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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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1-220260 Eens, Mario GERMAN AND RUSSIAN TANK MODELS 1939-45: Painting Guide Comprehensive guide to techniques suitable for 1/72, 1/48 and 1/35 scale WWII German and Soviet tank models will be invaluable to modelers wanting to recreate the iconic tanks of this conflict. From the Russian T-34 at the time of the battle of Kursk, and Su-152 in winter camouflage, to the German Panzer I in North Africa, and the gigantic Maus, as it might have appeared just after the war ended, this book offers a wealth of detail into the necessary tools, paints, and techniques to perfect a realistic finish.1 vol, 132 pgs 2019 US, CASEMATE
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1-908380 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 380 - Includes US WWII Infantry Sprue THEME: WARLORDS AND REBELS
* Lakshmi Bai: Warrior Queen
* No Bridge, No Country!
* Piecing Together the Greek Civil War
* Wargames Designer - The Next Generation

Other Articles:
* US Infantry at D-Day
* Designer's Notes: Dark and Bloody Ground
* Show Reports: Salute 2019 and Adepticon 2019
* Snakemen and Other Scaly Things
* Saga Age of Magic: Could it be Magic?
* Wargamer's Squint
* Wargames spaces: Eric the Shed
* Marching on with Battlegroup
* How to ... Build a Greek Temple1 vol, 116 pgs 2019 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-BRIG357 Bunde, Peter 357: KINGDOM OF WESTPHALIA: Infantry Regiment No.4 1808-1812 Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc. Descriptions on reverse side.1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
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1-BRIG358 Bunde, Peter 358: KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS: Regiment Oranien-Nassau 1814-1815 Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc. Descriptions on reverse side.1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
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1-962092 Various MEDIEVAL WARFARE: Volume 9.2 - Theme: Rise and Fall of the Assassins Articles Include:
* The Assassins in Fact and Fiction: The Old Man of the Mountain
* A Weapon for Battle, Town, or Heaven: Bollock Daggers
* Bitter Enemies in 15th-Century Italy: Colleoni versus Sforza
* The Battle of Jargeau
* Horse Trading in 14th-Century England:How Much is Your Warhorse
* Mongol Invasions of Northern China: Hunting Mighty Game
* The Warriors and Their Wagons: The Hussite Flailman
* Military Administrator in a War-Torn Land: Elionor of Sicily
* King Louis VII of France Fails to Lead: Disaster on the Second Crusade
* Myth and the Medieval Culture Wars: The Fair Melusine
* The Films of Medieval Japan: Samurai on Screen1 vol, 60 pgs 2019 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-220280 Jouineau, Andre and Mongin, Jean LES ARTILLERIES FRANCAISES: De la Revolution et du Premier Empire To tackle French artillery of the First Empire, this book also contains descriptions of the artillery of the Ancien Regime and the Revolution in detail. Then Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval,the Inspector of Artillery, gradually set up an artillery organization over more than 30 years, and it remained in force, to a greater or lesser extent, until 1825.

All the artillery pieces, the materiel used by the Foot and Horse Artillery at the end of the Ancien Regime, during the Revolution and the First Empire, as well as the Pontoneers, the permanent artillery (l'artilleriesedentaire) of the Coastguard Artillery are presented in the hundreds of profiles and silhouettes shown in this book. Two chapters are given over to the artillery trains and teams.1 vol, 240 pgs 2019 FRANCE, HEIMDAL
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1-220290 Mongin, Jean Rivoli: 1796-1797 Du Pont d'Arcole a la Bataille de Rivoli The French Directory, in 1796, decided to hit the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the heart. Two armies in Germany failed while the small army of Italy, under the orders of Bonaparte, in a dazzling and brilliant campaign rolled the Austrians. In less than 12 months, it destroyed four Austrian armies, grabbed a part of Piedmont, founded two republics, conquered northern Italy, and on October 7, 1797, signed the Treaty of Campo Formio with Austria. Napoleon Bonaparte accessed to glory.

This book reveals the aspects of the last months of the campaign. The first chapters include narratives of battles and maneuvers, plus tactics that brought wins with the strategic importance of the vision of Bonaparte. The second part addresses the technical components and uniforms of the units on both sides. The third deals with the cultural, economic, and political dimensions of the first victorious campaign of Bonaparte.1 vol, 160 pgs 2019 FRANCE, HEIMDAL
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2-215670 Scales, John R THE BATTLES OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST 1861-1865 Examines Forrest's wartime activities and how his actions affected the war in the Western Theater. Each chapter covers specific raids or campaigns, all arranged chronologically. Each action is augmented with detailed driving directions to allow readers to examine his battlefields and the routes his cavalry took during its famous raids. Includes four images and 109 maps.

