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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-MTB08 FRENCH ARMY (Retreat From Moscow): 28mm Figures A 300-point army designed to be used in Muskets & Tomahawks II.

The French Army contains: 1x Officer (with Experienced Duelist option); 1x Fusilier units (8 figures) (with Grizzled option); 1x Grenadier unit (8 figures); 1x Voltigeur Unit (6 figures) (with Grizzled option); (Note: Grizzled option doesn't refer to the figures, it's a 'Shakos & Bayonet' gaming term, meaning these units have seen some action before). All the figures come from the North Star Muskets & Tomahawks range. Figures are 28mm sized, made of metal and supplied unpainted. To expand your force, add units from the individual packs of North Star Muskets & Tomahawks figures.1 vol, 23 pgs 2022 UK, NORTH STAR
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1-MTB09 RUSSIAN ARMY (Retreat From Moscow): 28mm Figures A 300 point army designed to be used in Muskets & Tomahawks II.

The Russian Army contains: 1x Officer (with Experienced Duelist option); 1x Fusilier units (8 figures) (with Grizzled option); 1x Grenadier unit (8 figures); 1x Voltigeur Unit (6 figures) (with Grizzled option); (Note: Grizzled option doesn't refer to the figures, it's a 'Shakos & Bayonet' gaming term, meaning these units have seen some action before). All the figures come from the North Star Muskets & Tomahawks range. Figures are 28mm sized, made of metal and supplied unpainted. To expand your force, add units from the individual packs of North Star Muskets & Tomahawks figures.1 vol, 29 pgs 2022 UK, NORTH STAR
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1-DVMO05 FireForge FIREFORGE DEUS VULT: 28mm Turcopoles This box set contains twelve 28mm multi-part plastic Turcopoles and unbarded horses, which can be assembled with several choice of weapons like shields, lances, bows, and with several different heads and accessories. Box content: 3 Turcopoles Frames, 4 Byzantine Horses Frames, and 12 25mm x 50mm square bases. Figures are supplied unpainted and require a little assembly.1 vol, 24 pgs 2022 UK, FIREFORGE GAMES
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2-198340 Opie, James COLLECTING TOY SOLDIERS IN THE 21ST CENTURY 7.5x10, 200+ color photos. This serves as an update of the author's successful Collecting Toy Soldiers (Collins, 1987; pbk edition, New Cavendish, 1991). In it James Opie gives the collector the benefit of thirty years' experience as the world's leading authority on traditional toy soldiers (as opposed to model soldiers used in wargaming etc.) and a lifetime as a collector himself. The book combines authoritative advice on all aspects of collecting, including price trends and pitfalls to avoid when buying or selling at auction, with informative and often-amusing anecdotes from James' own experiences.

This is a completely new book, so even those many who bought the first one should welcome its appearance, as should anyone with an interest in this fascinating hobby.1 vol, 232 pgs 2021 UK, PEN AND SWORD
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1-230870 Lacy, Ben THE 13 DAY WAR: The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 Scenario book contains 10 skirmish scenarios: Garibpur, Longewala, Basantar, Gazipur, Bogra Tower, Chulunkha Complex, Sylhet, Albert Ekka, Airdrop at Poongli, and Siromoni. Each contains OOB, map, historical background, victory conditions, and historical aftermath.1 vol, 64 pgs 2022 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-888412 Granillo. Manny THE EMPEROR WILLS IT! : Corps Command Napoleonic Scenario Book II Complete Scenarios for use with CORPS COMMAND IV or any other Divisional/Brigade level Napoleonic rules. Can be used with any scale and no rebasing needed. Command at the Divisional Level with smallest unit a Battalion.

Battles Included:
Italian Campaign-Montenotte 1796
1814 Campaign-Vauchamps 1814
French Campaign- Valmy 1792
German Campaign-Kleinbeeren 1813
United States-Northpoint 1814
Russian Campaign-Berezina 1812
Spanish Campaign-Arroyos Dos Molinos 1811
German Campaign-Braunsberg 18071 vol, 80 pgs 2022 US, HOPLITE RESEARCH
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1-231030 Davies, Jonathan THE ART OF SHOOTING GREAT ORDNANCE: A History of the Development, Manufacture and Use of Artillery, 1494-1628 The period 1494-1628 was critical in the history of artillery. Guns, gunpowder, and gun carriages underwent such major transformations that they would remain virtually unchanged for three centuries.

