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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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1-219460 Lacy, Ben LA RESISTANCE: Scenario Book Contains WWII 15 scenarios featuring the Maquis against the German occupation of France: Murder on the Metro, Groupas Francs, Detachment Valmy, Crossing the Demarcation Line, Rescuing Renouvin, Stop That Train, Wattelez Rubber Factory, Ratier, Killing Julius Ritter, Liberation of Corsica, Convoy 20, The Real Wonder Woman, Operation Jericho, Battle of Glieres, and 2nd Armored.1 vol, 78 pgs 2019 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-1994022 BOLT ACTION: Campaign Fortress Budapest As the Soviet Red Army marched westward, the city of Budapest stood in their way. Encircled and severely outnumbered, the German and Hungarian forces attempted to resist the Soviet juggernaut and defended Festung Budapest to the last.

This book covers the WWII siege of Budapest on the tabletop with in-depth information on the forces involved, linked scenarios, and new Theater Selectors for Bolt Action players.1 vol, 144 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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2-37021 Conliffe, Arty FORGOTTEN BATTLES: WWII SPEARHEAD SCENARIOS Eastern Front Scenarios for Spearhead WWII Rules1 vol, 48 pgs 2019 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-972039 Campbell, David 039 RUSSIAN SOLDIER vs JAPANESE SOLDIER: Manchuria 1904-05 At the turn of the 20th century, the region of Manchuria sat atop a potentially catastrophic political fault line: the ancient strength of China was crumbling, leaving opportunities for both Russia and Japan to claw out new territories from the edges of that dying empire. Russian pride would contend with Japanese ambition in a conflict that ushered in the age of massed armies fighting on battlefields that were being redefined by the new tools of war such as newer, larger artillery pieces, and the use of machine guns in pitched battles. The vast, but over-stretched Russian Army was expected to steamroller its far smaller opponent, but the aggressiveness and zeal of the more modern Japanese military confounded expectations.

Examining these two armies in detail, this fully-illustrated study tells the story of how these two empires clashed in the Russo-Japanese War, heralding a new phase in modern warfare as World War I loomed on the horizon.1 vol, 80 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-975067 Pegler, Martin 067 SNIPING RIFLES ON THE EASTEERN FRONT 1939-45 The Soviet Union had developed a significant sniping force by 1939, but the extraordinary skill and cunning displayed by Finnish snipers during the Winter War forced the Soviets to innovate. On the other side, German sniping suffered from a lack of standardization of weapons and a lack of marksmen deployed at the start of the Great Patriotic War (1941-45). There were few heroes in the conflict, but on both sides, the snipers were idolized - especially on the Soviet side, gaining almost mythical status.

As well as traditional bolt-action weapons, both sides used several types of semi-automatic rifle, such as the SVT-38 and the Gew 41. Offering greater firepower at the expense of long-range accuracy, such weapons would be profoundly influential in the postwar world. Fully illustrated, this investigates the development of sniping weapons and techniques on World War II's Eastern Front.1 vol, 80 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-992127 Davies, Peter E. 127 RF-101 VOODOO UNITS IN COMBAT McDonnell's F-101 Voodoo series was in many ways the most interesting of the 'Century Series' fighter programs of the 1950s, partly because the type's design and intended mission changed radically during a 40-year career. Originally designed as a fighter-bomber, it was converted to be a reconnaissance aircraft, serving alongside the U-2 and RF-8 Crusaders during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.

Although it gained a reputation as a difficult aircraft to handle, the jet's supersonic speed and newly-developed camera suite enabled it to conduct vital low-altitude photo-reconnaissance missions over heavily-defended target areas.

In combat, the RF 101 was usually 'first in-last out' for strike missions. This made it a ready target, with a solo aircraft flying straight and level to gather target photo evidence at low-altitude offering enemy gunners plenty of opportunity to shoot the Voodoo down. This study tells the combat stories of this extraordinary aircraft, highlighting the difficulty of the missions on which it was sent and the courage of its pilots.1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995268 Zaloga, Steven 268 M1A2 ABRAMS MAIN BATTLE TANK 1993-2018 Since the Gulf War, the Abrams tank has undergone a transformation, while fighting in conflicts across the world. Its M1A1 and M1A2 variants have seen great improvements made to this iconic tank, including in fire-control, armour protection, and thermal imaging technology. Involvement in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan necessitated a number of upgrades and modifications as the United States fought two of its longest wars.

