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1-916468 various MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue # 468 Articles include:

Cover: The Art of War and Survival Jubilation
War Of The States: Toolbox of campaign ideas and a downloadable map
Flat Pack Fever: New full-color, 3D accessories for gamers: bases and buildings included, plus free set of 3D sculpted bases included with every copy of the magazine
Command Decision: Task Force Ranger: Part 2 -- Modern combat scenario in Mogadishu
Send Three and Fourpence: Have you seen the light? Lighting effects as scenery in an Oldhammer scenario for Stargrave
Regulations: The Texan Regulator-Moderator War history, scenarios, and downloadable rules
War on a Budget: 6mm sci-Fi scenario for Hellfire with Sandraiders, Miners, and Mercenaries
Scratch Build: Build a Desert crypt
Defence in Depth: Figure and rules reviews
Quartermaster: Scenery and accessories reviews
Forward Observer: News
Recce: Book reviews
Last Word: Adam Abramowicz of The Army Painter1 vol, 96 pgs 2022 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
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1-226744 Heath, Peter FORGOTTEN BATTLES: The Italian Campaign - September 1943 to February 1944 A series of WWII scenarios covering a range of engagements, with varying unit types and sizes and a variety of opposing forces, including the first appearance of both Italian partisans and Italian troops fighting on the Allied side.1 vol, 96 pgs 2022 UK, VICTRIX
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1-BRIG389 Bunde, Peter 389: KINGDOM OF SWEDEN: Scanian Carbine Regiment 1814-1815 Another in the terrific series. Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc. Descriptions on reverse side.1 vol, 1 pgs 2022 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
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1-229990 Fiorentino, Massimo IL ROSSO & L'ORP: Uniforms, Equipment and Weaponry of the Swiss Units in the service of the Kingdom of the Two-Sicilies Volume 1 Volume I: 1825-1835. Contains 325 illustrations in color and black & white showing a wide range of uniforms, headdresses, contemporary iconography items, weapons, and accessories. Includes 53 original uniformed figures in full color by Bruno Mugnai, 22 technical plates by Stefano Ales and Massimo Fiorentino, and 43 pages of Abstract supplement in English, encompassing translation of all image captions.1 vol, 476 pgs 2022 ITALY, SHAKO 64
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1-964038 Various ANCIENT HISTORY MAGAZINE # 38: Colonization in Antiquity Theme: Colonization in Antiquity

Understanding the Process - Migration and Colonization in the Mediterranean Bronze Age
To Boldly Go Where No One has Gone Before - The First Generations of Greek Overseas Settlements
Foundations, Motives, Consequences - Ancient Greek Colonization
Name, Meaning, Origins - Magna Graecia
The Unusual Case of Naucratis - Greeks on the Nile
Spreading Roman Civilization Through Colonization - Remote Replicas of Rome

The Royal Artisans of Deir El-Medina - Servants in the Place of Truth
Getting Away With it in Ancient Rome - Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries
The Meaning Behind Roman Cameo Imagery - Snapshots of Propaganda
The Birth of a New Social Order - Rise of the Equites
New Food Culture on the Roman Border - Eet smakelijk!
Animals in Neo-Assyrian State Ideology and Propaganda - Ancient Assyrian Fake News1 vol, 68 pgs 2022 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-229880 Sadler, John HENRY HOTSPUR PERCY & THE BATTLE OF OTTERBURN 1388 History of the battle and the personalities. Covers the battle and the battlefield. Also recfaps what the period chronicles noted about the battle. Includes color photos and color maps. Extensive bibliography.1 vol, 82 pgs 2013 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-230000 Ardelean, Floriin ON THE BORDERLANDS OF GREAT EMPIRES: Transylvanian Armies 1541-1613 In 1526, the army of the Hungarian kingdom was soundly defeated by the army of the Ottoman sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, in the battle of Mohacs. In the following decades the lands that were once part of the Hungarian Crown were divided. On the eastern half of the former Hungarian kingdom a new state was born, the Principality of Transylvania. For one and a half century (1541-1691), Transylvania was a distinct state on European maps, and played an important military and strategic role in the struggle between the Ottomans and the Habsburgs in Central and South-East Europe. Includes 19 b/w illustrations, eight color plates, five maps, and one table.

