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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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1-1994023 BOLT ACTION: Campaign D-Day: Overlord From the scaling of Pointe-du-Hoc and the assault on Pegasus Bridge, to the landings on the Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches, this new Campaign Book for Bolt Action allows players to take command of the Allied Forces or those of the defending Axis. Featuring new linked scenarios, rules, troop types, and Theater Selectors, this volume provides plenty of options for both novice and veteran players looking to recreate these famous battles and begin the liberation of Europe.1 vol, 144 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-968010 Aloni, Shlomo 010 SIX-DAY WAR 1967: Operation Focus and the 12 hours That Changed the Middle East On one day in June, the balance of air power in the Middle East was turned upside down by perhaps the most ruthlessly effective air superiority campaign in history -- Operation Moked, or Focus.

In 1967, the Israeli Air Force was outnumbered more than two to one by the jets of hostile Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq. Operation Focus was Israel's ingenious strike plan to overturn the balance. At 0745hrs on June 6, Israeli jets hit Egypt's airfields simultaneously, first bombing runways and then strafing aircraft. Another 20 follow-up missions were already in the air, initially scheduled to hit every five minutes.

This new history of Operation Focus explains how the concept for Focus was devised and meticulously planned, the astonishing rate of serviceability and turnaround speed it required from ground crews, and how the relentless tempo of strikes shattered one air force after another. It is the story of how Israel's victory in the Six-Day War began with a single, shocking day.1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-972041 Yee, Gary 041 AMERICAN CIVIL WAR 1861-65: Union Sharpshooter vs Confederate Sharpshooter During the American Civil War, the Union and the Confederacy both fielded units of sharpshooters. Sometimes equipped with firearms no better than those of their infantry brethren, they fought in a manner reminiscent of Napoleonic-era light infantry.

Siege warfare placed a premium on marksmanship and the sharpshooter became indispensable as they could drive artillerymen from their guns. They could also become expert scouts and, for the Confederacy, impressive raiders -- one raid netted almost 250 prisoners. Initially, Union marksmen enjoyed the upper hand, but as the Confederates began raising and training their own sharpshooters, they proved themselves as worthy opponents.

This book assesses the role played by sharpshooters in three bloody clashes at the height of the American Civil War -- the battle of Fredericksburg, the siege of Vicksburg, and the siege of Battery Wagner. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978094 McNab, Chris 094 WALKER BULLDOG vs T-54: Laos and Vietnam 1971-75 During the Vietnam War, both the United States and the Soviet Union supplied all manner of weapon systems to the opposing sides, including tanks and armored vehicles. Two tanks in particular took momentary prominence in the later years of the conflict. On the South Vietnamese side, it was the US M41 Walker Bulldog; for the communist North Vietnamese, the Soviet-supplied T-54 main battle tank became the core of their armored power.

In their first major engagement, during Operation Lam Son 719 (February-March 1971), it was the Walker Bulldog in the ascendant, but in later battles the T-54s inflicted heavy losses on their lighter opponents, taking the advantage through their superior maneuverability and gunnery.

Illustrated with full-color artwork as well as rare and revealing photographs from both sides, this book studies these two iconic tanks in Vietnamese service, examining how their differing designs and fighting doctrines affected their performance in this unique theater of combat.1 vol, 80 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-992128 Davies, Peter E. 128 F-80 SHOOTING STAR UNITS OF THE KOREAN WAR Built within a 180-day time limit in 1943, the F-80 Shooting Star first saw service in Italy in the final year of World War II, and consequently was sent to bases in the US, Europe and the Far East after VJ Day. It was the latter groups based in Japan that initially bore the brunt of the early fighting in Korea, engaging MiG-15s in the world's first jet-versus-jet combat.

