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1-908434 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 434 Theme: History, Scenario, Stats, Done.
* Introduction: Explore history via scenarios
* The Templars' Last Charge: Siege of Acre
* A Freezing Fighting Retreat: WWII Italians' retreat in Russia
* The Battle of Mottola: Liberation of Italy skirmish encounter for Bolt Action.

Features
* The Never-Ending Collection: Culloden game at the Warlord Games Open Day.
* Adriatic Adventures: 1806 Napoleonic scenario with Russian activities in the Adriatic.
* ABC Warriors The Miniatures Game: Warlord Games' new 2000 AD-related ABC Warriors starter set.
* Attack on Fort Gallabat: WWII action in the African Campaign as a one-day campaign.
* Wargaming Manzikert: Account of a clash in the East, between the Byzantines of Romanus IV and a Seljik army led by Alp Arslan.
* Operation Ikarus Part Two: WWII 'what if?' Bolt Action campaign in Iceland.
* Ruckus in the WI Gaming Room: Ruckus tabletop clashes that have been played in WI's gaming room.
* ACW Signal Tower: Making and Gaming: Vantage point for Union Signal Party and use with Black Powder rules.

Departments
* Observation Post: Reviews new basing materials, fantasy elves, an ECW painting guide, and rules for gaming the late Sengoku period in Japan.
* Release Radar: New and upcoming wargaming items from various manufacturers.
* Quick Fire: Reader-submitted entries.1 vol, 116 pgs 2024 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-935128 Various WARGAMES SOLDIERS & STRATEGY # 128: The Rise of Napoleon Theme: The Rise of Napoleon
* The meteoric rise of Napoleon Bonaparte - Revolutionary hero, tyrant, emperor
* Napoleon during the 13 Vendemiaire an IV - A revolution saved
* The Battle of Caldiero, 12 November 1796 - Napoleon's first defeat
* Napoleon and the Battle of Arcola, November 1796 - Crossing the Alpone
* Collecting armies of the Revolution - The rise of Napoleon
* Depicting the crossing of the Alpone - Napoleon at Arcola

Features
* Pyrrhus at Heraclea - To Tarentum's aid'.
* The English Samurai and the Dutch guns - Shogun: truth and fiction
* Wargaming in Elizabethan Ireland - Kern, Gallowglass, and Demi-lancers
* The 3rd Armoured Division in rural Germany, 1945 - Spearhead!
* Scratch building your own watermill in 28mm - Where there's a wheel, there's a way
* Painting pike and shotte in Warlord's epic scale - To the beat of the drum

