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1-214390 Mersey, Daniel A WARGAMER'S GUIDE TO THE DESERT WAR: 1940 - 1943 Overview of events from the opening British successes against the Italians, to the famous duels between Monty and the Rommel (the Desert Fox), and right up to the US-led invasion of Operation Torch and the eventual defeat of the Afrika Korps. Offers advice on how to recreate these on the gaming table. Discusses factors to consider when choosing an appropriate set of commercially-available rules, or devising your own, to best suit the scale and style of battle you want and capture the flavor of the period.

Reviews the relevant ranges of figures and vehicle models. Analyzes forces involved, organization, tactics, and strategies to help you build armies. Includes scenarios. 1 vol, 128 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-213738 Tunez, Michael BLOOD & PLUNDER: Marker Dice Set This set of 24 marker dice is necessary to track game effects such as Fatigue, Reload, and Critical damage. Anything can be used as a marker as long as its meaning is clear to both players.

Contents: 6 Action, 6 Reload, 6 Fatigue, and 6 Critical Hits dice.1 vol, 24 pgs 2017 US, FIRELOCK GAMES
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1-213739 Tunez, Michael BLOOD & PLUNDER: Set of 12 D10 Dice Blood & Plunder uses 10-sided dice to determine the outcome of many situations in the game. A handful (from four to 12 dice) are required to play. These Firelock Games custom dice represent the different nationalities in the game. 1 vol, 12 pgs 2017 US, FIRELOCK GAMES
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1-2118606 Cristini, Luca illus by Aleksandr Vasilevich Viskovatov UNIFORMS OF RUSSIAN ARMY OF PETER THE GREAT Compiled at Saint Petersburg during the years from 1837 and 1851, the Historical Description of the Clothing and Arms of the Russian Army has had an enormous impact and great importance for the study on the history of Russian costume and uniformology development over the past centuries. The Viskovatov's enormous work is based on a great quantity of archival documents and contains 4000 colored and b/w illustrations. It is composed by 30 or 34 volumes (1st edition 1-30, St. Petersburg, 1841-62, and 2nd edition Vols. 1-34, St. Petersburg - Novosibirsk - Leningrad, 1899-1948). The topics discussed start from the early czars until the late nineteenth century.

This volume is devoted to the Russian army uniforms under the reign of Peter I the Great just to reign of Ivan VI for the years 1682-1741: we revised and colored many of the images so far available just in black and white, as well we found some rare color plates with the collaboration of private collectors. These, together with the first ever English translation, make our collection exclusive and of great value. 1 vol, 124 pgs 2017 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-2118504 Viskovatov, A and Christini, Luca UNIFORMS OF THE RUSSIAN ARMY IN THE ERA OF THE ANCIENT TZAR Compiled at Saint Petersburg during the years from 1837 and 1851, the Historical Description of the Clothing and Arms of the Russian Army has had an enormous impact and great importance for the study on the history of Russian costume and uniformology development over the past centuries. The original is based on a great quantity of archival documents and contains 4000 colored and b/w illustrations. It is composed by 30 or 34 volumes (1st edition 1-30, St. Petersburg, 1841-62, and 2nd edition Vols. 1-34, St. Petersburg - Novosibirsk - Leningrad, 1899-1948). The topics discussed start from the early czars until the late 19th century.

This volume is devoted to the Russian army uniforms under the reign of the ancient Tzar of the 17th century and includes 110 plates: we revised and colored many of the images so far available just in black and white, as well we found some rare color plates with the collaboration of private collectors. These, together with the first ever English translation, make our collection exclusive and of great value. 1 vol, 134 pgs 2017 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-210845 Wright, D WURTTEMBERG CAVALRY, ARTILLERY AND STAFF OF THE NAPOLEONIC WARS - Military Colours Vol. 5 Continuing this best-selling series, David Wright completes the coverage of the Wurttemberg army, illustrated with his superb color diagrams of uniforms and of course flags. Illustrated throughout in color.1 vol, 56 pgs 2017 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-992121 Morgan, Rick 121 A-6 INTRUDER UNITS 1974-96 In the three decades following Vietnam, the veteran A-6 Intruder remained the most powerful strike aircraft available to the US Navy and Marine Corps. Engaged in operations over Cambodia, Lebanon and Libya during the 1970s and 80s, the A-6 maintained its reputation as the 'Main Battery' of carrier aviation, remaining in service through the First Gulf War up until 1996 when its duties were taken over by the F-14 Tomcat.

