SeriesOsprey Elite

245 Works Popularity 5,322 (1,582 Members) 9,230 Books 57 Reviews ½ 3.7
The Paras 1940-84 by Greg Ferguson 54 copies1
The US Marine Corps since 1945 by Lee Russell 40 copies2
The Vikings by Ian Heath 193 copies, 2 reviews3
US Army Special Forces 1952-84 (Elite) by Gordon Rottman 49 copies4
Soviet Bloc Elite Forces by Steven J. Zaloga 53 copies5
French Foreign Legion Paratroops by Martin Windrow 51 copies6
The Ancient Greeks by Nicholas Sekunda 104 copies7
Israeli Defence Forces since 1973 by Sam Katz 43 copies8
The Normans by David Nicolle 130 copies, 2 reviews9
Warsaw Pact Ground Forces by Gordon Rottman 52 copies10
Ardennes 1944 Peiper & Skorzeny by Jean-Paul Pallud 70 copies11
Inside the Soviet Army by Steven J. Zaloga 44 copies12
US Army Rangers & LRRP Units 1942-87 by Gordon L. Rottman 51 copies13
The British Army in the 1980s (Elite) by Mike Chappell 46 copies14
The Armada Campaign 1588 by John Tincey 66 copies, 1 review15
NATO Armies 1949-87 by Nigel Thomas 39 copies16
Knights at Tournament by Christopher Gravett 134 copies, 1 review17
Israeli Elite Units since 1948 by Sam Katz 35 copies18
The Crusades by David Nicolle 119 copies, 2 reviews19
Inside The U.S. Army Today by Gordon Rottman 53 copies20
The Zulus by Ian Knight 45 copies21
World Special Forces Insignia by Gordon Rottman 41 copies22
The Samurai by Anthony J. Bryant 97 copies23
The Old Contemptibles by Michael Barthorp 50 copies24
Soldiers of the English Civil War 1: Infantry by Keith Roberts 69 copies25
Tank War-Central Front (Elite Series No. 26) by Steven J. Zaloga 62 copies, 1 review26
Soldiers of the English Civil War 2: Cavalry by John Tincey 60 copies, 1 review27
Medieval Siege Warfare by Christopher Gravett 152 copies, 1 review28
Vietnam Airborne (Elite) by Gordon Rottman 35 copies29
Attila and the Nomad Hordes by David Nicolle 90 copies, 3 reviews30
US Army Airborne 1940-90 (Elite) by Gordon Rottman 54 copies31
British Forces in Zululand 1879 by Ian Knight 32 copies32
South-East Asian Special Forces by Kenneth Conboy 34 copies33
Afrikakorps 1941-43 by Gordon Williamson 82 copies34
Early Samurai AD 200-1500 by Anthony Bryant 80 copies35
The Texas Rangers by Stephen Hardin 40 copies36
Panama 1989-90 by Gordon Rottman 37 copies37
The NVA and Viet Cong by Kenneth Conboy 41 copies38
The Ancient Assyrians by Mark Healy 91 copies, 1 review39
New Kingdom Egypt by Mark Healy 50 copies40
Elite Forces of India and Pakistan by Kenneth Conboy 33 copies41
The Persian Army 560-330 BC by Nicholas Sekunda 73 copies, 1 review42
Vietnam Marines, 1965-73 by Charles Melson 37 copies43
Security Forces in Northern Ireland 1969-92 by Tim Ripley 37 copies44
Armies of the Gulf War (Elite) by Gordon Rottman 37 copies45
US Army Air Force (1) (Elite) (Vol 1) by Gordon L. Rottman 29 copies46
South African Special Forces by Robert Pitta 33 copies47
Nelson's Navy by Philip J. Haythornthwaite 69 copies, 1 review48
The Gurkhas by Mike Chappell 46 copies49
The Praetorian Guard by Boris Rankov 70 copies50
US Army Air Force (2) (Elite) by Gordon Rottman 30 copies51
Wellington's Foot Guards by Ian Fletcher 28 copies52
International Brigades in Spain 1936-39 by Ken Bradley 45 copies53
UN Forces: 1948-94 by Robert Pitta 32 copies54
Marine Recon 1940-90 by Charles Melson 30 copies55
Scottish Divisions in the World Wars by Mike Chappell 36 copies56
Royal Marines, 1939-93 by Nick Van Der Bijl 30 copies57
The Janissaries by David Nicolle 67 copies58
US Marine Corps 1941-45 (Elite) by Gordon Rottman 49 copies59
U-Boat Crews 1914-45 by Gordon Williamson 73 copies60
The Guards Divisions 1914-45 by Mike Chappell 35 copies61
American Civil War Zouaves by Robin Smith 45 copies62
German Mountain & Ski Troops, 1939-45 by Gordon Williamson 50 copies63
Army Commandos 1940-45 by Mike Chappell 41 copies64
Redcaps: Britain's Military Police (Elite) by Mike Chappell 22 copies65
The Spartan Army by Nicholas Sekunda 83 copies66
Pirates 1660-1730 by Angus Konstam 52 copies, 1 review67
