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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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1-88835 Sartori, Lorenzo EXTRA IMPETUS 5: The Fifth Supplement for Impetus The fifth supplement carries Impetus into the Feudal Era with a campaign games and 48 official army lists. Includes historical backgrounds, game tutorials, official amendments, and pictures in 48 color pages.

CAMPAIGN GAME: Baron's Revolt

Feudal French, Anglo Norman, Early Feudal English, Later Feudal English, Welsh, Scots, Isles and Highlands, Irish, Anglo Irish, Frisia and Free Cantons, and Scandinavian Kingdoms.

Italian Communal (1150-1200 AD), Imperial German, Italian Communal (1200-1320 AD), Kingdom of Sicily and Naples, and Papal States.

Later Andalusians, El Cid, Almoravids, Almohads, Feudal Castilian, Leonese and Portuguese, Feudal Catalan and Aragonese, Navarrese, and Early Nasrids.

Teutonic Order, Lithuanians or Samogitians, Estonians, Prussians, Kingdom of Serbia, Polish, Kingdom of Hungary, and Cumans.

Mongol Conquest, Golden Horde, Ilkhanids, Hsi-Hsia, Koryo Koreans, Jin, Later Sung Chinese, Yuan Chinese, Early Ming, Later Ming, Early Samurai, Middle Samurai, Later Samurai, Ikko Ikki; and Yi (Choson) Koreans.1 vol, 48 pgs 2013 UK, NORTH STAR
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1-66684 Fernandez, Jose Antonio LAS INVASION BARBARAS DE HISPANIA One of the least studied periods in the history of Spain is the invasion of the Iberian Peninsula by the barbarians after the fragmentation of the Roman Empire. The author covers the struggles of the Roman emperors and usurpers -- and the barbarians who often fought on both sides -- to explain how and why the Empire fell. Color plates throughout. 1 vol, 110 pgs 2012 SPAIN, ALMENA
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1-200930 Rubenstein, Jay ARMIES OF HEAVEN: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse Beginning in 1095 and culminating four bloody years later in the siege of Jerusalem, the First Crusade represented a new kind of unrestrained-and apocalyptic-warfare. For the Christian warriors, many of them uneducated Germanic tribesmen, the capture of Jerusalem would bring about the End Times and the return of Christ. For their comparatively sophisticated Muslim adversaries, the nearly barbaric Christians represented a deluge of religious fanatics and professional combatants whose zeal and savagery threatened to topple every civilization that stood in their path. 1 vol, 0 pgs 2011 US, BASIC BOOKS
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1-66683 Ribas, Alberto BATALLA DE LA MONTANA BLANCA 1620 On November 8, a small Catholic force was sent to probe the Protestant flank. To their surprise, the Bohemians retreated at their advance. Tilly quickly sent in reinforcements, and the Bohemian flank began to crumble. Anhalt tried to retrieve the situation by sending forward infantry and cavalry led by his son, Christian II.

The cavalry charged into the Imperial infantry, causing significant casualties, but Tilly countered with his own cavalry, forcing the Bohemian horsemen to retire. The Bohemian infantry, who were only now approaching the Imperial army, saw the cavalry retreating, at which they fired one volley at extreme range before retreating themselves. A small group of Imperial cavalry began circling the Protestant forces, driving them to the middle of the battlefield. With the Bohemian army already demoralized, company after company began retreating, most without having actually entered the battle. Tilly and his Imperial cavalrymen advanced with 2,000 Bavarian hussars, steadily pushing Protestant forces back to the Star Palace (just west of Prague), where the rebels tried without success to establish a line of defense.

The Battle of White Mountain was more a skirmish than a full-fledged battle. The Bohemian army was no match for Emperor Ferdinand's troops. The actual battle lasted only an hour and left the Bohemian army in tatters. Some 4,000 Protestants were killed or captured, while Catholic losses amounted to roughly 700.

Color illustrations throughout.1 vol, 110 pgs 2012 ITALY
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1-200940 Clary, David GEORGE WASHINGTON'S FIRST WAR: His Early Military Adventures 'I heard the bullets whistle, and, believe me, there is something charming in the sound.' So wrote the young George Washington to his brother, something that David Clary notes no veteran soldier would say.

In this biographical history, Clary describes how the ambitious new lieutenant colonel was papering over the fact that his men and Indian allies had ambushed a force of French Canadians on a diplomatic mission, killing their leader Joseph Coulon de Villiers de Jumonville and setting off the French and Indian War of 1754-63. Clary's vivid portrait follows the future president from the start of his career, suffering repeated blunders and defeats in the wilderness, yet learning from each of his mistakes.1 vol, 0 pgs 2011 US, SIMON & SCHUSTER
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1-CP7075 DeSisto, Frank V. PANZER VOR! 7: GERMAN ARMOUR AT WAR 1939-45 8.5x11, 'Armour at War' series, 16 pages of color drawings and lots of b/w photos.

