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1-VXA028 ROMAN AUXILIARY INFANTRY: 28mm Plastic Miniatures Contains 24 28mm sized plastic figures per set. Supplied unassembled and unpainted.1 vol, 12 pgs 2017 UK VICTRIX LTD
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1-451511201 Warlord Games, Clockwork Goblin KONFLIKT '47: Japanese Starter Set June 1947. The Imperial Japanese Army is consolidating its position after almost 16 years of war, first with China, then in a brief struggle with the Soviet Union and later against the US and British Commonwealth. With major gains on the Asian mainland and still holding territory across the Pacific, the Japanese Army is under pressure but holding firm.

New Rift-tech weaponry is appearing in greater numbers and the Allies political uncertainty plays to Japan's advantage. The fortitude and fanaticism of the Japanese soldier remains a potent force, but it's the Rift-tech Scorpion light walker that terrifies its enemies, a stealthy machine with a powerful weapon load. As Walker technology advances, the humble tank may become obsolete, but in the meantime, the Rift-tech weaponry upgrades keep the proven Type 97-Kai Shinhoto Chi-Ha in the front line, its compression cannon capable of defeating infantry and Allied tanks alike.

This Konflikt '47 starter set provides the men and machines needed to finally push the Allies out of Asia and ensure the domination for the Emperor.

Ready a new age of Japanese warfare. This starter set contains:
* An A5 softback Konflikt '47 rulebook
* 1 Scorpion light Walker (resin & metal)
* 1 Chi-Ha medium tank with compression cannon (resin, metal & plastic)
* 24 Japanese infantry (plastic)
* 5 Japanese Battle Exoskeleton Infantry (metal)
* Pin Markers
* 6 six-sided dice
* 6 Order Dice1 vol, 1 pgs 2017 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-908361 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 361 THEME: CAVALRY

* Big Men on Big Horses: Heavy Cavalry at Waterloo
* Shock and Awe: Medieval Knights
* Horseflesh to Horsepower: Evolution of 15th/19th Hussars from horses to armored vehicles
* Bugles and Sabers: US Cavalry History
* Painting the Royals: Techniques for British Cavalry

OTHER ARTICLES:

* Observation Post: What's New
* The Floating Hulk: Solo Scenario for Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago
* Designer's Notes: 1871 Rules
* Odds Bodkins: 'Best Game' Winners at The Other Partizan, including Crecy
* Rules Showcase: Maximillian 1934
* Battle of Al-Hamed: British in Egypt
* James II Part IV: Battle of Sole Bay
* How To Make Amaizing Bases: Creating North American Maize Fields
* Historicon Painting Competition 2017
* Company Profile: Geek Nation Tours1 vol, 108 pgs 2017 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-916415 various MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue #415 Articles Include:

* FORWARD OBSERVER: What's up and coming in (mostly) historical wargaming with reports on MiniFigs, Warlord, Osprey, Warbases, and Adler.
* SEND THREE AND FOURPENCE: Rolica - Scenario for Command & Colours Napoleonics
* REINVENTING AN OLD FRIEND: Part 3 (Terrain using 10x10 matrix of card results) about retreading an old set of Ancients Rules
* A TRIP TO COLOURS: The Editor makes a trip to this long standing wargames show.
* ASTEROIDS: How to build economical asteroids from sponges for a space-based gaming table.
* THE SILENT CITY: The Armies of Rei Bouba: Army list for Death in the Dark Continent
* FANTASY FACTS: The usual sweep over what's hot and what's not in F&SF gaming with releases from Modiphius, Osprey, Warlord, Crooked Dice, Hexy Shop, and Brigade.
* PORTABLE HAMMER: Conversion of The Portable Wargame for use as a set of fantasy rules.
* HEREWARD: The Editor takes his camera to a show in deepest East Anglia.
* NOSTALGIA...AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE: Tips on bringing a Retro Project to the tabletop
* RECCE: What to read and what to delete from your wish list for wargamers.
* WARGAMES WIDOW: How to make rivers
* WHY WE PAINT FIGURES: As a counter point to a piece in issue 413
* CLUB DIRECTORY: Find a club in your vicinity1 vol, 96 pgs 2017 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
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1-935093 Various WARGAMES SOLDIERS & STRATEGY # 93 FEATURE: The Dutch During the Eighty Years' War
* An Introduction to the Dutch Revolt: Wargaming the Eighty Years' War
* A Running Battle or a Fixed Fight: Gembloers, 1578
* Don Juan Tries to Seduce the States General - Battle of Rijmenam 1 August, 1578
* A Clever Ruse Takes the Day - The Peat Ship of Breda
* Building an 80 Years' War Army - Revolt Against the Empire
* On the Cover: A Cunning Plan

