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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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1-2134811 TEST OF HONOUR: Seven Ronin (Seven Samurai) Seven masterless samurai join forces to defend the innocent. The characters represented in this box are designed to be used together in games of Test of Honour, and if commanded well they form a powerful force. However, they are armed only with swords, and so can be vulnerable to bow fire and muskets.

For a particularly character-fulled battle, we recommend you use only the Skill cards in this box to form your Fate deck. The box contains 18 gaming cards for Test of Honour and 7 metal character miniatures plus bases. Miniatures supplied unpainted and unassembled.1 vol, 7 pgs 2018 UK, FOOTSORE MINIATURES
NEW-box, available early December 2018 ......$49.00 inc

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1-726517 Scarrow, Simon THE BLOOD OF ROME: Eagles of the Empire 17 It is AD 55. As trouble brews on the eastern fringes of the Roman Empire, Tribune Cato and Centurion Macro must prepare for war . . . The wily Parthian Empire has invaded Armenia, a frontier territory claimed by Rome, ousting King Rhadamistus. The king is ambitious and ruthless, but he is vital to Rome's strategic interests. General Corbulo must restore him to power, while also readying the troops for war with the powerful Parthian Empire. Corbulo orders new arrivals Cato and Macro, and their elite cohort of Praetorian Guards, to carry out the task.

Marching into unmapped and unfamiliar terrain to restore an unpopular king is a perilous mission. Allies cannot be trusted and foes lurk on all sides. The bravery and skill of the Roman army will be tested to the limit . 1 vol, 284 pgs 2018 UK, HEADLINE BOOKS
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1-198512 Giglio, Robert MINIATURE ADVENTURES OF DUNSTERFORCE 1918: Still Setting the East Ablaze A massive large format full color pages. 16 Scenarios, from small unit skirmishes to large scale actions plus campaign options. Includes a History of Dunsterforce plus amendments and clarifications for Setting the East Ablaze rules.1 vol, 160 pgs 2018 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-80480 Reynolds, David KAMPFGRUPPE COMMANDER III: Fast Play Grand Tactical WWII Rules Updated third edition of Kampfgruppe Commander includes army lists, quick reference sheets, and several scenarios. The rules have been adjusted to reflect the original author's latest thinking and embrace suggestions made by players over several years - all now laid out to make reference to the charts and data simpler than ever. Lots of new artwork and photographs of historical action and gaming scenarios make the whole package something you'll enjoy just looking at as well as using.1 vol, 135 pgs 2018 US, DAVID REYNOLDS
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1-218670 Hoskins, Peter SIEGE WARFARE DURING THE HUNDRED YEARS WAR: Once More Unto the Breach Histories of the Hundred Years War have been written, and accounts of the famous battles, but until now no book has concentrated on the sieges that played a decisive role in the protracted struggle between England and France. Edward III's capture of Calais in 1347 was of crucial importance for the English, and the failure of the English siege of Orleans in 1429 was a turning point for the French after the disaster of Agincourt. Throughout the war, sieges were a major weapon in the strategic armories of both sides, and Peter Hoskins's perceptive and graphic study is a fascinating analysis of them.

He describes the difficulties faced by besieger and besieged, examines the logistics and resource implications of sieges, and provides a comparative assessment of siege warfare alongside set-piece battles and the English strategy of chevauchees. Key sieges are reconstructed in vivid detail, other sieges are summarized, and the book is fully illustrated with photographs and plans.1 vol, 256 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-190670 Arnold, James and Reinertsen, Ralph BATTLES FOR EMPIRE: Napoleonic Scenarios 1807-09 Thirteen scenarios with 14 color maps, and 31 color and b/w illustrations.

* Mohrungen: Jan 25, 1807
* Bagration's Rear Guard: Feb 7, 1807
* Davout at Eylau: Feb 8, 1807
* Braunsberg: Feb 26, 1807
* Allied Invasion of Germany: Late April 1807
* Relief of Danzig: May 15, 1807
* Teugen Hausen: Apr 19, 1809
* Eckmuhl: Apr 22, 1809
* Train Raid: May 1809
* Lannes' Last Charge: May 22, 1809
* Raab: Jun 19, 1809
* Cadzand: Aug 2, 18091 vol, 80 pgs 2018 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-218620 Glover, Gareth THE TWO BATTLES OF COPENHAGEN 1801 and 1807: Britain and Denmark in the Napoleonic Wars The Danish capital of Copenhagen was the site of two major battles during the Napoleonic Wars, but the significance of the fighting there, and the key role the country played in the conflict in northern Europe, has rarely been examined in detail. This focuses on these two principal events, using original source material to describe them from the British and Danish perspectives, and he shows how they fitted into the little-understood politics of this region during this turbulent phase of European history.

