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Series: Osprey Elite

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The Paras 1940-84 by Greg Ferguson1
The US Marine Corps since 1945 by Lee Russell2
The Vikings by Ian Heath3
US Army Special Forces 1952-84 (Elite) by Gordon Rottman4
Soviet Bloc Elite Forces by Steven J. Zaloga5
French Foreign Legion Paratroops by Martin Windrow6
The Ancient Greeks by Nicholas Sekunda7
Israeli Defence Forces since 1973 by Sam Katz8
The Normans by David Nicolle9
Warsaw Pact Ground Forces by Gordon Rottman10
Ardennes 1944 Peiper & Skorzeny by Jean-Paul Pallud11
Inside the Soviet Army by Steven J. Zaloga12
US Army Rangers & LRRP Units 1942-87 by Gordon Rottman13
The British Army in the 1980s (Elite) by Mike Chappell14
The Armada Campaign 1588 by John Tincey15
NATO Armies 1949-87 by Nigel Thomas16
Knights at Tournament by Christopher Gravett17
Israeli Elite Units since 1948 by Sam Katz18
The Crusades by David Nicolle19
Inside The U.S. Army Today by Gordon Rottman20
The Zulus by Ian Knight21
World Special Forces Insignia by Gordon Rottman22
The Samurai by Anthony J. Bryant23
The Old Contemptibles by Michael Barthorp24
Soldiers of the English Civil War 1: Infantry by Keith Roberts25
Tank War-Central Front (Elite Series No. 26) by Steven J. Zaloga26
Soldiers of the English Civil War 2: Cavalry by John Tincey27
Medieval Siege Warfare by Christopher Gravett28
Vietnam Airborne (Elite) by Gordon Rottman29
Attila and the Nomad Hordes by David Nicolle30
US Army Airborne 1940-90 (Elite) by Gordon Rottman31
British Forces in Zululand 1879 by Ian Knight32
South-East Asian Special Forces by Kenneth Conboy33
Afrikakorps 1941-43 by Gordon Williamson34
Early Samurai AD 200-1500 by Anthony Bryant35
The Texas Rangers by Stephen Hardin36
Panama 1989-90 by Gordon Rottman37
The NVA and Viet Cong by Kenneth Conboy38
The Ancient Assyrians by Mark Healy39
New Kingdom Egypt by Mark Healy40
Elite Forces of India and Pakistan by Kenneth Conboy41
The Persian Army 560-330 BC by Nicholas Sekunda42
Vietnam Marines, 1965-73 by Charles Melson43
Security Forces in Northern Ireland 1969-92 by Tim Ripley44
Armies of the Gulf War (Elite) by Gordon Rottman45
US Army Air Force (1) (Elite) (Vol 1) by Gordon Rottman46
South African Special Forces by Robert Pitta47
Nelson's Navy by Philip J. Haythornthwaite48
The Gurkhas by Mike Chappell49
The Praetorian Guard by Boris Rankov50
US Army Air Force (2) (Elite) by Gordon Rottman51
Wellington's Foot Guards by Ian Fletcher52
International Brigades in Spain 1936-39 by Ken Bradley53
UN Forces: 1948-94 by Robert Pitta54
Marine Recon 1940-90 by Charles Melson55
Scottish Divisions in the World Wars by Mike Chappell56
Royal Marines, 1939-93 by Nick Van Der Bijl57
The Janissaries by David Nicolle58
US Marine Corps 1941-45 (Elite) by Gordon Rottman59
U-Boat Crews 1914-45 by Gordon Williamson60
The Guards Divisions 1914-45 by Mike Chappell61
American Civil War Zouaves by Robin Smith62
German Mountain & Ski Troops, 1939-45 by Gordon Williamson63
Army Commandos 1940-45 by Mike Chappell64
Redcaps: Britain's Military Police (Elite) by Mike Chappell65
The Spartan Army by Nicholas Sekunda66
Pirates 1660-1730 by Angus Konstam67
The Military Sniper since 1914 (Elite) by Martin Pegler68
Buccaneers 1620-1700 by Angus Konstam69
Elizabethan Sea Dogs 1560-1605 (Elite) by Angus Konstam70
Queen Victoria's Commanders (Elite) by Michael Barthorp71
Napoleon's Commanders 1 : c.1792-1809 by Philip J. Haythornthwaite72
American Civil War Commanders (1): Union Leaders in the East (Elite) (Pt.1) by Philip Katcher73
Privateers & Pirates 1730-1830 by Angus Konstam74
The Indian Army 1914-1947 by Ian Sumner75
The German Freikorps 1918-23 by Carlos Caballero Jurado76
