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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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1-967030 Farrington, Eric CASTLES IN THE SKY: A Wargame of Flying Battleships A wargaming rule set for epic pre-WW1 battles in the sky. So fire up the turbines, ready the aether drives, and take to the air to fight battles with fleets of aerial ironclads. It's the dawn of the 20th Century and the Great Powers turn to war. Since the development of the air screw, leading to the creation of flying warships, the navies of the world have comprised an ever-growing number of these castles in the sky. Assemble your fleet from eight nationalities and fight through a variety of scenarios. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-230740 Wombat, John SHADOWS OF CENTRALIS: Rules The 400-page A5 rule book fuses elements of fantasy, science fiction, and horror into 28mm (1:64) scale tabletop wargame that can be played with as few as 20 - 30 models or up to hundreds of models per side. Contains scenarios and 15 army lists: Damned, Dwarfs, Elves, Fiends, Followers of the Eye, Goblins, Hag Elves, Konstrato Empire, Lords, Orcs, Order of Ophelia, Samurai, Servants of Extinction, Undead, and Yalif.1 vol, 400 pgs 2022 UK, GRIPPING BEAST
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1-968030 Zaloga, Steven 030 THE OIL CAMPAIGN 1944-45: Draining the Wehrmacht's Lifeblood US daylight bombing strategy shifted in 1944 to destroying Germany's fuel facilities. The USAAF's Oil Campaign built up momentum during the summer of 1944 and targeted refineries and plants. Decrypted German communications made it clear that the Oil Campaign was having an effect against the Wehrmacht. By autumn, fuel shortages forced the Luftwaffe to ground most of its combat units except for fighters, forced the Kriegsmarine to place most of its warships in harbor except for the U-boats, and greatly hampered German army campaigns. Key photos and illustrations help examine the controversies and debates over the focus of the US bombing campaign in the final year of the war, and the impact it had on the war effort overall.1 vol, 80 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-992146 Forsyth, Robert 146 JUNKERS JU 188: Units of World War 2 This comprehensive study of the JU-188 charts the design, development, and deployment of an advanced aircraft which was ultimately overshadowed by improvements to the original JU-88 it was designed to replace. Still, the JU-188 arrived in the autumn of 1943. After operational trials, the JU-188 equipped three bomber Geschwader and several long-range reconnaissance Staffeln in the East and Italy, conducting operations over Britain and the Western Front as well as Russia and the Mediterranean. Supported by specially commissioned illustrations and contemporary photography.1 vol, 96 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995307 Budzbon, Przemyslaw 307 THE POLISH NAVY 1918-45: From the Polish-Soviet War to World War II Detailed account describes the Polish Navy's origins and contribution to the WWII Allied war effort. In exile, the Polish Navy operated not only their own ships, but also Royal Navy warships, including a cruiser, destroyers, submarines, and motor torpedo boats which fought alongside the Allies in the Battle of the Atlantic, the Arctic Convoys, and at the Normandy landings.

The newly independent Polish navy was created in 1920, initially with six ex-German torpedo boats. However, after German-Soviet exercises off the Polish coast in 1924, funding for warships was hastily allocated. Two destroyers and three submarines were built in France but, disappointed with their quality, Poland ordered new ships, mostly from British and Dutch shipyards.

By summer 1939, the Polish Navy comprised four destroyers, five submarines, one minelayer, six minesweepers, and a handful of lesser ships. Although the Grom-class destroyers were two of the fastest and best-armed destroyers of the war, the tiny Polish fleet would stand little chance against the Kriegsmarine, and on 30 August, three destroyers were dispatched to Britain, followed by two submarines that escaped internment. The remaining Polish surface fleet was sunk by September 3rd.1 vol, 48 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978121 Davies, Peter 121 F9F PANTHER vs COMMUNIST AAA: Korea 1950-53 Both opponents' tactics and gunnery are explored in depth in this study that contains full-color illustrations, including cockpit scenes and armament views. Also includes a detailed analysis of the US Navy Panthers' loss rates and their causes.

The F9F Panther, originally designed as a jet fighter, in April 1951 became the first jet to launch from a carrier with bombs loaded, using them to destroy a crucial railway bridge at Songjin. The Panther's four 20 mm guns were considered to be very effective for flak suppression and these aircraft were used as escorts for propeller-driven AD Skyraider and F4U Corsair attack aircraft. However, later in 1951, flak damage to Panthers increased as the Chinese established better AAA weapons to defend key transport routes. The communist AAA crews had heavy guns of 37 mm caliber and above. Gunners could use optical height finders, predictors, and in many cases radar control. They learned to conceal their weapons in civilian buildings, use wires to bring aircraft down, and set up false targets as flak traps.1 vol, 48 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996379 Smith, David 379 THE EAST AFRICA CAMPAIGN 1914-18: Von Lettow-Vorbeck's Masterpiece Examines how a wide array of British, Indian, South African, Belgian, Portuguese, and local native forces invaded German East Africa in WWI and slowly ousted the German forces -- a process made tortuous by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Lettow-Vorbeck's masterful management of the campaign. Among the events covered in this work are the Battle of Tanga, the scuttling of the Konigsberg, the German railway campaign, and the battles at Salaita Hill, Kondoa-Irangi, Mahenge, Mahiwa, and Namacurra. Includes colorful period and specially commissioned illustrations.

