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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
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1-217970 Dennis, Peter THE WAR OF SPANISH SUCCESSION: Paper Soldiers for Marlborough's Campaigns in Flanders Next in the paper soldier series, invites the reader to re-fight the wars that surged across Europe as Louis XIV fought to establish French dominance over its neighbors. Refight the color and spectacle of the Wars of Spanish Succession with French, British and Allies.1 vol, 48 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-217990 Priestley, Rick THE RED BOOK OF THE ELF KING: Rules Skirmish fantasy rules using d6s and variation of Warhammer specs and sequences, using counter draw from bag for 'circle' (warband) activations. Magic spells, scenarios, a little background to the land of Eas, and individual fortes and foibles included.

The Elf King suffered a sickness of the soul. A twilight of melancholy fell upon this King and he passed into the Outworlds, never to be seen again. The power of his circle was diminished by his passing, leaving his offspring in a perilous state. War came to these islands in the form of the Fae Revanche. A reign of terror swept the land, decimating the already dwindling Fae. The war is one borne from panic without reason, is self defeating and will eventually lead to the devastation of all.1 vol, 64 pgs 2018 UK, LUCID EYE PUBLICATIONS
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1-217960 Richter, Florian EUROPEAN BUILDINGS: 28mm Paper Models for 18th & 19th Century Wargames Add-on supplement not just for Helion's famous 'Paper Boys' book series, but suitable for other wargames periods and systems too. In this book you will find all the building you need for a 18th and 19th rural or city landscaped terrain. Includes 22 pages of artwork intended to be cut straight out of the book pages. Subjects to include village buildings, a church, farmhouse, windmill etc. The models are scaled to 28mm, but through deft use of a photocopier can be re-scaled for other popular sizes of figures.1 vol, 48 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-935098 Various WARGAMES SOLDIERS & STRATEGY # 98 Special Feature: The Wars of the Roses
* The Wars of the Roses: A Wargaming Intro - A Game of Thrones
* A Campaign for the Wars of the Roses - Habilments of War
* Alternative scenarios for the Wars of the Roses - Scuffles and Skirmishes
* Filled with Arrows Like Hedgehogs - The Battle of Stoke Field, 1487
* Building a Wars of the Roses Army - My Kingdom for a Horse
* The Last Charge of King Richard III of England - One Last Roll of the Dice

* Rommel's Fighting Retreat After El Alamein - The Fox's Flight
* Marauders vs the Mad Macedonian Monarch - Attack of the Galatians
* The Siege of Fort Standwix, 2-22 August 1777 - Hubbell's Telescope
* An American Civil War Locomotive - Casey Jones is Back
* Painting a Panzer IV by Hand - No Airbrush, No Problem

Other Articles
* Up Front - Historicon Return
* Tabletop Tactics - Horse and Musket Era Artillery
* The Irregular - How to Get Your Hobby Mojo Back
* The New 2000 AD Game from Warlord - Let's Play Strontium Dog
* Game Reviews - Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Western, Last Days: Zombie Apocalypse, and Outlands - 2nd edition
* Book Reviews
* Parting Shots1 vol, 84 pgs 2018 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-968006 Michael, Marsall 006 OPERATION LINEBACKER II 1972: The B-52s are Sent to Hanoi After the failed April 1972 invasion of South Vietnam and the heavy US tactical bombing raids in the Hanoi area, the North Vietnamese agreed to return to the Paris peace talks, yet very quickly these negotiations stalled.

In an attempt to end the war quickly and 'persuade' the North Vietnamese to return to the negotiating table, President Nixon ordered the Air Force to send the US' ultimate conventional weapon, the B-52 bomber, against their capital, Hanoi. Bristling with the latest Soviet air defense missiles, it was the most heavily defended target in Vietnam. Taking place in late December, this campaign was soon dubbed the 'Christmas Bombings.'

