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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-GBP13 GRIPPING BEAST 28mm Dark Age Archers 30 Plastic Archers. Includes bases for your Big-Battle games of Swordpoint, as either Light Infantry or Skirmishers. Sculpted by Bob Naismith.1 vol, 30 pgs 2017 UK, GRIPPING BEAST MINIATURES
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1-VXA026 VICTRIX EEARLY IMPERIAL ROMAN LEGIONARIES ATTACKING: 28mm Plastic Miniatures Contains 25 highly-detailed 28mm 1/56th Scale Early Imperial Roman Legionaries attacking armed with Gladius and Pilums. This set contains numerous options with reinforced helmets for the wars with Dacia, shields and crests fro Praetorian Guard. It also contains arms holding flaming torches and severed heads.1 vol, 25 pgs 2017 UK VICTRIX LTD
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1-452410401 Warlord Games, Clockwork Goblin KONFLIKT '47: US Bruin Support Walker Boxed Set containing a metal and resin kit. Bruin is designed to crack bunkers and gun emplacements as well as blast apart heavy tanks with its rockets. Based on the reliable Grizzly chassis.1 vol, 1 pgs 2017 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-452410406 Warlord Games, Clockwork Goblin KONFLIKT '47: US Jackal Light Walker Boxed Set containing a metal and resin kit. Designed to keep up with jump infantry and may be armed with a flamethrower. Special rules include Agile, Assault, Fist, and Jump. 1 vol, 8 pgs 2017 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-1994015 BOLT ACTION: Campaign Sea Lion The year is 1940, and the German invasion of Britain has begun. With this new campaign book for Bolt Action, players can fight the battles of World War II's greatest 'what if' scenario. Defend the cliffs of Dover and the beaches of Kent from wave after wave of German landing craft. Parachute into the Home Counties in a surgical strike to capture Winston Churchill. Rally the Home Guard in a last, desperate attempt to keep England free of the Nazi invaders!

Containing new rules, scenarios, and unit types covering all of the unique features of this alternate history campaign, it offers a chance for all Bolt Action players to truly rewrite the history of World War II. 1 vol, 124 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-213900 Brown, David GENERAL d'ARMEE: Rules for Age of Napoleon First, General d'Armee has no set figure scale as mentioned above, so players will find it easier to field the battalions and regiments required, as they can suit the figure scale to their armies.

Secondly, General d'Armee has a command and control system that concentrates on taskings and actions for brigades as well as certain brigade orders. Thus you can order your artillery to 'redouble their efforts' in order to overwhelm the enemy line, likewise you can do similar with skirmishers before sending in an infantry or cavalry assault. This has the added bonus it that can create those distinct bombardment/skirmish/assault phases of Napoleonic warfare during the game. Combined with this there is also your dollop of friction, as players cannot guarantee that their brigades will act as desired every turn.

Although General d'Armee has battalions as its tactical units, the focus is actually far more on brigades being committed into action with brigade outcomes. Thus you can see brigade attacks of three or four units and defending as a whole brigade, rather than individual units, (although this is also recreated). Therefore entire brigades can be committed and can be successful or defeated.

Firing for all troops types is particularly streamlined and simple to run through, with just negative modifiers thus making it far easier for players to apply. Positive modifiers are achieved by simply adding casualty dice, which hit on a straightforward score of 4, 5, or 6. In addition to this there is no figure removal, the rules represent battlefield attrition and as you move through the casualty levels a units overall battle performance will decline in across the board in firing, charge combat, melee and morale.

Finally there's no morale phase, which I found always slowed and interrupted the gaming process. Morale is either dealt with immediately upon the morale's situation arising, while all recovery and rally aspects are dealt with entirely through the command phase and brigade command rolls. (Players of Pickett's Charge will know exactly how this works.).

