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ABBREVIATIONS: dj-dust jacket, biblio-bibliography, b/w-black and white, illust-illustrations, b/c-book club addition.
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1-1994038 Bolt Action: Campaign: D-Day: US Sector 2nd edition overing the fiercely contested US sectors of D-Day, including the beaches of Omaha and Utah, this new Campaign Book for Bolt Action allows players to refight the fierce American beach landings, beach head breakouts, and Airborne assaults. New, linked scenarios, rules, troop types, and Theatre Selectors provide plenty of options for both novice and veteran players alike.
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1-1994039 BOLT ACTION: Campaign: Italy: Soft Underbelly -- 2nd Edition This supplement for Bolt Action focuses on Operation Husky, the WWII airborne and naval invasion of Sicily, the hard-fought battles in the villages and rugged mountain passes of that island, and the advance up the Italian Peninsula towards Rome.

With a host of scenarios, new units, special rules, and Theatre Selectors this book contains everything players need to refight these important battles in defense of the Regno d'Italia or to strike at the underbelly of Axis-controlled Europe.1 vol, 176 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-908406 various WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 406 Articles Include:

Quick Fire: Reader activities
Observation Post: New releases from Crooked Dice, Gripping Beast, Wargames Atlantic, and Osprey Games.
Release Radar: More new releases
Full Paper Jacket: Book reviews

Theme: Just Add Fantasy

THE TEMPLARS AND THE DEMON WARS OF 1307-1314: Adding demons and magic to history.
LAST STAND AT DRAGONMARK PASS: Scenario and army lists for using North Star's Oathmark plastic fantasy range in his Dragon Rampant game.
7TV: FANTASY INTERVIEW: A game designer, an academic, and a group of students create a tabletop fantasy game.
A TREASURE TROVE OF BLANCHITSU FANTASY CLASSICS:Reminiscences about Uncle Dunc, the early painting days of John Blanche, and a hidden haul of fine fantasy figures.
GOING GREEK - MYTHOLOGY IN YOUR WARGAMING: Nine reasons why Greek mythology is the way to go in gaming.

Other Articles:

JUSTICE LEAGUE TOWER ON THE TABLETOP: Terrain building a tower from the DC superhero film Justice League.
BLUT UND EISEN - FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR RAILWAYS: On campaign and on the tabletop.
BUILDING BREEZEHOME - PART ONE: How to build terrain for an Elder Scrolls world and historical terrain building projects, too.
BATTLE OF THE RIVER IDLE: THE SUTTON HOO KING GOES TO WAR: Take the most famous archeological artifact in England into battle.
BETTER CAMPAIGNING!: Thoughts on tabletop campaigns and how to get them right.
DANTE'S INFERNO - MAKING AND PAINTING FIRE: Fire and glow painting techniques.1 vol, 116 pgs 2021 UK, WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED
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1-228190 Goldsmith, Dolf THE VICKERS MACHINE GUN: Pride of the Emma Gees The Vickers machine gun was such an integral part of 20th century history that it is embedded in almost every history book of the two World Wars. Now, a quarter of a century after the publication of the first edition, Dolf has participated in the upgrading of that massive book with over 270 more pages of new information, color photos and research completed by himself and three more Vickers historians: Richard Fisher, Robert G. Segel and Dan Shea. This is the ultimate collectors' book for Vickers machine gun enthusiasts, historians, collectors and scholars alike!1 vol, 961 pgs 2021 US, CHIPOTLE PUBLISHING LLC
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1-968024 Worrall, Richard 024 THE RUHR 1943: The RAF's Brutal Fight for Germany's Industrial Heartland This illustrated study explores, in detail, the RAF's first concentrated air campaign of World War II against one of the hardest and most important targets in Germany - the industrial heartland of the Ruhr that kept Hitler's war machine running. This book examines how the brutal Ruhr campaign was conceived and fought, and how Bomber Command's relentless pursuit of its objective drew it into raids on targets well beyond the Ruhr, from the nearby city of Cologne to the Skoda works in Czechoslovakia.

