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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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1-908389 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 389 Articles include: Charging Into Battle, First Look at Muskets & Tomahawks, HG Wells' Little Wars Paper soldier edition, Air Strike (Blood Red Skies Compendium), reviews, and more.1 vol, 116 pgs 2020 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-935107 Various WARGAMES SOLDIERS & STRATEGY # 107: The Year of the Four Emperors - AD 69 Special Feature: The Year of the Four Emperors - AD 69
* Introduction: The Game of (Roman) Thrones
* Putting the Skirmish Back into Ancient Warfare - No Pain, No Grain!
* The Battle of Forum Julii (15 May, AD 69) - Beware the Ides of Maius
* Ambush at the Temple of Castor and Pollux - Locus Castorum
* Building an Early Imperial Roman Army - Roma Invicta
* The Ultimate Winner in AD 69 - Vespasian triumphant

Features:
* A Highland Fling ... With Axes and Swords - The Battle of North Inch
* The Algeciras Campaign of 1801 - Humbling the Lion
* France Versus Britain in St. Lucia - The Battle of La Vigie
* An Oosterbeek 1944 Scenario for Chain of Command - Borders on Van Borsselengweg
* Tarting up 4Ground's Mordanburg Blacksmith - I Love the Smell of MDF in the Morning
* How to Make a Plastic Tree Armature Bloom - Flowering Cherry Trees
* Making Fortifications for the American Civil War - Building a Blockhouse1 vol, 88 pgs 2020 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-222890 Bloom, James ROME RULES THE WAVES: A Naval Staff Appreciation of Ancient Rome's Maritime Strategy 300 BCE - 500 CE Revises the commonly-held view of Rome's naval history essentially ended at Actium in 31 BC, which left Rome with no rivals at sea just as the Republican period gave way to the Empire. Appraises the crucial role of both the Roman imperial navy and the steep learning curve of its predecessor, the naval forces of the Roman Republic. Contends sea power is the steadfast exertion of command of the sea lanes to project trade, suppress piracy, transport troops and supplies, and protect land-based military garrisons and expeditions. This grand-strategical survey treats Roman naval power as an instrument to support Roman imperial policy. Applies modern naval strategic theory to Roman naval operations. Includes 20 black and white illustrations.

Appendices will include scale drawings of the various ship types discussed in the text with their characteristics displayed in tabular form, several maps illustrating the maritime factors of the empire, and a resume of maritime exploration and discoveries in Roman times.1 vol, 336 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-222830 Fields, Nic GOD'S VIKING: Harald Hardrada - The Life and Times of the Last Great Viking Harald Hardrada is perhaps best known as the inheritor of 'seven feet of English soil' in that year of fateful change, 1066. But Stamford Bridge was the terminal point of a warring career that spanned decades and continents.

Thus, prior to forcibly occupying the Norwegian throne, Harald had an interesting (and lucrative) career in the Varangian Guard, and he remains unquestionably the most notable of all the Varangians who served the Byzantine emperors: in the latter employment he saw active service in the Aegean, Sicily, Italy, Anatolia, Syria, Palestine and Bulgaria, while in Constantinople he was the hired muscle behind a palace revolution.

A man of war, his reign in Norway was to be taken up with a wasteful, vicious and ultimately futile conflict against Denmark, a kingdom (like England) he believed was his to rule. We follow Harald's life from Stiklestad, where aged fifteen he fought alongside his half-brother king Olaf, through his years as a mercenary in Russia and Byzantium, then back to Norway, ending with his death in battle in England.1 vol, 336 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-222840 Fulton, Michael S SIEGE WARFARE DURING THE CRUSADES Considers the history of siege warfare in the Holy Land from every angle - the tactics and technology, the fortifications, the composition of the opposing armies, and the ways in which sieges shaped Frankish and Muslim strategy at each stage of the conflict. The differences and similarities between the Eastern and Western traditions are explored, as is the impact of the shifting balance of power in the region. Includes 50 color and black and white illustrations.

