At the conclusion of the conquistador campaign of 1519–21, Tenochtitlan lay in ruins, the last Aztec Emperor was in chains, and Spanish authority over the native peoples had been definitively asserted. What ensued was the swift escalation from a clash of civilizations to a war of the worlds. With colorful personalities--cortés, and fighting styles between the rival armies displayed using stunning specially commissioned artwork, weapons, Malinche, Cuauhtémoc--driving the narrative, Cuitláhuac, and the vivid differences in uniforms, Pedro Alvarez, this is the fascinating story of the collapse of the Aztec Empire.
Tenochtitlan 1519-21: Clash of Civilizations Campaign - His quest to serve god, win gold, and achieve glory drove him into the heartland of what is now Mexico, where no European had ever set foot before.
Tsushima 1905: Death of a Russian Fleet CampaignOsprey Publishing - Great britain, and russia divided the globe in the nineteenth century, France, but Japan was catching up. Japan was closed to the world until 1854 and its technology then was literally medieval. Japan wanted to further emulate its European mentors and establish a protectorate over Korea, yet Japanese efforts were blocked by Imperial Russia who had their own designs on the peninsula.
The russo-japanese war started with a Japanese surprise naval attack against an anchored enemy fleet still believing itself at peace. Its army and navy were retrained by Western powers and equipped with the latest weapons and ships. This gripping study describes this pivotal battle, and shows how the Japanese victory over Russia led to the development of the dreadnought battleship, and gave rise to an almost mythical belief in Japanese naval invincibility.
Tsushima 1905: Death of a Russian Fleet Campaign - It ended with the battle of Tsushima, the most decisive surface naval battle of the 20th century.
Peckuwe 1780: The Revolutionary War on the Ohio River Frontier CampaignOsprey Publishing - As the revolutionary war raged on fields near the Atlantic, Native Americans and British rangers fought American settlers on the Ohio River frontier in warfare of unsurpassed ferocity. It would be the largest Revolutionary War battle on the Ohio River frontier. When their attacks threatened to drive the americans from their settlements in Kentucky, Simon Kenton, Daniel Boone, and other frontiersmen guided an army of 970 Kentuckians into what is now Ohio to attack the principal Native American bases from which the raids emanated.
This superbly illustrated book traces colonel george rogers clark's lightning expedition to destroy Chalawgatha and Peckuwe, 1780, Buckongahelas, under Black Hoof, and describes how on August 8, and Girty, his Kentuckians clashed with an army of 450 Native Americans, at the battle of Peckuwe.
The Aleutians 1942-43: Struggle for the North Pacific CampaignOsprey Publishing - Featuring the largest japanese banzai charge of the war, and the battle at the Komandorski Islands, first use of pre-battle battleship bombardment in the Pacific, this is the story of America's forgotten war. Aleutians 1942–43 is the full story of the forgotten battle to liberate American soil from the Japanese during World War II.
It is often forgotten that during world war II, the Japanese managed to successfully invade and conquer a precious part of American home soil--the first time this had happened since 1815. Capturing the aleutian islands, located in Alaska territory, was seen by the Japanese as vital in order to shore up their northern defensive perimeter.
The Aleutians 1942-43: Struggle for the North Pacific Campaign - The campaign to recapture the islands required extensive combined-ops planning, and inflicted on the United States its second highest casualty rate in the Pacific Theater. These geographic conditions tended to neutralize traditional American strengths such as air power, radar, naval bombardment, and logistics.
Fighting in the Aleutians was uniquely brutal. It is a barren, with a climate of constant snow, rugged archipelago of icy mountains and thick bogs, freezing rains, and windstorms.
The Etruscans: 9th-2nd Centuries BC EliteOsprey Publishing - In the 6th century bc an etruscan dynasty ruled Rome, and their power extended southwards to the Amalfi coast. They were also a great land-based power, especially in the "Classical" period, where they expanded their power north into the Po Valley and south to Latium. In 509 bc the romans rose up to expel their kings, which began the long "Etruscan twilight" when their power was squeezed by the Samnites and, most especially, the Romans.
They were a sea-faring people trading with and competing against Greek and Phoenician peoples, including the Carthaginians. Their long-lived civilization can be traced to 900--750 BC in northwest Italy. Ancient rome had deep roots in the "Villanovan" culture that we call today the Etruscans. Drawing on archeological evidence including warrior tombs, paintings, sculptures, and fully illustrated throughout, this study examines one of the early rivals to Ancient Rome.
Campaldino 1289: The battle that made Dante CampaignOsprey Publishing - It heralded the rise of florence to a dominant position over the area of Tuscany and was one of the last occassions when the Italian city militias contested a battle, with the 14th century seeing the rise of the condottiere in Italy's Wars. In this highly illustrated new study, renowned medieval historians Kelly De Vries and Niccolò Capponi have uncovered new material from the battlefield itself, as well as using all the available sources, to breathe new life into this colorful and fascinating battle.
