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We would like to apologise for the glitch in the book vote. We are working getting this resolved as soon as we can. While we fix this issue, we have put this month's book vote here. We are very sorry for the inconvenience. 

This month the book vote looks at the Duel series, with five books focussed on land and naval combat 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!

 

DUE: M3 Stuart light tank vs Japanese Anti-Tank Weapons: The Pacific, 1941–45

DUE: US PT Boat vs Tokyo Express: The Pacific, 1942–43

DUE: Jagdpanzer 38 ‘Hetzer’ vs Su-76: 1944–45
 
DUE: Atlantic Wall vs Allied Battleships: 1943–44

DUE: US Armor vs Iraqi Armor: Operation Desert Storm, 1991



M3 Stuart light tank vs Japanese Anti-Tank Weapons: The Pacific, 1941–45

This title explores Japanese anti-tank weapons and tactics encountered by the M3 Stuart in the Pacific, from the Philippines and Burma in late 1941/early 1942 through the Pacific island campaigns, to war's end. Even though Japanese antitank tactics were systematic (integrating artillery and infantry to destroy enemy armor and supporting troops, and creating dedicated AT assault teams) they were ultimately ineffective against Allied superiority in tank operations. Among the Japanese weapons covered are the 47mm gun, mortars, AAA, AT mines, as well as improvised weapons and AT obstacles.

 

US PT Boat vs Tokyo Express: The Pacific, 1942–43

During the Solomons campaign, from Guadalcanal in late 1942 through to New Georgia in mid-1943, the Imperial Japanese Navy’s destroyer force was instrumental in supplying Japanese forces. The USN was hard-pressed to disrupt Japanese supply missions, but one of the means was employment of small, fast and powerfully armed PT Boats, which enjoyed some success against the Japanese. The duel between these two asymmetrical opponents makes for a compelling story.

 

Jagdpanzer 38 ‘Hetzer’ vs Su-76: 1944–45

The Hetzer, based on the modified Pz 38(t) chassis, was an easily produced yet effective light tank destroyer, with more than 2,800 vehicles built. The Soviet SU-76 self-propelled gun was the second-most produced Soviet armoured vehicle of World War II, after the T-34. With its low weight and excellent mobility, it was an effective anti-tank weapon against German light and medium armour. A fascinating doctrinal, tactical and technical comparison between these two AFVs is long overdue, and they are known to have clashed several times on the field of battle in 1944 and 1945.

 

Atlantic Wall vs Allied Battleships: 1943–44

This title explores the Allied warship actions against German coastal gun batteries on the Atlantic Wall/Südwall in 1943–44. Among the duels featured are the Allied gun duels on D-Day 1944 (including the USS Texas), the bombardment of Cherbourg in June 1944, the duels off Marseilles/Toulon in August 1944, and HMS Warspite against the German batteries around Brest in September 1944.

 

US Armor vs Iraqi Armor: Operation Desert Storm, 1991

In January 1991, Coalition forces in the Middle East launched Operation Desert Storm, the mission to expel the Iraqi forces from Kuwait. The action brought US armour crews, manning vehicles such as the M1A1 Abrams, M60A3 Patton and M3 Bradley, into direct tank vs tank clashes with a range of Iraqi armour, including T-55s, Type 69s, T-62s and the more modern T-72, plus AT missile-armed IFVs. This title covers major confrontations such as the Battle of 73 Eastings and the Battle of Medina Ridge.

 


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: Hellburners in Antwerp 1585: Weapons of mass destruction in the Eighty Years’ War  18%
RAID: Mirbat 1972: The SAS’s heroic battle in Oman  22%
RAID: Operation Anthropoid 1942: The assassination of Reinhard Heydrich  14%
RAID: Operation Jericho 1944: Mosquitos lead a jailbreak  31%
RAID: Sydney Harbour 1942: Japanese midget submarines strike Australia 15%

 

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

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Hessy Field posted on 10 Oct 2020 10:45:02
If the vote can be manipulated as easily as Paul W states then that would render the whole process pointless.
Paintybeard posted on 7 Oct 2020 07:15:57
I quire agree with PAUL W. While Septembers results are not as obviously ludicrous as Augusts were, I still think that Osprey are likely to end up shooting themselves in the foot if they do any forward planning based on these easily manipulated surveys.
PAUL W posted on 6 Oct 2020 14:56:28
Without wanting to sound like a poor loser, I do feel it is almost pointless having these current votes where it is blatantly possible to vote countless times, it literally asks you to vote again after you've voted. I dont know how the osprey website works, I'm virtually IT illiterate but even I can set up a vote on forms at work that only allows each person to vote once. I've already commented on August's vote where you could see the number of votes and it seemed absurdly high.
Atkinson posted on 2 Oct 2020 06:40:24
I would take both the results and the suggestions with a pinch of salt. I've seen a lot of wins (again RPG vs Hind - 3 times) and suggestions (Stuka vs any Tank) but rarely anything comes to fruition.

I do like the format of the books that eventually get published but they also can be hit or miss depending on the author. I think this is the fault of the commissioning team and editors. The books need to engage and tell us a story.

David Campbell for example did a great job with both French Soldier/German Soldier & Templar Knight vs Mamluk. But David Greentree for example wrote a good account for British Submarine vs Italian Torpedo boat, however the Petsamo and Kirkenes was a real let down for me. From the Opposing sides section completely missing pictures of the opposing side to the action being a bit limp and one sided, to the conclusion being a damp squib. Blanc Mont Ridge on the other hand was extremely good. Both sides represented well, first hand accounts, good analysis - I really enjoyed it.

They should use the membership to allow us the privilege to proof read some of their books and give feedback before publishing. I think the quality would go up. Its up to them to take feedback or not, I'm not saying it would be our right - just a suggestion
KenA posted on 1 Oct 2020 14:19:52
Am I imaging it or is there something of a bias towards the US among these prospective Duel titles? None of them exactly “light my fire” as it were, though the PT Boat vs Tokyo Express has possibilities and Atlantic Wall vs Allied Battleships could be interesting if it reaches conclusions on the degree of damage inflicted on the German defences and on the ability of the defenders after the bombardments to repel attacks/invasion from Allied ground forces.

Good to see Operation Jericho winning last month’s Raid book vote. I look forward to seeing it published and reading it in due course.

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