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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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1-ST174 S&T # 174: Indo-Pakistani Wars Magazine and game covering wars between India and Pakistan. 1 vol, 54 pgs 1996 CA, DECISION GAMES
AS NEW-softcover, unpunched - available (1) copy ......$15.00 rct

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1-216550 Archard, Louis HUNGARIAN UPRISING: Budapest's Cataclysmic Twelve Days, 1956 Soviet troops had occupied Hungary in 1945 as they pushed towards Germany and by 1949 the country was ruled by a communist government that towed the Soviet line. Resentment at the system eventually boiled over at the end of October 1956. Protests erupted on the streets of Budapest and, as the violence spread, the government fell and was replaced by a new, more moderate regime. However, the intention of the new government to withdraw from the Warsaw Pact and declare neutrality in the Cold War proved just too much for Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

Soviet forces had intervened at the beginning of events to help the former regime keep order but were withdrawn at the end of October, only to return in November and quell the uprising with brute force. Thousands were arrested, many of whom were imprisoned and more than 300 executed. An estimated 200,000 fled Hungary as refugees. Despite advocating a policy of rolling back Soviet influence, the US and other western powers were helpless to stop the suppression of the uprising, which marked a realization that the Cold War in Europe had reached a stalemate. 1 vol, 128 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-softcover, available late March 2018 ......$23.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-969005 Brookes, Andrew 005 TSR2: Britain's Lost Cold War Strike Jet The TSR2 is one of the greatest 'what-if' aircraft of the Cold War, whose cancellation still generates anger and controversy among aviation fans. It was a magnificent, cutting-edge aircraft, one of the most striking of the Cold War, but fell victim to cost overruns, overambitious requirements, and politics. Its scrapping marked the point when Britain's aerospace industry could no longer build world-class aircraft independently. After the demise of TSR2 the RAF's future jets would be modified US aircraft like the Phantom and pan-European collaborations like Tornado and Typhoon.

In this book the eminent air power analyst and ex-Vulcan bomber pilot Andrew Brookes takes a fresh, hard-headed look at the TSR2 project, telling the story of its development, short career and cancellation, and evaluating how it would have performed in Cold War strike roles as well as in the recent wars in the Middle East. 1 vol, 88 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-dj, available mid October 2017 ......$20.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-969001 Daies, Peter 001 BELL X-1 (X-Planes) In 1947, no one knew if it was possible to break the sound barrier. The Bell X-1 was the tiny, rocket-powered craft that finally broke it. It was the result of innovative designers and engineers turning their attention from the pioneering jets of World War II to a new task -- an aircraft designed purely to fly faster than sound. Legendary pilots rallied to the cause, with World War II ace Chuck Yeager piloting the X-1 when it finally achieved supersonic flight in 1947, the first manned craft to reach such speeds.

With historical photographs and meticulously researched digital art, it traces the whole career of the Bell X-1, from its early development through to the influence it had on military and civilian jets in the second half of the 20th century. 1 vol, 0 pgs 2016 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-pb ......$20.00 with a discount of 15%

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1-969006 Daies, Peter 006 BELL X-2: X Planes Even before the spectacular success of its X-1 rocket-powered aircraft in breaking the 'sound barrier', the adventurous Bell Aircraft Corporation was already pushing ahead with a parallel project to build a second aircraft capable of far higher speeds. The X-2 (or Model 52) explored the equally uncertain technology of swept-back wings. Now common in modern conventional fighter aircraft, the Bell X-2 was revolutionary in using this type of airframe to probe Mach 3 and research the effects of extreme aerodynamic friction heat on airframes.

Although both X-2s were destroyed in crashes after only 20 flights, killing two test pilots, the knowledge gained from the program was invaluable in developing aircraft that could safely fly at such speeds. Using stunning artwork and historical photographs, this is the story of the plane that ultimately made the Lockheed Blackbird and Concorde possible. 1 vol, 88 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-softcover, available mid November 2017 ......$20.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-969007 Daies, Peter 007 NORTH AMERICAN XB-70 VALKYRIE Of the many futuristic military aircraft concepts created in the 1950s the North American XB-70 still stands out as the most awe-inspiring. With its huge, white partially-folding delta wing, its fuselage resembling a striking cobra and its extraordinary performance, it was one of the foremost technological achievements of the 20th Century.