All this combines into a very different type of game that moves along quickly, thus is able to cater for quite large games, anything from divisional actions right through to large multi-corps battles for those day long or even weekend long games!1 vol, 106 pgs 2017 UK, REISSWITZ PRESS
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1-77020 Jones, Pete BLITZKRIEG COMMANDER: 3rd Edition Suitable for any scale miniatures, from 2mm to 28mm.
* Simple command system that emphasizes the fog of war.
* Effective mechanism for casualty resolution.
* Flexible figure ratio meaning one base represents a platoon.
* Minimal setup time, simply assemble your forces and play.
* Contains 49 army lists covering all nations and theaters.
* Includes 15 scenarios.
* Suitable for solo, two player, or multi-player games.
* No supplements, everything you need to play WWII games in one book.
* Quick Reference Sheet included 1 vol, 120 pgs 2017 UK, PENDRAKEN MINIATURES
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1-199296 Kinrade, Warwick BATTLEGROUP: Tobruk BACKGROUND
A general overview of the early North Africa campaign, from the Italian invasion of Egypt, through the long siege of Tobruk, to Operation Crusader and the Afrika Korps' counterstroke that would bring them to the Gazala Line in early 1942. Also includes background on the invasion of Crete and the Italian campaign in East Africa.

ARMY LISTS
Nine army lists designed to be played with the character of the principal combatants for North Africa and Crete: the Deutsche Afrikakorps, the Italian Ariete armored division, Italian Infantry divisions to face British (and Commonwealth) armored and infantry divisions. Also, the LRDG and Auto Saharan patrols.

For Crete, army lists for the 7th Flieger Division facing the Commonwealth's beleaguered defenders of the island.

Also includes rules for alterations to the army lists to play the battles of the East African campaign.

SPECIAL RULES
New special rules to adapt the core Battlegroup rules to the North African battlefields. Recreating the character of desert fighting, with its dusty conditions, reliance on tank warfare and mobile formations, and the wearing effects of the harsh conditions, all helping to create games with the distinctive feel of the desert war.1 vol, 190 pgs 2017 UK, THE PLASTIC SOLDIER COMPANY
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1-210191 Lewis, Mark SWORD AND SPEAR FANTASY: Rules This fantasy ruleset is based on the Sword & Spear ancient and medieval wargames rules which are designed for playing out large battles of the period from about 3000BC to 1500AD. They are an evolution of that ruleset, with rules added to cover all of the required fantasy elements, but at its heart it is the same core mechanisms. Therefore, it has a basis in reality, and should be expected to give realistic outcomes, or at least outcomes that seem reasonable compared to actual historical battles and the fantasy battles of literature and film.

This should be a game that players can pick up and play with relative ease. The turn structure is unusual compared to many other games, but once the activation mechanics are understood it is soon picked up. When a unit is activated it does all of its actions for the turn, so there is not the usual turn sequence of move units, missile shooting, melee combat that you get in many other games. Movement and combat mechanics have been kept simple so that the focus of the game is on command and control. After a game or two it can be played with only the occasional reference to the rulebook, and as there are no tables of dice roll modifiers, an experienced player will hardly ever even need to refer to the quick reference sheet. 1 vol, 48 pgs 2017 UK, NORTH STAR
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1-213910 Skennerton, Lee THE LEE-ENFIELD: A Century of Lee-Metford & Lee-Enfield Rifles & Carbines Contains nearly 1,400 photographs & drawings. Original photos re-scanned & clarified with grey backgrounds deep-etched.

This study is the product of more than four decades of world-wide research and study which has evolved through two prior editions and many other related titles. 'The Lee-Enfield' is the ultimate account of a century's development and issue of the Lee-Metford and Lee-Enfield series. The Lee Enfield rifle has proven itself as the finest battle rifle of all time. No other firearm has served for so long at home and abroad with such a proud record.

This study encompasses all aspects of Lee-Enfield development & production... Britain, America, India, Australasia, South Africa & the Far East. Rifles, carbines, bayonets, parts, tools, accessories, and ammunition are arranged into specific groups & chapters. 1 vol, 608 pgs 2017 US, ARMS & MILITARIA PRESS
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1-975054 Bishop, M.C. 054 054 THE SUOMI SUBMACHINE GUN Entering service in 1931, the 9x19mm Suomi KP/-31 submachine gun saw extensive combat with Finnish troops during their fight against Soviet forces in 1939-44. It was also manufactured under licence in Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden, and remained in Finnish service until the 1980s, an indication of its durability.

