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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-SWX53 STAR WARS X-WING: ARC-170 The Rebel Alliance recovered, repaired, and retrofitted a handful of ARC-170 starfighters during the Galactic Civil War. Though somewhat antiquated, the ship was still a force to be reckoned with, featuring powerful cannons, heavy shielding, and a tail gunner. Additionally, four ship cards introduce Poe Dameron's mother Shara Bey and three other aces while nine new upgrades permit a wide range of creative configurations.1 vol, 1 pgs 2016 US, FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES
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1-SWX54 STAR WARS X-WING: Special Forces TIE Fighter Only the First Order's most elite pilots were authorized to fly the specialized TIE craft from the Special Forces TIE Expansion Pack. Outfitted with enhanced shields, weapons, and sensor systems, the ship had a dual heavy laser turret mounted to the bottom of its fuselage. Also contains four ship cards and five upgrades.1 vol, 1 pgs 2016 US, FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES
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1-SWX55 STAR WARS X-WING: Protectorate Starfighter Also known as the Fang fighter, the Protectorate starfighter was a fast and sleek Mandalorian craft custom-built for fighter combat. Also contains six ship cards and two upgrades.1 vol, 1 pgs 2016 US, FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES
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1-SWX56 STAR WARS X-WING: Shadow Caster The signature starship of the young and ambitious bounty hunter Ketsu Onyo, the Shadow Caster was agile and powerful, but lightly shielded, trading heavy ray shielding for speed. Includes three other pilots and 12 upgrades that afford you myriad options for outfitting your Shadow Caster with different crew and illicit upgrade combinations.1 vol, 1 pgs 2016 US, FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES
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1-SWX59 STAR WARS X-WING: Sabine's TIE Fighter The ubiquitous TIE fighter was one of the Empire's most common symbols of oppression. When one of these nimble crafts fell into the hands of Rebel saboteur and artist Sabine Wren, she knew exactly how to customize it for use against the Empire. Includes four unique ship cards and six upgrades.1 vol, 1 pgs 2016 US, FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES
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1-SWX60 STAR WARS X-WING: Upsilon-Class Shuttle Large-base miniature of the sleek, predatory shuttle that the First Order typically used to escort its high-ranking officers. Boasting both powerful weapons and shields, the shuttle also comes with a full complement of 15 upgrades. These include advanced new technologies as well as the dark side warrior Kylo Ren.1 vol, 1 pgs 2016 US, FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES
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1-SWX61 STAR WARS X-WING: Quadjumper Expansion Pack The Quadjumper is typically an unarmed ship. Includes Scum pilots and eight upgrades. These include new crew members, illicit technologies, and a modification that grants extra versatility to your tractor beam tokens. Finally, a unique elite pilot talent and associated condition help your elite pilots pay back their debts against those who have done them wrong.1 vol, 1 pgs 2016 US, FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES
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1-SWX62 STAR WARS X-WING: U-wing Expansion Pack The Rebel Alliance used the U-wing to deploy troops under the cover of darkness or into the midst of dangerous situations. Includes pre-painted miniature U-wing with articulated wings that can pivot back and forth, along with four ship cards and 14 upgrades. 1 vol, 1 pgs 2016 US, FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES
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1-SWX63 STAR WARS X-WING: TIE Striker Expansion Pack The sleek and agile TIE striker was developed primarily by Imperial forces stationed on planetary installations, where its adaptive ailerons and potent weaponry made it an excellent safeguard against Rebel incursions. Contains one highly detailed and pre-painted miniature TIE striker, along with six ship cards and three upgrades. 1 vol, 1 pgs 2016 US, FANTASY FLIGHT GAMES
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1-452210802 Warlord Games, Clockwork Goblin KONFLIKT '47: Soviet Daughters of the Motherland Using a low level of DNA enhancement through their Rift-tech program, the Soviet Union has created an all-female, propaganda-driven elite unit. Combined with intensive training and indoctrination, the unit has proven highly effective in combat, although is only used when causalities are anticipated to be minimal. Their battlefield successes may well see them deployed in broader roles as the war progresses.

Package contains 10 infantry. This product is supplied unassembled and unpainted. Glue and paints not included.1 vol, 8 pgs 2017 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-452410204 Warlord Games, Clockwork Goblin KONFLIKT '47: German Flammspinne Panzermech Box contains 1 metal model. Requires assembly.

