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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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1-213487 TEST OF HONOUR: Chobei's Renegades Boxed set containing 10 28mm plastic miniatures, one metal miniature, and 18 new gaming cards. Also contains 10 new metal heads to give your miniatures extra character. Chobei, a hero to the common man, leads a ragtag band of renegades against all those who intimidate and steal from the weak. The first of two new expansions for Test of Honour has all you need for a new faction. 1 vol, 10 pgs 2017 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-213488 TEST OF HONOUR: Daimyo's Retinue Boxed set containing 5 28mm plastic cavalry miniatures, one metal cavalry miniature, and 18 new gaming cards. Also contains 5 new metal heads to give your miniatures extra character. Daimyo Osugawa charges recklessly into battle, leading his fearsome, masked retinue to spill the blood of his foes. More cavalry for your forces in this new Test of Honour Expansion.1 vol, 5 pgs 2017 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-2134899 TEST OF HONOUR: Scenery Pack Five fantastic period building kits to enhance your games. This pack contains two houses, a bridge, a water mill, and a torii gate to create the look of a small Japanese village. Made from MDF. 28mm.1 vol, 5 pgs 2017 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-1994016 BOLT ACTION: Campaign New Guinea In 1942, Japanese forces invaded the island of New Guinea and started a bitter, three-year campaign against allied Australian and American forces. Fought in dense jungles and across rugged mountaintops, the grueling fight pushed men to their very limits and forced commanders to adopt new strategies and tactics for the harsh island terrain.

Filled with new rules, scenarios, and unit types, this supplement for Bolt Action provides players with all of the information they need to set their games in this unforgiving battlefield. 1 vol, 132 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-214620 Calder, Kevin BONNIE BLUE FLAG: Fast Play ACW Rules Fast play rules, extensively tried and tested by League of Gentlemen Wargamers, whose ranks contain not a few wargaming authors. Any scale of figures, no need for re-basing. As a rough guide, three to five 28mm figures per base, with six bases per infantry regiment. Works with most base sizes. A typical game involving a four Regiment strong Infantry brigade with a battery of guns attached can be easily accommodated on a 6x4 table and can be played to a conclusion in around two hours. Works on an attrition points system represented by small marker dice so figures are not removed. Includes full color pictures and artwork by Bob Marion throughout.1 vol, 48 pgs 2017 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-214660 Curtis, Steve and Blake, Mike THE OLD WEST SKIRMISH WARGAMES: Wargaming Western Gunfights Reprint of classic rules that launched American Wild West skirmish wargaming -- from stage coach and bank robberies to US cavalry actions to recreations of gunfights from the pages of history -- in the UK and the North America and were played in most wargaming clubs on a regular basis. This edition includes many previously unpublished chapters.

Chapters include: Movement, Orders, Terrain, Weapon effects, and Hand-to-hand fighting. Optional rules include Machine guns, artillery, fire, explosions, saloon brawls, Indians, 'Iron Horse' (trains), frontier towns, and solo games. Also included: Various scenarios and campaigns, narrative campaigns, and Indian buffalo hunting game. 1 vol, 226 pgs 2017 UK, JOHN CURRY EVENTS
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1-210993 Flaherty, C. NAPOLEONIC: Napoleonic Balloon Warfare Introducing Volume Three of Supplementary Wargaming Rules, with 25-28mm scale miniature figures and models. Covers scenarios such as balloon attacks and parachute landings, as an alternative history of Napoleon's invasion of England.

A history of the French revolution balloon unit, with wargaming rules; that is also applicable to the American civil war balloon units. An additional set of alternative history wargaming rules and scenarios based on actual plans, that never got-off the ground so to speak are also part of this new book.

This volume contains a general overview of the history of military ballooning during the revolutionary and later Napoleonic wars; and descriptions of the balloons used, and their operations.

Using both historical events and scenarios based on alternative and fictional history, these supplementary rules have been written to develop a range of possible wargaming scenarios, with historical backgrounds as examples, and some rules based on these events. These are intended to include within larger games, or as small role-plays.1 vol, 72 pgs 2017 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-214650 Haythornthwaite, Jonathan DRACULA'S AMERICA: Shadows of the West - A Skirmish Wargame It is 1875, and Count Dracula is President of the United States of America.

