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2-89360 REPENT OR DIE:Wars Of Religion 1492-1660 2nd Edition A complete miniatures ruleset for the Age of the Renaissance 1492-1660. Covers the Spanish exploration, the 30 years war, the English Civil war, the Wars of Religion and all other wars of the period. Features all major powers and includes six complete scenarios.

1 vol, 76 pgs 2021 US, HOPLITE RESEARCH
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1-190835 Elliott, Simon ROMAN CONQUESTS, THE: Volume 5 - Britain The Roman Conquests series seeks to explain when and how the Romans were able to conquer a vast empire stretching from the foothills of the Scottish Highlands to the Sahara Desert, from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf. How did their armies adapt to and overcome the challenges of widely varied enemies and terrain?

In this volume, Dr Simon Elliott draws on the latest research and archaeological evidence to present a new narrative of the conquest (never completed) of Britain. From Julius Caesar's initial incursions in 55 and 54 BC, through the Claudian invasion of 43 AD and the campaigns of expansion and pacification thereafter, he analyses the Roman army in action. The weapons, equipment, organization, leadership, strategy and tactics of the legions and their British foes are described and analysed. The ferocity of the resistance was such that the island was never wholly subdued and required a disproportionate military presence for the duration of its time as a Roman province.1 vol, 208 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD BOOKS
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1-228000 Rhodes, P. J. ALCIBIADES Biography of Alcibiades, one of the most famous (or infamous) characters of Classical Greece. A young Athenian aristocrat, he came to prominence during the Peloponnesian War (429-404 BC) between Sparta and Athens. Flamboyant, charismatic (and wealthy), this close associate of Socrates persuaded the Athenians to attempt to stand up to the Spartans on land as part of an alliance he was instrumental in bringing together. Although this led to defeat at the Battle of Mantinea in 418 BC, his prestige remained high. He was also a prime mover in Athens' next big strategic gambit, the Sicilian Expedition of 415 BC, for which he was elected as one of the leaders. Shortly after arrival in Sicily, however, he was recalled to face charges of sacrilege allegedly committed during his pre-expedition reveling. Jumping ship on the return journey, he defected to the Spartans.

Alcibiades soon ingratiated himself with the Spartans, encouraging them to aid the Sicilians (ultimately resulting in the utter destruction of the Athenian expedition) and to keep year-round pressure on the Athenians. He then seems to have overstepped the bounds of hospitality by sleeping with the Spartan queen and was soon on the run again. He then played a devious and dangerous game of shifting loyalties between Sparta, Athens and Persia. He had a hand in engineering the overthrow of democracy at Athens in favor of an oligarchy, which allowed him to return from exile, though he then opposed the increasingly-extreme excesses of that regime. For a time he looked to have restored Athens' fortunes in the war, but went into exile again after being held responsible for the defeat of one of his subordinates in a naval battle. This time he took refuge with the Persians, but as they were now allied to the Spartans, the cuckolded King Agis of Sparta was able to arrange his assassination by Persian agents1 vol, 168 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-227980 Whately, Conor A SENSORY HISTORY OF ANCIENT WARFARE: Reconstructing the Physical Experience of War in the Classical World How can we attempt to understand the experience of those involved in ancient battles, sieges and campaigns? What was the visual impact of seeing the massed ranks of the enemy approaching or the sky darkened with their arrows? How did it feel to be trapped in the press of bodies as phalanxes clashed shield to shield? What of the taste of dust on the march or the smell of split blood and entrails? What of the rumble of approaching cavalry, the clash of iron weapons and the screams of the dying? The assault on all five senses which must have occurred is the subject of this innovative book.

Sensory history is a new approach that attempts to understand the full spectrum of the experience of the participants in history. Conor Whately is the first to apply the discipline in a dedicated study of warfare in the classical world. He draws on literary, archaeological, reconstructive and comparative evidence to understand the human experience of the ancient battlefield in unprecedented depth.1 vol, 192 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-227990 Davis, John Paul KING JOHN, HENRY III AND ENGLAND'S LOST CIVIL WAR In 1204, the great Angevin Empire created by the joining of the dynasties of Henry II of England and his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, was fragmenting. At its height, the family landholdings had been among the largest the world had ever seen. From the border of England and Scotland in the north to south of the Pyrenees, it seemed there was nowhere in Europe destined to escape Plantagenet control.