OTHER ARTICLES:
* Bitesize Battles: The Ako Vendetta - 47 Ronin
* Defending the Finns from the Pagan Rus: The Papal Bull and the Novgorod Bear
* Battle for the Coaling at Port Republic: They Fought Like Demons
* Bolt Action for the Great War: The Battle of the Marne
* 2mm Roman Triplex Acies Made Easy: DIY Epic Legions
* An Island in the Ocean of Sand: Making a Desert Oasis
* Creating Captain Joe Darkie: Death from the Jungle

DEPARTMENTS:

* Miniature Reviews
* This Gaming Life: Time, Tide, and Yesterday's Lead
* Tabletop Tactics: All the 'C's
* The Irregular: Social Mechanics in Game Design
* Fast Play World War II Aerial Action - Let's Play Blood Red Skies
* Game Reviews: Powder & Sword, Frostgrave: Ghost Archipelago, Bonnie Blue Flag, and Maximilian 1934
* Book reviews
* Parting shots1 vol, 84 pgs 2017 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-211721 Ayres, Nick 3RD GENERATION WARFARE: Cold War Data Book Supplement 3rd Generation Warfare is a set of Modern Wargaming rules for Combined Arms Conflict. This first data book covers the Cold war. With army lists and hundreds of vehicle stats for all the NATO members and the Soviet Union.1 vol, 241 pgs 2015 UK, SILVER BULLET PRODUCTION
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1-215320 Cordery, Bob THE PORTABLE WARGAME: Simple Wargame Rules The Portable Wargame has been developed over the past ten years to meet the needs of wargamers who want a fast, easy to learn, simple to use set of wargames rules that don't require the player to purchase and paint a large collection of figures and that can be staged on a small dinner table, a large coffee table, or something even smaller. The rules are designed to be used with a gridded tabletop made up of squares or hexes.1 vol, 108 pgs 2017 UK, EGLINTON BOOKS
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1-215380 Fratantuono. Lee LUCULLUS: The Life and Campaigns of a Roman Conqueror The military achievements of Lucius Licinius Lucullus (118-57/56 B.C.) have been the subject of admiration and great respect throughout the history of the study of warfare. Yet there have been few studies dedicated to a comprehensive examination of exactly how Lucullus conquered the Roman East and made it a more or less cohesive part of the empire.

Lee Frantantuono considers every aspect of Lucullus' life, starting with the training and education of a future Roman officer, but the greatest emphasis is on his military strategy and tactics during the Third Mithridatic War and his military adventures in Armenia.

His most famous achievement was his victory against immense odds at the land battle of Tigranocerta. We are also reminded that he one of the most formidable naval strategists of the Roman Republic. Lucullus complicated relationship with Sulla and Crassus is explored and the study concludes with the retirement of the man Pliny the Elder memorably referred to as 'Xerxes in a Toga' -- a patron of the arts and master of a life of horticulture and reflection.1 vol, 208 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-215360 Hyden, Marc GAIUS MARIUS: The Rise and Fall of Rome's Saviour Gaius Marius was one of the most remarkable and significant figures of the late Roman Republic. At a time when power tended to be restricted to a clique of influential families, he rose from relatively humble origins to attain the top office of consul. He even went on to hold the post an unprecedented seven times.

His political career flourished but was primarily built on military success. First serving in the Numantine War in Spain, he later rose to high command and brought a long-running war in North Africa to a successful conclusion, bringing the Numidian King Jurgurtha back in chains. His return was timely as northern barbarian tribes threatened Italy and had previously defeated several Roman armies. Marius reformed and retrained the Republic's forces and decisively defeated the invaders that had easily overpowered his predecessors.

