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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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1-234510 Carter, Stephen ONE KING: A Wargamer's Companion to Argyll's & Monmouth's Rebellion of 1685 Covers the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 covering every encounter and unit in England and Scotland. Its sits alongside the book Fighting for Liberty as the ideal companion and provides the information needed to bring the Monmouth Rebellion to life on the tabletop. Also includes fast play campaign rules for the wargamer to use the strategies, maps, deployments, and military objectives and refight history. Includes OOBs and unit sheets. Includes 42 color photos, 49 b/w Illustrations, 9 color illustrations, 45 maps, and 25 tables.1 vol, 222 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-916473 various MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue # 473 Cover: Defend The Village: Cinematic samurai skirmish scenario suitable for any rule set you may choose but keyed to Osprey's Ronin.

Send Three and Fourpence: Interview with Mark Fastoso, rules designer and one of the chaps behind the YouTube channel Little Wars TV.

Gross Beeren: 15mm Napoleonic scenario with some suggestions, guidance and a simple rule set free to download.

Command Decision: Return of the Reaper is a generic fantasy scenario.

Sepoys & Soldiers: Covers the process for creating a short, playable set of rules for Wellington in India. Complete with downloadable rules and play sheet.

Road To Mandalay: Scratch build a Far Eastern dwelling

Sci-Fi: Scratch build a crashed sci-fi vehicle

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

Last Word: David Mustill, Broadside organizer1 vol, 96 pgs 2022 UK, WARNER PUBLICATIONS
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1-234520 Galeotti, Mark GRAN MECCANISMO: Clockpunk Roleplaying in Da Vinci's Florence RPG offers swashbuckling adventure in a Renaissance Italy (1510) where Florence's winding alleys play host to spies, scholars, and sell-swords alike. Players are nobles, mercenaries, inventors, and artisans who may find themselves crossing wits with Machiavelli, avoiding the dangerous charms of Lucretia Borgia, or hearing Christopher Columbus telling tales of the new world he has discovered. Meanwhile, Leonardo da Vinci unleashed a technological revolution where primitive computers, decorated with delicately painted cupids, run on water clocks; spring-powered tanks whir across the battlefield, cannons thundering from their flanks; and gliders flit across perfectly blue Tuscan skies.1 vol, 192 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-234500 Swan, Chris WITH MUSKET, PIKE & DRUM: Wargame Rules for Engagements with Small Forces 1500 TO 1700 Following on the from very popular Beyond the Empire rules, these rules use any scale of figures, most world conflicts covered for the period. Includes eight scenarios, solo rules, and sample European, New World, and Asian army lists.1 vol, 128 pgs 2022 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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1-234490 Wood, Eric and Mersey, Daniel THE MEN WHO WOULD BE KINGS: The Last Samurai Rebellion These are rules for Japanese samurai, NOT British colonial.

Adds a little bit of Hollywood dazzle to rules for the last samurai rebellion and offers up a fascinating perspective on the period and the forces involved.1 vol, 108 pgs 2022 UK, THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
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1-939004 Davies, Peter 004 F-86A SABRE: Korea 1950-51 The F-86A Sabre had entered USAF service in 1949, and in December 1950 three squadrons were sent to South Korea. Despite primitive basing conditions and overwhelming Chinese opposition, the Sabre pilots stopped communist air forces from attacking UN ground troops and allowed Allied fighter-bombers to operate without threat of interception. The ensuing air battles between Sabres and MiG-15s were the first since World War II, and the last in recent times to involve large numbers of jet fighters in direct confrontation. F-86 pilots demonstrated the superiority of their training and tactics and the outstanding qualities of their Sabres. Includes contemporary photographs and specially commissioned artwork, including ribbon diagrams offering step-by-step illustrations of main the dogfights explored in the book.1 vol, 80 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-968031 Cleaver, Thomas 031 GOTHIC LINE 1944-45: The USAAF Starves Out the German Army By late 1944, the Italian Campaign was secondary to the campaigns in France, and Allied forces were not strong enough to break the Germans' mighty Gothic Line. These fortifications were supplied by rail through the Alps, with trains arriving hourly and delivering 600,000 tons of supplies a month, enough to keep the German Army going forever.

But in the bitter winter of 1944-45, the mighty Gothic Line would be defeated by American air power in one of the most pivotal but least-known air campaigns of World War II. It would not be a direct assault; instead Operation Bingo would ruthlessly cut the Germans' supply lines and leave them starved. However, it would not be easy. The rail routes were defended by a formidable array of heavy flak, and every raid was expected. Conditions were freezing, and even in electric flying suits, men suffered both hypoxia and frostbite.