Describes the environment within which Forrest operated, which helps readers understand the larger situation within which his movements were made and his battles were fought. First-hand sources, including heavy use of documents and reports from the Official Records, coupled with 109 original maps, make it easy to understand the often complex background, movements, and engagements involving Forrest and his command.1 vol, 480 pgs 2017 US, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-220320 McClenaghan, Tonu FOR THE HONOUR OF MY HOUSE: The Contribution of the Indian Princely States to the First World War Covers the contributions of the Indian Army in WWI, especially military units provided by the semiautonomous Indian Princely States whose contribution, even in the Official Histories, barely merits a mention. Includes 31 illustrations and seven maps.

Drawing on a wide range of regimental and Army Headquarters war diaries as well as political records held exclusively at the National Archive of India, the book explores why the State rulers volunteered their services and those of their armies. It looks at the deployment of those armies in Europe, Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia, East Africa, the Dardanelles, and within British India.

It draws attention to problems encountered in their deployment, but also highlights successes such as the capture of Haifa and Aleppo by State cavalry units, and the outstanding role of some State infantry units in East Africa. One appendix records over 1,600 State soldiers who died - killed in action, died of wounds, or as prisoners of war, or died of disease, while other appendices record battle honors and rewards for gallantry or meritorious service. Problems identified during the war were addressed in its aftermath and the book concludes by looking at recommendations which led to the transformation of the Imperial Service Troops scheme into the Indian State Forces scheme.1 vol, 392 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-220310 Veranneman, Jean-Michel BELGIUM IN THE GREAT WAR In August 1914, the German Empire invaded neutral Belgium in order to outflank the defenses of the French army. Unexpectedly, the Belgian army resisted and fought on, holding a small part of unoccupied Belgian territory north of Ypres, alongside the British and French armies, until the Armistice of 1918. Because of their heroic defense, Belgium and its King, Albert I enjoyed enormous international prestige after the war.

Its colonial army conquered part of German East Africa out of the Congo. Occupied Belgium suffered executions of civilians, severe destruction, and was widely stripped of its industrial infrastructure, which was one of the most developed in the world. It was saved from starvation by food shipments from the United States which came in via neutral Holland.

Belgium emerged from four and a half years of complete turmoil a different country and the experiences would have a lasting impact of its politics. Universal suffrage was introduced and the Flemish question was exacerbated. The war resulted in the abandonment of the country's neutrality policy and her claims for reparation and territory, only very partially met, were to have serious foreign policy implications.1 vol, 240 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-COM1096 Starkweather, Adam CRUSADE AND REVOLUTION: The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 DELUXE EDITION Crusade and Revolution uses the traditional card-driven system, adapting it to the specific circumstances of the Spanish Civil War. Each player has his own deck of strategic cards and must make difficult choices on their use throughout the game. Each card has four possible uses, but only one of them can be chosen each time the card is played! The possibilities are:

* Recreate a Historical Event: Each card shows a historical event that affected the course of the war. They include political, military, economic and even social events, as well as the reinforcements that flowed to both sides throughout the war both from within Spain, and from foreign powers Germany, Italy and Russia.
* Conduct Operations: Each card has an operations value that is used for activating units on the game map for movement, preparing fortifications, or attacking.
*Strategic Redeployment (SR) of Troops: Each card has a Strategic Redeployment value that is used to move units great distances on the game map, or to bring units out of Reserve to shore up a threatened flank.
* Replacement Points for Reforming Your Army: Each card has a Replacement Point value which is recorded and used for repairing damaged or rebuilding destroyed units at the end of the turn.

Design uses 'small units' through Feb 1937, switches to 'large units' from March 1937 to February 1938, and then ends with the 'Decisive Phase' that begins in March 1938 and lasts until the end of the war in April 1939. During this time, the Nationalists tried to force the enemy's unconditional surrender, while the Republic fought desperately to resist and prolong the Spanish Civil War to intertwine with looming WWII.