This book explains the development and use of artillery during this critical period. The forge and foundry where they were made and the lives of the men who made them are also thoroughly investigated. Starts with the development of medieval artillery and then establishes the real significance of the French invasion of Italy in 1494 -- often seen as the beginning of an artillery revolution. The development of a new artillery in the late medieval period contributed to the events of 1494 and confirmed the significance of these changes in the popular imagination and in the minds of later historians. Includes 124 b/w ills, 39 b/w photos, 9 color ills, 15 color photos, and 37 tables.1 vol, 310 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-231050 Perrett, Bryan WHY THE GERMANS LOST: The Rise and Fall of the Black Eagle Charts the ups and downs of the German army from the days of Frederick the Great to the dying days of WWII. It passes through the Napoleonic period, takes in the growth of war machinery under the leadership of Clausewitz and Moltke, and acquaints the reader with the various victories won against Austria in 1866 and France in 1870. It then moves forwards into the 20th century, following the course of the Imperial German army, its successes and ultimate failure in the Great War, its recovery in the inter-war years, and its final successes and destruction under the leadership of Hitler.1 vol, 256 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-231010 Kontogiannis, Nikos BYZANTINE FORTIFICATIONS: Protecting the Roman Empire in the East This ambitious study combines the results of decades of wide-ranging archaeological work with an account of the armies, weapons, tactics, and defensive strategies of the Byzantine Empire throughout its long history. Covers their construction, development, and their role in times of war in every region of the Empire, from those in Mesopotamia, Syria and Africa, to those in Asia Minor, the Aegean and the Balkan peninsula.1 vol, 288 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-231040 Peers, Chris GENGHIS KHAN AND THE MONGOL WAR MACHINE As a soldier and general, statesman and empire-builder, Genghis Khan is an almost legendary figure. His remarkable achievements and his ruthless methods have given rise to a sinister reputation. He possessed exceptional gifts as a leader and manager of men - and ranks among the greatest military commanders - but he can only be properly understood in terms of the Mongol society and traditions.

The military and cultural background of the Mongols and the nature of steppe societies and their armies are major themes of his book. He looks in detail at the military skills, tactics, and ethos of the Mongol soldiers, and at the advantages and disadvantages they had in combat with the soldiers of more settled societies. Offers a fresh perspective on Genghis Khan the man and the armies he led.1 vol, 216 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-230981 von Hordt, Count THE ADVENTURES OF A FREIKORPS COMMANDER: Memoirs of Frederick the Great's Swedish Adventurer - Volume 1: 1697-1746 Facsimile of the 1806 edition but with new 18pp.introduction by Stephen Summerfield. Includes 6 maps and additional illustrations in text.

General De Hordt will be familiar to many because of his famous Freikorps Regiment. His story, as elaborated in his extraordinarily rare memoir, is a uniquely readable personal study of his life and times. It is rich with diplomacy at the highest level (De Hordt was well known at the courts of Sweden, Prussia and Russia) as well as remarkable insights into campaigning in the field. He left Sweden to join Dutch service in 1744; under the Duke of Cumberland he fought in the Fontenoy Campaign, then the Low Countries against Marshal De Saxe; after a short retirement he fled Sweden after a failed palace coup and accepted service under Frederick the Great -- forming his famous regiment. In 1758 he was taken prisoner by Cossacks and confined in the Peter-Paul Fortress until released by Tsar Peter III. His ended his career as a valuable companion for Prince Henry of Prussia on his missions abroad. Please note this is a facsimile of the original text.1 vol, 272 pgs 2022 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-230982 von Hordt, Count THE ADVENTURES OF A FREIKORPS COMMANDER: Memoirs of Frederick the Great's Swedish Adventurer - Volume 2: 1747-1762 Facsimile of the 1806 edition but with new 18pp.introduction by Stephen Summerfield. Includes 6 maps and additional illustrations in text.

General De Hordt will be familiar to many because of his famous Freikorps Regiment. His story, as elaborated in his extraordinarily rare memoir, is a uniquely readable personal study of his life and times. It is rich with diplomacy at the highest level (De Hordt was well known at the courts of Sweden, Prussia and Russia) as well as remarkable insights into campaigning in the field. He left Sweden to join Dutch service in 1744; under the Duke of Cumberland he fought in the Fontenoy Campaign, then the Low Countries against Marshal De Saxe; after a short retirement he fled Sweden after a failed palace coup and accepted service under Frederick the Great -- forming his famous regiment. In 1758 he was taken prisoner by Cossacks and confined in the Peter-Paul Fortress until released by Tsar Peter III. His ended his career as a valuable companion for Prince Henry of Prussia on his missions abroad. Please note this is a facsimile of the original text.1 vol, 272 pgs 2022 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-230983 von Hordt, Count THE ADVENTURES OF A FREIKORPS COMMANDER: Memoirs of Frederick the Great's Swedish Adventurer - Volume 3: 1763-1798 Facsimile of the 1806 edition but with new 18pp.introduction by Stephen Summerfield. Includes 6 maps and additional illustrations in text.