This book follows the efforts of the Transylvanian rulers to organize and to defend their new state, during its first seven decades of existence (1541-1613). The army at their disposal inherited an essentially medieval structure that reflected the social composition of the region. The bulk of the army consisted of the so called 'county flags' (noble levies and conscripted peasants from their estates), the Szekely levies (troops recruited in the districts of South-East Transylvania) and the troops supplied by the Saxon districts from the highly urbanized southern parts of Transylvania. In addition, the Transylvanian army also had several groups of professional soldiers that performed permanent or semi-permanent military service: the court guard (aule milites), the garrisons of the main fortifications concentrated on the western frontier of the principality and other groups that performed military service in exchange for tax exemptions like the riflemen (pixidari, puscasi, puskasok) and the guardsmen (darabontok, darabanti).

The last chapter of the book is focused on the main military campaigns in which the Transylvanian army was involved (the expedition of Giovanni Battista Castaldo in Transylvania and the Banat region 1551-1553, the Fortress War period 1552-1571, the Long Turkish War 1591-1606, etc.), with extensive descriptions of some of the most important pitched battles and sieges.1 vol, 122 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-230030 Abram, Andrew THE ENGLISH GARRISON OF TANGIER: Charles II's Colonial Venture in the Mediterranean, 1661-1684 Assesses the raising, equipping, and composition of the standing army of Charles II and the role played by the garrison of Tangier between 1661 and 1684 as well as the wider military, political, and strategic context of expansionism and warfare in Europe. Includes 43 b/w illustrations, four b/w photos, nine maps, and 53 tables.

When Charles landed in Dover in 1660 he inherited two regular armies, both owing him allegiance. First, the New Model (by then regular or standing army) was in England under Monck. Second was a force of exiled royalists in Flanders and Dunkirk. Neither army was in particularly bad health, although being much in arrears of pay. On paper, the New Model Army was an effective power, but its morale was broken by the events leading to the Restoration.

The exile army (Charles II's 'Forgotten Army') was a body of Irish, Scottish, and English soldiers fighting with the Spanish and habituated to periods of hardship and privation. The acquisition of the Moroccan city of Tangier via the marriage agreement between Charles II and Catherine of Braganza, daughter of John IV of Portugal, in May 1661 brought about a period of English occupation, which lasted until 1684. England garrisoned and fortified the city against hostile Barbary forces. 1 vol, 382 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-230040 Thomas, R.N.W. NO WANT OF COURAGE: The British Army in Flanders, 1793-1795 Provides considerable detail on the administrative structures necessary for the daily functioning of an army on campaign. Integral to this were the men engaged in staff positions, the commissariat and the medical departments, their suitability, how they were appointed, and their day-to-day responsibilities. Includes 11 b/w illustrations, 16 color illustrations, four maps, and 47 tables.

The internal organization of the British Army's fighting units is often taken for granted, but the start of any war during the 18th century inevitably led to rapid expansion and major developments in recruiting methods. As the proportion of recruits increased, unit cohesion and experience declined for both officers and men, affecting discipline, operational capability, and health; all factors which tend to be overlooked in standard campaign narratives. A key component of the fighting troops in Flanders were the Ordnance units, comprising the artillery and engineers, which are often neglected but so critical in providing firepower support and technical expertise. Similarly forgotten are the considerable numbers of women and children who officially accompanied forces in the field, all of whom came under military discipline and received their subsistence from the army. Their numbers, the roles they fulfilled and their experiences in Flanders are discussed in detail.

Underpinning the entire administrative structure of the army on campaign was its relationship with corresponding organizations at home. Performance in the field was heavily dependent on the effectiveness of working relationships on both sides. Structures evolved throughout the eighteenth century, becoming gradually more formalized with increased definition of the duties performed in each role, a process that was to continue until the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. The Flanders campaign represented a key point in this evolutionary process at the start of the French Wars.1 vol, 330 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-230010 Knight, Paul A VERY FINE REGIMENT: The 47th Foot During the American War of Independence, 1773-1783 The 47th Regiment of Foot served throughout the whole of the American War of Independence. The regiment experienced the transition from peacetime soldiering in Ireland and New Jersey, through the deteriorating political situation, to open rebellion. Examines the regiment within the context of a British Army which was neither stuck in the past nor incapable of reform. New uniforms, weapons, and drill manuals reflected the lessons of the previous war within an environment of doctrinally innovative generals. Against this, the regiment had to train in an era of the financial parsimony and where the friction of peacetime soldiering mitigated against training objectives. Nevertheless, the 47th was called 'A Very Fine Regiment and Fit for Service' before it sailed for New Jersey in 1773. Includes eight pages of color plates, 20 b/w illustrations, five maps, and 10 tables.

