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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-VX0023 VICTRIX NAPOLEONIC BRITISH DRAGOONS 1812-1815: 28mm Figures This 28mm set includes British Line Dragoons and Scots Greys covering the later stages of the Peninsula War between 1813 to 1815, the 1814 campaign in France and the Waterloo campaign of 1815. This highly detailed set has multiple head and arm options to make a varied and dynamic unit of charging British Dragoons, including a command frame with trumpeter and Officer. In this particular set we have some suitably fierce and aggressive expressions, the Dragoon helmet, Scots Greys in Bearskins, and Scots Greys in oil skin covers as they were at Waterloo. The box contains: 12 x Figures (including an officer, musician and sapper), 3 x Main Frames, 1 x Command Frame, and multiple head variations (giving the option between line or Elite companies).1 vol, 12 pgs 2022 UK, VICTRIX
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1-944035 Herman, Mark C3i # 35: BURMA - The Forgotten War 1943-1944 Burma: The Forgotten War, 1943-1944, a child of the Empire of the Sun system and companion to Nr 30's South Pacific. Includes a 11x17-inch map, 69 counters, and 48 Playing Cards.1 vol, 100 pgs 2022 US, RBM STUDIO LLC
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1-220250 Hyde, Henry WARGAMING CAMPAIGNS Although campaigns can be very rewarding, many wargamers are deterred by the need to produce maps and devise mechanisms for strategic movement, Intelligence, logistics, recruiting reinforcements, keeping track of casualties etc. This book offers advice, suggestions, and even a full set of campaign rules useful for any period up to AD 1900. Includes 200+photos, maps and diagrams.

Most miniature wargames take the form of simulating a single battle with the opponents either winning or losing and that's that until the next game. Such games can be a fun test of tactical skill but it can be even more rewarding if they form part of a wider campaign. In a campaign, the players commanding the forces have to make the decisions at the strategic level that determine the context of any battles that occur. The outcome of these battles will, in turn, have strategic consequences for the ongoing campaign.1 vol, 400 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-916472 various MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue # 472 Cover: Big Guns: Cretan Beach Assault -- Oltramarini Assault during the Ottoman-Venetian War 1668.

Lost UFO: Part 2 of 2 of a game set in 1980's. The Aliens are coming to earth to harvest humans. This final article covers the rules used for solo or group play.

Send Three and Fourpence: Part two of a Cold War scenario using Black Ops rules. Having a Shufti: Fighting Patrol is based on British Army training films for UK and Soviet forces.

Live Free Or Die: Prequel scenario to the three-part series on The War of 1812. The Battle of Tippecanoe includes special downloadable cards and map.

Battle of the Bridge: Scenario for the new Wars of Orcs and Dwarves fantasy rules.

Scratch Build: Builds a Slaine-style Dark Ages Roundhouse.

Sex Aleae: What you can do with a reduced dice set? Alternatives to 'buckets of dice' are explored.

Defence in Depth: Figure and rules reviews
Quartermaster: Modelling and scenery reviews
Forward Observer: News
Recce: Book reviews.

Last Word: From David Mustill, organiser of Broadside.1 vol, 96 pgs 2022 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
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1-BRIG392 Bunde, Peter 392: KINGDOM OF SARDINIA: Swiss Regiment Christ 1814-1816 Another in the terrific series. Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc. Descriptions on reverse side.1 vol, 1 pgs 2022 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
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1-BRIG393 Bunde, Peter 393: KINGDOM OF PRUSSIA: Infantry Regiment No. 17 Tresckow 1806 Another in the terrific series. Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc. Descriptions on reverse side.1 vol, 1 pgs 2022 GERMANY, PETER BUNDE
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1-231230 Hughes, Ian PATRICIANS AND EMPERORS: The Last Rulers of the Western Roman Empire Offers concise comparative biographies of the individuals who wielded power in the final decades of the Western Roman Empire, from the assassination of Aetius in 454 to the death of Julius Nepos in 480.

