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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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1-212746 Gray, Bill AGE OF VALOR: RISORGIMENTO 1859-1861: Age of Eagles II Expansion Module for Conflict by Blood & Iron This is an independent Age of Valor (AOV) expansion chapter or mini-module for Age of Eagles II, also known as Napoleonic Fire & Fury.

AOE II is needed to play this game, but AOV includes changes unique to the Risorgimento - the 2nd Italian War for Independence 1859-1861 War. In most cases, all rules changes have been embedded in the Data Charts as well as the charts and tables on the Quick Reference Sheet. All players need to do is use these new specifications or DRMs with the original rules and then play as normal. 1 vol, 44 pgs 2017 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-215510 MAXIMILLIAN 1934: Pulp Action Road Rage Rules Maximillian 1934 is a tabletop vehicle combat game set in a dystopian 1930s world. Players battle with heavily armed cars and bikes amid the roar of engines powered by alcohol and aviation fuel. Power-slide and corner your way around the table and/or terrain by using a special cornering template. Driving skill, the size and handling of a vehicle, and vehicle's speed influence success or failure in a turn or maneuver.

Emerging from the heat shimmer they come in a roar of sound and fury, the nomad brigands and road pilots. Chrome, dust and rust in your rearview mirror are the first harbingers of impending doom. Then the incessant chatter of twin Vickers fills your ears and your auto begins to disintegrate around you. It's the Dirty Thirties and you're having a bad day... Pray Maximilian is out there somewhere!1 vol, 54 pgs 2017 AUSTRALIA, MANA PRESS
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1-199297 Kinrade, Warwick BATTLEGROUP: Market Garden Campaign supplement detailing the Market Garden operation. Packed full of historical information and narrative, scenarios and a mini campaign. Includes airborne army lists, amendments, and additions to German army lists.1 vol, 96 pgs 2017 UK, THE PLASTIC SOLDIER COMPANY
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1-2052902 Phillips, Colin SKIRMISH AFRIKA AFRIKA is an imaginary continent set in the modern world. This book contains 9 scenarios and all the background information players need to create forces (ORBATS) for each of the 14 countries and UN Peacekeepers, Private Military Contractors, and Guerrillas.

This book contains detailed background on 14 new and original Afrikaan Countries. Within this continent, its countries have a diverse range of problems that includes everything from warlike aggressive neighbors to internal dissent and terrorism. At the same time these countries deal with the specter of modern colonialism. This takes many forms including aid dependency, unscrupulous trade deals and arms supplies from countries as diverse as China, India, Europe, and the USA.1 vol, 124 pgs 2017 NEW ZEALAND, RADIO DISHDASH PUBS
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1-2052903 Phillips, Colin and Watterson, Craig PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY: Spec Ops Missions for Skirmish Sangin Contains 12 Special Forces scenarios for Skirmish Sangin. It includes 9 ORBATS of Special Forces teams ranging from DELTA to GROM and all the associated rules to run a Special Operations campaign using the Skirmish Sangin Rules.1 vol, 88 pgs 2017 NEW ZEALAND, RADIO DISHDASH PUBS
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1-215580 Grainger, John KINGS AND KINGSHIP IN THE HELLENISTIC WORLD: 350 - 30 BC Between c.350 BC and 30 BC the Mediterranean world was one in which kings ruled. The exceptions were the Greek cities and Roman Italy. But for most of that period neither of these republican areas was central to events. For the crucial centuries between Alexander the Great and the Roman conquest of Macedon, the political running was made by kings, and it is their work and loves and experience which is the subject here.

Rome's expansion extinguished a series of monarchies and pushed back the area which was ruled by kings for a time, but the process of building a republican empire eventually rebounded on the city, and the Romans empire came to be ruled by an emperor who was in fact a facsimile of a Hellenistic king.

Rather than attempting a narrative of the various kingdoms, this takes a thematic approach, considering various aspects of Hellenistic kingship in turn. This highlights the common features as well as the differences across the various dynasties. How did one become king? How was a smooth succession secured and what happened when it was not? What were the duties of a king, and what were the rewards and distractions? These are just a few of the interesting facets examined in this original and fascinating book.1 vol, 270 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-215550 Hughes, Ian GAISERIC: The Vandal Who Destroyed Rome While Gaiseric has not become a household name like other 'barbarian' leaders such as Attila or Genghis Khan, his sack of Rome in 455AD has made his tribe, the Vandals, synonymous with mindless destruction. Gaiseric, however, was no moronic thug, proving himself a highly skillful political and military leader and was one of the dominant forces in Western Mediterranean region for almost half a century.

