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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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1-925121 various SOLDATINI # 121 SPECIALE NAPOLEONICO. Articles include: Marechal Ney 200mm; Waterloo duecento anni dopo; Tromba del 5th Ussari 54mm; Musicista 19th Dragons 1808 54mm; Cacciatori a cavallo della Guardia imperiale; Capitano degli Ussari, Compagnia d'elite 1806-1812 75mm; La carica di Ney a Waterloo 28mm; Alle origini dei Cacciatori della Guardia Imperiale; Cacciatori della Guardia Consolare, 1800; and more.1 vol, 84 pgs 2016 ITALY, AURIGA
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1-925122 various SOLDATINI # 122 Articles include: Trompette du 7eme Regiment de Chasseurs 54mm; Guida interprete Armata di Germania 1805 54mm; Gli Highlanders nel XIX secolo 54mm; Sweet home Alabama. 75mm; Mostra CMT Torino; Mostra Monte San Savino; Uniformi sassoni della guerra dei sette anni
Cadetti, artiglieria, Genio; 220th anniversario della battaglia di Arcole; and more.1 vol, 84 pgs 2016 ITALY, AURIGA
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1-925123 various SOLDATINI # 123 Articles include: Trompette du 7eme Regiment de Chasseurs 54mm; Guida interprete Armata di Germania 1805 54mm; Gli Highlanders nel XIX secolo 54mm; Sweet home Alabama. 75mm; Mostra CMT Torino; Mostra Monte San Savino; Uniformi sassoni della guerra dei sette anni
Cadetti, artiglieria, Genio; 220th anniversario della battaglia di Arcole; and more.1 vol, 84 pgs 2016 ITALY, AURIGA
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1-213250 Dawson, Anthony REAL WAR HORSES: The Experience of the British Cavalry 1814 - 1914 This book concentrates in graphic detail on the experiences of the British cavalry during a century of warfare. That is why it is of such value. It is also compelling reading because it describes, using the words of the cavalrymen of the time, the organization, routines, training and social life of the cavalry as well as the fear and exhilaration of cavalry actions.

Perhaps the most memorable passages record the drama and excitement of cavalry charges and the brutal, confused, often lethal experience of close-quarter combat in a melee of men and horses. Includes 20 illustrations.1 vol, 240 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-954106 Various ANCIENT WARFARE: Volume 10.6 Theme: The Year of the Four Emperors -- Suetonius' On the Life of the Caesars - Managing the Crisis; Military Turmoil in an Era of Crisis - Legions Come, Legions Go; The Batavian Revolt 69-70, The Jewish Revolt and the Struggle in Rome - Contenders from the East; Julius Sabinus - The Man Who Would be Caesar; Battles of Bedriacum and Cremona; Vespasian's Organization of the Empire; Fate of Those Who Stand Out - Ruthless Vespasian;

Other Articles: The Problem of the First Cohort; Massacre at Change-Ping (260BC China); Roman Army on Screen, Part 6 - Spartacus1 vol, 84 pgs 2017 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-964008 Various ANCIENT HISTORY MAGAZINE #8 Theme: Food in the Ancient World

* Food and Eating in the Ancient World - Eat, Drink and Be Merry
* Intoxication in Ancient Greece and Rome - The Gift of Dionysus
* Cooking with Apicius - Wine, Olives and Grains
* The Best Thing Since Sliced Figs - Bread in the Ancient World
* Food in Yemen Before the Coming of Islam - Bring with You a Full Sack of Flour
* Decadent Dining While Horizontal - A Roman Feast
* The Number: Three - The Mediterranean Triad
* Garum, Rome's Favorite Condiment - Something Fishy
* Suggested Reading for this Issue - Food for Thought

Other Articles:

* The Famous Venus of Milo - Contested Beauty
* Was Diagoras from Melos a Non-believer? - An Atheist in Athens
* A Time Traveller's Guide - The Toga
* Top Ten Strangest Deaths of Roman Emperors
* A Fearsome Heroine for the Ages - Atalanta
* An Overview of Hellenistic Philosophy - Adding it All Up1 vol, 68 pgs 2016 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-213230 May, Timothy THE MONGOL ART OF WAR The Mongol armies that established the largest land empire in history, stretching across Asia and into eastern Europe, are imperfectly understood. Often they are viewed as screaming throngs of horsemen who swept over opponents by sheer force of numbers rather than as disciplined regiments that carried out planned and practiced maneuvers.

