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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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1-916478 various MINIATURE WARGAMES # 478 Articles include:

* The Sun and Bear: Intro to Russo-Japanese war with simple rules and some gaming ideas.
* Command Decision - Part 1: A Coat Of The Very, Very Best: Campaigning in the Horse & Musket Period with movement, supply, scouting, and after-battle mechanics.
*Send Three And Fourpence: Playtest of new Xenos Rampant rules with 40K-style scenario.
*Hit the Beach: Black Powder Napoleonic beach landing in 28mm with a solo adaption.
*Warhead Part 1: Super-spy scuba shenanigans with subs! All done in 20mm with lots of conversion work and modeling. Rules next month.
*Scratchbuild: Egyptian Pylon (in 15mm or 28mm (well, they're quite big...) or an Epic Scale ACW cottage.
*Photo look at WAR show in Reading.
*Recce: Book and other reviews.
*Defence In Depth: Figure and rules reviews.
*Quartermaster: Review of Two Thin Coats paint.
*Last Word: When wargaming is no longer fun. 1 vol, 96 pgs 2023 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
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1-221540S Dorrell, Nicholas TWILIGHT OF DIVINE RIGHT: With Fire And Sword: Rules Supplement Supplement to the Twilight of Divine Right rules to use in in conjunction with these rules to fully understand it. It includes the rules, amendments, and additions to fight the battle and wars in Eastern Europe in this era.

The players can field Polish-Lithuanian, Russian, Swedish, Cossack, Crimean Khanate (Tatar), Ottoman and other smaller armies in the wars of this era. A series of wars in this era transformed the world and helped shape the modern world.1 vol, 36 pgs 2023 UK, PIKE & SHOT SOCIETY
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1-221544 Dorrell, Nicholas WITH FIRE AND SWORD: Scenario Book 1: The Rise of Sweden, 1605 - 1629 This book covers the rise of Sweden before their 1630 intervention in the Thirty Years War, including the 1600-1611 war against the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth and 1609-1618 war against the Russians plus other battles to 1629. In addition, there are some scenarios from the Commonwealth's wars against the Ottomans in 1620 - 1621.

The booklet features 11 scenarios from 7 historical battles: Kircholm, 1605; Klushino, 1611; Chochim, 1621; Gniew, 1626; Dirschau, 1627; Gorzno, 1629; and Trzciana, 1629.1 vol, 36 pgs 2023 UK, PIKE & SHOT SOCIETY
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1-221545 Dorrell, Nicholas WITH FIRE AND SWORD: Scenario Book 2: The Deluge 1632 - 1660 This second book covers the battles during the period sometimes called the Deluge, a period that saw the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth attacked by many armies. The booklet concentrates on the war of 1648 -1657 against the Cossack rebellion under Khmelnytsky, the campaigns of 1655 - 1660 is against the Swedes, and the Smolensk War of 1632 - 1634 with the Russians against the Commonwealth. It is common for allies to be present on one or both sides in these battles.

The booklet features eight scenarios from six historical battles and campaigns: Smolensk, 1633;
Pyliavsti, 1648; Berestecko, 1651; Batoh, 1652; Zarnow, 1655; and Warsaw, 1656.1 vol, 36 pgs 2023 UK, PIKE & SHOT SOCIETY
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1-221546 Dorrell, Nicholas WITH FIRE AND SWORD: Scenario Book 3: Wars for the Ukraine 1654 - 1676 The third scenario book concentrates on the shifting war for the control of the Ukraine in the later part of this era but which continue to this day started to exercise some control over the Ukraine. The Thirteen Years War of 1654 - 1667 featuring various combinations of Polish-Lithuanian, Russian, Cossack and Crimean Khanate (Tatar) forces. In addition some of the scenarios are from the Commonwealth's war against the Ottomans and Crimean Khanate as they renewed there attempts to dominate the Ukraine in 1672 -1676.

