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Updated as of 9/24/2020

ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
rct - recent arrival or pending publication, spc - OMM Special Price
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1-GBP28 GRIPPING BEAST: 28mm Late Roman Cataphracts There are nineteen cataphract regiments listed in the Notitia Dignitatum, four in the West (including one in London) and fifteen in the East of the Empire, and although one is an elite Schola unit (Byzantium) and a couple are Palatini, most are treated as part of the regular assembly of troops.

Despite the lack of elite status, a tendency to be one-charge-wonders and a short period of potency in any one battle, the most important thing to remember about the Late Roman Cataphract is that they are cool and they look it too.

Inside you will find parts to assemble 12 finely-detailed armoured cavalry with kontos. Parts from this box are compatible with most parts from all our other box sets so you can do many, many conversions.
1 vol, 12 pgs 2020 UK, GRIPPING BEAST MINIATURES
NEW-box ......$32.00 DISCOUNT:10% rct

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1-916448 various MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue # 448 Issue 448 of Miniature Wargames we have a a whole bunch of rules and scenarios to chose from - and cake!
On the cover is a fight for the new world: an Aztec Command Decision scenario. Yes it's 1521 and - at the Siege Of Tenochtitian - you're Pedro de Alvarado and it's Huitzilopochtli time!

We also have the conclusion of A Jaunt Ashore: a solo amphibious excursion for the very popular The Men who would be Kings in Send Three And Fourpence.

In England Invaded there's a Spanish invasion of Cornwall scenario for use with Pike and Shotte rules.

We're all at sea with The Battle of Grand Port: a Black Seas scenario.

Arthur Harman - with culinary assistance - enables us all to have our cake and eat it: in Gateaux de Guerre he cooks up the Edible Siege Wargame!

We invite you to explore 10mm Ancients with an introduction to Mortem et Gloriam. Under lockdown, the Editor and Kevin Dallimore separately build two Oathmark armies fast and Tony Harwood scratch builds a Timber Cottage.

Find balance and order from chaos in tightly packed wargaming lives with The Compressed Wargamer or go digital: the Editor shows you how to make the best choices for Miniature Wargames on-line.

Club Spotlight features the Central London Wargames Club.

Finally, we have the review sections Defence in Depth for Figures and rules, Quartermaster for scenery and accessories plus we have Forward Observer for news and Recce for nine insightful book reviews.

Last Word is by Mel Bose - commonly known on line as The Terrain Tutor.

1 vol, 96 pgs 2020 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
NEW-softcover ......$9.00 rct

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1-223960B Clark, Richard Infamy, Infamy! - Wargame Rules for large Skiirmishes in the Ancient world 60BC to AD 100 with Card deck Infamy, Infamy! is a game that will, ultimately, be divided into three parts.

This card deck contains both the Game Deck and the Infamy Deck required to play Infamy, Infamy! 55 high quality cards in a tuck box.

This is the first rule book which covers Rome's conflicts with the western barbarian between 60 BC and AD 100. Covered in the rules are lists for Late Republican forces that can be used for Caesar and his campaigns in Gaul and Britannia and against the German tribes raiding across the Rhine.

The Early Imperial Roman lists are perfect for the conquest of Britannia under Claudius and the continuing campaigns through to Agricola's conquest of the North and beyond.

The British lists cover the period from Caesar's invasions through to Mons Graupius, including lists for Boudicca's revolt.

Gallic lists cover the classic period of conquest of the Gallic Wars with the Belgea and Aquitani represented and make every effort to reflect the more advanced culture of the Gauls.

The Germans, on the other hand, are the ultimate Barbarians, with lists for the tribes of the Rhineland and those of the dark forests of Germania Magna and for the Batavian Revolt.1 vol, 0 pgs 2020 UK, TOO FAT LARDIES
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1-223960BB Clark, Richard Infamy, Infamy! - Wargame Rules for large Skiirmishes in the Ancient world 60BC to AD 100 with Card deck Infamy, Infamy! is a game that will, ultimately, be divided into three parts.

This card deck contains both the Game Deck and the Infamy Deck required to play Infamy, Infamy! 55 high quality cards in a tuck box and Tokens/Poker Chips

This is the first rule book which covers Rome's conflicts with the western barbarian between 60 BC and AD 100. Covered in the rules are lists for Late Republican forces that can be used for Caesar and his campaigns in Gaul and Britannia and against the German tribes raiding across the Rhine.

The Early Imperial Roman lists are perfect for the conquest of Britannia under Claudius and the continuing campaigns through to Agricola's conquest of the North and beyond.

