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1-208810B TERCIOS: 30 Year Wars Rules and KINGDOMS scenario book Miniatures ruleset for large scale battles with set in the Thirty Years War.

The Thirty Years War was a devastating conflict that plunged Europe into a maelstrom of clashes on an unknown scale at that time, leaving desolate states and ruined nations in this wake.

During these times Tercios, those fearsome Spanish formations, steadfastly defended the old values against the menacing military reforms. These were the last days of a military dominance that had held for more than a century, Still, they would enjoy quite a few victories, perhaps more a professionalism and stubbornness rather than by outstanding tactics, allowing Tercios to seal a beautiful end to the use of that formation, evoking nostalgia of old glories.

With this rules you can recreate those glorious battles of old, commanding heroic armies while enjoying your collection of miniatures.

Armies: Holy Roman Empire, Spanish Empire, German Protestant, Kingdom of Denmark-Norway, Kingdom of England, Kingdom of France, Principality of Transylvania, Swedish Empire, and United Provinces of the Low Countries.1 vol, 72 pgs 2015 UK, NORTH STAR
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1-227030 van Dop, Peter BELLOLUDI RIFLES: WORLD WAR I SKIRMISH RULES & CARDS BUNDLE These rules will give you the options of playing the first skirmishes of 1914, the trench warfare that dominated the middle of the war and the combined arms tactics that were developed at the end of the war.'1 vol, 20 pgs 2021 NETHERLANDS, BELLOLUDI
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1-226960 Smith, Jeffrey THEMISTOCLES: The Powerbroker of Athens Biography of Themistocles of Athens, architect of the Greek victory over the Persian invasions of 490 BC and 480 to 479 BC. While his role in the Persian wars is naturally a major theme, Themistocles' career before and after those conflicts is also considered in detail. Themistocles was a leading exponent of a new kind of populist politics in the young democracy of Athens, manipulating the practice of ostracism (exile) to get rid of his political rivals. Themistocles' rises to a position of virtual hegemony which allowed him to institute his far-sighted policy of preparation against the growing Persian threat. In particular, he strengthened Athens' fleet and thereby secured the support of the poor thetes, who found employment as rowers.

During the first invasion, Themistocles fought, and possibly held joint command, at the decisive battle of Marathon. When the Persians struck again in 480, he commanded the fleet at Artemisium and Salamis. The latter battle he won by subterfuge and secured Athens' liberation and survival. Ironically he was himself eventually ostracized by his fellow citizens and ultimately entered Persian service, ending his days as governor of Magnesia in Asia Minor. 1 vol, 312 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-226940 Lewis, Tom MEDIEVAL MILITARY COMBAT: Battle Tactics and Fighting Techniques of the Wars of the Roses A concise explanation of how other accounts, and popular culture such as films, have misrepresented medieval warfare. Shows the techniques and tactics in such battles and uses the Battle of Towton as the base line for its overall study. Also breaks new ground in establishing medieval battle numbers.

How did armored medieval soldiers fight? Did they just walk forward and smash each other with their maces and poleaxes for hours on end, as depicted on film and in programs such as Game of Thrones? Hardly. It is impossible to fight in such a manner for more than several minutes due to exhaustion setting in. Indeed, we know more about how the Roman and Greek armies fought than we do of the 1300 to 1550 period, but a re-examination and re-interpretation of the historical accounts offers insight.
1 vol, 256 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-226990 Turnbull, Stephen THE LOST SAMURAI: Japanese Mercenaries in South East Asia, 1593-1688 Reveals the greatest untold story of Japanese samurai warriors -- for almost 100 years were employed as mercenaries in the service of the kings of Siam, Cambodia, Burma, Spain, Portugal, and Dutch East India Company. they were used in dramatic assault parties, as royal bodyguards, as garrisons, and as willing executioners. As a result, a stereotypical image of the fierce Japanese warrior developed that had a profound influence on the way they were regarded by their employers.

While the Southeast Asian kings tended to employ samurai on a long-term basis as palace guards, their European employers usually hired them on a temporary basis for specific campaigns. Also, whereas the Southeast Asian monarchs tended to trust their well-established units of Japanese mercenaries, the Europeans, whilst admiring them, also feared them and led to a great suspicion that the Japanese might one day turn against them. The Spanish in particular feared a Japanese invasion of the Philippines accompanied by a local uprising.

One interesting concept: during the 1630s, if Japan had chosen engagement with Southeast Asia rather than isolation from it, the established presence of Japanese communities overseas may have had a profound influence on the subsequent development of international relations, perhaps even seeing the early creation of an overseas Japanese empire that would have provided a rival to Great Britain. Instead, Japan closed its doors, leaving these fierce mercenaries stranded in distant countries never to return: lost samurai indeed. 1 vol, 192 pgs 2021 UK, FRoNTLINE BOOKS
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1-227050 Biekski, Mark A MORTAL BLOW FOR THE CONFEDERACY: The Fall of New Orleans, 1862 If the Union could capture and control of New Orleans, important port and control point of the Mississippi River, it would be a mortal blow to the Confederate economy. Union Adm David G. Farragut, a native New Orleanian, would lead a formidable naval flotilla and attack the city. Includes 150 images and 10 maps.