The Military Sniper since 1914 (Elite) by Martin Pegler 49 copies68
Buccaneers 1620-1700 by Angus Konstam 41 copies, 1 review69
Elizabethan Sea Dogs 1560-1605 (Elite) by Angus Konstam 59 copies70
Queen Victoria's Commanders (Elite) by Michael Barthorp 37 copies71
Napoleon's Commanders 1 : c.1792-1809 by Philip J. Haythornthwaite 29 copies72
American Civil War Commanders (1): Union Leaders in the East (Elite) (Pt.1) by Philip Katcher 22 copies73
Privateers & Pirates 1730-1830 by Angus Konstam 46 copies74
The Indian Army 1914-1947 by Ian Sumner 36 copies75
The German Freikorps 1918-23 by Carlos Caballero Jurado 42 copies76
British Colours & Standards 1747-1881 (1): Cavalry by Ian Sumner 27 copies77
World War I Trench Warfare 1 : 1914-16 by Stephen Bull 67 copies, 5 reviews78
The Royal Navy 1939-45 (Elite) by Ian Sumner 31 copies79
The US Navy in World War II (Elite) by Mark Henry 34 copies80
British Colours & Standards 1747-1881 (2): Infantry by Ian Sumner 27 copies81
Samurai Heraldry by Stephen Turnbull 80 copies82
Napoleon's Commanders 2 : c.1809-15 by Philip J. Haythornthwaite 30 copies83
World War I Trench Warfare 2 : 1916-18 by Stephen Bull 64 copies, 1 review84
US Commanders of World War II (1) Army and USAF by James Arnold 26 copies85
Japanese Naval Aviation Uniforms and Equipment 1937-45 by Gary Nila 21 copies86
US Commanders of World War II (2) Navy & USMC by James Arnold 27 copies87
American Civil War Commanders (2): Confederate Leaders in the East (Elite) (Pt.2) by Philip Katcher 22 copies88
American Civil War Commanders 3: Union Leaders in the West by Philip Katcher 24 copies89
Heroines of the Soviet Union 1941-45 (Elite) by Henry Sakaida 44 copies90
Elite 91: US Army Frontier Scouts 1840-1921 by Ron Field 25 copies91
Elite 92: World War II Medal of Honor Recipients (1) Navy & USMC by Robert Hargis 27 copies92
American War of Independence Commanders by Rene Chartrand 29 copies93
Elite 94: American Civil War Commanders (4) Confederate Leaders in the West by Philip Katcher 19 copies94
World War II Medal of Honor Recipients (2): Army & Air Corps (Elite) by Starr Sinton 25 copies95
American Frontier Lawmen 1850-1930 (Elite) by Charles M. Robinson, III 26 copies96
Elite 97: The Kaiser's Warlords by Ronald Pawly 24 copies97
British Commanders of World War II (Elite) by Ian Sumner 20 copies98
Italian Army Elite Units and Special Forces, 1940-43 by Pier Battistelli 28 copies99
World War II Axis Booby Traps and Sabotage Tactics by Gordon L. Rottman 39 copies, 3 reviews100
Austrian Commanders of the Napoleonic Wars 1792-1815 by David Hollins 28 copies101
Santa Anna's Army by Rene Chartrand 32 copies102
Vietnam ANZACs by Kevin Lyles 41 copies103
Britain's Air Defences 1939-45 by Alfred Price 31 copies104
World War II Infantry Tactics (1): Squad and Platoon (Elite) by Stephen Bull 83 copies, 1 review105
Wehrmacht Combat Helmets 1933-45 (Elite) by Brian Bell 20 copies106
Buffalo Soldiers 1866-91 (Elite) by Ron Field 30 copies107
Spanish Guerrillas in the Peninsular War 1808-14 (Elite) by Rene Chartrand 29 copies108
The British Home Front 1939-45 (Elite) by Martin Brayley 31 copies109
Sassanian Elite Cavalry AD 224-642 by Kaveh Farrokh 43 copies110
Heroes of the Soviet Union 1941-45 (Elite) by Henry Sakaida 39 copies111
American Civil War Marines 1861-65 by Ron Field 33 copies112
US Navy SEALs (Elite) by Mir Bahmanyar 29 copies, 1 review113
Knight's Cross and Oak-Leaves Recipients 1939-40 by Gordon Williamson 26 copies114
Napoleon's Imperial Headquarters 1: Organization and Personnel by Ronald Pawly 22 copies115
Napoleon's Imperial Headquarters 2: On Campaign by Ronald Pawly 27 copies116
US World War II Amphibious Tactics, Army and Marine Corps, Pacific Theater by Gordon Rottman 51 copies117
German Commanders of World War II (1): Army (Elite) by Gordon Williamson 22 copies118
Apache Tactics 1830-86 by Robert Watt 27 copies119
Mounted Archers of the Steppe 600 BC-AD 1300 by Antony Karasulas 56 copies120
