Publications

Reviews of books or magazines relating to scale modeling.

French Foreign Légionnaire vs Viet Minh Insurgent

Published: December 29th, 2018     
French Foreign Légionnaire vs Viet Minh Insurgent
Author: Martin Windrow Illustrator:Johnny Shumate
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

Like a fireball in the night, the story of the Vietnam War dominates our historical consciousness. This new addition to Osprey's Combat series, focuses on the French Foreign Legion versus the Viet Minh from 1948 to 1952. The book concentrates on a four year period, marking the height of the French occupation and counter-insurgency against the Viet Minh. Combat is one of the newer series of Osprey Publishing and it follows a formulaic format. Each book is illustrated with original art work, depicting some of the combat scenes described in the book as well as historical photographs contemporary to the conflict. The first part of each book provides context for the combat, focusing on the issues related to the larger war and the composition of the armed forces involved in each battle featured. The heart of the book are short narratives of individual battles that also feature maps that allow you to follow along with the actions described in the text.

Tsushima 1905 - Death of a Russian Fleet

Published: December 26th, 2018     
Tsushima 1905 - Death of a Russian Fleet
Author: Mark Lardas
Reviewed by: Luke R. Bucci, PhD, IPMS# 33459
Company: Osprey Publishing

Thanks to Osprey Publishing for the review copy and IPMSUSA staff for delivering the book and publishing the review.

Mark Lardas is a real "rocket scientist" who has worked on Space Shuttle analytics and navigation. He is also an accomplished author with at least twelve books on naval topics, and a model maker as well. See his website for more details (www.marklardas.com). He has the gift of dissecting complex subjects (military campaigns) and finding the key fulcrums of change that led to the historical outcomes. He takes a fresh approach to re-analyze with additional information, with an objective, less-jaundiced eye for what really happened. The result is refreshing, especially for something like Tsushima 1905, something naval buffs think they know a lot about.

Osprey's Campaign 330 covers all the Russo-Japanese War naval campaigns, including the famous Tsushima battle. Like other Osprey Campaign books, this issue is 96 pages (not counting the front/back covers) -enough for a comprehensive discussion on the war and its naval side.

Heroes of Telemark

Published: December 26th, 2018     
Heroes of Telemark
Author: David Greentree
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

This publication can be purchased in one of three formats. The paperback edition (9781472827678) retails at $20.00. Both the eBook (ePub) (9781472827661) and eBook (PDF) (9781472827654) can be purchased for $16.00.

Written by David Greentree, Illustrated by Peter Dennis and Mark Stacy.

David Greentree graduated in History at York before taking an MA in War Studies from King's College London and qualifying as a lecturer in Further Education. In 1995 he accepted a commission in the Royal Air Force and has served in a variety of locations, including Afghanistan and Oman. He has written several books for Osprey, focusing on British military history and World War II. He lives in Southsea, UK.

Mark Stacey was born in Manchester in 1964 and has been a freelance illustrator since 1987. He has a lifelong interest in all periods of history, particularly military history, and has specialized in this area throughout his career. He now lives and works in Cornwall, UK.

Peckuwe 1780 - The Revolutionary War on the Ohio River Frontier

Published: December 20th, 2018     
Peckuwe 1780 - The Revolutionary War on the Ohio River Frontier
Author: John F. Winkler and illustrated by Peter Dennis
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

This publication can be purchased in one of three formats. The paperback edition (9781472828842) retails at $24.00. Both the eBook (ePub) (9781472828859) and eBook (PDF) (9781472828866) can be purchased for $19.20.

The author, John F. Winker, has written extensively on the history of Roman, English and American law. He resides in the Columbus, Ohio area and enjoys historical sites in the local area. Peter Dennis is well-known by readers of Osprey publications as his art is included in a large number of Osprey books. Mr. Dennis resides in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Most of those who reside in North America, and, along the eastern seaboard, are familiar with the National and State Parks which contain historical sites made famous in the Revolutionary War. But the complete history of the conflict also includes sites in the Ohio River watershed. This publication focuses on the effort made by the British, combined with various Indian tribes, to push the Americans out of the Ohio River area, while at the same time, British forces attempted to expand their control up and down the eastern coastline.

Sink the Tirptiz, 1942-44

Published: December 12th, 2018     
Sink the Tirptiz, 1942-44
Author: Angus Konstam
Reviewed by: Marc K. Blackburn, IPMS# 42892
Company: Osprey Publishing

The newest series for Osprey has moved from the land and the sea to the air. Whereas their previous series' focused on large land and naval campaigns, this series turns its focus to well-known air campaigns. Using the tried and true format that Osprey has perfected, the volume has several full color plates rendered by an artist attempting to capture critical moments in the campaign, historical photographs, maps, and lots of charts comparing the relative strengths and weaknesses of each side. Often the color plates can be hit and miss. These are really quite dramatic.

Anyone with a casual interest in World War Two has some familiarity with the Bismarck's sister ship, the Tirpitz. Commissioned into service after the Bismarck's sinking, she spent her entire service career in Norway and the arctic. The powerful ship helped keep the Royal Navy's home fleet in place to help protect Arctic convoys from possible commerce raiding from the Tirpitz. While I was familiar with the final act of this drama - dropping 12,000 pound Tallboy bombs on the battleship. I was not so familiar with the resources the Royal navy and Air Force committed to sink the Tirpitz.

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