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1-930309 STRATEGY & TACTICS # 309: War for Turkish Liberation The War of Turkish Liberation begins during the first half of 1920, when the victors of World War I (Greece, France, Italy, and Great Britain) tried to implement the partition of the Ottoman Empire that had been agreed to at the treaty of Sevres.

There are two players in this game: the Revolutionary player and the Imperialist player. The Revolutionary player controls the Bolshevik and Turkish Nationalist armies, and the Imperialist player controls the armies of Greece, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.

There are a total of 11 game turns (from Spring 1920 to Autumn 1922). At the end of game turn 11, the Imperialist player wins if he has accrued enough Victory Points for capturing key objectives throughout Turkey and adjacent countries. The Revolutionary player wins if he prevents his opponent from capturing key objectives.

Contents: One 22x34-inch map, 200 counters, and magazine with historical background. 1 vol, 84 pgs 2018 US, DECISION GAMES
NEW-softcover, available late January 2018 ......$40.00 with a discount of 10% rct

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1-COM1056 RED STAR WHITE EAGLE RUSSO-POLISH WAR 1920: Designer Edition Red Star White Eagle: The Russo-Polish War, 1920, Designer Signature Edition, marks the return of a true wargaming classic by David Williams, remastered and updated with this all-new, supersized edition. Celebrated by many as one of the finest and often sought-after game titles ever produced by Game Designers' Workshop (GDW, 1979) on a fascinating, almost forgotten conflict that would determine the course of European history for the next 20 years or more. Red Star White Eagle is yet another Classic Reborn! by Compass.

Red Star White Eagle is an operational level simulation that recreates the 1920 conflict over the border areas of Eastern Europe. Game play offers open maneuvering as both sides seek the opportunity to outflank and attack. Nearly any defensive line can be bypassed in the wide-open expanse of West Russia, forcing players to probe for vulnerabilities and seize the initiative. An exhaustive Order of Battle helps capture the key historically facets of the campaign including supply, cavalry charges, armored trains, loss of command, inter-front cooperation, rail nets, railroad reserve, flotillas and marines, border garrisons, numerous specialized units, and more.

This Designer Signature Edition provides a fully updated treatment to the GDW 1979 release that honors the original game design. All aspects of the game are being enhanced-rules, charts and tables, map, counters-based on years of player experience and feedback. It has been supersized to feature a larger playing surface (two maps) and larger 5/8-inch counters.

Play time can vary with three scenarios provided and the Campaign Game. While suitable for solitaire play and designed as a two-player game, the Campaign game is credited as allowing for up to three players (with two playing the Russian side). This edition serves as the ultimate treatment in paying homage and celebrating the original classic design by David Williams.

Product Information: Complexity: 6 out of 10; Solitaire Suitability: 8 out of 10; Time Scale: Weekly turns; Map Scale: 14 miles (23 kilometers) per hex; Unit Scale: regiment to division; Players: one to three, best with two; Playing Time: three to eight hours.

Components: Two maps (34x42-inch map size), Two Countersheets of 5/8-inch unit-counters, Three Player Aid Cards 8.5x 11-inch, Four Order of Battle Appearance Cards 8.5x11-inch, One Deployment Map 8.5x17-inch, Rulebook, Six-sided Die, and Box and Lid. 1 vol, 1 pgs 2018 US, COMPASS GAMES
NEW-box, available early June 2018 ......$79.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-66670 Albi, Julio EL 'ALCANTARA' 1921: La Caballeria en el desastre de Annual This latest installment of 'Warriors and Battles' offers a study of the so-called 'Annual Disaster' of 1921, which included a disgrace of abject surrender, the desperate heroism of defenses, cowardly flight, and heroic sacrifices. Al Alcantara focuses on the performance of Alcantara Cavalry Regiment No. 14, who sacrificed themselves as a unit to protect the lives of their brothers in arms. 1 vol, 124 pgs 2012 ITALY
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1-208660 Calhoun, Mark GENERAL LESLEY J. McNAIR: Unsung Architect of the US Army George C. Marshall once called him 'the brains of the army' but General Lesley J. McNair (1883-1944), a man so instrumental to America's military preparedness and Army modernization, remains little known today, his papers purportedly lost, destroyed by his wife in her grief at his death in Normandy.

Because McNair contributed so substantially to America's war preparedness, this complete account of his extensive and varied career also leads to a reevaluation of US Army effectiveness during WWII.

McNair graduated 11th of 124 in West Point's class of 1904 and rose slowly through the ranks like all officers in the early 20th century. He was 31 when World War I erupted, 34 and a junior officer when American troops prepared to join the fight. It was during this time, and in the interwar period that followed the end of World War I, that McNair's considerable influence on Army doctrine and training, equipment development, unit organization, and combined arms fighting methods developed.

