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1-908407 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 407 Includes Free Modeling Guide Theme: Introduction to Airbrushing
Overcoming Scale Aversion
Perfectly Painted Faces
Building Breezehome (Part two)
Painting Victrix's Achaemenid Persians
Defending Rorke's Drift

Other Articles:
Return to Pendawar
Silver Bayonet Society - part one
Stalin's Polish Army
7TV: Raven's Revenge
Clockwork and Lace

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Includes free Modeling Guide.1 vol, 116 pgs 2021 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-216094 SAGA: Age of Invasions for 2nd Edition Saga SAGA supplement covers the era of the Great Invasions that ended in 476 AD when the last Roman emperor was dethroned. Divided between East and West since 395, the Roman Empire was under pressure from the so-called barbarian peoples: Goths, Germans, Persians, Huns, and many others. The threats were many.

Includes: Warbands rules for Late Romans, Britons, Saxons, Goths, Huns, Picts, Franks, and Sassanids; Eleven Dogs of War units to recruit, Four Old Friends, New Enemies variant Warbands, Four brand new scenarios, The Limes campaign system, New photographs,and plenty of examples and explanatory text.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, STUDIO TOMAHAWK
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1-228470 Blake, Mike & Swan, Chris VIVA LA REVOLUTION, VIVA MEXICO: A Wargamer's Guide to Refighting the Mexican Revolution 1910-1920 Large-format full-color paperback. Scenarios for battles and skirmishes; real and hypothetical foreign intervention etc. Latest in the Partizan Press' Mexican series.1 vol, 130 pgs 2021 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-967029 Farrington, Eric WARS OF THE REPUBLIC: Ancient Roman Wargaming 343-50 BC Miniature wargame rules that covers from the First Samnite War and the eventual conquest of the Italian Peninsula, to the defeat by Hannibal at Lake Trasimene, and final victory over the Gauls at Alesia. Contains multiple army lists to reflect the changing nature of the Roman military and the varied opponents they faced, including Gaul, Italian, Carthaginian, Iberian, or Greece.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-228450 McCullough, Joseph THE SILVER BAYONET: Skirmish Rules Skirmish wargame of gothic horror set during the Napoleonic Wars. Each player forms an elite band of monster hunters drawn from the ranks of one of the great powers. Riflemen, swordsmen, and engineers fight side-by-side with mystics, occultists, and even those few supernatural creatures that can be controlled or reasoned with enough to make common cause. The game can be played solo, co-operatively, or competitively, with players progressing through a series of interlinked adventures with their soldiers gaining experience and suffering grievous wounds, and their units triumphing. or falling in the face of the shadows. It is a game of action and adventure, where musket and sabre meet tooth and claw.1 vol, 160 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-2284599 McCullough, Joseph THE SILVER BAYONET DEAL: Skirmish Rules and 28mm Figures The deal contains a copy of the rulebook, a British unit, a French unit, and a Spanish unit. Each unit contains eight unpainted 28mm figures.

What makes the deal special is that it also includes a Veteran Hunter figure, designed by Mike Owen, that will never be on sale anywhere in the future. This Veteran Hunter figure is the kind of Adventurer who could fit into any Nations Unit.

We are also adding in for free a Hobgoblin figure. The Hobgoblin is a common foe in the Sliver Bayonet, and you need one for Scenario 1 in the book. This free model will get you playing! The Hobgoblin figures were originally sold as Fomorians in the North Star Fantasy Worlds section.1 vol, 27 pgs 2021 UK, NORTH STAR
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1-975080 Houghton, Steve 080 BRITISH SNIPING RIFLES SINCE 1970: L42A1, L96A1 AND L115A3 In response to the challenge of the Soviet Dragunov self-loading rifle, the British Army adopted the 7.62mm L42A1 bolt-action sniping rifle in 1970. The L42A1 was deployed in Dhofar and Northern Ireland, but arguably saw its finest hour during the Falklands War in 1982. The harsh conditions of the South Atlantic laid bare the L42A1's inadequacies and a new company, Accuracy International, won the contract to replace it.

