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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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1-196810D Bushel, Alexandre SAGA DICE: Saga Eastern Dice 8 SAGA Dice for use with the Pagan Peoples, Eastern Princes, and the Mongol Battle Boards in SAGA Age of Crusades.1 vol, 8 pgs 2018 UK, GRIPPING BEAST
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1-212162 Hale, Chris KONFLIKT '47: Defiance Delving deeper into the weird world of Konflikt '47, this supplement presents a range of new material for the game, including:

* New units: Options for troops and technology that can be added to the armies presented in the rulebook.
* Special characters: Field the best of the best, elite men and women who may single-handedly be the crucial element between victory and defeat.
* New background: The history of the world of Konflikt '47 is detailed in more depth.
* New rules: All-new means of waging war, including material previously published online.1 vol, 144 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-214652 Haythornthwaite, Jonathan DRACULA'S AMERICA: Shadows of the West - Forbidden Power Since Dracula's rise to power, a shadow has swept across the nation, but nowhere is it darker than in the Deep South. Throughout the plantations, swamps, and cities, rumors abound of grotesque rituals, hooded figures, and bizarre creatures. Most terrifying of all, however, are the whispers of ancient magic -- unspeakable arcane rituals and occult powers that can lead those who wield them towards mystical supremacy. or reduce them to gibbering wrecks.

This new supplement introduces two new factions: the corrupt cultists of the Church of Dagon and the Salem Sisterhood, occult practitioners whose history dates back to the early Colonies. New stealth rules allow for all manner of sneaky and underhanded tactics, while expanded rules for arcane powers offer glory but could cost you your sanity. Alongside these are a host of new scenarios, Hired Guns, monsters, skills, and gear to challenge or assist those who dare venture into the Deep South of Dracula's America.1 vol, 96 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-914140 various VAE VICTIS # 140: Qui Ose Gagne! (Who Dares Wins!) Cyrenaique 1942 Solitaire game on The Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) and SAS commando actions in Libya in 1942 based on the ability of these patrols to operate in the wide deserts of Cyrenaica from their Egyptian bases while remaining stealth. The game offers one campaign of five scenarios (individually playable) with historical Orders of Battle. Complexity: 5-6 out of 10. Time of play: 2-3 hours. [English Language Rules]

Scale: One counter = 3 LRDG vehicles or an Axis platoon; One zone = 1 to 5 square km; One turn = one day

Boardgame Reviews: Mollwitz CoA; La Guerra di Gradisca ES; Great War Commander Hexasim; Artic Disaster AtO; 1500 DVG; Napoleon's Resurgence OSG; Napoleon 1806 Shakos

Scenarios: ASL; M44; OST

Miniatures: Secession Campagnes a l'ouest; Gangs of Rome; Alsace 1944 pour Bolt Action; Blood Red Skies; L'actualite Battlefront

Technic: Les decors desert 1re partie

Hobby: Les nouveautes Ken Trottman; Interview Hermann Luttmann

Art of War: Cyrenaique 1942; Turenne1 vol, 84 pgs 2018 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
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1-968005 Zaloga, Steven 005 OPERATION CROSSBOW 1944: Hunting Hitler's V-weapons In mid-1943, Allied intelligence began to pick up the signs of unusual German construction in remote locations near the Channel Coast. Several massive fortifications were beginning to take shape, and they appeared to be oriented towards London. Allied intelligence code named these sites as Crossbow and began plans to attack them before they could bombard Britain's capital city. These Heavy Crossbow sites for the V-1 and V-2 missiles were supposed to be bomb-proof, but they soon attracted the attention of RAF heavy bombers with the new Tallboy concrete-penetrating bombs.

