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1-2217008 Tolentino, Gabrio BLACK SEAS: USS Constitution 1:700 Scale This box set contains: Components for 1 resin USS Constitution ship hull; Metal components for masts; Printed sails; USS Constitution ship card; Wake markers; Bobbin for rigging; Acetate Ratlines; and a sheet of flags and pennants. 1:700 Scale model.1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-221910 ALBEDO COMBAT PATROL 164: The Albedo Miniatures Game Rules for playing skirmishes in the science fiction setting of Steve Gallacci's Albedo comics.

Includes: Quick Start Rules; Two Sample Scenarios; Vehicle Combat; Non Lethal Combat; Night Fighting; Fighting in Zero-G; Scenario Building; Player Aids; and 2 x 50 card player decks and 1 x 26 activation deck (designed by Buck Surdu using Combat Patrol format). ACP 164 can be played with as few as four figures per side up to company sized engagements with 50+ figures and supporting vehicles and flyers.

Albedo is a hard science comic, featuring anthropomorphic animals or 'critters' in a universe apparently created just for them. The opposing factions in this universe are the Independent Lapine Republic (ILR), which is a society dedicated to advancing the causes of rabbits. They are engaged in a war of expansion against everyone else, which has forced the creation of the ConFed, or Confederation of Planets.

The ConFed is represented in firefights by two different forces: the Home Guard, who maintain security on individual planets, and the Extra-Planetary Defence Force (EDF), an elite force dedicated to defending systems and recapturing systems taken by the ILR. EDF forces consist of 'critters' ranging from squirrels to bears and rhinoceroses.

The Albedo universe, and campaigns to be played using these rules, are described in the separate Source and Campaign Books. You do not need to know about it for the purpose of this book, but it will be helpful for understanding the rules in context. The Full Rules (Sections three and beyond) expand on the Quick Start Rules, adding more features and detail. Players can incorporate aspects of the Full Rules at their own pace, adjusting the complexity of the game to suit their tastes. In a half hour you will be able to play your first skirmish.

The Quick Start Rules describe infantry combat. The Full Rules describe additional aspects of the game, including higher levels of individuality and resolution for infantry combat as well as vehicle combat. 1 vol, 114 pgs 2019 UK, SALLY 4th
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1-221911 ALBEDO COMBAT PATROL 164: Campaign Sourcebook The source book can be used with the ACP164 Miniatures game, the Albedo RPGs or any other Sci-Fi RPG such as Traveller, Gamma World, Space Opera etc.

Includes: In the beginning; The First Lapine War; The Environment; Government & Society; Life, Death Religon & Culture; Technology; The Military in Albedo; Military Organizations; and Weapons & Equipment.

This is the ACP164 Campaign Sourcebook. You do not need to read it to play the game, but if you want to know why furry critters are fighting each other, or how they travel between planets, or even more about the ILR, ConFed, and EDF -- that is in this book.

The first section of the book covers the background of the Albedo universe, and talks about Critters, Society and life in general. The second section covers what has become known as The First Lapine War. The third section is about the structure and organization of militaries in the Albedo universe.1 vol, 64 pgs 2019 UK, SALLY 4th
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1-221912 ALBEDO COMBAT PATROL 164: The Almata Campaign Book The source book can be used with the ACP 164 Miniatures game, the Albedo RPGs or any other Sci-Fi RPG such as Traveller, Gamma World, Space Opera etc..

Includes: Campaign Background; Notes on running campaign; Campaign scenarios split into three 'story arcs'; Force organizations; Scenario maps & layouts.

This is a book of three parts. The first part introduces the Almata System and its inhabitants. The second part provides scenarios that will let you play a miniatures campaign with ACP164: Albedo Combat Patrol. Rather than a simple set of scenarios, it is intended to provide a relatively immersive game that can be played over an extended period, and then repeated with different results. The third part provides information on the military and other forces involved in the scenarios.

This campaign centers around the Almata System, which is located near the border of ConFed and ILR space and has become a focus for the attention of both sides, because of some interesting home-grown technology. Specifically, the Almatans have developed a 'Beanstalk' space elevator. This makes it economic to get resources from planet to space in quantity, with obvious advantages.

Both the ConFed and ILR have established a political presence on the main planet of Coteipi, as well as a very limited military force to guard their embassies and liaise with the local HomeGuard.

