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On Military Matters Update 02/12/2023

Reminder: OMM continues to remain open for internet orders and shipping. The shoppe is also open for in-person shopping, but you must be fully vaccinated. Please call ahead to ensure we are open. If you wish to pick up your order at the shoppe, we can also leave the package outside the door.

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Fistful of Lead: Reloaded – Wild West Rules – Card Deck. Custom deck designed with a distinctly Wild West flair for the Fistful of Lead system. Unique details for face cards and card suites to enhance the overall look and play of your game. No need to remember what a special card does because it’s cleverly printed right there. Comes with a sturdy two-piece acrylic case for storage. $20.00 USD

Horse & Musket Rules: 2nd Edition Fistful of Lead – Card Deck. Custom deck designed with a distinctly black powder flair for the Fistful of Lead system. Unique details for face cards and card suites to enhance the overall look and play of your game. No need to remember what a special card does because it’s cleverly printed right there. Comes with a sturdy two-piece acrylic case for storage. $20.00 USD


Charles X’s Wars: Volume 3 – The Danish Wars, 1657-1660. Describes and analyses the two devastating wars fought between Sweden and Denmark-Norway during the reign of King Charles X Gustav of Sweden, an experienced former general of the Thirty Years’ War. Additionally, the book explains the continued development of the Swedish Army and Navy after the Thirty Years’ War, and details the military systems of Sweden and Denmark-Norway. Includes 103 black-and-white illustrations, 12 black-and-white photos, 30 maps, and 27 tables. $55.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $46.75 USD.

The Shogun’s Soldiers: Volume 1 – The Daily Life of Samurai and Soldiers in Edo Period Japan, 1603-1721. Tokugawa Ieyasu’s decisive victory at Sekigahara in 1600 concluded the civil wars, confirmed his position of military supremacy as shogun (generalissimo) of Japan, and inaugurated the Edo period (1600-1868), so named because Ieyasu after the battle established his capital in Edo (modern-day Tokyo). Covers military and civilian uniforms and dress, weaponry, social life, and the positions and responsibilities of samurai of all levels within Japanese society. Includes 137 black-and-white illustrations, 2 black-and-white photos, 26 color illustrations, 97 color photos, 2 maps, and 15 tables.

Describes the organization, arms, armor, dress, and daily life of samurai, soldiers, and commoners in Edo-period Japan. Occasionally, the shogunate military had to intervene, mostly against bandits but also during more serious military incidents, including conspiracies against the shogunate. Moreover, the shogun’s soldiers had to assume a major role in law enforcement and firefighting. The focus of the present book is a military and social history of how the formerly so powerful Tokugawa clan army rapidly lost its combat preparedness, and how this persuaded the Tokugawa shogunate to initiate a policy of enforced seclusion. $60.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $51.00 USD.

The Shogun’s Soldiers: Volume 2 – The Daily Life of Samurai and Soldiers in Edo Period Japan, 1603-1721. Volume Two continues the examination of the Edo period and the evolution of the Samurai class into a verity of new roles. No longer required to fight, many Samurai firstly discarded their distinctive armor and then their training. As a result, a transformation from warrior to townsman took place. New careers were adopted, with many becoming part of the respected Firewatch or police force. Former Samurai also became part of the justice system and ultimately were responsible for the carrying out of criminal sentences. Explains the decline of Japanese martial prowess and that of the Samurai as a class with their integration into civilian society. Includes 40 black-and-white illustrations, 40 color illustrations, three color photos, and two tables. $60.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $51.00 USD.

Monmouth’s First Rebellion: The Later Covenanter Risings, 1660-1685. In July 1685, the Duke of Monmouth led his rebel army to defeat at Sedgemoor. In recent years highlighted for his attention to logistics and popular support, in spite of this, it always seems amazing that Monmouth was willing to risk such an initiative, with little more than hurriedly raised local militias. Yet this is to belittle Monmouth’s experience six years previously, when sent with a Government army, to suppress a Whig Covenanter Rising in South West Scotland.

In 1679, after the Battle of Drumclog, the Covenanters formed a coherent force along conventional lines, besieged Glasgow, and forced the Scot’s Establishment Government army to seek English support. Far from being a local Pitchfork Rebellion, this was something different. What did Monmouth see in these Covenanters that convinced him such an armed force could be effective in 1685? Includes 90 black-and-white illustrations & photos, 11 maps, 62 tables, and 16 color illustrations. $50.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD.

Science of Arms: The Art of War in the Century of the Soldier 1672 – 1699 Volume 1 – Preparation for War and the Infantry. Combines all the great military treatise of the 17th Century, with the original illustrations to form a unique depiction of the art of war as learnt by all the officers, and generals of the age into three volumes. This first volume introduces the 17th Century concept of the just war. Includes the evolutions, drills, postures and tactics of the infantry from the lowest private to the colonel. Explains the duties of the general and his staff. Details the Ordinance Park, plus the weapons and equipment needed to wage war. Includes 150 black-and-white images, diagrams, and tables. $60.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $51.00 USD.