Fully illustrated with commissioned artwork and contemporary photographs, Operation Crossbow 1944 examines the dynamics of the world's first missile war and describes the parallel American efforts to develop missiles and assault drones to attack the Heavy Crossbow sites, including the Air Force's Aphrodite and Navy Anvil projects.1 vol, 96 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-972034 Greentree, David 034 HITLERJUGEND SOLDIER vs CANADIAN SOLDIER: Normandy 1944 Canadian and Waffen-SS troops of 12. SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend faced one another in a series of bloody battles following the D-Day landings of June 1944. The Canadian units fought in a number of distinguished regiments, while the Hitlerjugend Division were drawn from the ranks of the Hitler Youth organizations. Veteran officers and NCOs were joined by inexperienced teenagers, and clashed with the Canadians repeatedly, notably at Authie, Bretteville, and Hill 168. The struggle quickly took on an especially bitter nature, fueled by the massacre of Canadian prisoners by Hitlerjugend personnel.

Employing first-hand accounts and the latest research, as well as specially commissioned artwork and carefully selected archive photographs, this absorbing study investigates the origins, ethos, training, fighting techniques, and weapons of both sides during the epic struggle for Normandy.1 vol, 80 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-975063 McNab, Chris 063 THE FN MAG MACHINE GUN: M240, L7, and Other Variants For six decades, the 7.62mm FN MAG has been a dominant general-purpose machine gun (GPMG) in worldwide arsenals. Three qualities have guaranteed this enduring status - reliability, ease of operation, and firepower. Several nations have license-produced the weapon as their standard GPMG, including the British (as the L7) and the Americans (M240), and in total more than 80 nations have adopted the FN MAG. The machine gun has also been modified extensively for vehicular, naval, and aircraft platforms, demonstrating versatility in the air, on sea, and on land.

In this book, Chris McNab charts the technical evolution of this extraordinary weapon, created by Belgian company Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal. From the jungles of South East Asia, to the deserts of the Middle East, and the icy battlefields of the Falklands, this study explores the origins, development, combat use, and legacy of the FN MAG machine gun, a dominant weapon in its field for more than a half-century.
1 vol, 80 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978087 Higgins, David 087 P-39/P-400 AIRACOBRA vs A6M2/3 ZERO-SEN: New Guinea 1942 After the huge advances made in the early months of the Pacific war, it was in remote New Guinea where the advance of Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force (IJNAF) A6M Zero-sen fighters was first halted due to a series of offensive and defensive aerial battles ranging from treetop height up to 30,000 ft.

Initially, the IJNAF fought Australian Kittyhawks, but by May 1942 they tangled with USAAF P-39 and P-400 Airacobras. The battles unfolded over mountainous terrain with treacherous tropical weather. Neither IJNAF or USAAF pilots had been trained for such extreme conditions, incurring many additional losses aside from those that fell in combat. Using specially commissioned artwork and contemporary photographs and testimony, this explains how, despite their initial deficit in experience and equipment, the Airacobras managed to square the ledger and defend New Guinea.1 vol, 80 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-992123 Forsyth, Robert 123 HEINKEL HE 177 UNITS OF WORLD WAR 2 In many ways, the Heinkel He 177 'Greif' (Griffon) was Nazi Germany's 'lost' strategic bomber. With some fundamental creases ironed out, and built in large numbers, the He 177 would have offered the Luftwaffe the means with which to carry out long-range, mass bombing attacks against targets of a strategic nature.

Although competing interests and personalities served to prevent this from happening, from mid-1943 the aircraft nevertheless saw service over England, the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and in Russia. The He 177 flew to the end of the war, with some machines undertaking extremely hazardous low-level missions against Soviet armour in Poland in late 1944-45.

Filled with detailed artwork and contemporary photographs, this tells the story of this aircraft, including the political infighting at the top of the Luftwaffe's hierarchy that stymied its development, its radical technical design and its state-of-the-art weaponry.1 vol, 96 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995261 Cappellano, Filippo 261 ITALIAN ARMOURED & RECONNAISSANCE CARS 1911-45 The first Italian armored cars were used in the war in Libya in 1911-12 against the Ottoman Empire. With few tanks being developed, the Italians relied instead on the development of more mobile armored cars like the Ansaldo Lancia 1 Z, during World War I, but post-war the army, focusing on the Alpine battlegrounds of Italy's northern borders, did not consider armored cars suitable for reconnaissance duties.

