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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
Weekly eFlyer: 12/03/2020

1-UMEG019 Hall, Simon MORTEM ET GLORIAM 15mm STARTER ARMY: Early Imperial Roman This 15mm MeG Pacto Starter Army contains 77 Ultracast plastic figures:

3 x mounted command (general, standard, bodyguard)
6 x foot command (2 x general, standard, musician)
14 x veteran legionary infantry (assorted mix of two poses with gladius)
28 x legionary infantry (assorted mix of poses with pilum)
14 x auxiliary infantry (assorted mix of poses with sword)
12 x cavalry (assorted mix of two poses) 1 vol, 240 pgs 2020 UK, PLASTIC SOLDIER
NEW-boxed set, 2nd edition ......$48.00 rct

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1-UMEG020 Hall, Simon MORTEM ET GLORIAM 15mm STARTER ARMY: Gallic This 15mm MeG Pacto Starter Army contains 89 Ultracast plastic figures:

3 x mounted command (assorted mix of poses)
7 x foot command (assorted mix of poses)
21 x naked fanatic infantry (assorted mix of poses)
42 x warrior infantry (assorted mix of poses)
6 x noble cavalry (assorted mix of poses)
12 x unarmoured cavalry (assorted mix of poses)
4 x slinger infantry (assorted mix of poses)
4 x javelin infantry (assorted mix of poses)1 vol, 240 pgs 2020 UK, PLASTIC SOLDIER
NEW-boxed set, 2nd edition ......$48.00 rct

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1-UMEG025 Hall, Simon MORTEM ET GLORIAM 15mm STARTER ARMY: Hundred Year's War English This 15mm MeG Pacto Starter Army contains 101 Ultracast plastic figures:

3 x mounted generals (assorted mix of poses)
6 x foot command (6 different poses)
18 x foot men-at-arms (assorted mix of poses)
54 x longbowmen (assorted mix of poses, armoured and unarmoured)
30 x billmen (assorted mix of poses)1 vol, 240 pgs 2020 UK, PLASTIC SOLDIER
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1-UMEG026 Hall, Simon MORTEM ET GLORIAM 15mm STARTER ARMY: Carthaginian This 15mm MeG Pacto Starter Army contains 81 Ultracast plastic figures:

3 x mounted generals
30 x African spearmen (assorted mix of poses; 18 in mail armour & 12 in linen armour)
24 x Gallic warriors (assorted mix of poses)
6 x Punic cavalry (assorted mix of poses)
6 x Spanish cavalry (assorted mix of poses)
12 x Numidian cavalry (assorted mix of poses)1 vol, 240 pgs 2020 UK, PLASTIC SOLDIER
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1-1911821 Grant, Charles WARGAMERS' ANNUAL 2021 Includes: Siege of Aligarth; How to write an Osprey Book: C17th Polish Hussars: El-Teb; Dark Age Challenge; Berg Lancers: Lamdsknechts; Palestine 1917: How to make Rocks; Sudan; Interplanetary Campaign1 vol, 104 pgs 2019 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
NEW-dj, available mid December 2020 ......$30.00 rct

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1-916453 various MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue #453 with Wargames Atlantic Haflings sprue Contents:
Rio Grande: Part 3 of 4 on Texas Revolution
Wargames Atlantic: Q & A, Painting and Assembling Halflings and use in Oathmark
Command Decision: Napoleonic Peninsular Campaign
Viking Steel: Simple Dark Age Rules
Oathmark Historical: Using the Rules for Wars of the Roses, Ancients, etc. Part 2 of 2
ACW Battle of Big Bethel: Part 2 of 3
Scratchbuild: Elder Scrolls - Part 2 of 2
Send 3 and 4: Dealing with death and guidance on insurance for your figure and wargames collection
Last word with the writer of Rapid Fire and club news. 1 vol, 96 pgs 2020 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
NEW-softcover, available mid December 2020 ......$9.00 rct

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1-2222510 Cristini, Luca Stefano & Gianpaolo Bistulfi PLAY THE ANCIENT GREEK WARS: Paper Soldiers Booklet of paper soldiers to cut out and play the period on the tabletop.

From the Trojan war, to the Persian conflicts up to the Macedonian conquest, through great battles from Marathon to Issus. Cradle of Western civilization, the foundations of modern thought were laid in ancient Greece, but also bloody battles and total wars were fought. It is the epic story of the hoplite, armed with a shield, helmet, breastplate and greaves. And also of the Macedonian phalanx. By reviewing the most significant armies and clashes, on land and sea, of a failed empire.1 vol, 52 pgs 2020 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
NEW-pb, [English text], available late December 2020 ......$39.00 rct

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1-222258 Cristini, Luca Stefano & Gianpaolo Bistulfi PLAY THE NAVAL BATTLE OF LEPANTO 1571: Paper Ships Booklet of paper soldiers to cut out and play the period on the tabletop.

