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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-GBP21 GRIPPING BEAST: 28mm Goth Noble Cavalry Contains 12 plastic Goth Noble Cavalry supplied unpainted and unassembled. Includes Renedra plastic bases. These models can be used to represent a wide range of armored cavalrymen from 300AD to 800AD, including the Ostrogoths, Visigoths, Vandals, Franks, Germans, Herules, Lombards, and more. 1 vol, 12 pgs 2018 UK, GRIPPING BEAST MINIATURES
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1-VXA036 VICTRIX GALLIC ARMOURED WARRIORS: 28mm Plastic Miniatures Contains 30 figures of armored Gallic infantry in mail and armor. Separate command frame. Separate heads allowing multiple variants. Bare heads and helmeted heads with optional crests. Choice of arms for javelins, spears, swords, musician and standard bearer. Mix of Gallic shields. Digitally designed meaning highly detailed figures. Can be used as Gallic warriors against the Romans, mercenaries in a Carthaginian army, and Ancient Britons against the Romans. 1 vol, 30 pgs 2018 UK VICTRIX LTD
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1-218498 Stallard, John CRUEL SEAS: Italian Regia Marina Fleet The Regia Marina Fleet contains:
* 4 x MAS boats MTBs (metal)
* 1 x Italian MZ Motozattera (resin and metal)
* 1 x Marinefahrprahm - F-Lighter (resin and metal)
* 1 x Gabbiano-class corvette (resin and metal)
* 1 x CR 32 Fighter (metal)
* Ship Cards
* Wakes
* Plastic Torpedo markers

The Italians favored their fast small boats, typically the MAS boats (Motoscafo Anti Sommergibile) weighing in at between 20 and 30 tons, smaller than most other nations small craft. They were, however, good boats and gave the Allies a tough time. They had a 10-man crew and their principal armament was two torpedoes and a 20 mm Breda A/A on the rear deck. They were very fast and could make up to 45 knots, outrunning all PT boats and British MTBs. By 1940, 48 of the MAS 500 class were available.

Another excellent all-round boat for the Italian fleet was the Gabbiano-class Corvette. At 660 tons, they carried a 100 mm main gun forward, three 20 mm A/A, and four 20 mm in dual mounts. They were also equipped with two torpedo tubes. These were excellent ships, well-built and pleasing to the eye, although not fast (18 knots at best) but with good tactical options for a good commander.1 vol, 8 pgs 2019 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-218499 Stallard, John CRUEL SEAS: Soviet Navy Fleet The Soviet Navy Fleet contains:
* 4 x G5 MTB (metal)
* 4 x D3 MTB (metal)
* 2 x Bronekaters (metal)
* 1 x Fugas class Minesweeper (resin and metal)
* 1 x Il-2 Sturmovik (metal)
* Ship Cards
* Wakes
* Plastic Torpedo markers

The Soviet Navy then is a solid, unsophisticated affair, with no radar, little radio, few automatic cannons or other refinements. As ever with Russian forces, quantity has a quality all its own. Your best tactic is to get in quick, torpedo your target and escape fast as you are likely to take much damage from concentrated cannon fire. Use boats to support you, use minefields to hide in, and if desperate, use the threat of your terrifying if inaccurate Katyusha rockets! 1 vol, 12 pgs 2019 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-218920 Sennewald, Roland PIETER SNAYERS - BATTLE PAINTER: 1592-1667 Pieter Snayers was in many ways the premier battlepainter of the 30-Years War as he excelled in making large, detailed and often surprisingly accurate birds-eye view paintings of battles and sieges. His paintings are also one of the best sources of information about the dress and equipment of soldiers during the period. His paintings are scattered across a large number of museums and private collections and only a limited number are available online.

