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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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1-726519 Scarrow, Simon The Emperor's Exile:Eagles of the Empire 19 A.D. 57. Battle-scarred veterans of the Roman army Tribune Cato and Centurion Macro return to Rome. Thanks to the failure of their recent campaign on the eastern frontier they face a hostile reception at the imperial court. Their reputations and future are at stake.

When Emperor Nero's infatuation with his mistress is exploited by political enemies, he reluctantly banishes her into exile. Cato, isolated and unwelcome in Rome, is forced to escort her to Sardinia.

Arriving on the restless, simmering island with a small cadre of officers, Cato faces peril on three fronts: a fractured command, a deadly plague spreading across the province...and a violent insurgency threatening to tip the province into blood-stained chaos. 1 vol, 448 pgs 2019 UK, HEADLINE BOOKS
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1-196814D Bushel, Alexandre SAGA DICE: Age of Hannibal Punic/Carthaginian Dice Set Each set contains eight of the same, faction specific, die. Unlike some other special dice, these SAGA dice have symbols on EACH side (no 'pips').1 vol, 8 pgs 2020 UK, GRIPPING BEAST
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1-196815D Bushel, Alexandre SAGA DICE: Age of Hannibal Republic of Rome Dice Set Each set contains eight of the same, faction specific, die. Unlike some other special dice, these SAGA dice have symbols on EACH side (no 'pips').1 vol, 8 pgs 2020 UK, GRIPPING BEAST
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1-196816D Bushel, Alexandre SAGA DICE: Age of Hannibal Barbarian Dice Set Each set contains eight of the same, faction specific, die. Unlike some other special dice, these SAGA dice have symbols on EACH side (no 'pips').1 vol, 8 pgs 2020 UK, GRIPPING BEAST
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1-196817D Bushel, Alexandre SAGA DICE: Age of Hannibal Greek Dice Set Each set contains eight of the same, faction specific, die. Unlike some other special dice, these SAGA dice have symbols on EACH side (no 'pips').1 vol, 8 pgs 2020 UK, GRIPPING BEAST
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1-208914 Joseph A. McCullough, Dmitry Burmak, Kate Burmak Frostgrave: Wizard Eye: The Art of Frostgrave Even before the original Frostgrave rulebook landed in players' hands, its artwork, previewed in the run-up to release, attracted widespread attention and acclaim. Today, some eight volumes, two novels, and multiple boxed sets of plastic miniatures later, Dmitry and Kate Burmak have produced more than 85 illustrations, guided by the concepts developed by Frostgrave creator Joseph A. McCullough. Together, these three have breathed life into the Frozen City, depicting the wizards, warriors, and creatures that call it home.

With behind-the-scenes content, including concepts, sketches, work-in-progress shots, and commentary from the creators, this lavish volume features all the artwork produced for Frostgrave - from the rulebook that started it all to the Perilous Dark supplement.1 vol, 256 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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2-213000 SWORDPOINT: Ancient and Medieval Miniatures Rules 2nd edition SWORDPOINT is a revised and updated set of 'Big Battle' game rules for fighting actions in the ancient and medieval periods. Games of SWORDPOINT involve between 100 and 250 figures per side arranged into multiple units. The game is designed to last about 2 hours and encourages the use of historical tactics and emphazises the need to maintain cohesion in the army's battle line, without being prescriptive. An extensive series of publications is planned and the game will enjoy the support of web downloads, living FAQ and a range of supported events. Comprehensive diagrams and scenarios. Compatible with all existing Swordpoint supplements, army lists etc. 1 vol, 55 pgs 2016 UK, GRIPPING BEAST
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1-44651 Rumford, Colin and Marsh, Richard Rapid Fire Reloaded Latest version of the Rapid Fire Basic Rules for WWII wargaming with miniatures. The original fast-play rules are now even faster, with new mechanisms and streamlined systems. Play using the standard Rapid Fire 1:15 figure and 1:5 vehicle ratios for brigade-level engagements, or use for 1:1 skirmishes or even 1:45/1:15 divisional level battles.