The greatest naval battle fought in the Mediterranean in the last two thousand years, a resounding victory for the fleet of the Holy League that united Venice, Spain and the Pope against the Ottoman enemy. A battle that was anything but decisive, but remained forever in the collective memory. Just look at the Ottoman and Christian galleys in the splendid plates of this book: born from the same technology, from the same civilization; identical if not for the flags waving on the mast!1 vol, 52 pgs 2020 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
NEW-pb, [English text], available late December 2020 ......$39.00 rct

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1-222259 Cristini, Luca Stefano & Gianpaolo Bistulfi PLAY THE NAVAL BATTLE OF TSUSHIMA 1905: Paper Ships Booklet of paper soldiers to cut out and play the period on the tabletop.

The battle of Tsushima fought on 27-28th May 1905 was the major naval battle fought between Russia and Japan during the Russo-Japanese war. It was naval history's first decisive sea battle fought by modern steel battleship fleets, and the first naval battle in which wireless telegraphy played a critically important role. In this battle the Japanese fleet under Admiral Togo Heihachiro destroyed two-thirds of the Russian fleet under Admiral Zinovy Rozhestvensky, which had travelled over 18,000 nautical miles (33,000 km) to reach the far East. The battle of Tsushima is by far the greatest and the most important naval event since Trafalgar!!1 vol, 52 pgs 2020 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
NEW-pb, [English text], available late December 2020 ......$39.00 rct

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1-225890 van Dop, Peter DE RE BELLOLUDI: Ancient and Medieval rules - Bundle Fun, Fast and Furious! Bundle includes: Rules set, Two commander dice and the De Re BelloLudi card deck.

This ruleset simulates battles in the period of 2000 BCE to roughly 1500 CE, the age which includes Empires as Alexander the Great's Macedonians, Rome, Carthage, Genghis Khan and Charlemagne.

The game is designed as a multiplayer game but will work just as fine with only two players or even solo. It is written for people with no prior wargame experience, but has enough depth to entertain the experienced wargamers as well. The army structure that is presented, can be easily adapted to the number of miniatures that you have available. Albeit that a large army look suitably impressive. Hopefully, playing the game will encourage you to create your own armies. Similarly, the distances are given in inches for use with 28mm scale soldiers. Feel free to adapt to centimeters should you do not have the space or use a smaller scale of miniatures.

In an ideal battlefield situation the enemy was pinned in place by the threat of cavalry or disorganised by the missiles of infantry. Once this was accomplished, other units could deliver the coup de grace. Tactics were therefore based on teamwork between units, or even armies. Every unit would have its own specific task and if they executed their tasks in unison, success was often achieved.

The aim in this game, is not to annihilate the enemy's units to the last man, but to inflict enough damage, indicated by chips, that morale is reduced and the unit will become shaken or will run away in panic and removed from the tabletop. By a combination of movement, shooting, and dashing cavalry charges, this can be achieved. The tactics are based on teamwork. Not only within a group, but also between groups and as such, the whole army.

Your role will be that of a commander in an ancient or medieval army. Should more than two players per side be available, one of you will play the part of Commander-in Chief or general. 1 vol, 20 pgs 2020 NETHERLANDS, BELLOLUDI
NEW-dj, available early December 2020 ......$48.00 rct

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1-996358 Battistelli, Pier 358 THE BALKANS 1940-41 (1): ): Mussolini's Fatal Blunder in the Greco-Italian War In the wake of Italy's rapid annexation of Albania in April 1940, Mussolini's decision to attack Greece in October that year is widely acknowledged as a fatal mistake, leading to a domestic crisis and to the collapse of Italy's reputation as a military power (re-emphasized by the Italian defeat in North Africa in December 1940). The Italian assault on Greece came to a stalemate in less than a fortnight, and was followed a week later by a Greek counter-offensive that broke through the Italian defences before advancing into Albania, forcing the Italian forces to withdraw north before grinding to a half in January 1941 due to logistical issues. Eventually, the Italians took advantage of this brief hiatus to reorganize and prepare a counteroffensive, the failure of which marked the end of the first stage of the Axis Balkan campaign.