Over 200 mostly colored illustrations: including double-sided reproductions of about 100 of his paintings, many detailed views, maps, and contemporary engravings, and all in a large format book.1 vol, 422 pgs 2018 GERMANY, BERLIN ZINNFIGUREN
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1-218840 Gabriel, Richard A ON ANCIENT WARFARE: Perspectives on Aspects of War in Antiquity - 4000 BC to AD 637 Richard Gabriel, author of 55 books and 300 articles on ancient warfare, presents his thoughts and perspectives on a selection of aspects of ancient warfare that he has found of particular interest. It does not aim to be a comprehensive overview nor a coherent narrative of ancient military history, but adds up to an illuminating, fascinating, and wide-ranging discussion of various topics. Includes topics ranging from broad topics such as the origins of war, through logistics, military medicine, psychiatry, and the origins of jihad, to specifics such as the generalship of Alexander the Great, Scipio, and Hannibal. Includes 16 b/w maps and diagrams.1 vol, 336 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-218910 Nofi, Al IMPERIUM ROMANUM: Wargame Imperium Romanum is an update to the classic game of the Roman Empire by Al Nofi. The rules cover the intricacies of the political, economic, and military conflicts of the Roman world from the first century BC to its fall nearly 700 years later. The game includes over 40 scenarios, with six new scenarios and three introductory scenarios. Scenarios range from the Mithridatic wars (88-63 BC) through more than six centuries of greatness and decline to the final burst of glory in the last Romano-Persian War (AD 622-629). Two to six persons may play, depending on the scenario chosen. Scale is 50 miles to the hex and each unit represents Legions and Fleets. Most leader counters are named and represent individual leaders and their staffs.

Imperium Romanum includes counter graphics with all units displayed in a neutral color while the players use leader and control markers to show the forces each faction controls. The maps are enlarged and have a directory of all provinces with their cultivated and road status depicted for each scenario. The rules are updated with a new format and include new optional rules designed to give all players more detail in the military, logistical and political actions of the game

Contents: Three 22x34-inch maps; One 11x17-inch mini map; 964 die-cut counters; Color Rules Booklet; Scenario Booklet; Player Aid Displays; and Player Record Forms.1 vol, 1 pgs 2018 CA, DECISION GAMES
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1-218880 Mugnai, Bruno THE CRETAN WAR 1645-1671: The Venetian-Ottoman Struggle in the Mediterranean A considerable part of the military history of the 17th century is dominated by the conflict between the Christian powers and the Ottoman Empire. Much has been written about the politics and the campaigns that led to the siege of Vienna in 1683 and the defeat suffered by the Sultan's armies, while, until today, there are relatively few studies on the long war that opposed Venice to the Ottoman Empire. The importance of the event in the context of politics not only of the Mediterranean, but of all Europe, is easily found in the number of chancelleries involved in the war, both directly on the battlefield or in diplomatic negotiations.

The strategic duel involved the belligerents in the control of the supply routes, and the metropolitan territory of both sides remained almost excluded from military operations. It was a conflict where the logistics organization and the ability to supply the armies made the difference, similar in many ways to the campaigns in the southwestern Pacific during the Second World War. It could be said that the Cretan War was the first conflict of contemporary age, but fought with the means of the 17th century. Includes 2 maps, 9 b/w photos, 8 original color plates, and 89 b/w illustrations.

Other aspects make this conflict a topic of great interest. Just remember that in the last years of war, men from almost all the countries of Europe were concentrated in Crete - and for the Ottomans also from Asia and Africa. Even with regard to the reconstruction of military clothing and equipment, this work finally opens a window on a period not very frequented by researchers, although these are years in which great transformation took place both in the armaments and in the development of new combat tactics. The different types of soldiers involved in the conflict have been illustrated with care in color plates, based on the most significant coeval examples and employing several unpublished sources.1 vol, 304 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-218900 Scott, Christopher THE MOST HEAVY STROKE: The Battle of Roundway Down 1643 Sir William Waller called his defeat at the Battle of Roundway Down, the most heavy stroke that ever befell him. He also said it turned victory into mourning and glory into shame. Indeed his loss in July 1643 was both dramatic and unexpected but what exactly happened has posed questions to historians for many generations.

