Modern Warfare

Men-at-Arms 507. Modern African Wars (5). The Nigerian-Biafran War 1967–70. paperback

  • Modern African Wars (5). The Nigerian-Biafran War 1967–70. Men-at-Arms 507.
  • Author: Philip Jowett
  • Illustrator: Raffaele Ruggeri
  • Paperback.

Duel 75 Bradley vs BMP. Desert Storm 1991. pb

  • Bradley vs BMP. Desert Storm 1991. Duel 75
  • Author: Mike Guardia
  • Illustrator: Alan Gilliland, Johnny Shumate
  • Pb.

Elite 212. US Army Rangers 1989–2015. Panama to Afghanistan. pb

  • US Army Rangers 1989–2015. Panama to Afghanistan. Elite 212.
  • Author: Leigh Neville; Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Pb., 64 pages. Written by an expert on modern Special Forces units and the operations they undertake, this book explains the evolution of the Rangers' missions in Panama, the first Gulf War, Somalia and the post 9/11 invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. It reveals the training and organizational changes that the unit has undergone and investigates in particular how their doctrine and tactics have changed during the 14-year war in Afghanistan. At the beginning of the war the Rangers were an elite light infantry unit of picked men tasked with short duration recon raids and securing ground behind enemy lines in support of Special Forces; they have since evolved into a special-mission unit themselves - on the cusp of being assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command.

Weapon 45 The Barrett Rifle. Sniping and anti-materiel rifles in the War on Terror. pb

  • The Barrett Rifle. Sniping and anti-materiel rifles in the War on Terror. Weapon 45.
  • Author: Chris McNab; Illustrator: Johnny Shumate, Alan Gilliland
  • Pb. 80 pages. The Barrett M82A1 and its derivatives are among the most successful sniping rifles ever manufactured. Now entering its fourth decade of service, the short-recoil, semi-automatic system is capable of firing a devastating .50-caliber round with lethal accuracy over distances of more than 2km. Unconfirmed reports from Afghanistan in 2012 accredit the Barrett with one of history's longest ever kills at 2,815m. This is the technical history of a rifle initially developed as a sporting firearm, but which evolved into a long-range sniping rifle and a formidable military anti-materiel tool, designed to neutralize everything from enemy vehicles to parked aircraft. Adopted by snipers across the world, the Barrett rifles have seen active service in Operation Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan and have become an important addition to police, armed services, and Special Forces units alike.

Elite 208. US Marine Corps Recon and Special Operations Uniforms & Equipment 2000–15. Paperback

  • US Marine Corps Recon and Special Operations Uniforms & Equipment 2000–15. Elite 208.
  • Author: J. Kenneth Eward; Illustrator: J. Kenneth Eward
  • Pb., 64 pages. In the age of modern warfare the changing landscape of the 21st century battlefield has demanded a transformation within the US Marine Corps Special Operations. Adapting to a huge range of combat environments, an enormous array of specialist uniforms, protective armour and battlefield electronic devices have been developed to facilitate missions in the most extreme conditions. A special forces operator may now have available to him a dozen distinct types of body armour and two dozen different weapons; never before in American military history has so much been given to so few. Authored by J. Kenneth Eward, professor at the American Military University, and illustrated throughout with photographs and meticulous colour plates, this volume offers the first detailed, authoritative study of the characteristics, and performance in the field, of the most modern combat gear and weapons provided for USMC specialist operators to date.

Warrior177 Rhodesian Light Infantryman 1961–80. pb

  • Rhodesian Light Infantryman 1961–80. Warrior 177.
  • Author: Neil Grant; Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Pb. 64 pages. The 1st Battalion, The Rhodesian Light Infantry, was one of the most innovative and successful counter-insurgency units in modern history. Formed as a commando battalion in 1964 after the dissolution of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, the RLI was an all-white unit made up of South Africans and men from the UK, Europe and US. It was a key weapon in independent Rhodesia's struggle against the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army and Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army during the bloody Rhodesian Bush War. This comprehensive study explores the unit's dramatic history, revealing the RLI's fearsome airborne and combat capacity, which gave the unit, at times, near total tactical superiority against its opponents.

