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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
rct - recent arrival or pending publication, spc - OMM Special Price
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2-999230 230 THE US ARMY, 1890-1920 Osprey Men-At-Arms series, 8 color plates, text. 1 vol, 48 pgs 1981 LONDON, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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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 2011 SPAIN, ALMENA EDICIONES
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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 2010 SPAIN, ALMENA EDICIONES
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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 2006 SPAIN, ALMENA EDICIONES
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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
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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
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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
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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 2011 SPAIN, ALMENA EDICIONES
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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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1-59630 Harris, Meirion and Susie SOLDIERS OF THE SUN Detailed account of the rise and fall of theImperial Japanese Army from 1868 to 1945, coversall aspects, maps/photos/illust, sources, index. 1 vol, 569 pgs 1991 NY, RANDOM HOUSE
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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
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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% rct

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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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1-195470 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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1-980065 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
NEW-dj, available mid to late August 2012 ......$38.00

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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 2006 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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1-207000 Stephensen, Charles A BOX OF SAND: The Italo-Ottoman War 1911-1912 Offers an analysis of a conflict that, in so many ways, raised the curtain on the Great War. In September 1911, Italy declared war on the once mighty, transcontinental Ottoman Empire - but it was an Empire in decline. The ambitious Italy decided to add to her growing African empire by attacking Ottoman-ruled Tripolitania (Libya). The Italian action began the rapid fall of the Ottoman Empire, which would end with its disintegration at the end of the First World War. The day after Ottoman Turkey made peace with Italy in October 1912, the Balkan League attacked in the First Balkan War.

The Italo-Ottoman War, as a prelude to the unprecedented hostilities that would follow, has so many firsts and pointers to the awful future: the first three-dimensional war with aerial reconnaissance and bombing, and the first use of armored vehicles, operating in concert with conventional ground and naval forces; war fever whipped up by the Italian press; military incompetence and stalemate; lessons in how not to fight a guerrilla war; mass death from disease and 10,000 more from reprisals and executions. Thirty thousand men would die in a struggle for what may described as little more than a scatolone di sabbia - a box of sand.

The Italo-Ottoman War was a conflict overshadowed by the Great War - but one which in many ways presaged the horrors to come. A Box of Sand will be of great interest to students of military history and those with an interest in the history of North Africa and the development of technology in war.
1 vol, 352 pgs 2014 UK, TATTERED FLAG
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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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1-BALLAN Various BALANTINE WWI and WWII, HISTORY OF A VIOLENT CENT. Ballantine's Illustrated History of the ViolentCentury, Campaigns, Weapons, Leaders of WWI/WWII. 1 vol, 96 pgs 19?? US, BALANTINE BOOKS
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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 2010 ITALY, STATO MAGGIORE DELL'ESERCITO
NEW-dj, [Italian text] ......$175.00

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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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1-190291 Willmott, H.P LAST CENTURY OF SEAPOWER Vol. 1:Port Arthur to Chanak The transition to modern war at sea began during the period of the Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) & the Spanish-American War (1898) and the advent of the Dreadnought. Superb analysis, maps, biblio. 1 vol, 568 pgs 2009 BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA UNIV
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