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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
rct - recent arrival or pending publication, spc - OMM Special Price
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1-VXDA002 HUSCARLES: Late Saxons/Anglo Danes - Fyrd: 28mm Figures Contains 60 superbly detailed miniatures.

The armored figures representing more well off and equipped select Fyrd or Theigns. The Unarmored represent the standard not so well off Fyrd but still equipped with a stout shield and assortment of helmets and spears, swords and Saxes. Hand axes have not been included in this set not because the Saxons did not use hand axes but because the Viking set has a plethora of spare hand axes. You can use a lot of these with the new Saxon set.

The command frame has a monk and some armored warriors that can be used as commanders, standard bearers and also when equipped with double handed Dane axes as Anglo Danish Huscarls.1 vol, 60 pgs 2019 UK, VICTRIX LTD
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1-VXDA003 HUSCARLES - Late Saxons/Anglo Danes: 28mm Figures Contains 36 superbly detailed miniatures.

The Huscarls set represent the Saxon warrior elite. Equipped with chain mail, an assortment of helmets, they carry a double handed Dane Axe or can use a spear. You can also use some of the two handed axes on some of the body positions on the Saxon warriors frame thus increasing the amount of variety for your Huscarl figures.

There is an assortment of shield shapes including round and kite shaped on the frames. There are enough to equip everybody with a round shield if you so wish, but the Later Saxons/Anglo Danes did use the Kite shield as well. This set is fully supported by LBMS shield transfers.1 vol, 36 pgs 2019 UK, VICTRIX LTD
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1-908000 WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Back Issues 191, 237, 255, 315, 319, 323, 325, 347, 352, 354, 361, 364, 366, 368, 370, 373 Clearing out WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED (WI) back issues 191, 237, 255, 315, 319, 323, 325, 347, 352, 354, 361 for $2.00 each plus postage or any 5 issues for 8.95 plus postage.

Limited number of issues -- if we run out of an issue, we will substitute another issue.

If you wanted to sample WI, here's your (greatly discounted) chance. Normally $9.00 each.1 vol, 60 pgs 1990's UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-219902 Hargreaves, Mark PAINTING WORLD WAR ONE 28MM WARGAMING FIGURES: Volume 2 - The Middle Eastern Theater: Ottoman Empire, German and Austrian Allies Large format, all-color paperback. Second volume in the Partizan Press Painting World War One 28mm painting guide series covers the Middle Eastern Theaters. Includes Ottoman Empire and Her German & Austrian Allies. Infantry, camels, horses, conversion hints, etc.1 vol, 88 pgs 2019 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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2-206620 Teixeria, Ed HELL HATH NO FURY: Tank to Tank Combat What: Tank specific wargame/RPG rules for World War II.
Scale: Tank on tank combat. 1 model/figure equals 1 vehicle.
Your Role: Players can command from one tank up to a company of tanks.
Playability: Designed for solo, same side and head to head play.

Hell Hath No Fury can be played in a variety of ways: You can play as a Tank Commander with one tank, You can play as a Platoon Leader with a platoon of 3 - 5 tanks, You can play as a Company Commander with 2 or more platoons, You can play one-off battles, You can play a full campaign with up to ten scenarios. The bottom line is you can play it any way you like, with any models or counters you like.

Inside you'll find: Rules for tank to tank combat with stats and counters for a variety of American and German vehicles, Ten scenarios covering the period from D-Day to the fall of Berlin, Fully compatible with NUTS, our WW2 game, A minimal bookkeeping Campaign System that gives meaning to every game as the results of one will affect the outcome of the next. 1 vol, 46 pgs 2019 US, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-968013 Stille, Mark 013 GUADALCANAL 1942-43: Japan's Bid to Knock Out Henderson Field and the Cactus Air Force The campaign for Guadalcanal, which stretched from August 1942 until February 1943, centered on Henderson Field. The airfield was captured by the US on 8 August and placed into operation by 20 August. As long as the airfield was kept operational and stocked with sufficient striking power, the Japanese could not run convoys with heavy equipment and large amounts of supplies to the island. Instead, they were forced to rely on night runs by destroyers which could not carry enough men or supplies to shift the balance decisively against the American garrison on the island.

The American air contingent on the island, named the 'Cactus Air Force', comprised Marine, Navy and Army Air Force units. It had the challenging mission of defending the airfield against constant Japanese attacks, and more importantly, of striking major Japanese attempts to reinforce the island.

