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1-909009 Calatayud, Carlos PAINTING WAR: Issue #9 - Holy War Awesome special issue on how to paint Crusader armies. More than 25 different miniatures painted by Carlos Calatayud, and a complete painting guide.1 vol, 88 pgs 2019 SPAIN
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1-219820 Reisswitz, B von translates by Bill Leeson KRIEGSPIEL: Instructions for the Representation of Military Maneuvers with the Kriegspiel Apparatus 1983 reprint by Bill Leeson.

Kriegsspiel was a system used for training officers in the Prussian and German armies. The first set of rules was created in 1812 and named Instructions for the Representation of Tactical Maneuvers under the Guise of a Wargame. It was originally produced and developed further by Lieutenant Georg Leopold von Reiswitz and his son Georg Heinrich Rudolf von Reiswitz of the Prussian Army.1 vol, 124 pgs 1983 UK, BILL LEESOM
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1-967024 Farrington, Eric MEN OF BRONZE: Ancient Greek Hoplite Battles Men of Bronze is a wargame that allows you to play out Classical Greek hoplite battles on the tabletop. Players are Strategoi (generals) leading phalanxes of bronze-clad warriors in pursuit of fame, glory, and the honor of their city-states. To win such prizes, however, you must prove your mettle, display your valor, and bring the other Strategoi to their knees!

Designed to recreate small battles or larger skirmishes with 50-80 figures per side, each army will have its own unique mix of rules, advantages, backgrounds, and abilities. Strategoi must understand and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of their forces in order to win glory on the battlefield. Of course, there's no telling what tricks a rival Strategos might have up their tunic sleeves.1 vol, 80 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-219890 Melville, Neil TWO HANDED SWORD: History, Design and Use The two-handed swords found in modern museums are often so large and elaborately decorated that the onlooker might question whether such an apparently impractical weapon could ever have been a serious weapon of war. Yet during the Late Middle Ages, although never numerous, such weapons could instill dread in those that faced them on the battlefield and in skilled hands posed a very real danger, being capable of inflicting fearsome wounds.

Explains how, from the late-13th century, technological advances made the development of larger swords requiring both hands both possible and desirable. Includes origins in Germany to development and divergence into regional variations. He examines the evidence for their use on the battlefield over 300 years, most notably in the hands of the Swiss, the German landsknechts and the Scottish clans, before considering their later use in fencing and as ceremonial weapons. Practical advice on fighting with the two-handed sword is also given, drawing on contemporary fencing manuals. The detailed and informative text is beautifully enhanced by dozens of illustrations.1 vol, 224 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-993137 Millman, Nicholas 137 A6M ZERO-SEN ACES 1940-42 The Mitsubishi A6M Zero-sen was Japan's Spitfire. In continuous development and operational service from the time of the Sino-Japanese war in 1940 to the end of the Pacific War in 1945, it is held in almost mythical awe, similar to Britain's legendary fighter aircraft.

At the time of its operational debut, the fighter's design features offered the revolutionary combination of an all-round vision canopy, cannon armament and a jettisonable drop tank giving it phenomenal range. Together with the flying and tactical proficiency of superbly trained pilots, this made the Zero-sen a true strategic fighter, spearheading Japan's offensive in the Pacific. It was also the mount of a plethora of successful and flamboyant naval aces engaged in both sea and land campaigns.

This volume, the first of two on the A6M Zero-sen, covers the use of the A6M2 variant from its debut in China to the Solomons Campaign, and also tells the story of the A6M2-N 'Rufe' floatplane fighter aces.1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995269 Konstam, Angus 269 EUROPEAN IRONCLADS 1860-75: The Gloire Sparks the Great Ironclad Arms Race From Spain to Russia, and from Ottoman Turkey to Bismarck's Prussia, this book explores 15 years that transformed European naval warfare.

When the Gloire slid down the Toulon slipway in 1859, it changed sea power forever. With this ship, the world's first oceangoing ironclad, France had a warship that could sink any other, and which was proof against the guns of any wooden ship afloat. Instantly, an arms race began between the great navies of Europe - first to build their own ironclads, and then to surpass each other's technology and designs.

As both armour and gun technology rapidly improved, naval architects found new ways to mount and protect guns. The ram briefly came back into fashion, and Italian and Austro-Hungarian fleets fought the ironclad era's great battle at Lissa. By the end of this revolutionary period, the modern battleship was becoming recognizable, and new naval powers were emerging to dominate Europe's waters.1 vol, 48 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997227 Thomas, Nigel 227 ARMIES OF THE BALTIC INDEPENDENCE WARS: 1918-20 Immediately following the end of World War I, amid the collapse of the German, Austro-Hungarian, and Russian Empires, bitter fighting broke out in the Baltic region as Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania struggled for their independence, as Red and White Russian armies began their civil war -- along with German forces still active in what had been the northern end of Germany's Eastern Front.

