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On Military Matters Update 12/19/2022

In general, the following items are due in the shoppe in late December 2022, or early- to mid-January 2023. We have considerable stock on our shelves for the holiday season, but while ordering via our internet cart is essentially instantaneous, shipping takes time.

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. If you wish to pick up your order at the shoppe, we can also leave the package outside the door.

Most items due into the shoppe in a couple weeks.

Thank You for Your Continued Support!


Ospreys…

069 Teutonic Knight vs Lithuanian Warrior: The Lithuanian Crusade 1283-1435Combat Men series. Examines the fighting men of the Teutonic Order and Grand Duchy of Lithuania, assessing their origins, tactics, armament and combat effectiveness in three clashes of the Lithuanian Crusade: Voplaukis (1311), Siege of Kaunas (1362), and Grunwald (1410). Analyzes the expansion of Teutonic control over Prussia, plus parts of what we now know as Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. $23.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $19.55 USD.

085 Infantry Anti-Aircraft Missiles: Man-Portable Air Defense SystemsWeapon series. Charts the technological evolution of the man-portable air defense system (MANPADS) that began in the mid-1950s. Explores their combat usage and the lessons from these encounters, and surveys the various methods developed as countermeasures to the MANPADS threat. The first generation of MANPADS, such as the U.S. Army’s Redeye and the Soviet Strela-2 (SA-7 Grail), saw combat use in the Vietnam War in 1972 and the Yom Kippur War of 1973. The next generation of infrared-guided MANPADS, such as the U.S. Stinger and Soviet Igla, came to prominence, following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Since the 1970s, MANPADS have been used in innumerable wars, border conflicts, civil wars, and insurrections. $23.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $19.55 USD.

248 Post-Roman Kingdoms: Dark Ages Gaul & Britain, AD 450-800Elite series. Drawing on archaeological finds, contemporary sculpture, and manuscript illuminations, presents contemporary evidence for 5th to 9th-Century Gallic and British Dark Age armies, and reconstructs their way of life and the battles they fought. The text, accompanied by photographs and color illustrations, paints an intricate picture of how these disparate groups of Roman soldiers survived and adapted on the fringes of the Roman Empire. $21.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $17.85 USD.

006 ME 262: Northwest Europe 1944-45 Dogfight series. Examines technical aspects of flying the ME-262 jet fighter, using first-hand accounts from German pilots, as well as what it was like to fly against the jets with first-hand accounts from U.S. pilots. Follow the exploits of veteran Jagdwaffe aces such as Adolf Galland, Walter Krupinski, and Johannes Steinhoff with action-packed ribbon diagrams, battlescenes, armament views, and maps. Towards the end of the war, availability of machines and trained pilots was scarce, limiting the impact of the fighter on Allied air operations. $23.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $19.55 USD.

008 The Korean WarEssential Histories series. Updated and revised edition. Provides a concise overview of the so-called Forgotten War in Korea, fought from 1950 to 1953, as the most powerful countries in the world engaged in a major conventional war in Korea. Examines how the West demonstrated its resolve to thwart Communist aggression even as the armed forces of China entered the war. $20.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $17.00 USD.

042 Caesar’s Civil WarEssential Histories series. Updated and revised edition offers an overview of Rome’s civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great. Together they had brought vast stretches of territory under Roman dominion, but in 49 BC, they turned against each other and plunged Rome into civil war. Legion was pitched against legion in a vicious battle for political domination of the vast Roman world. The armies were evenly matched, but in the end, Caesar’s genius as a commander and his great good luck brought him victory in 45 BC. $20.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $17.00 USD.

Books…

Forces of the Boxer Rebellion & The Eight Power War: Volume 3 – The Dragon Subdued. Third volume in a well-illustrated series offers a comprehensive account of the war, campaigns and battles, as well as a detailed study of the armies and color uniforms involved. First two volumes are The Dragon Provoked and The Dragon Rampant. Covers the Boxers, Imperial Chinese, and British forces. $63.00 USD

Armies of Anglo-Saxon England 410-1066: History, Organization and Equipment. Provides an overview of Anglo-Saxon military history, narrating the great campaigns, such as those of Alfred the Great of Wessex and Harold Godwinson. Discusses the composition of Anglo-Saxon forces, their tactics, weapons, and equipment, detailing developments across the period. Includes 100 color illustrations. $43.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $36.55 USD.

Ladies, Wives and Women: British Army Wives in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815. The women who were to accompany their husbands had to endure all the hazards of the high seas, often in slow and leaky transports. In bad weather, conditions resembled a slave ship, with men and women battened down below, rolling about and seasick in the darkness. There were storms, fires, childbirth, and sometimes shipwrecks to contend with. Once landed in the theater of war, the women faced a life of almost constant marching in summer heat and winter cold. Most of them managed to acquire a donkey to carry their few possessions. There were no tents until late in the war, and regiments were either quartered in whatever buildings were available, or bivouacked in the open. Clothing and especially shoes wore out, and women often had to supply their wants by stripping the dead. Food was frequently in short supply, and, as they were entitled only to half a man’s ration, they were notorious plunderers. This frequently resulted in brutal punishment from the provost marshals. $43.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $36.55 USD.