The mission of neutralizing Henderson Field fell primarily to the Imperial Navy's Air Force flying out of airfields in the Rabaul area. The units charged with this mission were among the most accomplished in the entire Imperial Navy with a high proportion of very experienced pilots and a superb air superiority fighter (the famous 'Zero'). However, the distance from Rabaul to Guadalcanal handicapped Japanese operations and their primary bomber was terribly vulnerable to interception.1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-972045 Hill, Alexander 045 SAMURAI vs ASHIGARU: Japan 1543-75 During the 16th century, Japan underwent a military revolution, characterized by the deployment of large armies, the introduction of firearms and an eventual shift towards fighting on foot. This study encapsulates these great changes through an exploration of the experience on the ground at three key battles, Uedahara (1548), Mikata ga Hara (1573) and Nagashino (1575), in which two very different types of warrior were pitted against each other.

On one side were samurai, the elite aristocratic knights whose status was proclaimed by the possession and use of a horse. On the other side were the foot soldiers known as ashigaru, lower-class warriors who were initially attendants to the samurai but who joined the armies in increasing numbers, attracted by loot and glory. These two types of warrior battled for dominance across the period, changing and adapting their tactics as time went on.

In this title, the development of the conflicts between samurai and ashigaru is explored across three key battles, where highly trained elite mounted samurai of the Takeda clan faced ashigaru at very different stages in their development. The profound and irreversible changes that took place as the conflicts progressed are analyzed in detail, culminating in the eventual incorporation of the ashigaru as the lowest ranks of the samurai class in within the standing army of Tokugawa Japan. Supported by contemporary photographs and full-color illustrations.1 vol, 80 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-975071 Walter, John 071 HOTCHKISS MACHINE GUNS: From Verdun to Iwo Jima Created by a long-forgotten Austrian nobleman, Adolf Odkolek von Augezd, the air-cooled Hotchkiss machine gun was the first to function effectively by tapping propellant gas from the bore as the gun fired. Although the Hotchkiss would be overshadowed by the water-cooled Maxim and Vickers Guns, it proved its effectiveness during the Russo-Japanese War.

The gun, quirky though it was, was successful enough to persuade Laurence Benet and Henri Mercie to develop the Modele Portative: a man-portable version which, it was hoped, could move with infantrymen as they advanced. Later mounted on tanks and aircraft, it became the first automatic weapon to obtain a 'kill' in aerial combat.

Though it served the French and US armies during World War I (and also the British in areas where French and British units fought alongside each other), the Odkolek-Hotchkiss system was to have its longest-term effect in Japan. Here, a succession of derivatives found favour in theatres of operations in which water-cooling could be more of a liability than an asset. When US forces landed on Saipan, Guam and Iwo Jima, battling their way from island to island across the Pacific, it was the 'Woodpecker' - the Type 92 Hotchkiss, with its characteristically slow rate of fire - which cut swathes through their ranks. Supported by contemporary photographs and full-color illustrations.1 vol, 80 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-977051 Konstam, Angus 051 TIRPITZ IN NORWAY: X-craft Midget Submarines Raid the Fjords, Operation Source 1943 In September 1943, under the cover of darkness, six British midget submarines crept into the heart of enemy territory, penetrating a heavily guarded Norwegian fjord in an attempt to eliminate the threat of the powerful German battleship, the Tirpitz. Numerous previous attempts to attack the ship from both air and sea had failed, and this mission was carefully organized, and undertaken by skilled operatives who had undergone extensive training in an isolated sea loch.

Though five of the six X-Craft submarines were either lost or captured, two crews had just enough time to lay their explosive charges, which detonated after they were forced to the surface, putting the Tirpitz out of action for a crucial six-month period. Masterminded from a top-secret naval headquarters on the east coast of Scotland, Operation Source has been memorialized as one of the most daring naval raids of World War II.

This new study tells the complete story of this epic operation in unparalleled detail, supported by full-color illustrations and contemporary photography.1 vol, 80 pgs 2015 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-992131 Forsyth, Robert 131 ME 210/410 ZERSTORER UNITS One of the most dramatic bombers of its day, the Convair B-58 came to epitomize the Cold War power of Strategic Air Command. Introduced only 12 years after the sound barrier was first broken, this iconic plane became the first large long-range supersonic bomber to take to the skies, a feat which had seemed far-fetched only a few years previously.

