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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
Weekly eFlyer: 11/01/2018

1-218571 Chambers, Andy BLOOD RED SKIES: 1/200th Scale British Spitfire 6 Plane Squadron + Spitfire Ace - Sailor Malan Possibly the most iconic fighter of the Second World War the Supermarine Spitfire along with the Hurricane was instrumental to the RAF winning the Battle of Britain in 1940. Keeping its popular shape and constantly improving its armament and engine, Britain would go on to build more Spitfires than any other aircraft type during the war.

The British Spitfire Squadron set contains: 6 Supermarine Spitfire MKII Fighters, 6 Advantage flying bases, 1 Aircraft card, 6 Aircraft Trait Cards, 6 Double-sided Pilot Skill Discs, 1 Aircraft Markings Sticker Sheet, and 3 Action cards.

We have also included the Ace Pack.

Models supplied unassembled and unpainted.1 vol, 11 pgs 2017 UK, WARLORD GAMES
NEW-box, OMM Clearance sale - only 4 available first come first served ......$40.00 DISCOUNT:50% rct

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1-218572 Chambers, Andy BLOOD RED SKIES: 1/200th Scale US P-51 Mustang 6 Plane Squadron + P-51 Mustang Ace - George Preddy The introduction of the Merlin engine transformed the initially mediocre P-51 Mustang into a world-class fighting machine with the iconic P-51D, all but supplanting other types of fighters used by the United States Eighth Air Force in Britain. By May 1945, Mustangs had flown 213,873 stories and claimed 4,950 enemy aircraft destroyed.

The US P-51 Mustang Squadron set contains: 6 P-51D Mustang Fighters, 6 Advantage flying bases, 1 Aircraft card, 6 Aircraft Trait Cards, 6 Double-sided Pilot Skill Discs, 1 Aircraft Markings Sticker Sheet, and 3 Action cards.

We have also included the Ace Pack.

Models supplied unassembled and unpainted.1 vol, 11 pgs 2017 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-218573 Chambers, Andy BLOOD RED SKIES: 1/200th Scale Soviet Yak 1 6 Plane Squadron + Yak 1 Ace - Lydia Litvyak The Yakovlev Yak-1 entered service in 1940, a fast and well-armed fighter. With wooden wings and a composite structure, it was a very reliable and easy to maintain aircraft. Although its production suffered quality issues due to the Axis invasion, the Yak-1 always remained popular with front line pilots.

The Soviet Yak 1 Squadron set contains: 6 Yakovlev Yak-1 Fighters, 6 Advantage flying bases, 1 Aircraft card, 6 Aircraft Trait Cards, 6 Double-sided Pilot Skill Discs, 1 Aircraft Markings Sticker Sheet, 3 Action cards.

We have also included the Ace Pack.

Models supplied unassembled and unpainted.1 vol, 11 pgs 2017 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-218574 Chambers, Andy BLOOD RED SKIES: 1/200th Scale German BF-109 6 Plane Squadron + BF-109 Ace - Adolf Galland The Messerschmitt BF-109 'Emil' was the Luftwaffe's premier single-engine fighter at the outbreak of WWII. This powerful Luftwaffe fighter ran wild over Poland, the Low Countries and France devastating its opponents. Throughout the war the Bf-109 constantly improved its aerodynamics, weapon systems, and engines to keep up with Allied fighter development.

The German BF-109 Squadron set contains: 6 Messerschmitt Bf-109E Fighters, 6 Advantage flying bases, 1 Aircraft card, 6 Aircraft Trait Cards, 6 Double-sided Pilot Skill Discs, 1 Aircraft Markings Sticker Sheet, 3 Action cards.

We have also included the Ace Pack.

Models supplied unassembled and unpainted.1 vol, 11 pgs 2017 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-218575 Chambers, Andy BLOOD RED SKIES: 1/200th Scale Japanese A6MX 'Zero-Sen' 6 Plane Squadron + A6MX 'Zero-Sen' Ace - Saburo Sakai The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was a fast, modern fighter, but had no armour for the pilot. When the Zero was in the hands of aggressive and well-trained pilots this weakness was rarely apparent. The A6-M5 model Zero featured improved engine, armament and protection, although the latter remained inadequate compared to other combat aircraft.

The Japanese A6MX 'Zero-Sen' Squadron set contains: 6 Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero Fighters, 6 Advantage flying bases, 1 Aircraft card, 6 Aircraft Trait Cards, 6 Double-sided Pilot Skill Discs, 1 Aircraft Markings Sticker Sheet, and 3 Action cards.

We have also included the Ace Pack.

Models supplied unassembled and unpainted.1 vol, 11 pgs 2017 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-218491 Stallard, John CRUEL SEAS: Royal Navy Vosper MTB Flotilla Six Vosper MTBs (3 early and 3 late): 1/300 Scale.

