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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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1-944036 Herman, Mark C3i # 36: DESERT VICTORY: North Africa, 1940-1942 C3i Nr 36 features Trevor Bender's Desert Victory: North Africa, 1940-1942 -- the next chapter in the C3i Combined Arms Series that first debuted with Nr 34's Kursk (Winner of the Charles S. Roberts Award for Best Magazine Wargame 2021). This includes a 22x34-inch map with 80 counters and two Player Aids. Also: Articles on board games Pacific War, Twilight Struggle: Red Sea, Blind Swords, Baetis Campaign, and more. Also inserts for SPQR Variant (Skirmishers, Velites and Light Troops Revisited).1 vol, 100 pgs 2022 US, RBM STUDIO LLC
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1-939006 Forsyth, Robert 006 ME 262: Northwest Europe 1944-45 Examines technical aspects of flying the ME-262 jet fighter, using first-hand accounts from German pilots as well as what it was like to fly against the jets with first-hand accounts from US pilots. Follow the exploits of veteran Jagdwaffe aces such as Adolf Galland, Walter Krupinski and Johannes Steinhoff with action-packed ribbon diagrams, battlescenes, armament views and maps. Towards the end of the war, availability of machines and trained pilots was scarce, limiting the impact of the fighter on Allied air operations. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2023 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-972069 Galeotti, Mark 069 TEUTONIC KNIGHT vs LITHUANIAN WARRIOR: The Lithuanian Crusade 1283-1435 Examines the fighting men of the Teutonic Order and Grand Duchy of Lithuania, assessing their origins, tactics, armament and combat effectiveness in three clashes of the Lithuanian Crusade: Voplaukis (1311), siege of Kaunas (1362), and Grunwald (1410). Analyzes the expansion of Teutonic control over Prussia, plus parts of what we now know as Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.1 vol, 80 pgs 2023 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-975085 Zaloga, Steven 085 INFANTRY ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILES: Man-Portable Air Defense Systems Charts the technological evolution of the man-portable air defense system (MANPADS) that began in the mid-1950s. Explores their combat usage and the lessons from these encounters and surveys the various methods developed as countermeasures to the MANPADS threat.

The first generation of MANPADS, such as the US Army's Redeye and the Soviet Strela-2 (SA-7 Grail), saw combat use in the Vietnam War in 1972 and the Yom Kippur War of 1973. The next generation of infrared-guided MANPADS, such as the US Stinger and Soviet Igla, came to prominence following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Since the 1970s, MANPADS have been used in innumerable wars, border conflicts, civil wars, and insurrections. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2023 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-985008 008 THE KOREAN WAR Updated and revised edition. Provides a concise overview of the so-called 'Forgotten War' in Korea, fought from 1950 to 1953, as the most powerful countries in the world engaged in a major conventional war in Korea. Examines how the West demonstrated its resolve to thwart Communist aggression even as the armed forces of China entered the war. 1 vol, 144 pgs 2023 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-985042 042 CAESAR'S CIVIL WAR Updated and revised edition offers an overview of Rome's Civil War between Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great. Together they had brought vast stretches of territory under Roman dominion, but in 49 BC they turned against each other and plunged Rome into civil war. Legion was pitched against legion in a vicious battle for political domination of the vast Roman world. The armies were evenly matched, but in the end, Caesar's genius as a commander and his great good luck brought him victory in 45 BC.1 vol, 144 pgs 2023 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997248 D'Amato, Raffaele 248 POST-ROMAN KINGDOMS: Dark Ages Gaul & Britain, AD 450-800 Drawing on archaeological finds, contemporary sculpture, and manuscript illuminations, presents contemporary evidence for 5th to 9th-century Gallic and British Dark Age armies and reconstructs their way of life and the battles they fought. The text, accompanied by photographs and colour illustrations, paints an intricate picture of how these disparate groups of Roman soldiers survived and adapted on the fringes of the Roman Empire.

