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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-BRIG354 Bunde, Peter 354: KINGDOM OF PRUSSIA: 3rd East-Prussian Infantry Regiment 1810-1815 Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc. Descriptions on reverse side.1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
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1-210673 Bollands, Wayne THE ZONE: The Cold War Turns Hot -- Supplement Supplement is adapted from the Living on the Front Line: A Winter of '79 Game rules -- Skirmish rules that represent an alternative history of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In November 1983, the NATO Exercise Able Archer was perceived by the Soviet and Warsaw Pact governments as being the prelude to a full nuclear strike against their nations. Consequently, as NATO blithely carried on 'playing' at war, the Soviets prepared for the real thing. They activated missile batteries, put bombers on standby, and sent ground forces to the East-West German and other borders ready to carry out Operation Seven Days to the Rhine. As the NATO forces called 'end - ex' and began to return to their bases, the specter of full-scale nuclear war receded. The message flashed around the nuclear missile silos, bomber crews stood down and Warsaw Pact nation states began to relax.

However, on the morning of 11 November, a tired, stressed Soviet Armored Division commander makes a fateful decision, prompting a full scale Soviet and Warsaw Pact invasion of West Germany. NATO forces, many of them without live ammunition, are initially overwhelmed. In a desperate attempt to slow the advancing hordes, NATO high command authorizes the use of biological and chemical weapons. Many Soviet military personnel and West German civilians are killed. The Soviets deploy a tactical nuclear weapon in response, with yet more carnage amongst NATO military and German civilians alike. The international outrage leads to the tacit agreement to not use these weapons again. A conventional war ensues, fought over the battered fields, towns and cities of West Germany.1 vol, 56 pgs 2019 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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2-88830 Sartori, Lorenzo IMPETUS: Ancients, Medievals & Renaissance - 2nd Edition Second Edition Impetus simulates battles with miniature figures in the Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance periods -- recreating over 3,000 years of history from Ancient Sumeria to the Great Italian Wars. Impetus can be played with 6mm, 10mm, 15mm, 20mm (1/72) and 25/28mm scale miniatures, and you won't even need to re-base your armies. The manual doesn't include army lists but it works with the lists published in the Extra Impetus supplements until the release of new supplements.1 vol, 66 pgs 2019 ITALY, DADI & PIOMBO
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1-219070 Weigle, Bruce 1859, 1866, 1870 and 1871: Rules Bundle 1859 - 1864 - 1866 - 1870 - 1871 OMM special offer: Save 25%. New price for all four together: $93.

The mid-19th century European wars of transition provided a critical link from the musket and saber era of Napoleon to that of bolt action rifles, breechloading rifled artillery and machine guns. These four rules booklets explore those critical wars, and the military systems of Imperial France, the Italian Risorgimento, and the German Wars of Unification -- their tactics, army organization, weapons, history, and doctrines. The rules were designed specifically for large-scale battles, ideally with 6, 10, or 15mm figures.

The first three booklets quickly won a wide following not only for the rules themselves, but the wealth of supporting material they contained. Each includes complete rules, a choice of scales (for small, medium, large and sometimes extra-large size battles), extensive historical notes, color illustrations, complete orders of battle, and 12-14 thoroughly-researched historical scenarios. These range from a few regiments to multiple corps per side -- a total of 54 historical scenarios, set in France, Germany, Bohemia, Italy, and Denmark). Each scenario also includes several alternative historical versions.

Additionally, each booklet contains a quick reference sheet, extensive designer's notes, board-making tips, and an annotated bibliography. With the fourth booklet -- 1871 -- the rules were significantly revised to enable a much faster game, while remaining entirely compatible with the original rules. Updated quick reference sheets are available free on the designer's website to enable the earlier booklets to use the much-streamlined fast play rules. Four volumes (475 pages); available now.

OMM special offer: Save 25%. New price for all four together: $93.4 vol, 487 pgs 2001-2017 US, GRAND TACTICAL RULES
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1-ATO048 Juneau, Jason AGAINST THE ODDS # 48 Apocalypse in the East A.D. 646-656 Ten years after the destruction of a Byzantine army on the Golan Heights in A.D. 636, Dar-al Islam already stretches from the Sahara to the Sind. The war, however, is not finished. The Orthodox Caliph Umar b. al-Kattaab was assassinated in A.D. 644 and the Byzantines remain entrenched in the Nile delta. Clearly, the armies of Islam must finish the job, the conquest of Constantinople itself. The accession of the Caliph Uthman b. Affan enabled Mu'awiyah b. Sufyan, his cousin and the formidable governor of Syria to construct a fleet and carry on the war against Byzantium.

