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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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1-223870 Harwood, Tony WARGAMING TERRAIN & BUILDINGS - North Africa and the Middle East The Middle East and North Africa have been the backdrop for many conflicts through the centuries, making them a popular setting for miniature wargames. Whether you are fielding your Parthians against invading Roman legions, Crusaders against Saladin's Saracens, recreating Lawrence's exploits in Arabia, or trying to halt Rommel at El Alamein, this book will help you set the scene for your games. 350 color illustrations

Expert terrain modeler Tony Harwood takes the reader through a range of projects step by step, from selection of materials to the finished items. Each stage is illustrated with color photographs.


1 vol, 152 pgs 2020 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-916447 various MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue # 447 Issue 447 of Miniature Wargames we have a cornucopia of Solo Play rules and scenarios to chose from:

But, on the cover is Death In The Back Of Beyond: An adaption of Chris Peers' Death in the Dark Continent that creeps the rule set into the early twentieth century...

The Solo Play rules and scenarios we have concentrated on includes: Going Solo: Solitaire Rules for the card-based SF system ACP164 from Sally 4th. We also have A Jaunt Ashore: a solo amphibious excursion for the very popular The Men who would be Kings in Send Three And Fourpence.

In Command Decision it's Nigeria in 2020: you're not a prince with unlimited oil revenue but Can you stop the insurgency? and in Beyond Thunder Box we have simple, fast play Buggy racing rules.

Napoleonic Skirmish has an adaptation for a simple skirmishing system for the Portable Napoleonic Wargame system.

We have a duo of scratch building: in Lost and Found the Editor builds an SF Tower block from household waste; or Tony Harwood constructs a pretty French Dovecot!

As a couple of pieces to ponder, in An Old Dog The Editor wonders where the time goes and in Freak Show Jon Sutherland ponders sculpting...

In Paint all the Minis Conrad Kinch visits an on-line wargames show and reports back

Club Spotlight features the Milton Hundred Wargames Club.

Finally, we have the review sections Defence in Depth for Figures and rules, Quartermaster for scenery and accessories plus we have Forward Observer for news and Recce for fourteen top notch book reviews.

Last Word is by Henry Hyde.
1 vol, 96 pgs 2020 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
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1-BRIG373 Bunde, Peter 373: French Empire: Lancier Gendarmes 1811-1814 Another in the terrific series. Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc. Descriptions on reverse side.1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
NEW-plate, available late June 2020 ......$14.00 rct

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2-203390 Showalter, Dennis FREDERICK THE GREAT: A Military History Frederick the Great is one of history's most important leaders. Famed for his military successes and domestic reforms, his campaigns were a watershed in the history of Europe - securing Prussia's place as a continental power and inaugurating a new pattern of total war that was to endure until 1918.

However, much myth surrounds this enigmatic man - his personality and his role as politician, warrior and king. Showalter's cleverly written book provides a refreshing, multidimensional depiction of Frederick the Great and an objective, detailed reappraisal of his military, political, and social achievements.

Early chapters set the scene with an excellent summary of 18th century Europe - The Age of Reason; an analysis of the character, composition and operating procedures of the Prussian army; and explore Frederick's personality as a young man. Later chapters examine his stunning victories at Rossbach and Leuthen, his defeats at Prague and Kolin and Prussia's emergence as a key European power.1 vol, 384 pgs 2020 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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2-201940 Sheldon, Jack GERMAN ARMY AT CAMBRAI, THE After an introductory chapter tracing the development of the Hindenburg Line, the author concentrates on German aspects of the bitterly fought battle of Cambrai from 20 November to 6 December 1917.

The narrative splits easily into two parts. First the defensive battle 20 - 29 November followed by the counter-attack which saw the German Army regain not only most of the ground lost in the opening phase but more besides. Detailed descriptions are given of the struggle for Flesquieres Ridge and the see-saw battles for key terrain, including Bourlon Wood, as the German Army rushed reinforcements to the sectors under attack before we witness the German offensive.

