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1-KDM11117 Harris, Forrest THE YOUNG POSSE: 28mm Old West Figures Lincoln County Wars faction pack with Billy the Kid and his gang. Gunfighter's Ball line. Supplied unpainted. MDF slotta bases included. Lead-Free Pewter. Contemporary (large) 28mm scale. Matches today's more generously-proportioned '28mm' figures (ex. Dead Man's Hand).1 vol, 6 pgs 2020 US, KNUCKLEDUSTER MINIATURES
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1-KDM11301 Harris, Forrest PLAINS WARRIORS: 28mm Figures Pack will include six warriors on foot. Warriors from the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho. Dismounted and in fighting poses. Gunfighter's Ball line. Supplied unpainted. MDF slotta bases included. Lead-Free Pewter. Contemporary (large) 28mm scale. Matches today's more generously-proportioned '28mm' figures (ex. Dead Man's Hand).1 vol, 6 pgs 2020 US, KNUCKLEDUSTER MINIATURES
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1-KDM12301 Harris, Forrest PLAINS WARRIORS MOUNTED: 28mm Figures Pack will include six warriors and their horses. Gunfighter's Ball line.1 vol, 6 pgs 2020 US, KNUCKLEDUSTER MINIATURES
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1-2215808 Pfeiffer, Jean Benot PAPER SOLDIERS OF THE FRENCH SECOND EMPIRE These paper soldiers representing the armies of Napoleon III are for uniform research, not cutting out and used for playing, and cover campaigns in Europe, Asia, Africa, Mexico, and the Franco-Prussian war and the defeat of Sedan. The men and uniforms drawn by Jean-Beno1 vol, 52 pgs 2020 ITALY, THE SOLDIER SHOP
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1-2215805 Vinkhuijzen, H.J. PAPER SOLDIERS OF THE NAPOLEONIC ERA: Volume 1 - France and Italy These rare and unique collection of Napoleonic paper soldiers are for uniform research, not cutting out and used for playing, and come from the collection of H. J. Vinkhuijzen (1843-1910). One of the Vinkhuijzen's most important collaborators was the Quinto Cenni, whose work was already published in the series Quaderni Cenni.1 vol, 52 pgs 2020 ITALY, THE SOLDIER SHOP
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1-2215806 Vinkhuijzen, H.J. PAPER SOLDIERS OF THE NAPOLEONIC ERA: Volume 2 - Prussian and German Allies These rare and unique collection of Napoleonic paper soldiers are for uniform research, not cutting out and used for playing, and come from the collection of H. J. Vinkhuijzen (1843-1910). One of the Vinkhuijzen's most important collaborators was the Quinto Cenni, whose work was already published in the series Quaderni Cenni.1 vol, 52 pgs 2020 ITALY, THE SOLDIER SHOP
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1-2215807 Vinkhuijzen, H.J. PAPER SOLDIERS OF THE NAPOLEONIC ERA: Volume 3 - Russia and Holland These rare and unique collection of Napoleonic paper soldiers are for uniform research, not cutting out and used for playing, and come from the collection of H. J. Vinkhuijzen (1843-1910). One of the Vinkhuijzen's most important collaborators was the Quinto Cenni, whose work was already published in the series Quaderni Cenni.1 vol, 52 pgs 2020 ITALY, THE SOLDIER SHOP
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1-222253 Cristini, Luca Stefano & Gianpaolo Bistulfi PLAY THE ITALIAN WARS OF INDEPENDENCE These are paper soldiers to cut out and play the Risorgimento wars on the tabletop. Contains over 30 complete and detailed tables of toy soldiers and includes armies from Austria, France, Piedmont, pre-unification kingdoms such as Bourbons and Pontiffs, and Garibaldi and various patriots. The 50 thick pages contain hundreds of 25/28mm soldiers.1 vol, 50 pgs 2019 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-2116828 Rowlandson, T. THE UNIFORMS OF BRITISH LOYALIST VOLUNTEER CORPS: 1798-1799 Remastered version of the 1799 book reprints the whole and original manual on platoon and weapons exercise with 87 uniform plates (hand-colored etched title-page and 86 hand-colored etched plates, all by Thomas Rowlandson) covering the Loyal Volunteers of London & Environs, Infantry & Cavalry. Every uniform contain a descriptive text to each color plate.

