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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
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1-DMHP001 DEAD MAN'S HAND Plastic Gunfighters Box of wily cowboys, stoic lawmen, ruthless outlaws, and crazy desperados fight for fame and respect in the Old West. Contains 10 multi-part, plastic 28mm miniatures which can be made in more ways than it's possible for an 11-fingered varmint to a Count. All the weapons you will need to arm your dangerous bunch are on the sprue, including pistols, a repeater rifle, two shotguns, and a rifle as well as a host of other extras to make your gang truly individual. Miniatures are made of plastic and supplied unassembled and unpainted. Plastic bases included. 1 vol, 10 pgs 2021 UK, GREAT ESCAPE GAMES
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1-1994038 Bolt Action: Campaign: D-Day: US Sector Covering the fiercely contested US sectors of D-Day, including the beaches of Omaha and Utah, this new Campaign Book for Bolt Action allows players to refight the fierce American beach landings, beach head breakouts, and Airborne assaults. New, linked scenarios, rules, troop types, and Theatre Selectors provide plenty of options for both novice and veteran players alike. 1 vol, 160 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-908402 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue #402 - QUICK FIRE: Wi Readers fill us in on their hobby exploits
OBSERVATION POST: New hobby releases.
FULL PAPER JACKET: New books.
NEVER MIND THE PITCHFORKS: Risings and rebellions to medieval small battle rules Never Mind the Billhooks, providing new rules and scenarios based around Cade's Rebellion of 1450 and the Cornish rising of 1497.
BUILDING A VACATION ARMY: Taking inspiration from a once in a lifetime trip to Sudan, Daniel Mersey puts together a wargaming army (or two) as a lasting reminder of his vacation.
CHEVAUCHEE: Rules and scenarios on how to recreate small scale engagements from the Hundred Years' War for Never Mind the Billhooks.
GLORY: 1861: Designer Notes for new American Civil War rules
TURNIP28: TERRIBLE TUBERS AND BALEFUL BRASSICAS: A post-Napoleonic, mud encrusted, turnip-infested world.
SHOULDER TO SHOULDER IN DENSE BATTLE ARRAY: Flemish militia armies of the 14th century.
BUILDING A 3D PRINTED WINDMILL: Winterdyne Commission Modelling 3D printing City of Tarok kit.
CLASH OF SPEARS: Designer notes
TOO GREAT A GAMBLE: Speculation about a possible French victory in the French and Indian War and how a wargames army could go about achieving it.
VIGNETTES: Use vignettes on the tabletop as a key narrative device.
COMPANY PROFILE: Studio Miniatures: Figure ranges 1 vol, 116 pgs 2021 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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2-208490 Ensteness, David ET SANS RESULTAT: Grand Tactical Napoleonic Wargame Rules - 2nd edition What's changed? Nothing and everything.

The scope and focus of the game remains the same, but the rules are more explicit, the examples more plentiful, and the mechanics yet faster.

Simplification of the command system.
Clean up of the visual appearance of games.
Enhanced differentiation between Units, Formations, and Commanders.
Streamlined four-phase turn sequence.
Revised instructional style.

Playable at four ground scales: 75, 100, 150, or 200 yards per inch. By using movement trays, players can choose a convenient ground scale and use their existing miniatures collection without rebasing.

Supported by 30 pages of appendices including optional commander and troop ratings, a glossary of terms, an index for easy reference, and charts for 1 inch = 75 yards scale. Charts and gauges for other scales along with order cards are available as Players' Kits.

Player is Corps commander
Basic Unit: Infantry battalions, cavalry squadron groups, artillery batteries
Any Scale Miniatures: 2mm, 6mm, 10mm, 15/18mm or 25/28mm
Ground Scale: 1 inch = 75, 100, 150 or 200 yards
Time Scale: 3 turns = 1 hour 1 vol, 168 pgs 2015 US, THE WARGAMING COMPANY LLC
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1-208492 Ensteness, David TO ASSURE MY DYNASTY: 1808 in Iberia, Series 3 Requires ESR Napoleonics or a similar Napoleonic wargame to use.

