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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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1-925136 various SOLDATINI # 136 Articles include:
* Prochima GLS-PRO 20 Gomma siliconica per stampi in resina
* Ugo Foscolo 54mm
* L'evoluzione uniformologica del mondo occidentale nella prima guerra mondiale 54mm
* Hartmann von Heldrungen 75mm
* An IX Armeria Davide Pedersoli & C.
* Marat and Charlotte Corday 54mm
* Highlanders XIX Secolo 65mm
* Campagna d'Egitto 54mm
* Dragoni americani prima meta del XIX Secolo 54mm
* Charles Darwin 1/10
* Bacheca
* Parata1 vol, 84 pgs 2019 ITALY, AURIGA
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1-220903 BATTLEPLAN # 3: Axis & Allies and War in Europe Mega-Variants Features:

* Third Reich: Special 1941 scenario
* Mission Grenada: Review of game
* Options for Mission Grenada: Variants and optional rules
* Squad Leader Scenarios: Partisan Purge, and, The Tank Repair Shop
* Squad Leader Abbreviations Defined
* A House Restored: Rules variants for GDW A House Divided (part 3 of 3)
* Alternative Risk Rules
* Axis & Allies Mega Variant Section: Dozens of new variants by various people (+cards insert)
* Black Capes and Whispered Secrets: Empires in Arms spy network variant
* War in Europe: Variant for the German Economy in SPI game
* Remember the Maine: Scenarios for this S&T game
* Trench War: Lots of new goodies for GDW Trenchfoot
* Salvo by Salvo: Variant for AH War at Sea
* A Nuclear Blast! Fiction and variant Roll Again table
* The Art of Making Counters Beautiful1 vol, 65 pgs 1987 US, BATTLEPLAN MAGAZINE
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1-220907 BATTLEPLAN # 7: Includes Zulu War and Fortress America Variants Features:

* Complete Mini-Wargame: Zulu War
* Tank Leader scenarios
* Variants for Shogun
* Ancients scenarios
* What Happens Next: Battle for Moscow mini-campaign
* Great Patriotic War: Errata and new variants
* Fireteam scenarios (6)
* 4th Ed World in Flames preview
* Take the Axis: Strategies in WiF
* Unfought Battle: Scenario for GDW 1940
* Operation Battleaxe: Scenario for Rommel in the Desert
* Fortress America: Variant for MB game
* Two Historical Fantasies for Battle for Germany
* Extra Firefights for Platoon
* Cousins of the Queen: Two experimental B-17 models
* Squadron Command: Rules for leading a quadron of B-17s
* Okinawa Enhanced: Varants for Wargamer-55 issue game
* Extra Teams for Team Yankee
* Last Victory errata
* St. Nazaire Readjusted
* Squad Leader 1948: Red Star / White Star scenarios
* Elephants for Hammern and Anvil: Variant for The Last Victory
* Panzers on the Riveria: Variant for Winter Storm
* Midway Japanese Style: Yamamoto's perceived course of events1 vol, 65 pgs 1987 US, BATTLEPLAN MAGAZINE
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1-220880 Sartore, Richard SEEKRIEG 4th EDITION: Ship Data II: Refits & Modernizations The basic game contained data for nearly all major warships of the period and the Ship Data Volume II supplement provided data for ships as they were refitted and modernized in the years prior to and during WWII. Every effort was made to make the game as realistic as possible and still remain playable.

Although there are many charts and tables included, not all of them are necessary for a particular battle and once you become familiar with the basic system, even fairly large tactical actions such as Tsushima or Dogger Bank can be played to completion in five to eight hours. SEEKRIEG also was designed to accommodate all of the popular scales of ship models including 1:1200, 1:2400 and 1:3000 and to allow for games to be played in a limited playing area or tabletop. 1 vol, 52 pgs 1984 US, RICHARD SARTORE
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1-972042 Greentree, David 042 BRITISH AIRBORNE SOLDIER vs WAFFEN-SS SOLDIER: Arnhem 1944 Operation Market Garden was an Allied plan to try and end the war before the end of 1944, and relied on landing airborne troops to secure bridges over the Rhine bridges in the Netherlands. Critical to this plan were the glider troops of Britain's 1st Airlanding Brigade. Short on heavy weapons and not trained in street fighting, the glider troops were meant to secure and defend the Allied perimeter around Arnhem as the parachute brigades fought their way into the city.

