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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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1-972047 Campbell, David 047 FRENCH SOLDIER vs GERMAN SOLDIER: Verdun 1916 Outlines the wider approach to the evolving battle, assesses the preparations and combat record of the French and German fighting men who fought one another at Verdun, and discusses their training, equipment and doctrine. Includes key role of flamethrowers, hand grenades, trench mortars and more mobile machine guns in the hands of infantry specialists and innovations in combat communications.1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-977052 Williamson, Justin 052 OPERATION EAGLE CLAW 1980: The Disastrous Bid to End the Iran Hostage Crisis Following months of negotiations after the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran on 4 November 1979, President Jimmy Carter ordered the newly formed Delta Force to conduct a raid into Iran to free the hostages. The raid, Operation Eagle Claw, was risky to say the least. US forces would have to fly into the deserts of Iran on C-130s; marry up with carrier-based RH-53D helicopters; fly to hide sites near Tehran; approach the Embassy via trucks; seize the Embassy and rescue the hostages; board the helicopters descending on Tehran; fly to an airbase captured by more US forces; and then fly out on C-141s and to freedom. Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly given the complexity of the mission, things went wrong from the start and when the mission was called off at the refueling site at Desert One, the resulting collision between aircraft killed eight US personnel.

This tells the full story of this tragic operation, supported by maps, photographs, and specially-commissioned bird's-eye-views and battlescenes which reveal the complexity and scale of the proposed rescue and the disaster which followed.1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996347 Sheppard, Si 347 CONSTANTINOPLE AD 717-18: The Crucible of History Comprehensive study of the clash between the ascendant Caliphate and the fading Byzantine Empire. It details the forces available to each side, with their respective advantages and vulnerabilities, evaluating the leadership qualities of the rival commanders and assessing their strategic and tactical initiatives. It also accounts for the trajectory and outcome of the campaign and emphasizes the fundamental significance of the struggle. By holding the line, the Byzantines gave Europe enough time to develop at its own pace and emerge strong enough to face down its Islamic counterpart on equal terms. 1 vol, 96 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-999530 Esposito, Gabriele 530 JAPANESE ARMIES 1868-1877: The Boshin War and Satsuma Rebellion This fully illustrated title explores the fall of the Samurai in detail, examining the arms, tactics, key figures of both sides, and charting the increasing Westernization of the Imperial forces.

The restoration of the Meiji Imperial dynasty in 1868, after 250 years of the Tokugawa Shogunate, decisively opened Japan to the outside world and the monarchy embraced modernization, including the creation of a new Westernized army. However, this modernization process was resisted by the traditional Samurai feudal nobility, leading to a series of battles.

The first clash between the two cultures came swiftly. During the Boshin War of 18681 vol, 48 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-222980 Craven, Maxwell THE IMPERIAL FAMILIES OF ANCIENT ROME Introduction offers biographical and historical background descriptions of every Roman emperor and his family, recognized or ephemeral, is here assembled with with as complete a tabular record as possible. Covers the Empire's founding, Roman society, genealogical complexities, and analysis of sources. Puts on record the known ancestry, relations, and descendants of all emperors and shows connections from one dynasty to another. It also attempts to distinguish between certainty and possibility and to eliminate obvious fictions.1 vol, 656 pgs 2020 UK, FONTHILL MEDIA
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1-222920 Endsor, Richard THE MASTER SHIPWRIGHT'S SECRETS: How Charles II built the Restoration Navy This fascinating book reveals the many secrets of King Charles II's shipwrights through an analysis of Deptford master shipwright John Shish's plans for the Tyger (two-deck, fourth-rate warship), revealing innovative practical calculations which differ significantly from the few contemporary treatises on the subject and the complicated process of constructing the moulds necessary to make the ship's frame. All the other duties performed by the master shipwrights, such as repairing ships, controlling their men and keeping up with the latest inventions are also discussed in detail.

Includes detailed illustrations of the construction of the Tyger and explores both its complicated history and its complex rebuilding, complete with deck plans, internal sections, and large-scale external shaded drawings. The title also explores associated ships, including another fourth-rate ship, the Mordaunt, which was purchased into the Navy at the time and underwent a dimensional survey by John Shish. A rare contemporary section drawing of another fourth-rate English ship and constructional drawings of Shish's later fourth-rate ship, St Albans, are also included.1 vol, 304 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-PWAR094 PAPER WARS: Issue 94: Fall of Siam The relationship between the two ancient Asian superpowers of Burma (currently Myanmar) and Siam (currently Thailand) was long, bloody and well documented. Burma and Siam clashed constantly, involving at least 17 separate conflicts that in turn resulted in at least six sieges of the Siam's capital, Ayutthaya, over a 300-year period. Twelve of these conflicts ended in Burmese victory. The 1767 siege of Ayutthaya ended in the great capital's total destruction. Includes wargame.1 vol, 64 pgs 2020 US, COMPASS GAMES
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2-220520 Graham. D. P. THE IRISH BRIGADE 1670-1745: The Wild Geese in French Service Explains the origins of the brigade and its regiments, the personalities who led them and formed their reputation, and the circumstances of their final dissolution in the aftermath of French Revolution. From the Nine Years War, through the War of the Spanish Succession, and beyond, their descendants would be present at Fontenoy, Culloden, and in the Americas, forever destined to fight for a cause and land which had changed beyond recognition. 16 black and white illustrations.

