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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-WAACF003 GIANT SPIDERS 28MM FIGURES This box set of hard plastic 28mm miniatures allows you to field up to 12 Giant Spiders and 12 smaller spiders. Sci-fi part options for every giant spider allow customization. Models require assembly and painting. Bases are not included. 1 vol, 12 pgs 2021 UK, WARGAMES ATLANTIC
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1-WAANW002 NAPOLEON'S WARS : British Riflemen 28MM FIGURESNORTH This box set of hard plastic 28mm miniatures allows you to build up to 32 Riflemen equipped with their famous Baker rifles and even an option to do a volley gun! You will be able to model the figures advancing, firing, loading, and with a variety of heads including bare and bandana-wearing for more variety. Models require assembly and painting. 1 vol, 32 pgs 2021 UK, WARGAMES ATLANTIC
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1-229650 Black Powder & Epic: American Civil War paint set Custom selected paint set produced by Warlord Games studio team will arm you with the bespoke colours needed for Union and Confederate forces in either 28mm or Epic Battle Scale. Set contains nine high pigment paints, a wash, and a frame of our Epic Battles ACW infantry to either sneakily outnumber your enemy or practise your painting on. 1 vol, 9 pgs 2022 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-229700 SPEEDPAINT STARTER SET Warlord Speedpaint offers one-coat painting solution with basic colors. Apply one rich coat of Speedpaint directly over a primed miniature and you are done, All colors are using tried and true high-quality heavy pigments combined with an innovative resin medium solution that flows over your miniatures.

Box contains one brush and 10 18ml bottles of Speedpaints: Zealot Yellow, Fire Giant Orange, Blood Red, Hive Dweller Purple, Highlord Blue, Orc Skin, Pallid Bone, Crusader Skin, Hardened Leather, and Gravelord Grey. 1 vol, 11 pgs 2022 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-2297010 BOLT ACTION DICE: Grey (12) dice1 vol, 12 pgs 2019 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-2297012 BOLT ACTION DICE: Green (12) dice1 vol, 12 pgs 2019 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-2297013 BOLT ACTION DICE: Black (12) dice1 vol, 12 pgs 2019 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-2297014 BOLT ACTION DICE: Blue (12) dice1 vol, 12 pgs 2019 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-978119 Claringbold, Michael 119 F4U CORSIAR vs A6M ZERO-SEN: Rabaul and the Solomons Examines these two different fighters in the Solomons/Rabaul theatre, and the unique geographic conditions which shaped their deployment and effectiveness. It contains rare photographs and digital artwork that accurately showcases and aligns combats of both types in-theatre with unprecedented accuracy. Both sides vastly over-claimed. With full access to IJNAF and US Navy/US Marine Corps records, these numbers will be presented accurately.

The aerial clashes between the iconic Corsair and Zero-sen translated into a contest of speed and altitude for the former, versus the latter's outstanding agility and range.

Whilst the F4U Corsair eventually proved to be a superior fighter in Pacific operations, its introduction into combat in this theatre initially demonstrated its weaknesses. Indeed, the 'Saint Valentine's Day Massacre' debacle showcased exemplary Zero-sen fighter tactics, and American losses were of sufficient magnitude that further daylight missions toward Bougainville were discontinued until Allied fighter tactics could be improved.

As a result, for the next two months the Corsair's combat results were much subdued. Indeed, the F4U only became a superb fighter when both its pilots and their commanders worked out how to deploy the gull-wing design effectively. Optimum circumstances for effective engagement did not always occur, and the Zero-sen remained effective against the Corsair until February 1944 in the South Pacific, after which all IJNAF fighter units vacated Rabaul.
1 vol, 80 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-985063 Finlan, Alastair 063 COLLAPSE OF YUGOSLAVIA 1991-99 Updated and revised, this edition contains full-colour specially commissioned maps and 50 new images to provide a concise introduction to the brutal and bloody conflict in former Yugoslavia as well as its significant consequences. Examines the internal upheavals of the former Yugoslavia and their international implications, including the failure of the Vance-Owen plan; the first use of NATO in a combat role and in peace enforcement; and the war in Kosovo, unsanctioned by the UN but prosecuted by NATO forces to prevent the ethnic cleansing of the region. 1 vol, 144 pgs 2022 LONDON, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-985046 Turnbull, Stephen 046 WAR IN JAPAN 1467-1615 Updated and revised, this edition contains full-colour maps and 50 new images to provide a concise introduction to the most violent, turbulent, cruel, and exciting chapter in Japanese history: Age of Warring States.

