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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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1-228710 BLACK POWDER EPIC BATTLES: Waterloo Battle Bundle Full Bundle Contents:

Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - British Starter Set
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - French Starter Set
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - Ewart's Eagle (exclusive to Waterloo pre-order bundles)
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - L'Enfonceur's Hougoumont Assault (exclusive to Waterloo pre-order bundles)

The 13.5mm miniatures (same scale as ACW bundle) are supplied unpainted.1 vol, 2 pgs 2022 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-228710MB BLACK POWDER EPIC BATTLES: Waterloo Mega Bundle Mega Bundle Contents:

Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - British Starter Set
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - British Infantry Brigade x 2
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - British Light Cavalry Brigade
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - British Heavy Cavalry Brigade
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - French Starter Set
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - French Infantry Brigade x 2
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - French Light Cavalry Brigade
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - French Heavy Cavalry Brigade
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - La Haye Sainte Scenery Pack
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - La Haye Sainte sandpit & barricade
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - Hougoumont Scenery Pack
Black Powder - British Infantry Napoleonic Paint Set
Black Powder - French Infantry Napoleonic Paint Set
Black Powder & Epic Battles - Rivers Scenery Pack
Black Powder & Epic Battles - Roads Scenery pack
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - Apple Trees x 3
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - Ewart's Eagle (exclusive to Waterloo pre-order bundles)
Black Powder Epic Battles: Waterloo - L'Enfonceur's Hougoumont Assault (exclusive to Waterloo pre-order bundles)

The 13.5mm miniatures (same scale as ACW bundle) are supplied unpainted.1 vol, 1 pgs 2022 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-228711 BLACK POWDER EPIC BATTLES: Waterloo British Starter Set Starter set includes:

10 Units of Line Infantry
3 Units of 95th Rifles
1 Unit of Heavy Dragoons
1 Unit of Scots Greys
1 Unit of Household Cavalry
1 Unit of Hussars
1 Unit of Light Dragoons
16 Artillery Pieces
9 Brigade Commanders
La Belle Alliance MDF Scenery Piece
Bespoke A5 Softback Black Powder: Epic Battles Rulebook

The 13.5mm miniatures (same scale as ACW bundle) are supplied unpainted.1 vol, 1 pgs 2022 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-228712 BLACK POWDER EPIC BATTLES: Waterloo French Starter Set Starter set includes:

10 Units of Line Infantry (80 men per Unit)
3 Units of Skirmishing Voltigeurs (13 Bases of 6 men each)
1 Unit of Cuirassiers
1 Unit of Dragoons
1 Unit of Carabiniers
1 Unit of Hussars
1 Unit of Chasseurs a Cheval
1 Unit of Lancers
16 Artillery Pieces
9 Brigade Commanders
Dacoster House MDF Scenery Piece
Bespoke A5 Softback Black Powder: Epic Battles Rulebook

The 13.5mm miniatures (same scale as ACW bundle) are supplied unpainted.1 vol, 1 pgs 2022 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-1911822 Grant, Charles WARGAMERS' ANNUAL 2022 Simple Combat, Search for Eldorado, Gettysburg in the gazebo. Freemans farm, Avatar peninsular, famous cavalry regiments, Albuera; Hodges scouts, a tabletop Mysore army, the seven years war, a trial by combat, neither biting nor chariot, the armies of Darrell Hindley, and Partizan best of show.1 vol, 104 pgs 2021 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-908408 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 408 Includes Free Epic Waterloo Heavy Cavalry Sprue THEME: Waterloo

WATERLOO GOES EPIC: The release of Warlord Games' new Black Powder: Epic Battles - The Waterloo Campaign range and future plans.

EPIC NAPOLEONIC HEAVY CAVALRY: Different painting options on included Free British and French Heavy Cavalry frames.

GO BIG OR GO HOME: Game designer Sam A. Mustafa shares half a century of observation, experience, and experimentation in wargaming big Napoleonic battles.

PAINTING BICORNE NAPOLEONIC PERSONALITIES: Painting legends of the Napoleonic period.

IT'S HIP TO FORM SQUARE: History versus rules when it comes to squares.

SOFTENING UP: NAPOLEONIC ARTILLERY IN COMBAT: Beginner's guide to wargaming with Napoleonic artillery.


FEATURES:

THE GREAT BRITISH KITBASH: Kitbash a selection of Warlord Games plastics to make figures for some of WWII's more unusual and less commonly available British units.

THE SILVER BAYONET SOCIETY - PART TWO: The WI campaign gets going with practice games.

