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1-908409 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 409 Theme: Global Wargaming
POTENTIAL: A tour of the gaming potential offered by military history away from the usual suspects and locations.
A WORLD OF PAINTING: THE ANALOGUE HOBBIES PAINTING CHALLENGE: online gathering that encourages hobbyists from around the world to get through their painting backlog.
FIVE CENTURIES OF WARFARE IN NEW ZEALAND: Varied conflicts fought in Aotearoa across the years.
RUDE HEALTH? A broad look at the international perspective of our hobby via the show/convention circuit, plus an introspective look at where we find ourselves in a 'new-normal' world.
GOING TRIBAL: Introduction to tribal combat and the concepts of new game Tribal.

SALUTE 2021: Coverage of this year's Salute, before taking you on a tour of some of our favorite games and hearing from some of the traders.
THE SALUTE PAINTING COMPETITION: A look at some of the winners and get an entrant's eye view.


1 vol, 116 pgs 2021 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-226571 Hobday, Andy THE BARONS WAR: Death & Taxes First supplement designed for The Barons' War skirmish game. Play your way through the linked scenario-driven campaign, choosing either the forces of the Sheriff of Nottinghamshire or local outlaws sworn to protect the villagers, who are objecting to paying taxes twice. Further rules are included for developing and running exciting stand-alone seasonal campaigns where individual Commanders strive to be the most chivalrous while battling it out over a campaign map to conquer territory. Includes a linked campaign, the Outlaw retinue list, and rules for running a map-based campaign.1 vol, 112 pgs 2021 UK, FOOTSORE MINIATURES
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1-229050 Shearwood, Mark WAKING THE BEAR: A Guide to Wargaming the Great Northern and Turkish Wars 1700-1721 Offers a general understanding of the historical background to the Great Northern War and to the main combatants: Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Hanover & Holstein, Ottoman Empire, Saxony, Poland, Prussia and Cossack nations. Examines naval landings, siege warfare, traditional battles, and lesser known battles. Battle reports focus on small evening games utilizing a small number of units and therefore achievable by the majority of wargamers. Options are included to turn a number of these into larger multiplayer games.

Also covers events on Russia's southern borders with the Ottoman Empire and there are gaming suggestions for the continuation of the conflict on Russia's eastern border with China. Includes almost 100 unit and individual figure photographs from several renowned collections.1 vol, 120 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-213773 Ortner, Dr. M. Christian and Ludwigstorff, Dr. Georg AUSTRIAN ORDERS AND DECORATIONS Part III: The Imperial-Royal Official Decorations up to 1918 Part III contains two volumes in a card slipcase -- 608 pages total -- with more than 1,200 color and black-and-white photographs. Cloth-bound hardcover with dust jacket. 2 vol, 608 pgs 2015 AUSTRIA, VERLAG MILITARIA
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1-972061 Field, Ron 061 SEMINOLE WARRIOR VS US SOLDIER: Second Semiole War 1835-42 Assesses the forces fighting on both sides, casting light on the tactics, weaponry, and combat record of the Seminole warriors and their US opponents during the Second Seminole War in Florida. On December 28, 1835, troops led by Major Francis Langhorne Dade were ambushed and massacred en route to Fort King. Two years of guerrilla warfare ensued, as the Seminoles evaded the US forces sent to defeat them. Ordered to hunt down the Seminoles, a US force led by Colonel Zachary Taylor incurred heavy losses at the battle of Lake Okeechobee (December 25, 1837), but the Seminoles were forced to withdraw. At the battle of the Loxahatchee River (January 24, 1838), forces led by Major General Thomas S. Jesup encountered a large group of Seminoles and met them with overwhelming numbers and greater firepower. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-977056 Sheppard, Si 056 THE VIKING SIEGE OF PARIS: Longships Raid the Seine AD 885-86 Fully illustrated volume, accompanied with maps and strategic diagrams tells the full story of the Vikings' expedition to conquer medieval Paris. In 885, a year after Charles the Fat was crowned King of the Franks, Danish Vikings sailed up the Seine demanding tribute. The Franks' refusal prompted the Vikings to lay siege to Paris, which was initially defended by only 200 men under Odo, Count of Paris, and seemingly in a poor state to defend against the Viking warriors in their fleet of hundreds of longships.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978118 Grant, Neil 118 TIGER VS CHURCHILL: North-West Europe 1944-45 Explores the design and development of these famous tanks, their head-to-head encounters, the effectiveness of the support services each tank relied upon, and the skills and experiences of the crews that fought in them. The specific battlefield conditions of Normandy in June and July 1944 are also examined.

