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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-BRIG347 Bunde, Peter 347: DUCHY OF WARSAW: Mounted Artillery 1808-1810 Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc. Descriptions on reverse side.1 vol, 1 pgs 2018 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
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1-BRIG348 Bunde, Peter 348: DUCHY OF WARSAW: Mounted Artillery 1810-1813 Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc. Descriptions on reverse side.1 vol, 1 pgs 2018 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
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1-217660 Thrower, Matt TABLETOP GAMING MANUAL: A Guide to the Diverse World of Modern Tabletop Games Tabletop gaming is enjoying a huge renaissance. Sales of hobby board games have risen in double digits yearly for the past decade, with more people enjoying the physical, non-digital aspects of playing, along with the social interaction. It's one of the biggest sectors in crowd-funding platform Kickstarter.1 vol, 192 pgs 2018 UK, HAYNES PUBLISHING
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1-908370 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue #370 THEME: America at War

* TO THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI: US military intervention in North Africa
* THE DRAGON'S CHOICE: Boxer Rebellion
* WHO'S CIVIL WAR IS THIS ANYWAY? Foreign troops who fought for USA or CSA
* THE LAST BATTLE: WWI US attack on German-held town of Stenay
* AS DESPERATE A VENTURE: US actions in WWII
* WARGAMING AMERICA'S WARS IN PLASTIC: Products in plastic

OTHER ARTICLES

* OBSERVATION POST: What's New
* DESIGNER'S NOTES: DRACULA'S AMERICA: Forbidden Powers in the Weird Wild West
* CRETE 1941: Part 1
* DESIGNER NOTES: STRONIUM DOG: Badlands
* WARGAMING WITH PLASTIC SOLDIERS: Part 1 - 1/72 scale
* MODELLING: MDF TERRAIN, DETAILING, WEATHERING AND MORE - Painting Tips
* RETHINKING THE CRUSADES: PART 1 - SIEGE WARFARE
* RULES SHOWCASE: A Little Bit of Dark Ages? Converting the popular Lion Rampant rules for the early Renaissance.
* SHOW REPORT: Legionary 20181 vol, 116 pgs 2018 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-916424 various MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue # 424 Articles include:

* FORWARD OBSERVER: New products on Redgrass Games, Conflix, Warlord, Victrix, Pendraken and more
* SEND THREE AND FOURPENCE: The Battle of Assaye: Command & Colours Scenario
* COMMAND DECISION SCENARIO: Tavronitis Bridge: Maleme, Crete, May 1941
* ALTENHOF 1848: History and a downloadable ruleset
* GREEKS BEARING GIFTS: System to help you run a Greek campaign
* FANTASY FACTS: New products from Osprey, Brigade, Northstar, Deep Cut and more
* GAME OVER: House Rules for the popular AvP game system
* IT'S ELEMENTAL: Crafting your own gaming figures from foam rubber
* INDIAN MUTINY: Scenarios for Sassiah, Agra & Fatepuhr
* PROTECT THE FILM CREW: Skirmish Sangin scenario with Mujahedeen mayhem set in Afghanistan
* RECCE: 13 latest book releases.
* WARGAMES WIDOW: Hills
* GIVE 'EM A BROADSIDE: Trip to Sittingbourne1 vol, 96 pgs 2018 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
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1-88298 Granillo, Manny THUNDERSTRUCK: Scenario Book -- Battle Scenarios Volume 8 for Panzer Korps Panzer Korps Battle Scenarios Volume VIII is the eighth in a series of scenario books designed specifically for the Panzer Korps WWII rules system. Twelve ready-to-play scenarios featuring the Russian Front, with maps and Force Groups.

* Battle for the Uryv Bridgehead '43
* Paw of the Tiger: Operation Gypsybaron '44
* Russian Steel Near Kharkov '42
* Kursk Counterstroke: Operation Kutuzov '43
* Escape the Bear Trap: Operation Bagration '44
* Black Wednesday: Spanish Blood Snow '43
* Kursk: Ponyri Station '43
* Blunted at Minsk-Mazovetsky '44
* Red Giants '41
* Slovakian Fast Corps Drives into Russia '41
* The Last Desperate Line: Seelowe Heights '45
* Fulda Gap: Cold War Goes Hot '491 vol, 128 pgs 2018 US, HOPLITE RESEARCH
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1-217580 Pearce, Glenn POLEMOS: Ruse de Guerre Rules Rules cover the North American Wars from 1754 to 1815 including the French and Indian War 1754-1763, the American War of Independence 1775-1783, and the War of 1812. Contains detailed listings of the forces involved in eight major battles of the period, enabling you to field forces from Britain, France, and America. Includes 'tear out' QRS.1 vol, 58 pgs 2018 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-217590 Livingstone, Marilyn and Morgen Witzel THE BLACK PRINCE AND THE CAPTURE OF A KING: Poitiers 1356 The capture of a king in the course of a battle was a relatively rare event. This, the climactic event of the Black Prince's first campaign as commander, came at the end of nearly a year of campaigning across the southwest of France.

