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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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2-C4601 LOTR: TMG CAVE TROLL: Combat Hex Set Cave Troll LORD of the RINGS Combat Hex action figure set by Sabretooth Games. Boxed set includes the Cave Troll, Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas.

Additional Combat Hex figures, maps, and booster packs are available.

1. Go to www.onmilitarymatters.com
2. Change 'Keywords' to 'Title'
3. Type Combat Hex into search field
4. Click on the Search button.1 vol, 1 pgs 2003 WA, SABERTOOTH GAMES INC
NEW-box, long out of print ......$49.00 DISCOUNT:25% blk

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2-C4603 LOTR: TMG TREEBEARD: Combat Hex Set Treebeard LORD of the RINGS Combat Hex action figure set by Sabretooth Games. Includes
Treebeard, Merry, and Pippin.

Additional Combat Hex figures, maps, and booster packs are available.

1. Go to www.onmilitarymatters.com
2. Change 'Keywords' to 'Title'
3. Type Combat Hex into search field
4. Click on the Search button.1 vol, 1 pgs 2003 WA, SABERTOOTH GAMES INC
NEW-box, long out of print ......$69.00 DISCOUNT:25% blk

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2-C4701 LOTR: TMG SAURON: Combat Hex Set Sauron comes on a Large Monster base and a special jeweled Eye of Sauron battle die. Sauron is usable by evil armies and is a force to be reckoned with.

Additional Combat Hex figures, maps, and booster packs are available.

1. Go to www.onmilitarymatters.com
2. Change 'Keywords' to 'Title'
3. Type Combat Hex into search field
4. Click on the Search button.1 vol, 1 pgs 2003 WA, SABERTOOTH GAMES INC
NEW-box, long out of print ......$49.00 DISCOUNT:25% blk

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2-202390 BY FIRE & SWORD: Revised Edition Rulebook (Pike and Shot Period) 400-page, full-color hardcover book in A4 format (Weighs about 5 pounds!). The book is printed on heavy paper and will stand up to extensive use. Contains:

* Complete 17th Century Pike and Shot period rules with extensive illustrations, diagrams, and examples.
* A painting and modeling tutorial to help prepare your miniatures for gaming.
* Numerous skirmish scenarios as well as rules to play varied large battles.
* Short stories introducing the historical background to the reader.
* Multiple illustrations by leading Polish graphic artists.
* Photos of various reenactment groups from Poland and abroad.
* Includes historical background, unit stats and army lists of the following warring nations in the 1648 - 1676 period: Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Kingdom of Sweden, Ukrainian Cossacks, Ottoman Empire, Crimean Khanate, and Tzardom of Russia.

Imported from Poland. Note that weight affects shipping costs.1 vol, 408 pgs 2017 POLAND, BY FIRE AND SWORD
NEW-hardback, available late August ......$75.00 rct

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1-213003 SWORDPOINT: Medieval Armies Classical Armies provides you with all the information you need to build Medieval Armies in your games of Swordpoint. The book covers the period 1066 AD to 1526 AD and contains 48 army lists with many variants.1 vol, 54 pgs 2017 UK, GRIPPING BEAST
NEW-softcover ......$32.00 rct

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1-66994 Taylor, Shawn ALL FINE MEN: Great War Spearhead Scenario Book Great War Spearhead II Supplement. You can replay the opening battles between the Russians
and the Germans on the Eastern Front during August 1914. Includes battles of Stallupoenen, Gumbinnen, Tannenberg, and Denmark invades Germany.1 vol, 48 pgs 2017 CANADA, SHAWN TAYLOR
NEW-pb, available mid August 2017 ......$24.00 rct

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1-214780 Bassett, Rcihard FOR GOD AND KAISER: The Imperial Austrian Army from 1619-1917 A major account of the Habsburg army told for the first time in English. Bassett shows how the Imperial Austrian Army, time and again, was a decisive factor in the story of Europe, the balance of international power, and the defense of Christendom. Moreover it was the first pan-European army made up of different nationalities and faiths, counting among its soldiers not only Christians but also Muslims and Jews. 1 vol, 591 pgs 2015 US, YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
NEW-pb, Special Offer ......$45.00 DISCOUNT:50% rct