At the outbreak of war, Britain had 3 formed MTB flotillas, precious few to cover the world's largest empire. But with judicious use of what were pre-war civilian boatyards and the huge resources of their empire and help from the USA, the Coastal Forces would in 1944 have 25,000 sailors in over 2000 small craft.

These Flotillas, enhanced by Commonwealth, Dutch, Norwegian, French, and other free forces sank over 400 enemy vessels, including 48 E-boats and 32 midget submarines. They also accounted for 32 Axis aircraft and fired in total 1169 very expensive torpedoes. This impressive tactical achievement contributed mightily to the allied strategic successes. It ensured that Britain was not isolated for trade. It put a stranglehold on Axis Supply lines and ultimately formed a force that could not be resisted. 1 vol, 6 pgs 2018 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-218492 Stallard, John CRUEL SEAS: US Navy PT Boat Flotilla Contains: Six PT boats (3x Elco and 3x Higgins) 1/300 Scale.

On December 7th, 1941, the US Navy could only boast 3 squadrons of motor torpedo boats, or PT boats (patrol torpedo) as they were named. PT squadron 1 was based on Pearl Harbor and the 12 boats opened fire on the incoming Japanese bombers, claiming 2 planes downed for sure and others damaged. Squadron 2 was based in Manila Bay of the Philippines and had a similar introduction to their war, shooting down a few attackers and learning that fast boats were a tricky target for bombers. Squadron 3 was in New York working up and would later see great service in Guadalcanal.

The PT boats fought all over the globe, from Pearl Harbor to the Philippines, the Adriatic and Mediterranean and also in the English Channel. They achieved many successes, particularly in the last two years of the Pacific War they accounted for many stalking float planes and many hundreds of barges which were the lifeblood of the overextended Japanese army. This barge hunting was a grueling business and needed a certain ruthlessness on the behalf of the American crews, Japanese soldiers and sailors being loath to surrender, hence a grizzly end to many a barge crew.1 vol, 6 pgs 2018 UK, WARLORD GAMES
NEW-box, available December 2018. Pre-order and save 15% ......$29.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-218493 Stallard, John CRUEL SEAS: Kriegsmarine S-boat Flotilla Contains: six E-boats (3x S-38 and 3x S-100) 1/300 Scale.

The Schnellboat or 'E Boat' as the British Admiralty called them, E for enemy, was a truly formidable beast, in many ways incomparable in detail to the other nation's boats. In sheer size alone, the E boat was much, much bigger. Allied boats tended to be 70-80 feet in length, the E boat 115 feet long, and the laws of physics, though complex, favor a larger hull for speed over a shorter one.

German engineering also gave them another advantage, as when speed reached 25 knots, a crank mechanism when turned moved 2 side rudders to flare, symmetrically outward at 30 degrees, creating an air-filled hollow space, the so-called Lurssen effect. This gave three distinct advantages, greater speed, a reduction in the tell-tale wake of the speeding boat, and finally settled the boat in a more efficient plane, leaving the vessel shallower in the water, most useful in mine and torpedo infested waters and remarkable for a boat weighing in at 100 tons!1 vol, 6 pgs 2018 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-218494 Stallard, John CRUEL SEAS: British Royal Navy Fleet The British Royal Navy Fleet Contains:
* 2 x Plastic Early Vosper MTBs
* 2 x Plastic Mid/Late Vosper MTBs
* 2 x Fairmile D (resin and metal)
* 1 x Armed Trawler (resin and metal)
* 1 x Bristol Beaufighter Mk Ic (metal)
* Ship Cards
* Plastic Torpedo markers

Great Britain never built a vessel as fast or as deadly as the E-boats, instead, fielding many types of MTB and motor gunboats. After a slow start, the Royal Navy helped by construction in the USA, Canada and India, built an extraordinary catalogue of excellent small boats, supported by larger vessels which gave serious firepower and, using the characteristics of each boat to maximum effect, fielded mixed formations supported by destroyers or powerful gun equipped LCTs. They generally fought at night and using radar and radiotelephone, coupled with RAF and fleet air arm support and even secret information from intercepts they fought the Kriegsmarine to a standstill and by 1944, with hugely superior numbers and technological advantage truly ruled any waters which they chose to dominate.1 vol, 7 pgs 2018 UK, WARLORD GAMES
NEW-box, available December 2018. Pre-order and save 15% ......$99.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-218495 Stallard, John CRUEL SEAS: US Navy Fleet The US Navy Fleet Contains:
* 2 x Plastic Elco PT boat
* 2 x Plastic Higgins PT boat
* 1 x Coastal Cutter sub chaser (resin and metal)
* 1 x LCI-(L) landing craft (resin and metal)
* 4 x LCM-3 landing craft (metal)
* 1 x F4U Corsair (metal)
* Ship Cards
* Plastic Torpedo markers

