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1-908401 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue #401 - Plus Free Frame of Warlord Games Plastic Romans Articles include:
QUICK FIRE!: Letters
OBSERVATION POST: New hobby releases
FULL PAPER JACKET: Book Reviews
TALKING STARGRAVE: Designer Joseph McCullough's new sci-fi game.
CONVERTING WITH ULTRACAST: Modifying 15mm PSC Ultracast Ancients.
STEAMPUNK RELOAD: The return of In Her Majesty's Name with designer Craig Cartmell.
FRAME FOCUS: CAESAR'S LEGIONS: Caesarian Roman scenarios.
THE ART OF 4th EDITION: All about the 4th edition of Herve Caille's L'Art de la Guerre rules.
ONE FOOT IN THE WAVE(S): Naval game on a single one-foot square board.
PAINTING COMPETITION ENTRANTS' GALLERY! A gallery of flashy photos. 1 vol, 116 pgs 2021 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-935114 Various WARGAMES SOLDIERS & STRATEGY # 114 Germany's 'big cats' during WWII Special Feature: Germany's WWII 'Big Cats'
The Evolution of the German Cats: Only Movement Brings Victory
Panther Counterattack Near Saint-Lo 11th July 1944 -- Ursula and Elna
Using Big Cats and Big Guns in Urban Fighting: Tanks About Town
Gaming With German Reconnaissance' Stalking with the Fast Cats
The Battle for Schonfliess, 16 April 1945: The Royal Tiger's Last Roar
A Survey of German Armour Models: Cool Cats!
Painting Vehicles for the Rest of Us: Fake It Until You Make It

Features
The Battle of Salem Cemetery, 19 December 1862: The Men Poured in a Deadly Volley
The Great King's Gambit to Defeat a Pesky Foe: Killing Alexander
The Climactic Battle at the 1565 Siege of Malta: The Last Day of St Elmo's
Added Realism with MDF: WWII Terraced Housing - Making It Real
'Oh Come On! Nobody's Favourite Colour is Brown!': Painting Gabions

Departments
Miniature Reviews
Up Front
The Irregular: Humour in Wargaming
Science Fiction Wargaming in a Sandbox Galaxy: Let's Play Stargrave
Battalion-Level WWII Action from Reisswitz Press: Let's Play 'O' Group
Game Reviews: Feudal Patrol, BelloLudi World War II, Glory: 1861 and Fear of the Dark1 vol, 88 pgs 2021 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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1-967027 Bruce, Boyd ABSOLUTE EMPEROR: Napoleonic Wargame Battles Players' armies are composed of multiple corps, with command and control being of the utmost importance, all influenced by the elan of your general. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-226491 DeFoggi, John-Matthew JACKALS: The Fall of the Children of Bronze Grand campaign for Jackals, and includes 14 adventures spanning nine years. Players will explore the ancient myths and legends of the War Road, including the bustling streets of Ameena Noani in the north, Sentem in the south, abandoned temples in the wastes, and mansions deep within the earth. They will encounter beings and powers from the past -- ancient but far from dormant -- and come face to face with the hidden hand that would tear down the Law of Men bring chaos to the Zaharets. 1 vol, 240 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-227040 Flint, Keith SHADOW OF THE EAGLES: WARGAMES RULES FOR THE FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY & NAPOLEON WARS Divisional-level game where player controls three to five brigades totaling about 20 units with game lasting a couple hours. By designer of Osprey's Honours of War. Basic units are infantry battalions, cavalry regiments and artillery batteries. Basic structure of Shadow of the Eagles is IGO-UGO, although firing and close combat are simultaneous. Games generally begin with some form of preparatory barrage. There is no separate morale phase, nor are there any old school 'morale tests'. Includes three scenarios. Full-color throughout. 1 vol, 120 pgs 2021 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-992138 Napier, Michael 138 RAF TORNADO UNITS OF THE GULF WAR I When the Gulf Crisis of 1990 was triggered by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the RAF responded by sending Tornado F 3 fighters to Saudi Arabia to help defend the country against further aggression. These aircraft were followed by the deployment of Tornado GR 1 strike/attack aircraft to Bahrain. Eventually three wings of Tornado GR 1s were established in Bahrain, Tabuk and Dhahran, as well as a detachment of Tornado GR 1A reconnaissance aircraft. At the start of hostilities in January 1991, the Tornado GR 1 wings carried out night-low-level attacks against Iraqi Main Operating Bases using the JP233 runway denial weapon. Meanwhile, Combat Air Patrols from the Tornado F 3 wing ensured the integrity of Saudi airspace.

