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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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1-219110 Barber, Steve PAINTING MINIATURES FOR THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR All of the main styles that are used for painting war games miniatures are covered in great detail. For anyone wanting to start painting for the first time, these pages contain a wealth of information that will help you get started. Each chapter is full of detailed step-by-step tutorials on how to paint miniatures for the American Civil War wargames.

The book covers: Miniature preparation; Layer painting; Painting with washes; Basing; Horses and artillery; and Buildings and scenery.1 vol, 144 pgs 2019 UK, HAYNES PUBLISHING UK
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1-219120 Farnsworth, Michael MODELLING AND PAINTING WORLD WAR II GERMAN MILITARY FIGURES The step-by-step building and painting guides cover preparation and assembly of white metal and plastic figures in detail. The tutorials include techniques for building a wargames army quickly. illustrate figures in scales from 1/150 to 1/32, which equates to wargame figures sizes from 10mm to 54mm. There are painting recipes featured for 25 uniforms covering the main branches of the Wehrmacht. These are Afrika Korps; Fallschirmjager; Feldgendarmerie; Gebirgsjager; Heer; Panzer; Waffen SS, and U-boat crew. 1 vol, 176 pgs 2019 UK, CROWOOD PRESS
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1-219170 Loades, Mike WAR BOWS: Longbow, Crossbow, Composite Bow and Japanese Yumi War bows dominated battlefields across the world for centuries. In their various forms, they allowed trained archers to take down even well-armored targets from great distances, and played a key role in some of the most famous battles in human history. The composite bow was a versatile and devastatingly effective weapon, on foot, from chariots and on horseback for over a thousand years, used by cultures as diverse as the Hittites, the Romans, the Mongols and the Ottoman Turks. The Middle Ages saw a clash between the iconic longbow and the more technologically sophisticated crossbow, most famously during the Hundred Years War, while in Japan, the samurai used the yumi to deadly effect, unleashing bursts of arrows from their galloping steeds.

Reveals the full history of these four iconic weapons complete with modern ballistics testing, action recreations of what it is like to fire each bow, and a critical analysis of the technology and tactics associated with each bow.1 vol, 312 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-968009 Lardas, Mark 009 JAPAN 1944-45: LeMay's B-29 Strategic Bombing Campaign The air campaign that incinerated Japan's cities was the first and only time that independent air power has won a war.

As the United States pushed Imperial Japan back towards Tokyo Bay, the US Army Air Force deployed the first of a new bomber to the theater. The B-29 Superfortress was complex, troubled, and hugely advanced. But at the time, no strategic bombing campaign had ever brought about a nation's surrender.

This analysis explains why the B-29s struggled at first, and how General LeMay devised radical and devastating tactics that began to systematically incinerate Japanese cities and industries and eliminate its maritime trade with aerial mining. It explains how and why this campaign was so uniquely successful, and how gaps in Japan's defenses contributed to the B-29s' success.1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995267 Dunstan, Simon 267 FRENCH ARMOUR IN VIETNAM 1945-54 French experience with armor in Indo-China dated back to 1919, when it sent FT-17s to the colony, followed by a variety of armored cars.

After World War II, French troops were equipped with a motley collection of American and cast-off British equipment until the outbreak of war in Korea saw an increase in military aid. This included large numbers of the M24 Chaffee light tank, along with amphibious vehicles such as the M29C Weasel and LVT4 Buffalo, to conduct operations in coastal and inland areas that the Viet Minh had previously thought immune to attack. France's armor was a key part of the battle against the Viet Minh right up until the last stand at Dien Bien Phu. 1 vol, 48 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996332 Galeotti, Mark 332 KULIKOVO 1380: The Battle That Made Russia The 14th-century Mongol conquest of the Rus' -- the principalities of Russia -- was devastating and decisive. Cities were lain waste, new dynasties rose, and for a hundred years the Russians were under unquestioned foreign rule. However, the Mongols were conquerors rather than administrators and they chose to rule through subject princes. This allowed the Rurikid dynastic princes of Moscow to rise with unprecedented speed.