Irish troops had fought for Louis XIV in the 1670s, under Irish officers who had little choice but to fight in foreign service, with the blessing of Charles II. With the accession of James II, and the religious politics of who might earn the English crown, they became embroiled in the Jacobite succession crisis, fighting in Ireland, then sent to France under Lord Mountcashel in 1689. With the fall of Limerick in 1691, Patrick Sarsfield led the second 'flight' of 'Wild Geese' to the continent, to fight in a war for the French against the Grand Alliance of Europe, in the vain hope that their loyalty might warrant French support in a return to Ireland under a Jacobite king.1 vol, 488 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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2-218750 Smith, Timothy THE REAL HORSE SOLDIERS: Benjamin Grierson's Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi Grierson's Raid, April 17 to May 2 1863, through Mississippi (entering the northern border with Tennessee and exiting its southern border with Louisiana) broke a vital Confederate rail line at Newton Station that supplied Vicksburg and, perhaps most importantly, consumed the attention of the Confederate high command. While Confederate Lt. Gen. John Pemberton at Vicksburg and other Southern leaders looked in the wrong directions, Grant moved his entire Army of the Tennessee across the Mississippi River below Vicksburg, spelling the doom of that city, the Confederate chances of holding the river, and perhaps the Confederacy itself. Includes 36 images and 13 maps.1 vol, 376 pgs 2020 US, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-222930 Blades, Brooks THE AMERICANS FROM THE ARDENNES TO VE DAY: Images of War Series The third and final volume of the author's Americans in North-West Europe series covers the period December 1944 to May 1945. Includes 250 black and white illustrations.

Launched in December 1944, the Nazis' Ardennes offensive, known as the Battle of the Bulge, was one of the most dangerous periods of the War. During six weeks of desperate fighting, more US soldiers were killed, wounded or reported missing than in any battle in American history.

The Rhine was crossed in March 1945, first by the seizure of the railway bridge at Remagen and then by the combined American, British and Canadian ground and airborne operation codenamed Varsity. In the closing stages of the war, the western allies pushed remorselessly in the heart of Germany. Shocking evidence of Nazi atrocities was uncovered.

Berlin fell to the Russians in early May and the Allies met up on the River Elbe. In the chaos that followed, Germany was divided into four zones of occupation. The immediate tasks were ensuring the survival of the civilian population, establishing law and order, and the capture of war criminals.1 vol, 256 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-222960 Bourhill, James THE KILLING FIELDS OF PROVENCE: Occupation, Resistance and Liberation in the South of France In the South of France, the most memorable WWII event was the sea and airborne invasion of 15 August 1944. Perhaps because it went relatively smoothly, this 'Second D-Day' was soon relegated to the back pages of history. Operation Dragoon and the liberation is however only a small part of the story. The book describes years of suffering and sacrifice under German and Vichy oppression. By sea and air, Allied agents and Special Forces were infiltrated to fan the flames, but wherever the Resistance rose up prematurely, the reprisals from the Nazis and their auxiliaries were ferocious. Includes 40 black and white illustrations.1 vol, 432 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-222990 Gooden, Brett NATTER: Manned Missile of the Third Reich This monumental work of over 500 pages and 800 illustrations records in meticulous detail the history and technology of the remarkable manned rocket interceptor, the Bachem Ba 349 Natter. In the space of less than one year the Natter went from design concept to operational readiness with initial deployment planned for April 1945. However in the last days of the war, although the Natter lost its relevance as a war machine, another underlying drive for many of the engineers was the dream that this little machine would lay the foundations for future human spaceflight.

Its author, Lecturer in Space Medicine, Dr. Brett Gooden, spent 25 years researching and writing this groundbreaking book, including undertaking multiple research trips to Germany in order to visit museums, archives, and historic sites related to the history of this unique machine.

The extreme secrecy both during and after the war that enveloped the true nature of the interceptor prevented post-war historians from fully appreciating the highly advanced nature of Projekt Natter. Until recent times it has remained for many commentators an object of some ridicule, seen as simply a primitive little wooden aircraft of no particular significance to the history of aviation.

