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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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1-908400 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue #400 Wargames Illustrated 400 comes with a free set of rules. It's the 'lite' version North Star rulebook for warfare in 19th Century Africa, Death in the Dark Continent. The lite version contains all the rules you need to play the game, but doesn't include the extensive army lists, history and photographs of the main version.1 vol, 116 pgs 2021 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-226740 WAR ON THE GROUND : WWII RULES BATTALION LEVEL GAMES The War on the Ground is a rule system for tabletop actions, designed to give a realistic and enjoyable game for 12mm/1:144 scale miniatures. The rule set covers all aspects of WWII combat, including infantry, armor, artillery and aerial encounters.

Also included is a separate fast-play reference sheet and five historical scenarios to get you started.
1 vol, 96 pgs
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2-199079 Garnett, Tom FIREBALL FORWARD: Conflict Europe1981 - Battle for Bad Hersfeld The twelve scenarios capture the first 24 hours of combat between Soviet battalions and American Mechanized or Tank Company Teams near the west German town of Bad Hersfeld on the Fulda river. These small unit battles represent a tiny window in the NATO effort to defeat Soviet forces.

Though designed with FIREBALL FORWARD in mind, these scenarios can be readily adapted to your preferred set of 15m-28mm WWII/Modern rules1 vol, 60 pgs 2021 US, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-226730 Rawson, Andrew BALKAN STRUGGLES: A Century of Civil War, Invasion, Communism and Genocide The Balkans witnessed several bloody conflicts during the twentieth century. New nations emerged in 1913, after 500 years of Ottoman rule, only for them to go to war just weeks later. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in June 1914 sparked the series of events that led to the Great War. Most of the belligerents would be drawn into the region, while the post-war border changes created tensions. 12 black and white maps

Italian designs on the Balkans resulted in the occupation of Albania in March 1939, but it failed to take control of Greece over the winter of 1940-41. A German blitzkrieg quickly defeated both Yugoslavia and Greece in the spring of 1941, and the population of both countries then suffered terribly as the occupying forces encouraged collaboration and punished resistance.

The area was rife with guerrilla activity, as monarchists, nationalists and communists fought each other as often as the occupying troops. This, in turn, led to communism sweeping across most of the region in the post-war years, while Greece was taken over by a fascist regime.

Communism eventually ended, but ethnic troubles resulted in a ten-year conflict across Yugoslavia. It would be divided into Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo, at the end of the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II.
1 vol, 256 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-226780 Russell, Dr Quentin Mediterranean Naval Battles That Changed the World Focusing on seven decisive naval engagements from the Greek defeat of the Persians at Salamis in the fifth century BC to the Siege of Malta during the Second World War, this book tells the story of the Mediterranean as a theater of war at sea.

Each of these fiercely fought battles was to change the balance of power and shape the course of history. Before telling the story of each battle in detail the history of the balance of naval power in the Mediterranean and the effect of the development of naval architecture and design on the outcomes is outlined: Lepanto was the last major battle fought between galleys; Navarino was the last major battle to be fought entirely by sailing ships; and Cape Matapan (where a young Duke of Edinburgh saw action) was the first operation to exploit the breaking of the Italian naval Enigma codes. The battles included are: Salamis (480 BC), Actium (31 BC), Lepanto (1571), the Nile (aka Aboukir Bay, 1798), Navarino (1827), Cape Matapan 1941 and the Siege of Malta 1940-421 vol, 256 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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2-197850 Carey, Brian Todd and Joshua B Allfree and John Cairns MANZIKERT 1071 In August 1071, the Byzantine Emperor Romanus IV Diogenese led out a powerful army in an attempt to roll back Seljuk Turkish incursions into the Anatolian heartland of the Empire. Outmaneuvered by the Turkish sultan, Alp Arslan, Romanus was forced to give battle with only half his troops near Manzikert. By the end of that fateful day much of the Byzantine army was dead, the rest scattered in flight and the Emperor himself a captive.

As a result, the Anatolian heart was torn out of the empire and it was critically weakened, while Turkish power expanded rapidly, eventually leading to Byzantine appeals for help from Western Europe, prompting the First Crusade. This book sets the battle in the context of the military history of the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic World (Arab and Seljuk Turkish) up to the pivotal engagement at Manzikert in 1071, with special emphasis on the origins, course and outcome of this battle. The composition, weapons and tactics of the very different opposing armies are analyzed.

The final chapter is dedicated to assessing the impact of Manzikert on the Byzantine Empire's strategic position in Anatolia and to the battle's role as a causus belli for the Crusades. Dozens of maps and battle diagrams support the clear text.

