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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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1-908403 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 403 Comes with plastic sprue of French Napoleonic 28mm soldiers. Includes Keith Flint talking about Shadow of the Eagles.

Contents Include:

QUICK FIRE! Readers respond.
OBSERVATION POST: New hobby releases.
FULL PAPER JACKET: Book reviews.
FRAME FOCUS: Free Warlord Games 28mm French Napoleonic Line Infantry frame.
FRENCH ELAN: Through the ages.
MAKING AN OPEN CRYPT: How to make a spooky tabletop centerpiece, ideal for a Gothic Horror setting
ENFANTS PERDU: Napoleonic Light infantry skirmishers.
WHY WE LOVE: LEGENDS OF THE OLD WEST: Mark Latham discusses this much-loved skirmish game.
HORIZON BLUE - PAINTING GREAT WAR POILUS: Painting guide for WWI French.
THE BATTLE OF THE GOLDEN SPURS: Medieval Flemish militia's most famous victory -- Battle of Courtrai.
SONS OF THE DESERT: Short campaign for the French Foreign Legion set in the deserts of North Africa.
PAINTING MATILDA: Painting a 28mm resin Matilda 'Boss' Battle Tank from Victoria Miniatures with both airbrush and brush techniques.
DESIGNERS NOTES: SHADOW OF THE EAGLES: Designer Keith Flint talks about his new set of rules for wargaming the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.
I'M SORRY DAVE, I'M AFRAID I CAN'T DO THAT: Taking AI beyond solo gaming and into two-player tabletop battles.
TALES FROM PENDAWAR: Imagination games set in the Indian sub-continent.
PART BUILT TIMBER-FRAMED BUILDINGS: Add part constructed timber-framed buildings to the tabletop.1 vol, 116 pgs 2021 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-968022 Corum, James 022 NORWAY 1940: The Luftwaffe's Scandinavian Blitzkrieg Discusses the use of air power during Germany's invasion of Norway, including long-range bombing, reconnaissance, transporting large numbers of troops, and supply of ground forces over great distances. The Luftwaffe also ensured the failure of the Allied counter-offensive in central Norway in April and May 1940.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-968023 Corum, James 023 HOLLAND 1940: The Luftwaffe's first setback in the West The German invasion of the Netherlands was meant to be a lightning-fast surgical strike, aimed at shoring up the right flank of the assault on France and Belgium. With a bold plan based largely on Luftwaffe air power, air-landing troops, and the biggest airborne assault yet seen, a Dutch surrender was expected within 24 hours.

But the Netherlands possessed Europe's first fully integrated anti-aircraft network, as well as modern and competitive aircraft. On 10 May, the German attack was only partly successful, and the Dutch fought on for another four days. On the fifth day, with its original strategy having largely failed, the Luftwaffe resorted to terror-bombing Rotterdam to force a surrender.

Explaining the technical capabilities and campaign plans of the two sides, and charting how the battles were fought, this fascinating book reassesses this little-known part of World War II. Author Ryan K. Noppen argues that while the Holland campaign was a tactical victory for Germany, the ability of the well-prepared but outnumbered Dutch to inflict heavy losses was a warning of what would come in the Battle of Britain.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-972057 Mijzer, Peter 057 HUNGARIAN SOLDIER vs SOVIET SOLDIER - Eastern Front 1941 Fully illustrated, this book investigates the Hungarian and Soviet soldiers who fought in three battles of the Barbarossa campaign. During the opening battles (4-13 July), the Hungarian motorized rifle and armored units clashed with the withdrawing Red Army forces. In the battle for Uman (15 July-8 August) the Hungarians blocked the Soviet troops' efforts to break out from encirclement. During the Hungarian defensive operation at the River Dniepr (30 August-6 October), counter-attacking Soviet units exerted heavy pressure on the defending Hungarians. Both sides would seek to draw lessons from these opening battles as the war in the East continued to rage into 1942.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978111 Forsyth, Robert 111 Ju 87 STUKA vs ROYAL NAVY CARRIERS Ju 87 dive-bombers, originally developed for pin-pointing bombing missions against land targets and Allied naval vessels were deployed by both the Luftwaffe and the Regia Aeronautica against the Allied forces. Included in such a target were perhaps the greatest prize of all for a Stuka pilot: a British aircraft carrier.