Offers a concise but detailed introduction to this whole theater of war, focusing on the Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and relevant German and Russian forces, plus Finnish, Danish and Swedish contingents. For each region there is a detailed map as well as meticulous orders-of-battle and insignia charts. Detailed for the first time in the English language, this fascinating book concisely tells the story of the birth of these Baltic nation states.

* Russian Red Army: Command; organization; Estonian and Latvian Rifles units; campaign against Russian White Army and German forces; uniforms and insignia.
* Estonian Forces: Command; organization; foreign volunteers; campaign against Russian Red Army and German forces; uniforms and insignia.
* Latvian Forces: Command; organization; campaign against Russian Red Army and German forces; uniforms and insignia.
* Lithuanian Forces: Command; organization; campaigns against Russian Red Army, German and Polish forces; uniforms and insignia.
* German Forces (ex-Eighth Army, Iron Division, Baltic Defence Force, German Legion ): Command; organization; campaigns against Russian Red Army, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian forces; uniforms and insignia.
* White Russian Forces (Northern Corps NW Army, Western Volunteer Army): Command; organization; campaign against Russian Red Army; uniforms and insignia.
* Battle orders: Russian Red Army, Estonian People's Army, Latvian Army, Lithuanian Army, German forces in Baltic, White Russian Army.
* Rank insignia charts: Estonian, Latvian & Lithuanian armies, and German Baltic Defense Force1 vol, 64 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-219800 Joes, Anthony Janes GUERRILLA CONFLICT BEFORE THE COLD WAR This book examines:
* (1) the neglected but decisive role played by guerrillas in the Carolinas in 1780 and 1781, which led to the disastrous retreat of Cornwallis into Yorktown;
* (2) the 1793 uprisings in western France against the Revolutionary regime, whose conduct foreshadowed Nazi policies during World War II;
* (3) the French occupation of Spain from 1808 to 1814, from which the name guerrilla derives, and where the Napoleonic Empire suffered its most fatal wound;
* (4) guerrilla campaigns in the American Civil War, explaining why Lee's surrender in 1865 failed to unleash the massive guerrilla outbreak feared by Lincoln and Grant.
* The concluding section compares the experiences of the French in Spain to those of the Soviets in Afghanistan, and the British in the Carolinas to the Americans in Vietnam.1 vol, 224 pgs 1996 US, PRAGER PUBLISHERS
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1-219880 Chrystal, Paul ROME: Republic into Empire - The Civil Wars of the First Century BCE Looks at the political and social reasons why Rome repeatedly descended into civil war in the early 1st century BCE and why these conflicts continued for most of the century; it describes and examines the protagonists, their military skills, their political aims and the battles they fought and lost; it discusses the consequences of each battle and how the final conflict led to a seismic change in the Roman political system with the establishment of an autocratic empire.

Offers a rare insight into the wars, battles and politics of this most turbulent and consequential of ancient world centuries; in so doing, it gives us an eloquent and exciting political, military and social history of ancient Rome during one of its most cataclysmic and crucial periods, explaining why and how the civil wars led to the establishment of one of the greatest empires the world has known.1 vol, 240 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-219810 Boaz, Thomas FOR THE GLORY OF THE MARINES! The organization, training, uniforms, and combat role of the British Marines during the American Revolution.1 vol, 164 pgs 1993 US, DOCKYARD PRESS
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1-219870 Divall, Carole GENERAL SIR RALPH ABERCROMBY AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY WARS: 1792-1801 The French Revolutionary Wars of 1793-1801 are less well known than the Napoleonic Wars that followed, but they represent a critical stage in the political and diplomatic history of Europe, and Sir Ralph Abercromby played a leading role in the British military campaigns that were part of them.

Bio throws new light onto Britain's position during the late 18th century, focusing on its military affairs and the expeditionary forces led by Abercromby during the conflict. As tension between Britain and France grew after the convulsions of the French revolution, the British decided to wage an economic war by attacking French colonial possessions, and money and men were sent to campaign on the continent.

