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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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1-228410 BOLT ACTION: 28mm British & Inter-Allied Commandos Box contains 30 plastic infantry 28mm figures, bases, and decals. Assembly required.

The Commandos established an extraordinary reputation for dash and bravery in World War II. Formed in 1940 by order of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill with the express goal of taking the fight back to the apparently unstoppable German armed forces that had thrown the British Expeditionary Force out of France with such apparent ease. An all-volunteer force, they recruited from all parts of the armed services. Indeed there were Army commandos, Naval commandos and the Inter-Allied Commando regiment which included nationalities such as the Belgians, Polish, Dutch and others.1 vol, 30 pgs 2021 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-228420 BOLT ACTION: 28mm Italian Army & Blackshirts Box contains 30 plastic 28mm highly customizable Italian Infantry, with decal sheet and assembly guide.

The Italian uniform changed several times during the course of the war and we chose the pattern that could best represent a wide array of troops, at different times during the war, and in different theatres of operation. At 28mm scale, these are ideal to represent M37 or M40 tunics. We have also included the Camiciotto Sahariana pullover smock for added variety. A wide variety of headgear for the Italian Army and Blackshirts are included - M33 steel helmets, Bustina cap, M1935 pith helmet, Blackshirt soft fez & Blackshirt hard fez.

Weaponry includes the M91/41 rifle, M91/38 Carcano Cavalry Carbine, M38A Beretta SMG, M38 Carcano carbine, M1934, 9mm Beretta pistol and Breda M30 LMG. Not only that but the sprue contains masses of optional extras such as two types of gas mask bags, goggles, bayonets, combat knives, etc.1 vol, 30 pgs 2021 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-VXA047 VICTRIX EARLY IMPERIAL AUXILIARY ARCHERS: 28mm Plastic Miniatures This set includes 24 highly detailed plastic miniatures: 12 Western Roman Archers and 12 Eastern Roman Archers. Designed with different body positions and multiple head/quiver options to give you a bit more freedom when creating your miniatures. You can also use command figures from the Auxiliary Infantry set to explore even more body options and create additional archers for your army.

The Eastern Archers can also be used in western field armies and likewise Western Archers can be used in eastern based armies and garrisons. There is evidence of the Easter/Syrian archers on Hadrian's wall and fighting in the Dacian wars alongside western style archers.1 vol, 60 pgs 2021 UK, VICTRIX LTD
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1-226742 Heath, Peter FORGOTTEN BATTLES FROM OPERATION HUSKY: The Invasion of Sicily, July 1943. Includes 20 full scenarios, all at 1:1 scale, and up to battalion size, as well as an overview account of the campaign. Unit types and armour involved in the campaign are all present, representing the Americans, the British, the Germans (including Fallschirmjagers) and Italians. Tanks go from the diminutive French R35 tank to the mighty Tiger. 1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, VICRIX
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1-954152 Various ANCIENT WARFARE: Volume 15.2 The Batavian Revolt Theme: The Batavian Revolt

The Year of the Four Emperors ... Almost Five - The Batavian Revolt
Martial Rape and the Batavian Revolt - Shameful Behavior
When Germanic Warriors Aren't Germanic - Tacitus' Stereotypes
Germanic Warriors and Amphibious Warfare - No Barrier to Battle
The End of the Batavian Revolt - Mopping Up
Ala I Batavorum Milliaria in Roman Dacia - After the Revolt

Features:

Securis, Bipennis, and Dolabra in Combat - Tales of the Axe
The Theban Sacred Band at Chaeronea - Buried in a Brother's Arms
Why the Classical Greeks Avoided Pitched Battle - Less Danger, More Profit
A Roman Officer Writes Home (P. Mich. 8.465) - The Privileges of Rank
Looking After the Weapons - The armorum custos1 vol, 84 pgs 2021 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-962114 Various MEDIEVAL WARFARE: Volume 11.4 Vlad the Impaler Theme: Vlad the Impaler at War

Ruling Wallachia During a Turbulent era - The Reign of Vlad II Dracul
The Life and Times of Vlad III (1429-176) - A Timeline of the Impaler
The Night Attacks that Made Vlad Famous - Dracula Against Mehmed the Conqueror
The 1476 Campaign in Serbia and Bosnia - Vlad's Sequel
From Literature to Film - The Postmedieval Dracula