Combat 13. US Marine vs NVA Soldier – Vietnam 1967–68. pb

  • US Marine vs NVA Soldier – Vietnam 1967–68. Combat 13.
  • Author: David R. Higgins; Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
  • Pb, 80 pages. In 1967-68, the United States Marine Corps (USMC) was on the front line of the defence of South Vietnam's Quang Tri province, which was at the very heart of the Vietnam conflict. Facing them were the soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA), men whose organization and equipment made them a very different opponent from the famous, irregular Viet Cong forces. From the ‘Hill Battles' in April 1967 to the struggle for the city of Hue (January-March 1968) this bloody campaign forced the two sides into a gruelling trial of strength. The USMC held a general technological and logistical advantage - including close air support and airborne transport, technology, and supplies - but could not always utilize these resources effectively in mountainous, jungle, or urban environments better known by their Vietnamese opponents. In this arresting account of small-unit combat, David R. Higgins steps into the tropical terrain of Vietnam to assess the performance and experience of USMC and NVA forces in three savage battles that stretched both sides to the limit.

Ashcroft: George Cross Heroes: Incredible True Stories of Bravery Beyond the Battlefield. Paperback

  • George Cross Heroes: Incredible True Stories of Bravery Beyond the Battlefield
  • Michael A. Ashcroft 2011
  • Paperback, 480 pages, 198 x 138 mm
  • From Thomas Alderson, the first recipient of the medal, who heroically rescued several people from trapped houses during one terrible Blitz night, to Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher, who threw himself onto a live grenade in the Helmand province to save the lives of his comrades (and somehow survived), to Barbara Harrison, an air stewardess who died in 1968 after helping many passengers escape from an onboard fire, this book tells the amazing stories of everyone of the George Cross's 159 direct recipients. GEORGE CROSS HEROES pays tribute to the extraordinary courage displayed by so many of the commonwealth's men and women in so many incredible situations over the last 70 years.

Campaign 004 Tet Offensive. Turning Point in Vietnam. 9780850459609

  • Tet Offensive. Turning Point in Vietnam
  • by James R. Arnold
  • 96 pages. Detailing the plans and forces involved, James Arnold demonstrates how instead the bloody fighting for Saigon, Hue and other cities resulted in a catastrophic defeat for the North; and how, paradoxically, the American people and their leaders came to perceive the war for Vietnam was lost

Campaign 118 Dunstan: The Yom Kippur War 1973 (1): The Golan Heights. 9781841762203

  • Yom Kippur War 1973 (1): The Golan Heights
  • by Simon Dunstan
  • At 1345hrs on 6 October 1973, Israeli spotters in the observation post atop Mount Hermon saw Syrian gunners below them removing the camouflage nets from their guns.  Dunstan describes in detail how amid desperate and bitter fighting the Israeli forces managed to turn the tide on the Golan Heights.

Campaign 126 Dunstan: The Yom Kippur War 1973 (2) The Sinai. 9781841762210

  • Yom Kippur War 1973 (2) The Sinai.
  • by Dunstan
  • In the second of his two-volume analysis of the Yom Kippur War, Simon Dunstan details the fighting in the Sinai, culminating in Operation Gazelle, the Israeli counterattack across the Suez Canal. Although defeated militarily Egypt did ultimately succeed in forcing the Israelis back to the negotiating table.

Campaign 150 Khe Sanh 1967-68. Marines battle for Vietnam’s vital hilltop base. 9781841768632

  • Khe Sanh 1967-68. Marines battle for Vietnam’s vital hilltop base
  • Gordon L. Rottman. Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • 2005. This book details the siege and explains how, although the NVA successfully overran a Special Forces camp nearby, it was unable to drive US forces from Khe Sanh.

Campaign 162: Rottman: Inch'on 1950. The last great amphibious assault. 9781841769615

  • Inch'on 1950. The last great amphibious assault
  • Author: Gordon Rottman. Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • 2006. Inch'on was probably the most significant campaign in the Korean theater, as well as being the last major amphibious assault of division-size conducted in the history of warfare. This book details the strategy and tactics that led to the operation's success, as well as narrating the experience of the battle in fascinating detail.

