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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-VXDA002B LATE SAXONS/ANGLO DANES SKIRMISH PACK: 28mm Figures This 30-figure set of 28mm hard-plastic Normans includes additional parts allowing hundreds of figure options. Contains: 30 x figures; 3 x Warrior Main Frame; 1 x Command Frame; 14 x Body options (including armored and unarmored); and 38 x Head options. Figures are supplied unpainted and require assembly. 1 vol, 30 pgs 2022 UK, VICTRIX LTD
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1-VXDA004B NORMAN INFANTRY SKIRMISH PACK: 28mm Figures This 30-figure set of 28mm hard plastic Normans includes additional parts allowing hundreds of figure options. Figures are supplied unpainted and require assembly.

The box contains: 30 x figures; 3 x Warrior Main Frame; 1 x Command Frame; 14 x Body options (including armored and unarmored); and 38 x Head options.1 vol, 30 pgs 2022 UK, VICTRIX LTD
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1-841491 MEIN PANZER: Deviation Dice 4-Pack Four six-sided dice with small numbers and large arrows/X's.1 vol, 72 pgs 2018 US, OLD DOMINION GAMEWORKS
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1-86619 Archer, Gary UNDER SOUTHERN SKIES: A Scenario Book for Check Your 6 This book provides five campaigns and 35 scenarios covering the air campaign over Darwin, Australia and neighboring Japanese-held islands in 1943.

The first seven scenarios deal with reconnaissance missions by both sides and the first two Japanese Naval Air Force raids on Darwin in March 1943 as No. 1 Wing, led by W/C Clive Caldwell, tries to learn how to stop them; the next 9 include early efforts by 31 Squadron RAAF Beaufighters to strike Japanese bases and the JNAF's attempt to neutralize the Beaufighters' forward staging base at Millingimbi. These are followed by more raids on Darwin, including a large one by the Japanese Army Air Force; No. 1 Wing finally 'learning the ropes'; JNAF floatplanes trying to interdict the sea lanes north of Australia while the RAAF takes measures to stop them, and finally, a night raid on Darwin. Zeros dogfighting Spitfires! Beaufighters strafing things! What's not to like?

HISTORICAL RESEARCH: Information is provided concerning the reason for the campaign, problems faced by each side, and mistakes made by each side. Special Rules account for mechanical and armament issues plaguing the Allies and the abysmal state of gunnery training in No. 1 Wing. Scenarios were created using primary sources from both sides along with secondary sources; an annotated bibliography listing them is also provided.

NEW AIRCRAFT STATISTICS: Included are aircraft statistics in Check Your 6 format for the aircraft used in the scenarios, some of which are new, such as license-built Hudsons and Beaufighters, the Ki.48 Lily, and the Ki.49 Helen.

CAMPAIGN SYSTEM: The Darwin Campaign of 1943 was one of attrition; included is an easy to use campaign system to replicate that aspect, emphasizing that it's not just how many enemy aircraft you shoot down, it's also how many of your own aircraft are lost in doing so.1 vol, 62 pgs 2022 US, J&D PUBLICATIONS
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1-81723 Bradford, Brian ARMIES OF THE DRAGON AND TIGER: Imjin War A history, organization, and uniform guide for the Ming and Choson Armies of the Imjin War (Japanese invasions of Korea of 1592-1598). Includes 16 black and white uniform illustrations and 35 black and white flag illustrations with weapon, uniform, and color descriptions.1 vol, 30 pgs 2022 US, BRIAN BRADFORD
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1-841492 Gill, L.L. and Norm Harms GENERAL QUARTERS: Full-Size Turn Gauge Package contains one full-size turn plastic gauge.1 vol, 72 pgs 2018 US, OLD DOMINION GAMEWORKS
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1-841493 Gill, L.L. and Norm Harms GENERAL QUARTERS: Half-Size Turn Gauge Package contains one half-size turn plastic gauge: 1cm=200yds GQIII Turn Gauges.1 vol, 72 pgs 2018 US, OLD DOMINION GAMEWORKS
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1-908416 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 416 Dawn of Ironclads, Naval gaming in the 17th Century, Observation Post: Reviews of Crooked Dice's latest 7TV expansion Vlad's Army, ACW naval rules Dawn of War, and Osprey Games' Frostgrave Fireheart. Plus more features, reviews, and columns.1 vol, 116 pgs 2022 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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2-199292 Kinrade, Warwick BATTLEGROUP: Fall Of The Reich Supplement Supplement to the Battlegroup gaming system covering the invasion of Germany 1945 - primarily but not exclusively designed for 20mm and 15mm scales.

Four new army lists (Russian, British, and American armored spearheads plus 'Defenders of the Reich' ad hoc battlegroups from Germany's last desperate levy), modeling guide, and a mini campaign for the breakthrough to Berlin.