Facing the airborne forces were understrength Waffen-SS units that were hastily formed into ad hoc battle groups, some supported by armor. The troops on both sides would have their tactical flexibility and powers of endurance tested to the limit in the bitter actions that ensued. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-975069 NcNab, Chris 069 WEAPONS OF THE US SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND The units and formations of the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) have privileged access to the finest weaponry in the world's arsenal. Whether Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines, the SOCOM troops select weapons that match their mission requirements, but which also sit at the cutting edge of combat technology.

This means that, while SOCOM troops frequently use standard-issue weaponry, they also adopt many specialist pieces of kit that are not so accessible to the broader armed services, including sniper rifles, battle rifles, and machine guns, as well as high-tech tactical accessories used to transform standard weaponry into something exceptional.

Assessing the technology and capabilities of these combat weapons, as well as how they have been used in modern combat, this fully-illustrated study lifts the veil on some of the most distinctive hand-held weapon systems of US special operations forces since 1987.1 vol, 80 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978095 Daviesm Peter 095 USAF F-105 THUNDERCHIEF vs VPAF MiG-17 VIETNAM: 1965-68 The F-105D Thunderchief was originally designed as a low-altitude nuclear strike aircraft, but the outbreak of the Vietnam War led to it being used instead as the USAF's primary conventional striker against the exceptionally well-defended targets in North Vietnam and Laos. F-105 crews conducted long-distance missions from bases in Thailand, refueling in flight several times and carrying heavy external bombloads.

The MiG-17 was the lightweight, highly maneuverable defending fighter it encountered most often in 1965-68 during Operation Rolling Thunder. A development of the MiG-15, which shocked UN forces during the Korean War, its emphasis was on simplicity and ease of maintenance in potentially primitive conditions.

Fully illustrated with stunning artwork, this book shows how these two aircraft, totally different in design and purpose, fought in a series of duels that cost both sides dearly.1 vol, 80 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996337 DeVries, Kelly 337 CASTAGNARO 1387: Hawkwood's Great Victory The battle of Castagnaro, fought on 11 March 1387 between the Veronese and the Paduans, is one of the most famous Italian medieval conflicts in the English-speaking world. This is thanks in no small part to the exploits of the renowned English mercenary (or condottiero) captain, Sir John Hawkwood. Commanding the Paduan army, he led them to a stunning victory.

This new study challenges the conventional story of the battle, relocating it to the other side of the Adige River, and showing that Hawkwood was no mere disciple of his previous commander, the Black Prince-he was a highly talented and intelligent general in his own right. Using specially commissioned full-color artwork, this fascinating book shows how Hawkwood used his own acumen, and the training, skills, and discipline of his very experienced condottieri, to defeat his opponents at Castagnaro.1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996338 Smith, David 338 THE FIRST ANGLO-SIKH WAR 1845-46: The Betrayal of the Khalsa The First Anglo-Sikh War broke out due to escalating tensions between the Sikh Empire and the British East India Company in the Punjab region of India in the mid-19th century. Political machinations were at the heart of the conflict, with Sikh rulers fearing the growing power of their own army, while several prominent Sikh generals actively collaborated with the East India Company.

The British faced a disciplined opponent, trained along European lines and fielding armies numbering in the tens of thousands. The war featured a number of closely contested battles, with both sides taking heavy losses.

This fully-illustrated study tells the story of one of the major colonial wars of the nineteenth century, as the East India Company attempted to wrest control of the Punjab region from a Sikh Empire riven by infighting.1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-999527 D'Amato, Raffaele 527 ROMAN ARMY UNITS IN THE WESTERN PROVINCES (2): 3rd Century AD The appearance of Roman soldiers in the 3rd century AD has long been a matter of debate and uncertainty, largely thanks to the collapse of central control and perpetual civil war between the assassination of Severus Alexander in 235 and the accession of the great Diocletian in 284.