The battle of Poitiers in 1356 is less well known than more famous clashes such as Agincourt, however, Poitiers was no less dramatic, and equally important in terms of the course of the Hundred Years War. The capture of King Jean brought France to the brink of total defeat, and led to one of the most devastating and destructive periods in French history. It is not exaggeration to say that the battle of Poitiers changed the course of history for both France and England.

In the summer of 1356 the Prince and his army drove northward towards the Loire, attacking once again deep into French territory. This time he met real opposition: the full French army led by King Jean and many of the leading nobility of France, some of them veterans of the defeat at Crecy ten years before. Outnumbered, the Prince fell back, but in September he turned near the city of Poitiers to make a stand.

The battle that followed was a tense encounter. The French had learned much from the disastrous defeat at Crecy, and took time to organize and prepare before attacking. Their advance was deliberate and well-planned, yet the result was the same. Once again, English and Welsh archers wrought mayhem among the French ranks. The French formations disintegrated, and a violent counterattack by English men-at-arms caused it to dissolve entirely. King Jean and his eldest son made a final stand with some of their followers, but in the end they were forced to surrender and were taken back to England as prisoners.

The core of the book is a day-by-day description of the campaign of July-September 1356, climaxing with a detailed description of the Battle of Poitiers itself. The detailed account and analysis of the battle and the campaigns that led up to it has a strong focus on the people involved in the campaign: ordinary men-at-arms and noncombatants as well as princes and nobles.1 vol, 224 pgs 2018 US, CASEMATE
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1-217640 Phillips, Charles THE MEDIEVAL CASTLE: Manual of Castle Construction The Haynes Medieval Castle Manual explores the background story to castle construction in Medieval Europe, showing that castles had both a domestic and defensive function. It uses the 'new' medieval castle-building project at Guedelon in Burgundy as the centerpiece for the book, examining the construction and anatomy of these awe-inspiring structures, section by section. Life inside the castle walls is explored, from the perspectives of the lowliest servants to the mighty lords and all those ranks in between.

Ordinary daily routines to how a castle's inhabitants would have been fed and watered and the building itself heated and furnished are also covered. When it came to survival in times of unrest, the castle presented would-be assailants with a formidable array of defensive measures, some of which were truly frightening in their ability to inflict injury and death. 1 vol, 192 pgs 2018 UK, HAYNES PUBLISHING
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1-217610 Russell, Eugenia and Quentin ALI PASHA - LION OF IOANNINA: The Remarkable Life of the Balkan Napoleon At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the life of a petty tyrant in an obscure corner of the Ottoman Empire became the stuff of legend. What propelled this cold-blooded archetype of Oriental despotism, grandly known as 'the Lion of Yanina' and the 'Balkan Napoleon', into the consciousness of Western rulers and the general public? This book charts the rise of Ali Pasha from brigand leader to a player in world affairs and, ultimately, to a gruesome end.

Ali exploited the internal weakness of the Ottoman Empire to carve out his own de facto empire in Albania and Western Greece. Although a ruthless tyrant guilty of cruel atrocities, his lavish court became an attraction to Western travelers, most famously Lord Byron, and his military prowess led Britain, Russia, and France to seek his alliance during the Napoleonic Wars. His activities undermined the Sultan's authority.1 vol, 240 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-217650 Newsome, Brice Oliver M1 ABRAMS MAIN BATTLE TANK: Owners Workshop Manual: From 1980 (M1, M1A1 and M1A2 Models) The American M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank revolutionary design combines a deadly main armament with a low profile and amazingly quick acceleration, entered service with the US Army in 1980. It was deployed extensively in the stand-offs of the Cold War, then went on to see combat during Gulf War (1991), the invasion of Iraq (2003), and in Afghanistan (2010).

Examines the M1's fearsome 105mm rifled gun and the M1A1's and M1A2's 120mm smooth-bore gun, the latest enhancements of fire control systems, the unusual materials used as armour, and the unique automotive line. They give their personal experiences from training to war, describe the latest configurations, and give the prospects for even more powerful guns, engines, and protective systems. Includes more than 300 photographs and illustrations.1 vol, 160 pgs 2018 UK, HAYNES PUBLISHING
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1-217600 Rostron, Peter THE BATTLE THAT WON THE WAR - BELLENGLISE: Breaching the Hindenburg Line 1918 It is no exaggeration to claim that 46th North Midland Division's action on 29 September 1918 was the hammer blow that shattered the will of the German High Command.

Painting the strategic picture from early 1918 and the dark weeks following the German's March offensive, the Author lays the ground for the Allied counter-strike. Ahead of them was the mighty Hindenburg Line, the Kaiser's formidable defensive obstacle given added strength by the St Quentin Canal.