Using specially commissioned artwork and maps, ex-USAF fighter colonel Marshall Michel describes Linebacker II, the climax of the air war over Vietnam, and history's only example of how America's best Cold War bombers performed against contemporary Soviet air defenses.1 vol, 96 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-972036 Windrow, Marton 036 FRENCH FOREIGN LEGIONNAIRE vs VIET MINH INSURGENT: North Vietnam 1948-52 The French Indochina War (1946-54) was the largest of the first generation of post-World War II wars of decolonization as Vietminh insurgents sought to topple their French colonial masters. It was also unique in that the insurgency evolved from low-level guerrilla activity to mobile operations by a large conventional army which finally defeated a large European-led expeditionary force, supported by artillery, armour and airpower.

The war's progress was almost entirely dictated by the extreme terrain, and by the Chinese support enjoyed by the Vietnamese insurgents. The actions explored in this study cover three contrasting phases of the war in Tonkin during 1948-52, setting both sides on the path that would lead to the conflict's climactic encounter at Dien Bien Phu in 1954.

Featuring specially commissioned artwork and drawing upon a range of sources, this study casts new light on the troops who fought on both sides in this evolving and momentous conflict.1 vol, 80 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-975064 Grant, Neil 064 THE LUGER Patented in 1898 and produced from 1900, Georg Luger's iconic semi-automatic pistol became synonymous with Germany's armed forces throughout both world wars. Featuring full-color artwork, analysis, and archive and present-day photographs, this engaging study tells the story of the Luger.

Initially chambered for the 7.65x21mm round, from 1902 the Luger was designed for DWM's 9 x19mm round, which even today remains the most popular military handgun cartridge. It was adopted by the Imperial German Navy in 1904, followed by the German Army in 1908, receiving the name Pistole 08. Despite being supplanted by the Walther P38, the Luger remained in widespread service with all arms of Nazi Germany's armed forces throughout World War II, and even equipped East Germany's Volkpolizei in the years after 1945.1 vol, 80 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995262 Konstam, Angus 262 BRITISH IRONCLADS 1860-75: HMS Warrior and the Royal Navy's 'Black Battlefleet' In November 1859, the French warship La Gloire was launched. She was the world's first seagoing ironclad - a warship built from wood, but whose hull was clad in a protective layer of iron plate. Britain, not to be outdone, launched her own ironclad the following year - HMS Warrior - which, when she entered service, became the most powerful warship in the world.

Just like the Dreadnought half a century later, this ship changed the nature of naval warfare forever, and sparked a frantic arms race. The elegant but powerful Warrior embodied the technological advances of the early Victorian era, and the spirit of this new age of steam, iron and firepower.

Fully illustrated and with detailed cutaway artwork, this book covers the British ironclad from its inception and emergence in 1860, to 1875, a watershed year, which saw the building of a new generation of recognizably modern turreted battleships.1 vol, 48 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997223 D'Amato, Raffaele 223 THE ETRUSCANS: 9th-2nd Centuries BC Ancient Rome had deep roots in the 'Villanovan' culture that we call today the Etruscans. Their long-lived civilization can be traced to 900-750 BC in northwest Italy. They were a seafaring people trading with and competing against Greek and Phoenician peoples, including the Carthaginians. They were also a great land-based power, especially in the 'Classical' period, where they expanded their power north into the Po Valley and south to Latium. In the 6th century BC an Etruscan dynasty ruled Rome, and their power extended southwards to the Amalfi coast. In 509 BC the Romans rose up to expel their kings, which began the long 'Etruscan twilight' when their power was squeezed by the Samnites and, most especially, the Romans.

Drawing on archaeological evidence including warrior tombs, paintings, sculptures, and fully illustrated throughout, this study examines one of the early rivals to Ancient Rome.1 vol, 64 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-218000 The National Archives FORTS: An Illustrated History of Building for Defence Ever since humans began to live together in settlements they have felt the need to organize some kind of defense against potentially hostile neighbors. Many of the earliest city states were built as walled towns, and during the medieval era, stone castles were built both as symbols of the defenders' strength and as protection against potential attack.

The advent of cannon prompted fortifications to become lower, denser and more complex, and the forts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries could appear like snowflakes in their complexity and beautiful geometry. Without forts, the history of America could have taken a very different course, pirates could have sailed the seas unchecked, and Britain itself could have been successfully invaded.

