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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-VXA048 VICTRIX HORSE ARCHERS: Scythians and Parthians - 28mm Plastic Miniatures Contains 12 hard plastic 28mm cavalry models supplied unpainted and unassembled. The set comprises many different head and quiver styles so you can represent the various Scythian, Saka, Dahae tribes and also the Parthians. The torso is split in two with three varied leg halves and then you have a choice of six upper torsos with various arm and head options to make this a very dynamic and versatile set. Includes extras such as daggers, swords, and axes to hang from the belts so every figure can be an individual.1 vol, 60 pgs 2022 UK, VICTRIX LTD
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1-968034 Hiestand, William 034 STALINGRAD AIRLIFT 1942-43: The Luftwaffe's Broken Promise to Sixth Army Destruction of the German 6th Army at Stalingrad was also accompanied by a significant decline in the Luftwaffe tasked with supplying the Army. Despite accumulating aircraft from all over the Reich, weather problems, lack of adequate maintenance facilities, and growing Soviet AA and fighter defenses ultimately prevented the Luftwaffe from supplying the minimum 300 tons of supplies per day needed by Sixth Army, much less the 750 tons needed for full effectiveness. In the end, about 130 tons per day were delivered on average as losses piled up. Includes the usual Osprey strategic diagrams and maps, archive photos, and artwork.1 vol, 80 pgs 2023 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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2-218430 Powell, Lindsay AUGUSTUS AT WAR: The Struggle for the Pax Augusta A new and penetrating assessment of Augustus as ancient Rome's military commander-in-chief. The words Pax Augusta - or Pax Romana - evoke a period of uninterrupted peace across the vast Roman Empire. Not exactly. In almost every year between 31 BC and AD 14, the Roman Army was in action somewhere, either fighting enemies beyond the frontier in punitive raids or outright conquest, or suppressing banditry and rebellions within the borders.

As a brilliant strategist, manager of war, and commander-in-chief (imperator), Augustus succeeded in nearly doubling the size of the Empire. He made changes to the political and military institutions to keep the empire together and to concentrate power to himself. His genius was to build a team of loyal but semi-autonomous deputies (legati) to ensure internal security and to fight his wars for him while claiming their achievements as his own. The book profiles more than 90 of these men, the military units under their command, and the campaigns they fought. Illustrated with 23 maps, 42 color plates, 13 black and white figures, and 5 order of battle schematics. 1 vol, 496 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-210358 Syvanne, Ilkka MILITARY HISTORY OF LATE ROME: Volume 8 -- 602-641 Provides a fresh analysis of the Roman Empire from the reign of Phocas (602-10) until the death of Heraclius (610-41). This was an era of unprecedented upheavals which is usually considered to have resulted in the end of antiquity. The usurpations of Phocas and Heraclius led to the collapse of the Roman defenses. The Persians conquered Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Egypt. The Avars and Slavs ravaged the Balkans. The Lombards held the upper hand in Italy. The Visigoths conquered Spain. Yet Heraclius launched a very effective counterattack against the Persians that not only defeated the Persians but extended Roman domains at their expense and restored the Roman fortunes in the Balkans.

Explains in detail how this Roman revival happened, what enabled the Romans to defeat the Persians, and why the Romans lost when they fought against the Muslims. This was an era of epic campaigns and battles and epic campaigns needed equally talented commanders -- Heraclius, Chosroes II Parwez, Shahrbaraz, Shahin, Abu Bakr, Umar, Abu Ubaydah, and Khalid b. al-Walid, the Sword of Allah.1 vol, 352 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-235570 Springman, Michael SHARPSHOOTER IN THE CRIMEA: The Letters of the Captain Gerald Goodlake VC 1854-56 The letters home to his family by Gerald Goodlake, a young officer in the Coldstream Guards, make remarkable reading. They vividly describe the ill-preparedness of the British Army and the dire conditions experienced by all ranks in the Crimea. Goodlake's views on senior officers were frank to say the least! Most important, Goodlake's initiative and courage in organizing and leading what were Special Forces were rewarded by the award of one of the first Victoria Crosses. Goodlake served in the Crimea from early 1854 to the end two years later.1 vol, 240 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-235580 Stanglini, Ruggero and Michele Consentino THE FRENCH FLEET: Ships, Strategy and Operations 1870-1918 Oversized at 11x8.5 inches, this provides a complete overview of the French Navy from the establishment of the Third Republic to the end of World War One. French foreign and naval policy, shipyards and industrial organization, technological innovations, operations, and shipbuilding programs are all described in the first part of the volume, while the second and larger part is focused on the different categories of warships, including their qualitative and quantitative evolution during the period of 1871-1918 and their employment during the Great War. A chapter is also dedicated to naval aviation. Superbly illustrated with rare and carefully selected photographs -- Includes 230 illustrations.