By looking at the whole of McNair's career-not just his service in WWII as chief of staff, General Headquarters, 1940-1942, and then as commander, Army Ground Forces, 1942-1944-Calhoun reassesses the evolution and extent of that influence during the war, as well as McNair's, and the Army's, wartime performance.

This in-depth study tracks the significantly positive impact of McNair's efforts in several critical areas: advanced officer education; modernization, military innovation, and technological development; the field-testing of doctrine; streamlining and pooling of assets for necessary efficiency; arduous and realistic combat training; combined arms tactics; and an increasingly mechanized and mobile force. 1 vol, 432 pgs 2015 US, UNIVERSITY PRESS OF KANSAS
NEW-dj, available early June 2015 ......$40.00

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1-66663 Canales, Francisco LA LEGION 1921 - La Reconquista tras el desastre de Annual La reconquista tras el desastre de Annual

Lots of black and white and color illustrations -- uniforms, and more. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2012 ITALY
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1-86110 Dominguez, Jose FUERZAS REGULARES INDIGENAS 9x12, uniforms, equipment and militaria of the Native Irregulars that fought with the Spanish in Morocco 1911-1914, (4) color plates, many b/w and color photos/illust/maps, biblio, index 1 vol, 204 pgs 2012 ITALY
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1-197160 English, Adrian REVOLUTIONS, CIVIL WARS and COUPS D'ETAT: Internal Disturbances in Paraguay during the 20th Century Paraguay is almost certainly the least known country in the Western Hemisphere. Bisected by the river from which it derives its name, its western frontier is bounded by the Pilcomayo River and its southern and eastern extremities by the Upper Parana, together making it, paradoxically, a landlocked island.

The country fought in two of the three major wars between sovereign Latin American states which have occurred during the two centuries since they gained their independence, including the bloody war of the Triple Alliance (against Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil) and the Chaco War, in which it resoundingly trounced Bolivia.

It has also been ruled over by some bizarre tyrants and has suffered more than its fair share of internal disturbances, most of them during the 20th Century, including at least five bloody revolutions, many relatively bloodless coups d'etat, and two major Civil wars (1922-23 and 1947).

All of these had both land, naval and even amphibious elements (landlocked Paraguay has a Navy, a Marine Corps, and a Naval Air Arm!), the most recent also including aerial conflict, the first air-to-air combat in the Western Hemisphere taking place during the Civil War of 1922-23. It is with the military aspects of all of these that the present book is concerned. Although conducted on a necessarily miniature scale, these involved a microcosm of modern warfare, only chemical, biological and nuclear dimensions being mercifully absent. Anyone concerned with obscure conflicts should find the book fascinating. 1 vol, 168 pgs 2011 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
NEW-dj, available mid December 2011 ......$50.00

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1-201540 English, Adrian THE CHACO WAR: Bolivia v Paraguay 1932-35 The Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay is one of the 20th century's least known conflicts.

Occurring in isolation and involving none of the major powers or any of the contemporary political 'isms', it attracted little external attention, even whilst it was in progress and history quickly forgot it. It was however the first war to be fought in a jungle setting with the full range of contemporary military technology and embodied both elements of the First World War and pointed lessons for the Second.

Involving almost 400,000 men, of whom over 90,000 died, and costing something in excess of $500 million at contemporary values, it was much more than a mere skirmish. It showed a unique example of a conflict between two relatively small and poor countries, sustained for three years, with minimal external support.

Whilst the international press covered it sporadically, the conflict passed largely unnoticed outside the belligerents and their immediate neighbors being overshadowed by the Great Depression and the rise of Fascism, Nazism and Japanese militarism. Numerous b/w and color photos & maps throughout. 1 vol, 320 pgs 2013 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
NEW-dj, available late April 2013 ......$55.00

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1-51230 English, John A. and Gudmundsson, Bruce ON INFANTRY Analytical look at the role of infantry in thelarger battles of the 20th century, the authorsoffer many insights into the major forces of bothWWI/WWII, chpt. notes, tables/charts, index. 1 vol, 201 pgs 1994 WESTPORT, PRAGER PUBLISH
NEW-pb, revised edition ......$27.00

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1-68070 Evans, Humphrey THIMAYYA OF INDIA:A Soldier's Life Biography of the India Chief of Staff during theChinese Red Army invasion of 1950's, well writtenbut suffers from lack of biblio/index. 1 vol, 306 pgs 1960 NY, HARCOURT, BRACE & CO
GOOD-dj ......$18.00

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1-666131 Fernandez, Jose TAXDIRT 1909 Taxdirt 1909 - The heroic cavalry charge in the Melilla campaign.