Departments
* Miniature reviews
* Up Front - Becoming a game designer
* The Irregular - To 3D or not to 3D
* The brand new Ancients game from Peter Pig - Let's play Conquerors and Kings
* Game reviews - Scout's Out Expansion, Muskets & Springfields, Trench Offensive, and Mars Code Aurora
* Book reviews
* Parting shots1 vol, 88 pgs 2024 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-968040 Lardas, Mark 040 TOKYO 1944-45: The Destruction of Imperial Japan's Capital Between November 1944, with a 111-plane B-29 strike against Tokyo, to August 13, 1945, the the US Army Air Force would attack Tokyo 25 times-- 20 from B-29s based in the Marianas, and five from US Navy carrier task forces. Considers how the campaign developed from daylight bombing to firebombing and anti-ship mining, and finally how the target was handed over to the US Navy, whose carrier-based bombers and fighter-bombers continued to strike Tokyo during July and August 1945. Contains 65 photos and 16 pages of color illustrations.1 vol, 96 pgs 2024 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-975088 Walter, John 088 SNIPING RIFLES IN THE WAR AGAINST JAPAN 1941-45 Considers the strengths and limitations of the WWII Japanese and American rifles, scopes, and accessories deployed in the Pacific as well as their different approaches to sniping tactics and training. Often operating at relatively close ranges in restrictive terrain, snipers made particularly ingenious use of camouflage and deception as the fighting spread across Asia and the Pacific in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack, while troops tasked with countering enemy marksmen had to learn the hard way how best to defeat a seemingly invisible enemy. Contains color artwork plates and black & white and color photographs and illustrations.1 vol, 80 pgs 2024 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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2-985075 Femont-Barnes, Gregory 075 THE SOVIET-AFGHAN WAR 1979-89 New updated and revised edition examines the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979 that sparked a nine-year conflict until Soviet forces withdrew in 1988-89, dooming the communist Afghanistan government to defeat at the hands of the mujahideen. Explains the origins, events, and consequences of the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. For Afghanistan, the invasion served to prolong the interminable civil war that pitted central government against the regions and faction against faction. Fully illustrated in color and black & white.1 vol, 144 pgs 2024 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996399 Stille, Mark 399 PHILIPPINES NAVAL CAMPAIGN 1944-45: The Battles After Leyte Gulf Examines an array of naval operations in the Pacific after Leyte Gulf, which included (on the Japanese side) the largest convoys to a contested island during the war, the first kamikaze campaign, and the second largest Imperial Japanese Navy surface operation during the last nine months of the conflict. On the American side, US forces were involved in efforts to cut off Leyte from enemy reinforcement, a massive amphibious invasion off Luzon, and large-scale operations by the Fast Carrier Task Force (TF 38). Among the actions covered are the battles for Ormoc Bay, the invasion of Mindoro, Japanese kamikaze attacks, and the US Third Fleet's rampage through the South China Sea between January 10 and 20, 1945. Fully illustrated.1 vol, 96 pgs 2024 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997255 Slaughter, James 255 THE 'GROSSDEUTSCHLAND' DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II: The German Army's Premier Combat Unit Starting as an elite guard detachment, Grossdeutschland expanded to regimental size in 1939, and saw action in France in 1940, Yugoslavia in 1941, and invasion of Soviet Union. Reinforced to divisional status, it fought on the Eastern Front in 1942-44, notably at Rzhev in late 1942 and Kharkov in early 1943. Refitted and redesignated a Panzergrenadier-Division, it was part of the battle of Kursk in July 1943 before acting as the Wehrmacht's fire brigade in 1943-44. Expanded to Panzerkorps status in late 1944 for the Bulge offensive. Contains eight color artwork plates plus black & white and color photographs and illustrations.1 vol, 64 pgs 2024 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-242210 Heath, Tim MILITARY ARCHAEOLOGY: How Detectorists and Major Finds Improve our Understanding of History Presents an analysis of various battles fought around the world from medieval times to the present including archaeological investigations carried out by professionally sanctioned groups and hobbyists. The context here includes general battlefield recovered artifacts, military aviation crash sites, Second World War pill boxes, air raid shelters, POW Camps and other structures. There is also emphasis on Britain's ally in both world wars, the United States of America, examining the artifacts, wreckology, structures and dumping grounds left behind by the American military forces at the end of the Second World War both in the UK and Europe. Contains 40 mono illustrations.1 vol, 232 pgs 2024 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-242230 Cole, Myke THE KILLING GROUND: A Biography of Thermopylae Examines all the battles that took place at the pass at Thermopylae (Greece). Details the background and history of each conflict, including Spartans, Romans, Byzantines, Huns, Ottomans, and Germans. Covers the personalities and decision making of the commanders, the arms and tactics of the troops, and how each battle played out. A total of 27 actions are covered. Contains 16-page plate section in color.

Contents:
Preface
List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Introduction: The Killing Ground
1. The First Action: The First Battle of Thermopylae, Date Unknown
2. The Second Action: The Second Battle of Thermopylae, 480 BC
3. The Third Action: Crossing, 355 BC
4. The Fourth Action: Holding, 352 BC
5. The Fifth Action: Seizure, 346 BC
6. The Sixth Action: The Third Battle of Thermopylae, 323 BC
7. The Seventh Action: Holding, 316 BC
8. The Eighth Action: The Fourth Battle of Thermopylae, 315 BC
9. The Ninth Action: The Fifth Battle of Thermopylae, 279 BC
10. The Tenth Action: Holding, 224 BC
11. The Eleventh Action: The Sixth Battle of Thermopylae, 207 BC
12. The Twelfth Action: The Seventh Battle of Thermopylae, 191 BC
13. The Thirteenth Action: Crossing, 146 BC
14. The Fourteenth Action: Holding, AD 251
15. The Fifteenth Action: The Eighth Battle of Thermopylae, AD 254
16. The Sixteenth Action: Crossing, AD 396
17. The Seventeenth Action: The Ninth Battle of Thermopylae, AD 447
18. The Eighteenth Action: The Tenth Battle of Thermopylae, AD 517
19. The Nineteenth Action: The Eleventh Battle of Thermopylae, AD 539
20. The Twentieth Action: The Twelfth Battle of Thermopylae, AD 559
21. The Twenty-First Action: The Thirteenth Battle of Thermopylae, AD 997
22. The Twenty-Second Action: Crossing, AD 1203
23. The Twenty-Third Action: The Fourteenth Battle of Thermopylae, AD 1204
24. The Twenty-Fourth Action: The Fifteenth Battle of Thermopylae, AD 1822
25. The Twenty-Fifth Action: The Sixteenth Battle of Thermopylae, AD 1941
26. The Twenty-Sixth Action: Sabotage, AD 1942
27. The Twenty-Seventh Action: Sabotage, AD 1943
Conclusion: A Cauldron of War
Notes
Index1 vol, 304 pgs 2024 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-964047 Various ANCIENT HISTORY MAGAZINE # 47: Greeks and Scythians Theme: Greeks and Scythians
* People from the world beyond - The Scythians
* Explorers, geographers, and historians - Greek knowledge of the Scythians
* From steppe to sea and back again - Greco-Scythian trade
* Mythology and history on the steppe - The Amazons
* Artistic interaction on the steppe - Greek gold in Scythian tombs