Once air supremacy had been established, the Tornado GR 1 force moved to medium-level operations, initially by night and later by day, to attack the Iraqi oil production and storage infrastructure. The arrival in theatre of a laser designation capability with Pave Spike/Buccaneer and TIALD/Tornado enabled precision attacks against the Iraq transport system to cut off the frontline troops from resupply and reinforcement and then to carry out a systematic destruction of the airfield facilities. Tornado GR 1A reconnaissance operations played a major role in the location of Scud missile launchers and in the planning and execution of the land offensive. Throughout the conflict, the Tornado F 3 wing at Dhahran carried out defensive counter-air operations to ensure the safety of the base areas. This volume, publishing 30 years after the conflict to free Kuwait, provides detailed first-hand accounts of the missions undertaken by the Tornado crews. It is illustrated by photographs taken by aircrew involved in the operation and includes 30 newly commissioned profile artworks and detailed nose art views of the aircraft ranged against Iraq.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995295 Mortimer, Gavin 295 SAS COMBAT VEHICLES 1942-91 The SAS, the world's most famous special operations unit, made its name in the desert of North Africa, shooting up Axis airfields from specially modified Willys jeeps. Following the start of the El Alamein offensive in October 1942, the SAS used jeeps effectively in reconnoitring and ambushing the retreating Afrika Korps. After the conclusion of the North African campaign, the Willys underwent several small but significant changes, including the introduction of the .303 Browning machine gun.

Between June and October 1944, the SAS brigade operated deep inside Occupied France, harassing Germans reinforcements heading to Normandy, calling up air strikes on installations, and carrying out reconnaissance missions - all made possible with jeeps dropped by the RAF. Jeeps were also used in the push into Germany in the spring of 1945. Transported across the Rhine in 'Buffalo' amphibious landing craft, they formed part of the vanguard of the Allied advance, and their agility, speed and firepower proved crucial in crushing fanatical pockets of Nazi resistance.

22SAS in 1952, the regiment adopted the Series 1 Land Rover - introduced in 1948 - as the successor to the Willys jeep. A decade later the Regiment updated to the Series IIA 90 Land Rover, which saw service in the Oman and Aden, where its distinctive colour led to the 'Pink Panther' nickname. In the 1970s, the SAS begin using Range Rovers for covert operations while the Land Rover 110 HCPU became the SAS's new Desert Patrol Vehicle (DPV) in the 1991 Gulf War. This book describes the successful deployment of these combat vehicles in SAS operations from the Second World War to the present day and gives a rare insight into one of the most prestigious and secret forces of modern times.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996362 Melson, Charles D 362 VIETNAM 1972: QUANG TRI The Easter Offensive Strikes the South When North Vietnam launched its massive Easter Offensive against the South in late March 1972 (the first invasion effort since the Tet Offensive of 1968), its scale and ferocity caught the US high command off balance. The inexperienced South Vietnamese soldiers manning the area south of Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone in former US bases, plus the US Army and Marines Corps advisors and forces present, had to counter a massive conventional combined-arms invasion.

The North's offensive took place simultaneously across three fronts: Quang Tri, Kontum, and An Loc. In I Corps Tactical Zone, the PAVN tanks and infantry quickly captured Quang Tri City and overran the entire province, as well as northern Thua Thien. However, the ARVN forces regrouped along the My Chanh River, and backed by US airpower tactical strikes and bomber raids, managed to halt the PAVN offensive, before retaking the city in a bloody counteroffensive.

