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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-GBP23 GRIPPING BEAST: 28mm Late Roman Light Cavalry Inside you will find parts to assemble 12 finely-detailed unarmored cavalry, fighting with either javelin or bow, suitable for use in Swordpoint. The box also includes swords, axes, and a trumpet for conversion purposes. The Late Roman Light Cavalry may be used to represent the unarmored cavalry forces of any of the later Romans or early Byzantines. Parts from this box are compatible with most parts from all our other box sets so you can do many, many conversions. 28mm sized plastic figures. Supplied unassembled and unpainted.1 vol, 12 pgs 2018 UK, GRIPPING BEAST MINIATURES
NEW-box, available early August 2019 ......$32.00 DISCOUNT:10% rct

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1-220908 BATTLEPLAN #8: Deluxe Third Reich Issue with w/map * Eastern Front Solitaire: Vlasov's Army variant
* Washing the Spears in Zulu War: Variants for last issue's mini-wargame
* Bismarck House Rules: Conquest of Britain, AD 43
* Scenario for WEG Druid: Drive on Frankfurt variations
* Axis & Allies 1941 Scenario: Historical set-up of a year earlier
* Nuclear Risk!: Combining 'Nuclear War' and 'Risk'
* Empires in Arms: Strategies in Spain
* Aircraft for Air War: More for this TSR game
* Quick & Dirty Fortress America variants
* Red, White and Blue Max: US aircraft for GDW game
* Yamamoto's Plan for Midway: Variant for Yaquinto's CV
* Ortona: A Canadian Up Front scenario
* Turning the Tables in FireTeam: US attacks Soviets
* Expanded Kanev: Variants and new scenario for S&T game
* Over the Edge of the Map: Third Reich mega-variant map insert rules
* A Peek at 5th Edition Third Reich
* Third Reich 1940 Scenario
* Third Reich 1941 Scenario
* Third Reich 1945 Scenario
* More Third Reich variants
* Third Reich Local & Limited Wars: Mini scenarios for teaching beginners
* AH General Third Reich variants Rebuttal
The* War of '33: Analysis of 3R variants1 vol, 65 pgs 1987 US, BATTLEPLAN MAGAZINE
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1-221120 Lacy, Ben STALINGRAD: The Life of a Sniper - A Role Playing Campaign The so-called sniper is an exemplary type of soldier who is regarded with a mixture of admiration and abhorrence. Although he saves the lives of many comrades with terrifying precision, he is often overlooked and forgotten amid the historiography of war. Like few other soldiers, he must live with the knowledge that he has extinguished so many lives, not anonymously, but looking straight into the eyes of his target.

This first-person adventure follows a Russian sniper and sidekick through the battle of Stalingrad. The 15 scenarios within help a GameMaster set up the situation on the table and guide the GM as to Non-Player Characters' actions while the player directs the sniper. Danger and experience grow with each scenario. Note that the GM decides how each scenario plays out, being as tough or easy as desired. 1 vol, 88 pgs 2019 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-1994024 BOLT ACTION: Korea Beginning in 1950, the Korean War was a defining moment for the UN and the entirety of the early Cold War, widening the already monumental gulf between the east and west, capitalist and communist. This supplement for Bolt Action expands the rules-set from its World War II roots to this new, and truly modern, conflict. Bolt Action: Korea contains all the rules, Theater Lists, scenarios, and new and exciting units, never seen in Bolt Action before, to wargame this turbulent period of world history. 1 vol, 144 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-210849 Summerfield, Dr. Stephen AUSTRIAN CUIRASSIER OF THE SEVEN YEARS WAR: Military Colours Vol. 9 Customers will know that Stephen's AUSTRIAN SEVEN YEARS WAR CAVALRY is now out-of-print. A straight reprint is impracticable because of the volume of new information. For that reason we are dividing the subject and now placing it in our popular Military Colours series.

