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Mad for War: 17th Century Naval Rule. Rules for 17th Century naval actions with miniature ships. Uses different die types for crew experience levels and a few flavorsome modifiers to recreate sea battles. Actions can be fought on tables as small as 60cm square, and the system accommodates massed battles with 50 ships per side on much larger tables. Many scales from 1:4800 to 1:300 can be used. Fight from the icy, wind-blasted waters of the Arctic to the steamy rivers of equatorial Africa. Defy ferocious Omani corsairs or square up to the mighty Restoration Fleet of Charles II. Contains 196 pages with hundreds of photographs, maps and illustrations. $58.00 USD


070 Mongol Warrior vs European Knight: Eastern Europe 1237-42Combat Men series. Fully illustrated study of the forces that clashed during the Mongol invasion of Europe between 1237 and 1242. Allows a comparison to be made between the all-conquering nomad horsemen of the steppes and the mounted knights of the West. $23.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $19.55 USD.

035 Afghanistan 1979-88: Soviet Air Power Against the MujahideenAir Combat series. Examines the rebel, Kabul government, and Soviet operations in Afghanistan, drawing deeply on Western and Russian sources, and including after-action analyses from the Soviet military. Using maps, battlescenes and detailed Bird’s Eye Views, paints a comprehensive picture of the air war and describes how, arguably, it was Soviet airpower that made the difference, turning defeat into stalemate. $25.00 USD

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071 Waffen-SS Soldier vs Soviet Rifleman: Rostov-on-Don and Kharkov 1942-43Combat Men series. Examines the Red Army and the Waffen-SS soldiers who clashed in three battles – one for Rostov (July 1942) and two for Kharkov (February-March and August). Explains the key differences between these two opponents – training, tactics, weaponry, ideology and motivation – and examines how these differences played out in the three engagements, which ranged from open-terrain combined-arms battles to close-quarters street-fighting in major urban zones. The text is complemented by specially commissioned artwork and mapping and carefully chosen archive photographs. $23.00 USD

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147 F-4 Phantom II Wild Weasel Units in CombatCombat Aircraft series. Visual and technical guide to the F-4 Phantom II Wild Weasel Units in combat during the Vietnam War. It was only in the closing stages of the war, with the F-4Cww Phantom II (Wild Weasel 4), that this equipment started to become successful enough to allow a substantial investment in converting 116 F-4E Phantom IIs into dedicated SEAD aircraft. This move introduced a new generation of anti-radar missiles which became invaluable in later operations including operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Northern Watch over Iraq. This volume features dynamic archival photography from crews who flew the jet, alongside mission accounts and technical details of the development and fielding of the F-4 Wild Weasel in its various iterations. Includes specially commissioned artwork of sharkmouthed Phantom IIs in Vietnam jungle camouflage and more modern U.S.A.F. Ghost Gray. $25.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $21.25 USD.

126 H6K Mavis/H8K Emily vs PB4Y-1/2 Liberator/Privateer: Pacific Theater 1943-45New Vanguard series. Analyzes technical specifications in detail, includes first-hand accounts, and provides a detailed account of dramatic and aggressive combats. Contains specially commissioned artwork, including armament and cockpit views, battlescenes, and technical diagrams. $23.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $19.55 USD.

315 The Russian S-300 and S-400 Missile SystemsNew Vanguard series. Analyzes the Russian S-300 and S-400 families of air-defense systems that are a major strategic asset and are exported around the world. The S-300 is, in fact, three systems: the S-300P, designed as a replacement for older Soviet strategic SAM systems, the S-300V, developed to defend against Pershing ballistic missiles, and the S-300F, designed for ship defense. He also considers the supplementary S-350 system and the new-generation S-400 system, deployed in Syria and sold to both China and Turkey. An assessment of the latest S-500 system, designed to counter ballistic missiles and hypersonic cruise missiles, is also provided. Includes detailed color artwork and new photos. $20.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $17.00 USD.

249 Soviet Naval Infantry: 1917-91Elite series. Charts the history and appearance of the Soviet Union’s naval infantry, from the October Revolution to the end of the Soviet era. Although Russian naval infantry achieved fame during the October Revolution, they were quickly disbanded and only re-established in 1939. Following the Axis invasion of 1941, some 500,000 Soviet Navy personnel served on land, fighting in the defense of Leningrad, Odessa and Sevastopol and the recapture of the Crimea in 1943-44; Soviet naval troops also participated in the invasion of Manchuria in 1945. $21.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $17.85 USD.


