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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-VXA042 VICTRIX PERSIAN UNARMOURED SPEARMEN: 28mm Plastic Miniatures This set includes 30 highly detailed 28mm Unarmoured Spearman plastic miniatures that can be used as part of the Early or Late Achaemenid Empire armies. Fight the Greeks, Macedonians, Ancient Indians, or Scythians -- and themselves in numerous civil wars.

Box Contents:
30 figures (24 Unarmoured Spearman and 6 Command figures -- including Officers, Standard Bearers and Musicians); Multiple head, arm and weapon options; Sparas
1 vol, 60 pgs 2021 UK, VICTRIX LTD
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1-DVWA06 FireForge FIREFORGE DEUS VAULT: WESTERN KNIGHTS 28mm Plastic Figures This box set contains twelve 28mm multi-part plastic medieval Western Knights with barded horses, which can be assembled with several choices of weapons, shields, heads and accessories. Figures are supplied unpainted and require assembly.

Box Contents: Western Knights Frames x 3; 12 Additional Resin Heads; Barded Horses Frames x 6; and 12 25mmx50mm square bases.
1 vol, 25 pgs 2021 UK, FIREFORGE GAMES
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1-916455 various MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue #455 Articles Include:
They've Taken Hostages! Modern skirmish scenario using Delta One Zero rule set (which is free to download!)
Command Decision: Kuban Bridgehead: WWII Eastern front scenario based on the film Cross of Iron
A Cold Wind To Valhalla: Four scenarios for the Viking Steel! rules
Wargaming Under Covid: Tips on keeping gamers enthusiastic and immersed
Hooke's Castle: Siege scenario using The Portable Pike & Shot rules system
Uncle Duke: Short series on wargames legend Duke Siefried
Virtual Gaming we give some examples of using tabletop figures, combined with virtual grids.
Send 3 and 4 Pence: Scenario for Sharp Practice
Armies Of Morgoth: Using Oathmark rules for Tolkien's Middle Earth
Practical Wargames Scenery: Build a Theme Park Cottage
Review sections: Defence in Depth, Forward Observer, and Recce
Last Word Features Bob Cordery 1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
NEW-softcover ......$10.00 rct

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1-210355 Syvanne, Ilkka MILITARY HISTORY OF LATE ROME: Volume 5 - 457-518 Examines the events that led to the collapse of West Rome, while East Rome not only survived but went on to prosper despite a series of major defeats that included, most notably, the catastrophic campaign against the Vandals in 468.

Explains mistakes made by the West Romans and what the East Romans did right to survive. Analyses the role of the barbarian generals, military forces, and tactical developments during this pivotal period as cavalry, so famous from the accounts of Procopius, became the dominant arm in the East. Also offers a detailed study of a number of battles and puts them into the context of their times. At the very end of this period in 518, East 1 vol, 320 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-226550 Roberts. Keith AN UNIFORME ORDER AND DISCIPLINE AMONGST US V1: Make Ready, Training in Arms Handling 1590-1650.. Exceptionally well illustrated with plates from Drill Manuals. Includes complete set of plates and translations for EXERCISE OF ARMES and LE MARESCHAL DE BATAIILE, the French 1647 manual. This is the first in a series of books on the military theory and practice introduced by the reforms of Prince Maurice of Orange. These reforms were then developed further by the Dutch and other armies through practical use during the 30YW and ECW. The objective of this series is to set out the perspective of contemporary soldiers on the military systems they used in their own words and with the illustrations used in contemporary military books and pamphlets. Essentially, what contemporary soldiers thought they were doing, and how they went about it and the advantages and disadvantages they saw in doing so. 1 vol, 260 pgs 2021 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-226500 Rees, John THEY WERE GOOD SOLDIERS: African-Americans Serving in the Continental Army, 1775-1783 The role of African-Americans, most free but some enslaved, in the regiments of the Continental Army is not well-known; neither is the fact that relatively large numbers served in southern regiments and that the greatest number served alongside their white comrades in integrated units. Includes 8 pages of color plates, 14 b/w illustrations, 5 tables, and one map.

Discusses the inclusion and treatment of black Americans by the various Crown forces (particularly British and Loyalist commanders, and military units), then moves into an overview of black soldiers in the Continental Army, before examining their service state by state.

Each state chapter looks first at the Continental regiments in that state's contingent throughout the war, and then adds interesting black soldiers' pension narratives or portions thereof. The premise is to introduce the reader to the men's wartime duties and experiences. Concludes with examination of veterans' postwar fortunes in a changing society and the effect of increasing racial bias in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. 1 vol, 210 pgs 2019 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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4-45360 Nafziger, George NAPOLEON AT LEIPZIG: The Battle of the Nations 1813 Leipzig dashed the dreams of a French Empire when the armies of Prussia, Russia, Austria and Sweden converged on Napoleon and his Grande Armee. It was the greatest battle of the Napoleonic Wars, and so decisive it would be called Battle of the Nations.

Smaller countries like Poland and Saxony seemed to be submerged in the titanic struggle and the battle shaped Europe for more than a century. Napoleon at Leipzig not only covers this pivotal battle, but also the maneuvers that led up to it and the retreat that followed. At Hanau, the Bavarians learned to their dismay the Napoleon was still the master of the battlefield.

The book includes the campaigns of Marshal Davout in the north, and the fate of the besieged French fortresses. From glittering field marshals to ragged Cossacks, in massive battles or small skirmishes, we see the dramatic campaign unfold. This edition includes a new set of images and newly-commissioned color maps. 1 vol, 432 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-226520 Peers, Chris RORKE'S DRIFT AND ISANDLWANA: 22nd January 1879: Minute by Minute In the morning on 22 January 1879, 20,000 Zulus overwhelmed the British invading force at Isandlwana in one of the greatest disasters ever to befall a British army. Includes 16 pages of color plates.