The book is divided into four parts. The first sets the background to the period, including brief histories of Stilicho (395-408) and Aetius (425-454), explaining the nature of the empire and the reasons for its decline. The second details the lives of Ricimer (455-472) and his great rival Marcellinus (455-468) by focusing on the stories of the numerous emperors that Ricimer raised and deposed. The third deals with the Patricians Gundobad (472-3) and Orestes (475-6), as well as explaining how the barbarian general Odoacer came to power in 476. The final part outlines and analyses the Fall of the West and the rise of barbarian kingdoms in France, Spain and Italy.1 vol, 0 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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2-211680 MacDowell, Simon CONQUERORS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE: The Vandals On 31 December AD 406, a group of German tribes crossed the Rhine, pierced the Roman defensive limes and began a rampage across Roman Gaul, sacking cities such as Metz, Arras, and Strasbourg. Foremost amongst them were the Vandals and their closest allies, the Alans. Their search for a new homeland took them on the most remarkable odyssey. The Romans were unable to stop them from marching the breadth of Gaul, crossing the Pyrenees, and making themselves masters of Spain.

However, this Kingdom of the Vandals and Alans soon came under intense pressure from Rome's Visigothic allies. In 429, under their new king, Gaiseric, they crossed the straits of Gibraltar to North Africa. They quickly overran this rich Roman province and established a stable kingdom. Taking to the seas they soon dominated the Western Mediterranean and raided Italy, famously sacking Rome itself in 455. Eventually, however, they were utterly conquered by Belisarius in 533 and vanished from history. Focus on the evolution of Vandal armies and warfare.1 vol, 200 pgs 2016 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-229112 von Essen, Michael Fredholm CHARLES X'S WARS: Volume 2 - The Wars in the East, 1655-1657 Describes and analyses the two devastating wars fought between Sweden and Denmark-Norway during the reign of Swedish King Charles X Gustavus, an experienced former general from the Thirty Years' War. Moreover, the book explains the continued development of the Swedish Army and Navy after the Thirty Years' War and details the military systems of Sweden and Denmark-Norway.

The Dano-Swedish War of 1657-1658 was initiated by King Frederick III of Denmark and Norway, who saw an opportunity to recover the territories lost in 1645 and attacked Sweden while the Swedish King was fighting two simultaneous wars in the east, against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (The Swedish Deluge) and Muscovite Russia. Fighting also took place on the border between Sweden and Norway.

Based on his experiences in the Thirty Years' War, King Charles led an invasion army to Denmark from Sweden's possessions in Germany. After entering Jutland from the south, the Swedish army in a surprise winter campaign marched across the frozen Great Belt and Little Belt straits onto the Danish island of Zealand, threatening the Danish capital of Copenhagen. The rapid Swedish campaign took the Danes by surprise, and Denmark surrendered.

The Dano-Swedish War of 1658-1660 was a continuation of the previous war between Sweden and Denmark. This time, Charles thought that the time was ripe to subjugate Denmark under the Swedish Crown. However, Denmark received support from the Netherlands, the Holy Roman Emperor, Brandenburg-Prussia, and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

In early 1660, Charles fell ill and died, which paved the way for the Treaty of Copenhagen, which restored peace between Denmark and Sweden and for the first time established a lasting border between the two countries. 1 vol, 240 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-231290 Jennings, Stuart A VERY GALLANT GENTLEMAN: Colonel Francis Thornhaugh (1617-1648) and the Nottinghamshire Horse Colonel Francis Thornhagh figures prominently in Lucy Hutchinson's Memoirs of the Life of Colonel John Hutchinson, an essential source for information about the English Civil War in the East Midlands. Little is known about this influential parliamentarian officer outside of Hutchinson's writings. This new research examines Thornhagh's contribution to the events of the period 1642-1648.