The British lists cover the period from Caesar's invasions through to Mons Graupius, including lists for Boudicca's revolt.

Gallic lists cover the classic period of conquest of the Gallic Wars with the Belgea and Aquitani represented and make every effort to reflect the more advanced culture of the Gauls.

The Germans, on the other hand, are the ultimate Barbarians, with lists for the tribes of the Rhineland and those of the dark forests of Germania Magna and for the Batavian Revolt.1 vol, 0 pgs 2020 UK, TOO FAT LARDIES
NEW-pb ......$72.00 inc

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1-224060 Grainger, John The Roman Imperial Succession John D Grainger analyses the Roman imperial succession, demonstrating that the empire organized by Augustus was fundamentally flawed in the method it used to find emperors. Augustus' system was a mixture of heredity, senatorial and military influences, and these were generally antagonistic. Consequently the Empire went through a series of crises, in which the succession to a previous, usually dead, emperor was the main issue. The infamous 'Year of the Four Emperors', AD 69, is only the most famous of these crises, which often involved bouts of bloody and destructive civil war, assassinations and purges. These were followed by a period, usually relatively short, in which the victor in the 'crisis' established a new system, juggling the three basic elements identified by Augustus, but which was as fragile and short lived as its predecessor; these 'consequences' of each crisis are discussed. The lucid and erudite text is supported by numerous genealogical tables and dozens of depictions of emperors.
1 vol, 256 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj, available mid July 2020 ......$35.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-224080 Roberts, Mike Rome's Third Samnite War, 298-290 - Rome's Third Samnite War, 298-290 The Third Samnite War (298-290 BC) was a crucial episode in the early history of Rome. Upon its outcome rested mastery of central Italy, and the independent survival of both Rome and the Samnites. Determined to resist aggressive Roman expansion, the Samnites forged a powerful alliance with the Senones (a tribe of Italian Gauls), Etruscans and Umbrians. The result was eight years of hard campaigning, brutal sieges and bitter battles that stretched Rome to the limit. The desperate nature of the struggle is illustrated by the ritual self-sacrifice (devotio) by the Roman consul Publius Decimus Mus at the Battle of Sentinum (295 BC), which restored the resolve of the wavering Roman troops, and by the Samnite Linen Legion at the Battle of Aquilonia (393 BC), each man of which was bound by a sacred oath to conquer or die on the battlefield.

Mike Roberts, who has travelled the Italian landscape upon which these events played out, mines the sources (which are more reliable, he argues, than for Rome's previous wars) to produce a compelling narrative of this momentous conflict. 19 color illustrations
1 vol, 336 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj, available mid July 2020 ......$43.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-224070 Syvanne, IIkka Aurelian and Probus - The Soldier Emperors Who Saved Rome This is a narrative military history of the emperors Lucius Domitius Aurelianus ('Aurelian', reigned 270-275) and Marcus Aurelius Probus (276-282) which also includes the other reigns between the years 268 and 285. It shows how these two remarkable emperors were chiefly responsible for the Empire surviving and emerging largely intact from a period of intense crisis. It was Aurelian who first united the breakaway regions, including Zenobia's Palmyra, and it was Probus who then secured his achievements. 32 color & 68 black and white illustrations

The reigns of Aurelian and Probus have been subjected to many studies, but none of these have approached the extant material purely from the point of view of military analysis. Most importantly, the previous historians have not exploited the analytical opportunities provided by the military treatises that describe the strategy and tactics of the period Roman army. It is thanks to this new methodology that Ilkka Syvanne has been able to reconstruct the military campaigns of these two soldier emperors and their other contemporaries in far greater detail than has been possible before.
1 vol, 336 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj, available mid July 2020 ......$43.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-224020 Mather, Increase edited by Samuel G Drake The History of King Philip's War A Brief History of the War with the Indians in New England which was first published in late 1676, just a few months after the end of the war, along with the account of the same war written about twenty years later by Cotton Mather, as it was published as the seventh part of the latter's history of New England, Magnalia Christi Americana in 1702. Drake, who was a founder of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, editor of the first fifteen volumes of the Register, and a prominent antiquarian and historian, has added an extensive introduction and numerous informative notes. Drake's annotated edition of these works was published in 1862.