This book explains the history of human fortifications, and is beautifully illustrated using photographs, plans, drawings and maps to explain why they were built, their various functions and their immense historical legacy in laying the foundations of empire.1 vol, 224 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-217950 Sage, Michael THE ARMY OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC: From the Regal Period to the Army of Julius Caesar From the moment its last king was expelled (traditionally in 753) the Roman republic had to fight for its very survival. Centuries of almost continuous warfare saw Rome's armies evolve in response to a wide variety of threats which were met with mixed fortunes though always with ultimate success. As defense of the homeland turned to territorial expansion, Roman forces also had to adapt to sustained campaigns in varied terrain and climates, not to mention the changes in the Roman republic itself.

Michael Sage traces the development of the Republic's army from its foundation (having first set the context of their regal antecedents), down to the time of its most famous leader, Julius Caesar. The transition from clan-based forces, through the Servian levy and the development of the manipular and cohortal legion is examined along with the associated weapons, tactics and operational capabilities. We see how the legions shaped up against the challenges of successive enemies from the Celts and Samnites, the Carthaginians and the hitherto-dominant Hellenistic armies based on the Macedonian-style pike phalanx.1 vol, 352 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-217980 Cooper, David BADON AND THE EARLY WARS FOR WESSEX: Circa 500 to 710 Reappraises the evidence regarding the early battles for Wessex territory. It charts the sequence of battles from the c. AD 500 siege of Badon Hill, in which the Britons defeated the first Saxon attempt to gain a foothold in Wessex territory, to Langport in 710, which consolidated King Ine's position and pushed the Britons westwards.

Discussion of the post-Roman British and Germanic factions provides context and background to Badon Hill, which is then covered in detail and disentangled from Arthurian legend. In considering how the opposing commanders are likely to have planned their campaigns, enduring principles of military doctrine and tactics are discussed, using examples from other periods to illustrate how these principles applied in Dark Ages Britain.

Going on to follow subsequent campaigns of the West Saxons in southern Britain, a credible assessment is made of how these resulted in the establishment of a viable Wessex kingdom, two centuries after Badon. Grounded in the latest academic and archaeological evidence, David Cooper offers a number of new insights and ideas.1 vol, 280 pgs 2018 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-217930 Spring, Laurence THE BATTLE OF THE WHITE MOUNTAIN 1620 AND THE BOHEMIAN REVOLT: 1618-1622 Battle of the White Mountain and the Bohemian Revolt, 1618-1622 examines the battle, campaigns, and events leading up to the battle, such as the Bohemian Army's march on Vienna, the sieges of Pilsen and Bautzen and the battle of Zablat. These events are often described using the words of the protagonists themselves. Includes 8 pages of color plates and 26 b/w illustrations.

It also examines the armies that took part in these campaigns, the soldiers from which came not only from Bohemia, but also Britain, the Dutch Republic, France, the Holy Roman Empire, Hungary, Poland, Spain, the Spanish Netherlands and Transylvania.

However, even before the battle of the White Mountain the seeds had been sewn for the war to last 30 years and such was the Emperor Ferdinand's Counter Reformation policy that when the sword which executed some Bohemian rebels when on display in the nineteenth century it had to be removed for fear of a public disturbance.1 vol, 164 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-217920 Bonk, David C MEN WHO ARE DETERMINED TO BE FREE: The American Assault on Stony Point, 15 July 1779 Although he had established a strong position at Stony Point, British General Sir William Clinton still lacked the resources to strike further up the Hudson at West Point without exposing New York City to a sudden attack by the Americans. The delay in the anticipated return of 5,000 men from the West Indies and expected reinforcements from England continued to flummox Clinton and after the return of Tyron's Connecticut raiding party Clinton returned to New York to consider his options.

Soon after the British capture of Stony Point, American General George Washington began to develop an audacious plan to recapture the strongpoint and restore American fortunes. After organizing an elite force of light infantry, Washington assigned command to Brigadier General Anthony Wayne. Washington and Wayne spent several days observing the British position at Stony Point and collecting intelligence on British defenses. Washington proposed a night time assault and worked with Wayne to finalize plans for the attack.