Abercromby was the most notable British general to exercise command of these expeditions, and his actions and experiences are central to the narrative. He led British forces during the disastrous campaign in Flanders, achieved some success in St Lucia and Trinidad, failed at Den Helder and finally triumphed in Egypt where he lost his life in 1801.1 vol, 256 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-219840 Howell, David C.J. WAR WITHOUT PITY: In the South Indian Peninsula 1798-1813: The Letter Book of Lieutenant-Colonel Valentine Blacker In 1798 Valentine Blacker, the son of an Irish clergyman, born in Armagh, left the United Kingdom for a military career in the Madras Army. He was favored by the presence in India of his uncle, Colonel Barry Close, the Adjutant General.

Blacker's active service as a young cavalry officer in Southern India covered several wars and rebellions. He was wounded, suffered disease and the loss of many friends. From the day of his arrival, for the next fifteen years, he wrote regularly to his father until the latter's death in 1813. The letters to some extent expose the truth of how the British held India. Rebellion was ruthlessly crushed, wounded executed on the battlefield and if besieged garrisons failed to surrender, after a successful storm, they were 'put to the sword.'

This was viewed as part of the usages of war by either side, and the letters are intermixed with endearments for his family and his regret at the lack of correspondence from home. In juxtaposition to the executions following a native infantry mutiny in 1806, the 'officer's mutiny' of 1809 was dealt with by the utmost leniency. The East India Company is spared little criticism for its government of Madras and mismanagement of the army.

The correspondence ceases in 1813, but Valentines career progressed until the end of the 3rd Maratha and Pindari War of 1817-1819 when he was the the Quartermaster General of the Madras Army, and wrote 'A Memoir of the Operations of the British Army in India.' In 1823 he was promoted to Lieut. Col. and appointed The Surveyor General of India at Calcutta where he died in 1826.1 vol, 192 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-219830 Powell, David ALL HELL CAN'T STOP THEM: The Battles for Chattanooga-Missionary Ridge and Ringgold, November 24-27, 1863 This sequel to Battle Above the Clouds details the dramatic final actions of the battles for Chattanooga: Missionary Ridge and the final Confederate rearguard action at Ringgold, where Patrick Cleburne held Grant's Federals at bay and saved the Army of Tennessee from further disaster.

To many of the Federal soldiers watching the Stars and Stripes unfurl atop Lookout Mountain on the morning of November 25, 1863, it seemed that the battle to relieve Chattanooga was complete. The Union Army of the Cumberland was no longer trapped in the city, subsisting on short rations and awaiting rescue; instead, they were again on the attack.

Ulysses S. Grant did not share their certainty. For Grant, the job he had been sent to accomplish was only half-finished. Braxton Bragg's Confederate Army of Tennessee still held Missionary Ridge, with other Rebels under James Longstreet threatening more Federals in Knoxville, Tennessee. Grant's greatest fear was that the Rebels would slip away before he could deliver the final blows necessary to crush Bragg completely.

That blow landed on the afternoon of November 25. Each of Grant's assembled forces-troops led by Union Generals William T. Sherman, George H. Thomas, and Joseph Hooker-all moved to the attack. Stubbornly, Bragg refused to retreat, and instead accepted battle. That decision would cost him dearly.

But everything did not go Grant's way. Despite what Grant's many admirers would later insist was his most successful, most carefully planned battle, Grant's strategy failed him-as did his most trusted commander, Sherman. Victory instead charged straight up the seemingly impregnable slopes of Missionary Ridge's western face, as the men of the much-maligned Army of the Cumberland swarmed up and over Bragg's defenses in an irresistible blue tide.1 vol, 192 pgs 2019 US, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-18390 Wormser, Richard THE YELLOWLEGS: Story of the US Cavalry Reprint of a 1966 publication.

The story of America's cavalry is extraordinarily rich in colorful, and often flamboyant, personalities and exciting action. Indeed, much of the early military history of the United States is dominated by the exploits of its horse-soldiers. In this comprehensive and lively account, the author - who was himself an enthusiastic horseman - narrates the major events and characters of the US Cavalry's formative, and, some might say fruitful, years.

From the American Revolution and the exploits of men such as Henry 'Light-Horse Harry' Lee III and Francis Marion, the first of the guerrillas, the author follows on with Stephen Kearny, the 'Father of the Cavalry' whose Dragoons went West to California on mules, and his nephew Philip, who organized the famed Gray Horse Troop of the Mexican War.Other famous names that feature in this narrative are those of Jonathan 'Stonewall' Jackson, George Crook, who admired the Indians it was his duty to hunt down, and George Armstrong Custer.

