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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
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1-1994037 Bolt Action: Campaign: D-Day: British & Canadian Sectors After the historic D-Day landings comes the fight to liberate France and the rest of Occupied Europe. This campaign book focuses on the push inland from the Commonwealth beaches of Gold, Sword, and Juno culminating with the battle for Caen and the Falaise Pocket. Containing new scenarios, Theatre Selectors, and units, including rules for the Canadian Army in Europe and their adversaries, this book has everything players need to continue the liberation of Europe.1 vol, 176 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-226070 Hilton, Barry EVERY BULLET HAS ITS BILLET A Guide to Wargaming the Late 17th Century This period saw the birth of regular armies and navies for most major European powers. Massive battles were fought on land and at sea from the frozen winters of Scandinavia to the searing summer heat of North Africa. Alliances were agreed, broken and remade and thrones changed hands in the name of religion and the pursuit of power.

This guide provides the kind of information wargamers require to take the step into one of military history's most colourful eras. It offers overviews of the main conflicts and outlines major, minor, and unusual battles.

Covers how to create and paint your troops, information on uniforms and flags, which regiments fought where, the evolution of tactics and battlefield doctrines, and information on the legendary commanders who created them is all included.

The book is designed to act as a reference source and is not aligned with any particular rule set. Includes 108 color photos, 9 b/w illustrations, and 4 color maps.1 vol, 124 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-968020 Konstam, Angus 020 SINKING FORCE Z 1941The day the Imperial Japanese Navy killed the Battleship In late 1941, war was looming with Japan, and Britain's empire in southeast Asia was at risk. The British government decided to send Force Z, which included the state-of-the-art battleship Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser Repulse, to bolster the naval defences of Singapore, and provide a mighty naval deterrent to Japanese aggression. These two powerful ships arrived in Singapore on 2 December - five days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But crucially, they lacked air cover. On 9 December Japanese scout planes detected Force Z's approach in the Gulf of Thailand. Unlike at Pearl Harbor, battleships at sea could manoeuvre, and their anti-aircraft defences were ready. But it did no good. The Japanese dive-bombers and torpedo-bombers were the most advanced in the world, and the battle was one-sided.

Strategically, the loss of Force Z was a colossal disaster for the British, and one that effectively marked the end of its empire in the East. But even more importantly, the sinking marked the last time that battleships were considered to be the masters of the ocean. From that day on, air power rather than big guns would be the deciding factor in naval warfare.1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-972053 Dahm, Murray 053 ATHENIAN HOPLITE vs SPARTAN HOPLITEPeloponnesian War 431-404 BC A life-and-death struggle between the two most powerful Greek city-states in the wake of their combined successes against the Persian invasion of Xerxes in 480-479 BC, the conflict dragged in communities from all over the Greek world on one side or the other. Ranging from the Black Sea to Sicily, the war saw the first recorded widespread use of light-armed troops, reserves, the deep phalanx, and other ideas important for the development of Western warfare into the 4th century BC, such as strategic thinking. It also revealed lessons (some learned and some not) with respect to the strengths and weaknesses of hoplite warfare and the various states in Greece. Featuring full-color artwork, this study of three pivotal clashes between Spartan and Athenian hoplite forces during the Peloponnesian War highlights all of these developments and lessons. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995290 Konstam, Angus 290 BRITISH BATTLESHIPS 1890-1905Victoria's steel battlefleet and the road to Dreadnought The term 'pre-dreadnought' was applied in retrospect, to describe the capital ships built during the decade and a half before the launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906. At that moment these once great warships were rendered obsolete. However, until then, they were simply called 'battleships' and were unquestionably the most powerful warships of their day. These mighty warships represented the cutting edge of naval technology. The ugly ducklings of the ironclad era had been transformed into beautiful swans, albeit deadly ones.

In Britain, this period was dominated by Sir William White, the Navy's Chief Constructor. Under his guidance the mastless battleships of the 1880s gave way to an altogether more elegant type of capital ship. The period of trial and error which marked the ironclad era ushered in a more scientific style of naval architecture. As a result, these battleships were among the most powerful warships in the world during the late Victorian era, and set a benchmark for the new battle fleets produced by navies such as Japan, Russia and the United States.

