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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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1-226230 Lacy, Ben NORDWIND: 12 Historical Sceanrios for Squad and Company Level Skirmishes Although these 12 scenarios were tested with Final Combat and Micro Melee, they can be enjoyed with any number of WWII squad to company-level rules. Whenever something seems to contradict your rules, use common sense.

Known as the last offensive in the west, Nordwind began on 31 December 1944 in Rhineland-Palatinate, Alsace and Lorraine in southwestern Germany and northeastern France. It ended on 25 January 1945 after the U.S. 222nd Infantry Regiment stopped the German advance near Haguenau. This was the same day reinforcements began to arrive from the Ardennes.
1 vol, 68 pgs 2021 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS
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1-226140 Shann, Steve SEELOWE HEIGHTS 16-19 April 1945: A Wargamer's Guide A Series of (12) scenarios that cover the actions. Great for RAPID FIRE , easily converted to other systems, O/b's, maps.1 vol, 60 pgs 2020 UK, NATIONS IN ARMS PUBLICATIONS
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1-66996 Taylor, Shawn OUR SONS AS WELL: Gallipoli Campaign book Designed for Great War Spearhead II, these 21 scenarios cover the Balkan War battles fought on the same ground as the famous Gallipoli Campaign, Suvla, ANZAC Cover, Kum Kale, Krithia and the attempts to take Sari Bair and Scimitar Hill. Full Orders of Battle for all actions including extensive Naval Gunfire Support. 1 vol, 120 pgs 2020 CANADA, SHAWN TAYLOR
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1-225029 Burgess, Eric Vauban's Wars - Card Deck One 54 card casino-quality playing card deck to enhance the Piquet game of Vauban's Wars. There are 54 full color cards with 28 garrison cards (blue stripe) and 25 besieger cards (red stripe) to replace the cards that come with the game. The cards have unique backs for each side and all cards have rules reference numbers at the bottom. There are also some blank cards for each side so that you can make your own custom events or mechanics for the game. The last card is a Proof of Purchase card. 1 vol, 1 pgs 2020 US, PIQUET
NEW-deck, available mid October 2020 ......$15.00 rct

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1-226220 van Dop, Peter BELLOLUDI RIFLES: Skirmish rules 1860-1914 For those with no previous experience in wargaming, yet like to play games, these introductory rules are suitable two to 40 players

The game is designed as a multiplayer game but will work just as fine with only two players or even solo. The same goes for the number of miniatures involved. It is possible to start with only 20 miniatures, with the distances are given in inches for use with 28mm figures.

The rules are for skirmishes in colonial settings, Franco-Prussian War and other Wars of German Unification, the Balkan Wars, Spanish-American War, the Boer Wars, Boxer Rebellion, and up to the early clashes of WW1.

The aim is not to annihilate the enemy unit to the last man, but to inflict so much damage that morale is brought down and the unit will become shaken or will run away in panic and be removed from the table top. By a clever combination of movement and shooting, dashing cavalry charges and carefully positioned artillery pieces, this can be achieved. The tactics are based on teamwork. Not only within a unit, but also between units and as such, the whole army.

This product comes with two commander dice. Markers can be downloaded.
1 vol, 20 pgs 2020 NETHERLANDS, BELLOLUDI
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1-226150 Venning Timothy IF ROME HADN'T FALLEN: How the Survival of Rome Might Have Changed World History This is a fascinating exploration of how the history of Europe, and indeed the world, might have been different if the Western Roman Empire had survived the crises that pulled it apart in the 4th and 5th centuries. Includes 8-page plate section, and six black and white maps.

Roman survival and recovery might plausibly have happened if several relatively minor things had been different, which leads to a series of scenarios which might have altered the course of subsequent history dramatically. Would the survival of a strong Western Empire have assisted the Eastern (Byzantine) Empire in halting the expansion of Islam in the Middle East and North Africa? How would the Western Roman Empire have handled the Viking threat? Could they even have exploited the Viking discovery of America and established successful colonies there?

