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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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1-916456 various MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue #456 Cover Story: A Billion Suns Mini-Campaign

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Command Decision: Kuban Bridgehead: Part 2 of Mini-campaign Based on film Cross of Iron
Zero Dark: On the Horizon: Introduction to a SF skirmish system
The Battle Of Pirate Island: A Scenario for Shootout at Tres Jacales: 30th June 1893
A Saxon Violence: Build a Burg Better with Simple Materials
Send 3 and 4 pence: Sharp Practice Scenario
Uncle Duke: A Wargames Legend from the USA Part 2
Practical Wargames Scenery: Build an ACW Church
1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
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1-226650 Brown, David 'O' GROUP - BATTALION SCALE WORLD WAR II WARGAMES RULES Each player fields a battalion under the command of the Battalion HQ. The battalion consists of a number of infantry companies, normally three and will usually be supported by heavy weapons, guns according to the national structures and, of course, with room for supporting elements to be attached to produce a combined arms force, such as AFVs.1 vol, 106 pgs 2021 UK, REISSWITZ PRESS, TOO FAT LAARDIES
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1-226710 McCulliugh, Joseph RANGERS OFTHE SHADOW DEEP This new Rangers of Shadow Deep book is a brand new retail edition, with a matt laminate cover and updates to the core rules, making it the most definitive version of the game to date.

A kingdom stands on the brink of destruction, as the vast realm called the Shadow Deep slowly swallows everything in its path. As the army fights to contain the tide of evil creatures teeming up out of the black clouds, the kingdom's best soldiers, the rangers, must venture down into the shadows to gather information, rescue prisoners, and ambush enemy supply lines. It is a desperate fight against overwhelming odds, but every little victory brings another day of hope.

Features:
Brand new layout with a dozen new pieces of art from Barrett Stanley
Solo and co-operative tabletop miniatures game from the creator of Frostrgrave and Ghost Archipelago Joseph A. McCullough
Create your ranger, gather companions, and play through a series of missions
Survive and you will grow in power and ability, and be sent on more difficult, dangerous and intricate assignments
Includes updated core rules combined with character-building elements first presented in Temple of Madness
New 'Challenge Levels' for all the scenarios can be used when playing with 3 or 4 rangers to ramp up the difficulty, or, if you want to replay the scenario with a higher-level Ranger

Requires a couple d20s, a deck of standard playing cards, an inch ruler, and miniatures.
1 vol, 150 pgs 2021 UK, MODIPHIUS
NEW-hardback, available late March 2021 ......$69.00 rct

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1-226660 van Dop, Peter BELLOLUDI RIFLES: WORLD WAR II SKIRMISH RULES & CARDS BUNDLE For 1939-1945, but can be used for 1930-1960. Designed as a multiplayer game but will work just as fine with only two players or even solo. Uses 20+ figures of any scale.

The goal is not to annihilate the enemy's units to the last man, but to inflict enough damage that morale is reduced and the unit will become shaken or will run away in panic and consequently removed from the tabletop. Tactics are based on teamwork within a group and also between groups up to the entire army.
1 vol, 20 pgs 2021 NETHERLANDS, BELLOLUDI
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1-226670 Israel, Richard CANON PLAYED THE GREAT FORT: Sieges in the Severn Valley during the English Civil War 1642-1646 The battlefields of Edgehill, Newbury, and Marston Moor are superlatives with the middle of the 17th-century conflict known as the English Civil War, and while their importance to the conflict is undeniable, they detract from the power struggle that occurred between the Royalists and Parliamentarians in the towns and cities throughout the land. This power struggle culminated in the construction of siege batteries and fortifications.

Focusing on the Severn Valley region of England, this book examines, through archaeological, topographic, cartographic and historical research, the sieges of Bristol, Gloucester, Worcester, Bridgnorth, and Shrewsbury, demonstrating how siege techniques and this style of warfare impacted on the outcome of the conflict that set brother against brother and father against son. includes 43 b/w photographs & illustrations, 10 b/w maps, and four tables. 1 vol, 166 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANy
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1-226630 Oates, Jonathan THE SIEGES OF THE '45: Siege Warfare during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-1746 There were more sieges than battles during the 1745-1746 Jacobite campaign in Scotland and England. Siege warfare was more common than set piece battles in Europe at this time and the '45 was no exception. There were two sieges of both Ruthven Barracks and of Carlisle, whilst the castles at Edinburgh, Blair Atholl, and Stirling were also besieged, as were the more recently-built Forts Augustus, George, and William.

