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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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1-1994021 BOLT ACTION: Campaign - Battle of France The Battle of France saw German forces sweep across the Low Countries and towards Paris, crushing Allied resistance in just six weeks. From Fall Gelb and the British withdrawal from Dunkirk to the decisive Fall Rot, this new supplement for Bolt Action allows players to take command of the bitter fighting for France, and to refight the key battles of this campaign. Linked scenarios and new rules, troop types, and Theater Selectors offer plenty of options for novice and veteran players alike. 1 vol, 144 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-218490 Stallard, John CRUEL SEAS: WWII Rules In Cruel Seas, you take on the role of a naval crew manning their fragile coastal craft as they head out day and night to take on both the sea and the enemy. Command your flotilla of small ships as they head out to attack a convoy, drop off commandos for a behind-the-lines mission, or engage in other myriad of missions in the English Channel, Mediterranean Sea, or around island chains of the Pacific.1 vol, 0 pgs 2018 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-218499 Stallard, John CRUEL SEAS: Starter Set Box includes: A4 softback rulebook; A4 quick start guide with painting guides and flags; 3 Plastic early Vosper motor torpedo boats; 3 Plastic late Vosper motor torpedo boats; 2 plastic S-boats; 2 plastic armored S-boats; 1 plastic torpedo markers sprue; 1 plastic plume markers sprue; 1 A0 double-sided battle mat; 3 die-cut punchboards (islands, sandbars, rulers, mines markers, game tokens, lighthouse, aircraft, etc); Ship datacards for early and late Vosper MTBs, S-boats and merchant/tanker; Small, medium and large wake sheets; 2 sets of fleet dice (Royal Navy and Kriegsmarine); 1 set of game dice; and Unique special edition Das Boot miniature.1 vol, 0 pgs 2018 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-977050 Greentree, David 050 HEROES OF TELEMARK: Sabotaging Hitler's Atomic Bomb Norway 1942-44 In May 1941, the Norwegian Section of SOE received a dossier warning of the dangers of a hydroelectric fertilizer plant in Norway. Vemork produced heavy water, an essential part of making plutonium for nuclear weapons. When the Germans overran Norway the entire stock had been smuggled out of the country, but the plant was intact and soon producing heavy water again, destined for the German nuclear program.

Despite the difficulties of getting to and operating in such a remote, hostile area, SOE decided it had to destroy the plant. Six ski-borne commandos had the task of slipping past 300 heavily armed guards and passing through a ravine the Germans thought impassable. Fully illustrated with stunning new commissioned artwork.1 vol, 80 pgs 2015 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978090 Stille, Mark 090 USN FLEET DESTROYER vs IJN FLEET SUBMARINE: The Pacific 1941-42 Leading up to the Pacific War, Japanese naval strategists believed that a decisive fleet engagement would be fought against the US Navy. Outnumbered by the USN, the Imperial Japanese Navy planned to use its large, ocean-going submarines to chip away at its opponent before the grand battle. In order to accomplish this, the IJN's submarine force was tasked to perform extended reconnaissance of the USN's battle fleet, even in port, and then shadow and attack it.

For their part, the USN was fully aware of the potential threat posed by Japanese submarines, and destroyer crews were trained and equipped with modern anti-submarine weapons and tactics to screen the battle fleet. Challenging the assumption that Japanese submarines were ineffective during the Pacific War, this fully illustrated study examines their encounters with the US Navy, and the successes and failures of American destroyers in protecting their capital ships.1 vol, 80 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-992126 Youngn Edward M. 126 B-25 MITCHELL UNITS OF THE CBI Flying from and between bases in China and India, the B-25s bombed every type of Japanese target during WWII in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater, ultimately dropping more ordinance than their larger four-engined B-24 Liberator brethren.

Mitchell bombers took on the task of disrupting the flow of Japanese supplies to the frontlines at medium ranges, bombing Japanese supply centers, railway depots and bridges. It was in this last capacity that the B-25 established a unique role as a 'bridge-buster.' This provided significant support for the British 14th Army as they advanced into Burma. Fully illustrated with detailed cutaway artwork.1 vol, 96 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996330 Lardas, Mark 330 TSUSHIMA 1905: Death of a Russian Fleet Japan was closed to the world until 1854 and its technology then was literally medieval. Great Britain, France, and Russia divided the globe in the 19th century, but Japan was catching up. Its army and navy were retrained by Western powers and equipped with the latest weapons and ships. Japan wanted to further emulate its European mentors and establish a protectorate over Korea, yet Japanese efforts were blocked by Imperial Russia who had their own designs on the peninsula.