Early in the afternoon of Monday, September 20, 1909, 65 Spanish riders threw themselves at about 1,500 Rifian troops. The surprise was absolute. More than a hundred of the bewildered Harquenos remained on the ground, and when the rest tried to regroup, the riders led by the Lieutenant-Colonel Cavalcanti charged again. After making a third and final charge and fulfilling his mission, the Cavalry retired.

The scene was the hilly region surrounding the Taxdirt on the peninsula of Tres Forcas about 15km west of Melilla. The news of what happened was received with admiration, first by the commanders of the army, and then by all the people. 1 vol, 118 pgs 2018 SPAIN, ALMENA
NEW-softcover, available late December 2018 [Spanish Text] ......$28.00 rct

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1-66671 Gomez, Antonio DE TETUAN A GUAD RAS: Guerra de Africa 1859-1860 This latest installment of 'Warriors and Battles' series, with color illustrations and maps. 1 vol, 128 pgs 2012 ITALY
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1-197600 Gooch, John MUSSOLINI AND HIS GENERALS: The Armed Forces and Fascist Foreign Policy, 1922-1940 In his masterful and highly detailed study of Italian diplomacy and military power under fascism, John Gooch examines year by year and in great detail the interaction between Il Duce's foreign policy goals - from 1922 to Italy's entry into the Second World War in 1940 - and the response of the army, navy, and air force as they sought to accommodate Mussolini's ever evolving ambitions. Mussolini and his Generals is at once a history of Italian foreign policy and its military strategy. It is the definitive work in English on this subject. 1 vol, 651 pgs 2007 UK, CAMBRIDGE PRESS
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1-51240 Gudmundsson, Bruce ON ARTILLERY Analytical look at the role of artillery from thefall of Sedan 1870 until Vietnam conflict, detailsof friendly-fire, the impotence of counter-batteryfire, chpt. notes, biblio, index. 1 vol, 176 pgs 1993 WESTPORT, PRAGER PUBLISH
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1-199980 Jones, Spencer FROM BOER WAR TO WORLD WAR: Tactical Reform of the British Army, 1902-1914 The British Expeditionary Force at the start of World War I was tiny by the standards of the other belligerent powers. Yet, when deployed to France in 1914, it prevailed against the German army because of its professionalism and tactical skill, strengths developed through hard lessons learned a dozen years earlier.

In October 1899, the British went to war against the South African Boer republics of Transvaal and Orange Free State, expecting little resistance. A string of early defeats in the Boer War shook the military's confidence, but crucially shaped the British Army's tactical development in the years that followed.

Before the British Army faced the Boer republics, an aura of complacency had settled over the military. The Victorian era had been marked by years of easy defeats of crudely armed foes. The Boer War, however, brought the British face to face with what would become modern warfare. The sweeping, open terrain and advent of smokeless powder meant soldiers were picked off before they knew where shots had been fired from. The infantry's standard close-order formations spelled disaster against the well-armed, entrenched Boers. Although the British Army ultimately adapted its strategy and overcame the Boers in 1902, the duration and cost of the war led to public outcry and introspection within the military.

Jones draws on previously underutilized sources as he explores the key tactical lessons derived from the war, such as maximizing firepower and using natural cover, and he shows how these new ideas were incorporated in training and used to effect a thorough overhaul of the British Army. The first book to address specific connections between the Boer War and the opening months of World War I, Jones's fresh interpretation adds to the historiography of both wars by emphasizing the continuity between them. 1 vol, 384 pgs 2012 US, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS
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1-203580 Jowett, Philip CHINA'S WARS: Rousing the Dragon 1894-1949 In the late 19th century, China was a ramshackle and isolated medieval empire upon whom the European colonial powers could impose their wishes at will. China's Wars describes the series of conflicts from 1894 to 1949 that forged modern China, from colonial clashes such as the Boxer Rebellion, through the chaotic years of warlord domination to the Japanese invasion, the Second World War and the bitter Civil War that followed. Previously unpublished photographs, contemporary pictures, and specially-commissioned maps illustrate these tumultuous events and the men who fought them, events that would end with the eventual triumph of the Communist Party and the rise of modern China. 1 vol, 400 pgs 2013 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-dj ......$40.00 with a discount of 15%

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1-221100 Jowett. Philip LIBERTY OR DEATH: Latin American Conflicts, 1900-70 From the Banana Wars of the early 20th century through to the Football War of 1969, South and Central America has been a hotbed of revolutions, rebellions and conflicts as diverse as they are numerous. Some were small-scale affairs involving the poorly armed forces of Central American armies with rifles, machetes and a few aged machine guns. Others were full-scale conflicts involving sophisticated armies equipped with tanks, artillery and aircraft, and hundreds of thousands of troops. These wars often went largely unreported in the West, which was preoccupied with its own problems in fighting two world wars and dealing with Cold War tensions.

