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Osprey books
Posted by mitsdude on Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:51 AM

What is the concensus on Osprey books in regard to historical accuracy?

I have access to a very large library of them and they make an interesting read.

Before I continue reading any of them I want to know if I'm reading bunk, propaganda or history as best as it can reasonably be known.

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, October 29, 2015 1:05 AM

They are pretty good for the most part. BUT... I have a couple on the North Vietnamese Air Force, obviously written from their perspective by a Hungarian who appears to take that view as gospel. I am curious to read the ones regarding the Arab Air Forces just to get that viewpoint. But some must be taken with a grain of salt. However most are quite well researched and written with appropriate historical accuracy.


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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, October 29, 2015 3:48 PM

What Stik said. Nothing is perfect, the ones I have are good.

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, October 29, 2015 4:29 PM
Ye, what they said. I do like them and the colour profiles are handy, but like all colour profiles you can't trust them 100%.

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, October 29, 2015 5:55 PM

Where I've found them really useful is for information about uniforms and personal equipment. Sometimes that stuff is really hard to track down, compared to , say, aircraft.

I think they have maybe four books on the Boer War alone, for instance.

Back twenty five years ago- no internet, Osprey by mail order only, and the "in action" titles by Squadron were about it.

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Posted by mitsdude on Friday, October 30, 2015 1:25 AM

Thanks for the replies.

I wont be using them for color, markings, organizational information. Rather just the historical information about what happened.

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Posted by Jon_a_its on Friday, October 30, 2015 3:45 AM

I have a bunch, mostly Steve Zaloga, or Specific Campaign & Uniform Guides.

They are written by specialists with knowledge of the subject, such as Steve Z, But some are a bit less 'experten' than others.

On the whole pretty good, & a good size for reading in bed, or travelling, but not in the bath, (not fall asleep-proof!) 


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