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On Military Matters 06/20/2022

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LION RAMPANT: Medieval Wargaming Rules 2nd Edition  Expanded edition of Lion Rampant, featuring new rules, scenarios, and sample armies for small-scale raids, skirmishes, and clashes in medieval period. Retains the core gameplay and includes new rules and updates from several years’ worth of player feedback and development. Covers from the Dark Ages to the Hundred Years’ War. $30.00

 OMM Discount 15%: Now $25.50  

FROSTGRAVE: Fireheart  Supplement for Frostgrave: Fantasy Wargames in the Frozen City provides a study of Constructs — offering expanded rules for their creation, modification, and even re-animation. It examines enchanters’ workshops, detailing new magic items and base modifications that aid in the animation process, and also includes a bestiary full of new constructs. Of course, much of the knowledge that was once lost still exists in the frozen ruins, so the book also features several scenarios set in the once-great factories where the art of construct creation reached its pinnacle. $30.00

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065 BRITISH CELTIC WARRIOR vs ROMAN SOLDIER: BRITANNIA AD 43-105  Examines how both the British warriors and the Roman auxiliaries experienced the decades of conflict that followed the invasion. Their recruitment, training, leadership, motivation, culture and beliefs are compared alongside an assessment of three particular battles worthy of tabletop scenarios: the final defeat of Caratacus in the hills of Wales in AD 50; the Roman assault on the island of Mona (Anglesey) in AD 60; and the battle of Mons Graupius in Scotland in AD 83. $22.00

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122 ATHENIAN TRIREME vs PERSIAN TRIREME: The Graeco-Persian Wars 499-449 BC  Compares and contrasts the form, construction, design, maneuverability, and tactical deployment of the opposing triremes, aided by usual Osprey excellence of illustrations. The decks of these warships held the fighting complement of Greek citizen hoplites, Scythian archers, and Persian marines, and learn why the Greeks placed a bounty of 10,000 drachmae on the head of Artemisia – the Karian queen and Persian admiral, and the only woman among Xerxes’ commanders. $22.00

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 003 BF 109D/E: Blitzkrieg 1939-40   Dogfight series. Examines and assesses the Bf 109 as a fighting machine from the perspective of the Luftwaffe at the forefront of the German blitzkrieg. Contemporary photographs and specially commissioned artwork, including a dramatic battlescene, armament views, technical diagrams and ribbon diagrams illustrating step-by-step each battle tactic of the main dogfight. Presents first-hand experiences of the pilots who flew the Bf 109E, the aircraft which first featured a Daimler-Benz DB 601 powerplant, and which was in the front line in the skies over Poland, the Low Countries and France, and the older Bf 109D, still in use in the Polish campaign. $22.00

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028 D-DAY 1944: The Deadly Failure of Allied Bombing June 6  Air Campaign series.  Despite an initial successful attack performed by the Allied forces, the most crucial phase of the operation, which was the assault from the Eighth Air Force against the defenses along the Calvados coast, was disastrous. The bombers missed almost all of their targets, inflicting little damage to the German defenses, which resulted in a high number of casualties among the Allied infantry. The primary cause of this failure was that planners at Eighth Air Force Headquarters had changed aircraft drop times at the last moment, to prevent casualties amongst the landing forces, without notifying either Eisenhower or Doolittle. This book examines this generally overlooked event in detail and offers a new perspective on a little-known air campaign packed with illustrations, maps, and diagrams. $24.00

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308 TANKS AT THE IRON CURTAIN: 1960-75  New Vanguard series. Companion volume to NVG 301, Tanks at the Iron Curtain 1946-60, focuses on key battle tanks and their technology to give a comprehensive overall picture of how tanks developed during modern times. Examines the generational shift in tank design and warfare with the advent of CBR (chemical, biological, radiological) protection and a move away from HEAT ammunition to APFSDS. This shift confronted the growing threat of guided anti-tank missiles and saw the introduction of composite armor. Soviet heavy tanks and tank destroyer/assault guns became obsolete, giving way to the technological might of the T-62 and T-64, while NATO forces employed the Chieftain, AMX-30, Leopard I, and M60, plus the initial attempt at a common US-German tank, the MBT-70. $19.00

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380 NARVIK 1940: The Battle for Northern Norway  Campaign series. Covers the naval battles and the individual Norwegian, British, Polish, French, and German units that fought the land campaign in northern Norway. Offers tactical detail, even down to company command, amidst strategic confusion surrounding the whole Allied expedition to the north too. Land battles include amphibious landings, sabotage, commando raids, ski missions, and a rare parachute insertion. Among the naval clashes covered in this action-packed story are the destroyer battles in the fjords, the sinking of the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious and the roles the battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau played in the fighting. $24.00