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1-962074 Various MEDIEVAL WARFARE: Volume 7.4 Theme: The Battle of Hattin
* The Sign of the Cross on his Forehead - Did Crusaders Get Tattoos?
* The Rise of the Ayyubids - Saladin's Apprenticeship in Egypt
* The Geopolitics of the Medieval Middle East - Was It Just Crusade and Jihad?
* Victory Before the Fall - The Siege of Kerak
* Ayyubid Military Organization Under Saladin - Family, Finance, and Faith
* Give the Lie to the Devil - The Battle of Hattin
* The Consequences of Poor Strategy - Saladin's Post-Hattin Malaise
* Millions of Meandering Lines - Of Swords, Steel, and Saladin
* The Wedge between Egypt and Syria - The Crusader Castle of Montreal
* The Museum of the Order of St John, London - Bearers of the Cross

Other:
* A Pirate-Monk in the English Channel - The Battle of Sandwich
* Miracles, Visions, and St. Barbara's Head - Teutonic Knights and PTSD
* An Invisible Clash - The Battle of Hatting on Film1 vol, 60 pgs 2017 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-214800 Scott, Chris and Turton, Alan HEY FOR OLD ROBIN!: The Campaigns And Armies of the Earl of Essex During the First Civil War, 1642-44 'Hey For Old Robin!' was the cry of the Earl of Essex's army during the First Civil War as, contrary to modern popular belief, Robert Devereux was well-liked by the men he led. Includes 53 b/w illustrations, 8 color drawings, photos, and 17 black/white maps.

This book fills a gap in the literature of the Civil Wars, taking up the challenge to write a new history of Essex and his Army and examining the often-repeated view that he was a cautious dullard with little military skill. It presents a view of Parliament's first Lord General, bringing him out of the shadow of Cromwell. In doing so they are not afraid to bite the bullet of period and modern criticism of Essex as a strategist and tactician, as well as his reported failings as a man.

Traces the story of the early campaigns, beginning with Edgehill, then Brentford, Turnham Green, the relief of Gloucester, the retreat to Newbury, the Siege of Reading, the Thames Valley Campaign, the disaster of Lostwithiel, and the rebuilding of the army for Second Newbury. Whilst they leave the detailed examination of the various battles fought by Essex and his men to more specialist books, they tell the story of each of the campaigns and share their thoughts on Essex's problems and his decisions and actions.

Also examines how the armies were constituted, officered, recruited, and maintained, as well as its reductions and transfers. In separate chapters they describe Essex's Foot, the Horse, the Dragoons, The Artillery and The Train, dealing with what the army wore, what it was paid, what weapons it used, the flags it carried and how it was organized, operated and fought. All this is set within a sound understanding and appreciation of the background of the seventeenth century and Essex's place in the socio-political zeitgeist as well as period military thinking and practice.

Illustrated with a wealth of seldom-seen contemporary engravings of Essex's officers and friends and newly commissioned maps, as well as uniform, cornets, and color plates.1 vol, 256 pgs 2017 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-pb, available mid to late August 2017 ......$50.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-43020 Nafziger, George IMPERIAL BAYONETS: Tactics of the Napoleonic Battery, Battalion and Brigade as Found in Contemporary Regulations New edition, although essentially a reprint of the original edition. It is the definitive work on Napoleonic tactics and a must read for anyone wanting to understand the fundamentals of period tactics.

Imperial Bayonets examines the maneuvering systems of the French, Prussians, Russians, Austrians and British from 1792 to 1815. It studies infantry maneuvers and firepower, cavalry maneuvers, and artillery. Includes 132 illustrations, 94 tables, and 7 charts/graphs.