The British response to perceived danger of Napoleon invading the England was immediate and defiant. Ackermann goes on to note that when the Loyal Volunteers of London were inspected by the King on 21st June 1799 the roll-call of volunteers, manning 11 different positions, totaled just over 12,200 men. The present work serves as a record of that overwhelming show of loyalty, as well as of the uniforms of all the main volunteer forces. In addition, Rowlandson pictures each individual in a particular drill position, the name and details of which are given in the engraved text beneath each figure.1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 ITALY, THE SOLDIER SHOP
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1-2116805 Vinkhuijzen, H.J. SPANISH SOLDIERS DURING THE NAPOLEONIC WARS: 1797-1808 In the late 18th century, Bourbon-ruled Spain had an alliance with Bourbon-ruled France and therefore did not have to fear a land war. Its only serious enemy was Britain, which had a powerful Royal Navy; Spain, therefore, concentrated its resources on its Navy.

When the French Revolution overthrew the Bourbons, a land war with France became a danger which the king tried to avoid. The Spanish Army was ill-prepared. The officer corps was selected primarily on the basis of royal patronage, rather than merit. About a third of the junior officers had been promoted from the ranks, and they did have talent, but they had few opportunities for promotion or leadership. The rank-and-file were poorly trained peasants. Elite units included foreign regiments of Irishmen, Italians, Swiss, and Walloons, in addition to elite artillery and engineering units. Equipment was old-fashioned and in disrepair. The army lacked its own horses, oxen, and mules for transportation, so these auxiliaries were operated by civilians, who might run away if conditions looked bad.

In combat, small units fought well, but their old-fashioned tactics were hard of use against the French Grande Armee, despite repeated desperate efforts at last-minute reform. When war broke out with France in 1808, the army was deeply unpopular. Leading generals were assassinated, and the army proved too incompetent to handle command and control. Junior officers from peasant families deserted and went over to the insurgents; many units disintegrated. Spain was unable to mobilize its artillery or cavalry. The Spain of the end of the XVIII century was dominated by the complex personality of Manuel Godoy.1 vol, 102 pgs 2020 ITALY, THE SOLDIER SHOP
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1-223040 Bey, Frederick ISSOS AND GUAGAMELA: Alexander Defeats and Dethrones Darius III 333-331BC Introductory overview of the two battles between Alexander the Great and Persian King Darius III Codomannus in 333BC -- Issos the gateway to Phoenicia, Syria, and Egypt -- and 331BC Gaugamela -- the battle that broke Darius' rule. Includes color illustrations and battle maps.

After three years and two direct confrontations with the King of Kings Darius III Codomannus, the young Macedonian sovereign brought Persia to its knees. Backed by Macedonia's formidable war machine - phalanx and heavy cavalry - Alexander the Great's defeat of the Persian army in Issos (333 B.C.). In 331 B.C. in Gaugamela the two rivals and their soldiers confronted each other once more in a decisive battle that led to Darius's death and to the advent of Alexander the Great as the master of Ancient World.

From a military point of view, Alexander's victories bear witness to an unprecedented tactical genius and to the young Macedonian ruler's personal - at times daredevil - involvement in the thick of battle. The epic tale of Alexander the Great would nevertheless serve as an example to many great generals from Caesar to Napoleon. 1 vol, 48 pgs 2020 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
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1-914024G Stratigos, Nicolas VAE VICTUS BOARD GAME # 24: Alexander Against Persia A trio of wargames covering battles between Alexander the Great and the Greeks against the Persians -- Granicus (334BC), Issos (333BC), and Gaugamela (331BC). Rules in English.

Game components:
* Two 41 x 59 cm maps and one 59 x 82 cm map
* 432 die-cut units and markers
* One rule booklet
* Three battles and three scenarios of 10 to 15 turns
* Variants to the historical scenarios
* One player-aid card
* Ten storage bags

GRANICUS - In 334 BC, after crushing a revolt by the city of Thebes, the young King Alexander of Macedonia turned toward the east and set out on his conquest of Asia. He crossed the Hellespont with 35,000 men. On the banks of the Granicus River he came up against an army of 40,000 men commanded by Memnon, a Greek who was in the pay of Persia. Thanks to a vigorous attack by his Companion cavalry, Alexander succeeded in dispersing the enemy horsemen and crushing Memnon's Greek mercenaries. This brilliant victory opened the door to Asia Minor.

