The next 450 Men-at-Arms titles?

In Military History
Here at Osprey HQ we have just had John, our US Sales and Marketing Director, over for a week. This generally means a chance for us not only to have a catch-up but also an opportunity to brainstorm future titles and plan our publishing programme for the next couple of years.

As you know Osprey is 40 years young this year and this August we published our 450th Men-at-Arms title. In honour of these two milestones I thought I would ask you, our readers, to join in our brainstorming session and help us decide what Men-at-Arms titles you would like to see published.

We currently have two proposals on the table. The first looks at Frederick the Great\'s Allies. This book would detail the regiments of Redcoats that fought for Frederick on the continent during the Seven Years\' War as well as the British funding of troops from Brunswick and Hanover to fight alongside the Prussians.

The second proposal we are considering is a follow-up to MAA 442 Queen Victoria\'s Highlanders but this time looking at Queen Victoria\'s Irish Regiments. If you like the sound of either of these two proposals then please let us know by posting your comments.

I would also be interested in hearing about any other Men-at-Arms titles any of you would be keen to write. Please feel free to email me directly and then I can discuss the ideas with Martin Windrow. If you are a first-time author I will happily forward the author guideline notes to you and detail what we would expect in a proposal.

But remember - Osprey authors are also responsible for devising the content of the artwork plates and supplying all the reference material for the artist! Hopefully, with your help, we will be able to do another 450 Men-at-Arms titles over the next 40 years.

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Alessio posted on 9 Apr 2009 20:01:00
I quote gangster.
I wold like some book illustrated by mike chapell on WWII (but not ncessarily limeted to) special forces.
Osprey Editor posted on 9 Apr 2009 15:31:00
On behalf of everyone here at Osprey, thank you all for your enthusiastic responses to this post - you are certainly giving us a lot to think about! If you think you have the knowledge and flair to author one of these books (bearing in mind that Osprey authors work very hard to compile detailed artwork references for our fantastic illustrators) please feel free to send us an email!
fbquiros posted on 30 Jan 2009 21:41:00
What about a book on Spanish "Tercios", they were quite important during the Xthe XVI and XVII centuries and the Religion Wars.
wellington posted on 13 Jan 2009 14:44:00
if you are going to do frederick the greats allies would it be good time to re -release the various osprey books on him and his army all of which seem to have vanished.
the idea of doing the allies does appeal to me more that victorias irish regiments.
Colin Upton posted on 12 Jan 2009 08:30:00
Well, since you’ve asked… I’d love to see a multi-book series on the Fredericks allies in the Seven Years War! And a similar treatment for the army of Marlborough. Considering how long the Dutch were a significant power they have surprisingly little coverage. What about the Dutch army of the wars with Spain? Barbary Corsairs (never enough volumes on Pirates!), medieval/renaissance Korean Armies (maybe you could get the word “Samurai” somewhere in the title?), Japanese Armies from the Meiji reformation to the Russo-Japanese Wars and rather than coverage of each and every squadron of Napoleons Guard Cavalry we could catch up on some basics like Russian Specialist Troops or the Scandinavian nations of the Napoleonic Wars; Sweden and Denmark? United States militia of the War of 1812 in the North, a multi-volume series on the Armies of the Latin American Wars of Liberation including the Spanish,, Swedish Army of Charles the 12th, Armies of the Balkan Wars, French & Turkish Armies of the Crimean War, Askari Soldiers of the Great Powers in Africa, Polish Armies 1914-1925. For Warrior titles I suggest Maori Warrior, Daylamite, Quebec Militiaman of the 17th-18th Centauries, Indian Warrior of the 7 Years War, Indian Warrior of the American Revolution and Indian Warrior of the War of 1812. World War One Men at Arms titles for the South Africans, New Zealanders, and Australians, expanded coverage of the French. Armies of India from ancient to the 18th centaury (not all in one volume!). Armies of the Canadian Rebellions 1837-1838 and the Reil Rebellion. Forts and Fortresses of the War of 1812. The British and American Great Lakes Navies of the War of 1812. German Mercenary Soldiers of the American Revolution. “Technicals“, Blackwater and other Modern Mercenary Companies, Armies of the Successor States. Wurttemburg and other German states of the Seven Years War and Napoleonic Wars. 19th Centaury Military Rockets. And that’s just off the top of my head…
crimean posted on 9 Jan 2009 00:26:00
I personally would be interested in Queen Victoria’s Highlanders but not so much Frederick the Great’s Allies. I think Osprey could do more books on armies of the modern warfare, and possibly peacekeeping forces situated worldwide. A book covering the forces of the Balkan Wars such as the Bulgarians, Greeks, Serbians, Ottomans, Romanians and others. Osprey has done several books on the Crimean War, but no books covering the French or Ottoman Forces. A book on the Seljuks is long overdue in my opinion and of the Safavids.
Devotio posted on 9 Dec 2008 05:14:00
I for one think the MAA on Frederick the Great's Allies (particularly Brunswick & Hannover) is a great idea. Would also definitely love to see MAA volumes on SYW Reichsarmee, Saxons and Swedes, not to mention the re-publication of the existing SYW MAA volumes (and some more SYW battles in Campaign series please!). Also support the suggestion above regarding the publication of MAA books on the Poles, Danes and Swedes in the Great Northern War.

