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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-VXA045 VICTRIX PERSIAN UNARMOURED CAVALRY: 28mm Plastic Miniatures Persian Unarmoured Cavalry are an essential part of any Persian army. The 12 figure set contains multiple head, arm, and weapon options are compatible with LBMS transfers. They can be used as tribal levies and colonist cavalry and used to fight the Greeks, Macedonians, Ancient Indians, Scythians, and themselves in numerous civil war. 28mm sized figures, supplied unpainted.1 vol, 60 pgs 2021 UK, VICTRIX LTD
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1-VXA046 VICTRIX PERSIAN ARMOURED CAVALRY: 28mm Plastic Miniatures Whether you're using them as part of the Early or Late Achaemenid Empire, the Armoured Cavalry is an essential unit in any Persian army. The 12-figure set contains three Rider Sprues and three Horse Sprues, each with multiple head, arm and weapon options. They can be converted to be mounted archers and used in armies to fight the Greeks, Macedonians, Ancient Indians, Scythians, and themselves in numerous civil wars. 28mm sized figures, supplied unpainted.1 vol, 60 pgs 2021 UK, VICTRIX LTD
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1-20100 BROKEN GRASSLAND/DESERT SCUBLAND 6X4-FOOT REVERSIBLE GAME MAT Reversible 6x4-foot game mat.1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 US, MONSTER FIGHT CLUB
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2-20100 BROKEN GRASSLAND/DESERT SCUBLAND 4x3-FOOT REVERSIBLE GAME MAT Reversible 4x3-foot game mat.1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 US, MONSTER FIGHT CLUB
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1-908405 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 405 Articles include What - Ifs on the Tabletop, Victrix Normans painting guide, Raid on Fiery Cross, Franco-Prussian War, and Kitbashing figures like the free Anglo-Zulu War British Line Infantry figure included with the magazine. Plus the usual departments and more.1 vol, 116 pgs 2021 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-908406 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 406 1 vol, 116 pgs 2021 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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2-226800 GRAND BATAILLE, GRANDE VICTOIRE: European Land Warfare from 1853-1871 This rules set has been written for the wargamers who enjoy a good match. The rules are designed for 15mm miniatures, but has general conversion notes for 5mm and 25mm. Turns equal 15 minutes of real time, with castings representing approx. 60 individual troops. Units are rated with Quality Points (QP) and have a typical number of castings (marked as lost as combat occurs). It has a basic orders system and units fatigue if given too many attack orders in a row. Unit types have a set number of performable functions in a turn for movement, formation changes and other actions.

Including eight pages of general troop listings for the major conflicts of the period. There is also a four page discussion of unit organizations and tactics for the armies listed. 1 vol, 32 pgs 2021 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-226851 McCullough, Joseph STARGRAVE: Science Fiction Wargames in the Ravaged Galaxy Quarantine 37 is a supplement for Stargrave in which players lead their crews into a rediscovered, if long abandoned, Imperial Research Station 37 space station, to hunt for lost technology, unique research, and forgotten experiments. Compete with your opponents for these valuable resources across two competitive mini-campaigns, or venture into the vast maze of corridors and laboratories alone in the first Stargrave solo campaign. Also included are six new soldier types, new backgrounds and powers, terrifying additions to the bestiary, and a new advanced technology table packed with loot to help you in your adventures in the ravaged galaxy.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-992140 Chambers, Mark 140 YOKOSUKA D4Y 'JUDY': Units In 1938, the Yokosuka Naval Air Technical Arsenal, acting under the requirements issued by the Kaigun Koku Hombu for a Navy Experimental 13-Shi Carrier Borne specification for a dive-bomber to replace the venerable 'Val' aboard carriers. The resulting D4Y Suisei ('Comet'), codenamed 'Judy' by the Allies, was initially powered by a license-built German Daimler-Benz DB 601 inline engine as used in the Bf 109E. Despite making an inauspicious combat debut during the Battle of Midway in June 1942, the 'Judy' eventually proved to be an important asset for the IJNAF during battles in the latter years of the Pacific War. Its great successes resulted in the sinking of the escort carrier USS Princeton in an early kamikaze attack of the Philippines and the near sinking of the fleet carrier USS Franklin in a dive-bombing attack off Japan.

While the Judy had an impressive top-speed, like its predecessor, and many other Japanese military aircraft, it possessed design shortcomings including inadequate armor protection for its aircrew and no self-sealing fuel tanks. As a result, when pitted against new, advanced US Navy fighters suffered horrendous losses.