At the end of the 1870-1 Franco-Prussian war, the French Navy began to reconstruct its fleet, replacing old generation warships with steam-powered and iron-hulled men-of-war. However, the process was slow and erratic since priority was initially given to the Army. Additionally, the establishment of the Third Republic led to a long period of political and economic instability which affected naval and shipbuilding policy. French naval yards and private shipyards were committed to build a fleet of ironclads, cruisers and minor vessels and led France to become the second European naval power, at least quantitatively.

The rise of the Jeune Ecole (Young School) strategic naval concept in the early 1880s then changed shipbuilding priorities, and emphasis was given to coastal torpedo boats and cruisers while the construction of battleships was slowed. As a consequence, the French Navy implemented the dreadnought concept later than Great Britain and Germany. The 1904 Entente Cordiale contributed to yet further radical changes to foreign, naval, and shipbuilding policies, so that at the outbreak of World War One the French fleet was populated with limited dreadnoughts, many obsolete armored cruisers, an impressive array of torpedo boats, and a fleet of submarines whose efficiency was however questionable. 1 vol, 320 pgs 2022 UK, SEAFORTH PUBLISHING
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1-235590 Bruhn, David QUEENSTOWN BOUND: U.S. Navy Destroyers Combating German U-boats in European Waters in World War I Beginning in spring 1917, the U.S. Navy sent divisions of destroyers to Europe, first to Queenstown, Ireland, and later to Gibraltar and French ports, to combat German U-boats. The submarines were taking a huge toll on Atlantic shipping over the course of World War I, resulting in the loss of nearly half of Britain's merchant fleet. By the time America entered the war, an expanded U-boat fleet had come dangerously close to choking off Britain's critical supply of food, which threatened the sustainment of the island nation and could have led to the collapse of the British war effort.

Though lacking sonar, radar, and embarked helicopters common to warships today, the four-stack, coal-burning destroyers bravely carried out anti-submarine patrols and convoy escort duties. Their presence in dangerous waters where unseen submarines searched for victims, helped hold the enemy down and, when possible, enabled depth-charge and gunnery attacks against the enemy. The destroyers' greatest contributions were in helping to get two million U.S. soldiers safely to France, which changed the course of the war and of world history. Includes 177 photos, maps, and diagrams; appendices; a bibliography; and an index to full names, places, and subjects.1 vol, 308 pgs 2022 US, HERITAGE BOOKS
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2-196740 Perrett, Bryan NORTH SEA BATTLEGROUND: The War at Sea 1914 - 1918 Engagements of special note include The Battle of Heligoland Bight, the attempted first German Bombardment of Yarmouth; the German bombardments of Scarborough, Whitby, and Hartlepool, Scheer's escape, and the Battle of Dogger Bank. Other actions include the Zeppelin raids, unrestricted U Boat Warfare, the Battle of Jutland and its consequences, the second Battle of Heligoland Bight, the climax and defeat of the German heavy bomber air offensive against the UK, the 1918 Zeebrugge and Ostend raids, North Sea mine barriers, and the mutiny of the High Seas Fleet. Includes 30 b/w plates.1 vol, 160 pgs 2023 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-235560 Warner, Phillip THE BATTLE OF LOOS Loos is a small mining town between Lens and La Bassee in northern France. But on 25th September 1915, and for a few days after, it was the center of one of the most intense and bloody battles of WWI. The casualties were appalling - about 60,000 of which the majority died on the first day. The main objective - a large-scale breakthrough - was not achieved although some 8,000 yards of enemy trench were captured and in some places their defenses were penetrated up to two miles.

Yet if the initial gains had been exploited the course of the war might have been different. A large part of this story of Loos consists of survivors' own accounts and diaries of the time, including that of Sir John French. Traces survivors from all parts of the line, infantry, gunners, and officers, and through their words has revealed one of the most horrific tales of war yet to be published as well as the determination and heroism that in the end secured a victory.1 vol, 256 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-235550 Degtev, Dimitry HITLER'S AIR BRIDGES: The Luftwaffe's Supply Operations of the Second World War The Luftwaffe's transport aircraft played a vital role in supplying German forces in every WWII theater.

In early May 1940, the battle of Norway was nearing its climax, but General Eduard Dietl's 3rd Jager division was blocked by the Allies in the Narvik area. Only the Luftwaffe could provide effective assistance to the encircled troops. The special purpose groups KGr.zbV107 and KGr.zbV108 were ordered to supply the division by air. Transports delivered ammunition, food, and other supplies for German sailors who found themselves on land.