Outstripping its contemporaries in terms of speed, and agile enough to escape most interceptors, the B-58 was a remarkable feat of engineering, setting 19 world speed records and collecting a host of trophies. The first operational bomber capable of Mach 2 at 63,000 feet, it was able to evade hostile fighters and represented a serious threat to targets across the Soviet Bloc. Supported by contemporary first-hand accounts, photography, and full-color illustrations.1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995276 Zaloga, Steven 276 GERMAN GUIDED MISSILES OF WORLD WAR II: Fritz-X to Wasserfall and X4 Although not as well-known as the V-1 buzz bomb and the V-2 missile, the first German missiles to see combat were anti-ship missiles, the Henschel Hs.293 guided missile and the Fritz-X guided bomb. These began to see extensive combat in the Mediterranean in 1943. In their most famous use, the Italian battleship Roma was sunk by a Fritz-X attack in September 1943 when Italy attempted to switch sides. The serious threat posed by these missiles led to a vigorous but little known 'Wizard War' by the Allies to develop electronic countermeasures, the first effort of its kind.

Besides the anti-ship missiles, the other major category of German missiles were the air-defense missiles. Germany suffered extremely heavy losses from Allied strategic bombing attacks, and German fighter and flak defenses proved increasingly unsuccessful. As a result, the Luftwaffe began an extensive program to deploy several families of new air defense missiles to counter the bomber threat, including the Wasserfall, Schmetterling, and others.

This book traces the origins of these missile programs and examines their development and use in combat. With full-color illustrations and detailed explorations of the stories behind the missiles, this study offers a comprehensive overview of German guided missiles in the World War II era.1 vol, 48 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996344 Stille, Mark 344 JAVA SEA 1942: Japan's Conquest of the Netherlands East Indies The battle of the Java Sea, fought in February 1942, was the first major surface engagement of the Pacific War and one of the few naval battles of the entire war fought to a decisive victory. It was the culminating point of the Japanese drive to occupy the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) and, to defend the territory, the Allies assembled a striking force comprised of Dutch, American, British and even an Australian ship, all under the command of a resolute Dutch admiral.

On 27 February 1942, the Allied striking force set course to intercept the Japanese invasion force in the Java Sea. In one of the few such times during the whole of World War II a protracted surface engagement was fought unmolested by airpower. For over seven hours, the Allied force attempted to attack the Japanese invasion force, finally breaking off in the early evening. Some three hours later, the Allied force, now reduced to just four remaining cruisers and two destroyers, attempted another attack on the invasion convoy during which Japanese torpedoes scored heavily, sinking two Dutch cruisers and bringing the battle to a conclusion. Over the next two days, as the Allies attempted to flee, five more ships were sunk. From that point on, Allied naval power was eliminated from Southeast Asia. 1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997229 Chartrand, Rene 229 RAIDERS FROM NEW FRANCE: North American Forest Warfare Tactics, 17th-18th Centuries Though the French and British colonies in North America began on a 'level playing field', French political conservatism and limited investment allowed the British colonies to forge ahead, pushing into territories that the French had explored deeply but failed to exploit. The subsequent survival of 'New France' can largely be attributed to an intelligent doctrine of raiding warfare developed by imaginative French officers through close contact with Indian tribes and Canadian settlers.

Far from the ad hoc opportunism these raids seemed to represent, they were in fact the result of a deliberate plan to overcome numerical weakness by exploiting the potential of mixed parties of French soldiers, Canadian backwoodsmen and allied Indian warriors.

Supported by contemporary accounts from period documents and newly explored historical records, this study explores the 'hit-and-run' raids which kept New Englanders tied to a defensive position and ensured the continued existence of the French colonies until their eventual cession in 1763.1 vol, 64 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-222040 McNab, Chris THE GREAT BEAR AT WAR: The Russian and Soviet Army, 1917-Present From the chaos of the civil war to the political maneuvering of the Cold War, Russia's armed forces have shaped the future not only of Russia but of countless other countries around the globe. The Great Bear at War: The Russian and Soviet Army, 1917-Present explores the development and struggles of Soviet and Russian armed forces across the numerous conflicts which mark its history.

It charts the great historical events that have defined the Red/Russian Army, especially World War II and the Cold War, but also the post-communist insurgencies and wars in which the Russian military has redeveloped its outlook and mission. The post-Soviet development of the Russian military into a modern force is explored in detail, including its controversial campaigns in Chechnya (1999-2009), Georgia (2008), and Ukraine (from 2014).

