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Osprey Elite 220 – European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017

I’ve collected Osprey books for over 30 years. They remain some of my best historical reference material, in particular because of the excellent artist plates in each volume.

One of their latest releases is “Elite 220: European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017” which examines the evolution and growth of both Mil and LE organizations devoted specifically with the CT mission.


At only 64-pages, the volume doesn’t go into great detail but it does offer the highlights. Beginning with 1972’s tragedy at the Olympic Village in Munich, author Leigh Neville then examines how the threat has changed. Next, he discusses technical innovations such as the use of specialized vehicles and then he delves into the units themselves. By country, Neville basic order of battle and highlights specific operations. These are accompanied by photographs as well as some top notch work by illustrator Adam Hook.


The artist plates are very well researched. Take for instance the image above which showcases (l-r) British 22 SAS, French GIGN and London Metropolitan Police SCO19. The image is so up-to-date with 2017 that it has the GIGN member in Arc’teryx coveralls, a recent acquisition of that team’s kit bag.

Not only do I highly recommend the Osprey series, but in particular those works by Leigh Neville. His dedication to accuracy is admirable.

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2 Responses to “Osprey Elite 220 – European Counter-Terrorist Units 1972-2017”

  1. Mark says:

    The Osprey books are awesome!

    I used to devour these books, back when I was big into customizing 1:6 scale military figures.

    The historical reference information and illustrations are always superb.

  2. patrulje68 says:

    My wife knows that I make a bee line for the military section of any used book store to scan for Osprey titles. I have 50+ as it is.