Although the South's forces managed to withstand their greatest trial thus far, the North gained valuable territory within South Vietnam from which to launch future offensives and improved its bargaining position at the Paris peace negotiations.
1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997238 MacNiven , Robbie 238 BATTLE TACTICS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION Investigates the various participants' battlefield tactics, casting light on how tactical theory and battlefield experience shaped the conduct of battle in the American Revolution.

For Britain, the Army would be forced to re-learn many of the lessons from the Seven Years' War. After the debacle of Concord and Bunker Hill, the British implemented a range of changes throughout the Army, including the modification of accepted tactical doctrine. Additionally, the British used trrops from independent German states, which used different tactics.

The Continental Army was founded in 1775 and was initially heavily styled on its British opponents. That began to change in 1778 thanks to the efforts of Prussian officer Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben. Following their formal alliance with the colonies in 1778, France deployed military assets to North America. French officers also provided tactical advice to the Continental Army, and vice versa, particularly when they worked together successfully during the siege of Yorktown in 1781.
1 vol, 64 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-999539 Crowdy, Terry 539 BELGIAN WAFFEN-SS LEGIONS AND BRIGADES 1941-1944: Wallonie, Wallonien, Flandern & Langemarck Recounts the battle history of the French and Flemish-speaking Belgian SS, up to their final transformation into full divisions in the winter of 1944/45.

From the German occupation of Belgium in May 1940, Flemish recruits from northern Belgium -- considered by the Nazis to be 'Germanic' -- were accepted individually into Waffen-SS units. From Hitler's invasion of the USSR in June 1941, additional recruits from the French-speaking south (Wallonia) were drafted. Both communities formed volunteer 'Legions' -- a Flemish Legion in the Waffen-SS and a Walloon Legion in the German Army.

Both served on the Russian Front in 1942-43; the Walloon Legion was then also transferred into the Waffen-SS, and the decorated Walloon officer Leon Degrelle became a publicized 'poster boy' for foreign SS volunteers. Both Legions were then redesignated as SS Assault Brigades, and thereafter saw extremely hard fighting in the Ukraine and on the Baltic front. In autumn 1944, their survivors were withdrawn from the front and incorporated into two new understrength SS Divisions, 27. 'Langemarck' and 28. 'Wallonien'.
1 vol, 48 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-227060 Syvanne, Ilkka GORDIAN III AND PHILIP THE ARAB: The Roman Empire at a Crossroads Dual biography of the emperors Marcus Antonius Gordianus ('Gordian III', reigned 238-244) and Marcus Julius Philippus Augustus ('Philip the Arab', reigned 244-249), focusing mainly on the political and military events during this crucial stage of the 'Third Century Crisis'. Includes 75 color & black and white illustrations.

The tumultuous 'Year of the Six Emperors' saw Gordian raised to the purple at just 13 years old, becoming the youngest emperor in the Empire's history at a time when the borders were threatened by the powerful Sassanid Persians and the Goths, among others. Gordian died on a campaign against the Persians, either in battle or possibly murdered by his own men.

Philip succeeded Gordian, made peace with Shapur I, and returned to Italy. His reign encompassed the spectacular celebration of Rome's millennium in 248 but the wars in the Balkans and East together with crippling taxation led to mutinies and rebellions. Philip and his brother had until then fought successfully against the Persians and others but this did not save Philip, who was killed by a usurper's forces at the Battle of Verona in 249.
1 vol, 256 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-227070 Livingston, Michael NEVER GREATER SLAUGHTER: Brunanburh and the Birth of England Late in AD 937, four armies met in a place called Brunanburh. On one side stood the shield-wall of the expanding kingdom of the Anglo-Saxons. On the other side stood a remarkable alliance of rival kings -- at least two from across the sea -- who'd come together to conquer England once and for all. Brunanburh may not today have the fame of Hastings, Crecy, or Agincourt, but those later battles, fought for England, would not exist were it not for Brunanburh.