The Russo-Japanese War started with a surprise Japanese naval attack against an anchored enemy fleet still believing itself at peace. It ended with the Battle of Tsushima, the most decisive surface naval battle of the 20th century. This study describes this pivotal battle and shows how the Japanese victory over Russia led to the development of the dreadnought battleship and gave rise to an almost mythical belief in Japanese naval invincibility.1 vol, 96 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997225 D'Amato, Raffaele 225 ROMAN HEAVY CAVALRY (1): Cataphractarii & Clibanarii, 1st Century BC-5th Century AD From the army of Marc Antony in the 1st century BC, Roman generals hired heavy armored cavalry to serve in their military alongside the legions. These troops, both from the northern steppes and the Persian frontiers, continued an ancient tradition of using heavy armour and long lances, and fought in a compact formation for maximum shock effect. They were quite distinct from conventional Roman light cavalry, and they served across the Empire, including in Britain. They became ever more important during the 3rd century wars against Parthia, both to counter their cavalry and to form a mobile strategic reserve.

Displaying these impressive and imposing cavalry units using vivid specially commissioned artwork, this first book in a two part series on Roman Heavy Cavalry examines their use over the Imperial period up to the fall of Western Empire in the 5th century A.D.1 vol, 64 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-218480 Demet, Paul WE ARE ACCUSTOMED TO DO OUR DUTY: German Auxiliaries with the British Army 1793-95 Britain was totally unprepared for war with France in 1793 and relied on German auxiliaries to supplement her own meager resources to pursue her strategy in the Low Countries and beyond. The contingents were drawn from the smaller German states, whose armies still followed the rigid linear tactics of Frederick the Great. They therefore had to adapt to deal with the new threat posed by the mass French armies, with a greater emphasis on light troops and more flexible tactics. Includes 8 pages of color illustrations and 40 black and white maps, tables, other illustrations.

Although the German troops formed a major part of the Allied army in the Low Countries, there has been no detailed English-language account of their role. Their story is told here for the first time, based on extensive research in British and German archives, together with contemporary accounts and 19th Century German sources.

Previously unpublished information is given on the process of negotiating the treaties with the German princes, the organization of the troops taken into British pay, and their experience on campaign, focussing on the key events for the various contingents. Their varied and colorful uniforms are also described and illustrated from contemporary sources.

The German auxiliaries fought bravely, often against overwhelming odds, and the failure of the campaigns owes more to disunity among the allies and the muddled and unrealistic policies of the British government than any shortcomings of the troops on the ground.1 vol, 208 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-1947629 Acerbi, Enrico THE AUSTRIAN ARMY 1805-1809: Volume 1 - The Infantry The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army during the Napoleonic wars 1805-1809. Volume 1 includes 20 color plates.1 vol, 116 pgs 2018 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-1947630 Acerbi, Enrico THE AUSTRIAN ARMY 1805-1809: Volume 2: Grenzer, Landwehr & Elite forces The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army during the Napoleonic wars 1805-1809. Volume 2 includes 20 color plates.1 vol, 116 pgs 2018 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-1947631 Acerbi, Enrico THE AUSTRIAN ARMY 1805-1809: Volume 3: The Cavalry, Artillery & Other Forces The Austrian Imperial-Royal Army during the Napoleonic wars 1805-1809. Volume 3 includes 20 color plates.1 vol, 100 pgs 2018 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-942081 Martin, Yves GLOIRE & EMPIRE # 81 In January 1807, Napoleon was in Warsaw. If the Prussian army is destroyed, it still has much to do with the Russians who, for the moment, refused to fight. Yet he is equally concerned about Portugal which does not respect its continental blockade. His policy, he writes to the Prince of Peace, aims to 'keep the English from the mainland: to strike their trade, to attack the bases of their power; This is where you have to strive first.'

With the Treaty of Tilsit just signed, Napoleon created the Observation Corps of the Gironde, which, under the command of General Junot, had the task of invading Portugal.1 vol, 132 pgs 2018 FRANCE, LCV
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1-218500 Blaxland, Gregory AMIENS 1918: From Disaster to Victory As the realities of the changing nature of warfare by late 1917 made the retention of static lines, no matter how sophisticated, no longer a long term viable option for the defense; and with Russia knocked out of the war, the Germans under Hindenburg and Ludendorff determined on a bold series of major offensives, the first of which was aimed at the British Fifth Army with the objective of seizing Amiens, a crucial rail head and the city that marked the boundary between the BEF and the French. Capture this and the Germans had a good chance of separating the key allied powers. Despite almost destroying Fifth Army and advancing within ten miles of Amiens, the Germans failed in their objective; they turned to a number of other hard thrusts along the line but were foiled on each occasion.

Reinforced by substantial numbers of American troops, the allies launched their first, French led, counter attack on 18 July, which many considered the turning point of the 1918 campaign and, indeed the whole war. Shortly afterwards, on 8 August, the BEF (with some French support) attacked with Fourth Army before Amiens and was stunningly successful - what Ludendorff described as the 'Black Day of the German Army'. There followed a sequence of blows by all the allies along the Western Front, pushing the Germans back to the borders; with her allies collapsing and with the Imperial Navy in a state of mutiny,