By 1941 there were 29 total PTs in the US Navy, but by December 1943 there were 29 squadrons. Indeed, by the end of the war the small ships, PT's LCI etc. numbered 7,000 craft of 80 types. Many Early PT boats had up to four torpedoes and two twin .50 Cal guns in powered mounting, a heavy load for the day. As with most American hardware, this was only the start. Soon a 20mm was added at the stern as standard, useful for surface or air action. Then, enterprising crews frustrated by strafing the tough Japanese barges to negligible effect mounted a USAAF 37mm automatic gun (acquired from an Air Cobra) and found it most effective.

Indeed, America had not been blind to the possibilities of the coming war and took great pains to watch and learn from her allies and foes so that when war came, America was ready to put into place a building program that dwarfed all the other navies combined and led to the naval dominance that she still enjoys today.1 vol, 7 pgs 2018 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-218496 Stallard, John CRUEL SEAS: German Kriegsmarine Fleet The German Kriegsmarine Fleet Contains:
* 2 x Plastic S-100 E-boats
* 2 x Plastic S-38 E-boats
* 1 x Vorpostenboot flakship (resin and metal)
* 1 x M-class minesweeper (resin and metal)
* 1 x Ju-87D Stuka (metal)
* Ship Cards
* Plastic Torpedo markers

The German Navy was only raised in 1871, with a brief to concentrate on the North Sea and Baltic Coasts. Perhaps because of its youth, the Kriegsmarine was quick to appreciate the power of the humble torpedo that could cripple or kill a vessel worth millions of marks. They were thus also keen to develop the promise of the torpedo boat, cheap, potentially deadly, and of great use in restricted waters.1 vol, 7 pgs 2018 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-218497 Stallard, John CRUEL SEAS: IJN Fleet The Imperial Japanese Navy Fleet Contains:
* 6 x T-14-class MTBs (metal)
* 3 x Maru-Ni kamikaze boats (metal)
* 3 x Shin-Yo kamikaze boats (metal)
* 4 x large Sampan (resin and metal - two of each canopied boat)
* 1 x Escort Type Hei minesweeper (resin & metal)
* 1 x Aichi D3A 'Val' (metal)
* Ship Cards
* Plastic Torpedo markers

Cruel Seas focuses on the cat and mouse hunts that happened nightly in the Philippines, Guadalcanal and the Solomon's. They could be IJN sub chasers stalking a crippled US submarine, or mine layers playing their trade at night. Most commonly it will be Japanese barge convoys defending themselves in shallow water against rapacious PT boats. Turning the tables, a late war game could be played out with American landing ships and the terrifying Shin'yo Kamikaze craft.

The IJN, therefore, is an interesting mixture of the very sophisticated and the very amateur, boldness being a connecting factor whether in battleships or tiny craft. It is a do or die force, get in close and things will go well, dither or maintain the range of the allied technology and firepower will overreach you.1 vol, 17 pgs 2018 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-215072 BRUTAL: Supplement for Tribal Skirmish Rules Brutal extends Tribal into turf wars and gang fights. You will need a copy of Tribal Skirmish Combat rules set to use Brutal.

Brutal examines the politically charged conflicts between Gangs of New York's Five Points; Mob-violence as a political tool by agitators in Late Republican Rome; the carefully managed clashes between neighborhood gangs in Renaissance Italian cities; Turf-wars between gangs in the industrializing cities of Great Britain, Paris, and Australia; post-apocalyptic dustups in the Wastelands; and even two-fisted action from masked superhero/vigilantes.

There are also NEW rules for: Solo-play; bringing along guns to a knifefight; interventions from the police/citizen-militia; and units of black powder musketry.1 vol, 36 pgs 2018 AUSTRALIA, MANA PRESS
NEW-softcover, available late November 2018 ......$26.00 rct

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1-908374 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 374 THEME: Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart.
* THE UNKILLABLE SOLDIER. He fought in at least seven conflicts, won 16 medals
and distinctions (including a VC) and received eleven grievous wounds. In this
introductory article find out about the military career of 'The Unkillable Soldier' and
why he makes such a fascinating focus for gaming.
* ADRIAN CARTON DE WIART IN THE GREAT WAR: Somaliland and the Western Front.
* INTERWAR WARRIOR: Eastern European conflicts
* THE WARRIOR'S NORWEGIAN CRUISE: Failed British expedition to Norway in 1940.