The focus for both sides is to gain control of the system and its technology. They will do this either by persuading the strictly neutral Almatan Government to side with their faction, or by military force, if necessary. For political reasons, this is unpalatable to the ConFed more than to the ILR.1 vol, 98 pgs 2019 UK, SALLY 4th
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1-221999 ALBEDO COMBAT PATROL 164: Core Card Decks 2 x 50-card player decks and 1 x 26-card activation deck (using a format similar to Buck Surdu's Combat Patrol).1 vol, 114 pgs 2019 UK, SALLY 4th
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1-221900 Caille, Herve BATAILLE EMPIRE: 6mm to 28mm Napolenic Wargame Rules Rules by the designer of La Art de la Guerre.

Bataille Empire is a set of game rules for miniatures that covers the period of the Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire between 1792 and 1815. The game scale is at battalion or regimental level. You can play with any scale of miniatures from 6 mm to 28 mm. The rules are compatible with all basing systems and it is possible to play with different basing per side.

The game rules are designed to be fast to play without sacrificing realism. They cover all the main aspects of Napoleonic wars: formations, skirmishers, morale, distinction between fire and shock, national characteristics, command, and orders.

This book contains all the rules you need to play. Includes lots of pictures and explanatory diagrams to enhance your reading of the rulebook. You will find in this book the characteristics of all the nations involved in Napoleonic wars as well as 134 army lists classified by period. This book is complete and requires no other supplement.1 vol, 256 pgs 2019
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1-222020 Dixon, John BEATING DRUMS AND FLYING COLOURS: An Account of English Civil War Sieges Using eyewitness and contemporary accounts for a large number of the actions, John dissects the anatomy of the very British nature of siege warfare during the English Civil War.1 vol, 330 pgs 2019 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-221970 Lenihan, Padrig FLUXES, FEVERS AND FIGHTING MEN: War and Disease in Ancien Regime Europe 1648-1789 This scope of the study includes French army operations in some of its contiguous campaigning theaters, north Italy (1702 and 1734), the Rhineland (1734), Roussillon (1674), possibly Catalonia (1693), and, further afield, Bohemia (1742). The study also includes three case-studies involving the British army that include Ireland (1689), Portugal (1762), Dutch Brabant (1748), and the Rhineland (1743). The outliers are studies of Habsburg operations in and around Belgrade (1717 and 1737), and Russian operations in Crimea (1736).

The proportion of wartime soldiers dying of disease compared to combat injury ran at about 70-75% in armies campaigning in Europe 1648-1789. During this time, field armies doubled in size and regimes usually fought for limited territorial gains, so it was safest to 'occupy, entrench, and wait.'

This study uncovers how many soldiers sickened and died by consulting quantitative data, such as casualty returns and hospital registers, generated by the new state-contract armies which displaced the mercenary hordes of the Thirty Years' War. Includes 30 b/w maps and graphs.1 vol, 176 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-221930 Oates, Jonathan THE LAST SPANISH ARMADA: Britain and the War of the Quadruple Alliance 1718-1720 Overshadowed by the better known Spanish Armada of 1588, three centuries ago, the final Spanish Armada set sail against England and Scotland. This little known invasion is often treated as part of the little known Jacobite campaign of 1719. However, this invasion and the subsequent campaign in Scotland were part of the virtually unknown War of the Quadruple Alliance. Includes 20 black and white illustrations and maps.

Studies war and diplomacy involving several of the European powers, with fighting on the high seas, in Scotland, Spain, Sardinia, and Sicily. It is a tale of a once great power taking advantage of apparently favorable international circumstances to regain parts of its lost empire. Success seemed possible, but the fortunes of war were fluctuating and luck only went so far. Eventually, the realities of military power reasserted themselves with bloody results.

The emphasis is on Britain's naval, diplomatic and military efforts, whilst not neglecting those of its allies and enemies, both abroad and at home. It draws on a variety of little or unused primary sources held at the National Archives and elsewhere and boasts a cast of interesting and unusual characters.1 vol, 184 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-217882 Pagan, Marco BETWEEN SCYLLA AND CHARYBDIS: Volume 2: Infantry and Artillery - The Army of Elector Frederick August II of Saxony 1733-1763 Volume II of this work deals with the Saxon army of the years 1730-1763, detailing the uniforms and service of the infantry and artillery. Lavishly illustrated by Franco Saudelli, the volume shows the elegance of the Saxon army and particularly an army misjudged by Frederick II of Prussia as weak. Includes eight pages of color figures, 15 b/w illustrations, and many tables.