With the famed 'Mongol Yoke' loosening, Grand Prince Dmitri of Moscow saw in this an unparalleled opportunity to rebel. On 7 September 1380, his 60,000 troops crossed the Don to take the battle to Mamai's 125,000, which included Armenian and Cherkessk auxiliaries and Genoese mercenaries. Using specially commissioned artwork, this is the engrossing story of the victory that heralded the birth of Russian statehood.1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-999523 Esposito, Gabriele 523 ARMIES OF THE MEDIEVAL ITALIAN WARS 1125-1325 The great powers of medieval Europe fought continuously in the Italian peninsula between the 12th and 14th centuries as they sought to expand their territory. Invading armies from Germany - the Holy Roman Empire - saw the creation of the defensive Lombard League of northern Italian city-states. These struggles resulted in conflicts between rival confederacies, which in turn proved to be the catalysts for developments in organization and tactics. Italian urban militias became better organized and equipped, the Imperial armies went from being mostly German to multinational forces, and both sides became reliant on mercenary forces to prosecute their wars.

After the 1260s, France, relying mainly on armored cavalry, and Spain, with their innovative light infantry, vied for control of southern Italy. On the seas, the great naval powers of Genoa, Pisa, and Venice became fierce rivals, as they created great trading empires, bringing the treasures of the east into feudal Europe. Using detailed color plates, this book describes the myriad of armies and navies that fought for control of Italy in the Middle Ages.1 vol, 48 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-219160 Konstam, Angus THE PIRATE WORLD: A History of the Most Notorious Sea Robbers Explores the pirate world and includes color images and specially commissioned maps throughout. Often romanticized in print and on the silver screen, real-life pirates were a brutal menace that plagued the high seas. In this book, Angus Konstam separates myth from reality, tracing the history of piracy through the centuries, from the pirates who plagued the Ancient Egyptians to the Viking raids and on to the era of privateers. He discusses the so-called 'Golden Age of Piracy' and colorful characters such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, before examining the West's initial encounters with Eastern pirates off the Chinese coast and the phenomenon of the modern pirate.1 vol, 336 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-964020 Various ANCIENT HISTORY MAGAZINE # 20: The Achaemenid Empire Theme: A Multitude of People: The Achaemenid Empire
* Introduction to an Empire - Welcome to Achaemenid Persia
* Cyrus the Great's Policy of Religious Tolerance and Benign Rule - Enlightenment or Calculation
* Achaemenid Queens: Between Fact and Fiction - Loving Mothers, Viragos, Poisoners?
* The Achaemenid Commonwealth Project - Holding the Empire Together
* Why Did Alexander Burn Persepolis - Sacker of Cities
* Glamping' in the Achaemenid Empire - The Tent of the Great King

Other Features:
* Clay Tablet Recipes - Mesopotamian Lamb Stew
* An Egyptian Goddess Among Olympians - The Cult of Isis in Ancient Greece
* Cultivating the Royal Persona - Arsinoe II as the People's Queen
* The Boy Made God Revived - Ave, Vive, Antinoe!
* Ancient History Book Reviews - Mythos1 vol, 68 pgs 2018 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-219130 Doyle, David CHEVROLET G-506 In spite of a production run of over 150,000, there is little written history about the development of the Chevy G-506 1 1/2-ton 4x4 truck of WWII. Covers the Chevrolet 1 1/2 ton 4x4 truck, aka G-506. Over 600 photos, including many never before seen pictures from the GM archives. Most of the photographs are either full page (8x10) or half page with captions. Covers all variants, contracts, production information and more. Includes a 20+ page chart with production details including variants by year, registration numbers and contract and more.1 vol, 464 pgs 2019 US, PORTRAYAL PRESS
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1-219052 Claringbold, Michael SOUTH PACIFIC AIR WAR: Volume 2 - The Struggle for Moresby March - April 1942 This second volume chronicles aerial warfare in the South Pacific for the two crucial months of March and April 1942 when a deadly struggle for Port Moresby played out. It can be read alone or as part of a trilogy that culminates in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942.