PARTIZAN 2021: BEST IN SHOW: Close look at the Best of Show winner -- A Descent on the French Coast, presented by The Friends of a Military Gentleman -- at the recent Partizan Convention.

A JOURNEY INTO THE APOCALYPSE: Wasteland Weekend tabletop gaming amidst the wild tribes, converted cars, and vehicular mayhem.

SYSTEMATIC STARGRAVE SPEED PAINTING: Speed painting approach that uses Citadel Contrast paints and an airbrush for a dozen Stargrave figures in about 12 hours.


DEPARTMENTS:

QUICK FIRE! : Wargamers from around the world give us insight on their latest hobby projects.

OBSERVATION POST: News and reviews of the latest miniatures and rulebooks.1 vol, 116 pgs 2021 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-935117 Various WARGAMES SOLDIERS & STRATEGY # 117: The Achaemenid Persians at War Theme: Persians
Rise and Fall of the Achaemenid Persians - Dust and Fire
Darius I's Invasion of Scythia, 513 BC - The Oldest Grudge
The Nascency of the Greco-Persian Wars - The Revolt in Ionia
Internal Turmoil at the Battle of Cunaxa, 401 BC - Cyrus' Gamble
Looking at the Achaemenid Persian army - The Armies of Persepolis
Persians on the Beach at Marathon - Backs Against the Wall

Features:
The 1544 English Raid on Scotland's Capital - Edinburgh's Burning
The Battle of Saragarhim 12 September 1897 - No Fear of Death
A Look at Point Values and Tournaments - Points on Points
Operation Blucher, the Dunkirk Offensive 1945 - Fortress Dunkirk
Fighting Naval Actions in Stormy Weather - Weathering the Storm
Scratch-Built Walls for the Wargame Table - Standing like a Stone Wall
Creating and Building an Iconic Location - The House on Dead Man's Corner

Departments:
This Gaming life - More Old Toy Soldiers
The Irregular - Ferocious in Battle, Magnanimous in Victory
The Small-Scale Big Battle Ancient Game - Let's Play Strength and Honour
A Gothic Horror Wargame in the Napoleonic era - Let's Play The Silver Bayonet
Game Reviews - Flintlocks & Percussion Caps, Bolt Action Campaign Italy: Soft Underbelly, Reign in Hell and Lion Rampant: A Viking in the Sun
Miniature Reviews
Book Reviews
Parting Shots1 vol, 88 pgs 2021 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-228830 Blake, Mike & Swan, Chris LA CUCARACHA!: Wargamer Rules for Engagements with Small Forces During the Mexican Revolution 1910-1920 Full color. Skirmish rules for 20mm-54mm figures, plus scenarios, including what-ifs of foreign intervention.1 vol, 95 pgs 2021 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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3-209390 Cavatore, alessio KINGS OF WAR: 3rd Edition Rules to fight epic fantasy battles across the tabletop, an extensive background section covering the races of Pannithor and their history, and army lists for 14 different factions.1 vol, 160 pgs 2021 UK, MANTIC GAMES
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1-209391 Cavatore, Alessio KINGS OF WAR: 3rd Edition Uncharted Empires Uncharted Empires contains 12 new fantasy army lists, and for the first time players have access to Army themes. These allow list variants of one of the games master lists and help add new flavor to an existing army to represent a different faction with similar roots. They are a great way to introduce the many sub-factions and players in the world to your games.1 vol, 160 pgs 2021 UK, MANTIC GAMES
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1-1992917 Kinrade, Warwick BATTLEGROUP: Stalingrad Nine army lists are included for the Germans, their Axis allies, and the Red Army. For the Axis: German Panzer and Infantry Division battlegroups, Italian and Rumanian battlegroups, and the Hungarian 1st Armoured Division battlegroup. For the Soviets: Army lists for Rifle Divisions and battlegroups created from their new Tank Corps.