During the final months of World War II it became apparent that there would be no Japanese victory. Acting out of desperation, the IJNAF employed the 'Judy' in the dreaded kamikaze role, in which it excelled due to its high-speed characteristics. Most notably, the D4Y mounted one of the last combat actions of World War II when a flight of 11 Judies, personally led by the instigator of the suicide attacks, Vice Admiral Matome Ugaki, took off on a 'search mission' on August 15, 1945. This volume chronicles the action-packed wartime exploits of Japan's finest dive-bomber of World War II.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-992139 Goss, Chris 139 DORNIER DO 217: Units of World War 2 This highly illustrated study explores the design and development of the Do 217 and chronicles its use in the frontline as a strategic bomber, launch platform for first generation precision weapons, reconnaissance aircraft and nightfighter, among others.

The Do 217 had a much larger bomb load capacity and had considerably greater range than the Do 17, which it replaced in frontline service from mid to late 1941. Although initially used simply as a bomber, later variants were developed to allow the Do 217 to undertake the precision maritime strike role. In order to perform the latter mission, the Do 217 was modified to launch glide bombs - units employing these pioneering weapons enjoyed some success in the Mediterranean from the autumn of 1943.

During the course of these operations the Do 217 became the first aircraft in military aviation history to deploy a precision-guided bomb in combat in the form of the 'Fritz X' radio-guided, free-fall weapon, which sank the Italian battleship Roma shortly after Italy capitulated in September 1943. The Do 217 served on all fronts, and was often used on anti-shipping strikes during the Battle of the Atlantic and against the Allied invasion fleet at Normandy. This versatile aircraft was also converted into a nightfighter, seeing action in the Defense of the Reich through to war's end.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995299 Nash, Ed 299 KURDISH ARMOUR AGAINST ISIS: YPG/SDF TANKS, TECHNICALS AND AFVS IN THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR, 2014-19 Co-written by a British volunteer who fought with the Kurds and an academic expert on armoured warfare, this study explains how the Kurds built and used their AFVs in the war against 'Daesh', and identifies as far as possible which vehicles took part in major battles, such as Kobane, Manbij and Raqqa. With detailed new artwork depicting the Kurds' range of armor and many previously unpublished photos, this is an original look at modern improvised mechanized warfare.

One of the most remarkable mechanized campaigns of recent years pitted the brutal and heavily armed jihadis of Islamic State against an improvised force belonging to the Kurdish YPG (later the SDF). While some Kurdish vehicles were originally from Syrian Army stocks or captured from ISIS, many others were extraordinary homemade AFVs based on truck or digger mechanicals (aka duskas -- the Kurds' version of the technical). Before US air power was sent to Syria, these were the Kurds' most powerful and mobile weapons.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995298 Zaloga, Steven 298 German Tanks in Normandy 1944: THE PANZER, STURMGESCH?TZ AND PANZERJ?GER FORCES THAT FACED THE D-DAY INVASION A new study of the German Panzer forces that stood between the Allies' D-Day beachhead and victory in World War II - how they compared, how they were organized, and how they fought.

The German tank forces in Normandy in June-August 1944 had the advantage of fighting on the defensive side, as well as comprising of some of the most powerful and advanced tanks used by any side in the war. Yet success in tank warfare depends on many things beyond technological superiority. This book describes the types of tanks, tank destroyers and assault guns used by the Panzer units in Normandy, how they fought on the Normandy battlefield, and why they were overwhelmed by the advancing Allies. It discusses the organization and equipment of the units, providing thumbnail sketches of basic organization and doctrine as well as statistical data on the types and categories of AFVs in German service.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996368 Forczyk, Robert 368 STALINGRAD 1942-43 (2) The second in a three-part series examining the Stalingrad campaign, one of the most decisive military operations in World War II, that set the stage for the ultimate defeat of the Third Reich.

Although hit hard by the initial German offensive, a ruthless and obstinate Red Army was able to hold onto the city through a costly battle of attrition that sacrificed huge amounts of men and materiel. This second volume covers the fighting in the city in full visual detail, including the iconic battles at the Krasny Oktyabr Steel Plant, the Grain Elevator, the Barrikady and STZ factories, the 'Tennis Racquet,' and Rynok-Spartanovka. 1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996367 Murphy, David 367 THE FINNISH-SOVIET WINTER WAR 1939-40: Stalin's Hollow Victory Explores the events of the war of November 1939 to March 1940. Set against the background of the developing global conflict, the conflict saw the Finnish Army thwart the plans of the sizable Soviet forces assembled against it, before finally being forced to concede. Covers the major battles of the war, which took place in harsh winter conditions, including the Mannerheim Line, the fighting in Ladoga, Karelia, and Kollaa, and the clashes in Finnish Lapland.

