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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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1-916469 various MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue # 469 Articles include:

* Cover: Battle the Maharatta: A Salute to Wellington in India - A tribute game to the late Stuart Asquith from last year's Salute.
* Command Decision Scenario: Paraguay vs Argentina in 1865 in the war of the Triple Alliance.
* Send Three and Fourpence: Retrospective about the hobby over the last 10 years as well as predictions of what will come.
* WWII Budapest Siege: Soviet and German forces battle in a scenario using Hell and Uncivil Disorder.
* Bring the Hammer Down: Recap of Hammerhead 2022.
* Trolling - The Oathmark Express: Speedpaint some Middle Earth-style Trolls.
* Live Free Or Die: Part 1 of the War of 1812.
* Scratch Build: A Shrine, a Statue and a monolith.
* Defence in Depth: Figure and rules reviews
* Forward Observer: News
* Recce: Book reviews.
* Last Word: By the Editor1 vol, 96 pgs 2022 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
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1-2222518 Cristini, Luca Stefano & Chapple, Steve PLAY THE NAPOLEONIC WARS: The Prussian Army -- Paper Soldiers Booklet of Prussian paper soldiers to cut out and play the Napoleonic period on the tabletop.1 vol, 52 pgs 2022 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-230210 THE COLORS OF NAPOLEON'S ARMY 1807-1815: Painting Guide Researching uniforms at the Musee de l'Emperi in Salon-de-Provence (France) and with assistance of private collector Jean Brunon, we examined the best existing samples of First Empire uniforms and nearly all of our visual color matches were made using interior surfaces of actual surviving sample uniforms, behind linings, where colors were most likely to remain consistent over the past 200 years. The printer used actual samples of cloth to match the colors presented in this painting guide.

These were checked against cloth samples in other museums and institutions to provide cross-references. The goal of this four-page painting guide was to authenticate the color Imperial Blue used on all French infantry and artillery uniforms.1 vol, 4 pgs 2021 LOMBARDY STUDIOS
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1-230130 Roberts, Mike ALEXANDER THE GREAT'S LEGACY: The Decline of Macedonian Europe in the Wake of the Wars of the Successors Explores how both the unique character and the particular legacy left when Alexander died at age of 32 in Babylon in 323BC, ensured that his homeland failed to gain the kind of imperial dividend that accrued to others of the world's great Empires. For Macedon, there was not the thousand years of glory that was the extraordinary destiny of the Romans, nor even the 200 years of Persian primacy, only 50 or so years of strife and trauma ending in a Galatian invasion. This was a period during which Cassander and Lysimachus had seemed about to construct durable Europe-based polities and had seen the likes of Demetrius Poliorcetes and Pyrrhus of Epirus battling and besieging across Macedonia, Thrace, and Greece.

Why was it that 2400 years ago the people who had recently conquered the world were unable to stop barbarian Galatians from looting the tombs of their revered royal line? Why was it that the Macedonian state essentially created by Philip II and taken to the heights of epochal triumph by his son Alexander the Great had, hardly two generations after his death, became a weaker entity than it had been when the young conqueror had crossed the Hellespont? 1 vol, 320 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-230150 Coleman, Keith AEDAN OF THE GAELS: King of the Scots This bio is devoted to Aedan mac Gabrain, 6th century king of Dal Riata in Scotland. An associate of St. Columba, he was the first recorded king to be ordained in the British Isles and was the most powerful ruler in his generation. Modern writers highlight Aedan as the father of a prince named Arthur, which has led to his place in Arthurian studies. Aedan's prominence in his era qualifies him as a fascinating figure, whose life and legend are explored.