The experience of the Spanish Civil War would provide the much needed last push for the Italians to develop modern armored cars. The result were the famous AB 41-43 models, which fought against the British in North Africa and Marshall Tito's forces in Yugoslavia, along with other vehicles such as the AS 36 light armored car.

Using detailed color plates and contemporary photographs, this book examines the development of the Italian armored car in the two world wars and the inter-war years, from the deserts of North Africa to the slopes of the Alps.1 vol, 48 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995260 Hampshire, Edward 260 SOVIET CRUISE MISSILE SUBMARINES OF THE COLD WAR The Soviet Union's cruise missile submarines from the modified Whiskey, to the Oscar II classes were among the most formidable vessels of the Cold War. They were initially designed to carry land attack nuclear-tipped cruise missiles designed to strike targets on the eastern coast of the United States.

By the late 1960s, however, submarine-launched ballistic missiles made the nuclear land-attack mission unnecessary, so existing classes were converted to the 'carrier killer' role, armed with anti-ship cruise missiles designed to destroy US super-carriers and other important naval targets.

This fully illustrated study examines these powerful machines that were some of the largest and fastest submarines ever built. If war had broken out, they would have been at the forefront of the Soviet Navy's campaign to destroy NATO's sea power and cut America's sea link with Europe.1 vol, 48 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996323 Cansiere, Romain 323 BLANC MONT RIDGE 1918: America's Forgotten Victory The dominating Blanc Mont Ridge complex in the Champagne region of France was home to some of the most complex German defenses on the Western Front. Its heights offered artillery observation that made even approaching the ridge virtually suicidal.

Pessimistic about the ability of depleted and demoralized French units to capture the position, General Henri Gouraud was granted the use of two American divisions: the veteran 2nd 'Indianhead' Division, including the 4th (Marine) Brigade, and the untested 36th 'Arrowhead' Division of the Texas and Oklahoma National Guard.

This fully illustrated book describes this Allied offensive with American troops in the vanguard, and shows how despite the heavy losses it sustained to both manpower and supporting armour, they eventually forced the Germans to abandon most of the region in one of the largest withdrawals of the war.1 vol, 96 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996324 DeVries, Kelly 324 CAMPALDINO 1289: The Battle That Made Dante Campaldino is one of the important battles between the Guelphs and Ghibellines - the major political factions in the city states of central and northern Italy. It heralded the rise of Florence to a dominant position over the area of Tuscany and was one of the last occasions when the Italian city militias contested a battle, with the 14th century seeing the rise of the condottiere in Italy's Wars.1 vol, 96 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997222 Rottman, Gordon 222 WORLD WAR II US MARINE INFANTRY REGIMENTS The USMC came into its own in the Pacific Islands campaign against Japan in World War II. From Guadalcanal to Okinawa, US Marines formed the tip of the spear as Allied forces sought to push the Japanese back to their Home Islands.

This fascinating study tracks the deployments of the various Marine divisions throughout the war and explains their composition, but also goes deeper, to detail the individual regiments - the focus of the marines' identity and pride. It explains the organization of the Marine infantry regiment and its equipment, and how they evolved during the war. The marine infantryman's evolving uniforms, field equipment and weapons are illustrated throughout using specially commissioned artwork and detailed descriptions to produce a fitting portrait of the US military's elite fighting force in the Pacific.1 vol, 64 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-914021G Beym Fredricc VAE VICTUS BOARD GAME # 21: Avec Honneur et Panache Volume 1 RETHEL 1650: 15 December 1650. With Mazarin having imprisoned the Prince of Conde at the beginning of the year for fear of his growing influence, the troops supporting the Prince rallied behind Turenne who had recently joined Fronde's side. Turenne operated in the northeast of France to join the troops of the Duc de Lorraine and the Spanish with hopes of regaining control of all the fortresses acquired in Conde's cause.