A revised and expanded MAA series on the French army in the First World War (as has already been done for the MAA works on the German and British armies in WWI) would be most welcome as well. As would a MAA volume on the Portugeuse Expeditionary Force in WWI, the Belgian Dutch, Norwegian, Bulgarian, New Zealand and South African armies in World War Two. Oh, and how 'bout MAA volumes on the South Korean army, non-US UN contingents (Commonwealth Division, Thais, Filipinos, Turks, etc), the North Korean People's Army and the PLA (CPV)armies in the Korean War?

Have enjoyed the first 450 and looking forward to the next 450 - whatever they turn out to be on!
Mr Mac posted on 3 Dec 2008 01:23:00
I'd love to see some of the following MAA titles:

Armies of Eastern Rome 500 - 830

The Eastern Roman Empire never fails to astound me, and I would be delighted to see a more thorough delving into this particular time period. I understand Romano-Byzantine Armies has been released, but I found that too broad in its scope to really get a sense for the transitions and changes the Byzantine Army itself was experiencing. I feel that this book could more profoundly enhance my understanding of these very interesting and diverse people.
formwiz posted on 26 Nov 2008 17:33:00
How about Merrill's Marauders, the Chindits, Gideon Force, and some of the other lesser-known spec ops units of WWII?

On the naval side, why not US Navy UDTs, RN COPPs, and LCOCUs (sp?)?

There's also Phil Cochran's Air Commandos and similar private air forces in WWII.

There's also the lesser known Ranger units of the French and Indian War era - Gorham's, companies in Georgia, etc. That might be expanded up to the War of 1812.
xavierb posted on 26 Nov 2008 12:55:00

One of the books that'll you'll need to update and expand is the Flak jackets and then expand it to Ballistic protection.
CWyatt posted on 26 Nov 2008 12:43:00
I’d like to see, at very different ends of the military history spectrum, The Goths (c 250-714 AD), Medieval Scottish Armies, and the NATO ISAF forces in Afghanistan. Regards
wellington posted on 23 Nov 2008 10:56:00
i think the idea of 7 years war prussian allies is an excellent one, maybe one for british/brunswick/hanover,saxony/reichsarmee etc.after that could you re release the prussian army titles to go with it.also i thought the idea of re releasing modern african wars .
Faganator posted on 22 Nov 2008 15:53:00
Here's some more ideas:

- Post 1945 and specifically the present day.
- paramilitary police forces ex. the French Gendarmerie, Italian Carabinieri, Spanish Guardia Civil, etc
three posted on 22 Nov 2008 10:30:00
The Indian,New Zealand,African WW2 soldiers,South American Wars of
Independance,British/Commenwealth tank and arm. car crews I would be interested in reading about.The subjects already recommended below I would also like to read most of too. Kevin
IronDuke1813 posted on 21 Nov 2008 18:17:00
Can you guys do reprints of the Modern African Wars books? Since the Canadian and Aussie books for the World Wars are great how about some of the other Commonwealth nations, ie New Zealand, India, South Africa?
Flint_N_Steel posted on 21 Nov 2008 17:43:00
Definitely Frederick the Great's Allies. "Seven Years War" tends to get played off as "French & Indian War", & I'd rather see something about the goings on in Europe than another trek into Indian Country. Besides, if I have to see another "redcoat" book I'd rather see something novel.
deankal posted on 20 Nov 2008 23:13:00
There are several good comments over on the forum pages. Several ideas gleaned from those pages that I would like to see are books on the Indian and Pakistani armies that cover all three wars. Some volumes on modern Asian armies would be good. There is nothing on the Japanese Self Defense Forces, or the Chinese and Korean armies post-Korean War. From the World Wars, it would be nice to see more coverage of the smaller combatants (especially the small armies that faced the blitzkrieg); and more coverage of smaller members of the Commonwealth.

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