By the end of February, the previous eight-hour rail journey took the Germans 3-4 days on the wrecked railroad, and soon supplies were barely enough to keep the army alive. On April 12, the Allied ground attack began, and within 10 days the German command in Northern Italy sued for surrender, the first German force in Europe to do so.

Packed with first-hand accounts and rare photos from the 57th Bomb Wing Archives, this book is a fascinating history of the most successful US battlefield interdiction campaign in history, immortalized in the writing of bombardier Joseph Heller, in his novel Catch 22.1 vol, 80 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-972066 Steele, Alan 066 BRITISH CAVALRYMAN vs GERMAN CAVALRYMAN: Belgium and France 1914 Offers a comparative assessment of each side's doctrine, organization, equipment, and training, followed by a detailed analysis of their actual performance in three key encounter actions: Casteau/Soignies (22 August), Cerizy/Moy (28 August) and Le Montcel/Feetoy (7 September). Supported by carefully chosen photographs and specially commissioned full-color artwork and maps.

In the early months of World War I, before the fighting degenerated into static trench warfare, there was a brief period of mobile combat as the German Army advanced through Belgium and northern France, forcing the French and British forces facing them to retreat. Both sides in the escalating conflict deployed substantial numbers of cavalry units to screen their infantry forces, conduct reconnaissance and harness their superior mobility to undertake aggressive combat operations. In the summer of 1914, the British cavalry had the difficult task of covering the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force and the German cavalry, the equally demanding task, after weeks of combat and forced marches, of maintaining contact with a rapidly retiring enemy.1 vol, 80 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-992141 Burgess. Rick 141 F2H BANSHEE UNITS Examines the entire service life of the F2H in the service of the US Navy, US Marine Corps, and the Royal Canadian Navy. Initially created as a replacement aircraft for McDonnell's pioneering FH1 Phantom, the F2H served in the Korean War as a strike fighter, close air support aircraft, B-29 escort, and photo-reconnaissance aircraft. After Korea, the Banshee served as a carrier-based nuclear strike aircraft and as a defensive fighter for anti-submarine aircraft carriers. Filled with first-hand accounts and rare color photographs, this story of the F2H Banshee, explores its service and details the technological development that improved the aircraft's capabilities over time. 1 vol, 96 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995309 Romanych, Marc 309 HAWK: Air Defense Missile System Designed to counteract the threat posed by advanced 1950s Soviet-built aircraft, the first HAWK unit became operational in 1959. At its peak, it saw front-line service in the Far East, Panama, Europe, and in the Middle East. Units were also used during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam War, and Persian Gulf War. In the hands of other nations, HAWK proved its efficacy in combat during the Arab-Israeli Wars, Iran-Iraq War, Chadian-Libyan War, and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

Packed with archive photos and original artwork, this book features research from HAWK technical and field manuals, interviews with HAWK veterans, and personal experiences with HAWK missile units. Credited with shooting down more than 100 aircraft during its combat career, the HAWK system was respected for its lethality. Such was Soviet concern, that it developed electronic jammers, anti-radiation missiles, and other countermeasures specifically to degrade its effectiveness. The US retired its HAWK systems soon after the Cold War ended in 1991 when air defense priorities shifted from aircraft to ballistic missile defense.1 vol, 48 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996382 Fields, Nic 382 CARRHAE 53 BC: Rome's Disaster in the Desert The Battle of Carrhae offers a fascinating tale of treachery, tactics, and topography in which Rome experienced one of its most humiliating defeats at the hands of the Parthians. Examines the crucial psychological and political factors (including Crassus' lust for military glory and popular acclaim) that played a key role in this brutal battle.

Parthian general Surena's horsemen completely outmaneuvered Crassus' legionaries, killing or capturing most of the Roman soldiers not far from a trade-route town on the fringes of the arid wastes of northern Mesopotamia. Explores the tactics and techniques of the Parthian horse archers, details of Roman and Parthian equipment and weaponry, and discusses the last stand of Publius Crassus, son of Marcus Licinius.1 vol, 96 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996381 Rogers, Anthony 381 BATTLE OF MALTA: June 1940-November 1942 On 11 June 1940, the British crown colony of Malta - which dominated the central Mediterranean and all-important sea routes to and from North Africa - was bombed for the first time by aircraft of the Italian Regia Aeronautica. The Italians were joined in their efforts by the German Luftwaffe in January 1941. Malta was effectively beleaguered for nearly two and a half years, dependent for survival on naval supply convoys and reliant for defense on often-outnumbered fighter aircraft and anti-aircraft guns.