During those years, no fewer than 51 men were proclaimed as emperors, some lasting only a few days. Despite this apparent chaos, however, the garrisons of the Western Provinces held together, by means of localized organization and the recruitment of 'barbarians' to fill the ranks. They still constituted an army in being when Diocletian took over and began the widespread reforms that rebuilt the Empire - though an Empire that their forefathers would hardly have recognized.

Fully illustrated with specially chosen color plates, this book reveals the uniforms, equipment and deployments of Roman soldiers in the most chaotic years of the Empire.1 vol, 48 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-949051 Various PRETORIEN # 51 Articles include: Le Triomphateur; Gallien: l'Empire Romain et le Chaos; Ostio: le Port de Rome; Sempach 1386: vers l'unite Suisse; Le Forteresse de Smederevo; La Bataille de Northampton; and more.1 vol, 68 pgs 2019 FRANCE, LCV
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1-220910 Desmarais, Norman AMERICA'S FIRST ALLY: France in the Revolutionary War This is a comprehensive look at how France influenced the American Revolutionary War in a variety of ways; intellectually, financially, and militarily. It raises the crucial question of whether America could have won its independence without the aid of France. Includes 20 black and white illustrations and maps.

The book begins with an overview of the intellectual and ideological contributions of the French Enlightenment thinkers, called the philosophes, to the American and French revolutions. It then moves to cover the many forms of aid provided by France to support America during the Revolutionary War. This ranged from the covert aid France supplied America before her official entry into the war, to the French outfitters and merchants who provided much-needed military supplies to the Americans.

When the war began, the colonists thought the French would welcome an opportunity to retaliate and regain their country. France also provided naval assistance, particularly to the American privateers who harassed British shipping and contributed to the increased shipping rates which added to Great Britain's economic hardships. France's military involvement in the war was equally as important.

Looks at the contributions of individual French officers and troops, arguing that America could not have won without them and explores the international nature of a war which some people have called the first world war. When France and Spain entered the conflict, they fought the Crown forces in their respective areas of economic interest. In addition to the engagements in the Atlantic Ocean, along the American and European coasts and in the West Indies, there are accounts of action in India and the East Indies, South America and Africa.

Also included are accounts drawn from ships' logs, court and auction records, newspapers, letters, diaries, journals, and pension applications.1 vol, 312 pgs 2019 US, CASEMATE
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1-220820 Carradice, Phil BRITAIN'S LAST INVASION: The Battle of Fishguard 1797 The history of Britain has been shaped by those who have invaded this small isle: the Romans, Vikings and Norman Conquest all molded our society and culture. Surprisingly, the last time mainland Britain was ever invaded was not Duke William's victory at Hastings in 1066 or even the Bloodless Revolution of 1688. It was, in fact, in February 1797 when 1,400 drunken and out-of-control French soldiers from the Legion Noire landed on the north coast of Pembrokeshire near Fishguard.

The Battle of Fishguard, a military invasion of Great Britain by Revolutionary France, consisted mainly of drunken Frenchmen rampaging around the area, burning churches and terrorizing the locals. The role and courage of the women of Fishguard is revealed: when the men fled, the women stayed fast. Learn how the town cobbler Jemima Nicholas - armed with only a pitchfork - captured 12 enemy soldiers.