Yet within five years of his accession, King John's grip on the family holdings was loosening. Betrayal against his father and brother, the murder of his nephew, and breaking promises made to his supporters were just some of the accusations levelled against him. When Philip II conquered Normandy, the chroniclers believed that an ancient prophecy was fulfilled: that in this year the sword would be separated from the sceptre. For the first time since 1066, England's rule over the ancestral land was over.

For John, troubles on the continent were just the beginning of a series of challenges that would ultimately define his reign. Difficult relations with the papacy and clergy, coupled with rising dissent among his barons ensured conflict would not be limited to the continent. When John died in 1216, more than half of the country was in the hands of the dauphin of France. Never had the future of the Plantagenet dynasty looked more uncertain.

As the following pages will show, throughout the first eighteen years of the reign of Henry III, the future direction of England as a political state, the identity of the ruling family and the fate of Henry II's lost empire were still matters that could have gone either way. For the advisors of the young king, led by the influential regent, William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, the effects of John's reign would be long and severe. Successful implementation of the failed Magna Carta may have ensured his son's short-term survival, yet living up to such promises created arguably a more significant challenge.

This is the story of how the varying actions of two very different kings both threatened and created the English way of life, and ultimately put England on the path to its Lost Civil War.1 vol, 240 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-227970 Gardela, Leszak WOMEN AND WEAPONS IN THE VIKING WORLD: Amazons of the North Sets out to investigate the idea of 'the armed woman' in the Viking Age through a comprehensive and cross-cultural approach and weaves a nuanced picture of women's lives in the Viking world.

The Viking Age (c. AD 750-1050) is conventionally portrayed as a tumultuous time when hordes of fierce warriors from Scandinavia wreaked havoc across the European continent and when Norse merchants traveled to distant corners of the world in pursuit of slaves, silver and exotic commodities. Until fairly recently, Norse society during this pivotal period in world history has been characterized as male-dominated, with women's roles dismissed or substantially downplayed.

There is, however, ample textual and archaeological evidence to suggest that many of the most spectacular achievements of Viking Age Scandinavians - in craftsmanship, exploration, cross-cultural trade, warfare and other spheres of life - would not have been possible without the active involvement of women, and that both within the walls of the household and in the wider public arena women's voices were heard, respected and followed.

Lavishly illustrated, this pioneering book explores the stories of the female warrior and women's links with the martial sphere of life in the Viking Age, using literature and archaeological evidence from Scandinavia and the wider Viking world to examine the motivations and circumstances that led women to engage in armed conflict. B&w and color images1 vol, 216 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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1-227950 Shaw. Jeffrey THE ETHIOPIAN-ADAL WAR 1529-1543: The Conquest of Abyssinia In 1529, an army from the Sultanate of Adal in modern-day Somalia invaded neighboring Ethiopia. For the next fourteen years, the conflict ravaged Ethiopia, planting the seeds of enmity and mistrust in the Horn of Africa that resonate to this day.

The Ethiopian-Adal War: The Conquest of Abyssinia brings sixteenth-century Arab, Portuguese, and Ethiopian primary source material from this conflict to contemporary readers for the first time in the English language in a single volume. Situating the conflict into the wider struggle for maritime supremacy between the Portuguese and Ottoman Empires, readers will have the chance to learn about a little-known conflict which nearly resulted in the subjugation of Christian Ethiopia at the hands of Imam Gurey, the Sultan of Adal. Included are maps of the conflict's major battles, never before seen in any publication. Photographs of the Ethiopian landscape and a range of other illustrations complete the account of this epic conflict.1 vol, 146 pgs 2021 UK, HELION & COMPANY
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1-227960 Barratt, John CAVALIER CAPITAL: Oxford in the English Civil War 1642-1646 Detailed account of Oxford's role as Royalist capital examines all aspects of its experience in the English Civil War. As well as the effects on the town and university, special emphasis is placed on the various aspects of the Royalist occupation, including its role as armory and major manufacturing center of munitions. The King's court and the operation of Royalist government and administration are examined, as are the organization and life of the soldiers of the garrison. Leading personalities are described, as well as the military campaigns which were focused on Oxford during the war. The final siege leading to the fall of Oxford is also described. Lavishly illustrated with contemporary and modern illustrations. 1 vol, 184 pgs 2021 UK, HELION & COMPANY
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2-44740 Cox, Michael & Lenton, John CRIMEAN WAR BASICS:Britain, France & Sardinia Organization and uniform details. The aim of this book is to cover the organisations and orders of battle of the armies concerned. The uniform section is confined to a concise summary of known material. This will be of interest and use to both the military historian and the wargamer. Although general references are made to the armies as a whole, the authors have concentrated on those units serving in the Crimean theatre itself. 1 vol, 44 pgs 2021 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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2-44750 Cox, Michael & Lenton, John CRIMEAN WAR BASICS:Russia & Turkey Organization and uniform details. The aim of this book is to cover the organisations and orders of battle of the armies concerned. The uniform section is confined to a concise summary of known material. This will be of interest and use to both the military historian and the wargamer. Although general references are made to the armies as a whole, the authors have concentrated on those units serving in the Crimean theatre itself. 1 vol, 38 pgs 2021 HOPEWELL, OMM PUBLISHING
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1-227712 Proulx, Mark WINGS OF THE BLACK CROSS SPECIAL NUMBER TWO JUNKERS JU 87 STUKA Examines the design and history of the JU-87 Stuka and includes 10 color profiles with variety of artwork views. 1 vol, 48 pgs 2021 US, EAGLE EDITIONS
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1-227713 Proulx, Mark WINGS OF THE BLACK CROSS SPECIAL NUMBER THREE BF 109 Examines the design and history of Willi Messerschmitt's iconic World War II fighter, the Bf 109. Includes unpublished photos and 14 color profiles.

