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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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1-212748 Gray, Bill AGE OF VALOR:Revolution 1848 This is an independent Age of Valor (AOV) expansion mini-module for Age of Eagles II (also known as Napoleonic Fire & Fury) for The Schleswig-Holstein Question, The Hungarian Revolution and the The 1st Italian Risorgimento

As such AOE II is needed to properly play this game. In most cases all rules changes have been embedded in the Data Charts as well as the charts and tables on the Quick Reference Sheet. All players need to do is use these new specifications or DRMs with the original rules, then play as normal. Changes unique to the period and the subject of this expansion set, are found within the rules.1 vol, 52 pgs 2020 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-216672 Hilton, Barry A TASTE OF VICTORY It contains 18 scenarios for Beneath the Lily Banners

The period covered by these scenarios is 1676 to 1693. The theatres are: Skane Wars, Great Turkish War, Morean War, Tangier, Sedgemoor Rebellion, Jacobite Wars in Ireland and Scotland, Nine Years War in Flanders, Rhineland, The Caribbean and North America.1 vol, 116 pgs 2020 UK, LEAGUE OF AUGSBERG
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1-225970 Lacy, Ben VICTORIA CROSS - WWII Skirmish Scenarios Victoria Cross presents a series of skirmish scenarios that allows you to
recreate the heroic exploits of Second World War VC recipients. In this United Kingdom
tribute, you will be able to read the extraordinary accounts of how these soldiers
overcame insurmountable odds in the prosecution of their duty. The character sheets will
endow you with the attributes of these great men. Just fill in your name and see if you
can replicate their conspicuous gallantry and devotion to country in the presence of the
enemy.1 vol, 70 pgs 2020 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-225960 Adoloh, Anthony BRUTUS OF TROY: And the Quest for the Ancestry of the British The book covers the story of Britain's search for its identity before and after the arrival of Christianity, leading up to the invention of the seeds of the Brutus myth in the 600s AD.

It charts the development of his myth into a fully blown adventure story under the pen of Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 1100s.

It then explores Brutuss story through the Middle Ages, as the centerpiece of Britain's national consciousness and an important tool in royal and national propaganda and foreign policy (i.e. his myth was used as an excuse for invading Wales and Scotland).

The book then charts the way his myth dropped out of mainstream politics and history after the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and lived on in a new afterlife in literature. Though no longer part of the way Britain sees itself now (though maybe this book will change that!), the Brutus myth has been used in many alternative theories about Britain's origins and is still believed in by a small but hard core of Christians who see him as the divine instrument by which the ancestors of the Americans reached Britain in the first place
1 vol, 240 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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2-194111 Champion, Jeffrey TYRANTS OF SYRACUSE: War in Ancient Sicily Vol 1: 480-367 BC Covers one of the most important classical cities, Syracuse, and its struggles (both internal and external) for freedom and survival. Situated at the heart of the Mediterranean, Syracuse was caught in the middle as Carthage, Pyrrhus of Epirus, Athens, and then Rome battled to gain control of Sicily. The threat of expansionist enemies on all sides made for a tumultuous situation within the city, resulting in repeated coups that created a series of remarkable tyrants, such as Gelon, Timoleon, and Dionysius. Includes 8 pages b/w plates and 10 maps and diagrams.

This first volume traces the course of Syracuse's wars under the tyrants from the Battle of Himera (480 BC) against the Carthaginians down to the death of Dionysius I (367 BC), whose reign proved to be the high tide of the city's power and influence. One of the highlights along the way is the city's heroic resistance to, and eventual decisive defeat of, the Athenian expeditionary force that besieged them for over two years (415-413 BC), an event with massive ramifications for the Greek world. This is the eventful life story of one of the forgotten major powers of the ancient Mediterranean world. 1 vol, 272 pgs 2010 UK, PEN & SWORD BOOKS
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1-225920 Elliot, Simon ROMANS AT WAR: The Roman Military in the Republic and Empire Provides a detailed background to the Roman Republic and Empire to provide context for an examination of the Roman military in its three key chronological phases: the Republic, the Principate Empire, and the Dominate Empire. Forensically examines specific instances of the Roman military on campaign, in battle, and engaged in engineering. Finally, investigates the many enemies faced by the Roman Republic and Empire. Over 250 color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations included.