All in a lavish 194-page hardback book - heavily illustrated with inspiring miniature and historical photographs and artwork.1 vol, 194 pgs 2022 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-206633 Pringle, Chris BLOODY BIG BATTLES IN INDIA: Wargame Scenarios for Warfare in India 1803 - 1858 The major states of India, especially the Maratha Confederacy and the Sikh state in the Punjab, were among the most redoubtable opponents of the extension of British power in the sub-continent. The size and technological sophistication of their forces posed major problems for East India Company commanders in the field and frequently threatened them with defeat.

BBBI lets you refight 16 of the most important battles of the period from the Second Maratha War (1803-1806) to the Sepoy Uprising ('Indian Mutiny') of 1857-1858. The scenarios offer a wide range of terrain and tactical situations, balanced scenarios with asymmetrical armies, unusual troops - Gurkhas, camel rockets, and ghazis, and many scenario options to explore 'what-ifs' and increase replay value. Campaign options allow players to link battles so that each has consequences for the next.1 vol, 54 pgs 2022 US, J&D PUBLICATIONS
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1-231340 Rodgers, Bob BIBLES & BUFF COATS: English Civil War Rules 1642-1651 Tactical ECW rule set feature scale of 1 inch equals 50 feet, one figure is between 10 and 50 men, and one rank of figures equals three ranks of men. 1 turn equals between five and 10 minutes. Five types of guns. Three levels of training for troops. Quick reference sheets are included. Points systems with six sample army lists. Three scenarios: Auldearn, Briggate Leeds, and Edge Hill. List of commanders. Index.1 vol, 90 pgs 2022 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-231350 Frizzera, Francesco THE ITALIAN ARMY IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR: The Grey-Green Uniforms from 1909 to 1919 Covers all the models of the army's field uniform from the time the new uniform was introduced to the end of the war. Includes illustrations of more than 350 uniforms, caps, hats, and helmets sourced from public and private collections. Uniforms include the traditional formations (infantry, Granatieri, Alpini, Bersaglieri, artillery, cavalry, Carabinieri, Financial Guard, engineers, medical and logistical services) as well as those of the newer branches of service that had emerged as a result of modern warfare (mortar formations, machine-gun troops, Arditi, Military Air Corps). Contemporary black-and-white photographs show how the items of dress were worn in action.

In addition, the two volumes include numerous short biographies and bequests from prominent figures such as Luigi Cadorna, Armando Diaz, Gabriele d'Annunzio, Cesare Battisti, Damiano Chiesa, Fabio Filzi, Ettore Lajolo and the Calvi brothers, and formations like the 87th Air Force Squadron, which flew a daring mission over the enemy city of Vienna in August 1918. Includes organizational information of regular and specialist units of the Italian Army.2 vol, 872 pgs 2022 AUSTRIA, VERLAG MILITARIA
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2-215290 Syvanne, Ilkka CARACALLA: A Military Biography Caracalla has one of the worst reputations of any Roman Emperor. Many ancient historians were very hostile and Edward Gibbon later dubbed him 'the common enemy of mankind.' Yet his reign was considered by at least one Roman author to be the apogee of the Roman Empire. Guilty of many murders and massacres (including his own brother, ex-wife, and daughter), he was popular with the army by improving their pay and cultivating the image of sharing their hardships. Includes 30+ maps, 50 b/w line drawings, and 16 pages of plates.

Explains how the biased ancient sources in combination with the stern looking statues of the emperor have created a distorted image of the man and then reconstructs the actual events, particularly his military campaigns and reforms, to offer a balanced view of his reign. The biography offers the first complete overview of the policies, events, and military campaigns of the reign and explains how and why these contributed to the military crisis of the third century. 1 vol, 368 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-930336 various STRATEGY & TACTICS # 336: First Punic War 264 to 241 BC First Punic War 264 to 241 BC is a two-player wargame of the first great military clash between the Roman Republic and the Carthaginian Empire, spanning 24 years in the 3rd century BC. At this time, Rome controlled a federation of states in Italy, while Carthage was the major power of the Western Mediterranean.

The war was centered around the island of Sicily, but also saw campaigns in Sardinia and North Africa, with the possibility for more operations elsewhere around the region. Each game turn (GT) represents three years. Each hex is 40 miles across. Roman combat units represent legions plus attached cavalry (4000 to 5000 men) and groupings of auxiliaries (1000 or more men). Carthaginian units represent groups of various troop types representing 1000 to 10,000 men. Naval units represent about 50 warships each. Leaders represent an inspirational to competent commander plus a guard.

Components: One 22 x 34-inch game map, 176 5/8-inch counters, and magazine.1 vol, 84 pgs 2022 US, DECISION GAMES
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1-954155 Various ANCIENT WARFARE: Volume 15.5: The Saxon Shore Theme: The Saxon Shore forts get their name from the Notitia Dignitatum and are among the most impressive Roman remains in Britain, but why they were built remains unclear.