Handy A5 size booklet you can hold in one hand during games
Fully compatible with the advanced rules section of 'Rapid Fire!'
Easy to pick up for experienced Rapid Fire players and ideal for newcomers to RF.
Free online 'Reloaded' vehicle and gun charts for many nations.
Includes two 'battlegrouped', points-balanced forces and a Normandy scenario that you can play to 'action learn' the rules
1 vol, 16 pgs 2020 UK, RAPID FIRE
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1-44676 Rumford, Colin and Marsh, Richard MARKET GARDEN - 2nd upgunned edition of this RAPID FIRE campaign book New, comprehensive guide to wargaming the battles that followed the audacious Allied attempt to create an airborne 'carpet' over three major river crossings in the eastern Netherlands and drive an armored spearhead into the Ruhr. Distilling years of research and wargaming experience, Operation Market Garden provides what you need to recreate this famous campaign on your wargames table. Includes:

Campaign narrative and modular table layout for fighting the key aspects of the campaign.
Graphic orders of battle for XXX Corps, the Allied parachute and glider formations and the complex assortment of German forces that opposed them. All 'battlegrouped' so you can assemble points-balanced forces.
Six scenarios with detailed battle maps so you can game key moments in the campaign.
Special rules, including para drop and glider landing.
Photographs of key locations, wargames forces and spectacular model urban scenery to inspire your own Market Garden build up.
Specially commissioned artwork
1 vol, 64 pgs 2020 UK, RAPID FIRE
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1-972052 Higgins, David 052 German Soldier vs Polish Soldier Poland 1939 September 1939 saw mostly untested German troops face equally inexperienced Polish forces. With the Polish senior leadership endeavouring to hold the country's industrialized east, Hitler's forces unleashed what was essentially a large pincer operation intended to encircle and eliminate much of Poland's military strength. This study focuses upon three actions that reveal the evolving nature of the 1939 campaign -- Battle of Tuchola Forest (1-5 September), Battle of Wizna (7-10 September), and the Battle of Bzura (9-19 September). All three examine the motivation, training, tactics and combat performance of the fighting men of both sides in the 1939 struggle for Poland. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995284 Prenatt, Jamie 284 Soviet Armoured Cars 1936-45 Examines Russian armoured cars from 1936 to 1945, focusing on the history, design, and specifications of the wheeled armoured cars that entered series production, including the rail variants and tracked BA-30. The 1930s saw the development and production of a wide variety of armoured cars, which were used extensively in Soviet conflicts from then on. They saw service in the Spanish Civil War, in the 1939 Manchurian conflict with Japan, and in the occupation of the Baltic states and the invasion of Poland and Finland. Although many of its armoured cars were lost in the early months following the German invasion in June 1941, Russia continued with its armoured car development program, and the final model, the BA-64, was accepted for service in 1942 with over 9,000 built before production ended in 1946. 1 vol, 48 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995288 Zaloga, Steven 288 The French 75 - The 75mm M1897 field gun that revolutionized modern artillery Explores the history of the 'Soixantequinze' -- 75mm Modele 1897 field gun in detail, from its design and development to its deployment around the world. The 75mm M1897 earned its reputation in the Great War, forming the backbone of French field artillery. It was widely distributed to Allied armies, including the American Expeditionary Forces and was also widely exported after World War I around the globe.