The PM Rifle, a world-beating revolutionary design, was adopted in 1985 as the L96A1. Progressively upgraded, the L96A1 went on to serve as the British Army's primary sniper system, being deployed in Northern Ireland, the First Gulf War, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The L115A3, chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum, joined the L96A1 in the front line in 2008 and since 2012 has been Britain's standard issue sniping rifle. Featuring full-color artwork and close-up photographs, this absorbing study assesses the development, combat use, impact and legacy of these three iconic British sniping weapons.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995301 Zaloga, Steven 301 TANKS AT THE IRON CURTAIN 1946-60: Early Cold War Armor in Central Europe Study of the Soviet and NATO armored forces that faced each other off in Central Europe in the early Cold War, and how their technology, tactics, and doctrine were all rapidly developed.

For 45 years, the most disputed point in the World was the dividing line between East and West in Europe; here the use and development of tanks was key. Describes how Soviet and NATO tanks were deployed in the early years of the Cold War and how a generation of tanks such as the Soviet T-44/T-54 and IS-3, British Centurion, US Army M26/M46 Pershing (all developed during World War II) saw extensive service after the war had ended.

Initial post-war generation tanks including the Soviet T-54A, T-10 heavy tank, British late-model Centurions, Conqueror, US Army M41, M47, M48 and the French AMX-13 are examined in detail alongside the most important technical trends of the era: the development of shaped-charge anti-tank projectiles, the influence of anti-tank missiles, and the introduction of chemical/nuclear protection and night fighting equipment. The book also considers the influence of post-war doctrine and tactics on tank technology and the effect of regional conflicts such as the 1950 Korean War, the war in Indo-China, and the 1956 Mid East War on tank warfare.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996371 Stille, MArk 371 LEYTE GULF 1944 (1): The Battles of the Sibuyan Sea and Samar This is the First in a two-part study of the October 23-26, 1944 Battle of Leyte Gulf, which resulted in a decisive defeat for the Japanese. Covers the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea and later action off Samar. Examines why the Imperial Japanese Navy commander of the First Diversion Strike Force (Takeo Kurita) chose to ignore orders and break off the attack into Leyte Gulf-one of the two most controversial decisions of the entire battle. It also covers the Japanese planning for Leyte Gulf, and the strengths and weaknesses of the Imperial Japanese Navy in this phase of the war alongside the US Navy's planning and command arrangements.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996370 Willbanks, James 370 THE BATTLE OF HUE 1968: Fight for the Imperial City In late January 1968, some 84,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops launched a country-wide general offensive in South Vietnam, mounting simultaneous assaults on 36 of 44 provincial capitals, and five of the six autonomous cities (including the capital city of Saigon). The longest and bloodiest battle occurred in Hue, the most venerated place in Vietnam. The bitter fighting that raged there for more than three weeks drew the attention of the world.

Hue was the ancient capital of Vietnam, and as such, had been previously avoided by both sides; it had not seen any serious fighting prior to 1968. All that changed on the night of January 31 that year when four North Vietnamese battalions and supporting Viet Cong units simultaneously attacked and occupied both parts of the city straddling the Perfume River. The Communist forces dug in and prepared to defend their hold on the city.