For years the same old solutions as to why Waller's combined-arms army was overcome by a cavalry force of less than half its numbers have been discussed, but with little variation. They all appear to hail the experience of the vaunted Oxford Horse, the idea that the parliamentarian Horse began their fights stationary, the personal skills of Wilmot and Byron over those of Haselrig and Hungerford, and the cowardice of the parliamentarian Western Horse. These factors are probably correct in some measure, but this volume says there are two more, perhaps even greater reasons for the collapse of Waller's mounted troops.

The text describes how the tactics of the day put Waller's cavalry at a decided disadvantage and that Wilmot having understood the lessons of Edgehill was able to make full use of what he saw. The book also argues a case that perhaps the ostlers and grooms of Oxfordshire contributed more to the royalist victory than has hitherto been acknowledged. Combines what accounts say of movements and eyewitness terrain descriptions with knowledge of period practice in a deeper study of both battle and battlefield than has been hitherto undertaken, turning agreed previous positions of both armies on their head. Includes 12 b/w photos, 45 b/w illustrations, 8 color plates, and 10 tables.1 vol, 224 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-218890 Oates, Jonathan THE BATTLE OF KILLIECRANKIE: The First Jacobite Campaign 1689-1691 Covers the military struggle between forces loyal to the newly established Scottish government and the Jacobite cause. Considers the political and religious situation in Scotland, and to a lesser extent its southern neighbor, from the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 to the revolution of 1688-1689, which was far more radical in Scotland than it was in England, and which produced a constituency with a grievance which a new restoration might solve. Includes 18 b/w photos, 10 b/w illustrations, 8 color plates, and 12 tables.

The book then turns to the initial campaigning by both armies, led by Dundee and for the government, General Hugh Mackay, a fellow Scot. With marches and counter marches being inconclusive, the possession of Blair Castle focussed attentions and led to confrontation. But before examining the ensuing battle, the book turns to the officers and men of each army, exploring who they were, their tactics, arms, equipment and organization.

The most substantial chapter is a blow by blow account of the battle of Killiecrankie, beginning with the march to conflict on the day itself, discussions over whether to fight, deployment and initial exchanges of fire. Then the crux of the battle is described, the rush of the Highlanders, the musketry of their opponents, melee and the flight and pursuit. Some of Mackay's army stood and repelled their enemy, but by the day's end were obliged to retreat. There is an examination of the numbers of men who fought and the casualties and other losses taken by both sides; including that of the Jacobite commander. A discussion of the battle's aftermath and its importance then occurs.

The conflict was far from over, for the Jacobite army reached its numerical high point after Dundee's death. There was another battle to be fought that season, at Dunkeld, which was unusual for it was fought in a town. As with the previous battle, this chapter looks at the combatants involved as well as the fighting and its aftermath. The chapter also reviews the campaigning before and after the battle to take the reader until the end of the year.