The Tiger and the Churchill are two of the most recognizable heavily armored tanks of World War II. Both were designed hastily in the early years of the war, and both witnessed inauspicious debuts in battle in August 1942 (the Churchill in the disaster at Dieppe, the Tiger near Leningrad). Despite their heavy weight, both tanks, which were intended to serve in breakthrough operations, had surprisingly good tactical mobility. Yet there were key differences between them too, chiefly in the effectiveness of their main armament. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978117 Stille, Mark 117 USN SUBMARINE VS IJN ANTI-SUBMARINE ESCORT Covers technical and tactical developments implemented by the opposing sides, including US improvements to submarine design and weaponry and more aggressive tactics, and the Japanese development of destroyer escorts, changes to depth charge design, and improved submarine detection capacity.

In 1941 and 1942, US Navy submarine operations in the Pacific were largely ineffective, hampered by faulty torpedo design, conservative tactics, and insufficiently aggressive submarine captains. Eventually, though, a new generation of wartime submarine commanders, combined with reliable torpedoes, new generation boats, improved intelligence, and advanced radar, inflicted devastating losses on Japanese shipping.

Antisubmarine warfare was initially accorded a low priority by the Imperial Japanese Navy; the lack of ASW escorts and modern weaponry, and an inability to develop tactics, resulted in devastation to vital convoys, and hampered its ability to deter and destroy enemy submarines. This book explores all these factors, and the role that US submarines played in supporting the major fleet operations in the Pacific Theater, notching up almost 500 patrols by war's end for the loss of 52 submarines to the Japanese. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-985051 Bradley, Stephen 051 FRANCO PRUSSIAN WAR 1870-71 With updates from the author, specially commissioned full-color maps and 50 new images, this is a concise overview of the Franco-Prussian War. Examines the build-up, battles, and impact of the war, which was an overwhelming Prussian victory with massive consequences. The French Second Empire collapsed, Napoleon III became an exile in Britain, and King Wilhelm I was proclaimed Emperor of the new united Germany. In the peace settlement that followed, Germany gained the eastern French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, areas that were to provide a bone of contention for years to come.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-985038 Wiest, Andrew 038 VIETNAM WAR 1956-75 Updated and revised, it includes updates from the author, specially commissioned maps, and 50 new images, this is a concise overview of America's most divisive war. Examines the brutal and prolonged guerrilla war and how its consequences would change America forever, leaving the country battered and unsure as it sought to face the challenges of the final acts of the Cold War. As for Vietnam, the conflict would continue long after the US had exited its military adventure in Southeast Asia.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-992143 Copalman, Joe 143 F3D/EF-10 SKYKNIGHT UNITS OF THE KOREAN AND VIETNAM WARS Explores the Douglas F3D Skynights and their deployment during the Korean and Vietnam wars, using first-hand accounts from aircrew, original photographs, and 30 profile artworks to explore their key roles as an escort aircraft and electronic warfare aircraft.

