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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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1-215142 Mccullough, Joseph FROSTGRAVE: Ghost Archipelago - Lost Colossus The Ghost Archipelago has returned. A vast island chain, covered in the ruins of ancient and otherworldly civilizations, the Archipelago appears every few centuries, far out in the southern ocean. At such times, pirates, adventurers, wizards, and legendary heroes all descend upon the islands in the hopes of finding lost treasures and powerful artifacts.

A few, drawn by the blood of their ancestors, search for the fabled Crystal Pool, whose waters grant abilities far beyond those of normal men. It is only the bravest, however, who venture into the islands, for they are filled with numerous deadly threats. Cannibal tribes, sorcerous serpent-men, and poisonous water-beasts all inhabit the island ruins, guarding their treasure hordes and setting traps for the unwary. This book of fiction collects all-new stories set in the Ghost Archipelago.1 vol, 64 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-975061 Loades, Mike 061 THE CROSSBOW Technologically sophisticated and powerful, the crossbow has long enjoyed a popular reputation for villainous superiority because it could be used with little training as a weapon of assassination. The study of bow designs, trigger mechanisms and spanning devices reveals a tale of considerable mechanical ingenuity; advances that produced a battlefield weapon requiring comparatively little training to use. It was an extremely useful weapon, and especially effective in siege warfare for both attack and defense.

Known to the Ancient Greeks and the Chinese as early as the 5th century BC, the crossbow developed both in Western Europe and in the Far East. Advances in trigger mechanisms, spanning and bow design allowed the development of ever more powerful bows. In this study acknowledged weaponry expert Mike Loades traces the origins, development, combat record and lasting legacy of the crossbow, the formidable projectile weapon that played a key role in a host of battles and sieges across Europe and Asia.1 vol, 80 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978085 Guttman, Jon 085 ZEPPELIN vs BRITISH HOME DEFENCE: 1915-18 When Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin's rigid airship LZ 1 flew over Lake Constance in 1900, it was the most advanced and impressive flying machine in the world: a colossal, lighter-than-air craft capable of controlled flight. In World War I, Zeppelins were first used in a reconnaissance role, but on 19 January 1915 Kaiser Wilhelm II authorized their use in bombing strategic targets in England.

From then on, 'Zeppelin' became synonymous with terror to the British, and indeed the airship's effectiveness was more psychological than material. Still, their raids compelled the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service to embark on a program of modernizing their aerial defenses, accelerating a process that would ultimately make the aeroplane, rather than the airship, the paramount flying machine of the war. Using specially commissioned artwork, contemporary photographs and first-hand accounts, this book tells the fascinating story of Britain's first Blitz, from the airships who terrorized the public to the men who sought to defend the skies.1 vol, 80 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995256 HIll, Alexander 256 SOVIET DESTROYERS OF WORLD WAR II The Soviet Navy that faced the German onslaught in 1941 boasted a mixture of modern warships, often built with foreign technical assistance, and antiquated warships from the Tsarist era that were modernised for the conflict.

Some Soviet naval vessels saw limited involvement in the war against Finland in 1939-1940, but the main action occurred after the German invasion, when these destroyers escorted convoys, fought battles against other destroyers and the deadly threat posed by attacking aircraft, and provided fire support for Soviet troops. Covers from the Gnevny class of the pre-war period to the specialist destroyer leaders of the Leningrad class and the unique Tashkent.1 vol, 48 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996319 Katochm Hemant Singh 319 IMPHAL 1944: The Japanese Invasion of India In March 1944, the Japanese Fifteenth Army launched an offensive into India from Burma. Named 'U Go', its main objective was the capture of the town of Imphal, which provided the easiest route between India and Burma. Whoever controlled it, controlled access between the two countries. Facing off against the Japanese was the British 14th Army and its Imphal-based 4 Corps. For the next four months, over 200,000 men clashed in the hills and valley of Manipur in what has since been described as one of the greatest battles of World War II.

Although numbers vary, it is estimated that some 30,000 Japanese soldiers died and 23,000 were injured at Imphal-Kohima in 1944 due to fighting, disease, and in the retreat back to Burma. It remains the largest defeat on land ever for the Japanese Army. With fully commissioned artwork and maps, this is the complete story of the turning point in the Burma campaign in World War II.1 vol, 96 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-972031 McNab, Chris 031 GREEK HOPLITE vs PERSIAN WARRIOR 499-479 BC The Greco-Persian Wars (499-449 BCE) convulsed Greece, Asia Minor and the Near East for half a century. Through a series of bloody invasions and pitched battles, the mighty Persian Empire pitted itself against the smaller armies of the Greeks, strengthened through strategic alliances. This epic conflict also brought together two different styles of warfare: the Greek hoplite phalanx and the combined spear and projectile weapon-armed Persian infantry.

Analyzing the battles of Marathon, Thermopylae and Plataea from the eyes of a soldier, this study explores the experience of front-line combat during the first two decades of the Greco-Persian Wars. Fully illustrated with modern photographs and archival images, and drawing directly on primary sources and the most authoritative recent research, this is the enthralling story of the fighting men of Greece and Persia and the tactics and technologies they employed.1 vol, 80 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-COM1037 Borg, Richard COMMAND AND COLORS TRICORNE: American Revolution By design, Commands & Colors Tricorne - The American Revolution is not overly complex. The game is based on the highly successful Commands & Colors game system, where the Command cards drive movement while creating a 'fog of war' and the battle dice resolve combat quickly and efficiently. Commands & Colors Tricorne - The American Revolution, however, introduces many new game concepts, which will add historical depth and provide even the most veteran Commands & Colors player many new play experiences and challenges.