The period begins with the stunning 10 March US Navy carrier strike against Lae and Salamaua, which caused the Japanese to pause their advance until their own carriers were available. Instead, they tried to grind the Allied forces at Port Moresby into submission through an unrelenting air assault by their Betty bombers and superlative Zero fighters. After a long wait, Allied land-based fighters finally arrived in the form of Royal Australian Air Force No. 75 Squadron Kittyhawks. These were backed up by a growing collection of United States Army Air Force bombers, including A-24 Banshees, B-17 Flying Fortresses, B-25 Mitchells and B-26 Marauders (the latter two types making their worldwide combat debut over the skies of New Guinea).

Together, this motley force took the fight to the Japanese, resulting in a complex aerial campaign that saw units from both sides reach exhaustion. Never before has such a detailed chronicle of this air war been published, and for the first time the authors match Allied accounts with Japanese records. The result is both thrilling and surprising, with the resulting dispositions of the air forces of both sides setting the scene for the Battle of the Coral Sea in May.1 vol, 232 pgs 2019 AUSTRALIA, AVONMORE BOOKS
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2-216060 Cox, Jeffrey MORNING STAR, MIDNIGHT SUN: The Early Guadalcanal-Solomons Campaign of World War II August-October 1942 Paperback version of this quite readable account with all the nuances of command interlaced with operational maneuvers and tactical anecdotes.

Following the disastrous Java Sea campaign, the Allies went on the offensive in the Pacific in a desperate attempt to halt the Japanese forces that were rampaging across the region. With the conquest of Australia a very real possibility, the stakes were high. Their target: the Japanese-held Soloman Islands, in particular the southern island of Guadalcanal.

Hamstrung by arcane pre-war thinking and a bureaucratic mindset, the US Navy had to adapt on the fly in order to compete with the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy, whose ingenuity and creativity thus far had fostered the creation of its Pacific empire. Starting with the amphibious assault on Savo Island, the campaign turned into an attritional struggle where the evenly matched foes sought to grind out a victory.1 vol, 448 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-219180 Flores, Santiago A. MEXICANS AT WAR: Mexican Military Aviation in the Second World War 1941-1945 Mexico, like Brazil, took an active part in that conflict.

This volume covers Mexican participation in WWII using photos, documents, and testimony from official and personal archives. Mexican nationals or those of Mexican descent were already volunteering for the Allied air forces of the British Commonwealth and the Free French naval and air forces. Includes 270 b/w illustrations and photos, 16 color profiles, three color maps, and 15 color photos and illustrations.

While the Mexican Republic first had to defend both its coasts and its shipping from enemy submarines, using its obsolete general purpose biplanes, following the sinking of Mexican ships by German U-boats the first North American Texan armed trainers entered service in the Gulf of Mexico, earning the title of the 'Mexican Dive Bomber'. Due to the necessities of the war, the service had to reorganize its aviation assets to be able to receive a larger number of American-built lease aircraft, which started the modernization and reorganization process that is felt even today.

The war affected all aspect of Mexican military aviation from tactical units, to training, to logistics and military doctrine. This also led to the establishment of Mexican Naval Aviation which led, in turn, to the creation of its first naval squadron to patrol the Gulf of Mexico. One aspect that the war affected was the training of the new generation of military personnel, some of whom would later see action before the end of the war.

As Mexico was securing its coasts and sending aviation personnel to train in the USA, it would later field its fighter squadron to participate in the liberation of the Philippine islands. By the end of the war the Mexican Air Force had experienced its most rapid growth since it was officially established back in February 1915.1 vol, 232 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-219190 Lamb, Ivan Mackenzie THE SECRET SOUTH: A Tale of Operation Tabarin, 1943-46 Launched in 1943, Operation Tabarin was a British expedition to secretly establish bases, keep a watchful eye on German and Japanese activities, and curb opportunistic Argentinian incursions in the Antarctic. Operation Tabarin also set in train a series of events that would lead, ultimately, to the Falklands War of 1982.