By the time of his death at the age of 31 at the Battle of Preston in 1648, Francis Thornhagh had achieved considerable military and political success. Appointed colonel and commander of the Nottinghamshire at the age of 26, with Henry Ireton as his major, he saw considerable military action, including fight against Prince Rupert and Charles Gerard. This book explores both his military activities alongside other leading parliamentarians such as Cromwell, Poyntz and Hutchinson and his support of the army as an Independent MP over the years 1646-48.1 vol, 132 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-231280 Barry, Quintin FROM USHANT TO GIBRALTAR: The Channel Fleet 1778-1783 In 1778, when the expected war finally broke with France, Lord Sandwich, the long serving First Lord of the Admiralty, had to find the resources to match the French fleet not only in the Channel but in other theaters of war such as the West Indies, the Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean. In addition, the Royal Navy had to protect Britain's extensive maritime commerce, covering the large inbound and outbound convoys on which the country's economy depended. This book is a study of the men who led and the men who managed, both afloat and ashore, the Channel Fleet.

In 1778 it was commanded by Admiral Augustus Keppel; third in command was a member of the Board of Admiralty, Vice Admiral Hugh Palliser. On 27 July it engaged the French fleet commanded by d'Orvilliers. The battle was inconclusive, both sides claiming the victory. During the battle Palliser's flagship suffered particularly. At the time, no issue arose between Keppel and Palliser as to the course of the battle, but when, in late October, the latter came ashore he was shown a newspaper that suggested that he was to blame for Keppel's failure to continue the battle. He was furious, but Keppel refused to sign a statement clearing Palliser's name. The dispute escalated; Palliser demanded Keppel's court martial but he was acquitted, as was Palliser himself when he in his turn was court-martialed. The navy's officer corps was profoundly divided, and it caused lasting damage.

After Sandwich, the most important naval administrator was the outspoken Sir Charles Middleton, the Comptroller of the Navy. He was responsible for two key innovations - the coppering of ships hull's which protected them against damaging marine growths and significantly increased their speed, and the introduction of the cannonade, a lighter cannon of shorter range but greater hitting power. Middleton enjoyed a close relationship with Richard Kempenfelt who was arguably the ablest sea officer on either side. With Lord Howe, Kempenfelt was responsible for the introduction of a new system of signaling. He won a striking victory when attacking a heavily defended French convoy in 1781 but tragically died in 1782 when his flagship the Royal George sank at her moorings at Spithead. Throughout the war the French and Spanish planned the invasion of southern England. The enormous Combined Fleet appeared first in the Channel in 1779, but although causing a panic when it arrived off Plymouth, it was suffering from an epidemic of smallpox and abandoned the attempt.

In 1782, with the fall of Lord North's ministry, Sandwich left the Admiralty. Vilified by nineteenth century writers, his reputation has been largely restored by more recent historians.1 vol, 364 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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2-193310 Dansey, William CAPTURED REBEL FLAG: The Letters of Captain William Dansey 33rd Regiment of Foot 1776-1777 William Dansey served with the 33rd Regiment in the British Army in America from 1776 until the end of the American Revolutionary War in 1783. In January 1776 he was appointed Captain of his regiment's Light Infantry Company. During the war he was often in independent actions such as raids into rebel territory or scouting ahead of the main body of the army. He served in the First Light Infantry Battalion at the Battle of Brandywine along with light infantry companies from other regiments.

Just before the Battle of Brandywine in September 1777 he was involved in a skirmish with the Delaware Militia and captured their flag and the Militia Commander's baggage. The fascinating series of letters home in this publication describe army life during the war as well as the skirmishes and battles he fought in. Includes one black and white and two color plates.1 vol, 60 pgs 2022 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS,
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1-LEG2103 Bailey, Godfrey HILL OF DOVES: The First Anglo-Boer War 1880-1881 Solitaire boardgame in which the player controls An Imperial British Army at war with a programmed non-player Transvaal Republican Army in 1881. The British army's aim is to win the war by controlling the area known as Laing's Nek which lies on the border between Natal and the Transvaal. The British army has up to 12 weeks to achieve this, failing which, the Boers will win the war.