Combing the agility of an infantryman with the armor and firepower of a heavily built armored car, the Spinne (spider) is almost the perfect recce vehicle for close terrain and urban environment. The open-turret allows the gunner/commander to maintain anti-air overwatch and maximizes his situational awareness.1 vol, 1 pgs 2017 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-213520 Mersey, Daniel 1066 AND THE NORMAN CONQUEST: A Wargamer's Guide This is one of the first titles in an exciting new series of guides for wargamers. Taking one of the most pivotal and famous episodes in British military history, it gives a wargamers perspective of the dramatic events of 1066 and the Norman conquest up to around 1070, and advice on how to recreate these on the gaming table.

Advice is given on factors to consider when choosing an appropriate set of commercially available rules, or devising your own, to best suit the scale and style of battle you want and capture the flavor of the period. The relevant ranges of figures and terrain pieces and buildings are also reviewed.

Analysis of the forces involved, organization, tactics and strategies will help with building your armies and there are interesting scenarios included. 1 vol, 128 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-BRIG328 Bunde, Peter 328: KINGDOM OF HOLLAND: 2nd Hussar Regiment 1806-1810 Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc.1 vol, 1 pgs 2017 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
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1-213570 Megehee, Mark EAGLES ASCENDING: An Outline Military History of the Rise of Brandenburg-Prussia, 1600-1700 Eagles Ascending begins with the union of two petty states, the Mark of Brandenburg and the Duchy of Prussia in 1618, which led to the Kingdom of Prussia by the end of the 17th Century -- a dizzying rise of political and military power in less than a century. Before there could be Frederick The Great, there had to be Frederick Wilhelm, 'The Great Elector.'

This fascinating account traces the origins and rise to dominance of Brandenburg-Prussia across the 17th Century, and introduces readers to the remarkable men who laid the foundations for the later German Empire, it's Army and Navy. Information, much of it appearing in English for the first time, makes the 'mover and shakers' of a distant era spring to life, their portrayals made more compelling by superb period artwork, maps, and plans. Here are the wars, battles and leaders who by land and sea shaped the emergence from medieval to modern Germany.

The lively narrative is enhanced by 26 original full color plates specifically researched for this work detailing the development of the uniforms of Brandenburg-Prussia in the century in which modern military uniforms began. Tactics, and the ever more sophisticated weapons which determined them in the 17th Century, are detailed as well.

Conflicts such as the Scanian War, the First Northern War, and the War of the League of Augsburg, mark the progression of Brandenburg-Prussia from weakling to king maker status. Orders of battle, ship plans, period and new battle maps contribute to this splendid foray into the history of a proto-nation rising to greatness in a century more violent even than our own. Complete with footnotes, bibliography, and thoroughly indexed, this book fills a void in English language literature of the military roots and first 'blitkriegs' of German Armies to come.1 vol, 154 pgs 2016 US, TVAG
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1-213530 Jones, Serena NO ARMOUR BUT COURAGE: Colonel Sir George Lisle, 1615-1648 Few army officers of King Charles I shone as bright as George Lisle during the English Civil Wars, yet have drawn so little attention from subsequent historians. Born in London in 1615, Lisle's father was a well-connected publisher and monopolist, and his mother a kinswoman of the Duke of Buckingham.

Raised in the city of Westminster in a landscape of court intrigue, royal favoritism and ill-advised royal financial experiments, Lisle took to soldiering and was commissioned as a Lieutenant-Colonel at the outbreak of war in 1642. He fought at Edgehill; then at Chalgrove and the First Battle of Newbury in 1643 - latterly where his courage in leading a forlorn hope against a wall of musketeers and artillery first drew him to public attention.

Commissioned shortly afterwards as a full Colonel, in 1644 he took charge of a veteran regiment and was noticed again for his diligence and efficiency at the Battle of Cheriton, despite the battle being lost. Weeks later, he was promoted to tertio command and accompanied Charles on his critical 'night march' from Oxford.

At the Second Battle of Newbury in October, to prevent his position being overwhelmed, he famously tore off his coat and led three charges in his shirtsleeves - driving off the enemy and preventing disaster. Reputedly refusing a knighthood, he wintered as a garrison commander before leading the principal assault on the city of Leicester in May 1645 and then being badly wounded at Naseby.

Knighted in December, he remained at Oxford until its surrender in June 1646 - returning to London in 1647. In 1648, he took up arms again during the Kent rebellion before enduring a three-month siege inside the town of Colchester. Infamously (and controversially), he was executed after the starving town surrendered - and this catapulted him to the status of 'Royalist martyr.'