US Marines and South Vietnamese soldiers were ordered to clear the city, supported by US Army artillery and troops. A brutal urban battle ensued as combat raged from house to house and door to door. It was a bloody fight and resulted in large-scale destruction of Hue. Eventually, the Marines and the South Vietnamese forces retook Hue, but it turned out to be one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the Tet Offensive, and led to a sea change in US policy in Vietnam.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997242 Liptak, Eugene 242 US NAVY SPECIAL WARFARE UNITS IN KOREA AND VIETNAM: UDTS and Seals 1950-73 Covers US Navy Special Warfare units during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. In Korea, underwater demolition teams (UDTs) surveyed beaches for amphibious operations, cleared sea mines from harbors, conducted seaborne raids against inshore targets, and served as scouts for the infiltration of Korean guerrillas and British Royal Marine Commando raids along the North Korean coast. In South Vietnam, UDTs surveyed beaches and demolished Viet Cong bunkers, supply caches, and river obstacles in the Mekong Delta. The SEALs (Sea Air Land teams) deployed entire platoons into the Mekong Delta and the Rung Sat Special Zone to conduct guerrilla warfare against the Viet Cong that included ambushes, reconnaissance, and capturing leaders and supply caches. In addition, the SEALs also played important roles in the Phoenix Program and in rescuing prisoners of war.1 vol, 64 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-228480 Green, Michael UNITED STATES TANKS AND TANK DESTROYERS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR Details the characteristics and contribution to victory of these formidable American armored vehicles -- 90,000 built during WWII. Includes the Stuart, Sherman, Chafee, Locust, and Pershing tanks as well as the half-track-based 75mm Gun Motor Carriage M3 and the full-tracked M10, M18, and M36 tank destroyers.1 vol, 272 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-228520 Harris, Mark HARWICH SUBMARINES IN THE GREAT WAR: The First Submarine Campaign of the Royal Navy in 1914 The Harwich Submarine Flotilla played a key role establishing British dominance in the North Sea at the beginning of WWI. The 1914 campaign saw the first torpedo fired in action by a Royal Navy submarine, the first ship to be sunk, and the first submarine to be lost in action. Offers insight into what it was like to fight in these early submarines, while also relating what really happened and the true significance of the events. The Flotilla had to battle not just the enemy, but also the hazards of mines, human frailties, mechanical failure and the weather.

Uses letters, diaries, memoirs, and combat reports of the participants to give a complete account, all sourced from public and private British, German, and French archives. Includes 37 b/w photos, 49 charts, and 1 graph.1 vol, 348 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-228490 Barnes, Barrie THE BLOODY ROAD TO CATANIA: A History of XIII Corps in Sicily 1943 Commences with the landings by XIII Corps on 10 July 1943 (Operation Husky) between Avola and Cassibile and covers the inland advance along the eastern coastal road on the invasion's right flank. Eventually stalemated on the Catania Plain, XXX Corp's left hook around Mount Etna eventually allowed the XIII Corps to continue the advance until the Germans were chased off Sicily.1 vol, 244 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-228510 Berke, Daniel CAPTURED BEHIND JAPANESE LINES: With Wingate's Chindits - Burma 1942-1945 Story of Frank Berkovitch, General Orde Wingate's batman, who was captured crossing the Irrawaddy river and endured two years imprisonment in WWII. Also describes the Chindits' first operation (Operation Longcloth) and the hardship suffered by and heroism of Frank and his comrades, many who never returned. Outnumbered, outgunned, carrying 70lb packs and reliant on RAF air drops for supplies, the 3,000 men of the Chindit columns overcame harsh jungle terrain and climatic conditions to take the fight to the Japanese behind enemy lines.1 vol, 184 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-228500 Brooks, Geoffrey HITLER'S TERROR WEAPONS: From Doodlebug to Nuclear Warheads Charts the development of the V-1 and V-2 rockets and their successes against allied targets. It then goes on to look at the even more sinister deadly weapons that Hitler was planning and developing, but fortunately did not succeed in producing. Includes the measures taken by the Allies at the high levels to frustrate the German terror weapons.1 vol, 224 pgs 2021 UK, LEO COOPER
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1-228430 Lyman, Robert A WAR OF EMPIRES: Japan, India, Burma & Britain 1941-45 Comprehensive account of the Japanese offensive into Burma, the British/Indian collapse and resurgence, the Japanese offensive into India in 1944, and the ultimate Allied offensive that recaptured the country in 1945. This hard-fought campaign was in securing Allied victory in the east, defeating Japanese militarism, and ultimately redrawing the map of the region with an independent India, free from the shackles of empire, all but guaranteed.