Generations later it was simply called the 'great battle,' but its location has been lost for centuries. Today, an extraordinary amateur and professional effort, uniting enthusiasts, historians, archaeologists, linguists, and other researchers may well have found the battle site of Brunanburh. This new book describes the discovery and delves into the battle.
1 vol, 224 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-227090 Kinnear, James SOVIET T-62 MAIN BATTLE TANK The T-62 is one of the most widespread tanks used by the Soviets during the Cold War. Developed from the T-55, the T-62 enjoyed a long career in the Red Army and even into the early days of the reformed Russian Army. It was the principal tank used by Soviet forces in the Soviet-Afghan War, and went on to see service with Russian forces in Chechnya and South Ossetia. It has also been employed in almost every conflict in the Middle East and Africa from its introduction into service. It remains in service with many countries throughout the world and has seen a great deal of use in the Syrian Civil War. Written by two experts on Soviet armour, it contains more than 400 stunning contemporary and modern photographs. 1 vol, 224 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-214321 Jordan, John editor WARSHIP 2021 For over 40 years, Warship has been the leading annual resource on the design, development, and deployment of the world's combat ships. Featuring a broad range of articles from a select panel of distinguished international contributors, this latest volume combines original research, new book reviews, warship notes, an image gallery, and much more, maintaining the impressive standards of scholarship and research for which Warship has become synonymous. Detailed and accurate information is the keynote of all the articles, which are fully supported by plans, data tables, and stunning photographs. 1 vol, 224 pgs 20201UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-227080 Cleaver, Thomas UNDER THE SOUTHERN CROSS:The South Pacific Air Campaign Against Rabaul From August 7, 1942 until February 24, 1944, the US Navy fought the most difficult campaign in its history. Between the landing of the 1st Marine Division on Guadalcanal and the final withdrawal of the Imperial Japanese Navy from its main South Pacific base at Rabaul, the US Navy suffered such high personnel losses that for years it refused to publicly release total casualty figures.

The Solomons campaign saw the US Navy at its lowest point, forced to make use of those ships that had survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and other units of the pre-war navy that had been hastily transferred to the Pacific. 140 days after the American victory at Midway, USS Enterprise was the only pre-war carrier left in the South Pacific and the US Navy would have been overwhelmed in the face of Japanese naval power had there been a third major fleet action. At the same time, another under-resourced campaign had broken out on the island of New Guinea. The Japanese attempt to reinforce their position there had led to the Battle of the Coral Sea in May and through to the end of the year, American and Australian armed forces were only just able to prevent a Japanese conquest of New Guinea.

The end of 1942 saw the Japanese stopped in both the Solomons and New Guinea, but it would take another 18 hard-fought months before Japan was forced to retreat from the South Pacific. Under the Southern Cross draws on extensive first-hand accounts and new analysis to examine the Solomons and New Guinea campaigns which laid the groundwork for Allied victory in the Pacific War.1 vol, 352 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-222642 Miller, Sergio NO WIDER WAR: A History of the Vietnam War Volume 2 -- 1965-75 Second volume of a two-part exploration of America's involvement in Indochina from the end of World War II to the Fall of Saigon. This traces American involvement in the Vietnam War from the first Marines landing at Da Nang in 1965, through the traumatic Tet Offensive of 1968, the gradual Vietnamisation of the war, the withdrawal of American forces, and the final loss of the South in 1975. 1 vol, 416 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-227100 Buckle, Nigel IMPERUM: Classics Standalone deck-building card game contains the Carthaginian, Celt, Greek, Macedonian, Persian, Roman, Scythian, and Viking civilizations and an individual solo opponent behaving as each nation. It is fully compatible with Imperium: Legends for players wanting to expand their pool of civilisations.

In your hands lies the destiny of one of history's great civilizations. Under constant threat of attack, you must conquer new lands, oversee dramatic scientific and cultural advances, and lead your people into the era of empire. Expand too rapidly, and unrest will bring your civilization to its knees; build up too slowly, however, and you might find yourself a mere footnote of history.
1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-227110 Buckle, Nigel IMPERUM: Legends Standalone deck-building card game contains challenging civilizations: Arthurians, Utopians, Atlantians, Egyptians, Mauryan, Minoan, Olmec, and Qin civilizations, each of which can be played against solo. It is fully compatible with Imperium: Classics for players wanting to expand their pool of civilizations. 1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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