Rugged and accurate, the Suomi was a favourite with Finnish ski troops who would strike from ambush, cutting down Soviet troops, then skiing away into the woods. Initially used by the Finns as a light machine gun at infantry squad level, it eventually became a dedicated submachine gun, and since it had been designed to be more accurate than the typical SMG, it was often even used as a sniping weapon, or to supplement longer-ranged rifles such as the Mosin-Nagant. Featuring first-hand accounts and specially commissioned colour artwork, this is the story of one of World War II's most distinctive and respected infantry weapons.
1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-975055 Bishop, M.C. 055 THE PILUM: The Roman Heavy Javelin A heavy javelin, normally used as a shock weapon immediately before contact, the pilum was designed with a particular specialty: it could penetrate a shield and carry on into the individual behind it. Relying on mass rather than velocity, at short range a volley of pila had much the same effect on a charging enemy as musketry would in later periods. The design was not uniform, with a wide diversity of types throughout the developmental history of the weapon, but for more than four centuries it remained a vital part of the arsenal of weapons at the disposal of the Roman legionary.

Drawing upon recent major finds in the Iberian Peninsula and the Balkans, as well as written records and rigorous scientific analysis, this enthralling study lifts the veil on the evolving nature of the pilum, the Roman heavy javelin that helped to conquer the known world.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978079 Lardas, Mark 079 USS LAWRENCE vs HMS DETROIT: The War of 1812 on the Great Lakes The most critical naval fighting during the War of 1812 took place, not on the high seas, but on the inland lakes of North America: the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. Carrying between 12 and 22 cannon, the British and American sloops-of-war were ship-rigged, brig-rigged or schooner-rigged vessels. Lakes actions often involved two ships facing each other broadside to broadside, the best example of which was the battle of Lake Erie in 1813 where HMS Detroit led a Royal Navy squadron against the USS Lawrence-led US Navy.

Featuring full-color artwork, this lively study investigates the prolonged struggle between British and US sloops-of-war, highlighting the differences between the war on the lakes and the war on the oceans during the Age of Fighting Sail. It reveals the circumstances under which these ships were built, how they were armed, and the human story behind their construction and use in battle.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-992120 Forsyth, Robert 120 JU 52/3m BOMBER AND TRANSPORT UNITS 1936-41 The all-metal Junkers JU-52/3m enjoyed a solid - indeed, revered - reputation amongst its crews and the troops and paratroopers who used and depended on it. For more than 10 years, it saw service as a successful military transport. Its distinctive, three-engined design and corrugated metal construction was instantly recognizable. It was a mainstay in the Luftwaffe's inventory, first seeing service in the 1930s in bombing and transport operations in the Spanish Civil War, and subsequently during the German invasion of Poland. It then served on every front on which the Luftwaffe was deployed until May 1945.

The Junkers served as a stalwart transport, confronting both freezing temperatures and ice, and heat and dust, lifting men, animals, food and supplies vital for German military operations. This, the first of two books on the JU-52/3m, details its service as a bomber in Spain and in South America, followed by its pivotal role in early war operations during the invasions of Poland and France, the airborne invasion of Crete and the early stages of Operation Barbarossa.1 vol, 96 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996307 McNally, McNally 307 FONTENOY 1745: Cumberland's Bloody Defeat A disputed succession to the Austrian throne led to general war between the leading powers of Europe in 1740, with France, Spain and Prussia on one side, and Britain, Habsburg Austria and the Dutch Republic on the other. While fighting occurred across the globe, the bloodiest battles were fought on the European continent, with none more costly than the battle of Fontenoy in 1745.

Fearing an encirclement of France by a resurgent Habsburg-controlled Austria, the French commander Marshall Saxe planned to overrun the Austrian Netherlands, thereby dealing a decisive blow against their enemy's ability to wage war. Saxe's army, the cream of the French military, invaded and set up a defensive position at Fontenoy, near Tournai - daring his enemies to knock him off his perch.

This title, beautifully illustrated with full color plates, is an in-depth study of the British Duke of Cumberland's attempt to assault Saxe's position. It focuses on the inability of allied leaders to coordinate their attacks and how Cumberland came within a whisker of achieving a major victory.1 vol, 96 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-999511 D'Amato, Raffaele 511 ROMAN ARMY UNITS IN THE EASTERN PROVINCES (1): 31 BC-AD 195 Between the reigns of Augustus and Septimius Severus, the Eastern provinces of the Roman Empire frequently saw brutal fighting, most notably during the conquest of Dacia by Trajan, the suppression of the Great Revolt in Judea and intermittent clashes with Rome's great rival Parthia. In these wars, Roman soldiers had to fight in a range of different climates and terrain, from the deserts of the Middle East to the islands of the eastern Mediterranean.

