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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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1-216590 Scholtz, Leopold RATELS ON THE LOMBA: The Story of Charlie Squadron Charlie Squadron - the iron fist of the South African Defense Force's 61 Mechanized Battalion Group - led the way on 3 October 1987 during the climactic battle on the Lomba River in Southern Angola. Not only were they up against a vastly superior force in terms of numbers and weaponry, but they also had to deal with a terrain so dense that both their movement and sight were severely impaired. Despite this, the squadron nearly wiped out the Angolan forces' 47 Brigade. Includes 50 b/w photos and maps.1 vol, 272 pgs 2018 UK, HELION & COMPANY
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1-908366 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 366 THEME 1: Armies of the Thirty Years War
Introduction
Wargaming the Battle of Rocroi: Franco-Spanish conflict
Going Plastic in the Thirty Years War: Creating armies using plastic miniatures

THEME 2: Aircraft and Ground Support
In the Great War: WWI
Raid on Kensington: Blood Red Skies scenario and rules test
Take to the Skies with Johnny Red (British comic book hero)
Route Pack 6: Aerial Warfare over North Vietnam 1965-72 with scenario
Bootneck Air Assault: Suez Crisis

OTHER ARTICLES
Observation Post: A special focus on what we picked up at Vapnartak in York
Just Another April Fool: Can you tell the historical truth from the alternative facts?
Of the Battlemats: Examines battlemats from different companies
Go Large in World War One (Oppy Wood Part 2): 54mm
Rules Showcase: Hail the Dark Ages: Supplement for Hail Caesar
Modeling: Druid -- Creation of our Salute 2018 gaming table.
Show Report: Tactica 2018 at Hamburg1 vol, 108 pgs 2018 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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2-83800 Turnbull, Stephen THE ART OF RENAISSANCE WARFARE: From The Fall of Constantinople to the Thirty Years War Tells the story of the knight during the 15th and 16th centuries - from the great victories of Edward III and the Black Prince to the fall of Richard III on Bosworth Field.

During this period, new technology on the battlefield posed deadly challenges for the mounted warrior; but they also stimulated change, and the knight moved with the times. Having survived the longbow devastation at Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, he emerged triumphant, his armor lighter and more effective, and his military skills indispensable.

This was the great age of the orders of chivalry and the freemasonry of arms that bound together comrades and adversaries in a tight international military caste. Men such as Bertrand du Guesclin and Sir John Chandos loom large in the pages of this book -- bold leaders and brave warriors, imbued with these traditions of chivalry and knighthood. How their heroic endeavors and the knightly code of conduct could be reconciled with the indiscriminate carnage of the 'chevauchee' and the depredations of the 'free companies' is one of the principal themes of this book.1 vol, 272 pgs 2018 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-216530 Dorrell, Nicholas PETER THE GREAT HUMBLED: The Russo-Ottoman War of 1711 In 1711 Peter the Great, the Tsar of Russia, led a large army of veterans from Poltava and his other Great Northern War victories into the Balkans. He aimed to humble the Ottomans in the same way he had the Swedes a few years before. Victory would secure useful allies in the Balkans, cement Russia's 'Great Power' status and offer Peter the opportunity to finally gain control over the Swedish king, Charles XII, thus completing his victory over Sweden.

Yet within a few months, the 'backward' Ottomans had forced the Tsar and his Tsarina and their army of veterans into a humbling surrender near the Pruth River. The war was the first time that Russia was strong enough to confront the Ottomans independently rather than as a member of an alliance. It marked an important stage in Russia's development. However, it also showed the significant military strength of the Ottoman Empire and the limitations of Peter the Great's achievements.

The war was of significance to the allies of both the Russians and the Ottomans. It was of course of an even greater importance to all those directly affected by the war such as the Swedish, the Polish, and the Cossacks, who had taken refuge from the reverses of the Great Northern War in the Ottoman territory. It would also bring about the defeat of the Moldavian and Walachian ambitions to shake off the Ottoman overlordship, elevating Dimitrie Cantemir into the position of a national hero celebrated to this day by the people of Romania.

The book looks at the causes of this little known war and its course. Using contemporary and modern sources it examines in detail the forces involved in the conflict, seeking to determine their size, actual composition, and tactics, offering the first realistic determination on the subject in English. Includes 16 pages of color plates and illustrations, plus b/w maps and illustrations.1 vol, 120 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-216560 Oates, Jonathan CRUCIBLE OF THE JACOBITE '15: The Battle of Sheriffmuir 1715 The Battle of Sheriffmuir 1715 helped decide the fate of the newly established -- and bitterly contested -- union of England and Scotland. On one hand there was a numerically superior army, trained and armed but officered by men of varying experience. Facing them was a small, but more experienced and better officered British Army. Both armies; one entirely Scottish and the other a mixture of Scots, English, and Irish were led by Scottish noblemen. Victory to either side meant control of the gateway from the Highlands to the Lowlands and then England, where the political prize awaited. Includes b&w illustrations and maps.

