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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-VXA040 VICTRIX DACIANS: 28mm Plastic Miniatures The box contains 60 figures in 28mm scale1 vol, 60 pgs 2020 UK, VICTRIX LTD
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1-909010 Bustamante, Jose Painting War 10: The Wild West Awesome special issue on how to paint Wild West figures. More than 25 different miniatures painted by Jose Bustamante, and a complete painting guide.1 vol, 88 pgs 2020 SPAIN
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1-908392 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue #392 - with a free Victory at Sea rulebook Also: Wargaming Strategy: Command and Control; Frostgrave 2: What's in the
Second Edition?; Blood Angels in the Ohio Valley (F&I War); Editorial examines
how the wargames industry coped during the pandemic; and more.
1 vol, 116 pgs 2020 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-225020 Burgess, Eric Vauban's Wars - Siege Warfare 1667-1815 Siege warfare rules covering:
Wars of Louis XIV (1667-1714)
War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748)
Seven Years War (1756-1763)
Turkish Wars vs Russians and Austrians (1710-1812)
Wars of the French Revolution (1792-1802)
Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815)

You will need tactical rules for Sorties\Assaults -- Piquet's Cartouche v2, Les Grognards v2, Field of Battle supplements, or your own favorite tactical rules to resolve any assault or sortie.

You will also need the following: Dice sets (D4, D6, D8, D10, D12, and D20); Tape measures; and a Special Siege Die -- D6 with the following values on their facings 0,1,1,2,2,3. If you don't have a blank die to put these numbers on you could map the values to a standard D6 with 1 = 0, 2-3 = 1, 4-5 = 2 and 6 = 3. This die is used for sappers to repairing damaged fortifications and miners to do mining.

For table space you would need a minimum of 6 feet wide by 5 feet deep for 15mm figures, and 8 feet wide by 6 feet deep for 25mm figures when using a three or four bastion fortress placed on the edge of the table. Other scales and fortress designs, could impact the table size.

Includes printed sheets with the hard copy: 1 Turn & Weather Sheet (hard card stock and full color); 2 Quick Reference Sheets (hard card stock and Black and White); 1 Powder Expenditure Sheet (hard card stock and full color); and 6 Sequence Deck Card Sheets that you can cut out and sleeve (hard card stock and full color).

Includes the following Player Aids that can be photocopied: Markers; Garrison and Besieger Roster Sheet; Mining and Countermining Sheet; and Quick Start Sheet
1 vol, 97 pgs 2020 US, PIQUET
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2-208940 McCullough, Joseph FROSTGRAVE: Fantasy Wargames in the Frozen City - 2nd edition This new edition of the multi-award-winning fantasy skirmish wargame offers improved rules based on years of player feedback, a revised spell list, and a host of brand-new scenarios. It remains fully compatible with all previously published Frostgrave supplements, allowing players to revisit past adventures as well as face new challenges.

Choose a wizard from one of ten schools of magic, and select from a list of eighty spells. Hire a warband filled with soldiers, from lowly thugs and thieves to mighty knights and barbarians, then lead your men into the frozen ruins of the magic city of Frostgrave on the hunt for ancient treasures and the secrets of lost magic. Be warned - it is a deadly place, filled with rival wizards, wandering monsters, animated constructs, and demonic entities. Do you dare enter the Frozen City one more time? 1 vol, 224 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-223221 McCullough, Joseph Oathmark: Battlesworn Supplement for Oathmark: Battles of the Lost Age contains rules for adding elite units to your armies and charting their progress from battle to battle. Will they grow even more powerful as they gain renown, or be broken in the face of tremendous odds, perhaps someday to be reformed when their kingdom needs them most?

Also included are rules for rivers and boats as well as campaigns, featuring all-new scenarios that will give your battlesworn the chance to lead their kingdom to new heights of power and prestige.1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-224190 Whitehouse, Howard et al Black Sun - Rules for 28mm Weird Nam Skirmish Battle Tabletop skirmish game of survival and combat in an alternate dimension during the Vietnam War. Assemble your force of US Army Soldiers, Viet Cong freedom fighters or spaced out hippies and combat monsters from another dimension, or each other, while trying to get back home. Man we gotta geout of this place.

This rulebook includes everything you need to play except miniatures, including: Move and countermove initiative system; 'What the. if ' Cards to bring the 1960's period and the Black Sun Event to life; Printable Force Cards which are used to create any of the main factions; Scenarios and Advanced Rules to get you into play quickly and to expand your game in the future.

