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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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1-2284501 McCullough, Joseph THE SILVER BAYONET: The British Unit 28mm Figures The figures represent: Officer, Highlander, Light Infantryman, Artilleryman, Doctor, Rifleman, Supernatural Investigator, and Veteran Hunter. All figures are 28mm sized, made of metal and supplied unpainted.1 vol, 8 pgs 2021 UK, NORTH STAR
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1-2284502 McCullough, Joseph THE SILVER BAYONET: The Spanish Unit 28mm Figures The figures represent: Officer, Sapper, Infantryman, Artilleryman, Guerrilla, Champion of the Faith, Swordsman, and Veteran Hunter. All figures are 28mm sized, made of metal and supplied unpainted.1 vol, 8 pgs 2021 UK, NORTH STAR
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1-2284503 McCullough, Joseph THE SILVER BAYONET: The French Unit 28mm Figures The figures represent: Officer, Highlander, Light Infantryman, Artilleryman, Doctor, Rifleman, Supernatural Investigator, Veteran Hunter. All figures are 28mm sized, made of metal and supplied unpainted.1 vol, 8 pgs 2021 UK, NORTH STAR
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1-212813 Winfree, Dave COLORFUL SKIES 3: 1918 Italy Scenarios The 3rd aftermarket WWI book by Brian DeWitt, scenarios focus on actions in (northern) Italy with Italian and British forces vs Central Powers. 1916-1918. Includes 61 scenarios and aircraft roster as well as special balloon busting rules for air warfare over Italy in 1918.1 vol, 78 pgs 2021 US, I-94 ENTERPRISES
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1-213652 Winfree, Dave AIR PIRATES: CY6 Jet Age Scenario Book Vietnam 1965-1968 36 scenarios covering North Vietnamese vs, US air war over Vietnam 1965-1968. Compatible with the Check Your 6! Jet Age rules. 1 vol, 64 pgs 2021 US, I-94 ENTERPRISES
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1-228600 Elliot, Simon ANCIENT GREEKS AT WAR: Warfare in the Classical World from Agamemnon to Alexander Examines the different fighting styles of Greek armies and discusses how Greek battles unfolded in a lavishly illustrated book covering every aspect of warfare in the Ancient Greek world from the beginnings of Greek civilization through to its assimilation into the ever expanding world of Rome. As such it begins with the onset Minoan culture on Crete around 2,000 BC, then covers the arrival of the Mycenaean civilization and the ensuing Late Bronze Age Collapse, before moving on to Dark Age and Archaic Greece. This sets the scene for the flowering of Classical Greek civilization, as told through detailed narratives of the Greek and Persian Wars, Peloponnesian Wars and the rise of Thebes as a major power.

The book then moves on to the onset of Macedonian domination under Philip II, before focusing in detail on the exploits of his son Alexander the Great, the all-conquering hero of the ancient world. His legacy was the Hellenistic world with its multiple, never ending series of conflicts that took place over a huge territory, ranging from Italy in the west all the way to India in the east.

Those covered include the various Wars of the Successors, the rise of the Bactrian-Greek and Indo-Greek kingdoms, the various wars between the Antigonid Macedonian, Seleucid and Ptolemaic kingdoms, and later the onset of the clash of cultures between the rising power of Rome in the west and the Hellenistic kingdoms. In the long run the latter proved unable to match Rome's insatiable desire for conquest in the eastern Mediterranean, and this together with the rise of Parthia in the east ensured that one by one the Hellenistic kingdoms and states fell. The book ends with the destruction of Corinth in 146 BC after the defeat by Rome of the Achaean League. The conclusion considers the legacy of the Ancients Greeks in the Roman world.1 vol, 304 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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1-228620 Esposito, Gabriele ARMIES OF THE GERMANIC PEOPLES - 200 BC TO AD 500: History, Organization and Equipment Presents an overview of the military history of the Germanic peoples of this period. Examines the evolution of Germanic weapons, equipment, and tactics and includes dozens of color photos of replica equipment in use. Shows how Germanic warriors were able to crush the Roman military forces on several occasions, gradually transform the Roman Army itself from the inside and, after the fall of the Empire, create new Romano-Germanic Kingdoms across Europe.