Fully illustrated with a wealth of rare photographs, this fascinating story sheds light on seven decades of a continent in conflict that is rarely covered in English. 1 vol, 368 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-dj, available late August 2019 ......$40.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-220130 Kinloch, Terry GODLEY: The Man Behind the Myth A comprehensive biography of General Sir Alexander Godley, presenting for the first time a fair and balanced look at his time as commander of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF) and II ANZAC Corps during World War I. While Godley is generally remembered as being a poor field commander, Terry Kinloch argues that he was in fact a capable one who had little or no ability to influence the failed battles at Gallipoli and Passchendaele that he is often seen as responsible for.

Kinloch also presents, for the first time, a detailed account of Godley's long pre- and post-World War I career in the British Army. After the war Godley returned to the British Army, eventually reaching the rank of general before retiring in 1933. During his 48-year military career, he also served on operations in Rhodesia and South Africa, as a mounted infantry instructor, in the post-war British occupation force in Germany, and as the Governor of Gibraltar. 1 vol, 328 pgs 2019 NEW ZEALAND, EXISLE PUBLISHING
NEW-dj, available early May 2019 ......$35.00 with a discount of 10% rct

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1-73830 Leuchars, Chris TO THE BITTER END:Paraguay & the Triple Alliance. 1 vol, 1 pgs 2003 WESTPORT, GREENWOOD PUBS
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1-212630 MacDougall, Philip AIR WARS 1920-1939: The Development and Evolution of Fighter Tactics Spain (1936-9), China (1937 onwards), Mongolia (1939), Finland (1939-40), and France (1939-40) were a testing ground for a new approach to air tactics with western democracies and totalitarian states analyzing the resulting lessons. This covers how intelligence on aerial tactics was collected and why it was not always fully absorbed, resulting in many nations having to relearn the same lessons at the outset of WWII.

Finland, during the Winter War, while not involved in Spain or any other air war of the time, better applied the lessons being learned than the Soviet Union, which had been directly involved in air wars fought over China, Mongolia, and Spain.

In the case of Britain, not only were the lessons of Spain ignored, but also those of its own experimental fighter unit, the AFDE (Air Fighting Development Establishment), that had been formed in 1934 and was reinforcing the intelligence received from those real air war conflicts. 1 vol, 192 pgs 2016 UK, FRONTHILL MEDIA
NEW-pb, available mid October 2016 ......$35.00 with a discount of 15%

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1-208650 Macri, Franco David CLASH OF EMPIRES IN SOUTH CHINA: The Allied Nations' Proxy War with Japan, 1935-1941 Japan's invasion of China in 1937 saw most major campaigns north of the Yangtze River, where Chinese industry was concentrated. The southern theater proved a more difficult challenge for Japan because of its enormous size, diverse terrain, and poor infrastructure, but Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek made a formidable stand that produced a veritable quagmire for a superior opponent-a stalemate much desired by the Allied nations.

In the first book to cover this southern theater in detail, David Macri closely examines strategic decisions, campaigns, and operations and shows how they affected Allied grand strategy. Drawing on documents of US and British officials, he reveals how the Sino-Japanese War served as a 'proxy war' for the Allies. By keeping Japan's military resources focused on southern China, they hoped to keep the enemy bogged down in a war of attrition that would prevent them from breaching British and Soviet territory. 1 vol, 480 pgs 2015 US, UNIVERSITY PRESS OF KANSAS
NEW-softcover, available late June 2015 ......$35.00

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1-221680 Macro, Paul ACTION AT BADAMA POST: The Third Afghan War, 1919 The 3rd Afghan War in 1919 was the only time that the Afghans invaded British India during Britain's long history of conflict in Afghanistan and along the North-West Frontier. It was a campaign that cost the lives of well over 1,000 British and Indian troops. Includes more than 30 images and 5 maps.

This little-known action features a crashed aircraft from RAF's 20 Sqn and the subsequent rescue by the 22 Battery Motor Machine Gun Service. It was an all-arms action -- the lives of two airmen were saved at the cost of an Indian Militiaman and an unknown number of Afghan tribesmen.