General De Hordt will be familiar to many because of his famous Freikorps Regiment. His story, as elaborated in his extraordinarily rare memoir, is a uniquely readable personal study of his life and times. It is rich with diplomacy at the highest level (De Hordt was well known at the courts of Sweden, Prussia and Russia) as well as remarkable insights into campaigning in the field. He left Sweden to join Dutch service in 1744; under the Duke of Cumberland he fought in the Fontenoy Campaign, then the Low Countries against Marshal De Saxe; after a short retirement he fled Sweden after a failed palace coup and accepted service under Frederick the Great -- forming his famous regiment. In 1758 he was taken prisoner by Cossacks and confined in the Peter-Paul Fortress until released by Tsar Peter III. His ended his career as a valuable companion for Prince Henry of Prussia on his missions abroad. Please note this is a facsimile of the original text.1 vol, 272 pgs 2022 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-231090 Wagner & Goldberg WAR OF THE SPANISH SUCCESSION 1701 to 1714: Uniform and Flag Plates A series of 300 small black and white plates (8.5 by 6 inches) showing a wide variety of regiments of the period, the flag and drum designs, and four uniform schematics per page. The uniforms are musketeer, officer, under officer, and musician. A list of battles where the regiment fought is included with dates. Colors are written in modern German lettering, which can be easily translated. The armies shown include many of the smaller states such as Osnabrick, Holstein Gottrop, and Hesse Cassel along with the larger players such as France, Austria, Prussia, and Holland.

The work is based on the classic and extremely rare work of Jean Belaubre Les Triomphes of Louix XIV and similar rare works. The draftsmanship is of a very high quality in comparison to the Belaubre work. The plates are mounted in two leather photo albums with the plates in transparent sleeves at two per page. 2 vol, 150 pgs
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2-207780 Williams, Glenn DUNMORE'S WAR: The Last Conflict of America's Colonial Era Known to history as Dunmore's War, the 1774 campaign against a Shawnee-led Indian confederacy in the Ohio Country marked the final time an American colonial militia took to the field in His Majesty's service and under royal command. Led by John Murray, the fourth Earl of Dunmore and royal governor of Virginia, a force of colonials including George Rogers Clark, Daniel Morgan, Michael Cresap, Adam Stephen, and Andrew Lewis successfully drove the Indians from the territory south of the Ohio River in parts of present-day West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Although it proved to be the last Indian conflict of America's colonial era, it is often neglected in histories, despite its major influence on the conduct of the Revolutionary War that followed.

The book explains the course and importance of this fascinating event. Supported by primary source research, the author describes each military operation and illustrates the transition of the Virginia militia from a loyal instrument of the king to a weapon of revolution. In the process, he corrects much of the folklore concerning the war and frontier fighting in general, demonstrating that the Americans did not adopt Indian tactics for wilderness fighting as is popularly thought, but rather adapted European techniques to the woods.

As an immediate result of Dunmore's War, the frontier remained quiet for two years, giving the colonies the critical time to debate and declare independence before Britain convinced its Indian allies to resume attacks on American backcountry settlements. Ironically, at the same time Virginia militiamen fought the biggest battle of Dunmore's War under command of a king's officer, delegates to the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia decided on a united resistance to Parliament's heavy-handed Coercive, or Intolerable Acts that threatened representative government in all the colonies.