In the wake of the Civil War, with the country struggling to regain its balance, Dracula seized power. The Count's thralls assassinated President Lincoln and his entire administration in a single night and, in the ensuing chaos, their master made his move. Dominating the Senate, he declared himself President-for-Life, and now rules the Union with fear and an iron fist. His vampiric progeny, the Coven of the Red Hand, infest every strata of society, and enforce Dracula's will with ruthless efficiency.

This is a skirmish game of gothic horror set in an alternate Old West. Secret wars rage across the country -- from bustling boom-towns to the most remote wilderness -- as cults and secret societies fight for power and survival. Players will throw their support behind one of these factions, and will lead a Posse in fast-paced, cinematic battles for dominance and survival.1 vol, 140 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-BRIG333 Bunde, Peter 333: KINGDOM OF SARDINIA: Regiment Alessandria 1814-1815 Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc. Descriptions on reverse side.1 vol, 1 pgs 2017 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
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1-BRIG334 Bunde, Peter 334: KINGDOM OF WURTTEMBERG: 2nd Line Infantry Regiment Herzog Wilhelm 1808-1812 Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc. Descriptions on reverse side.1 vol, 1 pgs 2017 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
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1-975056 Pegler, Martin 056 SHARPSHOOTING RIFLES OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR: Colt, Sharps, Spencer, and Whitworth At the outset of the American Civil War, the Union Army's sharpshooters were initially equipped with the M1855 Colt revolving rifle, but it was prone to malfunction. Instead, the North's sharpshooters preferred the Sharps rifle, an innovative breech-loading weapon capable of firing up to ten shots per minute - more than three times the rate of fire offered by the standard-issue Springfield .58-caliber rifled musket. Other Union sharpshooters were equipped with the standard-issue Springfield rifled musket or the .56-caliber Spencer Repeating Rifle.

Conversely, the Confederacy favored the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifled musket for its sharpshooters and also imported from Britain the Whitworth Rifle, a .45-caliber, single-shot, muzzle-loading weapon distinguished by its use of a twisted hexagonal barrel. Featuring specially commissioned artwork, this is the engrossing story of the innovative rifles that saw combat in the hands of sharpshooters on both sides during the Civil War.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995249 Romanych, Marc 249 RAILWAY GUNS OF WORLD WAR I World War I was the Golden Age of the railway gun. Even though at the start of the conflict none of the armies possessed any railway artillery pieces and the very idea was comparatively new, more railway guns were used during this war than in any other conflict.

Designed to break the stalemate of trench warfare, the first railway guns were simple, improvised designs made by mounting surplus coastal defense, fortress, and naval guns onto existing commercial railway carriages. As the war dragged on, railway artillery development shifted to longer range guns that could shell targets deep behind enemy lines. This change of role brought much larger and more sophisticated guns often manufactured by mounting long-barrel naval guns to specially-designed railway carriages.

This book details the design and development of railway guns during World War I from the very first basic designs to massive purpose built 'monster' railway guns. Accompanying the text are many rare, never-before-published, photographs and color illustrations depicting how these weapons were used during World War I.1 vol, 48 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996311 Martin, Scott 311 SAVANNAH 1779: The British Turn South In 1778, Great Britain launched a second invasion of the southern colonies as part of the 'southern strategy' for victory in the American Revolutionary War. A force of 3,000 British soldiers, Hessians and Loyalists was dispatched from New York City to capture Savannah, capital of the State of Georgia. The city fell in December 1778, and became a base for British operations in the southern colonies. Desperate to regain one of the most important southern cities, Continental troops under General Benjamin Lincoln joined forces with a French naval expedition under the Admiral Charles-Henri d'Estaing in an an all-out assault on the British fortified positions protecting Savannah.

This fully illustrated study examines the costly French and Patriot attempts to retake Savannah. Replete with stunning artwork and specially commissioned maps, this is the complete story of one of the bloodiest campaigns of the American Revolutionary War.1 vol, 96 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-999512 Esposito, Gabriele 512 ARMIES OF THE ITALIAN WARS OF UNIFICATION 1848-70 (1): Piedmont and the Two Sicilies In the 1840s, post-Napoleonic Italy was 'a geographical expression' -- not a country, but a patchwork of states: divided between the Austrian-occupied north, and the Spanish-descended Bourbon monarchy, who ruled the south from Naples. Two decades later, it was a nation united under a single king and government, thanks largely to the efforts of the Kings of Sardinia and Piedmont, and the revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi.