Later the same day, a Zulu force of around 3,000 warriors turned their attention to a small outpost at Rorke's Drift defended by around 150 British and Imperial troops. The British victory that ensued -- against remarkable odds -- would go down as one of the most heroic actions of all time.

Exposes many of the Victorian myths to reveal great acts of bravery as well as cases of cowardice and incompetence. A brief analysis of the aftermath of the battle and notes on the later careers of the key participants completes this expose of this legendary encounter. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2021 UK, GREENHILL BOOKS
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1-226530 Holstein, Chrsitine VERDUN 1917: The French Hit Back Unlike the popular view, the French army did not cease offensive operations after the disastrous Nivelle Offensive of spring 1917 and the subsequent mutinies. Nor did the fighting at Verdun come to an end in 1916. Includes 75 black and white illustrations.

The successful French counter offensives at the end of that year led to preliminary planning for a two Army operation in 1917 to break out of the Verdun salient and recapture the strategically very significant Briey coal basin. The French Army mutinies of May and June 1917 led to a more limited version of the plan being implemented, with the aim of establishing new lines for a break out in 1918.

The need to rebuild morale in the French army meant that nothing was left to chance. The immense logistical effort of this late summer 1917 campaign and the detailed planning and careful training at all levels brought success to an army weary of war but determined to win. The industrial nature of the preparations, the spectacular numbers of guns and the first appearance of the Americans at Verdun presage the campaigns of 1918 and the final Allied victory.

As for all the books in the Battleground Europe series, it is profusely illustrated and mapped using contemporary and modern material, supported by clear maps to support each of the tours.1 vol, 288 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-219054 Claringbold, Michael SOUTH PACIFIC AIR WAR: Volume 4 - Buna & Milne Bay, September 1942 Volume Four chronicles aerial warfare in the South Pacific in the critical period between 19 June and 8 September 1942. It can be read alone or as a continuation of the first three volumes that spanned the first six months of the Pacific War, culminating in the Battle of the Coral Sea. Of note, Allied accounts are matched against Japanese records for a truly factual account of the conflict.

Unlike previous actions, no aircraft carriers appeared in New Guinea waters. Instead, the air war was fought solely by land-based air units. This was in the face of an increasingly complex strategic situation that saw the Japanese land at both Buna and Milne Bay. For the first time, airpower in the theater was tasked to support the land forces of both sides which became engaged in a bloody struggle in the mountains of Papua and then the narrow muddy quagmire of Milne Bay.

Two veteran Japanese air groups, the Tainan and No. 4 Kokutai, continued their Herculean struggle against mounting Allied opposition. In the face of continued attrition, Japanese pilots had many notable successes including several coveted aerial victories against B-17s. Then, from August a plethora of fresh Japanese units arrived in theater including the No. 2, No. 6, Chitose, Misawa and Kisarazu Kokutai.

USAAF P-39s and RAAF P-40Es responded with low level close support missions and B-25s, B-26s and B-17s ramped up an unrelenting bombing campaign. Towards the end of the period A-20A strafers made their combat debut, portending a radical blueprint for future attack tactics in the theater. 1 vol, 200 pgs 2021 AUSTRALIA, AVONMORE BOOKS
NEW-PB, available mid February 2021 ......$47.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-226540 Cooper, Anthony SUB HUNTERS: Australian Sunderland Squadrons in the Defeat of Hitler's U-boat Menace 1942-43 Numbers 10 and 461 Squadrons of the Royal Australian Air Force flew Sunderland flying boats from bases in Wales and Devon as part of RAF Coastal Command; these two sister squadrons flew long-range daylight missions over the eastern Atlantic, patrolling Britain's southwest approaches. They hunted and killed U-boats transiting between their mid-Atlantic hunting grounds and their bases in Bordeaux, and fought furious air battles over the heaving seas of the Bay of Biscay, against Luftwaffe Ju88 long-range fighters tasked specifically with shooting them down. These two Australian squadrons established a combat record second to none. Includes 39 color and black & white photos. 1 vol, 352 pgs 2021 UK, FRONTHILL MEDIA
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1-226510 Hess, COL GEN Wilhelm ARCTIC FRONT: The Advance of Mountain Corps Norway on Murmansk, 1941 In 1941, a modern army suddenly swept into that isolated and inhospitable region that was yet to possess the level of importance it would later assume in Cold War polar strategy. The Arctic Front was the northernmost theater in the war waged by Germany against the USSR. For a period of four years, German troops from all branches of the Wehrmacht fought side by side with Finnish border guard units. Includes 20 maps.

The high point of the war on the Arctic Front was the assembly and advance of Germany's Mountain Corps Norway in the summer and autumn of 1941. Commanded by general of the mountain troops, Eduard Dietl, and composed of the 2nd and 3rd Mountain Divisions, the Mountain Corps advanced out of occupied North Norway, assembled in the Petsamo Corridor in North Finland, and struck into Russian territory in an attempt to seize Murmansk. It did not reach its objective.

This account of the operation was written by Wilhelm Hess, quartermaster of the Mountain Corps Norway. He draws upon his personal experience of the conditions and actions on the Arctic Front in order to describe and analyze the environment, the sequence of events, and the reasons behind certain decisions. In addition to describing how operations conducted by the Mountain Corps unfolded, Hess provides insight as to how the terrain, the flow of supplies, and the war at sea impacted those operations
1 vol, 216 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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