OTHER ARTICLES
* OBSERVATION POST: Latest products.
* RULES SHOWCASE: CRUEL SEAS - MTBs and E Boats duel for mastery of the seas.
* THE BATTLE OF PECHORY 1701
* JINGLE BOWELS: A 'Christmas Truce' Football Match with a difference.
* WARGAMERS' SPACES: Hobby rooms.
* OUDENARDE - PART 1: 28MM
* MDF - WHAT NO PAINT?
* SPINNING OFF WITH PAPER SOLDIERS
* COMPANY PROFILE: PLASTIC SOLDIER COMPANY
* BEDFORD BESIEGED: Mini-siege campaign full of action
* HOW TO MAKE: CRATERS1 vol, 116 pgs 2018 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
NEW-softcover, available late November 2018 ......$9.00 rct

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1-902915 Bunde, Peter and Gartner, Markus DIE BAYERISHE ARMEE 1806-1813 Numerous color illustrations The Kingdom of Bavaria was during the Napoleonic period, among the German states allied with 30,000 soldiers, the largest contingent, which resulted due to the size of decisive battles in the campaigns of 1809 and 1812.

The authors present this book is a comprehensive work on the organization of the Army and the individual units, their uniforms, setting out the requirements for installation and use of the units in the field and on the interior structure of the army.

These descriptions are supplemented by a presentation of the military conflicts of Bavaria in the campaigns of 1806-07 against Prussia and Russia, against Austria in 1809, 1812, and 1813 against Russia against Prussia and Russia.1 vol, 108 pgs 2018, GERMANY, BERLIN ZINNFIGUREN
NEW-softcover, available late November 2018 ......$49.00 rct

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1-218530 Forty, Simon GERMAN INFANTRYMAN: Operations Manual 1939-45 Between 1939 and 1945, close to 13 million men served in the German army - das Heer. The bulk of these men were infantrymen, who slogged their way, mostly on foot, from Finisterre to Moscow, Kirkenes to Tripoli. They swore unlimited obedience to Adolf Hitler and were ready to stake their lives for this oath: over 1.6 million men of das Heer were killed during the war and over 4.1 million were wounded. 150 color & 150 b/w photos.1 vol, 192 pgs 2019 UK, HAYNES PUBLISHING UK
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1-218520 McNab, Chris NAPOLEON'S MILITARY MACHINE: Operations Manual The Grande Armee of Napoleon Bonaparte is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest fighting forces ever deployed. With it the French scored a streak of historic victories that gave them an unprecedented grip on power over the European continent. At its peak it was made up of 680,000 men, a huge multi-national force of officers, infantry and cavalry, artillery and support services masterminded by a superior and highly flexible system of corps, divisions, brigades and regiments, commanded by officers in which Napoleon placed a huge degree of trust and autonomy to operate within the outlines of his strategic objectives. 200 color & 50 b&w illustrations.

Looking closely at how this military machine was constructed and mobilized, Napoleon's Military Machine Operations Manual examines all aspects of the Grande Armee, from individual soldiers, what they wore, ate, slept in and were paid, to the chain of command, recruitment and training, intelligence and comms, and logistics and battle tactics. The legacy of Napoleon's army is assessed, as is how his organization and management initiatives influenced national armies around the world in ways that can still be seen today.1 vol, 160 pgs 2019 UK, HAYNES PUBLISHING UK
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1-902913 Stein, Markus DIE SACHSISCHE ARMEE 1810-1813 Saxons after the 1809 campaign looked much like the French, but in different colors. Plates by Courcelle, Edmund, and Peter Bunde cover the all the regiments.1 vol, 72 pgs 2018 GERMANY, BERLIN ZINNFIGUREN
NEW-softcover, available late November 2018 ......$35.00 rct

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1-218563 Karig, Walter BATTLE REPORT: Volume 3 - Pacific War: Middle Phase This is the third volume of a series of five describing in great detail the naval operations during the war. Prepared from official sources, it is probably as good as you can get. The series was written during and shortly after the war, so is now quite old and copies are hard to find.1 vol, 436 pgs 1947 US, FARRAR & RINEHART
V.GOOD-dj, only one copy available ......$30.00 rct

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1-218564 Karig, Walter BATTLE REPORT: Volume 4 - Pacific War: The End Of An Empire This is the fourth volume of a series of five describing in great detail the naval operations during the war. Prepared from official sources, it is probably as good as you can get. The series was written during and shortly after the war, so is now quite old and copies are hard to find.1 vol, 532 pgs 1948 US, FARRAR & RINEHART
V.GOOD-dj, only one copy available 1st edition ......$40.00 rct

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1-218565 Karig, Walter BATTLE REPORT: Volume 5 - Pacific War: Victory In The Pacific This is the fith volume of a series of five describing in great detail the naval operations during the war. Prepared from official sources, it is probably as good as you can get. The series was written during and shortly after the war, so is now quite old and copies are hard to find.1 vol, 532 pgs 1949 US, RINEHART AND COMPANY
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