Offers new political maps of the Napoleonic world, operational maps of the theater of war -- including the approaches of the opposing forces to the battlefield -- and all new maps for the 13 scenarios. Expanded Uniform Guide offers nearly 2,000 uniform images and adds details such as back views, footwear, drums, sabretaches, and horse furniture; as well as extensive notions on the details of historical units and their configuration or changes during the campaign.

Includes 13 historical scenarios:
Alcolea
Medina de Rio Seco
Bailen
Rolica
Vimeiro
Zornoza
Gamonal
Espi nosa de los Monteros
Tudela
Somosierra
Cardedeu
Molins de Rei
Coruna
1 vol, 184 pgs 2021 US, THE WARGAMING COMPANY LLC
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1-223223 McCullough, Joseph OATHMARK:Bane of Kings Time is the bane of all kings. Always does it march forward, bringing change and challenges, wars and disasters, invaders and internal rebellion. This supplement for Oathmark: Battles of the Lost Age, focuses on the passage of time and its effect on a players kingdom. While wars and battle still determine their ultimate fate, many other events can affect the armies of a kingdom. Plagues and blights can reduce access to soldiers from specific territories. Attempted coups can cost a king some of his best generals. On the other hand, unexpected alliances might give a kingdom access to unusual troops, or the birth of a new heir might bring wondrous presents.

Along with the rules for the passing of years, this book also presents the option to train your units to fight in special formations, such as phalanxes, shield walls, and skirmish lines. These will allow players to use their existing armies to try out new strategies and tactics to swing their battle in their favour. This book also includes several new military expeditions, including numerous scenarios, to once again challenge a player's generalship.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-2108414 Summerfield, Dr. Stephen AUSTRIAN LIGHT CAVALRY AND STAFF (1740-1765) Military Colours Vol. 14 Continuing the upgrade of Stephen's original book on Austrian Cavalry of the Seven Years War, this volume deals with dragoon regiments, hussars, chevauleger, Grenz hussar regiments, irregulars (Pandurs) as well as the uniforms of generals. Usual amazing batch of flags & uniforms
Fully illustrated with color uniforms & flags.1 vol, 74 pgs 2021 UK, KEN TROTMAN
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1-972056 Dahm, Murray 056 ROMAN LEGIONARY VS GOTHIC WARRIOR AD 376-82 Ravaged by civil war and pressure from the Huns to the east, in late summer AD 376 the Gothic tribe of the Theruingi - up to 200,000 people under their leader Fritigern - gathered on the northern bank of the River Danube and asked the Eastern Roman emperor, Valens, for asylum within the empire. After agreeing to convert to Arian Christianity and enrol in the Roman Army, the Goths were allowed to cross the Danube and settle in the province of Thrace. Far more people crossed the Danube than the Romans expected, however, and with winter approaching, the local Roman commander, Lupicinus, lacked the resources to feed the newcomers and did not possess sufficient troops to control them. Treated poorly and running out of food, the Goths very quickly lost faith in the Roman promises.

Meanwhile, other Gothic tribes also sought permission to cross the Danube. The Greuthungi were refused permission, but soon learned that local Roman garrisons had been depleted to supervise the march of the Theruingi to the town of Marcianopolis, close to the eastern shore of the Black Sea. Taking advantage of this, the Greuthungi also entered Roman territory. Camping outside Marcianopolis, Lupicinus denied the Goths access to the town's food stores, provoking the Theruingi to begin skirmishing with the Roman troops. Fritigern convinced Lupicinus to let the Gothic leaders go and calm their people, but they did nothing to quell the warlike temper of his warriors.

Lupicinus summoned troops to him, but in late 376 these Roman forces were defeated - the first of several defeats for the Romans that would culminate in the fateful battle of Adrianople in August 378, at which Roman forces led by the emperor himself confronted the Gothic host. The aftermath and repercussions of Adrianople have been much debated, but historians agree that it marks a decisive moment in the history of the Roman world. This fully illustrated book investigates the fighting men of both sides who clashed at the battles of Marcianopolis, Ad Salices and Adrianople, as the fate of the Western Roman Empire hung in the balance.
1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-975079 Turnbull, Stephen 079 WEAPONS OF THE SAMURAI Describes and analyses the weapons and equipment traditionally associated with the Japanese samurai. Examines the range of weapons used by them at different times and in different situations.