Flown principally by the 8th and 49th Fighter Bomber Wings, the F-80 served until the end of the war, completing an astonishing 98,515 combat sorties, shooting down 17 aircraft (including three of the vastly superior MiG-15s), dropping over 33,000 tons of bombs, and firing over 80,000 air-to-ground rockets. Aside from the fighter-bomber Shooting Stars, the ultra-rare, but heavily used, photo-reconnaissance RF-80A saw extensive use in Korea as a replacement for the vulnerable RF-51D.

Filled with first-hand accounts and rare color photographs taken by the veterans themselves, this is the engrossing story of the pioneering F-80 Shooting Star.1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995271 Herder, Brian Lane 271 US NAVY BATTLESHIPS 1886-98: The Pre-Dreadnoughts and Monitors That Fought the Spanish-American War After the American Civil War, the US Navy had been allowed to decay into complete insignificance, yet the commissioning of the modern Brazilian battleship Riachuelo and poor performance against the contemporary Spanish fleet, forced the US out of its isolationist posture towards battleships.

The first true US battleships began with the experimental Maine and Texas, followed by the three-ship Indiana class, and the Iowa class, which incorporated lessons from the previous ships. These initial ships set the enduring US battleship standard of being heavily armed and armored at the expense of speed.

This fully illustrated study examines these first six US battleships, a story of political compromises, clean sheet designs, operational experience, and experimental improvements. These ships directly inspired the creation of an embryonic American military-industrial complex, enabled a permanent outward-looking shift in American foreign policy and laid the foundations of the modern US Navy.1 vol, 48 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997228 Galeotti, Mark 228 ARMIES OF RUSSIA'S WAR IN UKRAINE Using his extensive contacts in both Russia and Ukraine, and access to a mass of official and unofficial sources, this primer covers all the forces involved in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Analyzes the progress of the war and what it teaches us about Russia's current military capabilities. Includes specially commissioned artwork.

In February 2014, street protests in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities led to the ousting of the Russian-backed President Yanukovych. The so-called Euromaidan Revolution saw many changes to Ukraine's constitution, but the violent reaction in the east and south of the country led to armed counter-revolution, unofficially backed by Russia.

This conflict is the essential example of Russia's new policy of 'hybrid warfare', which blends propaganda, misinformation, and the deployment of 'deniable' Special Forces and regular troops alongside proxies and mercenaries to achieve its strategic ends.1 vol, 64 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-999526 Neville, Leigh 526 THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY AT WAR: 1976-2016 Since the end of their involvement in the Vietnam War, the Australian Army has been modernized in every respect. After peacekeeping duties in South-East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East in the 1980s-90s, 'Diggers' were sent to safeguard the newly independent East Timor from Indonesian harassment in 1999, and to provide long-term protection and mentoring since 2006.

Australian Army units have served in the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Australian Special Forces are currently operating alongside US and British elements against ISIS in northern Iraq. During these campaigns the Australian SAS Regiment and Commandos have fully matured into 'Tier 1' assets, internationally recognized for their wide range of capabilities.

The book traces the development of the Army's organization, combat uniforms, load-bearing equipment, small arms, and major weapon systems and includes specially commissioned artwork and photographs.1 vol, 48 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-220500 Schultheis, Evan Michael THE BATTLE OF THE CATALAUNIAN FIELDS AD 451 Attila the Hun's most famous battle, the climax of his invasion of the Western Roman Empire, reached as far as Orleans in France. Traditionally considered one of the pivotal battles in European history, saving the West from conquest by the Huns, the Catalaunian Fields is here revealed to be significant but less immediately decisive than claimed. Includes 10 b/w maps and diagrams and 20 color illustrations.

This new study exposes oversimplified views of Attila's army, which was a sophisticated and complex all-arms force, drawn from the Huns and their many allies and subjects. The 'Roman' forces, largely consisting of Visigoth and Alan allies, are also analyzed in detail.