Product Information
Complexity: Medium (6 out of 10)
Solitaire suitability: 4
Time Scale: 1 turn = Two months (1 month during the first 4 turns of the game)
Map Scale: 1 space = approximately 60 kilometres (37 miles)
Unit Scale: (Small Units) from Irregular columns to divisions. (Large Units) From reinforced divisions to army corps.
Players: 2
Playing Time: Small Scenarios: 3-4 hours, Full Campaign: 8+ hours

Components:
One 22x34-inch Mounted map
110 Strategy Cards
176 5/8-inch diecut counters
280 1/2-inch diecut counters
Larger counters
One Color Rulebook
One Color Playbook
Four Player Aid Cards
One six-sided die
Optional rules, cards, and units1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-220330 Baczkowski, Tadeusz IN PEACE AND WAR 1933-1948: Memoirs of an Exiled Polish Cavalry Officer Captain Baczkowski's extraordinary memoirs a young Polish cavalry officer covers his life story from childhood to his great wish of becoming a cavalry officer being fulfilled a few years before the outbreak of World War II. His idyllic life was shattered by the German invasion on 1st September 1939. The crux of the memoirs are his wartime experiences during the Polish 1939 Campaign when he commanded a bicycle platoon in the 19th Lancers Regiment, taking part in the well-known Battle of Mokra when the Volhynian Cavalry Brigade held up a German Panzer Division.

Following the fall of Poland, he escaped across the mountains into Hungary and then to France to join the reforming Polish Army. After the collapse of France, he was evacuated with the remnants of the Polish Army to Britain to continue the fight against Nazi Germany. He saw service in Scotland and then joined the British Army in West Africa as part of a scheme where 400 Polish officers received short time commissions in the British Army.

On his return to the Polish Army he was posted to the 1st Armored Division and took part in the North West Europe Campaign. His story ends with his decision to remain in exile after the Soviet takeover of Poland in 1945, service with the Polish Resettlement Corps and first tentative steps in creating a new life in London. His love of horses forms a continuous theme throughout his life.1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-220340 Blazland, Gregory DESTINATION DUNKIRK: The Story of Gort's Army Originally published in 1973, this reprint covers the campaign in France and Flanders through the largely successful evacuation of British and French soldiers, albeit minus most of their equipment. It is written by one who served in the campaign, admittedly as a very junior officer, and was himself evacuated from the beaches of the Dunkirk perimeter. Also includes the final evacuation from Nantes and St Nazaire on 18 June. Includes 32 black and white illustrations.1 vol, 448 pgs 2019 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-2171209 Buffetaut, Yves THE WAFFEN-SS IN NORMANDY: July 1944 One of the greatest paradoxes of the Battle of Normandy is that the German divisions found it much harder to reach the front line than the Allies, who had to cross the sea and then deploy in a cramped bridgehead until the American breakthrough of late July 1944. The Waffen-SS were no better off than the Heer units and German high command never quite got on top of operations, as the divisions were thrown into the melee one by one. Includes 150 Black & white photos, color profiles, and maps.

During the month of June 1944, the Panzer divisions present succeeded in containing the Allies in a small bridgehead. In July, the arrival of more SS divisions should have finally allowed the Germans to counterattack decisively. This was not the reality. The Allies had also strengthened in number and kept the blows coming, one after another. Each SS-Panzer division had a different experience of the fighting in July.

This Casemate Illustrated looks at the divisions one by one throughout Operations Goodwood and Cobra which saw large tank battles and the collapse of the German front in Normandy. It includes over 100 photographs, alongside biographies of the commanders and color profiles of trucks and tanks which played a key role in operations as the Americans succeeded in breaking through the German line of defense.1 vol, 128 pgs 2019 US, CASEMATE
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1-220300 Gonzalez, Oscar and Pablo Sagarra LAKE ILMEN 1942: The Wehrmacht Front to the Red Army In January 1942, south of Lake Ilmen, the 16th German Army clashed with the Morozov's 11th Soviet Army for possession of the strategic Russian city of Stelaia. Includes more than 100 color images.

In this battle, the Blue Division (Spanish volunteers) intervened with the 250th Skier Company. The Spaniards, along with their German and Latvian comrades, endured hard fighting in extreme winter conditions.

In addition to providing a strategic framework of the battle itself, including the Soviet perspective, this book also looks at the human aspect of the battle, by analyzing a selection of the volunteers who fought in it.1 vol, 120 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-220270 Isaev, Alexy DUBNO 1941: The Greatest Tank Battle of the Second World War Hardcover Version.