Starts by showing how, from very early on, the Germanic communities were heavily influenced by Celtic culture and follows with the major military events, starting with the first major encounter between the Germanic tribes and the Romans: the invasion by the Cimbri and Teutones. Julius Caesar's campaigns against German groups seeking to enter Gaul are described in detail as is the pivotal Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, which effectively halted Roman expansion into Germany and for centuries fixed the Rhine as the border between the Roman and Germanic civilizations. Escalating pressure of Germanic raids and invasions was a major factor in the collapse of the Western Roman Empire.1 vol, 176 pgs 2021 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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2-206281 Oltean, Radu DACIA: The Roman Wars - Volume I: Sarmizegetusa Offers a fresh view on the Dacian-Roman wars, eliminating as much as possible from the ideological nationalist ballast that came to burden the Romanian view of history. Gathers and adapts old and new archaeological findings and historical studies and avoids too much speculation on events that remain unclear for history, but makes frequent use of words like 'perhaps' and 'probably.' On occasion, it ventures possible scenarios for the rare instances when historical or archaeological sources were more generous. Includes over 190 colored images: illustrations, artifacts, maps, and monuments.1 vol, 152 pgs 2021 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-228630 Parker, Jan THE ILIAD AND THE ODYSSEY: The Trojan War: Tragedy and Aftermath The Iliad deals with the final stages of the Trojan War and The Odyssey with return and aftermath. A book-by-book synopsis and commentary discuss the heroes' relationships, values and psychology and the narratives' shimmering presentation of war, its victims and the challenges of return and reintegration. Essays set the epics in their historical context and trace the key terms; the 'Journey Home from War' continues with 'Afterstories' of both heroes and their women. Includes 65 black and white illustrations.

Epic poems attributed to Homer, they underpinned ideas about heroism, masculinity and identity; about glory, sacrifice and the pity of war; about what makes life worth living. From Achilles, Patroclus and Agamemnon in the Greek camp, Hektor, Paris and Helen in Troy's citadel, the drama of the battlefield and the gods looking on, to Odysseus' adventures and vengeful return - Jan Parker here offers the ideal companion to exploring key events, characters and major themes.1 vol, 176 pgs 2021 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-228610 Esposito, Gabriele ARMIES OF THE VIKINGS - AD 793-1066: History, Organization and Equipment Outlines the history of Viking campaigns and battles and examines their strategy, tactics, weapons, armor and clothing. The subject is brought to life by dozens of color photographs of replica equipment in use.

Viking warriors were feared by their contemporaries and their ferocious reputation has survived down to the present day. This book covers the military history of the Vikings from their early raiding to the final failure of their expansionist ambitions directed against England. In that period Viking warbands and increasingly large armies had left their Scandinavian homelands to range across vast regions, including the whole of Northern Europe and beyond, even reaching North America.

The British Isles were terrorized for two centuries and at times largely conquered, in Normandy, Russia and elsewhere they also settled and founded states. Tough, skilled and resourceful, with a culture that embraced the pursuit of immortal fame and a heroic death in battle, their renown as warriors was second to none. As far afield as Constantinople, the Byzantine emperors employed them as their elite Varangian Guard. 1 vol, 176 pgs 2021 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-228680 Whitehead, Annie WOMEN OF POWER IN ANGLO-SAXON ENGLAND Hardcover. Explores and restores reputations of remarkable women who ruled, schemed, sought peace, and waged war as warriors. Anglo-Saxon women were prized for their bloodlines - one had such rich blood that it sparked a war - and one was appointed regent of a foreign country.

Includes the wife of Aethelred the Unready, who was an anointed queen and powerful regent, but was also accused of witchcraft and regicide, Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, who was queen in all but name, Eadgifu, wife of Edward the Elder, who influenced the reigns of both her sons, Queen Seaxburh, who ruled Wessex, and Queen Cynethryth, who issued her own coinage.1 vol, 240 pgs 2021 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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2-228680 Whitehead, Annie WOMEN OF POWER IN ANGLO-SAXON ENGLAND Softcover. Explores and restores reputations of remarkable women who ruled, schemed, sought peace, and waged war as warriors. Anglo-Saxon women were prized for their bloodlines - one had such rich blood that it sparked a war - and one was appointed regent of a foreign country.

Includes the wife of Aethelred the Unready, who was an anointed queen and powerful regent, but was also accused of witchcraft and regicide, Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, who was queen in all but name, Eadgifu, wife of Edward the Elder, who influenced the reigns of both her sons, Queen Seaxburh, who ruled Wessex, and Queen Cynethryth, who issued her own coinage.1 vol, 240 pgs 2021 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-228690 Turnbull, Stephen THE ONIN WAR 1467-77: A Turning Point in Samurai History Draws on previously untranslated primary sources to set the famous yet misunderstood 15th century Onin War in its true context. Begins with the glory days of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu who made the position of shogun into something that was admired and respected, and left a legacy symbolized by his famous Golden Pavilion. Includes 63 b/w ills, 13 color plates, and four maps.

