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1-908393 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue #393 with free copy of NEVER MIND THE BILLHOOKS rules Theme: Never Mind the Billhooks (Rules)
Designer Andy Callan on Wars of the Roses rules
Armies: Beginner's guide to Wars of the Roses armies
Feuds, Raids, and Anarchy: Small battles and skirmishes in the Wars of the Roses
Painting Guide: Wars of the Roses
Painting Lord Callan: Fearless fighting commander of the Wars of the Roses

Other Articles
Quick Fire: Short posts from WI readers about their hobby projects and observations.
Observation Post: New product releases
Full Paper Jacket: Book previews.
The Pressures of Command: Part 2 - Overhauling our approach to command and control
Sand and Gravel: In terrain making
Hinterland Strategy: Crusaders' military strategy and activity 1125 - 1153
Conversions Masterclass: Focus on 15mm Ancients
SwordPoint 2: Designer notes for second edition ancient and medieval battle rules
Why I Love Science vs Pluck: Affection for the umpire-led Colonial rules
Byrchio's Celestichord: Frostgrave scenario
Company Profile: Cibo's Little Dudes and its Modern Africa range
1 vol, 116 pgs 2020 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-225160 Barca, Natale Rome's Sicilian Slave Wars - The Revolts of Eunus and Salvius, 136-132 and 105-100 BC In 136 BC, in the Roman province of Sicily, about 400 of Syrian origin rebelled against their masters and seized the city of Henna with much bloodshed. Their leader, a fortune-teller named Eunus, was declared king (taking the Syrian royal name Antiochus), and tens of thousands of runaway slaves as well as poor native Sicilians soon flocked to join his fledgling kingdom.

Antiochus' ambition was to drive the Romans from the whole of Sicily. The Romans responded with characteristic intransigence and relentlessness, leading to years of brutal warfare and suppression. Antiochus' 'Kingdom of the Western Syrians' was extinguished by 132 but his agenda was revived in 105 BC when rebelling slaves proclaimed Salvius as King Tryphon, with similarly bitter and bloody results. Includes six black and white maps.
1 vol, 256 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-225150 Eaton, Jonathan Leading the Roman Army - Soldiers and Emperors, 31 BC - 235 AD The Roman imperial army represented one of the main factors in the exercise of political control by the emperors. The effective political management of the army was essential for maintaining the safety and well-being of the empire as a whole. This book analyzes the means by which emperors controlled their soldiers and sustained their allegiance from the battle of Actium in 31 BC, to the demise of the Severan dynasty in AD 235. 20 color illustrations

Recent discoveries have revolutionized our understanding of the Roman army. This study provides an up to date synthesis of a range of evidence from archaeological, epigraphic, literary and numismatic sources on the relationship between the emperor and his soldiers. It demonstrates that this relationship was of an intensely personal nature. He was not only the commander-in-chief, but also their patron and benefactor, even after their discharge from military service. Yet the management of the army was more complex than this emperor-soldier relationship suggests.

An effective army requires an adequate military hierarchy to impose discipline and command the troops on a daily basis. This was of particular relevance for the imperial army which was mainly dispersed along the frontiers of the empire, effectively in a series of separate armies. The emperor needed to ensure the loyalty of his officers by building mutually beneficial relationships with them. In this way, the imperial army became a complex network of interlocking ties of loyalty which protected the emperor from military subversion.
1 vol, 216 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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2-198600 Hughes, Ian AETIUS - Attila's Nemesis In AD 453 Attila, with a huge force composed of Huns, allies and vassals drawn from his already-vast empire, was rampaging westward across Gaul (essentially modern France), then still nominally part of the Western Roman Empire. Laying siege to Orleans, he was only a few days march from extending his empire from the Eurasian steppe to the Atlantic. He was brought to battle on the Cataluanian Plain and defeated by a coalition hastily assembled and led by Aetius. Who was this man that saved Western Europe from the Hunnic yoke? While Attila is a household name, his nemesis remains relatively obscure. 32 photos in 16 page plate section, 14 maps.1 vol, 30 pgs 2012 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-225170 Sampson, Gareth Rome and Parthia: Empires at War - Ventidius, Antony and the Second Romano-Parthian War, 40-20 BC In the mid-first century BC, despite its military victories elsewhere, the Roman Empire faced a rival power in the east; the Parthian Empire. The first war between two superpowers of the ancient world had resulted in the total defeat of Rome and the death of Marcus Crassus.