In this first ever biography of Lisle, the author has scoured dozens of primary sources for fragmentary references - painstakingly piecing together his personal background and reexamining every known detail of his career. The accuracy of existing stories and long-held assumptions about him is investigated minutely, and the first well-informed assessments made of his character and motives. Finally, the persistent memory of his execution is traced forwards through later writers and painters into the 20th century to complete the first cohesive picture of one of King Charles' most loyal, effective and respected military officers.1 vol, 512 pgs 2017 UK, HELION and COMPANY
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1-930304 STRATEGY & TACTICS # 304: The American Revolution in the South The American Revolution in the South is a single map game that simulates ten historic campaigns in North and South Carolina during the American Revolutionary War (from 1776 to 1781). The game system emphasizes the importance of individual leaders, and especially historical leaders from the time period, and highlights the relative skills, circumstances, and luck that could vary considerably, often within short periods of time.

Throughout the game, leader skills will be tested as their unit's maneuver and fight, and every leader has the capacity to prove himself as either inept, capable, or in some cases, exceptional, during various incidents throughout the game.

Components: One 22x34-inch map and 280 counters.1 vol, 84 pgs 2017 US, DECISION GAMES
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1-213300 LA BATAILLE DE LIGNY: Wargame System details the climactic moments of Napoleon's last 100 days as Emperor. This 2nd edition simulates the Prussian Army of the Lower Rhine's desperate attempt to stop the French Armee du Nord as it marched north towards Brussels. Napoleon found his last great victory at Ligny.

Includes four 34x22-inch period maps and nearly 1,000 multi-colored playing counters. This tactical game is ideal for solitaire study or team play and can be matched with La Bataille de les Quatre Bras to recreate the events of June 16th 1815.1 vol, 1 pgs 2017 US, CLASH OF ARMS
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1-213580 Clover, Gareth THE AMERICAN SHARPE: The Adventures of an American Officer of the 95th Rifles in the Peninsular and Waterloo Campaigns Sharpe and his adventures has made the 95th Foot renowned again and the discovery of an unpublished diary by an American from Charleston South Carolina who served, despite his father's objections, as an officer in this elite regiment has caused great excitement. Includes 16 high quality color prints.

James Penman Gairdner was born in Charleston, SC, but he was sent back to the 'Old Country' for his education, receiving his schooling at Harrow. After school, rather than joining his father's merchant business, he decided to become a soldier and received a commission in the famous 95th Rifles.

He subsequently served, without a break, from the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo in January 1812 until the end of the war in 1814. He then fought in the Waterloo campaign and formed part of the Army of Occupation. He was wounded on three occasions.

Throughout his service he kept a journal, which he managed to maintain on almost a daily basis. This journal, along with a number of letters that he wrote to his family are presented for the first time.

Readers will not find dramatic stories of great battles or adventurous escapades. Instead, Gairdner, details the everyday life of one of Wellington's soldiers; one of marches and billets, of the weather, the places, and the people of the Iberian Peninsula and of Paris and Occupied France - the real nature of soldering.

His diaries also highlight the very strange relationship between these newly independent Americans and the 'Old Country' they had so recently fought with; which even allowed for a true American boy to fight in the British Army, but not in America!1 vol, 272 pgs 2017 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-213560 McCarthy, Michael CONFEDERATE WATERLOO: The Battle of Five Forks, April 1, 1865, and the Controversy that Brought Down a General The Battle of Five Forks broke the long siege of Petersburg, triggered the evacuation of Richmond, precipitated the Appomattox Campaign, and destroyed the careers and reputations of two generals. Includes 55 images and 10 maps.

General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had been locked into the sprawling defenses surrounding the logistical stronghold of Petersburg and the Southern capital at Richmond for more than eight months when General Grant struck beyond his far left flank to break the extended Rebel lines. A series of battles led up to April 1, when General Phil Sheridan's forces struck at Five Forks. The attack surprised and collapsed General George Pickett's Confederate command and turned Lee's right flank. An attack along the entire front the following morning broke the siege and forced the Virginia army out of its defenses and, a week later, into Wilmer McLean's parlor to surrender at Appomattox.

Despite this decisive Union success, Five Forks spawned one of the most bitter and divisive controversies in the postwar army when Sheridan relieved Fifth Corps commander Gouverneur K. Warren for perceived failures connected to the battle. The order generated a life-long effort by Warren and his allies to restore his reputation by demonstrating that Sheridan's action was both unfair and dishonorable. The struggle climaxed with a Court of Inquiry that generated a more extensive record of testimony and exhibits than any other US military judicial case in the 19th Century. In addition to Sheridan and Warren, participants included Generals U. S. Grant and Winfield S. Hancock, and a startling aggregation of former Confederate officers.1 vol, 336 pgs 2017 US, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-213550 Carruthers, Bob SS GRENADIERS ON THE RUSSIAN FRONT: Images Of War Series Rare photographs from both official and unofficial SS sources illustrate the role of the individual in this epic struggle. This is a candid and comprehensive picture of warfare on the Russian Front at the sharp end. These were the men who manned the trenches, climbed mountains, and marched across the endless steppe in all seasons.1 vol, 160 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-213540 Prekatsounakis, Yannis CRETE: THE BATTLE FOR HERAKLION 1941: The Campaign Revealed Through Allied And Axis Accounts Crete, 20 May 1941: the first campaign-sized airborne assault is launched. Many books have been written about this famous invasion, with the emphasis mainly on the battles for Maleme and Chania. The Battle for Heraklion - an epic struggle - remained largely forgotten and widely unstudied.