In this pioneering book, Timothy May demonstrates that the Mongol military developed from a tribal levy into a complex military organization. He describes the make-up of the Mongol army from its inception to the demise of the Mongol empire, and he shows how it was the strength, quality, and versatility of Mongol military organization that made them the preeminent warriors of their time.1 vol, 240 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-213270 Louth, Warwick THE ARTE MILITAIRE: The Application Of 17th Century Military Manuals To Conflict Archaeology Using examples taken from recent investigations at sites such as Edgehill, Lutzen, and Lostwithiel, this book examines to what extent individual drill can be identified in the archaeological record and prove to what level and extent this can be applied to predictive modeling of artifact collections on battlefields - thus providing depth to the archaeological study of fields of conflict.

Like investigations on the Little Bighorn battlefield, through use of wear analysis of the material remains of conflict, we can effectively tell the nuances of individual drill, practice, and movement of people across a landscape; their drill actively mirroring subtleties in our understanding of interpretation.

This work also attempts to investigate the subject of whether such manuals can also be used to dictate the survivability of 17th century fortifications -- often within urban landscapes devoid of their civil war origins, as can be seen at Alton and Basing House.

Includes 50 B&W illustrations, diagrams and maps.1 vol, 148 pgs 2017 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-75543 Schneider, Wolfgang TIGERS IN COMBAT III: Operation, Training, Tactics Tigers in Combat Volume III closes the gap between the unit histories of volumes 1 and 2 and the technical descriptions in the Jentz and Spielberger books. For the first time, efforts are described in detail of what was taken to create units and what was required to keep the Tiger tank in action regarding handling and operating the vehicle. Other chapters deal with crew training and specific tactical aspects to employ such a heavy tank under all fighting conditions.

Further aspects are covered, such as the protection level of the Tiger and reasons for losses - as well as propaganda work with this famous beast. Due to the usage of more than 1200 photos and drawings, even complex crew tasks and procedures are illustrated in a way that non-Tiger crewmen will be able to comprehend. 1 vol, 520 pgs 2017 UK, HELION & COMPANY
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1-213170 Barry, Quintin THE WAR IN THE NORTH SEA: The Royal Navy And The Imperial German Navy 1914-1918 For years before the outbreak of the First World War, it was the expectation of most officers of the Royal Navy and the Imperial German Navy that very shortly thereafter, a decisive fleet action would be fought. This had a major impact on the strategic thinking on both sides of the North Sea. In fact, the unalterable geographic situation meant that for the Grand Fleet in its Scottish bases, the correct course to follow was not to seek a major fleet encounter. Essentially, it was by staying where it was that it could neutralize the High Seas Fleet and enforce an economic blockade of Germany.

The history of the war in the North Sea between 1914 and 1918 is a record of the attempts to break the deadlock - and it is also the history of the men who led the British and German navies. On both sides, the stresses of the huge burden which they bore led to a serious breakdown of trust in each other on the part of the admirals charged with the responsibility. Still more serious was the mutual loss of confidence between the admirals on the one hand and the politicians on the other; their letters and diaries reveal the bitter personal disputes that arose between them.

The principal naval battle of Jutland occurred when the British and German fleets clashed, almost by accident, in the North Sea on 31 May 1916. The outcome of the battle has prompted a minute examination of the tactics employed by the commanders, a continuous debate as to who won, and a bitter controversy between the supporters of Sir John Jellicoe (the commander-in-chief of the Grand Fleet) and Sir David Beatty (the commander of the battle cruisers).

Most British historians claim the battle as a British victory - a view which this book questions. It has been often suggested that after Jutland, the High Seas Fleet remained in harbor for the rest of the war, but as this book shows, the underrated Admiral Reinhard Scheer (its commander-in-chief) subsequently launched a number of major sorties. It was a series of chances that had determined the outcome of Jutland - and it was chance that repeatedly intervened to prevent a decisive encounter subsequently.

This book reviews the entire course of the war in the North Sea, from the first contacts between the fleets in the early days, to the ambitious (but abortive) mission planned at the end of the war for the High Seas Fleet - and, as a dramatic epilogue, its scuttling in Scapa Flow. Includes 150 B&W photos and maps.1 vol, 608 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-213240 Bilton, David ALLIED POWs IN GERMAN HANDS 1914 - 1918: Images of War In this first fully illustrated history of the Kaiser's unwanted guests, the author looks at the lives of the thousands of Allied men who became POWs during the Great War.