This was the first of a number of occasions in which the Luftwaffe's transport Gruppen, often equipped with the slow, but reliable Junkers 52, created an air bridge to supply troops cut off or surrounded by the enemy. The transport Gruppen had previously been involved in supporting the advance of German forces during the Polish campaign, this being followed by the capture of Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Greece.

During Operation Barbarossa, German troops were dispersed over the vast expanses of Russia. It was a country without roads where the normal supply by trucks and trains to the troops was difficult and sometimes impossible. Often, it was only the Luftwaffe's transport aircraft that kept the Germans fighting.

But with Hitler's insistence that there should be no retreat despite the overwhelming strength of the Soviet forces, his Germans armies found themselves surrounded and the Luftwaffe had to create air bridges to supply the beleaguered troops. Nowhere was this more evident than the Battle of Stalingrad, Goering having convinced Hitler that the Luftwaffe was capable of keeping the Sixth Army supplied.

As the war increasingly turned against the Third Reich, air bridges were vital in supporting and maintaining its garrisons in places such as Demyansk, Holm, Korsun, Budapest, Breslau, and many others. 1 vol, 296 pgs 2022 UK, AIR WORLD
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2-205330 Dix, Anthony THE NORWAY CAMPAIGN AND THE RISE OF CHURCHILL 1940 Opens with a summary of the issues and personalities in British politics in the 1930s. The consequences of appeasement and failure to re-arm quickly became apparent in April 1940. The Royal Navy, which had been the defense priority, found itself seriously threatened by the Luftwaffe's control of the skies. The economies inflicted on the Army were all too obvious when faced by the Wehrmacht. Losses of men and equipment were serious and salutary.

The campaign itself is broken down into three phases - the landings in support of the Norwegians, the evacuation from Central Norway, and, finally, the campaign in the North which remained credible until the fall of France. While the campaign in Norway (April to June 1940) was a depressing opening to active hostilities between Britain and Nazi Germany, it led directly to Churchill's war leadership and The Coalition. Both were to prove decisive in the long term.1 vol, 264 pgs 2014 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-956088 various WORLD AT WAR # 88: War Comes Early: Czechoslovakia 1938 (Wargame) Low to intermediate complexity two-player alternative history wargame. It investigates the parameters of the six weeks of the conflict that would have resulted had the Czechoslovakians refused to accept the Munich Agreement. Had they been willing to fight the Soviets were pledged to come to their aid as fully and directly as possible. That intervention would have immediately escalated the crisis beyond a Czech German one and into the realm of a major war. The game is restricted to covering the hypothetical war's first six weeks in October and the first half of November. That is because none of the participants had the logistical wherewithal to to go on fighting longer than that without a pause to resupply.

Components: 22x34 inch map, 280 1/2-inch die-cut counters.

Articles:

* The First Arakan Campaign: 1942-43: The 1942-43 Arakan Campaign was the first British counteroffensive against the Japanese following the loss of Burma. In that sense it was as significant for them as was the Guadalcanal campaign for the US. Even so, what was broadly demonstrated by the outcome was the fact Anglo-Indian forces were not yet ready for offensive operations.
* Bulgaria in World War II: At the start of the war, Bulgaria remained neutral. With the German triumph over France in 1940, however, all that began to change. Here is our analysis.
* The Dodecanese, 8 Sept-22 Nov 1943: After the Allied victories in Tunisia and Sicily, Churchill advocated seizing the Dodecanese Islands. He believed that would make Turkey join the Allies, and open a convoy route through the Dardanelles to the USSR. The Americans resisted diverting any strength from the new campaign on mainland Italy. We offer a cartographically detailed analysis.1 vol, 62 pgs 2022 US, DECISION GAMES
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1-235540 Hoare, Michael CONGO MERCENARY In July 1964, four years after gaining independence from Belgium, the Democratic Republic of the Congo came under threat from an armed rebellion that spread rapidly through the country. To suppress the rebels and bring the unrest and bloodshed in the country under control, Congolese officials enlisted the help of mercenary leader Mike Hoare. Working alongside military officials, Hoare assembled a band of several hundred men that became known as 5 Commando.

He how this mercenary band was recruited, trained, and how they undertook four campaigns in just 18 months during which they fought rebels, liberated Stanleyville, freed European hostages, and brought order back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Hoare's experiences in the Congo and his involvement in suppressing the Simba rebellion were hugely significant from a political and a military standpoint. His influence, however, did not stop there. His account of his time in the Congo was first published in 1967 and had a huge cultural impact: contributing to the glorification of the mercenary lifestyle in magazines and pulp novels, and even inspiring the 1978 war film The Wild Geese.1 vol, 336 pgs 2022 UK, GREENHILL BOOKS
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