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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-VXA032 VICTRIX GREEK LIGHT CAVALRY: 28mm Plastic Miniatures This set has many head and arm options and weapons include swords, spears, and javelins plus a good variety of shields. This set contains 12 figures including arm options to create command figures.1 vol, 12 pgs 2018 UK VICTRIX LTD
NEW-bag, available late April 2018 ......$36.00 rct

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1-914138 various VAE VICTIS # 138: Wissembourg & Spicheren 1870 Reviews of boardgames: Next War Poland (GMT); Pendragon (GMT); Autumn for Barbarossa (MMP); Democracy under Siege (4 Dados); Waterloo Episode 4 (Tilsit); Forgotten War (MMP); Ligny 1815 Last Eagles (Hexasim); Old School Tactical vol 2 (FPG). Scenarios: ASL and M44. Miniatures: Campagne de 1777 suite et fin; Wolfenbuttel 1641; Marche de flanc a AdG 2e partie; The Men who would be Kings CR. Hobby: Waterloo in 28 mm

History and Wargame inside: Wissembourg and Spicheren 1870. On 19 July 1870, the French Empire declared war on the kingdom of Prussia. Opposing three corps (one Bavarian and two Prussian), Douay's division held the town and the heights of Geisberg until early afternoon before yielding to the mass. In Spicheren, on 6 August, the 2nd French corps had a good position and blocked the Prussian troops into the night at the risk of being outflanked. Their retreat was ill-prepared and caused the rest of the Lorraine army to retreat to the walls of Metz. Game turn: one hour; Counters: brigades and regiments; Map: One hex = 500-700 meters; Complexity: 5/10
Possibility of playing solo: 7/10; Game duration: 1.5 hours - 3 hours depending on the scenario.1 vol, 84 pgs 2018 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
NEW-softcover, available late April 2018 [French text, English Rules] ......$24.00 rct

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1-935096 Various WARGAMES SOLDIERS & STRATEGY # 96 Special Feature: Raiding Actions during the American Civil War
* Raiding actions during the American Civil War - American chevauchees
* Pre-war violence in the Kansas territory - Kansas bleeds
* The Battle of Sacramento, 28 December 1861 - Forrest's first fight
* A daring riverboat hit and run - The Combahee River Raid
* Cavalry in the American Civil War - Mounted raiders
* Setting the scene for the theme - The Red Badge of Courage

Features
* Covert operations in the arctic - Ice Station Harp Seal
* Using Congo for the Cuzco - Adventures in darkest Peru
* Assault on the Tannenberg Line, July 1944 - The Battle of Orphanage Hill
* Painting the warriors of NYC - Street Wars
* Converting your WWII 28mm miniatures - Plastic surgery

Departments
* The power of points
* Tabletop tactics - Ancient and medieval cavalry
* The irregular - Don't be a bore. It's just a game
* Looking at the new second edition - Let's play Saga 2
* The new tank game from TooFatLardies - Let's play What a Tanker
* Game reviews - For King and Parliament, Forager, and Burrows and Badgers
* Book reviews
* Parting shots1 vol, 84 pgs 2018 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-216750 van Wiggen, Otto TACTICS MADE EASY Brief primer in group to battalion level tactics, illustrated with full-color maps and drawings. Explains the 'why' question of tactics to stimulate the commander's tactical way of thinking. Intended for commanders of combat units and anyone interested in the tactics of fighting units, this book clarifies modern military tactics based on general principles.1 vol, 64 pgs 2018 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-216700 Romane, Julian RISE OF THE TANG DYNASTY: The Reunification of China and the Military Response to the Steppe Nomads (AD 581-626) Examines the the campaigns and battles behind the emergence of the Sui and Tang dynasties in the period 581-626 AD, including the strategy and tactics employed with the collision of the steppe cavalry with Chinese infantry armies.

By the fourth century AD, horse nomads had seized northern China. Conflict with these Turkic interlopers continued throughout the 5th and most of the 6th century. The emergence of the Sui dynasty (581-618) brought some progress but internal weakness led to their rapid collapse. The succeeding House of Tang, however, provided the necessary stability and leadership to underpin military success.