Details the technological developments that were introduced to the airframe after that conflict and how it shaped the operational employment of the aircraft. Filled with first-hand accounts from pilots and navigators, as well as profile artwork and photographs, this is the complete story of the US Navy's main medium attack aircraft in the latter part of the Cold War. 1 vol, 96 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996310 Powell, Lindsay 310 THE BAR KOKHBA WAR AD 132-136: The Last Jewish Revolt Against Imperial Rome In AD 132, Shim'on Ben Koseba, a rebel leader who assumed the messianic name Shim'on Bar Kokhba ('Son of a Star'), led the people of Judaea in open rebellion, aiming to establish their own independent Jewish state and to liberate Jerusalem from the Romans. During the ensuing 'Bar Kokhba War' (AKA the Second Jewish War), the insurgents held their own against the crack Roman troops sent by Emperor Hadrian for three-and-a-half years. The cost of this rebellion was catastrophic: hundreds of thousands of casualties, the destruction and enslavement of Jewish communities and a ban on Jews entering Jerusalem. Bar Kokhba remains important in Israel today because he was the last leader of a Jewish state before the rise of Zionism in modern times.

This fully illustrated volume explores the gripping story of the uprising, profiling its rebel leader Bar Kokhba as well as the Emperor Hadrian and his generals, and assesses the impact that this violent rebellion had on the region and those that were displaced.1 vol, 96 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-214460 Elliot, Paul WARFARE IN NEW KINGDOM EGYPT The New Kingdom of Egypt marks the apogee of military organization and preparedness. Beginning the era under foreign occupation, the Egyptians built up an army to challenge the invaders and liberate their land. Using the newest battlefield technologies (bows, chariots, and hand weapons), the new pharaohs pushed the frontiers of the New Kingdom into Syria and Ethiopia. This is the era of Set I, Ramses II, and Tuthmosis III, the greatest military pharaohs in Egyptian history.

Describes how the Egyptian war machine was structured, supplied, and fought. It considers all aspects, some often neglected, such as campaign tents, logistics, and rations, in addition to the design of hand weapons and bows. Various uniforms and kits have been reconstructed for the book, giving the reader a very immediate sense of what an Egyptian warrior's equipment looked like. 1 vol, 176 pgs 2017 UK, FONTHILL MEDIA
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1-1947514 Romeo, Pierluigi ROMA CONTRO ROMA The death of Nero in June of 68 AD threw the Empire of Rome into chaos and civil war. In the Year of the Four Emperors, praetorians and legionnaires elected their emperors: Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian.

Bedriacum, a small village in Cremona, will twice be the place where part of the destiny of Rome would be decided: On April 14, 69 the Emperor Otho was defeated by Vitellius, and then, on October 24, Vespasian triumphed in a fierce night battle that ended with the siege and destruction of Cremona. Vespasian and the Flavian dynasty began from this bloodbath.