The battle's importance can only be appreciated by an examination of its context, in what happened in the campaign before the crucial clash of arms and in the months that followed it. Furthermore, an examination of the officers and men who made up the two armies is made in order to evaluate the human material without which there would have been no battle. Although the book covers the campaigning in the decisive theater of central Scotland, it does not neglect the wider strategic concerns of both the Jacobite court and the British government, nor the international aspects of the rising.1 vol, 288 pgs 2018 UK, HELION & COMPANY
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1-216510 Becke, Archibald and SummerField, Stephen WATERLOO LOGISTICS: Collected Papers and Maps of Major Archibald F Becke This is the book that tells you all of the chaotic stuff that happens when armies are set in campaign against each other. Even genius commanders founder under the problems of weather, terrain, communication, supply, and other challenges.

The book arose from several fascinating articles written by Becke as well as important chapters in his monumental history of Waterloo. To the text have been added a huge amount of maps, tables, and OOBs. The result, in neat concise chapters, is a clarification of why things happened the way they did. It is the perfect companion to all other reading. Includes 60 maps, 54 tables, and 41 orders of battle.1 vol, 312 pgs 2018 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-216520 Hooker, Terry and SummerField, Stephen WITH CRAUFURD IN BUENOS AIRES 1807: A Personal Account by an Officer of the 36th Foot Very few British accounts of this campaign have ever come to light. This excellent account was first published by the South and Central American Military Historians Society but such is its importance that is needs this new edition.

The 36th Regiment formed part of the reinforcements under Craufurd which arrived at Montevideo on June 14th 1807. Many of the troops had been cooped up aboard ships for almost nine months when they found themselves battling their way into the streets of Buenos Aires on July 5th. After hanging on grimly for what must have seemed like an age, Lumley led his men to the Plaza de Toros. Here, the 36th was left kicking their heels in frustration until news arrived of the armistice, which resulted in the surrender of Whitelocke's force on July 7th. Includes illustrations and maps.1 vol, 160 pgs 2018 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-216500 Summerfield, Stephen Dr PRUSSIAN LANDWEHR OF THE NAPOLEONIC WARS Enlarged 2nd edition. Large format. 160 full color pages with over 700 illustrations.

Illustrated throughout in color. This is the major work on the subject, exploring the uniforms, organization and equipment of the Landwehr, essential for Prussia to maintain her important contribution to the coalition effort to defeat Napoleon. Precise details of uniforms are difficult to sort out with the distance of time. Stephen presents the known information and resolves inconsistencies. This stunning publication includes photographs of original costume and delightful artwork.1 vol, 160 pgs 2018 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-216580 Wilkin, Bernard and Rene FIGHTING THE BRITISH: French Eyewitness Accounts from the Napoleonic Wars The British army during the Napoleonic Wars is often studied using English sources and the British view of their French opponents has been covered in exhaustive detail. However, the French view of the British has been less often studied and is frequently misunderstood. This book, based on hundreds of letters, memoirs, and reports of French officers and soldiers of the Napoleonic armies, adds to the existing literature by exploring the British army from the French side of the battle line.

Each chapter looks at a specific campaign involving the French and the British. Extensive quotes from the French soldiers who were there are complemented by detailed notes describing the context of the war and the career of the eyewitness.

Throughout the emphasis is on the voices of the lower ranks, the conscripts and the noncommissioned and junior officers. They describe in their own words the full range of warfare during the period - not only land battles but battles at sea, including the Nile and Trafalgar - and accounts of captivity in England are included too.

This original and revealing material gives a fascinating insight into the attitudes and concerns of the French soldiers of the period and their views about their British enemy.1 vol, 200 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-216570 Baxter Ian SS POLIZEI AT WAR 1940-1945: A History of the Division - Images of War Series Formed in 1939 SS-Polizei Division were not considered initially as an SS fighting force, and this status was reflected in the quality of the equipment they were issued. Following operations in France, Greece, and then Russia, it was not until 1942 the division was transferred to the Waffen-SS, and eventually upgraded to a Panzergrenadier division, the 4th SS Polizei Panzergrenadier Division. Includes 250 photographs.

