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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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1-212745 Gray, Bill AGE OF VALOR: THUNDER IN THE EAST: Age of Eagles II Expansion Module for Conflict by Blood & Iron This is an independent Age of Valor (AOV) expansion chapter or mini-module for Age of Eagles II, also known as Napoleonic Fire & Fury.

AOE II is needed to play this game, but AOV includes changes unique to the 1877 Russo-Turkish War and the 1904 Russo-Japanese War. In most cases, all rules changes have been embedded in the Data Charts as well as the charts and tables on the Quick Reference Sheet. All players need to do is use these new specifications or DRMs with the original rules and then play as normal. 1 vol, 44 pgs 2017 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-BRIG329 Bunde, Peter 329 KINGDOM OF PRUSSIA: Infantry Regiment No.1 Graf Kunheim 1806 Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc.1 vol, 1 pgs 2017 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
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1-BRIG330 Bunde, Peter 330: KINGDOM OF PRUSSIA: Infantry Regiment No.2 Ruchel 1806 Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc.1 vol, 1 pgs 2017 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
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1-214200 Sverdrup, Carl Fredrik THE MONGOL CONQUESTS: The Military Operations of Genghis Khan and Sube'etei The Mongols created the greatest landlocked empire known to history. It was an empire created and sustained by means of conquest. Initially an insignificant tribal leader, Genghis Khan gradually increased his power, overcoming one rival after another. After he had subjugated all tribes of Inner Asia, he struck southward into China and later attacked distant Khwariz in the Near East. Sube'etei continued to make significant conquests after Genghis Khan died, conquering central China and leading a large force into the heart of Europe.

Between them, Genghis Khan and Sube'etei directed more than 40 campaigns, fought more than 60 battles, and conquered all lands from Korea in the east to Hungary and Poland in the west. 25 maps.

This book offers a detailed narrative of the military operations of these two leaders, based on early Mongolian, Chinese, Near Eastern, and European sources. Making full use of newly translated Chinese sources, the account offer details never before given in English works.

Detailed maps showing the operations support the text. Many conventional wisdom views of the Mongols, such as their use of terror as a deliberate strategy, or their excellence at siege warfare, are shown to be incorrect. This is a major contribution to our knowledge of the Mongols and their way of warfare.1 vol, 392 pgs 2017 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-962073 Various MEDIEVAL WARFARE: Volume 7.3 Theme: Tournaments and Jousting in the Middle Ages
* And the Crowd Went Wild: A Short History of Tournaments
* Old Games and New Order: The Tournaments of the Four Lands
* Quintain, Dice and Young Knights: Jousting on the First Crusade
* The Holy Roman Empire: Pageantry and Violence: Maximilian I, Tournament Fanatic
* He Has Not Abandoned Warlike Custom: Manuel I Komenos and Byzantine Jousting
* A Most Marvelous Deed of Arms: The Combat of the Thirty
* Single Combat during the Hundred Years' War: When it Wasn't a Game
* The Ghent Crossbow Tournament of 1440: Shooting for Prizes and Honor
* Their Shields are Pierced and Shattered: The Lance
* The Story of a Modern-day Knight: Jousting in the 21st Century
* Right in Everything but the Details: Jousting on Film
* No Aiming at Unprotected Parts: Tournament Rules1 vol, 60 pgs 2017 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-214170 Hanlon, Gregory ITALY 1636: Cemetery of Armies The campaign and battle of Tornavento. One of the best books on 17th-century warfare, including Thirty Years War and ECW. Analysis of the reason for casualty rates, motivation, tactics, and the effectiveness of the Spanish vs French military methods.

Offers a neo-Darwinian interpretation of war and violence as inherent in human nature
Explores many practical aspects of early modern warfare, including personalities, weapons, and tactics. Richly illustrated with woodcuts, paintings, and maps. Includes 47 illustrations and 10 maps.1 vol, 260 pgs 2016 US, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
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1-214180 Grant, John - edited by Earl Chapman A DANGEROUS SERVICE: A Soldier's View of the Seven Years' War in the Caribbean and North America The Black Watch's John Grant offers eyewitness accounts of military life during the French and Indian War provide fascinating and invaluable insights into the period. Includes the Highland soldier's emotions before and after combat, his will to fight, and, most of all, his perseverance in adversity.

We follow the young Scottish officer to the Caribbean, where he soldiered in the disease-ridden cane fields and swamps of Martinique and Guadeloupe, and later at the siege of Havana, and to North America, where he served at Staten Island, New York and on the Hudson River route to Ticonderoga and points north. He worked on building forts at Oswego and Crown Point and was part of the movement of armies and supplies through the wilderness possible.