The first Battle of Copenhagen in 1801 - the naval battle celebrated in Britain as one of Nelson's great victories - and the second - the British army's assault on the city in 1807 in which Wellington played a prominent part - were episodes in the continental struggle to resist the power of the French. This describes these events in vivid detail, quoting extensively from the recollections of eyewitnesses on both sides. 1 vol, 304 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-COM1078 Beyma, Rob THE WAR FOR THE UNION: Designer's Edition The War for the Union is a strategic level simulation of the American Civil War. It is the long awaited 2nd edition of the game originally published in 1992. Players command the Union and Confederate forces that fought from 1861 to 1865. The map runs from southeastern Texas to the Atlantic and from Harrisburg, PA to southern Florida. The new map is 34x44 inches to accommodate larger counters. Atlanta and Pensacola are now in the Western Theater. Terrain types include forests, rough, swamps, bayou, mountain hexsides, river hexsides (tidal, navigable, and minor), lakes, bluffs, and major and minor cities.

Ground units include infantry and cavalry strength points. Quality varies from Militia (worst) to Volunteers to Veterans (best). There are about 5,000 men per strength point. There are corps and army leaders and a few division leaders. Leaders have a Command Rating which indicates how many strength points (SPs) they can command, a Battle Rating (combat DRM), and a Movement Factor which also affects their force march DRM. Union militia recruits now have 3 MPs but a very poor force march DRM. There are seagoing and riverine naval units, including ironclads. There are also river transports which are very valuable to the Union player in developing campaigns along rivers. Since the Confederates cannot use sea movement, the Union sea movement capability is somewhat abstracted.

The quality of the armies, particularly the Union, improves as the war progresses. The Confederate player starts out with a small qualitative advantage but the Union catches up by the spring of 1863. The Confederates also have better leaders early in the war but the Union gets more and better leaders as the war progresses. Army counters, such as the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia, are central to the play of the game. Armies enable more efficient use of strength points, leaders, and supply.

Details:
* Complexity: 6 out of 10
* Solitaire Suitability: 8 out of 10
* Time Scale: 1 turn = 1 month
* Map Scale: Approximately 22 miles per hex
* Unit Scale: Approximately 5,000 men per strength point
* Number of Players: 2 to 4 plus solitaire
* Playing Time: An hour for an introductory scenario, an evening for a 1 year scenario, and a weekend for the Campaign Game

Components:
* 2 maps - each at 22x34 inches
* 3-1/2 sheets of 9/16-inch counters
* 1 deck of 25 Tactical cards
* 2 reinforcement schedules - 1 each for North and South
* 2 identical Terrain Effects cards with additional charts/tables
* 2 identical Combat Results Table cards with additional charts/tables
* 1 rulesbook
* 1 scenario book
* 2 ten-sided dice
* 1 box and lid set1 vol, 1 pgs 2018 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-218710 Barry, Quintin LAST THROW OF THE DICE: Bourbaki and Werder in Eastern France 1870-71 Recounts the last attempt by the Government of National Defence to reverse the outcome of the Franco-Prussian War, as General Charles Bourbaki, the former commander of the Imperial Guard, launched the Army of the East in a desperate attack on the German lines of communication in South-Eastern France. Includes 75 b/w ills, color maps.

The plan was that after sweeping aside the forces opposing it, the Army of the East would turn north to cooperate in the relief of Paris. It was faced by the German XIV Corps, which after the fall of Strasbourg had been tasked with overrunning Alsace, besieging Belfort and capturing Dijon. There, it had met and ultimately defeated the corps of Giuseppe Garibaldi, who had volunteered to fight for France after the fall of the Second Empire.

The French enjoyed a heavy numerical superiority; but they moved too slowly. A savage battle was fought at Villersexel, but Bourbaki was unable to prevent Werder from taking up a position along the frozen River Lisaine, covering the siege of Belfort. On January 16th 1871 Bourbaki attacked. For three days, in appalling weather, the French tried to break the German line, but in the end fell back defeated.

Threatened by a new army which Moltke had created, known as the South Army, under General Edwin von Manteuffel, the French retreated, at first to the fortress of Besancon. As the pressure continued, they fell back southwards towards the Swiss border. In his despair tried to take his own life, but failed, though seriously injured. His successor had no choice but to lead the broken army into internment in Switzerland.1 vol, 248 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-dj, available early December 2018 ......$50.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-218650 Baxter, Ian 6TH SS MOUNTAIN DIVISION NORD AT WAR 1941-1945: Images of War Series Drawing on a superb collection of rare and unpublished photographs, the book tells the story of the 6th SS Mountain Division Nord, which was formed in February 1941 as SS Kampfgruppe Nord (SS Battle Group North). Includes 250 b/w photos and illustrations.

The Division was the only Waffen-SS unit to fight in the Arctic Circle when it was stationed in Finland and northern Russia between June and November 1941. It fought in Karelia until the Moscow Armistice in September 1944, at which point it left Finland. It suffered heavy losses in the Operation Nordwind in January 1945 and in early April 1945, the division was destroyed by the US forces near Budingen, Germany.1 vol, 136 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-218660 Baxter, Ian THE ARMOUR OF ROMMEL'S AFRIKA KORPS: Images of War' series The Deutsche Afrika Korps (best known as simply Afrika Korps) built up a well-deserved reputation as a superb fighting machine. While this was founded on the leadership and tactical genius of its legendary commander Erwin Rommel and the fighting skills of its officers and men, another vital element was its equipment in general and armor in particular.

