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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
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German Wars of Unification

1-197381 Barry, Quintin THE FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR 1870-1871 - Volume 1: The Campaign of Sedan, Helmuth von Moltke and the Overthrow of the Second Empire This first part of this new two-volume military history of the Franco-Prussian War presents a detailed account of the war between Germany and France. The author places Helmuth von Moltke and his strategic planning in the context of the European balance of power following the ending of the Austria Prussian War of 1866, then explores the initial mobilization and deployment of the armies in 1870.

All of the battles in the opening round of the war are described in detail, including Weissenburg, Worth, Spicheren, Borny-Colombey, Mars la Tour, Gravelotte, Beaumont, and Sedan. The book ends as the Second Empire of Napoleon III lies defeated, crushed by the German armies directed by von Moltke. The author has made full use of an extensive number of German and French language sources. His detailed text is accompanied by a number of black and white illustrations and battle maps. Orders of battle are also provided.

74 b/w illust, 18 maps, biblio, index 1 vol, 356 pgs 2011 UK, HELION
NEW-pb ......$60.00

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1-197382 Barry, Quintin THE FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR 1870-1871 - Volume 2: After Sedan Helmuth von Moltke and the Defeat of the Government of National Defense This second part of this comprehensive all-new two-volume military history of the Franco-Prussian War continues the narrative from the fall of the Second Empire until the ending of the war and the founding of a unified Germany.

The war against the Government of National Defense presented quite different problems to von Moltke and his staff. Although the Siege of Paris loomed large during the second phase of the war, the author fully explores events in other parts of France, including the siege of Strasbourg, the activities of the Francs Tireurs, the investment of Metz, and the battle against the French armies of the Loire, the North, and the East.

The author has made full use of an extensive number of German and French language sources. His detailed text is accompanied by a number of black and white illustrations and battle maps. Orders of battle are also provided.

97 b/w illust, 22 maps, biblio, index 1 vol, 356 pgs 2011 UK, HELION
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1-207810 Barry, Quintin THE SOMME 1870-71: The Winter Campaign in Picardy After the battle of Sedan on September 1, 1870 and the collapse of the Second Empire, followed by the investment of Paris, the Government of National Defense set about raising fresh armies. These had as their first objective the relief of the capital. The German troops covering the investment were stretched extremely thin until the fall of Metz at the end of October 1870. This released the forces around the city to move north and west to deal with the newly forming French armies.

The German Campaign in the northeast of France was conducted by the First Army led by General Edwin von Manteuffel. Opposing him was the French Army of the North. Initially commanded for a short time by General Charles Bourbaki, he was soon replaced by General Louis Faidherbe, who was sent far from Africa.

The Campaign was fought to a large extent over the area of the Somme battlefields of the First World War, and the names of the towns and villages are grimly familiar with the resonance of what was to come. In 1914-1918, the direction of the fighting was on an east - west axis; in 1870 - 1871, it was north-south, with the line of the Somme being crucial to the outcome of the Campaign. Includes 50 illustrations and eight color maps. 1 vol, 296 pgs 2015 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-dj, special, Only 2 copies available, First Come, First Served ......$70.00 with a discount of 25%

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1-44490 Delmas, Major E. translated by Stuart Penhall WAR BETWEEN DENMARK AND GERMANY, THE:1848-1850 8.5x11, classic account, b/w maps/illust o/b's. 1 vol, 72 pgs 2003 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
NEW-softcover ......$12.00 ommpu

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1-89671 Marrion, Bob UNIFORMS OF THE FRANCO PRUSSIAN WAR:V1 Exceptionally well illustrated, many unique period studio photos, (20) color plates, o/b's. 1 vol, 200 pgs 2008 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
NEW-dj ......$55.00

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1-195650 Powell, Bruce Bassett ARMIES OF BISMARCK'S WARS: Prussia 1860-1867 On July 3rd, 1866 a Prussian army overwhelmed and defeated an Austrian army near the fortress city of Koniggratz in a bloody battle that lasted all day -- turning Austria into a second-rate power in Germany and central Europe. Less than five years later, the Prussian-led army would defeat France and the Prussian King would be crowned Emperor of a united Germany.

Bruce Bassett-Powell's new book chronicles the growth of the Prussian Army from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the reforms of the 1860s and then provides a full account of the wars against Denmark in 1864 and Austria in 1866. He shows how the confluence of three men's lives; King William I, Helmuth von Molkte and Otto von Bismarck provided the essential ingredients that created this victorious army.

The growth and influence of the General Staff is examined along with the recruitment and training of officers and men. He fully describes the organization of the army and the fledgling navy as well as the weapons with which they fought. In particular he gives a detailed account of their dress and accoutrements accompanied by 24 full-page color illustrations depicting over 70 uniforms. 1 vol, 248 pgs 2012
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1-902924 Querengasser, A. SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN ARMY 1848-1850 In the revolutionary upheavals of 1848, the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein sought to unite with Denmark, bringing them into conflict with Germany. They created an army, the Schleswig-Holstein Collection, of 40,000 troops using military-technical innovations such as solid percussion rifles for the infantry, new types of ammunition for the guns, and the first German submarine for the small, but proud Schleswig-Holstein Navy.

Table of contents: The Danish State; Army organization; Battle of Bov, Armistice of Malmo, Army reorganization; War in 1849 (Eckernforde, War at sea, Second invasion, Siege of Fredericia, and Next ceasefire); War in 1850: Schleswig-Holstein Stands Alone (March on Flensburg, Battle of Idstedt, Attack on Missunde, Sea war, and Friedrichstadt). 1 vol, 72 pgs 2015 GERMANY, BERLIN ZINNFIGUREN
NEW-softcover, [German text] ......$32.00

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1-44520 Smith, Nigel 2ND SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN WAR, THE 8.5x11, guide to the campaigns, uniforms & o/b's. 1 vol, 62 pgs 2004 UK, PICKELHAUSE PRESS
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2-88470 Svendsen, Nick THE FIRST SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN WAR 1848-1850 The author describes the battles and battlefields,from the first major action at Bov in 1848 to the last at Isted 1850. 45 b/w illustrations, 19 maps, 2 color uniform plates, 7 tables, biblio, index. 1 vol, 156 pgs 2010 UK, HELION & COMPANY
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1-85670 Weaver, Ralph ARMIES OF THE 1ST SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN WAR 1845-1851 (16) color pages, description of the armies, their uniforms/equipment/organization. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2007 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-TPS17 Werbaneth, Jim TURNING POINT SIMULATIONS #17: The Sadowa Campaign Wargame One could make the case that Sadowa in 1866 is the single most significant battle in the entire book, with ripples that had enormous impact over the next century. If the Austrians, instead of the Prussians, had won at Sadowa, it is unlikely World War I would have happened as it did. Take away WWI, and is there a WWII?

Once the war began, history watched fast-moving Prussian formations defeat or outwit stumbling, hesitating Austrian forces. Our Sadowa campaign lets players explore the options open to both sides. Initiative is key and can allow one side the chance to make several partial moves in a row, thus capturing the sweeping moves each side made (or tried to). The Prussian player has further options, like bringing in his superior General HQ (and all the drama of the Prussian court), or choosing 'foraging' tactics which simplify his supply but cost him victory points (for the damage this does to his army).

Can you, as the Prussia player, start the path toward Germany being a world power? Or can you, as the Austrian player, strengthen your fragmented empire and avert the future catastrophe Germany's ambition will bring to Europe? 1 vol, 12 pgs 2017 US, AGAINST THE ODDS
NEW-box, available late February 2017 ......$35.00 with a discount of 10% rct

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