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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
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1-220610 Calder, Kevin UP THE NILE : Wargames Rules for Fighting Battles in C19th Egypt and the Sudan Based on the BONNIE BLUE FLAG (ACW) attrition-based rules system. For any scale with no need to re-base your figures. All color.1 vol, 40 pgs 2019 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-220590 Curry, John editior Stuart Asquith and Terry Wise's Wargaming 17th Century Battles: Including Rules for the English Civil War and the Thirty Years War Stuart Asquith is a key contributor to the development of modern hobby of wargaming. His extensive work included editing Practical Wargamer for 12 years, authoring over twenty books and editing many more. This book focuses on one of the Stuart Asquith's key interests, 17th century warfare.

This book aims to bring together some of Stuart Asquith's work, focussed on this era. Other books in the series coverhis writing on other wars. The book has 20 scenarios for wargamers inclulding:The 20 battles include:

* Edgehill (1642)
* The Storming of Brentford (1642)
* The Battle of Lansdowne (1643)
* Roundway Down (1643)
* The First Battle of Newbury (1643)
* The Relief of Newark (1644)
* Cropredy Bridge (1644)
* Marston Moor (1644)
* The Battle of Naseby (1645)
* Dunkirk (1658)
* Medway (1667)
* Drumclog (1679)
* The Battle of Sedgemoor (1685)

Of course, the book would not be complete without a set of classic 'Old School' wargaming rules. The obvious choice was Terry Wise's popular wargaming rules for the English Civil War and the Thirty Years War circa 1618-1651.

This work is published as part of The History of Wargaming Project range of books that aim to document the development of wargaming. 1 vol, 220 pgs 2019 UK, JOHN CURRY EVENTS
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1-220600 Mongin, Jean Marie LA LEGION ETRANGERE 1831-1962: Une Histoire Par L'Uniforme De La Legion Etrangere From the Capture of Algiers to the disbanding of the REP, through the Carlist Wars in Spain, Camerone, the Great War, Bir-Hakeim, and Indochina, this book retraces the history of one of the most famous corps in military history.1 vol, 80 pgs 2019 FRANCE, HEIMDAL
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2-203560 Cobb, Michael BATTLE OF BIG BETHEL: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia Full-length treatment of the small but consequential June 10, 1861 battle that reshaped both Northern and Southern perceptions about what lay in store for the divided nation. In the spring of 1861, many people in the North and South imagined that the Civil War would be short and nearly bloodless. The first planned engagement of the war at Big Bethel, however, provided undeniable evidence of just how wrong popular opinion could be.

Major General Benjamin F. Butler was in command of Union forces at Fort Monroe, Virginia, at the tip of the peninsula between the James and York rivers only ninety miles from the Confederate capital at Richmond. Thanks to the foresight of Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott, President Abraham Lincoln's elderly chief military adviser, thousands of troops had been assigned to Butler to protect the fort and eventually threaten Richmond, thus perhaps bringing a quick end to the war.

Opposing the Yankees was the aggressive and dramatic Colonel John Bankhead Magruder, who decided to lure Butler into a fight. Magruder fortified a strategic swampy creek crossing, skillfully placed several artillery pieces, selected excellent defensive positions for his 1,400 men, and camouflaged the entire works with brush. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Butler marshaled about 4,000 men for a daring dawn attack.1 vol, 312 pgs 2019 US, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-220620 Hessler, James and Isenberg, Britt GETTYSBURG'S PEACH ORCHARD: Longstreet, Sickles, and the Bloody Fight for the Commanding Ground Along the Emmitsburg Road More books have been written about the battle of Gettysburg than any other engagement of the Civil War. The historiography of the battle's second day is usually dominated by the Union's successful defense of Little Round Top, but the day's most influential action occurred nearly one mile west along the Emmitsburg Road in farmer Joseph Sherfy's peach orchard. Despite its overriding importance, no full-length study of this pivotal action has been written until now. James Hessler's and Britt Isenberg's Gettysburg's Peach Orchard: Longstreet, Sickles, and the Bloody Fight for the 'Commanding Ground' Along the Emmitsburg Road corrects that oversight. Includes 20 images and 25 maps.

On July 2, 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered skeptical subordinate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet to launch a massive assault against the Union left flank. The offensive was intended to seize the Peach Orchard and surrounding ground along the Emmitsburg Road for use as an artillery position to support the ongoing attack. However, Union Maj. Gen. Daniel Sickles, a scheming former congressman from New York, misinterpreted his orders and occupied the orchard first. What followed was some of Gettysburg's bloodiest and most controversial fighting. 1 vol, 408 pgs 2019 US, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-COM1058 Smith, Eric Lee BATTLE HYMN: VOL 1 - GETTYSBURG AND PEA RIDGE This boardgame offers a brigade-level system based upon a chit-pull system of division activation, strength point step system with losses taken point by point, and each combat phase consists of two combat rounds. Uses a graphics approach based upon the maps produced by the US Government after the war, the map is a pleasure to behold. There are six scenarios in the game, some of which have alternatives for additional variety. Optional rules include hidden movement and more randomization during combat (more historical and also simulates async computer play).