This is the comprehensive, definitive reference to Austrian heavy cavalry of the period. Do you need it is you already have the original hardback edition? Yes you do. If for no other reason then I would suggest the 44 exquisitely-drawn illustrations of standards would be a reason - not to mention photographs of surviving standards. The truth is that not only is this a thorough overhaul of the information provided (always a tricky area as the original sources conflict so much) but the picture quality has been upgraded to dazzling standard.1 vol, 72 pgs 2019 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
NEW-softcover, available late August 2019 ......$28.00 rct

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1-975070 Harriman, Bill 070 THE ARISAKA RIFLE Entering service in 1897, the Arisaka family of bolt-action rifles armed Japanese troops and others through two world wars and many other conflicts, including the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05.

Issued in long and short versions - the latter for cavalry and specialists - the Type 30 was the first main Arisaka model, arming Imperial Japan's forces during the Russo-Japanese War, though after the war it was refined into the Type 38, which would still be in use in 1945. The main Arisaka rifle of World War II though was the Type 99. Lighter and more rugged than the US M1903 Springfield rifle, it would face in the initial battles in the Pacific, it was produced in four main variants, including a sniping model and a take-down parachutist's rifle.

Featuring full-color artwork as well as archive and close-up photographs, this is the absorbing story of the rifles arming Imperial Japan's forces, from the trenches of Mukden in 1905 to the beaches of Okinawa 40 years later.1 vol, 80 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-softcover, available late August 2019 ......$22.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-978096 Zaloga, Steven 096 T-34 vs StuG III: Finland 1944 In the summer of 1944, the Red Army staged a massive armored assault up the Karelian Isthmus with the intent of eliminating any remaining German and Finnish forces facing the Leningrad region.

Most of the Soviet units sent into Finland were new to the region, moving mainly from the fighting in the Leningrad area. As a result, some had the latest types of Soviet equipment including the new T-34-85 tank, fielded alongside the older T-34-76. Germany refused to sell the Finns new tanks without a reinforced military alliance, but in 1943 began selling them a few dozen StuG III assault guns. This made the StuG III battalion the most modern and powerful element of the Finnish armored division, and it saw very extensive combat in the June-July summer battles.

Featuring specially commissioned artwork and an array of archive photographs, this is the absorbing story of the parts played by Soviet and Finnish armor in the epic battles in Finland during June and July 1944.1 vol, 80 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-softcover, available late August 2019 ......$22.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-995273 Davies, Jonathan 373 THE MEDIEVAL CANNON 1326-1494 The book will focus on the technology and tactics of early European artillery on both sea and land, and assess its impact on medieval warfare.

The first illustration of a cannon in Europe can be dated quite precisely to 1326. This book explores the development of gunpowder, the earliest appearance of cast-bronze cannon in Western Europe, followed by the design and development of the wrought-iron cannon.

The wrought-iron hoop-and-stave method of barrel construction was a system that came to dominate medieval artillery design both large and small until the end of the 15th century, and saw the cannon used not only as a prestige weapon, but start to be used as a practical and terrifying weapon on the medieval battlefield. In 1453, the Ottomans' conquest of Constantinople, with their extensive artillery, marked the triumph of medieval firepower.1 vol, 48 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-softcover, available late August 2019 ......$19.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-995272 Fletcher, David 372 CHURCHILL INFANTRY TANK Covers all seven Marks of Churchill gun tank with variations and the curious self-propelled gun of 1941/42, but not the so-called 'Funnies' or the armored recovery vehicle variants.

It begins with the prototype tank A20, which has not been covered in any detail before, then go on to look at all seven Marks of Churchill, in particular their different guns. This book will also look at the tank's service in Russia and later with the Irish, Jordanian and Australian Armies. It will also feature on the disastrous Dieppe raid of August 1942, ending with a brief look at the Black Prince or super Churchill which was only developed up to the prototype stage at the end of World War II.

The Churchill was built outside the normal process of British tanks and the Department of Tank Design under the watchful eye of the Prime Minister, after whom it was named, by a firm with no previous experience of tank production. Despite being condemned as unsuitable and more than once being scheduled to be replaced by a better design, this never actually happened. It remained in production and ultimately vindicated itself since, although it was slow and noisy it was found to have superior climbing ability and thicker frontal armor than the vaunted German Tiger.