Marius' subsequent career was primarily that of an elder statesman, but it was dominated by his rivalry with his erstwhile subordinate, Sulla, which ultimately led to the latter's bloody coup. Marius, once hailed as the savior of Rome, eventually became a desperate fugitive, literally fleeing for his life from his pursuers. However, after several harrowing brushes with death, Marius seized an opportunity to return to Rome and mete out justice to his enemies, which tarnished his once-enviable reputation.1 vol, 344 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-215370 Roberts, Mike HANNIBAL'S ROAD: The Second Punic War in Italy 213-203 BC Many books have been written on the Second Punic War and Hannibal in particular but few give much space to his campaigns in the years from 213 - 203 BC'. Most studies concentrate on Hannibal's series of stunning victories in the early stages of the war, culminating at Cannae in 216 BC, then refocus on the activities of his nemesis, Scipio Africanus, in Spain until the two meet in the final showdown at Zama. But this has led to the neglect of some of the Carthaginian genius' most remarkable campaigns.

By 212 the wider war was definitely going against the Carthaginians. Yet Hannibal, despite being massively outnumbered and with little support from home, was able to sustain his polyglot army and campaign actively across southern Italy for another ten years. His skillful maneuvering and victory in numerous engagements kept several veteran armies of the normally aggressive Romans tied up and on the defensive, until Scipio's invasion of North Africa pulled him home to defend Carthage. Mike Roberts follows the course of these remarkable events in detail, analyzing Hannibal's strategy and aims in this phase of the war and revealing a genius that had lost none of its luster in adversity. 1 vol, 288 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-215340 Ebben, Maurits ALBA: General and Servant to the Crown Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, Third Duke of Alba, is one of the most formidable and controversial figures of the sixteenth century. He has been depicted as a great hero, an indefatigable defender of the Catholic faith, and a true buttress of the Spanish monarchy, but also as a terrifying man, the dark suppressor of the revolt in the Low Countries.

During his long and fascinating life Alba revealed wide-ranging skills and interests. A successful soldier, he was also a distinguished courtier and an influential diplomat serving his monarchs, Charles V and Philip II, without fail.

Moreover, he was an avid art collector. Using a variety of sources, including previously unexamined data, 16 leading historians from eight countries present newly developed insights and offer a nuanced image of the Grand Duque. Adopting different perspectives, they shed new light on this intriguing and influential leader, thus showing that Alba continues to be deserving of study and discussion.1 vol, 464 pgs 2013 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-215350 Bruijn, Jaap DE RUYTER: Dutch Admiral Was Michiel de Ruyter the greatest sea commander who ever lived? Or simply the greatest sea commander of the 17th century? In this book, nine leading historical authorities from seven different countries examine his astonishing career.

Some people see him as the man who saved the Dutch Republic, and ensured its independence. He knew how to fight a sea-battle on the grandest scale. He could also haggle like a canny Dutch merchant, achieving the release of Hungarian clergymen from Spanish captivity and that of Dutch sailors from barbarian imprisonment. Louis XIV, often his opponent, called him 'a man who did honor to humanity.'1 vol, 280 pgs 2011 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-930308 STRATEGY & TACTICS # 308: The War of Jenkins' Ear The War of Jenkins' Ear is a theater-wide operational two-player game that simulates that last great clash between the English and Spanish empires in the Caribbean during the mid-1700's. Before the American Revolution, control of the Caribbean was to be decisive considering the lucrative commodities that were available to be traded in the West Indies, and this game pits the superior naval might of the English against the long-established Spanish fortified settlements throughout the Caribbean. Though presented as a strategic setting, the game's combat mechanics are operational in scope and so every individual ship-of-line is included, every unit, and even the prominent admirals and leaders that fought during this little-known war.

The War of Jenkins Ear is every bit as much a land game as it is a naval game, and players must manage production, defenses of their ports, and contend with the weather and the treacherous sea. Components: One 22x34-inch map and 280 counters.1 vol, 84 pgs 2017 US, DECISION GAMES
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1-215330 Hattendorf, John MARLBOROUGH: Soldier and Diplomat John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, has long been regarded as one of Britain's greatest generals as well as a key English political figure in the first decade of the 18th century. Full-color illustrations throughout.