Features:

Venice, Genoa, and Pisa in the Levant - The War of St Sabas, 1256-1258
English Resistance after the Norman Conquest - Hereward and the Siege of Ely
The English Militiaman in the Fourteenth century, part II - From Hobelars to Archers
Fifteenth-Century Wrought-Iron cannons - Mons Meg and her Sisters
Mock Battles and Skilled Manoeuvres - Equestrian Games
When Constitutionalism was in Vogue, but not War - The Rise of the Modern Historical Profession
Archiepiscopal Warfighting in Thirteenth-Century Iberia - Rodrigo Ximenez de Rada
Part Psychology, Part Appearance - Castles and Defence1 vol, 84 pgs 2021 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARY
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2-75140 Boeri, Gianncarlo ARMY OF THE DUTCHY OF SAVOY 1688-1713 A revised edition of his work on the Army of Savoy 1688-1713. The title has changed to the 'Army of the Duke of Savoy 1688-1713.'

The greatest change has been the addition of 20 color plates by Robert Hall. Also, the text includes minor changes and additions and also greatly expanded footnotes that increased the text from 27 pages to 51 pages. 1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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2-75150 Goldberg, Claus-Peter & Robert Hall ARMY OF THE ELECTORATE PALATINE: 1690-1716 CD and PDF contain text along with 28 plates plates with multiple b/w & color images per plate. 1 vol, 150 pgs 2021 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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2-211980 Hall, Robert UNIFORMS AND FLAGS CD: The Armies of Hanover, Celle, and Brunswick - 1670-1715 CD and PDF contains new, updated information.

No. of color plates:
Hanover: 55: incl. 13 cavalry, 4 dragoons, 19 infantry
Celle 15: incl. 3 cavalry, 2 dragoons, 8 infantry
Brunswick 27: incl. 5 cavalry, 4 dragoons, 9 infantry

With regard to Hanover we have found extensive, previously unknown, material both on flags and standards from 1674-1700 as well as very complete uniform information, especially for the period 1682-1694, while a significant document written by the Celle colonels documented the differences between the armies in 1705.1 vol, 248 pgs 2021 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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2-220010 Hall, Robert STANDARD & UNIFORMS OF FRENCH CAVALRY 1688-1714: 2nd Edition (2019) This 2nd edition compilation is a CD (not a book).

This Second Edition contains 258 pages and 75 color plates detailing over 133 units. A more comprehensive look at French cavalry in the period 1688-1714 would be difficult to find.1 vol, 336 pgs 2021 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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2-221170 Hall, Robert GUIDONS & UNIFORMS OF FRENCH DRAGOONS 1688-1714: 2nd Edition (2019) The first edition of French Dragoons was published in 2001. In 2015, a supplement was published with additional information gleaned from archival research. This 2nd edition contains both as well as new research.

A number of visits to the Minutier Central des Notaires de Paris in the Archives Nationales in Paris in 2018 generated the analysis and documentation of notary contracts for uniforms. There are 134 pages of text, which include copies of these notary contracts; and there are 48 color plates many of which illustrate the new information gleaned from these contracts.1 vol, 160 pgs 2021 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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2-74810 Hall, Robert FLAGS & UNIFORMS OF THE FRENCH INFANTRY 1688-1714 CD and PDF contain text along with 115 plates plates with multiple b/w & color images per plate.1 vol, 262 pgs 2021 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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2-75160 Hall, Robert ARMIES OF MECKLENBURG & HOLSTEIN-GOTTORP 1650-1719 CD and PDF contain text. Holstein is covered in eight plates and Mecklenburg is covered in 16 plates with multiple color and black and white uniform illustrations and flags per plate.1 vol, 112 pgs 2021 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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2-84610 Hall, Robert FLAGS & UNIFORMS OF THE ARMY OF HESSE-KASSELL CD and PDF contain text along with 23 plates plates with multiple b/w & color images per plate. 1 vol, 169 pgs 2021 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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2-201440 Hall, Robert and Stanford, Ian and Roumegoux, Yves UNIFORMS AND FLAGS OF THE DUTCH ARMY AND THE ARMY OF LIEGE 1685-1715 New revised edition with 450+ text pages and 70 color plates.1 vol, 520 pgs 2021 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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2-74820 Kuhn, August revised by Hall, Robert FLAGS & UNIFORMS OF THE AUSTRIAN ARMY 1701-1714 CD and PDF contain 260+ pages and 56 color plates. This is a completely new revision and update of the Kuhnbooklet with all 'new' plates.1 vol, 318 pgs 2021 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-228370 Nash, N S BETRAYAL OF AN ARMY: Mesopotamia 1914-1916 Hardback version.