The book starts with a concise history of the Vandals before Gaiseric's reign and analyses the tactics and weaponry with which they carved a path across the Western Roman Empire to Spain. It was in Spain that Gaiseric became their king and he that led the Vandals across the straits of Gibraltar to seize a new home in North Africa, depriving Rome of one of its most important remaining provinces and a key source of grain. Roman attempts at reconquest were defeated and the Balearic Islands, Sicily, Corsica, and Sardinia were all added to Gaiseric's kingdom.

His son, Huneric, was even betrothed to Eudoxia, daughter of the Emperor Valentinian III and it was her appeal for help after her father's murder that led Gaiseric to invade and sack Rome. He took Eudoxia and the other imperial ladies back to Africa with him, subsequently defeating further attempts by the Eastern Roman Empire to recapture the vital North African territory.

Ian Hughes' analysis of the Gaiseric as king and general reveals him as the barbarian who did more than anyone else to bring down the Western Roman Empire, but also as a great leader in his own right and one of the most significant men of his age.1 vol, 304 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-215570 MacDowall, Simon THE GOTHS: Conquerors of the Roman Empire In the late 4th century, pressure from the Huns forced the Goths to cross the Danube into the Roman Empire. The resultant Battle of Adrianople in 378 was one of Rome's greatest defeats. Both western (Visigoth) and eastern (Ostrogoth) branches of the Goths had a complex relationship with the Romans, sometimes fighting as their allies against other 'barbarian' interlopers but carving out their own kingdoms in the process. Under Alaric the Visigoths sacked Rome itself in 410 and went on to establish a kingdom in Gaul (France).

They helped the Romans defeat the Hunnic invasion of Gaul at Chalons in 451 but continued to expand at Roman expense. Defeated by the Franks they then took Spain from the Vandals. The Ostrogoths had a similar relationship with the Eastern Roman Empire before eventually conquering Italy. Adrianople, the events of 410, and the Ostrogoths' long war with Belisarius, including the Siege of Rome, are among the campaigns and battles Simon MacDowall narrates in detail. He analyses the arms and contrasting fighting styles of the Ostro- and Visi- Goths and evaluates their effectiveness against the Romans.1 vol, 184 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-215590 Shaw, Garry WAR & TRADE WITH THE PHAROAHS: An Archaeological Study of Ancient Egypt's Foreign Relations The ancient Egyptians presented themselves as superior to all other people in the world; on temple walls, the pharaoh is shown smiting foreign enemies - people from Nubia, Libya, and the Levant - or crushing them beneath his chariot. Officially, foreigners represented disorder and chaos - the opposite of Egypt's perfect land of justice and order.

But despite such imagery, from the beginning of their history, the Egyptians also enjoyed friendly relations with neighboring cultures; both Egyptians and foreigners crossed the deserts and seas exchanging goods gathered from across the known world. They shared knowledge and technology, and sometimes settled abroad, marrying and acculturating. Through such interactions, the Egyptians influenced other cultures, and at the same time were themselves shaped by foreign contacts and external events.

Explores Egypt's connections with the wider world over the course of 3,000 years, introducing readers to ancient diplomacy, travel, trade, warfare, domination, and immigration - both Egyptians living abroad and foreigners living in Egypt. It covers military campaigns and trade in periods of strength - including such important events as the Battle of Qadesh under Ramesses II and Hatshepsut's trading mission to the mysterious land of Punt - and Egypt's foreign relations during times of political weakness, when foreign dynasties ruled parts of the country.

From early interactions with traders on desolate desert tracks, to sunken Mediterranean trading vessels, the Nubian Kingdom of Kerma, Nile fortresses, the Sea Peoples, and Persian satraps, there is always a rich story to tell behind Egypt's foreign relations.1 vol, 232 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-215540 Flintham, David CIVIL WAR LONDON: A Military History of London under Charles I and Oliver Cromwell London was the critical location throughout the English Civil Wars - a fact that has been emphasized by countless historians, with some going as far to say that by fleeing his capital in January 1642, King Charles I lost the war several months before the fighting actually started. Most studies focus on London as the political and economic powerhouse - overlooking the fact that militarily, London was just as important.

At the outbreak of the fighting, Parliament was able to call upon the capital's 'citizen soldiers' - well-trained and equipped soldiery - although their commitment was not always assured. In addition to its militia and other volunteers, London was also able to defend herself through the construction of the largest system of urban fortification constructed anywhere in the country - a factor made even more critical by the fact that the London arms trades supplied the Parliamentarian war effort. Includes 50 illustrations, three maps, and photos.

Despite the fact that London did not witness any actual battles (although the fighting did get as near as Mile End on one occasion), armed soldiers were a common sight on London's streets and the political direction of what has sometimes been referred to as 'The English Revolution' was steered by several armed coups within the capital.

Whilst London was controlled by Parliament, there was a large neutral faction and not an insignificant Royalist element - a number of who fled the capital to fight for the King, while others could be found in London's military hospitals and prisons (and, for some, ultimately at the capital's many places of execution).