ISSOS - A year later on the coast of Syria the King of Kings, Darius III, determined to assemble a great army and intercept Alexander. The two armies met at Issos. While repelling an attack on his left by the Persian cavalry, Alexander and his right wing charged across the river under a rain of enemy arrows. By hurling himself into a breach on the Persian left flank, Alexander brought about its collapse and the flight of Darius. The Macedonian phalanx advanced inexorably in the center of the battlefield and completed Alexander's victory, with the result that he could go on to invade Egypt unhindered.

GAUGAMELA - The final clash between Alexander and Darius took place at Gaugamela in 331 B.C. The King of Kings had mobilized impressive forces from the eastern part of his empire. His army, unusually numerous, included elephants as well as war chariots. He compelled Alexander to fight in a vast plain where the 40,000 Macedonians risked being encircled. Once again the king of Macedonia opened the battle with a cavalry attack on his right. The phalanx meanwhile suffered severely from Persian attacks, especially on its left wing where Parmenion was in command. Alexander nevertheless forestalled the enemy by making Darius himself the target of the Companions' charge. Once they had opened a breach, the Macedonian cavalrymen passed through it and struck the Persians from the rear, causing them to rout. This occurred in the nick of time, because Parmenion's contingents were by then on the point of breaking. Darius fled in the direction of Arbela. Alexander caught up with him, but by then he was already dead, assassinated by a group of his generals.1 vol, 24 pgs 2020 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
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1-2123703 Christini, Luca NURENBERG TOURNAMENTS: 1446-1561 This German Turnierbuch manuscript is composed of 112 sheets that include depictions of contestants equipped for various tournaments; a renaissance parade preceding a late form of tournament called a carrousel; This album represent specifically the participants in tournaments known as Gesellenstrechen, or bachelors' jousts, held in Nuremberg (Germany) between 1446 and 1561; We find also depictions of pageant sleighs, some of which were used in a parade held in the winter of 1640-41. The illustrations are probably the work of a renaissance artist or a Briefmaler, a particular letter painter, who also would have written and embellished official documents and painted rich coats-of-arms.

In many instances, the names of the tournament participants are written above them. They are armed for the Gestech (German tournament), the joust fought with blunt lances. This rare Turnierbuch such as provide an invaluable record of the jousters' colorful costumes, fanciful crests, and humorous, often satirical emblems that decorated the jouster's shields and horse trappings. 1 vol, 92 pgs 2020 ITALY, THE SOLDIER SHOP
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1-2123704 Christini, Luca artwork of G.Hohneck 14TH CENTURY GERMAN TOURNAMENT KNIGHTS This collection of medieval plates, dedicated to Saxon knights in tournament dress from the 14th century, was created in 1889 to celebrate the anniversary of the distinguished Wettin family. The House of Wettin is a dynasty of German counts, dukes, prince-electors and kings that once ruled territories in the present-day German states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.

The book dates back to 1889 and was printed by Wilhelm Hoffmann of Dresden in a very limited edition of 52x38cm panels. The technique used is the chromolithography method, the lithographer is G. Hohneck, who used the collotype technique to color all the images obtained.

Our very rare copy comes from the plates that belonged to the Dutch doctor H. J. Vinkhuijzen, an eccentric collector and passionate lover of military iconography. Since 1911 the collection has been donated to the New York Public Library by Mr. Henry Draper, heir to the Dutch doctor. And it is from this collection that Soldiershop has taken the subjects of this new publication.

Almost all the 63 original images were in a bad state of preservation, full of stains, scratches, and rips on all the pictures. For our book we have submitted each table to a rigorous cleaning and re-classification to provide a complete, easy and useful work for all scholars and fans of uniformology of military history, costume, and beyond.1 vol, 92 pgs 2020 ITALY, THE SOLDIER SHOP
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1-914025G Stratigos, Nicolas VAE VICTUS BOARD GAME # 25: Tourcoing 1794 Rules in English.

