A couple of years ago we launched our Filling the Gaps series of blog posts where we asked you what glaring omissions you had spotted in each of our series. We were stunned (and humbled) by the amount and quality of responses that we received over the 8 or so months that the series of blog posts ran for - and we continue to use much of the information we received in our planning for future titles. In fact in our recent Hitlist meeting, many of the titles that were discussed emerged from the Filling the Gaps results.


It is still too early to re-run the Filling the Gaps blog series because we are still working our way through the suggestions from a commissioning point of view, but one thing did stand out in conversations around the original vote and in more recent feedback - that as well as reaching out to new areas and subjects of military history we should also be considering looking back at some of the subjects we have already covered and revisiting those subjects.


Some of you have noted that some subjects deserve a more in-depth treatment - a good example would be the upcoming three-book Campaign series on Waterloo we have commissioned, which delves into much more detail than the original title in the Campaign series could. Similarly we are revisiting the Spanish Civil War in the Men-at-Arms series with a two book treatment that expands on the original MAA 74 that was published back in 1978. With our older series, some of our books are now 40+ years old too, so you may think they could benefit from an update. And sometimes there may be a subject that we have covered in one series, that you would like to see covered in a different series and from a different angle.


Now, there is simply too much out there that we haven't done yet for us to want to take up too much of our yearly program of publications with revisiting subjects we have already covered so we will be changing the suggestion requirements a little for the series by series votes.


Rather than choosing five subjects we are reducing the limit to two suggestions, with one added slot for supporting a suggestion made by someone else. If your suggestions have already appeared, pop them in anyway to lend your voice of support to the subject! We would also like you to include a short sentence explaining why we should revisit each subject you have suggested. As with the Filling the Gaps series we will then be taking the 5 most requested titles and putting it up for the public vote in our monthly poll.


With the Filling the Gaps suggestions we asked that you tried to keep in mind the commercial appeal of the books that you were suggesting - and we would urge you to follow a similar trend with this vote. A six book series on the Football War, detailing the kits of the footballers on the opposing teams as well as the soldiers who took part in the conflict might not be the most sensible series to commission.


The first of these 'What Subjects Should We Revisit' blogs will appear at the beginning of next month, so keep your eyes peeled!

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AdamC posted on 7 May 2014 14:22:00
As many other posters have already stated the early campaign titles are the obvious ones for an overhaul and it appears that this has already started with Cullodon 1746, Austerlitz 1805, Waterloo 1815, Zulu War 1879, France 1940, Arnhem 1944, Kursk 1943 and Normandy 1944 all either having been re-done or in the process of being re-done. Leipzig 1813 would be a good shout for a rewrite as would Guadalcanal 1942.
Martin Kelly posted on 29 Apr 2014 14:31:00
I think most, if not all, of the MAA Confederation of the Rhine (AKA Napoleon\'s German Allies) are ripe for revisiting - especially my personal area of interest Saxony. I know just the right people to help you with this!

Also, the MAA on Napoleon\'s Italian troops is very long in the tooth and deserves sprucing up.
hobbe62 posted on 28 Apr 2014 16:15:00
How about revisiting the Great Northern War? It
Colin G. Upton posted on 28 Apr 2014 06:11:00
Hmmm, now that I think about it perhaps it would be better for the 3 volumes to be \'The Army of San Martin\', \'The Army of Bolivar\' and \'Spanish Royalist Armies\' all of \'the Latin American Wars of Liberation\'. :)
Osprey_GP posted on 27 Apr 2014 18:47:00
Seen as though everybody\'s going for it before your monthly blogs appear, I may as well do it too :)

Off the top of my head: Leyte gulf naval battles, only a small section in the original book and it needs major coverage.

Bagration: again dated and needs attending to.

Kursk, I think is being done, right?

I\'m sure there\'s more.
Alessio posted on 27 Apr 2014 12:11:00
MAA series:

modern african wars 1 Rhodesia: considering you\'re revisting the \'modern african war\' subseries, i think it\'s a good opportunity (also to expand it to rhodesian elite units).