This book introduced the factions of the alternate dimension, provides rules for period weapons, and allows players to come to grips with the sanity altering truths of an alien universe. This rulebook doesn't represent everything we have planned for Black Sun it is only the beginning.1 vol, 64 pgs 2020 CANADA, CRUCIBLE CRUSH
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1-972049 Campbell, David 049 Soviet Soldier vs Finnish Soldier - The Continuation War 1941-44 In a bid to recapture territory conceded after the Winter War of 1939-40, Finnish forces cooperated with Nazi Germany and other Axis powers during the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. Rapid Finnish progress in reoccupying lost ground in Karelia during the first few months of the invasion gave way to a more static form of warfare from October 1941.

The Finns resisted German pressure to participate fully in the Axis attack on the beleaguered Soviet-held city of Leningrad, and the Continuation War came to be characterized by trench warfare and unconventional operations conducted by both sides behind the front lines.

In June 1944, the stalemate was abruptly ended by a massive Soviet offensive that pushed the Finns back; the two sides clashed in a series of major battles, including the battle of Tali-Ihantala, with the Finns halting the Soviet advance before agreeing to an armistice that September.

The evolving military situation in this sector of the Eastern Front meant that the soldiers of the Soviet Union and Finland fought one another in a variety of challenging settings, prompting both sides to innovate as new technologies reached the front line. In this study, the doctrine, training, equipment and organization of both sides' fighting men are assessed and compared, followed by a detailed assessment of their combat records in three key battles of the Continuation War.
1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-975074 Moss, Matthew 074 The PIAT - Britain's anti-tank weapon of World War II Designed in 1942, Britain's innovative Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank (PIAT) provided British and Commonwealth troops with a much-needed means of taking on Germany's formidable Panzers. Replacing the inadequate Boys anti-tank rifle, it was conceived in the top-secret World War II research and development organization known colloquially as 'Churchill's Toyshop', alongside other ingenious weapons such as the sticky bomb, the limpet mine, and the time-pencil fuse.

Unlike the more famous US bazooka, the PIAT had its roots in something simpler than rocket science. Operated from the shoulder, the PIAT was a spigot mortar which fired a heavy high-explosive bomb, with its main spring soaking up the recoil. The PIAT had a limited effective range. Troops required nerves of steel to get close enough to an enemy tank to ensure a direct hit, often approaching to within 50ft of the target, and no fewer than six Victoria Crosses were won during World War II by soldiers operating PIATs.

A front-line weapon in every theatre of the conflict in which Commonwealth troops fought, from Europe to the Far East, the PIAT remained in service after 1945, seeing action during the Greek Civil War, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Korean War.
1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-977053 Sheppatd, Si 053 We Killed Yamamoto - The long-range P-38 assassination of the man behind Pearl Harbor, Bougainville 1943 Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese Combined Fleet during WWII, masterminded the most devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and became a marked man in the war that followed. A key intelligence breakthrough enabled the military to pinpoint his location. An elite team was assembled and charged with his execution.

Analyses the origins, implementation, and outcomes of Operation Vengeance, the long-range fighter interception of Admiral Yamamoto's transport aircraft that sent him to his death on 18th April, 1943. Details the role of intelligence work in pinpointing the time and location of Yamamoto's flight, the chain of command at the highest level of the US political and military establishment who ordered the attack, and the technical limitations that had to be overcome in planning and conducting the raid. Also provides a close study of the aerial combat involved in completing the mission, offering a holistic exploration of the operation which avenged Pearl Harbor.
1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995285 Noppen, Ryan 285 The Royal Netherlands Navy of World War II In the late 19th and early 20th century, a combination of coastal defence for the homeland and fleet defence for the East Indies became the established naval strategy for the Royal Dutch Navy and set the template for the world wars. Battleships were too expensive to build and maintain, so after World War I, there was significant investment in submarine development and construction. A handful of modern light cruisers and a new class of destroyers were also constructed during the interwar years to serve as a small Fleet-in-Being in the East Indies, as well as to support the actions of the navy's submarines. The light cruiser HNLMS De Ruyter and the Java-class light cruisers were the most powerful units of the new fleet whilst the backbone of the destroyer fleet was the Admiralen-class and the Tromp-class of destroyer leaders.

Beginning in December 1941, the Dutch Navy played a very active role in the defence of the East Indies against the Japanese during World War II. The Battle of the Java Sea at the end of February 1942 crushed Dutch naval power in the East Indies, sinking the cruisers Java and De Ruyter and killing Admiral Karel Doorman. However, several Dutch surface warships and submarines continued the fight against the Axis powers alongside the Allies until the end of World War II, including a pair of British-built destroyers, Van Galen and Tjerk Hiddes.