Its classification as an Infantry Tank has been extensively criticized although recently one or two authors, notably Americans, seem to have revised their views on this and even Field Marshal Montgomery, who advocated a Universal Tank to fulfill all roles, found the Churchill a useful tank on many occasions, particularly considering its ability to absorb punishment.1 vol, 48 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-softcover, available late August 2019 ......$19.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-996339 Rogers, Anthony 339 KOS AND LEROS 1943: The German Conquest of the Dodecanese This title is an illustrated account of the autumn 1943 battle for the Dodecanese, as Winston Churchill attempted to secure the Aegean islands in the wake of the Italian armistice.

The occupation was a gamble intended to increase pressure against Germany and at the same time possibly provide encouragement for Turkey to join the Allies. Spearheaded by the Special Boat Squadron and the Long Range Desert Group, garrison troops were deployed to the Italian-occupied Dodecanese, but they were too late to prevent the Germans from taking control of the key island of Rhodes and its all-important airfields.

An all-out German offensive followed. Air force and naval units supported a series of assaults by infantry and paratroopers, including specialist forces of the Division Brandenburg. Within three months, only Castelorizzo was still in British hands. Rhodes, Kos and Leros remained under German occupation until May 1945 and the end of the war in Europe. The Dodecanese would be Germany's last enduring victory - and the last enduring British-led defeat. 1 vol, 96 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-softcover, available late August 2019 ......$24.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-1950011 Summerfield, Dr Stephen editor SMOOTHBORE ORDNANCE JOURNAL VOL 11: BRITISH IRON HEAVY ORDNANCE FOR GARRISON, NAVAL AND SIEGE (1727-1860) This heavily illustrated Journal covers the following sections: Peninsular Sieges; Notes on Sieges; Gunpowder, Charges & Ammunition; Ranges & Ballistics; Iron Gun Founding; Carronades; Iron Long Guns; Land Service Gun Carriages; British Mortars; Heavy Iron Howitzers. Includes 121 tables and 68 plans.1 vol, 148 pgs 2018 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
NEW-softcover, available late August 2019 ......$35.00 rct

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1-221110 Glover, Gareth THE DIARY OF LIEUTENANT ERNST MEIER OF THE WESTPHALIAN GARDE CHEVAU-LEGERS, THE BRUNSWICK HUSSARS AND 2ND DRAGOONS KING'S GERMAN LEGION 1809-1815 A fascinating short memoir. Ernst was captured in 1809 by the Austrians & transferred to the Duke of Brunswick's Black Hussars who eventually took sea to Britain to continue fighting against Napoleon. He then joined the 2nd Dragoons of the KGL being sent to the Peninsula in October 1813 to witness the closing events including Toulouse. He served in the Army of Occupation in 1815.1 vol, 114 pgs 2018 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
NEW-softcover, available late August 2019 ......$32.00 rct

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1-221111 Glover, Gareth THE WATERLOO ARCHIVE VOLUME VII: BRITISH SOURCES, BEING THE KEN TROTMAN WATERLOO ARCHIVE VOLUME 1 We are delighted to announce that Ken Trotman Publishing has taken over the prestigious Waterloo Archive series. This is a continuation of the series (but with slightly different covers).

The good news is that there are many more volumes to come including, hopefully, German & Dutch sources. Gareth's searching of original accounts that are unknown is relentless. This present volume contains original British accounts that have come to light since, including many from the other ranks, important officer's accounts including from the 1st Foot Guards and a concentration upon support services. More, much more is to follow.1 vol, 249 pgs 2018 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
NEW-hardback, available late August 2019 ......$40.00 rct

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1-221100 Jowett. Philip LIBERTY OR DEATH: Latin American Conflicts, 1900-70 From the Banana Wars of the early 20th century through to the Football War of 1969, South and Central America has been a hotbed of revolutions, rebellions and conflicts as diverse as they are numerous. Some were small-scale affairs involving the poorly armed forces of Central American armies with rifles, machetes and a few aged machine guns. Others were full-scale conflicts involving sophisticated armies equipped with tanks, artillery and aircraft, and hundreds of thousands of troops. These wars often went largely unreported in the West, which was preoccupied with its own problems in fighting two world wars and dealing with Cold War tensions.