When Rome collapsed into Civil War in the 40s BC, the Parthians took the opportunity to invade and conquer the Middle East and drive Rome back into Europe. What followed was two decades of war which saw victories and defeats on both sides. The Romans were finally able to gain a victory over the Parthians thanks to the great, but now neglected, general Publius Ventidius. These victories acted as a springboard for Marc Antony's plans to conquer the Parthian Empire, which ended in ignominious defeat. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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2-210200 Romane, Julian BYZANTIUM TRIUMPHANT: The Military History of the Byzantines 959-1025 Byzantium Triumphant describes in detail the wars of the Byzantine emperors Nicephorus II Phocas, his nephew and assassin John I Tzimiskes, and Basil II. The operations, battles, and drama of their various bitter struggles unfold, depicting the new energy and improved methods of warfare developed in the late 10th century. These emperors were at war on all fronts, fighting for survival and dominance against enemies including the Arab caliphates, Bulgars (Basil II was dubbed by later authors 'the Bulgar Slayer'), and the Holy Roman Empire, not to mention dealing with civil wars and rebellions.

Drawing on the evidence of Byzantine military manuals, this offers a detailed understanding of the Byzantine tactics, organization, training, and doctrine. While essentially a military history, there is, inevitably with the Byzantine emperors, a healthy dose of court intrigue, assassination, and political skullduggery too.1 vol, 224 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-225140 Carter, Stephen Fighting for Liberty - Argyll & Monmouth's Military Campaigns Against the Government of King James, 1685 Account of the campaign of 1685, the so-called Monmouth Rebellion, which started in Orkney and ended on the battlefield of Sedgemoor. Includes 30 illustrations and 30 maps.

After the political purges of 1683, rebel Whigs planned an invasion of Britain to restore the liberty of Parliament and stop the divine rule by Kings. They have vast stockpiles of the latest weapons, including bayonets, grenades, and firelock muskets. On the death of Charles II in February 1685, and the succession of his brother James, they loaded ships with soldiers, arms, and ammunition.

Led by the Earl of Argyll and the Duke of Monmouth, an audacious plan will attack in three strategic locations, supported by an uprising in London. With enough drums, colours, and officers to raise three well-led and paid armies, the fight for liberty began.

To counter this threat, the Government of King James locked down the country, closing borders and arresting dissenters. As the Militia struggled to contain the invasions, and with the Whig armies growing day by day, James rushed regular forces to the landing sites. But even with a network of spies and the nation's military resources in play, James still struggled to gain the initiative against the Whig invaders.

For centuries, historians have ignored the planning and logistical aspects of the conflict, instead the focus has been on the personalities of Monmouth, Marlborough, and James II. However, the military campaign reveals the true scale of the conflict, it shows us forgotten skirmishes and naval actions. By returning to the original sources to understand Whig strategy, the events in England and Scotland merge into a single operation against the Government of James. Fighting for Liberty describes the whole campaign, from the initial planning by the Whigs, to the military reaction by the Government. Each army movement is placed in the historic landscape, and the detail of every battle covered; from the weapons, uniforms, and drill, to the Regiments deployed. For the first time, the campaign of 1685 is shown as a Whig invasion, that placed the Government and its unprepared forces on its back foot. It is not a forgone conclusion, instead it is a fight between two professional armies, with commanders struggling to gain the initiative, both facing different operational challenges.
1 vol, 354 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-225100 von ewald, Johann Thoughts of a Hessian Officer Ewalds treatise of units in the field written from his experience in the American Revolution1 vol, 108 pgs 2020 US, WINGED HUSSAR PUBLISHING
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1-225110 Chodzko, Leonard The Polish Legions in Italy Using personal documents and primary sources which are contained in this work, Leonard Chodzko wrote one of the first histories of the Polish Legions in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. This is the seminal work on the subject, from which all other works start. It traces the history of the Legions from the fall of the Polish-Lithuanian Commowealth and the rise of its leader - Jan Henryk Dabrowski.