Sewn into the narrative are details about the equipment, uniforms, training, service conditions and weaponry of the Soviet/Russian soldiers, bringing personal experience and technological context to the broader history. At a time when the world is closely focused upon Russian military behaviour, The Great Bear at War is both timely and fascinating.1 vol, 384 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-222050 Neville, Leigh THE ELITE: The A-Z of Modern Special Operations Forces Using previously unpublished images from around the world, as well as maps and illustrations, The Elite: The A-Z of Modern Special Operations Forces is the ultimate guide to the secretive world of modern Special Forces. It sends the reader back in time to operations such as Eagle Claw in Iran and the recapture of the Iranian Embassy in London and then forward to recent operations against al Shabaab and Islamic State. Entries also detail units ranging from the New Zealand SAS Group to the Polish GROM, and key individuals from Iraq counter-terrorism strategist General Stanley McChrystal to Victoria Cross recipient SASR Corporal Mark Donaldson.

Answering questions such as how much the latest four-tube night vision goggles worn by the SEALs in Zero Dark Thirty cast, what types of parachutes are used to covertly parachute into a target location, and if Special Forces still use HALO jumps, this book is the definitive single-source guide to the world's elite Special Forces.1 vol, 384 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-222090 Fisher, Thomas ARMY OF THE ROMAN EMPERORS Compared to modern standard, the Roman army of the imperial era was surprisingly small. However, when assessed in terms of their various tasks, they by far outstrip modern armies - acting not only as an armed power of the state in external and internal conflicts, but also carrying out functions which nowadays are performed by police, local government, customs and tax authorities, as well as constructing roads, ships, and buildings. 574 color and black and white images.

With close to 600 illustrations, the costumes, weapons and equipment of the Roman army are explored in detail using archaeological finds dating from the late Republic to Late Antiquity, and from all over the Roman Empire. The buildings and fortifications associated with the Roman army are also discussed. By comparing conflicts, border security, weaponry and artifacts, the development of the army through time is traced.

This work is intended for experts as well as to readers with a general interest in Roman history. It is also a treasure-trove for re-enactment groups, as it puts many common perceptions of the weaponry, equipment and dress of the Roman army to the test.1 vol, 464 pgs 2019 US, CASEMATE
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1-222100 Hoyos, Dexter CARTHAGE'S OTHER WARS: Carthaginian Warfare Outside the 'Punic Wars' Against Rome Carthage was the western Mediterranean's first superpower, long before Rome, and her military history was powerful, eventful, and checkered even before her 'Punic Wars' against Rome. Although characterized in the surviving sources and modern studies as a predominantly mercantile state, Carthage fought many wars, both aggressive and defensive, before and in between the contests with the Roman parvenus. Includes 16 black and white illustrations and 10 black and white maps.

The Greek states of Sicily, above all Syracuse under its tyrants Dionysius the Great and then Agathocles, were her most resolute opponents, but in North Africa itself, in Sardinia, and later on in Spain she won -- and sometimes lost -- major wars. The book is based firmly and analytically on the ancient sources, and among many insights is that Carthage, though usually considered a naval power, did more fighting on land than at sea and with more success.1 vol, 464 pgs 2019 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-222030 Shepherd, William THE PERSIAN WORLD IN HERODOTUS: And Other Ancient Voices Weaving together the accounts of the ancient historian Herodotus with other ancient sources, this is the engrossing story of the triumph of Greece over the mighty Persian Empire.

The Persian War is the name generally given to the first two decades of the period of conflict between the Greeks and the Persians that began in 499 BC and ended around 450. The pivotal moment came in 479, when a massive Persian invasion force was defeated and driven out of mainland Greece and Europe, never to return. The victory of a few Greek city-states over the world's first superpower was an extraordinary military feat that secured the future of Western civilization

All modern accounts of the war as a whole, and of the best-known battles of Marathon, Thermopylae, and Salamis, depend on the ancient sources, foremost amongst them Herodotus. Yet although these modern narratives generally include numerous references to the ancient authors, they quote little directly from them.

The extracts from other ancient writers add value to Herodotus' narrative in various ways: some offer fresh analysis and credible extra detail; some contradict him interestingly; some provide background illumination; and some add drama and color. 1 vol, 512 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-222120 Ingram, Mike RICHARD III AND THE BATTLE OF BOSWORTH This is the story of two very different men, Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England, and Henry Tudor and how they met in battle on 22 August 1485 at Bosworth Field. Includes 68 b/w photos, 17 b/w illustrations, 8pp color plates, 11 b/w maps, and two tables.