While necessarily speculative, all the scenarios are discussed within the framework of a deep understanding of the major driving forces, tensions and trends that shaped European history and help to shed light upon them. In so doing they help the reader to understand why things panned out as they did, as well as what might have been. 1 vol, 208 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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2-226150 Venning Timothy IF ROME HADN'T FALLEN: How the Survival of Rome Might Have Changed World History This is a fascinating exploration of how the history of Europe, and indeed the world, might have been different if the Western Roman Empire had survived the crises that pulled it apart in the 4th and 5th centuries. Includes 8-page plate section, and six black and white maps.

Roman survival and recovery might plausibly have happened if several relatively minor things had been different, which leads to a series of scenarios which might have altered the course of subsequent history dramatically. Would the survival of a strong Western Empire have assisted the Eastern (Byzantine) Empire in halting the expansion of Islam in the Middle East and North Africa? How would the Western Roman Empire have handled the Viking threat? Could they even have exploited the Viking discovery of America and established successful colonies there?

While necessarily speculative, all the scenarios are discussed within the framework of a deep understanding of the major driving forces, tensions and trends that shaped European history and help to shed light upon them. In so doing they help the reader to understand why things panned out as they did, as well as what might have been. 1 vol, 208 pgs 2021 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-226210 Baker, Darren CRUSADERS AND REVOLUTIONARIES: De Monfort One of the families that dominated the thirteenth century were the de Montforts. They arose in France, in a hamlet close to Paris, and grew to prominence under the crusading fervor of that time, taking them from leadership in the Albigensian wars to lordships around the Mediterranean. They marry into the English aristocracy, join the crusade to the Holy Land, then another crusade in the south of France against the Cathars. 30 color illustrations

The controversial stewardship of Simon de Montfort (V) in that conflict is explored in depth. It is his son Simon de Montfort (VI) who is perhaps best known. His rebellion against Henry III of England ultimately establishes the first parliamentary state in Europe.

The decline of the family begins with Simon's defeat and death at Evesham in 1265. Initially they revive their fortunes under the new king of Sicily, but they scandalize Europe with a vengeful political murder. By this time it is the twilight of the crusades era and the remaining de Montforts either perish or are expelled. Eleanor de Montfort, the last Princess of Wales, dies in childbirth and her daughter is raised as a nun.1 vol, 240 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-962106 Various MEDIEVAL WARFARE: Volume 10.6 Siege of Acre (1189-1191 Theme: The Siege of Acre (1189-1191)
The Beginning of the Third Crusade: The Road to Acre
Acre in the Twelfth Century: Setting the Scene for a Siege
The Whole Globe Assembled to Fight for Her: The Siege of Acre
Infantry of the Third Crusade:Unsung Heroes

Features:
His Limbs are of Gigantic Size: Henry VIII's Jousting Body
Europe's Most Powerful Force: The Swiss and Their Mercenaries
Before the Vikings: The Vendee-age Warrior
Myth and Reality of a 'Dragon Slayer': The Confers Falchion
Gunpowder and Warfare in East Asia 1540-1620: Trampling Over Muskets
The Bishop Who Defended Castile: Ramon de Minverva
An Irish Tower House in Virtual Reality - Kilcolman Castle
1 vol, 84 pgs 2020 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARY
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1-902935 Messer, Florian VENETIAN WAR OF 1487 ot rhte War of Rovereto Contains 41 photos, partly of re-enactment events, nine contemporary illustrations, one map, two other illustrations, and two double-sided coloured drawings.

The Venetian War of 1487 between the maritime great power of Venice and the Alpine Archduchy of Tyrol led to considerable political upheavals -- especially in Tyrol. The conflict is closely linked to the partly tragic, partly bizarre biography of Archduke Siegmund of Tyrol.