From the highlands of Armenia to the shores of Crete, the elite Syrian army and navy seeks to overwhelm the last Byzantine stronghold at Constantinople. Unfortunately for them, the new emperor, a callous youth named Constans, is equally determined to stop them. Coming to the throne in the wake of murder and revolt, the young sovereign commands only the battered remnants of the army, but it is now fighting on its home ground.

Wargame features yearly turns, regimental sized units, special rules on the Empress Fausta, and random events including the Monothelete Controversy, earthquakes, nepotism by Caliph Uthman, purges in the Byzantine high command and the introduction of Greek Fire.

This issue also features an extra game, Balck Friday. In the winter of 1942, German General Hermann Balck's 11th Panzer Division fought an amazing series of battles along the Chir River in response to the Soviet surprise attacks that surrounded Stalingrad. On Christmas Day (a Friday that year), this single panzer division pretty much destroyed an entire Soviet tank army. And more. Explore each side's efforts with this complete game, focused on the Soviet Tatsinskaya Raid, a probe deep behind the porous German lines to knock out the airfield supporting the Stalingrad Pocket.1 vol, 60 pgs 2019 US, AGAINST THE ODDS
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1-949049 Various PRETORIEN # 49 Cover Story: Regulus L'Honneur et la defaite. Apollonia Illrie, Le Triomphe Romain, Fantassin Etrusque 2nd century BC, la Forteresse de Pskov, La Battaille de Sudomer Mars 25 1420, and more.1 vol, 68 pgs 2019 FRANCE, LCV
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2-211850 Storr, Jim KING ARTHUR'S WARS After months of field work and map study, discusses how the Anglo-Saxons conquered England; county by county and decade by decade. 'King Arthur's Wars' exposes what the landscape and the place names tell us. As a result, we can now know far more about this 'Dark Age'.

What is so special about Essex? Why is Buckinghamshire an odd shape? Why is the legend of King Arthur so special to us? Why don't Cumbrian farmers use English numbers when they count sheep? Why don't we know where Camelot was? Why did the Romano-British stop eating oysters? What does this have to do with Napoleon's Ulm campaign of 1805, or the Prusso-Danish War of 1864? 'King Arthur's Wars' tells that story. Includes 96 figures, maps, and 16pp color illustrations.1 vol, 320 pgs 2019 UK, HELION & COMPANY
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1-219270 Divall, Carole THE BRITISH ARMY IN EGYPT 1801: An Underrated Army Comes of Age When the French declared war on Great Britain in 1793, they undermined the chosen policy of William Pitt, which had been to avoid conflict in order to repair the nation's finances. The result of this policy was an understrength army with inadequate resources. Whether campaigning on the continent in coalition with other European powers or picking up the colonial possessions of France and her allies, this army did little to add to its reputation. Includes 38 color illustrations, 13 b/w illustrations, and 7 b/w maps.

Yet, despite appearances, as the decade progressed there could be no doubt that improvements were taking place. When it was decided in 1800 that the French Army of the Orient, abandoned by Bonaparte, could be ejected from Egypt, the troops sent to achieve this objective were of a very different quality from those that had been dispatched to Flanders in 1793. This study analyses that force and its commanders, examines the preparations that contributed so notably to its success, and evaluates why it was able to take the fight to a battle-hardened Revolutionary force and defeat it.1 vol, 184 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-942082 Martin, Yves GLOIRE & EMPIRE # 82 Cover Story: Les Femmes Combattantes. Les Heroines Prussiennes. Les Espagnoles contre l'armee Francaise, and more.1 vol, 132 pgs 2019 FRANCE, LCV
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1-961024 Various TRADITIONS # 24 Cover story: La Revolution Technologique de l'Artillerie. L'Artillerie a pied de la Garde, Le Reglement de 1791. La Premiere Invasion Francaise en Toscane, and more.1 vol, 116 pgs 2019 FRANCE, LCV
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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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1-219200 Green, Michael UNITES STATES ARMY ARMORED DIVISIONS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR: Images of War Series Includes 250 color & black and white images.