The player follows the instructions on the Sequence of Play cards aided by the step marker and the Set-up Card. If any battles are to be fought the player will be referred to the Tactical Deck or the Ambush Deck to resolve the battle and then the player will be prompted to return to the Operational Deck to continue the war.

The game plays at the strategic, operational and tactical levels on three boards simultaneously. There are three phases to the game which are detailed on the Sequence of Play Cards. The Operational Phase is the heart of the game and represents a seven-day cycle, with a Strategic Phase being referred to at the end of each Operational Phase to resolve situations occurring during the week just passed. A Tactical Phase represents a variable number of hours being referred to each time the British carry out an assault.1 vol, 1 pgs 2012 US, LEGION WARGAMES LLC
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1-231220 Marion, Bob THE BOXER UPRISING: An Overview of the Conflict and the Forces Involves Well illustrated in b/w and color. Good introduction based on his Military Modeling articles.
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1-231260 Baxter, Ian HIMMLER: Hitler's Henchman: Photographs from Wartime Archives Images of War series Heinrich Himmler has a strong claim to be Adolf Hitler's most powerful subordinate. He was certainly the main architect of the Holocaust. Appointed Reichsfuhrer-SS in 1929 he built the SS into a million strong paramilitary force and took control of the Nazi concentration camps system. From 1943 he became Chief of German Police and Minister of the Interior with command of the Gestapo as well as the Einsatzgruppen, who committed appalling atrocities and murder in occupied Eastern Europe and Russia.

Despite his lack of military experience in the closing stages of the War, he was appointed by Hitler as Commander of Army Group Vistula. Realizing the war was lost, Himmler attempted to open peace talks with the Allies. Learning of this, Hitler dismissed him of all his posts in April 1945. Detained and arrested by British forces, he committed suicide on 22 May 1945.1 vol, 128 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-PWAR101 Bomba, Ty PAPER WARS CASE GELD: Issue 101 Case Geld: The Axis Invasion of North America, 1945-46 by Ty Bomba. This two-player (solitaire adaptable) alternative history mini-monster has two mapsheets and one counter-sheet to cover the bicoastal invasion of North America by the Japanese and Germans (who have already conquered the rest of the world) at the army/corps level and 50 miles per hex.1 vol, 64 pgs 2022 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-COM1121 Butterfield, John WWII COMMANDER: Volume Two: Kharkov Enemy Action: Kharkov is the second game in John Butterfield's acclaimed Enemy Action series of card-driven games simulating pivotal battles in World War II, playable by two players or one player controlling either side in the conflict.

This portrays the Third Battle of Kharkov, the key Eastern Front battle in which the German Army ended a string of Soviet victories begun at Stalingrad. In the late winter of 1943, Soviet Operations code-named Star and Gallop drove the Germans from the city of Kharkov and threatened a complete breakthrough, only to be driven back by the German counteroffensive known as Von Manstein's Back Hand Blow.

Three 22x34-inch maps (1 for each solitaire game and 1 for the 2-player game)
Three rules books (1 for each game)
Two full sheets of counters, printed both sides
110 playing cards (poker quality)
Multiple player aid cards
One ten-sided die (for solo play)
One full color 3-inch box and lid

Map: 7.5 miles per hex. Hexes are oversized for easy counter handling.
Time: Three days per turn, with several impulses in each turn.
Unit: Regiments, brigades and divisions1 vol, 1 pgs 2022 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-231250 Diamond, Jon BURMA VICTORY 1944-1945: Photographs from Wartime Archives Images of War series General Stilwell's ad hoc force of Merrill's Marauders, American-trained Chinese divisions, Kachin guerrillas, and General Wingate's Chindits conducted a northern Burmese offensive that led to the coup de main seizure of Myitkyina's airfield in May 1944. In August 1944, after a protracted siege, Myitkyina town on the Irrawaddy River fell to the Allies. At the same time elements of General Slim's 14th Army were mounting a defense of northeastern India at Imphal and Kohima against Imperial Japan's 15th Army; Operation U-Go, led by General Mutaguchi, from March to July 1944. Thereafter, the Allies began two major campaigns.

