Reference, Osprey Elite 146, The Yugoslav Wars (2) Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia 1992-2001
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Elite 146, The Yugoslav Wars (2) Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia 1992-2001. By Dr. Nigel Thomas & Krunoslav Mikulan, with illustrations by Darko Pavlovic. Soft cover, 7.25 x 9.75-inches, 64 pages. Contains 41 B&W photos, eight pages of color art, one map, eight rank charts, seven tables and diagrams, glossary and index. ISBN 1-84176-964-9. Price: $17.95 USD.
This is the second part of a mini-series describing the various “armies” that were raised during the internecine fighting, which recently ravaged the former nation of Yugoslavia. In fact, these struggles are the results of hundreds of years of power politics reinforced by religious division, often fanned by the imperial aspirations of various local and regional powers. Throw in the concept of clan loyalty and the vendetta, and it is not surprising that this area has seen so little tranquility, other than what has been forced upon it from above or without.
The authors have a large task to perform in sorting out the various factions, which result in a confusing alphabet soup of armed groups designated by their initials. So, to start with, they provide a handy half-page glossary devoted to Military and National acronyms. The interested reader will find himself referring to it with some frequency, to be sure. The text also gives brief sketches of the various major actions, together with descriptions of force structure; this is complimented by a number of tables which list units and their affiliations. As this is the end of the series, the text winds up with a small section giving an overview of this confusing conflict.
As usual, the main attraction in this (and any) Osprey title is the selection of photographs. These are well and informatively captioned and show a great variety of uniforms, weapons and equipment, with a few images of tanks and other AFVs thrown in for balance. Vehicle modelers should note that these are very few in number; this book will be far more useful to figure painters. In that regard, the color plates are very well-done. They are rendered in a lively, clear and very technically accurate style and since many of these troops were little more than heavily-armed thugs, the variety in their appearance is sure to result in the creation of some unusual miniature figures. To compliment the illustrations further, there are a number of charts showing rank insignia as worn by the various factions.
So, if modeling a T-34/85, M18, M36 or T-55, and it is desired to accompany the AFV with a figure or two, this is certainly the place to look. In addition, careful reading will also enable the modeler to give proper placement to such a vehicle, figure or vignette. That’s something to which many careful modelers often give consideration.
Frank V. “Curley Stooge” De Sisto
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