Drawing on the latest historiography and research of the primary sources and utilizing Roman military manuals, this book describes the motives and tactics of both sides of this 5th Century battle and offers a completely new tactical analysis of the battle and a drastic reconsideration of Hun warfare, the Roman use of federates, and the ethnography of the Germanic peoples who fought for either side.1 vol, 168 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-1947521 Cristini, Luca MORAT 1476: The Bloody War Between Charles the Bold and the Swiss The war between Duke of Burgundy Charles the Bold and the Swiss Confederation started in 1474. In the following years, Charles was defeated three times on the battlefield: Grandson, Morat, and Nancy -- and in the last battle being killed.

These wars represent the end of the Duchy of Burgundy, as all its territories and those belonging to it soon became part of France, while the Burgundian possessions in the Netherlands and in the Franche-Comte were inherited by the daughter of Charles I, Mary of Burgundy. In the end, marriage with Maximilian transmitted the territories to the House of the Habsburgs. Includes color plates.1 vol, 102 pgs 2019 ITALY, THE SOLDIER SHOP
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1-220480 Spring, Lawrence IN THE EMPEROR'S SERVICE: Wallenstein's Army - 1625-1634 Albrecht von Wallenstein was a poor nobleman who rose to become the Duke of Friedland and Mecklenburg in the Thirty Years War. Many see his assassination at Eger in 1634 as the end of the 'interesting' period of the war, since he was the last of the war's titans to be killed.

However, his army continued to serve the Emperor loyally to the end of the war and a few regiments existed well into the 20th century to see action in WWI as part of the Austrian Army and, after the Austrian Anschluss of March 1938, in the German Army during WWII.

Using archive and archeology sources, this book provides a vivid account of what life was like for a soldier in Wallenstein's Army. Chapters include recruiting, logistics, regimental colors, the arms industry, Wallenstein's tactics at the Battle of Lutzen, and case studies on siege warfare using Stralsund and the Alte Veste as examples.1 vol, 152 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-220490 Wanklyn, Malcolm PARLIAMENT'S GENERALS: Supreme Command and Politics During the British Wars 1642-51 Waller, Essex, Fairfax, Manchester, and Cromwell are among the most famous military men who fought for Parliament during the English Civil War. While their performance as generals has been explored in numerous books on the campaigns, comparatively little has been written by military historians about the political aspects of high command, namely the ever-changing and often fractious relationship with the English Parliament and its executive committees. The book examines the qualities they employed in their attempts to achieve their military and political aspirations.

In a series of insightful chapters he follows their careers through the course of the conflict, focusing on their successes and failures in battle and the consequences for their reputations and influence. Dissatisfaction with the leadership of Essex, Manchester, and Waller in the inconclusive early campaigns is examined, as are the contrasting strengths of Fairfax and Cromwell. This reassessment sheds new light on how these commanders managed promotions, outmaneuvered their fellow generals, and controlled their subordinates.1 vol, 240 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-220510 Hattendorf, John editor CHARLES XII: Warrior King For centuries, Charles XII has mainly been seen in the context of Sweden's national experience, yet his activities stretched across the European continent from Russia and Denmark to Germany, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, and the Ottoman Empire. Even the Dutch Republic, Britain, and France became involved diplomatically and economically. Includes full-color illustrations throughout.

In this volume, 20 scholars from 12 different countries contribute to creating a broader perspective on Charles XII and the Great Northern War in European history. The contributors expand the scope of international research on Charles XII and his time by examining not only his victories and defeats, but the king's impact in other areas as well.1 vol, 456 pgs 2019 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY PUBLISHERS
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1-220501 Cole, Lance THE JEEP: Second World War Over 600,000 Jeeps were produced in WWII, serving with all the Allied forces during the war on every front. This first volume in the LandCraft series traces the design, development, and manufacturing history of the Jeep and describes its operational role within the Allied armies. Includes color as well as black and white illustrations.