Special Number Three is an expanded edition compared to earlier titles in the series. There are 90 captioned photographs spanning 63 pages printed on thick, quality glossy paper. Text provides a glimpse into the evolution of the Bf 109 and the role it played within the Luftwaffe structure. There is also brief discussion on the camouflage and markings of the aircraft. 1 vol, 64 pgs 2021 US, EAGLE EDITIONS
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1-228030 Chambers, Stephen KRITHIA: Gallipoli Krithia was a key objective in the land offensives; a killing ground greater than Anzac or Suvla. Recounts the landings at Helles of 25 April 1915 and subsequent bitter attempts to capture the village and the vital high ground of Achi Baba. General Hunter-Weston's weakened 29th Division achieved little during the first two bloody battles of Krithia, even when reinforced by the Anzacs, 42nd Division, Royal Naval Division, and the French. The allies had little to show from their costly daylight frontal attacks, apart from a slightly firmer footing ashore and a growing casualty list.

As the military situation looked to degenerate into a Western Front style stalemate, General Sir Ian Hamilton pushed for a final battle of Krithia. Using Hunter-Weston's newly formed VIII Corps and General Gouraud's French Corps Expeditionnaire d'Orient, the Third Battle of Krithia launched on 6 June 1915. Despite a promising start, the attack soon collapsed against a stubborn Turkish defence. Although some lessons had been learnt from earlier failures, underestimation of the enemy was not one of them.

Includes a rich mix of letters, diaries, photographs, and maps of Gallipoli's most costly battles. Includes 176 pages of integrated illustrations.
1 vol, 192 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-228040 Clifford, Alexander FIGHTING FOR SPAIN: The International Brigades in the Civil War, 1936-1939 In the English-speaking world, the Spanish Civil War is perhaps best remembered through the exploits of thousands of foreign volunteers from across the globe who joined the International Brigades -- a force of communists, socialists and others who took their opposition to fascism to extraordinary lengths. Their passionate political commitment to Spain's cause and determination in battle placed them among the crack troops of the Republic's People's Army.

Yet while much has been written about the political, social, and cultural significance of the brigades and their experience in Spain, less has been said about their performance as front-line troops. This well-illustrated new study focuses on the brigades as combat units, tracing the course of each major battle in which they fought and showing the drastic changes they underwent as the war progressed - from an untrained militia in 1936, to the tried and tested shock troops of 1937, to a shadow of their former selves by 1938 after repeated maulings and the introduction of Spanish conscripts to fill their ranks. 1 vol, 264 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-COM1098 Copley, Ernie THE WAR IN PACIFIC 1941-1945 Simulates the military, naval, economic, diplomatic, and political aspects of World War II in the Asia and the Pacific theatres. TWP may be played on its own or may be combined with The War: Europe 1939-1945 ('TWE') to recreate the entire Second World War. In conjunction with The War's Expansion Kit, gamers can now enjoy the complete TW franchise. The game includes TW: Global rules linking the Asia/Pacific and European theaters.

Features sophisticated carrier-warfare rules that capture the unique features of the Allied naval struggle against Japan. Further, TWP isn't just a naval strategy contest. Unlike some WWII strategy games, Nationalist China plays an active role in TWP, and a player's diplomatic strategy in China may be as important as his military strategy.

