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1-200200 Sutherland, Jonathan and Diane Canwell Battlefield General: El Alamein 1942 The Battlefield General game books put you in command of the forces engaged in some of history's most famous battles. Your ability to make the right tactical decision will be tested at every turn of the page.

The 2nd Battle of El Alamein in October 1942 was one of the crucial turning points of WWII. Here Lieutenant General Bernard Montgomery ('Monty') and the British Eighth Army (the famous 'Desert Rats') halted the victorious advance of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (the Desert Fox) and his Afrika Korps. Britain's vital interests in the Middle East, particularly the vital oil fields, were thus saved. The book presents the reader with a series of command decisions, aided by situation maps, directing you to the next relevant briefing depending on the option you choose. No dice are necessary to play, just this book and your tactical skill.1 vol, 176 pgs 2012 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-200190 DEUS VULT: Medieval Rules The rules of Deus Vult allow you to recreate the flavor of medieval warfare on your tabletop, in a game that is both fun and highly tactical. Brave, crusading knights and their men-at-arms take on the defenders of Islam. In this book, you are going to find:

* The Rules of War: Including rules for creating character leaders for your army's divisions, for scouting and seizing the best terrain on the battlefield, and for fighting a battle of wit and nerve against your opponent.
* Battle Scenarios: A series of different types of engagement, from the classical pitched battle to more complex layouts, which can be used to play challenging battles.
* Mustering an Army: Rules for organizing your models into an army, including two full army lists for the Early Crusader States and the Arab Dynasties, plus a range of sample units from other armies of the medieval period.
* Fighting for God: Historical information and a detailed map describing the onset of the Crusades in the Holy Land.
* The Battle of Samosata: The illustrated narration of one of our own games.
* Customizing Your Battles: Guidelines and useful tips for running different games of Deus Vult, including tournaments, as well as useful playing aids.1 vol, 192 pgs 2012 UK, NORTH STAR
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1-196812 Bushel, Alexandre SAGA: RAVEN'S SHADOW The Raven's Shadow contains all you need to field four new factions on the battlefields of Viking Age Europe:
The Franks - Whether your warband is Merovingian, Carolingian or Capetian, the Franks have a highly organised military structure and mounted troops are the key to your success.
The Irish - Lead your brave tribal warriors against all comers and watch the enemy quail before the might of your champions.
The Norse-Gaels - Born from the collision of Celtic and Viking cultures, your warband is ready to demonstrate its martial prowess - dare your enemies accept your challenge ?
The Stratchclyde Welsh - Mounted on sturdy ponies, your warband is ready to surround and destroy any who are foolish enough to stand in your way.
1 vol, 28 pgs 2014 UK, GRIPPiNG BEAST
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1-198832 Simon, Wally; edited by Russ Lockwood MORE SECRETS OF WARGAME DESIGN: A Tabletop Toolkit of Ideas, Analysis, and Rule Mechanics From the Center for Provocative Wargaming...

For decades, Wally Simon helped shape miniatures wargaming through Potomac Wargamers Review -- his monthly photocopied newsletter that analyzed the mechanics of wargame rules. First published in the 1970s, PWR ran monthly through August 2002, delving into the nuts and bolts of how rules worked -- and how they did not. Published rules, home-grown rules, and even his own rules came under scrutiny as he created, destroyed, and tweaked rules mechanisms to try and 'produce a game which keeps all players continually busy and interested in what's going on.'

Volume 2 of Wally Simon's More Secrets of Wargame Design accents the best efforts of 'Wally Rules' with a dozen more top articles pulled from the pages of PWR. Stuffed full of ideas, concepts, and rules mechanics covering wargaming action across all eras, they offer provocative wit, wisdom, and imagination to help you tweak an existing set of rules or create your own rules to make a better wargame.

More Genius Within:

* Movement Procedures in Wargaming: Sequencing, Scales, and Splits
* Seven Years War Over Six Towns: Importance and Bloody Battles
* Seven Skirmishing Samurai: Card-Based Actions and Triangular Hit Rosters
* Pip, Pip, Hooray! An Alternative to Pip Systems Using Cards
* Points of Command: Attrition and Breakthrough in an ACW Battle
* Battle-Line Ancient Warfare: Actions, Re-actions, and Concepts in Progress
* Renaissance Warfare for the Beady Eyed: Distributing Orders, Combat Divisors, and Decisions
* An Altered WWII Mini-Campaign: Movement, Morale, and Airstrikes
* Probability and Ploys: Alternative Morale, Firing, and Melee Systems
* Napoleonic Slugfest in the Peninsula: Fire-Oriented Wargame with Card-Based Variable
* Fighting Swashbucklers of the Foreign Legion: Skirmish with a Hyper Twist
* Meet the Clock: A Variable Time Strategy Idea

Wally Simon was one of the founders of HMGS, hosting the first meeting in his basement. A statistician by trade, he used his mathematical skills to analyze probabilities within wargame mechanics. Wally's Basement is named after him. Edited by Russ 'MagWeb' Lockwood. 1 vol, 60 pgs 2012 US, LOCKWOOD PROJECTS
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1-197072 Storz, Dr. Dieter GERMAN MILITARY RIFLES: From the Werder Rifle to the M/71.84 Rifle Vol. 2 Volume 2 of 'German Military Rifles' deals with the 88 and 91 model firearms of the Imperial German Army. Like the 1st volume, this book is based on the extensive study of Germany's archival material and on extant pieces in public and private collections, which has made it possible to present a detailed reconstruction of the actual circumstances.