Before another nine months passed, Virginia became one of the leading colonies in the move toward American independence. Although he was hailed as a hero at the end of the Indian campaign, Lord Dunmore's attempt to maintain royal authority put him in direct opposition to many of the subordinates who followed him on the frontier. Before being driven from Virginia in 1776, he notably organized the Royal Ethiopian Regiment composed of slaves who were promised freedom if they deserted their rebel masters and entered military service to the crown.1 vol, 400 pgs 2021 US, WESTHOLME PUBLISHING
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1-227257 Glover, Gareth THE NAPOLEONIC ARCHIVE 7: British Peninsular and Waterloo Cavalry This volume contains the following writings originally published in our paperback series: Lt. Col. Charles Morland (Light Dragoons in Egypt & Spain), Captain Thomas Fenton (4th Dragoons & Scots Greys 1809-15), Sergeant-Major Thomas Playford (Lifeguardsman in Spain, Frane & Waterloo), Colonel George Blathwayt (23rd Light Dragoons) Private James Smithies 1st Royal Dragoons plus a new memoir: The Journal of Captain Edward Keane 7th Light Dragoons.1 vol, 254 pgs 2022 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-227258 Glover, Gareth THE NAPOLEONIC ARCHIVE 8: The Royal Artillery in the Peninsula and the Netherlands (1789-1815). This volume contains the following writings originally published in our paperback series: Captain Charles Dansey 1806-1813, Captain Adam Wall (Corunna Campaign), Captain Edward Charles Whinyates 1788-1814. In addition there are several new memoirs: Reminiscences of a Woolwich Cadet 1802 by 2nd Captain Frederick Robertson, Letter of 1st Lt Edward Thomas Michell from Gibraltar 1805, The Diary of William Laycock on the Practice of Congreve Rockets in Sweden, Portugal, Cadiz & Waterloo, Letters of Gunner Andrew Philips 2nd Battalion RA 1804-14, Journal of 2nd Lt Henry Hough 1812-1813, Letter of 1st Lt Henry Macleod 6 Nov 1810, Diary of Major Thomas Downman Apr-July 1811 & Letters of 1st Lt Hugh Mallet RA from Portugal, 1810-1811.1 vol, 258 pgs 2022 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-230980 Lalowski, T and North, J editors POLISH EYEWITNESSES TO NAPOLEON'S LAST CAMPAIGNS: 1814-15 These eyewitness accounts by Polish soldiers tells their story of the campaign in France in Spring 1814 when Napoleon once again revealed his true genius for waging war. Napoleon finally had to accept defeat and was exiled to Elba with a small contingent of his Imperial Guard -- including a squadron of the famous Polish Lancers. This handful of loyal Poles returned with him when he escaped from Elba in 1815 and fought during the 100 Days and at Waterloo. They describe vividly the battles, sieges, the agonies of their final surrender, and the uncertainties surrounding their return home to a very different Poland. Includes many illustrations and maps.1 vol, 241 pgs 2022 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-230990 Smith, Digby GERMAN STATES AGAINST NAPOLEON: Brunswickers, Russo-German Legion, and Saxon Duchies (1796-1815) Includes 32 maps, 17 OOBs, and 16 tables, plus chapters by Stephen Summerfield with details of uniforms and flags with black and white illustrations. This volume covers minor German states that fought against the French (1796-1815) based upon three regimental histories. In 1809, the Black Brunswickers made their valiant march to the North Sea after the defeat of Austria. They fought in Spain (1810-14) and at Quatre Bras and Waterloo. The Russo-German Legion was formed by the Russians from mainly German Volunteers in 1812 before it transferred to British pay. The rifle armed Saxe-Weimar Scharpschutzen Battalion fought with the Prussians at Auerstedt in 1806. In 1807, the contingent formed the III/4th Rheinbund Saxon Duchies Regiment that fought in the Tyrol (1809), the Peninsular War (1810-11), near Vilnius in 1812 and the defense of Danzig (1813). The captured Thuringian Battalion fought against Napoleon at Leipzig (1813).1 vol, 288 pgs 2022 CAMBRIDGE, KEN TROTMAN
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1-231070 Wilkin, Bernard FIGHTING FOR NAPOLEON: French Soldiers' Letters 1799-1815 The French side of the Napoleonic Wars is often seen from a strategic point of view, or in terms of military organization and battlefield tactics, or through officers' memoirs. It is rarely seen from the perspective of the lowest ranks of the army, and the experience of the ordinary soldiers is less well known and is often misunderstood. That is why this account, based on more than 1,600 letters written by French soldiers of the Napoleonic armies, is of such value. It adds to the existing literature by exploring every aspect of the life of a French soldier during the period 1799-1815.

The book will be fascinating and informative reading for military and cultural historians, but it will also appeal to anyone who is interested in the war experience of common soldiers. It offers the English-speaking audience a French view of a conflict which is too often limited to the traditional memoirs of Captain Coignet, Colonel Marbot, and Sergeant Bourgogne.1 vol, 192 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-231000 Knudson, Harold JAMES LONGSTREET AND THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR: The Confederate General Who Fought the Next War Longstreet understood early that the tactical defense was generally dominant over the offense, which was something few grasped in 1862. Longstreet's thinking demonstrated a clear evolution that began on the field at First Manassas in July 1861, developed through the bloody fighting of 1862, and culminated in the brilliant defensive victory at Fredericksburg that December. The lethality with which his riflemen and artillery mowed down repeated Union assaults hinted at what was to come in WWI.