Between March and July 1943, RAF Bomber Command's aim was the complete destruction of the industry that powered the German war machine. Often overshadowed by the famous 'Dambusters' single-raid attack on the Ruhr dams, the Battle of the Ruhr proved much larger and much more complex. The mighty, industrial Ruhr region contained not only some of the most famous and important arms makers, such as the gunmakers Krupp of Essen, but also many other industries that the German war economy relied on, from steelmakers to synthetic oil plants. Being such a valuable target, the Ruhr was one of the most heavily defended regions in Europe.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-972060 Adams, Greg 060 JAPANESE SOLDIER VS US SOLDIER: New Guinea 1942-44 Examines and compares the Japanese forces and their US Army opponents, many of whom were National Guard units, with particular attention paid to combat doctrine, weaponry, tactics, logistics, leadership, and communications in the challenging setting of New Guinea. The role of US Army National Guard units and their Japanese opponents in three important battles are examined, namely Buna-Gona (November 1942-January 1943), Biak Island (May-August 1944) and the Driniumor River (July-August 1944).

New Guinea - the world's second-largest island - was administered partly by Australia and partly by the Dutch East Indies. The New Guinea campaign saw Japanese forces invade the island, rapidly capturing the key port of Rabaul and threatening Port Moresby, while US forces joined the defenders in increasing numbers. The uniquely demanding environment, and the savage nature of the fighting, meant that the campaign was among the most arduous of World War II for both sides.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978114 Bernstein, Jonathan 114 P-47 THUNDERBOLT vs GERMAN FLAK DEFENSES: Western Europe 1943-45 This volume analyses the tactics and techniques used by both P-47 fighter-bomber pilots and German flak gunners, featuring full-color illustrations to examine the Allied tactical air power in Europe from 1943 and how German defenses were overpowered by the air threat. The USAAF four numbered air forces that saw action over the European continent suffered significant fighter-bomber losses to flak. The principle fighter-bomber from the summer of 1944 through to VE Day was the P-47D, with both dedicated ground attack units and squadrons that had completed their bomber escort tasking seeking out targets of opportunity across occupied Western Europe.

The fighter-bombers (principally of the Ninth Air Force) wreaked considerable havoc on German ground forces. Indeed, Thunderbolt units undertaking such missions effectively complemented the strategic bombing campaign, ensuring the defeat of Nazi Germany. P-47 pilots paid a high price to achieve this victory, however, as the German flak arm was well equipped (nearly a quarter of all war-related production was devoted to anti-aircraft weaponry) with weapons of various calibres to counter tactical air power's low to medium altitude threat.

While heavy-calibre anti-aircraft fire was intended to both shoot down enemy aircraft and force bombers to drop their ordnance sooner or from higher altitudes, thus reducing bombing accuracy, low-altitude flak batteries put up a virtual 'wall of steel' for enemy fighter-bombers to fly through. Damaging a low-flying fighter-bomber made it easier for other flak gunners to track, engage, and destroy it. Innovations like lead-computing gunsights gave gunners a higher probability of intercepting low-altitude fighters. Conversely, the appearance of air-to-ground rockets beneath the wings of P-47s gave pilots better standoff range and a harder-hitting punch when dealing with low and medium altitude flak units.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-978115 Nijboer, Donald 115 SBD DAUNTLESS vs A6M ZERO-SEN: Pacific Theater 1941-44 This book examines these aircraft in detail, exploring their history and development and contains accurate descriptions of the combats between the SBD Dauntless and Zero-sen throughout the first four carrier battles of 1942 and the Solomons Campaign.

The SBD Dauntless dive-bomber was a key cog in the US Navy's aerial arsenal throughout the Pacific War. Although a product of aviation design in the mid to late 1930s, the type soldiered on even as more advanced aircraft were appearing from American factories as the war progressed. Despite its classification as a dive-bomber and rather dated appearance, the SBD Dauntless could more than handle its own against the feared A6M Zero-sen - a regular opponent, especially during the first 18 months of the campaign in the Pacific. The SBD was credited with 138 victories in aerial combat (principally in 1942), 107 of which were fighters and the rest bombers.

Seven SBD units claimed five or more aerial victories, with future ace Lt (jg) John Leppla of VS-2 being credited with four victories while flying from the carrier USS Lexington during the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942. The Zero-sen came to symbolize Japan's military prowess during the early stages of the war in the Pacific, and it quickly became the world's premier carrier-based fighter - a title it would hold well into 1943.

