Osprey Military Journal Volume 4 - 1 : 'Bungo and the Byng Boys' : The Canadians at Vimy Ridge 1917
The final preliminary to the invasion of the Japanese mainland was possession of the Ryukyu island group, midway between Formosa and Kyushu, the southernmost island of the Japanese homeland. The target of Operation 'Iceberg' was Okinawa, the largest island in the group. Gordon Rottman examines the US efforts to take their first step on Japanese soil and reveals how kamikaze planes were not the only method of suicide attack used by the Japanese in World War II as he tells the story of the suicide boat attacks around Okinawa in 1945. Professor Eric Niderost examines Japanese-Korean naval warfare during the late-16th century. In 'The Miracle at Myongnyang' he examines the battle of Myongsang and other major naval encounters from the Japanese invasion of Korea in the 16th century, principally from the Korean perspective. Ian McCulloch looks at one of the truly innovative First World War generals, Lord Julian 'Bungo' Byng of Vimy, and assesses how he trained and moulded the newly-formed Canadian Corps and led them to their decisive victory at Vimy Ridge in 1917. Throughout 1943 the German Army on the Eastern Front were in a strategically impossible position, under strength and hamstrung by Hitler's 'No Retreat' orders. In the first part of a two-part article, Dr Stephen Hart, a lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, looks at how they managed to maintain their position in this crucial theatre. David Bonk covers one of the lesser-known crusades was that of the Teutonic Knights against the Slavic peoples and the Prussians. This inevitably brought them into conflict with the catholic kingdom of Poland. These differences were settled decisively at the battle of Grunwald in 1410 (otherwise called Tannenberg).
The Osprey Military Journal now includes five regular columns in every issue:
- Landmark - Guernsey in WWII
- Battlefield Medecine
- Hoplite Food and Drink
- Okinawa 1945
- Turtle Ships of Admiral Yi
- Bungo and the Byng Boys
- German Defensive Resilience on the Eastern Front (1)
- The Battle of Grunwald 1410
In addition to these also featured in every issue are five articles highlighting all manner of events and theories from the broad spectrum of military history.
- Landmarks, covering the sites of war whether they be battlefields, castles, fortifications or museums;
- Battlefield Medicine, a chronological history of the medical services associated with warfare, starting this issue with the Ancient World;
- Food & Drink, showing what the ordinary soldier has had to live off throughout the ages, including recipes;
- Commander, a short piece illustrating the command skills and abilities of some of history's most famous and infamous leaders; and
- Art & Culture, articles looking at how the military world has influenced the worlds of both high and low culture, covering film, literature, art and any other media.
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