Ancient Siege Warfare: Persians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans 546-146 BC by Duncan Campbell 47 copies121
World War II Infantry Tactics (2): Company and Battalion (Elite) (v. 2) by Stephen Bull 84 copies, 1 review122
Knight's Cross and Oak-Leaves Recipients 1941-45 by Gordon Williamson 22 copies123
World War II Infantry Anti-Tank Tactics (Elite) by Gordon Rottman 69 copies, 1 review124
Samurai Commanders 1 : 940-1576 by Stephen Turnbull 44 copies125
Siege Warfare in the Roman World: 146 BC-AD 378 by Duncan Campbell 56 copies126
Japanese Paratroop Forces of World War II (Elite) by Gordon Rottman 43 copies127
Samurai Commanders 2 : 1577-1638 by Stephen Turnbull 34 copies128
World War II US Cavalry Units: European Theater by Gordon L. Rottman 29 copies129
The Mycenaeans c.1650-1100 BC (Elite) by Nicolas Grguric 51 copies, 1 review130
The Condor Legion: German Troops in the Spanish Civil War (Elite) by Carlos Caballero Jurado 28 copies131
German Commanders of World War II (2): Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe & Navy (Elite) (v. 2) by Gordon Williamson 24 copies132
"Knight's Cross, Oak-Leaves and Swords Recipients 1941-45" (Elite) by Gordon Williamson 23 copies133
Buffalo Soldiers 1892-1918 by Ron Field 26 copies134
German Air Forces 1914-18 (Elite) by Ian Sumner 26 copies, 2 reviews135
World War II Airborne Warfare Tactics (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman 48 copies136
The Mexican Revolution 1910-20 by Philip Jowett 40 copies137
The Yugoslav Wars (1): Slovenia & Croatia 1991-95 (Elite) by Nigel Thomas 34 copies, 1 review138
Knight's Cross with Diamonds Recipients: 1941-45 (Elite) by Gordon Williamson 21 copies139
The American Civil War in Indian Territory (Elite) by John D. Spencer 36 copies, 1 review140
Finland at War 1939 - 45 (Elite) by Philip Jowett 72 copies, 2 reviews141
No.10 (Inter-Allied) Commando 1942-45: Britain's Secret Commando by Nick Van Der Bijl 47 copies142
Canadian Airborne Forces since 1942 (Elite) by Bernd Horn 20 copies, 1 review143
US World War II Amphibious Tactics: Mediterranean & European Theaters by Gordon Rottman 46 copies144
First Special Service Force 1942 - 44 (Elite) by Bret Werner 26 copies145
The Yugoslav Wars (2): Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia 1992 - 2001 (Elite) (No. 2) by Nigel Thomas 34 copies146
Irish Regiments in the World Wars by David Murphy 31 copies, 1 review147
The Hungarian Revolution 1956 by Erwin Schmidl 31 copies148
The Scottish Jacobite Army 1745-46 (Elite) by Stuart Reid 39 copies149
World War I Gas Warfare Tactics and Equipment by Simon Jones 51 copies, 1 review150
World War II Jungle Warfare Tactics (Elite) by Stephen Bull 43 copies, 1 review151
The British Reconnaissance Corps in World War II (Elite) by Richard Doherty 39 copies, 1 review152
The Australian Army in World War II by Mark Johnston 43 copies153
Vietnam Airmobile Warfare Tactics (Elite) by Gordon Rottman 39 copies154
Roman Battle Tactics 109BC-AD313 by Ross Cowan 88 copies155
World War II Combat Reconnaissance Tactics by Gordon Rottman 53 copies156
The German Home Front 1939-45 by Brian L. Davis 31 copies157
African American Troops in World War II (Elite) by Alexander Bielakowski 24 copies158
French Napoleonic Infantry Tactics 1792-1815 by Paddy Griffith 58 copies159
World War II Infantry Assault Tactics (Elite) by Gordon Rottman 44 copies160
The US Home Front 1941-45 (Elite) by Alejandro de Quesada 27 copies161
World War II Desert Tactics (Elite) by Paddy Griffith 53 copies162
Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan: Afganistan 2001-2007 (Elite) by Leigh Neville 46 copies163
British Napoleonic Infantry Tactics 1792-1815 by Philip J. Haythornthwaite 53 copies164
The British Fleet Air Arm in World War II by Mark Barber 31 copies165
The Bay of Pigs: Cuba 1961 (Elite) by Alejandro de Quesada 29 copies166
Scottish Renaissance Armies 1513-1550 by Jonathan Cooper 31 copies167
World War II Street-Fighting Tactics (Elite) by Stephen Bull 48 copies, 1 review168