This is the first comprehensive work based on original sources dealing with these weapons and their history -- crucial transition from black powder to nitrocellulose powder (smokeless powder). This change of propellant was a quantum leap in military armament, which changed conditions on the battlefield and within a few years led to the introduction of a less colorful and therefore less conspicuous field uniform.

The introduction of a new, more powerful powder and the corresponding weapons took place under enormous time pressure so it was inevitable that there would be initial teething problems with these new products, which were not yet fully developed.

The 88 model weapons went through two periods of usage: the first began with the hasty rearmament of the German armies around 1890 and ended with the introduction of the 98 models in the years leading up to 1914. It was during the First World War, when a serious shortage of firearms made itself felt, that many of these weapons, which had already been decommissioned, were once again taken out of the depots and reactivated. Both of these periods are covered in this book.

Essential accessories such as cartridge pouches and bayonets are dealt with in this second volume, which also includes chapters on the target weapons and 'fencing' rifles that have hitherto been neglected. 1 vol, 400 pgs 2011 GERMANY, VERLAG MILITARIA
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1-200290 McCall, Jeremiah B. SWORD OF ROME: A Biography of Marcus Claudius Marcellus Marcellus' military exploits were largely unmatched by any other aristocrat of Roman Middle Republic. As a young soldier in the First Punic War, he won a reputation for his skill in single combat. In his first consulship, he earned a triumph for defeating a Gallic tribe, no small feat in and of itself, and also slew the Gallic chieftain Britomartus in single combat. Consequently, he earned the spolia opima, an honor, according to Roman antiquarians, which had only been earned twice before, once by Romulus himself.

He went on to defeat the hitherto-invincible Hannibal in a small battle around the central Italian city of Nola, and subsequently led an army to subdue and plunder the powerful city of Syracuse in an epic two year siege (despite the ingenious defensive measures of the inventor Archimedes). Yet, despite his undeniable success as a warrior and commander, Marcellus met with considerable political opposition at Rome.

Marcellus' career not only makes exciting reading, but gives an excellent vantage point from which to view the military and political struggles of the period and the role of military successes in the aristocratic culture of the Roman Republic. Includes eight b/w maps.1 vol, 192 pgs 2012 UK, Pen & Sword
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1-200260 Peers, Chris OFFA AND THE MERCIAN WARS: The Rise and Fall of the First Great English Kingdom In England in the eighth century, in the midst of the so-called Dark Ages, Offa ruled Mercia, one of the strongest Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. For over 30 years he was the dominant warlord in the territory south of the Humber and the driving force behind the expansion of Mercia's power. During that turbulent period he commanded Mercian armies in their struggle against the neighboring kingdoms of Northumbria and Wessex and against the Welsh tribes. Yet the true story of Offa's long reign and of the rise and fall of Mercia are little known although this is one of the most intriguing episodes in this little-recorded phase of England's past. 20 illustrations.1 vol, 256 pgs 2012 UK, Pen & Sword
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1-200310 Field, Andrew W WATERLOO: The French Perspective Andrew Field tracked down over 90 first-hand French accounts, most of which have never been previously published in English, and combined them with accounts from the other participants in order to create a graphic new narrative of one of the world's decisive battles. Virtually all of the hitherto unpublished testimony provides fascinating new detail on the battle and many of the accounts are vivid, revealing and exciting. Includes 30 color and black and white illustrations.1 vol, 256 pgs 2012 UK, Pen & Sword
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1-200300 Howard, Martin R WALCHEREN 1809: Scandalous Destruction of a British Army In July 1809, with the Dutch coast 'a pistol held at the head of England,' the largest British expeditionary force ever assembled, over 40,000 men and around 600 ships, weighed anchor off the Kent coast and sailed for the island of Walcheren in the Scheldt estuary. After an initial success, the expedition stalled and as the lethargic military commander, Lord Chatham, was at loggerheads with the opinionated senior naval commander, Sir Richard Strachan, troops were dying of a mysterious disease termed 'Walcheren fever.' Almost all the campaign's 4,000 dead were victims of disease.

The Scheldt was evacuated and the return home was followed by a scandalous Parliamentary Inquiry. Walcheren fever cast an even longer shadow. Six months later 11,000 men were still registered sick. In 1812, Wellington complained that the constitution of his troops was 'much shaken with Walcheren.' Includes 16 pages of b/w plates1 vol, 224 pgs 2012 UK, Pen & Sword
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1-200220 Akers, Monte YEAR OF GLORY: The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863 Biography of Jeb Stuart told through the eyes of the men who rode with him, as well as Jeb's letters, reports, and anecdotes handed down over 150 years. This focuses on the twelve months in which Stuart's reputation was made, following his career on an almost day-to-day basis from June 1862, when Lee took command of the army, to June 1863, when Stuart turned north to regain a glory slightly tarnished at Brandy Station, but found Gettysburg instead. 16 pages of illustrations.1 vol, 392 pgs 2012 US, Casemate
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1-200240 Bilton, David The Germans in Flanders 1915 - 1916 - Images of War Series Covers the actions of the German Army in the Low Countries during 1915 and 1916. In its broad compass it looks at the battles with the French, Belgians and British, concentrating mostly on the latter.