With General Jeffery Amherst's force, he survived shooting the treacherous rapids of the St. Lawrence River to capture Montreal in 1760, completing the British conquest of New France. Includes black and white illustrations, maps, notes, appendices, and index.1 vol, 320 pgs 2017 CANADA, ROBIN BRASS STUDIO
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1-214220 Olender, Piotr RUSSO-TURKISH NAVAL WAR: 1877-1878 The Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 was a conflict between the Ottoman Empire and the Eastern Orthodox coalition led by the Russian Empire and composed of Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and Montenegro.

Fought in the Balkans and in the Caucasus, it originated in emerging 19th-century Balkan nationalism. Additional factors included Russian hopes of recovering territorial losses suffered during the Crimean War, re-establishing itself in the Black Sea and supporting the political movement attempting to free Balkan nations from the Ottoman Empire.

The background, operations and outcomes are described in detail. All the ships involved, both Russian and Turkish, are described and illustrated with full technical specifications. Profusely illustrated with scale drawings (side views) and illustrations.1 vol, 200 pgs 2017 UK, MMP BOOKS
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1-214190 Elliot, James STRANGE FATALITY: The Battle of Stoney Creek, 1813 On a spring morning in 1813 the largest amphibious force in American history to that point - 6,000 troops aboard 140 vessels - stormed ashore near the mouth of the Niagara River, routed the British garrison and captured Fort George. It was a textbook operation by determined amateurs, the second consecutive American victory and a promising sign that events of 1813 would redress the military calamities of 1812.

The badly mauled British army, short of provisions and ammunition, reeled westward, its leadership uncertain where the retreat would end. Having conquered the past and present capitals of Upper Canada, the American forces were poised to deliver the body blow the War Hawks in Congress had dreamed of when they predicted a four-week war to subdue the upper province. The fate of Upper Canada hung in the balance.

Ten days later, in a field near the hamlet of Stoney Creek, the promise of that triumph was smashed in a terrifying night action, the outcome of which hinged on a single bayonet charge that carried the American artillery and decapitated the invading army. Little known or appreciated, even by Canadians, Stoney Creek was one of the most decisive reversals of military fortune in the War of 1812 and in no small measure determined the fate of the colony that would become Ontario.1 vol, 320 pgs 2009 CANADA, ROBIN BRASS STUDIO
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1-214270 Hogeland, William AUTUMN OF THE BLACK SNAKE: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West When the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, the newly independent United States savored its victory and hoped for a great future. And yet the republic soon found itself losing an escalating military conflict on its borderlands. In 1791, years of skirmishes, raids, and quagmire climaxed in the grisly defeat of American militiamen by a brilliantly organized confederation of Shawnee, Miami, and Delaware Indians. With nearly 1000 US casualties, this was the worst defeat the nation would ever suffer at native hands. Americans were shocked, perhaps none more so than their commander in chief, George Washington, who saw in the debacle an urgent lesson: the United States needed an army.

This book tells the overlooked story of how Washington achieved his aim. In evocative and absorbing prose, William Hogeland conjures up the woodland battles and the hardball politics that formed the Legion of the United States, our first true standing army. His memorable portraits of leaders on both sides -- from the daring war chiefs Blue Jacket and Little Turtle to the doomed commander Richard Butler and a steely, even ruthless Washington -- drive a tale of horrific violence, brilliant strategies, stupendous blunders, and valorous deeds.

This sweeping account, at once exciting and dark, builds to a crescendo as Washington and Alexander Hamilton, at enormous risk, outmaneuver Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and other skeptics of standing armies -- and Washington appoints the seemingly disreputable Anthony Wayne, known as Mad Anthony, to lead the legion. Wayne marches into the forests of the Old Northwest, where the very Indians he is charged with defeating will bestow on him, with grudging admiration, a new name: the Black Snake.

Besides a work of military and political history, it is also an original interpretation of how greed, honor, political beliefs, and vivid personalities converged on the killing fields of the Ohio valley, where the US Army would win its first victory -- destroying the coalition of Indians who came closer than any, before or since, to halting the nation's westward expansion.1 vol, 464 pgs 2017 US, FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX
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1-211882 Schmutz, John F THE BLOODY FIFTH: The 5th Texas Infantry Regiment, Hood's Texas Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia: Volume 2 Profile of the 5th Texas Infantry (the Bloody Fifth) -- one of only three Texas regiments to fight with Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The 5th Texas established an exceptional combat record in an army known for its fighting capabilities. This first volume Secession to the Suffolk Campaign includes 15 illustrations and 13 maps. An upcoming second installment, Gettysburg to Appomattox, will complete the history.