Increase and Cotton Mather were, respectively, the son and grandson of Rev. Richard Mather, the immigrant minister of Dorchester, Massachusetts, and the founder of one of New England's most prominent families. The Mathers were prolific writers and collectors, and the extant materials from their libraries, much of which is now preserved at the American Antiquarian Society, are an invaluable historical resource. 1 vol, 284 pgs 20124US, HERITAGE BOOKS
NEW-pb, available mid July 2020 ......$27.00 rct

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1-914026G Di Silva, Pacal VAE VICTUS BOARD GAME # 26: The war of 1870 Rules in English.

Early August 1870. The Prussian Chancellor Bismarck has accomplished a diplomatic master stroke thanks to the Ems Dispatch: France has just declared war on Prussia. Prussia was able to gather all of the German states around it while Napoleon IIIs empire remains alone with no nation willing to support the perceived aggressor.

Game components:
One 59 x 41 cm map
216 die-cut counters and markers
1 booklet of rules and 3 scenarios
2 player aid cards
1 vol, 24 pgs 2020 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
NEW-pb, available mid March 2020 ......$35.00 rct

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1-224090 Wolf, Klaus Victory at Gallipoli, 1915 - The German-Ottoman Alliance in the First World War The German contribution in a famous Turkish victory at Gallipoli has been overshadowed by the Mustafa Kemal legend. The commanding presence of German General Liman von Sanders in the operations is well known. But relatively little is known about the background of German military intervention in Ottoman affairs. 111 B&W illustrations & 13 color maps

Klaus Wolf fills this gap as a result of extensive research in the German records and the published literature. He examines the military assistance offered by the German Empire in the years preceding 1914 and the German involvement in ensuring that the Ottomans fought on the side of the Central Powers and that they made best use of the German military and naval missions.

He highlights the fundamental reforms that were required after the battering the Turks received in various Balkan wars, particularly in the Turkish Army, and the challenges that faced the members of the German missions.

When the allied invasion of Gallipoli was launched, German officers became a vital part of a robust Turkish defense - be it at sea or on land, at senior command level or commanding units of infantry and artillery. In due course German aviators were to be, in effect, founding fathers of the Turkish air arm; whilst junior ranks played an important part as, for example, machine gunners. This book is not only their missing memorial but a missing link in understanding the tragedy that was Gallipoli.
1 vol, 384 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-224100 Delaforce, Patrick The Black Bull - From Normandy to the Baltic with the 11th Armoured Division The 11th Armored Division, famous for its Black Bull insignia, was widely recognized as being among the best armored divisions in northwest Europe during the Second World War. This book tells the story of the Division in the words of the soldiers who fought with it: of its part in the three ferocious battles in Normandy-Operations EPSOM, GOODWOOD and BLUECOAT, the great 'Swan' to Amiens, the taking of Antwerp; right flanking for MARKET GARDEN, back-up in the Ardennes and the final slog into Germany across well-defended river barriers, to the liberation of Belsen, Lubeck and the Danish frontier. 60 b/w illustrations

The Division suffered 10,000 casualties, with almost 2,000 lost in action, and so this is also a story of courage and the hardships of a winter campaign, of being wounded, comradeship and fighting fear. Contributions are included from twelve of the regiments who proudly wore the sign of the Black Bull. Memories from troop commanders and riflemen, bombardiers and signalmen, tank crews, troop leaders and from the dashing GOC are brought together to reveal what life was like at the sharp end.

The Black Bull is liberally illustrated with contemporary photographs showing the Division in action. It will appeal not only to those who still have memories of the battles and to those who fought in the Second World War, but also to readers interested in the day-to-day actions and thoughts of soldiers in the front line for almost a year.
1 vol, 256 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-pb, available mid July 2020 ......$25.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-224050 Lembo, Lois and Leon Reed A Combat Engineer with Patton's Army- The Fight Across Europe with the 80th Blue Ridge Division in World War II George Patton is renowned for his daring tank thrusts and rapid movement, but the many rivers and obstacles his Third Army encountered crossing Europe required engineers spearheading his advance. A Combat Engineer with Patton's Army is the untold story of Frank Lembo, one of Patton's men who helped move the American command in the battle of Argentan in the Normandy Campaign, in the high-speed pursuit of the German Wehrmacht eastward across France, and in the brutal battles waged during the Battle of the Bulge and during the final combats along the borders of the collapsing Reich. 75 images, 50 maps

Throughout his time in Europe Lembo maintained a running commentary of his experiences with Betty Craig, his fiance and future wife. This extensive correspondence provides a unique eyewitness view of the life and work of a combat engineer under wartime conditions. As a squad (and later platoon) leader, Frank and his comrades cleared mines, conducted reconnaissance behind enemy lines, built bridges, and performed other tasks necessary to support the movement of the 317th, 318th, and 319th Infantry Regiments of the Blue Ridge Division-Patton's workhorses, if not his glamour boys.

