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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
Weekly eFlyer: 4/18/2024

1-908437 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 437 Includes a copy of Ruckus Theme: Causing a Ruckus -- Includes 32-page copy of Ruckus (medieval skirmish rules).
* Discusses the early stage of Ruckus development and pre-release stories
* Base Currency: Using magnetic coins and magnetized tokens to base Ruckus figures

Features:
* Melee In the Age Of: Using a 1970's Steve Jackson game to get help with skirmish rules for Seventh Century Anglo-Saxons.
* Unboxing Dead Man's Hand Redux: New incarnation of the popular wild west gunfight game, Dead Man's Hand
* Howdah You Do? : Painting elephants
* Hammerhead 2024 Painting Competition Winners Gallery: Photos
* Fanatic Fabrics: Using Warpaints Fanatic to create some fetching Old West fabrics
* Pimp your Cog: Construct an MDF model cog which we think you will all agree is fresh, ballin', and even a bit tight
* Fallout Factions: Launch Party Report: Modiphius Entertainment's Fallout: Factions launch party
* Unboxing: Achtung Panzer! Blood and Steel : Starter set revealed

Departments:
* Observation Post: Reviews of plastic miniatures, rulebooks, Egyptian gothic horror, and a Bloody great regiment
* Release Radar: New and forthcoming releases in the wargaming world
* Quick Fire: Fellow gamers' projects, including explosions and the Reichstag1 vol, 116 pgs 2024 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
NEW-pb ......$10.00 rct

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1-243430 DEAD MAN'S HAND REDUX: Rulebook, Card Deck, and Markers Second edition of Dead Man's Hand, which was first published in 2013. This second edition is not a wholesale change from the original, nor is it a remake of a classic -- it has fresh look and a few changes but it's the same game. Contains the rulebook, card deck, and markers.1 vol, 0 pgs 2019 UK, GREAT ESCAPE GAMES
NEW-softcover ......$42.00 rct

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1-243430B DEAD MAN'S HAND REDUX: Starter Set Two-player starter set for the second edition of Dead Man's Hand, which was first published in 2013. This second edition is not a wholesale change from the original, nor is it a remake of a classic -- it has fresh look and a few changes but it's the same game. Contains the rulebook, card deck, markers, figures, and more.

Contents:
* Rulebook, card deck, markers, and dice.
* 10 plastic male gunfighters with bases.
* 5 plastic female gunfighters plus bases.
* 3 plastic buildings.
* 1 sprue plastic boardwalks.
* 1 sprue plastic street scatter.1 vol, 0 pgs 2019 UK, GREAT ESCAPE GAMES
NEW-box ......$99.00 rct

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1-199410B Cavatore, Alessio and Priestly, Rick BOLT ACTION: World War II Wargames Rules 1st Edition - AXIS Bundle Bundle of four Bolt Action first-edition books -- perfect for players that want to revisit the original rules or for those looking to add first-edition books in mint condition to their collection. This bundle contains the original Bolt Action rules in hardback, as well as softcover books of Armies of Germany, and Armies of Italy and the Axis. Normally, these books would retail for $110, but during this limited inventory reduction sale, we are selling them for more than half the price -- first come, first served.4 vol, 464 pgs 2012 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-hardcover, 1st edition - Inventory reduction sale ......$39.00 inc

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1-243340 Ziobro, Melissa FORT MONMOUTH: The US Army's House of Magic A history of Fort Monmouth, including the innovations and tens of thousands of soldiers that came through the years. Explores why Fort Monmouth was once called the 'Army's House of Magic,' due to the innovation, technological revolution, and the uniquely diverse group of military and civilian heroes and scientists. Analyzes the origins of Fort Monmouth, why it was built, how the land was initially overrun with poison ivy and looked like a jungle, and how the Army Signal Corps carved out a base that was known as their home for decades. Contains 30+ black and white illustrations and photographs.1 vol, 240 pgs 2024 US, BROOKLINE BOOKS
NEW-pb, available early May 2024 ......$25.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-243440 FORTRESS UNDER SIEGE: Knights vs Saracen Warriors with Medieval Castle and Layout Plan One of the first Italeri castle sets, featuring a battle from The Crusades. Comes with one set of knights and one set of Saracen warriors. Contains a model of the Zvezda stone fortress, with four corner towers, gatehouse, and curtain walls, as well as a cardboard base to site the 15' by 13' fortress. It appears to be complete, with figures still on sprues and castle walls still bagged; sold as is. Includes pictorial instructions for assembly.1 vol, 1 pgs 1998 ITALY, ITALERI
AS NEW-box, (1) copy available, first come first served ......$98.00 inc

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1-243391 Abercrombie, Gordon Ellyson THE HOSPITALLER KNIGHTS OF SAINT JOHN AT RHODES 1306-1522 First of a series of volumes on the Hospitaller Knights of Saint John, this volume covers the rise of the Hospitaller Knights from monastic origins to military prowess, shedding light on their pivotal role in Crusades and Mediterranean power dynamics. Draws on the work of the Order's official historians, Giacomo Bosio and his successor Bartolomeo dal Pozzo. Transcribes their writings for the modern reader, while also presenting new information revealed in the 400 years of scholarship since Bosio's death in 1627.