The collapse of the former Western Roman Empire during the so called 'Dark Ages' c. AD 410 was gradual and piecemeal. Out of this vacuum arose regional tribes and leaders determined to take back kingdoms that were theirs and oust any Roman presence for good. However, the Roman guard was tenacious and survived in small pockets that emerged in both Gaul and Britain. These areas of Romano-Celtic resistance held out against the Saxons until at least the mid 6th century in Britain and against the Visigoths and the Merovingian Franks until the late 8th century in France.1 vol, 64 pgs 2023 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-235490 Esposito, Gabriele MASTERS OF WARFARE: Fifty Underrated Military Commanders from Classical Antiquity to the Cold War Provides a selection of 50 commanders in chronological order whose military achievements, skill, or historical impact may be underrated by modern opinion. Thius specifically does not include the household names (the Gods of War as he calls them) such as Alexander, Julius Caesar, Wellington, Napoleon, Rommel, or Patton that have been covered in countless biographies.

Those chosen come from every period of recorded military history from the sixth century BC to the Vietnam War. The selection rectifies the European/US bias of many such surveys with Asian entries such as Bai Qi (Chinese), Attila (Hunnic), Subotai (Mongol), Ieyasu Tokugawa (Japanese), and Vo Nguyen Gi?p (Vietnamese). Naval commanders are also represented by the likes of Khayr al-Din Barbarossa, Francis Drake, and Michiel de Ruyter. Offers concise overviews of their lives, careers, and contributions to the evolution of weaponry, tactics, and strategy through the ages.1 vol, 176 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-235530 Welham, Michael COMBAT DIVERS: An Illustrated History of Special Forces Divers Provides a visual history of the special forces combat diver from World War II to the present day.

Combat divers are an elite within an elite. Every special forces combat diver is required to pass selection twice - first into the elite military unit and then a combat diving qualification. The combat dive units themselves are tiny and the operations highly classified. The role of a military diver is inevitably a lonely and a dangerous one, whether clearing mines or striking from the sea against enemy-held targets. Reveals their little-known yet fascinating operations, from Dutch Special Forces combat divers covertly operating against Somali pirates to the actions of Soviet Spetsnaz divers in Swedish territorial waters during the Cold War. It also examines how the most famous units, such as the US Navy SEALs and the Royal Navy's SBS, are currently operating and adapting to threats in a multitude of theaters.

Gives insight into specialist kit and vehicles presently used and equipment that is being developed and trialed throughout the world. Covering a variety of kit, from dry deck shelters to mini-submarines and swimmer delivery vehicles, former Royal Marines Commando Michael G. Welham draws on his own extensive diving experience to reveal exactly how this equipment is used by special forces dive teams. As their kit and equipment constantly evolve, so does the nature of their work and even the team element. Combat Divers also details the first female combat divers and includes their own first-hand accounts about their groundbreaking roles within their respective units to create a fascinating history of these elite special forces operatives.1 vol, 304 pgs 2023 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-235480 Esposito, Gabriele ARMIES OF ANGLO-SAXON ENGLAND 410-1066: History, Organization and Equipment Provides an overview of Anglo-Saxon military history, narrating the great campaigns, such as those of Alfred the Great of Wessex and Harold Godwinson. Discusses the composition of Anglo-Saxon forces, their tactics, weapons, and equipment, detailing developments across the period. Includes 100 color illustrations.

In the early 5th century, Germanic Angles, Saxons, and Jutes crossed the North Sea in increasing numbers and began settling among the ruins of the former Roman province of Britannia. This led to centuries of warfare as these Anglo-Saxons carved new, independent kingdoms at the point of the sword, fighting the native Britons and each other. From the late eighth century they also had to face the threat of the Vikings, at first as opportunistic raiders but increasingly bent on conquest. The last Viking invasion was defeated by Harold Godwinson at Stamford Bridge but he was defeated in turn by the Normans in that same fatal year of 1066, ending the Anglo-Saxon Age.1 vol, 176 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-220955 Chartrand, Rene THE ARMIES AND WARS OF THE SUN KING 1643-1715: Volume 5 -- Buccaneers and Soldiers in the Americas This volume covers near-perpetual hostilities during the 16th to the early 18th century in the West Indies and much of coastal Latin America largely caused by the newfound fantastic riches of the Americas. Details the buccaneers, militia, and regular troops of the era and the support provided by France's Sun King Louis XIV to thwart Spain. Includes 102 b/w illustrations, 24 b/w photos, 50 color illustrations, 2 color photos, 58 maps, and 2 tables.