The routing of the British and French Armies in May and June 1940 by the Wehrmacht's armored divisions caused a major rethink by the US Army's senior leadership. The result was the formation of the two armored divisions in July 1940; the first named 'Old Ironside' and second designated 'Hell on Wheels'.

In 1941, a further three armored divisions were created; the third (Spearhead), the fourth (remained unnamed) and the fifth called 'Victory'. The following year seven more were created, the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth. The final two armored divisions formed in 1943 numbered the sixteenth and twentieth. All but one of these powerful formations went on to see service in the European Theater of Operation (ETO); the exception being the 1st Armored Division that served in North Africa, Sicily and Italy.1 vol, 224 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-219210 Plowman, Jeffrey MONTE CASSINO: Armoured Forces in the Battle for the Gustav Line: Images of War Series Using almost 200 wartime images, many of which have not been published before, covers the ground war with a focus on tanks deployed by both sides near the Monte Cassino abbey in 1944.1 vol, 144 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-219220 Tucker-Jones, Anthony THE DESERT AIR WAR 1940-1943: Images of War Series Covers the wide range of Italian, British, German and American aircraft involved in the North African air war over Egypt, Libya, the Mediterranean, and Tunisia, the air and ground crews from all sides, and the conditions in which they operated and fought are all shown in this varied selection of over 200 photographs.1 vol, 128 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-930315 STRATEGY & TACTICS # 315: Red Tide South Red Tide South is a two-player game. It is a stand-alone game that can is also designed to be played with Red Tide West (Modern War #15).

A war in Europe during the 1980's was primarily going to be decided, one way or the other, in West Germany. Other fronts and theaters were therefore almost irrelevant in the short term. Considering the Soviets' exceedingly optimistic timetables by which they intended to overrun West Germany, events elsewhere would have not even played out before the war ended (either by mutual annihilation or by rapprochement).

However, the Balkan Front could have had the most direct influence on the campaign in West Germany. If there was no significant nuclear exchange in Central Europe, a Soviet capture of the heavily industrialized Po Valley would potentially compel the Italians to sue for peace, as well as serve as a gateway to Southern France. Each hex is equivalent to about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from side to opposite side, and each turn represents about a day.

Components: One 22x34-inch map and 228 counters (plus 46 bonus counters for Red Tide West).1 vol, 84 pgs 2019 US, DECISION GAMES
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1-219240 Bilton, David THE BADGES OF KITCHENER'S ARMY While the divisional signs are well known, there has been little authoritative work on the signs worn by the infantry battalions. The book will illustrate the unique cap and shoulder titles used, as well as cloth signs worn to provide easy recognition in the trenches. Each service battalion, of each regiment has a listing, which provides a brief history of the unit and detailed information on the badges worn.

It is prodigiously illustrated and contains much information, like why a shape or color was chosen, when it was adopted, what size it was, whether it was worn on a helmet, what color the helmet was and even what colors were used on horse transport; the majority of this rich and detailed information has never been published before. What helps make the information accurate and authoritative is that much of it comes from an archive created at the time and from personal correspondence with hundreds of veterans in the 1980s, many of whom still had their badges and often had razor-sharp recollections about wearing them. The book will also provide some comments from these veterans.

A further unique aspect of the book is that it will look at the uniforms and badges worn before the battalions left the country, providing much new information that will enable people to identify any photographs they have lying around. 1 vol, 384 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-219260 Hutchinson, David MONS: An Artillery Battle History of the Battle of Mons in August 1914 with 16 color maps, 21 b/w photos/illustrations, and 1 table diverges widely from the story enshrined as fact in the Official History, and by subsequent accounts dependent on it. It is based on an examination of the war diaries of almost every British unit involved in the battle, with particular reference to the artillery, thus illuminating the tactical intentions of all arms in every phase of the battle. The artillery had made tactical preparations for the handling of their guns in battle. All units in the British Army conformed to Field Service Regulations. The central role that both these played in the battle is explored.