The book describes how the SS-Polizei Division fought across the Low Countries, the Eastern Front, before deploying to the Balkans and Greece where it committed numerous atrocities. During the last days of the war, it was assigned to Army Detachment Steiner defending Berlin where many soldiers fought to the death.1 vol, 144 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-216383 Daugherty, Leo FIGHTING TECHNIQUES OF A US MARINE: 1941-1945 US Marines made an immense contribution to winning the war in the Pacific in World War II, with 458,000 men serving in the Corps. They made 26 successful invasions in the Pacific theater, during the course of which they perfected the art of amphibious landings.

Detailed examination of how the individual Marine operated on the battlefield during World War II, the organization of Marine units, and the weapons and equipment used. Featuring detailed line artworks to illustrate how amphibious landings were made and the tactics of small Marine units once ashore. Detailed artworks show the uniforms and other equipment worn by Marines throughout the war. Includes 95 photos and artworks.1 vol, 96 pgs 2018 UK, AMBER BOOKS
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1-216610 Pank Bjerregaard, Jens and Lars Larsen DANISH VOLUNTEERS OF THE WAFFEN-SS - Freikorps Danmark 1941-43 Danish Volunteers of the Waffen-SS tells the story of Freikorps Danmark in pictures from 1941-1943. Freikorps Danmark was established as a Danish corps to fight communism and, from its beginning, was controlled from Denmark, being placed under the control of the SS-Division Totenkopf and 1. SS-Brigade during its service on the Eastern Front. 550 b/w photos, maps

It was a relatively small formation, which almost entirely consisted of Danish volunteers; during their time on the Eastern Front, they suffered heavy casualties. In 1943, the High Command of the Waffen-SS decided to disband Freikorps Danmark and the personnel had to transfer to a new German division, which was directly controlled by the Waffen-SS. The source material for this book has been gathered from the photo collections of former members of the unit and includes a large number of previously unpublished images. 1 vol, 320 pgs 2018 UK, HELION & COMPANY
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1-216600 von Rosen, Richard Freiherr PANZER ACE: The Memoirs of an Iron Cross Panzer Commander from Barbarossa to Normandy Richard Freiherr von Rosen was a highly decorated Wehrmacht soldier and outstanding panzer commander. His memoirs are richly illustrated with contemporary photographs, including key confrontations of World War II.

After serving as a gunlayer on a Pz.Mk.III during Barbarossa, he led a Company of Tigers at Kursk. Later he led a company of King Tiger panzers at Normandy and in late 1944 commanded a battle group (12 King Tigers and a flak Company) against the Russians in Hungary in the rank of junior, later senior lieutenant (from November 1944, his final rank).

Only 489 of these King Tiger tanks were ever built. They were the most powerful heavy tanks to see service, and only one kind of shell could penetrate their armor at a reasonable distance. Every effort had to be made to retrieve any of them bogged down or otherwise immobilized, which led to many towing adventures. 1 vol, 408 pgs 2018 UK, GREENHILL BOOKS
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1-216550 Archard, Louis HUNGARIAN UPRISING: Budapest's Cataclysmic Twelve Days, 1956 Soviet troops had occupied Hungary in 1945 as they pushed towards Germany and by 1949 the country was ruled by a communist government that towed the Soviet line. Resentment at the system eventually boiled over at the end of October 1956. Protests erupted on the streets of Budapest and, as the violence spread, the government fell and was replaced by a new, more moderate regime. However, the intention of the new government to withdraw from the Warsaw Pact and declare neutrality in the Cold War proved just too much for Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

Soviet forces had intervened at the beginning of events to help the former regime keep order but were withdrawn at the end of October, only to return in November and quell the uprising with brute force. Thousands were arrested, many of whom were imprisoned and more than 300 executed. An estimated 200,000 fled Hungary as refugees. Despite advocating a policy of rolling back Soviet influence, the US and other western powers were helpless to stop the suppression of the uprising, which marked a realization that the Cold War in Europe had reached a stalemate. 1 vol, 128 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-216540 DeVries, Roland MOBILE WARFARE FOR AFRICA: On the Successful Conduct of Wars in Africa and Beyond - Lessons Learned from the South African Border War Presenting a remarkable amount of experience drawing primarily from South Africa's Border War in the form of case studies, supported fully by an extensive number of photographs and specially commissioned maps. Includes case-studies and examples which presents a yardstick for the enhancement of contemporary combat practices. In this context, the Namibian-Angolan-South African Border War serves as one of the principal benchmark studies.

Many valuable lessons can be learned from the African way of warfare and what is referred to today as '4th Generation' and/or asymmetric warfare, besides providing insights as to how this will influence future military needs and requirements, for instance the development of forces and the incorporation and employment of advanced technology.1 vol, 488 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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