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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-UMEG031 MORTEM ET GLORIAM 15mm STARTER ARMY: Achaemenid Persian Army 15mm Persian figures: 3 x mounted command; 6 x foot command; 6 x Satrapal cavalry;12 x Iranian Cavalry; 14 x Immortals; 28 x Sparabara; and 8 x horse archers. Some assembly required, no spears included.1 vol, 87 pgs 2021 UK, PLASTIC SOLDIER
NEW-box, available mid October 2021 ......$63.00 inc

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1-916463 various MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue # 463 Issue 463 of Miniature Wargames and we have another great selection of rules and scenarios.

Stargrave: Stuck in the Middle scenario

Battle Systems: Q&A plus a construction guide for a Market Stall card miniature

Battle of Maida: July 1806 scenario plus free downloadable rules.

Command Decision: La Haye Sainte 1815 scenario

A Policeman's Lot: Sci-fi scenario set in the Hellfire universe but equally adaptable to almost any background.

When the Boat Comes In: WWII 20mm scenario and simple rules

Scratch build: Roman/Gaul defense tower that is historically apt but inspired by the cartoon strip Asterix!

Club Spotlight: Boscombe Down & Amesbury Wargames Club.

Defence in Depth: Figure and rules reviews.

Quartermaster: Scenery and accessories reviews

Forward Observer: News

Recce: Book reviews.

Last Word Features the Editor1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
NEW-pb, available mid October 2021 ......$10.00 inc

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2-12590 Heath, Ian ARMIES OF THE DARK AGES: 600AD-1066AD Reprinted here in its complete 1980 second edition with an updated bibliography.

Spans the period from 600 AD to 1066 and describes Byzantine, Sub-Roman, Pictish, Irish, Visigothic, Lombard, Merovingian, Carolingian, Ottonian, Viking, Russian, Slav, Avar, Khazar, Magyar, Bulgar, Pecheneg, Ghuzz, Alan, Armenian, Sassanid, Arab, Andalusian, Near Eastern, Saxon, Norman, Italian and Spanish armies.

It examines tactics and strategy, organization and formations as well as providing a detailed guide to the dress and equipment of the armies of the period. Comprehensive illustrations complement the text and the result is a wealth of information for anyone interested in the warfare of the time. Long out of print, the book has been a source of inspiration to wargamers and academic historians alike.1 vol, 220 pgs 2015 UK, WARGAMES RESEARCH GRP PUBLICATIONS
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1-228360 van Dop, Peter BELLOLUDI RIFLES: Skirmish Rules for the Period 1700-1865 Rules & Cards Bundle: Skirmish game for the period of 1700-1865 covering American War of Independence, Napoleonic Wars, and other wars.1 vol, 20 pgs 2021 NETHERLANDS, BELLOLUDI
NEW-pb, available mid October 2021 ......$49.00 inc

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1-228300 Grant, David THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT: The Truth Behind the Death that Changed the Graeco-Persian World Forever Alexander the Great conquered the largest empire the world had ever seen while still in his twenties but fell fatally ill in Babylon before reaching 33 years old. His wife Roxanne was still pregnant with what would be his only legitimate son, so there was no clear-cut heir. The surviving accounts of his dying days differ on crucial detail, with the most popular version claiming Alexander uttered 'to the strongest' when asked to nominate a successor on his deathbed. Decades of 'civil war' ensued as Alexander's hard-won empire was torn asunder by generals in the bloody 'funeral games' his alleged final words heralded in. The fighting for supremacy inevitably led to the extermination of his bloodline.

But was Alexander really so short-sighted and irresponsible?

Presents a compelling case for the 'greatest succession cover up of all time' by deciphering and interpreting events that led to the will's erasure from history by the generals who wanted to carve up the empire for themselves.1 vol, 368 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-228280 Whitby, Michael THE WARS OF JUSTINIAN I Recaps and analyzes all of Justinian I's campaigns based on a full range of sources. Examines the Roman army of the period, considering its equipment, organization, leadership, strategy and tactics, and considers the longer-term impact of Justinian's military ventures on the stability of the empire.