Campaign 212: The Six Day War 1967: Sinai. Paperback

  • Six Day War 1967: Sinai. Paperback. Campaign 212
  • Author: Simon Dunstan. Illustrator: Peter Dennis. October 2009; 96 pages. This volume covers the background to the war and the campaign against the Egyptians in the Sinai Peninsula, including the initial devastating air assault that showed the world how vital air supremacy was in modern combat.

Campaign 216 The Six Day War 1967: Jordan and Syria. Paperback

  • Six Day War 1967: Jordan and Syria. Paperback. Campaign 216
  • Author: Simon Dunstan. Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • November 2009; 96 pages; Following the lightening destruction of the Egyptian forces at the outbreak of the Six Day War, Israel turned to the forces of Jordan and Syria, with whom Egypt had signed a mutual-defence pact, and which had now entered the war. Comprehensively illustrated with artwork, maps and battlefield views, this new history brings one of the most important of 20th century campaigns to life.

Campaign 244 The Falklands 1982. Ground operations in the South Atlantic. Paperback 9781849086073

  • The Falklands 1982. Ground operations in the South Atlantic. Campaign 244
  • Author: Gregory Fremont-Barnes. Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Paperback; May 2012; 96 pages; ISBN: 9781849086073

Chisholm, Moorcraft, Winfield: Axis of Evil: The War on Terror. Hardback

  • Axis of Evil: The War on Terror. Hardback
  • Edited by John Chisholm, Paul L. Moorcraft, Gwyn Winfield
  • 304 pages, maps, photos, index. 2005

Clarke: Expendable Warriors: The Battle of Khe Sanh and the Vietnam War. Paperback

  • Expendable Warriors: The Battle of Khe Sanh and the Vietnam War. Paperback
  • by Bruce B. G. Clarke
  • 167 pages. 2009/04

Tulsidas: The Epic of Ram. Volume 1. hb

  • The Epic of Ram. Volume 1.
  • Tulsidas; Lutgendorf, Philip
  • Hardback, 8.25 H x 1.25 D x 5.50 W inches. 2016. The Epic of Ram by Tulsidas has become the most beloved retelling of the ancient Ramayana story across northern India and an influential literary masterpiece. This volume presents the poet’s grand introduction to Ram, setting the stage for his advent and divine mission.

Davies: Heroes of the SAS: True Stories of the British Army's Elite Special Forces Regiment. Paperback

  • Heroes of the SAS: True Stories of the British Army's Elite Special Forces Regiment. Paperback
  • by Barry Davies
  • 304 pages. 2007

Duel 18 M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural. Operation Desert Storm 1991. Paperback; 9781846034077

  • M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural. Operation Desert Storm 1991. Paperback; Duel 18
  • Author: Steven J Zaloga. Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • August 2009; 80 pages; In this fascinating study, Steven Zaloga pits these two great fighting machines against one another, plotting the development of the Cold War until both tanks met in combat in the deserts of Iraq and Kuwait.

Duel 21 Centurion vs T-55. Yom Kippur War 1973. Paperback

  • Centurion vs T-55. Yom Kippur War 1973. Paperback Duel 21
  • Author: Simon Dunstan. Illustrators: Howard Gerrard Ian Palmer Griff Wason
  • November 2009; 80 pages; The British Centurion and the Soviet T-55 were initially expected to counter the Panther and Tiger tanks of Germany. This book compares the design, development and deployment of these classic tanks, and analyses their battlefield performance. Presented with highly detailed digital artwork, this is a tightly focused study of two of the Cold War’s first main battle tanks.

Duel 30. M60 vs T-62. Cold War Combatants 1956-92. Paperback

  • M60 vs T-62. Cold War Combatants 1956-92. Duel 30
  • Authors: David Isby Lon Nordeen , Illustrator: Richard Chasemore
  • Paperback; September 2010; 80 pages
  • Designed for the battlefields of Europe at the height of the Cold War, the M60 and T-62 were the premier combat tanks of their day. However, it was in the deserts of the Middle East that they finally met in battle. This new Duel title examines the design and development of these main battle tanks, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, and describing and analyzing their performance on the battlefield during the Yom Kippur War, the Iran–Iraq War, and the first Gulf War.