This informative study explores the Soviet invasion of Finland, detailing the events of the Winter War of November 1939 to March 1940. The invasion was expected to be swift and decisive, however, the fighting qualities of the Finnish Army blunted the Soviet advance and inflicted high numbers of casualties. A combination of difficulties caused by the weather, the terrain, the Mannerheim Line defenses and Finnish tactics resulted in an apparently unequal struggle.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-997241 D'Amato, Raffaele 241 ARMIES OF JULIUS CAESAR 58-44 BC Gaius Julius Caesar's army was as varied and cosmopolitan as those of later centuries, and it is only recently that a wider study of a whole range of evidence has allowed a more precise picture of it to emerge. Examines the armies of Julius Caesar in detail, creating a detailed picture of how they lived and fought.

Caesar remains the most famous Roman general of all time. Although he never bore the title, historians since Suetonius have judged him to be, in practice, the very first 'emperor' - after all, no other name in history has been synonymous with a title of imperial rule. Caesar was a towering personality who, for better or worse, changed the history of Rome forever. His unscrupulous ambition was matched only by his genius as a commander and his conquest of Gaul brought Rome its first great territorial expansion outside the Mediterranean world. His charismatic leadership bonded his soldiers to him not only for expeditions 'beyond the edge of the world' - to Britain - but in the subsequent civil war that raised him to ultimate power.1 vol, 64 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-227900 Cole, Myke THE BRONZE LIE: Shattering the Myth of Spartan Warrior Supremacy The last stand at Thermopylae made the Spartans legends in their own time, famous for their toughness, stoicism, and martial prowess - but was this reputation earned? Covers Sparta's full classical history with an examination, and often rebuttal, of the myth of Spartan warrior supremacy.

Spartan warfare was punctuated by frequent and heavy losses. We also discover a society dedicated to militarism not in service to Greek unity or to the Spartan state itself, but as a desperate measure intended to keep its massive population of helots (a near-slave underclass) in line. What successes there were, such as in the Peloponnesian Wars, gave Sparta only a brief period of hegemony over Greece. Today, there is no greater testament to this than the relative position of modern Sparta and its famous rival Athens.

The Bronze Lie explores the Spartans' arms and armor, tactics and strategy, the personalities of commanders and the common soldiery alike. It looks at the major battles, with a special focus on previously under-publicized Spartan reverses that have been left largely unexamined. The result is a refreshingly honest and accurate account of Spartan warfare.1 vol, 464 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-227910 Holloway, Don THE LAST VIKING: The True Story of King Harald Hardrada Combines Norse sagas, Byzantine accounts, Anglo-Saxon chronicles, and even King Harald's own verse and prose into a single story that depicts the violence and spectacle of the late Viking era and delves into the dramatic events that brought an end to almost three centuries of Norse conquest and expansion.

Offers a riveting biography of King Harald that seems more like a movie than history, but truth is often stranger than fiction. The number of narrow escapes he had as a youth and young man boggles the imagination as he fought, fled to Sweden, then to Kiev, and then to Constantinople. He seems to have been a charming rascal who backed his ploys with warrior prowess -- especially as he learned court intrigue in the Byzantine Imperial palace. -- RL1 vol, 464 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-914029G Bey, Frederic VAE VICTUS BOARD GAME # 29: Days of Glory 1805 Wargame Trois Jours de Gloire 1805 offers players various situations and battles of different scopes. By commanding several divisions or several army corps, the nature of the decisions to be made changes and the games take on another dimension. Scenarios include Elchingen (14 October 1805), Hollabrunn (16 November 1805), and Austerlitz (2 December 1805). Rules translated into English.

Units: 1 strength point equals 200 infantry, 150 cavalry or 2 cannons
Scale: demi-brigade or regiment, battalion
Complexity : 7 / 9

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2 maps 59x41.6 cm and 1 map 83x59 cm
648 die-cut counters and markers
2 rulebooks (French/English)
2 booklets including ten scenarios (French/English)
2 deployment tables
1 player aid1 vol, 24 pgs 2021 FRANCE, CERIGO EDITIONS
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1-227940 Thompson, Mark WELLINGTON AND THE LINES OF TORRES VEDRAS Recaps events in 1809 that led to the need for the construction of defenses. The construction work is detailed and illustrated through several maps to explain the position and purpose of the several defenses. The Third French invasion of Portugal of 1810 under Massena is summarized through to the time when the French arrived at the Lines. The operations and movements over the next month are again detailed along with the continuing construction work on the Lines.

France, Portugal, and Britain developed plans for the defense of Lisbon in 1808 and 1809. In November 1809, the British proposal was commenced and became the Lines of Torres Vedras. A Memorandum on the construction was written in October 1809 but was more of an outline. The design and construction was completed over the next 18 months, the bulk being completed before the arrival of the French in October 1810. The initial design was expanded through 1810 as more time became available and the construction in October 1810 was significantly different to the original memorandum. New sources to prove a new, in-depth, English language account of the massive engineering effort.1 vol, 224 pgs 2021 UK, HELION & COMPANY
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1-227930 Fontane, Theodor THE GERMAN WAR OF 1866: The Bohemian and Moravian Campaign This is the first (and only) unabridged translation of Theodor Fontane's Der deutsche Krieg von 1866 (The German War of 1866) Volume 2, Books 1, 2, & 3, Bohemia and Moravia, and as such represents a significant contribution to the literature of the period. Cited as source material in every major history of the Austro Prussian War, it is now available for the first time in English.