A strategic bomber built to outrun any Soviet fighter jet, it could reach Mach 3 with a full nuclear payload - as fast as the legendary SR-71 Blackbird but more than three times the size. However, its role as a nuclear bomber was limited after the introduction of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, and defense cuts eventually led to the project being scrapped in the mid-1960s.

The Valkyrie had a brief, costly decade of life but it proved the continuing value of developing manned bombers. However, almost half a century after the XB-70 its predecessor, the B-52, continues in service. Using full color artwork and rigorous analysis, this is the complete story of the ultimate US Cold War military X-plane. 1 vol, 88 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-softcover, available late March 2018 ......$20.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-216820 Jowett, Phillip CHIANG KAI-SHEK VERSUS MAO TSE-TUNG: The Battle for China 1946-1949 - Images of War Series This volume in the Images of War series is the first photographic history of the Chinese Civil War, fought between Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists and the Communists of Mao Tse-tung, which decided the future of modern China. Includes a selection of over 200 archive photographs, many of which have not been published before, depict the battle for power that took place across the breadth of the country. The armies, air forces and navies of the opposing sides are shown in a sequence of graphic images, as is the ordeal of the long-suffering Chinese civilians who were caught up in a conflict that cost millions of lives. 1 vol, 192 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-softcover, available late April 2018 ......$23.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-213180 Robinson, M P and Robert Griffin THE ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS IN THE COLD WAR 1946 - 1990: Images of War This focuses on the deployment of the British Army's armored regiments from the end of the World War II, through the creation of the British Army of the Rhine, NATO commitments, and other peripheral missions. The characteristics and variants of the Centurion, the powerful but short lived Conqueror, the Chieftain, and Challenger are covered in expert text and by numerous images. 1 vol, 208 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-pb, available late January 2017 ......$30.00 with a discount of 15% rct

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1-205650 Tanner, Harold M. THE BATTLE FOR MANCHURIA AND THE FATE OF CHINA: Siping, 1946 In the spring of 1946, Communists and Nationalist Chinese were battled for control of Manchuria and supremacy in the civil war. The Nationalist attack on Siping ended with a Communist withdrawal, but further pursuit was halted by a cease-fire brokered by the American general, George Marshall. Within three years, Mao Zedong's troops had captured Manchuria and would soon drive Chiang Kai-shek's forces off the mainland.

Did Marshall, as Chiang later claimed, save the Communists and determine China's fate? Putting the battle into the context of the military and political struggles fought, Harold M. Tanner casts light on all sides of this historic confrontation and shows how the outcome has been, and continues to be, interpreted to suit the needs of competing visions of China's past and future. Includes 10 b&w illustrations and five maps. 1 vol, 288 pgs 2014 US, INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS
NEW-dj, available early July 2014 ......$35.00

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1-201140 Van Der Bijl, Nicholas THE BRUNEI REVOLT 1962-1963 In December 1962, nationalists in Brunei, the hugely wealthy small kingdom on the North Coast of Borneo, formed the Army of North Kalimantan (TNKU) and, demanding greater democracy, engineered a rebellion against the Sultan and seized a large number of hostages. Perceived to be an attempt by communists to destabilize the Sultanate and seize power, within twelve hours of its outbreak, British forces were dispatched by ship and aircraft from Singapore to restore order, the first unit to arrive being 1/2nd Gurkhas, who entered the capital.

Within the week, the 1 Queens Own Highlanders had recaptured the strategically important oil fields and occupied Seria, 42 Commando, Royal Marines attacked Limbang and 1 Green Jackets landed in west Brunei. The next six months were spent rounding up TNKU and, since there were major concerns that Indonesia could be behind the Revolt, the charismatic Major General Walter Walker, then commanding 17th Gurkha Division, was sent to Brunei to command operations. By mid-May 1963, the surviving TNKU had been captured. While rapidly suppressed, the Revolt was the catalyst for the three year confrontation with Indonesia 1963-66. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2012 UK, PEN AND SWORD
NEW-dj, available mid March 2013 ......$40.00 with a discount of 15%

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