First, the northern Burmese Sino-American offensive re-opened the land supply route to China via a newly-built Burma Road, which replaced the American Air Transport Command's airlift that had kept Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's Chinese forces supplied.

The second offensive was by General Bill Slim's multi-national British 14th Army under, which advanced south-east through the Arakan. The 'Forgotten Army' eventually re-occupied Mandalay and Rangoon.1 vol, 240 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-231300 Grehan, John GREAT NAVAL BATTLES OF THE PACIFIC WAR: The Official Admiralty Accounts: Midway, Coral Sea, Java Sea, Guadalcanal and Leyte Gulf The accounts here, compiled for and on behalf of the Admiralty, were written either during or immediately after the end of the war before historians had begun to give their assessments of these momentous events. These accounts were written for internal consumption, to guide and instruct naval officers. It was never intended that they would be released to the general public. As such, there was no jingoistic drum beating, no axes to grind, and no new angles to try and find. The authors of these accounts relate each battle, move by move, as they unfolded, accurately and dispassionately.

This makes these accounts so invaluable. They read almost like a running commentary, as action follows action, minute follows minute. This sensation is magnified by the absolute impartiality of the authors, their sole attempt being to provide a thorough but very clear and comprehensible record so that others in the future could understand precisely how each battle was fought.

These accounts can never be superseded and never replaced. Written by naval officers of the time for naval officers of the future, they are the permanent record of the great victories, and the sobering defeat in the Java Sea, during the struggle for control of the Pacific which, for many months, hung precariously in the balance.1 vol, 352 pgs 2022 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-231310 Grehan, John GERMAN U-BOAT LOSSES DURING WORLD WAR II: Details of Destruction An introduction summarizes previous works on the subject and describes the difficulties of obtaining and verifying information from the Germans and Allies on U-boat losses. The main part of the book lists by hull number each U-boat's date of commissioning, its commanding officer, and the date and port of departure for its last patrol. It also gives the date, position, and cause of loss of each submarine, with complete details on Allied units involved in the sinking, the names and ranks of their commanding officers and pilots, and the number of crew killed or rescued. An appendix neatly summarizes data on the disposition of surviving U-boats at the end of the war and provides valuable statistical data on German U-boat losses. Includes 16pp of plates and nine maps.1 vol, 320 pgs 2022 UK, FRONTLINE BOOKS
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1-231270 O'Carroll, Brendan FIGHTING WITH THE LONG RANGE DESERT GROUP: Merlyn Craw MM's War 1940-1945 Drawing on interviews with Merlyn and other former LRDG veterans, the book created a vivid picture of this exceptional and highly decorated fighting man. Readers cannot fail to be impressed by the courage and ruthless determination of Merlyn Craw MM and his comrades.

Formed in 1940 the Long Range Desert Group was the first Allied Special Forces unit established to operate behind German and Italian lines in North Africa. Its officers and men were volunteers recruited from British and Commonwealth units. Merlyn Craw was serving with the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force when he joined the LRDG in 1941. He took part in numerous missions in the desert. The navigational driving and fighting skills of the LRDG were legendary and they were frequently responsible for transporting Stirling's SAS detachments on raids.

Merlyn's luck ran out when he was captured on the Barce raid in September 1942, but he escaped twice, the second time making it back to Allied lines. Sent home on leave, he returned to Italy with the New Zealand Army. After a disagreement he went AWOL and rejoined the LRDG with no questions asked, serving until the end of the war.1 vol, 272 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-231301 Piegzik, Michal THE DARKEST HOUR - VOLUME 1: The Japanese Offensive in the Indian Ocean 1942 - The Opening Moves The goal of the Imperial Japanese Navy offensive in the Indian Ocean area in March-April 1942, was to destroy the Royal Navy in the Far East and achieve domination on the western flank of the Pacific War on the eve of the Battle of Midway. The bold operation by two Japanese task forces (Kido Butai and Malay Force) in the Indian Ocean would only be possible with the fall of Singapore in February and the Dutch East Indies in early March 1942. Includes 75 b/w photos, one color illustrations, 24 color profiles, four maps, and 31 tables.