Examines the duel between the Ju 87 Stuka and the aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy. Despite AA and fighters, these immense vessels proved irresistible targets to determined and experienced Stuka aces as they endeavored to stop British naval intervention in the campaigns in Norway, Malta, and Crete.

For the Luftwaffe, it was an aircraft in which they still had great confidence despite its mauling in the Battle of Britain during the summer of 1940. This book examines the key attributes and shortcomings of both aircraft and carrier by analyzing various attacks on Ark Royal by Stukageschwader (St.G) 1 off Norway in April 1940, the strikes by the Luftwaffe's St.G 1, St.G 2 and the Regia Aeronautica's 237 Squadriglia against Illustrious in Malta harbor. This volume also include numerous personal accounts from Stuka crews, the pilots of carrier-borne fighters opposing them and the sailors embarked in the various carriers that came under attack.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996365 Battistelli, Pier 365 THE BALKANS 1940-41 (2): Hitler's Blitzkrieg against Yugoslavia and Greece Details the opposing forces that took part in this campaign, documents weapons, and analyzes the effectiveness of their tactics. It explores the initial Axis campaign against Yugoslavia, the breakthrough of the Metaxas Line and advance into Macedonia and the withdrawal of Allied troops south. 1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-210356 Syvanne, Ilkka MILITARY HISTORY OF LATE ROME: Volume 6 - 518-565 Examines tactics and battles of period engagements during the reigns of Justin I (518-527) and Justinian I (527-565). Details the re-conquests of North Africa, Italy, and southern Spain by Justinian's armies and explores the massive encounters between the Romans and Persians in the east and the fights in the Balkans between the Romans and barbarians.

Includes analysis of battles of Dara, Satala, Callinicum, Ad Decimum, Tricamarum, Rome, Scalae Veteres, Antonia Castra, Gallica, Campi Catonis, Hippis River, Busta Gallorum, Mons Lactarius, Casilinum, Archaeopolis, Phasis, and others. Features the military exploits of the great Roman heroes, such as Belisarius and Narses, while not forgetting the many other overlooked generals such as Germanus, Mundus, John the nephew of Vitalian, Martinus, Dagistheus and Sittas, and the dashing hero John Troglita.1 vol, 464 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-227480 Beakes, John DE KALB: One of the Revolutionary War's Bravest Generals Bio of Major General Johann de Kalb's heroic actions at the battle of Camden, South Carolina, where he commanded on despite bleeding from 11 wounds, ultimately dying three days after the battle. Johann de Kalb was a largely unknown, able, professional soldier with broad European experience. His extensive knowledge and leadership were valuable to the American cause while exemplifying the prosaic requirements of much military service and he offered steady, quiet and ultimately heroic contributions during the American Revolution. 1 vol, 488 pgs 2019 US, HERITAGE BOOKS
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1-227490 Beakes, John COOL DELIBERATE COURAGE: John Eager Howard in The American Revolution John Eager Howard was an accomplished army officer, a conscientious political leader, and that rare public personage in American history who maintained an untarnished reputation throughout his life and after his death. General George Washington's expectations of regimental commanders were high and 'Howard continually met this demanding standard ... whether he was in camp, on the march, or leading his proven troops on the battlefield, John Eager Howard could always be counted upon to employ his men to the best possible advantage, no matter how dire the situation.'1 vol, 180 pgs 2020 US, HERITAGE BOOKS
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1-227450 Greenwalt, Phillip THE WINTER THAT WON THE WAR: The Winter Encampment at Valley Forge, 1777-1778 After a campaigning season that saw the defeat at Brandywine, the loss of Philadelphia, the capital of the rebellious British North American colonies, and the reversal at Germantown, George Washington and his harried army marched into Valley Forge on December 19, 1777.

What transpired in the next six months prior to the departure from the winter cantonment on June 19, 1778 was truly remarkable. George Washington solidified his hold on the army and endured political intrigue. The quartermaster department revived under new leadership from a former Rhode Island Quaker. A German baron trained the army in the rudiments of being a soldier and military maneuvers.