The subject of numerous books in English, Marlborough has typically been seen only in terms of British political and military history. In this book, 12 leading specialists of the period broaden the perspective by assessing Marlborough in the wider and more diverse contexts of the European situation, the common soldier in the British army, the complementary activities of navies, the differing perspectives of the Austrians, Dutch, French, and Germans as well as in the context of the British popular press and the visual arts.1 vol, 408 pgs 2012 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-215400 Pulham, Francis FALLEN GIANTS: The Combat Debut of the T-35A Tank The Soviet T-35A is the only five-turreted tank in history to enter production. With a long and proud service history on Soviet parade grounds, the T-35A was forced to adapt to the modern battlefield when WWII broke out.

Outclassed and outdated, the T-35A tried to hold its own against the German invaders to no avail. Very little is known about these strange vehicles, beyond their basic shape and photographs of them on parade grounds and battlefields. Battlefield photographs have been cross-referenced with maps and documents to bring about a complete look at the T-35A in WWII. It is a grim depiction of the aftermath of the giants that were the Soviet T-35A tanks.1 vol, 144 pgs 2017 UK, FONTHILL MEDIA
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1-215390 Doherty, Richard EL ALAMEIN 1942: Turning Point in the Desert The Battle of El Alamein is well established as a pivotal moment of WWII. Following the wildly fluctuating fortunes of the opposing sides, there was a real risk that Rommel's Afrika Korps and his Italian allies would break through and seize Cairo with catastrophic strategic and political implications for the Allies. That this never happened is, of course, well known but, as this highly readable yet authoritative work reveals, there were moments of extreme peril and anxiety.

Churchill's bold, nay desperate, decisions concerning key appointments, Montgomery's stubborn refusal to be rushed, Rommel's chronic logistic problems and critical air superiority are all examined in expert detail. The author's description of the actual fighting is brought to life by personal accounts as well as his complete grasp of the plan and tactics involved.1 vol, 288 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-215410 Santarini, Marco BISMARCK AND HOOD: The Battle of the Denmark Strait - A Technical Analysis for a New Perspective The legendary Battle of the Denmark Strait, which saw the mighty German battleship Bismarck sink Britain's HMS Hood in an epic duel of the titans, has been dogged by controversy to this day. Was the doomed HMS Hood really sunk by a shell that penetrated her wooden decks to explode in one of her magazine compartments? Others believe that Bismarck's fortunate shell detonated in Hood's cordite supply - the powder that propelled 82lb shells some staggering 17,700 yards - suggesting that damage examined on the wreck indicates a more distinct explosion. Or was the Hood's destructive and violent demise a new, and until now, unexplained act of war?

The sinking of HMS Hood on Empire Day, 24 May 1941, resulted in the single largest loss of life for the Royal Navy during the Second World War: 1,415 lives were lost. There were absolutely no traces of any crewmen save three survivors. Bismarck and Hood: The Battle of the Denmark Strait - A Technical Analysis is a controversial and electric study of this infamous battle.

The author, a rear admiral in the Italian Navy, is a leading expert in gunnery and his book, a work of over two decades of study, further investigates this battle in an attempt to attain a more credible explanation. The events and tactics leading up to the battle are explained within their various contexts and a cinematic and ballistic model of the battle was developed, essential for a statistical analysis of Hood's sinking. Certainly, no one will ever be able to confirm what exactly happened in the Denmark Strait on that fateful day, but this fascinating book disposes of myths and falsehoods to give a more definitive and realistic interpretation of this iconic battle between HMS Hood and Bismarck.1 vol, 168 pgs 2017 UK, FONTHILL MEDIA
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1-2137506 Simon Forty and Leo Marriott THE FALAISE GAP BATTLES: Normandy 1944 The Past & Present Series reconstructs historical battles by using photography, juxtaposing modern views with those of the past. It shows how much infrastructure has remained and points to the passing nature of things such as outfits, uniforms, and ephemera. More than 100 color and black and white photos and maps (contemporary and modern) and illustrations provide extensive coverage of the area of invasion.

The denouement of the battle of Normandy, the fighting around Falaise and Chambois in August 1944 and the pursuit of the retreating German armies to the Seine provided the Allies with an immense victory. After 10 weeks of hard attrition fighting, the Allies had broken loose from the bocage and the Germans' deep defenses around Caen. By the end of September, they would be close to the German border.