Dictionary of Fortifications: An Illustrated Glossary of Castles, Forts, and Other Defensive Works from Antiquity to the Present Day. Glossary of over 1,200 terms relating to fortifications through the ages. Drawn from many languages besides English, each has at least a concise definition or description, while more significant entries take the form of short articles. Many are accompanied by a clear sketch, diagram, cross-section, floor plan, or map skillfully executed by the author himself. In all, there are over 400 of these black-and-white illustrations. Although the glossary is organized alphabetically (from Abatis to Zwischenwiderstandnet), cross-references allow the reader to easily follow themes of interest through the book. Also provides an overview of the historical development of fortifications from prehistory to the present day. A further chapter outlines the concomitant development of siege warfare over the same long span, detailing the evolution of siege engines and tactics used to overcome fortifications. $43.00 USD

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The Bronze Lie: Shattering the Myth of Spartan Warrior Supremacy. The last stand at Thermopylae made the Spartans legends in their own time, famous for their toughness, stoicism and martial prowess – but was this reputation earned? Covers Sparta’s full classical history with an examination, and often rebuttal, of the myth of Spartan warrior supremacy. Explores the Spartans’ arms and armor, tactics and strategy, the personalities of commanders and the common soldiery alike. It looks at the major battles, with a special focus on previously under-publicized Spartan reverses that have been left largely unexamined. The result is a refreshingly honest and accurate account of Spartan warfare. $21.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $17.85 USD.

The Last Viking: The True Story of King Harald Hardrada. Combines Norse sagas, Byzantine accounts, Anglo-Saxon chronicles, and even King Harald’s own verse and prose into a single story that depicts the violence and spectacle of the late Viking era, and delves into the dramatic events that brought an end to almost three centuries of Norse conquest and expansion. Offers a riveting biography of King Harald that seems more like a movie than history, but truth is often stranger than fiction. The number of narrow escapes he had as a youth and young man boggles the imagination as he fought, fled to Sweden, then to Kiev, and then to Constantinople. He seems to have been a charming rascal who backed his ploys with warrior prowess – especially as he learned court intrigue in the Byzantine Imperial palace. $16.00 USD

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Reclaiming the Salient: Resurrecting the Great War Battlegrounds of Flanders Fields. Tells the remarkable story of the post-Great War clean-up of the Ypres Salient. Covers two specific subjects: the recovery of ammunition and the recovery of human remains. Covers from the early days after the war, when official military teams were present salvaging whatever they could, through the years after their departure, the book gives a detailed insight into the first truly industrial worldwide conflict and the incredible amounts of raw materials and human lives it consumed in its wake. Each year, the Belgian bomb disposal units recover an average of 250 tons of Great War munitions from the fields of Flanders. Unfortunately, munitions are not the only thing recovered on a regular basis. Each year, the farmer’s plow or construction work will reveal the mortal remains of missing soldiers. Details the recovery, potential identification, and reburial process of the remains of the fallen. $40.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $34.00 USD.

The Forgotten Front: The Macedonian Campaign, 1915-1918. Discusses the much-neglected WWI Macedonian Campaign from its hesitant origins to its triumphant conclusion. Almost accidental in its origins, the reality of the six-nation Allied Army of the East gradually took shape. The terrain fought over, from marshy river valleys to 2,000-meter mountain ranges, presented special military challenges. The ambivalent position of Greece, the Romanian misadventure, the intricacy of Balkan politics, the depredations of malaria, and inter-allied tensions both in Macedonia and at Allied government level all added further layers of complexity. But in the end, the Allied army met its defensive objectives and vastly exceeded its offensive ones. In September 1918, a whirlwind offensive on the Macedonian Front brought about the defeat of Bulgaria and played a significant part in bringing the war to a close within the year. $60.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $51.00 USD.

Desert Armor: Tank Warfare in North Africa: Beda Fomm to Operation Crusader, 1940-41. Explores the first half of the history of the WWII desert campaign, from the initial Italian offensive and the arrival of Rommel’s Panzergruppe Afrika to the British Operation Crusader offensive that led to the relief of Tobruk. He examines the armored forces, equipment, doctrine, training, logistics, and operations employed by both Allied and Axis forces throughout the period, focusing especially on the brigade and regimental level of operations. Fully illustrated throughout with photographs, profile artwork, and maps, it includes tactical-level vignettes plus appendices analyzing tank data, theater tank deliveries, and orders of battle. $45.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $38.25 USD.