The Venetian War stood on the threshold between the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of modern times: on the one hand, the battle for the town and castle of Rovereto with heavy artillery, and on the other hand, the chivalrous duel between Johann von Waldburg-Sonnenberg and Antonia Maria da Sanseverino.

Decisive was the Battle of Calliano between a veteran of the Burgundy Wars on the one hand and a highly respected condoto on the other, in front of the breathtaking mountain scenery of the Adige Valley. For the first time, the new warrior type 'Landsknechte' was decisive for battle.

This book was written in close cooperation with reenactment groups from Italy, Austria, and Germany. It also contains detailed illustrations of weapons, coloured illustrations, and some of Wolfgang Braun's excellent reconstruction drawings.
1 vol, 96 pgs 2020 GERMANY, BERLIN ZINNFIGUREN
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1-226160 Lucas, Andrew FOR KING AND KAISER: Scenes from Saxony's War in Flanders 1914-1918 Covers Saxony's war in Flanders in detail using vivid extracts from personal accounts and letters as well as regimental and documents from the Saxon archives. Illustrated with Over 300 previously unpublished personal black and white photos which show every aspect of wartime experience in the front line and the rear areas.

The role of the Saxon army in the three battles of Ypres is recorded in graphic detail, and rare photographs offer fresh perspectives on famous wartime locations on the Western Front including Ploegsteert Wood, the Menin Road, Bellewaarde, Wytschaete and Passchendaele.1 vol, 256 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-226200 Carr, John MUSSOLINI'S DEFEAT AT HILL 731, March 1941: How the Greeks Halted Italy's Albanian Offensive Hill 731 was the scene of the most ferocious battle of the Greek-Italian War in Albania. Watched by Mussolini himself, on 9 March 1941 the Italians launched their Spring Offensive, designed to stem four months of humiliating reverses. The objective was a pair of parallel valleys dominated by the Greek-held Hill 731 that had to be taken at all costs.

The Italian Eighth Corps, part of Geloso's 11th Army, had the task of seizing the heights, spearheaded by 38 (Puglie) Division. Holding the position was the Greek 1 Division of II Corps, with 4 and 6 Division on the flanks.

For 17 days, after a massive artillery barrage (which reduced the hill's height by 6 metros), the Italians threw themselves with great courage against the Evzones on the hill, to be repeatedly smashed with appalling losses. It was an Iwo Jima-type merciless fight at close quarters, where bayonets held the place of honor but the battered Greeks held.

Mussolini had wanted a spring victory to impress the F1 vol, 502 pgs 2020 UK, PEN & SWORD
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1-COM1104 Carter, Joe DEVIL BOATS: PT Boats In The Solomons Wargame covers the months from July to September 1943 -- the most active months during the campaign against Japanese forces in the New Georgia Islands area as US forces advanced northward. As PT Boat commander, you will lead up to four PT boats on nightly patrols from your PT base on Rendova Island. Your primary goal is to sink as many IJN barges as possible in an attempt to prevent them from transporting troops and supplies to the surrounding islands.

Most patrols can be completed in 15-30 minutes, with the occasional 1-hour patrol if several enemy convoys are encountered. The option to play Short and Medium campaign games of one or two months is also included. One thing is certain: no two missions will ever play the same.

Product Information:
Complexity: 5 out of 10
Solitaire Suitability: 10 out of 10 (designed for solitaire play)
Time Scale: 1 day per mission, 20 missions per month
Map Scale: Abstract
Unit Scale: Individual PT boats, ships, aircraft, guns, specific PT boat crew members/equipment, and ammo/bombs
Players: One (with option for two or more)
Playing Time: 15-60 minutes per mission, 15-30+ hours for full campaign game.