The Roman military machine was preeminent in the ancient world, projecting power across the known world over a vast chronology, and an increasingly huge and diverse geography. One of the most powerful instruments of war in the history of conflict, it proved uniquely adept at learning from setbacks, always coming back the stronger for it. In so doing it displayed two of the most important traits associated with the world of Rome. Firstly grit, that key ability to remain steadfast and to overcome adversity even in the most challenging of circumstances, as faced for example by the Republic in the Second Punic War against Hannibal. Secondly, the ability to copy the successful technical and tactical innovations of their enemies, enabling the Roman military to always stay one step ahead of its opponents on campaign and in battle. 1 vol, 304 pgs 2020 US, CASEMATE
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1-225940 Wright, Arthur ENGLISH COLLUSION AND THE NORMAN CONQUEST Comprehensive analysis of 11th century warfare as exposed in the record of the Norman Conquest of England. King William I experienced a lifetime of conflict on and off so many battlefields. Examines whether he received an undeserved reputation bestowed on him by clerics ignorant alike of warfare, politics, economics, the secular world, and writing 50 years after events reported to them by doubtful sources. How much of this popular legend was actually created by an avaricious Church?

Was William just a lucky, brutal soldier, or was he instead a gifted English King who could meld cultures and talents? This tale of blood, deceit, ambition, and power politics pieces together the self-interested distortion of events, brutalizing conflict, and strategic concerns by analyzing extensive contemporary evidence.

By 1072, King William should have been secure upon the English throne, so what went wrong? How did a Norman Duke and a few thousand mercenaries take and hold such a wealthy and populous Kingdom? Even in the 'Harrowing of the North', which probably saw the death of tens of thousands, who was really to blame and why did it happen? 1 vol, 224 pgs 2020 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-225930 Fields, Nic LEPANTO 1571: Christian and Muslim Fleets Battle for Control of the Mediterranean The battle of Lepanto was the last major battle between fleets of oar-powered war ships. The battle of Lepanto has long been considered one of the decisive naval battles of history. Yet, the savage fighting on Sunday, 7 October 1571 left the strategic map unchanged and the defeated Ottoman Turks were able to replace their losses and launch a new fleet the following year. Includes 20 color illustrations.

Re-examines the battle and concludes that, while it merely confirmed a strategic reality that had already emerged during the 16th century (i.e. that naval supremacy lay with the Sublime Porte in the eastern Mediterranean, and with Habsburg Spain and its Catholic allies in the western Mediterranean), it's vital importance was psychological. It sank the perception of Ottoman dominance and the inevitability of Islam's westward encroachment beyond the Balkans.

With over 200 ships per side, it was the largest naval battle in sixteen centuries and the last major fight between fleets composed entirely of the muscle-driven galley. These slender ships were the direct descendants of the Classical trireme but carried cannon and marines bearing firearms, although massed archery and cold steel still played a major role on the fateful day.
1 vol, 224 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-COM1120 Southard, Jon THE CONQUISTADORS: The Spanish Conquest of the Americas - 1518-1548 Your first task will be to seek out and discover the great Indian cities and empires of Central and South America as known in 1520 -- which may appear in their historical locations, or in quite different places.

Playable by one to five players, with an introductory Basic Game, a more involved Standard Game, and some optional rules. While the normal game system requires two or more players, solitaire play is enabled by a special solitaire module.

Product Information:
Complexity: Low to Medium 3/4/5 out of 10 (Basic/Standard/plus Optional Rules)
Solitaire Suitability: High (solitaire scenario), Low (other scenarios)
Time Scale: variable, one turn = 3 to 18 months
Map Scale: abstract, point-to-point area map covers Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru
Unit Scale: Individual leaders, 3 to 25 Spanish troops, up to several thousand Indian troops
Players: one or two
Playing Time: three hours (Basic Game), four to six hours (Standard Game)

Components:
Two Maps - each approximately 28 x 20 inches
Two Countersheets (5/8 size)
Deck of 130 Strategy/Conquistador Cards
Deck of 26 Asset Cards
Rules booklet
Four Player Aid Cards
One Logsheet 8.5 x 11
Two 6-sided dice
1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-225950 Saunders, Tim THE LIGHT DIVISION IN THE PENINSULA WAR: 1811-1814 By the middle of 1811, Brigadier General Robert Craufurd's Light Division was emerging as the elite of the Peninsular Army and Wellington was seeking opportunities to go over to the offensive, following the expulsion of Marshal Massena from Portugal. 30 black and white illustrations & 15 black and white maps

After a period of outpost duty for the Light Division on the familiar ground of the Spanish borders, Wellington seized 'the keys to Spain' in the epic sieges of Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz. Still reeling from the loss of General Craufurd, 'The Division' led the army against Marshal Marmont and after a protracted period of marching and counter marching, the French were finally brought to battle at Salamanca. As a result of King Joseph being driven out of Madrid, the French marshals united and in the autumn of 1812, the British were driven back to Ciudad Rodrigo in another gruelling retreat.