From the strategic point of view, the Japanese offensive in the Indian Ocean was the only moment in WWII when the Axis forces could coordinate their efforts to severely threaten the position of the British Empire in the crucial Middle Eastern and Indian theaters.

Volume 1 of The Darkest Hour describes the strategic planning and opening moves of both sides in February-March 1942, including the Japanese navy projections on the final steps of the first stage of the Pacific War, and the Royal Navy's hopes to halt the enemy advance without taking any significant risks. The Japanese offensive in the Indian Ocean began in March 1942 with the invasion of the Andaman Islands and Christmas Island. By securing both vital positions, the Japanese navy planned to establish its advanced bases in the eastern part of the Bay of Bengal.

In the next step, the invincible Kido Butai consisting of five aircraft carriers and their escorts, was expected to crush the British bases on Ceylon and once and forever destroy the main core of the Eastern Fleet. The chaos provoked by the Kido Butai would then become a great opportunity for the Malay Force to cut off the British shipping routes in the western part of the Bay of Bengal.1 vol, 98 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-231240 Fordsike, Mark THE MALAYAN EMERGENCY: The Crucial Years: 1949-53 - Images of War series From 1948 through the 1950s British and Commonwealth forces fought a ruthless communist insurgency on the Malay peninsula. Thanks to sound generalship and the dedication and resilience of the officers and men, the security forces eventually broke the terrorists' resolve.

1st Battalion The Suffolk Regiment was just one of many British units involved in this successful campaign, known as the Malayan Emergency. Their tour between 1949 and 1953 coincided with the most crucial years when the future of the country and, arguably, the South East Asia region lay in the balance.

This book describes in words and superb contemporary images how the Battalion, the majority of whom were National Servicemen, operated under the most demanding jungle and climatic conditions, earning itself an enviable reputation. The Battalion's experiences are well recorded here and typify those of tens of thousand servicemen whose efforts secured a unique victory.1 vol, 256 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-914163 various VAE VICTIS # 163: Hoa-Binh 1951-1952 (Wargame) BOARDGAMES: Absolute War; Hollow Legion; Red Flag over Paris; Interceptor Ace; Dogs of War

FIGURINES: Mali fin de campagne; Age of Penda; Trois regles pour la 3e GM, 2e partie; Francais en Egypte (Empire); Strength & Honour; Combined Arms

HOBBY: Edu Team Wargames, retour d'experience

NEWS RULES: Beyond the Empire; Team Yankee; Waking the Bear; in Deo Veritas

SCENARIOS: M44; ASL; Guiscard/Byzance; Basileus II

ART of WAR: Hoa Binh 1951-1952; Wattignies 1793

WARGAME with die cut counters - Solo Game

On 22 September 1951, the Viet Minh 312th Division crossed the Red River and attacked a Franco-Vietnamese garrison along the crest line of Nghia Lo, 140 km from Hanoi, on the Thai highlands between the Red River and the Black River. This action made it clear that Giap's objective was to control the Tonkin delta in order to threaten Hanoi from the south. De Lattre decided to block him by launching a vast operation against his supply lines by occupying the Muong country in the Hoa Binh and Cho Ben sectors between the Da River and the Black River. After seizing Cho Ben (Operation Tulip), the French launched Operation Lotus to seize Hoa Binh.

Hoa Binh, the Battle of the Black River is a solo-player game simulating the combats around the Black River and Colonial Route #6 that occurred from 13 November 1951 to 25 February 1952. The counters mainly represent the French battalions or Viet Minh actions and one game turn represents ten days of operation. The map represents the region of the confluence of the Red River and the Black River in Tonkin, specifically from Viet Tri in the north to Hoa Binh in the south and the immediate surroundings of the Muong territories.

Duration : Approximately 3 hours
Complexity : 5/101 vol, 84 pgs 2022 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
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