The penultimate chapter covers the final major military engagement of the conflict, at Cromdale, as well as numerous other lesser encounters, skirmishes and sieges, and other developments in the government's strategy to bring peace to the Highlands. Finally, there is a chapter covering the campaign's end; which ended with a peace treaty and then the tragedy of Glencoe, and a commentary about the ending of hostilities and the careers of a number of prominent men who fought in the campaign.1 vol, 224 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-218800 Becke, Archibald WINNING THE PENINSULAR WAR: THE MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK AND MAPS OF MAJOR ARCHIBALD F. BECKE - From Salmanca to Toulouse Historian Archibald F. Becke created a beautiful notebook in 1907. Several such notebooks, meticulously compiled, have come into our hands over the years (and sold on) but this one was retained as it was particularly handsome. Becke's notes deal largely with the strategy of the period involved, fascinatingly from the point-of-view of an early 19th Century historian who particularly understood horse transported warfare, only a 100 years away from the time he wrote. But the real gems are his exquisitely drawn color maps which are faithfully reproduced as well as a few other maps either from another source or which were included in the notebook. Includes 34 color maps.1 vol, 114 pgs 2018 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-218820 Glover, Gareth editor THE 3rd SCOTS GUARDS IN TIME OF WAR: THE MEMOIRS OF SERGEANT JOHN STEVENSON, 1793-1814 This important memoir, quoted by both Fortescue & Oman, is without doubt one of the most rare, there being only being five copies recorded. His memoir covers campaigns including Ireland in 1798, Egypt 1801, Hanover 1806, Copenhagen 1807, the Peninsular war 1809-11 (Oporto, Talavera, Bussaco, Torres Vedras, and Fuentes d'Onoro) and Bergen op Zoom 1814. It is also an important study of the rise of Methodism in the British Army. He served as a private for five years and was promoted sergeant in 1800. Includes 10 maps and other lllustrations.1 vol, 114 pgs 2018 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-218810 Glover, Gareth and Morrisson, Paul editors A NEW SYSTEM OF CAVALRY SWORDSMANSHIP: Lt Col Charles Edward Radclyffe 1st Royal Dragoons Transcription of the original manuscript of 1818 with historical notes on the author, plus a complete facsimile of the original notebook printed in color, including the 15 original sketches by the author. This manuscript about cavalry sword exercise proves the change in sword tactics at the end of the Peninsular War and Waterloo, when the use of the cavalry sword went from slashing instrument to a stabbing one (hence the evidence of heavy cavalry grinding their swords to a point before battle).

Radclyffe served with the Royal Dragoons in the Peninsula from 1809 to 1814. He also served with distinction during the Waterloo Campaign. During his distinguished service, he reported upon necessary changes to sword tactics, resulting in this vitally important study. No printed copies of it have been recorded until now. Because of its importance and charm we have reproduced the original work in straight facsimile but also reset it for easier reading. A biography and letters from the Waterloo campaign are also included.1 vol, 114 pgs 2018 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-218830 Mayne, W & J Lillie CAMPAIGNS OF THE LOYAL LUSITANIAN LEGION: 1808-1811 Facsimile of the 1812 original edition plus a new 20-page introduction by Stephen Summerfield plus additional maps. This is the only source to the remarkable unit known as The Loyal Lusitanian Legion, commanded by Sir Robert Wilson in the Peninsula. It saw varied and significant service. This facsimile is considerably enhanced by Stephen's description of its war record, brief biographies and maps to follow the action. [Please note map 14 was not included in the printing].1 vol, 366 pgs 2018 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-218870 Diamond, Jon BEYOND ROME TO THE ALPS: Images of War Series Rome was liberated on 5 June 1944 but the Italian campaign had another eleven grueling months to run. The US Fifth and British Eighth Armies drove across the Arno River, capturing Florence on 5 August. Once again The Wehrmacht's 10th and 14th Armies eluded destruction, withdrawing into the Gothic Line in the Northern Apennines. The Eighth Army, advancing along the Adriatic coast and the Fifth Army in the mountains north of Florence penetrated this strong German defensive belt between 25 August and the end of September. Yet the Allied campaign stalled due to a lethal combination of supply and manpower shortages, the early onset of winter and the rugged terrain favoring the German defenders. The Allied April spring offensive saw Eighth Army breakthrough the Argenta Gap into the Po Valley, while Fifth Army captured Bologna. After crossing the Po River the Allies fanned out across Northern Italy, before the Nazi surrender on 3 May 1945. Includes 250 black and white illustrations.1 vol, 224 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-218850 Doyle, David M2/M3 BRADLEY: Images of War Series Includes 270 color photographs, the bulk previously unpublished, of the M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The Bradley Fighting Vehicle, made famous through extensive media coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is given an in-depth examination. Drawing on the lessons learned in Vietnam, the Bradley was built to provide a highly mobile platform from which infantry could be inserted into the battlefield, and from which the infantry could operate. Its use soon expanded to that of a scout vehicle with anti-tank capability. Despite initial criticism from Congress, the Bradley proved itself very capable on the battlefield, destroying more Iraqi armored vehicles than did the famed Abrams tanks. Explores the many variations of the Bradley, including the heavily armed M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System.1 vol, 240 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-218860 Doyle, David M7 PRIEST: Images of War Series Includes 20 color and 190 black and white photographs of the M7 Howitzer Motor Carriage, dubbed the Priest. This was the most successful and widely used example of American self-propelled artillery during WWII, with examples used by the US Army during the Korean war, and even serving Allied countries into the 1970s. Coined the Priest due to its pulpit-like structure for the gun commander, this armored fighting vehicle would see action in North Africa, Italy, and the D-Day landings in Normandy and all the way to Germany. 1 vol, 240 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-2171207 Buffetaut, Yves GERMAN ARMOR IN NORMANDY Throughout WWII, a shift occurred in the composition of the large armored units of armies which lead to an increase in the power of their tanks in particular. The Germans were no exception. Many of its recently formed Panzer divisions, from the 12th SS-Panzerdivision Hitlerjugend to the 2nd SS-Panzerdivision Das Reich, were thrust into the effort to repel the Allies from June to August 1944 in Normandy. Within just ten weeks they would be defeated.