During the 18th Century, the Electorate of Saxony was a rich state of the Holy Roman Empire. Northern Saxony was one of most fertile parts of Germany, though fertility diminishes toward the Ore Mountains of the south where Saxony long had important mineral production. The House of Wettin ruled Saxony since 1429. Between 1697 and 1763, the Electors of Saxony were also elected Kings of Poland. The Elector Frederick August I (12 May 1670-1 February 1733), also known as 'Sun King' of Saxony, was elected King of Poland with the support of Austria and the help of Russia.

The Elector married Maria Josepha, sister of the Emperor Charles VI of Austria. The Emperor, having no male heirs was obsessed with the partition of the vast Imperial territories after his death. He issued on 19 April, 1713, an edict to ensure that the Habsburg hereditary possession could be inherited by a daughter, the Pragmatic Sanction.

In 1741, Saxony reneged on the Pragmatic Sanction and sided with France, Bavaria, and Prussia when Frederick II of Prussia invaded Silesia after the death of Emperor Charles VI. The Saxons fought against Maria Theresia's Austrian army during the First Silesian War, occupied Prague and campaigned in both Bohemia and Moravia. Thereafter, Prussia signed a unilateral peace with Austria. Saxony signed a separate cease-fire and France was left alone. Years of armed peace followed until the Second Silesian War. During the war, Saxony sided with Austria. The Prussian army crossed the border and invaded Saxony. The Saxon army was badly defeated at Kesseldorf on 15 December, 1745. The Second Silesian War was over.

Peace once again reigned in Europe until 1756 when France changed alliances. Frederick II of Prussia launched another preventive war and invaded Saxony. Caught totally unprepared, the Saxon army retired to Pirna where it was surrounded by an overwhelming Prussian force. With no food, the Saxon army was forced to lay down its arms and surrender unconditionally. The prisoners were incorporated into the Prussian army. A massive desertion followed and soon a Saxon Corps was formed in Bohemia. The Saxon Auxiliary Corps of 10,000 men was transferred to French service and fought until the end of the Seven Years War. It was repatriated in 1763.1 vol, 148 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-221960 Hattendorf, John A REDCOAT IN AMERICA: The Diaries of Lieutenant William Bamford 1757-1765 and 1776 This volume consists of two diaries by William Bamford, an Irish officer in the British Army in the mid-18th century. Includes 22 original b/w drawings.

The first is 'A narrative of the campaigns and feats of arms of the 35th Regiment (Royal Sussex)'. It covers the regiment's activities during the French and Indian War and includes an account of the siege and capture of Louisbourg in 1758, British capture of Quebec in 1759, the French siege of Quebec in 1760 and the capture of Montreal, a march to Fort Ticonderoga, Saratoga, and Albany in 1761, a voyage to Barbados in 1761, the siege and capture of Martinique and Havana in 1762, a voyage to Saint Augustine Florida, Charleston, South Carolina, and Port Royal, Jamaica in 1763, and a voyage to Pensacola, Florida and a description of Mobile, Alabama (then part of West Florida), and other parts of West Florida, in 1765, and finally back again to England by way of Havana in 1765. Also included in this section are a copy of a letter from Major General Webb to Colonel Munro dated 4 August, 1757 documenting Webb's refusal to reinforce Bamford's regiment at Fort William Henry, and two anecdotes from 1759 and 1760 regarding Anglo-French battles fought outside Quebec.

The second dairy, running from January through December 1776, documents William Bamford's service in the 40th Regiment at Boston after the battle of Bunker Hill, during the winter and early spring of 1776, the British evacuation to Halifax, return to Staten Island, New York, the campaign on Long Island, and the occupation of New York City.1 vol, 128 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-221950 Mayhood, Charles QUEBEC UNDER SIEGE: French Eye-Witness Accounts from the Campaign of 1759 Late in the summer 1759, Quebec, the capital of New France, was under siege. British Major General James Wolfe had the city surrounded and cut off from reinforcements in Montreal, Vice Admiral Charles Saunders was in firm control of the rivers surrounding the city as well as the supply routes into the region. The French population found itself low on food and ammunition to defend themselves, and suffering daily bombardment by the English.

The walls of Quebec were manned by militiamen and sailors taken from French ships lost or anchored above the city for their protection. Lieutenant General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm-Grozon and his aide-de-camp Louis-Antoine de Bougainville commanded the French regulars outside the city, moving them in rapid deployments to counter the British advances. Includes seven b/w illustrations and maps.