Justinian I was the last great conquering Roman emperor, who dramatically increased the size of his realm although he never actually led an army in person. His long reign (527-565) was devoted to the challenging project of renovatio imperii, that is the renovation of Empire. His was the will and vision behind campaigns that saw the reconquest of Rome itself and Italy from the Ostrogoths, North Africa from the Vandals, and parts of Spain from the Visigoths. These grand schemes were largely accomplished through the services of two talented generals, Belisarius and Narses, and in spite of the distractions of wars against the Persians in the east for most of his reign and the devastation caused by bubonic plague.1 vol, 304 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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2-26340 Heath, Ian ARMIES OF FEUDAL EUROPE: 1066-1300 Reprint of the 1989 second edition. Includes details of armies from Andalusia, Bulgaria, England, Estonia, France, the Holy Roman Empire, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, the Ordensstaat of the Teutonic Knights, the Earldom of Orkney, the Papal State, Poland, Prussia, Lithuania, the Low Countries, Kievan Russia, Scandinavia, Scotland, Serbia, Sicily, Spain, Venice, Wales and Wendland.1 vol, 280 pgs 2015 UK, WARGAMES RESEARCH GRP PUBLICATIONS
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2-34840 Heath, Ian ARMIES AND ENEMIES OF THE CRUSADES: 1096-1291 Revised 2nd edition contains information on the organization of the various armies, descriptions of the major battles of the period, and information on the dress and equipment of the armies illustrated by the usual line drawings. It contains information about the Franks, Hospitallers, Templars, Armenians, Syrians, Seljuks, Fatamids, Ayyubids, Mamluks, Assassins, Byzantines, Georgians, Mongols and Ilkhanids.1 vol, 194 pgs 2019 UK, WARGAMES RESEARCH GRP PUBLICATIONS
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1-228250 Sylvester, Peer BRIAN BORU: High King of Ireland -- Eurogame Ireland is awash with would-be kings, power-hungry pretenders, and self-professed rulers. The provinces are in disarray, and the common folk are paying the price. The land needs a leader.
In Brian Boru, players will strive to unite Ireland under their domain, securing control through might, cunning, and matrimony. Join forces to fend off Viking invaders, build monasteries to extend your influence, and gather support in towns and villages throughout the land. To become High King of all Ireland, you will need to navigate a web of shifting alliances, outmaneuver your enemies, and grab history by the reins. Includes rules in English and German.

Number of players: 3-5
Ages: 14+
Play time: 60-90 minutes
Components: Board, 46 cards, 139 tokens, 125 wooden discs1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-box, available late October 2021 ......$55.00 DISCOUNT:15% inc

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1-227202 Sutton, Paul THE ANGLO-SPANISH WAR 1655-1660 Volume 2: War in Jamaica In 1655, England's Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell sent a fleet to attack and seize Spanish possessions in South America as part of effort to influence international events for political, religious, and commercial reasons. chose to attacked a weakened Spain in the West Indies believing it a soft target. In late 1654 possibly the largest military force to date ever to leave English shores set sail from Portsmouth under the command of General Robert Venables and Admiral William Penn.

Describes the reasons for war with Spain, the army and fleet assembled at Cromwell's bidding and its objective. The attack on Hispaniole in April 1655 will be explained in detail along with the reasons for its failure as will the occupation of Jamaica as will the beginnings of the Spanish war of resistance. A subsequent volume will recount the war on Jamaica from the end of 1655 until 1660. Includes 18 color illustrations.1 vol, 318 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-pb, available mid October 2021 ......$50.00 DISCOUNT:15% inc

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1-219584 Mugnai, Bruno WAR AND SOLDIERS IN THE EARLY REIGN OF LOUIS XIV: Volume 4: The Armies of Spain and Portugal, 1660-1687 Describes actions, organization, uniforms, and equipment of the Spanish and Portuguese armies of this age using archive's sources and unpublished iconography.

It has been a commonly held historical belief that in the second half of the 17th century, the Spanish army suffered such catastrophic defeats that it effectively brought about the collapse of the state as a major player on the European stage. The wars, fought out in Catalonia, Franche Comte, Flanders, and Italy, resulted in a series of substantial defeats for Spain.

