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Osprey's fine military series 'Campaign', 'Fortress', 'New Vanguard' and 'Men at Arms' provide excellent surveys military collections will appreciate: visually appealing and packed with color, narrowed focus on battles and subjects for clear detailed reports, and nearly 100 pages each for in-depth reading. Stephen Turnbull's OSAKA 1615: THE LAST BATTLE OF THE SAMURAI (1841769606, $18.95) follows the 1614-15 campaign for Osaka Castle, Japan's greatest fortification--two miles in length with 100-foot high walls! T. McGovern and B. Smith's AMERICAN COASTAL DEFENSES 1885-1950 (1841769223, $16.95) tells of U.S. fortifications during the period from Boston to San Francisco. Their design, construction and American coastal defense systems are all revealed in depth. Gary Nila and Robert A. Rolfe's JAPANESE SPECIAL NAVAL LANDING FORCES: UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT 1932-45 (1846031001, $15.95) covers the combat force wrongly termed 'Imperial Marines'. From their Pacific campaigns to their strategies, here's a narrowed focus of events. Gary Staff's GERMAN BATTLECRUISERS 1914-18 (1846030099, $15.95) covers the new German independent reconnaissance division which was to perform special tasks--including fighting in the line. Their defenses and achievements are detailed in a survey of all the classes of German battlecruisers. Ed Gilbert's US MARINE CORPS IN THE VIETNAM WAR: III Marine Amphibious Force 1965-75 (1841769878, $23.95) follows a division command which was formed to commit to Vietnam and which expanded into a reinforced corps of two divisions including air. From its organization to its changing function during battle, THE US MARINE CORPS IN THE VIETNAM WAR is a fine survey. Neil Short's GERMAN DEFENCES IN ITALY IN WORLD WAR II (184176938X, $16.95) follows a specific series of German actions based on defensive lines, following the concept and development of these systems and their key features. All are specific battle guides to be welcomed by audiences who need the in-depth detail without the dry, weighty coverages of the entire war. C.J. Peers' SOLDIERS OF THE DRAGON: CHINESE ARMIES 1500 BC--AD 1840 (1846030986, $24.95) considers the many revolutionary changes Chinese armies fostered in world military might, from its first documented civilization through its empire-building and Mongol domination. CJ Peers is an expert on ancient Chinese armies: this expertise translates well to SOLDIERS OF THE DRAGON, pairing color photos of relics, models, and illustrations with survey of different army systems, militia organization and development, and analyses of military might.
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|Title Annotation:||Osaka 1615: The Last Battle of the Samurai; American Coastal Defences 1885-1950; Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces: Uniforms and Equipment 1937-45; German Battlecruisers 1914-18; The US Marine Corps in the Vietnam War: III Marine Amphibious Force 1965-75; German Defences in Italy in World War II; Soldiers of the Dragon: Chinese Armies 1500 BC-AD 1840|
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2006|
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