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On Military Matters 05/30/2022

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RULES…

COLD WAR COMMANDER: Rules Back in stock. Ruleset uses 2mm to 20mm miniatures for large battles. The 8.5×11-inch rulebook contains full-color illustrations and photos, reference sheets, 16 scenarios, and 30+ army lists covering 28 nations, designed for fast play. Players each take command of a Battlegroup, which can be anything from a company right up to a division. The rules are suitable for solo, two-player, and multi-player games, at home, at the club, or at a tournament. $48.00 USD

CASTLES IN THE SKY: A Wargame of Flying Battleships A wargaming ruleset from Osprey for epic pre-WW1 battles in the sky. So fire up the turbines, ready the aether drives, and take to the air to fight battles with fleets of aerial ironclads. It’s the dawn of the 20th Century and the Great Powers turn to war. Since the development of the air screw, leading to the creation of flying warships, the navies of the world have comprised an ever-growing number of these castles in the sky. Assemble your fleet from eight nationalities and fight through a variety of scenarios. $25.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $21.25 USD

SHADOWS OF CENTRALIS: Rules The 400-page A5 rulebook fuses elements of fantasy, science fiction, and horror into a 28mm (1:64) scale tabletop wargame that can be played with as few as 20 to 30 models or up to hundreds of models per side. Contains scenarios and 15 army lists: Damned, Dwarfs, Elves, Fiends, Followers of the Eye, Goblins, Hag Elves, Konstrato Empire, Lords, Orcs, Order of Ophelia, Samurai, Servants of Extinction, Undead, and Yalif. $48.00 USD

OSPREYS…

030 THE OIL CAMPAIGN 1944-45: Draining the Wehrmacht’s Lifeblood Air Campaign series. U.S. daylight-bombing strategy shifted in 1944 to destroying Germany’s fuel facilities. The U.S.A.A.F.’s oil campaign built up momentum during the summer of 1944 and targeted refineries and plants. Decrypted German communications made it clear that the oil campaign was having an effect against the Wehrmacht. By autumn, fuel shortages forced the Luftwaffe to ground most of its combat units except for fighters, forced the Kriegsmarine to place most of its warships in harbor except for the U-boats, and greatly hampered German army campaigns. Key photos and illustrations help examine the controversies and debates over the focus of the U.S. bombing campaign in the final year of the war, and the impact it had on the war effort overall. $24.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $20.40 USD

146 JUNKERS JU 188: Units of World War II Combat Aircraft series. This comprehensive study of the JU-188 charts the design, development and deployment of an advanced aircraft which was ultimately overshadowed by improvements to the original JU-88 it was designed to replace. Still, the JU-188 arrived in the autumn of 1943. After operational trials, the JU-188 equipped three bomber Geschwader and several long-range reconnaissance Staffeln in the East and Italy, conducting operations over Britain and the Western Front as well as Russia and the Mediterranean. Supported by specially commissioned illustrations and contemporary photography. $24.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $20.40 USD

121 F9F PANTHER vs COMMUNIST AAA: Korea 1950-53 New Vanguard series. Both opponents’ tactics and gunnery are explored in depth in this study that contains full-color illustrations, including cockpit scenes and armament views. Also includes a detailed analysis of the U.S. Navy Panthers’ loss rates and their causes. $22.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $18.70 USD

307 THE POLISH NAVY 1918-45: From the Polish-Soviet War to World War II New Vanguard series. Detailed account describes the Polish Navy’s origins and contribution to the WWII Allied war effort. In exile, the Polish Navy operated not only their own ships, but also Royal Navy warships, including a cruiser, destroyers, submarines, and motor torpedo boats which fought alongside the Allies in the Battle of the Atlantic, the Arctic convoys, and at the Normandy landings. $19.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $16.15 USD

379 THE EAST AFRICA CAMPAIGN 1914-18: Von Lettow-Vorbeck’s Masterpiece Campaign series. Examines how a wide array of British, Indian, South African, Belgian, Portuguese, and local native forces invaded German East Africa in WWI and slowly ousted the German forces – a process made tortuous by Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Lettow-Vorbeck’s masterful management of the campaign. Among the events covered in this work are the Battle of Tanga, the scuttling of the Konigsberg, the German railway campaign, and the battles at Salaita Hill, Kondoa-Irangi, Mahenge, Mahiwa, and Namacurra. Includes colorful period and specially commissioned illustrations. $24.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $20.40 USD

OSPREY BOOKS…

HITLER’S WINTER: The German Battle of the Bulge Brilliant analysis of the Battle of the Bulge from the German point of view, detailing flaws in operational planning and execution, especially in logistics, as well as efforts that attained a measure of success. Covers all the right topics, from reorganizations to special operations, in a well-written overview that unearths new perspectives. Also includes how Operation Northwind affected Bulge operations. The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive in the West. Launched in the depths of winter to neutralize the overwhelming Allied air superiority, three German armies attacked through the Ardennes, the weakest part of the American lines, with the aim of splitting the Allied armies and seizing the vital port of Antwerp within a week. It was a tall order, as the Panzers had to get across the Our, Ambleve, Ourthe and Meuse rivers, and the desperate battle became a race against time and the elements, which the Germans would eventually lose. But this dramatic counterattack did succeed in catching the Allies off guard in what became the largest and bloodiest battle fought by U.S. forces during the war. $28.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $23.80 USD

NO WIDER WAR: A History of the Vietnam War – Volume 2: 1965-75 Second volume of a two-part exploration of America’s involvement in Indochina from the end of World War II to the Fall of Saigon. Traces the story of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War from the first Marines landing at Da Nang in 1965, through the traumatic Tet Offensive of 1968 and the gradual Vietnamization of the war that followed, to the withdrawal of American forces and the final loss of the South in 1975. Includes recently declassified top secret National Security Agency material. $28.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $23.80 USD