The East African Campaign in World War I comprised a series of battles and guerrilla actions which began in German East Africa in 1914 and spread to portions of Portuguese Mozambique, northern Rhodesia, British East Africa, the Uganda Protectorate, and the Belgian Congo. German colonial forces under von Lettow-Vorbeck diverted Allied forces from the Western Front to Africa. Despite the efforts of the Allied forces, Lettow-Vorbeck's troops remained undefeated at the end of the war.1 vol, 96 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-230770 Livingston, Michael CRECY: Battle of Five Kings New analysis of the 1346 battle of Crecy, in which the outnumbered English under King Edward III won a decisive victory over the French and changed the course of the Hundred Years War. Offers a compelling narrative account of the battle while describing how modern scholars have used archived manuscripts, satellite technologies and traditional fieldwork to help unlock what was arguably the battle's greatest secret: the location of the now quiet fields where so many thousands died.1 vol, 304 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-936241 Mc Intyre, James JOURNAL OF THE SEVEN YEARS WAR ASSOCIATION ISSUE: 24.1 Contents: Review and Outlook; Affaire des Postes: Maurice de Saxe's 1746-1747 Battle Tactics; The Oldest Hussar of Empress Maria Theresia; The Embodiment of Military Europe: Ulrich Friedrich Woldemar Graf von Lowendahl; Book Reviews; Schedule of Events for the Seven Years War Convention; and Items of Interest.1 vol, 28 pgs 2022 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-230800 Mingus, Scott UNCEASING FURY: Texans at the Battle of Chickamauga, September 18-20, 1863 Explores the critical role Texas enlisted men and officers played in the three days of fighting, September 18-20, 1863, near West Chickamauga Creek in September 1863. Texas troops fought in almost every major sector of the sprawling Chickamauga battlefield, from the first attacks on September 18 on the bridges spanning the creek to the final attack on Snodgrass Hill on September 20. Fortunately, many of the survivors left vivid descriptions of battle action, the anguish of losing friends, the pain and loneliness of being so far away from home, and their often-colorful opinions of their generals. Based on hundreds of personal accounts, memoirs, postwar newspaper articles, diaries, and other primary sources, this study provides the Lone Star State soldiers with the recognition they have so long deserved.1 vol, 336 pgs 2022 US, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-230810 Myers, Hans THE LION OF ROUND TOP: The Life and Military Service of Brigadier General Strong Vincent in the American Civil War Restores Vincent to his rightful place among the heroes of the battle of Gettysburg by presenting his life story using never-before-published sources and archival material. Citizen-soldier Strong Vincent was many things: Harvard graduate, lawyer, political speaker, descendent of pilgrims and religious refugees, husband, father, brother. But his greatest contribution to history is as the savior of the Federal left on the second day at Gettysburg, when he and his men held Little Round Top against overwhelming Confederate numbers. Forgotten by history in favor of his subordinate, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Vincent has faded into relative obscurity in the decades since his death.1 vol, 216 pgs 2022 US, CASEMATE
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1-230830 Paasche, Till GENERAL JAN SMUTS: His First World War in Africa, 1914-1917 World War I ushered in a renewed scramble for Africa. At its helm, Jan Smuts grabbed the opportunity to realize his ambition of a Greater South Africa. He set his sights upon the vast German colonies of South-West Africa and East Africa - the demise of which would end the Kaiser's grandiose schemes for Mittelafrika. As part of his strategy to shift South Africa's borders inexorably northward, Smuts even cast an eye toward Portuguese and Belgian African possessions.

Smuts, his abilities as a general much denigrated by both his contemporary and then later modern historians, was no armchair soldier. This cabinet minister and statesman donned a uniform and led his men into battle. He learned his soldiery craft under General Koos De la Rey's tutelage, and another soldier-statesman, General Louis Botha during the South African War 1899-1902. He emerged from that war, immersed in the Boer maneuver doctrine he devastatingly waged in the guerrilla phase of that conflict. His daring and epic invasion of the Cape at the head of his commando remains legendary.