New rules to adapt the core Battlegroup game to the battlefields of the Eastern Front in 1942, including the Battle of Stalingrad. Recreating the character of the war from the rolling steppes of southern Russian to the twisted wreckage of Stalingrad's factories. The book includes new additional detailed rules for street-fighting, a new urban combat scenario Stadtkampf and a mini-campaign system for the ferocious fighting for the Barrikady gun factory. Death on Volga scenario pits specially equipped German assault Stossgruppe infantry battlegroups against the ragged but dug-in and determined defenders of Stalingrad.1 vol, 204 pgs 2021 UK, PLASTIC SOLDIER
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1-2089416 McCullough, Joseph FROSTGRAVE: Blood Legacy This supplement for Frostgrave: Fantasy Wargames in the Frozen City presents greatly expanded information about the vampires and the giants that occupy the frozen ruins, including rules for vampiric magic and a breakdown of the different tribes of giants. Also included are rules for a new type of soldier, the giant-blooded. These huge men and women have the blood of giants running through their veins, granting them great strength unseen in normal men. Finally, the book contains a section on playing Frostgrave with high-level wizards and includes two mini-campaigns to challenge these experienced spellcasters.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-968026 Lardas, Mark 026 TRUK 1944-45: The Destruction of Japan's Central Pacific Bastion Examines the rise and fall of Truk as a Japanese air and naval bastion and explains how in two huge raids, American carrier-based aircraft in Operation Hailstone reduced it to irrelevance. Also covers the little-known story of how the USAAF used the ravaged base as a live-fire training ground for its new B-29s -- whose bombing raids ensured Truk could not be reactivated by the Japanese. The pressure on Truk was kept up right through 1945 when it was also used as a target for the 509th Composite Squadron to practice dropping atomic bombs and by the British Pacific Fleet to hone its pilots' combat skills prior to the invasion of Japan.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978116 Lardas, Mark 116 B-25 MITCHELL vs JAPANESE DESTROYER: Battle of the Bismarck Sea 1943 Examines the mechanics of skip-bombing combined with a strafing B-25, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the combatants (B-25 versus destroyer), and revealing the results of the attacks and the reasons why these USAAF tactics were so successful. Over the first two months of 1943, squadrons perfected these tactics. Then, in early March, Japan tried to reinforce their garrison in Lae, New Guinea, with a 16-ship convoy - eight transports guarded by eight destroyers. The Fifth Air Force pounced on the convoy in the Bismarck Sea. By March 5 all eight transports and four destroyers had been sunk.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996372 Sheppard, Si 372 CUZCO 1536-37: Battle for the Heart of the Inca Empire In April 1532 a bloody civil war between two brothers ended with one of them, Atahualpa, as master of the mighty Inca Empire. Now the most powerful man in South America, his word was law for millions of subjects spread across thousands of square miles, from the parched deserts of the coast to the lush rainforest of the Amazon and along the spine of the soaring Andes Mountains. But the time of the Incas was coming to an end.

In November of that year a handful of Spanish conquistadors led by Francisco Pizarro seized Atahualpa at Cajamarca, extorted his treasure, murdered him, and then marched on the Inca capital Cuzco to elevate a puppet, Manco, to the vacant throne. In 1536, however, Manco roused his people against the intruders, and the Spaniards found themselves isolated and fighting for their lives. Examines the background and progress of the desperate 10-month siege of Cuzco; the opposing commanders, their fighting men, tactics, and military technologies; and the key clashes, from Sacsayhuaman to Ollantaytambo.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-228780 Crawford, Peter JUSTINIAN II: The Roman Emperor Who Lost his Nose and His Throne and Regained Both Justinian II became Roman emperor at a time when the Empire was beset by external enemies. His forces gained success against the Arabs and Bulgars but his religious and social policies fuelled internal opposition which resulted in him being deposed and mutilated (his nose was cut off) in 695. After a decade in exile, during which he strangled two would-be assassins with his bare hands, he regained power through a coup d'etat with the backing of the erstwhile Bulgar enemy (an alliance sealed by the marriage of his daughter, Anastasia).

His second reign was seemingly harsher and again beset by both external and internal threats and dissension over doctrinal matters. An energetic and active ruler, his reign saw developments in various areas, including numismatics, administration, finance and architecture, but he was deposed a second time in 711 and beheaded. Re-assesses Justinian's colorful but troubled career and reputation.1 vol, 416 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-228720 Cocke, John MEDIEVAL BATTLE & TOURNAMENT STANDARDS Large format, full color paperback contains nearly 200 standards. The standards within the pages were researched during the period 1530 to 1550 by the Lancaster Herald John Cocke. His heraldic artist is unknown, however some say he was probably Irish. The drawings cover the period covering the 14th century through to the middle of the 16th century. The drawing were created in black and white by the artist, and the intended colors that was intended to followed were written in heraldic script, probably by Cocke.1 vol, 105 pgs 2021 UK
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1-228750 O'Brien de Clare, T J ONE FAITH, ONE LAW, ONE KING: French Armies of the Wars of Religion 1562 - 1598 Contains:

A summary of the wars and major actions (including maps of the battles of Druex, Sainct Denys, Jarnac, Moncontour, La Rochelle, Coutras, Arques and Ivry). These maps are all newly-researched and are based on the formations and dispositions actually employed rather than vague indications of relative positions. The maps reveal some interesting insight into the position and extent of some of these battlefields.