The book largely concentrates on the British and Dominion troops of the BEF. The first half is taken up with the attack on Amiens (and, to a lesser extent, on Arras). In the second half of the book the author provides a cohesive account of the British response in retaking the initiative from the Germans, though not failing to give allied nations their due. Also includes critical commentary of the performance of armies and generals and 32 black and white illustrations.1 vol, 288 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-218450 Chambers. Mark WINGS OF THE RISING SUN: Uncovering the Secrets of Japanese Fighters and Bombers of World War II In the Pacific War's early years, Japanese air power was dominant. The only way for the Allies to defeat their enemy was to know it. This made the task of maintaining productive intelligence gathering efforts on Japan imperative. Establishing Technical Air Intelligence Units in the Pacific Theatre and the Technical Air Intelligence Center in Washington DC, the Allies were able to begin to reveal the secrets of Japanese air power through extensive flight testing and evaluation of captured enemy aircraft and equipment. These provided an illuminating perspective on Japanese aircraft and aerial weapon design philosophy and manufacturing practice.

Evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of Japanese air power during the war years and how this intelligence helped them achieve victory in the Pacific. Fully illustrated throughout with a wealth of previously unpublished photographs.1 vol, 336 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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2-215210 Cleaver, Thomas PACIFIC THUNDER: The US Navy's Central Pacific Campaign, August 1943-October 1944 On 27 October 1942, four Long Lance torpedoes fired by the Japanese destroyers Makigumo and Akigumo exploded in the hull of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8). Minutes later, the ship that had launched the Doolitte Raid six months earlier slipped beneath the waves of the Coral Sea. Of the pre-war carrier fleet the Navy had struggled to build over 15 years, only three were left: Enterprise, that had been badly damaged in the battle of Santa Cruz; USS Saratoga (CV-3) which lay in dry dock, victim of a Japanese submarine torpedo; and the USS Ranger (CV-4), which was in mid-Atlantic on her way to support Operation Torch.

For the American naval aviators licking their wounds in the aftermath of this defeat, it would be difficult to imagine that within 24 months of this event, Zuikaku, the last survivor of the carriers that had attacked Pearl Harbor, would lie at the bottom of the sea. Alongside it lay the other surviving Japanese carriers, sacrificed as lures in a failed attempt to block the American invasion of the Philippines, leaving the United States to reign supreme on the world's largest ocean.

This is the fascinating account of the Central Pacific campaign, one of the most stunning comebacks in naval history as in 14 months the US Navy went from the jaws of defeat to the brink of victory in the Pacific.1 vol, 296 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-218510 Zapotoczny, Walter THE ITALIAN ARMY IN NORTH AFRICA: A Poor Fighting Force or Doomed by Circumstance When most people think of the WWII Italian Army in North Africa, they tend to believe that the average Italian soldier offered little resistance to the Allies before surrendering. Many believe the Italian Army, as a whole, performed in a cowardly manner in North Africa.

The reality is not so simple. The question remains as to whether the Italians were really cowards or actually victims of circumstance. While the Italian soldier's commitment to the war was not as great as that of the German soldier, many Italians fought bravely. The Italian Littorio and Ariete Divisions earned Allied admiration at Tobruk, Gazala, and EI Alamein.

The Italian Army played a significant role as part of the German Afrika Korps and made up a large portion of the Axis combat power in North Africa during 1941 and 1942. In the interest of determining how the Italian Army earned the reputation that it did, it is necessary to analyze why and how the Italians fought.1 vol, 200 pgs 2018 UK, FONTHILL MEDIA
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1-218460 Kinnear, James and Sewell, Stephen SOVIET T-54: Main Battle Tank The menacing silhouette of the T-54 tank prowling down streets of Eastern European capitals or roaring across fields in massive exercises remains one of the most enduring images of Soviet power in the early years of the Cold War. Its sleek and unmistakable shape was a warning to any nation that wanted to stand against the USSR.

Yet all of this masked a flawed, outdated design, and when T-54s began to clash with the Western armored vehicles in proxy wars in Southeast Asia and the Middle East they were found to be on the losing side of many of the battles.

Containing 130 stunning contemporary and modern photographs, and written by two experts on Soviet armour, this authoritative book tells the complete story of the T-54, one of the most widely produced tanks of all time, including many previously unheard of variants.1 vol, 192 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-218470 Moore, Nicholas RUN TO THE SOUND OF THE GUNS: The True Story of an American Ranger at War in Afghanistan and Iraq From frozen mountaintops to dusty city streets and everything in between, Run to the Sound of the Guns is a compelling and deeply personal account of a husband and father who nearly lost his life 'leading the way' in America's secretive global wars.

Nicholas Moore served as part of an elite special operations unit at the fighting edge of the Global War on Terrorism. He served for over a decade with the US Army's 75th Ranger Regiment on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq.

In Iraq, Nicholas participated in the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, hunted Iraq's Most Wanted and experienced brutal street combat, including 160 night-time missions over one 90-day deployment in the insurgent stronghold of Mosul. While serving in Afghanistan, he was also part of the search and rescue operation for Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (author of Lone Survivor), and was on the ground again when a Chinook helicopter was shot down resulting in the death of 38 men and one military working dog. It was the single greatest loss of special operations personnel to date.1 vol, 304 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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