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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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1-227140 Barone, Victor BORDERS OF BLOOD : WARGAMING THE PARAGUAYAN WAR 1864-1870 Wargame rules inspired by the largest armed conflict in the history of South America, the Triple Alliance War (or War of Paraguay, or the Guerra de la Triple Alianza). Developed for the 28mm scale, it can be used with small adjustments with smaller scales, including 6mm. The basic concept of the rules uses the construction of Infantry Battalions and Cavalry Squadrons from Units that can house miniatures of varying scales. Also includes uniform painting guides by Alan Perry. 1 vol, 72 pgs 2021 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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2-16660 Conliffe, Arty TACTICA II - 2nd Edition PDF version After 30 years of global play, Tactica receives an updated, upgraded version - Tactica II - that keeps the same streamlined system using multi-based units, clarifies the existing rules, and incorporates improvements to all aspects of this game.?

Tactical formations represent ancient armies with movement and command control intertwined within the course of a battle. Unit Fighting Value still forms the core of the d6 combat system and all significant troop types, weapons, and special tactical conditions are included to differentiate armies.

Tactica II comes wirebound in 8.5x11 format and packed with well-playtested rules, plentiful diagrams, and army lists. ?Scales are approximately as follows: one figure equals 40-60 soldiers depending upon troop type, density, tactical operating area, and unit size; one inch is approximately 10-15 yards; and one turn equals about 20 minutes.1 vol, 90 pgs 2018 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-227130 Halden, Al RAVENFEAST: Viking Skirmish Rules Ravenfeast is a set of rules from Little Wars TV. Ravenfeast's 44 pages offer a good introduction into wargaming, the historical period, and how to start out from pretty much nothing. They have managed to pack a lot into this step-by-step book and explore a lot of concepts that might be alien to new wargamers.

Expanded Rules and Extras:

Rune Cards can be downloaded and printed off at home and they give you once-a-game powers which often allow you to break the core rules and do something fun and different. You'll have to work out just when you should be using these to get the most from them.

You can also play with Geld -- a currency which can be spent and stolen from the warbands in play. Much like with Rune Cards, they allow you to get minor bonuses like rerolls, Rune Cards, or maybe even a new Berserker pledged to your cause! The amount of Geld fluctuates during gameplay so time your purchases wisely.

Additionally, you'll also find options for playing BIG games of Ravenfeast with smaller scale models or simply larger 28mm forces and options for making an Anglo-Saxon warband too.
1 vol, 44 pgs 2021 US, LITTLE WARS TV
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1-226741 Heath, Peter FORGOTTEN BATTLES IN FRANCE & GERMANY : January - April 1945 23 scenarios, Lots of background campaign details, Unit organisations, new troop type lists, guns and Armour. Bibliography of titanic proportions1 vol, 88 pgs 2021 UK, VICTRIX LTD
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1-227200 Sutton, Paul THE ANGLO-SPANISH WAR 1655-1660: The War in the West Indies In 1655 Oliver Cromwell, England's Lord Protector, sent a fleet to attack and seize Spanish possessions in South America. The English was flexing its muscles on the international stage and for political, religious and commercial reasons chose to attacked a weakened Spain in the West Indies believing it a soft target. In late 1654 possibly the largest military force to date ever to leave English shores set sail from Portsmouth under the command of General Robert Venables and Admiral William Penn. 18-20 color ills

This book describes the reasons for war with Spain, the army and fleet assembled at Cromwell's bidding and its objective. The attack on Hispaniola in April 1655 will be explained in detail along with the reasons for its failure as will the occupation of Jamaica as will the beginnings of the Spanish war of resistance. A subsequent volume will recount the war on Jamaica from the end of 1655 until 1660.