In 1467, the Onin War ushered in a period of unparalleled conflict and rivalry in Japan that came to be called the Age of Warring States. In this book, Stephen Turnbull offers a masterly exposition of the wars, explaining what led to Japan's disintegration into rival domains after more than a century of relative peace; the years of fighting that followed; and the period of gradual fusion when the daimyo (great names) strove to reunite Japan under a new Shogun. Peace returned to Japan with the end of the Osaka War in 1615. Turnbull draws on his latest research to include new material covering samurai acting as mercenaries, the expeditions to Korea, Taiwan and Okinawa, and the little-known campaigns against the Ainu of Hokkaido, to present a richer picture of an age when conflicts were spread far more widely than was hitherto realised.
1 vol, 144 pgs 2022 LONDON, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-992144 Hector, Gareth 144 B-36 PEACEMAKER UNITS OF THE COLD WAR Conceived during 1941 in case Germany occupied Britain, when US bombers would then have insufficient range to retaliate, the B-36 was to be primarily a '10,000-mile bomber' with heavy defensive armament, six engines and a performance that would prevent interception by fighters. This fully illustrated volume includes first-hand accounts, original photographs and up to 30 profile artworks depicting in detail the complexity of this superlative aircraft.

Although rapid developments in jet engine and high-speed airframe technology quickly made it obsolescent, the B-36 took part in many important nuclear test programmes. The aircraft also provided the US nuclear deterrent until the faster B-52 became available in 1955. It was one of the first aircraft to use substantial amounts of magnesium in its structure, leading to the bomber's 'Magnesium Overcast' nickname. It earned many superlatives due to the size and complexity of its structure, which used 27 miles of wiring, had a wingspan longer than the Wright brothers' first flight, equivalent engine power to 400 cars, the same internal capacity as three five-room houses and 27,000 gallons of internal fuel - enough to propel a car around the world 18 times. Much was made of the fact that the wing was deep enough to allow engineers to enter it and maintain the engines in flight. B-36s continued in the bomber and reconnaissance role until their retirement in February 1959 following 11 years in SAC. Convair employees were invited to suggest names for the giant aircraft, eliciting suggestions such as 'King Kong Bomber', 'Condor', 'Texan' and 'Unbelievable', but the most popular was 'Peacemaker'. Oddly, objections from religious groups deterred the USAF from ever adopting it officially.
1 vol, 96 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995304 Konstam, Angus 304 BRITISH GUNBOATS OF VICTORIA'S EMPIRE Illustrated history of the iconic ocean-going gunboats of British 'gunboat diplomacy' examines the hundreds of little warships that for 50 years demonstrated the power of the Royal Navy worldwide, and which maintained and enforced the rule of the British Empire at its peak. Describes the rise and fall of the gunboat, the appearance and capability of these vital warships, what life was like on board, and their key actions.

Created during the Crimean War, these gunboats first saw action in China. However, they were also used to hunt down pirates in the coasts and rivers of Borneo and Malaya, to quell insurrections and revolts in the Caribbean or hunt slavers off the African coast. The first gunboats were designed for service in the Crimean War, but during the 1860s a new generation of ships began entering service - vessels designed specifically to fulfill this global policing role. Better-designed gunboats followed, but by the 1880s, the need for them was waning . The axe finally fell in 1904 when Admiral 'Jackie' Fisher brought the gunboat era to an end in order to help fund the new age of the dreadnought. 1 vol, 48 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996374 Orr, Timothy 374 THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG 1863 (1) : The First Day First of three volumes covers the tactical decisions made at Gettysburg on day one and the ensuing combat, while also including a brief summary of the grand strategy in the Eastern Theater of the war, the conduct of the Pennsylvania Campaign from June 6 to 30, 1863, and the plight of civilians caught up in the conflict. Includes the morning cavalry skirmish, the morning clash at the Herbst's Woodlot and at the railroad cut, the afternoon clash at Oak Ridge, the afternoon fight at the Edward McPherson farm, the afternoon rout of the 11th Corps, the last stand of the 1st Corps at Seminary Ridge, the Union retreat through town, and the positions of the armies at nightfall. 1 vol, 96 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-229720 Querengasser, Alexander CAVALRY: A Global History of Horse Soldiers Examines the many historical uses of cavalry, from prehistoric to modern times, analyzing conditions for its employment, the role of geographic and climatic factors in its use, and developments in equipment and tactics. Includes 220 color illustrations1 vol, 216 pgs 2022 GERMANY, ZEUGHAUS VERLAG
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1-229750 Riley, Jonathon THE COLONIAL IRONSIDES: English Expeditions under the Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1650 - 1660 Rediscover a series of post-English Civil War episodes in British military history that have not been detailed fully since Victorian times and marked a transition in English foreign policy from raiding the colonies of others, chiefly Spain, to becoming an imperial power.