Fontane's celebrated study covers all the major and minor battles that took place between the Prussians, the Austrians, and their Saxon allies in Bohemia, Moravia, and Galicia. This volume ranges from the political origins of the war, to detailed accounts of the actual fighting, to lyrical descriptions of the land, customs, and traditions of the Bohemians and Moravians themselves. The text is accompanied by Ludwig Berger's superb, specially commissioned illustrations, all of which have been included. Extensive footnotes provide the reader with an abundance of background material indispensable to a fuller understanding of the specific text and of the war in general.1 vol, 478 pgs 2021 UK, HELION & COMPANY
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1-227880 Anderson, Thomas PANZERGRENADIER Describes the development and evolution of the WWII German armored infantry force that accompanied the panzers as they crossed the battlefields of Europe, as well as detailing the vehicles and equipment that were developed to support their specialized role.1 vol, 288 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-227890 Anderson, Thomas BLITZKRIEG: The Invasion of Poland to the Fall of France Studies the then new 'Blitzkrieg' form of warfare that redrew the map of Europe in the opening year of World War II, bringing about the military collapse of three modern industrialized armies: Poland, Norway, and France/BeNeLux. Illustrated throughout with detailed maps, artwork, and contemporary photographs.1 vol, 304 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-227920 Danby, Jeff MEN OF ARMOR: The History of B Company, 756th Tank Battalion in World War II -- Part 1: Beginnings, North Africa, and Italy Narrative unfolds at the individual tanker's level by following key members of the unit through campaigns.

The 756th Tank Battalion (Light) activated at Fort Lewis in June 1941 and by early 1942 were equipped with new M3 light tanks. While companies A and C took part in Operation Torch, B Company was withheld for lack of cargo space in the transport ships and rejoined the battalion two months later in North Africa. The units undertook reconnaissance missions following the landings in Salerno.

In December 1943, the battalion was ordered to upgrade into medium tank (Sherman) unit. Given less than a month to reorganize and train in M4s, the battalion was sent into the Mignano Gap on January 11, 1944 and supported the 34th Infantry Division in the capture of Cervaro and Monte Trocchio. Later in January, B Company supported the troops of the 100th Battalion on bloody but ill-fated attempts to cross the Rapido river - finally at the third attempt the battalion established a secure bridgehead across the Rapido. During the next two days the nearby town of Caira was also captured, opening a clear avenue for an attack on Cassino.1 vol, 392 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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1-227961 Fontanellaz, adrien RED STAR VERSUS RISING SUN: Volume 1: The Conquest of Manchuria 1931-1938 Examines the origins of the rapidly modernizing Imperial Japanese Army and its expansion largely unfettered by civilian political constraints, into mainland Asia from the late 19th century up until 1938. It examines the culture, structure, and equipment of the IJA and its campaigns in warlord-era China along with an overview of the purge-ravaged Red Army of the same period.

The volume culminates in a detailed description of the major clash of the Soviet and Japanese armies at Lake Khasan in 1938. It includes a range of specially commissioned color illustrations of the men, AFVs, artillery pieces, and aircraft that fought at Lake Khasan in 1938.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, HELION & COMPANY
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1-227951 Zamulin, Valeriy THE PLANNING AND PREPARATIONS OF THE BATTLE OF KURSK: Volume 1 The first volume of a projected two-volume set takes a close look at the condition of the German and Soviet forces following the winter campaign. Analyzing first the German side, the author demonstrates that the Germans were in a woeful condition, especially with respect to the number of serviceable armored vehicles and the lack of infantry. However, Hitler was determined to regain the initiative in the East, though some German commanders expressed concerns.

Examines the German plans for the summer of 1943 and the process of rebuilding its forces. The data shows that the Germans struggled to replenish Army Group South and Model's Ninth Army in the north. The latter was also hampered almost right up to the launching of Operation Citadel by the need to conduct a major anti-partisan operation in woods and thickets in the German rear with divisions earmarked for Citadel. Includes 79 b/w illustrations, 39 tables, and seven color maps.

Also examines the Soviet side and discusses the planning for the summer campaign, including the decision to adopt a defense of the Kursk salient and create a multi-echeloned system of defense (though incomplete in depth). Demonstrates that the Red Army was able quickly to replenish its forces and create a large mobile reserve, the Steppe Front. 1 vol, 566 pgs 2021 UK, HELION & COMPANY
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