The forces of Louis XIV carried all before them. Spain's ability to fend off the French monarch's assault was not eased by the fact that, at the same time, Spain had faced the Portuguese in the Iberian Peninsula, the English in the Caribbean, the Algerians in Melilla, as well as further insidious French assault in southern Italy and in the colonies. In this regard, it would be more correct to consider this age as a period of resilience, rather than military defeats. Equally superficially, the Portuguese War of Independence too was considered as a peripheral conflict of minor interest, while it also involved France and England in addition to the countries directly concerned.1 vol, 386 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-ATO2019 various AGAINST THE ODDS 2019 ANNUAL: La Vendee 1793 Wargame This area movement game depicts the first Royalist rising in 1793, centering on the 'White' player's attempt to capture and hold Republican fortresses. If all goes well, the English may enter the fray. Meanwhile 'Blue' Republican armies attempt to overwhelm their weaker foe and implement a scorched-earth policy while partisans harry their every move. Event cards present both sides with opportunities and challenges.

Interactive system uses cards to move armies, offering high replay value, while players move partisans and detachments without cards. Fortress siege, British intervention, and optional rule that sends Napoleon Bonaparte to the Vendee instead of Toulon are all part of the rebellion. Good for miniatures campaign use, too.

Also includes a magazine with historical articles.

Game Components: One full color 22x34-inch mapsheet; 176 full color 5/8-inch die-cut counters, 26 cards, rules booklet; Complexity: Medium.1 vol, 60 pgs 2021 US, AGAINST THE ODDS
NEW-game, available early October 2021 ......$50.00 DISCOUNT:10% inc

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1-89672 Marrion, Bob UNIFORMS OF THE FRANCO PRUSSIAN WAR: Volume 2 Bob's last unfinished work is edited by Franco-Prussian War expert Steve Shann, who has moulded this work on what the French actually wore on campaign. It's a fine companion to the Prussian volume, and a tribute to Bob's legacy. Includes 40 color uniform plates and photos.1 vol, 172 pgs 2021 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
NEW-pb, available mid October 2021 ......$58.00 inc

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1-228340 Bruhn, David READY TO HAUL, READY TO FIGHT: U.S. Navy, Royal Australian Navy, and British Merchant Navy Cargo Ships in the Pacific in World War II U.S. Navy cargo ships, among the most unglamorous military vessels, kept the supply lines running through the incredible expanses of the Pacific battle zones in World War II. This involved shuttling cargos of gasoline, explosives, and supplies between forward bases on an erratic, unpredictable war-time schedule. The tedious days of slow cruising were broken by an occasional enemy air raid in some atoll harbor, and the rugged work of loading and unloading cargo. Although some cargo ships exhibited the informality of tramp steamers, they got results.

Cargo ships able to carry amphibious landing craft routinely steamed with other assault forces into enemy-held beachheads, and disembarked supplies and personnel under fire. A dozen or so Royal Australian Navy stores-issuing ships lived a perilous existence plying dangerous Japanese-patrolled northern Australian waters, and the coast off Papua New Guinea.

In 1945, when the British Pacific Fleet joined Allied combat operations against Japan, they brought their own 'fleet train.' This Logistics Service Force was the most extraordinary, motley collection of shipping ever assembled in British maritime history - one that included, presumably for fleet morale, a floating brewery. Includes 168 photographs, maps and diagrams; appendices; a bibliography; and an index to full names, places, and subjects add value to this work.1 vol, 394 pgs 2021 US, HERITAGE BOOKS
NEW-pb, available mid October 2021 ......$35.00 inc

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1-228320 Degtev, Dmitry AIR BATTLE FOR MOSCOW: 1941-1942 The book presents the air battle for Moscow, describing in detail the actions of the aircrew on both sides. On 22 July 1941, Operation Clara Zetkin, the Luftwaffe's aerial assault on Moscow, began. But the Luftwaffe was opposed by the 'Stalin's Falcons', the elite 6th Air Defence Corps, which defended the Soviet capital with a determination which saw bitter duels to the death and horrendous casualties on both sides.

Details of losses, biographical outlines of the key individuals, analyses of the different aircraft and a full chronology of the battle are presented, as well as numerous exclusive photos, documents, and drawings. Also tells of the fate of German pilots caught in Russian captivity, and the adventures of those who were able to survive and escape from the Russian executioners. Many myths concerning the battle are also challenged, such as the often-stated belief that Moscow's anti-aircraft defenses were the most powerful in the world and that it was the Soviets who were the finest pilots.1 vol, 256 pgs 2021 UK, AIR WORLD
NEW-pb ......$35.00 DISCOUNT:15% inc

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1-228290 Nash, Douglas VICTORY WAS BEYOND THEIR GRASP: With the 272nd Volks-Grenadier Division from the Huertgen Forest to the Heart of the Reich New, revised edition.