Each phase and aspect of the period is detailed from the German point of view using primary and secondary sources from both Germany and Britain. The illustrations provide a pictorial background in both a specific and general form, highlighting life in the front-line as well as rear areas and show how the War affected the towns and villages of the region. 250 b/w photos.1 vol, 176 pgs 2012 UK, Pen & Sword
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1-200230 Holroyd, Jack American Expeditionary Force France 1917-1918 - Images of War Series 7.5 x 9.5 inches, 300 b/w images, gleaned from the official archives.

Eight chapters deal with different pivotal moments during the World War I from the American perspective, from the reasons behind the American involvement in the war and initial training to the major battles at Cantigny, Chateau Thierry, and St. Mihiel.1 vol, 144 pgs 2012 UK, Pen & Sword
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1-200280 Sheldon, Jack GERMAN ARMY ON THE WESTERN FRONT Examines the German mindset at the close of 1914 when it became apparent that a quick victory was no longer a possibility. Both sides were temporarily exhausted in static positions from the Channel to the Swiss Border. In a reversal of roles, the French launched major offensives in Champagne and Artois, while the British Army, adapting to the demands of large scale continental warfare, went on the offensive in support at Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge, and Loos.

Such was the Allied pressure that the only German offensive in 1915 was at Ypres in April using gas on a large scale for the first time.

1915 was a transitional year on the Western Front with lessons being learned the hard way by both sides prior to the massive attrition battles of 1916 and 1917. 40 original b/w images.1 vol, 336 pgs 2012 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-200270 Wilks, John and Eileen Wilks Rommel And Caporetto Based largely on official histories and documents, and on Rommel's own account, this book examines his role at the Battle of Caporetto in 1917 where the Italian Army was humiliated with a catastrophic defeat. Also provides some insight into the qualities Rommel was later to exhibit in France and in North Africa.1 vol, 224 pgs 2012 UK, Pen & Sword
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1-200330 Bradham, Randolph TO THE LAST MAN: The Battle for Normandy's Cotentin Peninsula and Brittany Detailed overview of the battles that make up the Cotentin Peninsula Campaign, an important part of the invasion of Normandy. While historians often cite specific examples of the fighting that took place on the peninsula, most treat the battles as individual events or singular parts of the overall Normandy campaign. Bradham takes a different approach, focusing on the unique set of battles that had to be fought in order for the Allies to secure their foothold on Normandy.

He discusses the strategy used to secure the peninsula and gives detailed accounts of the major battles and tactical doctrine that was developed to fight them. Along the way, he provides biographical information on the main actors, explaining how key personality traits along with personal relationships influenced their conduct while in battle. 1 vol, 192 pgs 2012 UK, Frontline
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1-200320 Steinhardt, Dr. Frederick P. (ed) PANZER LEHR DIVISION 1944-45 The first volume in the new Helion series WWII German Military Studies prints an extensive number of reports written by former officers of the Division, principally its commander Fritz Bayerlein. Virtually all of these reports have remained unpublished since they were written soon after the end of WWII. They cover all aspects of the Division's history, although with particular emphasis upon events in Normandy, the Ardennes and Germany. A number of the reports include detailed order-of-battle and other organizational data. Includes photos, tables, diagrams, and 41 maps.1 vol, 352 pgs 2012 UK, Helion & Co
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1-200250 Thorburn, Gordon JOCKS IN THE JUNGLE: The Second Battalion of the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment, The Black Watch, and the First Battalion of the 26th Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) as Chindits These were first-class British infantry, but not the super-selected special forces types that we know today. Nevertheless, it was a special-forces job they were supposed to do and that is what they were called, Special Force.

The challenge in Madhya Pradesh was to turn themselves into jungle fighters as good as the Japanese. They had a few short months to become Chindits.

The two brigades they joined numbered 7,677 officers and men going into the jungle, of whom 531 were killed, captured, or missing, and around 1,600 were wounded. By the end, some 3,800 were too sick to fight. Only 1,754 could be classified as 'effective' when they came out and, in truth, half of those were fit for no more than a hospital bed. It was a miracle anybody survived at all.1 vol, 240 pgs 2012 UK, Pen & Sword
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1-200210 Zetterling, Niklas and Anders Frankson DRIVE ON MOSCOW 1941, The: Operation Taifun and Germany's First Great Crisis of World War II Based on numerous archival records, personal diaries, letters, and other sources, Drive on Moscow recreates the battle from the perspective of the soldiers as well as the generals. The battle, not fought in isolation, had a crucial role in the overall German strategy in the East, and its outcome reveals why the failure of the German assault on Moscow may well have been true turning point of World War II.
1 vol, 336 pgs 2012 US, Casemate
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