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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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1-962105 Various MEDIEVAL WARFARE: Volume 10.5 Siege warfare in the Middle Ages Theme: Siege warfare in the Middle Ages
The Hidden Crusader Super-weapon: Italian Combat Engineers
The Evolution of Sieges in Scandinavia, ca 950-1300: From Palisades to Donjons
Siege Warfare in the Middle Ages: Ten Ways to Conquer a Castle
Divine Assistance in Byzantium and Beyond: Defending Constantinople

Features:
The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh: Scotland's Darkest Day
Crossbows and Shields: The Italian Militiaman
For Throwing Long Darts...Which Terrified: The Springily
I Greet the Sword's Honed Edge: The Vikings and Death
When You Need Your Fortifications Done Quickly: The Ringwork Castle
1 vol, 84 pgs 2020 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARY
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1-220953 Chartrand, Rene THE ARMIES AND WARS OF THE SUN KING 1643-1715: Volume 3 - The Line Cavalry, Dragoons and the Irish Wild Geese The Cavalry: This section describes what was by very far Europe's largest cavalry force. It included the Gendarmerie de France, which was a privileged division between the guards and the line cavalry. The line cavalry evolved from a fairly standard heavy cavalry force in the 1640s to a more complex arm of the service that first added numerous dragoon regiments in the 1670s, a division of rifled-armed elite carabiniers in the 1690s and also the advent of Hussars as light cavalry at that time. The peculiar organization of the cavalry with its Mestre de Camp General, Colonel General is also described and some of its personalities had rather colorful careers. Arms, accoutrements and dress of the cavalry are discussed and also, the horses and the never-attained challenge of furnishing enough for some 60,000 troopers in the 1690s. By comparison, British cavalry hovered at about 7,000. This included efforts to develop better breeding and the advent of 'dressage' as we know it today from France's Louis XIVs era.

The Wild Geese: This expatriate force of Irish officers and men formed quite a different type of force. They were not mercenaries as other foreign regiments. They either belonged to the army that came with James II to France and, in the 1690s, formed his distinct army or served in the Irish regiments that formed a division within the French army. The Sun King subsided everything and it was a very good investment. One benefit was that he gained Berwick, a leading future marshal of France. The Irish were fine soldiers and, in time, also integrated into French society with success in government and business besides the army.

As in previous volumes, the last part of Vol. 3 features a large appendice listing all the regiments of the French cavalry from 1643 to 1715. Other appendices concern uniforms as described in the main contemporary sources. There will further be at least one appendice on opponent armies, certainly the Austrian army in this volume. Another topic is a list of French Protestant regiments in the British army. Includes 144 b/w illustrations, 32 pages of color plates, and 23 b/w maps.
1 vol, 312 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-225800 Thompson, Mark WELLINGTON'S FAVOURITE ENGINEER - John Fox Burgoyne: Operations, Engineering, and the Making of a Field Marshal Covers the formative years of John Burgoyne, the first field marshal in the Corps of Royal Engineers, and his service in the Napoleonic Wars, first in the Mediterranean, and then in the Iberian Peninsula from 1808-1814. Having built up a good relationship with Wellington, Burgoyne was selected to command the engineers in the disastrous American campaign of 1814-15. Includes 14 b/w illustrations, 50 b/w maps, and seven b/w diagrams.

Burgoyne's father was the well-known British general who surrendered the British Army at Saratoga. He died penniless, leaving his children, including John, to be cared for by family friends. Burgoyne seemed to spend the rest of his life working to obtain his independence. Like many engineers, Burgoyne kept detailed diaries, also writing comprehensive letters and analyses of his actions. These give contemporary knowledge of many notable events, particularly during the Peninsular War. His letters to fellow officers give an insight into the opinions and thoughts of an engineer officer, views which are often not visible in official communications.

The main theme of the book is to show the development of a young officer during the Napoleonic Wars from an inexperienced subaltern through to someone who advised Wellington and his generals directly on military matters. His involvement with the senior officers in the army was not restricted to 'engineering' matters and he was trusted to carry out staff roles on many occasions. Burgoyne was present at many of the sieges and commanded at some. There is a wealth of unpublished information in his journals and letters. Burgoyne was highly critical of some of the sieges, even those that were considered successful. He was also critical of those where he commanded, particularly, Burgos in 1812. When Burgoyne was advising Raglan in the Crimea at the siege of Sevastopol, the failures at Burgos were used to undermine his position.

The previous biography of Burgoyne by his son-in-law, George Wrottesley, was published nearly 150 years ago and is flawed in a number of ways. This new interpretation will help our understanding of this officer and present a different view on some of the key events during the Peninsular War. 1 vol, 336 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-COM1117 Leibbrandt, Scott AN ATTRITION OF SOULS: WWI Wargame Light, fast-paced wargame at the strategic scale covering the Great War, designed with a high degree of replayability.