Longstreet's ability to launch and control powerful offensives was on display at Second Manassas in August 1862. His assault plan at Chickamauga in Georgia the following September was similar, if not the forerunner to, World War II tactical-level German armored tactics. Other areas show progressive applications with artillery, staff work, force projection, and operational-level thinking.1 vol, 288 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-231060 Fermer, Douglas FRANCE AT BAY 1870-1871: The Struggle for Paris The Franco-Prussian War did not end with the catastrophic French defeat at Sedan on 1 September 1870 when an entire French army surrendered, the Emperor Napoleon III was captured and his regime collapsed. The war went on for another five agonizing months, and resolved itself into a contest for Paris -- while Paris held out, France was undefeated.

The story of this dramatic final phase of the war weaves a tale of military victory and defeat into a gripping narrative and it sets the extraordinary events of nearly 150 years ago in the wider context of European history.1 vol, 256 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-231020 Castle, Ian ZEPPELIN INFERNO: The Forgotten Blitz 1916 The WWI German air campaign against Britain was the first sustained strategic aerial bombing campaign in history. Despite this, it has become forgotten against the enormity of the WWII bombing campaigns. Tells the full story of the 1916 raids in unprecedented detail in what is the second book in a trilogy.

At the beginning of 1916, as the world entered the second full year of global conflict, the cities, towns and villages of Britain continued to lay vulnerable to aerial bombardment. Throughout that period German Zeppelin airships and seaplanes had come and gone at will, their most testing opposition provided by the British weather as the country's embryonic defenses struggled to come to terms with this first ever assault from the air. Britain's civilians were now standing on the frontline - the Home Front - like the soldiers who had marched off to war. But early in 1916 responsibility for Britain's aerial defense passed from the Admiralty to the War Office and, as German air attacks intensified, new ideas and plans made dramatic improvements to Britain's aerial defense capability.

While this new system could give early warning of approaching raiders, there was a lack of effective weaponry with which to engage them when they arrived. Behind the scenes, however, three individuals, each working independently, were striving for a solution. The results of their work were spectacular; it lifted the mood of the nation and dramatically changed the way this campaign was fought over Britain.1 vol, 400 pgs 2022 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-231080 Bottger, Armin TO THE GATE OF HELL: A Memoir of a Panzer Crewman Until seriously wounded in August 1944, when he was badly burned when his tank was hit and caught fire during fighting in southern Poland, Armin Bottger experienced the horrors of the WWII Eastern Front from the perspective of a tank radio operator in the 24th Panzer Division. In this memoir he gives a full and honest account of his wartime career, encompassing both the hellish terror of combat and the everyday annoyances and injustices of army life in wartime. He graphically portrays the reality of war on the Eastern Front, without heroics and told with contempt for the high command and the Nazi leadership.

Bottger had volunteered to join the Wehrmacht, but only because this would allow him to receive his Abitur (school leaving certificate) without sitting an exam. He is perfectly honest about his efforts to make his service life as comfortable and safe as possible, for instance becoming a radio operator because it was less hard work than being a Panzer driver and by getting himself postings as a courier to keep out of the front line. He also freely admits to lying about the state of his health to avoid being thrown into the hopeless battles in East Prussia at the end of the war. He was a skilled photographer, and was never without his camera, and his unique collection of color and black and white photographs illustrate this book.1 vol, 144 pgs 2022 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-231110 Walter, Brian BLUE WATER WAR: Maritime Struggle in the Mediterranean and Middle East, 1940-1945 Covers the WWII battles between forces of Italy, Germany, Vichy, Britain, US, and France in and around Mediterranean Sea from the coastal waters of Southern Europe in the north to Madagascar in the south and Africa's Atlantic coast in the west to the Persian Gulf in the east. Weapons include surface warships, submarines, and aircraft along with sizable merchant fleets, the British and their subsequent American partners maintained vital seaborne lines of communication, conducted numerous amphibious landings, interdicted Axis supply activities and eventually eliminated all semblances of Axis maritime power within the theater. In turn, these actions facilitated multiple Allied victories that helped secure the defeat of the European Axis.1 vol, 352 pgs 2022 US, CASEMATE
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