This superbly illustrated Images of War book reveals the full range of German armored vehicles that saw service in North Africa over the two year period 1941 to mid-1943. As well as the formidable panzers, such as the Tiger and Panther tanks, there were Sturmartillerie equipments, reconnaissance vehicles, half- tracks, armored cars, Panzers, and motor cycles. 1 vol, 136 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-PWAR090 Greene, Jack PAPER WARS: Issue 90 - MacArthur: The Road to Bataan MacArthur: The Road to Bataan covers the battle of Luzon Island during the winter of 1941-1942. Basically this game deals with a large island that must defend itself without any hope of significant outside help, against an enemy that can strike from virtually any direction. The Japanese can assault the island at many different points, causing the Allies (Filipinos and Americans) to be very wary of being drawn too far from the island's prize, Manila Bay, the main harbor at Manila, and the fortress of Corregidor, that controls the entrance. This game originally appeared in Wargamer # 44 and is designed by Jack Greene.

Product Information:
* Complexity: 1-10 (high): 5
* Solitaire Suitability: 1-10 (high): 6
* Time Scale: 3 Days per Game Turn
* Map Scale: 11 km per hex
* Unit Scale: Division and some Regiments
* Players: 2
* Playtime: 12 hours1 vol, 1 pgs 2018 US, COMPASS GAMES
NEW-softcover, available early December 2018 ......$47.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-218610 Margaritis, Peter LANDING IN HELL: The Pyrrhic Victory of the First Marine Division on Peleliu, 1944 On September 15, 1944, the US invaded a tiny island named Peleliu, located at the southern end of the Palau Islands. This island chain lay in the main line of the American advance eastward. The Pacific High Command saw the conquering of this chain as a necessary prelude to General Douglas MacArthur's long-awaited liberation of the Philippines.

Of all the Palaus, Peleliu, the second southernmost, was the most strategically valuable. It boasted a large flat airfield located on a relatively low plain at its southern end. If it was taken, it could be used as a major airbase from which the Americans could mount a massive bomber campaign against the Philippines if needed, and eventually against Japanese home islands. Except for the airfield, Peleliu was a typical humid tropical island, covered by dense jungle and swamps, with many coconut, mango, and palm tree groves.

The Pacific High Command was confident that victory would be theirs in just a few days, convinced that the Japanese defending the island were relatively weak and underprepared. They were drastically wrong. The Peleliu campaign took two and a half months of hard bitter fighting, and just a week after landing, having sustained terrific losses in fierce combat, Chesty Puller's 1st Marine Regiment was withdrawn. The entire division would be out of action for six months, with the three rifle regiments averaging over 50% casualties - the highest unit losses in Marine Corps history.

This book analyzes in detail the many things that went wrong to make these casualties so excessive, and in doing so, corrects several earlier accounts of the campaign. It includes a comprehensive account of the presidential summit that determined the operation, details of how new weapons were deployed, a new enemy strategy, and command failure in what became the most controversial amphibious operation in the Pacific during WWII.1 vol, 208 pgs 2018 US, CASEMATE PUBLISHING
NEW-dj, available early December 2018 ......$33.00 DISCOUNT:15% inc

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1-218630 Tucker-Jones, anthony PANZER I AND II: The Birth of Hitler's Panzerwaffe - Images of War Series While the Panzer I and II are not as famous as the German tanks produced later in the Second World War, they played a vital role in Hitler's early blitzkrieg campaigns and in the Nazi rearmament program pursued, at first in secret, by the Nazi regime during the 1930s. Covers their design, development, and wartime service is an ideal introduction to them. Includes 200 b/w photos and illustrations.

Both Panzers saw combat during the invasions of Poland and France, the Low Countries and Scandinavia during 1939-40. Although by the time the Wehrmacht invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, the Panzer I had been virtually phased out of service, in the form of self-propelled guns they continued to see combat well into 1943.

The Panzer II was also phased out with the panzer regiments in late 1943, yet it remained in action on secondary fronts and, as the self-propelled Marder II antitank gun and Wespe artillery variant, it saw active service with the panzer and panzer grenadier divisions until the end of the war. The Panzer I and II were the precursors of the formidable range of medium and heavy tanks that followed - the Panzer III and IV and the Panther and Tiger.1 vol, 128 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-218640 Tucker-Jones, anthony ARMOURED WARFARE in the BATTLE OF THE BULGE 1944-1945: Images of War Series The Battle of the Bulge took the Allied armies by surprise in 1944. It was a result of the extraordinary recovery of Hitler's panzer divisions following crushing defeats on the Eastern and Western fronts. In a daring offensive, he hoped his panzers would unhinge the American and British forces by charging through the Schnee Eifel. The consequence was one of the best-known battles of the entire conflict. Includes 160+ b/w photos and illustrations.1 vol, 128 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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