The British invasion of Mesopotamia was initially successful in securing the oil fields around Basra by November 1914. Despite evidence of stiffening Turkish resistance and inadequate supply lines which relied solely on the River Tigris, the Expeditionary Force was disastrously ordered to advance on Baghdad under the command of the ambitious, capable but flawed Major General Charles Townshend.

After a Pyrrhic victory at Ctesiphon in November 1915 the British were forced to withdraw to Kut. After a five-month siege Townshend had little option but to surrender due to heavy losses and inadequate supplies. Re-examines the circumstances and personalities that brought about such a disastrous and costly outcome to a classic example of 'mission creep'.

Such was the humiliation and loss of life that the British Parliament ordered a Mesopotamia Commission to be set up. This attributed responsibility and blame to the toxic combination of incompetent leadership and wholesale military misjudgment.1 vol, 320 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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2-228370 Nash, N S BETRAYAL OF AN ARMY: Mesopotamia 1914-1916 Softcover version.

The British invasion of Mesopotamia was initially successful in securing the oil fields around Basra by November 1914. Despite evidence of stiffening Turkish resistance and inadequate supply lines which relied solely on the River Tigris, the Expeditionary Force was disastrously ordered to advance on Baghdad under the command of the ambitious, capable but flawed Major General Charles Townshend.

After a pyrrhic victory at Ctesiphon in November 1915 the British were forced to withdraw to Kut. After a five-month siege Townshend had little option but to surrender due to heavy losses and inadequate supplies. Re-examines the circumstances and personalities that brought about such a disastrous and costly outcome to a classic example of 'mission creep'.

Such was the humiliation and loss of life that the British Parliament ordered a Mesopotamia Commission to be set up. This attributed responsibility and blame to the toxic combination of incompetent leadership and wholesale military misjudgment.1 vol, 320 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-228380 Moran, Jim BATTLE OF PELELIU 1944: Three Days That Turned into Three Months The Palau Islands formed part of Japan's second defensive line, and Peleliu's garrison amounted to more than 10,000 men. Consequently, when the US preliminary bombardment began on 12 September 1944, it was devastating. For two days the island was pounded relentlessly. Such was the scale of the destruction that the commander of the 1st Marine Division, Major General William H. Rupertus, told his men: 'We're going to have some casualties, but let me assure you this is going to be a fast one, rough but fast. We'll be through in three days - it may only take two.'

At 08.32 hours on 15 September 1944, the Marines went ashore. Despite bitter fighting, and a ferocious Japanese defense, by the end of the day the Marines had a firm hold on Peleliu. But rather than Japanese resistance crumbling during the following days as had been expected, it stiffened, as they withdrew to their prepared defensive positions. The woods, swamps, caves and mountains inland had been turned into a veritable fortress - it was there where the real battle for possession of Peleliu was fought.

Day after day the Americans battled forward, gradually wresting control of Peleliu from the Japanese. Despite Major General Rupertus' prediction, it was not until 27 November, after two months, one week, and five days of appalling fighting, and a final, futile last sacrificial charge by the remaining enemy troops, that the Battle of Peleliu came to an end.1 vol, 224 pgs 2021 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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2-213780 Zetterling, Niklas BLITZKRIEG FROM THE GROUND UP An examination of the German Blitzkrieg operations -- and why they were so successful -- from Poland to Operation Barbarossa using accounts previously unpublished in English by the enlisted men and junior officers. These narratives fit into a broader perspective to offer a better understanding of why the Germans were so successful in 1939-41.

It has been argued that German victories in the early part of the war rested less upon newly developed tanks and aircraft and more on German military traditions: rather than creating a new way of war based on new technology, the Germans fitted the new weapons into their existing ideas on warfare. These doctrines focused on independent action, initiative, flexibility, decentralized decision-making, and mobility. The conduct of German soldiers, particularly the lower-ranking men, on the battlefield was at the core of the concept and German victories rested upon the quality of the small combat units.1 vol, 288 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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