Kittyhawk Aces of the Pacific  17%
ACE: F4U Corsair Aces of VF-17  11%
ACE: F6F Hellcat Aces over the Philippines   10%
ACE: Japanese Floatplane Fighter Aces   37%


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

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Minal @ Osprey posted on 4 Nov 2019 09:12:46
Hi @Schutztruppe. Thank you so much for spotting this error, I have fixed it.
Schutztruppe posted on 2 Nov 2019 16:45:00
@Osprey. There seems to be a little error in the last month´s result. There is a total of 109% and I guess the Kittyhawk Aces should be at 17% instead of 26.
PAUL W posted on 2 Nov 2019 14:13:37
Like painty I like the look of all the titles but again agree with the other members 're trying to cram in too much in several of the titles. I've gone for the Athenian army.
Paintybeard posted on 2 Nov 2019 05:42:11
I'd be very interested in the Close Air Support book, GI Gene, but as usual Osprey are trying to cover too much in one book. It would be plenty to just do a title on WW2, and even then I think it could be split into books on Axis and Allied approaches and there would still be plenty of ground to cover.
GI Gene posted on 1 Nov 2019 23:47:41
I voted for Close Air Support Tactics 1914–45 since its struggle to be accepted and utilized it is an interesting story in itself. Despite his great success in leading the 9th Air Force in supporting the Allied drive across France, General Richard Quesada was ostracized by his fellow Air Force officers who thought close air support was beneath strategic bombing and air to air combat.
Hessy Field posted on 1 Nov 2019 17:08:54
I admit to not being such a great fan of 'Tactics' titles in the Elite Series and I feel the 'European Siege Tactics' covers too much ground for a single volume - better if it was divided into Early Modern and 18th Century/Napoleonic. I've voted for the Indo-Pakistani title simply because there is relatively little published in English on this subject (although also tempted by 'The Athenians') - although again two volumes would give more ade
Schutztruppe posted on 1 Nov 2019 15:44:09
European Battle and Siege Tactics and the Athenian Army are my favourites. Would like to vote all of them.
Paintybeard posted on 1 Nov 2019 12:30:48
I like pretty much all of these choices. I hope most of them can be published eventually. A difficult choice, but I've voted for the Indo-Pak Armies.

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