Vote for Ospreys?

By Rob Morgan

Many solo gamers will almost certainly know of the Osprey “Book Vote,” and readers have been asked to choose which of the following titles they would like to see published in the series:

Armies of the First Carlist War 1833-40

French Naval and Colonial Troops 1816-1871

French Naval and Colonial Troops 1871-1914

Italian Colonial Troops 1883-1943

Interestingly, the two French titles are polling very low, at 10.5% and 13.5 percent, while the Carlists (a most obvious choice, to my mind) are a 27%+. It looks like the Italians with 30.76% are likely to win the poll and, of course, as we all know there are numerous wargames figures — the excellent Raventhorpe among them, and Irregular Miniatures too — of Italian Colonial troops around – which must be an influence.

Taken from Harold Hart's freely copyable "Weapons & Arms" (1979)

Taken from Harold Hart’s freely copyable “Weapons & Arms” (1979)

Sadly, if the two French titles don’t win, I’m going to find it difficult to identify some of the illustrations (above) of their troops that I found years ago. Arguably, the most colourful colonial forces ever – a pity, but then I did vote for the Italians anyway.

(Photos below)

Wearing their distinctive red fez and white long tunic, Askaris in Italian service with an Eritrean battalion advance in World War I.

Wearing their distinctive red fez and white long tunic, Askaris in Italian service with an Eritrean battalion advance in World War I.

 

A skirmish line of Italian colonial Agordat Camel Corps troopers c1936.

A skirmish line of Italian colonial Agordat Camel Corps troopers c1936.

Both units above served in WWI in North Africa against the Sennusi and in the war against Abyssinia in 1936, and against the British in 1940-41. The models are 20/25mm from Raventhorpe Miniatures in the UK.

A very good plate of these colonials can be found in Osprey’s “Lawrence and the Arab Revolt.”

 

 

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