At midnight on 15 July, 1779 Wayne led 1,300 picked men against the British defenders of Stony Point. The British force included the 380 men of the 17th Foot and elements of the Loyal American provincial regiment and 71st Highlanders as well as Royal Artillery with 15 cannon deployed to defend the hilltop position. Attacking in two columns with unloaded muskets, the Americans used their bayonets to overwhelm the British defenders. In little over one hour the American light infantry captured Stony Point. 63 British defenders were killed, 61 wounded and 543 captured. American losses were 13 dead and 63 wounded. Wayne, although slightly wounded early in the assault, demanded to be carried in to the British positions and early on the morning of 16 July 1779 prepared a brief report for Washington detailing the American success.

With news of the American victory Washington quickly rode to the fort to congratulate Wayne and his men. Recognizing that he had neither the troops nor the resources needed to defend Stony Point against an expected British counter attack Washington ordered all supplies and arms to be removed, prisoners marched into captivity and the fortifications destroyed. Although the British did successfully reoccupy Stony Point several days later, the Americans trumpeted their unexpected victory and a chagrined General Clinton concluded a further offensive up the Hudson River towards West Point would be pointless.1 vol, 136 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-217940 Harding-Edgar, John NEXT TO WELLINGTON: GENERAL SIR GEORGE MURRAY: The Story of a Scottish Soldier and Statesman, Wellington's Quartermaster General Biography includes 24 color illustrations, 41 black and white illustrations, and 9 maps.

Young George Murray, born into a long established Perthshire family with both Jacobite and Hanoverian loyalties, would soon see action in the campaigns against Revolutionary France and Napoleon Bonaparte after obtaining his commission into 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards (the Scots Guards) in 1790. Murray served with distinction in the Low Countries, which were seen as essential to safeguarding Britain's trade links and in Ireland, where the constant threat of insurrection and invasion required a huge garrison. He accompanied General Abercromby to remove the French from Egypt, where Murray was in the first wave of the landing force at Aboukir, one of the great British military successes.

Becoming one of the new 'Scientific' officers, Murray was the brains behind the plans to take a number of West Indian islands from the French, before settling into his career in the Quartermaster General's department. He made a name for himself in the controversial bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807, which resulted in the capture of the entire Danish fleet, the first operation in which Murray and Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington) fought together. 1 vol, 408 pgs 2018 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-218001 Draminski, Stefan THE BATTLESHIP BISMARCK Completed in 1941, the 45,000-ton German battleship sunk the HMS Hood, the pride of the British Navy, and was then chased around the North Atlantic by many units of the Royal Navy. She was finally dispatched with gunfire and torpedoes on 27 May, less than five months after her completion. Her wreck still lies where she sank, 4,800m down and 960km off the west coast of France.

Drawing on new research and technology, this edition is the most comprehensive examination of Bismarck ever published. It includes a complete set of detailed line drawings with fully descriptive keys and full-color 3D artwork, supported by technical details, photographs and text on the building of the ship and a record of the ship's service history.1 vol, 256 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-217890 Stejskal, James MASTERS OF MAYHEM: Lawrence of Arabia and the British Military Mission to the Hejaz T. E. Lawrence was one of the earliest practitioners of modern unconventional warfare. His tactics and strategies were used by men like Mao and Giap in their wars of liberation. Both kept Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom close at hand. This book looks at the creation of the HEDGEHOG force, the formation of armored car sections and other units, and focuses on the Hejaz Operations Staff, the Allied officers and men who took Lawrence's idea and prosecuted it against the Ottoman Turkish army assisting Field Marshal Allenby to achieve victory in 1918.

Includes an examination of how HEDGEHOG has influenced special operations and unconventional warfare, including Field Marshal Wavell, the Long Range Desert Group, and David Stirling's SAS.1 vol, 304 pgs 2018 US, CASEMATE
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1-217900 Celander, Lars HOW CARRIERS FOUGHT: Carrier Operations in WWII In November 1921 the first purpose-built aircraft carrier was launched by the Japanese, followed a year later by the launch of the British Hermes. The conversion of battlecruisers into aircraft carriers after World War I required the consideration of issues including handling aircraft on the flight deck and the techniques of attacking enemy ships, and the evolution of carrier operations was ongoing when World War II broke out. With a focus on the conflict in the Pacific between the US Navy and the imperial Japanese fleet, this title examines how aircraft carriers fought during World War II by first considering all the tools and building blocks of carrier operations, and then discussing the various battles that involved aircraft carriers to explore how carrier operations evolved during war. Includes 21 black and white photos, 7 black and white illustrations, and 5 maps.