His astonishing military reach covered Orkney, Pictland, Ireland, Northumbria and the Isle of Man. This book details his dominant career, which came to a shattering end after decades of warfare at the Battle of Degsaston in AD 603. Beyond the record of warfare, there is a unique and tantalizing accumulation of legend concerning Aedan, from stories about his birth to tales of him in battle with Irish heroes. English sources mention him and he is one of the few Gaelic kings to feature prominently in Welsh tradition, where he is remembered as a uniquely powerful player in the north of Britain.1 vol, 248 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-230140 Wolke, Lars Ericson GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS: Sweden and the Thirty Years War, 1630-1632 As one of the foremost military commanders of the early 17th century Gustavus Adophus, king of Sweden, played a vital role in defending the Protestant cause during the Thirty Years War. In the space of two years - between 1630 and 1632 - he turned the course of the war, winning a decisive victory at the Battle of Breitenfeld and conquering large parts of Germany.

The book sets Gustavus in the context of Swedish and European dynastic politics and religious conflict in the early seventeenth century, and describes in detail Swedish military organization and Gustavus's reforms. Includes his intervention in the Thirty Years War is covered in graphic detail - the decision to intervene, his alliance with France, his campaigns across the breadth of Germany, and his generalship at the two major battles. His exceptional skill as a battlefield commander transformed the fortunes of the Protestant side in the conflict and established him as a major European figure before his death on the battlefield.1 vol, 248 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-230160 Griffith, Robert editor ARMIES AND ENEMIES OF NAPOLEON, 1789-1815: Proceedings of the 2021 Helion and Company 'From Reason to Revolution' Conference Containing chapters from some of the leading specialists in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, this volume covers a diverse range of topics that examine aspects of the armies that fought for and against France from 1792-1815.

Philip Ball looks at the unfortunate General Mack, Terry Crowdy covers military intelligence in Napoleon's Italian Campaign and Alex Mikaberidze examines Kutuzov's role in the Austerlitz Campaign. There is a chapter by Alistair Nichols on the French emigre units in British pay and one by Mark Edward Hay on the rebuilding of the Dutch army before Waterloo. The Peninsular War is also covered with a chapter by Kenton White on French strategy and tactics and Robert Griffith covers the role of the battalions of light companies in Wellington's Army.1 vol, 214 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-230170 Snape, David THE FIRE OF VENTURE WAS IN HIS VEINS: Major Allan Wilson and the Shangani Patrol 1893 The Shangani or Allan Wilson's Patrol was a minor incident in the British expansion in Africa. Much smaller in scale than the massacre of Isandlwana, the fate of the Patrol was a black mark on the British South Africa's conquest of Matabeleland. The Patrol was part of the Ndebele War of 1893-94 which ended in the overthrow of the kingdom of Lobengula, King of the Ndebele. Includes 30 b/w illustrations and 4 maps.

The book provides an account of the causes of Ndebele War, and the relationship between the BSAC and Lobengula. The Patrol is examined in detail as are the battles of Shangani and Bembesi which preceded it. The theft of Lobengula's gold by two members of the Bechuanaland Border Police became a cause celebre and may have contributed to Jameson's decision to send the Patrol in pursuit of the King.

The war was a joint enterprise of Cecil Rhodes' British South Africa Company and the British Government but the Company was the senior partner. Leander Starr Jameson with his military adviser John Willoughby, both of whom were to be protagonists in the notorious Jameson Raid, were heavily involved in the overthrow of Lobengula. Jameson's instructions to the leader of the Patrol, Major Patrick Forbes, placed him in an invidious position and virtually split his command. Allan Wilson and his men were sent to his death by Forbes but Wilson's overconfidence in his ability to fight the Ndebele also played a major part in the massacre of his men.

The relationships between the three commanders of the Patrol was fraught with difficult and Forbes' struggle to maintain control was gradually eroded by Commandant Pieter Raaff, the Afrikaner with extensive experience in fighting the Zulus, whose caution might have been caused by his fatal illness.

Accounts from Ndebele survivors of the battle paint a typical Victorian picture of brave men dying for Queen and country but did they actually die for Queen and Company? Did Forbes leave them to their fate? Whatever the cause, Wilson's men's bravery was unquestioned.