Duel 32 T-34-85 vs M26 Pershing. Paperback

  • T-34-85 vs M26 Pershing. Duel 32
  • Author: Steven J Zaloga Illustrator: Richard Chasemore
  • Paperback; November 2010; 80 pages
  • A hotly-debated topic amongst tank buffs is of the relative merits of the Soviet and American tanks of World War II. Using recently revealed documents, Steven Zaloga sheds light on the crucial tank battles of the Korean War as the rival superpowers’ finest tanks battled for supremacy. The Soviet-equipped North Korean Peoples Army initially dominated the battlefield with the seemingly unstoppable T34-85. As US tank battalions hastily arrived throughout the late summer and early autumn of 1950, the M26 Pershing took the fight to North Korea with increasing success.

Duel 35 F-105 Wild Weasel vs SA-2 'Guideline' SAM. Pb

  • F-105 Wild Weasel vs SA-2 'Guideline' SAM. Duel 35
  • Author: Peter Davies Illustrators: Jim Laurier Gareth Hector
  • Paperback; May 2011; 80 pages
  • The Vietnam war was the first conflict that saw extensive use of surface-to-air anti-aircraft missiles, and thus became a training ground for the tactics of this new type of battle. This Duel presents this story in the context of two of the main opponents: America’s top fighter-bomber and the NVA’s best anti-aircraft missile.

Duel 71. M48 Patton vs Centurion. Indo-Pakistani War 1965. pb

  • M48 Patton vs Centurion. Indo-Pakistani War 1965. Duel 71.
  • Author: David R. Higgins; Illustrator: Johnny Shumate, Alan Gilliland
  • Pb., 80 pages. The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 witnessed the largest tank battles seen since World War II, notably between India's British-made Centurion Mk 7s and the American-made M48 Pattons fielded by Pakistan. Following nearly two decades of tensions and sporadic conflict between India and Pakistan, in August 1965 several thousand Pakistani soldiers entered the disputed territory of Kashmir disguised as local civilians, to which India responded with a successful ground assault. The ensuing battles would demonstrate that the Centurion, with its powerful gun and heavier armour, generally proved superior to the faster, lighter but overly complex Patton. Featuring full-colour artwork, expert analysis and absorbing combat accounts, this is the full story of the clash between two leading tanks of the Cold War era that were never designed to fight each other, but rather to line up on battlefields as allies.

Dunstan: The Yom Kippur War. The Arab-Israeli War of 1973. Hardback

  • Yom Kippur War. The Arab-Israeli War of 1973. Hardback
    Author: Simon Dunstan
  • 2007; 224 pages. On 6 October 1973, simultaneous attacks on two fronts caught Israel by surprise. Both attacks aimed to take back the territory occupied by Israel following the Six Day War of 1967.

Elite 004 Rottman: US Army Special Forces 1952-1984

  • US Army Special Forces 1952-1984. Elite 4
  • From its very inception the United States Army Special Forces has been enmeshed in controversy, its mission misunderstood to varying degrees, and its very existence opposed by some of the Army hierarchy. Nevertheless it continues to serve in a highly specialised role in all manner of differing conditions. There can be few better qualified to chronicle the history of this unique organisation than former Special Forces Group weapons specialist Gordon Rottman, whose expert knowledge is clearly evident in this authoritative text. This volume also contains 12 full page colour plates by one of the world's most respected military artists, Ron Volstad.

Elite 005 Zaloga: Soviet Bloc Elite Forces. Paperback

  • Soviet Bloc Elite Forces. Elite 5
  • by Steven J. Zaloga
  • 64 pages, Pb., illustrated. 1985

Elite 006 Windrow: French Foreign Legion Paratroops

  • French Foreign Legion Paratroops. Elite 6
  • The decision, in Spring 1948, to form two battalions of Foreign Legion paratroopers was prompted by the requirement for enlarged airborne forces in Indochina, and the healthy recruitment then employed by the Legion. There were some initial doubts. The Legion were known to be magnificent heavy infantry, but were felt by some to lack the flexibility and agility demanded by independent airborne operations. In the Legion itself there were some misgivings over the possible clash between the self-consciously exclusive 'para mentality', and the Legion's own very marked ésprit de corps. Over time, however, all these doubts evaporated with experience.

