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  • The Ottoman Empire 1326
    very detailed given the space allotted to them There is perhaps not a lot that s new here but his writing style gives the reader a sound footing to search for fuller details elsewhere Added to all this we have the fabulous artwork of Graham Turner and those wonderful 3D birds eye view maps for which Osprey can be rightly proud of It s a pain that these maps are spread across two pages and to view them in all their glory may well damage the book I note from Graham s painting of the Heraldic Banners that animate objects are not facing the hoist flagpole I believe that this is always attached to the Dexter side and the reverse side of the banner is always shown in a mirror image of itself No mention of the Gannick Bank an earthwork than enclosed Enfield chase at the time of the Battle of Barnet is made This barrier must have given the Yorkist advance on their right some problems also not mentioned is a report in The Great chronicle of London placing Gloucester on the left of the Yorkist line opposite Oxford Both options for the site of the Battle of

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  • The German Army in World War 1
    into 3 distinct parts Firstly Dr Thomas introduces the reader to the formation of the German Federation the organisation and the command structure of the army prior to 1914 He then briefly describes German strategy in 1914 15 and gives a short chronological account of the opening phases of the war on both the Eastern and Western Fronts The second part of the book describes the dress and equipment of the various branches of the army in 1914 15 If you thrive on detail you will love this section of the book As you might expect descriptions include the General Staff Infantry Artillery and Cavalry However smaller branches of the Army also receive attention If you want to know how the German Army s Airship Corps of 1914 were organised and equipped look no further The Third part of the book describes the 24 coloured plates by Gerry Embleton Following its usual formula in this series Osprey have provided a series of detailed coloured illustrations supplemented by some excellent black and white contemporary photographs to support the text The book also includes a number of factual tables the most comprehensive of which sets out the order of battle on each

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  • Osprey
    to be a revelation All through the narrative I was thinking that this is a campaign we could re fight with miniatures without the result being a foregone conclusion In actuality it was a very near thing for the heavily outnumbered Israelis The book commences with a general political background sufficient to set the scene and then describes the opposing plans Detailed orders of battle and brief biographies of the key commanders of both sides then follow The commanders play a pivotal role as to how the battle develops and ultimately concludes The main text of the battle is written chronologically and has the correct level of detail to make the text useful without it being too hard going to read The text is interspersed with numerous black and white photos a few colour plates and maps to illustrate the various stages of the campaign The Israeli counter attack follows and then an account of the aftermath The book concludes with the battlefield today and a detailed biography The following salient and interesting points have been abstracted from the text The Syrian offensive commenced at 1345 hours 6th October and to all intents and purposes was finished by the 8th October with the Israeli counter attacking into Syria The end of the campaign finally came on the evening of the 22nd October with a ceasefire Statistically every Israeli tank deployed on the Golan Heights was hit one and a half times and 250 were knocked out of which 150 were able to be repaired Syrian MBTs had night fighting equipment whilst the Israeli tanks didn t To face 3 Syrian infantry divisions each reinforced with an armoured brigade and 2 armoured divisions the Israelis were only able to muster 1 under strength armoured brigade 2 infantry battalions supported by 4

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/Pending/Archive/Dec03/ospreyYomKip.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • The Ottoman Empire 1326
    the Seljuks and the founding of the Ottoman capital at Bursa in 1326 It the main the book confines itself to conflicts with the West but other campaigns are of course covered The opening chapters explore the rise of the Ottomans its army and its successful advances against Europe The Ottoman Empire at its height under the leadership of Suleiman the Magnificent became the most powerful state in the world Further chapters examine the world around war as well as portraits of a soldier a Serbian Janissary and a civilian This wonderful work concludes with the Ottoman decline of the 17th century following the defeat at Vienna and according to Prince Eugene of Savoy that frightful bloodbath at Zenta to the humbling Treaty of Karlowitz There is a decent chronology given the size of period it covers A small but useful glossary and some recommended further reading are also included This book is so well structured and written that the reader can fairly crack along The often heard and well worn phrase you can t put it down I can say of this book that it s true Good clear maps a hallmark of Osprey publishing along with a terrific