OMM Discount 15%: Now $20.40


THE RISE OF THE SIKH SOLDIER: The Sikh Warrior Through the Ages, c1700-1900  Considers the rise of military methods from the time of the Gurus and what the tenth preceptor Guru Gobind Singh was trying to achieve with the formation of the Khalsa or fraternity of the pure. The development of soldiers during the testing time of the Misl or Confederacy period considers the role of Jassa Singh Ahluwalia and Charat Singh Sukerchakia. while the formation of the Sikh Empire in the 19th century considers the role of Maharajah Ranjit Singh and his notorious warriors Akali Phula Singh and Hari Singh Nalwa. Underrepresented female warriors like Sahib Kaur and Sada Kaur are also given coverage to reflect their importance in Sikh history. Includes color sections, 10 maps, and b/w images.  $38.00

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THE SOLDIERS ARE DRESSED IN RED: The Quiberon Expedition of 1795 and the Counter-Revolution in Brittany  Provides a comprehensive account of the 1795 joint expedition of French emigres in specially raised military unit and British Navy and Army who came ashore in Quiberon Bay, south-eastern Brittany. Their mission was to support the chouans who were revolting against the Republican French government. Drawing on memoirs, archival material and historical works it seeks to place the expedition within the context of wider events and describe how it was affected by the planning process as well as concurrent events and priorities. Personal and political capacity, ambition, rivalry and co-operation all played their part in affecting events, along with the weather and chance. $45.00

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THE REAL GLADIATOR: The True Story of Maximus Decimus Meridius  Discover that fact is not only stranger than fiction, it is often more entertaining. The real history was certainly as much, if not more, treacherous, bloodthirsty, murderous and dramatic than anything the film industry has created. Meet two generals, Pompeianus and Maximianus, who most resemble our film hero General Maximus. Also Lucilla, the sister of Commodus, who in reality married her General, but detested him. The book also focuses on warfare, weapons, and contemporary battles. It will compare the battle and fight scenes in the film with reality from contemporary sources and modern tests and reenactments. Are you not entertained? $35.00

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BRITAIN AND ROME: Caesar to Claudius: The Exposure of a Renaissance Fraud  Reassessment of the period from Julius Caesar’s first forays into Britain to the invasion under the Emperor Claudius. Asserts that Caesar’s initial cross-Channel adventures were motivated not so much by seeking the glory of taming primitive savages but to gain control of an economic powerhouse. Also argues that two of the most important Roman sources underpinning the conventional narrative are in fact Renaissance fakes and that their acceptance has distorted the interpretation of modern archaeological evidence. Meanwhile he reinstates a discounted British source. The result is a startlingly different version of Britain’s early history. $35.00

 OMM Discount 15%: Now $29.75  

THE HOLY LAND IN THE ERA OF THE CRUSADES: Kingdoms at the Crossroads of Civilizations, 1100-1300  Introductory source that provides a comprehensive overview of these unique states as a starting point for the uninitiated. Covers the history, demography, state institutions, foreign policy, economy, art, architecture, and lifestyle of the people who lived in the crusader states in the period from 1100 to 1300. It is organized in two main parts: a chronological historical overview, and a topical discussion of key features of these unique kingdoms. An additional, final chapter describes the rise and fall of the House of Ibelin to give the entire history a human face. $43.00

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LEADING LIKE THE SWAMP FOX: The Leadership Lessons of Francis Marion   Presents the historical background and context necessary to appreciate American Revolutionary War situation of Francis ‘The Swamp Fox’ Marion and then examines Marion’s leadership across eight categories, with a number of vignettes demonstrating Marion’s competency. The summary then captures some conclusions about how leadership impacted the American Revolution in the South Carolina Lowcountry. An appendix provides some information about how the reader might explore those physical reminders of Marion and his exploits that exist today. $35.00

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BADEN POWELL’S FIGHTING POLICE – The SAC: The Boer War Unit That Inspired the Scouts   Rejecting Army models of command, Baden-Powell creates the South African Constabulary (SAC) in August 1900 with a small number of officers, dividing it into Troops of 100 men, then sub-dividing again into sections and the key working unit – the squad of six men under a corporal. To get the caliber of recruit he wants, the SAC will be better paid than the Army and he expects the men to be motivated by a code of honor, to be self-reliant and ‘handy men’ able to tackle any kind of work. Most recruits come from the UK, but in Canada, however, the Governor General intervenes and botches selection. Analyzes creation, development, and effectiveness of the SAC and also highlights what Baden-Powell brought from the SAC and gave anew to the Scouts. $50.00