The battle of Tourcoing (17-18 May 1794) saw the failure of an over elaborate Allied plan designed by General Mack to annihilate the French Armee-du-Nord. At the start of the 1794 campaigning season the Allies had decided to besiege Landrecies, while the French decided to attack at both ends of the front line on the Franco-Belgian border. The attack on the left was the most successful. The Austrian General Clerfayt was defeated at Mouscron (29 April) and on the following day Menin was captured.

The Allies, then under the personal command of the Emperor Francis II of Austria, were forced to rush reinforcements west in an attempt to restore the situation. The French responded by attacking the Allied line twice in two days. The first attack (battle of Willems, 10 May 1794) ended in an Allied victory, but on the following day Clerfayt was forced to retreat north (battle of Courtrai, 11 May 1794), splitting the Allied army. The Duke of York, who had command of the Allied left, was forced to ask for reinforcements, and Francis and the Prince of Saxe-Coburg decided to concentrate their efforts in the west.1 vol, 24 pgs 2020 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
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1-223090 Blake, Mike ARMIES OF THE MEXICAN REVOLUTION: Uniforms, Equipment & Weapons of the Armed Forces in Mexico 1910-20 Gathers information from disparate sources to describe and illustrate the armed forces of Mexico during the revolution, including their organization, uniforms, clothing, equipment, and weapons. Includes full-page color plates and selected photographs (many published for the first time).

Appearing for the first time were motorcycles, motor trucks, armored cars and the new air power - all made their first tentative appearances. The machinegun played a significant role for the first time in non-colonial warfare, heralding how it would come to dominate future battlefields. Alongside these, wired and wireless communications, barbed wire, searchlights, and trenches established their place on the battlefield in the Mexican Revolution.1 vol, 240 pgs 2020 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-223070 McLaren, Michael FOR WHAT WE HAVE DONE: The First Attack on Bellewaarde, 16 June 1915 This study offers a detailed analysis of the enormous challenges faced by the British Army in the middle of 1915, and the risks it faced in undertaking operations while poorly equipped to do so, versus the risks posed by inaction. The decisions made to launch the offensive against the high ground on the low-lying hills commanding the eastern approaches to the medieval town of Ypres and known as Bellewaarde Ridge, are analyzed, along with the efforts made to mitigate the risks.

The outcome was dreadfully costly in human lives -- almost 4,000 casualties were suffered for a very limited territorial gain that saw German retention of the dominant ground. Still, serious attempts were being made to improve tactic, and implement new technology in a bid to overcome a strongly entrenched enemy in a frontal attack. While British attempts were continually, and effectively, thwarted by simultaneous improvements in German defensive methodology, they still represented the first tentative steps on a long and arduous course of improvement that ultimately led to the transformation of the British Army into the effective all-arms-force that played a significant role in the final victory of 1918.

Just after sunrise on 16 June 1915, two infantry brigades of British 3rd Division leapt out of their shallow trenches and charged out into No Man's Land. Their objective was a spur of German-occupied Ongoing enemy occupation of this tactically vital sector afforded the Germans almost unbroken observation of movement within the salient and seriously imperiled the nascent British positions therein. What followed, on that hot summer's day, was a somewhat typical British disaster of the early fighting on the Western Front. Worse than that, it appeared that many of those casualties had fallen victim to friendly fire as the British artillery failed to appreciate the progress of the infantry, and rained shells down onto the recently occupied German trench system.

It is easy to cast the blame, for the disaster that unfolded on Bellewaarde Ridge, on inept British leadership. The common perception is that senior officers, oblivious to the emerging challenges of the trench stalemate and comfortably quartered in safe rear areas, sent thousands of ill-equipped, brave British soldiers to face barbed wire, machine guns and heavy artillery fire without a plan, or even so much as a steel helmet for protection-small wonder so many failed to return. The reality, however, was considerably more complicated and is worthy of detailed examination if we are to prevent an injustice to the memory of the participants.

The action at Bellewaarde was conducted by a British Army that was struggling to undertake an unprecedented expansion and re-arming programme, whilst simultaneously fighting to maintain the integrity of a precarious coalition, the fragmentation of which could have lost Britain the war in short order. It was authorized and coordinated to provide support for a considerably more extensive French operation, already underway in Artois, that had in turn been launched, in part, to support the beleaguered Russian Army, still reeling from the onslaught of a recently initiated and bloody German offensive in the east. Only in the wider context of the prevailing coalition warfare can events at Bellewaarde be properly assessed.1 vol, 480 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-223060 Samson, Anne KITCHENER: The Man Not the Myth This new profile of Kitchener considers him an outsider within the British establishment. Of his 64 years, a mere 11, and those not consecutive, were spent in England. He learned from those around him, ways that were not always understood and appreciated by those educated in England. Includes 10 b/w photos, 4 maps, and 6 tables.