This work draws upon extensive primary source material from England and Spain as well as the copious amounts of letters and narratives of soldiers and sailors present, from both sides.
1 vol, 336 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-227150 Nobili, Johann HUNGARY 1848: The Winter Campaign This book is a translation of the Austrian semi-official history of the Winter Campaign. The first half of this war was the Winter Campaign of 1848-1849, in which invading Austrian armies drove deep into Hungary, only to be hurled back again almost to the Austrian border. The Austrian commander was sacked, and Austria had to ask the Tsar for his aid in the Summer Campaign -- 250,000 Russians helped the Austrians finally to defeat the Hungarian revolution. Includes 18 black and white maps.

The book includes extensive information about orders of battle, precious nuggets about uniforms and weaponry, actual despatches reproduced verbatim, and accounts of myriad actions from tiny skirmishes up to the major battles of K polna and Isaszeg. The translation of the original text is complemented by extensive scholarly annotation providing both critical analysis and additional data or contextual information. No other work in English approaches this level of detail.

The Hungarian War of Independence lasted a year and encompassed a dozen major battles and many smaller actions and sieges, with half a million men under arms by its end. Yet it remains strangely obscure and overlooked by the Anglophone world, perhaps because of the inaccessibility of Hungarian-language sources for most English readers, combined with the limited number of German-language sources due to Austria's embarrassment about the whole episode.
1 vol, 372 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-227190 Griffithm Robert AT THE POINT OF THE BAYONET: The Peninsular War Battles of Arroyomolinos and Almaraz 1811-1812 Rowland Hill was one of the Duke of Wellington's most trusted subordinates, known for caring deeply for the welfare of his men, but the battles of Arroyomolinos (1811) and Almaraz (1812) show that he was far more than just 'Daddy Hill' and a safe pair of hands. He was also a general of considerable skill and daring.

At Arroyomolinos he led his troops for days through appalling weather to outmaneuver and then decimate an entire French division in a perfectly conceived surprise attack. At Almaraz, he advanced far from allied lines to capture and then destroy a vital French bridge, overcoming considerable logistical challenges and substantial defenses, and paving the way for Wellington's victory at Salamanca. Includes 58 photos & illustrations, eight pages of color plates, and nine maps.

For both actions, Hill used the same two British infantry brigades as well as Portuguese and Spanish units. The relatively small numbers of units involved has enabled the author to give greater focus on the individual regiments and the men who served in them than is often the case with larger battles. He uses memoirs, previously unpublished letters, and official returns and reports to paint a very detailed picture of two small but important battles of the Peninsular War and the men that fought them.
1 vol, 208 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-227180 Marsden, John NAPOLEON"S STOLEN ARMY: How the Royal Navy Rescued a Spanish Army in the Baltic A Spanish army, commanded by the Marques de La Romana, which was sent to Denmark by Napoleon in 1807, when France and Spain were allies bound by the Treaty of San Ildefonso, signed in 1796. When relations between the two countries broke down in May 1808, they were soon at war with each other, and La Romana's troops became, in effect, a captive army in the hands of the French.

When Spain looked to create an alliance with Britain against her erstwhile ally, they found the British government only too eager to help. The Royal Navy's dominant presence in the Baltic provided a ready opportunity to seal the new alliance and, once the political groundwork had been laid, plans for a daring rescue of the entrapped Spaniards by Vice Admiral Keats' squadron were drawn up. However, while efforts were being made by the British to accumulate and prepare a sufficient amount of shipping to carry out the operation, difficulties soon arose in making contact with La Romana in order to convey to him the intentions of the Spanish and British high commands. This almost led to disaster, and the whole operation was saved only by some remarkable strokes of fortune, and remarkable leadership provided by Keats and La Romana. Includes seven b/w illustrations, eight pages of color plates, and eight maps.