There is a significant amount of mid-17th century London which can be traced today, and so this book also identifies the sites and places associated with Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and other chief protagonists of this key period in British history.1 vol, 128 pgs 2017 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-215630 Jones, Serena A NEW WAY OF FIGHTING: Professionalism in the English Civil War Proceedings of the 2016 Helion and Company 'Century of the Soldier' Conference with the theme 'Professionalism.'

War quickens the pace of military and technological change, and the increasing pace and scope of European warfare during the 16th and 17th centuries prepared the ground for the professional military forces we are familiar with today. The speakers examined a broad range of subjects relating to the increasing professionalization of military bodies and their personnel throughout the 17th century.

Using the Royalist colonel Sir George Lisle as a case study, Serena Jones addresses the concept of a 'professional officer' - exploring whether such a figure existed in the mid-17th century and whether the term itself can be legitimately applied to Lisle and his contemporaries. Stephen Ede-Borrett uses soldiers' personal information found in late-17th century 'Deserters' Notices' in The London Gazette to offer insights into the composition of England's early standing army. Professor Malcolm Wanklyn looks towards the Restoration and examines how the internal dynamics of the New Model Army during the Commonwealth period may have contributed to its failure to prevent the return of the monarchy in 1660.

John Barratt focuses on the Royalist 'Northern Horse' during the first English Civil War and assesses how the personal qualities and characteristics of its officers and men contributed to its effectiveness in the field. Andrew Robertshaw examines how the pre-Civil War military experience of the officers of Marmaduke Rawdon's 'London Regiment' contributed to its performance at Basing House and Faringdon Garrison.

Dr Jonathan Worton uses the Battle of Montgomery in 1644 to consider the structures and effectiveness of contemporary High Command on both sides. Peter Leadbetter looks back to the early part of the century to examine the men who comprised the pre-Civil War county-trained bands and if (or how) they later participated in the Civil Wars. Finally, Simon Marsh examines the career of James Wemyss and demonstrates how his experiments in artillery technology extended far further than creating the leather guns for which he is best known.1 vol, 122 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-215520 Johnston, Arran ON GLADSMUIR SHALL THE BATTLE BE! The Battle of Prestonpans 1745 In the summer of 1745, a charismatic (but inexperienced) young Prince sailed to Scotland - determined to wrest the crowns of Great Britain from the head of George II. In a few short weeks, he raised an army large enough to challenge the government's forces in Scotland and, against the odds, stormed to a shocking victory over them at the Battle of Prestonpans.

Celebrated ever since in song and art, Prestonpans nevertheless proved to be a false dawn on the road to defeat at the Battle of Culloden seven months later, but without his victory at Prestonpans and all the opportunities it provided, Charles Edward Stuart ('Bonnie Prince Charlie') could never have invaded England and his short uprising would then have been but a footnote in the history of Georgian Britain. Includes 25 black and white illustrations and 13 maps.

This book pieces together the events of the Prestonpans campaign and focuses on the week of the battle. Uses eyewitness testimonies and close scrutiny of the evidence presented to the Board of Inquiry in 1746 to understand the buildup to the battle from an individual, as well as strategic, level. Such an understanding is revealed as critical, as the effects of morale, landscape, and personality are shown to have determined the fate of the battle far more than the relative power of broadsword and bayonet.

The book opens with an exploration of the battlefield area prior to the Rising, before analyzing the political and military strengths and weaknesses of the opposing causes, including information on the career of Sir John Cope. After following the opening campaign in the Highlands, the reader is then taken on a detailed day-by-day journey through the week leading to the battle.

The account of the engagement itself - driven by eyewitness testimony and contemporary evidence - also incorporates the latest archaeological analysis of the site to create the most detailed and engaging presentation yet of this famous and dramatic event. Its aftermath and legacy, both on a local and national level, is then considered before the book concludes with a look at the changes which have occurred across the battlefield landscape up to the present day. 1 vol, 232 pgs 2017 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-AYG5358 Beckett, Beau and Stahl, Jeph 1754: CONQUEST: The French and Indian War Wargame - Native Alliance Cards Set of 15 cards with objectives and events for the Six Nations Alliance for the game 1754.1 vol, 15 pgs 2017 US, ACADEMY GAMES
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1-215500 Esposito, Gabriele THE WAR OF THE TRIPLE ALLIANCE The War of the Triple Alliance was an international military conflict in South America fought from 1864 to 1870 between Paraguay and the Triple Alliance of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. With an estimated 400,000 deaths, it was the deadliest and bloodiest in Latin America's history. It particularly devastated Paraguay, which suffered catastrophic losses in population?some claim that almost 70% of its adult male population died?and was forced to cede territory to Argentina and Brazil.