The scale of the game fluctuates, which allows players to effectively portray some of the larger American Revolution battles, as well as smaller size skirmish actions. To further emphasize the differences in battlefield doctrine between the British and Continental forces, each army has its own unique deck of Combat cards.

Players that are familiar with other Commands & Colors games, will soon note that unit combat losses in a Tricorne game are typically not as great as other games covered in the Commands & Colors series. This is a direct result of the linear tactic fighting style of the armies that fought during the American Revolution. Unit morale is the main thematic focus in a Tricorne battle as it was historically.

The 12 battles, showcased in the scenario section of this booklet, feature a stylized battlefield map that emphasize the important terrain features and highlight the historical deployment of forces in scale with the game system. These scenarios are a smattering of some of the better-known engagements of the American Revolution.

* Bunker Hill -17 June 1775
* Long Island (Grant's Attack) - 27 August 1776
* Long Island (British Flank March) - 27 August 1776
* Freeman's Farm - 19 September 1777
* Bemis Heights - 7 October 1777
* Bemis Heights (British Redoubts) - 7 October 1777
* Monmouth - 28 June 1778
* Camden - 16 August 1780
* Cowpens - 17 January 1781
* Guilford Courthouse - 15 March 1781
* Hobkirk's Hill - 25 April 1781
* Eutaw Springs - 8 September 17811 vol, 1 pgs 2017 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-SS10248 Doyle, David CH-47 CHINOOK: In Action The Boeing Vertol CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter has become an icon. Its tandem, contra-rotating rotors whirling above an aluminum fuselage punctuated by round porthole windows make this battlefield beast easily recognizable. Its status is owed to its long service life of more than 55 years. Experts predict its longevity will ultimately reach a century of service for heavy lift and use as a flying bus to deliver troops to the fight.1 vol, 68 pgs 2018 US, SQUADRON/SIGNAL
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1-SS12061 Doyle, David 155mm LONG TOM GUN: In Action The 'Long Tom' or more properly, the '155mm gun M1A1 with M1A1 carriage and M5 limber', and the related 8-inch howitzer M1 formed the backbone of the US Army's heavy field artillery during World War II and Korea. These towed artillery weapons initially used the Mack NO 7.5-ton 6x6 as a prime mover, which was augmented by the M4 high-speed tractor during the later stages of WWII.

With ranges of just over 14 miles for the gun, and 10.5 miles for the howitzer, the duo served for many more years -- with an associated change in the prime mover, to the M125 10-ton 6x6. This 80-page book documents the development and deployment of these iconic weapons, as well as their prime movers and caissons through 227 archival photos. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2018 US, SQUADRON/SIGNAL
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1-216440 Campbell-Jones, Suzanne NO ORDINARY PILOT: One Young Man's Extraordinary Exploits in World War II After a lifetime in the RAF, Group Captain Bob Allen, finally allowed his children and grandchildren to see his official flying log. It contained the line: 'KILLED WHILST ON OPERATIONS'. He refused to answer any further questions, leaving instead a memoir of his life during World War II. Joining up aged 19, within six months he was in No.1 Squadron flying a Hurricane in a dog fight over the Channel.

For almost two years he lived in West Africa, fighting Germany's Vichy French allies, as well as protecting the Southern Atlantic supply routes. Returning home at Christmas 1942, he retrained as a fighter-bomber pilot flying Typhoons and was one of the first over the Normandy beaches on D-Day. On 25 July 1944, he was shot down, spending the rest of the war in a POW camp -- Stalag Luft 3 -- where he was held in solitary confinement, interrogated by the Gestapo, and imprisoned in the infamous, and suffered the winter march of 1945 before being liberated by the Russians.

Fleshing out Bob's careful third-person memoir with detailed research, his daughter Suzanne Campbell Jones tells the gripping story of a more or less ordinary man, who came home with extraordinary memories which he kept to himself for more than 50 years. 1 vol, 320 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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2-209400 Nenye, Vesa FINLAND AT WAR: The Winter War 1939-40 Draws on first-hand accounts and previously unpublished photographs to explain the 1939 'Winter War' between Finland and Soviet Russia -- and how tiny Finland held firm against 500,000 Soviet troops poured into Finland in 1939. It reveals the untold story of iron determination, unparalleled skill and utter mastery of winter warfare that characterized Finland's fight for survival on the hellish Eastern Front. The Finns not only survived the initial attacks but succeeded in inflicting devastating casualties before superior Russian numbers eventually forced a peace settlement. 1 vol, 304 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-969007 Daies, Peter 007 NORTH AMERICAN XB-70 VALKYRIE Of the many futuristic military aircraft concepts created in the 1950s the North American XB-70 still stands out as the most awe-inspiring. With its huge, white partially-folding delta wing, its fuselage resembling a striking cobra and its extraordinary performance, it was one of the foremost technological achievements of the 20th Century.

A strategic bomber built to outrun any Soviet fighter jet, it could reach Mach 3 with a full nuclear payload - as fast as the legendary SR-71 Blackbird but more than three times the size. However, its role as a nuclear bomber was limited after the introduction of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, and defense cuts eventually led to the project being scrapped in the mid-1960s.

The Valkyrie had a brief, costly decade of life but it proved the continuing value of developing manned bombers. However, almost half a century after the XB-70 its predecessor, the B-52, continues in service. Using full color artwork and rigorous analysis, this is the complete story of the ultimate US Cold War military X-plane.1 vol, 88 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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