Modern African Wars (5)

Modern African Wars (5)

The Nigerian-Biafran War 1967–70

Men-at-Arms
  • Author: Philip Jowett
  • Illustrator: Raffaele Ruggeri
  • Short code: MAA
  • Publication Date: 22 Sep 2016
  • Number of Pages: 48
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With decades of research to draw from Philip Jowett explores this extraordinary David-and-Goliath conflict, where the rag-tag Igbo tribal army of secessionist Biafra faced off against the Nigerian Federal forces. It was an African war that captured the attention of the western media, with individual commanders such as Biafran leader Colonel Ojukwu and Federal Colonel Adekunle becoming familiar figures across the globe. The Nigerian forces easily outnumbered their opponents and benefitted from British and Soviet equipment, yet against all the odds the Biafrans held out for two and a half years, inflicting many setbacks on the Federal forces before their eventual surrender in 1970.
Specially commissioned artwork and historical photos, including some from respected Italian war photographer Romano Ganoni, reflect the diverse array of uniforms and equipment on both sides, with images ranging from Sandhurst-educated officers in immaculate uniform to ragged militiamen armed with World War II kit.

Biographical Note

Philip Jowett was born in Leeds in 1961, and has been interested in military history for as long as he can remember. His first Osprey book was the ground-breaking Men-at-Arms 306: Chinese Civil War Armies 1911-49; he has since published the three-part sequence The Italian Army 1940-45 (Men-at-Arms 340, 349 and 353). A rugby league enthusiast and amateur genealogist, he is married and lives in Lincolnshire.Raffaele Ruggeri was born in Bologna where he works and lives with his wife. After studying at the Fine Arts Academy he worked in several areas of graphics and design before deciding to devote himself to illustration. He has long been interested in military history and has illustrated a number of books for Osprey.

Contents

Introduction - Nigeria from independence to the eve of civil war
Chronology
The Federal Nigerian Army - organization and character
The Biafran Army - organization and character
The mercenaries - Rolf Steiner and 4th Commando Brigade
The Nigerian and Biafran navies and air forces - MiGs and Ilyushins vs. Count von Rosen's Swedish Minicons
Weapons
Uniforms
Plate Commentaries
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