The attempted invasion lasted just three days, but following the attempt, the government recognized the need to strengthen the British fleet, a policy that almost certainly helped prevent Napoleon's later planned invasion.1 vol, 232 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-666134 Lopez, Ignacio THE SPANISH ARMY AFTER THE WAR OF SUCCESSION (II): Sicilia 1718 - Invasion de Italia 1734 y guerra de Sucesion Austria 1740-1748 Covers the Spanish Army of the 18th Century after the war of succession to the Spanish Crown, including the battles of Francavilla, Velletri, and Milazzo. Bourbon reforms modeled a new army, with new denominations, symbols, and emblems. Includes historical context, organization, and development of Spanish units and their uniforms as well as their use in combat.1 vol, 118 pgs 2019 SPAIN, ALMENA
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1-942084 Martin, Yves GLOIRE & EMPIRE # 84 Articles include: Le Russes dans les Alps 1799, Le Passage du Sait Gothard, L'impossible route, L'enfer du Punix, and more.1 vol, 132 pgs 2019 FRANCE, LCV
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1-942085 Martin, Yves GLOIRE & EMPIRE #85 Articles include: Bonaparte et le 18 Burmaire, Napoleon Bonaparte face an Directoire, Le Coup d'Etat, Les Premiers pas du Consulat, and more.1 vol, 132 pgs 2019 FRANCE, LCV
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1-961025 Various TRADITIONS # 25 Articles include: La Legion Etrangere en Espagne, L'Apre Battaille de Villexersexel, Joseph Hooker 'Fighting Joe', Elchingen Audacieuse Victoire, and more. 1 vol, 116 pgs 2019 FRANCE, LCV
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1-961026 Various TRADITIONS # 26 Articles include: L'Armee du Rhin: Une Armee de la Revolultion, L'Exceptionnelle Legion du Danube, Le Peintre et ses Graveurs, Les Carabiniers au Chemin de L'Honneur, and more.1 vol, 116 pgs 2019 FRANCE, LCV
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1-220810 Drminski, Stefan THE BATTLESHIP USS IOWA USS Iowa (BB-61) was the lead ship in one of the most famous classes of battleships ever commissioned into the US Navy. Transferred to the Pacific Fleet in 1944, the Iowa first fired her guns in anger in the Marshall Islands campaign, and sunk her first enemy ship, the Katori. The Iowa went on to serve across a number of pivotal Pacific War campaigns, including at the battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf. It ended the war spending several months bombarding the Japanese Home Islands before the surrender in August 1945.

After taking part in the Korea War, the Iowa was decommissioned in 1958, before being briefly reactivated in the 1980s as part of President Reagan's 600-Ship Navy Plan. After being decommissioned a second and final time in 1990, the Iowa is now a museum ship in Los Angeles.

This new addition to the Anatomy of the Ship series is illustrated with contemporary photographs, scaled plans of the ship and superb 3D illustrations which bring this historic battleship to life.1 vol, 320 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-220920 Bouchery, Jean U.S. ARMY VEHICLE MARKINGS 1944 Everyone is familiar with the iconic WWII Jeep, its green paintwork annotated with white letters, numbers and symbols. Unintelligible to the casual observer, these markings were integral to the organization of the US Army on the move in 1944. This reference book for modelers, collectors, and restorers of historic vehicles, and a fascinating guide to anyone wanting to use WWII photographs to aid their research includes 300 photographs, over 200 illustrations and maps.

Covers all the markings used on American tanks, tracked vehicles, trucks, and jeeps to denote their unit and classification, plus tactical markings and the debarkation codes used in the Normandy landings. Hundreds of contemporary photographs are paired with precise color diagrams to show exactly how markings appeared on vehicles, including the exact measurements of markings, and explaining all the different variations in use. A final chapter covers the variations of camouflage used on vehicles.1 vol, 160 pgs 2019 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-220830 Munoz, Antonio LIONS OF THE DESERT: Arab Volunteers in the Germany Army 1941-45 While a limited book this is the only one I know of that is solely on the Free Arab Legion raised by the Wehrmacht. The Germans, ever in need of manpower, raised this unit from Arabs in the north of Africa. The book is interesting, detailing the use of the unit in North Africa, the Caucasus and Greece. The Arabs were employed in a variety of roles, including as paratroopers and in counter-insurgency. Includes maps and some photos.

This booklet became a chapter in Antonio J. Munoz (ed.) The East Came West: Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist Volunteers in the German Armed Forces, 1941-1945.1 vol, 36 pgs 1997 US, AXIS EUROPA BOOKS
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2-217530 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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