Campaldino is one of the important battles between the Guelphs and Ghibellines--the major political factions in the city states of central and northern Italy.
Strasbourg AD 357: The victory that saved Gaul CampaignOsprey Publishing - Having recaptured the city of cologne, julian planned to trap the Alemanni in a pincer movement, but when the larger half of his army was forced into retreat, he was left facing a much larger German force outside the walls of the city of Strasbourg. This new study relates the events of this epic battle as the experience and training of the Roman forces prevailed in the face of overwhelming German numbers.
. A highly illustrated account of the battle of Strasbourg in AD 357, a decisive victory for the Romans under their Caesar Julian against the Alemanni and their leader Chnodomar. Civil war in the western roman empire between ad 350--53 had left the frontiers weakly defended, and the major German confederations along the Rhine--the Franks and Alemanni--took advantage of the situation to cross the river, destroy the Roman fortifications along it and occupy parts of Roman Gaul.
Strasbourg AD 357: The victory that saved Gaul Campaign - In 355, the emperor constantius appointed his 23-year-old cousin Julian as his Caesar in the provinces of Gaul with command of all troops in the region.
Latin American Wars 1900-1941: "Banana Wars," Border Wars & Revolutions Men-at-ArmsOsprey Publishing - From the mexican revolution to the zarumilla war, civil wars, in the first 40 years of the 20th century the nations of Central and South America were frequently disturbed by border clashes, and revolution. Many of these conflicts became known as "Banana Wars. Some involved only lightly armed guerrillas, but others saw armies operating artillery and armored vehicles supported by aircraft and river navies.
The conflicts in honduras and Nicaragua saw the intervention of US Marines, and later wars involved armor and aircraft acquired from Europe. Using detailed color plates and a wealth of contemporary photographs, equipment, this book shows the uniforms, and strategies of the armies involved in these conflicts little known in the West.
Latin American Wars 1900-1941: "Banana Wars," Border Wars & Revolutions Men-at-Arms - . Covering wars crossing the length and breadth of the continent, this is the fascinating account of the wars that helped shape modern Latin America.
Imjin River 1951: Last stand of the 'Glorious Glosters' CampaignOsprey Publishing - The us 3rd infantry division took the brunt of the attack along with the attached British 29th Infantry Brigade officially styled the 29th British Independent Infantry Brigade Group, which included the Gloucestershire Regiment the “Glosters”. Featuring full color commissioned artwork, and first-hand accounts, maps, this is the compelling story of one of the most epic clashes of the Korean War.
The heroic defense of the american and british forces would pass into legend, as they sought to buy time for the rest of the UN forces to regroup and organize an effective defense of Seoul, most especially the doomed effort of the Glosters, the South Korean capital city. After china's november 1950 intervention in the war and the subsequent battle of the Chosin Reservoir, UN forces faced a new onslaught in the spring of 1951, with over 350, 000 veteran troops attacking along the Imjin River.
Roman Legionary vs Carthaginian Warrior: Second Punic War 217-206 BC CombatOsprey Publishing - Improvements made to their military, would see Roman revenge visited on Hannibal in full measure by Scipio, however, who would beat him at his own game and bring Roman legions to the gates of Carthage itself. In this study, and ilipa 206 bc are explored in detail, the epic battles at Lake Trasimene 217 BC, Cannae 216 BC, supported by carefully chosen illustrations and specially commissioned full-color artwork and mapping.
The peace that followed the first punic war was shallow and fractious, with the resumption of hostilities in 218 BC sparked by Carthaginian expansion in Iberia seeing Rome suffer some of the worst defeats in her entire history. The carthaginian army was a composite affair primarily made up of a number of levies from Africa and around the Mediterranean augmented by mercenaries and allies, and these troops crushed the Roman heavy infantry maniples in a series of battles across Southern Europe.
The Solomons 1943-44: The Struggle for New Georgia and Bougainville CampaignOsprey Publishing - Victory at guadalcanal for the allies in february 1943 left them a vital foothold in the Solomon Islands chain, and was the first step in an attempt to isolate and capture the key Japanese base of Rabaul on New Britain. The scene was set for one of the bloodiest campaigns of the Pacific War. Fully illustrated with specially commissioned maps and artwork, this is the compelling story of the struggle for the Solomons, a key part of the Allied advance towards Japan which saw tens of thousands of casualties and so many ships lost that part of the ocean became known as "Ironbottom Sound.
". In order to do this they had to advance up the island chain in a combined air, naval, and ground campaign. On the other hand, the japanese were determined to shore up their defences on the Solomons, which was a vital part of their southern front, and would bitterly contest every inch of the Allied advance.