The Erawan War: Volume 3: The Royal Lao Armed Forces 1961-1974. Volume 3 covers the Forces Armees du Royaume – FAR – the Royal Lao Armed Forces were the official defense force of the Kingdom of Laos. Best known by their French acronym FAR, the build-up of which was constantly hampered by the developments in the First Indochina War in neighboring Vietnam. Unsurprisingly, it was only in 1952 that the National Laotian Army – the predecessor of the Royal Lao Army – began to take shape, and only in 1961 that the Laotian Armed Forces were officially renamed the Royal Lao Armed Forces. includes 77 black-and-white photos, 33 color photos, 4 pages of color photos of badges/insignia, 17 color profiles, and two maps. $30.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $25.50 USD

Sign Here for Sacrifice: The Untold Story of the Third Battalion, 506th Airborne, Vietnam 1968. Drawing on interviews with veterans, many of whom have never gone on the record before, this chronicles the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, reactivated with the idea of resurrecting the Currahee spirit that had defined the original WWII volunteers of 1942. In December 1967, the battalion was sent into the Central Highlands of Lam Dong Province. Geraci and his men began their Search and Destroy patrols, which coincided with the North Vietnamese build-up to the Tet Offensive and was a brutal introduction to the reality of a dirty, bloody war. It was here that the tenacious volunteers made their mark, just like their predecessors had done in Normandy, and the battalion was ultimately awarded a Valorous Unit Citation. This book shows how and why this unit was deserving of that award, recounting their daily sanguinary struggle in the face of a hostile environment and a determined enemy. $30.00 USD

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Sea Wolves: Savage Submarine Commanders of WWII. Features true accounts of deeply murderous intent carried out by numerous submarine commanders, including the sinking of the hospital ship Centaur in 1943, and the German liner Wilhelm Gustloff in 1945. Discover how merchant seamen were savagely machine-gunned in the water, callously slaughtered with hand-grenades, or simply left to the circling sharks. Elsewhere, hundreds of doctors, nurses, ship’s crew, ambulance drivers, and hospital orderlies were viciously killed without compassion, despite being protected by the Geneva Convention. $43.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $36.55 USD.


Gunfight Royale: Old West Wargame. This game is essentially Gunfighter’s Ball miniatures rules in a boardgame format with plastic cartoon figures. Game includes: 20 x 20 inch gameboard, 13 plastic playing pieces (twelve gunfighters and one rider), 188 cards (characters, weapons and items, dirty tricks, scenarios, wounds, and reference), six punchboards for tokens and wound chips, seven dice (three types), and dry-erase pens. $65.00 USD

Magazines With Wargames…

Strategy & Tactics #339: Saddam Moves South (Wargame). A what-if, operational-level, two-player wargame covering a hypothetical Iraqi invasion of Saudi Arabia in 1990. The assumption here is that after the Iraqi army overran Kuwait in the first week of August 1990, Saddam Hussein continued the offensive to grab the vital oilfields of Saudi Arabia. In response, the United States leads a coalition of states to stop the Iraqis and then retake lost territories. The game system is based on that of Desert One War, which models ground, air and amphibious operations. For the Coalition, the central game system is Air Transport Points (ATP) which represent strategic airlift capability. Each hex on the map represents 35 kilometers from side to side. Each turn of play represents anything from three days of intense combat to ten days of refitting. Ground units represent regiments, brigades, divisions, and groups of irregulars. Special operations forces (SOF) represent unconventional warfare activities. Aircraft units represent anything from one to four squadrons, depending on the quality of air force and operational tempo. Components: One 22 x 34 inch game map. $50.00 USD

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Strategy & Tactics #340: French and Indian War Battles (Wargame). French and Indian War Battles is a two-player grand-tactical system for simulating battles in North America during the French & Indian War (1754-60). While these battles often involved small armies for the era, they decided the fate of the continent. This game includes three scenarios: Lake George (September 1755), Fort Oswego (August 1756), and Quebec (September 1759). Each battle has its own map, special rules, and counters. Each game turn represents from ten minutes to one hour, depending on the pace of operations. Each hex represents 50 to 150 yards, depending on the scenario. Combat units represent anything from a wing (two or more companies) to a battalion. Each combat strength point represents 40 to 150 men, depending on the quality of training and weaponry. Each artillery unit represents two to six guns. Leaders represent a single great commander plus staff. Components: One 22 x 34 inch map and 176 ⅝-inch counters. $50.00 USD

OMM Discount 10%: Now $45.00 USD.

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