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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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1-226890 Singleton, Andy AXIS FORCES ON THE EASTERN FRONT Next volume in the series offers professional painter Andy Singleton's tips and techniques for painting Axis forces on WWII's Eastern Front: Germans, Romanians, Hungarians and Italians and Finns. Each of the chapters contains instructions explaining the steps and colors required to paint the various uniforms used. The emphasis is on quickly achievable results and practical advice that is applicable to painting units or whole armies for wargaming purposes in a reasonable time frame. The techniques described are designed to easily be adaptable to figures of all sizes.

This step-by-step guidance is primarily designed for those new to historical gaming, and includes initial preparation, assembly of figures, finishing, and basing. 1 vol, 128 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-226880 Buchel, Alex SHAKOS AND BAYONETS: Napoleonic Supplement for Muskets & Tomahawks II The Napoleonic version of skirmish-level ruleset Muskets & Tomahawks. Units are composed of individual bases, but there are still quite a lot of miniatures on display. If you like the grandeur of the Napoleonic era with the mechanics of Muskets & Tomahawks, here's a set to game out small actions. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, STUDIO TOMAHAWK
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1-226889 Buchel, Alex SHAKOS AND BAYONETS: Card Deck Deck of cards to go with Shakos and Bayonets rule set. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, STUDIO TOMAHAWK
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3-49890 Conliffe, Arty CROSSFIRE:Rules & Organizations-Company Level WWII PDF version Arty's fast-paced WWII rules with focus on company-level infantry operations with no fixed turn length or need for rulers. Includes scenarios and quick-play sheets. All you need is 40 figures and maybe a couple of vehicles per side for an interesting game1 vol, 44 pgs 2021 US, OMM PUBLISHING
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3-49891 Rutherford, Bill and Lewis, John HIT THE DIRT:WWII SENARIOS FOR CROSSFIRE PDF version Contains 21 scenarios for Crossfire rules covering the Eastern front, Western front, and Mediterranean front. Includes accurate OBs and a variety of special rules to cover terrain and events. 1 vol, 52 pgs 2021 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-968021 Lardas, Mark 021 Battle of the Atlantic 1942-45: The climax of World War II's greatest naval campaign Second of two volumes explores the climactic events of the Battle of the Atlantic and reveals how air power -- both maritime patrol aircraft and carrier aircraft -- ultimately proved to be the Allies' most important weapon in one of the most bitterly fought naval campaigns of World War II.

As 1942 opened, both Nazi Germany and the Allies were ready for the climactic battles of the Atlantic to begin. Germany had 91 operational U-boats, and over 150 in training or trials. Production for 1942-44 was planned to exceed 200 boats annually. Karl Donitz, running the Kriegsmarine's U-boat arm, would finally have the numbers needed to run the tonnage war he wanted against the Allies.

Meanwhile, the British had, at last, assembled the solution to the U-boat peril. Its weapons and detection systems had improved to the stage that maritime patrol aircraft could launch deadly attacks on U-boats day and night. Airborne radar, Leigh lights, Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) and the Fido homing torpedo all turned the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft into a submarine-killer, while shore and ship-based technologies such as high-frequency direction finding and signals intelligence could now help aircraft find enemy U-boats.

Following its entry into the war in 1941, the United States had also thrown its industrial muscle behind the campaign, supplying VLR Liberator bombers to the RAF and escort carriers to the Royal Navy. The US Navy also operated anti-submarine patrol blimps and VLR aircraft in the southern and western Atlantic, and sent its own escort carriers to guard convoys.
1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-226930 Ray, Fred HELLENISTIC LAND BATTLES 300-167 BCE The Hellenistic Period (323-31 BCE) saw the Grecian phalanx -- long dominant in Mediterranean warfare -- challenged by legionary formations from the rising city-state of Rome. This book provides detailed tactical analyses for all 130 significant land engagements of Hellenistic armies 300-167 BCE. Includes 21 photos, appendices, bibliography, and index.

