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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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1-208493 Ensteness, David MASTER OF THE WORLD: 1812 IN RUSSIA -- Series 3 Requires ESR Napoleonics or a similar Napoleonic wargame to use.

Latest large format scenario book contains one campaign with 15 scenarios, dozens of maps, and nearly 3,000 uniform images. Scenarios may be played individually or you can refight the historical campaign of 1812. Scenarios include: Mir Gross-Eckau, Saltanovka, Ostrovno-Vitebsk, Kobryn, Klyastitsy, Golovichity, Swolna, Gorodechno, 1st Krasnyi, Smolensk, 1st Polotsk, Valutino-Gora, Schewardino, and Borodino.1 vol, 256 pgs 2021 US, THE WARGAMING COMPANY LLC
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1-964036 Various ANCIENT HISTORY MAGAZINE # 36: Egypt in the Middle Kingdom Theme: Egypt in the Middle Kingdom

The Age of Cultural Revival - The Middle Kingdom
The Birth of Victorious Thebes - Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II
Burial Practices During the Middle Kingdom - Out with the Old
Middle Kingdom Royal Jewelry - Happiness, Eternity, and Protection
Adventures Abroad - The Story of Sinuhe
Art Production in the Mid-Thirteenth Dynasty - High End versus Low End

Features:

Untangling the Thracian Gladiator - Who was Spartacus?
The Accidental Archaeologist - Becoming Lawrence of Arabia
Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Wonderwoman - Hypatia of Alexandria
Tripping the Faunal Fantastic with Pliny the Elder - A Cure for What Ails You
Throwing a Party in Ancient Egypt - Pyramid Cakes
A Brief Introduction to Papyrology - Reading Ancient Texts1 vol, 68 pgs 2021 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
NEW-pb, available late November 2021 ......$12.00 rct

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1-228560 Arnold, James THE 1809 CAMPAIGN OMNIBUS: Crisis on the Danube and Napoleon Conquers Austria For the first time together in one volume, Arnold's two books devoted to Napoleon's 1809 campaign Crisis on the Danube and Napoleon Conquers Austria.1 vol, 576 pgs 2021 UK, JAMES ARNOLD
NEW-pb, available mid November 2021 ......$36.00 rct

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1-197924 Smith, Digby NAPOLEON'S GERMAN DIVISION IN SPAIN - VOLUME 4: 2nd Nassau Regiment in Spain 1809-14 and in the Netherlands 1814-15 Includes illustrations, 15 maps, 16 orders of battle, and 11 tables. This volume is based upon two earlier German regimental histories never before translated. They cover the many mostly small engagements that involved the regiments in the Peninsula from 1809 to the closing campaign in 1813. The volume then completes their service by an account of the battle of Waterloo.1 vol, 238 pgs 2021 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-228390 Summerfield HANAU 1813: Napoleon's Retreat from Leipzig Full-color, large-format hardback explores Napoleon's retreat from Leipzig and his last victory in Germany at Hanau (30-31 October 1813) over the Austro-Bavarian Army of General von Wrede. To appreciate his victory, it is necessary to explore the reasons for the allied poor pursuit, the battle, the tactics, the armies, and the artillery.1 vol, 140 pgs 2021 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-228570 Conrad, Captain Thomas Nelson THE REBEL SCOUT: A Thrilling History of Scouting Life in the Southern Army Rare first-person glimpse of the scouting activities of one of the most successful Confederate spies of the Civil War, who operated in and about Washington, D.C. and vicinity during the entire period of the war. Also included is a copy of a handwritten note of commendation from Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

The scout's spying apparatus is described, showing that 'moles' and Confederate sympathizers were well placed in the ranks of the Union government from the very start of the conflict. The reader will also find an account of the life of the ex-spy following the end of the war, when he was being hunted because of his suspected complicity in the plot to kill President Lincoln.

Here, too, is an account of the means by which some Southern belles frustrated Union soldiers who had come searching for the girls' rebel visitors. Researchers will appreciate the new name, place and subject index which has been added to this edition by John D. Bowman.1 vol, 108 pgs 2012 US, HERITAGE BOOKS
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1-COM1135 Blanchett, Greg KHARKOV BATTLES: Before & After Fall Blau -- Wargame Kharkov Battles uses the Fall Blau basic rules to cover the Second & Third Battles of Kharkov.

Stacking is 3 units per hex and combat out of a hex is restricted. Large units (mainly German divisions and Soviet corps) have Combat Ratings which pull a strength chit for combat. Typically only one unit with a strength chit may combat out of a hex along with all smaller units. Movement and Combat phases with Mobile Assaults for mechanized units during certain situations of movement. Combat keys off the defender's terrain and uses CRT column shifts for extras like air support, combined arms, fortifications, etc.

Combat results have some mandatory step losses, but the rest a player's choice on taking step loss or retreating. Advances after combat are along the Path of Retreat for non-mech units, but mech or cav units may deviate. Support Points are used to allow German supply to reach units for mechanized movement and attacks during turn. Support (for Axis attacks) is traced a number of hexes to a HQ and then a number of hexes to a road which leads to the source. Supply is just a general trace to a source.

Given the nature of the covered battles, this game has a shorter playtime and smaller space requirements making it an easier intro into the system used by Fall Blau. Included is a revised Terrain Effects Chart which should ease reference fatigue for either game.

An additional map is included which is made to mate with the Fall Blau maps, allowing players to combine the two games into one Grand Campaign to be played into March 1943. Also included are extra counters and reinforcement charts to allow for this possibility. There are four scenarios within the game: three independent and one which requires Fall Blau to play.

Independent Scenarios:

Second Kharkov (K)(Six Turns/Avg Time 90-120 min)- Soviet attack and German Operation Fridericus to reduce the Izyum Salient from 12-28 May 1942.
Third Kharkov (L)(Six Turns/Avg Time 90-120 min)- German drive to retake Kharkov in March 1943.
Operation Star Scenario (16 Turns/Avg Time 8 hrs)- Soviet drive for Kharkov and the Dnepr crossings from 2 February to 21 March 1943.

Fall Blau Scenarios:

January Campaign (J)(14 Turns/Avg Time 10 hrs)- Maps A & B - Soviet Little Saturn Operation has reached its high water mark and Popov's 5th Tank Army is about to launch attacks of its own. Wintergewitter has failed and Fourth PanzerArmee is conducting a fighting withdrawal - 26 December 1942 to 5 February 1943.

Product Information

Complexity: 5 out of 10
Solitaire Suitability: 8 out of 10
Time Scale: 1 turn = 3 days
Map Scale: 1 hex = 6.5 miles or about 10km
Unit Scale: Mostly Divisions, with Corps, Brigades and Battalions, as needed
Players: 2 and solitaire
Playing Time: Less than two hours for small scenarios and up to 80 hours for the extended Fall Blau campaign1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 US, COMPASS GAMES
NEW-box, available mid November 2021 ......$69.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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