As with his other books full use is made of primary source material from the Munich Kriegsarchiv, the Hauptstaatsarchiv in Stuttgart, regimental histories, and personal accounts. Of particular interest are the controversial interventions in operational matters of Ludendorf which were sharply criticized by Crown Prince Rupprecht. But for many the most fascinating aspect will be the experiences of the front line soldiers.1 vol, 352 pgs 2009 UK, Pen & Sword
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1-2171214 Andres, Didier U.S. Army Chevrolet Trucks in World War II - 1 1/2 ton, 4x4 Between 1940 and 1945, large numbers of trucks of all categories were delivered to the U.S. Army by the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors. Over 160,000 of these trucks were the G-506 light four-wheel-drive trucks-which became the standard 1 1/2-ton, 4x4 truck for both the U.S. Army and Army Air Corps during the war. In addition, many more thousands were delivered to Allied forces as part of the Lend-Lease program, including nearly 50,000 delivered to the Soviet Union. Tough, well-built and more agile than the deuce and a half, the Chevy 1 1/2 ton played a part in every theater of operations during the war. Its durability and mechanical reliability made it ideal for a wide range of missions. Not for nothing did Chevy advertise the trucks during the war as 'Vehicles of Victory.'

More than 75 years after it was designed, the small Chevrolet truck is still a favorite with collectors. This fully illustrated book details the different series of trucks and their many uses within the U.S. Army including cargo trucks, panel delivery trucks for the Signal Corps, dump trucks for engineers, telephone trucks, tractors, and bomb service trucks for the air force. It also covers their part in the Lend-Lease program, and their continued use after the war.
1 vol, 144 pgs 2019 US, CASEMATE
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1-223850 Diamond, Jon MacArthur's Papua New Guinea Offensive, 1942-1943 The Japanese seizure of Rabaul on New Britain in January 1942 directly threatened Northern Australia and, as a result, General Douglas MacArthur took command of the Southwest Pacific Area. In July 1942, the Japanese attacked south across the Owen Stanley mountain range.

Thanks to the hasty deployment of Australian militiamen and veteran Imperial Force troops the Japanese were halted at Ioribaiwa Ridge just 27 miles from Port Moresby.

MacArthur's priority was to regain Northeast New Guinea and New Britain. The capture of airfields at Buna and reoccupation of Gona and Sanananda Point were prerequisites. The Allied offensive opened on 16 November 1942 with Australian infantrymen and light tanks alongside the US 32nd Infantry Division.

Overcoming the Japanese and the inhospitable terrain in tropical conditions proved the toughest of challenges. It remains an achievement of the highest order that the campaign ended successfully on 22 January 1943. This account with its clear text and superb imagery is a worthy tribute to those who fought and, all too often, died there.
1 vol, 240 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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2-204870 Forczyk, Robert TANK WARFARE: On the Eastern Front 1941-1942 -- Schwerpunkt The German panzer armies that swept into the Soviet Union in 1941 were an undefeated force that had honed their skill in combined arms warfare to a fine edge. The Germans focused their panzers and tactical air support at points on the battlefield defined as Schwerpunkt - main effort - to smash through any defensive line and then advance to envelope their adversaries.

Initially, these methods worked well in the early days of Operation Barbarossa and the tank forces of the Red Army suffered defeat after defeat. Although badly mauled in the opening battles, the Red Army's tank forces did not succumb to the German armored onslaught and German planning and logistical deficiencies led to over-extension and failure in 1941.

In the second year of the invasion, the Germans directed their Schwerpunkt toward the Volga and the Caucasus and again achieved some degree of success, but the Red Army had grown much stronger and by November 1942, the Soviets were able to turn the tables at Stalingrad.