As US First Army and British Second Army squeezed the western and northern edges of the German salient, so Third Army rushed headlong eastwards and then north to create the lower of two pincers-the other formed as the Canadian First Army and the Polish 1st Armored Division pushed south of Caen.

As could be expected, the Germans did not simply give up: they fought furiously to keep the pincers from closing. When they did, attacks from inside the pocket to break out and outside the pocket to break in led to fierce fighting between Chambois and Argentan. When the dust settled, between 80,000 and 100,000 troops had been trapped by the Allied encirclement. Estimates vary considerably, but it seems safe to say that at least 10,000 of the German forces were killed and around 50,000 became PoWs. The rest, however, escaped, but without most of their equipment, destroyed in the battle or abandoned in the retreat over the Seine. Those that did escape were subsequently to reform, rearm, and conduct an effective defense into late 1944.1 vol, 64 pgs 2017 US, CASEMATE
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1-2137507 Simon Forty and Leo Marriott 1ST AIRBORNE: Market Garden 1944 The Past & Present Series reconstructs historical battles by using photography, juxtaposing modern views with those of the past. It shows how much infrastructure has remained and points to the passing nature of things such as outfits, uniforms, and ephemera. More than 100 color and black and white photos and maps (contemporary and modern) and illustrations provide extensive coverage of the area of invasion.

While the 6th Airborne Division had landed in France on D-Day and covered itself in glory, its counterpart, the 1st Airborne Division, had last seen action during an amphibious assault at Taranto on September 9, 1943, as part of the invasion of Italy. Returned to the UK in December 1943, it was held in reserve during the battle of Normandy and spent three months waiting for action, as plan after plan was proposed and then discarded, such was the speed of the Allied pursuit of the Germans.

In September 1944, however, 1st Airborne played a leading role in Operation Market-the air component of Operation Market Garden, an audacious attempt by the Allies to bypass the Siegfried Line and advance into the Ruhr. It was to be 1st Airborne's last action of the war. Encountering more resistance than expected, including II SS Panzer Corps, the division landed too far from Arnhem bridge, and fought bravely but in vain. Held up en route, particularly at Nijmegen, XXX Corps' advance to Arnhem stuttered and ran late. After nine days of fighting, 1st Airborne had lost 8,000 men around Arnhem when the survivors retreated across the Lower Rhine to safety. During those nine days, however, they had created a legend: first as the small unit under Lt-Col John Frost held the 'bridge too far' and then as the Oosterbeek perimeter came under sustained attack waiting for XXX Corps to arrive.1 vol, 64 pgs 2017 US, CASEMATE
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1-2137505 Smith, Stephen and Simon Forty 82ND AIRBORNE: Normandy 1944 The Past & Present Series reconstructs historical battles by using photography, juxtaposing modern views with those of the past. It shows how much infrastructure has remained and points to the passing nature of things such as outfits, uniforms, and ephemera. More than 100 color and black and white photos and maps (contemporary and modern) and illustrations provide extensive coverage of the area of invasion.

On August 15, 1942, the 82nd Airborne became the US Army's first airborne division. Commanded by Major General Matthew B. Ridgway, they trained exhaustively for their new role, which involved parachuting from C-47s and insertion by Waco CG-4A gliders.

In April 1943 the 82nd was shipped overseas to Casablanca, North Africa, and on July 9 made its first combat drop as part of Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily. A second operation-night parachute drops onto the Salerno beachhead on September 13 and 14-provided more experience, and in December, the bulk of the division left for the United Kingdom and training for D-Day.

Reorganized with two new parachute infantry regiments, the 507th and the 508th, joining the 505th, the division dropped onto the Cotentin peninsula between Ste-Mere-Eglise and Carentan on the night of June 5-6, in a mission code-named Boston. Their glider-borne component, the 325th GIR, arrived the next day. Widely dispersed on landing, the division overcame its problems and strong German defenses to take the important town of Ste-Mere-Eglise.