British Colours & Standards 1747-1881 (1): Cavalry by Ian Sumner77
World War I Trench Warfare 1 : 1914-16 by Stephen Bull78
The Royal Navy 1939-45 (Elite) by Ian Sumner79
The US Navy in World War II (Elite) by Mark Henry80
British Colours & Standards 1747-1881 (2): Infantry by Ian Sumner81
Samurai Heraldry by Stephen Turnbull82
Napoleon's Commanders 2 : c.1809-15 by Philip J. Haythornthwaite83
World War I Trench Warfare 2 : 1916-18 by Stephen Bull84
US Commanders of World War II (1) Army and USAF by James Arnold85
Japanese Naval Aviation Uniforms and Equipment 1937-45 by Gary Nila86
US Commanders of World War II (2) Navy & USMC by James Arnold87
American Civil War Commanders (2): Confederate Leaders in the East (Elite) (Pt.2) by Philip Katcher88
American Civil War Commanders 3: Union Leaders in the West by Philip Katcher89
Heroines of the Soviet Union 1941-45 (Elite) by Henry Sakaida90
Elite 91: US Army Frontier Scouts 1840-1921 by Ron Field91
Elite 92: World War II Medal of Honor Recipients (1) Navy & USMC by Robert Hargis92
American War of Independence Commanders by Rene Chartrand93
Elite 94: American Civil War Commanders (4) Confederate Leaders in the West by Philip Katcher94
World War II Medal of Honor Recipients (2): Army & Air Corps (Elite) by Starr Sinton95
American Frontier Lawmen 1850-1930 (Elite) by Charles M. Robinson, III96
Elite 97: The Kaiser's Warlords by Ronald Pawly97
British Commanders of World War II (Elite) by Ian Sumner98
Italian Army Elite Units and Special Forces, 1940-43 by Pier Battistelli99
World War II Axis Booby Traps and Sabotage Tactics by Gordon L. Rottman100
Austrian Commanders of the Napoleonic Wars 1792-1815 by David Hollins101
Santa Anna's Army by Rene Chartrand102
Vietnam ANZACs by Kevin Lyles103
Britain's Air Defences 1939-45 by Alfred Price104
World War II Infantry Tactics (1): Squad and Platoon (Elite) by Stephen Bull105
Wehrmacht Combat Helmets 1933-45 (Elite) by Brian Bell106
Buffalo Soldiers 1866-91 (Elite) by Ron Field107
Spanish Guerrillas in the Peninsular War 1808-14 (Elite) by Rene Chartrand108
The British Home Front 1939-45 (Elite) by Martin Brayley109
Sassanian Elite Cavalry AD 224-642 by Kaveh Farrokh110
Heroes of the Soviet Union 1941-45 (Elite) by Henry Sakaida111
American Civil War Marines 1861-65 by Ron Field112
US Navy SEALs (Elite) by Mir Bahmanyar113
Knight's Cross and Oak-Leaves Recipients 1939-40 by Gordon Williamson114
Napoleon's Imperial Headquarters 1: Organization and Personnel by Ronald Pawly115
Napoleon's Imperial Headquarters 2: On Campaign by Ronald Pawly116
US World War II Amphibious Tactics, Army and Marine Corps, Pacific Theater by Gordon Rottman117
German Commanders of World War II (1): Army (Elite) by Gordon Williamson118
Apache Tactics 1830-86 by Robert Watt119
Mounted Archers of the Steppe 600 BC-AD 1300 by Antony Karasulas120
Ancient Siege Warfare: Persians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans 546-146 BC by Duncan Campbell121
World War II Infantry Tactics (2): Company and Battalion (Elite) (v. 2) by Stephen Bull122
Knight's Cross and Oak-Leaves Recipients 1941-45 by Gordon Williamson123
World War II Infantry Anti-Tank Tactics (Elite) by Gordon Rottman124
Samurai Commanders 1 : 940-1576 by Stephen Turnbull125
Siege Warfare in the Roman World: 146 BC-AD 378 by Duncan Campbell126
Japanese Paratroop Forces of World War II (Elite) by Gordon Rottman127
Samurai Commanders 2 : 1577-1638 by Stephen Turnbull128
World War II US Cavalry Units: European Theater by Gordon Rottman129
The Mycenaeans c.1650-1100 BC (Elite) by Nicolas Grguric130
The Condor Legion: German Troops in the Spanish Civil War (Elite) by Carlos Caballero Jurado131
German Commanders of World War II (2): Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe & Navy (Elite) (v. 2) by Gordon Williamson132