This was largely the achievement of Li Shimin, who later became the second Tang Emperor. By the start of Li Shimin's reign as Emperor Tang Taizong, effective military organizations had been developed and China reunified. His military campaigns are examples of tactical and strategic virtuosity that demonstrate the application of the distinctive Chinese way of war expounded in Chinese military manuals, including Li Shimin's own writings.1 vol, 240 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-964015 Various ANCIENT HISTORY MAGAZINE # 15 Theme: Ancient Love and Sexuality
* The Greeks and Romans in Bed - Mixing Business with Pleasure
* Wives, Concubines, and Ancient Power Politics - Rank has Its Privilege
* Prostitution in Ancient Rome - The She-Wolf
* A Look at Literary Lesbians - Lesbians do not Come from Lesbos
* Marriage in Ancient Rome - A Union of Needs

Features:
* Egyptian Exploration of the African interior - Caravans to Yam
* Cooking with the Romans - Stuffed Dates
* Beautiful, Unspoiled Illyria - Exploring Ancient Albania
* Rome - Before Christ, after Fellini - Satyricon1 vol, 68 pgs 2018 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-216681 Jouineau, Andre Jean-Marie Mongin THE FRENCH IMPERIAL GUARD 1800-1815: Volume 1 - Foot Troops Oversized at 11.7x 8.3 inches with 1,000+ illustrations -- Much enlarged version of early works.

The Imperial Guard forms a small army in the Grande Armee. This is a study of its organization, like that of its uniforms and its equipment.

Volume 1 covers the uniforms, the equipment, and the armament of The Old Guard, who were launched into the battle at the decisive moment. Explaining the concepts of the organization of Old, Middle and Young Guards, illustrator and researcher Andre Jouineau presents the general colonels, grenadiers, chasseurs, fusiliers, velites, flankers, pupils, veterans, workers, engineers, doctors, Podestats and other gunners.

This practical, small, precise, clear, logical and visual tool, a true vade mecum for amateurs of imperial history, is intended for enthusiasts of imperial history and figures. This book is the new version that has been completely redesigned, revised, amended and widely expanded - it contains nearly 50% new characters from the book published several years ago. 1 vol, 176 pgs 2017 FRANCE, HEIMDEL
NEW-hardback, available Early April 2018 ......$35.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-216682 Jouineau, Andre Jean-Marie Mongin THE FRENCH IMPERIAL GUARD 1800-1815: Volume 2 - Cavalry Oversized at 11.7x 8.3 inches with 1,000+ illustrations -- Much enlarged version of early works.

The Imperial Guard forms a small army in the Grande Armee. This is a study of its organization, like that of its uniforms and its equipment.

Volume 2 explores the Cavalry of the Guard. This practical, small, precise, clear, logical and visual tool, a true vade mecum for amateurs of imperial history, is intended for enthusiasts of imperial history and figures. Presents the general colonels, horse hunters, Mamelukes, dragons, grenadiers on horseback, lancers, tartars, guides, artillery train, and other artillerymen on horseback.1 vol, 176 pgs 2017 FRANCE, HEIMDEL
NEW-hardback, available Early April 2018 ......$32.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-216683 Jouineau, Andre Jean-Marie Mongin THE FRENCH IMPERIAL GUARD 1800-1815: Volume 3 - From the Mounted Troops to the Royal Guard Oversized at 11.7x 8.3 inches with 1,000+ illustrations -- Much enlarged version of early works.

The Imperial Guard forms a small army in the Grande Armee. This is a study of its organization, like that of its uniforms and its equipment.

Volume 3: Napoleon gave special attention to this splendid unit - the Imperial Guard - and it became sort of little army within the Grande Armee. This study of its organization is here at its most erudite, like the one on the uniforms and equipment. Discover the uniforms, the equipment, and the weapons used by all those Grognards, who were launched into a battle as a last resort, at the decisive moment.

Explains how the Guard was organized into Old, Middle and Young Guards. Shows the colonel-generals, the grenadiers, the chasseurs a pied, fusiliers, velites, flanqueurs, wards, workmen, sappers, doctors, magistrates and foot gunners. Includes the last mounted units of the Guard, the follow-up units, the Horse Artillery, the Artillery trains and teams, the Health Service, the Guard HQ Staff but also the Emperor's Household, the Emperor and the first uniforms of the Royal Guard. A compilation of two dossiers published in the fifth and sixth issues of the magazine Soldat - is the new, improved, entirely revised and re-drawn larger version (more than 50% more characters) than the previous work published several years ago now by the authors. 1 vol, 176 pgs 2017 FRANCE, HEIMDEL
NEW-hardback, available Early April 2018 ......$37.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-216680 Vasylievm Oleg RUSSIAN DRAGOONS AND GENDARMES 1801-1815 60+ full color plates of uniforms and equipment, over 100 uniforms shown.1 vol, 120 pgs 2018 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
NEW-hardback, available late April 2018 ......$42.00 rct

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1-216690 Carruthers, Bob THE BEF IN 1917: Arras, Vimy, Messines, Passchendaele and Cambrai -- Images of War series This new volume in the long-running Images of War series features the actions of the British Army at Passchendaele. The book is comprised of rare photographs illustrating the years of fighting on the northern sector of the Ypres salient, which finally culminated in the capture of the ridge at Passchendaele, accompanied by a powerful text written by Official War Correspondent Philip Gibbs, who was an eyewitness to the events. Photographs from the battlefield illustrate the terrible conditions, which the British forces on the battlefield endured in the notorious engagement, which has become synonymous with mud and squalor.