Using full-color artwork, this book examines the variation of equipment and uniforms both between different military units, and in armies stationed in different regions of the Empire. Using evidence drawn from recent archaeological finds, it paints a vivid portrait of Roman army units in the Eastern provinces in the first two centuries of the Imperial period.1 vol, 48 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-TPS03 Werbaneth, Jim TURNING POINT SIMULATIONS # 3: ARBELA Wargame Throughout history, it is hard to find a battle that sees the individual clash of PERSONALITY in a more important way-- a decisively important way-- than the clash at Arbela between Darius III of Persia, ruler of the largest empire in the world-- and a young man named Alexander, who ruled a small, semi-backward nation and a collection of Greek states where he had only recently had to suppress rebellion.

The odds? Best modern estimates put them at something worse than 5-1 against Alexander. His 47,000 troops are fairly well documented. Darius commanded something over 250,000 (although some accounts place the figure much higher).

When Alexander attacked, he personally led the force that broke the enemy line, coming close enough (it was said) to throw a spear at Darius and to challenge him to personal combat. Darius had none of it and fled. His army was doomed, and so was his reign. And the empire of Alexander was begun.1 vol, 12 pgs 2017 US, AGAINST THE ODDS
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1-972024 Campbell, David 024 LONGBOWMEN vs CROSSBOWMEN: Hundred Years' War 1337-60 For centuries, the crossbow had played a key role on the battlefields of continental Europe, with mercenaries from Genoa and Brabant in particular filling the ranks of the French army. Yet on the outbreak of the Hundred Years' War, they came up against a more powerful foe. To master the English longbow was a labor of years, requiring far greater skill to use than the crossbow, but it was much more flexible and formidable, striking fear into the French and their allies.

This study examines three battles - Sluys (1340), Crecy (1346) and Poitiers (1356) - and shows how the use of the longbow allowed England's armies to inflict crushing defeats on numerically superior forces. The longbow changed the shape of war, becoming the defining weapon of the age and wreaking havoc upon the French armies that would face it. Featuring full-color artwork, this is the engrossing story of the first clashes between the English longbowmen and the crossbowmen of the French king on the bloody battlefields of the Hundred Years' War.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-2111312 Cristini, Luca Stefani with illustrations by Quinto Cenni ESERCITI DEI DUCATI DI TOSCANA E DI LUCCA Military history of Toscany and the city Lucca with 70 color plates.1 vol, 100 pgs 2017 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-942072 Martin, Yves GLOIRE & EMPIRE # 72 Articles include: L'Italie 1805-1806, Battle of Caldiero, Battle of Maida, Siege of Gaete, and more.1 vol, 132 pgs 2017 FRANCE, LCV
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1-932024N Various LA REVUE NAPOLEON # 24 (New series) Articles include: Ange Pitou, La Contestation En Chansons; Massena, Cadoudal, and more.1 vol, 84 pgs 2017 FRANCE, LCV
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1-932025N Various LA REVUE NAPOLEON # 25 (New series) Articles include: Epuration a Repetition Dans la Gendarmerie, Le Proces du General Travot, L'ombre Portee de Napoleon, and more.1 vol, 84 pgs 2017 FRANCE, LCV
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1-961013 Various TRADITIONS # 13 Articles include: L'Infanterie Sous la Revolution et l'Empire -- lots of infantry and flag color plates, plus photos of equipment.1 vol, 116 pgs 2017 FRANCE, LCV
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1-210042 Anderson Thomas THE HISTORY OF THE PANZERWAFFE: Volume 2: 1942-45 The final years of World War II saw the legendary Panzerwaffe face its most difficult challenges, with Allied troops landing at Normandy and storming across the continent and the Russians gaining the upper hand on the Eastern Front. As Germany fought fiercely to hold on to the advantages gained in the early years, they relied heavily on the Panzer IV, the Panzer V Panther, and the StuG III to hold back their advancing opponents.

This second volume on the Panzerwaffe offers a comprehensive guide to the final years of Germany's most famous fighting force, covering the further use of the Panzer IV, the role played by the StuG III assault gun and the battlefield debut of the formidable Panther. Combat reports and rare archive photographs help uncover the final years of the panzers, including defense against the D-Day landings, the Ardennes Offensive, and the last stand in and around Berlin.1 vol, 304 pgs 2015 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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