Valley Forge conjures up images of cold, desperation, and starvation. Yet Valley Forge also became the winter of transformation and improvement that set the Continental Army on the path to military victory and the fledgling nation on the path to independence.1 vol, 192 pgs 2021 US, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-227460 Greenwalt, Phillip GRANT'S LEFT HOOK: The Bermuda Hundred Campaign, May 5-June 7, 1864 General US Grant sent the 38,000-man Army of The James to Bermuda Hundred, to threaten and possibly take Richmond, or at least pin down troops that could reinforce Lee in Northern Virginia. Jefferson Davis, in desperate need of a capable commander, turned to the Confederacy's first hero: Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard. Butler's 1862 occupation of New Orleans had infuriated the South, but no one more than Beauregard, a New Orleans native. In the hot weeks of May 1864, Butler and Beauregard fought a series of skirmishes and battles to decide the fate of Richmond and Lee's army.1 vol, 192 pgs 2021 US, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-227420 Baxter, Ian THE NAZIS' WINTER WARFARE ON THE EASTERN FRONT 1941-1945: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War) As the Germans closed in on Moscow, the Soviet 1941/42 winter counter offensive changed the course of the war, helped by Russian winter conditions and the Germans' woeful lack of preparedness. Wehrmacht and SS units only began to be issued with winter clothing in late 1941 and many had to improvise well into 1942. Commanders had to adapt to the snow, freezing conditions and, almost worse, the impassable roads during the melt. With customary thoroughness and drastic measures the Germans largely mastered the climatic challenges but nothing could mask the reality of the ruthless and numerically superior enemy that they faced. Includes extracts from the German 'The Winter Warfare Handbook' (Winter Buch) of 1942.1 vol, 161 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-227430 Baxter, Ian PANZERGRENADIERS 1942-1945: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War) Charts the fighting record of the Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe Panzergrenadiertruppe units, including their initial successes on the Eastern Front, as these elite divisions fought as mechanized infantry and in close cooperation with panzers and other armored fighting vehicles. Trained to fight both mounted and on foot, their priority was to maintain the fast momentum of armoured troops on the battlefield. But as defeat approached, they were forced on the defensive on all fronts including the bitter fighting in Italy and the Western Front. As well as describing their many actions, the book details the vehicles and weapons used and main personalities using a wealth of rare, often unpublished, photographs.1 vol, 176 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-227440 Jowett, Phillip THE BATTLE FOR BURMA 1942-1945: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War) Retells the story of WWII Burma in vivid detail, illustrating each phase of the fighting and showing all the forces involved - British, American, Chinese, Indian, Burmese, and Japanese. Includes over 200 wartime photographs, many of them not published before, that covers the humiliation of the initial British defeat in 1942, retreat into India, and their faltering attempts to recover the initiative; the famous Chindit raids behind Japanese lines; the Japanese offensive of 1944; and their disastrous retreat and ultimate defeat.1 vol, 240 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-227410 Marriott, Leo US NAVAL AVIATION 1898-1945: The Pioneering Years to the Second World War: Rare Photographs from Naval Archives (Images of War) Over 200 rare photographs trace the growth of US naval aviation from the flimsy seaplanes of the first years of the 20th century to the mighty armadas that challenged those of the Japanese and, after the carrier battles at Coral Sea and Midway, led the advance across the Pacific. Key aspects of the history are the navy's first aircraft carriers of the 1920s and the tremendous progress made in the decades between the wars in tactics and strategy as well as in the design of ships and aircraft.1 vol, 224 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-227470 Stephensen, Charles STALIN'S WAR ON JAPAN: The Red Army's 'Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation', 1945 Describes the political, diplomatic, and military build-up to the Soviet offensive and its decisive outcome. The military side of the story is explored in the invasion of Manchukuo where the Soviet 'Deep Battle' concept was employed with shattering results, plus secondary actions in Korea, Sakhalin, and the Kuril Islands. But equally absorbing is the account of the decision-making that gave rise to the offensive and the political and diplomatic background to it, and in particular the Yalta conference. There, Stalin allowed the Americans to persuade him to join the war in the east; a conflict he was determined on entering anyway. He also considers to what extent Japan's capitulation is attributable to the atomic bomb or the stunningly successful entry of the Soviet Union into the conflict.1 vol, 272 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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