Features:
* Cleopatra Selene - Destined to rule
* Phoenician migrants in Ancient Greece - Phoenicians bearing gifts
* A commercial colony in central Anatolia - Ancient Kanesh
* Experimental culinary archaeology - A Roman cake with no recipe
* Supplying the army in late antiquity - Fabricae
* Pregnancy and childbirth in Ancient Rome - A dangerous event1 vol, 68 pgs 2024 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-242220 Turner, Graham THE WAR OF THE ROSES: The Medieval Art of Graham Turner Detailed history of the Wars of the Roses alongside a unique and comprehensive collection of over 120 of Graham Turner's paintings and drawings, many created especially for this book. It provides meticulously researched details of arms, armor, settings and countless other aspects of the period, while bringing to life the human stories behind the turbulent events. Contains over 120 highly detailed paintings and drawings, supported by other images.1 vol, 288 pgs 2024 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-242260 Draminski, Stefan THE DESTROYER USS KIDD New volume in the Anatomy of the Ship series covers the US DD USS Kidd (launched February 28, 1943 and served in Pacific theater from August 1943 until the end of World War II) combines a brief narrative history of the USS Kidd, its design, and construction, with a series of detailed plans of the destroyer, contemporary photographs, and detailed digital color artworks. Contains more than 500 line and 3D color artworks.

After service in the Korean War as part of Task Force 77, she alternated West Pacific cruises with operations on the West Coast. She was decommissioned on June 19, 1964 and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. She has been docked at Baton Rouge since May 23, 1982, when she was transferred to the Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission and is now on public view there as a museum vessel. Never modernized, USS Kidd is the only destroyer to retain its World War II appearance.1 vol, 336 pgs 2024 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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2-214850 House, Simon LOST OPPORTUNITY: The Battle Of The Ardennes 22 August 1914 Offers an operational study of the WWI Battles of the Frontiers. On August 22, 1914, on a battlefield 100 kilometers wide stretching from Luxembourg to the River Meuse, two French and two German armies clashed in a series of encounters known collectively as the Battle of the Ardennes.

At the center of this book lies a mystery: in a key encounter battle, one French Army corps led by a future Minister of War - General Pierre Roques - outnumbered its immediate opposition by nearly six to one and yet dismally failed to capitalize on that superiority.

Intriguingly, there is a six-hour gap in the war diaries of all General Roques' units; it smacks of a cover-up. By a thorough investigation of German sources, and through the discovery of three vital messages buried in the French archives, it is now possible to piece together what happened during those missing hours and show how Roques threw away an opportunity to break the German line and advance unopposed deep into the hinterland beyond. Contains 20 b/w photos, 15 color photos, 60 color maps in a separate map book.1 vol, 256 pgs 2024 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-242250 Bailey, Steven TARGET HONG KONG: A True Story of U.S. Navy Pilots at War Describes the massive WWII US Navy Operation Gratitude airstrikes on Japanese-held Hong Kong during 1945 that involved nearly 100 US Navy warships and close to a thousand planes. Uses the the experiences of seven men whose lives intersected at Hong Kong in January 1945: US Navy Commander and fighter pilot John D. Lamade, five of his fellow US Navy pilots, and the POW Ray Jones. Contains 8-page plate section in black and white.1 vol, 368 pgs 2024 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-242190 Forty, Simon THE GERMAN INFANTRYMAN ON THE EASTERN FRONT Explores a broad range of WWII German Army topics on the Eastern Front from uniforms, weapons, and provisions to tactics and communications. As Soviet defenses stiffened and their equipment improved, numbers began to tell. The Germans had lost too many of their best men: the savvy NCOs and experienced junior officers that gave the Wehrmacht its edge over the opposition.