Elite 008 Israeli Defense Forces Since 1973. Paperback

  • Israeli Defense Forces Since 1973. Paperback
  • text by Sam Katz and Colour Plates by Ron Volstad
  • Illustrated throughout.

Elite 018 Katz: Israeli Elite Units Since 1948

  • Israeli Elite Units Since 1948. Elite 18
  • Sam Katz
  • An acknowledged expert on the Israeli Defence Forces, Samuel M. Katz presents an overview of IDF élite units from the PAL'MACH of the Second World War to the mysterious SAYERET MAT'KAL; a highly classified élite unit whose exploits include the 1972 raid on a hijacked Belgian Sabena Boeing 707, and the audacious Operation 'ARGAZ BET'.

Elite 022 Rottman: World Special Forces Insignia

  • World Special Forces Insignia. Elite 22
  • Gordon L Rottman
  • This volume by ex-weapons specialist in the US 7th Special Forces Group, Gordon L. Rottman, details the insignia of a myriad of special forces groups from all parts of the globe, from Portugal's Commando Regiment to the North Yemen 'Al Mithalaat' Brigade, with a wealth of illustrations and photographs, including 12 full page colour plates by Simon McCouaig.

Elite 026 Tank War – Central Front NATO vs. Warsaw Pact. Paperback

  • Tank War - Central Front NATO vs. Warsaw Pact. Paperback. Elite 26
  • Author: Steven J Zaloga . Illustrator: Simon McCouaig
  • 1989; 64 pages. This text, enhanced by colour plates and photographs, examines the NATO and Warsaw Pact tank forces of that era, focusing on tank firepower and crew training, and speculates as to the possible outcome had a conventional land war been fought between them.

Elite 033 Conboy: South-East Asian Special Forces

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  • South-East Asian Special Forces. Elite 33
  • Ken Conboy
  • Acknowledged expert on South-East Asia Ken Conboy presents an account of the history, organisation and insignia of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Indonesian, Malaysian and various other South-East Asian special forces from their origins up until the late 80s, covering such groups as the the Vietnamese Luc Luong Dac Biet and LDNN underwater demolition team.

Elite 038 The NVA and Viet Cong. Paperback 9781855321625

  • NVA and Viet Cong. Paperback. Elite 38
  • Author: Kenneth Conboy. Illustrator: Simon McCouaig
  • 1992; 64 pages; This text details the history, organisation and uniforms of the People's Army of Vietnam from its origins in the fight against colonialism, through two separate wars against the US and Khmer Rouge, to its role in the modern era.

Elite 041 Conboy: Elite Forces of India and Pakistan

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  • Elite Forces of India and Pakistan. Elite 41
  • Ken Conboy
  • Influenced by the German use of paratroopers early in World War Two, General Sir Robert Cassels, the Commander-in-Chief India, ordered the formation of an airborne cadre in October 1940. Thus marked the origins of India's first élite units. Pakistan can trace the origins of its own army airborne to the common parentage of British-raised forces.

Elite 043 Melson: Vietnam Marines 1965-1973

  • Vietnam Marines 1965-1973. Elite 43
  • Charles Melson
  • This title by US Marine historian Charles Melson describes the history, weapons, equipment, uniforms and insignia of the US, Vietnamese and Korean Marines who fought in Vietnam.

Elite 044 Ripley: Security Forces in Northern Ireland 1969-1992

  • Security Forces in Northern Ireland 1969-1992. Elite 44
  • Tim Ripley
  • Tim Ripley, a specialist in modern military affairs and research associate at Lancaster University's Centre for Defence and International Security Studies, explores the history and uniforms of the security forces in Northern Ireland from 1969-92 in this volume which is illustrated by a wealth of photographs and eight full page colour plates by Mike Chappell.