6 x 9, 8 pages b/w plates, 100 maps and battle diagrams1 vol, 224 pgs 2012 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-962111 Various MEDIEVAL WARFARE: Volume 11.1 Medieval military technology Theme: Medieval Military Technology
Technology and Medieval Warfare: From Stirrups to Longbows
War and Technology in the Middle Ages: Catapults are Still not Atomic Bombs
The Stubborn Persistence of the Stirrup Thesis: A Transformative Technology That Wasn't
Calais and Its Fortifications -- 1347-1485: England's Home Away From Home
Getting Mars on Your Side: Astral Magic and Warfare
War and Technology From a Modern Perspective: Neither Catapults nor Atomic Bombs

Features:
Owain Glyndwr Takes on the English: The Battle of Bryn Glas 1402
Rise and Fall of the Vandals in North Africa: The Hundred-Year Kingdom
The Advantages of Mobility: The Mounted Crossbowman
Fourteen Firearms From Hasselt: The Early Handgun
Frontier Warfare in Medieval Slovenia: At the Crossroads of Empires
Explaining the Location of Crusader Castles: Control and Defend
Small and Effective Fortifications: The Tower House
1 vol, 84 pgs 2021 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARY
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1-226770 Nester, William NAPOLEON AND THE ART OF LEADERSHIP: How a Flawed Genius Changed the History of Europe and the World If the art of leadership is about getting what one wants, then Napoleon was among history's greatest masters. He understood and asserted the dynamic relationship among military, economic, diplomatic, technological, cultural, psychological, and thus political power. War was the medium through which he was able to demonstrate his innate skills, leading his armies to victories across Europe.

He overthrew France's corrupt republican government in a coup then asserted near dictatorial powers. Those powers were then wielded with great dexterity in transforming France from feudalism to modernity with a new law code, canals, roads, ports, schools, factories, national bank, currency, and standard weights and measures. With those successes, he convinced the Senate to proclaim him France's emperor and even got the pope to preside over his coronation. He reorganized swaths of Europe into new states and placed his brothers and sisters on the thrones. A psychologically penetrating study of the man who had such a profound effect on the world around him that the entire era still bears his name.
1 vol, 552 pgs 2021 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-226760 Hughes, Dwight UNLIKE ANYTHING THAT EVER FLOATED: The Monitor and Virginia and the Battle of Hampton Roads, March 8-9, 1862 The Monitor, an untried iron coffin-like ship of which the gloomiest predictions were made, met the CSS Virginia, the brainchild of innovative, dedicated, and courageous men, but the victim of hurried design, untested technology, poor planning and coordination, and a dearth of critical resources. Nevertheless, the Virginia rendered the wooden ship obsolete, threatened the strategically vital US Navy blockade, and disrupted General McClellan's plans to take Richmond.

From flaming, bloody decks of sinking ships, to the dim confines of the first rotating armored turret, to the smoky depths of a Rebel gundeck-with shells screaming, clanging, booming, and splashing all around-to the office of a worried president with his cabinet peering down the Potomac for a Rebel monster, this dramatic story unfolds through the accounts of men who lived it in.
1 vol, 192 pgs 2021 US SAVAS BEATIE
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1-226750 Knowles, Daniel YAMATO: Flagship of the Japanese Imperial Navy The 'Yamato' and her sister ship the 'Musashi' represented the ultimate development in the battleship. Together, the two ships were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed. Named after the Yamato Province, Yamato was designed to counter the numerically superior fleet of the US Navy. Built amongst a shroud of secrecy and deception and commissioned shortly after the outbreak of the war in the Pacific, she was present at a number of engagements including the Battle of Midway and the Battle of the Philippine Sea.

Despite having been designed to engage and sink enemy surface vessels, the Yamato would only fire her unrivaled 18.1 inch guns at an enemy surface target on one occasion, in October 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. In the final months of the war, as Kamikaze aircraft targeted American landing fleets off Okinawa, the Yamato herself embarked on a one way mission of sacrifice, in a last desperate roll of the dice in an attempt to wreak havoc on the landing forces around Okinawa, the last stepping stone prior to an invasion of the Japanese Home Islands.
1 vol, 224 pgs 2021 UK, FONTHILL MEDIA
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1-COM1119 Starkweather, Adam THE DOOMSDAY PROJECT: Episode One, The Battle for Germany The Doomsday Project is a subseries of the Operational Scale System (OSS) featuring wars that never happened. There will be games on the Persian Gulf, the Balkans, the far north, the Far East, the strategic naval war, and of course, a game of total nuclear war. All the games will feature rules that allow you to play some, part or all of the great war that never happened. The first game in the series will feature the fight that could have happened in Germany. Chemical weapons, tactical nuclear attacks and politics will be present - as well as all the forces that were stationed in the region in 1985. Both sides, notably the United States, were reequipping their forces with many new weapons joining the line. The process had started but is not yet completed.

This is the third game in the 'OSS' system. This series is made to be highly playable and to be completed in far shorter a time that is common for this size game. Low counter density and a concentration on conceptual complexity is the focus of this series. While still mechanically simple, The Doomsday Project will also have all the necessary rules to cover this theater and period. It will be more complex than Korea: Fire and Ice but simpler than Vietnam: Rumor of War.

Product information Complexity: 7 out of 10; Solitaire Suitability: 8 out of 10; Time Scale: 1 day per turn; Unit Scale: Divisional/Brigade/Regiment; Players: 1-2; Scenarios: 5

Components Three Maps at 22by34 inches; one map at 8.5x11 inches; Five Countersheets; Six Player Aids, Charts, and Displays; One Rulebook; One Scenario book; Two 6-sided dice and two 10-sided dice.
1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 US, COMPASS GAMES
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