All the four armies are covered with great detail, with special attention to uniforms and organization. Magnificent color plates by Rava and many other nice pictures. The text is full of details about the narrative of the war.1 vol, 175 pgs 2017 US, WINGED HUSSAR PUBLISHING
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1-215560 Dawson, Paul NAPOLEON AND GROUCHY: The Last Great Waterloo Mystery Unravelled One of the enduring controversies of the Waterloo campaign is the conduct of Marshal Grouchy. Given command of a third of Napoleon's army and told to keep the Prussians from joining forces with Wellington, he failed to keep Wellington and Blucher apart with the result that Napoleon was overwhelmed at Waterloo. Grouchy, though, was not defeated. He kept his force together and retreated in good order back to France.

Many have accused Grouchy of intentionally holding back his men and not marching to join Napoleon when the sound of the gunfire at Waterloo could clearly be heard, and he has been widely blamed for Napoleon's defeat. This is a subject which is generally overlooked by British historians, who tend to concentrate on the actions of Wellington and Napoleon, and which French historians choose not to look at too closely for fear that it might reflect badly upon their hero Napoleon.

Grouchy's conduct during the Waterloo campaign is analyzed in fine detail, drawing principally on French sources not previously available in English. The author, for example, answers questions such as whether key orders did actually exist in 1815 or were they later fabrications to make Grouchy the scapegoat for Napoleon's failures? Did General Gerard really tell Grouchy to 'march to the sound of the guns?' Why did Grouchy appear to move so slowly when speed was essential?1 vol, 352 pgs 2017 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-215530 Martin, Yves THE FRENCH ARMY OF THE ORIENT 1798-1801: Napoleon's Beloved 'Egyptians' More than 200 years ago - under the inspiration and leadership of Bonaparte - a revolutionary French Army invaded Egypt, then part of the Ottoman Empire; this presence lasted beyond Bonaparte's own departure and subsequent rise to power as First Consul. It ended with another invasion - this time by the British - and the repatriation in France of what was left of the 'Army of the Orient'. The birth of Egyptology; the rise of modern Egypt; the demise of the Ottoman Empire; and start of 'the great game' have all been often told and studied, but what is less well known is that as the French found themselves stranded in a foreign land - profoundly alien to them in culture and climate - they had to adapt to survive.

Egypt was a proving ground for many officers and ordinary soldiers who were to rise to prominence during the Napoleonic period. Some of Napoleon's future inner circle - like Davout, Savary and Lasalle - were first spotted by the young Bonaparte in Egypt, and although initially unplanned as such, it turned out to be the first attempt by the French to build a colony on the African continent. It especially led the French Army to adopt totally new clothing and equipment; to organize native units; and even to draft men from faraway Darfur into its own ranks.

Drawing from a wealth of original primary material - much of it never published or even seen before - this study focuses on the French Army of the Orient and its organization, uniforms, equipment and daily life. It aims at providing a renewed and updated image of the French soldier, as told by the surviving archives, memoirs and rare contemporary iconography. Includes 32 pages of color illustrations.1 vol, 160 pgs 2017 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-942075 Martin, Yves GLOIRE & EMPIRE # 75 Articles cover: Blucher: Tombeur le Napoleon, le Hussard, L'homme Blesse, La Revanche, and more.1 vol, 132 pgs 2017 FRANCE, LCV
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1-215610 Baxter, Ian SS TOTENKOPF AT WAR: A History of the Division - Images of War series The SS Totenkopf (Death Head) Division even 70 years on retains its formidable and ruthless reputation as a superbly efficient yet murderous formation. It earned this for its actions throughout the Second World War, first in 1940 during the blitzkrieg in Northern France and then on the Eastern Front. The battles at Kharkov and Kurst saw some of the fiercest fighting of that long and terrible campaign. During the long retreat back to the Fatherland the Division fought with customary dogged determination, nay fanaticism. Includes 250 photos.

This superbly illustrated work, drawing on images taken by participants, portrays the SS Totenkopfs history from formation through training to the battles in northern France and in Russia.1 vol, 184 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-215600 Janzyk, Stephan OPERAION FALL WEISS: German Paratroopers in the Poland Campaign 1939 While the fledgling German paratroop operations in Belgium and the Netherlands in 1940, and on Crete in 1941, attracted worldwide attention, what is not as well known is that the use of paratroopers was planned for the invasion of Poland in 1939, in an act that began WWII. This has given rise to the myth that Adolf Hitler wanted to keep this new, and hitherto little-known, branch of the armed services secret for future projects. Includes 193 illustrations.

However, on several occasions the men of Parachute Regiment 1 were sat ready in their JU-52 transport planes, fully equipped and ready to go. 'Operation Fall Weiss' describes the role of the German paratroopers in the Polish campaign, using war diaries, maps, contemporary documents, and photographs, including those from various private collections around the world. 1 vol, 184 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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