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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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1-227750 BOLT ACTION: Jagdtiger The Panzerjager Tiger Ausf. B, known as the Jagdtiger (hunting tiger) was the heaviest tank ever to see action during World War Two. Developed late in the conflict, only around 80 actually reached combat, with the first in September of 1944. Germany, like many nations, made use of existing tank designs.1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 UK, WARLORD GAMES
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1-916460 various MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue # 460 Elder Scrolls: Power Circle scenario with robotic guardians of the underworld
Scratch Build: Cave System to play the Power Circle scenario
Command Decision: Body Count -- Part 1 of Vietnam Tet Offensive.
Dystopian Wars: Introduction to the steam punk naval rules with Q&A followup
Tutorial: Painting steam punk ships
Send 3 and 4 Pence: Concluding part of A People's War
An Irish Alamo: Siege of Dunboy Castle: June 160 with three-part scenario plus alternative setting suggestions and downloadable rule set.
Practical Wargames Scenery: Tree stump dwelling for badger folk
Pounding Hot Metal: Build 28mm Blacksmith's forge model with lighting effects
Dwarf Cavalry: Build and convert some of those much overlooked chaps
Defence in Depth: Product reviews
Forward Observer: News and show dates
Recce
In the Last Word: Remembering Duncan Macfarlane1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
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1-227720 Swan, Chris FLINTLOCKS & PERCUSSIAN CAPS: Rules for 1:1 Skirmishes and Adventures in Texas and Beyond 1800-1860 Skirmish rules for fighting the Spanish, Mexican, Texians, or Comanches. Suitable for figures in any scale. Includes rules for solo play. 1 vol, 105 pgs 2021 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-227740 van Dop, Peter BELLO LUDI ACW RULES & CARD BUNDLE Period specific rules book and the generic 1700-1900 Cards deck. The game is designed as a multiplayer game but will work just as fine with only two players or even solo. Can be easily adapted to the number of miniatures that you have available.1 vol, 20 pgs 2021 NETHERLANDS, BELLOLUDI
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1-227690 Laymam, George COMMUNIST BLOC HANDGUNS A collector's guide to the surplus pistols of the Cold War. From the CZ-52 to the Makarov, all of the handguns of the Communist nations are covered in great detail, with special attention paid to topics that will be of practical use to collectors. Also covered are ammunition and accessories. Organized by country, this new guide will be a 'must own' resource for all enthusiasts of imported pistols and revolvers. Includes 450+ color photos.1 vol, 160 pgs 2020 US, A MOWBRAY PUBLISHERS
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1-227700 Scarlata, Paul MANNLICHER MILITARY RIFLES: A Collectors Guide Profusely illustrated with close-up photos, drawings and diagrams, this book is the most detailed examination of Mannlicher military rifles ever produced in the English language. Includes model-by-model specifications, modern test firing results, exciting service histories, ammunition details, rare combat photos, useful technical drawings and discussion of Mannlicher's imitators.

Ferdinand von Mannlicher was history's most prolific military firearms designer, with over 150 patents to his credit. During his years at Steyr, it produced more military rifles than any other manufacturer in the world. But most American collectors know very little about these advanced weapons that were the workhorse of the Austro-Hungarian army. Mannlichers saw extensive combat around the world from 1886 to 1952, yet most models are quite reasonably priced today. Inside these pages, you will understand the genius behind Mannlicher's magazine systems, straight-pull and turn-bolt military rifles. And you will learn why they became the standard by which all others were judged. Filled with black & white photos.1 vol, 168 pgs 2015 US, A MOWBRAY PUBLISHERS
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1-227680 White, Cameron THE COMPLETE BOOK OF TOKAREV PISTOLS The Tokarev saga is a long and amazingly interesting one. The story began in the 1920s and spans nearly 100 years. It is fair to say that the Tokarev pistol was born out of the advances in small arms that were occurring at the turn of the 20th century, especially the trend of military forces in many countries to replace revolvers with semiautomatic pistols.