The first phase of the German South West African campaign and the Afrikaner Rebellion in 1914 placed his abilities as a sound strategic thinker and a bold operational planner on display. Champing at the bit, he finally had the opportunity to command the Southern Forces in the second phase of the German South West African campaign.

Placed in command of the Allied forces in East Africa in 1916, he led a mixed bag of South Africans and Imperial troops against the legendary Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and his Shutztruppe. Using his penchant for Boer maneuver warfare together with mounted infantry led and manned by Boer Republican veterans, he proceeded to free the vast German territory from Lettow-Vorbeck's grip. Often leading from the front, his operational concepts were an enigma to the British under his command, remaining so to modern-day historians. Although unable to bring the elusive and wily Lettow-Vorbeck to a final decisive battle, Smuts conquered most of the territory by the end of his tenure in February 1917.1 vol, 288 pgs 2022 US, CASEMATE
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1-230760 Tucker-Jones, Anthony HITLER'S WINTER: The German Battle of the Bulge Brilliant analysis of the Battle of the Bulge from the German point of view, detailing flaws in operational planning and execution, especially in logistics, as well as efforts that attained a measure of success. Covers all the right topics, from reorganizations to special operations, in a well-written overview that unearths new perspectives. Also includes how Operation Northwind affected Bulge operations.

The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive in the West. Launched in the depths of winter to neutralize the overwhelming Allied air superiority, three German armies attacked through the Ardennes, the weakest part of the American lines, with the aim of splitting the Allied armies and seizing the vital port of Antwerp within a week. It was a tall order, as the Panzers had to get across the Our, Ambleve, Ourthe and Meuse rivers, and the desperate battle became a race against time and the elements, which the Germans would eventually lose. But this dramatic counterattack did succeed in catching the Allies off guard in what became the largest and bloodiest battle fought by US forces during the war.1 vol, 320 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-230790 Yee, Gary WORLD WAR II SNIPERS: The Men, Their Guns, Their Stories Covers the full scope of WWII snipers with three chapters each on the major theaters of the war (Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Pacific), and a lengthy chapter on sniper rifles and associated equipment. Drawing from memoirs, government documents, interviews, and neglected or forgotten sources, the book incorporates eyewitness accounts to explain snipers' battlefield role, victories, and defeats.1 vol, 352 pgs 2022 US, CASEMATE
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2-222642 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. Traces the story of America's involvement in the Vietnam War from the first Marines landing at Da Nang in 1965, through the traumatic Tet Offensive of 1968 and the gradual Vietnamization of the war that followed, to the withdrawal of American forces and the final loss of the South in 1975. Includes recently declassified top secret National Security Agency material.

Note that the first volume, In Good Faith, covers from the Japanese surrender in 1945 through the initial US advisory missions that followed.1 vol, 416 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-230780 Napier, Michael FLASHPOINTS: Air Warfare in the Cold War Describes eight Cold War aerial conflicts: the Suez Crisis of 1956, the Congo Crisis of 1960-65, the Indo-Pakistan Wars of 1965 and 1971, the Arab-Israeli Wars of 1967 and 1973, the Falklands War of 1982 and the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88. Details the wide range of aircraft types used, revolution in aviation technology and design, and the development of new tactics during the Cold War.

In all of them both sides had a credible air force equipped with modern types, and air power shaped the final outcomes of the wars. These conflicts saw some of the most modern technology that the NATO and Warsaw Pact forces deployed, alongside some relatively obscure aircraft types such as the Westland Wyvern and the Folland Gnat. Highly illustrated with over 240 images and maps.1 vol, 368 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-230820 Paasche, Till AMERICA'S WAR IN SYRIA: Fighting with Kurdish Anti-ISIS Forces Analyses America's war in Syria and structures the intervention into different phases including the secretive build up and the ultimate destruction of the ISIS Caliphate. The authors fought for over two years with the Kurdish forces and participated in all the large Kurdish operations against the Islamic State between late 2014 and mid-2016. They endured muddy archaic trench warfare, witnessed the first waves of decisive US and British airstrikes against ISIS, and experienced the impact America had on the battlefield. Later, when American, British and French Special Forces were deployed at the front lines, the authors worked closely with those teams when they evacuated hundreds of wounded from the battlefield together.

In the US War on Terror and the subsequent democracy experiments in Afghanistan and Iraq having turned into geopolitical disasters, the US military campaign in alliance with the Kurdish forces in Syria remains a rare success story. Considering the overwhelming military victory, the functioning Kurdish civilian governing structures that followed the fighting, the extremely light military footprint and the strong link to Kurdish partners, many political analysts, military experts and politicians in Washington, DC, judge the intervention against ISIS in Syria as the nation's most successful campaign since World War II.1 vol, 304 pgs 2022 US, CASEMATE
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