The conclusions may surprise some readers. Neither the Muslims nor the Franks possessed a marked advantage in siege technology or tactics, their fortifications reflected different purposes and an evolving political environment, and although there were improvements in technologies and fortifications, the essence of siege warfare remained relatively consistent.1 vol, 368 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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2-210760 Kling, Stephen editior GREAT NORTHERN WAR COMPENDIUM Oversized at 11.5 x 8.5 pages. A two-volume set with over 600 pages on the armies, battles, campaigns, events and personalities of the Great Northern War.

The Great Northern War was a profound event in European history and has had far too little attention in the English speaking world. This publication is intended to open up this history in a way previously not available in English. An international team of academics, authors, and other experts have written articles on the armies, battles, campaigns, events and major personalities of the war. Over 70 articles are included, all fully illustrated in color.

This is a heavy 2-volume set and US postage will be about $12.00. Canadian Postage will be about $44.00 and Insured International postage will be about $68.00.1 vol, 660 pgs 2016 US, THE HISTORICAL GAME COMPANY
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1-222910 Mikaberidze, Alexander THE NAPOLEONIC WARS: A Global History Comprehensive global history of the Napoleonic Wars across six continents and the entire period from 1792 to 1815. France struggled for dominance not only on the plains of Europe but also in the Americas, West and South Africa, Ottoman Empire, Iran, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Discusses major political-military events around the world and situates geopolitical decision-making within its long- and short-term contexts. Includes 29 maps.

Moves away from the Eurocentric vision of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars to examine British expeditions to Argentina and South Africa, Franco-Russian maneuvering in the Ottoman Empire, rise of Mehmed Ali and the emergence of a powerful state in Egypt, rise of the US, and start of national-liberation movements against the Spanish Colonial Empire in South America.1 vol, 960 pgs 2018 US, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
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1-222900 Tucker, Phillip Thomas THE ALAMO'S FORGOTTEN DEFENDERS: The Remarkable Story of the Irish During the Texas Revolution The largely Ireland-born garrison of Goliad raised the first flag of Texas Independence months before the Alamo's fall. More than a dozen natives of the Old Country fought and died at the Alamo, and the old Franciscan mission's garrison primarily consisted of soldiers of Scotch-Irish descent. Irish Protestants and Catholics made invaluable and disproportionate contributions in the struggle for Texas Independence. Includes rare newspaper articles, journals, and diaries, together with quality secondary accounts, to paint the dramatic saga of the Irish in Texas. The result is a broad-based cultural, economic, social, political, and military history of the Texas Revolution from the perspective of its Irish participants. Includes 12 b/w images and 4 maps.

The important contributions of the Irish in winning the struggle against Mexico and establishing a new republic are noticeably absent from Alamo and Texas Revolutionary historiography. The Irish embraced a lengthy and distinguished Emerald Isle revolutionary tradition-a distinctive cultural, political, and military heritage reborn during the Texas uprising of 1835-1836. Unbeknownst to most readers, the Irish comprised the largest single immigrant group in Texas during that time, and were among the most vocal and passionate of liberty-loving revolutionaries in all Texas. 1 vol, 192 pgs 2020 UK, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-222860 Grummitt, David M1 ABRAMS: The US's Main Battle Tank in American and Foreign Service, 1981-2019 Since its introduction in 1981, the Abrams main battle tank has been one of the most visible and iconic symbols of American military power. This heavily illustrated historical and modeling guide in the TankCraft series includes 200 color illustrations. Seven different models, covering the service history of the Abrams, are featured, as is a modelers' guide to the existing kits and accessories in all the popular scales.