A description of the great military offices of state, their holders and the chain of command. Military biographies of forty-three of the main commanders of the Wars. This section corrects a great deal of misinformation, including sorting out which 'Duc de Monpensier' or 'Seigneur de Hangest' is being referred to in many more general histories. It places some well-known, but purely understood, historical characters (such as Henry 'the Good' of Navarre, Admiral Coligny, 'Scarface' Guise and Henry III's infamous 'mignons') in their proper context.

A summary of the operation of French armies on the march, in camp, on the battlefield and during a siege. A glossary of contemporary French military terminology.

Detailed examinations of each of the element of the army: guard units, cavalry, artillery, and infantry. Each of these sections includes sections on organization, equipment and tactics as well as descriptions taken from primary sources and both color plates and black and white illustrations specifically produced for this work.

A section on military flags and banners used by the participants, again accompanied by numerous illustrations.

A select bibliography.

It also offers new conclusions on the impact of the Wars on the conduct of warfare throughout Europe during the later 16th and early 17th centuries, highlighting the origins of innovations ascribed to the likes of Maurice of Nassau and Gustavus Adolphus such as smaller, shot-based infantry formations, cavalry tactics and the use of commanded shot to support cavalry.1 vol, 198 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-228800 Leadbetter, Peter THE PERFECT MILITIA: The Stuart Trained Bands of England and Wales 1603-1642 Covers the Trained Bands of the early Stuart period, from 1603 to 1642. Both James I and Charles I tried to create a perfect militia during their reigns, but how far did they get in achieving this aim? There is very little published about this organization. This book includes details on the men who served in it; how they were recruited; their social status, professions and ages. Includes 11 b/w illustrations, 2 b/w maps, and 36 tables.

The soldiers were mustered for training at least once a year at county or regimental level, but were they mustered and trained more often at a local level? And, if so, how often? There were different categories of soldiers in the Trained Bands; these categories were not just designated by the arm of service or by the arms they carried, but also by who had provided (and paid for) them.

The arms and armor used by the soldiers changed over the period covered by this book and descriptions of these are included. Did the men of the Trained Band wear uniforms? Who were the officers who commanded the companies and regiments and how were they appointed? This book aims not only to answer these questions, but also to enlighten the reader on many other aspects of this important organization.

Defense always costs money, and this was especially true of the Trained Bands. Men and muster-masters had to be paid and fed; powder and match bought for training; new arms and armor sourced. All these needed money - money that was in many cases only grudgingly given. The methods of raising this money were varied and in the main seem to have worked.

Relations between the counties and the government in London are also covered. The government's requests or requirements were not always well received; many people in the counties did not like being given orders from London, a place they believed to have little interest in what was happening locally.

The Trained Bands were not put to the test of battle prior to the Civil War, although they had come close in the Bishops' Wars; but they proved reluctant to act against ordinary people during protests about perceived or actual local grievances.1 vol, 178 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-228820 Ribas, Alberto THE BATTLE OF NORDLINGEN 1634: The Bloody Fight Between Tercios and Brigades The King of Hungary Ferdinand, heir to the Holy Roman Empire, decided to assume command of the armies in the West and thus enhance his leadership. He asked the Cardinal-Infante Fernando to help him conquer a small town, called Nordlingen, and together they could fight a Swedish-German army, commanded by Generals Gustav Horn and Bernard of Saxe-Weimar.

Explains the general situation in Germany during the Thirty Years' War in the period 1633-1634; describes in detail the tactics, armament, and units of the Spanish, Swedish, and Imperial armies; and analyzes the conflicting interests of the various powers fighting the war.

Examines the battle that took place in the plain of Nordlingen, describes the various protagonists who commanded the Tercios and Regiments that fought there, and analyzes the mistakes and successes of the generals. With all this, the stereotypes about the Spanish and Swedish tactical models are reviewed, which for a long time were the paradigm of tactics in European battle theaters. In this way, it seeks to answer which deployment was better, if the Swedish Brigades, or the Spanish Tercios.1 vol, 204 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-930332 various STRATEGY & TACTICS # 332: Thirty Years Battles A grand tactical two-player system for simulating battles in Europe during the first half of the 17th century. Each game in the system is based on one of the major battles of the 30 Years War. Each battle has its own map, special rules and counters representing the military formations which participated in the original action. The rules model the overall effects of the weapons and tactics of the great era of pike and shot, and include combat, leadership and morale.