The Skyknight was an early but effective attempt at combining new technologies together in a lethal package capable of shipboard operation. Whereas most fighters relied on speed and maneuverability, the portly, straight-winged F3D relied on three radars, four 20mm cannon, and - most importantly - darkness. Having first flown in March 1948, the Skyknight's first taste of war came in September 1952, when Marine Night Fighter Squadron 513 -- VMF(N)-513 -- deployed to Korea. The most important job assigned to VMF(N)-513 was the escorting of USAF B-29 bombers over northern Korea. Whereas Chinese and North Korean MiG-15s relied on ground-controlled intercept radar for steering guidance into firing positions, the F3D, with its own onboard radars, was autonomously lethal - it could detect, track and target MiGs all on its own. Skyknight crews ended the Korean War with six nocturnal kills in exchange for one combat loss.

After the war, 35 Skyknights were converted into electronic warfare (EW) aircraft. As US air operations over North Vietnam intensified in early 1965, the need for a tactical EW jet to provide electronic countermeasures (ECM) protection to accompany strike packages north became apparent. For all of its early effectiveness over North Vietnam, the proliferation of radar-guided guns and missiles began to erode the advantage created by EF-10 escort support, which flew its last combat mission in October 1969.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-992142 Napier, Michael 142 RAF TORNADO UNITS IN COMBAT 1992-2019 Provides detailed first-hand accounts of the missions undertaken by the Tornado crews during the most recent conflicts over the Middle East and the Balkans. After the Gulf War of 1990, No Fly Zones (NFZ) were established over northern and southern Iraq and the Tornado GR 1 force stepped up to operations over the southern NFZ.

The Tornado GR 4 took responsibility for RAF combat air operations in Afghanistan from the Harrier force in 2009, and in 2011 was involved in missions against the Gaddafi regime in Libya. The unique multirole capabilities of the aircraft enabled it to support ground operations with the Raptor reconnaissance pod, Brimstone missiles and Paveway IV laser-guided bombs until withdrawal in 2014. The Tornado GR 4 was also used for operations over Iraq and Syria against the ISIL terrorist organization. Intensive air operations were flown between 2014 and 2019, when the Tornado GR 4 was finally withdrawn from RAF Service.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995302 Zaloga, Steven 302 TANKS IN THE BATTLE FOR GERMANY 1945: Western Front Packed with information on tank numbers, types, and comparative performance, this book examines the two sides' tanks, organization, and doctrine, and explains how the ultimate tank battles of World War II were really fought.

The crossing of the river Rhine marked the beginning of the end of the Third Reich, but the Wehrmacht would fight ferociously on its home soil until the fall of Berlin. The Battle of Germany saw the most advanced tanks of the Allies pitted against the remnants of the once-formidable Panzerwaffe, now exhausted and lacking many of the essentials of armored warfare, but equipped with the biggest and most powerful tanks they would ever field.

In these last months the Allies were now equipped with the most advanced Shermans such as the M4A3E8, as well as some of the types that would go on to have successful postwar careers such as the Pershing, Comet, and Chaffee. In contrast the Panzer forces had pinned their hopes on small numbers of monstrous types such as the Jagdtiger and Tiger II, as well as the workhorse Sturmgesch?tz and Panzer IVs and Vs. But with German forces crumbling, the Panzerwaffe lacked trained crews, replacement vehicles, and fuel, while the Allies' well-supported tank forces advanced through Germany in spectacular combined-arms fashion.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997239 McNab, Chris 239 ARMIES OF THE IRAN-IRAQ WAR 1980-88 Investigates the organization, appearance, and equipment of the ground forces of both sides in the Iran-Iraq War, including Iraq's Republican Guards and Iran's Pasdaran or Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The war resulted in stalemate with some half a million dead and at least as many wounded. The financial costs incurred in waging such a long and debilitating war were one of the spurs that led Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait barely two years later.