This book describes the events, places, protagonists, and history of each legion present and deals with the two battles.1 vol, 62 pgs 2017 ITALY, THE SOLDIER SHOP
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1-1947513 Peruffo, Alberto LA GUERRA CIVILE LONGOBARDA E LA BATTAGLIA DI CORNATE 689 The Battle of Coronate in 689 -- between the army of the King of the Lombards Cunipert and that of the usurper Alahis -- was fought on the plain at the Adda between Cornate d'adda and Trezzo on the Adda. The clash was won by the King and paved the way to the definitive conversion of all the Lombards to Catholicism. The two armies clashed until Alahis died, at which point his army collapsed. 1 vol, 62 pgs 2017 ITALY, THE SOLDIER SHOP
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1-210782 Smith, Digby A NEW HISTORY OF THE SEVEN YEARS WAR VOLUME 2: YEARS OF MIRACLES (1758-1759) This much awaited second of three volumes in particular deals with the events of 1759 with great victories by British forces over their French opponents. It also of course covers the European theater from the Siege of Schweidnitz to the clash at Maxen. Includes 78 maps, 26 other illustrations, and 83 orders of battle.1 vol, 296 pgs 2017 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-214440 Marston, Daniel THE IMPROBABLE VICTORY: The Campaigns, Battles and Soldiers of the American Revolution, 1775-83 At the start of the American Revolution, American rebel forces were largely a poorly trained, inexperienced, and disorganized militia pitted against one of the most formidable imperial armies in the world. Yet following a succession of defeats against the British, the rebels slowly rebounded in strength under the legendary leadership of George Washington. The fortunes of war ebbed and flowed, from the humid southern states of America to the frozen landscapes of wintry Canada, but eventually led to the catastrophic British defeat at Yorktown in 1781 and the establishment of an independent United States of America.

This covers the war from the opening skirmishes, through the major pitched battles, and up to the Treaty of Paris in 1783. Illustrated with photographs and artwork.1 vol, 260 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-214400 Glover G. editor PERSONAL ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG OFFICER DURING WALCHEREN & THE PENINSULAR WAR: The Memoirs of Ensign Watson, 9th (East Norfolk) Regiment of Foot 1808-11 This rare memoir from Edward Watson of the 9th Foot covers his service with his regiment from 10 August 1808, serving at Walcheren and in the Peninsular, to 8 August 1811, when he resigned his commission.1 vol, 84 pgs 2017 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-214410 Glover G. editor A HUSSAR SERGEANT IN THE KING'S GERMAN LEGION: The Memoirs of Cavalry Sergeant Ebbecke, 2nd Hussar Regiment, King's German Legion 1803-15 This short memoir of Sergeant Ludwig Ebbecke was published in German in 1851, but has never before been translated into English. He served at Stralsund, the Siege of Copenhagen in 1807, and was nearly shipwrecked on the passage back to Britain. He went to Walcheren in 1809 and served in the Peninsula from 1810 to 1812, including Barossa. In 1813 he was at Bergen op Zoom but arrived in Belgium too late for Waterloo.1 vol, 70 pgs 2017 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-214420 Glover G. editor THE ADVENTURES OF PRIVATE SHADRACH BYFIELD: 41st Foot in North America 1812-14 Shadrach Byfield was to serve his entire period in the army with the 41st Regt in Canada. For much of this period, it was heavily involved in fighting the Americans in the war of 1812.

The fighting was largely fought in wooded areas in hilly terrain, difficult of access, often only reachable by boat along the rivers and Great lakes, but it was also a war fought at close quarters and often with great savagery, and not just by the Indians.1 vol, 70 pgs 2017 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-214430 Glover G. editor THE PENINSULAR WAR JOURNAL OF SERGEANT SAMUEL HARRISON: Of the 43rd (Monmouthshire) Regiment of Foot 1796-1812 Harrison joined the 43rd Foot as a Sergeant. We know that he proceeded with the regiment to the Peninsula and that he fought at the battles of Vimiero, Corunna, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Pyrenees, and San Sebastian. He eventually received a General Service Medal in 1848.

Only the first volume of his original journal, giving his service to 1812, has so far been discovered. This was written by another hand who combines his memoir with a general history of the war based on Napier. Harrison's many years in the Militia, the retreat to Corunna, his time at Walcheren, and his part in the storming of a redoubt at Ciudad Rodrigo are all clearly his own (unvarnished) words. But he also clearly had no recourse to any form of notes and therefore his memory fails him sometimes as to particular persons or dates of occurrences. But for all that, there are glimpses of a soldier who fought for many years in the wars against Napoleon and they still deserve to be preserved.1 vol, 112 pgs 2017 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-972026 Knight, Ian 026 BOER GUERRILLA vs BRITISH MOUNTED SOLDIER: South Africa 1880-1902 Waged across an inhospitable terrain which varied from open African savannah to broken mountain country and arid semi-desert, the Anglo-Boer wars of 1880-81 and 1899-1902 pitted the British Army and its allies against the Boers' commandos.