Hungary 1849: The Summer Campaign. This second volume covers the decisive second half of the war. Brilliant Hungarian maneuvers and gallant defense defied and delayed the Austrian and Russian armies invading from all points of the compass and even won some notable victories. Despite the victories, the inexorable arithmetic of allied numerical superiority led ultimately to Hungary’s defeat.

This work is a translation of the Austrian official history of the Summer Campaign. It therefore provides a detailed and authoritative account of this dramatic campaign, replete with fascinating episodes and invaluable factual data, in English for the first time ever. It is comprehensive in scope, addressing the secondary theaters in Transylvania and southern Hungary, as well as the main western and northern fronts. It includes extensive information about orders of battle, precious nuggets about uniforms and weaponry, actual dispatches reproduced verbatim, and accounts of myriad actions from tiny skirmishes up to major battles such as Pered, Komorn and Temesvar.

Over 20 campaign and battle maps enable clear understanding of this war’s dynamic and complex operations. The translation of the original text is complemented by extensive scholarly annotation providing both critical analysis and additional data or contextual information. $60.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $51.00 USD.

Terriers in India: British Territorials 1914-19. Describes the 50,000 British Territorials – pre-war citizen soldiers formed into home defense units – who volunteered for service in India during the Great War in order to release regular troops for France. The 41 Territorial battalions saw active service in India, Mesopotamia, Frontier campaigns, Aden, and in the Third Anglo-Afghan War of 1919.

Discusses training, how they responded to India and its people (often sensitively), and their participation in the most dramatic upheaval in British India since the 1857 Mutiny. Offers a rich mix of social and military history, ranging from cantonment bungalows, bazaars, and brothels to sangers on the Frontier, tragic actions on the Tigris, and other battles in which the Terriers played a full part. Includes 54 black-and-white photos, 9 black-and-white illustrations, and 8 maps. $50.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD.

From Tobruk to Tunis: The Impact of Terrain on British Operations and Doctrine in North Africa 1940-1943. Focuses on how the physical terrain features across Egypt, Libya and Tunisia affected WWII British operations. Analyzes the terrain from the operational and tactical perspective, and argues that the landscape features heavily influenced British operations and should now be considered alongside other standard military factors. Concentrates on the need of British operations to capture and hold key features across each successive battlefield. A secondary theme of the work argues that British forces began to improvise certain tactical doctrines, which altered the early practice of combined-arms assaults into one of the infantry and armored formations fighting largely separated battles until the autumn of 1942. Includes 24 pages of color maps. $50.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD.

Cominform Crisis: Soviet-Yugoslav Stand-Off, 1948-1954. Describes the first armed conflict within the Communist world after WWII: Between Tito’s Yugoslavia and the states led by the Soviet Union, from 1948 to 1954. Explains the process of Sovietization of the former Yugoslav Partisan Army, its ambitious development plans, and its influence in neighboring Albania, Bulgaria and in the Greek Civil War. Stalin grew suspicious of Tito’s further goals and this would lead to the slow break-up of mutual ties in spring 1948. The Cominform Resolution on 28 June 1948 turned Communist allies of WWII into enemies, and the Yugoslavian border with Albania, Bulgaria, Rumania and Hungary became front lines. Firing at border-guards, attacks on border posts, intrusions by agents and armed groups, and surveillance and troop movements. Also examines the work of the Yugoslav Counterintelligence Service (KOS) and State Security (UDBA) in the widespread struggle with the Soviet and satellite intelligence services on the borders and in the ranks of the army and security forces. Includes 153 black-and-white photos, 8 color photos, 15 color profiles, one map, and three tables. $30.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $25.50 USD.

And Don’t Forget the Magazines…

Miniature Wargames #479. Articles include: Momentous Civil War: Tweaks to a new ACW set of rules; Command Decision: Part 2 of campaigning in the Horse and Musket period trilogy deals with terrain and weather; Send Three And Fourpence: Asks the question: if you are a historical wargamer, why aren’t you roleplaying? And – just as importantly – do you realize that you probably already are? Includes some rules recommendations; Avanti Italia: Three new scenarios for Rapid Fire exploring the forces of WWII Italy; Warhead 2: Conclusion of super-spy scuba shenanigans with rules for cinematic undersea scuba-action; Scratchbuild: Crater Creator and a couple of Yurts; Recce: Reviews of books and rules; Defence in Depth and Quartermaster: Latest in product reviews; Last Word concludes on what happens when wargaming is no longer fun. $10.00 USD

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