The Roman Forts of the Saxon Shore - Constructing Defence
Welsh Perspectives on the Saxon Shore - Cardiff Castle
The Saxon Siege of Anderitum, AD 491 - All the King's Men
The Fortified Town at Rutupiae - Gateway to Roman Britain
Clothing, Arms, and Armour of a Thorsberg warrior - From the Depths of the Bog
The Function of the Saxon Shore Forts - Defensive or Deficient

Features:
Warriors From Central Italy - Warlord and Warbands
The Tombstone of Rufus Sita - Riding into Eternity
Fighting in the Macedonian Phalanx - Pike Through Time
Hannibal's Pyrrhic Victories - Unsustainable Loss
Caltrops and Stimuli - Watch Your Step
A Formidable Class of Warriors - Horse Archers in the Roman Army
The Tomb of the Lycian Dynast Pericles - A Phalanx in Stone1 vol, 84 pgs 2022 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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2-202100 Sadler, John THE SECOND BARON'S WAR: Simon de Montfort and the Battles of Lewes and Evesham Describes the Barons' War events in the mid-13th century and explores the leading personalities whose bitter quarrel gave rise to the conflict -- Henry III, his son Prince Edward (later Edward I), and their most famous opponent, Simon de Montfort, whose masterful charisma galvanized support among the discontented nobility.

The clash of interests between the king and his 'overmighty' subjects is reconsidered, as are the personal and political tensions that polarized opinion and tested loyalties to the limit. The main emphasis is on the two major campaigns that determined the course of the war and indeed the future government of England -- the battles fought at Lewes and Evesham.1 vol, 192 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-231351 Cecere, Michael VIRGINIA'S CONTINENTALS: 1775-1778 Explores the formation and service of Virginia's continental troops during the first several years of the Revolutionary War. Readers will discover that Virginia continentals played a pivotal role in a number of important battles including: Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, Germantown, and Saratoga. Includes maps, bibliography, and an index to full-names, places and subjects.1 vol, 340 pgs 2022 US, HERITAGE BOOKS
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1-914032G Bey, Frederic VAE VICTUS BOARD GAME # 32: Wattignies 1793 At the end of summer 1793, the French thwarted the English Army's attempted siege of Dunkerque by their victory at Hondschoote on their Hanoverian allies. This setback did not disrupt the plans of Austria's Prince of Coburg. With the Austrian Army, he lay siege to Maubeuge, one of the last citadels protecting the border from northern France. It could not hold out long.

Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, the new commander of the Army of the North, spurred on by Lazare Carnot, prominent war minister for the Committee of Public Safety, quickly assembled 45,000 troops to clear the area. On October 15, 1793, the French launched disjointed attacks and were unsuccessful.

The next day, the French concentrated their attack on their right wing, toward the village of Wattignies, whose seizure would force the Austrians to retreat. Fog concealed their initial efforts and Carnot took the village. The Prince of Coburg feared for the survival of his army and prudently ordered their retreat as the French commanders had expected. The siege of Maubeuge was lifted and the Coalition was once again defeated by the troops of the young French Republic.

Scale:
Units: Brigades, regiments or battalions
1 strength point equals 500-1000 infantry, or 300-600 cavalry
Map : 600 meters per hex
Turn : 90 minutes
Complexity : 6/9

Game Components:
One 59 x 41 cm map
216 die-cut counters and markers
One booklet of rules
Two player aid cards1 vol, 24 pgs 2022 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
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1-231330 BRITAIN AGAINST THE XHOSA AND ZULU PEOPLES: Lord Chelmsford's South African Campaigns Britain's war against the Zulu people of southern Africa in the late nineteenth century is one of the most famous clashes in the history of the British empire, but her earlier wars against the Xhosa, also in southern Africa, are far less well known. And, although the role Lord Chelmsford played in the Anglo-Zulu War has been recounted in exhaustive detail, his earlier experience against the Xhosa has rarely been explored in the same intensive way. That is why Stephen Manning's absorbing study of these colonial campaigns and Chelmsford's part in them is so timely and valuable.

Chelmsford's military career and Britain's troubled relationship with the Xhosa people came together in 1878 with the conclusion of the 9th Frontier War, in which Chelmsford commanded the victorious British forces. This conflict is vividly described here. Perhaps Chelmsford learned the wrong lessons from his struggle with the Xhosa because his initial handling of British forces during the Anglo-Zulu War resulted in disaster at the Battle of Isandlwana. Although Chelmsford regained the initiative and his forces defeated the Zulus at Gingindlovu and Ulundi, his reputation never recovered.1 vol, 240 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-231320 Mujzer, Peter HUNGARIAN ARMS AND ARMOUR OF WORLD WAR TWO A brief history of the Hungarian Army (Honvedseg) focuses on the main armament of the land forces: armored vehicles, artillery pieces, infantry weapons, and motor vehicles. The Hungarian Army had an interesting mix of weaponry and equipment inherited from the Austro-Hungarian Army, produced by the Hungarian war industry, and purchased from Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Switzerland. The 170 illustrations include 18 original color photos and 18 color profiles.1 vol, 96 pgs 2022 UK, KEY PUBLISHING
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1-938019 Various STRATEGY & TACTICS QUARTERLY #19: French & Indian War This issue digs into the details of the French & Indian War -- a remote corner of the Seven Years War where small battles and campaigns determined the outcome for a continent.1 vol, 116 pgs 2022 US, DECISION GAMES
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