Players command armies of infantry, cavalry and artillery, each with their own special capabilities, as well as the great leaders who took the field in this era. Each hex on the map represents 150-200 meters. Each game turn represents 45 minutes to one hour. Most cavalry and infantry units represent one or two regiments or battalions. Each combat strength point represents 75 to 150 men, depending on the quality of the army and assignment of light guns to the unit. Each artillery unit represents four to six heavy or medium guns.

Components: One 22x34-inch map, 176 counters, and magazine.1 vol, 84 pgs 2021 US, DECISION GAMES
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1-217521 Archibald, Steve ENGLISH CIVIL WAR FLAGS: Cavalry Cornets & Guidons Includes a collection of over 300 known cavalry troop colors from the ECW, all illustrated in full color. To be as accurate as possible a variety of sources were used including drawings and detailed descriptions from the time as well as some current material. The book will prove to be a handy reference of all the known flags for historians, wargamers, modelers, and re-enactors.1 vol, 70 pgs 2021 UK, REDCREST PUBLICATIONS
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1-219585 Mugnai, Bruno WAR AND SOLDIERS IN THE EARLY REIGN OF LOUIS XIV: Volume 5: The Portuguese Army 1659-1690 In December 1640, the native dynasty of Braganza ascended to the Portuguese Throne. This event heralded the end Spanish domination in Portugal that had started in 1580. Following the Restoration, an ill-prepared Portuguese David found itself having to face a tormented but not exhausted Spanish Goliath. The new national army was raised in such a short period of time, to be considered almost unique in European military history.

Covers the Portuguese army organization and campaigns, uniforms, and ensigns. Includes 8 special commissioned color plates and uses after archival and unpublished sources along with many contemporary pictures. Includes 72 b/w illustrations, 7 b/w maps, 8 color plates, and 10 tables.1 vol, 202 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-228740 Carmichael, Ewan LIKE A BRAZEN WALL: The Battle of Minden, 1759, and Its Place in the Seven Years War Balanced examination of the Battle of Minden: Applauding, where due, the dash and elan of the French and Saxon opponents of the English; Examining the enduring challenges of multinationality by considering the relationships between Britain and her German allies; Reviewing the role of the leader by reconsidering the strengths and weaknesses of Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick; and reviewing the role of the British horse and its controversial commander, Sackville.

The battle and the operations leading up to it provide lessons in leadership, command and control, communications, understanding of terrain, maneuver, deception, concentration of force, mutual support, liaison with allies, and discipline. Explains the strategic necessity of British involvement in an Anglo-German allied army in Europe as well as describes the tactical detail of Minden and the parallel battle of Gohfeld, including a review of the effectiveness of British musketry.

Orders of battle, uniform details and an illustrated battlefield tour are included, as are 5 maps, 26 photos, 5 b/w illustrations, 1 color ill, 16pp of tables, and 4pp of uniform plates.1 vol, 278 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-228810 Lapray, Olivier HASTENBECK 1757: The French Army and the Opening Campaign of the Seven Years War Covers the campaign of the French armies in Westphalia that saw its climax play out around the village of Hastenbeck on 26 July 1757, where the forces of Marechal d'Estrees gained a victory that came close to knocking Hanover out of the war. Having left their garrisons four months earlier, they had come to battle at the gates of Hanover after having traveled more than 600 kilometers through the Low Countries and into Germany. Includes 10 maps, 8 b/w images, and 8pp of color plates.1 vol, 152 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-228790 Whitburn, Bill DUST OF GLORY: The First Anglo-Afghan War 1839-1842 - Its Causes and Course Explores the causes of the First Anglo-Afghan War and describes its course gleaned from a multitude of sources supported by seventeen sketch maps of key actions. No lessons were learnt as five more conflicts were to follow in this country that only produces fruit, nuts and opium. Includes 12 b/w ills. 23 color illustrations, and 17 b/w maps.

The Russian-sponsored attack by the Shah of Persia on Herat was the latest move in the long-running tournament for predominant influence in Central Asia called the Great Game. Its proximity to India could not be tolerated as it threatened British designs for the expansion of trade along the Indus valley.