It provides not only a discussion of every major maneuver of the five major powers, i.e. from line to square, or column, but does time and motion studies of how long it would take to execute those maneuvers and compares them to the other nations. It covers infantry and cavalry maneuvers on this level. It performs an analysis of both musketry effectiveness and artillery effectiveness, providing curves that demonstrate the effectiveness of both. Also covers brigade maneuvers and army marches.1 vol, 296 pgs 2017 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-pb, available mid to late August 2017 (New Edition) ......$60.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-214820 Wright, Damien CHURCHILL'S SECRET WAR WITH LENIN: British and Commonwealth Military Intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1918-20 This is the culmination of more than 15 years of painstaking and exhaustive research with access to many previously classified official documents, unpublished diaries, manuscripts, and personal accounts. Includes 203 black and white photos and 8 maps.

After three years of great loss and suffering on the Eastern Front, Imperial Russia was in crisis and on the verge of revolution. In November 1917, Lenin's Bolsheviks (later known as 'Soviets') seized power, signed a peace treaty with the Central Powers and brutally murdered Tsar Nicholas (British King George's first cousin) and his children so there could be no return to the old order.

As Russia fractured into loyalist 'White' and revolutionary 'Red' factions, the British government became increasingly drawn into the escalating Russian Civil War after hundreds of thousands of German troops transferred from the Eastern Front to France were used in the 1918 'Spring Offensive' which threatened Paris.

What began with the landing of a small number of Royal Marines at Murmansk in March 1918 to protect Allied-donated war stores quickly escalated with the British government actively pursuing an undeclared war against the Bolsheviks on a number of fronts in support of British trained and equipped 'White Russian' Allies. At the height of British military intervention in mid-1919, British troops were fighting the Soviets far into the Russian interior in the Baltic, North Russia, Siberia, Caspian, and Crimea.

The full range of weapons in the British arsenal were deployed, including aircraft, tanks, and even poison gas. British forces were also drawn into peripheral conflicts against 'White' Finnish troops in North Russia and the German 'Iron Division' in the Baltic. It remains a little known fact that the last British troops killed by the German Army in the First World War were killed in the Baltic in late 1919, and that the last Canadian and Australian soldiers to die in the First World War suffered their fate in North Russia in 1919 many months after the Armistice. Despite the award of five Victoria Crosses (including one posthumous) and the loss of hundreds of British and Commonwealth soldiers, sailors, and airmen, most of whom remain buried in Russia, the campaign remains virtually unknown in Britain today. 1 vol, 576 pgs 2017 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-dj, available mid to late August 2017 ......$80.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-214790 Isaev, Aleksei DUBNO 1941: The Greatest Tank Battle of the Second World War In June 1941 - during the first week of the Nazi invasion in the Soviet Union - the quiet cornfields and towns of Western Ukraine were awakened by the clanking of steel and thunder of explosions; this was the greatest tank battle of the Second World War. About 3,000 tanks from the Red Army Kiev Special Military District clashed with about 800 German tanks of Heeresgruppe South. Why did the numerically superior Soviets fail? Hundreds of heavy KV-1 and KV-2 tanks, the five-turret giant T-35 and famous T-34 failed to stop the Germans.

Based on recently available archival sources, Isaev asserts the armored units, not the tanks, won or lost the battles. The Germans during the Blitzkrieg era had superior T&OEs for their tank forces. The German Panzer Division notonly used tanks, but defeated its opponents by using artillery, heavy artillery, motorized infantry, and engineers.

The Red Army's armored unit - the Mechanized Corps - had a lot of teething troubles, as it lacked accompanying infantry and artillery. In 1941, the Soviet Armored Forces had to learn the difficult science - and mostly 'art' - of combined warfare. Isaev traces the role of these factors in a huge battle around the small Ukrainian town of Dubno. Popular myths about impregnable KV and T-34 tanks are laid to rest. In reality, the Germans in 1941 had the necessary tools to defeat them.