The Roman way of war would come to eclipse phalanx-based combat by the 160s, yet this was not evident at the time. Rome suffered numerous defeats against the phalanxes of Pyrrhus and Hannibal, its overseas campaign against the brilliant Spartan mercenary Xanthippus met disaster, and several Roman victories over Hellenistic foes were not decisive. The story of combat in this pivotal era is not well documented.
1 vol, 234 pgs 2021 US, McFARLAND & COMPANY
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1-954145 Various ANCIENT WARFARE: Volume 14.5 Breakaway empires of the third century AD Theme: Breakaway Empires of the Third Century AD
The Roman Empire in the Third Century AD: Crisis or Consequence
The Egyptian Revolt of Domitius Domitianus: A Brief Empire of Grain
A British Breakaway Empire: Imperium Britanniarum
The Cavalry Actions at Immae and Emesa: Horse Races for Empire
The Franks, the Emperor Postumus, and the Big Nothing
Features:
Military Exploration in the First Century AD: Roman Adventurers
Commemorating a Loyal Athenian Cavalryman: The Stele of Dexileos
The Reading Habits of Ancient Generals: Sleepless Nights
The Roman Marching Column: Order of March
The Mainz-Weisenau Helmet - Exception to the Rule
What if Macedon's Greatest King had Fought the Romans: Alexander in Italy, 317 BC 1 vol, 84 pgs 2021 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-964033 Various ANCIENT HISTORY MAGAZINE # 33: World of the Celts Theme: World of the Celts
Reconstructing Ancient Societies: Who Were the Celts?
Early Iron Age Elites in the Low Countries: Fragmenting the Chieftain
Always Ready for a Fight: The Celts at War
Alcohol and Feasting in Celtic Culture: A Slave in Exchange for a Drink
Warrior Queen and Feminist Icon: Boudicca
Features:
Treasures of the Medelhavsmuseet: From Cyprus to Sweden
Archaeology and Roman Coins: Learning from Numismatics
One of Ancient Rome's Most Beautiful Buildings: The Temple of Mars Ultor
From Popularity to Decline: Rome and the Cult of Isis
Hand Signs in the Arena: Pollice Verso
Roman-style Cheese Sandwiches: Say Cheese! 1 vol, 68 pgs 2021 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-930328 various STRATEGY & TACTICS # 328 Vicksburg May 1863 Vicksburg: The Assault On Stockade Redan (May 19th & 22nd 1863) is a two-player tactical wargame simulating the two Union assaults upon the Stockade Redan defensive position situated at the northeastern corner of the Vicksburg perimeter.

The Union player must assault and capture the imposing Stockade Redan earthworks that overlook Graveyard Road leading into Vicksburg (the most defensible position encompassing the city). The Confederate player must defend the Redan against the two historical assaults that attempted to take it (both failed with heavy casualties to the Union).

Capturing the Redan does not automatically assure a Union victory. If and when the first or second Union assault succeeds, the players must then consult the Gettysburg Matrix to determine if the impending collapse of Vicksburg will prevent Robert E. Lee's invasion of the North by compelling Jefferson Davis (who viewed Vicksburg as critical to the South's survival) to refuse Lee's risky plan to invade Pennsylvania, changing the course of the war.

Scale: Each game turn is equal to 5 to 10 minutes of real time. Each hex represents 12.5 yards (22.8 meters). Each unit-counter represents a company or regiment, depending on the unit type.

Components: One 22x34-inch map & 228 counters.
1 vol, 84 pgs 2021 US, DECISION GAMES
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1-226910 Colley, David THE FOLLY OF GENERALS: How Eisenhower's Broad Front Strategy Lengthened World War II Analyzes critical mistakes made by the Allied supreme commander, General Dwight Eisenhower, in the last nine months of the war. Argues that had Eisenhower been more adept at taking advantage of several potential breakthroughs in the Siegfried Line in the fall of 1944, the war in the European Theater of Operations might have ended sooner.

Details the American penetration of the Siegfried Line in mid-September and their advance into Germany at Wallendorf before the troops were called back. It also examines in detail operations in the Stolberg Corridor and the actions of General Lucian Truscott. It compares the battles at Wallendorf and Stolberg with Operation Market Garden, and assesses the effectiveness of these operations and the use of the troops. Eisenhower later called off another operation in November 1944, already in progress, to cross the Rhine and destroy the German 1st Army north of Strasbourg. American and German generals believe this operation would have shortened the war. 1 vol, 264 pgs 2021 US, CASEMA
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1-226900 Sherwood, LTC Ee COURAGE UNDER FIRE: The 101st Airborne's Hidden Battle at Tam Ky Fighting at Tam Ky by the 1st Brigade of the 101st Airborne began 15 May 1969 while the 101st's 3rd Brigade battled on Hamburger Hill. The political consequences of Hamburger Hill's high casualties caused Lamar Plain and its high casualties to remain classified and undisclosed. Uses declassified records and eyewitness accounts to follow 'Never Quit' Delta Company and its sister companies through 28 days of continuous combat at Tam Ky. 1 vol, 360 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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