Frank wrote about the deadly river crossings at the Moselle, Seille, and Sauer, all under enemy fire, and of the frustrating pauses when supplies were diverted. He participated in the mid-December sprint to Luxembourg and the relief provided at Bastogne during the Bulge, the liberation of concentration camps once Third Army had charged into Germany, and of their occupation duty in Bavaria. Frank's letters go beyond his direct combat experiences to include the camaraderie among the GIs, living conditions, weather, and the hijinks that helped keep the constant threat of death at bay. His letters also worked to reassure Betty with hopeful dreams for their future together.

Including dozens of previously unpublished photographs, A Combat Engineer with Patton's Army: The Fight Across Europe with the 80th 'Blue Ridge' Division in World War II offers the rare perspective of what day-to-day warfare at the ground-level looked like in the European Theater through the eyes of one of the men spearheading the advance.
1 vol, 336 pgs 2020 US, SAVAS BEATIE
NEW-dj, available mid July 2020 ......$33.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-224040 Paterson, Lawrence Operation Colossus - The First British Airborne Raid of World War II Lawrence Paterson's groundbreaking new book is a detailed account of the now legendary Operation Colossus, the first British airborne raid of the Second World War, which took place in Basilicata, Italy on 10 February 1941. 60 black and white illustrations

Britain was one of the last major powers of the Second World War to establish an airborne arm of service. Formed by a collection of free-thinking army and air force officers, the fledgling British paratrooper unit, known as the 'SAS', deployed trial and error in terms of tactics and equipment, costing the lives of several volunteers before an elite few were selected to make the first British parachute raid of the war. Alongside the paratroopers were two veterans of the First World War: an Italian SOE agent, formerly a banqueting manager in London hotels, and an RAF reserve officer who held the Military Cross for bravery.

Collectively known as 'X-Troop', these men were parachuted by specially selected bomber crews into the heart of enemy territory, where they successfully destroyed their target, the Tragino Aqueduct, before becoming the object of an exhaustive manhunt by Italian troops and civilians. Captured, they were variously interrogated, imprisoned, and the Italian SOE agent placed on trial for treason and executed.

Given the distances that had to be covered, the logistical complications and the lack of any precedent, the raid was a remarkable feat. Its success or failure depended on a group of men using methods and equipment thus far untried by the British Army. They were truly 'guinea pigs' for those that would follow in their footsteps.

Often overlooked in British military history, Paterson brings this extraordinary episode to light, drawing on verbatim testimony and interrogating the truth of previous accounts. From the formation of the unit and the build up to its first deployment, through Operation Colossus and its aftermath, to its ongoing legacy today, this is the fascinating story of the modern day British Parachute Regiment.
1 vol, 256 pgs 2020 UK, GREENHILL BOOKS
NEW-dj, available mid July 2020 ......$33.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-224110 Prekatsounakis, Yannis Crete - The Battle for Heraklion Crete, 20 May 1941: the first campaign-sized airborne assault is launched. Many books have been written about this famous invasion, with the emphasis mainly on the battles for Maleme and Chania. The Battle for Heraklion - an epic struggle - remained largely forgotten and widely unstudied. Yet the desperate fight for Heraklion had everything: street-fighting in the town; heroic attacks against well-fortified positions and medieval walls; heavy losses on all sides; and tragic stories involving famous German aristocratic families like the von Bluchers and members of the Bismarck family. Profusely illustrated with b/w & color photos

This book highlights personal stories and accounts - and the author's access to records from all three sides allowed accounts to be placed in their correct place and time. Finally, the history of the battle is written with the added perspective of extensive Greek accounts and sources. In contrast, earlier books were based solely on British and German sources - totally ignoring the Greek side. Many of these accounts are from people who were fighting directly against each other - and some reveal what the enemies were discussing and thinking while they were shooting at or attacking each other. Some accounts are so accurate and detailed that we can even identify who killed whom. In addition, long-lost stories behind both well known and previously unpublished pictures are revealed.

For the first time, 75 year-old mysteries are solved: what were the names of the paratroopers in the planes seen crashing in famous pictures? What was the fate of soldiers seen in pictures taken just before the battle? The author has studied the battlefield in every detail - thus giving the reader the opportunity to understand actions and incidents by examining what happened on the actual field of battle. 1 vol, 306 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-pb, available mid July 2020 ......$40.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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