Battle Hymn Vol. One includes two games: Gettysburg: The Tide Turns and Pea Ridge: The Struggle for Missouri.

Scenarios: Note: Some scenarios have alternatives making them in effect two or more scenarios.

Gettysburg
* Pickett's Charge - 3 turns, 45 minutes
* The Best Three Hours (Devil's Den) - 3 turns, 1 hour
* The Accidental Battle (Day One) - 11 turns, 3 hours
* Longstreet's March (Day Two) - 9 turns, 3 hours
* The Tide Turns (Day Three) - 7 turns, 3 hours
* The Battle of Gettysburg (campaign) - 31 turns, 8 hours

Pea Ridge
* The Surprise Attack (Day One) - 9 turns, 2 hours
* Missouri Redeemed! (Day Two) - 5 turns, 1.5 hours
* The Battle of Pea Ridge (campaign) - 15 turns, 5 hours

Product Information

* Complexity: Medium (4 out of 10)
* Playing Time: 45 minutes to 3 hours (scenarios), 5 to 8 hours (full campaigns)
* Solitaire Suitability: High (due to variable activation system)
* Time Scale: 1 turn = 60 to 90 minutes depending on the game and day
* Map Scale: 1 hex = 300 yards across
* Unit Scale: Brigades, strength point = 150-300 men (depending on the game & unity type)
* Players: 2 (but far above average as a solitaire game)

Components
* 4 10-sided dice of one color
* 1 10-side die of another color
* 2 39x25-inch maps with 5/8th inch hexes, period style
* 2 identical 8.5x11-inch chart cards, printed front and back
* Rule book: 32 pages, extensive examples
* 3 5/8-inch Counter sheets, 176 counters each1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-220640 Doyle, David M29 WEASEL TRACKED CARGO CARRIER & VARIANTS: Images of War series Conceived as part of a Top Secret project to disrupt Nazi Germany's atomic bomb program, the hastily developed Studebaker Weasel went on to one of, if not THE most successful of the wartime all-terrain vehicles. Designed with light weight to facilitate both air-dropping and efficient, high-speed operation in the snow, the vehicles were soon found to have excellent performance in the mud. 240 color & black and white photographs

Always amphibious, the later models were equipped with flotation tanks on each end and dual rudders in the rear for even more efficient operation in the water. Weasels were used on numerous fronts during WWII, were once again deployed in Korea, by the French in Vietnam, and numerous outposts during the Cold War. These pages provide an overview of the development, and a detailed look at the deployment and the machines themselves, of these iconic, all-terrain vehicles.1 vol, 168 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-220650 Doyle, David M36/M36B1 TANK DESTROYER: Images of War series Going into WWII, the prevailing strategy of the US command was that tanks were not to be used to engage enemy tanks in combat. Rather, tanks were to be the armored spearhead to breach enemy positions. Enemy tanks were to be dealt with by specialized weapons, aptly named tank destroyers. Includes 175 color & black and white illustrations.

While the 3-inch weapon of the M10 was superior to that found on earlier US tank destroyers, it was still found to be inadequate against the ever-increasing weight of German armor. An even larger gun, the 90mm M3, was placed in a new, bigger open-topped turret on 100 new hulls purpose built for this, and by remanufacturing M10A1s, primarily from US-based training units. As the supply of these chassis was depleted, additional vehicles were created by converting Diesel-powered M10s, resulting in the M36B2. The M36B1 was built from the ground-up as a tank destroyer, using a hull based on that of the M4A3 but featuring a standard M36 turret. Examination of rare surviving vehicles indicate that the M36B1 hulls were manufactured expressly for this purpose, and were not merely M4A3 hulls that were converted.

While US antitank doctrine changed, rendering all the tank destroyers obsolete post-WWII, many of these vehicles were supplied to other nations, and in fact some survived as combat vehicles into the 21st century.1 vol, 128 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-220630 Green, Michael UNITED STATES AIRBORNE DIVISIONS 1942-2018: Images of War series In 1942, the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions were formed and three more followed. 17th and 92nd (All American Division) and 101st (Screaming Eagles) fought in Sicily, D-Day, Market Garden, and the Rhine Crossing (VARSITY). The 11th served in the Far East. The 13th did not see combat. 250 black and white illustrations

Only the 82nd survived the postwar cull. The Screaming Eagles were reactivated in 1956 and both divisions served in Vietnam with the 101st becoming a helicopter delivered 'airmobile' division in 1968 before being re-designated an 'air assault' division in 1974.