It was manufactured under licence in numerous countries, including the United States, which used the gun in its initial Pacific campaigns. Due to its modernity and sound design, the 75mm remained in service well into World War II. It was used by the French, Polish and other armies in the Blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939-1940 and thousands were captured by the German Army in 1940 and used for coastal defence. Surprisingly, many were also converted into a very effective anti-tank gun, the PaK 97/38. These weapons lingered in service after World War II, though by this time, they were largely obsolete. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996354 Esposito, Gabriele 354 King Philip's War 1675-76 America's Deadliest Colonial Conflict A coalition of Native American tribes fought against a force of over 1,000 men raised by the New England Confederation of Plymouth, Connecticut, New Haven, and Massachusetts Bay, alongside their Indian allies the Mohegans and Mohawks. The resultant fighting in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire resulted in the destruction of 12 towns, the death of between 600-800 colonists and 3,000 Indians, making it the deadliest war in the history of American colonization. Although the war resulted in victory for the colonists, the scale of death and destruction led to significant economic hardship1 vol, 96 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996355 MacDowall, Simon 355 Malplaquet 1709 - Marlborough's Bloodiest Battle Examines the campaign of 1709, culminating in the battle of Malplaquet. Led by the Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy, the allied armies achieved a tactical victory -- but it was a hollow one. The allies suffered 23,000 casualties to the French 11,000 in what was the bloodiest battle of the 18th century. The scale of casualties shocked Europe and led to a reversal of fortunes, with the dismissal of Marlborough and a newly confident King Louis resolving to fight on. When the war finally ended, it did so on terms favourable to France. Although it is generally accepted that Marlborough was never defeated, the Battle of Malplaquet was ultimately a French strategic victory. 1 vol, 96 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997236 Rottman, Gordon 236 Vietnam War Booby Traps Explores not only the wide variety of booby traps employed by the Viet Cong, their various uses in halting, stalling, or locating an enemy, and the many evolutions these traps underwent in order to retain the element of surprise. Written by a Vietnam veteran with first-hand experience of such traps.

Booby traps could be made in large numbers in village workshops and jungle camps using locally available materials as well as modern munitions. The VC were adept at making booby traps 'invisible' in the varied terrain of Vietnam, often emplacing them in locations and surroundings totally unexpected by their enemies. Booby traps could be incredibly simple or startlingly complex and ingenious, ranging from pointed sticks to command-detonated submerged floating river mines. Besides a wide variety of booby traps, they also used land and water mines, both contact/pressure-detonated and command-detonated. Between January 1965 and June 1970 11% of US troop deaths in action and 17% of injuries were by caused booby traps and mines. 1 vol, 64 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-225550 Harris, Michael Germantown - A Military History of the Battle for Philadelphia, October 4, 1777 Studies the strategic, political, and tactical history of this complex operation and important set-piece battle into a single compelling account. Complete with original maps, numerous illustrations, and modern photos, and told largely through the words of those who fought there.

On October 4, 1777, Germantown was a small village on the outskirts of Philadelphia. The battle represented George Washington's attempt to recapture Philadelphia, but has long been overshadowed by better-known events like Brandywine, Saratoga, and Valley Forge.

On October 4, obscured by darkness and a heavy morning fog, Washington launched a surprise attack on the British garrison at Germantown. His early attack found initial success and drove the British legions before him. The recapture of the colonial capital seemed within Washington's grasp until poor decisions by the American high command brought about a reversal of fortune and a clear British victory. Like Brandywine, however, the bloody fight at Germantown proved that Continental soldiers could stand toe-to-toe with British Regulars. The Battle of Germantown began a protected quasi-siege of the British garrison in Germantown prior to the travails soon to come that winter at Valley Forge.
1 vol, 528 pgs 2020 US, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-COM1110 McDonough, David Dawn's Early Light: The War of 1812 Two-player card-driven grand strategy game with high-level abstract recreation of the entire conflict encompassing the territorial, naval, political, and economic competition between the US and Britain. The game cards recreate the characters and moments that shaped the war, while operations such as recruiting, campaigning, privateering, raiding, and shipbuilding let players take the war in their own direction. Each side earns victory points for capturing the enemy's towns and territory, outcompeting them at sea, and outmaneuvering them in politics and public sentiment.

Product Information: Complexity: 4 out of 10; Solitaire Suitability: 5 out of 10; Time Scale: 6 months per turn; Map Scale: Strategic areas of varying size; Unit Scale: Strategic forces of varying size; Players: Two; Playing Time: 120 minutes

Components: One 22 x 34-inch Mounted game map; Two Counter Sheets of 5/8-inch punch-out counters; 86 Game Cards; Two Player Aid Cards; Rules Booklet; Four d6s
1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-225540 Konstam, Angus Mutiny on the Spanish Main - HMS Hermione and the Royal Navy's revenge The HMS Hermione, a British frigate, was involved in 1797 in the bloodiest mutiny in British naval history that saw the death of her captain and many of her officers. Though her crew handed her over to the Spanish, Hermione was subsequently recaptured in a daring raid on a Caribbean port two years later. Draws on letters, reports, ship's logs, and memoirs of the period, as well as previously unpublished Spanish sources, to provide a balanced account of the mutiny and its consequences.