The Battle of Bosworth, along with Hastings and Naseby, is one of the most important battles in English history and, on the death of Richard, ushered in the age of the Tudors. This book, using contemporary sources, examines their early lives, the many plots against Richard, and the involvement of Henry's mother, Margaret Beaufort. It also offers a new explanation for Richard's execution of William Hastings.

Despite recent portrayals as the archetypal fence-sitters, the book also shows that the powerful Stanley family had a long standing feud with Richard and were not only complicit in the plots against him in the months before the battle, but probably laid the trap that ultimately led to his death on the battlefield.

It shows that the events that climaxed at Bosworth were made possible by the intrigues of King Louis XI of France and shows that it was not just the fate of England that was at stake but that of France itself. King Louis' taste for intrigue and double-dealing had earned him the nicknames 'the Cunning' and 'the Universal Spider.' The book details how he spun webs of plots and conspiracies first against Edward IV then Richard III, destabilized England, and created a platform for Henry's invasion: policies that were continued by his daughter, Anne de Beaujeu, after Louis death.

This was also a time of revolution in warfare, so the book examines English and European way of war at the time and how it affected the outcome at Bosworth. Then using the latest archaeology and contemporary sources it reconstructs the last hours of Richard III, where the battle took place, and how the battle unfolded using step by step maps and an order of battle for the day. It finally looks at the aftermath of the battle and how Yorkist resistance to the new regime continued into the reign of Henry VIII.1 vol, 302 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-222080 Mc Intyre, James JOURNAL OF THE SEVEN YEARS WAR ASSOCIATION SPECIAL ISSUE: Schaumburg, Lippe and Buckeburg in the Seven Years' War Spring 2018 Volume XXI Number 3 issue.

* The Army of Schaumburg, Lippe and Buckeburg
* Scion of Military Enlightenment: Field Marshal Friedrich Wilhelm Ernst Graf zu Schaumburg, Lippe and Buckeburg
* An Abriged Memoir of What Happened at the Siege of Kassel in 17611 vol, 56 pgs 2019 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-936222 Mc Intyre, James editor SEVEN YEARS WAR ASSOCIATION JOURNAL: Volume XXII No 2 Winter 2018-2019 Volume XXII Number 2 issue.

* Identifying the Gunboat at the Battle of Stoney Point
* Frederick's Mentor: Santa Cruz de Marcenado
* The Popularizer: Friedrich Wilhelm von Zanthier and the Works of Santa Cruz de Marcenado
* Excerpt from Military Reflections of Santa Cruz de Marcenado
* Convention Report: 36th Annual SYWA Convention1 vol, 44 pgs 2019 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-930320 various STRATEGY & TACTICS # 320: Sepoy Mutiny Sepoy Mutiny is a two-player wargame simulating the rebellion of Sepoy troops in the British Indian Empire in 1857-58. One player represents the British command, and the other the leadership of the Rebels. Both sides are trying to gain control of India.

The game system is based on the one originally presented in our earlier S&T games: They Died with Their Boots On, Volumes 1 & 2 (S&T 236 & 242). It uses an interactive sequence of play in which command, rebellions and events are randomly generated. The British Empire player controls British Regular, Punjab (including Sikh), Loyal Sepoy, Auxiliary and Nepalese forces. The Rebels initially control no forces but will gain them from Sepoy and Rebel Badmashes units which mutiny.

Both players can also mobilize various Princely State forces. Each turn represents roughly two months of time. Each hexagon is about 40 miles across. Each unit represents anywhere from 2000 to 10,000 troops. Leaders represent major commanders, their staffs, and guard troops.

Components: One 22x34-inch map, 176 counters, and magazine.1 vol, 84 pgs 2019 US, DECISION GAMES
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1-222070 Gardner, Ian SENT BY THE IRON SKY: The Legacy of an American Parachute Battalion in World War II From the moment they entered the war in June, 1944, the men of 3rd Battalion were faced with brutal fighting against horrendous odds. Later in the year, nearly five months in combat with no relief lead to heavy losses that reduced them to the size of a company. Their heroic defense of Bastogne saw their division awarded a Unit Citation, a first in the history of the US armed forces, and they subsequently fought on across Europe, finishing the war occupying Hitler's mountain retreat of Berchtesgaden.