A United States Army officer and cavalry commander who served with distinction in the American Civil War, Custer is most commonly remembered for leading more than 200 of his men to their deaths in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876. Also known as 'Custer's Last Stand', Bighorn was part of the Black Hills War against a confederation of Plains Indians, including the Cheyenne and Dakota Sioux. It remains one of the most controversial battles in American history.Roosevelt's Roughriders and Black Jack Pershing, who led his troops in an automobile, complete the narrative - one which is undoubtedly a saga of daring raids, of epic marches, and of grueling battles. 1 vol, 464 pgs 2019 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-219860 Cestra, Carlo THE BATTLESHIP HMS PRINCE OF WALES Prince of Wales was a King George V-class battleship of the Royal Navy. She was originally named King Edward VIII but upon the abdication of Edward VIII the ship was renamed even before she had been laid down. This occurred on New Year's Day 1937 at Cammel Lairds at their Birkenhead shipyard, and hull took just over two years to build. She was launched on 4 May 1939 by the Princess Royal and she was fitting out when war was declared in September. Includes 160 profiles and B2-size sheet.1 vol, 72 pgs 2019 POLAND, KAGERO
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1-219850 Motyka, Mariusz THE JAPANESE DESTROYER SUZUTSUKI: 1945 Suzutsuki was the third ship from the series of the most powerful Akizuka destroyers, designed specifically as anti-aircraft defense ships, whose main armament consisted of eight universal 100 mm caliber guns with excellent ballistic characteristics.

The Akizuia destroyers were designed before the beginning of World War II as anti-aircraft ships for fast Japanese groups of aircraft carriers. They were completely different from the previous Japanese destroyers, in which the emphasis was put on strong artillery (127 mm guns) and torpedo armament. They were inspired by the British Dido class light anti-aircraft cruisers, however, in contrast with them, the Akizuka destroyers were medium size ships intended for anti-aircraft defense of groups of fleet. Includes 122 profiles plus a double-sided A2 sheet with modeling plans.1 vol, 72 pgs 2019 POLAND, KAGERO
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1-COM1080 Smith, Gregory ZEPPELIN RAIDER: Imperial German Naval Airships - Wargame A solitaire, tactical level game places you in command of one of several models of WWI Zeppelin dirigibles as part of the Imperial German Navy. Your mission is to destroy as much English war facilities as possible via bombing raids, or to conduct reconnaissance over the North Sea.....and still survive and come home. Zeppelin Raider is based on the popular Hunters game system.

Players will find it challenging to survive an entire tour from 1914 to 1918, at which time, if still alive, you will surrender at base, having done your part on the front lines. If desired, a player may start with a more advanced model of Zeppelin which may actually increase their chances to survive. You may start at any month/year you wish, but notice that some Zeppelins are available right away, but others are not available until later. Players may be reassigned to a newer model of Zeppelin under some circumstances, but typically will stay in the same airship until the end of game or until shot down in flames, sunk, or wrecked in a crash landing.

The object of the game is to conduct numerous missions which include two main types: Bombing missions are required to bomb a specific geographic location in England (London, for example), whereas Scouting missions are required to scout a specific location in the North Sea. Players are not limited by the mission parameters for success; as you may choose to bomb or successfully scout somewhere else. The success of each mission can result in promotion and crew advancement. Just as in the real war, the game system involves a great deal of chance (as was the case historically), but ultimate success rests on the decisions, you make during your career.

A strong historical narrative is presented without overly cumbersome or complex rules to memorize so the focus is always on game play and what critical decisions you will make during each mission. Rules cover mission selection, altitude adjustment and gas cell tracking, venting, emergency jettison, maximum altitude, dynamic lift, wind and weather effects, fuel management, bombing missions, aircraft and ship encounters, zeppelin damage, crew advancement, awards and promotion, reassignment to a newer ship, a special resupply mission to Africa, and much more.

Product Information:
* Complexity: 5 out of 10
* Solitaire Suitability: 10 out of 10
* Time Scale: 1 day per mission, 3 missions per month
* Map Scale: Abstract
* Unit Scale: individual Zeppelins, ships, aircraft, specific crew members, and ammo/bombs
* Players: one (with option for two or more)
* Playing Time: two to three hours

Components:
* One Countersheet of 9/16-inch unit-counters
* Four Zeppelin Display Mats 8.5x11-inches
* Six Player Aid Cards 8.5x11-inches
* Eight Historical Kommandant Cards
* One Zeppelin Patrol Mat 8.5x11-inches
* One Zeppelin Logsheet
* Rules Booklet
* Two 6-sided, one 10-sided dice, and one 20-sided die1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-34220 Barker, A.J. GERMAN INFANTRY WEAPONS OF WORLD WAR 2 Each weapon is detailed with black and white illustrations and photos. Includes several appendices. 1 vol, 76 pgs 1969 NY, ARCO PUBLISHING COMP
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