This book, the first of a two-part series on the armies that fought in the Italian Wars of Unification, examines the Piedmontese and Neapolitan armies that fought in the north and south of the peninsula. Illustrated with prints, early photos and detailed commissioned artwork, this book explores the history, organization, and appearance of the armies that fought to unite the Italian peninsula under one flag. 1 vol, 48 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-214690 Matyszak, Philip SPARTA: Rise of a Warrior Nation Their contemporaries were fascinated by the Spartans and we still are. They are portrayed as the stereotypical macho heroes: noble, laconic, totally fearless and impervious to discomfort and pain. What makes the study of Sparta so interesting is that to a large extent the Spartans lived up to this image.

Ancient Sparta, however, was a city of contrasts. We might admire their physical toughness and heroism in adversity but Spartans also systematically abused their children. They gave rights to citizen women that were unmatched in Europe until the modern era, meanwhile subjecting their conquered subject peoples to a murderous reign of terror. Though idealized by the Athenian contemporaries of Socrates Sparta was almost devoid of intellectual achievement.

Philip Matyszak explores two themes: how Sparta came to be the unique society it was, and the rise of the city from a Peloponnesian village to the military superpower of Greece. But above all, his focus is on the Spartan hoplite, the archetypal Greek warrior who was respected and feared throughout Greece in his own day, and who has since become a legend. The reader is shown the man behind the myth; who he was, who he thought he was, and the environment which produced him.1 vol, 208 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-954113 Various ANCIENT WARFARE: Volume 11.3 - Roman Against Roman Theme: Caesar Versus Pompey in the Balkans.

* Caesar, Pompey and the Roman Senate: Road to Civil War
* Propaganda in Caesar's Bellum Civile: Restitutor Libertatis
* Caesar Prepares for the Balkans Campaign - Doing What They Least Expect
* The Dyrrhachium Campaign: A Painful Defeat for Caesar
* The Battle of Pharsalus, 9 August 48 BC -- When Eagles Clashed
* The Armies of Caesar and Pompey: Setting the Stage
* Pompey and the Senate: Shackled to a Corpse
* Further Reading: Pompey and Caesar
* The Cavalry of the Legion: Glorious horsemen
* The Art of Tactics: Taktike Techne Part III (Tacticus)
*Armoured Cavalry in Northwest Europe: The Cataphract of Borbetomagus1 vol, 84 pgs 2017 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-964011 Various ANCIENT HISTORY MAGAZINE # 11: The End Of Antiquity Theme: The End of Antiquity

* The End of Antiquity: Historical Introduction
* Constantine and the Rise of Christian Rome: Crossing the Milvian Bridge
* The Last Non-Christian Roman Emperor: Julian the Apostate
* How St. Ambros Tried to Influence Rulers: Christian Advice
* The End of the Roman Empire in the West: Attack of the Visigoths
* The Link Between Ancient and Medieval: Augustine of Hippo
* Closure of the Academy at Athens: Plato's Second Death?
* Recommended Books on Late Antiquity: Beyond the Magazine
* Vultures in the Ancient World: Rejected or Revered?
* The Quest for Immortality in Ancient China: Forever Alive
* An Enigma Tailor-Made for Hollywood: Pontius Pilate1 vol, 68 pgs 2017 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-972027 Williams, Gareth 027 VIKING WARRIOR vs ANGLO-SAXON WARRIOR: England 865-1066 In the two centuries before the Norman invasion of England, Anglo-Saxon and Viking forces clashed repeatedly in bloody battles across the country. Repeated Viking victories in the 9th century led to their settlement in the north of the country, but the tide of war ebbed and flowed until the final Anglo-Saxon victory before the Norman Conquest.

Using stunning artwork, this book examines in detail three battles between the two deadly foes: Ashdown in 871 which involved the future Alfred the Great; Maldon in 991 where an Anglo-Saxon army sought to counter a renewed Viking threat; and Stamford Bridge in 1066, in which King Harold Godwinesson abandoned his preparations to repel the expected Norman invasion in order to fight off Harald Hard-Counsel of Norway.