Provides a comprehensive guide to the Royal Netherlands Navy of the World War II period, complete with detailed cutaways and battleplates of the fleet in action.
1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996352 McNally, Michael 352 Dettingen 1743 - Miracle on the Main The death of the Emperor Charles VI in 1741 was the catalyst for a conflict ostensibly about the female inheritance of the Hapsburg patrimony but, in reality, about the succession to the Imperial Throne. The great European powers were divided between those, such as Britain, who supported the Pragmatic Sanction and the rights of the Archduchess Maria-Theresia, daughter of Charles VI, and those who challenged it, including Bavaria which were supported by France.

Explores the battle in depth, detailing its build-up, events, and aftermath, as well as analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the commanders, armies, and tactics of both sides.

The conflict quickly escalated into what is now known as the War of the Austrian Succession, and a series of turbulent political events brought the crisis to a head on the road to Hanau, near Dettingen. There, the French moved to put into place a complex manoeuvre which had the potential to end the war at a single stroke. A column of French troops would cross the Main near Dettingen and block the road to Hanau, their orders being to simply hold their ground and bar the route of the Allied British and Hanovarian advance. A second column would cross the Main behind the enemy and then follow their line of march northwards. The bulk of the army would use a combination of bridges and pontoon-bridges to cross the Main and engage the enemy from the flank as they were strung out on the line of march. However, the plan relied heavily on the blocking force, and command of this crucial sector fell to an inexperienced nobleman Louis-Auguste, Duc de Grammont, who chose to attack rather than hold his position. Consequently, the manoeuvre failed and the French broke, fleeing for the Main and safety, with the Gardes Francaises famously swimming the river.
1 vol, 96 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997234 Bishopm M. C. 234 Roman Shields The introduction of the scutum in the 4th century BC revolutionized the way the Romans fought. Instead of being purely defensive, the shield became a weapon in its own right. Using the top edge or boss to punch an opponent, or the lower rim to smash down on their feet, it served to unbalance an enemy and allow the sword to do its work.

Drawing together historical accounts, excavated artefacts and the results of the latest scientific analyses of the boards and fittings, reveals the development, technology, training and use of the scutum and other Roman shield types.

The versatility of the scutum was characterized by the testudo, a formation the Romans used offensively like a pedestrian tank. Meanwhile, other shield types equipped the auxiliaries who fought alongside the legionaries. The curved, rectangular scutum survived into the 3rd century AD, only to be replaced by an oval, slightly domed shield derived from the oval shields of Early Imperial auxiliaries.
1 vol, 64 pgs 2019 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997233 Thomas, Nigel 233 Hitler's Eastern Legions 1942-45 Between 1941-45, the Germans recruited around 175,000 men from a number of minorities in the USSR, distinguishing between 'Turkomans' (predominantly Muslims) and 'Caucasians' (predominantly Orthodox Christians). Of these, many formed rear-area auxiliary units, but at least 55,000 were combat troops.

The first recruits formed two battalions in the 444th Security Division raised as early as November 1941; during 1942-1943 seven legions were formed, each of several battalions, eventually totalling some 53 battalions (equivalent to about 6 full divisions). However, with one exception (162nd Turkoman Division), they were not deployed as whole formations; after training in Poland, individual battalions were posted to fill out German regiments in the front lines, at first in Army Group South but later in all three Army Groups fighting on the Eastern Front. Units were also sent to Yugoslavia, Italy and the Western Front.

Details the organization, battle orders, combat history, uniforms and insignia of these unique units and includes contemporary photographs and full-colour illustrations. 1 vol, 64 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-224220 Grainger, John Roman Conquests: Egypt and Judaea Egypt was the last of the Macedonian Successor states to be swallowed up by Roman expansion. The Ptolemaic rulers had allied themselves to Rome while their rivals went down fighting. However, Cleopatra's famous love affair with Marc Antony ensured she was on the wrong side of the Roman civil war between him and Octavian (later to become Caesar Augustus).

After the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra at the naval battle of Actium, Octavian swiftly brought it under direct Roman control, though it took several campaigns to fully subjugate the whole country. These campaigns have previously been largely neglected. Judaea was a constant source of trouble for the Romans, as it had been for the Seleucids, the previous overlords of the region. The Romans at first were content to rule through client kings like the infamous Herod but were increasingly sucked in to direct military involvement to suppress religiously-inspired revolts.

Examinesthe course of these campaigns, explaining how the Roman war machine coped with formidable new foes and the challenges of unfamiliar terrain and climate.
1 vol, 256 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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2-224220 Grainger, John Roman Conquests: Egypt and Judaea Egypt was the last of the Macedonian Successor states to be swallowed up by Roman expansion. The Ptolemaic rulers had allied themselves to Rome while their rivals went down fighting. However, Cleopatra's famous love affair with Marc Antony ensured she was on the wrong side of the Roman civil war between him and Octavian (later to become Caesar Augustus).