Ivan Mackenzie Lamb was the expedition's botanist but, until now, his narrative has never been published. His account provides a fascinating insight into this top secret military operation. He was a member of the naval party that established three manned bases, he remained in the field throughout the operation's two-year duration and took part in all three major sledging expeditions. After the war, he used his diary to complete a vivid story of his time in Antarctica. It is a key eyewitness account and has been illustrated with contemporary photos and expedition maps.1 vol, 304 pgs 2018 UK, GREENHILL BOOKS
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1-219100 Lewis, Tom THE EMPIRE STRIKES SOUTH: Japan's Air War Against Northern Australia 1942-45 Very few Australians today know of the fierce air battles fought across the Top End of Australia in World War II. For more than two years Japanese aircraft crossed the coast and bombed relentlessly. Savage dogfights were fought between the legendary Zero fighter and Allied Kittyhawks and Spitfires. Big twin-engine Betty bombers rained down blast and fire upon airfields and towns, even penetrating as far inland as Katherine, some 300km from the coast. Nearly 200 Japanese aircrew died in the onslaught. Fully illustrated in color.

This book lists all of their names and describes all of the combat missions - and reveals for the first time that the number of combat flights, aircraft shot down, and aircrew who died is far higher than previously thought. Scores of aircraft were downed in combat operations ranging from Exmouth to Townsville, with the majority of action taking place in the Northern Territory. This new extensive research shows the number of air raids was higher than the previously suggested figure of 64, with 78 raids on the Territory alone, while 209 enemy combat flights were carried out across Northern Australia. 187 Japanese airmen died when their aircraft were brought down. In many cases their bodies lie in remote sites across the vast bush and coastal waters of the north. Many of the wrecks have never been found.

The Empire Strikes South describes all of the aircraft used, and gives an insight into the world of fighter pilots and aircrew. With a full range of new colur graphics by renowned illustrator Michael Claringbould, this significant new research reveals a battle for Australia that has been previously unknown.1 vol, 208 pgs 2017 AUSTRALIA, AVONMORE BOOKS
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1-969010 Forsyth, Robert 010 NORTHROP FLYING WING Half a century before the 'flying wing' B-2 stealth bomber entered service, John K. 'Jack' Northrop was already developing prototypes of a large 'flying wing' strategic bomber, which would have been the most radical bombers of their age.

World War II brought a need for very long-range bombers and Northrop received a contract for a 172-ft span bomber, the B-35. Several of these were built, gradually evolving into the definitive XB-35 configuration. Testing revealed that the aircraft was invisible to radar, but engineers struggled to overcome the design challenges and several pilots were lost in crashes.

While the program was canceled in the 1950s, the concept extended into other highly innovative areas, such as the XP-56 and MX-324 Rocket Wing prototype fighters. But the greatest legacy was the first operational flying wing - the Northrop Grumman B-2 stealth bomber, which used much of the hard-won experience from the pioneering programs of half a century before.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-219150 McCullough, Joseph A. FROSTGRAVE: The Wizards' Conclave Wizards tend to be secretive and solitary, rarely sharing their knowledge, and associating with only a select few apprentices, followers, and henchmen. It is rare that they spend time in the company of other spellcasters, and rarer still that they work together. Now, however, something is about to take place that has not occurred since the great days of Felstad -- a gathering of wizards.

In this new supplement for Frostgrave, some of the biggest names in gaming turn their creative powers towards the Frozen City, each contributing a scenario and adding their own flair to the game. Featuring scenarios by Alessio Cavatore, Alex Buchel, Andy Chambers, Gav Thorpe, Chris Pramas, Daniel Mersey, Andrea Sfiligoi, and many more, this tome provides a collection of adventures that will pit players against unimaginable foes and challenges, pushing their wizards and warbands to new limits.1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-219140 Sylvester, Peer JUDGE DREDD: The Cursed Earth This game for 1 to 4 players comes with 50+ oversized cards and associated tokens counters. Playing time 30 to 60 minutes. For ages 14+. Includes specially commissioned artwork from Dredd artists Rufus Dayglo and Dan Cornwell. Includes new cards and new mechanics like radiation tracking and psychic abilities

For years he's been the law in Mega City One, but now it's time for Judge Dredd to bring justice to the rest of America. It's time for him to venture into the Cursed Earth. Featuring competitive, co-operative, and solo player modes. This sci-fi western has players lead a team of judges against dinosaurs, mutants, and the Cursed Earth itself to hunt down a dangerous man who has fled the city -- before a gang of criminals can get to him first. As they scour the wastelands, the team will encounter a host of classic 2000 AD characters that will push their resources and abilities to their limits. 1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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