"Knight's Cross, Oak-Leaves and Swords Recipients 1941-45" (Elite) by Gordon Williamson133
Buffalo Soldiers 1892-1918 by Ron Field134
German Air Forces 1914-18 (Elite) by Ian Sumner135
World War II Airborne Warfare Tactics (Elite) by Gordon Rottman136
The Mexican Revolution 1910-20 by Philip Jowett137
The Yugoslav Wars (1): Slovenia & Croatia 1991-95 (Elite) by Nigel Thomas138
Knight's Cross with Diamonds Recipients: 1941-45 (Elite) by Gordon Williamson139
The American Civil War in Indian Territory (Elite) by John D. Spencer140
Finland at War 1939 - 45 (Elite) by Philip Jowett141
No.10 (Inter-Allied) Commando 1942-45: Britain's Secret Commando by Nick Van Der Bijl142
Canadian Airborne Forces since 1942 (Elite) by Bernd Horn143
US World War II Amphibious Tactics: Mediterranean & European Theaters by Gordon Rottman144
First Special Service Force 1942 - 44 (Elite) by Bret Werner145
The Yugoslav Wars (2): Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia 1992 - 2001 (Elite) (No. 2) by Nigel Thomas146
Irish Regiments in the World Wars by David Murphy147
The Hungarian Revolution 1956 by Erwin Schmidl148
The Scottish Jacobite Army 1745-46 (Elite) by Stuart Reid149
World War I Gas Warfare Tactics and Equipment by Simon Jones150
World War II Jungle Warfare Tactics (Elite) by Stephen Bull151
The British Reconnaissance Corps in World War II (Elite) by Richard Doherty152
The Australian Army in World War II by Mark Johnston153
Vietnam Airmobile Warfare Tactics (Elite) by Gordon Rottman154
Roman Battle Tactics 109BC-AD313 by Ross Cowan155
World War II Combat Reconnaissance Tactics by Gordon Rottman156
The German Home Front 1939-45 by Brian Davis157
African American Troops in World War II (Elite) by Alexander Bielakowski158
French Napoleonic Infantry Tactics 1792-1815 by Paddy Griffith159
World War II Infantry Assault Tactics (Elite) by Gordon Rottman160
The US Home Front 1941-45 (Elite) by Alejandro Quesada161
World War II Desert Tactics (Elite) by Paddy Griffith162
Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan: Afganistan 2001-2007 (Elite) by Leigh Neville163
British Napoleonic Infantry Tactics 1792-1815 by Philip J. Haythornthwaite164
The British Fleet Air Arm in World War II by Mark Barber165
The Bay of Pigs: Cuba 1961 (Elite) by Alejandro Quesada166
Scottish Renaissance Armies 1513-1550 by Jonathan Cooper167
World War II Street-Fighting Tactics (Elite) by Stephen Bull168
World War II Japanese Tank Tactics (Elite) by Gordon Rottman169
Special Operations Forces in Iraq (Elite) by Leigh Neville170
American Civil War Railroad Tactics (Elite) by Robert Hodges171
Roman Battle Tactics 390-110 BC by Nic Fields172
Office of Strategic Services 1942-45: The World War II Origins of the CIA by Eugene Liptak173
American Civil War Guerrilla Tactics (Elite) by Sean McLachlan174
World War II US Cavalry Units: Pacific Theater by Gordon Rottman175
World War II US Armored Infantry Tactics (Elite) by Gordon Rottman176
German Special Forces of World War II by Gordon Williamson177
Hatamoto: Samurai Horse and Foot Guards 1540-1724 (Elite) by Stephen Turnbull178
Pike and Shot Tactics 1590-1660 by Keith Roberts179
US Coast Guard in World War II (Elite) by Alejandro de Quesada180
World War II Battlefield Communications by Gordon L. Rottman181
Prussian Napoleonic Tactics 1792-1815 (Elite) by Peter Hofschroer182
U-boat Tactics in World War II by Gordon Williamson183
Allied World War II Sabotage Devices and Booby Traps by Gordon Rottman184
European Medieval Tactics, Vol. 1: The Fall and Rise of Cavalry 450-1260 (Elite) by David Nicolle185
Vietnam Infantry Tactics (Elite) by Gordon Rottman186
Byzantine Imperial Guardsmen 925-1025: The Tághmata and Imperial Guard (Elite) by Raffaele D'Amato187