MAA 2 \'The arab legion\': I know it\'s not a potential best seller but I think it\'s something worth considering

Support: the expansion of korean war title (maybe extending the coverage to navy and air forces units) and also MAA 116: Special Air Service (maybe expansion to an ELI Book).
Colin G. Upton posted on 27 Apr 2014 10:33:00
I support turning MAA 232 \'The Armies of Bolivar and San Martin\' into multiple volumes. You could easily do 3 Men At Arms on it alone. The northern rebels (Grande Columbia and Venezula), the southern rebels (Chile/Argentina) and the Spanish Royalists/Loyalists.
Heironymo posted on 27 Apr 2014 08:02:00
Some of the early \'Ancient\' titles probably should be revisited as there has been 20 or even 30 years worth of new research and discoveries since their publication. I also thoroughly agree with CMB\'s call for an expansion of the available material on the Korean War.

I\'d love to see the Command series re-visited but doubt that\'ll ever happen - failing that, how about a few more Elite titles on period commanders? Commanders of the 80 Years War, Louis XIV\'s Commanders, Regimental/Brigade/Divisional Commanders of the First World War.....I could go on and on.
CMB posted on 27 Apr 2014 05:07:00
The Royal Navy 1790-1970 covers a very wide period! Some of it has been further examined. Nelson\'s Navy is pretty well covered. There\'s also an Elite on the Royal Navy in WW II. But there should also be an Elite on the Royal Navy of WW I, and perhaps another Elite (or two?) on the Royal Navy post 1945. There\'s probably enough material for the Royal Navy in the Anglo-Dutch wars and in the 18th century.
Amaral posted on 27 Apr 2014 04:29:00
I am outraged that the detailed kits of the brave men and footballers who took part in the Football War aren\'t worth comissioning!

I believe Osprey must revisit the FFL in WWI, WWII and its paratroopers, as the MAA and Elite titles are too generic. I also believe the sniper subject should be trated by someone else besides Martin Pegler and include the war in Serbia in the 1990\'s.

I also support xeneize on the Arab-Israeli conflicts and 1830 on making a Raid on the Bay of Pigs (I keep asking this!). I also keep asking about new SAS material.
1830 posted on 27 Apr 2014 03:50:00
Hello:


1) WW2 SOVIET ARMOR:


The best known types were covered early in the NVG series: NVG 7 \'IS-2 Heavy Tank 1944
chrisw posted on 27 Apr 2014 03:34:00
Definitely support a revisit on the Arab-Israeli wars, particularly the Arab armies pre-1973. From a marketing perspective, consider that both the UK and France fought in 1956, and the 60th anniversary of that war is approaching.
SJay posted on 26 Apr 2014 23:35:00
Campaign 8: Gallipoli - Needs an update and new artwork.
Campaign 18: Guadalcanal - Needs an update and new artwork.
Campaign 21: Gravelotte - Needs update and new artwork.
Add Campaign title on Sedan from Franco Prussian War as well.

Support updating early Campaign titles on American Civil War battles as well.

Need Campaign title on Tannenberg 1914. To understate the reason...this is one of the most important early WWI battles.

A Campaign title on the Meuse Argonne would be good as well as a follow on to the St. Mihiel title to complete the big battles of the American military in WWI.

MAA 116: Special Air Service - Book published even before Falklands War. Either should get a second volume 1982-2012 (or other present date) or move to Elite for the same period of coverage.

MAA two volume series on armies of the Italian Wars 1494-1530. Highly influential period of military development as gunpowder weapons fully came into their own, and generals experimented on how best to utilize them in battle.

Support a two volume MAA on the Mexican American War.

Support a two volume MAA on the Korean War.

Elite series books on 2001-2014 Operations in Afghanistan and 2003-2011 Operations in Iraq (US, Coalition, and local forces on both sides). These are major modern military events and should be covered more broadly than the Elite special operations and Warrior series titles.

Combat Aircraft title on AD Skyraider in Korean War. This would be an excellent companion to the titles on F4U Corsair and F9F Panther aircraft in Korea.
Villacisneros posted on 26 Apr 2014 22:33:00
I think: MAA French Army (1914-1918).
GI Gene posted on 26 Apr 2014 20:16:00
Thank you again for this opportunity for us to provide input to Osprey directly.

I agree with xeneize that the Arab-Israeli titles need to be updated, perhaps by conflict, ie Suez, Six Day, Yom Kippur, etc. I also agree with CMB and everyone else that the Korean War needs to be expanded into several titles.