This book looks at the background to the conflict, the Kurram Militia, the history of the squadron and the lives of the key players. Whilst this was not the only action the 22 Battery of the Motor Machine Gun Service fought during the 3rd Afghan War, this one was recorded in the account of A/Sjt Ernest 'Bill' Macro, who was in charge of the section of 22 Battery dispatched to Badama Post in late July 1919. 1 vol, 272 pgs 2016 US, CASEMATE PUBLISHING
NEW-dj, available mid September ......$33.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-WGAME46 Markham, Robert WARGAMER # 46: The Rise of the House of Sa'ud GAME: The Rise of the House of Sa'ud. Counters unpunched.

Magazine Features:
* The Rise of the House of Sa'ud - Background to the issue game
* The Royal Navy (QtrD) - Game review
* World War II ETO (TSR) - Game review
* Descent into Hell - Game review of Operation Market Garden (GDW)
* 1941 - A variant for Axis & Allies (MB)
* and more 1 vol, 60 pgs 1985 US, 3W
AS NEW-unpunched game ......$20.00 rct

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1-195470 Marsh, Don and Starkings, Peter Japanese Army Flying Schools 1912-1945 The book details the history of Imperial Japanese Army Flying Schools from 1912 to 1945, covering not only the formation of the schools, but also evolution of the training aircraft and the training of pilots, other aircrew, and ground crew maintenance personnel. Includes numerous photographs, many of which have not been seen before in any English language publication. In addition the wide variety of aircraft types used and the different markings they carried add much color interest to inspire modelers in a completely new field and are illustrated by some 400 color art profiles.
1 vol, 0 pgs 2011 ATGLEN, SCHIFFER BOOKS
NEW-softcover, available late May 2011 ......$80.00

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1-217050 Meixsel, Richard Bruce FRUSTRATED AMBITION: General Vicente Lim and the Philippine Military Experience, 1910-1944 Biography of Vicente Podico Lim (1888-1944) was once his country's best-known soldier. The first Filipino to graduate from West Point and a graduate of the US Army War College, Lim figured in every significant military development in the Philippines during his thirty years in uniform. Frustrated Ambition is the first in-depth biography of this forgotten figure, whose career paralleled the early 21th century history of the Philippine military. Includes 9 black and white illustrations and 5 maps.

As independence seemed increasingly likely for the Philippines in the 1930s, Lim positioned himself to take a leading role in developing armed forces for a sovereign nation. But as Lim maneuvered behind the scenes, Manuel L. Quezon, soon to be the commonwealth president, revealed that he had invited General Douglas MacArthur to serve as military adviser to the Philippines.

Frustrated Ambition corrects the conventional historical narrative of events thereafter-one that emphasizes the failure of the nascent Philippine military under MacArthur and inflates the general's heroic role in the defense of Bataan and Corregidor. Richard Bruce Meixsel restores Lim as the then-recognized leader of the opposition to MacArthur's mission, and shows how Lim took the Philippine Army in a more tenable direction as MacArthur's military system foundered.

World War II brought Lim to the fore. While MacArthur directed his troops from Corregidor, Lim commanded a division on Bataan that may have suffered more combat losses at the battle of Abucay than did all American units on Bataan during the entire campaign. When the U.S. high command turned its efforts to evacuating the Philippine Islands, Lim began to prepare for the ensuing underground struggle against the Japanese-a fight that cost him his life.

By recounting Vicente Lim's career, Frustrated Ambition illuminates forgotten episodes in Philippine history, offers new perspectives on military affairs during the American occupation, and recovers the story of Filipino soldiers whose service changed the course of their country's military history. 1 vol, 368 pgs 2018 US, UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS
NEW-dj, available late April 2018 ......$37.00 rct

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1-COM1097 Mortell, Ross COMBAT! Solitaire Wargame Solitaire game on man to man combat in the 20th century. At the start of each turn, the player will play 1 card from their hand to the Initiative track to determine the initiative values for each of the player's friendly teams and may have other effects depending on the card.

After this, the player assigns orders to each character on his side to determine the actions that the character can take this turn. Once the friendly characters have orders assigned to them, the player will draw an Enemy AI Card for each Alerted Enemy Character. These cards will determine the Initiative value for each Enemy Team and the Order that they will receive. The Order determines the actions that an Enemy Character will take that turn.

The game turn is then played through in 4 Impulses. From the lowest initiative value to the highest each Character (Friendly and Enemy) will perform the action specified on their Order counter. All Characters will act on Impulse 1 before moving to Impulse 2, then Impulse 3 and finally Impulse 4. At the end of the turn all Orders are removed and the played cards returned to the respective decks. Each soldier (friendly and enemy) is represented by a 1-inch counter with 5/8-inch informational markers showing morale, wounds, orders etc.