Illustrated throughout with full-colour artwork, this fascinating study offers a detailed and definitive guide to the design, development and legacy of the Royal Navy's battleships at the turn of the 20th century as they paved the way for the coming of the Dreadnought.1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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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
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1-999537 Horsted, William 537 THE NUMIDIANS: 300 BC-AD 300 The Numidian light cavalry were among the best-known horsemen in the ancient world: riding without saddles or bridle, carrying only hide shields for defense and clutching a handful of light javelins, they were renowned for their darting attacks, swift retreats, and skirmishing prowess. Yet, as much as they were respected by their allies and enemies, they were unfairly derided for their indiscipline, their perceived lack of culture, and their fecklessness, and dismissed as uncivilized, nomadic barbarians from beyond the fringes of the cultured, settled Mediterranean world. The famous portrayal of Numidian horsemen on Trajan's Column, of barefoot riders in simple tunics, astride tiny ponies, reinforces this view, and is the image that is almost universally reproduced.

Recent scholarship, however, has shown that there is far more evidence for the armour and equipment of the Numidians than hitherto assumed. The carved stone shields and cuirasses that punctuate the decorative friezes of the stone 'altars' at Kbor Klib and Chimtou in North Africa are confident representations of Numidian panoplies, not captured Carthaginian armour as has previously been argued. In this book, this research is presented alongside a close examination of various ancient texts which reveals that the Numidians also fielded infantry, slingers, archers, and even war elephants in conflicts across the Mediterranean, including Spain, Greece, northern Italy, and Thrace. All of these troops are brought to life in original colour artwork, complemented by chapters on their weapons and equipment, history, tactics, and organization.1 vol, 48 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-226000 Peer, Chris THE HIGHLAND BATTLES The wars fought in Scotland's northern and western highlands between the 9th and 14th centuries were a key stage in the military history of the region. Out of this confused and turbulent period came the more settled and familiar history of the region. The Highlands and islands were controlled by the kings of Norway or by Norse or Norse-Celtic warlords, who not only resisted Scottish royal authority but on occasion seemed likely to overthrow it.

This study provides an account of the series of campaigns and battles that shaped Scotland. The narrative is structured around a number of battles -- Skitten Moor, Torfness, Tankerness, Renfrew, Mam Garvia, Clairdon, and Dalrigh -- which illustrate phases of the conflict and reveal the strategies and tactics of the rival chieftains. It also considers to what extent the fighting methods of the time survived into the post-medieval period. 1 vol, 216 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-226060 LIFE IN THE RED COAT: The British Soldier 1721-1815 This book presents the proceedings of the 2019 From Reason to Revolution conference, from enlistment, through service at home, to life on campaign and the experience of battle. This was an era in which the social position of the soldier began to change, as did the relationship between the Army and society at large. Soldiers saw service against Jacobite rebels in Scotland and anti-Catholic rioters in London. Campaign service overseas stretched from garrison duties in the growing empire to pitched battles in Flanders and the Iberian Peninsula. Lack of indigenous manpower led to the enlistment of foreigners in large numbers into the British Army itself by the end of the period, whereas in earlier days the shortfall had been made up by hiring mercenaries.

As the idea of a social contract became embedded, it was necessary to make provision for pensions for maimed or superannuated soldiers, as well as the more obvious need for medical care for the sick and wounded.
1 vol, 198 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-226020 Felton, Mark CHINA STATION: The British Military in the Middle Kingdom 1839 - 1997 Sets out to demonstrate that the British military has been at the forefront of many of the great changes that have swept China over the last two centuries.

Discusses the various wars, military adventures and rebellions that regularly punctuated Sino-British relationships since the 1st Opium War 1839-1842. This classic example of Imperial intervention saw the establishment of Hong Kong and Shanghai as key trading centers. The Second Opium War and the Taiping and Boxer Rebellions saw the advancement of British influence despite determined but unsuccessful efforts by the Chinese to loosen the grip of Western domination. The Royal Navy's might ensured that, by gunboat diplomacy, trading rights and new posts were established and great fortunes made.