Within decades all that he had achieved seemed to have been lost. In 1441 the reigning shogun Yoshinori, Yoshimitsu's son, had been murdered by a jealous rival. The Bakufu (shogunate) had somehow survived, but Yoshinori was succeeded first by a son who never reached manhood and then by another young son called Yoshimasa. He was to reign for 49 years in a turbulent age. Not only did Yoshimasa have to face up to his background of family tragedy; unprecedented waves of rioting by farmers shook the ruling classes as much as any wars could have done, and all this happened to a background of famines, droughts and floods that killed more people than any of the battles ever did. Yoshimasa had several armed conflicts to contend with, which culminated in a succession dispute over his own choice of heir. This launched the Onin War.

What made the Onin War unique was the fierce street-fighting that went on within Kyoto itself. The battles were conducted from fortified mansions, which were surrounded by stout wooden walls and ditches and sported tall observation towers. In one such fight in the summer of 1467 eight cart-loads of heads were taken as trophies, but within months the conflict deteriorated into a stalemate where night raids were launched and large stones were flung by catapult. At the same time huge areas of Kyoto were needlessly burned out by careless attacks from ashigaru, whose looting and destruction went far beyond the enemy positions and took in temples, mansions and commoners' dwellings.

The greatest loss of all was the disappearance of loyalty to the shogun. His former deputies in the provinces seized power in their local areas. Such was the beginning of the Sengoku Period: Japan's 'Age of Warring States'. 1 vol, 128 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-228670 John, Terry THE CIVIL WAR IN WALES: The Scouring of the Nation The 17th century English Civil Wars had a devastating effect upon Wales and the Marches, stripping the country of its human resources and ruining whole communities. This book explores the years of conflict between 1642 and 1649, detailing the campaigns, sieges and battles which took place in every corner of the country, presenting information from a wide variety of sources to paint a wide-ranging picture of the nation at a significant turning point in its history.1 vol, 256 pgs 2021 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-228650 Tracy, Nicholas THE BATTLE OF QUIBERON BAY, 1759: Britain's Other Trafalgar The Battle of Quiberon Bay (20 Nov 1759) was as significant as Nelson's victory in 1805, said Alfred Thayer Mahan, calling it 'the Trafalgar of this war [the Seven Years War].' Arguably it was even more vital. Britain in 1759 was much less well-defended, with virtually no regular troops at home, and the threat of French invasion was both more realistic and more imminent. When the British fleet under Admiral Hawke fell upon them, the French ships of the line under Admiral Conflans were actually on their way to rendezvous with the invasion troopships gathered at the mouth of the Loire. Includes eight pages of plates and seven maps.

The battle itself was fought in terrible weather, the French attempting to exploit their local knowledge by heading for Quiberon Bay, assuming the British would not follow them among its treacherous shoals in such conditions. Hawke, however, pursued them under full sail and the French ships were destroyed, captured, run aground, or scattered for the loss of only two British ships which ran aground. The invasion was thwarted.1 vol, 248 pgs 2021 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-228640 Saunders, Tim MASSENA AT BAY 1811: The Lines of Torres Vedras to Funtes de Onoro The 1810 French invasion of Portugal, commanded by the veteran marshal Andre Massena, was halted at the Lines of Torres Vedras. Starting with Wellington's occupation of the Lines of Torres Vedras, the book covers Wellington's pursuit of Massena back to Spain. This was a time when the Peninsular Army was still being forged and Wellington was refining his own art of war. In addition, 1810-1811 was a period when the outcome of the struggle in Iberia was still far from certain, and Wellington could not maneuver with the same confidence in the outcome as he could in future years.

The series of combats fought at Pombal, Redhina, Foz da Arounce and Sabugal while Massena was at bay, though not categorised as 'general actions', were of the same scale and significance as those of 1808; Rolica and Vimiero. The general action at Funtes de Onoro was one of the most significant of Wellington's victories, but he confessed that 'If Bony had been here we would have been beat.'1 vol, 248 pgs 2021 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-228660 Wyn Griffith, Llewwlyn UP TO MAMETZ AND BEYOND The 1931 book Up to Mametz tells the story of the creation of the battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers, its training, its apprenticeship in the trenches, and through to its ordeal of Mametz Wood on the Somme as part of 38 Division. It ends there.