Components:
* Four 22x34-inch game maps
* Four 5/8-inch counter sheets
* Two 1 inch counter sheets
* Two decks of cards (52 cards per deck)
* One Rulebook
* One Scenario Book
* Four Displays/Charts
* One Turn Display
* Two Ten-Sided Dice
* One Six-Sided Die
* One Game Box

Product Information:
* Complexity: 6 out of 10
* Solitaire Suitability: 10 out of 10 - Designed specifically for solitaire play
* Time Scale: Abstracted dependent upon actions taken per round but between 30 seconds and 2 minutes
* Map Scale: 10 yards per hex
* Unit Scale: Single man - man-to-man combat
* Players: One - Designed specifically for solitaire play
* Playing Time: Two to six hours dependent upon size of scenario 1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 US, COMPASS GAMES
NEW-box, available mid October 2019 ......$139.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-221282 Mujzer, Peter THE ROYAL HUNGARIAN ARMY 1920-1945, Volume 2: Hungarian Mobile Forces Period Photos. Line drawings of tanks. Unit insignia, and more. 1 vol, 122 pgs 2000 US, AXIS EUROPA BOOKS
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1-980065 O'Shea, Brendan and McNally, Michael WAR FOR IRELAND, THE 1913-1925 The battle for Irish Independence was not one conflict, but a series of bloody struggles that stretched over a decade. Covers the Easter Rising,The Anglo-Irish War, The Irish Civil War. 1 vol, 248 pgs 2009 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-199220 Paine, S.C. THE WARS FOR ASIA, 1911-1949 Shows that the Western treatment of World War II, the Second Sino-Japanese War, and the Chinese Civil War as separate events misrepresents their overlapping connections and causes. The long Chinese Civil War precipitated a long regional war between China and Japan that went global in 1941 when the Chinese found themselves fighting a civil war within a regional war within an overarching global war.

The global war that consumed Western attentions resulted from Japan's peripheral strategy to cut foreign aid to China by attacking Pearl Harbor and Western interests throughout the Pacific on December 7-8, 1941. S. C. M. Paine emphasizes the fears and ambitions of Japan, China, and Russia, and the pivotal decisions that set them on a collision course in the 1920s and 1930s. The resulting wars - the Chinese Civil War (1911-1949), the Second Sino-Japanese War (1931-1945), and World War II (1939-1945) - together yielded a viscerally anti-Japanese and unified Communist China, the still-angry rising power of the early twenty-first century. While these events are history in the West, they live on in Japan and especially China. 1 vol, 464 pgs 2012 UK, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
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1-44950 Perrett, Bryan IRON FIST: Classic Armoured Warfare Case Studies Perrett vividly recreates the battlefield in the era of the tank and details the evolution of mechanized warfare. Includes b/w illust, biblio, and index. 1 vol, 240 pgs 1995 LONDON, ARMS & ARMOUR
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1-83340 Pignato, P. UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT OF THE ITALIAN ARMORED TROOPS 8.5x11, 100+ b/w and 200+ color photos/illust of the Italian Armored Troops WWI-WWII, their dress, equipment, unit history and more. 1 vol, 340 pgs 2012 ITALY
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2-56880 Raeder, Grand Admiral Erich GRAND ADMIARL/MY LIFE In this frank and modest autobiography covering WWI to WWII, Raeder was the most powerful player in the the German Navy, particularly insightful chapter on Operation Sea Lion, appendices, index. 1 vol, 464 pgs 2001 NY,
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1-221580 Rawson, Andrew POLAND'S STRUGGLE: Before, During and After the Second World War Poland was re-created as an independent nation at the end of WWI, but it soon faced problems as Nazi Germany set about expanding its control on Europe. The Wehrmacht's attack on 1 September 1939 was followed by a Red Army invasion two weeks later.

The people of Poland were then subjected to a terrifying campaign of murder, imprisonment and enslavement which only increased as the war dragged on. Polish Catholics faced violence and deportation as they adapted to the draconian laws implemented by the German authorities. Meanwhile, the Polish Jews were forced into ghettos while the plans for the Final Solution were implemented. They then faced annihilation in the Holocaust, code named Operation Reinhard.

