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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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1-2013439 THE CURSE OF THE DEAD MAN'S HAND: Dead Man's Hand Hearse The final form of transport for many in Dead Man's Hand. This carriage takes folks from this life to the next via the cemetery. Even death is not enough to keep trouble at bay in these parts and sometimes the final journey itself can be a dangerous one.

This box set contains two horses, driver, and shotgun figure and a hearse. Hearse (MDF, not metal) produced by 4Ground, figures by Great Escape Games, and horses from Crusader Miniatures.

28mm scale model. Figures and horses supplied unassembled and unpainted. Hearse supplied fully painted, requires assembly. Base included.1 vol, 43 pgs 2018 UK, GREAT ESCAPE GAMES
NEW-box, available mid June 2018 ......$29.00 rct

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1-908903 Parks, Matt and others WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED HOW TO.: A Guide To Modelling This 'How To.' guide is a compilation of articles published over several years in Wargames Illustrated magazine. This first volume (like the following two, which will be published annually) is an eclectic mix of the best of the articles from our regular 'How To.' column. Although 'How To.' has featured several different contributors over the years, Paul Davies (author of Battlefields in Miniature by Pen and Sword) has been its main contributor. This guide on 'how to build' building and other structures includes:

* NORTH AMERICAN MANSION: ACW mansion.
* ROMAN FORTIFICATIONS: Like those erected by Caesar in Gaul.
* BUILDING BRIDGES: A range of different bridge types.
* SOUTH EAST ASIAN BUILDINGS: Inspired by Vietnam.
* EARLY IRISH CHRISTIAN CHURCH: Irish monastic buildings -- an early Christian church.
* SPANISH CONVENT: Can be used on the Churubusco battlefield (Mexico) or elsewhere around the globe.
* WOODEN FENCES & DRY STONE WALLS: Dark Ages.
* DICE TOWER: Eye-catching, dice-rolling tower for you.
* WATERMILL: Choose either Late Medieval European mill or a Colonial North American mill.
* NATIVE AMERICAN LONGHOUSE: Native American Longhouse.
* SIEGE TOWER: Tower
* DUTCH WINDMILL: Traditional windmill.
* BATTLEFIELD DEFENSES:Variety of battlefield defenses.
* REDOUBTS AT BORODINO: Russian earthworks.1 vol, 124 pgs 2018 UK, WARGAME ILLUSTRATED
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1-935097 Various WARGAMES SOLDIERS & STRATEGY # 97 Special Feature: World War II Goes Weird
* Playing 'What if?' World War II - Games Without Frontiers
* A 'What if?' Assassination Mission - Kill Stalin!
* Weird War II Airborne Operations - Operation Redrow
* Weird War II Pulp Adventures - Lieutenant Liberty and the Doom Platoon
* Operation Aconite, Hunting Beasts in the Forest - The Wolf's Bane
* Collecting for Weird World War II - Something Wicked this way comes

Features
* The Empress Matilda's Flight - Bitesize Battle: Escape from Oxford
* The Perils of Ptolemaic Pachyderms - Elephant Archos
* The Swedes vs. the Dutch in North America - The Battle at Fort Mosquito, 1655
* Making a Water Tower for Gaming - Dawn Raid on the Recycling Bin
* Upgrading Laser Cut Buildings - A Magnificent MDF Mansion

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* Miniature Reviews
* This Gaming Life - Quick, Hide the Maths!
* Tabletop Tactics - Early Artillery
* The Irregular - Rivet Counters Anonymous
* The Funky Street Fighting Game - Let's Play Street Wars NYC
* Game reviews - Battlegroup Torch, Furioso, 1914, Wargame: Castle Assault, and Scream Aim Fire
* Book Reviews
* Parting Shots1 vol, 84 pgs 2018 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-2116821 Viskovatov, A.V. translated by Mark Conrad UNIFORMS OF RUSSIAN ARMY DURING THE NAPOLEONIC WAR: Volume 16 - The Guards Cavalry: Cuirassiers, Dragoons and others Next volume in the series covers The Guards: Cuirassiers, Dragoons and others -- 1801 to 1825 -- during the Czar Alexander I era.

All told, Viskovatov's enormous work is based on a great quantity of archival documents and contains 4000 colored and b/w illustrations. It is composed of 30 or 34 volumes (1st edition 1-30, St. Petersburg, 1841-62, and 2nd edition Vols. 1-34, St. Petersburg - Novosibirsk - Leningrad, 1899-1948).