The psychological impact of the Zero-sen was so great that all Allied fighters were judged by the standards set by it. The aviators flying the A6M in 1941-42 were amongst the most experienced fighter pilots in the world, and they claimed a significant number of the SBDs destroyed while trying to defend their carriers from attack during the Battles of Coral Sea, Midway and Santa Cruz in 1942. While one was a dive-bomber and the other a nimble fighter, both met in combat many times, with the Dauntless proving an elusive and deadly target thanks to the tenacity and skill of the pilots and gunners manning the Douglas aircraft. While the Zero-sen was credited with shooting down many SBDs, the rugged dive-bomber gave as good as it got and emerged, not surprisingly, victorious on many occasions.1 vol, 80 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-995300 Konstam, Angus 300 WARSHIPS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR This detailed study of the naval Spanish Civil War describes how the Spanish Navy, torn in two and comprising a Republican and Nationalist part, fought a civil war at sea involving both Hitler's and Mussolini's navies. Packed with contemporary photographs and full color illustrations, it examines the composition and organization of the two rival fleets, the capabilities of their ships and submarines, and the performance of their crews. It also covers the warships of the Basque Auxiliary Navy - an offshoot of the Republican Fleet - and other navies who played a part in the conflict, most notably the Italian Regia Marina.

In July 1936, a pro-fascist coup orchestrated by General Franco tore Spain apart and plunged the country into a bitter civil war. Like Spain itself, the Spanish Navy was torn in two: crews and most ships remained loyal to the Republican government but many of the Navy's officers joined Franco's rebels, and warships under repair or 'mothballed' in southern ports soon fell to the rebel advance. These formed the basis of Franco's 'Nationalist fleet,' and with both Italian and German help, the rebels were able to contest the Republic's control of Spanish waters. Overall the Republican Navy held its own, despite mounting losses, until the collapse of the Republican Army led to the fleet seeking internment in French North Africa.1 vol, 48 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-996369 Galeotti, Mark 369 THE PANJSHIR VALLEY 1980-86: The Lion Tames the Bear in Afghanistan An in-depth look at the struggle between the charismatic rebel commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, 'The Lion of Panjshir', and the Soviet forces who fought to control the Panjshir Valley in Afghanistan.

When the Soviets rolled into Afghanistan in 1979, they believed if they took the cities, the country would follow. They were wrong. The Red Army found itself in a bloody stalemate in the Afghan mountains, in the strategically vital Panjshir Valley, where they faced the most able and charismatic of the rebel commanders: Ahmad Shah Massoud, the 'Lion of Panjshir'.

Time and again the Soviets and their Afghan counterparts sought to take control of the Panjshir, and time and again the rebels either rebuffed their clumsy attempts or ambushed and evaded them, only to retake the valley as soon as Moscow's attention was elsewhere. Over time, the rebels acquired new weapons and developed their own tactics - as did the Soviets. The Panjshir was not just a pivotal battlefield, it also shaped the subsequent Afghan civil wars that followed Soviet withdrawal, and the military thinking that is still informing the new Russian military.1 vol, 96 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-999541 Esposito, Gabriele 541 ARMIES OF THE WAR OF THE GRAND ALLIANCE 1688-97 This title explores and illustrates the armies of France and the countries allied against Louis XIV in the wide-ranging Continental conflict that ushered in more than a century of European warfare.

Formed in 1689, the 'Grand Alliance' (League of Augsburg) was a military coalition of the Holy Roman Empire, the Dutch Republic, Britain, Spain and the Duchy of Savoy, to resist Louis XIV's rich, powerful and expansionist France. The first stage of the nine year conflict that followed also coincided with the so-called 'Glorious Revolution' in Britain (1688-91), when the throne passed to the Dutch Protestant leader, William of Orange, the head of a multi-national Dutch, Danish and English army, which finally expelled James II's Jacobite and French forces from Ireland.

The long war on the continent was notable for the first widespread use of regimental uniforms and flintlock muskets with bayonets, plus the sophisticated use of siege warfare under the great French engineer, Vauban. The final Treaties of Ryswyck (1697) brought the war to an end and marked Louis XIV's political zenith, and also the ascendancy of both the Dutch and British as first-rate global powers.

This fully illustrated title explores the armies which fought the War of the Grand Alliance, examining their strength, organization, uniforms and weapons, and explaining their campaigns and major battles.1 vol, 48 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-1947639 Flaherty, Chris THE SHEPHERD PROTECTS THEIR FLOCK: First Ancient Armies Examines warfare from the Neolithic to Sumerian periods, starting during Late Neolithic urbanization and the Chalcolithic (Copper Age), and was completed by the early Bronze Age with the appearance of King Sargon's Royal Standing Army, around 2,334 BCE, and the warrior armies of the Amorite, Elamite, and Lullubi. This volume looks back into a huge expanse of time, identifying an historic juncture where feuding became warfare, that was fought by soldiers, during a long historical process called the crossing of the military threshold. Looks at the first tactics used in warfare, weapons and the transition from hunter-warriors to soldiers. 1 vol, 90 pgs 2021 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-COM1114 Rivero, Jose GRANADA: LAST STAND OF THE MOORS -- 1482-1492: Wargame Two-player wargame pitting the Catholic player seeking fame and glory by accomplishing the Reconquista and enlarging your kingdoms in one unified powerful state versus the Muslim player seeking to resist and save Granada and maintain and enlarge the Nasrid dynasty.