The government, noting the threat passed by some of the Highland clans and their allies, built a number of new forts in the Highlands from 1690 and especially after 1716 in order to contain this danger. In theory the Jacobites, with their lack of heavy artillery (save at Stirling) should have been unable to take any of these old or new garrisoned fortresses. Yet in several cases they were able to do so and the results of these sieges was never guaranteed. Conversely the British Army was forced to undertake its last siege against a fortress on British soil.

Examines and analyzes eight sieges in 1745-1746, the history and strength of the fortress or walled town, its garrison, and the strength of the attackers, along with the artillery employed by both sides. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-219601 Townsend, Ben FASHIONING REGULATION, REGULATING FASHION: Volume I - Uniforms and Dress of the British Army 1800-1815 First in a two-volume examination into the clothing orders of the British late Georgian army, combined and contrasted with an analysis of fashion in the same army -- comparing the regulated dress with the 'modes of the army' as revealed by contemporary writing and illustrations. Includes 21 color plates, 47 black and white illustrations, and 7 tables.

The first quarter of the 19th century witnessed a refinement of fashionable masculine dress that has not since been surpassed. Military tailoring inspired a parallel flowering of uniform splendor that continued into the 1830s and sparked an enduring fascination with military costume that still rages today.

The army that operated in these cumbersome uniforms managed to achieve fame as one of the most effective British fighting forces ever recognized, and is still remembered and honored for its achievements.

These three strands: the flowering of late Georgian civilian tailoring; of its martial equivalent; and of military excellence on campaign, have gripped the interest and the imagination of the public, and are endlessly revived and recycled through popular culture, on television, film, through books and all of the other new media.

The reader then might properly ask why another book on uniforms of this period is necessary. Quite simply, it is because the amount of material available to the researcher has increased exponentially since the advent of the internet, especially in regard to the now widely available digital archive files of institutional collections. The huge amount of accessible material makes the task of assembling accurate information much longer and much harder, but the results are consequentially more satisfying and accurate than hitherto. 1 vol, 392 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-219602 Townsend, Ben FASHIONING REGULATION, REGULATING FASHION: Volume 2 - Uniforms and Dress of the British Army 1800-1815 The second of two-volume examination into the clothing orders of the late-Georgian British Army, combined and contrasted with an analysis of fashion in the same army - comparing the regulated dress with the 'modes of the army' as revealed by contemporary writing and illustrations. Includes 24 color and 40 b/w illustrations.

The first quarter of the nineteenth century witnessed a refinement of fashionable masculine dress that has not since been surpassed. Military tailoring inspired a flowering of uniform splendour that continued into the 1830s and sparked an enduring fascination with military costume that still rages today.

The army that operated in these cumbersome uniforms managed to achieve fame as one of the most effective British fighting forces ever recognised, and is still remembered and honoured for its achievements.

These three strands: the flowering of late Georgian civilian tailoring; of its martial equivalent; and of military excellence on campaign, have gripped the interest and the imagination of the public, and are endlessly revived and recycled through popular culture, on television, film, through books and all of the other new media.

The reader then might properly ask why another book on uniforms of this period is necessary. Quite simply, it is because the amount of material available to the researcher has increased exponentially since the advent of the internet, especially in regard to the now widely available digital archive files of institutional collections. The huge amount of accessible material makes the task of assembling accurate information much longer and much harder, but the results are consequentially more satisfying and accurate than hitherto.

This, the second of two books on the topic, pays particular attention to the 'Prince's Regulations,' of 1812, which exhibit the full extent of the Prince Regent's excursions into military taste.1 vol, 392 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-223632 Wilson, David THE DANISH ARMY OF THE NAPOLEONIC WARS1807-1814 V2:Cavalry and Artillery In-depth study of the Danish and Norwegian armies of the Napoleonic Wars -- uniforms, weapons, colors, their evolution, and basic tactics.

This second volume examines the regular cavalry and field artillery: organization, uniforms, arms, equipment, cannon, limbers, and wagons with 54 original full color plates. Also includes fortress and coastal artillery, which was of importance to countries with long coastlines.

Compiled with the assistance of Danish, Norwegian, and German historians.
1 vol, 154 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-226701 Cherry, Niall DOOMED BEFORE THE START: The Allied Intervention in Norway 1940. V1 The Road to Invasion and Early Moves Hardback version.