In the city, Confederate General Mansfield Lovell, a new commander, was thrust into the middle of command chaos. He was hamstrung by conflicting orders from Richmond and lacked both proper seagoing reconnaissance and the unity of command. He was poised to become a scapegoat.
1 vol, 192 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-227010 Roberts, Charles US AIRBORNE TANKS 1939-1945 Opens with an investigation into the 1930s efforts by Britain, the Soviet Union, and the USA into the development of, or adaptation of, light tanks for airborne operations. WWII accelerated their efforts, but conventional aircraft limited use to existing airfields, negating the effect. Development shifted to gliders and the 28th Airborne Tank Battalion was born. Detailed and comprehensive study covers design and deployment of American airborne tanks from the earliest concepts to their actual use, by British units, on D-Day and during Operation Varsity, the Rhine crossing. Includes 100 black and white illustrations. 1 vol, 208 pgs 2021 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-226950 Delve, Ken HOW THE RAF AND USAAF BEAT THE LUFTWAFFE Examines the main campaigns in which the RAF - and later the Allies - faced the Luftwaffe and argues that by the latter part of 1942 the Luftwaffe was no longer a decisive strategic or even tactical weapon. While remarkably resilient, the Luftwaffe was on a continual slide to ultimate destruction. Examines its demise by way of defective strategic planning from its inception, failure to provide decisive results over Britain in 1940 and over the Mediterranean and Desert in 1941-1942, and its failure to defend the Reich and the occupied countries against the Allied bomber offensive. Details numerous aspects to these failures, including equipment (aircraft and weapons), tactics, leadership (political and military), logistics, morale, and more. 1 vol, 256 pgs 2021 UK, GREENHILL BOOKS
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1-227000 Fantom, Paul A FORGOTTEN CAMPAIGN: The British Armed Forces in France 1940 - from Dunkirk to the Armistice Conducted between 27 May and 4 June 1940, Operation Dynamo was the evacuation from Dunkirk of most of the British Expeditionary Force cut off and surrounded during Fall Gelb - phase one of Germany's invasion of France. Despite the impression that British forces there until D-Day, this was not the case.

After the British evacuation at Dunkirk from May 27 to June 4, 1940, the popular impression was that the UK forces had no further major presence in France until D-Day. Yet from June 5 to 18, several British and Empire infantry and armored formations and an RAF contingent fought on in France. Two further British and Empire divisions were dispatched to be part of a 'Second BEF,' but the blitzkrieg advance of the Germans proved unstoppable.

Operation Cycle was a further evacuation from Le Havre, though the attempted rescue of the 51st Highland Division from St Valery-en-Caux ended in its surrender. Nevertheless, a rear-guard campaign allowed remaining troops to be evacuated from several ports during Operation Aerial.

This book examines an important yet considerably under-appreciated aspect of British participation in the Battle of France. It describes the many desperate struggles by improvised British formations, often of rear echelon and territorial troops, against German forces that were overwhelmingly superior in numbers, equipment, and tactical battlefield flexibility.
1 vol, 222 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-227020 Lewis, Tom EAGLES OVER DARWIN: American Airmen Defending Northern Australia in 1942 In 1942, the air defense of the northern Australian town of Darwin fell to the US. A massive Japanese air attack on 19 February left the town and its air base in ruins. An understrength squadron of USAAC P-40E Warhawks fought a gallant defense but was all but wiped out. Yet, the US sent aid -- the 49th Fighter Group was the first such US group formed after Pearl Harbor to be sent overseas. It was sent to Darwin.

From modest beginnings on makeshift airstrips, the 49th FG entered combat with its feared Japanese adversaries. Its P-40E Warhawks may have been poor interceptors, but they were rugged, reliable, and well-armed. Unable to dogfight the highly maneuverable Zeros, the American pilots resorted to dive and zoom tactics more suited to their heavier fighters.

Over several months the 49th FG pilots fought a brave and innovative campaign against a stronger enemy that did much to safeguard Australia in its darkest hour. Today, lonely and long forgotten airfields still bear the name of American pilots who made the ultimate sacrifice. 1 vol, 140 pgs 2021, AUSTRALIA, AVONMORE BOOKS
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1-226980 Mansolas, Angelos THE REAPERS'S HARVESTING SUMMER: The 12-SS Panzer Division 'Hitlerjugend' in Normandy: June-September 1944 Established in 1943, the 12th SS Panzer Division was designed to become an elite unit, consisting of 17 year-old youths commanded by a nucleus of hardened SS officers and NCOs. This is a detailed divisional history from its formation through the Normandy campaign, where it received its baptism of fire. They fought with tenacity and ferocity, defending from Caen to Falaise and taking a heavy toll on Canadian and British forces. 1 vol, 368 pgs 2021 UK, FONTHILL MEDIA
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1-226970 McCormack, David JAPANESE TANKS AND ARMOURED WARFARE: A Military and Political History Re-examination of Japanese tank design and doctrine to refute the popular image of WWII Japanese tanks being poorly armed and armored Lilliputian tin cans which failed to make any impression upon the battlefield. Discusses why Japan produced tanks in such limited numbers, and how armored forces contributed to the war effort, long delays in developing heavier tanks capable of meeting the Allies on more equal terms. Appraises the successes and failures of the Japanese tank forces. 1 vol, 176 pgs 2021 UK, FONTHILL MEDIA
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