Fully illustrated with a wealth of rare photographs, this fascinating story sheds light on seven decades of a continent in conflict that is rarely covered in English.1 vol, 368 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-dj, available late August 2019 ......$40.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-221070 Hata, Ikuhiko JAPANESE ARMY AIR FORCE UNITS AND THEIR ACES: 1931-1945 Hitherto only available in Japanese text, this unique work is now published in English language format and provides an in-depth review of the fighter units of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force and their pilots.

Commencing with a detailed study of the development, equipment and operations flown by this force since its inception immediately after the end of World War I, until the catastrophic conclusion of World War II, the initial section deals with the wars in China and Manchuria, as well as the Pacific War of 1941-45.

The second section provides details of each of the units from formation onwards, listing the types of aircraft used, the bases from which they flew, and the unit and formation commanders. Details of the more notable actions in which each unit was involved are also provided.

Biographical notes relating to all of the more notable fighter pilots form the third section, whilst the book is liberally provided with supporting listings and a glossary of Japanese terms. The whole is heavily illustrated with photographs of the majority of the pilots and of typical aircraft of many of the units, together with line drawings indicating the unit markings carried.1 vol, 340 pgs 1999 US, AXIS EUROPA BOOKS
NEW-dj, available early August 2019 ......$38.00 DISCOUNT:25% rct

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1-221080 Thompson, David UNDAUNTED: Normandy (Card Game) A deck-building game that places you and your opponent in command of American or German forces, fighting through a series of missions critical to the outcome of World War II. Use your cards to seize the initiative, bolster your forces, or control your troops on the battlefield. Strong leadership can turn the tide of battle in your favor, but reckless decisions could prove catastrophic, as every casualty you take removes a card from your deck. Take charge amidst the chaos of battle, hold fast in the face of opposition, and remain undaunted.

* Players: 2
* Ages: 14+
* Playing Time: 45-60 minutes
* Contents: 108 cards, 18 large map tiles, dice, tokens, campaign booklet1 vol, 1 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-box, available late August 2019 ......$40.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-221060 Trye, Rex MUSSOLINI'S AFRIKA KORPS: The Italian Army in North Africa, 1940-1943 Trye does a reasonable job describing the orders of battle and the basic gear/equipment available for Italian forces in North Africa. There are a multitude of pictures from both sides included which go well with the text in each chapter. The battle descriptions are rudimentary at best however, and seem primarily focused on log books and diaries giving fragmented but telling pictures of the Italian viewpoints. These are rare first person accounts, but I still would like to have seen more context with 'actual' events on-going to reflect just how accurate these accounts were.

Overall, this is a decent book that was easy to read. It's best features are the solid bibliography and very nice photos1 vol, 220 pgs 1999 US, AXIS EUROPA BOOKS
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1-221090 McGuire, Joseph REALITY'S EDGE: Cyberpunk Skirmish Rules Hyper-reality. The area between the thriving mass of humanity known as the Sprawl and the digital refuge of Cyberspace. This is your playground. As a Showrunner, you can see and manipulate the flow of digital data through the real world - for you, reality is limitless.

Welcome to Reality's Edge, a skirmish wargame set in a dystopian cyberpunk future, where players take on the roles of Showrunners - mercenary hackers who lead small teams of trusted operatives and disposable freelancers.

Funded by shadow backers, the Showrunners accept jobs from faceless clients for profit, glory, and better chrome. always better chrome.

Battles take place in the concrete jungle known as the Sprawl, but Showrunners must remain wary of the threat posed by Cyberspace. Hacking is pivotal to the game, with data nodes, robots, machines, and even enemy chrome presenting potential targets for a cunning Console Cowboy. In an ongoing campaign, each skirmish offers you the opportunity to earn experience and equipment, from advanced weaponry and synthetics to cyber-implants, biological enhancements, clones, and much more.

This is a world obsessed with whether something can be done, not whether it should.1 vol, 320 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-hardback, available late August 2019 ......$45.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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