Comprehensive survey of the role played by Oliver Cromwell's expeditionary forces to subdue Royalist outposts abroad in the Three Kingdoms, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, the Scillies, the West Indies and North America. Also details the launch of the Western design against Spain in the Caribbean and during its course, the failure of the expedition against San Domingo and the conquest of Jamaica. In Europe, the book studies the role of Cromwell's expeditionary brigade, and Charles II's army in exile, in the struggle between France and Spain in the Low Countries during the last years of the Protectorate: the Battle of the Dunes, the sieges of Dunkirk, Ypres, Oudenaarde and other towns leading to the acquisition of Dunkirk and Mardyke as a British colony on the Continent, the first since the loss of Calais under Mary Tudor. Includes 57 b/w illustrations, 33 maps, and 2 color illustrations on back cover.
1 vol, 386 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-229770 Barry, Quintin FAR DISTANT SHIPS: The Blockade of Brest, 1793-1815 Throughout the long drawn-out war at sea during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, it was a cardinal principle of British naval strategy to blockade the port of Brest, the largest and most important of the French naval bases that threatened the security of the British Isles.

Traces the development of British naval strategy, as well as describing the crucial encounters between the rival fleets and the single ship actions. Includes 21 black and white illustrations and seven maps.

There were many aspects to the blockade of Brest, but always at its centre was the need to frustrate French attempts at the invasion of Britain or Ireland. Most famous of these, of course, was Napoleon's intricate combination that led to the campaign of Trafalgar, in the course of which his invasion plans disintegrated. But there were many other offensive moves which it was the blockading fleet's duty to prevent. Inevitably, there were great sea battles when the French ventured out, though fewer than might have been expected.
1 vol, 356 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-229730 Conner, Robert GENERAL GORDON GRANGER: The Savior of Chickamauga and the Man Behind Juneteenth Full-length biography of the Civil War Gen. Granger who saved the Union army from catastrophic defeat at the Battle of Chickamauga and went on to play major roles in the Chattanooga and Mobile campaigns. He fought through the war in the West from the first major battles to its last and even left an impact on the Reconstruction period. Immediately after the war, as commander of US troops in Texas, his actions sparked the 'Juneteenth' celebrations of slavery's end, which continue to this day. 1 vol, 264 pgs 2022 US, CASEMATE
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1-13740 Whitehouse, Howard illustrated by Peter Dennis BATTLE IN AFRICA:1879-1914 Second edition is edited by John Curry as part of the History of Wargaming Project series of books.

Battle in Africa is a uniquely vivid analysis of colonial campaigning in the late-Victorian and Edwardian eras. Edited by Paddy Griffith, the author Howard Whitehouse guides the reader systematically through each stage of an African campaign, from the formulation of strategy to the fate of the wounded, and from the collection of supplies to the tactics of guerrilla warfare. He also offers a long-overdue comparative approach, which describes the Belgian, German, and Italian experiences as well as the better-known French and British ... and he gives a rare emphasis to the perceptions of the indigenous African 'enemy'. Illustrated throughout by Peter Dennis - who is himself a keen student of these campaigns - in an appropriately 'period' style.
1 vol, 95 pgs 2021 UK, JOHN CURRY EVENTS
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1-229690 Bolt Action: Combined Arms Whilst Combined Arms can be played and enjoyed as a stand-alone game, it is intended to allow players to incorporate Bolt Action, Blood Red Skies, Cruel Seas, or Victory at Sea for an epic continent-spanning wargaming campaign. The system is modular, simply requiring that you sub out certain Initiative cards from the game for those that pertain to your chosen game systems. These unique cards link your campaign inextricably with your wargames, meaning your choices in the campaign could mean victory or defeat on the tabletop.