Further intense action along the Merderet River ensured that the Utah beachhead wasn't compromised, and subsequently, the division fought on losing 5,245 troopers killed, wounded, or missing. When withdrawn after 33 days of action, the division could be satisfied it had performed heroically and helped establish the Allied forces' foothold in France.1 vol, 64 pgs 2017 US, CASEMATE
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1-2137508 Smith, Stephen and Simon Forty LEIBSTANDARTE: Ardennes 1944 The Past & Present Series reconstructs historical battles by using photography, juxtaposing modern views with those of the past. It shows how much infrastructure has remained and points to the passing nature of things such as outfits, uniforms, and ephemera. More than 100 color and black and white photos and maps (contemporary and modern) and illustrations provide extensive coverage of the area of invasion.

The 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler was the spearhead of the assault by Sepp Dietrich's Sixth Panzer Armee on the northern flank of the German Ardennes offensive. Divided into Kampfgruppen, the lead was Kampfgruppe Peiper whose armored force included SS Heavy Tank Battalion 501 equipped with King Tigers.

The attack was launched on a snowy, freezing December 16, but from the outset, the division lost time against schedule. It captured a fuel dump at Bullingen, but brave defense forced Peiper onto the southern Rollbahn D whose tight, winding roads proved difficult to negotiate and soon the Kampfgruppe was strung out over 25 kilometers with its heavy armor-the King Tigers-slowly losing ground as vehicle after vehicle succumbed to automotive failures. Pushing through Stavelot and Trois Pont, the advanced units of the Kampfgruppe reached Stoumont before lack of fuel-the Americans had retaken Stavelot and closed off the route for German resupply-and US Army action forced it to halt at La Gleize.

Six days later, on Christmas Eve, with no hope and no fuel, Peiper and his men abandoned their vehicles and made their way back to their lines: only 770 got there. They left behind 135 armored vehicles including the King Tiger that today stands in front of the museum at La Gleize. They also left scattered on their route the murdered bodies of US servicemen-at Malmedy, Ligneuville, and Wereth-and civilians, massacres that would lead to postwar trials and continued recriminations.1 vol, 64 pgs 2017 US, CASEMATE
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1-956057 various WORLD AT WAR # 57: Escape Hell's Gate Escape Hell's Gate covers the final attempt of the German 3rd Panzer Corps formations to reach those German units that were encircled within the Korsun Pocket between 10 - 17 February 1944. The battle of Korsun began on 25 January 1944 with an attack by the Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front forces spearheaded by the 5th Guards Tank Army from the eastern side of the Korsun salient. The attack was followed a day later by a second attack on the western side of the salient by 1st Ukrainian Fronts forces. The forces of the two Soviet Fronts met each other near Zvenigorodka three days later. The Pocket the Soviets created centered on the airfield at Korsun, encircled most of the units of two German Corps, and was the largest encirclement the Soviets had achieved since the Battle of Stalingrad in November 1942.

Escape Hell's Gate is a two-player game using the standard Fire & Movement folio rules system and a set of exclusive rules that model the actual campaign. The game presents some unique challenges to both the German and Soviet player as the German relief forces attempt to break through the pocket, while the German forces within the pocket struggle to survive the Soviet onslaught. The Soviet player will be faced with moving his forces to block the relief attempt while making a final push to reduce the pocket. Both players will be fighting two battles and how well each player allocates his forces will determine the victor.

Components: 22x34-inch map and 280 die-cut counters.1 vol, 62 pgs 2017 CA, DECISION GAMES
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1-215411 Witkowski, Piotr OPERATION MARKET GARDEN PARATROOPERS: Volume 1 -- Uniforms, Equipment and Personal Items of the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade A history of the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade in WWII, covering its organization, uniforms and equipment. All personal items and parts of the uniform shown in the detailed photos. Largely overlooked in other histories of parachute troops, the Polish unit differed in many ways from its British counterparts, and this book fleshes out the history and makes good the omissions and errors in other works.1 vol, 200 pgs 2017 UK, MMP BOOKS
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1-215412 Witkowski, Piotr OPERATION MARKET GARDEN PARATROOPERS: Volume 2 -- Weapons, equipment and transport of the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade A history of the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade in WWII, covering its organization, uniforms and equipment. All personal items and parts of the uniform shown in the detailed photos. Largely overlooked in other histories of parachute troops, the Polish unit differed in many ways from its British counterparts, and this book fleshes out the history and makes good the omissions and errors in other works. 1 vol, 200 pgs 2017 UK, MMP BOOKS
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