Napoleonic Heavy Cavalry & Dragoon Tactics (Elite) by Philip J. Haythornthwaite188
European Medieval Tactics (2): New Infantry, New Weapons 1260-1500 (Elite) by David Nicolle189
US Marine Infantry Combat Uniforms and Equipment 2000-12 (Elite) by J. Kenneth Eward190
Italian Navy & Air Force Elite Units & Special Forces 1940-45 by Piero Crociani191
World War II Tactical Camouflage Techniques (Elite) by Gordon Rottman192
World War II Winter and Mountain Warfare Tactics (Elite) by Stephen Bull193
The Chinese People's Liberation Army since 1949: Ground Forces (Elite) by Benjamin Lai194
World War II River Assault Tactics (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman195
Napoleonic Light Cavalry Tactics (Elite) by Philip J. Haythornthwaite196
Russian Security and Paramilitary Forces since 1991 (Elite) by Mark Galeotti197
US World War II Parachute Infantry Regiments (Elite) by Gordon Rottman198
World War I Battlefield Artillery Tactics (Elite) by Dale Clarke199
World War II Glider Assault Tactics (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman200
The Carthaginians 6th-2nd Century BC (Elite) by Andrea Salimbeti201
The British Army since 2000 (Elite) by James Tanner202
World War II US Navy special warfare units by Eugene Liptak203
Sea Peoples of the Bronze Age Mediterranean c.1400 BC-1000 BC (Elite) by Raffaele D'Amato204
The British Army in Afghanistan 2006-14: Task Force Helmand (Elite) by Leigh Neville205
Spetsnaz: Russia's Special Forces (Elite) by Mark Galeotti206
World War II Partisan Warfare in Italy (Elite) by Pier Paolo Battistelli207
US Marine Corps Recon and Special Operations Uniforms & Equipment 2000-15 (Elite) by J. Kenneth Eward208
Victory 1945: Western Allied Troops in Northwest Europe (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman209
World War II US Army Combat Equipments (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman210
The SAS 1983-2014 (Elite) by Leigh Neville211
US Army Rangers 1989-2015: Panama to Afghanistan (Elite) by Leigh Neville212
The Barbary Pirates 15th-17th Centuries (Elite) by Angus Konstam213
World War II Infantry Fire Support Tactics (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman214
British Light Infantry & Rifle Tactics of the Napoleonic Wars (Elite) by Philip J. Haythornthwaite215
Vietnam War US & Allied Combat Equipments (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman216
The Modern Russian Army 1992-2016 (Elite) by Mark Galeotti217
World War II German Motorized Infantry & Panzergrenadiers (Elite) by Nigel Thomas218
D-Day Beach Assault Troops (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman219
European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972–2017 (Elite) by Leigh Neville220
Roman Standards & Standard-Bearers (1): 112 BC–AD 192 (Elite) by Raffaele D'Amato221
World War II US Marine Infantry Regiments (Elite) by Gordon L. Rottman222
The Etruscans: 9th–2nd Centuries BC (Elite) by Raffaele D'Amato223
Israeli Paratroopers 1954–2016 (Elite) by David Campbell224
Roman Heavy Cavalry (1): Cataphractarii & Clibanarii, 1st Century BC–5th Century AD (Elite) by Raffaele D'Amato225
Division Leclerc: The Leclerc Column and Free French 2nd Armored Division, 1940–1946 (Elite) by Merlin Robinson226
Armies of the Baltic Independence Wars 1918–20 (Elite) by Nigel Thomas227
Armies of Russia's War in Ukraine (Elite) by Mark Galeotti228
Roman Standards & Standard-Bearers (2): AD 192–500 (Elite) by Raffaele D'Amato230
Soviet Airborne Forces 1930-91 (Elite) by David Campbell231
World War II US Fast Carrier Task Force Tactics 1943-45 (Elite Book 232) by Brian Lane Herder232

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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. "


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