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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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1-226370 Bose, Mel TERRAIN ESSENTIALS: An Essential Guide To Building Tabletop Terrain Covers the core considerations of terrain building for any purpose - wargaming, diorama building, and model railroading. Offers advice on tools, materials, and techniques in a series of detailed builds and then presents ways that the techniques can be applied to other builds. 1 vol, 176 pgs 2021 US, DAVE TAYLOR MINIATURES
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2-218920 Sennewald, Roland PIETER SNAYERS - BATTLE PAINTER: 1592-1667 Pieter Snayers was in many ways the premier battlepainter of the 30-Years War as he excelled in making large, detailed, and often surprisingly accurate birds-eye view paintings of battles and sieges. His paintings are also one of the best sources of information about the dress and equipment of soldiers during the period. His paintings are scattered across a large number of museums and private collections and only a limited number are available online.

Here are over 200 mostly colored illustrations: including double-sided reproductions of about 100 of his paintings, many detailed views, maps, and contemporary engravings, and all in a large format book1 vol, 422 pgs 2020 GERMANY, BERLIN ZINNFIGUREN
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1-908398 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue #398 comes with a free plastic frame of Warlord Games Warlord Games Greek Hoplites. Theme: Holy War
THEME: GOD WILLS IT! Less obvious conflicts in which humans have killed each other in the name of religion
THE CRUSADES AS WARS OF RELIGION: ARCHETYPE OR ANOMALY? What if the Crusades aren't actually the archetypal religious wars?
HOW TO MAKE A COLONIAL MEETING HOUSE: Build a 15mm model based on Friends Meeting House at Old Sturbridge (Mass.)
LE CROIX DE GUERRE: Role of churches on the wargaming table
ILLUMINATING HISTORY: Using illuminated medieval manuscripts as inspiration for your gaming and modeling needs
IN HOC SIGNO VINCES: Battle of Aughrim and role of the clergy in the front line

Other Articles:
QUICK FIRE! Readers respond.
OBSERVATION POST: New and forthcoming products
FULL PAPER JACKET: New books
WI AWARDS 2020: Winners of the 2020 Wargames Illustrated Awards
BUILDING ST. NAZAIRE: Building a model of the port of St. Nazaire
AMERICAN CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELDS: Topography
SPQR SLAVE REVOLT: Scenario for SPQR Revised Edition
THE SUNLESS RIVER: Riverine scenario for Frostgrave
DESIGNER'S NOTES: THE INTELLIGENT WARGAMES TABLE: Valkyrx Gaming and the future of gaming
FRAME FOCUS: GREEK HOPLITES: All about the hoplites
1 vol, 116 pgs 2021 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-226241 Erize, Alvaro & Francisco RISE OF ROME V1: From the Foundation of Rome and Taras to war with Pyrrhus Through the pages of this imaginary interview, Horace, renowned poet and Historian of the times of Caesar Augustus, relates to us the tale of Rome's incredible rise as the hegemonic power of the Mediterranean.

Legend and chronicle, myth and history, intertwine in the words of this wise, smiling and patient poet of simple tastes. And through his 'conversation' with our author, Angelo, we are immersed in the daily life and customs of ancient Rome, understanding not just what happened, but why, and how it was perceived and assimilated at the time.

To Angelo's gripping prose, Rise of Rome adds his beautiful drawings, depicting in full color both the major events that forged the ancient world and everyday scenes that transport us to the time in which the story is told. 1 vol, 330 pgs 2020 US, FIGHTING HEDGEHOG
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1-226330 Fratantuono, Lee ROMAN CONQUEST: Mesopotamia & Arabia Explores the Roman invasions and military operations in two distinct yet related areas: Mesopotamia and Arabia. In these far-flung regions of the ancient known world, Rome achieved the greatest point of expansion in the history of her Empire. Under the reign of the Emperor Trajan, the Roman Empire reached the point of maximum expansion made famous by maps of the world circa AD 120. Includes eight pages of color illustrations plus maps.

Under the Severans, significant efforts were expended on a Roman dream of linking the two regions into one mighty provincial bulwark against Eastern enemies. Individual chapters detail the history of the conquest of these easternmost territories of the Empire, analyzing the opposing armies involved (Roman, Parthian, Sassanian, Arab) and the reasons for success and failure. The story of how Rome won and lost her Far East territories offers a paradigm for the rise and fall of the greatest military empire of the ancient world. 1 vol, 192 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-226320 Hughes, Ian A MILITARY LIFE OF CONSTANTINE THE GREAT Analysis of the strengths, organization, weapons, and tactics of the Roman army Constantine inherited and his military reforms. Assesses whether Constantine would have deserved the title 'the Great' for his military achievements alone, or whether the epithet depends upon the gratitude of Christian historians. Covers all of his campaigns.