As this superbly illustrated book describes, both 82nd and 101st earned their reputations as 'crack' divisions at the forefront of US operations and military interventions, be it Grenada (Urgent Fury), Panama (Just Cause), the Gulf Wars and most recently Afghanistan (Enduring Freedom).1 vol, 216 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-220621 Heinz Rehfeldt, Hans MORTAR GUNNER ON THE EASTERN FRONT: The Memoir of Dr. Hans Rehfeldt -- Volume 1: From the Moscow Winter Offensive to Operation Zitadelle The diary of a soldier who frequently came close to death but somehow survived. He was awarded numerous honors including the Wound Badge and the Infantry Assault Badge. Includes 100 b/w illustrations.

Following his Abitur (A-levels) in 1940, Rehfeldt volunteered for the Panzer Arm but was trained on the heavy mortar and heavy MG with Grossdeutschland Division. He was on the Front from 1941 fighting for the city of Tula, south of Moscow. Battling in freezing conditions, at its lowest -52 degrees C, the descriptions of the privations are vivid and terrifying. With no winter clothes they resorted to using those taken from Soviet corpses.

In 1942, fighting near Oriel, however, his battalion suffered heavy losses and was disbanded. Ill with frostbitten legs, Rehfeldt was treated in hospital and once recovered was dispatched back to the Front. Following various battles (Werch, Bolchov), his battalion again suffered heavy losses and was merged. In agony from severe frostbite to his legs, Rehfeldt defied the odds and astonished his surgeon when he walked again. He was promoted from Gunner to Trained Private Soldier in 1942, and to Corporal for bravery in the field in 1943.

On 3 May 1945, he was captured by US Forces and held as POW for one month in a camp at Waschow before internment in Holstein from where he was released in July 1945 after agreeing to work on the land. In December 1945, he began studying veterinary medicine: his future career.1 vol, 352 pgs 2019 UK, GREENHILL BOOKS
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1-220660 Doyle, David M65 ATOMIC CANNON: Images of War series In 1949, the US Army wanted an artillery gun that could fire a nuclear warhead in the event that guided missiles and long-range bombers proved insufficient in delivering atomic weapons. The result was the M65, 280mm Atomic Cannon. On May 25, 1953, at 0830 hours, an M65 of A Battery, 867th Field Artillery Battalion, let loose with the only nuclear round the type would ever fire. Includes 385 color & black and white photographs.

Six battalions of the M65 would eventually be deployed, most in Europe with one battalion sent to the Korean Peninsula. Though never used in combat, they served as a significant tactical nuclear deterrent in the early stages of the Cold War. 1 vol, 240 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-COM1085 Fawcett, Chris BAR-LEV: The 1973 Arab-Israeli War - Deluxe Edition Updated game treatment of Frank Chadwick's GDW release originally published in 1977, faithfully remastered and updated with this all-new, deluxe edition. Either of the two fronts (the Golan Heights and the Suez Canal) may be gamed separately, or both can be linked to simulate the course of the entire war.

It now features an updated order of battle and revised, expanded rules that fully integrate the air and air defense systems into the rest of the game, featuring a re-engineered sequence of play to provide a much more immersive experience for players. Operational planning is up to the players - you decide who to mobilize and where the hammer blow is to fall.

Some of the enhancements made in this edition include:

* Redesigned 9/16-inch counters featuring BONUS option for tank battalions (two sets of counters; one with NATO symbols and one with representative AFV side view)
* Game map information is updated based on research and includes all-new map artwork
* Supporting charts convey more information at a glance for ease of play
* Updated the Order of Battle based on new information and analysis
* Resolution converted from a d6 to d10 for all game purposes
* Fully-integrated air and air defense systems; re-engineered sequence of play
* Updated rules treatment backed by many illustrations, an index, and clarifications and examples of play to reduce potential questions


Product Information:
* Complexity: 6 out of 10
* Solitaire Suitability: 7 out of 10 (no hidden units)
* Time Scale: 1 day per turn
* Map Scale: 3-6 km per hex
* Unit Scale: battalion and company
* Players: one to four, best with two
* Playing Time: 5-10 hours for one-map scenario, 12+ hours for full two-map game

Components:
* Two map sheets (22x34-inch each)
* Eight countersheets (9/16-inch size)
* Rules booklet
* Four player aid cards
* Four air tasking displays
* One ten-sided die1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 US, COMPASS GAMES
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