Driven by the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the insecurities it provoked in Saddam Hussein's Iraqi dictatorship, the Iran-Iraq War would become the largest conventional conflict of the period. Curiously little-known considering its scale and longevity, the struggle between Iran and Iraq was primarily fought along the 1,458km border in a series of battles which, despite both sides being armed with modern small arms, armor and aircraft, often degenerated into attritional struggles reminiscent of World War I. Such a comparison was underlined by frequent periods of deadlock, the extensive use of trenches by both sides, and the deployment of chemical weapons by Iraq.1 vol, 64 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-999542 Thomas, Nigel 542 YUGOSLAV ARMIES 1941-45 Using meticulously-drawn illustrations of different insignia, uniforms, and equipment from each faction to describe in detail the political and military implications of the war and how it was fought, setting the scene for the subsequent rise of Tito to power within Yugoslavia.

In March 1941, an anti-German coup in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia prompted Hitler to order an invasion using allied Italian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, and Romanian forces. Operation Marita was an invasion of Yugoslavia and simultaneously Greece. At the same time, the constituent region of Croatia broke away from Yugoslavia and joined the Axis powers. Royal Yugoslav armed forces, despite advancing against the Italians in Albania were forced to surrender after 11 days' fighting and some 1,000 soldiers, airmen, and sailors escaped to British-occupied Egypt to form Free Yugoslav units.

From there, guerrilla resistance to the Axis occupiers broke out and continued with increasing strength until the end of the war under Mihailovic's royalist 'Chetniks' and Tito's Communist 'Partisans' (both supported by Britain). However, hostilities between the two movements eventually led to the Chetniks entering into local agreements with Italian occupation forces and Britain switching its support entirely to the Partisans. The advance of the Red Army increased partisan strength and, during 1944-45, they created what could be described as a lightly equipped conventional army.1 vol, 48 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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2-191750 English, Stephen THE ARMY OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT An investigation into every aspect of the Macedonian forces, analyzing the recruitment, equipment, organization, tactics, and command and control of the fighting arms. Includes black and white illustrations, notes, bibliography, and index.1 vol, 176 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-229030 Mujzer, Peter BARBAROSSA CAMPAIGN IN 1941: Hungarian Perspective The first major campaign the Royal Hungarian Army fought against the Red Army in Ukraine from July until November of 1941.

The Barbarossa campaign started on 22 June 1941, pitting the forces of the Soviet Union against those of the Third Reich and its allies. Hungary was among the less willing allies who participated on the side of the Germans. The Hungarian involvement during the first phase of the war against the Soviet Union was minimal. On the other hand, the Hungarian committed their most modern, partially motorized units - the Mobile Corps, the elite mountain jagers and border guard troops of the VIII Corps, and selected units of the Royal Hungarian Air Force.

This lavishly illustrated book will show what war meant for ordinary soldiers and civilians from the Hungarian perspective in 1941.1 vol, 160 pgs 2021 POLAND, KAGERO
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1-229040 Yenne, Bill AMERICA'S FEW: Marine Aces of the South Pacific Delves into the history and development of US Marine Corps aviation in World War II, following the feats of the Corps' top-scoring aces in the skies over Guadalcanal.

In the South Pacific, the aviators of the US Marine Corps came out of the shadows to establish themselves as an air force second to none. In the summer of 1942, when Allied airpower was cobbled together into a single unified entity - nicknamed 'the Cactus Air Force' - Marine Aviation dominated, and a Marine, Major General Roy Geiger, was its commander.

Of the twelve Allied fighter squadrons that were part of the Cactus Air Force, eight were USMC squadrons. It was over Guadalcanal that Joe Foss emerged as a symbol of Marine aviation. As commander of VMF-121, he organized a group of fighter pilots that downed 72 enemy aircraft; Foss himself reached a score of 26. Pappy Boyington, meanwhile, had become a Marine aviator in 1935. Best known as the commander of VMF-214, he came into his own in late 1943 and eventually matched Foss's aerial victory score. Includes parallel stories of many other Marine aces, such as Ken Walsh (21 victories), Don Aldrich (20), John L. Smith (19), Wilbur Thomas (18.5), and Marion Carl (18.5).1 vol, 332 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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