In documenting the orders to, and subsequent actions of, junior units, many routinely referenced statements in even recent publications pertaining to the battle are challenged. The British went into battle without much of its field artillery. The German field artillery went into battle with totally defective ammunition. These two facts alone profoundly alter the conventional narrative. The primary importance of well-positioned artillery, supporting British army maneuvers, is explained. The routine protection that the guns supplied to their allocated infantry battalions is described; and the devastating effect of German howitzer fire on a number of British infantry and artillery units documented.

Each of the three senior British generals reacted differently to the stress of battle, and their anxieties can be followed and explored in detail. General French, in command of the British Expeditionary Force, remained in tighter control of events than is generally portrayed. General Smith-Dorrien, of II Corps, is confirmed as the main architect of the fighting on the day; and with luck on his side, fought an almost faultless campaign. Both were relying on General Haig to bring his I Corps up in support II Corps. Not only did he disobey this order to advance, but he did not warn either General French or II Corps that he was withholding support. This breached Army Regulations, and endangered the whole force.

The records reveal that he side-lined his staff, and issued such a series of orders and counter-orders, that he exasperated and demoralised his men. General Haig's report on the battle is an oft-quoted primary source. From the day before the battle, it is so inaccurate as to be almost valueless as a summary of events. If the full details of his actions on the day had been known at the time, he could have been dismissed for incompetence. He might even have been court-martialled.

How each of the three generals perceived the role of the artillery under their command is also explored, from the point of view of their previous military experience. The origins of the poor use of artillery by the British Army later in the war can be traced back; partly to the professional army structure of 1914 and the qualities that would be lost as their casualties mounted; and partly to cavalry generals winning out over infantry generals in the direction of future campaigns of the British army.

The Battle of Mons was a dress-rehearsal for the war on the Western Front. It was of disproportionate importance in determining how the British army was handled in the future. It deserves to be better understood by students of the period.1 vol, 184 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-219230 Rawson, Andrew BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE: The Final Advance September to November 1918 Covers the British Expeditionary Force's part in the final days of the Advance to Victory. It starts with the massive offensive against the Hindenburg Line at the end of September 1918. Second Army launched the first of the British attacks in Flanders on the 28th, followed by Fourth Army the next day along the St Quentin Canal. Includes 50 black and white maps.

Both First and Third Armies joined in, breaking the Hindenburg Line across the Lys plain and the Artois region, taking Cambrai by 10 October. The narrative then follows the advance through the battles of the River Selle and the River Sambre. It culminates with the final operations, including the actions at Maubeuge and Mons, just before the Armistice on 11 November 1918. Time and again the British and Empire troops used well-rehearsed combined arms tactics to break down German resistance as the four year conflict came to an end.

Each stage of the six week long battle is dealt with equally, focusing on the most talked about side of the campaign, the BEF's side. Over fifty new maps chart the day by day progress of the five armies. Together the narrative and the maps explain the British Army's experience during the days of World War One. The men who led the advances, broke down the defenses and those who were awarded the Victoria Cross are mentioned. Discover the end of the Advance to Victory and learn how the British Army reached the peak of their learning curve.1 vol, 240 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-219251 Mark, Jason PANZERKRIEG: Volume 1 - German Armoured Operations at Stalingrad In this first volume of a series dedicated to studying German armoured operations at Stalingrad, the combat histories of Panzer-Abteilungen 103, 129 and 160 will be examined in detail. These panzer battalions were drawn from panzer regiments on the quieter central sector of the Eastern Front. They were incorporated into motorized divisions for the 1942 summer campaign, and though most of their men thought they were headed to the Caucasus, all roads ultimately led to Stalingrad.

As manpower levels dropped in their parent formations, the panzer battalions assumed a greater role in holding lengthy flanks while the main body of 6. Armee laid siege to Stalingrad. After encirclement in November 1942, the panzers assembled for a break-out operation, and when that failed to eventuate, they supported their struggling infantry brethren with plucky counterattacks and steadfast defense until fuel, ammunition and morale were depleted.

Unprecedented access to Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt), a government agency that maintains records of former Wehrmacht personnel, has permitted the life and death of each battalion to be analyzed in incredible detail. The narrative is enhanced by hundreds of rare photos drawn from official archives, private collections and the albums of veterans themselves.

Includes 559 photos, 12 Aerial photos, 50 Maps, 12 Tables, and 3 appendices showing the daily panzer strengths of each battalion.1 vol, 568 pgs 2018 AUSTRALIA, LEAPING HORSEMEN
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