Drawing on years of research and interviews with veterans of some of the toughest battles of World War II, together with maps and over 200 vintage images, Ian Gardner brings to life some of the most bitter fighting of the war in Europe, laying bare the horrors of war, the deprivations of day-to-day living and the chaos of the front line. Additional material includes a chapter on the fate of the men captured in Normandy and a foreword by Lee Wolverton, the grandson of the commander of 3rd Battalion, Col Robert Wolverton.1 vol, 384 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-222110 Harrel, John S SOVIET CAVALRY OPERATIONS DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR: Genesis of the Operational Manoeuvre Group While the development of tanks had largely led to the replacement of cavalry in most armies by 1939, the Soviets retained a strong mounted arm. In the terrain and conditions of the Eastern Front they were able to play an important role denied them elsewhere. Includes 50 black and white illustrations.

Shows the Soviets developed a doctrine of deep penetration, using cavalry formations to strike into the Axis rear, disrupting logistics and lines of communication, encircling and isolating units. Interestingly he shows that this doctrine did not stem from the native cavalry tradition of the steppe but from the example of the American Civil War. The American approach was copied by the Russians in WWI and the Russian Civil War, refined by the Soviets in the early stages of WWII and perfected during the last two years of the war. The Soviet experience demonstrated that deep operations (cavalry raids) against enemy rear echelons set the conditions for victory.

Although the last horse-mounted units disappeared in the 1950s, their influence led directly to the formation of the Operational Maneuver Groups that, ironically, faced US forces in the Cold War.1 vol, 336 pgs 2019 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-222130 Abebe, Dagmawi EMPEROR'S OWN: Ethiopians in the Korean War In response to North Korea's invasion of South Korea, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, a stalwart advocate of collective security, dispatched an infantry battalion composed of his Imperial Bodyguard to affirm this principle -- something the old League of Nations failed to do when Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935. Includes 88 b/w photos, 8-page color section, 6 maps, 7 diagrams, and 1 table.

The unit (designated Kagnew Battalion) was actually successive battalions which rotated yearly and fought as part of the US 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. When they arrived, these warriors from an ancient empire were viewed with suspicion by their American allies as they were untested in modern warfare. Their arrival in Korea also coincided with the desegregation of the US Army.

However, the Ethiopians eventually earned the respect of their comrades after countless bloody, often hand-to hand battles, with all three battalions which served during the war earning US Presidential Unit Citations. Remarkably, Kagnew was the only UN contingent which did not lose a single man as prisoner of war or missing in action.1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-222060 Cleaver, Thomas McKelvey MiG ALLEY: The US Air Force in Korea 1950-53 Of the many myths that emerged following the end of the Korean War, the prevailing one in the West was that of the absolute supremacy of US Air Force pilots and aircraft over their Soviet-supplied opponents. The claims of the 10:1 victory-loss ratio achieved by the US Air Force fighter pilots flying the North American F-86 Sabre against their communist adversaries, amongst other such fabrications, went unchallenged until the end of the Cold War, when Soviet records of the conflict were finally opened.

From that point onwards, a very different story began to emerge. Far from decisive American victories over an unsophisticated opponent, the aerial battles of the Korean War were, at least in the early years, evenly matched affairs, fought to an approximate 1:1 victory-loss ratio. Though the Soviet victories declined over the following years, this had more to do with home politics than American tactics.

Regardless of the accuracy of claims and wartime propaganda, one fact stands clear: in the battle for air supremacy over Korea, the US Air Force denied to its opponents the opportunity to intervene over the battlefield. In the face of overwhelming enemy manpower superiority, this allowed the United Nations forces to hold the line in Korea until an armistice that protected South Korea could be put into effect.

In addition to the aerial combat over MiG Alley, this title covers the full range of US Air Force activities over Korea, including the failed strategic bombing campaign and the escalating nuclear threat. Incorporating first-hand accounts from those involved, both US and Russian, this new history of the US Air Force in Korea reveals the full story of this bitter struggle in the Eastern skies.1 vol, 336 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-2181892 Wallace, Mariin WILDLANDS: Map Pack 2 - The Warlock's Tower & The Crystal Canyons Requires a copy of Wildlands to play. The Dark House lies abandoned. Who knows what horrors lie within? This board expansion for Wildlands gives players three new maps, two of which are specifically designed for two players. Each map features new rules, new challenges, and new opportunities.

Once the home of one of the Empire's grandest family, the Dark House lies as an epitaph to their fall. As you fight your way across the two-storied Mansion map, you will find remnants of their wicked ways. Out back, struggle through the Hedge Maze map, sinister and long overgrown with vicious thorns. Down below, in the Crypt map, encounter the deadly curse that once cast a noble line into oblivion.1 vol, 3 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-softcover, available late October 2019 ......$20.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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