The booklet features 11 scenarios from nine historical battles and campaigns: Konotop, 1659;
Polonka, 1660; Chudow Campaign, 1660; 1st Lubar, 14th September 1660; 2nd Lubar, 16th September 1660; Slobodyszcze, 1660; Kanev, 1662; Chocim, 1673; and Zurawno, 1676.1 vol, 36 pgs 2023 UK, PIKE & SHOT SOCIETY
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2-195030 Priestley, Rick HAIL CAESAR: Battles with Model Soldiers in the Ancient Era - 2nd Edition Updated version of Hail Caesar rule set includes amended rules, new rules for sieges, and the extension of the timeline to include such conflicts as the Hundred Years War and the War of the Roses.

Ancients rule set is designed with 28mm models in mind - although the game is equally playable with 20, 15, 10, and 6mm models and all sizes in-between. The game adapts easily to different styles and sizes of bases. The overall width of units needs to be specified more exactly. This is to ensure that combats and supports work out correctly over the extended combats that are common in ancient battles.

The rules recommend models based into convenient multiples to facilitate changing formations and for ease of handling. Also recommend that foot skirmishers, horse archers, and light cavalry are based individually as the rules allow these units to fight in a dispersed formation with the models spread out. The only absolute constraint is that standard sized units occupy roughly the same frontage when deployed in their usual fighting formations.1 vol, 236 pgs 2023 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-938021 Miranda, Joseph STRATEGY & TACTICS QUARTERLY #21: Byzantium w/ Map Poster The Byzantine Empire dominated the Eastern Mediterranean from the Fall of Rome in AD 476 to the final siege of Constantinople 1453. This new STQ covers a millennium of conflict, controversy and civilization. It analyses of strategies and tactics, covers wars big and small, and profiles of personalities such as the great general Belisarius.

There's a parade of emperors from Justinian who brought the Empire to its high point to Constantine XI and his last stand at Constantinople. The impact of the conflict between Christianity, Islam, and the Crusaders is also included, as well as the rise of new states such as the Kievan Rus. There are numerous lessons for war and peace in the 21st century, as well as reviews of media and games covering the Empire. Includes numerous maps, diagrams, and a poster showing a thousand years of Empire.1 vol, 116 pgs 2023 US, DECISION GAMES
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1-235650 Matyszak, Phillip INVASION! Rome Against the Cimbri, 113-101 BC Partly as a result of poor commanders and partly because the Romans had an innate and misguided belief in the invincibility of their legions, the first battles against the Cimbri were a series of disasters. These culminated in the Battle of Arausio in 105 BC when two Roman armies were utterly destroyed. Includes five maps.

Rome finally realized that their republic faced an existential threat, and made the necessary painful political and military changes that were needed to face that threat. Rome also found a commander who could take on the Cimbri -- Caius Marius. He was a deeply flawed man - scheming, cautious to the point of cowardice, and quick to claim credit for the achievements of others. Nevertheless, he was a massive improvement on the leaders who had preceded him.

The reshaped Roman army eventually worked out how to weather the savage onrush of the initial barbarian assault. Thereafter, the grim discipline of the legions was enough to wear down the opposition. It helped that Marius never fought unless the situation favored him, and as a result his army gradually became accustomed to victory. Had the Cimbri overwhelmed Rome, as at one time it seemed inevitable that they would, then European history would have been very different.1 vol, 224 pgs 2023 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-235640 Carey, Brian WARFARE IN THE AGE OF CRUSADES: The Latin East Explores in fascinating detail the key campaigns, battles, and sieges that shaped the crusading period of the Middle Ages, giving special attention to military technologies, tactics, and strategies. Covers key personalities and political factors, including the role of papal monarchy in initiating the crusading expeditions, the relationship between Catholic Europe and the Byzantine Empire, the role of the religious military orders, and Islamic and Mongol military capabilities. Includes 50 illustrations and maps.

Chapters are devoted to each of the four major crusades to the Levant and an analysis of the Islamic response. The rise of the Mamluks in Egypt, with their innovative military organization, is covered, as are the failed Egyptian and Tunisian campaigns. The concluding chapters describe the Mongol campaigns in the Levant, the Mamluk response, and the final siege of Acre in 1291.