Product Information

Complexity: Low to Medium (4 out of 10)
Solitaire suitability: Low (3 out of 10)
Time Scale: 1 Year per turn
Map Scale: Point-to-point map
Unit Scale: Units vary from 500-1500 men
Players: 2
Playing Time: 3.5 to 4 hours per game

Components: 22x34-inch mounted map; 137 Rectangular wooden blocks in various colors; 2 Sheets of stickers (for blocks); 2 Draw bags; 20 Wooden Castle shape (10 white, 10 black); 20 Wooden Cylinders (10 white, 10 black); 20 Wooden cubes (10 white, 10 black); 7 Wooden markers (various sizes and colors); 3 Decks of cards (72 Christians, 66 Muslims, 17 Naval); 1 Victory Point track; 2 Reference cards (identical); and 1 Rules booklet.1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 US, COMPASS GAMES
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1-228210 Edited by Lalowski, M and J North 1813: POLISH EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS OF NAPOLEON'S CAMPAIGN IN GERMANY The vivid accounts of Polish soldiers in Napoleon's armies track them from the frosty chaos of January 1813 to the dismal crossing of the French frontier that November. There are descriptions of battles and sieges, victories and defeats, all set against the backcloth of entire nations at war, as well as more human tales of friendship and betrayal. Includes 9 maps.1 vol, 300 pgs 2021 UK, KEN TROTMAN
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1-228170 Glover, G. and S. Summerfield THE WATERLOO ARCHIVE ATLAS Illustrated throughout with color maps and contemporary sketches, portraits etc. At the core of the book are the 83 hand-drawn military field sketches of roads in the surrounding area by Wellington's Staff Corps prior to the Waterloo Campaign, all expertly enhanced in color by Stephen. To these have been added any maps of the area produced prior to 1825 such as the work by Joseph Ferraris and also (redrawn) the famous Willem Craan map of 1816.

Many other maps are included to fill out the wider campaign plus the rare plans of the major sieges by Colonel Sir James Carmichael Smyth. Still that is not all, the volume also includes the earliest views of the battlefield, those of William Stoney, Denis Dighton and James Rouse amongst others. The result is the most sumptuous cartographic study of the battle ever produced.1 vol, 220 pgs 2021 UK, KEN TROTMAN
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1-227253 Glover, Gareth THE NAPOLEONIC ARCHIVE VOLUME 3: CORUNNA AND WALCHEREN MEMOIRS (1808-1809). A continuation of our efforts to convert our original paperback monographs into better bound volumes: Contains the memoirs of Lt-Col James H Stanhope 1810-17 (Staff), Captain Charles A Pierrepoint (Assistant Quarter-Master General), John Dayes (5th Foot), Sergeant Peter Facey (28th Regiment), Walcheren Diary of Lt John Garbutt 84th Foot, and Lt George Bourne 85th Foot & Expedition to Walcheren 2nd Captain Henry Light.1 vol, 250 pgs 2021 UK, KEN TROTMAN
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1-227254 Glover, Gareth THE NAPOLEONIC ARCHIVE VOLUME 4: WELLINGTON'S STAFF A continuation of our efforts to convert our original paperback monographs into better bound volumes: Contains the previously published memoirs of Lt-Col. James H Stanhope (Staff) , Robert Duffield Cooke (Army Pay Corps), Captain Thomas Edwardes-Tucker (ADC to Picton), The Texas Papers (various senior British & Portuguese officers), PLUS the following previously unpublished works: Diary of Maj-Gen John Randoll Mackenzie of Suddie, 3rd Division, Letters of Brgadier William Parker Carrol 3rd Spanish Division, Letters to Sir Charles Stuart Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotential to Portugal and Brazil (1810-1811), and Letters of Major-General William Wheatley of 1st Division 1812.1 vol, 250 pgs 2021 UK, KEN TROTMAN
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1-969016 Wolf, William 016 DOUGLAS XB-19: America's Giant World War II Intercontinental Bomber This book provides an illustrated history of the XB-19 intercontinental bomber and the text is supported by previously unpublished photographs. Since the XB-19 project was top secret and there was only one example built there is little information remaining for researchers. Over the years Bill Wolf has collected the largest quantity of XB-19 material and a number of photographs, including a copy of the original Army Air Force acceptance of the aircraft, first-hand narratives of its first flight, and other USAAC and Douglas Company documents.