Often confused with the Volkssturm (Home Guard militia), Volks-Grenadier Divisions have suffered an undeserved reputation as second-rate formations, filled with young boys and old men suited to serve only as cannon fodder. VGDs were conceived as a new, elite corps loyal to the National Socialist Party composed of men from all branches of Hitler's Wehrmacht and equipped with the finest ground combat weapons available.

Whether fighting from defensive positions or spearheading offensives such as the Battle of the Bulge, VGDs initially gave a good account of themselves in battle. Using previously unpublished unit records, Allied intelligence and interrogation reports and above all interviews with survivors, the author has crafted an in-depth look at a late-war German infantry company, including many photographs from the veterans themselves. In this book we follow along with the men of the 272nd VGD's Fusilier Company from their first battles in the Huertgen Forest to their final defeat in the Harz Mountains. Along the way we learn the enormous potential of VGDs . . . and feel their soldiers' heartbreak at their failure.1 vol, 416 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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1-228310 Neuber, Claus MARCHING FROM DEFEAT: Surviving the Collapse of the German Army in the Soviet Union, 1944 A young German artillery officer's graphic first-hand account of his escape from Soviet captivity during the Red Army's offensive on the Eastern Front in 1944. Records in day-to-day detail what such a bitter defeat was like and shows how individual soldiers somehow survived through their bravery, ingenuity and endurance. After almost 70 days as a fugitive, living in the open, depending on the kindness of villagers, enduring extremes of cold, wet and hunger, and living each day with the ever-present threat of betrayal and imprisonment, he found his way back to the German lines. Translated for the first time from the original German.1 vol, 272 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-228270 Simon Forty, Patrick Hook, Nik Cornish RED ARMY INTO THE REICH A detailed narrative of how the Red Army pushed west and into Berlin in 1945. Combines campaign recaps, and contemporary photographs and maps with images of memorials, battlefield survivors, and then & now views. It may come as a surprise to the western reader to see how many memorials there are to Russia's Great Patriotic War and those to the losses suffered by the countries who spent so long under the murderous Nazi regime.

For writers and historians who concentrate on the Western Allies and the battles in France and the Low Countries, the Eastern Front comes as a shock. The sheer size of both the territories and the forces involved; the savagery of both weather and the fighting; the appalling suffering of the civilian populations of all countries and the wreckage of towns and cities-it's no wonder that words like Armageddon are used to describe the annihilation.1 vol, 256 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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1-228260 Webster A.J. WINGS OF THE MOTHERLAND: The Air War Over Russia -- 1941-1945 Fourth volume in the Fighting Wings game series (begun with Whistling Death); this volume covers air-air and air-ground combat on the Eastern Front from 1941-45. Includes streamlined 3rd edition series rules with smoother, cleaner mechanics. Includes 48 aircraft (most being new to the series), 2 doublesided maps, 630 counters, 150 air-air and 60 air-ground/anti-shipping scenarios, 16 naval vessel types. Packaged in a double-thick case box.1 vol, 0 pgs 2020 US, CLASH OF ARMS
NEW-box, available early October 2021 ......$150.00 DISCOUNT:10% inc

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1-228330 Wolcoff, Edward SPECIAL RECONNAISSANCE AND ADVANCED SMALL UNIT PATROLLING: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures for Special Operations Forces Tactical treatise tailored to the military Special Operations, intelligence, and paramilitary-law enforcement communities and other interested parties with an aim to increase the effectiveness and lethality of SpecOps personnel and units, while saving the lives of SpecOps personnel engaged in high-risk operations. This compilation preserves valuable tradecraft and covers the gamut of specialized SR topics ranging from operational planning and preparation, through execution, logistics and command and control - all in substantial trade-craft detail.

Describes and analyzes specific missions as historical examples of special reconnaissance (SR) operations, with some emphasis on lessons-learned from Military Assistance Command Vietnam - Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG). 1 vol, 336 pgs 2021 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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