Every aspect of carrier operations is covered; from the technology used on the carriers and in aircraft including for navigation and communication, to what life was really like in the cockpit for the pilots. A world of tactical dehydration, amphetamine pills, and illegal smoking is explored, as well as the measures pilots implemented to reduce their risk of death in the event of being hit.

The major carrier battles of the war are considered, from Coral Sea to Leyte Gulf, with a focus on how the tools of carrier operations were employed. At the battle of Midway the debate of concentration vs. dispersion became relevant, as the Japanese decided to divide their forces while the Americans concentrated theirs. How Carriers Fought questions these tactics, exploring which worked best in theory and in practice.

The book concludes with a discussion of how carrier operations changed during the course of the war, as better technology and a better understanding of this new type of warfare allowed for quick advances in how operations were carried out.1 vol, 296 pgs 2018 US, CASEMATE
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1-217910 Jabes, Davaide AIRCRAFT CARRIER IMPERO: The Axis Powers' V-1 Carrying Capital Ship From late 1941 Italy had been developing a secret project with her German allies to move the V1 wunderwaffen aboard aircraft carriers. Hitler required one million victims to get the British and American governments on their knees and force them to sign an honorable ceasefire. The personal archives of Ansaldo's naval architect Lino Campagnoli (1911-1975), bring back to life the plans for a modern aircraft carrier, the unprecedented transformation of the Impero battleship into a fleet carrier.

The new documentation reveals the draft terms of conversion of the last of the four Littorio class modern battleships which were in a state of advanced preparation (hull components and engines completed). In the period 1941-43 a series of plans was drawn for Impero's conversion to an aircraft carrier providing, inter alia, for the embarkation of Fi-103 (the German V1), to provide substance to Italo-German cooperation in strategic military sectors. The Kriegsmarine's underwater tests on the protection of RN Impero's incomplete hull in 1944 put an end to the dream of using her as strategic weapons carrier.1 vol, 256 pgs 2018 UK, FONTHILL MEDIA
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1-218010 Smith, Stuart OTTO SKORZENY: The Devil's Disciple SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer Otto Skorzeny became a legend in his own time. 'Hitler's favorite commando' acquired a reputation as a man of daring, renowned for his audacious 1943 mission to extricate Mussolini from a mountaintop prison. Skorzeny's influence on special operations doctrine was far-reaching and long-lasting - in 2011, when US Navy SEALs infiltrated Pakistan to eliminate Osama Bin Laden, the operational planning was influenced by Skorzeny's legacy. Yet he was also an egoist who stole other men's credit (including for the seminal rescue of Mussolini), brave and resourceful but also an unrepentant Nazi.

Stuart Smith draws on years of in-depth research to uncover the truth about Skorzeny's career and complex personality. From his background as a student radical in Vienna, to his bloody service with the Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front, his surprise rebirth as a commando, and his intriguing post-war career and mysterious fortune, this book tells Otto Skorzeny's story in full.1 vol, 384 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-218020 Neville, Leigh DAY OF THE RANGERS: The Battle of Mogadishu - 25 Years On On October 3, 1993, Task Force Ranger was dispatched to seize two high-profile lieutenants of a Somali warlord. Special Forces troops were transported by ground vehicles and helicopters, and the mission was meant to be over within the hour. They quickly found themselves under heavy fire, and two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down. With a hastily organized relief column many hours away, the American troops faced a desperate battle for survival.

Focusing on the stories of the soldiers on the ground, and in the air, Day of the Rangers reveals the experiences and recollections of the Special Forces units, including the Rangers, Delta operators, and Nightstalker crews who fought in the battle of Mogadishu.

Published to mark the battle's 25th anniversary and using recently declassified documents and new interviews with many of the participants, Day of the Rangers is a fascinating and revealing new history of a battle that would influence American Special Forces for decades to come.1 vol, 352 pgs 2018 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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