Urged on by hawkish secretaries, hoodwinked by the wily Maharaja of Punjab, and prompted by his political masters in London, the ostensibly peaceful Governor-General of India, Lord Auckland, ordered the assembly of a vast army to counter the Persian move. The opportunity was also to be used to replace Shah Shuja back on his ancestral throne of Afghanistan.

At the eleventh hour, Persia withdrew from its failed attack and to many a sage observer, Lord Auckland should have ordered his army back to barracks. Instead, an army of 10,000 soldiers, 50,000 transport animals and 30,000 camp followers advanced in December 1839 for the single purpose of regime change.1 vol, 428 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-228730 Rossino, Alexander THEIR MARYLAND: The Army of Northern Virginia From the Potomac Crossing to Sharpsburg in September 1862 Addresses issues: Did supply problems in Virginia force Lee north to press the advantage he had won after the Battle of Second Manassas? What did Rebel troops believe about the strength of secessionist sentiment in Maryland, and why? Did the entire Army of Northern Virginia really camp at Best's Farm near Frederick, Maryland? Did D. H. Hill lose Special Orders No. 191, or is there more to the story? How did Maryland civilians respond to the Rebel army in their midst, and what part did women play? Finally, why did Robert E. Lee choose to fight at Sharpsburg, and how personally was he involved in directing the fighting?

Reassesses the history of Robert E. Lee's 1862 Maryland Campaign in seven chapters:

Rebel Revolutionary: Did Robert E. Lee Hope to Foment Rebellion in Maryland in September 1862
High Hope for Liberating Maryland: The Army of Northern Virginia Crosses the Potomac River, September 4-7, 1862
Four Days on the Monocacy: Confederate Encampments Near Frederick City and the Implications for the Lost Orders Debate
Dreams Dashed on the Rocks of Reality: The Army of Northern Virginia's Mixed Reception in Maryland
Rebels Photographed in Frederick, Maryland: The Case for September 1862
The Army of Northern Virginia Makes a Stand: A Critical Assessment of Robert E. Lee's Defensive Strategy at Sharpsburg on September 15-16, 1862
A Very Personal Fight: The Role of Robert E. Lee on the Field at Sharpsburg, September 17, 18621 vol, 312 pgs 2021 US, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-228760 Mitchinson, K W OF NO EARTHLY USE: The 2nd Line Territorial Force Divisions and the Western Front Examines the UK's 2nd Line's struggle to reach establishment, discover a role, and achieve a degree of efficiency. These difficulties defined the emerging qualities and ethos of the formations and of their component units. Analyses of their performances in different battlefield scenarios affords assessments of the divisions' fighting power. Their acquisition of battlefield skills, their conceptual understanding of the war's evolving character, and their development of organizational and command structures are examined critically through the prism of both contemporary and modern doctrine.

In addition to the experiences of general trench warfare, 2nd Line divisions fought at Fromelles, Bullecourt, Third Ypres, Cambrai, and in the German offensive of March 1918. In the same way as for many divisions, some of their engagements were poorly planned, ill-prepared, and badly executed; others demonstrated a developing maturity and willingness to learn from mistakes. Includes 36 color photos, 8 maps, and 11 tables.1 vol, 320 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-228770 Storr, Jim BATTLEGROUP!: The Lessons of the Unfought Battles of the Cold War Discusses whether any supposed British superiority at the unit level, or superior American equipment and technology, would have as much effect on stopping a possible Warsaw Pact attack as the Bundeswehr's apparent mastery of formation tactics.

Investigates the unfought land battles of the Cold War on the Central Front of the 1980s and looks solely at high-intensity, conventional warfare largely from NATO's perspective. Concentrates on the lower tactical levels: how a company to brigade might delay, defend, and withdraw then switch to advance, attack, and counterattack. Covers fighting in woods, built up areas, and at night as well as role of air support on land operations. Considers the tactics, organization and equipment and of the American, British, West German, French and Soviet armies. Includes 15 b/w maps, 26 figures, 2 graphs, and 15 tables.1 vol, 320 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-938016 Various STRATEGY & TACTICS QUARTERLY #16: China - The Next War w/ Map Poster China - The Next War: China has been expanding its reach economically, politically, and militarily. The US remains its chief adversary on every level, but what strategies will be most effective in containing the burgeoning superpower? China's long history gives it a wealth of political-military principles to direct its likely moves; the failure to understand them could doom its opposition. This is an examination of the potential for war, and of its disparate battlefields in the air, on land, at and under the sea, in space, and in the digital world.1 vol, 116 pgs 2021 US, DECISION GAMES
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