The nature of warfare across these campaigns was shaped by the realities of the terrain and by Boer fighting techniques. Independent and individualistic, the Boers were not professional soldiers but a civilian militia who were bound by the terms of the 'Commando system' to come together to protect their community against an outside threat. By contrast the British Army was a full-time professional body with an established military ethos, but its over-dependence on conventional infantry tactics led to a string of Boer victories.

This fully-illustrated study examines the evolving nature of Boer military techniques, and contrasts them with the British experience, charting the development of effective British mounted tactics from the first faltering steps of 1881 through to the final successes of 1902.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-214450 Forsyth, Robert SHADOW OVER THE ATLANTIC: The Luftwaffe and the U-Boats: 1943-45 German U-boats were the scourge of Allied merchant and military shipping in the Atlantic during World War II, threatening to isolate and then starve the UK out of the War. As Germany's war against the Allied convoys intensified in late 1943, German Admiral Karl Donitz called upon the Luftwaffe to provide a long-range spotting and shadowing unit to act as 'eyes' for his U-boats.

Equipped with big, four-engined Junkers JU-290s fitted out with advanced search radar and other maritime electronic intelligence devices, Fernaufklarungsgruppe (FAGr) 5 'Atlantik' undertook a distant, isolated campaign far out into the Atlantic and thousands of miles away from its home base in western France. The information generated and reported back to Donitz's headquarters was vital to the efforts of the U-boats, and FAGr 5's 'shadowing' missions were assigned priority in terms of skilled crews, supplies and equipment.

This book tells for the first time the fascinating story of the formation and operations of FAGr 5 'Atlantik', drawing on never-before-published historical records of the unit that accounted for the reporting and destruction of thousands of tons of Allied shipping.1 vol, 312 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-214470 Harrison Richard THE BUDAPEST OPERATION: An Operational-Strategic Study 29 October 1944-13 February 1945 Examines the Red Army's operations on the approaches to Budapest and the city's ultimate capture following a long siege. Includes two b/w maps and 14 tables.

The first part of the study deals with the Red Army's arrival in central Hungary, following the successful conduct of the Iasi-Kishinev operation in late August 1944 and the subsequent development of the offensive through Romania, Bulgaria, and eastern Yugoslavia. By mid-October the Soviets were poised to continue the offensive into Hungary and its capital of Budapest, the capture of which would clear the path for a subsequent advance into Austria and southern Germany. Also examined are the Germans' repeated attempts to break the siege by launching several counter-offensives to the west and south of the city. However, these were all beaten back in heavy fighting and the enemy garrison was forced to capitulate on 13 February. This study also devotes considerable attention to the combat arms (artillery, tanks and mechanized forces, aviation, and engineering troops) during the operation.

The second part is an internal General Staff Academy document dealing with the activities of the Third Ukrainian Front during the Budapest operation. Throughout the greater part of the operation, the Third Ukrainian Front played a decidedly secondary role, charged with protecting the flank of the Soviet advance through Yugoslavia and Hungary, with the Second Ukrainian Front slated to receive the accolades for taking Budapest. However, the bitter enemy resistance along the approaches to Budapest gradually forced the Soviet high command to increasingly shift its efforts to the right bank of the Danube River, first to help in isolating the Budapest garrison inside the city, and then to fend off repeated German counter-offensives to relieve the city. It was the Third Ukrainian Front's successful repulse of these efforts that enabled the Soviets to finally bring about the garrison's capitulation and the end of the operation.1 vol, 360 pgs 2017 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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