Examines the crucial role of leadership (or lack thereof) on both sides, the emergence and exploitation of Allied air superiority, the fanatical nature of Japanese soldiers, the four-ring circus of Allied 'co-operation,' and the impact of terrain and weather on both sides' exploits1 vol, 560 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-228440 Stille, Mark THE UNITED STATES NAVY IN WORLD WAR II: From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa Comprehensive overview of the strategy, operations, and vessels of the United States Navy from 1941 to 1945. In the post-Pearl Harbor Pacific Theater, the US was thereafter locked into a head to head struggle with the impressive Imperial Japanese Navy, fighting a series of major battles in the Coral Sea, at Midway, the Philippine Sea, Leyte Gulf and Okinawa in the struggle for supremacy over Japan. Having avoided the decisive defeat sought by the IJN, the US increased industrial production and by the end of the war, the US Navy was larger than any other in the world. Meanwhile in the west, the US Navy operated on a second front, supporting landings in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy, and in 1944 played a significant part in the D-Day landings, the largest and most complex amphibious operation of all time.1 vol, 304 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-221082 Thompson, David UNDAUNTED: Reinforcements Undaunted: Reinforcements is a modular expansion for Undaunted: Normandy or Undaunted: North Africa. Includes a range of new rules, scenarios, and units, including solo and 4-player games. Requires a copy of Undaunted: Normandy or Undaunted: North Africa to play.

Ages: 14+
Players: 1 or 2 or 4
Playing Time: 45-60 minutes
Contents: 59 cards, 150 oversized solo cards, tokens, and two scenario booklets1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-228530 Dillon, John BOMBERS AT SUEZ: The RAF Bombing Campaign During the Suez War, 1956 In October 1956 the British government, together with the French and Israelis, launched an attack on Egypt in response to President Nasser's nationalization of the Suez Canal. The agreement between these three governments, the Sevres Protocol, was a low point in British diplomacy and a factor in the ending of Prime Minister Eden's political career. The military commanders had to plan for and launch Operation Musketeer, some 2,000 miles from the UK, while their political masters gave them only limited information on the arrangement made with France and Israel. Includes 21 color artworks, 75 b/w photos, 1 color map, and 4 b/w maps.

The RAF squadrons allocated to the operation came from the UK and Germany where their jet bombers, Canberras and Valiants, were intended for nuclear war against the Warsaw Pact countries rather than conventional war with Second World War bombs in a desert environment.

This account uses Cabinet Minutes, Squadron Operation Record Books, reports written by the Commander-in-Chief and personal accounts by aircrew who flew over Egypt, to detail the involvement of the RAF.

When Anthony Eden took the decision to launch Operation Musketeer the RAF did not have the forces required in the Mediterranean. At short notice, squadrons had to train for high level, visual bombing using techniques that would have been familiar to Lancaster crews in the Second World War. Also, the navigation aids fitted in the bombers were those required for the European theatre, not the Egyptian desert.

The RAF's primary role was to neutralize the Egyptian Air Force by destroying aircraft and denying the EAF the use of its airfields. The bombing accuracy, as the book details, was not good but the RAF did what was asked of them and effectively removed the EAF from the battle space. If the weather had not been so good and if the EAF had been a more determined adversary, Operation Musketeer would not have come to the same successful conclusion, militarily. From the political point of view, the British involvement in Suez was a disaster. It took place at the same time as a presidential election in America and the Russian invasion of Hungary. The Anglo-French intervention and their duplicity at Sevres came in for international condemnation and led directly to American pressure on the pound.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-228501 Conboy, Ken THE ERAWAN WAR: Volume 1 -- The CIA Paramilitary Campaign in Laos 1961-1969 Details the CIA's largest paramilitary operation of the Cold War: the secret war in Laos, where the Central Intelligence Agency was training, funding, and leading tens of thousands of indigenous guerrillas within the kingdom and, occasionally, across its borders. Includes 77 b/w photos, 8 color photos, 6 b/w maps, 1 color map, and 6 color aircraft profiles.1 vol, 64 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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