Consideration is given to his skills, interests, beliefs, and relationships -- charting his development from birth in Ireland to education in Europe, training at Woolwich, and what he learnt from his military experiences. It considers his relationships with Free Masonry, journalists, politicians, subordinates, and women. His sense of history, cultural awareness, and foresight made him a man ahead of his time. For all his faults, Kitchener was loyal, dependable, sensitive, and the best man for the job in 1914.1 vol, 274 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-223050 BLOOD IN THE FOREST: The End of the Second World War in the Courland Pocket With eyewitness accounts, detailed maps, and expert contributions alongside rare newspaper archive, photographs from private collections, and extracts from diaries translated into English from Latvian, German, and Russian, the author assembles a ghastly picture of death and desperation in a tough, uncomfortable story of a nation both gripped by war and at war with itself.

While the eyes of the world were on Hitler's bunker, more than half a million men fought six cataclysmic battles along a front line of fields and forests in Western Latvia known as the Courland Pocket. Just an hour from the capital Riga, German forces bolstered by Latvian Legionnaires were cut off and trapped with their backs to the Baltic. The only way out was by sea: the only chance of survival to hold back the Red Army.

Forced into uniform by Nazi and Soviet occupiers, Latvian fought Latvian - sometimes brother against brother. Hundreds of thousands of men died for little territorial gain in unimaginable slaughter. When the Germans capitulated, thousands of Latvians continued a war against Soviet rule from the forests for years afterwards.

Compiles eye-witness accounts of veterans who fought in the Latvian Legion, including former partisans and a refugee who fled the Soviet advance to later become President -- Vaira Vike-Freiberga. He was a survivor of the little-known concentration camp at Popervale and founder of Riga's Jewish Museum, Margers Vestermanis has never spoken about his personal experiences. He also gives details of the SS new world order planned in Kurzeme, his escape from a death march, and subsequent survival in the forests with a Soviet partisan group -- and a German deserter.1 vol, 288 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-COM1086 Butterfield, John WWII COMMANDER: Volume One: Battle of the Bulge WWII Commander, Volume One: Battle of the Bulge is the first in a series of fast-playing area-based games on key campaigns of the Second World War. Battle of the Bulge is a two-player game of the German offensive against the Western Allies in December 1944, designed by game designer John H. Butterfield.

Players take turns deciding which units to activate on either attack or defense. As the German player, you must make big gains and be as aggressive as possible while you hold the numerical advantage without over-committing your units, over-extending supply lines or falling prone to fuel shortages. As the Allied player, you must first withstand the initial German surprise attack and coordinate effective holding actions while defending key geographic objectives as you muster your arriving forces for counterattacks.

Components:
* Mounted 25 x 22-inch map
* 140 over-sized 3/4-inch counters
* Rules booklet
* German Order of Battle Appearance Display
* Allied Order of Battle Appearance Display
* Two player Aid cards
* 50 Activation cubes
* 40 wooden German control discs
* Seven 10-sided dice
* Box and Lid1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-223080 Mladenov, Alexander HOT SKIES OF THE COLD WAR: The Bulgarian Air Force in the 1950s After the end of the Second World War, Bulgaria fell in total dependency upon the Soviet Union as a direct result of the 1944 Yalta agreement on the 'spheres of influence' division of Europe. The Bulgarian Air Force was radically reformed in the Soviet style and rapidly re-equipped with huge numbers of front-line aircraft. Includes 180 b/w ills, 3 color maps, and 21 color profiles.

The strengthening of the Bulgarian air arm became a high priority as the Cold War in the Balkans gathered speed, and small incidents near the southern and western borders of the country began to occur with increasing frequency. The extensive 'Sovietization' of the Bulgarian air arm led to the eventual change of its official title in late 1949, becoming identical to its Soviet counterpart, the Voennovazdushni Sily (VVS), featuring a structure identical to that of a Soviet front-line air army.1 vol, 96 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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