Each turn, you randomly draw tiles based on your industrial points and use them to the best of your ability. Game strategy is key due to the unforgiving combat system capturing the horrific attrition of this conflict; the dice offer no bloodless victories or reprieve for either side. Also offers great variability regarding the length of the war. Some games will end with decisive victories in 1915 and other will draw out into brutal stalemates that last until the end of 1918. No two games play alike. Added to this is a plethora of optional rules that bring additional historical depth to the game as well as balancing the game for players of different skill levels.

Components: Mounted Mapboard; Two Counter Sheets; 20 Event Cards; Rules booklet; Entente Player Mat; Central Powers Player Mat; Two Player Aid Cards; Two Pouches; 10 6-sided Dice; Game Box.

Product Information:
Complexity: 4 out of 10 (Low)
Solitaire Suitability: Medium
Time Scale: 6 months per turn
Map Scale: abstract regional map of Europe
Unit Scale: Army and Army Group (each tile = approx. 250,000 men)
Players: One or Two, Best with Two
Playing Time: 90 minutes.
1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-225780 Baxter, Ian HITLER'S PANTHER TANK BATTALIONS: 1943-1945 Images of War Series From July 1943 to the Nazis' final defeat in May 1945 the Panther main battle tank and its variants were the mainstay of Germany's armored forces. This superbly engineered fighting vehicle offered a lethal combination of firepower, mobility and protection.

As this classic Images of War series title reveals, the Panther saw nonstop fighting on the Eastern, Western, and Italian fronts. Using rare and often unpublished contemporary photographs with full captions and authoritative text, it provides a comprehensive coverage of elite Panther battalions in action.

The book traces the development of the Panther, for example into tank hunter (Panzerj1 vol, 128 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-225830 Colloredo Mels, Romeo WHITE DEVILS!Monte Cervino Alpine ski battalion 1941-1943 Photos and images from World War1 vol, 100 pgs 2020 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-225840 Cucut, Carlo THE ARTILLERY OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE ITALIAN SOCIAL REPUBLIC Photos and images from World War1 vol, 100 pgs 2020 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-225790 O'Carroll, Brendan THE LONG RANGE DESERT GROUP IN ACTION: 1940-1943Images of War Series The Long Range Desert Group has a strong claim to the first Special Forces unit in the British Army. This addition to the photobook series follows the LRDG from its July 1940 formation as the Long Range Patrol in North Africa, tasked with intelligence gathering, mapping and reconnaissance deep behind enemy lines. Manned initially by New Zealanders, in 1940 the unit became the LRDG with members drawn from British Guards and Yeomanry regiments and Rhodesians.

After victory in North Africa, the LRDG relocated to Lebanon before being sent on the ill-fated mission to the Dodecanese Islands in the Aegean.

Serving independently, when the Germans overwhelmed and captured the British garrisons, many LRDG personnel escaped using their well-honed skills. Includes 250 integrated black and white photos. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-225810 Sauer, Arno IN THE HELL OF THE EASTERN FRONT: The Fate of a Young Soldier During the Fighting in Russia in WW2 Fritz Sauer initially joined the ranks of the Reichsarbeitsdienst, the Reich Labour Service, but was posted to Infantry Regiment No. 437 (132nd Infantry Division) in April 1942, first in the Crimea and then the Leningrad areas. He recalls events such as recovering the body of a fallen colleague from No Man's Land, the terrifying experience of facing a Red Army infantry attack, Soviet tank assaults, and the moment when a group of comrades in a neighboring crater were hit by a shell. He became a casualty himself when he was badly wounded in the legs during a counterattack.

After his recovery and retraining in a convalescent unit, Fritz was detailed to serve as a guard in a prisoner of war camp - still on the Eastern Front. Transferred to a tank assault regiment during the last year of the war, he was ordered to make contact with another unit, but lost his way in the snow. After sheltering with a farmer's family, Fritz decided to head west, fleeing before the advancing Red Army. His subsequent journey home took many twists and turns1 vol, 192 pgs 2020 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-225820 Venter, Dr Dewald SOUTH AFRICAN ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES: A History of Innovation and Excellence, 1960-2020 Subjected to international sanctions due to its policies of racial segregation, known as Apartheid, South Africa was cut off from sources of major arms systems from 1977. Over the following years, the country became involved in the war in Angola, which gradually grew in ferocity and converted into a conventional war. With the available equipment being ill-suited to the local, hot, dry and dusty climate, and confronted with the omnipresent threat of land mines, the South Africans began researching and developing their own, often groundbreaking and innovative weapon systems.

The results were designs for some of the most robust armored vehicles produced anywhere in the world for their time, and highly influential for further development in multiple fields ever since. Decades later, the lineage of some of the vehicles in question can still be seen on many of battlefields around the world, especially those riddled by land mines and so-called improvised explosive devices.

Takes an in-depth look at 13 iconic South African armored vehicles, including design, development, main features, layout, equipment, capabilities, variants, and service experiences. Illustrated with over 100 photographs and 25 custom-drawn color profiles. 1 vol, 112 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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