First book of two-volume work covers the Allied intervention in Norway 1940. Detailed account of the German invasion and the Allied reaction, including the land, sea, and air battles. Actions include the sinking of HMS Glowworm and HMS Glorious, Gladiators on the frozen lakes, and Maurice Force, the sacrifice of the Territorial Battalions at Tretten, and the Independent Companies. Volume 1 focuses on the prelude and early phases of the German invasion and Allied response.
1 vol, 336 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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2-226701 Cherry, Niall DOOMED BEFORE THE START: The Allied Intervention in Norway 1940. V1 The Road to Invasion and Early Moves Paperback version.

First book of two-volume work covers the Allied intervention in Norway 1940. Detailed account of the German invasion and the Allied reaction, including the land, sea, and air battles. Actions include the sinking of HMS Glowworm and HMS Glorious, Gladiators on the frozen lakes, and Maurice Force, the sacrifice of the Territorial Battalions at Tretten, and the Independent Companies. Volume 1 focuses on the prelude and early phases of the German invasion and Allied response.
1 vol, 336 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-226702 Cherry, Niall DOOMED BEFORE THE START: The Allied Intervention in Norway 1940. V2 Evacuation and Further Naval Operations Hardback version.

Second of two-volume work continues operations through the Allied withdrawal. Includes 112 illustrations.
1 vol, 328 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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2-226702 Cherry, Niall DOOMED BEFORE THE START: The Allied Intervention in Norway 1940. V2 Evacuation and Further Naval Operations Paperback version.

Second of two-volume work continues operations through the Allied withdrawal. Includes 112 illustrations.
1 vol, 328 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-226680 de Beauliey, Charles GENERAL ERICH HOEPNER: A Military Biography This volume in the Die Wehrmacht im Kampf series examines Erich Hoepner's leadership of panzer formations in Poland in 1939, France in 1940, and Russia in 1941. It is written by Walter Chales de Beaulieu, a general staff officer who fought alongside Hoepner. Erich Hoepner was one of the most competent tank commanders of World War II, playing a significant role in Germany's early successes.

As the commander of the XVI Panzer Corps at the outbreak of war in 1939, Hoepner carried out the main thrust towards Warsaw. The panzer corps covered 250 kilometers and reached the outskirts of the city in only eight days.

In 1940, commanding the same formation, Hoepner fought the French Cavalry Corps in Belgium, partook in the encirclement of Allied forces near Dunkirk, and advanced southwards over the Weygand Line deep into French territory.

In 1941, Hoepner became the commander of Panzer Group 4, which was the main attack formation for the advance on Leningrad. It made rapid progress to begin with, but an increasingly wide and exposed front meant that the attack gradually ground to a halt. After one final attempt to capture the city in the middle of September failed, the panzer group was redeployed to the central sector of the Eastern Front. It was there that the panzer group was to help with the push towards Moscow. In conjunction with Panzer Group 3, Hoepner's Panzer Group 4 completed and eliminated the Vyazma pocket. Hoepner frequently felt that he was not allowed to advance on Moscow quickly enough by his superiors, yet his decision to conduct a withdrawal in January 1942 led to his dismissal.
1 vol, 264 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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1-226640 Gladysiak, Likasz FATED TO DEFEAT: 33. Waffen-Grenadier Division der SS 'Charlemagne' in the Struggle for Pomerania 1945 33. Waffen-Grenadier Division der SS was one of a number of divisions in the Third Reich's armed forces composed of foreign soldiers. The majority that formed this unit were French: volunteers or men who, because of collaboration, had been forced to help the German's on the eve of the Allied invasion in Western Europe.

During February-March 1945 the French division took part in the struggle for Pomerania, facing overwhelming Soviet and Polish Forces. The unit fought in a constant retreat and met its fate during the few days of battle in Bialogard (former Belgard an der Persante) and Karlino (Koerlin) region. From that point, after the Division's reorganisation from the German to the French pattern, the retreat transformed into a chaotic escape, which for many ended tragically in Polish or Soviet captivity, or in mass graves which are still waiting to be discovered. Only a handful of the 4,500 Frenchmen who started the battle near Czarne (Hammerstein) and Czluchow (Schlochau) managed to survive and after a few weeks reached the new meeting point in Neustrelitz, Germany. After that, some of them prepared for struggle for Berlin and went to battle once more in April 1945.