Here the story is told by the citizens within the walls: an artillery captain, a prominent citizen, the emissary traveling between the British and the French commanders, and a Catholic nun working in the main hospital, treating the sick and wounded of both armies. Three of these works are offered in English for the first time, and all four are fully annotated. These journals and memoirs bring us inside the siege, allowing us to watch through their eyes as the fate of New France was determined.1 vol, 144 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-222000 Smith James STORMING THE WHEATFIELD: John Caldwell's Union Division in the Gettysburg Campaign This gripping narrative is an in-depth study of the valiant men of General John Caldwell's Union Division during the Gettysburg Campaign. Caldwell's Division made a desperate stand against a tough and determined Confederate force in farmer George Rose's nearly 20-acre Wheatfield. Ready for harvest, the infamous Wheatfield would change hands nearly six times in the span of two hours of fighting on July 2, becoming a trampled, bloody, no-man's land for thousands of wounded soldiers. Includes 62 illustrations.

Smith examines the lives of the Union soldiers in the ranks -- as well as leaders Cross, Kelly, Zook, Brooke, and Caldwell himself. From Colonel Edward Cross's black bandana, to the famed Irish Brigade's charge on Stoney Hill, to a lone young man from Washington County whose grave is marked in stone nearby. Smith painstakingly contacted nearly one hundred descendants of Caldwell's soldiers as part of his research.1 vol, 208 pgs 2019 US, GETTYSBURG PUBLISHING
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2-212400 Patton, Roxanne COLONIAL CONFLICTS: The Indian Mutiny for The Men Who Would Be Kings Set of 10 Indian Mutiny scenarios designed for Osprey rules set The Men Who Would Be Kings, but units can be translated into other rule systems.

* Badli-ki-Serai (June 8, 1857)
* Hindu Rao's House (June 23, 1857)
* Najafgarh (August 25, 1857)
* Delhi: Kashmiri Gate (September 14, 1857)
* Agra (October 10, 1857)
* Chinhut (June 30, 1857)
* Fatehpur (July 12, 1857)
* Aong and Pandu Nadi Bridge (July 15, 1857)
* Aherwa (July 16, 1857)
* First Battle of Cawnpore (July 16, 1857)

Each scenario includes background, scenario-specific rules, Historical Overview, Victory Conditions, color map, OOBs, and Quick Reference Chart. Also includes historical overview of campaign and all 10 battles, uniform painting guides, and rule changes and additions for TSATF. Color photos throughout.1 vol, 64 pgs 2019 US, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-221990 Rawson, Andrew THE LEARNING PROCESS: The BEF's Art of War on the Western Front 1914-18 The men who went to war in August 1914 fought completely differently to those who survived until the Armistice on 11 November 1918. Analyzes the bloody learning process the British Expeditionary Force had to go through on the Western Front. Explains the development of the tactics, impact new weapons and ammunition, and new challenges of modified and improved German defensive tactics and upgraded fortifications. Includes 10 maps.

Each battle and campaign is studied in turn, starting with the first lessons learnt by the Old Contemptibles who served 1914 and the rigid attack plans of 1915. Next comes the rapid evolution of infantry and artillery plans during the Somme campaign in the summer of 1916 and the changes made to accommodate the tank in the autumn.

The important developments in combined arms warfare, and the German reactions to it, are followed through as the 1917 campaigns of Arras and Ypres are discussed. The year ends with a look at the Tank Corps' successes and problems which were highlighted at Cambrai.

The year 1918 starts with the huge German offensives across the Somme, the Lys, and on the Aisne. The strategic mistakes made before the battles, and the tactical decisions made during them, are looked at in turn. Finally, we see how the art of combined arms warfare matured during the offensives of July and August 1918, culminating with the breaking of the Drocourt-Queant Line and the Hindenburg Line in September.1 vol, 346 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-221980 Watson, Phillip AUDREGNIES: The Flank Guard Action and the First Cavalry Charge of the Great War 24 August 1914 The book starts at the point the Germany army crosses the Belgium border and follows the individual stories of the key characters, Field Marshals and soldiers alike, military and civilian, German, Belgian, and French, of those who were to be intimately involved in the 'flank guard action at Elouges and the cavalry action of the 2nd Cavalry Brigade.

Includes a series of high-quality maps which help to explain the complexity of the action at Audregnies and Elouges, and is profusely illustrated, with pictures of those who were there. Draws together many unpublished diary accounts from all the regiments involved and period articles from the UK press illustrating the story as it unfolded back in England. Includes 43 b/w photos, 15 color photos, 10 b/w illustrations, and 18 b/w maps.