This volume opens with Hospitaller relocation from Cyprus to Rhodes during the years 1306 to 1309 while introducing other entities wielding power in the Eastern Mediterranean, including Mamluk Egypt, Turkish beyliks emerging from disintegration of the Seljuk Empire, the Eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire, Cyprus itself, and not least, the Republic of Venice controlling most Aegean islands. Brings to light the contributions of Hospital leaders (Grand Masters) as well as of lieutenants, allies and opponents, including those of Philippe Villiers de L'Isle-Adam, who became Grand Master in 1521. 1 vol, 464 pgs 2024 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj, available late April 2024 ......$43.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-243380 Esposito, Gabriele ARMIES OF THE CRUSADERS, 1096-1291: History, Organization, Weapons and Equipment Provides an overview of the key events of these campaigns, from the First Crusade in 1096 to the fall of Acre, the last Christian stronghold in the Holy Land, in 1291. Analyzes the various contingents that made up the Crusader forces, describing their equipment and tactics and showing how they attempted to adapt to unfamiliar terrain and enemies. Included are the military orders (the Templar, Hospitaller and Teutonic Knights) who combined the religious fervor of a monastic brotherhood with martial prowess, forming an elite core to the Christian forces. Lavishly illustrated with 60 color photos depicting replica weapons and equipment in use.1 vol, 176 pgs 2024 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj, available late April 2024 ......$43.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-243360 Quint, Ryan DRANESVILLE: A Northern Virginia Town in the Crossfire of a Forgotten Battle, December 20, 1861 Details the story of Dranesville and the early war in Northern Virginia. Examines life after a Union victory, as no one knew what was coming, but soon civilians (sympathetic to both sides) were thrown into a spreading civil war of their own as neighbor turned on neighbor. Uses overlooked or underused sources to bring readers from the White House and Charleston's Secession Hall to midnight ambushes and the climactic Dranesville action. A host of characters and commanders that would become household names cut their teeth during these months, including Generals J. E. B. Stuart and Edward Ord. The men of the Pennsylvania Reserves saw their baptism of fire at Dranesville, setting the Keystone State soldiers on a path to becoming one of the best combat units of the entire war. Contains 8 maps and 32 images.1 vol, 256 pgs 2024 US, SAVAS BEATIE
NEW-dj, available late April 2024 ......$33.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-243390 Green, Michael NATO AND WARSAW PACT ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES OF THE COLD WAR Covers the full range of AFVs in service with NATO and WP armies over the four decades of the Cold War. Looks at the progressively developed series of AFVs across the different nations, including armored cars, armored personnel carriers (APCs), anti-aircraft vehicles, and self propelled artillery. Some of the AFVs looked at are the US M113, the Soviet BTR-60 series, the Soviet BMP-1, US Bradley M2/M3, West German Marder, British Warrior and CVR series, the Soviet BRDM-2 series, and SPZ11-2 Kurz. Contains 200 color integrated illustrations.1 vol, 256 pgs 2024 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-dj, available late April 2024 ......$47.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-243410 Tucker-Jones, Anthony HITLER'S PANZERS: The Complete History 1933-1945 Traces the evolution of the panzers from their modest beginnings in the 1930s to the most powerful German tanks used in World War II. Discusses how the panzers' tactics rather than their technology gave them an advantage, and how Panthers and Tigers were the most formidable German tanks of the war. Not only is their design and production history covered, but the author also assesses their combat performance and gives insight into the decision making at the highest level which directed German tank design. 1 vol, 240 pgs 2024 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-pb edition, available late April 2024 ......$25.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-243350 Hooton, E. R. FRANCO'S PIRATES: Naval Aspects of the Spanish Civil War 1936-39 Examines the naval aspects of the Spanish Civil War, including details as the first aerial campaign against shipping and the first operational use of sonar against a submarine. Discusses how the war was won due to the Nationalists' uninterrupted flow of men and materials while Republican sea lanes were attacked by Fascist warships, submarines, and aircraft. These attacks also involved dozens of foreign merchantmen and warships, including American, as well as hundreds of men, women, and boys. The worst affected was the British merchant marine, which dominated Spanish trade. Both the German and Italian navies became involved, attacking Spanish ships and then British warships and merchantmen. Contains 40 images and six maps.1 vol, 256 pgs 2024 US, CASEMATE
NEW-dj, available early May 2024 ......$38.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-938026 STRATEGY & TACTICS QUARTERLY #26: Alternative Strategies of World War I Presents a year-by-year analysis of the major strategic decisions made by The Central Powers and the Triple Entente during World War I. It examines the primary alternatives considered by each side for each year, analyzing where they could have done better. Topics covered include: dominant theories of strategy in 1914, the failure of the Schlieffen Plan, Britain's entry into the war, the 1915 and 1917 U-boat offensives, the Gallipoli campaign, the British Blockade and the neutrality of Scandinavia, the Somme offensive, Verdun, and the 1918 German Kaiser's Battle offensives. Sidebars also explain how tactical and technical developments affected both sides' strategies.1 vol, 116 pgs 2024 US, DECISION GAMES
NEW-softcover, available late May 2024 ......$20.00 DISCOUNT:10% rct