World War II Japanese Tank Tactics (Elite) by Gordon Rottman 37 copies169
Special Operations Forces in Iraq (Elite) by Leigh Neville 29 copies170
American Civil War Railroad Tactics (Elite) by Robert Hodges 37 copies171
Roman Battle Tactics 390-110 BC by Nic Fields 46 copies, 1 review172
Office of Strategic Services 1942-45: The World War II Origins of the CIA by Eugene Liptak 32 copies173
American Civil War Guerrilla Tactics (Elite) by Sean McLachlan 35 copies174
World War II US Cavalry Units: Pacific Theater by Gordon L. Rottman 28 copies, 1 review175
World War II US Armored Infantry Tactics (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman 34 copies176
German Special Forces of World War II by Gordon Williamson 37 copies177
Hatamoto: Samurai Horse and Foot Guards 1540-1724 (Elite) by Stephen Turnbull 30 copies, 1 review178
Pike and Shot Tactics 1590-1660 by Keith Roberts 52 copies179
US Coast Guard in World War II (Elite) by Alejandro de Quesada 26 copies180
World War II Battlefield Communications by Gordon L. Rottman 32 copies181
Prussian Napoleonic Tactics 1792-1815 (Elite) by Peter Hofschroer 31 copies182
U-boat Tactics in World War II by Gordon Williamson 36 copies183
Allied World War II Sabotage Devices and Booby Traps by Gordon L. Rottman 23 copies184
European Medieval Tactics, Vol. 1: The Fall and Rise of Cavalry 450-1260 (Elite) by David Nicolle 51 copies185
Vietnam Infantry Tactics (Elite) by Gordon Rottman 23 copies186
Byzantine Imperial Guardsmen 925-1025: The Tághmata and Imperial Guard (Elite) by Raffaele D'Amato 32 copies187
Napoleonic Heavy Cavalry & Dragoon Tactics (Elite) by Philip J. Haythornthwaite 24 copies188
European Medieval Tactics (2): New Infantry, New Weapons 1260-1500 (Elite) by David Nicolle 33 copies189
US Marine Infantry Combat Uniforms and Equipment 2000-12 (Elite) by J. Kenneth Eward 22 copies190
Italian Navy & Air Force Elite Units & Special Forces 1940-45 by Piero Crociani 29 copies191
World War II Tactical Camouflage Techniques (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman 23 copies192
World War II Winter and Mountain Warfare Tactics (Elite) by Stephen Bull 27 copies, 1 review193
The Chinese People's Liberation Army since 1949: Ground Forces (Elite) by Benjamin Lai 18 copies194
World War II River Assault Tactics (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman 28 copies195
Napoleonic Light Cavalry Tactics (Elite) by Philip J. Haythornthwaite 23 copies196
Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991 (Elite) by Mark Galeotti 29 copies197
US World War II Parachute Infantry Regiments (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman 19 copies198
World War I Battlefield Artillery Tactics (Elite) by Dale Clarke 26 copies199
World War II Glider Assault Tactics (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman 25 copies200
The Carthaginians 6th-2nd Century BC (Elite) by Andrea Salimbeti 18 copies201
The British Army since 2000 (Elite) by James Tanner 19 copies202
World War II US Navy special warfare units by Eugene Liptak 11 copies203
Sea Peoples of the Bronze Age Mediterranean c.1400 BC-1000 BC (Elite) by Raffaele D'Amato 33 copies204
The British Army in Afghanistan 2006-14: Task Force Helmand (Elite) by Leigh Neville 14 copies205
Spetsnaz: Russia's Special Forces (Elite) by Mark Galeotti 21 copies206
World War II Partisan Warfare in Italy (Elite) by Pier Paolo Battistelli 13 copies207
US Marine Corps Recon and Special Operations Uniforms & Equipment 2000-15 (Elite) by J. Kenneth Eward 9 copies208
Victory 1945: Western Allied Troops in Northwest Europe (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman 18 copies209
World War II US Army Combat Equipments (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman 19 copies210
The SAS 1983-2014 (Elite) by Leigh Neville 15 copies211
US Army Rangers 1989-2015: Panama to Afghanistan (Elite) by Leigh Neville 13 copies212
The Barbary Pirates 15th-17th Centuries (Elite) by Angus Konstam 12 copies213