Features carefully selected photographic images, some previously unpublished. Seven specially commissioned color maps explore the strategic situation in the Mediterranean in this period, the military sectors into which Malta's defense was divided, and German mine-laying operations around the island. The three stunning battlescene artworks and 3D BEVs show key events from the battle, including the 26 July 1941 German attack on the Grand Harbour, and the major Luftwaffe raid 21 March 1942.1 vol, 96 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997246 Gilbert, Francois 246 GLADIATORS: 4th - 1st Centuries BC Despite the wealth of literary and archaeological evidence, many misconceptions about the gladiators and their violent world remain. Originating in funeral rites during the Punic Wars, the Roman gladiator games have come to symbolize the spectacle and savagery of Republican and Imperial Rome. Increasingly elaborate rules and rituals governed the conduct of gladiator combat, with an array of specially armed and armored gladiator types pitted against one another, either singly or in groups. While many gladiators met a grisly end, some survived to achieve celebrity and make huge fortunes.

Featuring photographs and drawings of key items of visual evidence and drawing upon the author's wealth of experience and research, this fully illustrated account recreates the little-known and under-represented gladiators of the centuries leading up to the dawn of the Principate, correcting myths and casting new light on the roles, lives and legacy of these legendary arena fighters.1 vol, 64 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-999546 Jowett, Philip 546 THE RED ARMY 1922-41: From Civil War to Barbarossa Explores the interwar history of the Red Army, from victory in the Civil War to onslaught of Germans in 1941. Detail campaigns, organization, and uniforms. The Red Army of the 1920s was employed to ruthlessly crush anti-Bolshevik opposition (real or suspected) in several regions of the USSR, notably Ukraine and Central Asia, and to fight a brief border war against Chinese Manchuria. During the 1930s, purges decimated the officer class even as the USSR sent troops to Spain and defeated Japan and Finland.1 vol, 48 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-234540 Esposito, Gabriele THE MACEDONIAN ARMY OF PHILIP II AND ALEXANDER THE GREAT: 359-323 BC Detailed analysis of the organization and equipment of the Macedonian army built by Philip II and later employed to world-changing effect by his son, Alexander III (the Great). Explains how Philip took the traditional forces of Macedon and reformed them into the most modern and sophisticated combined-arms force in the Mediterranean world. Pike phalanx, Companion cavalry, light troops, and light and cavalry types are described in detail along with an analysis of the tactics employed in the great battles. Color photos showing replica weapons and equipment in use. Includes 90 color illustrations.1 vol, 152 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-234560 Kambouris, Manousos PERSIA TRIUMPHANT IN GREECE: Xerxes' Invasion: Thermopylae, Artemisium and the Destruction of Athens Epic story of the Great Persian War of 481-479 BC and the major land and sea Persian invasion of Greece under Xerxes. Starting from the Persian decision to avenge the outrage caused to imperial prestige by the battle of Marathon, this book details the policy, diplomacy and religion as they intermingle with matters of strategy and tactics. Includes 21 color maps and diagrams.