Our new edition has revised the plates, including coloring many of the images so far available just in black and white. Also includes some rare color plates from private collectors.1 vol, 138 pgs 2018 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-217460 Esposito, Gabriele and Angel Garcia Pinto THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC (South America) The Pacific War was one of the greatest and bloodiest war ever on the west part of South America, and is one of the most important conflicts in South American history. It is also known as the 'Saltpeter War' or the 'Guano War' because the possession of these two highly profitable nitrates was the main cause of the conflict.

This book examines the troops, uniforms and equipment used by the Chilean, Peruvian and Bolivian forces and traces the events of the war from the early naval blockades, through major pitched battles, to the final guerilla campaign in occupied Peru. The war ended in total victory for Chile, and that country's military emergence thereafter as 'the Prussia of South America,' while it cost Peru some lucrative provinces, and Bolivia its outlet to the Pacific coast. A lavishly illustrated book with original plates by artist Angel Garcia Pinto.1 vol, 170 pgs 2018 US, WINGED HUSSAR PUBLISHING
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1-88070 Hordynski, Joseph HISTORY OF THE POLISH REVOLUTION OF 1830 After Poland was wiped off the map of Europe in 1794 and divided between Russia, Prussia, and Austria the found some redemption with Napoleon. While the Russians attempted to integrate the Poles into the Russian Empire, the Poles longed for their independence. As part of the Congress of Vienna a nominal 'Congress Kingdom' was established as an independent area.

With the ascension of Nicholas I as Tsar, the new administration attempted to clamp down on any nationalist thoughts. The Poles rose in rebellion and for two years fought against the Russians, seeking to re-establish Poland as an independent nation once again. The uprising was crushed and though there would be further such revolutions, Poland would not become truly independent until 1919. This detailed account imparts focus on the innumerable battles. Written by a participant in the uprising and containing more than thirty maps, it is has long been a source of information on this event.1 vol, 289 pgs 2018 US, WINGED HUSSAR PUBLISHING
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1-69030 Soltyk, General Roman; translated by G. Nafziger OPERATIONS OF THE POLISH ARMY DURING 1809 Originally published in 1841, Operations of the Polish Army during the 1809 Campaign, by General Roman Soltyk, is not a simple recitation of the events of the war; it is a reasoned critique of the operations of the Polish Army, disputing its territory and its liberties from the Austrian Army foot by foot. It was written by a man who was personally familiar with the people and events discuss in this work. Using original material along with his memoirs, General Soltyk lays out a fascinating and detailed account of the little researched, but equally important theater of war.1 vol, 175 pgs 2017 US, WINGED HUSSAR PUBLISHING
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1-217510 Beatie, Russel H. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC: Birth of Command, November 1860 - September 1861 Wide ranging study of Army leaders and their decisions, Sept. 1861 - Feb. 1862. Some maps

There have been many studies of the generals who commanded the Union's victorious Army of the Potomac, but none has considered the corps, division, and brigade commanders (and their all-important staff officers) through the entire war--until now. Placing their actions in the social, political, military, and economic context of the day, this original and thought-provoking book examines in meticulous detail the command and performance of the brave and controversial officers of the Union's main fighting force.

This study in command, the first of a multi-volume work, is based entirely on manuscript sources, many of which have never before been examined. As a result, the narrative and conclusions about the actions of many of the Union's prominent generals differ--often significantly--from traditional historical thinking. What emerges is a much different picture of these men and how their personalities influenced their command decisions and the political atmosphere that influenced and determined their military careers. The Army of the Potomac is about the leaders as men--their successes and failures commanding the Union's largest army.1 vol, 635 pgs 2002 US, DA CAPO PRESS
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1-217490 Barry, Quintin DISPUTED VICTORY: Schley, Sampson and the Spanish-American War of 1898 An account of the naval campaign of Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War of 1898 and the subsequent public controversy and Court of Inquiry. Includes 16 pages of b/w plates and six b/w maps.

In 1898, the United States went to war with Spain over the future of Cuba. The American navy had, in the preceding decade, been revived after years of neglect, and was much stronger than anything that the Spanish could bring against it. In the Philippines, Admiral George Dewey easily destroyed a weak Spanish squadron. A military invasion of Cuba was supported by the rest of the US Navy, under the command of Admiral William T Sampson. An important part of this force was the Flying Squadron, led by Commodore Winfield Scott Schley.