The Company's victory contributed to the creation of Rhodesia and Shangani Day soon became a national holiday in the country. Jameson was seen as a hero and decorated by Queen Victoria for his part in the war.1 vol, 178 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-230200 Whitehome, Joseph THE BATTLE FOR BALTIMORE 1814 The War of 1812 gets little attention in American history; however, this two and a half year conflict had serious consequences, which left regional memories and legends that have endured to the present day. The major actions of the war occurred along the Canadian border but also included the Gulf, Atlantic Coast, and the Chesapeake Bay. Three major events in the Chesapeake Bay (the battles for Hampton, Washington, and Baltimore) have overshadowed other incidents in the bay to the point of obscuring them. A bibliography and an index to full-names, places, and subjects enhance this work.1 vol, 282 pgs 2019 US, HERITAGE BOOKS
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1-230180 Robinson, Joseph CHASING THE GREAT RETREAT: The German Cavalry Pursuit of the British Expeditionary Force before the Battle of the Marne August 1914 The focus is on the German pursuit of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) retreat. We show that the Great War should have ended on 23 August 1914 but, due to the 'fog and friction of war' it did not and 'Chasing the BEF' was born. This is a story of missed opportunities made more astonishing by the amount of propaganda extolled by some British authors. This propaganda line claimed that British firepower dealt a great blow to the German army at the Battle of Mons. Much is told about the British soldiers' ability to fire 15 rounds of aimed shooting in a minute, which allegedly the Germans mistook for machine-gun fire. Clearly in their eyes, the British won that battle. Britain, in fact, lost the Battle of Mons and should have lost the war on 23 August. Germany missed a wide-open door that would have spelled disaster for the BEF and the entire Left Flank of the French army. Includes 27 b/w photos and 15 maps.

We focus on the role of the German cavalry. This arm is seriously understudied and has had little place in some official histories. In general, both British and German works ignore the role the cavalry played in the war. We are talking about the Right Wing of the German army only, consisting of the German First Army, Second Army, and two cavalry formations known as Hoherer Kavallerie-Kommandeur (HKK 1 and HKK 2). The HKK were ad hoc organizations that had never been tested before the war. They are often wrongly referred to as a cavalry corps - the cavalry did not become a corps until 1915 - but neither were they similar to an infantry corps. However, many authors do not understand the concept of the HKK and therefore do not address the cavalry in operational maneuvers.

Written as a sequel to the award-winning German Failure in Belgium, August 1914: How Faulty Reconnaissance Exposed the Weakness of the Schlieffen Plan (2019), which won the Tomlinson Book Award for best First World War English language book in 2020, this volume stands alone as the German army chases the well-documented 'Great Retreat'. 1 vol, 178 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-219055 Claringbould, Michael SOUTH PACIFIC AIR WAR: Volume 5 - Crisis in Papua September - December 1942 Volume Five of this series chronicles aerial warfare primarily in the New Guinea theater in the critical period between September and December 1942. It can be read alone or as a continuation of the previous four volumes which span the first nine months of the Pacific War. Of import, Allied and Japanese accounts get matched together for a balanced account of the conflict.

By early September the strategic picture in the theater had changed markedly within just six weeks. From their new Buna beachhead, the Japanese Army commenced a Papuan mountain campaign which threatened the Allied bastion of Port Moresby. Meanwhile the battle for Guadalcanal was raging, with the outcome of the wider Pacific War in the balance.

Against this background a strengthened US Fifth Air Force took the fight to the IJA with direct air support. While this was being conducted by P-39s, P-40Es, A-20As and B-25s, raids by B-17s against Rabaul aided US forces in the neighboring Solomons. RAAF Beaufighters, Beauforts, Bostons, and Hudsons also contributed substantially to these efforts.