Until now this remarkable and little-known story has had little coverage in the various histories written about the Peninsular War. Using Spanish archives, this book teels the tale of how part of La Romana's army was evacuated from Danish Baltic territory during the summer of 1808. Due to circumstance and bad fortune, a significant part of the Spanish army was left behind during the Royal Navy's action, and there is an interesting story told about what became of these men, related via the personal accounts left by two of the soldiers who did not return to Spain with La Romana.
1 vol, 248 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-227160 Danby, Jeff DAY OF THE PANZER On August 15, 1944, L Company hit the beaches in southern France as part of Operation Dragoon, joined by the tank crews of 2nd Lt. Andrew Orient's 3rd Platoon -- all veterans of Cassino. Despite logistical problems, the Third Division attacked north through the Rhone River valley, with L Company and its supporting tanks leading the regimental charge. Then the Germans launched a sharp counterattack with rampaging Panther tanks. Includes 40 b/w photos. 1 vol, 384 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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1-227170 Badri-Maharaj, Sanjay OPERATION MEGHDOOT: India's War in Siachen 1984 to Present In 1984, the Indian Army carried out a stunning operation that captured the Siachen Glacier in the northernmost regions of what is now the Union Territory of Ladakh.

Since that time, a full brigade of Indian troops has faced off against a similar number of Pakistani soldiers in the highest battlefield on earth. Sustained by a combination of tenuous road supply lines and air support, where helicopter manuals have had to be rewritten, the two countries have had numerous skirmishes that have escalated into the use of artillery fire. includes 80 photos, 10 maps and diagrams, and 15 color profiles.

Operation Meghdoot tells the story of this conflict. Beginning with the trauma of partition and the first Kashmir war that saw the region divided between India and Pakistan, it progresses to the 1962 Sino-Indian war which saw the Aksai Chin region lost to China and the Shaksgam Valley unilaterally ceded by Pakistan to China. The consequence of this was to allow the development of the Karakoram Pass and highway to link China to Pakistan.

In the aftermath of Pakistan's defeat in the 1971 war, the mapping of the area created sufficient confusion to enable both India and Pakistan to assert their respective claims. This eventually led to Operation Meghdoot which enabled India to secure the entire Siachen glacier, pre-empting Pakistan's Operation Abadeel.

Operation Meghdoot examines the political, geographic and geopolitical imperatives that drove both sides towards conflict in this inhospitable area. The evolution of India's mountain divisions with their attendant expertise is discussed as well as the air support capabilities available to both sides. Operation Meghdoot itself is discussed in detail including its planning and execution, and the conflict since 1984 is chronicled with an emphasis upon the military engagements, the use of air power and the struggle of both armies to adapt and cope with the environment. Finally, the implications of India's hold on the Siachen Glacier is analysed with respect to its position against a hostile Pakistan and an increasingly hostile China. 1 vol, 72 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-227161 Nicolle, Davis MIGS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Volume 1: The First 10 Years, 1955-1967 Based on original documentation and extensive interviews with veterans, this extensively illustrated reference covers the operational history of MiG-15, MiG-17, and MiG-19 fighter jets in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, and Syria from 1955 until 1956. Includes 100 photos, six maps, and 18 color profiles.

When Egypt and Czechoslovakia signed the so-called 'Czechoslovak Arms Deal', they initiated and era of close cooperation between major Arab military powers, the Soviet Union, and its allies. During the first decade of this period, the air force of Egypt, followed by those of (in chronological order) Syria, Iraq, Morocco and Algeria, were all equipped with dozens and then hundreds of Soviet-made fighters designed by the Mikoyan I Gurevich Design Bureau -- the same swept-wing jets that took the Western powers by surprise during the Korean War.

While the first generation of MiG jet fighter - the MiG-15 - saw only a relatively brief service in Egypt, its more efficient and upgraded successor, the MiG-17F, entered service in larger numbers, and then formed the backbone of additional air forces around the Middle East. The MiG-17PF became the first radar-equipped combat aircraft while the MiG-19 became the first supersonic fighter flown by the air forces of Egypt and Iraq, in the period 1958-1963. In Morocco and Algeria, the MiG-17 was the first and the only jet fighter in service during the first half of the 1960s. Unsurprisingly, MiG-15s, MiG-17s and MiG-19s thus served with many different units and - especially in Egypt and Algeria, and also in Syria - wore a wide range of very different, and often very colorful unit insignia and other markings. They were also flown by many pilots who subsequently played crucial roles in the future of their nations
1 vol, 72 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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