Components: One Counter Sheet of 5/8-inch unit-counters, One 8.5x11-inch, Strategic Movement Map Board, One 8.5x11-inch PT Boat Crewmen Placement Board, One 8.5x11-inch Combat Board , One 8.5x11-inch Special Missions Board, One PT Boat Damage Log Sheet (Laminated), One PT Boat Damage Repair Times Sheet (Laminated), One PT Boat Squadron Status Sheet (Laminated), One IJN Barge Status Sheet (Laminated), One Special Missions / Destroyer Status Sheet (Laminated), Three PT Campaign Log Sheets, Tables Book, Rules Book, Two 6-sided dice, four 10-sided dice, and one 4-sided die, and One erasable marker.
1 vol, 1 pgs 2021 US, COMPASS GAMES
NEW-box, available late January 2021 ......$69.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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1-226180 Collins, Michael, David Hilborn, Martin King THE FIGHTING 30th DIVISION: They Called Them Roosevelt's SS Combat chronicle of the 30th Infantry Division. Recruited mainly from the Carolinas and Georgia and Tennessee, they were one of the hardest-fighting units the U.S. ever fielded in Europe. What was it about these men that made them so indomitable? They were tough and resilient for a start, but this division had something else. They possessed intrinsic zeal to engage the enemy that often left their adversaries in awe. Their U.S. Army nickname was the 'Old Hickory' Division. But after encountering them on the battlefield, the Germans themselves came to call them 'Roosevelt's SS.'

Covers the hedgerows of Normandy, the gallant stand against panzers at Mortain, brutal slugfest around Aachen and the Westwall, and the Battle of the Bulge. Each chapter is meticulously researched and assembled with accurate timelines and after-action reports. The last remaining veterans of the 30th Division and attached units who saw the action firsthand relate their remarkable experiences here for the first, and probably the last time. This is precisely what military historians mean when they write about 'fighting spirit.'

There have been only a few books written about the 30th Division and none contained direct interviews with the veterans. This work follows their story from Normandy to the final victory in Germany, packed with previously untold accounts from the survivors. These are the men whose incredible stories epitomize what it was to be a GI in one of the toughest divisions in WWII.
1 vol, 360 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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2-226180 Collins, Michael, David Hilborn, Martin King THE FIGHTING 30th DIVISION: They Called Them Roosevelt's SS Combat chronicle of the 30th Infantry Division. Recruited mainly from the Carolinas and Georgia and Tennessee, they were one of the hardest-fighting units the U.S. ever fielded in Europe. What was it about these men that made them so indomitable? They were tough and resilient for a start, but this division had something else. They possessed intrinsic zeal to engage the enemy that often left their adversaries in awe. Their U.S. Army nickname was the 'Old Hickory' Division. But after encountering them on the battlefield, the Germans themselves came to call them 'Roosevelt's SS.'

Covers the hedgerows of Normandy, the gallant stand against panzers at Mortain, brutal slugfest around Aachen and the Westwall, and the Battle of the Bulge. Each chapter is meticulously researched and assembled with accurate timelines and after-action reports. The last remaining veterans of the 30th Division and attached units who saw the action firsthand relate their remarkable experiences here for the first, and probably the last time. This is precisely what military historians mean when they write about 'fighting spirit.'

There have been only a few books written about the 30th Division and none contained direct interviews with the veterans. This work follows their story from Normandy to the final victory in Germany, packed with previously untold accounts from the survivors. These are the men whose incredible stories epitomize what it was to be a GI in one of the toughest divisions in WWII.
1 vol, 360 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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1-226170 Peto, George and Peter Margaritis TWENTY-TWO ON PELELIU: Four Pacific Campaigns with the Corps: The Memoirs of an Old Breed Marine Wild and remarkable story of George Peto, an 'Old Breed' Marine, from his youth in the Great Depression, his training and combat in the Pacific, to his life after the war, as told in his own words.

On September 15, 1944, the U.S. First Marine Division landed on a small island in the Central Pacific called Peleliu as a prelude to the liberation of the Philippines. Among the first wave of Marines that hit the beach that day was 22-year-old George Peto.