Recent years have seen new variants of the series such as the ABV Assault Breacher Vehicle and M104 Wolverine Heavy Assault Bridge. Over the past few decades, the M1A1 Abrams has also been extensively exported and is license produced in Egypt.

The long-awaited follow-up to NVG 2 M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank 1982-92 (1993), this fully-illustrated study examines the Abrams tanks' last quarter-century of service with both the United States and its various foreign operators with a focus on its combat history.1 vol, 48 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996333 Herdfer, Brian Lane 333 The ALEUTIANS 1942-43: Struggle for the North Pacific It is often forgotten that during World War II, the Japanese managed to successfully invade and conquer a part of American home soil - the first time this had happened since 1815. Capturing the Aleutian Islands, located in Alaska territory, was seen by the Japanese as vital in order to shore up their northern defensive perimeter.

Fighting in the Aleutians was uniquely brutal. It is a barren, rugged archipelago of icy mountains and thick bogs, with a climate of constant snow, freezing rains and windstorms. These geographic conditions tended to neutralize traditional American strengths such as air power, radar, naval bombardment and logistics. The campaign to recapture the islands required extensive combined-ops planning, and inflicted on the United States its second highest casualty rate in the Pacific theater.

Featuring the largest Japanese banzai charge of the war, first use of pre-battle battleship bombardment in the Pacific, and the battle at the Komandorski Islands, this is the story of the battle to liberate American soil from the Japanese.1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-999524 Afiero, Massimiliano 524 NORWEGIAN WAFFEN-SS LEGION 1941-43 Following the Nazi occupation of Norway in 1941, the Waffen-SS began recruiting volunteers. Initially formed into small volunteer units, these developed into large divisions by 1943, referred to as 'Legions' in Nazi propaganda.

Early volunteers were promised that they would not leave Scandinavia and that they would serve under native Norwegian officers - but after the German invasion of the Soviet Union they were deployed to the Leningrad front alongside Dutch and Latvian units, in the 2nd SS Infantry Brigade. These units combined to form the nucleus of a whole regiment within the new 11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division 'Nordland.'

Fully illustrated with detailed artwork depicting the uniforms and equipment of the volunteer soldiers, this study tells the little-known story of the Norwegians who fought with the SS in World War II.1 vol, 48 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-1947517 Borello, Nicolla LA BATTAGLIA DI MONTAPERTI (The Battle of Montaperti) Volume 1 First of two volumes contains dozens of color images and iconography of the Italian Middle Ages.

Montaperti in September of 1260 was one of the largest in the European Middle Ages. The battle between the Guelphs of Florence and the Ghibellines of Siena, with which they fought many German knights, sent by King Manfredi of Hohenstaufen, and the Florentine exiles of Ghibelline part headed by Farinata degli Uberti.

The Sienese Army consisted of 18,000 infantry and 400 knights from Siena, plus 800 German and Ghibelline Knights and 200 mercenaries. The Florentines mustered 3,000 knights and 30,000 infantry. The battle was much more than a squabble between the two Tuscan cities: The massacred Florentines -- excluding their Guelfi allies -- numbered over 10,000, a frightening figure in a city of 75,000 inhabitants. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 ITALY, THE SOLDIER SHOP
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1-1947518 Venturi, Mario LA BATTAGLIA DI MONTAPERTI (The Battle of Montaperti) Volume 2 Second of two volumes contains dozens of color images and iconography of the Italian Middle Ages.

Montaperti in September of 1260 was one of the largest in the European Middle Ages. The battle between the Guelphs of Florence and the Ghibellines of Siena, with which they fought many German knights, sent by King Manfredi of Hohenstaufen, and the Florentine exiles of Ghibelline part headed by Farinata degli Uberti.

The Sienese Army consisted of 18,000 infantry and 400 knights from Siena, plus 800 German and Ghibelline Knights and 200 mercenaries. The Florentines mustered 3,000 knights and 30,000 infantry. The battle was much more than a squabble between the two Tuscan cities: The massacred Florentines -- excluding their Guelfi allies -- numbered over 10,000, a frightening figure in a city of 75,000 inhabitants.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 ITALY, THE SOLDIER SHOP
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1-1947515 Borello, Nicolla 1741: L'ASSEDIO DI CARTAGENA DE INDIAS (The Siege of Cartagena de Indias) The siege of Cartagena de Indias was an obscure, but significant, battle in the confrontation between Spain and Great Britain during the so-called War of Jenkins Ear (1739-42). It would also end up as a naval disaster in British history and allow the Spanish to maintain its dominions in the Americas for another 70 years. Includes 15 color plates.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 ITALY, THE SOLDIER SHOP
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1-219410 Anderson, Thomas PANZER ARTILLERIE: Firepower for the Panzer Divisions The German Panzerjager, or Panzerjagertruppe, was one of the most innovative fighting arms of World War II and its story has never properly been told. Many books have focused on an element of the story -- the Hetzer, Jagdpanzer, Jagdpanther -- but this covers the development and organization of Nazi Germany's anti-tank force from its earliest origins in World War I, through its development in the interwar period, and its baptism of fire in the early days of World War II.