Who were the 47th Foot? How well did they overcome the challenges they faced? What became of them? Where they unthinking automatons lead by an officer class incapable of adapting to the reality of warfare in North America?

In North America, the 47th served in peaceful New Jersey and New York before joining the Boston Garrison in response to the deteriorating political situation there. After Boston, they were sent to Quebec where they drove American Rebels out of Canada before participating in the ill-fated Saratoga Campaign. Most of the regiment then endured years of captivity as part of the Convention Army. A fortunate part of the regiment avoided this fate and defended Canada's borders for the remained of the war.

This period saw the 47th, and the British Army in North America, quickly adapting to the rapidly evolving political and military situations they encountered. They successfully evolved their tactics and doctrine from peaceful garrison duties to conventional warfare in response to open rebellion and then to irregular tactics for woodland fighting.1 vol, 238 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-930334 various STRATEGY & TACTICS # 334: Rio Grande War Wargame Rio Grande War is a two-player wargame on a hypothetical war between the United States and the Empire of Mexico following the American Civil War. The assumption is that France's Napoleon III decided to back up Maximilian with the French army to maintain his power in Mexico, and the US responded with an invasion. At stake: The fate of North America!

One side commands the Imperial forces (Maximilian and his French allies), and the other the Allies (US and Mexican Republic). The central game mechanism is Action Points (AP). AP are a quantification of each sides command and logistical capabilities. Players expend AP to recruit units and conduct various military operations. Each hex on the map represents 45 miles. Each game turn represents one to two months. Combat units represent divisions, brigades, regiments, and groups of partisans/bandits. Infantry and cavalry units include attached artillery, pioneer and logistic support. Leaders represent an inspirational to competent commander plus whatever troops they bring to the field. Also includes magazine.1 vol, 84 pgs 2022 US, DECISION GAMES
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1-230020 Laband, John THE ZULU KINGDOM AND THE BOER INVASION: 1837-1840 Covers the invasion in 1837 of the Zulu kingdom by Boers migrating from the British Cape Colony, and the massacres, battles, and civil war that ensued between 1838-1840 as the Zulu resisted the settlers with spear against musket. Many Afrikaners long celebrated their partial victory as the God-given justification for their subsequent dominion over Africans, while today Africans commemorate the war for its significance in their struggle against colonialism. Includes 24 b/w illustrations, 16 color illustrations, and 11 maps.

Changing perceptions in a post-colonial world require the reassessment of wars of colonial aggression, but there is no book in English that engages with the war between the Boers and Zulu in its entire context or takes the Zulu evidence into proper account. This work attempts to do so. While dealing with the warring sides as even-handedly as possible and contrasting their military systems, it also makes a point of developing the less familiar Zulu perspective, explaining political motivation, strategic military objectives, and fissures in the royal house. Further, the book situates the Great Trek of the Boers, or Voortrekkers, in the context of the many migrations taking place at that time in southern Africa as the result of widespread political and social upheavals, of which the militarily powerful Zulu kingdom had been the most significant outcome.

The book begins with the journey of the Voortrekkers over the highveld form the Cape Colony towards Zululand where they intended to settle, and with the war they fought and won in 1836-1837 against the Ndebele, an offshoot of the Zulu whose military system they shared. The battle of Vegkop proved the superiority of musket-fire directed from a secure wagon laager against an enemy armed primarily with spears, and would be the model for successful Boer engagement against the Zulu in 1838 at the battles of Veglaer and Blood River. The campaign of 1838 also demonstrated that the Zulu was masters of surprise, ambush, and maneuver in the open field that resulted in their victories at the battles of Bloukrans, eThaleni, the Thukela and the White Mfolozi.

The war reached a stalemate by the end of 1838 but Dingane, the Zulu king, had been discredited by his inability to expel the Boers from the southern part of his kingdom. His half-brother Mpande then rebelled against him and, in alliance with the Boers, overthrew him in 1840. The Boers recognized Mpande as king over a reduced Zulu kingdom that maintained its independence until the British invasion of 1879.1 vol, 238 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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