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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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1-935000 WSS: Back Issues 13, 26, 27, 30, 35-37, 40, 45, 48, 50-52, 64, 66, 70, 71, 75 & 84 Clearing out WARGAMES SOLDIERS & STRATEGY (WSS) back issues 13, 26, 27, 30, 35-37, 40, 45, 48, 50-52, 64, 66, 70, 71, 75 & 84 for $3.00 each or any four for $10.00 plus postage.

Limited quantities on some issues. If you wanted to sample WSS, here's your (greatly discounted) chance. Normally $10 each. First come, first served.1 vol, 60 pgs SPAIN, REVISTAS PUBLISHERS
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1-935092 Various WARGAMES SOLDIERS & STRATEGY # 92 Special Feature: The British Army of the Napoleonic Wars
* The Worst-Treated of Men
* The Birth of Combined Operations: Aboukir Bay, 1801
* An Unusual Mediterranean Mini Campaign: Capture Capri 1808
* A British Disaster in Holland: Walcheren 1809
* Collecting a British Napoleonic Army: For King and Country
* Ruben's First Napoleonic Vignette: Hats Off to the British

Other Articles:
* The Battle of Homildon Hill 1402: Medieval Border Wars
* The Roman Struggle with Guerrilla Warfare in Spain: The Battle of Tribola
* Part II of the Sharp Practice mini campaign: Tigers in the Valley
* Warriors of Athena Campaign: The Witch of Mount Gramos
* Skirmish Warfare after the Battle of Sekigahara: Rise of the Tokugawa Shogunate
* Modeling the Retreat from Moscow, Part II: Snow Scenery
* Building a 17th Century Portsmouth in 2mm: Small can be Beautiful Too!

Departments:
* Miniature Reviews
* Up Front: Don't Keep It Stupidly Simple
* Tabletop Tactics: Beware of the Underdogs
* The Irregular: Bolt Comic Action
* A Fourth Edition for the Popular WWII rules: Let's Play Flames of War
* Reviews: Mad Dogs with Guns, Dracula's America: Shadows of the West, General D'Armee, and Sword Masters: A Supplement for Open Combat1 vol, 84 pgs 2017 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-213042 DANISH WARS 1657-1660: Scenario Book Expansion for By Fire and Sword covers new rules, battles, armies, commanders, and more for Danish Wars 1657-1660.

Description of the army of the Kingdom of Denmark and Norway forms the main part of the supplement. The Danes and Norwegians have six skirmish forces, nine regiments, and seven divisions as well as seven historical commanders which makes them one of the most expanded armies in By Fire and Sword.

The book also holds additional materials for Denmark's enemies: the Swedes. These include the elite veterans of Carl X Gustav that attacked Denmark in 1657 as well as their opposite in terms of training and experience -- the Swedish territorial defense forces.

The supplement also includes organizational structures and descriptions of forces of the anti-Swedish alliance: the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (led by the famous Czarniecki's division), Brandenburg, the Holy Roman Empire and the Netherlands.1 vol, 88 pgs 2017 POLAND, BY FIRE AND SWORD
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2-198510 Langan, Steve and Thomson, Cameron SETTING THE EAST ABLAZE: Warfare in the Back of Beyond 1917-1926 - 2nd Edition Since the 1st edition of this rule set in 2012, Setting the East Ablaze has been successfully adapted back to the colonial wars of the late 19th century and as far forward as modern African and the Middle-Eastern conflicts. What is clear from experience is that these rules work perfectly for all 'small wars' from 1914 to the mid-1930s. Based on the intervening years' experience, there are myriad of changes in here, some simplifications, new rules, and an overall general refinement aimed at making them play even better. We have even added some army guidelines!

The period from the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 to the reestablishment of a 'central' government in Russia by about 1926 offers wargamers a hugely attractive and diverse backdrop in which to game. Armies from all the worlds major powers intervened at one time or another in Russia and the neighboring states of central Asia. Some of them, such as the French intervention in the Ukraine in 1919, were on a major scale. Others were much more along the lines of 'small wars' expeditionary forces of the previous century.

Independent states sprang up, grew strong and were destroyed in the maelstrom that followed the Bolshevik seizure of power. It really was a time of 'Beasts, Men and Gods' to quote the title of Ferdinand Ossendowski's colorful book on one of the periods more dreadful characters, Baron Ungern Von Sternberg. Conflict engulfed a huge area, from the Oder River on the German/Polish border to China and the Far East. Some of these conflicts, such as the Civil War in China, predated the Bolshevik revolution.