Robert Forczyk's incisive study offers fresh insight into how the two most powerful mechanized armies of the Second World War developed their tactics and weaponry during the critical early years of the Russo-German War. He uses German, Russian and English sources to provide the first comprehensive overview and analysis of armored warfare from the German and Soviet perspectives. His analysis of the greatest tank war in history is compelling reading.1 vol, 304 pgs 2020 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-2171213 Stasi, Jean-Charles Operation Chariot - The St Nazaire Raid, 1942 At the beginning of 1942, the Tirpitz, the heaviest battleship ever built by a European navy and sister ship of the Bismarck, was on the cusp of breaking out into the north Atlantic. The prospect of the huge German battleship patrolling the Atlantic posed a huge threat to the convoys that were the lifeline for an embattled Britain. Determined efforts were made to damage the ship through bombing raids: these failed. An altogether more daring and radical plan was conceived: destroy the dry-dock facility at St Nazaire on the French Atlantic coast, and without the use of the only suitable base for the ship, the threat would be neutralized.

The plan was to ram the entrance gates with a ship packed with explosives on a delayed fuse to give the men on board time to take shelter before the ship exploded. A motor boat armed with torpedoes would fire at the inner gate causing further damage to submarine pens. The troops and crew would then destroy as many dockyard targets as they could and withdraw in fast motor launches which had followed them in. All this was to be achieved under cover of an air raid. HMS Campbeltown, a US lend-lease destroyer was chosen for the task.

On the night of 27th March the raid commenced; heavy shelling killed or wounded over half of the motor boat crews in the approach but the Campbeltown succeeded in lodging its bows in the outer gates. On shore fighting was ferocious and close-quartered. The delayed action fuses detonated the high explosives in the Campbeltown's hold at noon on the 28th, killing over 400 German officers and men. The dock gates were destroyed and were not repaired until after the war. The cost to the Allies was high, of the 241 Commandos who took part, 168 were either killed or captured. But the Tirpitz was never able to leave Norwegian waters: the raid was an overwhelming success.

This volume in the Casemate Illustrated series gives a clear overview of the planning and execution of the raid and its aftermath, accompanied by 125 photographs and images, including color profiles and maps.
1 vol, 128 pgs 2019 US, CASEMATE
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1-COM1088 von Borries, Vance Decision at Kasserine: Rommel's Last Chance - Designer Signature Edition Decision at Kasserine: Rommel's Last Chance, Designer Signature Edition, marks the return of a true wargaming classic by Vance von Borries first published in 1983, faithfully remastered and updated with this all-new, supersized edition. Hailed by many as of the premier entry in the popular Battles for North Africa series, this two-player operational level simulation covers the WWII German and Italian offensive in central Tunisia which took place in mid-February 1943.

This edition of Decision at Kasserine features a super-sized map and counters and is another Classic Reborn! by Compass.

This Designer Signature edition of the classic Vance von Borries game goes beyond a mere culmination of the
forward strides made with subsequent games published in the series;
it now features a major update to the game system that will be implemented in future game releases of the popular Battles for North Africa series.
In terms of superior physical presentation, all aspects have been upgraded, including super-sized components; larger game map and 5/8' counters.

Supporting charts convey more information at a glance for ease of play
Enhanced ergonomics are built into the set up and reinforcement charts
Updated the Order of Battle based on new information and analysis
Fixed the original deployment and OoB based on archival information
The rules treatment is all-new with a full re-write backed by many illustrations, an index,
and clarifications and examples of play to reduce potential questions. Some rules were simplified, others enhanced.


Product Information:
Complexity: 6 out of 10
Solitaire Suitability: 6 out of 10 (no hidden units; variable German victory conditions)
Time Scale: 12 hours per turn
Map Scale: two miles per hex
Unit Scale: companies and battalions, artillery batteries or groups
Players: one to two, best with two
Playing Time: 3-8 hours depending upon scenario


Components:
Two map sheets
Three countersheets (5/8' size)
Rules booklet with updated Historical Notes
Three player aid cards
Three order of appearance display cards (Axis & Allied)
One six-sided die
Box and Lid
1 vol, 64 pgs 2020 US, COMPASS GAMES
NEW-box, available mid June 2020 ......$89.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-223840 Walter, Brian The Longest Campaign - Britain's Maritime Struggle in the Atlantic and Northwest Europe, 1939-1945 For four centuries the British realm depended upon sea power to defend its interest and independence against a myriad of threats both military and economic. During this time the Royal Navy established itself as the 'Sovereign of the Seas,' helping transform England, and later Great Britain, from an unassuming island nation perched on the edge of the European continent to the center of a global empire. Yet the advent of World War II presented Britain's maritime services with their greatest challenge to date. At stake was the survival of the nation.