Growing up on a farm in Ohio, George always preferred being outdoors and exploring. This made school a challenge, but his hunting, fishing and trapping skills helped put food on his family's table. As a poor teenager living in a rough area, he got into regular brawls, and he found holding down a job hard because of his wanderlust. After working out West with the CCC, he decided that joining the Marines offered him the opportunity for adventure plus three square meals a day; so he and his brother joined the Corps in 1941, just a few months before Pearl Harbor.

Following boot camp and training, he was initially assigned to various guard units, until he was shipped out to the Pacific and assigned to the 1st Marines. His first combat experience was the landing at Finschhaven, followed by Cape Gloucester. Then as a Forward Observer, he went ashore in one of the lead amtracs at Peleliu and saw fierce fighting for a week before the regiment was relieved due to massive casualties. Six months later, his division became the immediate reserve for the initial landing on Okinawa. They encountered no resistance when they came ashore on D+1, but would go on to fight on Okinawa for over six months.
1 vol, 368 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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2-226170 Peto, George and Peter Margaritis TWENTY-TWO ON PELELIU: Four Pacific Campaigns with the Corps: The Memoirs of an Old Breed Marine Wild and remarkable story of George Peto, an 'Old Breed' Marine, from his youth in the Great Depression, his training and combat in the Pacific, to his life after the war, as told in his own words.

On September 15, 1944, the U.S. First Marine Division landed on a small island in the Central Pacific called Peleliu as a prelude to the liberation of the Philippines. Among the first wave of Marines that hit the beach that day was 22-year-old George Peto.

Growing up on a farm in Ohio, George always preferred being outdoors and exploring. This made school a challenge, but his hunting, fishing and trapping skills helped put food on his family's table. As a poor teenager living in a rough area, he got into regular brawls, and he found holding down a job hard because of his wanderlust. After working out West with the CCC, he decided that joining the Marines offered him the opportunity for adventure plus three square meals a day; so he and his brother joined the Corps in 1941, just a few months before Pearl Harbor.

Following boot camp and training, he was initially assigned to various guard units, until he was shipped out to the Pacific and assigned to the 1st Marines. His first combat experience was the landing at Finschhaven, followed by Cape Gloucester. Then as a Forward Observer, he went ashore in one of the lead amtracs at Peleliu and saw fierce fighting for a week before the regiment was relieved due to massive casualties. Six months later, his division became the immediate reserve for the initial landing on Okinawa. They encountered no resistance when they came ashore on D+1, but would go on to fight on Okinawa for over six months.
1 vol, 368 pgs 2021 US, CASEMATE
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1-226190 Russell, John THEIRS THE STRIFE: The Forgotten Battles of British Second Army and Armeegruppe Blumentritt, April 1945 The British VIII and XII Corps runs into a new German division made up of naval troops, a Waffen-SS battalion of Hitler Youth and some of the last available Tiger and Panther tanks on the North German Plain in early April 1945. Despite the Germans' inexperience, they are well-motivated troops and determined to acquit themselves to the best of their ability. The destruction of a Churchill tank on the outskirts of Minden on 6 April marked the opening of 11 days of fierce action. For all the combatants, the war is very far from over. Includes 97 black and white photos, 25 black and white figures, and 74 black and white maps.

Although parts of the book were previously published as No Triumphant Procession, this book reflects many years of additional research by the author and provides a significantly broader history. In particular it describes the detail of 6th Airborne and 11th Armoured Division's hard-fought battles for bridgeheads over the Weser, 11th Armoured Division's demanding advance to the Aller, the subsequent battle for the Essel bridgehead and the heavily contested advance to Winsen. The book includes air actions by the RAF and Luftwaffe, the impact of Ultra decrypts, and there are two contextual chapters recording the organization, equipment and state of the participating British and German forces. The Epilogue explores the British strengths and weaknesses and provides an in-depth analysis of why some German units offered stubborn resistance so close to the war's end. 1 vol, 502 pgs 2020 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-pb, available late February 2021 ......$45.00 DISCOUNT:15% rct

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