The regiment took part in 38 engagements, including nearly every significant battle in the Eastern Theater, as well as the Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and Knoxville campaigns in the Western Theater, before laying down its arms forever at Appomattox. 1 vol, 456 pgs 2017 US, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-214230 Franks, Norman BLOODY APRIL 1917: An Exciting Detailed Analysis of One of the Deadliest Months in WWI By April 1917, the British and French were again about to launch yet another land offensive, this time on the Arras Front. This would be the first opportunity to launch a major offensive since the winter and would require enormous support from the Royal Flying Corps and French Air Force.

However, the air offensive was to be countered fiercely by the new German Jagstaffeln - Jastas - that had been the brainchild of Oswald Boelcke in 1916. By the spring of 1917, the first Jasta pilots, with new improved fighters - the nimble Albatros DIIIs - were just itching to get to grips with their opponents over the Western Front. What followed was a near massacre of British and French aircraft and crews, which made April the worst month for flying casualties the war had yet seen. Here is a day-by-day, blow-by-blow account of these losses, profusely illustrated with original photographs and expertly told.1 vol, 192 pgs 2017 UK, GRUB STREET PUBLISHING
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1-214260 Baxter, Ian SS LEIBSTANDARTE ADOLF HITLER (LSSAH) AT WAR 1939 - 1945: A History of the Division on the Western and Eastern Fronts -- Images at War Another Images of War volume collects many unpublished photographs with in-depth captions to describe the Division's history, fighting tactics, weapons, and uniforms as it battled its way through Poland, the Low Countries, the Balkans, on the Eastern Front, and then to Normandy and the carnage of the Falaise Pocket before being transferred back to the Eastern Front.1 vol, 176 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-214250 Hunt, Vincent BLOOD IN THE FOREST: The End of the Second World War in the Courland Pocket Blood in the Forest tells the brutal story of the forgotten battles of the final months of WWII. While the eyes of the world were on Hitler's bunker, more than half a million men fought six cataclysmic battles along a front line of fields and forests in Western Latvia known as the Courland Pocket. Hunt gathered eyewitness accounts, including Vaira Vike-Freiberga (later President of Latvia), to piece together this account. Includes eyewitness accounts, detailed maps and expert contributions alongside rare newspaper archive, photographs from private collections and extracts from diaries.1 vol, 272 pgs 2017 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-214240 Kaltenegger, Roland EASTERN FRONT SNIPER: The Life of Matthaus Hetzenauer Biography of Mathaus Hetzenauer, one of World War II's most accomplished snipers. He was drafted into the Mountain Reserve Battalion 140 at the age of 18 but discharged five month's later. He received a new draft notice in January 1943 for a post in the Styrian Truppenubungsplatz Seetal Alps where he met and learned from some of the best German snipers.

Hetzenauer went on to fight in Romania, Eastern Hungary and in Slovakia. As recognition for his more than 300 confirmed kills, he was awarded on the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on April 17, 1945. After nearly five years of Soviet captivity Hetzenauer returned to Austria on January 10, 1950. He lived in the Tyrol's Brixen Valley until his death on 3 October of 2004.1 vol, 192 pgs 2017 UK, GREENHILL BOOKS
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1-214210 Tucker-Jones, Anthony THE PANZER IV: Hitler's Rock - Images of War Another in the Images of War series, this volume collects over 150 rare wartime photographs, plus a selection of specially commissioned color, to describe how the initial design of the Mk IV was modified and refined throughout the course of the conflict to counter the threats posed by ever more formidable Allied tanks and antitank guns on the battlefield. While the Mk IV was never produced in the same numbers as the leading Allied tanks, it was without doubt one of the principal armored vehicles of WWII. This is a companion volume to the best-selling visual histories of the Tiger and Panther tanks.1 vol, 128 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-214160 Bowden, Mark HUE 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam At 2:30 a.m. on January 31, 10,000 National Liberation Front troops descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140,000. By morning, all of Hue was in Front hands save for two small military outposts.

The commanders in country and politicians in Washington refused to believe the size and scope of the Front's presence. Captain Chuck Meadows was ordered to lead his 160-marine Golf Company against thousands of enemy troops in the first attempt to re-enter Hue later that day. After several futile and deadly days, Lieutenant Colonel Ernie Cheatham would finally come up with a strategy to retake the city, block by block and building by building, in some of the most intense urban combat since World War II.

Played out over 24 days of terrible fighting and ultimately costing 10,000 combatant and civilian lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. 1 vol, 0 pgs 2017 US, GROVE PRESS
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