Features regional, strategic and multi-phase tactical maps that illuminate the narrative and provide a valuable resource for students, historians and wargamers alike.1 vol, 272 pgs 2023 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-235620 Ribas, Alberto THE BATTLE OF ROCROI 1643: Clash of Seventeenth Century Superpowers The Battle of Rocroi (19 May 1643) is famous for the French victory over the Spanish Tercios. The Duc d'Enghien, only 21 years old, defeated a Spanish army commanded by Francisco de Melo. The victory has traditionally been attributed to the military genius of the young Duke, to the superiority of the French cavalry, and to the decline of Spanish tactics. The Tercios were no longer invincible. Thus, the date of 1643 established a historical milestone of a paradigm shift in military history: the end of Spanish hegemony and the beginning of the rise of France -- the Grand Siecle of Louis XIV. Includes 31 illustrations, 17 b/w photos, 8 color illustrations, and 10 maps.

Also assesses whether, in fact, the battle of Rocroi was the beginning of the decline of the Spanish hegemony, and of its military tactics and formations. The Tercios, which had fought and been victorious in Europe for more than a century.

Analyzes the military-political context of the 1643 campaign and the tense relations between France and Spain throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, which led to the armed conflict that began in 1635, when Sweden showed signs of weakness in the Thirty Years' War, and Richelieu considered that it was necessary to act to prevent the triumph of the Austrian and Spanish Habsburgs. The French and Spanish armies are also analyzed in depth, their composition, units, tactics, etc. as well as d'Enghien and Milo's chains of command.1 vol, 176 pgs 2023 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-219586 Mugnai, Bruno WAR AND SOLDIERS IN THE EARLY REIGN OF LOUIS XIV: Volume 6: Armies of the Italian States - 1660-1690 In the 17th century ,Italy was the third-largest country by population in Europe, after France and Germany, passing into second position for a century after 1650. Northern as well as southern Italy constituted a key place in the strategic duel between Spain and France, and the Peninsula lied on the front line in the struggle against the Ottoman Empire. Moreover, Italian states constituted good examples of fairly efficient governance machines, which developed many matters, included the military. Some of these states experienced long periods of wars. Includes 16 color plates and 100 b/w illustrations.1 vol, 300 pgs 20223 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-235630 Guillemot, Pierre-Baptiste THE GARDE NATIONALE 1789-1815: France's Forgotten Armed Forces In mid-July 1789, after the storming of the Bastille, the municipality of Paris organized a Garde Nationale, heir to the militias of the Ancien Regime. Provinces quickly formed identical militias, which intervened in the troubles of the municipal revolution. Bringing citizens together, the Garde Nationale became one of the most important players of the French Revolution.

Organized on a military model, it nevertheless remained a civilian force whose members, who elected their officers, were often armed and equipped with odds and ends by the municipalities. Responsible for ensuring order, they performed their service despite their professional activity and family life.

The Garde Nationale remains one of the most misunderstood institutions of the French Revolution and the First Empire. It does not lend itself well to synthesis, and occupies a minor place in the work of historians. Based on contemporary documents - in particular on previously little-used archives - this book analyses the successive organizations of the Garde Nationale in Paris and in the provinces, the evolution of its strength, but also its place in relation to the army, not to mention the recurrent hesitations between the two conceptions of the institution: a national force with a broad recruitment or a local and bourgeois militia. Lavishly illustrated with largely unpublished iconography and original artwork, the book also looks at the uniforms and equipment of the Garde Nationale.1 vol, 364 pgs 2023 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-235610 Cobb, William editor THE MILITARY MEMOIRS OF A CONFEDERATE LINE OFFICER: Captain John C. Reed's Civil War from Manassas to Appomattox Account of John C. Reed fought through the entire war as an officer in the 8th Georgia Infantry, most of it with General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The Princeton graduate was wounded at least twice (Second Manassas and Gettysburg), promoted to captain during the Wilderness fighting on May 6, 1864, and led his company through the balance of the Overland Campaign, throughout the horrific siege of Petersburg, and all the way to the Appomattox surrender on April 9, 1865. Includes recollections of some of the war's most intense fighting and strong opinions on a wide variety of officers and topics. With four maps and eight images.1 vol, 192 pgs 2023 US, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-LEG2204 Kanger, Kim LA PRIMOGENITA: 1941 East African Campaign (Wargame) Wargame covers the Allied invasion into Italian Eritrea in the north in 1941 where the most intense fighting took place, especially around the town of Cheren. The Allies invaded Eritrea with two Indian Divisions and some Free French units. The defending Italians consisted mostly of colonial Brigades, recruited among Ethiopians and Eritreans. They also had two metropolitan Divisions in reserve among which several elite battalions from the 'Grenadiers of Savoy' Division were sent north to Eritrea. These battalions (Alpini and Bersaglieri), together with loyal Eritrean colonial troops held both Allied Divisions at bay for eight weeks at Cheren before the survivors were finally forced to retreat towards the Eritrean capital Asmara. The battle of Cheren is seen as an hour of glory in the Italian army.