I myself would like to see the MAA Flak Jackets and the Equipment titles revised and updated by country and era. The USMC Equipment 2000-2010 title is a good start, but the artwork on that one could have been better.
Alessio posted on 26 Apr 2014 19:07:00
Very difficult choosing two titiles but let start with Campaign Series:
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Vicksburg 1863: very outdated and an opportunity to deepen and expand the analysis like you\'re doing with Waterloo.,
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Antietam 1862: same reasons as above. ,
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support title: Leipizg 1813,
wardog posted on 26 Apr 2014 17:51:00
Japanese Samurai armies in Korea
Mayan wars against the Spanish, and each other.
tarawa90 posted on 26 Apr 2014 17:03:00
Agreed with CMB on the Mexican War and Korea, both need and I\'ve previously argued for expansion on both topics. Most of the first 30-35 CAM books need updates (at least the ones that haven\'t already). They don\'t have any illustrations and they\'ve got that wargaming section in the back that takes up four valuable pages.
hierro posted on 26 Apr 2014 13:26:00
Buff...! Two titles only ,is difficult but I would suggest :
.-Napoleon
Württemberger posted on 26 Apr 2014 12:02:00
[i\'m apologizing in advance if the formatting gets messed up again] looking at my own collection, there\'s more than two books that could (and should) be updated. i\'m picking two books per series though:


Men-at-Arms:

the Mongols.

there\'s a more recent warrior title, but there\'s still room for improving this one, there\'s also more to be said on the successor khanates and the latest archaeological finds. and tbh i don\'t liked the fact it was written by stephen turnbull and has an unnecessary and inevitable bias towards the japanese (which shouldn\'t even e part of the book in the first place). it\'s the mongols. mongols sell. everyone loves them.


Saladin and the Saracens.

i take this exemplary for a number of titles by david nicolle that actually cover more ground that is implied by its title. (this also includes el cid and the reconquista, hungary and the fall of eastern europe, attila and the nomad hordes etc). not only is this problematic for potential buyers who are lookign for specific topics, in most cases those topics deserve their own treatment. f.ex. the seljuqs and their sucessor states deserve their own book, christian spain and portugal, the medieval kingdom of hungary and the bulgarian empire(s) deserve a book on their own too. seeing that a MaA on medieval poland and a command title on saladin were released not too long, the medieval topics still seem to be in demand.


supporting:

i also want to support Colin G. Upton\'s suggestion on the napoleonic scandinavian armies and extend that to include all the minor german, italian, polish and dutch napoleonic armies.


Campaign:

some of the earliest campaign titles have no original artwork and could generally be updated:


\'Kaiserschlacht\' 1918

i keep it short: anniversary. important. need i say more? but please change the title to something less idiotic.


Hattin 1187

yeah i like the medieval period, and obviously i\'m not alone.


Supporting:

paintybeard\'s suggestion for some of the older napoleonic campaign titles. i\'m not sure how popular of a topic this currently is, but the lack and age of titles certainly doesn\'t help. so more please.
Colin G. Upton posted on 26 Apr 2014 09:31:00
I generally rate Men At Arms books by how useful they are for me to paint wargame armies for myself and my clients. I would love to see the ancient MAA title \'Scandinavian Armies of the Napoleonic Wars\' divided into two volumes, one for the Danes and another for the Swedes. In case you think these subjects too obscure I\'ve already painted one 15mm Napoleonic Danish army for a client and am now working on the Swedish brigade of Wallmoden\'s Corps for myself.!
Paintybeard posted on 26 Apr 2014 09:01:00
I would like to see the very early Campaign books on Leipzig 1813 and New Orleans 1815 re-written, they are both very dated now and would really benefit from a thorough overhaul.

I would also strongly support CMB\'s call for an expansion of Korean war coverage in just about any format.
CMB posted on 26 Apr 2014 06:22:00
Rene Chartrand published an Elite on Santa Anna\'s Army. Perhaps the MAA on the Mexican-American War could just cover the US Army, to take a better look at some of the volunteers, or even the US Navy and Marines.
The Korean War could use an expansion. The US Army alone could fill one volume. The Commonwealth forces could be a separate volume. I\'m not sure if the NKPA could have its own volume, simply due to the impossibility of researching in North Korea. Some information on the PLA is in the recent Elite on the Chinese Army.
xeneize posted on 26 Apr 2014 04:04:00
Israel-arab wars, the last books are from the 80\'s, need a complete new series.

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