The Armies and Wars of the Sun King 1643-1715: Volume 5 – Buccaneers and Soldiers in the America. This volume covers near-perpetual hostilities during the 16th to the early 18th Century in the West Indies, and much of coastal Latin America largely caused by the newfound fantastic riches of the Americas. Details the buccaneers, militia and regular troops of the era, and the support provided by France’s Sun King Louis XIV to thwart Spain. Includes 102 black-and-white illustrations, 24 black-and-white photos, 50 color illustrations, 2 color photos, 58 maps, and 2 tables. $50.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD.

New Worlds Old Wars: The Anglo-American Indian Wars 1607-1678. From the moment English settlers arrived in the New World, they encountered the native population, principally due to disputes over land ownership. To assert their rights to the country, which the English had been granted by their king without the consent of the local tribes, the English relied on their more modern weaponry. However, the settlers soon found that bows and arrows, along with superior tactics and marksmanship by the Amerindians (once they had obtained muskets), made the fighting far more balanced than the settlers anticipated. $40.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $34.00 USD.

Masters of Warfare: Fifty Underrated Military Commanders from Classical Antiquity to the Cold War. Provides a selection of 50 commanders in chronological order whose military achievements, skill, or historical impact may be underrated by modern opinion. This specifically does not include the household names (the Gods of War as he calls them) such as Alexander, Julius Caesar, Wellington, Napoleon, Rommel, or Patton that have been covered in countless biographies. Those chosen come from every period of recorded military history from the sixth century BC to the Vietnam War. The selection rectifies the European/U.S. bias of many such surveys with Asian entries such as Bai Qi (Chinese), Attila (Hunnic), Subotai (Mongol), Ieyasu Tokugawa (Japanese), and Vo Nguyen Giap (Vietnamese). Naval commanders are also represented by the likes of Khayr al-Din Barbarossa, Francis Drake, and Michiel de Ruyter. Offers concise overviews of their lives, careers, and contributions to the evolution of weaponry, tactics, and strategy through the ages. $43.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $36.55 USD.

Combat Divers: An Illustrated History of Special Forces Divers. Provides a visual history of the special forces combat diver from World War II to the present day. Combat divers are an elite within an elite. Every special forces combat diver is required to pass selection twice – first into the elite military unit and then a combat diving qualification. The combat dive units themselves are tiny and the operations highly classified. The role of a military diver is inevitably, a lonely and a dangerous one, whether clearing mines or striking from the sea against enemy-held targets. Reveals their little-known yet fascinating operations, from Dutch Special Forces combat divers covertly operating against Somali pirates to the actions of Soviet Spetsnaz divers in Swedish territorial waters during the Cold War. It also examines how the most famous units, such as the U.S. Navy SEALs and the Royal Navy’s SBS, are currently operating and adapting to threats in a multitude of theaters. $40.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $34.00 USD.

Onwards to Omdurman: The Anglo-Egyptian Campaign to Reconquer the Sudan, 1896-1898. To fully understand how and why an Anglo-Egyptian army arrived to fight at Omdurman, the book takes a fresh look at the Sudan campaign as a whole, discussing how modern technology was used to overcome the vagaries of the desert and the river Nile. Thus, railway lines were built to bring troops and supplies across the desert. Communications were enhanced by miles of telegraph wire. Control of the Nile was ensured by British-built gunboats, armed with machineguns and artillery and the Anglo-Egyptian army carried modern rifles, machineguns, and artillery. General Kitchener had witnessed Britain’s failed Sudan campaign in 1884-85, to rescue General Gordon at Khartoum because of too much haste and not enough forethought. Kitchener did not make the same mistakes. Moreover, he and his officers never underestimated the fighting prowess of their enemy. Includes 30 black-and-white illustrations, 8 black-and-white photos, 9 color illustrations, and 13 maps. $45.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $38.25 USD.

Don’t Forget the Magazines…

C3i # 36: Desert Victory: North Africa, 1940-1942. Features Trevor Bender’s Desert Victory: North Africa, 1940-1942 – the next chapter in the C3i Combined Arms series that first debuted with Nr 34’s Kursk (Winner of the Charles S. Roberts Award for Best Magazine Wargame 2021). This includes a 22 x 34-inch map with 80 counters and two player aids. Also: articles on boardgames Pacific War, Twilight Struggle: Red Sea, Blind Swords, Baetis Campaign, and more. Also inserts for SPQR Variant (Skirmishers, Velites and Light Troops Revisited). $45.00 USD

OMM Discount 10%: Now $40.50 USD.

More at the Website…

Visit onmilitarymatters.com for information on all stocked items. If you have a further question about an item or you wish to order, email militarymatters@att.net or phone 609-466-2329. Thank you for your continued support.

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