As in TWE, there are numerous optional rules and variants, from the Doolittle raid to Japanese Fleet suicide missions. Scenarios include Changsha (Nationalist China vs. Japan, Fall 1939); Guadalcanal; Coral Sea; Midway; the Eastern Solomons; Leyte; Okinawa, 1941-1945 Pacific War Campaign; 1942-1943 Turning Point; and TW-Global, combining TWP and TWE into one monster campaign game.

For those who want to run the full Europe-Pacific campaign, joining both games together, you'll need about 80 hours to recreate all of WWII.

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Complexity: High (about 8 out of 10)
Solitaire Suitability: Good
Time Scale: 1 turn = 3 months
Map Scale: 1 hex = 100-120 miles/hex
Unit Scale: Fleets and Task-Forces; Air: Wings; Land: Divisions, Corps and Army
Players: two
Playing Time: 50 hours for full campaign (1.5 hours and up for scenarios)

Components: 2 maps; 8 full sheets of 5/8-inch counters; 28 full color 8.5x11-inch cards with various displays, tracks, reminders, tables, charts, worksheets, etc.; 1 rules booklet; 1 scenario booklet; 1 deck of variant cards; 2 dice; and 1 full color box and lid - the big 3' deep box.
1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-COM1015 Ledford, Mitchell and Gregory M. Smith THE WAR IN EUROPE 1939-1945 - reprint WWII strategic level game covering all the action of Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa.Offers everything a game of this scale and scope should, from massive armored breakthroughs and encirclements to national production and military improvement.

TWE may be played on its own or may be combined with The War: Pacific 1941-1945 ('TWE') to recreate the entire Second World War. In conjunction with The War's Expansion Kit, gamers can now enjoy the complete TW franchise.

Also addresses 'what-if' WWII strategy: what if the Germans really built the carrier Graf Zeppelin; what if Mussolini had upgraded the quality of Italian forces; what if Stalin hadn't shot many of his best generals during the purges; what if the U.S. had entered the war earlier.or later; what if the British had been able to mobilize the Empire and the Dominions more effectively; what if the U.S. had developed the atomic bomb early enough to use in Europe, and so on.

It isn't intended to be a simulation. It's a 'gamer's game' with quick, user-friendly combat systems. Veteran gamers familiar with classic WWII strategic level games should pick up the game very quickly. For new recruits, the short scenarios teach the basics, but can be played as stand-alone games in their own right. Includes 12 scenarios.

Product Information:
Complexity: High (about 8 out of 10)
Playing Time: 50 hours for full campaign (1.5 hours and up for scenarios)
Solitaire Suitability: Good

Components: 2 maps; 9 full sheets of 5/8-inch counters; 20 full color 8.5x11-inch cards with various displays, tracks, reminders, tables, charts, worksheets, etc.; 1 rules booklet; 1 scenario booklet; 1 deck of variant cards; 2 dice; and 1 full color box and lid - the big 3' deep box.
1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-228010 Lister, david DEFEATING THE PANZER-STUKA MENACE: British Spigot Weapons of the Second World War Weapons of myth and scandal, that is the best way to describe the spigot weapons deployed by the British in the Second World War. Includes 60 black and white illustrations.

Unlike conventional mortars, a spigot mortar does not have a barrel through with the round is fired. Instead, the general concept involves a steel rod - the 'spigot' - onto which the bomb is placed before it is fired. This design was, as David Lister reveals, the basis of a number of successful weapons used during WWII.

The myth of the PIAT man-portable anti-tank weapon is, for example, tied closely to British paratroopers struggling in the ruins of Arnhem with an inadequate design, one inferior to the German equivalent. Similarly, the myth of the Blacker Bombard is of a useless weapon, of dubious quality, that was dumped on the unsuspecting Home Guard. In reality, the weapons were devastating creations of war, often superior to any other nation's counterpart.

At sea, the Hedgehog anti-submarine weapon was another powerful spigot weapon. It was undoubtedly capable of sweeping the U-boats from the sea and even winning the Battle 1 vol, 232 pgs 2021 UK, AIR WORLD
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1-228020 Saunders, Tim NORMANDY 1944: The Fight for Point 103, Tilly-sur-Seulles and Vilers Bocage Difficulties on 50th Division's beaches and lost opportunities allowed time for the 12th Hitlerjugend SS Panzer Division and the equally elite 130th Panzer Lehr Division to arrive in Normandy, despite delays of their own caused by allied fighter bombers. The result was 4th Armoured Brigade's thrust south encountered opposition from the start and was firmly blocked just south of Point 103 after an advance of less than 5 miles.