At Rabaul, a wide variety of fresh IJN fighter and bomber units poured in the theater, although these became focused mainly on the Solomons. Such were the massive losses experienced, by November the IJN undertook a complete operational and administrative reorganization of its air power. Then, despite a strong reluctance to become involved, the IJA sent an advance reconnaissance detachment to Rabaul, the forerunner of major reinforcements that would arrive in December.1 vol, 200 pgs 2022 AUSTRALIA, AVONMORE BOOKS
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1-230120 Domagalski, John ESCAPE FROM JAVA: The Extraordinary World War II Story of the USS Marblehead The old light cruiser Marblehead was living out her final years of naval service as a member of the United States Asiatic Fleet in 1941. This small group of mostly antiquated ships based in the Philippines sailed the waters of East Asia to show the American flag in places like China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Singapore. The sudden eruption of World War II in the Pacific put the warship on the front lines of the conflict as Imperial Japan unleashed a series of devastating attacks across the region.

On the morning of February 4, 1942, the warship was surprised by Japanese planes northeast of Java. Two large bombs slammed into Marblehead causing fires, casualties, and knocking out her steering gear. A third bomb exploded close by underwater. The near miss ripped a large gash into her hull allowing a torrent of water to rush inside the ship.

Explains how gunners toiled to keep their guns firing, with medical staff tending to the wounded, and alongside damage control sailors working in flooded compartments. The damage was critical, so much so the Japanese radioed they had sunk the ship. In fact, through courage, sacrifice, and super-human effort, Marblehead would successfully make a harrowing 13,000 mile journey back to the US.1 vol, 320 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-956084 various WORLD AT WAR # 84: Manstein's War Manstein's War: Decision in the West 1940 is a two-player wargame of the German offensive in Western Europe in May-June 1940 in which the Wehrmacht seized a stunning victory over Allied forces in the Low Countries and France. The game uses a variant of the Boots system to model command, control, and logistics on an operational scale. Both players can fight a campaign of mobility and decisive battles. Units are mostly armies and corps.

The general structure of the game is that each player uses command markers to activate their forces, which are divided into sub-commands (army groups and similar echelons). Each player has special markers which provide additional operational capabilities. Can you turn the tide of history in that decisive spring of 1940?

Components: 22x34 inch map, 176 die-cut counters, and magazine.1 vol, 62 pgs 2022 US, DECISION GAMES
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1-230190 Wertz, Jay D-DAY: The Campaign Across France - World War II Firsthand series Tackles the largest amphibious invasion ever attempted until that time -- the historic landing at 4. More than 80 veterans on both sides of the Atlantic Wall give their perspectives on the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 and the bloody two-month struggle thereafter. The oversized 9x12 volume also presents the timeline of events, places, and personalities and includes color images, famous photographs, and original 3-D maps.1 vol, 304 pgs 2011 US, MONROE PUBLICATIONS
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1-230191 Wertz, Jay THE PACIFIC VOLUME 1: Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal - World War II Firsthand series World War II Firsthand series includes events that took place before and after the devastating Pearl Harbor attack that brought the United States and Japan face to face in war. Included are eyewitness accounts of survivors of the December 7, 1941 attack on America's major battleships, defenders of Bataan and Corregidor; participants in the pivotal Battle of Midway, the Marines that first waded ashore at Guadalcanal and many, many others. Full color throughout, rich with images and original 3-D maps, the oversized 9x12 volume also features solid historical analysis of the war's timeline and quotes from military and political leaders.1 vol, 304 pgs 2010 US, MONROE PUBLICATIONS
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1-230192 Wertz, Jay THE PACIFIC VOLUME 2: The Solomons to Saipan - World War II Firsthand series World War II Firsthand series is anchored on the words and experiences of 100 Marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and other frontline personnel who became embroiled in the devastating island campaign of the Pacific War. Never before or since was so much blood shed for so little real estate. The volume contains blow-by-blow descriptions of some of the most destructive naval and air battles of the war, as well as the blood and sand tales of Marines and GIs and their Japanese counterparts in the battles of Bougainville, Tarawa, and Saipan. These real-life stories are illustrated with photographs. 1 vol, 336 pgs 2013 US, MONROE PUBLICATIONS
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