Illustrated with maps and diagrams tracing the events as they unfolded, and supported by informative inserts on the technical and tactical nuances of seamanship and naval warfare in the period. 1 vol, 320 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-225560 Harris, Michael Defending the Arteries of Rebellion - Confederate Naval Operations in the Mississippi River Valley, 1861-1865 The Southern war machine introduced numerous innovations and alternate defenses of the Mississippi River, including the Confederacy's first operational ironclad, the first successful use of underwater torpedoes, widespread use of army-navy joint operations, and the employment of extensive river obstructions. When the Mississippi River came under complete Union control in 1863, Confederate efforts shifted to the river's many tributaries, where a bitter and deadly struggle ensued to control these internal lifelines. Despite a lack of ships, material, personnel, funding, and unified organization, the Confederacy fought desperately and scored many localized tactical victories -- often won at great cost -- but failed at the strategic level.

The South planned to protect these arteries of rebellion by crafting a ring of powerful fortifications supported by naval forces. Different military branches, however, including the navy, marine corps, army, and revenue service, as well as civilian privateers and even state naval forces, competed for scarce resources to operate their own vessels. A lack of industrial capacity further complicated Confederate efforts and guaranteed the South's grand vision of deploying dozens of river gunboats and powerful ironclads would never be fully realized.
1 vol, 528 pgs 2020 US, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-914152 various VAE VICTIS # 152 Sedan 1870 Wargame of Franco-Prussian War 1870 with the French Army of Chalons attempting to relieve French forces trapped by the German siege of Metz.

Complexity: 7/10; Solo playability: 6/10; Duration: 3-4 hours; One turn = 1 day; One counter = 1 division (and 1 SP = 2000 men, 1000 cavaliers or 2 batteries); Scale: 10 km between 2 zones
1 vol, 84 pgs 2020 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
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2-221720 Buttar, Prit RETRIBUTION: The Soviet Reconquest of Central Ukraine, 1943 Making use of the extensive memoirs of German and Russian soldiers to bring their story to life, the narrative follows on from On A Knife's Edge, which described the encirclement and destruction of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad and the offensives and counter-offensives that followed throughout the winter of 1942-43. Beginning towards the end of the Battle of Kursk, Retribution explores the massive Soviet offensive that followed the end of Operation Zitadelle, which saw depleted and desperate German troops forced out of Western Ukraine.

Describes in detail the little-known series of near-constant battles that saw a weakened German army confronted by a tactically sophisticated force of over six million Soviet troops. As a result, the Wehrmacht was driven back to the Dnepr and German forces remaining in the Kuban Peninsula south of Rostov were forced back into the Crimea, a retreat which would become one of many in the months that followed. 1 vol, 480 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-225530 Buttar, Prit The Reckoning - The Defeat of Army Group South, 1944 By the end of 1944 the Red Army was poised on the very frontiers of the Third Reich. How had the once unstoppable, mighty Wehrmacht faltered so disastrously? Certainly it had suffered defeats before, in particular the vast catastrophe of Stalingrad, but it was in 1944 that the war was ultimately lost. It was no longer a case of if but rather when the Red Army would be at the gates of Berlin.

Retraces the ebb and flow of the various battles and campaigns fought throughout the Ukraine and Romania in 1944. January and February saw Army Group South encircled in the Korsun Pocket. Although many of the encircled troops did escape, in part due to Soviet intelligence and command failures, the Red Army would endeavour to not make the same mistakes again. Indeed, in the coming months the Red Army would demonstrate an ability to learn and improve, reinventing itself as a war-winning machine, demonstrated clearly in its success in the Iasi-Kishinev operation.

The view of the Red Army as a huge, unskilled horde that rolled over everything in its path is just one myth that The Reckoning reassess. So too does it re-evaluate the apparent infallibility of German military commanders, the denial of any involvement in (or often even knowledge of) the heinous crimes committed in the occupied territories by German forces, and the ineffectiveness of Axis allies, such as the Romanians at Iasi, to withstand the Soviet forces. 1 vol, 5 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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