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  • The First Crusade 1096
    commanders each is covered briefly but gives you an insight into the person concerned and what happened to them after the crusade unless of course they died during the campaign The next portion covered in the book deals with the opposing plans this is very interesting reading it gives you a very insightful look at what all the sides concerned wished to get out of the campaign and I feel anyone wishing to set up a mini Wargames campaign will find this section very useful indeed for not only historical re fights but also what if scenarios The next chapter takes you step by step through the entirety of the campaign each part having its own subheading and full description of what happened ect Again anyone who wishes to use each section separately to re create the campaign or even just one section of the campaign or use what is happening in the main campaign to again add what if s or mini campaigns should find this section really useful The aftermath of the campaign is covered in it s own chapter as is the section regarding the battlefields today for anyone who is visiting the sites or is wishing to know about them This section is brief but informative The book is studded with some really nice artwork and illustrations as well as photographs of not only carvings and other pieces of archeological interest but also of the remnants of buildings and fortresses as they remain today these are a good mixture of both black and white as well as colour images The mixture of the subjects also keeps you interested Three dimensional maps are also included in this volume and are themselves works of art full of detail and gives you a better idea as to the lie

    Original URL path: http://www.wargames.co.uk/Pending/Archive/Nov/firstcrusade.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Jack Aubrey Commands
    be able to capture the spirit and detail present in O Brian s writing One thing that is sure is that Weir has a reputation for concentration on detail and he liases closely in preparing for this project with one of the best known writers and greatest experts on the naval affairs of the period Brian Lavery Brian is curator of ship technology at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich He is the author of numerous works on the period and his Nelson s Navy the Ships Men and Organisation 1793 1815 is not only an international bestseller but also widely recognised at the authoritative work on the subject Adding to his reputation is the latest release from Conway Maritime Press Jack Aubrey Commands An historical companion to the Naval World of Patrick O Brian Those who have had the pleasure of reading Master and Commander may recall that a large portion of the book is a explanation or even an glossary of the myriad of naval terms ships rope spars and paraphernalia This is essential to maintain an understanding of what is happening as the tale unfolds Lavery has taken this idea and expanded it adding a profusion of illustrations and diagrams to explain the technicalities of sailing an 18 19th century sailing warship The Chapter Headings give a good indication of the breadth of this book Naval fact and Fiction The World of the Seaman The Ships Officers The Lower Deck Techniques Life at Sea Enemies and Allies The Navy in Action The Experiences of War capped off with extensive footnotes bibliography and glossary So the subject can be seen to be extensively covered but what about the depth Is this just another coffee table volume glossy and nice to look at but as satisfying as a cream cracker

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  • Genghis Khan and the Mongol Conquests 1190
    this is a bit of a misnomer as this volume simply does not have enough pages to cover the history of this great general in anything but the sparsest detail And that is just what it does whilst also attempting to cover the whole range of the Mongol expansion and decline of which the Great Khan s reign is just a part Don t get me wrong I enjoyed the book As usual with Stephen s work it is a damn good read and I learned things that I was either not aware of or had only come across in passing For example the Mongol campaigns in the Indo China peninsular against the Vietnamese Javaneses and Khmer was totally knew to me and totally fascinating but there simply was not enough detail to satisfy my curiosity The reader is directed to a number of other of Stephen s Osprey publications and a very small selection of other writer s works that may help fill out the narrative of this work but I would really hoped to see a more extensive list of sources that gave full details of the Mongol warriors and their campaigns weapons and culture Still I am

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  • Battlefields
    a discussion about the 16 th century and whether it is neglected by the wargaming fraternity plus an illustrated study of a Chinese fort Produced in a high quality glossy Softback format 56 pages packed with colour and black and white illustrations and lacking the usual pages of trade ads Battlefields must represent decent value for money retailing at 5 99 And the standard of writing is also high I

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