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27 Oct 2019 1:45 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Armies of the Great Norther War 1700-1720" to "Armies of the Great Northern War 1700-1720"

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse26 Oct 2019 8:41 p.m. PST

"The Great Northern War was a long series of campaigns in which Russia, linked with several other countries in temporary alliances, confronted and eventually replaced Sweden as the predominant power in Northern Europe. While contemporary with the Duke of Marlborough's pivotal campaigns against France, the Great Northern War was in fact more decisive, since it reshaped the Northern European power balance up to the eve of the Napoleonic Wars.

It began with a series of astonishing Swedish victories lead by King Charles XII, from Denmark to Poland and deep into Germany. But Peter the Great of Russia showed steadfast determination, and Charles overreached himself when he invaded Russia in 1708; the Russians adopted classic 'scorched earth' tactics until they could destroy the Swedish army at Poltava in 1709, one of the most overwhelming victories in history. Nevertheless, Sweden continued to fight, and frequently win, in Germany, Denmark and Norway, until Charles's death in battle in 1718, though the war itself did not conclude until 1721…."

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Historydude1827 Oct 2019 5:21 a.m. PST

I'll have to get that. I love Osprey books and want to learn more about the Great Northern War.

jedburgh27 Oct 2019 6:26 a.m. PST

Hard to see they how they could cover such a large topic in one volume.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse27 Oct 2019 2:05 p.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend!. (smile)


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Armand

Lilian28 Oct 2019 2:44 a.m. PST

due to the reduced Men At Arms format 48 pages of which 8 plates usually having 3 soldiers sometimes a 4th this will give less than a plate for each belligerant…

Introduction: Northern and Eastern Europe at the dawn of the 18th century.
* The road to war; Russian alliances with Poland, Saxony, Denmark etc. challenge Swedish predominance.
* Chronology.
[Following chapters each cover organization, uniforms and weapons of the armies of: ]
* Russia
* Sweden
* Denmark
* Saxony
* Prussia
* Hanover
* Holstein
* Poland-Lithuania
* Cossacks
* Ottoman Turks, Moldavians, Wallachians, Tatars .
* Plate commentaries.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse28 Oct 2019 10:41 a.m. PST

Thanks!.

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Armand

coopman29 Oct 2019 4:41 p.m. PST

Look like some good artwork there. I wonder if there is any point in getting this if I already have the GNW Compendium?

Lilian30 Oct 2019 2:45 a.m. PST

unfortunately according to Russians connoisseurs it seems that there are many inaccuracies in such plate :(

No comparison with Boris Megorsky's book at Helion

SAMURAIFREDDY30 Oct 2019 5:19 a.m. PST

I bought the book as I do with most books published on the GNW subject and I have sincerely to say that I am quite disappointed however I aspected to be. Far tto wide a subject to be covered on a single book…this adds nothing new or unseen on the subject. Actually not much info on each army that took part in the conflict is crammed in the two/three pages dedicated to each. The color plates are nice but not sure yet if accurate or not as come of you mentioned more realiable uniform sources exists today from Russian authors. However the value of these book should be that they provide a fairly economical coveragae of the subject with basic info about organizations , tactics and uniforms. Nothing of the like here; a book or two dedicated to each army (as Osprey did already years ago with Russian Armies of Peter I in two volumes) would have provided a nice addition to the series. This is book is useles; I have suggested for many years to Osprey to edit a two volume in the MAA series about Charles XII armies of the GNW but to no avail. A lost opportunity and a useless book. The compendium provides a much better value and info on alla armies and campaigns that thsi book, albeit at a much higher cost.

SAMURAIFREDDY30 Oct 2019 5:24 a.m. PST

I bought the book as I do with most books published on the GNW subject and I have sincerely to say that I am quite disappointed, however I aspected to be. Far too wide a subject to be covered by a single book…this one adds nothing new or unseen on the subject. Actually not much info on each army that took part in the conflict is crammed in the two/three pages dedicated to each. The color plates are nice but not sure yet if accurate or not as some of you mentioned, more realiable uniform sources exists today from Russian authors. The value of these Osprey MAA books should be that they provide a fairly economical coveragae of the subject with basic info about organizations , tactics and uniforms. Nothing of the like here; a book or two dedicated to each army (as Osprey did already years ago with Russian Armies of Peter I in two volumes) with more books on single army subjects like Saxons, Danish Turkish , Swedish would have provided a nice addition to the series. This is book is useles; I have suggested for many years to Osprey to edit a two volume in the MAA series about Charles XII armies of the GNW but to no avail. A lost opportunity and a useless book. The compendium provides a much better value and info on alla armies and campaigns than this bookk, albeit at a much higher cost.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse30 Oct 2019 10:48 a.m. PST

Glup!.

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Armand

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP01 Nov 2019 10:21 a.m. PST

If you have the compendium and/or the helion books on the subject I can't possibly see what this brings.
The compendium is like a 1000 pages of characters, battles armies etc.
And the helion book on the Russian army, has the best up to date info on that.

Lilian04 Nov 2019 8:04 a.m. PST

and Helion has also published an other about the Russo-Ottoman war and a whole volume about the Swedish Army…
quite disappointing Osprey's editorial policy…

Historydude1805 Nov 2019 7:21 p.m. PST

Hopefully Osprey can soon do a book in the Campaign series on Narva 1700. A major gap in their general 18th century coverage and an important GNW battle.

Lilian07 Nov 2019 9:34 a.m. PST

while Helion has already did one on Narva 1704 and will publish an other about Poltava 1709 (at least for this last one Osprey came first) both previoulsy published in russian, more a planned title about Charles XII

Lilian09 Nov 2019 3:22 p.m. PST

a third plate

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