After the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra at the naval battle of Actium, Octavian swiftly brought it under direct Roman control, though it took several campaigns to fully subjugate the whole country. These campaigns have previously been largely neglected. Judaea was a constant source of trouble for the Romans, as it had been for the Seleucids, the previous overlords of the region. The Romans at first were content to rule through client kings like the infamous Herod but were increasingly sucked in to direct military involvement to suppress religiously-inspired revolts.

Examinesthe course of these campaigns, explaining how the Roman war machine coped with formidable new foes and the challenges of unfamiliar terrain and climate.
1 vol, 256 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-954141 Various ANCIENT WARFARE: Volume 14.1 Warfare in Hellenistic Asia Minor Theme: Warfare in Hellenistic Asia Minor
Crossroads of the Hellenistic World: The Lynchpin
Perks of the Hellenistic Mercenary Life: No Tax Forever
The Galatian War and Its Aftermath: Romans and Gauls
Deploying Beasts in Battle: The Role of Elephants in the Seleucid Army
The Eunuch and the Silver Hoard: Philetaerus of Pergamon

Other Articles:
The Downfall of a Roman Blue-Blood: Catiline's Eagle
The Letter from Apion to His Family (BGU II 423): A Roman Sailor Writes Home
Eupolis of Athens and Greek 'Old Comedy': Laughing at Battle
Musical Instruments in the Roman Army: Blowing Their Own Trumpet
The Problem of the Many Ranks: Depth, What is it Good For?
1 vol, 84 pgs 2020 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-225010 Doyle, David M3 Lee and Grant - the Design, Production and Service of the M3 This new 472-page book explores the M3 Lee/Grant, and its combat use by US, UK and Soviet troops in detail. Similar in depth and scope to my earlier US Half-track, GMC CCKW & DUKW, Chevrolet and Dodge books, it is profusely illustrated with 700 vintage photos, many never before published. This volume is the first in-depth study of the tank that put the United States in tank business1 vol, 472 pgs 2020 US, DAVID DOYLE BOOKS
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1-224180 Napier, Michael In Cold War Skies - NATO and Soviet Air Power, 1949-89 Throughout the second half of the 20th century, international relations across the globe were dominated by the Cold War. From 1949 until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, US and Soviet strategic forces were deployed across the Arctic Ocean in North America and Northern Russia, while the best-equipped armed forces that the world had ever seen faced each other directly across the 'Iron Curtain' in Europe.

Examines the decade-by-decade air power of the the USA, USSR, NATO, Warsaw Pact countries and the European non-aligned nations at a strategic and at a tactical level. Describes the aircraft types in the context of the units that operated them and the roles in which they were used.
1 vol, 0 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-COM1075 Cipcic, Tomstav Brotherhood & Unity Depicts the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1992-1995 ('Bosnian War'). Includes all of the major events: from the siege of Sarajevo (shown in separate, detailed map), to the battles for the Posavina corridor, and the desperate defence of the Bosniak enclaves.

Main features are: Point-To-Point movement system, play driven by Strategy Cards, quick combat resolution (no CRT), streamlined rules and fast gameplay. Interaction between warring sides (Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats) creates an intensive and exciting gameplay experience.

Product Information: Complexity: 5 out of 10; Time Scale: 1 year per turn, 2 months per action round; Map Scale: Point-to-point strategic level; Unit Scale: Brigades; Number of Players: 2 to 3; Suitability for Solitaire: Medium; Average Time to Play: 2 to 3 hours.

Components: One 22x34-inch Mounted Map; 260 9/16-inch Counters; 96 Strategy cards (in 3 decks: Serbian, Croatian and Bosniak); three Player aid cards; one Rulebook; one 10-sided die; one Box and lid set.
1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-COM2003 Schacht, Michael Traders of the Air Steampunk trading game for two to four players based on a distant planet always on the lookout for an opportunity to acquire valuable goods. Roaming the planet, the guilds need to set up networks of guild contracts on the planet's cities to resell the goods at the most advantageous times to increase power and prestige. Based on the game Hansa.

Components: Two game boards (backprinted on a single 'sheet'); Eight guild maps (four of them backprinted); One steamship; 60 guild contract discs (15 each in four player colors); 22 sky dollar cardboard 'coins'; 78 cardboard goods markers; One bag; One cardboard 'compass' (used only for the variant of Hansa); Two rules booklets (English and German); and One start player marker.
1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 US, COMPASS GAMES
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