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THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER HIRYU  Comprehensive examination includes a complete set of detailed line drawings with fully descriptive keys and full-color 3D artwork, supported by technical details, photographs, and text on the building of the ship and a record of the ship’s service history. The Hiryu took part in the attack on Pearl Harbor, the conquest of the Dutch East Indies, and helped bomb Darwin (Australia) before being sunk at Midway. $60.00

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BLUE WATER WAR: Maritime Struggle in the Mediterranean and Middle East, 1940-1945  Covers the WWII battles between forces of Italy, Germany, Vichy, Britain, US, and France in and around Mediterranean Sea from the coastal waters of Southern Europe in the north to Madagascar in the south and Africa’s Atlantic coast in the west to the Persian Gulf in the east. Weapons include surface warships, submarines, and aircraft along with sizable merchant fleets, the British and their subsequent American partners maintained vital seaborne lines of communication, conducted numerous amphibious landings, interdicted Axis supply activities and eventually eliminated all semblances of Axis maritime power within the theater. In turn, these actions facilitated multiple Allied victories that helped secure the defeat of the European Axis. $40.00

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NORMANDY: From Cotentin to Falaise, June-July 1944   Translated into English reprint of classic 1954 German series about the Wehrmacht in WWII. This book offers a German view of D-Day . The author was the department head for enemy messages processing (Ic) for the LXXXIV Army Corps intelligence officer in Normandy at the time of the Allied invasion. Discusses events from D-Day to the creation of Falaise Pocket.. $45.00

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CHINDIT AFFAIR: A Memoir of the War in Burma  Memoir of Chindit officer who flew into northern Burma with 2,200 soldiers of 111 Brigade in March 1944 and exited Burma five months later with eight British officers, a score of British soldiers and 90 Gurkhas. Baines commanded two platoons of young Gurkhas. Describes all the horrors of jungle warfare are here – bodies blood-sucked by leeches and corpses impaled by bamboo; Japanese soldiers reduced to eating human flesh; a court martial and execution; soldiers falling sick and dropping by the wayside, and being killed and wounded in action. He also captures the atmosphere of the jungle; its watercourses, trees, birds and the Kachin villagers’ simple way of life. Hardback version $40.00

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CHINDIT AFFAIR: A Memoir of the War in Burma  Softcover version. $30.00

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SEND SOME KING’S SHIPS  Covers the battle between German U-boats and US, British, and Commonwealth ships and aircraft off North America’s Eastern Seaboard and African Waters from 1942 to 1945. Contains 132 photographs, maps, and diagrams; appendices; a bibliography; and an index to full names, places, and subjects. $38.00


WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue # 415  Theme: Napoleonics: Tour of the Period; Rescuing the Russians: Updating classic Hinchliffe Napoleonic Russians; Prussian Attack on Plancenoit: Making a diorama using Epic Prussians and MDF terrain; Soldiers of Napoleon: Rule set Soldiers of Napoleon. Departments: Quick Fire: From the readers; Observation Post: New about 28mm plastic figures and 6mm Baccus figures; Release Radar: New wargaming items plus digital Napoleonic figures; Full Paper Jacket: Book reviews with emphasis on Napoleonics. Features: Designer’s Notes: Lion Rampant Second Edition; Show Report: Best of Partizan; Wargaming Flodden: Wargaming Possibilities of this Significant Battle; Gaming by Moonlight: Moonlit Paint Effects for Offensive Miniatures Waffen SS Assault Pioneers, British Paras Engineers, and some Old Terrain; Building a Cantina With Adobe Walls: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. $9.50

WORLD AT WAR # 85: Budapest (Wargame)  Budapest Campaign: October 1944 to February 1945 is a wargame of the Soviet offensive in Hungary in late 1944 and early 1945 which culminated in the conquest of the city of Budapest. Throughout this campaign the Axis launched successive counterattacks which regained ground but, in the end, failed to stem the Soviet tide. There are two players: Axis and Soviets. Each side is divided into sub-commands. For the Axis, this includes Armee Kommando Nord, Armee Kommando Sud (these are not historical designators but are based on German operational practice by this period), and Hungarian forces. The Soviets have Second and Third Ukrainian Fronts, as well as the Romanian army. Budapest Campaign ends just prior to the start of Spring Awakening (World at War #73) which covers the final German offensive on the Eastern Front. Both games use a variant of the DG Boots system to model command/control and logistics. Various command markers activate player sub-commands and launch major offensives. Components: 22×34 inch map, 176 die-cut counters, and magazine. $50.00

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