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Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848 - 70 (1)

Published: July 24th, 2018     
Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848 - 70 (1)
Author: Gabrielle Esposito
Reviewed by: Ron Verburg, IPMS# 45660
Company: Osprey Publishing

This title is from Osprey's well received Men-at-Arms of books. It is number 512 in the series.

From the Cover

Armies of the Italian Wars of Unification 1848-70 (1)

Piedmont and the Two Sicilies

The creation of the modern nation of Italy was a complex and bloody process involving not only three wars between Italian and Austrian armies, but also bitter clashes between Italian regional forces and insurgents. This first of two books describes the two largest Italian armies, which at first briefly fought in alliance against Austria, but later confronted one another. It explains the evolving organization, uniforms and weapons of the armies of Piedmont (the Kingdom of Sardinia) and Naples (the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies) and is illustrated with contemporary prints and new full-color uniform plates.

Review

These books are great reference materials for figure modelers! This book consists of:

The Spy Toolkit

Published: July 14th, 2018     
The Spy Toolkit
Author: The National Archive, Stephen Twigge
Reviewed by: Dave Morrissette, IPMS# 33653
Company: Osprey Publishing

The Spy Tool Kit is a great book! It covers the tools and weapons used by secret operating agents working behind the lines for both sides (Axis and Allied) during WWII. It covers the organizations involved, the agents themselves and their training as well as all manner of description of their tasks and goals.  All the pictures and devices shown in this book are derived from the National Archive where many of the items are contained.

The contents of the book are:

Latin American Wars 1900-1941

Published: July 10th, 2018     
Latin American Wars 1900-1941
Author: Philip S. Jowett
Reviewed by: Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Osprey Publishing

This publication is another edition to Osprey's "Men-at-Arms" series, and follows author Jowett previous Osprey books, Men-at-Arms 306: Chinese Civil War Armies 1911-49; and his three-part sequence, "The Italian Army 1940-45 (Men-at-Arms 340, 349 and 353)".

This book is illustrated by Stephen Walsh. Walsh has worked as a professional illustrator since 1988. His projects for Osprey include such diverse subjects as the battle of Otterburn, the Chinese army from 1937 to 1949, and the US Home Front in World War II.

The author lays out the primary goal of this publication as being, "to introduce the reader to the armies and wars of Mexico, Central America, and South America in this period." He easily achieves that goal and much more. Mr. Walsh also provides an in-depth look at the root causes of these conflicts such as military influence, the power of oligarchies, and weak or divisive governments.

The German Soldier’s Pocket Manual, 1914-1918

Published: July 4th, 2018     
The German Soldier’s Pocket Manual, 1914-1918
Author: Compiled and Edited by: Stephen Bull
Reviewed by: Scott Hollingshead, IPMS# 34786
Company: Osprey Publishing

With the centennial anniversary of the end of the "war to end all wars" approaching on November 11, Stephen Bull adds this new pocket manual to the list of Osprey publications covering this period. This new book, which is compiled using excerpts from the German Army as well as from the intelligence sections of the British and American armies, describes German tactics throughout the war. It is an interesting read on a fascinating period in history as the militaries of the world were developing new weapons and tactics at an incredible rate.

After the Introduction, the chapters are Der Spatenkrieg: The Spade War, Proposals for Technical Methods, German Instructions for the Employment of Flame Projectors, Trench Raid Report, Machine Gun Instructions, Nahkampfmittel, Minor Tactics, Notes on Recent Fighting, Anti-Tank Rifle Instruction, and The Attack in Position Warfare, followed by the Index. In addition to color drawings on the inside of the front and back covers, there are 30 figures/illustrations and eight photographs (all in black and white) included in this book.

Instrument of War: The German Army 1914-18

Published: June 22nd, 2018     
Instrument of War: The German Army 1914-18
Author: Dennis Showalter
Reviewed by: Gino Dykstra, IPMS# 11198
Company: Osprey Publishing

There's a sort of strange fascination within modeling circles for World War 1, which is hardly surprising. Taking place a hundred years ago now, it was a transitional period for the world at large on a number of levels - monarchies and ancient empires were crumbling, most of Europe was evolving sluggishly from a agricultural to an industrial base, and militarily, generals were still fighting 18th century wars with 20th century weapons.

Dennis Showalter delves into one major aspect of this war with intense academic furvor - the actions of the German high command and the ways and means of their decisions that hammered a generation of Germans and paved the way for the following war with a certain grim inevitability. If you're looking for a light skimming over the topic of the German war machine for the First World War, this ain't it.

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