FLASHPOINTS: Air Warfare in the Cold War Describes eight Cold War aerial conflicts: the Suez Crisis of 1956, the Congo Crisis of 1960-65, the Indo-Pakistan Wars of 1965 and 1971, the Arab-Israeli Wars of 1967 and 1973, the Falklands War of 1982, and the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88. Details the wide range of aircraft types used, revolution in aviation technology and design, and the development of new tactics during the Cold War. In all of them, both sides had a credible air force equipped with modern types, and air power shaped the final outcomes of the wars. These conflicts saw some of the most modern technology that the NATO and Warsaw Pact forces deployed, alongside some relatively obscure aircraft types such as the Westland Wyvern and the Folland Gnat. Highly illustrated with over 240 images and maps. $45.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $38.25 USD

CRECY: Battle of Five Kings New analysis of the 1346 battle of Crecy, in which the outnumbered English under King Edward III won a decisive victory over the French and changed the course of the Hundred Years War. Offers a compelling narrative account of the battle, while describing how modern scholars have used archived manuscripts, satellite technologies, and traditional fieldwork to help unlock what was arguably the battle’s greatest secret: the location of the now quiet fields where so many thousands died. $30.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $25.50 USD

BOOKS…

THE LION OF ROUND TOP: The Life and Military Service of Brigadier General Strong Vincent in the American Civil War Restores Vincent to his rightful place among the heroes of the battle of Gettysburg by presenting his life story using never-before-published sources and archival material. Citizen-soldier Strong Vincent was many things: Harvard graduate, lawyer, political speaker, descendant of pilgrims and religious refugees, husband, father, brother. But his greatest contribution to history is as the savior of the Federal left on the second day at Gettysburg, when he and his men held Little Round Top against overwhelming Confederate numbers. Forgotten by history in favor of his subordinate, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Vincent has faded into relative obscurity in the decades since his death. $35.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $29.75 USD

UNCEASING FURY: Texans at the Battle of Chickamauga, September 18-20, 1863 Explores the critical role Texas enlisted men and officers played in the three days of fighting, September 18-20, 1863, near West Chickamauga Creek in September 1863. Texas troops fought in almost every major sector of the sprawling Chickamauga battlefield, from the first attacks on September 18 on the bridges spanning the creek to the final attack on Snodgrass Hill on September 20. Fortunately, many of the survivors left vivid descriptions of battle action, the anguish of losing friends, the pain and loneliness of being so far away from home, and their often-colorful opinions of their generals. Based on hundreds of personal accounts, memoirs, postwar newspaper articles, diaries, and other primary sources, this study provides the Lone Star State soldiers with the recognition they have so long deserved. $33.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $28.05 USD

GENERAL JAN SMUTS: His First World War in Africa, 1914-1917 Smuts, his abilities as a general much denigrated by both his contemporary and then later modern historians, was no armchair soldier. This cabinet minister and statesman donned a uniform and led his men into battle. He learned his soldiery craft under General Koos De la Rey’s tutelage, and another soldier-statesman, General Louis Botha, during the South African War 1899-1902. He emerged from that war immersed in the Boer maneuver doctrine he devastatingly waged in the guerrilla phase of that conflict. His daring and epic invasion of the Cape at the head of his commando remains legendary. Placed in command of the Allied forces in East Africa in 1916, he led a mixed bag of South Africans and Imperial troops against the legendary Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and his Shutztruppe. Using his penchant for Boer maneuver warfare together with mounted infantry led and manned by Boer Republican veterans, he proceeded to free the vast German territory from Lettow-Vorbeck’s grip. Often leading from the front, his operational concepts were an enigma to the British under his command, remaining so to modern-day historians. Although unable to bring the elusive and wily Lettow-Vorbeck to a final decisive battle, Smuts conquered most of the territory by the end of his tenure in February 1917. $38.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $32.30 USD

WORLD WAR II SNIPERS: The Men, Their Guns, Their Stories Covers the full scope of WWII snipers, with three chapters each on the major theaters of the war (Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Pacific) and a lengthy chapter on sniper rifles and associated equipment. Drawing from memoirs, government documents, interviews, and neglected or forgotten sources, the book incorporates eyewitness accounts to explain snipers’ battlefield role, victories, and defeats. $50.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD

AMERICA’S WAR IN SYRIA: Fighting with Kurdish Anti-ISIS Forces Analyses America’s war in Syria and structures the intervention into different phases, including the secretive build-up and the ultimate destruction of the ISIS Caliphate. The authors fought for over two years with the Kurdish forces and participated in all the large Kurdish operations against the Islamic State between late 2014 and mid-2016. They endured muddy archaic trench warfare, witnessed the first waves of decisive U.S. and British airstrikes against ISIS, and experienced the impact America had on the battlefield. Later, when American, British and French Special Forces were deployed at the front lines, the authors worked closely with those teams when they evacuated hundreds of wounded from the battlefield together. $35.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $29.75 USD

DON’T FORGET THE MAGAZINES…

JOURNAL OF THE SEVEN YEARS WAR ASSOCIATION ISSUE: 24.1 Contents: Review and Outlook; Affaire des Postes: Maurice de Saxe’s 1746-1747 Battle Tactics; The Oldest Hussar of Empress Maria Theresia; The Embodiment of Military Europe: Ulrich Friedrich Woldemar Graf von Lowendahl; Book Reviews; Schedule of Events for the Seven Years War Convention; and Items of Interest. $12.00 USD

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