World War II Infantry Fire Support Tactics (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman 16 copies214
British Light Infantry & Rifle Tactics of the Napoleonic Wars (Elite) by Philip J. Haythornthwaite 19 copies215
Vietnam War US & Allied Combat Equipments (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman 13 copies216
The Modern Russian Army 1992-2016 (Elite) by Mark Galeotti 22 copies, 1 review217
World War II German Motorized Infantry & Panzergrenadiers (Elite) by Nigel Thomas 16 copies218
D-Day Beach Assault Troops (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman 15 copies219
European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972–2017 (Elite) by Leigh Neville 10 copies220
Roman Standards & Standard-Bearers (1): 112 BC–AD 192 (Elite) by Raffaele D'Amato 10 copies221
World War II US Marine Infantry Regiments (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman 13 copies222
The Etruscans: 9th-2nd Centuries BC (Elite) by Raffaele D'Amato 14 copies, 1 review223
Israeli Paratroopers 1954–2016 (Elite) by David Campbell 11 copies224
Roman Heavy Cavalry (1): Cataphractarii & Clibanarii, 1st Century BC–5th Century AD (Elite) by Raffaele D'Amato 17 copies225
Division Leclerc: The Leclerc Column and Free French 2nd Armored Division, 1940–1946 (Elite) by Merlin Robinson 14 copies, 2 reviews226
Armies of the Baltic Independence Wars 1918–20 (Elite) by Nigel Thomas 21 copies, 3 reviews227
Armies of Russia's War in Ukraine (Elite) by Mark Galeotti 13 copies228
Raiders from New France: North American Forest Warfare Tactics, 17th-18th Centuries (Elite) by Rene Chartrand 16 copies229
Roman Standards & Standard-Bearers (2): AD 192–500 (Elite) by Raffaele D'Amato 6 copies230
Soviet Airborne Forces 1930-91 (Elite) by David Campbell 11 copies231
World War II US Fast Carrier Task Force Tactics 1943-45 (Elite Book 232) by Brian Lane Herder 14 copies232
Hitler's Eastern Legions 1942–45 (Elite Book 233) by Nigel Thomas 6 copies233
Roman Shields (Elite) by M. C. Bishop 11 copies234
Roman Heavy Cavalry (2): AD 500–1450 (Elite) by Andrey Negin 10 copies235
Vietnam War Booby Traps (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman 2 copies236
British Light Infantry in the American Revolution (Elite) by Robbie MacNiven 4 copies237
Battle Tactics of the American Revolution (Elite) by Robbie MacNiven 8 copies238
Armies of the Iran–Iraq War 1980–88 (Elite) by Chris McNab 7 copies239
Japanese Home Front 1937–45, The (Elite) by Philip Jowett 5 copies, 1 review240
Armies of Julius Caesar 58–44 BC (Elite) by Raffaele D'Amato 4 copies241
US Navy Special Warfare Units in Korea and Vietnam: UDTs and SEALs, 1950–73 (Elite) by Eugene Liptak 6 copies242
Soviet State Security Services 1917–46 (Elite) by Douglas A. Drabik 7 copies243
Soldiers of Fortune: Mercenaries and Military Adventurers, 1960–2020 (Elite) by Anthony Rogers 5 copies244
Dutch Resistance 1940–45, The: World War II Resistance and Collaboration in the Netherlands (Elite) by Klaas Castelein 2 copies245

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From the publisher (Osprey) : "Each book in the Elite series focuses on a single army or elite unit, a military tactic or a group of famous commanders. Military uniforms, insignia and equipment are shown in full colour artwork. Books in Osprey’s Elite series cover the full spectrum of military history, examining the greatest armies, units and commanders of the ancient, medieval, Napoleonic, American Civil War, World War I and World War II periods. Many of the world’s special forces are also covered. Featuring full specially commissioned colour artworks of typical military uniforms and equipment, together with organisational diagrams and a wealth of black and white photography, books in Osprey’s Elite series provide a valuable resource for history enthusiasts, model makers, re-enactors, and wargamers. " (English, Unclassified)

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