While the Tokarev has links to the past, its use continues to the present day. The geographic distribution of the Tokarev is worldwide, as it has migrated from the soviet union to numerous countries around the globe. The Tokarev has been used for so long by so many countries that it is almost universally recognized. It has attained a longevity rivaled by few other pistols. Includes 1,550 color photos and illustrations.1 vol, 224 pgs 2020 US, A MOWBRAY PUBLISHERS
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1-972058 Knight, Ian 058 BRITISH INFANTRYMAN VS MAHDIST WARRIOR: Sudan 1884-98 In the early 1880s, Britain intervened in independent Egypt and seized control of the Suez Canal. British forces were soon deployed to Egypt's southern colony, the Sudan, where they confronted a determined and capable foe amid some of the world's most inhospitable terrain. In 1881 an Islamic fundamentalist revolt had broken out in the Sudan, led by a religious teacher named Muhammad Ahmad bin Abd Allah, who proclaimed himself al-Mahdi, 'The Guided One'.

In 1884, Mahdist forces besieged the Sudanese capital of Khartoum; Colonel Charles Gordon was sent to the city with orders to evacuate British personnel, but refused to leave. Although the British dispatched a relief column to rescue Gordon, the Mahdists stormed Khartoum in January 1885 and he was killed. British troops abandoned much of the Sudan, but renewed their efforts to reconquer it in the late 1890s in a bloody campaign that would decide the region's fate for generations.

This fully illustrated study examines the evolving forces, weapons and tactics employed by both sides in the Sudan, notably at the battles of Abu Klea (16-18 January 1885), Tofrek (22 March 1885) and Atbara (8 April 1898). 1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-977055 Konstam, Angus 055 BIG GUNS IN THE ATLANTIC: Germany's Battleships and Cruisers Raid the Convoys 1939-41 At the outbreak of World War II the German Kriegsmarine still had a relatively small U-boat arm. To reach Britain's convoy routes in the North Atlantic, these boats had to pass around the top of the British Isles - a long and dangerous voyage to their 'hunting grounds.' Germany's larger surface warships were much better suited to this kind of long-range operation. So, during late 1939 the armored cruiser Deutschland, and later the battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were used as commerce raiders, to strike at Allied convoys in the North Atlantic. These sorties met with mixed results, but for Germany's naval high command they showed that this kind of operation had potential. Then, the fall of France, Denmark, and Norway in early 1940 dramatically altered the strategic situation. The Atlantic was now far easier to reach and to escape from.

During 1940, further moderately successful sorties were made by the cruisers Admiral Scheer and Admiral Hipper. By the end of the year, with British mercantile losses mounting to surface raiders and U-Boats, plans were developed for a much larger raid, first using both cruisers, and then the two battlecruisers. The climax of this was Operation Berlin, the Kriegsmarine's largest and most wide-ranging North Atlantic sortie so far. Scharnhorst and Gneisenau remained at sea for two months, destroying 22 Allied merchant ships, and severely disrupting Britain's lifeline convoys.

When the operation ended, the German commander, Admiral Lutjens was ordered to repeat his success -- this time with the brand new battleship Bismarck. The rest, as they say, is history. These earlier Atlantic raids demonstrated that German surface ships could be highly effective commerce raiders. For those willing to see though, they also demonstrated just how risky this strategy could be. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978112 Davies, Peter 112 UH-1 HUEY GUNSHIPS VS NVA/VC FORCES: Vietnam 1962-75 Covers innovations in tactics and combat introduced by gunship helicopters and analyzes their adaptability and usefulness in a variety of operations, while exploring the insurgent forces' responses to the advent of vertical aviation.

The UH-1 Iroquois ('Huey') was the general-purpose vehicle that provided mobility in a hostile jungle environment. Hueys airlifted troops, evacuated casualties, rescued downed pilots, transported cargo externally, and enabled rapid transit of commanders in the field.

Although vertical aviation had only become a practical reality during the Korean War, helicopters evolved rapidly in the decade before Vietnam and by 1965 the US Army and US Marines relied on them as primary combat tools. This was principally because North Vietnam's armed forces had long experience of jungle operations, camouflage, and evasion. Generally avoiding set-piece pitched battles they relied on rapid, frequent strikes, and withdrew using routes that were generally inaccessible to US vehicles. They commonly relied on darkness and bad weather to make their moves, often rendering them immune to conventional air attack.