After making the decision to surrender, the soldier, sailor or airman was at the mercy of his captors. The book examines what it felt like to surrender, the dangers involved and then the often long journey to a camp in Germany. For some the there was no journey, they were kept at the Front to help the German war effort.

Not all camps were the same; some were better than others, a situation that could easily change with the replacement of the commandant, but most were poor. Disease was rife and there was little medical care. Barracks were usually cold and there were few blankets and little clothing. Men were abused, starved, denied their basic rights, sent to work in appalling conditions and some were murdered. There were thousands of civilians interned as well, who mostly fared better than combatants, however they did not have it easy.

With the arrival of parcels from home most prisoners could implement their diet, but this was not the case for Russians who received little help and relied on handouts from other prisoners.

Escape was a priority for many men; thousands tried, even though they could be shot for the attempt, as some were, but most failed to make it home.

Then the Armistice was signed and the POWs were freed. Some managed to walk to Allied lines, most had to wait for transport. Within a few months they were all home, except for the thousands of prisoners that were missing, that the Germans claimed they never had.

Includes 150 photographs.1 vol, 208 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-213291 Cox, Michael TO RULE THE WINDS: The Evolution of the British Fighter Force Through Two World Wars -- Volume 1: Prelude to Air War: The Years to 1914 Story of creation of the Royal Air Force's fighter squadrons. The illustrated, referenced, and with a comprehensive bibliography and a detailed index.

This first volume recounts the origins of military aviation in Britain, up to the beginning of World War I in the August of 1914. By the 18th and 19th Centuries, balloons had been tried in various conflicts on the Continent of Europe, during Britain's involvement in the Napoleonic wars, the Crimea, South Africa and elsewhere, as well as during the American Civil War.

After the Wright brothers flight in December 1903, Britain only started its aviation efforts in 1908. It was Bleriot's crossing of the English Channel in 1909 that proved beyond doubt that Britain could be invaded by air. Thereafter, Britain developed a small force of miscellaneous and unarmed airplanes to take the field with the British Army in 1914.

This first volume explores the origins of that force: the Royal Aircraft Factory; the Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers; the Royal Flying Corps; disaffection with airships; early development of airplanes for war; problems with monoplanes; aerial gunnery and wireless experiments; the foundations of an Air Ministry; preparations for aerial defense. 1 vol, 316 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-213260 Sadler, John and Silvie Fisch SPY OF THE CENTURY: Alfred Redl and the Betrayal of Austria-Hungary During the night of 24 to 25 May 1913 three high-ranking military officials waited for hours outside a hotel in the center of Vienna. At around 2am, they heard the shot of a Browning. They knew that one of their own has just ended his life: Colonel Alfred Redl, the former deputy head of the Evidenzburo, the Austro-Hungarian General Staff's directorate of military intelligence, and confidant of the heir to the throne. His suicide note reads: 'Levity and passion have destroyed me.'

What no one had known: for almost a decade he had betrayed significant and damaging secrets to the Italians, the French and the Russians.

But what had been his motives? Redl owed everything to the army he deceived. Was he trapped into treason by blackmail? There were no definite answers for almost 100 years. The true story has only recently been reconstructed, after Austrian historians rediscovered long-lost records.1 vol, 240 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-213210 Tucker-Jones, Anthony ARMOURED WARFARE IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR: Images of War In a selection of over 150 archive photographs he offers a fascinating insight into the difficult early days of this innovative new weapon, describing its technical history and its performance in combat. While the Battle of Cambrai in 1917 is often held up as the first large-scale tank battle, tanks had already served at Flers-Courcelette on the Somme, during the Nivelle offensive and the battles of Messines and Passchendaele.

His book shows that the development of the tank was fraught with technical obstacles and battlefield setbacks. It was invented by the British and the French at almost the same time to help break the deadlock of trench warfare, and the British deployed it first in 1916. Belatedly the Germans followed the British and French example. The initial designs were continuously refined during two years of intense warfare. Finding the right balance between power and weight, getting the armament right, and working out the best tactics for tanks on the battlefield was a tricky, often deadly business.1 vol, 160 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-213280 Barnaky, Peter PANTHER ON THE BATTLEFIELD 2: World War Two Photobook Series Another book in the photo series, this one is volume 2 with 105 photos of the Panther in action.1 vol, 112 pgs 2017 UK, PEKO PUBLISHING
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1-213190 Cherry, Niall DOOMED BEFORE THE START: The Allied Intervention in Norway 1940. Volume 1 Books on the events of the early months of 1940 are dominated by the desperate fighting undertaken the British Expeditionary Force in Northern France and Belgium following the German invasion of May 10th and it is often overlooked that prior to this another British expeditionary force was involved in fierce fighting in Norway.