In June 1941 - during the first week of the Nazi invasion in the Soviet Union - the quiet cornfields and towns of Western Ukraine were awakened by the clanking of steel and thunder of explosions; this was the greatest tank battle of the Second World War. About 3,000 tanks from the Red Army Kiev Special Military District clashed with about 800 German tanks of Heeresgruppe South. Why did the numerically superior Soviets fail? Hundreds of heavy KV-1 and KV-2 tanks, the five-turret giant T-35 and famous T-34 failed to stop the Germans. Includes 134 b/w photos, seven b/w maps, eight color maps, and nine color photos.

Describes the battle from a new point of view: that in fact it's not the tanks, but armored units, which win or lose battles. The Germans during the Blitzkrieg era had superior TO&Es for their tank forces. The German Panzer Division could defeat their opponents not by using just tanks, but by using artillery, which included heavy artillery, motorized infantry, and engineers.

The Red Army's armored unit - the Mechanized Corps - had a lot of teething troubles, as all of them lacked accompanying infantry and artillery. In 1941 the Soviet Armored Forces had to learn the difficult science - and mostly art - of combined warfare. Traces the role of these factors in a huge battle around the small Ukrainian town of Dubno. Popular myths about impregnable KV and T-34 tanks are laid to rest. In reality, the Germans in 1941 had the necessary tools to combat them.

Also defines the real achievements on the Soviet side: the Blitzkrieg in the Ukraine had been slowed down. For the Soviet Union, the military situation in June 1941 was much worse than it was for France and Britain during the Western Campaign in 1940. The Red Army wasn't ready to fight as a whole and the border district's armies lacked infantry units, as they were just arriving from the internal regions of the USSR. In this case, the Red Army tanks became the 'Iron Shield' of the Soviet Union; they even operated as fire brigades. In many cases, the German infantry - not tanks - became the main enemy of Soviet armored units in the Dubno battle. Poorly organized, but fierce, tank-based counterattacks slowed down the German infantry - and while the Soviet tanks lost the battle, they won the war.1 vol, 226 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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2-220270 Isaev, Alexy DUBNO 1941: The Greatest Tank Battle of the Second World War Softcover Version.

In June 1941 - during the first week of the Nazi invasion in the Soviet Union - the quiet cornfields and towns of Western Ukraine were awakened by the clanking of steel and thunder of explosions; this was the greatest tank battle of the Second World War. About 3,000 tanks from the Red Army Kiev Special Military District clashed with about 800 German tanks of Heeresgruppe South. Why did the numerically superior Soviets fail? Hundreds of heavy KV-1 and KV-2 tanks, the five-turret giant T-35 and famous T-34 failed to stop the Germans. Includes 134 b/w photos, seven b/w maps, eight color maps, and nine color photos.

Describes the battle from a new point of view: that in fact it's not the tanks, but armored units, which win or lose battles. The Germans during the Blitzkrieg era had superior TO&Es for their tank forces. The German Panzer Division could defeat their opponents not by using just tanks, but by using artillery, which included heavy artillery, motorized infantry, and engineers.

The Red Army's armored unit - the Mechanized Corps - had a lot of teething troubles, as all of them lacked accompanying infantry and artillery. In 1941 the Soviet Armored Forces had to learn the difficult science - and mostly art - of combined warfare. Traces the role of these factors in a huge battle around the small Ukrainian town of Dubno. Popular myths about impregnable KV and T-34 tanks are laid to rest. In reality, the Germans in 1941 had the necessary tools to combat them.

Also defines the real achievements on the Soviet side: the Blitzkrieg in the Ukraine had been slowed down. For the Soviet Union, the military situation in June 1941 was much worse than it was for France and Britain during the Western Campaign in 1940. The Red Army wasn't ready to fight as a whole and the border district's armies lacked infantry units, as they were just arriving from the internal regions of the USSR. In this case, the Red Army tanks became the 'Iron Shield' of the Soviet Union; they even operated as fire brigades. In many cases, the German infantry - not tanks - became the main enemy of Soviet armored units in the Dubno battle. Poorly organized, but fierce, tank-based counterattacks slowed down the German infantry - and while the Soviet tanks lost the battle, they won the war.1 vol, 252 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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