Uses a dynamic order chit system where players give orders to attack, move, entrench, bring forward extra ammo, etc. All order chits have a priority number that decides which order is executed first. After executing four orders each, another set of orders are chosen and played. You will have to chose wisely depending on what forces you have at hand, in what order you wish things to happen, and depending on what you suspect your opponent will choose.

Game Turn: 1 week; Hex: 7.5 miles / 12.5 kilometers; Units: Battalion to Brigade1 vol, 1 pgs 2023 US, LEGION WARGAMES LLC
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1-LEG2203 Dixon, Steve & Best, Bob SKYHAWK: Rolling Thunder 1966 (Wargame) Puts the player in the cockpit of an A-4E Skyhawk of VA-72 flying strike missions against targets in North Vietnam during the early days of Operation Rolling Thunder. Your base of operations is the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt on duty at Yankee Station. Your goal will be to survive a mission or a campaign.

Facing you will be a determined North Vietnamese force. It is possible you will face small arms fire, AAA, SAM launches, and a rare encounter with a MiG. You will have help. Support Forces allow the player to attack NV defense forces before you attack your target. Their success could make your job easier.

The player may fly a single mission or play one of the three campaigns included in the game. These campaigns are:
First Tour of Duty: Yankee Station: 10 August 1966 - 10 September 1966
Second Tour of Duty: Yankee Station 20 October 1966 - 27 December 1966
The third campaign combines the two campaigns above with additional rules.

The game is not meant to be a detailed simulation of the Rolling Thunder campaign. It is a simple yet engaging, quick game for the player. Concepts for the game come from B-29 Superfortress, Target for Today, Target for Tonight, and Kenney's Boys as well as Able Dog, a free print and play game by Patrick Millin. Some of the concepts used in Skyhawk will be expanded upon in the upcoming Operation Linebacker II game.1 vol, 1 pgs 2023 US, LEGION WARGAMES LLC
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1-235600 McLeroy, James BAIT: The Battle of Kham Duc Hardback version. The strategic potential of the three-day attack of two NVA regiments on Kham Duc, a remote and isolated Army Special Forces camp, on the eve of the first Paris peace talks in May 1968, was so significant that former President Lyndon Johnson included it in his memoirs. This eyewitness narrative and analysis of a widely misinterpreted battle at the height of the Vietnam War radically contradicts all the other published accounts. Covers the tactical details of the combat narrative, and grand strategies and political contexts of the U.S. and North Vietnamese leaders.1 vol, 272 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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2-235600 McLeroy, James BAIT: The Battle of Kham Duc Softcover version. The strategic potential of the three-day attack of two NVA regiments on Kham Duc, a remote and isolated Army Special Forces camp, on the eve of the first Paris peace talks in May 1968, was so significant that former President Lyndon Johnson included it in his memoirs. This eyewitness narrative and analysis of a widely misinterpreted battle at the height of the Vietnam War radically contradicts all the other published accounts. Covers the tactical details of the combat narrative, and grand strategies and political contexts of the U.S. and North Vietnamese leaders.1 vol, 272 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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