Designed to meet head-on the massed tank forces of the Warsaw Pact, the M1 combat debut in fact came in a different scenario in 1991 during the First Gulf War. Since then it has served in the peace-keeping role in the former Yugoslavia and seen combat in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. It has gone through a series of modifications and modernizations that see it set to remain the backbone of the US Army until at least 2050.1 vol, 64 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-222850 Harrison, Michael ON THE ROAD TO VICTORY: The Rise of Motor Transport with the BEF on the Western Front The Great War produced many innovations, in particular the spectacular development by the British and French armies of motor transport. Using many previously unpublished illustrations, including artists' impressions, this book tells the story of the men and women who made motor transport [MT] work for the victorious British Army on the Western Front, so that in 1918, the humble lorry did indeed help propel the British Army forward. Includes 100 black and white illustrations.1 vol, 368 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-222870 Bowman, Martin W AIRMEN OF ARNHEM There is no doubting the gallant and valorous contribution of the airmen of Arnhem. All of their incredible, illuminating and often understated accounts of extraordinary courage, camaraderie, shared terror and encounters with the enemy offer a more personalized view of 'Market' portion of Operation Market-Garden.

Over the course of Operation 'Market', 4,050 aircraft saw employment -- the RAF Dakota, Stirling, Halifax, Albemarle, Horsa, Hamilcar and Glider Pilot Regiment crews together with those of the USAAF C-47 Troop Carrier Groups of the IX US Troop Carrier Command, the Waco and Horsa gliders, and the B-24 Liberator resupply crews. Most of them towed the 1,205 Hamilcar and Horsa gliders and were confronted by an unknown number of Luftwaffe aircraft. 'Market', the airborne part of the operation, spanned ten Allied lifts in a calamitous nine days of operations, often in foul weather.1 vol, 336 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-222880 Foreman, Melody THE WRECK HUNTER: Battle of Britain & The Blitz Biography created from Terry's original notes and photographs stretching back almost 70 years about aviation archaeology related to the Battle of Britain.

As long ago as 1961 a young Terry Parsons, then still in his twenties, began his long search for lost aircraft and memories of the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. What he discovered over the decades that followed went far beyond the tangled wreckage of military aircraft, both fighters and bombers. For with each of the thousands of RAF and Luftwaffe artifacts he unearthed, came the intricate weave of life stories linking the valiant and the brave, the living and the dead.

Included among the items he has recovered from the many wreck sites he has investigated, was a mud-cloaked control column from a Spitfire with its gun button still switched to firing mode, a piece of Dornier Do 17 fuselage bearing the fatal bullet holes which led it to crash to the of earth of south-east England, a pilot's waistcoat once used to stop the drafts and rattles in a Hurricane cockpit, blood-stained maps from a Luftwaffe bomber, and a buckled tail fin from a Me 110 bearing the unmistakable symbol of the swastika.1 vol, 224 pgs 2020 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-222820 Thayer, Jim TANGO 1-1: 9th Infantry Division LRPs in the Vietnam Delta Soldiers on Long Range Patrols were all volunteers aged from 18 to 30. They operated in precision movements, like walking through a jungle quietly and being able to tell whether a man or an animal is moving through the brush without seeing the cause of movement. They could sit in an ambush for hours without moving a muscle except to ease the safety off the automatic weapon in their hand at the first sign of trouble. They were kind in some ways, deadly in others. They were men who believed in their country, freedom, and fellow men. They were a new kind of soldier in a new type of warfare. These men were good because they had to be to survive.1 vol, 168 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-222810 Milburn. Andrew WHEN THE TEMPEST GATHERS: From Mogadishu to the Fight Against ISIS, a Marine Special Operations Commander at War Combat experiences of the first Marine to command a special operations task force, recounted against a backdrop of his journey from raw Second Lieutenant to seasoned Colonel and Task Force Commander; from leading Marines through the streets of Mogadishu, Baghdad, Fallujah and Mosul to directing multi-national special operations forces in a dauntingly complex fight against a formidable foe. Includes 23 color illustrations.

The journey culminates in the story's centerpiece: the fight against ISIS, in which the author is able to use the lessons of his harsh apprenticeship to lead the SOF task force under his command to hasten the Caliphate's eventual demise. 1 vol, 336 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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