This provides a detailed account of the German invasion of Norway and the Allied reaction, including the land, sea, and air battles. Indeed, the invasion on April 9th saw the first use of airborne troops in the war and was also one of the very few amphibious operations undertaken by the Germans during WWII. This includes such actions as the sinking of HMS Glowworm and HMS Glorious, the Gladiators on the frozen lakes and Maurice Force, the sacrifice of the Territorial Battalions at Tretten and the Independent Companies, to name but a few. Volume 1 focuses on the prelude to and early phases of the German invasion and Allied response. Includes 75 b/w photos and color maps.1 vol, 336 pgs 2017 UK, HELION
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1-213160 Morisi, Paolo FOLGORE PARACHUTE DIVISION: North African Operations 1940-43 The Folgore Parachute Division in the Axis Alliance is frequently overlooked. Initially created to emulate the German Fallschirmjager to carry out the planned airborne attack against the British base of Malta, Folgore fought on the battlefields of North Africa - including the key Battle of El Alamein. This elite unit distinguished itself at El Alamein despite inadequate equipment and weapons while facing unfavorable odds.

The key theme of the book is the paratroopers' involvement in the Axis war effort through an analysis of their training, weaponry, and battle tactics. Another key focus is an assessment of the Folgore's specific role during the major battles of the North African campaign. It covers, for example, the Folgore's first fierce military engagement against British and New Zealand troops during the Battle of Alam El Halfa in September 1942. It then details a number of smaller actions that preceded the Battle of El Alamein such as the counter-attack during the British 'Operation Beresford', which led to the capture of Brigadier General G.H. Clifton, commander of the New Zealand 6th Brigade, by a patrol of Folgore soldiers.

The focus then shifts upon the Folgore's major engagement of the campaign during the Battle of El Alamein: 'Operation Lightfoot', which was launched by General Montgomery on 24 October 1942. It was designed to break through the Italian-held southern sector of the El Alamein line, where the Bologna, Brescia, Pavia, and Folgore Divisions anchored the Axis right flank.

While describing key events during this operation, the book also highlights how the Folgore used unusual tactics to repulse the massive enemy-armored attack. This included letting the enemy advance into a 'cul-de-sac' and then launching a counter-attack against its armored vehicles and infantry units from all sides and by a combination of fire from 47mm anti-tank guns, mortars, hand grenades, and other incendiary devices. It describes the desperate retreat in the desert of the Italian units as a result of the collapse of Axis military defenses in November 1942.

Finally, it highlights the role of the paratroopers during the last battles in Tunisia - especially those in defense of the Mareth line and Takrouna in the spring of 1943. Illustrated with 100 rare archival photographs, detailed maps, and specially commissioned artwork, this volume offers a fascinating insight into a little-studied aspect of Axis forces. The volume draws heavily upon both Axis and Allied (Britain and New Zealand) archival sources such as the war diaries and the post-battle reports of the military units engaged in North Africa.1 vol, 192 pgs 2017 UK, HELION
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1-213200 Stokes, Neil SU-76 ON THE BATTLEFIELD: World War Two Photobook Series The SU-76 and SU-76M were the most widely produced Soviet self-propelled artillery pieces of the Second World War, second only to the T-34 tank in terms of production numbers. The SU-76M saw action in all campaigns in the latter years of the war and continued to serve with the Soviet Army and other states long after the war. This book provides a concise yet comprehensive description of the development, production and service of this important series, followed by extensive photographic coverage of the SU-76 and SU-76M in service.1 vol, 112 pgs 2017 UK, PEKO PUBLISHING
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1-213220 Tucker-Jones, Anthony THE BATTLE FOR BUDAPEST 1944 - 1945: Images of War The battle began with Operation Panzerfaust in October 1944 when the Germans seized Hungarian leader Admiral Horthy to prevent his country defecting to the Soviets. Red Army advances then left German and Hungarian units trapped in the city and sparked fifty days of intense fighting. Then in March 1945 Hitler launched Operation Spring Awakening, the reckless final German offensive of the war, designed to recapture Budapest and stabilize the Eastern Front. It failed spectacularly, opening the road to Vienna for the Red Army.

The selection of archive photographs gives a sharp insight into every aspect of the fighting in and around Budapest and records the ravaged city the battle left behind.1 vol, 160 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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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
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