Much of Constantine I's claim to lasting fame rests upon his sponsorship of Christianity, and many works have been published assessing whether his apparent conversion was a real religious experience or a cynical political maneuver. However his path to sole rule of the Roman Empire depended more upon the ruthless application of military might than upon his espousal of Christianity. He fought numerous campaigns, many of them against Roman rivals for Imperial power, most famously defeating Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. 1 vol, 288 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-226350 Livingston, Michael and Kelly DeVries 1066: A Guide to the Battles and the Campaigns The Battle of Hastings and its surrounding campaigns. Covers the journeys by which Harold Godwinson and William of Normandy came to the battlefield, and the latest reconstructions of the course of the fighting on that momentous day. Also a visitor's guide for to the battlefield and various associated sites. Includes 130 color illustrations1 vol, 224 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-914027G Di Silva, Pacal VAE VICTUS BOARD GAME # 27: Infini Regret III French Wars of Religion, 1562 - 1598 - The battle of Moncontour, 1569 The Peace of Longjumeau, signed on 23 March 1568, ended the second Wars of Religion but was fragile. The royal power no longer trusted the prince of Conde, leader of the Protestant party. A few months after the signing, the Catholics attempted to capture the prince of Conde and Admiral Coligny by surprise. The plot failed and the Protestant commanders reassembled with their armies and took refuge at La Rochelle. Thus began the campaign constituting the third War of Religion at the end of the summer of 1568.

On 3 October 1569, the two armies faced off near Moncontour. De Coligny did not want to engage in battle, knowing he was outnumbered. However, German mercenaries among his troops were unhappy at not being paid and precipitated the movement. The Catholic troops were better prepared, greater in number, and more heavily armed and easily pushed back the assault of the Protestants who were forced into a disorderly retreat. Although it barely lasted two hours, this battle resulted in between 6000 and 10.000 men dead or taken prisoner on the side of the Protestants compared to 1000 for the Catholics. The Swiss soldiers of the Royal Army spared no lansquenet in retaliation for La Roche-L'Abeille.

Components: Two 59 x 41 cm maps (one printed front and back); 216 die-cut counters and markers; 1 rule book including scenarios; and 1 color player aid.
1 vol, 24 pgs 2021 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
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1-226240 Quereng HUSSITE WARFARE The Armies, Equipment, Tactics and Campaigns 1419-1437. With the outbreak of the Hussite Revolution in 1419, Bohemia found itself opposed by a superior force of European crusader armies. German knighthood was experiencing its last heyday. But the Bohemian heretics' army, under the leadership of energetic commanders like Jan Ziska, developed tactics with which they won one battle after another. The employment of the defensive Wagenburg ('wagon castle') and intensive use of the first cannon as field artillery brought them many successes. Includes 64 mostly color illustrations, 10 maps, and 18 color plates by Sascha Lunyakov. 1 vol, 144 pgs 2020 GERMANY, BERLIN ZINNFIGUREN
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1-226270 Kidder, william REVOLUTIONARY PRINCETON 1774-1783: The Biography of an American Town in the Heart of a Civil War The battles of Trenton and Princeton have been the subject of several recent books, but this story complements them by expanding the story to include the many experiences of the people of Princeton in the wider Revolution and their contributions to it. This story combines social history with the better known military and political history of the Revolution. It does not just deal with amorphous groups and institutions, but rather with individuals working with and affected by various groups on both sides of the conflict. Readers can identify with real people they get to know in the story. This story of Princeton unfolds in narrative format and, while deeply researched, reads more like a novel than an academic study. 20+ maps and other b/w illust1 vol, 302 pgs 2020 US, THE KNOX PRESS
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1-226250 McIntyre, James JOHANN EWALD: Jaeger Commander Johann Ewald began as a commoner in one of the states of the Holy Roman Empire who rose above the constraints of his time. As a soldier he fought in all of the great conflict of the latter 18th century, the Seven Years' War, the American War of Independence, and the Napoleonic Wars. He keenly recorded his observations of both the people he met and places he encountered throughout these adventures. Through all of his experiences, he remained a soldiers' soldier. Due to his observations on the conduct of irregular warfare in his time, he has become an important authority on 18th century small-unit tactics. 1 vol, 388 pgs 2021 US, THE KNOX PRESS
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1-226260 Price, David JOHN HASLET'S WORLD: An Ardent Patriot, the Delaware Blues, and the Spirit of 1776 Bio of Colonel John Haslet, an Irish immigrant to the American colonies who made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for his adopted country. During this pivotal moment in America's war for independence against Great Britain, a newborn nation struggled to survive against a militarily superior force deployed by a mighty empire.

This is also a chronicle of the inspirational leadership and service of the Delaware Regiment that Haslet formed and guided, told as part of a more wide-ranging narrative about the 1776 campaign of Washington's army. That battered but resilient force faced the prospect of total defeat in the winter of 1776-1777 as the quest for American independence hung in the balance. 1 vol, 302 pgs 2020 US, THE KNOX PRESS
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1-226280 Price, David THE ROAD TO ASSUNPINK CREEK: Liberty's Desperate Hour and the Ten Crucial Days of the American Revolution The battles of Trenton and Princeton have been the subject of several recent books, but this story complements them by expanding the story to include the many experiences of the people of Princeton in the wider Revolution and their contributions to it. This story combines social history with the better known military and political history of the Revolution. It does not just deal with amorphous groups and institutions, but rather with individuals working with and affected by various groups on both sides of the conflict. Readers can identify with real people they get to know in the story. 1 vol, 268 pgs 2019 US, THE KNOX PRESS
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2-218500 Blaxland, Gregory AMIENS 1918: From Disaster to Victory Concentrates on the British and Dominion troops of the BEF during 1918. The first half is taken up with the attack on Amiens (and, to a lesser extent, on Arras). The second half provides a cohesive account of the British response in retaking the initiative from the Germans. Also includes critical commentary of the performance of armies and generals and 32 black and white illustrations.