The desperate fight for Heraklion had everything: street-fighting in the town; heroic attacks against well-fortified positions and medieval walls; heavy losses on all sides; and tragic stories involving famous German aristocratic families like the von Bluchers and members of the Bismarck family.

This book highlights personal stories and accounts - and the author's access to records from all three sides allowed accounts to be placed in their correct place and time. Finally, the history of the battle is written with the added perspective of extensive Greek accounts and sources. In contrast, earlier books were based solely on British and German sources -- totally ignoring the Greek side. Many of these accounts are from people who were fighting directly against each other. Some reveal what the enemies were discussing and thinking while they were shooting at or attacking each other. Some accounts are so accurate and detailed that we can even identify who killed whom.

In addition, long-lost stories behind both well known and previously unpublished pictures are revealed. For the first time, 75 year-old mysteries are solved: what were the names of the paratroopers in the planes seen crashing in famous pictures? What was the fate of soldiers seen in pictures taken just before the battle? The author has studied the battlefield in every detail -- thus giving the reader the opportunity to understand actions and incidents by examining what happened on the actual field of battle.

For example, how was it possible for a whole platoon to be trapped and annihilated, as in the fate of Wolfgang Graf von Blucher? Such a question is not easily answered even by people with a military background. How was it possible for the paratroopers to fail in their attempt to occupy the town? The answers to questions like these became very clear when the author walked through the battlefields - following the accounts of the people from all sides who had fought there and which describe the same incidents.

The author's extensive research is vividly presented via detailed maps and photographs, both from the era of the battle and today; even battlefield archaeology plays a role in revealing what really happened on the battlefield. 1 vol, 304 pgs 2017 UK, HELION and COMPANY
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1-213571 Hooton, E.R., Tom Cooper, Farzin Nadimi THE IRAN-IRAQ WAR VOLUME 1: The Battle For Khuzestan, September 1980-May 1982 The Iran-Iraq War was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th century and accidentally created the current nightmare of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. Includes 120 photos, 15 artworks, five maps, and four diagrams.

Uses materials obtained from US intelligence circles and British governmental archives. It provides a unique insight into a war which began through miscalculation and rapidly escalated into the longest conventional conflict in the post-Second World War era.

The first volume looks at the background and describes in detail how Saddam Hussein decided to invade, but hamstrung, the Iraqi Army to restrict its greatest success to a narrow strip of territory in Iran's southern province of Khuzestan. This left the Iraqis unable to either advance or withdraw, and exposed them to ever greater and more successful Iranian counter-strokes which drove them out in May 1982 in the ferocious Battle of Khorramshahr.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 UK, HELION and COMPANY
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1-213572 Hooton, E.R., Tom Cooper, Farzin Nadimi THE IRAN-IRAQ WAR VOLUME 2: Iran Strikes Back, June 1982-December 1986 The Iran-Iraq War was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th century and accidentally created the current nightmare of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. Includes 120 photos, 15 artworks, five maps, and four diagrams.

Volume 2 takes up the account after Iraq withdrew from Khuzestan and is based upon material from both sides: US intelligence data, British Government documents and secret Iraqi files. Iraq's withdrawal exposed the great southern city of Basra to Iranian attack, but it was shielded by fortifications based upon a huge antitank ditch - the so-called 'Fish Lake' - which the Iranians tried to storm in the summer of 1982.

This bloody failure left Tehran in a position where prestige prevented a withdrawal into Iran, but the armed forces lacked the resources to bring the conflict to a favorable conclusion. During the next four years, the Iranians tried to outflank the 'Fish Lake' defenses initially through the marshes in the north and finally through an attack on the Fao Peninsula, which increased national prestige, but was a strategic failure and paved the way for Iraq's massive victories in 1988. This followed a series of successful defensive battles in which the Iranians were driven back with great loss. This account describes the battles in greater detail than before and, by examining them, provides unique insights and ends many of the myths which are repeated in numerous other accounts of this conflict.1 vol, 112 pgs 2017 UK, HELION and COMPANY
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