This is the first of two volumes that will trace the story through the glory years of Blitzkrieg and the improvements that were made when Soviet tanks were first encountered, leading to new weapons, tactics, and organization. It is packed with previously unpublished wartime photographs, combat reports, and detailed charts and statistics to give an unparalleled account of this unique arm of the Wehrmacht. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-219450 Taylor, Clive & Sue COLD WAR FLEET: Ships of the Royal Navy 1966-91 - A Photographic Album Contains a selection of photographs of Royal Navy vessels from the 25 years from 1966 to 1991. Each is reproduced at an exceptionally high standard, accompanied by a detailed caption. Many of the photos are completely unique and have never been published, such as the images of the minesweepers HMS Wilton and HMS Bossington photographed during Operation Rheostat in 1974. There are many ships displayed that took part in the Falklands conflict and a large number of aerial photographs.

Created by two of the most acclaimed naval photographers in the world, this stunning book is a window back in time to the Royal Navy of the Cold War, showing a fleet created to defend Britain and other NATO countries from Soviet attack. Features every kind of ship from aircraft carriers to auxiliary vessels.1 vol, 304 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-219430 Cleaver, Thomas HOLDING THE LINE: The Naval Air Campaign In Korea Naval and air power was crucial to the United Nations' success in the Korean War, as it sought to negate the overwhelming Chinese advantage in manpower. In what became known as the 'long hard slog,' naval aviators sought to slow and cut off communist forces and support troops on the ground. USS Leyte (CV-32) operated off Korea in the Sea of Japan for a record 93 continuous days to support the Marines in their epic retreat out of North Korea, and was crucial in the battles of the spring and summer of 1951 in which the UN forces again battled to the 38th Parallel.

All of this was accomplished with a force that was in the midst of change, as jet aircraft altered the entire nature of naval aviation. Holding the Line chronicles the carrier war in Korea from the first day of the war to the last, focusing on front-line combat, while also describing the technical development of aircraft and shipboard operations, and how these all affected the broader strategic situation on the Korean Peninsula.1 vol, 320 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-219420 Peck, Gaillard SHERMAN LEAD: Flying the F-4D Phantom II in Vietnam Written by a pilot who flew near-daily combat missions, this engrossing book is his story of flying the F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. Operating out of Ubon Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand in 1968-69, Gaillard Peck and his squadronmates in the 433rd Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing were tasked with flying combat missions into North Vietnam and Laos as part of Operations Rolling Thunder and Steel Tiger.

The F-4 was heavily involved in the air-to-ground mission at this time, with targets being well defended by enemy anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missiles. Gaillard Peck's arrival in-theater coincided with the beginning of electro-optical and laser guided 'smart' bomb combat operations. There were periods of fierce combat interspersed with lulls, and the fighting was intense and unforgettable to those who participated. Some men lived through it, and others died without a clear understanding of why.1 vol, 304 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-219440 MacKenzie, Alastair PILGRIM DAYS: From Vietnam to the SAS The story of Alastair MacKenzie, who served with the New Zealand Army in Vietnam, the British Parachute Regiment, the British Special Air Service (SAS), the South African Defense Force's famed ParaBats, the Sultan of Oman's Special Forces, and a host of private security agencies and defense contractors over a 30-year career.

Vividly documents the experience of infantry combat in Vietnam, life with the Paras, the tempo of selection for UK Special Forces, covert SAS operations in South Armagh and SAS Counter Terrorist training on the UK mainland, vehicle-mounted Pathfinder Brigade insertions into Angola and maritime counter-terrorism work in Oman.1 vol, 224 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-218182 Wallace, Mariin WILDLANDS: The Adventuring Party The Adventuring Party expansion for Wildlands contains four miniatures (thief, wizard, cleric, and barbarian) and 35-card activation deck. A word of warning - these characters don't like to be left out, and will invade your game whether someone is playing them or not, stealing your crystal shards and punching anyone in their way.1 vol, 4 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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