Outnumbered, under attack on many other fronts, their homeland bombarded unceasingly from the air, the German servicemen endured the Eastern Front until their armies were destroyed in 1945. While the morality of the regime they fought for and its reprehensible actions should never be forgotten, what cannot be denied is the indefatigable courage of the German infantrymen. Fully illustrated with over 150 contemporary photographs and illustrations.1 vol, 128 pgs 2024 US, CASEMATE
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1-242200 Forty, Simon THE SOVIET INFANTRYMAN ON THE EASTERN FRONT Poorly led and ill trained at the outset of the German WWII invasion, the Soviet Army could defend enough territory, place enough troops into combat, and garner just enough Western aid to halt and eventually roll back the German Army. Russian infantry equipment was rugged and effective. While Soviet infantrymen may not have had the flexibility or tactical skills of the Germans, they did not lack in cunning: deception, camouflage skills, and endurance made then more than the equal of the Germans. Fully illustrated with over 150 contemporary photographs and illustrations. 1 vol, 128 pgs 2024 US, CASEMATE
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1-242170 Kolakowski, Christopher TENTH ARMY COMMANDER: The World War II Diary of Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. Diary of Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr., who commanded US forces in Alaska and the 10th Army during the Battle of Okinawa. Covers the period from January 1, 1944 to June 17, 1945, which has never been fully published until now. Buckner made notes every day, often in great detail; his chief of staff thought Buckner wanted to write a memoir after the war, but the papers were scattered after his death.

In addition to the Okinawa material, Buckner's diaries discuss his departure from Alaska and service in Hawaii as Tenth Army commander. Topics include his daily life in wartime Hawaii, troop training, comments on war events, gossip, notes on his travels to Guam and the Philippines, and his role in the Smith vs Smith controversy after the Battle of Saipan. The diary text is augmented by letters from General Buckner to his wife Adele during March to June 1945, and a letter from the Tenth Army Chief of Staff to Adele detailing Buckner's death. Contains 50 maps and photographs.1 vol, 240 pgs 2024 US, CASEMATE
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1-242180 Cook, Mikael LIFE AND DEATH AT ABBEY GATE: The Fall of Afghanistan and the Operation to Save our Allies As the US evacuated Afghanistan, an ad-hoc group of veterans, intelligence assets, and legislative aides undertook an extraordinary mission to rescue Afghans who had supported US troops over the past 20 years. Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, worked at Hamid Karzai International Airport's Abbey Gate in conditions that brought combat-hardened veterans to tears. Over 124,000 Americans and Afghan allies were evacuated during a two-week period in the summer of 2021. Contains 15-20 illustrations.1 vol, 192 pgs 2024 US, CASEMATE
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2-235160 Galeotti, Mark PUTIN'S WARS: From Chechnya to Ukraine Examines Putin's resurrection of Russian military power and expansion to include a range of new capabilities, including mercenaries and operatives waging a relentless information war against Western powers. Offers a strategic overview of the Russian military and the successes and failures on the battlefield -- from the First Chechen War to the two military incursions into Georgia, the annexation of Crimea and the eventual invasion of Ukraine itself. Includes anecdotes of military life, personal snapshots of conflicts, and an extraordinary collection of first-hand accounts from serving and retired Russian officers. Contains 8-page plate section in color.1 vol, 400 pgs 2024 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-242280 Russell, Nathan TOMORROW CITY: Dieselpunk Roleplaying Roleplaying game of dark science and dieselpunk action using dice pool system. Tomorrow City was one of the cities of the future, built to usher in a new age of prosperity, seizing upon scientific achievements at the dawn of the 20th century. Then came the War. Radium-powered soldiers assembled, diesel-fueled nightmares rolled off production lines, city fought city, and the world burned. Tomorrow City still stands, an oil-stained beacon of hope -- part-refuge, part-asylum. Beset by dangers from both within and without, a secret war now rages on its streets. Diesel-born monstrosities stalk the alleyways, air pirates strike from the wastelands, mad scientists continue their dark work, occultists manipulate the city's strange geometry, and secret societies plot in the shadows.1 vol, 224 pgs 2024 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-242270 Buckle, Nigel IMPERIUM: HORIZONS: Family Game Standalone game that contains the Abbasid, Askumite, Cultist, Gupta, Inuit, Japanese, Magyar, Martian, Mayan, Polynesian, Sassanid, Taino, Tang, and Wagadou civilizations. Build up your empire or perish from others. Fully compatible with Imperium: Classics and Imperium: Legends for those wanting to expand their pool of civilizations. Also incorporates a new trade module that allows players to recreate all the intrigue, wealth generation, and dynamic politics of a thriving economy.

Players: 1-4
Ages: 14+
Playing Time: 40 mins per player
Contents: 550 cards, 150+ tokens1 vol, 0 pgs 2024 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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