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Osprey New Vanguard 282, Combat Vehicles of Russia’s Special Forces

ISBN Number:
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Osprey Publishing
Retail Price:
$19.00 USD
Reviewed By:
Chuck Aleshire

Osprey New Vanguard 282

Combat Vehicles of Russia's Special Forces


Since 1969, Osprey has published a staggering number ( 3000+ ! ) of military history titles, grouped by subject matter such as ; Campaigns, Weapons, Uniforms, Men at Arms, and many others. They also have published an extensive line of titles aimed squarely at modelers. These tiles generally all share some "family" resemblance such as general size, format, and price range.

This New Vanguard volume provides the reader a look at the variety of vehicles used by Russia's most elite troops, in units that aren't very well known in the West. These vehicles span a wide range of types, based on unit mission. Everything from modified dune buggies to light armor is used by these elite forces.

Vital Statistics

Format - softcover, portrait format 

Page Count - 48 pages

Size - 10.0" x 7.25"

Photos - full color images

Tables / Drawings / Diagrams - one data table, some color artist renderings of the various vehicles 

 All text and photograph captions are in English.

 What's in the Book?


Above - the book's table of contents outlines clearly the elite units whose vehicles are covered in this volume. Not surprisingly, the book leads off with vehicles used by the famed Spetsnaz, the tip of the Russian spear.


Each of the various vehicles used by these Russian elite forces is described in a few paragraphs, with some examples given of it's use in such places and conflicts ranging from Chechnya to current day Syria. The coverage of the vehicles is accompanied by photographs, most of them fairly small in size.

Some of the photos are taken from a bit of distance away, making detail somewhat difficult to make out. The majority of the photographs in this volume are bright and clear.


Above - The text is also accompanied by several pages of color artist's renderings of various vehicles, some idea of camouflage schemes can be seen, as well as vehicle markings for some of them. 


The text and photograph captioning is well done throughout the book, giving a good amount of interesting information while still remaining very "readable".


This is an interesting little book. This volume isn't a real in-depth examination of all of the vehicles covered, but provides a useful overview on the wide range of vehicles used by Russia's Special Forces, and what their uses are ( or have been ). 

The photos are just a bit on the smaller size for my taste, but most are large enough for decent examination. As a part of the long running Osprey New Vanguard series of books, this volume is consistent in size and format with the rest of the series. The text and photo captioning is well done, being informative and clearly written. If you're interested in the vehicles used by modern day Russian elite troops, and would prefer an overview style look at them, this is a solid, modestly priced book for your bookshelf.


Thanks to Osprey Publications for the review copy

Reviewed by Chuck Aleshire, AMPS Chicagoland 

AMPS 2nd Vice President, Midwest Region 


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