This new book, based on Wyn Griffith's unpublished diaries and letters, carries the unit through to the end of WWI. With careful editing and annotation, the events of these missing years are now available alongside the original work. They tell of an officer's life on the derided staff and provide fascinating glimpses of senior officers, some who attract high praise and others who the author obviously despised. 1 vol, 248 pgs 2021 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-228700 Grehan, John THE WOLF'S LAIR: Hitler's Headquarters on the Eastern Front - An Illustrated Guide Set deep in the heart of the Masurian woods of northern Poland, in what was formally East Prussia, lies a 2.5 square mile complex of ruined bunkers and shelters that once constituted Hitler's WWII headquarters - the Wolfsschanze or Wolf's Lair. With the aid of color photographs, this guide shows the Wolfsschanze as it appears today, with each building and its purpose identified. Colonel von Stauffenberg almost killed Hitler in the summer of 1944 -- that building is still there, its roof sitting on its collapsed walls. Laced with numerous personal accounts of the installation and of Hitler's routines, and supplemented with contemporary images, the Wolfsschanze is brought to life once more.

The Wolfsschanze, however, was not the only military complex in this small part of the Eastern Front. Other WWII complexes on the Eastern Front are profiled. Once Hitler has established his command centre at the Wolfsschanze, in effect the home of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (or military high command), the other branches of the German armed forces and civil authorities quickly followed suit. Just a few miles away, for example, the German Army built its own operational headquarters at Mauerwald - a complex which amounted to an even greater concentration of buildings, many of which remain intact and open to the public. Goring duly ordered that the Luftwaffe's headquarters, code-named Robinson, be built further out near the current Russian border, whilst Himmler's SS headquarters at Hochwald and that for Hans Lammers' Reich Chancellery were situated back nearer the Wolfsschanze.1 vol, 320 pgs 2021 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-956081 various WORLD AT WAR # 81: Balkans 1944 Wargame Balkans 1944. In late Summer 1944, the Soviets were poised to invade the Balkans after having inflicted a crushing blow to the Wehrmacht at Belarus. On 20 August, after a period of relative calm on the front, the Soviets opened up their offensive between the Black Sea and the Carpathians. Despite the German counterattacks and setbacks such as Debrecen, by Christmas Eve the Red Army was besieging Budapest, joined by the Yugoslav Partisans, and occupied Bulgaria and Romania.

Components: 22x34-inch map, 176 die-cut counters, and magazine. Includes articles on Pre-WWII Japanese Naval Planning, US Mechanized Cavalry, and Mexican and Brazilian Air Forces.1 vol, 62 pgs 2021 US, DECISION GAMES
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1-228590 Doyle, David VEHICLES AND HEAVY WEAPONS OF THE VIETNAM WAR This book, the first in a series on the US military's weapons, vehicles, aircraft, and naval vessels of the Vietnam War, offers a highly illustrated reference for this wishing to delve deeper into this conflict. Through archival images, the arsenal of the US Army and USMC are revisited. Covers M113 APC, M48A3 tank, M551 Armored Reconnaissance/Airborne Assault Vehicle, M151 and M54 trucks, M50 Ontos, M107 and M109 artillery, and M42 Duster. Includes 250 color & black and white photographs.1 vol, 248 pgs 2021 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-228580 Jack, Kenneth EYES OF THE FLEET OVER VIETNAM: RF-8 Crusader Combat and Photo-Reconnaissance Missions A comprehensive, illustrated history of photo recon launched by the U.S. Navy over Vietnam, 1964-72 that describes all types of missions undertaken, including several Crusader vs. MiG dogfights and multiple RF-8 shootdowns with their associated, dramatic rescues. Highlights the role of the unarmed supersonic RF-8A/G photo-Crusader throughout the war, and also the part played by its F-8 and F-4 escort fighters. Focuses on Navy Photo Squadron VFP-63, but also dedicates chapters to VFP-62 and Marine VMCJ-1. Includes 180 color and b/w photographs.1 vol, 272 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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1-916464 various MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue # 464 Articles include:

Cover: Verr-Myn Solo: An underground adventure scenario for Mantic's Deadzone rules -- free copy of rules included with magazine.

Command Decision: Tightening the Noose -- Battle of Falaise in August 1944.

Send Three and Fourpence: When the Bell Tolls One - Fantasy Napoleonic skirmish scenario for Silver Bayonet rules.

Creepy Crypt: Build scenery fit for Silver Bayonet.

Corrugated Camp: Scratch build a Nissen Hut.

The Eastern Front: Deluge 17th Century period rules.

Super Massive Black Hole: Big game hunt scenario for Core Space rules.

Show - Don't Tell: Partizan 2021 show coverage.

Waterloo Sixty: Building a big Waterloo game and what that meant to a team of gamers.

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Last Word Features the men behind Flags, Faces & Bases.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
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