This volume of Casemate Illustrated starts by exploring the initial struggle to gain control of Caen after the Allies had landed on the beaches of Normandy which resulted in the ferocious German Tiger tanks hammering the 7th Armored Division. The subsequent strategies the commanders devised for the Panzer tanks during Operations Goodwood and Cobra were not so successful, ultimately ending in disaster for the Germans as the Allies broke through the German line by the end of July.

With over 100 photos, diagrams showing the composition of German armored divisions, and color profiles of tanks and other armored vehicles, this is a detailed examination of the German armored forces in Normandy in 1944, focusing on the organization of the 10 Panzer divisions that took part, the vehicles they relied on and the battles they fought in and why ultimately their combined strength was not enough.1 vol, 128 pgs 2018 US, CASEMATE
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1-2171208 Buffetaut, Yves ARDENNES 1944: The Battle of the Bulge German army deficiencies are often cited as the reason for the failure of the German counteroffensive in the Ardennes region of France, Belgium, and Luxembourg in December of 1944 to January 1945 which the Germans called Operation Wacht am Rhein. The Allies named it the Ardennes Counteroffensive, and it was also commonly known as the Battle of the Bulge.

The three German armies were in differing states when they regrouped for the offensive - only the 5th Panzer Army assembled in good condition, with the 6th and the 7th mediocre at best. The divisions were also often not mobile enough because of the lack of automotive equipment and were short on tanks and artillery. But these cannot be considered the only reasons for the German failure: it was also the speed of the Allied reaction, and especially the conduct of the Americans, who experienced some of the fiercest combat of the war, and suffered over 100,000 casualties.

This volume in the Casemate Illustrated series, with over 100 photographs and 24 color profiles describes in detail the different events that caused the German defeat, from the beginning of the offensive on December 16, 1944 to the retreat behind the Siegfried Line. It looks at several topics in particular: the American resistance at St. Vith; the resistance of the 101st Airborne in Bastogne; German obstinacy in persisting with the siege at Bastogne; the airlift and the intervention of the 9th US Air Force; the rapid regrouping of the 3rd US Army; Patton's counterattack; the British counterattack; and finally how the Allies failed to transform the German withdrawal into rout, missing an opportunity to cross the Siegfried line and the Rhine on the heels of the Germans, leading to an incomplete victory.1 vol, 128 pgs 2018 US, CASEMATE
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