These writers may be forgiven because it is only now apparent that both the British and American authorities had carefully and systematically redacted or classified a large number of pertinent German documents as well as post war technical reports assembled after the detailed examination of the captured machines. In this fashion the true nature of the Natter, its technology and its mode of operational deployment were effectively suppressed. 1 vol, 534 pgs 2020 UK
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1-222940 Havel, Denis SOLDIERS TO THE LAST DAY: The Rhineland-Westphalian 6th Infantry Division, 1935-1945 Recounts the history of the German 6th Infantry Division from its formation in 1935 to its destruction at Babruysk in July 1944 and then its resurrection and continued fighting until the end of the war. Among the first divisions established by the Wehrmacht, the 6th Infantry Division had one of the longest and bloodiest records of continuous combat of any division-Allied or Axis. Presents the German view of the war from inside divisional headquarters and down to the individual Landser as the division marches across France in 1940, advances to the Volga during Operation Barbarossa, fights the brutal battles of Rzhev, Kursk, Babruysk; and makes last desperate attempts to defend the homeland in 1945. Includes 44 black and white illustrations.1 vol, 288 pgs 2020 UK, FONTHILL MEDIA
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2-FPG002 van Hoose, David THE BATTLE OF KURSK: Platoon Commander game PCD:K uses version 2 of the Platoon Commander rules, which are identical to the V1.5 rules released with the latest Tiny Battle Publishing Platoon Commander game, Poland Strikes, except with enhanced artillery and new air strike routines.

At the beginning of each turn, the players determine initiative with a unique dice-off system in which ties award the initiative to whomever lacked it the previous turn and applying the Commander's Focus to the roll might tilt the odds in your favor. Next, players will draw a scenario-designated number (usually just one) of Action Cards that may be used for anything from artillery strikes, through rally assists, to negating the opponent's just-played card. Then it is time to rally disrupted units with a simple 1d6 roll against a nationality or scenario-designated morale. Action Cards, in addition to the special Aid chit, may be used to improve a unit's chances of preparing for combat.1 vol, 1 pgs 2018 US, FLYING PIG GAMES
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1-FPG4000 Walker, Mark Old School Tactical (Volume 1) BOST is the first in a dynamic series of fresh, tactical war games. OST simulates, through an easily-learned game system, small unit engagements on the Eastern Front during 1941-42.

Two players contest each scenario using counters representing the soldiers, guns, and vehicles that fought these desperate battles. On each turn play goes back and forth between the sides as Impulse Points are spent to enable a player's forces to act. When the battle is over, casualty and victory points are tallied and a victor is declared.

Infantry target other soft units and attack using their Firepower value against the target's Defense value. The attack can be modified by Leadership, support weapons and terrain effects. And when things get intense, Assault moves into enemy hexes result in deadly Close Combat. Dice rolls are made using the Infantry Combat Table and results are implemented. Attacking armored vehicles requires a roll to Hit the vehicle at range. If a Hit is scored, the Firepower value of the attacker's gun is used against the target's front or flank Defense value. Dice rolls are made using the Vehicle Combat Table and results are enforced. Vehicles may also use their HE Firepower value and secondary armaments directly against soft targets using the Infantry Combat Table.

4 sheets of unit, weapon, vehicle, and condition counters.
2, large 30' x 41' mounted game maps, hexes are 1'.
18 luck cards, such as Shell Shocked, Evasive Maneuvers, Field Repair, and Tank Hunters.
36 unit data cards.
scenarios.
color rule book.
dice
1 vol, 1 pgs 2015 US, FLYING PIG GAMES
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1-222950 Wragg, David MALTA: The Last Great Siege, 1940-1943 Explains the strategic importance of Malta during WWII, for the island sits astride both the Axis and Allied supply routes in the Mediterranean and describes the battles in the air, on the sea, and on the ground to keep the war effort going despite the aerial and naval siege. The losses endured were appalling but repeated attempts to run the gauntlet had to be made. This was indeed a great siege involving every man and women on the Island.1 vol, 224 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-FPG6001 Walker, Mark SOLITAIRE EXPANSION FOR '65: Squad Level Gaming in the Jungles of Vietnam '65 Base Game required to play. Solitaire expansion for '65. Based on the solitaire version of Night of Man. Includes: 24-page rules and scenario booklet; One sheet of counters representing terrain, units, and mechanisms of the solitaire game; and Deck of 27 solitaire cards.1 vol, 1 pgs 2017 US, FLYING PIG GAMES
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1-FPG004 Walker, Mark NIGHT OF MAN: The Battle for Earth's Survival Card-driven, tactical board game set in a post-alien-invasion-of-Earth universe. The squads, heroes, and tanks of Earth's Militia battle against powerful aliens with enhanced power armor, hover tanks, Mechs, and spider-like robots. In each turn, gamers draw up to a four-card hand and may play a card, sometimes more, in each impulse. The cards activate units to move, fire, assault, and use special powers, such as explosive rounds, telekinesis, and more. Special cards, such as critical hit or bullet storm, can also enhance a unit's attacks.

Each turn continues until three end turn cards have been drawn. Players then choose one card from their hand to keep, the administrative markers are removed from the board, and a new hand is dealt to each player. The players use that new hand, or the card kept from the previous turn, to bid for initiative in the new turn. Includes numerous scenarios, as well as a point system that allows gamers to put together their own battles in no time flat.1 vol, 1 pgs 2015 US, FLYING PIG GAMES
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