While unconnected, the new edition follows hot on the heels of Osprey’s alliance with Commando to publish new graphic novels and looks to me that it’s potentially a great resource for anyone drawing or writing strip set during that global conflict.
Launched in 2009 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War, Battles of World War II is returning to mark the end of the conflict. The series chronicles the war, year-by-year and battle-by-battle and provides a fitting history of the most significant event of the 20th Century.
The original collection, produced by Osprey Publishing (best known for its military history books) and RBA Coleccionables, had a fortnightly frequency and each issue featured a 96-page hardback book detailing the key military campaigns and biggest battles from the Second World War.
Taking in all of the theatres of the conflict, the title covers campaigns fought on sea, air and land from around the world during the six years of fighting.
On sale just after the 70th anniversary of VE Day (8th May), the relaunched title will be six monthly issues featuring two of the 96-page books from the original collection. It will analyse the origins and outcomes of the battles featured in words and photographs, combined with conventional maps, campaign diagrams and unique 3D battle scenes, bringing the historic events to life in vivid detail.
The relaunched Osprey’s Battles of World War II is not being offered to subscribers as stocks are limited, so this will be the last chance for readers to get behind this collection.