Spain claimed the continent with its gold and silver, often eliminating foreigners by the sword. French and British corsairs and later settlers and soldiers nevertheless occupied small islands; in 1655, a British expedition occupied much larger Jamaica. Meanwhile, mostly French adventurers were roaming in the wilderness of western Haiti (then called Saint Domingue). So began a loose organization of buccaneers.

France's Sun King Louis XIV saw the opportunity to secure his small islands and Guyana by sending troops, ships, and weapons while discreetly providing support to buccaneers in Saint Domingue. Regular French troops, buccaneers, and the navy often united their efforts in expeditions such as the capture of Cartagena de Indias and Rio de Janeiro. They also fought in the Pacific and, after 1700, even escorted Spanish treasure fleets. Louis XIVs efforts were successful and, by 1715, the French domain was sizeable and amongst the most lucrative anywhere.

The remaining chapters and appendices outlay the organization of regular troops, notably the hitherto largely unknown establishments of Compagnies Franches de la Marine (independent companies of the navy) as permanent garrisons in the West Indies and Guyana, their services, lifestyles, weapons, uniforms and colors. The buccaneers will also be similarly presented and readers may expect huge differences with cinema buccaneers, the real one being in dirty linen clothes armed with distinctive buccaneers muskets of renowned accuracy and their own standards and colors.

Militiamen were also very important and often fighting. Their organization, which included Afro-Caribbeans, as well as weapons, costumes, and known uniforms are presented. Fortifications, especially their West Indian peculiarities, are further discussed. A chronology of most battles, appendices and annotated bibliography round out the work.1 vol, 340 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-235500 Childs, David NEW WORLDS OLD WARS: The Anglo-American Indian Wars 1607-1678 From the moment English settlers arrived in the New World, they encountered the native population, principally due to disputes over land ownership. To assert their rights to the country, which the English had been granted by their king without the consent of the local tribes, the English relied on their more modern weaponry. However, the settlers soon found that bows and arrows along with superior tactics and marksmanship by the Amerindians (once they had obtained muskets), made the fighting far more balanced than the settlers anticipated.

In the first war fought in Virginia (made famous by several interventions of the Powhatan princess Pocahontas), the English were almost driven out of America. They only survived thanks to reinforcements that met the fleeing settlers just before sailing back to England. Besieged behind the wooden walls of Jamestown, the English lost far many more people to disease and starvation than were killed in Amerindian attacks.

By 1635, several of the new rival colonies including the Dutch, cast covetous eyes over the broad reaches of the Connecticut River. Rather than negotiate a deal with the Pequot (the dominant native tribe), the English used a pretext to march upon the unsuspecting major Pequot settlement at Mystic where they massacred the men, women, and children. They continued to pursue and slay any survivors they chanced upon.

In 1675, threatened by land grabs, the Wampanoag leader, nicknamed King Philip, rose up against the colonists and destroyed several villages. The English in turn, marched against their one-time allies, the much larger Narragansett tribe, and once again, massacred them in their secluded swampland fort.

With most outlying settlements razed to the ground, the English were forced to adopt Amerindian tactics and in Benjamin Church they found a man who adapted and adopted native fieldcraft to become the founder of The Rangers. Church managed to track down and kill Philip -- his death brought the war in most of New England to an end. However, in Maine, the Abenaki continued to fight and to win, driving most of the settlers out of their coast-hugging townships. Many of the Abenaki were tricked into surrender and sold into slavery but by 1678, a treaty was signed that returned land to the Abenaki and the English agreed to pay tribute to the Amerindians. The failure to honor these arrangements led to six more wars between the two sides.