Originally published in French, in 1829 as two volumes, we have combined them into one big volume. This is the most recent translation of this work into English in the past fifty years. 1 vol, 532 pgs 2020 US, WINGED HUSSAR PUBLISHING
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1-225120 Esposito, Gabriele Armies of the US-Mexican War Examines the organization, uniforms, and operations of the two combatants in the years 1846-1848. The US-Mexican war is not well covered in military history, but it was a pivotal action in the histories of both the US and Mexico. 1 vol, 144 pgs 2020 US, WINGED HUSSAR PUBLISHING
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1-COM1082 Gorkowski, John Red Poppies Campaigns Volume 3: Assault Artillery - La Malmaison Recounts the Battle of La Malmaison, 23-27 October 1917, in which the French employed their Artillerie Speciale (tank force) and creeping barrage to capture Pinon, Vaudesson, and the coveted Chemin des Dames ridge. The French victory confirmed their recovery from the mutinies spawned by the disastrous Nivelle Offensive fought over some of the same ground six months earlier.

In a six-day preliminary bombardment, French guns, with a three to one advantage, silenced most of their German counterparts and smothered German rear areas with dense gas to impeded German reinforcements. At 0515 on October 23, (zero hour) six divisions of the French XI, XIV, and XXI corps attacked on a 7.5-mile wide front. French infantry advanced in the predawn twilight behind an elaborate creeping barrage with 63 Schneider and Saint-Chamond tanks in support. Twenty-seven of the 63 tanks bogged before reaching the front line. A combination of German fire and mud stopped 15 more in no man's land while 21 French tanks (1/3rd of the starting total) actually made it to the German second position. The French 38th Division captured Fort de Malmaison and XXI Corps took Allemant and Vaudesson. From 24 to 25 October, XXI and XIV corps advanced while I Cavalry Corps came forward to exploit a hoped-for German collapse.

Features Complexity: 6 out of 10; Solitaire suitability: 8 out of 10; Time Scale: 10 minutes per turn; Map Scale: 200 yards per hex; Unit Scale: Companies, squadrons, sections; Players: 1 or 2; Playing Time: 2 to 24 hours depending on the scenario/campaign

Components: Two maps at 22x34 inches; 3 sheets of 5/8 inch counters; One rule and scenario book; Three player reference cards; Two dice.
1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-225190 Bohmler, Rudolf Monte Cassino - A German View As a German battalion commander Rudolf Bohmler fought in the front line during the fierce battles fought at Monte Cassino. After the war he wrote this remarkable history, one of the first full-length accounts of this famous and controversial episode in the struggle for Italy. 30 black and white illustrations

His pioneering work, which has long been out of print, gives a fascinating insight into the battle as it was perceived at the time and as it was portrayed immediately after the war. While his fluent narrative offers a strong German view of the fighting, it also covers the Allied side of the story, at every level, in graphic detail. The climax of his account, his description of the tenacious defense of the town of Cassino and the Monte Cassino abbey by exhausted, outnumbered German troops, has rarely been equaled. His book presents a soldiers view of the fighting but it also examines the tactics and planning on both sides. It is essential reading for everyone who is interested in the Cassino battles and the Italian campaign.
1 vol, 320 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-225220 Car, John The Defence and Fall of Greece 1940-41 On 28th October 1940, after the Greek premier Ioannis Metaxis rejected a deliberately provocative ultimatum from Mussolini, Italian forces began the invasion of Greece via Albania.

This aggression was prompted by Mussolini's desire for a quick victory to rival Hitler's rapid conquest of France and the Low Countries. On paper, Greek forces were poorly equipped and ill-prepared for the conflict, but Mussolini had underestimated the skill and determination of the defenders. Within weeks the Italian invasion force was driven back over the border and Greek forces actually advanced deep into Albania. A renewed Italian offensive in March 1941 was also given short shrift, prompting Hitler to intervene to save his ally. German forces invaded Greece via Bulgaria on 6 April.