A major counter-attack by Panzer Lehr failed, as did a renewed British attempt, this time by the vaunted 7th Armoured Division, which was halted at Tilly sur Seulles. From here the fighting became a progressively attritional struggle in the hedgerows of the Bocage country south of Bayeux. More and more units were drawn into the fighting, which steadily extended west. Finally, an opportunity, via the Caumont Gap, to outflank the German defences was taken and 7th Armoured Division reached Villers Bocage. Here the County of London Yeomanry encountered the newly arrived tiger tanks of Michael Wittmann, with disastrous results. The Desert Rats were forced to withdraw having lost much of their reputation.
1 vol, 336 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-227162 Nicolle, David MIGS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Volume 2: The Second Decade, 1967-1975 Operational history of MiG-15, MiG-17, MiG-19 and MiG-21 fighter jets in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Syria, North and South Yemen from 1967 until 1975.

During and after the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War, fighter-bombers of Soviet-design and manufacture served in the air forces of two frontline Arab states facing Israel: Egypt and Syria. While Algeria and Iraq also deployed contingents flying Soviet-made fighter jets, only the latter saw any significant action. Immediately after, and in reaction to losses and negative experiences from the war with Israel, unprecedented numbers of MiGs were delivered to air forces in the Middle East. The USSR replaced all Egyptian and Syrian losses on 1-for-1 basis, while Iraq and Algeria placed huge orders. Moreover, the USSR replaced Egypt as the main supporter of the republican government in what was then Northern Yemen, and Sudan appeared on the scene to place orders for its own air force. Subsequently, the British Protectorate of Aden achieved independence, quickly established friendly ties to the Soviet Union and Cuba, and began acquiring jet fighters of Soviet origin.

Unsurprisingly, by the early 1970s, not only older MiG-15s and MiG-17s but also newer types like MiG-21s served in huge numbers with at least half a dozen air forces around the Middle East. They wore a wide range of very different, and often very colorful unit insignia and other markings, and were flown by many pilots who would subsequently play crucial roles in the future of their nations.
1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-228021 Ryabushkin, Dimirty THE SINO-SOVIET BORDER WAR OF 1969 V1: First Clash at Damansky Island On 2 March 1969, a specially prepared Chinese army detachment made a surprise attack on the Soviet border guards who were patrolling the border sector in the area of Damansky Island on the Ussuri River. In the subsequent battle, the dead alone on both sides numbered more than 50. Two weeks later, on 15 March 1969, a much larger battle took place in this same area, in which the two sides used artillery and armored vehicles; the casualties numbered in the hundreds. Includes 65 b/w photos, 3 color profiles, 6 color figures, 1 color and 8 b/w maps.

The first volume of this two-part mini-series examines, among other things, the historical and political precursors of the 1969 events, the reaction to them in different countries, and the battle of 2 March 1969. Principal attention is focused on a detailed chronological description of the battle, Soviet and Chinese tactics, and the weapons used. Inasmuch as the present state policies in Russia and China are aimed not only at keeping silent about the 1969 events, but also opposing any attempts to study what happened in detail, the authors have relied on finding veterans of the battles and obtaining from them documentary evidence of those distant events.

There were conflicts along the entire Sino-Soviet border - from Primorye to Central Asia - in the following weeks and months. Although smaller in scale than the Damansky events, men still died in them. Shooting on Damansky continued practically into mid-September.

On 13 August 1969 there occurred one more large-scale military clash, in the area of Lake Zhalanashkol, after which the political leadership of the USSR and PRC recognised the very real possibility that the border war might escalate into a full-scale war, with the potential use of nuclear weapons.The authors believe that this study is the most detailed and objective work on the theme of the 1969 Sino-Soviet border war. 1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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1-228022 Ryabushkin, Dimirty THE SINO-SOVIET BORDER WAR OF 1969 V2: Confrontation at Lake Zhalanashkol, August 1969 The second volume of this two-part mini-series examines events from 15 March 1969 until the conclusion of the conflict. Principal attention is focused on a detailed chronological description of the battles, Soviet and Chinese tactics, and the weapons used. Inasmuch as the present state policies in Russia and China are aimed not only at keeping silent about the 1969 events, but also opposing any attempts to study what happened in detail. Includes 3 color profiles, 6 color ills, 2 color maps, 57 b/w photos, and 10 b/w maps. 1 vol, 76 pgs 2021 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
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