With news of Napoleon's disaster in Russia and with reinforcements from Britain, Wellington prepared his army to drive the French from the Peninsular. A lightening march across Spain to cut the Great Road found King Joseph and Marshal Jourdan at Vitoria and the resulting battle, in which the Light Division fought their way into the heart of the French position, was a triumph of arms for Wellington's light troops.

The pursuit into the Pyrenees, had a sting in the tail when Marshal Soult mounted counter offensives in an attempt to relieve San Sebastian and Pamplona. Having thrown the French back and with the Sixth Coalition intact, the Light Division fought their way through the mountains and into Napoleon's France.

With the allies closing in on all sides, the French fought on into 1814 and the Light Bobs had further fighting before the spoils of peace in a war-weary France could be enjoyed1 vol, 272 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-930326 various STRATEGY & TACTICS # 326 The Battle of Mukden 1905 Mukden 1905 is a two-player simulation (easily adapted for solitaire play) of the climactic struggle of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. Both players have the opportunity to attack and defend, but the main burden of the offensive is on the Japanese player. Scale: Each hex represents three miles (4.9 kilometers). The units of maneuver are regiments, brigades, divisions and one (cavalry) corps. Each full turn represents two days of real time.



Components: One 22' x 34' map & 228 counters.
1 vol, 84 pgs 2020 US, DECISION GAMES
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1-938012 Various STRATEGY & TACTICS QUARTERLY # 12 - The Battle Of Mukden Few weapons have come and gone so precipitously as the modern battleship. HMS Dreadnought, launched in 1906, instantly made every other battleship obsolete. Though only a single major dreadnought battle was ever fought, at Jutland in 1916, the race continued after the Great War. The sheer expense drove the leading naval powers to the conference table to limit the size of ships and fleets, providing an opening for pariah nations, the soon-to-be Axis, to leap ahead in battleship design, only to be overtaken by greater Allied shipbuilding capacity and the maturation of the aircraft carrier. 1 vol, 48 pgs 2020 US, DECISION GAMES
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1-ATO2018 various AGAINST THE ODDS 2018 ANNUAL: Sea Monsters! (Naval Wargames) Iron and Fire is a moderate level complexity game covering the battles fought by the Peruvian Ironclad Huascar during the 1879 War of the Pacific against Chile. It basically outclassed everything it met and gobbled them up...until Chile concentrated their ships. Multiple scenarios.

First Strike is a solo game that looks at the first strike by carrier aircraft in military history, the British air raid on Christmas Day, 1914, against Cuxhaven. Using seaplane tenders and seaplanes, the goal was to not just strike at the Zeppelin sheds, but also hopefully lure out, engage, and destroy any elements of the Imperial German Navy that came out to strike back at the raiders. Includes air strike and sea battles involving Zepplins, U-boats, and capital ships.

Under Ten Flags starts early in 1939 when the German merchant raider Atlantis made its way into the South Atlantic to sink and capture Allied cargo vessels. Its crew used their skill in disguising the appearance of the vessel to aid its encounters or avoid enemy warships. The journey of the raider Atlantis lasted for almost two years, traveling over 100,000 miles in 602 days.

XXI is a solitaire game set in 1943 that challenges the player (acting as both Armaments Minister Speer and Grand Adm Donitz) to organize and complete construction of a fleet (or at least 'enough') of the new German Type XXI submarine -- then unleash the wonder weapon on the Allied convoys. However, this new sub is far larger, more complex, expensive, and resource and manpower intensive than previous submarines. Just a few of these new Type XXIs will do nothing. Only a radical transformation in shipbuilding techniques to mass produce the design - backed by the ruthless will to succeed - will enable this 'wonder weapon' to arrive in time...

Includes magazine with articles on Seapower Through the Ages, Huascar, Cuxhaven, 'Modernizing' Wargames, Eastern Front: Napoleon and Hitler, Analysis of ATO's Pocket Battle Games (Postcard Games), and Designing Games Tips and Techniques.
1 vol, 60 pgs 2020 US, AGAINST THE ODDS
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1-2171218 Beraud, Yves GERMAN MOUNTAIN TROOPS: 1939-42 Volume in the Casemate Illustrated Series contains 38 black and white photos, 150 (!) color photos, three black and white illustrations, and six color illustrations. The period color photos, admittedly some are not particularly super sharp, are published here for the first time. Covers 15 elite mountain divisions and a multitude of small units that fought for the Wehrmacht during World War II in Poland, Norway, France, Balkans, Crete, Soviet Union, and Finland. This book, the culmination of some four decades of research and the support of many veterans and collectors, describes the life, operations and equipment of these specialist units1 vol, 128 pgs 2020 US, CASEMATE
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