The Greeks, now assisted by British forces, resisted by land, sea and air but were overwhelmed by the superior German forces and their blitzkrieg tactics. Despite a dogged rearguard action by Anzac forces at the famous pass of Thermopyale, Athens fell on the 27th April and the British evacuated 50,000 troops to Crete. This island, whose airfields and naval bases Churchill considered vital to the defense of Egypt and the Suez Canal, was invaded by German airborne troops the following month and eventually captured after a bitter thirteen-day battle. The remaining British troops were evacuated and the fall of Greece completed. 1 vol, 272 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-225200 Collingwood, Donald The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War The Captain-class frigates, 78 Destroyer Escorts known affectionately by all who sailed in them as the DEs, were built in the United States and leased to the Royal Navy. Describes vividly the close teamwork and comradeship which existed within the Captain-class escort groups as they faced the lethal U-Boat threat, in all weathers, week in and week out, with all too little opportunity for rest between operations. Without doubt these rugged ships and their resilient crews saved many thousands of lives. In assisting the safe passage of countless troops and the delivery of million tons of vital war materials and supplies across the Atlantic, the Captain-class frigates played a hugely significant role in the Allied victory over the Axis. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-225180 Jurado, Carlos Ending the Siege of Leningrad - German and Spanish Artillery at the Battle of Krasny Bor The Battle of Krasny Bor in 1943 was part of the Soviet Red Army's efforts to lift the blockade of Leningrad, one of the longest and most destructive in history. 170 black and white illustrations

Previous works on the Battle of Krasny Bor have focused primarily on the infantry involved, especially when using veteran testimonies, and the use of artillery has been conspicuously absent.

This book aims to put the reader right in the heart of the battle, describing the action from an artilleryman's point of view, seeing it fundamentally as a duel between the Soviet and German-Spanish soldiers.
1 vol, 216 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-225210 Stewart, Adrian Kamikaze - Japan's Last Bid for Victory Examines the Japanese concept of Kamikaze, the deliberate self-sacrifice of life in the cause of victory. This attitude has its roots in the samurai tradition of fighting for their master or nation regardless of personal safety. Includes 32 black and white illustrations.

By late 1944, the Japanese had already proved themselves fanatical but the actions of the Kamikaze Corps of pilots from the Leyte Gulf battle onwards took matters to a new level. Allied forces were shocked to find themselves the subject of widespread deliberate suicide attacks by pilots.

These continued during the invasion of the Philippines in early 1945 and reached a climax during the Battle of Okinawa from 1 April to June 1945. In total, over 1000 kamikaze airmen perished. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-225230 Wellsted, Ian SAS with the Maquis - In Action with the French Resistance June - September 1944 On the night of 5/6 June 1944, D-Day, a Lockheed Hudson dropped a small group of parachutists into the mountainous Morvan area of central France. Their mission was to operate as an advance reconnaissance party 400 miles behind the German lines and to make contact with the French Resistance.

One of the team, later to become its commander, was Ian Wellsted, known by his nom-de-guerrre of Gremlin. During the next three months No.1 Troop of the 1st Special Air Service Regiment relayed vital information about enemy troop locations and movements, sabotaged bridges and supply lines, skirmished with German columns and harried the occupying forces as they retreated eastwards in the face of the Allied invasion.

Camped deep in the woods of the Montsaughe region, the small force worked alongside the local groups of Maquis, forging strong links of mutual respect and friendship.1 vol, 216 pgs 2020 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-225240 Wellsted, Ian With the SAS: Across the Rhine - Into the Heart of Hitler's Third Reich Describes the latter part of Captain Ian Wellsted's military career with the Special Air Service. This is a very personal account, revealing the many emotional as well as physical strains placed upon men in the fighting line. The main focus of the story is his part in Operation Archway -- a British special forces mission which involved the 1st and 2nd Special Air Service Regiments acting in support of the advance of Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery's Allied 21st Army Group in Rhine-crossing Operations Varsity and Plunder. SAS teams thrust deep into German territory, often having to battle their way through the enemy lines to get back to safety. 1 vol, 248 pgs 2020 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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