The book opens with a precis of the Germany tank industry before and during the war. This summary describes how the nation's arms industry was resurrected in the 1920-30s, and how it sought to provide the materiel and vehicles needed to feed Germany's insatiable war machine. Despite many restrictions and hurdles, German industry did surprisingly well in producing such a wide range of armored fighting vehicles up till the end of the war. These efforts are reflected in a fascinating array of photos showing military vehicles in action. The range of photography is extraordinary - it includes the Panzer I, Panzer II, Panzer Ill, StuG III, Panzer IV, Panther and Tiger I, for example. There are also artillery pieces and a number of half-tracks featured within the covers. Readers will find very useful the highly detailed captions that accompany each picture.

De Sisto continues his longstanding collaboration with accomplished illustrator Laurent Lecocq. In the center of the book are 16 color plates by Lecocq, and these offer sample camouflage schemes and markings. This well-researched book is a worthy companion to the six previous Panzer Vor! volumes, and it will doubtlessly enthuse military buffs. 1 vol, 72 pgs 2013 HONG KONG, CONCORD PUBS
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1-200981 Oliver, Dennis STUG: Assault Gun Units In The East, Bagration To Berlin Vol. I The first volume in a two part set in this series features histories of the German Army's assault gun units (volume two will contain Waffen SS, Luftwaffe, and obscure units); Color artwork by Dennis Oliver depicting over 40 different vehicles with details of unit markings and insignia; Explanation of vehicle characteristics, production, and field modifications; and Campaign maps and diagrams.1 vol, 40 pgs 2013 AUSTRALIA, FIREFLY BOOKS
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1-200900 Rogerson, Sidiney THE LAST OF EBB: The Battle of the Aisne, 1918 In 1918, the Germans launched the Spring Offensive. Aware that American troops would soon be arriving in Europe, the Germans saw this as their last chance to win the war. If they could overcome the Allied armies and reach Paris, victory might be possible. The German offensive was initially a great success. Striking at the Allied line's strongest point, the Chemin des Dames, they burst their way through and made quick progress towards Marne. However, the advance eventually stalled. With supply shortages and lack of reserves, this was to be the 'last ebb' of the German war effort.

Rogerson, a young officer in the West Yorkshire Regiment, describes the experiences of his battalion from the Aisne through to the Marne. Fighting under French command, the West Yorkshires were inadequately supported by artillery and practically without help from the air. The 4 tired divisions were forced to fight and run 27 miles across wooded hills and three rivers on emergency rations.

The author vividly conveys the bravery and extraordinary resilience of the West Yorkshires, who were able to face up to the terrible ordeal of such a battle without loss of morale. Remarkably for a book of this period, an account by Major-General A. D. von Unruh, which gives the German perspective of the offensive, has been included.1 vol, 147 pgs 2011 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-200910 Christ, James F. MISSION RAISE HELL: US Marines on Choiseul October-November 1943 With Guadalcanal firmly in American control by October 1943, the Allies decided to invade Bougainville, another island in the Solomon chain, to tighten their stranglehold on the Japanese in the area. To divert the enemy's attention, a raid was ordered on the nearby island of Choiseul.

Success relied on making the Japanese think that a Marine division had landed on Choiseul so that they would rush reinforcements there while a much larger American Marine force would land on Bougainville. But Allied resources were scarce, so the Choiseul raid fell to the 2nd Marine Parachute Battalion. An aggressive unit of paratroopers under the command of the now legendary 'Brute' Krulak, they were well trained in guerilla warfare and night fighting. This is the story of the paratroopers' courageous fight, told from their unique perspective.

Told to make the noise of an entire division, the Marines knew that if they got into trouble, there would be no reinforcements. For seven days they raised hell, bringing the fight to the Japanese along the coastline and deep into the jungle. Then, on November 3, as a large Japanese force closed in, the Marines slipped off the island, mission accomplished. Bougainville had been secured. This hour-by-hour account of what happened is based on an exhaustive gathering of all possible eyewitness accounts and includes a rescue by John F. Kennedy's PT boat and the death of a Marine in Kennedy's bunk. It is a page-turner more akin to a novel than a work of nonfiction.1 vol, 257 pgs 2006 US, NAVAL INSTITUTE PRESS
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