Elite 045 Rottman: Armies of the Gulf War

  • Armies of the Gulf War. Elite 45
  • Gordon L Rottman
  • This volume by veteran Osprey author Gordon L. Rottman focuses on the structure, equipment, effectiveness, and employment of the 680,000 coalition troops which fought in the Gulf War, covering not only the US forces, but also those of Britain, France, the Arab League and Iraq.

Elite 113 Bahmanyar: US Navy SEALs.

  • US Navy SEALs. Elite 113
  • Author: Mir Bahmanyar. Illustrator: Michael Welply
  • 64 pages. 2005. This book looks at the history, organization, training, uniforms, equipment and missions of the US Navy SEALs since their redesignation until the recent conflict in the Gulf.

Elite 148 The Hungarian Revolution 1956. Paperback

  • Hungarian Revolution 1956. Elite 148
    Authors: Erwin Schmidl, László Ritter. Illustrator: Peter Dennis
    2006; 64 pages. Stalin's death in 1953 led to unrest in several states of the Soviet empire, as their hungry, tyrannized peoples sensed a slackening in the grip of their hard-line regimes. This is an account of the October 1956 student demonstrators in Budapest who attracted growing support from workers and, when the secret police opened fire, from many Hungarian troops.

Elite 154 Vietnam Airmobile Warfare Tactics. Paperback

  • Vietnam Airmobile Warfare Tactics. Elite 154
  • Author: Gordon L Rottman. Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • 2007; 64 pages. In this book the author explains the composition, capabilities, equipment and missions of the US Army and Marine Corps helicopter and airmobile units in the Vietnam war, and exactly how they carried out their missions.

Elite 163 Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan.

  • Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan
  • Author: Leigh Neville. Illustrator: Ramiro Bujeiro
  • 2008; 64 pages. Intelligence specialist Leigh Neville identifies, describes and illustrates the Special Operations Forces (SOF) of the British, American and other Coalition forces committed to the 'War on Terror' in Afghanistan since 2001, providing a fascinating insight into specific operations detailing weapons, equipment and experiences in combat.

Elite 166 The Bay of Pigs. Cuba 1961. Paperback

  • Bay of Pigs. Cuba 1961. Paperback. Elite 166
  • Author: Alejandro de Quesada. Illustrator: Stephen Walsh
  • January 18, 2009; 64 pages; The landings by the Cuban exile Assault Brigade 2506 at the Bay of Pigs on April 17, 1961 led to three days of savage but unequal combat. Their story is illustrated with rare photos from Brigade veterans, and detailed color plates of the uniforms and insignia of both sides.

Elite 170 Special Operations Forces in Iraq. Paperback

  • Special Operations Forces in Iraq. Elite 170. Paperback
  • Author: Leigh Neville. Illustrator: Richard Hook
  • November 2008; 64 pages. Examining in detail the US Delta Force, the British SAS, Australian and Canadian Special Forces as well as CIA and MI6 operational units, this book provides a crucial study of their skills and success in Iraq. In a controversial war that has been plagued by high fatalities and military blunders, this book highlights the successes enjoyed by Special Forces Operatives.

Elite 186 Vietnam Infantry Tactics. Paperback

  • Vietnam Infantry Tactics. Elite 186
  • Author: Gordon L Rottman Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Paperback; June 2011; 64 pages
  • This book reveals the evolving US, Viet Cong and NVA tactics at battalion level and below throughout the Vietnam War.

Elite 190 US Marine Infantry Combat Uniforms and Equipment 2000-12. Pb 9781849087995

  • US Marine Infantry Combat Uniforms and Equipment 2000-12. Elite 190
  • J. Kenneth Eward
  • Paperback; September 2012; 64 pages

Elite 194 The Chinese People’s Liberation Army since 1949. Ground Forces. Paperback

  • The Chinese People’s Liberation Army since 1949. Ground Forces. Elite 194
  • Author: Benjamin Lai; Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • Paperback; November 2012; 64 pages

Elite 197 Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991. Pb

  • Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991. Elite 197
  • Author: Mark Galeotti; Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
  • Paperback; August 2013; 64 pages