In the end, the seemingly endless supply of new settlers and replacement weaponry meant the English eventually would win over the land and exterminate the tribes. But while the numbers were more evenly matched, the outcome of these wars was very much in doubt.1 vol, 202 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-235510 Clammer, David LADIES, WIVES AND WOMEN: British Army Wives in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815 During the Napoleonic wars it was customary for British troops ordered on active service to take some of their wives with them. The usual proportion was six women per hundred men. The wives who were to accompany their husbands were chosen by ballot: excitement for the lucky ones and anguish for those left behind. The latter often marched with the regiment to the port of departure, desperate to remain with their men till the last moment, and there were harrowing scenes as families were separated, perhaps forever.

The women who were to accompany their husbands had to endure all the hazards of the high seas, often in slow and leaky transports. In bad weather, conditions resembled a slave ship, with men and women battened down below, rolling about and seasick in the darkness. There were storms, fires, childbirth, and sometimes shipwrecks to contend with.

Once landed in the theater of war, the women faced a life of almost constant marching in summer heat and winter cold. Most of them managed to acquire a donkey to carry their few possessions. There were no tents until late in the war, and regiments were either quartered in whatever buildings were available, or bivouacked in the open. Clothing and especially shoes wore out, and women often had to supply their wants by stripping the dead. Food was frequently in short supply, and, as they were entitled only to half a man's ration, they were notorious plunderers. This frequently resulted in brutal punishment from the provost marshals.

After battles or sieges, soldiers' wives tended the wounded, but they were also determined looters, and shared the army's besetting sin of drunkenness. Occasionally they were taken prisoner, and were sometimes involved in the actual fighting. More often they had to search a battlefield for a wounded husband or his mutilated remains. Many women were widowed, and solved the problem by quick remarriage to another soldier, some of them several times.

After the war, the survivors came home to an uncertain future. Some prospered; others slipped into penury. Some had a surprising later life, and a few earned themselves permanent memorials. Most vanished from the record. This book is an attempt to shed some light on these forgotten heroines and their part in the country's long war against the French.1 vol, 256 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-231373 Blake, Mike FORCES OF THE BOXER REBELLION & THE EIGHT POWER WAR: Volume 3 - The Dragon Subdued Third volume in a well-illustrated series offers a comprehensive account of the war, campaigns, and battles, as well as a detailed study of the armies and color uniforms involved. First two volumes are: The Dragon Provoked and The Dragon Rampant. Covers the Boxers, Imperial Chinese, and British forces.1 vol, 200 pgs 2023 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-235520 Clammer, David ONWARDS TO OMDURMAN: The Anglo-Egyptian Campaign to Reconquer the Sudan, 1896-1898 To fully understand how and why an Anglo-Egyptian army arrived to fight at Omdurman, the book takes a fresh look at the Sudan campaign as a whole, discussing how modern technology was used to overcome the vagaries of the desert and the river Nile. Thus, railway lines were built to bring troops and supplies across the desert. Communications were enhanced by miles of telegraph wire. Control of the Nile was ensured by British-built gunboats, armed with machine guns and artillery and the Anglo-Egyptian army carried modern rifles, machine guns, and artillery.

General Kitchener had witnessed Britain's failed Sudan campaign in 1884-85 to rescue General Gordon at Khartoum because of too much haste and not enough forethought. Kitchener did not make the same mistakes. Moreover, he and his officers never underestimated the fighting prowess of their enemy. Includes 30 b/w illustrations, 8 b/w photos, 9 color illustrations, and 13 maps.

Discusses how and why Britain was involved in Egypt and why the decision was made to invade Mahdist Sudan. It then considers the political, social and military organization of the Khalifa's domain. The book also examines the Egyptian army and provides details later on the British contingent. The various stages of Kitchener's advance are then discussed. Examines the 2 September 1898 battle with emphasis that the Mahdists battle plan was poorly executed, hence their defeat. Although it took another year before the Khalifa was defeated and killed, the battle at Omdurman ended a two-year campaign that had utilized the power of modern Victorian technology. 1 vol, 170 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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