Drawing upon historical accounts from both English and Scandinavian sources and from archaeological evidence, Gareth Williams presents a detailed comparison of the weaponry, tactics, strategies and underlying military organization of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and considers the developments which took place on both sides in the two centuries of Viking incursions into Anglo-Saxon England.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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3-15520 Stoye, John SIEGE OF VIENNA, THE Classic account of the last threat to the Western states by the Turks. Details the campaign, map, b/w illust, index, and biblio.

The Siege of Vienna in 1683 was one of the turning points in European history. It was the last serious threat to Western Christendom and so great was its impact that countries normally jealous and hostile sank their differences to throw back the armies of Islam and their savage Tartar allies.

The consequences of defeat were momentous: the Ottomans lost half their European territories and began the long decline which led to the final collapse of the Empire, and the Hapsburgs turned their attention from France and the Rhine frontier to the rich pickings of the Balkans. The hot September day that witnesses the last great trial of strength between Cross and Crescent opened an epoch in European history that lasted until WWI cataclysm.1 vol, 320 pgs 2017 UK, BIRLINN
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1-214630 Fletcher, David BRITISH BATTLE TANKS: British-Made Tanks of World War II Second of a multi-volume history of British tanks.

Plagued by unreliable vehicles and poorly thought-out doctrine, the early years of World War II were years of struggle for Britain's tank corps. Relying on tanks built in the late 1930s, and those designed and built with limited resources in the opening years of the war, they battled valiantly against an opponent well versed in the arts of armored warfare.

This book covers the development and use of the Matilda, Crusader, and Valentine tanks that pushed back the Axis in North Africa, the much-improved Churchill that fought with distinction from North Africa to Normandy, and the excellent Cromwell tank of 1944-45. It also looks at Britain's super-heavy tank projects, the TOG1 and TOG2, and the Tortoise heavy assault tank, designed to smash through the toughest of battlefield conditions, but never put into production.1 vol, 280 pgs 2017 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-214700 Hansen, Troels THE BATTLESHIP HMS WARSPITE: 1914-1919 Featuring over 100 computer generated color images this volume covers, in full, the majesty of this great ship. From the initial design to the ship's armor and operational history the authors cover the complete history of this mammoth vessel. Numerous scale plans are included.1 vol, 92 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-214710 Edwards, Bernard U-BOATS BEYOND BISCAY: Donitz Looks to New Horizons On the outbreak of war in 1939 Admiral Donitz's U-boat flotillas consisted of some thirty U-boats fully operational, with only six to eight at sea at any one time. Their activities were restricted mainly to the North Sea and British coastal waters. 8 pages of black and white plates.

When France fell in the summer of 1940, the ports in the Bay of Biscay gave direct access to the Atlantic, and the ability to extend their reach even to. The Royal Navy was unable to escort convoys much beyond the Western Approaches. In a short time, the Allies were losing 500,000 tons of shipping a month, every month. Donitz now looked over the far horizons, Americas Eastern Seaboard, the coasts of Africa, and the Mediterranean, where Allied merchantmen habitually sailed alone and unprotected. 1 vol, 208 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-214670 Peto, George TWENTY-TWO ON PELELIU: Four Pacific Campaigns with the Corps, The Memoirs of an Old Breed Marine On September 15, 1944, the US First Marine Division landed on a small island in the Central Pacific called Peleliu as a prelude to the liberation of the Philippines. Among the first wave of Marines that hit the beach that day was 22-year-old George Peto.

Growing up on a farm in Ohio, George always preferred being outdoors and exploring. This made school a challenge, but his hunting, fishing and trapping skills helped put food on his family's table. As a poor teenager living in a rough area, he got into regular brawls, and he found holding down a job hard because of his wanderlust. After working out West with the CCC, he decided that joining the Marines offered him the opportunity for adventure plus three square meals a day; so he and his brother joined the Corps in 1941, just a few months before Pearl Harbor.

Following boot camp and training, he was initially assigned to various guard units, until he was shipped out to the Pacific and assigned to the 1st Marines. His first combat experience was the landing at Finschhaven, followed by Cape Gloucester. Then as a Forward Observer, he went ashore in one of the lead amtracs at Peleliu and saw fierce fighting for a week before the regiment was relieved due to massive casualties. Six months later, his division became the immediate reserve for the initial landing on Okinawa. They encountered no resistance when they came ashore on D+1, but would go on to fight on Okinawa for over six months.1 vol, 368 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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