It includes detailed coverage of the legendary Battle of Thermopylae as the ultimate defiant last stand. There is similarly in-depth coverage, in terms of events, tactics, methods and intentions, afforded to the relatively unknown sea battles off Cape Artemisium -- a naval engagement that primed the Battle of Salamis. Special attention has been paid to the events following these two battles, leading to the bloody conquest of Athens and the implementation of vengeance by the Persian Empire, which for a brief time stood triumphant, victorious and awesome as never before, but also sowed the seeds of eventual defeat.1 vol, 240 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-234570 Allred, Robert MYSTERIES OF THE NORMAN CONQUEST: Unravelling the Truth of the Battle of Hastings and the Events of 1066 Following in the footsteps of the Viking warriors of Harald Hardrada, the knights of William of Normandy, and the Anglo-Saxon soldiers of King Harold, the reader is taken on a journey from Yorkshire to the South Coast. Re-examines what has been written about that momentous year - the intrigues, preparations and maneuvers - which culminated on 14 October 1066 on a bloody hill somewhere in Sussex. Considers challenges to the traditional site of the Battle of Hastings on the slopes of what is today Battle Abbey. Covers three 1066 battles: Fulford, Stamford Bridge, and Hastings.1 vol, 224 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-234550 Ellis-Gorman, Stuart THE MEDIEVAL CROSSBOW: A Weapon Fit to Kill a King Detailed and highly illustrated study of the medieval crossbow with two foci. The first is a technical study of the design and construction of the medieval crossbow, the many different kinds of crossbows used during the Middle Ages, and a consideration of the relationship between crossbows and art. The second describes the history of the crossbow, from its origins in ancient China to its decline in 16th-century Europe. Also explores the challenges in deciphering the crossbow's early medieval history as well as its prominence in warfare and sport shooting in the High and Later Middle Ages. Includes 50 color and black and white illustrations.1 vol, 224 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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2-225560 Harris, Michael DEFENDING THE ARTERIES OF REBELLION: Confederate Naval Operations in the Mississippi River Valley, 1861-1865 The Confederate war machine introduced numerous innovations and alternate defenses of the Mississippi River, including the CSA's first operational ironclad, the first successful use of underwater torpedoes, widespread use of army-navy joint operations, and the employment of extensive river obstructions. When the Mississippi River came under complete Union control in 1863, Confederate efforts shifted to the river's many tributaries, where a bitter and deadly struggle ensued to control these internal lifelines. Despite a lack of ships, material, personnel, funding, and unified organization, not to mention competition among all services for scarce resources, the Confederacy fought desperately and scored many localized tactical victories -- often won at great cost -- but failed at the strategic level. 1 vol, 336 pgs 2022 US, SAVAS BEATIE
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1-234580 Drobyazko, Sergey ON THE EASTERN FRONT AT SEVENTEEN: The Memoirs of a Red Army Soldier, 1942-1944 Recruited into the Red army aged just 17, Sergei Drobyazko's introduction to battle is a violent one: forced to retreat from his home city of Krasnodar after it is set ablaze by German forces. Later, Drobyazko is captured by the Germans and placed in a concentration camp, where prisoners are reduced to eating scavenged rubbish and bathing battle wounds in urine.

After a daring escape from the camp, he enters service once more, rising to the rank of sergeant in an infantry regiment. During this time, he witnesses the execution of deserters and the routine ill-treatment of German prisoners of war by vengeful Soviet troops. After surviving an attack that decimates his detachment, Drobyazko is almost court-martialed. Seriously wounded in 1944, he retrains as a radio operator, but he never returns to the war front.

In this gripping memoir, Drobyazko sets down his experience of the war as it unfolded around him. He claims to have consulted no historical sources and to have simply relied on his own memory, making this a deeply personal account. Translated into English for the first time, this unique account will be enjoyed by readers with an interest in military history.1 vol, 288 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-234530 McGilvray, Evan FIRST POLISH ARMOURED DIVISION: 1938-47 Detailed history of the 1st Polish Armored Division. Formed in Scotland in February 1942 from Polish exiles, its commander Stanislaw Maczek and many of its men had previously served in the Polish 10th Motorized Cavalry Brigade, which had taken part in the Polish invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1938 and offered tenacious defense against German and Soviet invasion of 1939. Under Maczek's leadership the division was trained and equipped along British lines in preparation for the invasion of France.

Attached to 1st Canadian Army, the division was sent to Normandy in late July 1944. It suffered heavily during Operation Totalize but went on to play a crucial role in preventing an orderly German withdrawal from the Falaise Pocket by its stand at Hill 262. They then played their part in the advance across Western Europe and into Germany.1 vol, 312 pgs 2022 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-234581 Rookes, Stephen BELGIAN MILITARY FORCES IN THE CONGO: Volume 1: The Force Publique, 1885-1960 This first volume of Belgian Military Forces in the Congo is illustrated throughout with photographs and includes specially-commissioned color artworks of the weapons, soldiers, and aircraft of the Force Publique -- established by King Leopold II to secure the Congo Free State and to protect a vast geographical swath of Central Africa that had become his own personal possession following the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885.

Indeed, it is possible to trace the origins of rebellion in the Congo Crisis (1960-1967) back to the Batetela Rebellions that took place in the Congo Free State in the 1890s and early 1900s, and to link them with a succession of anti-Belgian popular uprisings that took place in the Congo up to the time of the Congo's independence. Moreover, a revolt by NCOs of the Force Publique was one of the sparks that plunged the Congo into crisis in early July 1960. The history of the Force Publique is extended into a study of war in the Sudan, East Africa, and in Ethiopia.1 vol, 104 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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