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Monday 11 July 2011

Armies of the Balkan Wars

The latest Osprey (MAA 466) covers the Armies of the Balkan Wars 1912-13.

This book does what it says on the cover. Just a short potted history of the campaign and then a description of the armies and their equipment. As usual with this series the strength is in the colour plates and the photos. Both are excellent.

Armies of the Balkan Wars 1912-13: The Priming Charge for the Great War
This is a big subject to cover in one book. There are a number of countries involved and the armies were large and diverse. But for those simply looking for a short introduction and a painting guide, this is the publication for you.

If you want a history of the campaigns, I would recommend Richard Hall The Balkan Wars and for the Ottomans, Defeat in Detail by Edward Erickson. For more detail on the armies consult Alexander Vachkov, The Balkan War 1912-13  that has more colour plates and detail on the equipment deployed.


  1. Hi Balkandave,

    I own all three and the Vachkov book is excellent although the text is, shall we say, interesting....;-)

    All the best,


  2. Indeed it is! There are no neutrals in the Balkans!
    Can't complain too much. When I first got interested in this conflict there wasn't much more than Trotsky to read in English.