In 1935 the USAAC wanted to build a potential intercontinental bomber, a 'Guardian of the Hemisphere,' and granted Douglas a contract to build the world's largest bomber. The groundwork for the intercontinental bomber had been laid in the previous two decades by the courageous military and civilian pilots who risked their lives to set new distance and endurance records.

While the XB-19 never flew as an intercontinental bomber or even as a combat bomber; its contributions as a 'Flying Laboratory' significantly influenced the development of the Consolidated B-36 Peacemaker, the world's first true intercontinental bomber.1 vol, 80 pgs 2020 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-22539027 Crippa, Paolo ARMOURED GROUP LEONCELLO Study of the little-known Italian Social Republic armored unit Armored Group of the Leoncello. Little documentation of the unit was available and the 1960s information proved to be riddled with historical errors. The discovery and analysis of a series of previously unknown documents allowed the author to further investigate the subject and clarify many aspects of the short operational life of this tank unit. Presents the story of the Leoncello, from the conception at the Carristi Depot in Verona, to operations under its vigorous commander Captain Zuccaro, and to its epilogue in the days of the partisan insurrection.1 vol, 100 pgs 2021 ITALY, SOLDIER SHOP
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1-228220 Stille, Mark PACIFIC CARRIER WAR: Carrier Combat from Pearl Harbour to Okinawa A comprehensive study of the carrier formations of the Pacific War, including their origins, development and key battles from the Coral Sea, through Midway and Guadalcanal to the battle of the Philippine Sea. Examining the ships, aircraft and doctrines of both the Japanese and US navies and how they changed during the war.

The defining feature of the Pacific Theater of World War II was the clash of carriers that ultimately decided the fate of nations. The names of these battles have become legendary as some of the most epic encounters in the history of naval warfare. Pre-war assumptions about the impact and effectiveness of carriers were comprehensively tested in early war battles such as Coral Sea, while US victories at Midway and in the waters around Guadalcanal established the supremacy of its carriers.

The US Navy's ability to adapt and evolve to the changing conditions of war maintained and furthered their advantage, culminating in their comprehensive victory at the Battle of the Philippine Sea, history's largest carrier battle, which destroyed almost the entire Japanese carrier force.1 vol, 304 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-228230 Cleaver, Thomas THE TONKIN GULF YACHT CLUB: Naval Aviation in the Vietnam War The 'Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club' was the tongue-in-cheek nickname of the US Seventh Fleet that was stationed off the coast of Vietnam. Examines the US Naval air campaign in the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1975. Covers operations from the USS Maddox in the infamous Gulf of Tonkin incidentof 1964 onwards through to the eventual withdrawal of the fleet following the collapse of South Vietnam in 1975.

The Seventh Fleet's Task Force 77, which at points during the war had as many as six carriers on station at any one time with 70-100 aircraft on each, provided vital air support for combat troops on the ground, while at the same time taking part in the major operations against North Vietnam itself such as Rolling Thunder, Linebacker I and II. All of these operations took place in a hostile environment of flak, missiles and MiGs.1 vol, 304 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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1-228240 Bahr, Alan HEIRS TO HERESY: The Fall of the Knights Templar You are one of the 30 Knights Templar who awoke on Friday, 13 October 1307, only to find themselves wanted criminals and branded heretics by the King of France. Abandoned by the Vatican and sent away early in the morning, you must leave Paris on a day of reckoning and try to find your way across a dark, mythic Europe to a mystical utopia where you can rebuild!

Heirs to Heresy starts as a historical-fantasy roleplaying game, but is heavily influenced by Gnosticism, European Folklore, esotericism, and the myths and legends that surround the Templars. The game will ask you to craft the secrets of the Templar treasure, the enemies, and mysteries they will face, as your Knights undertake a mystical journey to the center of themselves along the road to Avallonis.

The mechanics are a blend of narrative, storytelling rules, and classic adventure-gaming inspired roleplaying rules that work to create rich aspect-driven characters. As Templar Knights, your skill at arms is unquestionable, but it is the potential access to gnostic spells, unique powers, or intensely powerful faith sets you apart from your compatriots.1 vol, 192 pgs 2021 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
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