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1-243420 Dugmore, A. Radclyffe BLOOD IN THE TRENCHES: A Memoir of the Battle of the Somme Written by Captain A. Radclyffe Dugmore of the Kings Own Light Infantry, this memoir provides an account of the Great War up to the Battle of the Somme. In 1914, Radclyffe Dugmore traveled to Belgium as a civilian observer where he was wounded before spending a brief time in German captivity. These experiences gained Radclyffe Dugmore a highly unusual viewpoint for the opening battles of the war, that of a civilian, and later as a participant on the front lines of the Somme. Originally published under the title When The Somme Ran Red in 1918, this memoir has been long out of print. This new re-print is a worthy addition to the primary source literature of the Great War and casts new light on the experiences of the men who saw the terror of the Battle of the Somme firsthand.1 vol, 160 pgs 2024 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-pb edition, available late April 2024 ......$30.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-243400 Oldfield, Paul VICTORIA CROSSES ON THE WESTERN FRONT: Battles of the Hindenburg Line - St Quentin, Beaurevoir, Cambrai 1918 and the Pursuit to the Selle, October - November 1918 Provides a thorough account of each VC action set within the wider strategic and tactical context. Detailed sketch maps show the area today, together with the battle-lines and movements of the combatants. Provides photographs of the battle sites that illustrate the accounts. There is also a comprehensive biography for each recipient, covering every aspect of their lives, parents and siblings, education, civilian employment, military career, wife and children, death and burial/commemoration. A host of other information, much of it published for the first time, reveals some fascinating characters, with numerous links to many famous people and events. Contains 200 black and white illustrations.1 vol, 464 pgs 2024 UK, PEN & SWORD
NEW-pb, available late April 2024 ......$50.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-243370 Taylor, Steven COMBAT IN THE STRATOSPHERE: Extreme Altitude Aircraft in Action During WW2 Explores the development and use of aircraft designed specifically for high-altitude operations in World War II. Looks at the German Junkers Ju 86P that were able to fly over 40,000 feet, which ushered in a new era of aerial combat. Others included the Vickers Wellington Mk.VI, Vickers Windsor, Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Junkers Ju 388, Heinkel He 274, and Henschel Hs 130. With pressurized cabins, such aircraft offered obvious tactical advantages: bombers and reconnaissance aircraft could operate safely above the maximum ceiling of the opposing side's fighters, prompting intense development - especially by the British and Germans - of pressurized interceptors to meet the threat they posed. Also focuses on the men who flew these revolutionary aircraft, both in the testing phase and in combat, and the physical challenges these airmen faced. Contains 32 mono illustrations.1 vol, 264 pgs 2024 UK, AIR WORLD
NEW-dj, available early May 2024 ......$43.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-930347 various STRATEGY & TACTICS # 347: Operation Holland Operation Holland is a two-player alternative history wargame intended to investigate the operational parameters that would have been in place during the first eight days of fighting across northern Belgium and southeast Netherlands had Hitler decided to launch his massive counteroffensive toward Antwerp from there instead of the Ardennes. Such a German effort, if maximally successful, would likely have caused a three-to-four-month delay in the historic timeline of the Anglo-American advance into Germany.

In turn, that would have allowed Hitler to concentrate greater forces in Poland to seriously slow or defeat the Soviet offensive there in January, causing a similar delay in the Red Army's seizure of Berlin.

Each game turn represents 12 hours. Each hexagon on the map is three km (1.86 miles) from side to opposite side. The maneuver units for both sides are primarily divisions, but also include some separate brigades, regiments, battalions, and companies. Allied air supremacy is (just as it was historically) hampered by the winter weather prevalent across the fighting front for most of the period covered by the game, and it is therefore represented only abstractly regarding those effects. This game is the second volume of a series of four games, the Alternative Battles of the Bulge Series. Each game uses a situationally adapted version of the same overall system to collectively cover all the various plans Hitler considered historically for his winter counteroffensive.

Components: 22 x 34-inch game map, 176 5/8-inch counters, and magazine1 vol, 84 pgs 2024 US, DECISION GAMES
NEW-softcover, available Mid May 2024 ......$50.00 DISCOUNT:10% rct

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