Gunship helicopters, sometimes equipped with Firefly searchlights and early night vision light intensifiers, were more able to track and attack the enemy. Innovative tactics were required for this unfamiliar combat scenario and for a US Army that was more prepared for conventional operations in a European-type setting. One of the most valuable new initiatives was the UH-1C 'Huey Hog' or 'Frog' gunship, conceived in 1960 and offering more power and agility than the UH-1B that pioneered gunship use in combat. Heavily armed with guns and rockets and easily transportable by air these helicopters became available in large numbers and they became a major problem for the insurgent forces throughout the war.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978113 Lardas, Mark 113 GERMAN HEAVY CRUISERS VS ROYAL NAVY HEAVY CRUISERS 1939-42 The opposing heavy cruisers of the German Kriegsmarine and the Royal Navy engaged in a global game of cat and mouse during the opening years of World War II. This was a period in which the heavy cruiser still reigned supreme in open waters, with the opposing sides reluctant to risk their battleships, and aircraft yet to dominate the seas. These swift vessels fought each other in the South Atlantic, North Atlantic, the frigid waters of the Denmark Strait and the Arctic approaches to Russia, capturing the public imagination in the process.

This book examines the design, development, and technical performance of these opposing warships, and explores the clashes between them at the Battle of the River Plate in December 1939, the Christmas Day Battle 1940 and the Battle of the Denmark Strait in May 1941. The ships examined include the Deutschland-class Panzerschiffe and Admiral Hipper-class cruisers, and the Royal Navy County- and York-class heavy cruisers.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996366 Windrow, Martin 366 DIEN BIEN PHU 1954: The French Defeat That Lured America into Vietnam In late 1953, the seventh year of France's war against the Viet Minh insurgency in its colony of Vietnam, the C-in-C, General Navarre, was encouraged to plant an 'air-ground base' in the Thai Highlands at Dien Bien Phu, to distract General Giap's Vietnamese People's Army from both Annam and the French northern heartland in the Red River Delta, and to protect the Laotian border. Elite French paratroopers captured Dien Bien Phu, which was reinforced between December 1953 and February 1954 with infantry and artillery, a squadron of tanks and one of fighter-bombers, to a strength of 10,000 men.

Giap and the VPA General Staff accepted the challenge of a major positional battle; through a total mobilization of national resources, and with Chinese logistical help, they assembled a siege army of 58,000 regular troops, equipped for the first time with 105mm artillery and 37mm AA guns. Describes the first NVA assaults on 13 March 1954 and subsequent battle that quickly developed into a dramatic 56-day 'Stalingrad in the Jungle.'1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997240 Jowett, Philip 240 THE JAPANESE HOME FRONT: 1937-45 From the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937 until the Japanese surrender in August 1945, a multitude of military and civil-defense forces strove to support the Japanese war effort and prepared to defend the Home Islands against invasion.

During World War II, Japan was the world's most militarized society and by 1945 nearly every Japanese male over the age of 10 wore some kind of military attire, as did the majority of women and girls. This volume reveals the many military and civil-defense organizations active in wartime Japan, while specially commissioned artwork and carefully chosen archive photographs depict the appearance of the men, women, and children involved in the Japanese war effort in the Home Islands throughout World War II. 1 vol, 64 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-227730 Proven, Joshua BULLOCKS, GRAIN AND GOOD MADEIRA: The Maratha and Jat Campaigns, 1803-1806 and the Emergence of an Indian Army On the last day of the year 1802, the Maratha Peshwa Bajirao II signed the treaty of Bassein which sparked the 2nd Anglo-Maratha War. What began as a seemingly straightforward operation to restore the Peshwa and complete Lord Wellesley's expansionist policy turned into a full-scale conflict for political hegemony which spread across central and northern India and was to establish the East India Company as the foremost power in South Asia. Includes 18 b/w images, 24 color images, and 8 b/w maps.

In military terms, it saw a little-known general named Arthur Wellesley come to prominence and also established the supremacy of the EIC's Native Army over the regular armies of the 'country powers.' It was during these testing campaigns that Europeans began to view what was already being called the 'Indian Army' with respect. Despite a series of crushing defeats, the Marathas stunned their enemies with their bravery and professionalism, exacting a heavy toll on the British despite great handicaps in command and control.

Although successful, the conclusion of the war was much less glorious than the biographies of the future Duke of Wellington care to admit. Few conflicts from this time convey in such detail the challenges faced by field commanders conducting operations in India and fewer books continue the story of the 2nd Maratha War to its ultimate conclusion in the Punjab where the last Maratha prince surrendered, this after the British 'siege lords' under Gerard Lake had been humbled before the mighty mud walls of the impregnable Jat fortress of Bharatpur.1 vol, 200 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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