The first of two volumes examining the Axis campaigns in the Balkans, this book offers a detailed overview of the Italian and Greek armies, their fighting power, and the terrain in which they fought. Complimented by rarely seen images and full colour illustrations, it shows how expectations of an easy Italian victory quickly turned into one of Mussolini's greatest blunders.1 vol, 96 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-softcover, available late January 2021 ......$24.00 DISCOUNT:15% inc

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1-996359 Forczyk, Robert 359 STALINGRAD 1942-43 (1): The German Advance to the Volga After failing to defeat the Soviet Union with Operation Barbarossa in 1941, Adolf Hitler planned a new campaign for the summer of 1942 that was intended to achieve a decisive victory: Operation Blue (Case Blau). In this new campaign, Hitler directed that one army group (Heeresgruppe A) would advance to seize the Soviet oilfields in the Caucasus, while the other (Heeresgruppe B) pushed on to the Volga River.

The expectation was for a rapid victory - instead, German forces had to fight hard just to reach the outskirts of Stalingrad, and then found themselves embroiled in a protracted urban battle amid the ruins of a devastated city on the Volga. The Soviet Red Army was hit hard by the initial German offensive but held onto the city and then launched Operation Uranus, a winter counteroffensive that encircled the German 6. Armee at Stalingrad. Despite a desperate German relief operation, the Red Army eventually crushed the German forces and hurled the remnants of the German southern front back in disorder.

This first volume in the Stalingrad trilogy covers the period from 28 June to 11 September 1942, including operations around Voronezh. The fighting in the Don Bend, which lasted weeks, comprised some of the largest tank battles of World War II - involving more armour than the tanks employed at Prokhorovka in 1943.1 vol, 96 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-softcover, available late January 2021 ......$24.00 DISCOUNT:15% inc

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1-964031 Various ANCIENT HISTORY MAGAZINE # 31: Travel and tourism in antiquity Theme:
Ancient Egyptians Look Abroad: From Traders to Fantastic Tales
On Godhood and Impossible Knots: Alexander's Travels in Egypt
Hadrian Tours the Empire: The Restless Emperor
A Roman Passenger at Sea: Knowing the Ropes
The Periegesis of Pausanias: Travelling Ancient Greece
Military Tourism in the Roman World: The Lure of the Unknown

Features:
Exploring South Arabia's Ancient Kingdoms: Yemen - From Sheba to Jerusalem
Riding with the Bedouin Warrior-Poets of Arabia: Vengeance and Honour in the Desert
Ancient Rome's Fishiest Condiment: Garum - Big Business, Big Flavour
Plagues and the Bronze Age Collapse: Naue II Swords, Germs, and Iron
1 vol, 68 pgs 2020 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
NEW-dj, available mid December 2020 ......$11.00 rct

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1-225910 Brown, Peter ARMY OF GEORGE II 1727-1760: The Soldiers who Forged an Empire The Army of George II came during a period when Britain rose to prominence as a world power, defeating the French in India, North America, and the Caribbean and fighting them in two major wars in Europe. This was the army that crushed French colonial ambitions and in so doing laid the groundwork for the British Empire. Great leaders emerged, such as Robert Clive and James Wolfe, whilst the private soldiers proved themselves to be adaptable, stoic, and brave in the face of extreme hardship.

Details how the army was recruited, funded, and functioned day-to-day, plus uniforms worn by infantry, artillery, and cavalry how they were organised, paid, and punished. Offers insights into the logistics of 18th century warfare, how the soldiers performed in European and colonial battles and what medical treatment they could expect when the battles were over. Includes 49 b/w illustrations and 16 pages of color plates. 1 vol, 314 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-dj, available mid December 2020 ......$60.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-225880 Insch, Stuart WARGAMING THE SUGAR ISLANDS CAMPAIGN: A Guide to the British Expedition to Martinique and Guadeloupe in 1759 Wargaming guide to the British Invasion of Martinique and Guadeloupe with detailed summary of the events, the leaders, the forces involved, and the islands. Includes info on suitable figures, scenery, and rule sets to use plus period maps detailing the landing areas and land fought over. Also contains six scenarios, each with a detailed color layout and with special rules, and a simple campaign and special events. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-225900 Arnold, James OCTOBER TRIUMPH: Napoleon's Invasion of Germany, 1806 Relies on primary sources to give voice to the French, Saxon, and Prussian participants. Alongside Crisis in the Snows and Napoleon's Triumph, it completes the 1806-1807 campaign trilogy. Well illustrated with recent battlefield photographs, 35 maps, paintings, and drawings, it offers a fresh interpretation of one of Napoleon's foundational victories. 1 vol, 392 pgs 2020 US, JAMES ARNOLD
NEW-dj ......$56.00 rct

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