All of this offers endlessly interesting scenarios and armies for the creative gamer. The predominant style of warfare was open and mobile. You therefore get to play with all the toys of the first quarter of the 20th century, with none of the tedium of trench warfare.1 vol, 80 pgs 2017 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-214900 Mersey, Daniel A WARGAMER'S GUIDE TO THE EARLY ROMAN EMPIRE Covers the Roman period from 27BC to AD284 from a wargamer's perspective of the many conflicts and offers advice on how to recreate these on the gaming table.

Advice is given on factors to consider when choosing an appropriate set of commercially available rules, or devising your own, to best suit the scale and style of battle you want and capture the flavor of the period. The relevant ranges of figures and terrain pieces and buildings are also reviewed. Analysis of the forces involved, organization, tactics and strategies will help with building your armies and there are interesting scenarios included. 1 vol, 136 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-214910 Emden, Richard van THE ROAD TO PASSCHENDAELE: The Heroic Year in Soldiers' Own Words and Photographs Using diaries and memoirs, and above all, original photographs taken on illegally held cameras by the soldiers themselves, this tells the story of 1917, of life both in and out of the line culminating in perhaps the most dreaded battle of them all, the Battle of Passchendaele. Over 150 rarely or never-before-seen battlefield images are used out of the author's collection of 50001 vol, 392 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj available late August 2017 ......$50.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-214920 Bernage, Georges OBJECTIVE SAINT-LO: 7 June 1944 - 18 July 1944 This book provides a day-by-day account, including eyewitness testimony from Allied and Axis sides, of the 42 days of fighting from Omaha Beach to Saint-Lo. The book also acts as a field guide, including maps and both contemporary and modern photographs. Includes the battles over little or unknown routes from the horrors of Omaha Beach to Trvires, La Cambe, and Isigny, through the Aure valley to Hill 108 ('Purple Heart Hill') and Hills 192 and 122. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-214940 Holmes, Tony STAR-SPANGLED SPITFIRES: Images Of War series Chronicles the combat operations of the USAAF units equipped with the iconic Supermarine fighter whilst employed in both the European and Mediterranean theaters of war, from the summer of 1942 right up to the end of the conflict.

Only a handful of British combat aircraft wore the stars and bars of the USAAF during WWII, with the Beaufighter, Mosquito, and Spitfire being the key types. The Spitfire was, by some margin, the most widely used of the three, and the Yanks that flew it in combat rated the fighter very highly. Employed primarily by the six squadrons of the 31st and 52nd Fighter Groups, initially from airfields in the UK and then in North Africa and Italy, the Spitfire was used both as a fighter and fighter-bomber until it was replaced by the P-51 Mustang from the spring of 1944.

The final star-spangled Spitfires in the front-line were the Eighth Air Forces high-flying and unarmed PR XI photo-reconnaissance aircraft, flown by to the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group alongside F-5 Lightnings from November 1943. Ranging as far into Germany as Berlin, the PR Blue Spitfires provided critical target imagery both pre- and post-strike for the Eighth heavy bombardment groups through to April 1945.1 vol, 112 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-214930 Tonder, Gerry van MALAYAN EMERGENCY It is 25 years since the end of the Cold War, now a generation old. It began over 75 years ago, in 1944-long before the last shots of the Second World War had echoed across the wastelands of Eastern Europe-with the brutal Greek Civil War. The battle lines are no longer drawn, but they linger on, unwittingly or not, in conflict zones such as Iraq, Somalia and Ukraine. In an era of mass-produced AK-47s and ICBMs, one such flashpoint was Malaya . 80 b/w & 30 color illustrations.

By the time of the 1942 Japanese occupation of the Malay Peninsula and Singapore, the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) had already been fomenting merdeka - independence - from Britain. The Japanese conquerors, however, were also the loathsome enemies of the MCP's ideological brothers in China. An alliance of convenience with the British was the outcome. Britain armed and trained the MCP's military wing, the Malayan People's Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA), to essentially wage jungle guerrilla warfare against Japanese occupying forces. With the end of WWII, the anti-Japanese fighters became anti-British, and, using the same weapons and training fortuitously provided by the British army during the war, the MCP launched a guerrilla war of insurgency.

Malaya was of significant strategic and economic importance to Britain. In the face of an emerging communist regime in China, a British presence in Southeast Asia was imperative. Equally, rubber and tin, largely produced in Malaya by British expatriates, were important inputs for British industry.

Typically, the insurgents, dubbed Communist Terrorists, or simply CTs, went about attacking soft targets in remote areas: the rubber plantations and tin mines. In conjunction with this was the implementation of Mao's dictate of subverting the rural, largely peasant, population to the cause. Twelve years of counterinsurgency operations ensued, as a wide range of British forces were joined in the conflict by ground, air and sea units from Australia, New Zealand, Southern and Northern Rhodesia, Fiji, and Nyasaland.1 vol, 128 pgs 2017 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-pb, available late August 2017 ......$23.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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