The author also defines the real achievements on the Soviet side: the Blitzkrieg in the Ukraine had been slowed down. For the Soviet Union, the military situation in June 1941 was much worse than it was for France and Britain during the Western Campaign in 1940. The Red Army wasn't ready to fight as a whole and the border district's armies lacked infantry units, as they were just arriving from the internal regions of the USSR. In this case, the Red Army tanks became the 'Iron Shield' of the Soviet Union; they even operated as fire brigades. In many cases, the German infantry - not tanks - became the main enemy of Soviet armored units in the Dubno battle.1 vol, 226 pgs 2017 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-dj, available mid to late August 2017 ......$70.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-214810 Zamulin, Valeriy THE BATTLE OF KURSK: Controversial and Neglected Aspects This collection of essays and articles, two of which have been reprinted from the Journal of Slavic Military History, takes a fresh look at several controversial and neglected topics regarding the battle and its run-up.

He starts with a detailed look at the Soviet and Russian historiography on the battle, showing how initially promising research was swamped by Party dogma and censorship during the Brezhnev area, before being resumed with the collapse of the Soviet Union. It then transitions to discussions of how the southern shoulder of the Kursk bulge was formed, preparations for the battle on both sides, and the size and composition of Model's Ninth Army. Includes 154 photos and 8 pages of color maps.

He then examines whether or not the II SS Panzer Corps was aware of the pending Soviet counterattack at Prokhorovka and the effectiveness of the Soviet preemptive barrage that struck the German troops that were poised to attack. Zamulin also discusses whether or not General Vatutin, the Commander-in-Chief of Voronezh Front, erred when arranging his defenses.

Also looks at how the myth of 1,500-tank battle was perpetuated in Soviet and foreign history books, censored information such as the Soviet 183rd Rifle Division repeatedly struck by friendly aircraft, how a Soviet tank counterattack overran a Soviet battalion, and cases of fratricide in the Voronezh Front, including the death of one of the 1st Tank Army's foremost tank commanders in a friendly fire incident. Indeed, he reveals that a wave of suicides swept through the junior command staff of the 5th Guards Tank Army immediately prior to the famous counteroffensive on 12 July 1943.1 vol, 416 pgs 2017 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-dj, available mid to late August 2017 ......$70.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-930307 STRATEGY & TACTICS #307: Cold War, Hot Armor Cold War, Hot Armor is a two-player game in which players take command in armored actions during the Cold War. The game is part of a series; this particular game is set during the War in Vietnam, 1954-75. Future games will include battles in continental Africa, the Middle East and eventually a hypothetical NATO-Warsaw Pact conflict. The game system emphasizes command control, combined arms, and evolving technology.

Components: One 22x34-inch map and 280 counters. Plus magazine.1 vol, 84 pgs 2017 US, DECISION GAMES
NEW-pb, available late August 2017 ......$35.00 DISCOUNT:10% rct

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1-963031 MODERN WAR #31 Combat Veteran Combat Veteran is a simple two-player tactical combat system that simulates the dynamics of infantry combat at the individual (man-to-man) level. This game features two particular historic scenarios as the introduction to the wider system: Firefight at the Rice Paddy Angle (Vietnam in Mekong region, 1967), and Firefight at Combat Outpost Keating (Afghanistan in the Nuristan Province, 2009). Both firefights involved about a platoon of US infantry against a numerically superior enemy force.

The US and Viet Cong game soldier game pieces represent specific, individual men of their respective units, whereas Taliban soldier game pieces represent three to six men. Each hex represents about 40 meters of actual terrain (almost half a football field from hex corner to hex corner), and the entire map area is roughly the same acreage as Hyde Park in London. Each weapon game piece represents one specific type of named weapon and its standard loadout. For example, the M60 weapon game piece represents one M60 machinegun, at least a 150 rounds of ammunition, and presumably a spare barrel (and even an asbestos glove), etc.

Components: One 22x34-inch map on one sheet and 280 counters. Plus magazine.1 vol, 84 pgs 2017 US, DECISION GAMES
NEW-pb, available early August 2017 ......$35.00 DISCOUNT:10% rct

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