Sensing the danger of having such a great captain against him, Mazarin entrusted the command of the armies of Flanders and Champagne to the Comte de Plessis-Praslin (meanwhile beginning secret negotiations with the other camp). Plessis-Praslin lay siege to Rethel and, despite having given his word, the governor of Rethel surrendered a few days before Turenne's arrival. The commander of the Frondeur army was therefore required to combat the entire Royalist army.

After his defeat (which would be the last one), Turenne joined the king's camp in exchange for amnesty, a few titles and, most importantly, the command of the French armies. He would be a loyal servant of the king until his death on the battlefield 25 years later.

THE DUNES 1658: 14 June 1658, The alliances had evolved since the end of the Thirty Years' War. The Lorraine soldiers had gone over to the French camp after their duke was imprisoned by the Spanish. Mazarin convinced King Louis XIV to sign a military alliance with Cromwell who sent a strong English contingency to the continent, thereby forcing King Charles II and Princes James and Henry to join the Spanish with their meager troops. Exiled with those loyal to him for nearly six years, Conde was also on the side of Juan of Austria, the commander in chief of the Spanish forces.

When Turenne lay siege to the fortress of Dunkirk, Juan of Austria decided to give battle right away. As a result of this French victory, the Treaty of the Pyrenees and other related agreements were signed, putting an end to the Franco-Spanish War, to some extent the Fronde, and the English Civil War. The sun of Louis XIV could begin to shine.

The game includes: Two 59 x 41 cm maps (one sheet back printed); 270 double-sided, pre-cut counters and markers; A book of rules and scenarios; A color player aid1 vol, 24 pgs 2018 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
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1-217520 Archobold ENGLISH CIVIL WAR FLAGS: English & Scots Foot Regiments Full color paperback. Good quick reference of the many colorful and unique flags from the armies of both sides of the English Civil War. Included is 308 known foot regiment flags from the civil war all illustrated in full color. To be as accurate as possible a variety of sources were used including drawings and detailed descriptions from the time plus some current material. This book will prove to be a handy reference of all the known flags for historians, wargamers, and battle re-enactors. 1 vol, 70 pgs 2018 UK, REDCREST PUBLICATIONS
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1-217540 Forczyk, Robert WE MARCH AGAINST ENGLAND: Operation Sea Lion 1940-41 In May 1940, Nazi Germany was master of continental Europe and the only European power still standing was Great Britain. The all-conquering German armed forces stood poised to cross the Channel. Following the destruction of the RAF fighter forces, the sweeping of the Channel of mines, and the wearing down of the Royal Naval defenders, two German army groups were set to storm the beaches of southern England. Despite near-constant British fears from August to October, the invasion never took place after first being postponed to spring 1941 before finally being abandoned entirely.

Looks at the real scale of German ambition, plans, and capabilities. He examines, in depth, how Operation Sea Lion fitted in with German air-sea actions around the British Isles as he shows exactly what stopped Hitler from invading Britain.1 vol, 400 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-217530 Boylan, Kevin VALLEY OF THE SHADOW: The Siege of Dien Bien Phu Struggling to reassert control over their Indochinese colonies after World War II, the French established a huge air-land base in the valley of Dien Bien Phu. But when the opposing Vietnamese People's Army (VPA) began massing its forces against the base in late 1953, French commanders seized the opportunity to draw their elusive enemy into a decisive set-piece battle.

Defending a series of fortified positions which were reliant upon a single airstrip - and later, risky and inaccurate airdrops - for reinforcement and resupply, the French troops quickly discovered that they had underestimated their enemy. In 56 days of costly close-quarters fighting, the VPA slowly dislodged the French from one strongpoint after another by developing novel tactics and accomplishing incredible feats of engineering.

Draws upon Vietnamese-language sources never previously employed in Western accounts of the siege to tell of the climactic battle of the First Indochina War.1 vol, 368 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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