Meanwhile a Spanish squadron under Admiral Pascual Cervera sailed from Europe to the Caribbean and, after disappearing for some days, reached the port of Santiago de Cuba. Schley was the first on the scene; his movements were later to be severely criticized. When Sampson arrived with the rest of the fleet, a blockade of the port was instituted. In the end, Cervera was obliged to make an attempt to break out, but his squadron of four cruisers was overwhelmed and destroyed. During the battle on Sunday July 3, Schley was in effective command, as Sampson had gone ashore to confer with the army commander.

Although the Americans had won another easy victory, a bitter dispute arose between the respective supporters of Schley and Sampson as to who was entitled to the credit. Fanned by the popular press, the issue split the US Navy to the point where its morale was seriously affected. Matters came to a head with the publication of a book violently attacking Schley's conduct. He demanded a Court of Inquiry; this sat for 40 days at the Washington Navy Yard, presided over by Admiral Dewey. It was one of the great trials of American history, as the lawyers refought the campaign in minute detail.

In the end, the verdict went against Schley, though this was offset by a minority opinion from Dewey that he had indeed been in command and deserved the credit for the victory. This book explores the rights and wrongs of the conduct of those principally involved in a battle that marked the dawn of the American empire, and closely examines the dramatic proceedings of the Court of Inquiry.1 vol, 256 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPNAY
NEW-hardback, available late June 2018 ......$50.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-217470 Baxter, Ian 5TH SS DIVISION WIKING AT WAR 1941-1945: Images of War Series Drawing on a superb collection of rare and unpublished photographs, this is the fifth book in the Waffen-SS Images of War Series and tells the dramatic story of the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking at war. The men of the division were recruited from foreign volunteers in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, the Netherlands, and Belgium under the command of German officers. Not all were collaborators - the choice they were all too often presented with was join up or be locked up - or worse. During the course of the war, the division served on the Eastern Front in 1941, and eventually surrendered in May 1945 to the American forces in Austria.1 vol, 176 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-softcover, available late June 2018 ......$25.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-21670 Reynolds, Clark G. FAST CARRIERS, THE: The Forging of an Air Navy Thorough analysis of the US Navy and Royal Navy fast carrier operations in WWII. Includes b/w illustrations, appendix, bibliography, and index.1 vol, 498 pgs 1968 NY, McGRAW-HIIL COMPANY
AS NEW-dj, Only 1 copy available - first come, first served ......$15.00

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1-217500 Rutherford, Jeff THE GERMAN ARMY ON THE EASTERN FRONT: An Inner View of the Ostheer's Experiences of War Histories of the German army on the Eastern Front generally focus on battlefield exploits on the war as it was fought in the front line. They tend to neglect other aspects of the army's experience, particularly its participation in the racial war demanded by the leadership of the Reich. Using a selection of revealing extracts from a wide range of wartime documents, it looks at the totality of the Wehrmacht's war in the East.

The documents have previously been unpublished or have never been translated into English, and they offer a fascinating inside view of the army's actions and attitudes. Combat is covered, and complicity in Hitler's war of annihilation against the Soviet Union. There are sections on the conduct of the war in the rear areas logistics, medical, judicial, and the army's tactics, motivation, and leadership. The entire text is informed by the latest research into the reality of the conflict as it was perceived and understood by those who took part.1 vol, 288 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-softcover, available late June 2018 ......$43.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-217480 Zamulin, Valeriy THE FORGOTTEN BATTLE OF THE KURSK SALIENT: 7th Guards Army's Stand Against Army Detachment Kempf A companion work to the author's study of II SS Panzer Corps' offensive and the culminating clash at Prokhorovka. Includes 32 pages of b/w photos, 8 pages of color maps, and many tables.

Using the Russian Ministry of Defense's archives and Western sources, the author lays out the German and Soviet plans for the battle; the forces arrayed for it and the extensive Soviet defenses; and then goes through a meticulous examination of the course of the fighting, as III Panzer Corps suffered initial setbacks in its attempt to link up with the right flank of II SS Panzer Corps (then extemporized on the battlefield to get the offensive going and to complete the linkup). Meanwhile, the Soviet side fought valiantly to prevent this (according to the plan of the Voronezh Front Commander-in-Chief, N.F. Vatutin).1 vol, 648 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-hardback, available late June 2018 ......$60.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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