But in the 1940s the British grossly underestimated Japanese military might and intentions with disastrous results. After the Second World War the British returned to find that the Americans had supplanted them. The Communists victory in the Civil War sealed British and Western fates and, while Hong Kong remained under British control until 1997, the end of British rule was almost inevitable
1 vol, 224 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-226030 Mongin, Jean Marie LES ITALIENS DE L'EMPEREUR: Les Arm?es de la P?ninsule Italienne 1800-1815 This army of the Kingdom of Italy started during Bonaparte's first campaign with the creation of the Lombard and Cisalpine Legions. This army especially featured a greater number of enrolled troops, instead of volunteers. The Italian Royal Guard, from the beginning of the century, was the hub around which the Army of the Kingdom of Italy was formed. It took part in the great campaigns of the Empire. The transalpine uniforms often recalled those worn by their French brothers-in-arms. The Army of the Kingdom of Naples (from 1806 to 1815, commanded in succession by Joseph Bonaparte then Joachim Murat) inherited a tradition forged by the Bourbons. The Neapolitan Army, large but unreliable, was entrusted with defending the south of Italy with the French, against the Bourbons and the English; this did not prevent it from being mobilized alongside the French army in Spain or in divisions within the Grande Armee during the Russian Campaign.1 vol, 160 pgs 2020 FRANCE, HEIMDAL
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1-226040 Mongin, Jean Marie LES SUISSES AU SERVICE DE LA FRANCE: 1715-1820 Very early on, Switzerland set up a real mercenary business. By capitulations each canton could recruit military units on behalf of a neighbouring state with their own officers and rules. The French Revolution encountered the loyalty of the Swiss in the service of the King of France. The infamous massacre of the Swiss Guard on 10 August 1792 in the Tuileries was the bloodiest. After that the Swiss regiments in the infantry of the Line were disbanded. France, reorganised Europe between 1793 and 1813, and transformed Switzerland which supplied, not always in the best conditions, its neighbour with troops of great worth to the Revolution and to the Empire. This book deals with the Swiss troops which served the Monarchy, the Republic, the Consulate, and the Empire and the Second Empire.1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 FRANCE, HEIMDAL
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1-226010 Tadeusz Lalowski, Marek POLISH EYEWITNESSES TO NAPOLEON'S 1812 CAMPAIGN: Advance and Retreat in Russia Describes Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia from the viewpoint of the tens of thousands of Polish soldiers who took part. Most of their accounts -- letters, diaries, and memoirs -- have not been translated into English before, and they come from a variety of authors. Some of them were patriots who were keen to wage war on the Russians in order to regain independence for their country. Others were charmed by the glory of Napoleonic warfare or were professional soldiers who did their duty but had seen too much war to be seduced by it.

They all tell an unrivaled tale - of muskets and drums and burning villages, of Borodino and Moscow and ruthless battles, and of the numbing hunger and biting cold. By the end the great army had been reduced to a pitiless mob and the Polish soldiers, who had set out with such hope, recalled it with horror1 vol, 224 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-225990 Anderson, Thomas PANZER IV Fully illustrated throughout with contemporary photographs, this fascinating study tells the complete story of Germany's most widely produced tank of World War II, from its design and development that started in 1934 to its many upgrades and variants. At first, German planners envisioned the tank in a secondary role, but during the invasions of The Low Countries and France, it took on a more central role.

When the Panzerwaffe turned east to attack the Soviet Union, the Panzer IV initially fared poorly against the better-armed T-34. However, upgrades to its gun and armour protection saw it perform far better, not only against Soviet armour but also against British and American tanks in North Africa and Italy. In 1944, it was slowly replaced by the Panzer V Panther, but the dire strategic situation meant that it bore the brunt of the Allied D-Day invasion and its aftermath, and it remained in service until the end of the war. 1 vol, 288 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-226050 Merry, Richard THE GREAT WAR IN THE ARGONNE FOREST: French and American Battles, 1914-1918 The annals of the First World War record the Argonne Forest as the epicenter of the famous Meuse-Argonne offensive of 1918. The book traces the stories of some of the men - and women - who became embroiled in the epic forest struggle which culminated in the cold, gas-filled autumnal mist of 1918 when the New Yorkers of the 77th 'Liberty' Division fought there. One of their number, Charles Whittlesey, and his 'Lost Battalion' held out against insurmountable odds. Sergeant Alvin York, the Tennessee backwoodsman and pacifist, overcame his religious convictions and wrote himself into American military history.

The story does not end there; the author describes the aftermath of war in the area - the lethal outbreak of Spanish flu, the reburial of the dead, the rebuilding of the villages and the replanting of the forest before the Germans invaded again in 1940. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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