The Longest Campaign tells the story of this epic struggle and the indispensable role that British sea power played in bringing about the victory that shaped the world we live in today. It is a complete, balanced and detailed account of the activities, results and relevance of Britain's maritime effort in the Atlantic and off northwest Europe throughout World War II. It looks at the entire breadth of the maritime conflict, exploring the contribution of all participants including the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British merchant marines and their Commonwealth equivalents. It puts the maritime conflict in the context of the overall war effort and shows how the various operations and campaigns were intertwined. Finally, it provides unique analysis of the effectiveness of the British maritime effort and role it played in bringing about the final Allied victory.
1 vol, 360 pgs 2020 US, CASEMATE
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1-223742 van Tonder, Gerry Korean War - Imjin River Fall of the Glosters to the Armistice, April 1951-July 1953 As of October 1950, a quarter of a million Communist Chinese troops, in twenty-seven divisions, had poured across the Yalu River into North Korea, with the singular objective of forcing General Douglas MacArthur's United Nations troops back across the 38th Parallel and into the Sea of Japan.

Shortly before midnight on 22 April 1951, to the west of the US Eighth Army's defensive front, the Chinese Sixty-third Army fell on the British 29th Brigade. On the left flank, the 1st Battalion, Gloucester Regiment ('Glosters') held a tenuous position at a ford on the Imjin River. Despite a gallant defense, the battalion was pushed back to make a desperate but futile stand on Hill 235. On what became known as 'Glosters' Hill', the battalion ceased to exist. It was subsequently estimated that the attacking force of 27,000 Chinese troops suffered 10,000 casualties, forcing the Chinese army to be withdrawn from the front.

From August 1951 to the summer of 1952, the USAF conducted Operation Strangle in a futile and costly attempt to disrupt Chinese supply routes. In the last two years of fighting, Communist Chinese and UN forces faced each other from well-entrenched positions in hilly terrain, where mapped hill numbers were contested. From June 1952 to March 1953, a series of five hard-fought engagements took place in central Korea as the antagonists sought ownership of Hill 266, commonly referred to as 'Old Baldy'. This was followed during April-July 1953 by two tactically pointless battles over Pork Chop Hill, in which the UN forces won the first battle and the Chinese the second, with both sides sustaining major casualties. On 27 July 1953, the two belligerents signed an armistice agreement, implementing a ceasefire that stands to this day. De facto, the Korean War has never ended.
1 vol, 128 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-223860 Green, Michael UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS IN VIETNAM , 1942-1943 With the American-supported South Vietnamese government verging on collapse in early 1965, American President Lyndon Johnson decided to commit American conventional ground forces in the form of a United States Marine Corps (USMC) brigade of approximately 3,000 men on March 8, 1965. 250 color & black and white illustrations

So began a massive and costly 10-year commitment. At its height in 1968, the USMC had 86,000 men in South Vietnam. Almost 500,000 Marines would eventually rotate in out of South Vietnam during their typical one-year tours of duty. In the end, the fighting during such well-known battles at Con Tien, Chu Lai, Hue, Khe Sanh and Dong Ha and thousands of now forgotten smaller-scale engagements would cost the USMC 13,070 killed in action and 88,630 wounded, more casualties than they suffered during the Second World War. In this book, well-known military historian Michael Green using hundreds of dramatic images tells the dramatic and gallant story of the Marines' contribution to an unwinnable war; the battles, their equipment, from rifles to helicopters and jets, and the strategy adopted by the Corps.
1 vol, 160 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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