The analysis and critique is solely based around the actions of the units involved and has avoided some of the much repeated 'sound bites' which are not relevant to his story. The analysis is based around the instructions given to Field Marshal French by Lord Kitchener before he left and how the commanders implemented the tactics which had been articulated in their own specific to arms publications and the Field Service Manual 1909.1 vol, 350 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-222010 Guardia, Mike AMERICAN GUERRILLA: The Forgotten Heroics of Russell W. Volckman -- The Man Who Escaped from Bataan, Raised a Filipino Army against the Japanese, and became the True 'Father' of Army Special Forces When American forces surrendered on Bataan, Army Captain Russell Volckmann refused and disappeared into the jungles of north Luzon where he raised a Filipino army of over 22,000 men. For the next three years, he led a guerrilla war against the Japanese, killing over 50,000 enemy soldiers. At the same time he established radio contact with MacArthur's HQ in Australia and directed Allied forces to key enemy positions. When General Yamashita finally surrendered, he made his initial overtures not to MacArthur, but to Volckmann.

This book establishes how Volckmann's leadership was critical to the outcome of the war in the Philippines. His ability to synthesize the realities and potential of guerrilla warfare led to a campaign that rendered Yamashita's forces incapable of repelling the Allied invasion. Had it not been for Volckmann, the Americans would have gone in 'blind' during their counter-invasion, reducing their efforts to a trial-and-error campaign that would undoubtedly have cost more lives, materiel, and potentially stalled the pace of the entire Pacific War.

Second, this book establishes Volckmann as the progenitor of modern counterinsurgency doctrine and the true 'Father' of Army Special Forces -- a title that history has erroneously awarded to Colonel Aaron Bank of the ETO. In 1950, Volckmann wrote two Army field manuals: Operations Against Guerrilla Forces and Organization and Conduct of Guerrilla Warfare, though today few realize he was their author. Together, they became the Army's first handbooks outlining the precepts for both special warfare and counter-guerrilla operations.

Taking his argument directly to the Army Chief of Staff, Volckmann outlined the concept for Army Special Forces. At a time when U.S. military doctrine was conventional in outlook, he marketed the ideas of guerrilla warfare as a critical force multiplier for any future conflict, ultimately securing the establishment of the Army's first special operations unit -- the 10th Special Forces Group.1 vol, 240 pgs 2019 US, CASEMATE
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1-221940 McGilvray, Evan POLAND AND THE SECOND WORLD WAR: 1938-1948 Bio of the commander of the 1st Polish Armored Division in Northwest Europe 1944-45. Includes 120 b/w photos and four maps. A limited-edition hardback printing of 500 copies, all copies individually numbered, and signed by the author, Evan McGilvray.

Bio notes Maczek was born in the Austrian sector, which meant in 1914 he was conscripted into the Imperial Austrian Army, with which he served with great credit on the Italian Front, high in the Alps. It was this experience which was to serve Maczek well in his future career in the Polish Army after 1918. Maczek should be remembered for his pioneering use of mixed armor and infantry units as well as the early use of commando-style units during the Polish border wars of 1918-1920.

It was feared that the German forces in Normandy might be able to flee over the River Seine and head eastwards towards Germany. A magnificent, stubborn and costly stand by the Polish 1st Armored Division during August 1944 prevented this happening, and the Normandy Campaign was able to succeed. Maczek's division was later able to advance into Germany, fighting its way through the Low Countries. 1 vol, 352 pgs 2019 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-221920 Prefer, Nathan LEYTE 1944: The Soldiers' Battle Originally intending to delay the advancing Americans, the Japanese high command decided to make Leyte the 'Decisive Battle' for the western Pacific and rushed crack Imperial Army units from Manchuria, Korea, and Japan itself to halt and then overwhelm the Americans. As were most battles in the Pacific, it was a long, bloody, and brutal fight. As did the Japanese, the Americans were forced to rush in reinforcements to compensate for the rapid increase in Japanese forces on Leyte.

This unique battle also saw a major Japanese counterattack -- not a banzai charge, but a carefully thought-out counteroffensive designed to push the Americans off the island and capture the elusive General MacArthur. Both American and Japanese battalions spent days surrounded by the enemy, often until relieved or overwhelmed. Under General Yamashita's guidance it also saw a rare deployment of Japanese paratroopers in conjunction with the ground assault offensive.

Finally there were more naval and air battles, all designed to protect or cover landing operations of friendly forces. Leyte was a three-dimensional battle, fought with the best both sides had to offer, and did indeed decide the fate of the Philippines in World War II.1 vol, 424 pgs 2019 US, CASEMATE
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