A selection of archive photographs showing the Jeep in service in European and Pacific campaigns gives a graphic impression of how adaptable the Jeep was and records the variety of equipment it could carry. For the modeler, this includes details of available kits and specially commissioned color profiles recording how the Jeeps used by different units and armies appeared.1 vol, 64 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-220502 Jackson, Robert M2/M3: American Half-Tracks of the Second World War The M2 and M3 half-tracks served on every battlefront and were as recognizable as other famous American wartime vehicles. About 40,000 were produced between 1941 and 1945. They were easy to assemble, operate, and maintain, and their versatility allowed them to fulfill a variety of purposes. This volume in Pen & Sword's LandCraft series traces the design, development and manufacturing history of the M2/M3 and describes its operational role within the Allied armies. Color & black and white illustrations.

A selection of archive photographs showing the M2/M3 in action gives a graphic impression of how adaptable the Jeep was and records the variety of equipment it could carry. For the modeler, this includes details of available kits and specially commissioned color profiles recording how the Jeeps used by different units and armies appeared.1 vol, 64 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-220503 Oliver, Dennis PANTHER TANKS: Germany Army and Waffen-SS in Defence of the West, 1945 The latest volume in the TankCraft series covers the WWII Panther tank produced by Germany. Archive photos and extensively researched color illustrations examine the Panther tanks and units of the German army and Waffen-SS panzer battalions that struggled to resist the Allied onslaught.

A key section of his book displays available model kits and aftermarket products, complemented by a gallery of beautifully constructed and painted models in various scales. Technical details as well as modifications introduced during production and in the field are also examined providing everything the modeler needs to recreate an accurate representation of these historic tanks. Includes 200 color and black and white photographs.1 vol, 64 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-220470 Childs, Nick THE AGE OF THE INVINCIBLE: The Ship That Defined the Modern Royal Navy Profile of the HMS Invincible covers her conception and design, through her various deployments (including the Falklands), and her evolving role and technical adaptation to meet changing strategic requirements. Includes eight pages of color illustrations.1 vol, 208 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-220440 Hamilton, Aaron Stephen GERMAN SUBMARINE U-1105 'Black Panther': The Naval Archaeology of a U-boat Now in its final resting place at the bottom of the Potomac River in Maryland, the U-Boat U-1105 is unique among German World War II submarines. Technologically innovative, it was the only U-Boat to conduct a wartime patrol while equipped with the snorkel, GHG Balkon passive sonar, and a rubberized coating known as Alberich designed to reduce its acoustic signature and hide from Allied sonar. After the end of World War II, it was the subject of intense testing and evaluation by the Allies, before finally being sunk to the bottom of the Potomac River.

This highly illustrated book uses many new and previously unpublished images to tell the full story of this remarkable U-Boat, evaluating the effectiveness of its late war technologies, document its extensive postwar testing and detail all the features still present on the wreck site today.1 vol, 0 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-220460 Truesdale, David STEEL WALL AT ARNHEM: The Destruction of 4 Parachute Brigade - 19 September 1944 On Monday 18 September 1944, the aircraft and gliders carrying the men and equipment of 4 Parachute Brigade took off from airfields in the south of England. For the first time since its creation in North Africa, the Brigade was going into battle as a unified formation -- albeit not fully trained and far from experienced. Within 24 hours, the Brigade would cease to exist at Arnhem. This history of the brigade includes 221 photos and three maps.1 vol, 288 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-220450 Maggi, Marco JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL: A Board Game of English Magic Set during the events of the cult-classic book, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell sees players delve into the world of English magic, developing their talents and expanding their social reach as they aim to become the most celebrated magician of the age.

Take on the role of an aspiring magician, including the titular characters Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell themselves, and start them down the path to greatness. Build up your power and status by traveling across Europe and London, performing feats of magic and attending social engagements. The most celebrated magician will face the gentleman with the thistle-down hair, but only the strongest will defeat him.

Number of Players: 2-4
Ages: 14+
Playing Time: 60-80 minutes
Components: Map of Europe, 4 Magician boards, 4 Player markers, Fairy marker, 12 Cards of Marseilles, 170+ cards including spells, invitations, Feats of Magic, and more.1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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