Beginning with the rise of the samurai during the 10th century, this lively study traces the introduction of edged weapons (cutting and piercing) and missile weapons (bows and guns) over the next 500 years. The book shows clearly how they were employed by individual samurai using many previously untranslated primary texts, and explains how their use spread more widely among low-class troops, pirates, and rebels. It also shows how schools of martial arts took over and changed the weapons and their uses during the peaceful Edo Period (1615-1868). 1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995297 Stille, Mark 297 US NAVY FRIGATES OF THE COLD WAR Though they were never the most glamorous of warships, US Navy frigates were frequently found on the frontlines of the Cold War. These warships were the descendants of World War II's destroyer escorts, designed primarily to escort convoys. They specialized in anti-submarine warfare, but were intended to be numerous, tough, versatile, and well-armed enough to show US naval power around the world, performing roles that varied from intercepting drug-smugglers to defending aircraft carriers.

When the Cold War turned hot, frigates were often there. It was a US Navy frigate, Harold E. Holt, that conducted the US Navy's first hostile boarding action since 1826 during the SS Mayaguez incident. Frigates were at the forefront of operations in the Persian Gulf during the Tanker War, with the frigate USS Stark suffering a notorious Exocet attack by Iraqi warplanes, and proving the Oliver Hazard Perry-class's legendary toughness.

This book explains how the technology and design of frigates changed during the Cold War, shows how the classes were modified to keep up to date, and explores the many varied missions they performed during the Cold War and since. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995296 Zaloga, Steven 296 TANKS OF D-DAY 1944: Armor on the beaches of Normandy and southern France Allied success in invading Fortress Europe (the area of Continental Europe occupied by Nazi Germany) depended on getting armor onto the beaches as fast as possible. This book explains how the Allies developed the specialist tanks it needed, their qualities, deployment and numbers, and how they performed on the two crucial days when France was invaded, firstly in Normandy and then in Provence.

The focus of this volume will be on the specialized tanks developed for the Operation Neptune amphibious landings including the Duplex Drive amphibious Sherman tanks used on both the US and British/Canadian beaches. It also covers the specialized engineer tanks called Armoured Funnies of the British 79th Armoured Division and addresses the popular myth that US Army refusal to employ the Armoured Funnies was a principal cause for the high casualties at Omaha Beach. There is also coverage of Operation Overlord's Forgotten D-Day, the amphibious landings of Operation Dragoon. This book addresses why there were so few Panzers opposing the landings from the German perspective as well as detailing the extent of German tank/assault gun activity on D-Day.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996363 Dahm, Murray 363 LEUCTRA 371BC: The Destruction of Spartan Dominance The Battle of Leuctra, fought in early July in 371 BC, saw the destruction of the Spartan dominance of Greece and introduced several tactical innovations which are still studied and emulated to this day. Sparta's hegemony of Greece (which had been in effect since the Persian wars of 480/79 and especially since the Peloponnesian War in 431-404 BC) was wiped away in a single day of destruction. Sparta would never recover from the losses in manpower which were suffered at Leuctra.

Sparta's defeat created a power vacuum in Greece which several states attempted to fill (the Theban Hegemony and the resurgence of Athens) and gave rise to the dominance of Macedon in the 350s when Macedon would conquer Greece in 338 BC at the battle of Chaeronea. None of which would have been possible without the events at Leuctra.

The Theban phalanx at Leuctra, with its great depth of 50 ranks introduced new tactical thinking in Greek warfare and this thinking eventually led to the Macedonian phalanx of Philip and Alexander which conquered Greece and the Persian Empire less than 40 years later. The Theban commander at Leuctra, Epaminondas, also introduced the idea of drawing up his forces in echelon and fighting with a refused flank - something Alexander emulated in all of his major battles and which has been attempted at countless battles since.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996364 Lonstein, Marc 364 THE NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES CAMPAIGN 1941-42: Japan's Quest for Oil Describes the operational plans and conduct of the fighting by the major parties involved and assesses the performance of the opposing forces on the battlefield.

Imperial Japan's campaigns of conquest in late 1941/early 1942 were launched in order to achieve self-sufficiency for the Japanese people, chiefly in the precious commodity of oil. The Netherlands (or Dutch) East Indies formed one of Japan's primary targets, on account of its abundant rubber plantations and oilfields - the latter, in particular, was highly prized, given that the colony was the fourth-largest exporter of oil in the world. Japan itself lacked any form of domestic production.