Box contains: Rules booklet; four game maps covering North West Europe, The Eastern Front, North Africa, and The Pacific theatres of operation; Orders Board; Operations Board; Six Card decks; 67 Tokens; Plastic Army markers; and Plastic Objectives.
1 vol, 1 pgs 2022 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-229760 Noren, Karl-Gunnar THE LONG-RANGE DESERT GROUP: History & Legacy Covers creation, tactics, and inventions of the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG), aka Ghost Patrol, and its raids and reconnaissance mission far behind Axis lines. Includes 30 black and white illustrations, 31 color illustrations, and five maps. 1 vol, 164 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-229710 Riccio, Ralph and Massimiliano Afiero THE ITALIAN ARMY IN NORTH AFRICA, 1940-43: Luck Was Lacking, But Valor Was Not Examines factors relating to the Italian army's performance in North Africa, including assessments of the Italian soldier, leadership, training, organization, equipment, supply situation, Italian air force support of ground operations, and Italo-German relations. Describes Italian combat operations from the early Italian advance from Libya into Egypt in September 1940 to final Italian surrender to the Allies in Tunisia in May 1943. Extensive appendices focus heavily on organization and equipment, with tables comparing Italian, British, and German armor and artillery. Includes 199 photos, five maps, three tables, 10 color plates of vehicles, and eight color plates of uniforms. 1 vol, 272 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-229740 Baxter, Peter OPERATION RESTORE HOPE: US Military Intervention in Somalia and the Battle of Mogadishu, 1992-1994 Examines the international intervention that took place in Somalia, including the successes, failures, and lessons learned. The crisis in Somalia set the tone for military intervention in a post-Cold War world, and although the same mistakes have been depressingly often repeated, the complexion of global military organization changed dramatically as a consequence of this episode.

Discusses United Nations efforts to adapt their collective military policy toward the challenges of peacekeeping, and peace enforcement, in a human environment only dimly understood, extremely austere in terms of local infrastructure, and with a warring clan leadership. Includes eight pages of color photos, about 100 black and white photos, and maps.
1 vol, 72 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-COM1095 Chadwick, Frank THE THIRD WORLD WAR: Designer Signature Edition Classic Reborn! revised edition of wargame The Third World War features many new enhancements, including larger counters. All four games in the series are included:
Third World War (Battle for Germany): Struggle for central Europe between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.
Southern Front: Race for the Turkish Straits: Bulgaria and Romania, reinforced with three Soviet armies and special-capability forces, face off against Greece, Turkey, and Yugoslavia, thinly reinforced with a few elite units from the US, France, and Italy.
Arctic Front: Battle for Norway: Soviet forces of the Leningrad Front, with special airborne, amphibious, and arctic-equipped contingents, assault Norway, reinforced with a few elite units from the US, Britain, Canada, and other NATO nations.
Persian Gulf: Battle for the Middle East: Includes a special game within a game, covering the diplomatic, political, and military maneuvers by the USSR and US in the Middle East before - and leading to - the general outbreak of the Third World War.

All four separate games combined into one, comprehensive package with all-new rules treatment backed by many illustrations, an index, and clarifications and examples of play.

Information:
Complexity: 6 out of 10
Solitaire Suitability: 8 out of 10 (no hidden units)
Time Scale: 1 week per turn
Map Scale: 45 km per hex
Unit Scale: divisions, with some brigades and regiments, 100 aircraft per air unit
Players: one to two per individual game, one to eight for combined campaign
Playing Time: 6-10 hours per game, 36+ hours for full combined campaign

Components: Six map sheets (each measuring 22 x 34 inches); Eight countersheets (9/16 size); Standard Rules booklet; Scenario and Campaign booklet; Numerous player aid cards and unit displays; 24 Diplomacy Cards (for Persian Gulf); and Four 6-sided dice.
1 vol, 0 pgs 2022 US, COMPASS GAMES
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