This book incorporates a wide range of images, encompassing the actions of the British infantry and their supporting artillery. Also featured are images which depict the almost incomprehensible state of the waterlogged trenches. Portraits of the British troops are contrasted with German prisoners of war and the endless battle to get the supply columns through to the front.1 vol, 128 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-216710 Rawson, Andrew THE CAMBRAI CAMPAIGN 1917 An account of the British Expeditionary Force's battles in November and December of 1917. It starts with the plan to carry out a tank raid on the Hindenburg Line at Cambrai. The raid grew into a full scale attack and Third Army would rely on a different style of attack. The preliminary bombardment would be done away with and the troops would assemble in secret. Includes 16 black and white images and 35 maps.

Predicted fire had reached such a level of accuracy that 1,000 guns could hit targets without registration. Meanwhile, over 375 tanks would lead the infantry through the Hindenburg Line, ripping holes in the wire and suppressing the enemy. The study of the German counterattack ten days later, illustrates the different tactics they used and the British experience on the defensive.

Each stage of the battle is given equal treatment, with detailed insights into the most talked about side of the campaign, the British side. It explains how far the Tank Corps had come in changing the face of trench warfare. Over 40 new maps chart the day by day progress of each corps on each day. Together the narrative and the maps provide an insight into the British Army's experience during this important campaign. The men who made a difference are mentioned; those who led the advances, those who stopped the counterattacks and those who were awarded the Victoria Cross.1 vol, 200 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj, available late April 2018 ......$35.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-216740 Smith, Alan ALLENBY'S GUNNERS: Artillery in the Sinai and Palestine Campaigns 1916-1918 Tells the story of artillery in the highly successful World War I Sinai and Palestine campaigns. Following Gallipoli and the reconstitution of the AIF, a shortage of Australian gunners saw British Territorial artillery allotted to the Australian Light Horse and New Zealand Mounted Rifle brigades. It was a relationship that would prove highly successful and Allenby's Gunners provides a detailed and colorful description of the artillery war, cavalry and infantry operations from the first battles of Romani and Rafa, through the tough actions of Gaza, the Palestine desert, Jordan Valley and Amman to the capture of Jerusalem. The story concludes with the superb victory of Megiddo and the taking of Damascus until the theater armistice of 1918.

Smith Covers the trials and triumphs of the gunners as they honed their art in one of the most difficult battlefield environments of the war. The desert proved hostile and unrelenting, testing the gunners, their weapons and their animals in the harsh conditions. The gunners' adversary, the wily and skillful Ottoman artillerymen, endured the same horrendous conditions and proved a tough and courageous foe.

The light horsemen and gunners also owed much to the intrepid airmen of the AFC and RFC whose tactical and offensive bombing and counter-battery work from mid-1917 would prove instrumental in securing victory. This is an aspect of the campaign that is seamlessly woven throughout as the action unfolds.

The Sinai and Palestine campaigns generally followed a pattern of heavy losses and setbacks for an initial period before allied forces eventually prevailed. This is a highly descriptive volume that tells and oft-neglected story and fills the gap in the record of a campaign in which Australians played a significant role. It is a welcome addition to the story of the Australians in the Middle Eastern campaigns of World War I.1 vol, 384 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj, available late April 2018 ......$50.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-216720 Carruthers, Bob GERMAN ARMOUR LOST ON THE EASTERN FRONT: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives -- Images of War series Rare photographs from German and Russian archives show long-lost German vehicles on the WWII Western Front. Today there are very few surviving vehicles from the Wehrmacht. which illustrate the fate of many of the armored fighting vehicles of Hitler's much vaunted Panzerwaffe.1 vol, 128 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-216730 Carruthers, Bob GERMAN ARMOUR LOST ON THE WESTERN FRONT: Images of War series Rare photographs show long-lost German vehicles on the WWII Western Front.1 vol, 128 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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