In 1918, despite almost destroying Fifth Army and advancing within ten miles of the crucial rail head city of Amiens, the Germans failed to take the city. Reinforced by substantial numbers of American troops, the allies launched a successful counterattack on 18 July. Shortly afterwards, on 8 August, the BEF (with some French support) attacked with Fourth Army before Amiens and was stunningly successful -- what Ludendorff described as the 'Black Day of the German Army'. There followed a sequence of blows by all the allies along the Western Front, pushing the Germans back to the borders.
1 vol, 288 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-226340 Doherty, Richard A NOBLE CRUSADE: The History of the Eighth Army, 1941-1945 First published in 1999, this offers a comprehensive history of the British Eighth Army that was formed in Egypt in September 1941. A year later, under Montgomery, it defeated Rommel's Panzerarmee Afrika at El Alamein which led to the victorious end of the North African campaign at Tunis in May 1943. Landings in Sicily and a slugfest up the Italian peninsula followed. With soldiers drawn from every Empire and Commonwealth country, its troops were awarded 34 Victoria Crosses. Includes 32 black and white illustrations. 1 vol, 368 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-226310 READ, Simon THE IRON SEA: How the Allies Hunted and Destroyed Hitler's Warships The campaign against Germany's surface fleet, including the Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Tirpitz, and Bismarck, would continue into the dying days of WWII and involve everything from massive warships engaged in bloody, fire-drenched battle to daring commando raids in German occupied harbors. Uses official war diaries, combat reports, eyewitness accounts, and personal letters to highlight actions and events. ing and gripping story of the Allied heroes who fought on a watery battlefield. 1 vol, 336 pgs 2020 US, HACHETTE PRESS
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1-226290 Wales, Solace BRAIDED IN FIREBlack GIs and Tuscan Villagers on the Gothic Line 1944 Covers the cultures and relationships of the 92nd Infantry in and after the Battle of Garfagnana in Tuscany, Italy. Although the military action and tragic inaction of certain senior officers is described in detail, the book tells of the human toll of war: the drama, the folly, and the heartache. 1 vol, 268 pgs 2020 US, THE KNOX PRESS
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1-226300 Wheelan. Joseph BLOODY OKONAWA: The Last Great Battle of World War II Covers the final major WWII battle in the Pacific that started on April 1, 1945 and pitted more than 184,000 US troops against nearly 140,000 Japanese and auxiliary soldiers dug into fortified hills and ridges. Under constant fire and in the rain and mud, the Americans battered the defenders with artillery, aerial bombing, naval gunfire, and every infantry tool. Waves of Japanese kamikaze and conventional warplanes sank 36 warships, damaged 368 others, and killed nearly 5,000 US sailors. When the slugfest ended after 82 days, more than 125,000 enemy soldiers, 7,500 US ground troops, and more than 100,000 Okinawan civilians perished. 1 vol, 432 pgs 2020 US, HACHETTE PRESS
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1-914154 various VAE VICTIS # 154 Angola 1987-1988 Difficulty: 6/10; Solo-playability: 4/10; Duration: 3-4 hours; One turn equals 1 month; Scale: Liaison between two zones: 200-400 km; Units: 1 counter = 1 brigade or 1 battalion of between 250 - 2500 men.

The year 1987-1988 was a turning point in the war in Angola. Since 1975, a murderous civil war opposed two sides: the government with the single party, the MPLA, supported by the Soviet Union and Cuba, and Jonas Savimbi's UNITA, supported by the United States and the South African Republic. To break the stalemate, the government decides to launch operation 'Greeting October' during the dry season. This operation would put an end of the conflict by seizing UNITA's capital, Jamba, located in the southeastern corner of the country. But, they hadn't counted on the armed South African forces (SADF) and their game-changing 'modular' and 'hooper-packer' operations. Swept along the Lomba River, the government forces withdrew to the small town of Cuito Cuanavale where they were besieged for several months.

Faced with this situation, the Cuban government (and Fidel Castro) launched Operation '31st Anniversary' to push back the South African forces and ensure the survival of the regime. A great airlift was dispatched with the Cuban contingent of more than 50,000 men, enabling the city of Cuito Cuanavale to resist and push back the SADF to beyond the Namibian border.

Diplomacy in 1988 allowed the joint departure of the Cubans and South Africans and enabled the independence of Namibia.
1 vol, 84 pgs 2021 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
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2-226360 Venter, Al GUNSHIP ACE: The Wars of Neall Ellis, Helicopter Pilot and Mercenary A memoir of his mercenary service in Africa, particularly Sierra Leone, of flying helicopter missions 1 vol, 368 pgs 2020 US, CASEMATE
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