The Japanese dispatched an enormous naval task force to support the amphibious landings over the vast terrain of the Netherlands East Indies. The combined-arms offensive was divided into three groups: western, center and eastern. Borneo was struck first in mid-December 1941, and assaults on Celebes, Amboin, Timor, Java, Sumatra, Ambon and Dutch New Guinea followed. Allied forces comprised Australian, British, Dutch, and American personnel. A combined theatre headquarters (ABDACOM) was established on 15 January 1942 in an effort to counter the Japanese offensives. The isolated airfields and oilfields were, however, picked off one by one by the Japanese, in the rush to secure the major islands before major Allied reinforcements arrived.
1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-999540 Athanassiou, Phoebus 540 ARMIES IN SOUTHERN RUSSIA 1918-19 Featuring rare photos and new colour plates, describes this major Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War. Discusses how the French and Greeks alongside White Russians were greatly outnumbered by pro-Bolshevik forces and were relentlessly pushed back by the Ukrainian forces. In just over four months, on 28 April 1919, the last of their forces were evacuated by Allied navies from Sevastopol in Crimea.

An important aspect of the Russian Civil War were the several Allied expeditions immediately following World War I in support of the disunited Russian 'White' armies resisting the Bolshevik Revolution. Although they ended in failure, these ventures were long resented, and were the origin of the 70-year-long Soviet suspicion of the Western Allies. British and US expeditionary forces operated in North Russia and Siberia in support of General Yudenich and Admiral Kolchak respectively, and a French and Greek expeditionary force (plus Romanian and Polish elements) operated in Crimea and south-western Ukraine, in support of General Denikin. The situation was further complicated by the presence of strong Imperial German elements still under arms, and by war between various factions in the Ukraine. This Southern theatre of the Allied interventions is far less well known than that of the British and Americans in the North and East.
1 vol, 48 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-227321 FLAGS & STANDARDS OF THE GREAT NORTHERN WAR 1700-1721 V1: Sweden Contains more than 400 full-color illustrations of flags, with a little text (in German).1 vol, 140 pgs 2021 GERMANY, VERLAG EDITION PETERSTOR
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1-227310 Forsyth, Robert LUFTWAFFE SPECIAL WEAPONS 1942-45 Examines the many different types of weapons that comprised the Luftwaffe's increasingly potent arsenal during the second half of the war -- aerial torpedoes, wire-guided rockets and missiles, batteries fired by photo-electric cells, chemical weapons, composite bombers, and air-launched flying bombs. As the course of World War II turned against the Third Reich, some of the most inventive and radical proposals and designs were put forward by armaments manufacturers, scientists, technicians, aircrew, and private individuals to the Reichsluftministerium (German Air Ministry) for consideration. Some proposals were destined never to leave the drawing board, while others underwent trials, and were produced, issued to operational units, and used in action1 vol, 272 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-COM1081 Gorkowski, John SOUTH CHINA SEA: Indian Ocean Region The game posits possible future conflicts, circa 2025, in the South China Sea region. Players assume the roles of nations or groups of nations and deal cards in multiple rounds of play each representing three to seven weeks to advance their separate agendas. Each card play might trigger armed conflict. If violence comes to pass, the time scale compresses to three to seven hours per turn and players deploy their military units to resolve matters by force. Those forces include: individual capital ships, pairs or triples of smaller vessels, squadrons of aircraft, and battalions of ground troops all waging war at the far end of logistical shoestrings.

Product Information:
Complexity: 7 out of 10
Solitaire Suitability: 6 out of 10
Time Scale: 1 turn = Between 3 and 7 hours
Map Scale: 1 hex = 45 nautical miles
Unit Scale: Aircraft squadrons, pairs of ships/subs, land battalions
Players: Best with 2 players but can be played with up to 3 players or solitaire
Playing Time: 2-4 hours depending on scenario

Game Components:
Three 22x28-inch map sheets; Three Countersheets totaling 390 3/4-inch counters; Deck of 39 political cards; Two player aid cards; Rule/scenario book; and two dice.
1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 US, COMPASS GAMES
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