Despite the dangers, many Poles joined the underground war against their oppressors, while those who escaped sought to fight for their nation's freedom from abroad. They sent intelligence to the west, attacked German installations, carried out assassinations and rose up to confront their enemy, all against impossible odds. The advance of the Red Army brought new problems, as the Soviet's dreaded NKVD introduced its own form of terror, hunting down anyone who fought for an independent nation. The story concludes with Poland's experience behind the Iron Curtain, ending with the return of democracy by 1991. 1 vol, 208 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-220570 Samuels, Martin PIERCING THE FOG OF WAR: The Theory and Practice of Command in the British and German Armies, 1918-1940 Since the late 1970s, anglophone and German military literature has been fascinated by the Wehrmacht's command system, especially the practice of Auftragstaktik. There have been many descriptions of the doctrine, and examinations of its historical origins, as well as unflattering comparisons with the approaches of the British and American armies prior to their adoption of Mission Command in the late 1980s. Almost none of these, however, have sought to understand the different approaches to command in the context of a fundamental characteristic of warfare - friction. This would be like trying to understand flight, without any reference to aerodynamics. Inherently flawed, yet this is the norm in the military literature. This book seeks to address that gap. 4 b/w maps, 4 b/w diags, 14 tables

Analyzes the nature of friction and the potential command responses to it, including the development of a typology of eight command approaches, each approach then being tested to identify its relative effectiveness and requirements for success. Examines the British and German armies' doctrines of command during the period to reveal similarities and differences in relation to their perspective on the nature of warfare and the most appropriate responses. For example, this looks at the German doctrine as practiced by Erwin Rommel, both as a young subaltern fighting the Italians in 1917, and then as a newly-appointed divisional commander against the French in 1940, is used to test the expression of in practice. Finally, this explores different command doctrines with case studies of two key armored battles: Amiens in August 1918 and Arras in May 1940. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-217140 Sapienza, Antonio THE CHACO AIR WAR 1932-35: The First Modern Air War in Latin America Over 200 ills, mostly b/w, with color maps & aircraft profiles.

The Chaco War was probably the first modern conflict in Latin America where military aviation was widely used in all roles. Bolivia, as the reader will find out, had a very powerful military air force, but unfortunately for them and luckily for Paraguay, its high army command did not take advantage of it. On the other hand, the Paraguayan Commander-in-Chief, General Jose Felix Estigarribia used military aviation to help him defeat the enemy on the ground, and the result was clear: the Bolivians were expelled from the Chaco after three years of war.

This book focuses on the Chaco Air War with the aircraft technical details and information on aerial operations. All dogfights and bombing missions mentioned are detailed including crews, aircraft, serials, places, and outcomes. The book also describes how both military air forces were organized, how pilots and aviation mechanics were trained, how and where aircraft were purchased and many other unpublished before details.

The maps included in the book will help the reader have an idea of where aerial operations took place, both combatants air bases, Bolivia's plan to conquer the whole region and how the Paraguayan Army finally expelled the enemy out of the Chaco. The text is supported by a large number of photographs, and specially commissioned color profile artworks from modelers. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-219250 Sapienza, Antonio Luis AERIAL OPERATIONS IN THE REVOLUTIONS OF 1922 AND 1947 IN PARAGUAY: The First Dogfights in South America In the first half of the 20th Century, there were several revolutions in Paraguay, starting in 1904, then 1908, 1911-12, 1922-23, 1936 and finally 1947. In 1922, a huge internal crisis in the Liberal Party led to a bloody revolution and for the first time in the history of the country, both sides decided to use aerial power against the enemy. There were not any airplanes available in Paraguay at that time, and very few pilots, just three, so both the government led by President Eusebio Ayala, and the revolutionaries led by a couple of Army colonels, Chirife and Mendoza, searched for foreign pilots and planes in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Many WWI veterans emigrated to Latin America in search of a better life, either opened flight schools or offered their services in local conflicts. That is how some of them came to Paraguay with their own aircraft, which were bought by either the government or the revolutionaries. The three Paraguayan pilots offered their services to the government, which soon established the first air base near the capital, in a wide open field called 'Nu-Guazu' (a Guarani name meaning 'Big Field').

Meanwhile, the rebels organized their own air base, first near the city of Villarrica, and later in Cango. The main types used by both sides were the Ansaldo SVA5 and SVA10, but the government also managed to purchase a Breguet XIV, an Armstrong Whitworth FK.8, a SPAD S.20 and a couple of SAML A.3. Inevitably the first dogfights took place, and also bombing raids, strafing enemy troops, and recce missions on both sides. Finally, in mid-1923, the revolutionaries were defeated and one of the consequences was the foundation of the Military Aviation School.

In contrast, the Revolution of 1947 lasted just a few months but it was as bloody as the previous one, if not more so. The government, supported by the Colorado Party, fought against the revolutionaries, composed of almost 70% of the Army, Navy and Air Arm, supported by the Liberal, Febrerista and Communist parties. Regarding the Air Arm, it split in two, but at the beginning most of the aircraft in flying conditions were used by the revolutionaries, whose main base was the city of Concepcion, in the north of the country.