Collecting historical sources from all over Europe, including German Army Group Vistula's documents and memories of veterans of both sides of the frontline largely unpublished so far, the author takes us to the fields, towns and villages of Pomerania during the tragic days of the beginning of 1945, and follows the battle through the towns of Czarne (Hammerstein)-Czluchow (Schlochau), Szczecinek (Neustettin), Bialogard (Belgardan der Persante), Karlino (Koerlin) iKolobrzeg (Kolberg). While the chronological description of the combat forms the backbone of this book, the individual soldiers' stories, including biographies of key figures, as well as a number of previously unsolved mysteries are also covered, such as the fate of General Edgar Puaud.
1 vol, 158 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-226690 Khazanov, Dmitriy AIR BATTLES OVER HUNGARY 1944-45 This work is dedicated for the most part to the fighting over Hungary during the course of the Debrecen (6 October - 27 October 1944) and Budapest (29 October 1944 - 13 February 1945) offensives, as well as the Balaton Defensive Operation (6 - 15 March 1945), which the Red Army carried out from autumn 1944 until the spring of 1945. The conduct of these operations preceded an attempt by the Regent of Budapest, Miklos Horthy, to pull his country out of the war. This attempt however was unsuccessful - Vice Admiral Horthy was replaced under Hitler's orders by the pro-Hitlerite henchman Szalasi, after which fierce and desperate battles broke out both on the ground and in the air. Oversized at 8.5x11 inches, includes 280 b/w photos and 50 color profiles.

These battles took place with the Red Army Air Force enjoying numerical superiority, the quality of Soviet aircraft at the end of the war had improved significantly, and even the level of training for air force personnel had been raised. It seemed that there were almost no air aces left in the ranks of the Luftwaffe by the end of the war, and Soviet airmen would have no problem securing a victory, however this was not the case. Erich Hartmann, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Gerhard Barkhorn, and many others fought here. Amongst the Hungarians their highest scoring ace Dezso Szentgyorgyi stood out, as did their outstanding Commander Aladar de Heppes. Their enemies were Kirill Yevstigneyev, Grigoriy Sivkov, Aleksandr Koldunov, Nikolai Skomorokhov, and Georgiy Beregovoy and their comrades.

As air battles occurred over Budapest, the city bristled with anti-aircraft artillery. It was frequently subjected to bombing raids, and between the end of December - and the beginning of January many areas in the Hungarian capital had been turned into improvised airfields, and landing strips where transport aircraft and gliders would land with either German or Hungarian markings. Despite all the efforts to set up an air bridge, German command never succeeded in achieving this which forced those who found themselves besieged in the city to attempt a breakthrough, after which those remaining in the garrison surrendered. The long drawn out battle near Lake Balaton ended in defeat for the German forces and their allies. 1 vol, 160 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-226720 Radic, Aleksandar OPERATION DELIBERATE FORCE: Air War over Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1992-1995 As Yugoslavia fractured, the war in Bosnia was in its third year as of 1995 and fought between Bosnian Serbs, supported by Belgrade; Bosnian Croats, supported by Zagreb; and Bosnian Muslims. It was characterized by widespread atrocities against civilians, which prompted hundreds of thousands to flee. The United Nations' attempts at finding a negotiated settlement proved fruitless, despite the deployment of a sizable contingent of peacekeepers. On the contrary, the Bosnian Muslims began receiving ever larger amounts of clandestine support from Iran, and also from Saudi Arabia and several other allied countries in the Middle East, while the USA began supporting the Croats. Upon constantly increasing popular pressure, the United Nations requested the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to intervene. Includes 88 photos, 8 maps, 1 diag, 6 tables, and 15 color profiles and based on local, USA, and NATO archives.

Officially at least, NATO initiated Operation Deliberate Force on 30 August 1995: deploying as many as 400 combat aircraft, over the following two weeks it flew 3,515 sorties against 338 Bosnian Serb targets. The damage caused by this assault forced the Serbs to lift the siege of the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, remove heavy weapons from the UN-declared exclusion zone around the city, and safeguard other UN safe areas.

However, Operation Deliberate Force was only the official part of what was going on in Bosnia during these days. Less-well-known is that Washington and Zagreb exploited the opportunity to run a series of offensives against the Serbian forces in Croatia and in Bosnia, forcing these into a general withdrawal towards the north-east. It was only in this way that Belgrade was eventually forced into negotiations that resulted in the Dayton Agreement, reached in November 1995, which brought the war in Bosnia to an end.
1 vol, 72 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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