Undaunted the Allies attacked using American, Australian, and British formations. Led by Major General Boyd, 46 Division stormed the Canal and, thanks to a combination of sound planning and determined courageous fighting, seized their Hindenburg Line objective by the end of the day.

The psychological damage to the German will, already weakened by the failure of the Spring offensive, is demonstrate by Ludendorff's collapse and opening of negotiations that led five weeks later to the Armistice.1 vol, 0 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-2171203 Buffetaut, Yves FROM MOSCOW TO STALINGRAD: The Eastern Front - 1941-1942 Part of the Casemate Illustrated series, this volume outlines how it was that, less than a year after their defeat at Moscow, the German army had found a way to make the Soviet troops waver in their defense, with their persistence eventually leading to the Battle of Stalingrad.

The successful expulsion of the German troops from Moscow in the winter of 1941 came at a cost for the Red Army. Weaknesses in the Soviet camp inspired the Wehrmacht, under Adolf Hitler's close supervision, to make preparations for offensives along the Eastern Front to push the Russians further and further back into their territory. With a complex set of new tactics and the crucial aid of the Luftwaffe, the German army began to formulate a deadly two-pronged attack on Stalingrad to reduce the city to rubble.

Initially only on the periphery of operations, German ambitions soon focused on Stalingrad. In the lead up to this, Timoshenko's failed attack on Kharkov followed by the Battle of Sebastopol in June 1942 prompted Operation Blue, the German campaign to advance east on their prized objective. This volume includes numerous photographs of the ships, planes, tanks, trucks, and weaponry used by both sides in battle, alongside detailed maps and text outlining the constantly changing strategies of the armies as events unfolded. 1 vol, 128 pgs 2018 US, CASEMATE
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1-2171204 Buffetaut, Yves ALLIED ARMOR IN NORMANDY Tanks were the beasts of the Second World War, machines designed to destroy anything and anyone in their path. Throughout the summer of 1944, the Allied forces readily employed tanks and armored vehicles to gain ground in the bloody campaign of Normandy. Heavily armed, they provided a kind of support which no number of infantrymen could offer, battling their way through enemy lines with their guns blazing. From the US 2nd Armored Division named 'Hell on Wheels' to the British 'Achilles' tank, the encounters they had in battle were explosive.

This volume of the Casemate Illustrated series explores the Normandy invasion from the perspective of the Allied Armored divisions, looking at how armored vehicles played a central role in the many battles that took place. It includes over 40 profiles of tanks and armored vehicles, from the American Sherman and Stuart tanks to the bulldozers and amphibious vehicles designed for the beach.1 vol, 128 pgs 2018 US, CASEMATE
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1-217620 Diamond, Jon ON TO ROME: Anzio and Victory at Cassino, 1944 - Images of War series Early in 1944, the Allied advance was halted by the German defense of the Gustav Line. Even with the deployment of Eighth Army reinforcements from the Adriatic, every effort to capture Monte Cassino failed. Fifth Army's VI Corps' amphibious landing at Anzio in January, while initially successful stalled in the face of formidable German counter-attacks and the beachhead was effectively besieged.

The stalemate at Anzio and along the Gustav Line was finally broken in mid May by the Allied Spring offensive. After bitter fighting and the total destruction of the famous Benedictine Abbey, the Germans began their withdrawal towards Rome. Days later the reinforced VI Corps broke out of the Anzio bridgehead and linked up with Fifth Army units on 25 May. But by evading the Allied attempt to trap them south of Rome and despite Rome being occupied by the Allies in early June the bulk of the German 14th Army lived to fight another day. The Italian campaign had another nine costly months to run.

This superbly researched account traces the course of the bitterly fought battles between January and June 1944 in words and images. Includes 240 b/w illust/photos.1 vol, 240 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-217670 Baker, David NUCLEAR WEAPONS: 1945 Onwards (Strategic and Tactical Delivery Systems) Much misinformation has been published by those who support, as well as those who are against, the continued deployment of nuclear weapons as instruments of deterrence. This book provides an apolitical description of strategic nuclear weapons, how they are designed, how they work, and how they are assigned to different targets in the event of conflict.

As well as a Workshop Manual, this book would be a guide to public understanding expressed in a dispassionate and factual manner for information which many people find hard or impossible to obtain. Nuclear weapons do exist, and they cannot be wished away, and because of that, an entirely fact-based and balanced account is helpful to those who seek to understand this emotively sensitive subject delivered as a seminal reference.

This book incorporates a balance of cutaway diagrams, images of hardware and test equipment, facilities and delivery systems, and traces the evolution of nuclear weapons over the past 70 years, with the emphasis on strategic nuclear delivery systems today.1 vol, 192 pgs 2018 UK, HAYNES PUBLISHING
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