Soon, the government air arm had some aircraft in flying condition although most of the Italian types purchased in 1939 were out of service. Only Lend-Lease trainers such as PT-19, BT-13, AT-6 types were used for recce and light bombing raids, using mortar ammunition. Some weeks later, the loyalists managed to repair some Caproni AP-1s to be flown against the rebels. There were a few dogfights but no aircraft were shot down in them, although some were lost due to AA fire. In the end, the government could defeat the revolutionaries, mainly because of the lack of tactical organization in the rebel forces. This is the first in-depth account of them with data, pictures, maps and profiles, some of them never published before.

Includes 84 b/w photos/illustrations, 18 color profiles, 3 color maps, 4 b/w maps, and 4 tables. 1 vol, 48 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-51770 Tarnstrom, Ronald L. WARS OF JAPAN, THE 8.5x11, covers the military campaigns from 1880'sto Post WWII. Chapters on the 1894 Sino-Japanesewar, Russo-Japanese war, WWI, Manchuria, 2nd Sino-Japanese war, WWII, o/b's, maps, illust/photos. 1 vol, 290 pgs 1992 KANSAS, TROGEN BOOKS
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2-51770 Tarnstrom, Ronald L. THE WARS OF JAPAN Oversized at 8.5x11 inches. Covers the military campaigns from 1880's to Post WWII. Chapters on the 1894 Sino-Japanese war, Russo-Japanese war, WWI, Manchuria, 2nd Sino-Japanese war, WWII, OOBs, maps, illustrations/photos. 1 vol, 290 pgs 1992 US, TROGEN BOOKS
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1-218050 Tincopa, Amaru AIR WAR OVER THE PUTUMAYO: Colombian and Peruvian Air Operations During the 1932-1933 Conflict During 1932, the occupation of the Colombian towns of Leticia and Tarapaca by Peruvian troops and civilians, in the Amazon region, led to a conflict that almost ended in a total war between both countries. Aviation played an important role on both sides, due to the complicated jungle environment, which makes any land movements almost impossible.

After some ground and air combats, a ceasefire was agreed and the conflict was resolved. But the war over the Putumayo area became the baptism of fire for the Peruvian and Colombian air forces, leading, in the second case, to the development of its military aviation, which was almost nonexistent in 1932. For Peru, the result of the conflict was also a rearming process, which proved important when in 1941 it entered into war with Ecuador.

Includes 220 rare and previously unpublished images and specially commissioned color profiles showing camouflage and markings. 1 vol, 0 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-COM1079 Van Beurden, Kris EUROPE IN TURMOIL: Prelude to The Great War Game This card-driven game is set at the beginning of the 20th Century in which two players each assume the role of a political ideology ascendant in Europe at that time.

One player plays the Liberal. At the start of the game he is especially dominant in the United Kingdom and the French Third Republic and represents not just Liberal but also Pacifist and Socialist principles. His opponent plays the Authoritarian, dominating the three great central-European Empires of Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary and representing their reactionary, repressive regimes.

The careful Balance of Power set at Vienna in 1815 and maintained by Bismarck is broken when Great Britain and Germany embark on the Naval Arms Race, the dramatic Dreadnought build-up. Belle 1 vol, 1 pgs 2018 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-194410 Viotti, A. UNIFORMI E DISTINTIVI DELL'ESERCITO ITALIANO FRA LE DUE GUERRE (1918-1935 ITALIAN ARMY UNIFORMS AND BADGES (1918-1935).

Oversized 8.5x12-inch two-volume set covers the development and changes to Italian Army uniforms and badges from 1918-1935 in great detail. Volume I (652 pages) is all text and tables (in Italian). Volume II (661 pages) is all images and contains a multitude of full-color uniform plates, black and white illustrations, and color and b/w photos of uniforms, decorations, insignia, badges, etc. Especially helpful are the photos that show front, back, and sides of a soldier in uniform, 70 pages worth of uniforms and clothing from private collections, 120 color plates, 100 color photos of soldiers in uniform, 60 plates in b/w, and more. All in large size so you can actually see the detail in the uniforms and badges. Impressive compilation. 2 vol, 1313 pgs 2012 ITALY
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1-54830 Weeks, John ASSAULT FROM THE SKY:A History of Airborne Warfare 8.5x11, covers Europe 1940, Crete, North Arfica &Sicily, the Pacific, NE Europe 1944/45 through toVietnam, many b/w and color photos/illust, index. 1 vol, 192 pgs 1978 LONDON, WESTBRIDGE BOOKS
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