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On Military Matters Update July 1 2022

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. 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.

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RULES…

WARGAMING CAMPAIGNS  Henry Hyde tome covers campaigns. Although campaigns can be very rewarding, many wargamers are deterred by the need to produce maps and devise mechanisms for strategic movement, Intelligence, logistics, recruiting reinforcements, keeping track of casualties etc. This book offers advice, suggestions, and even a full set of campaign rules useful for any period up to AD 1900. Includes 200+photos, maps and diagrams.

Most miniature wargames take the form of simulating a single battle with the opponents either winning or losing and that’s that until the next game. Such games can be a fun test of tactical skill but it can be even more rewarding if they form part of a wider campaign. In a campaign, the players commanding the forces have to make the decisions at the strategic level that determine the context of any battles that occur. The outcome of these battles will, in turn, have strategic consequences for the ongoing campaign. $70.00

 OMM Discount 15%: Now $59.50  

MINIATURES…

VICTRIX NAPOLEONIC BRITISH DRAGOONS 1812-1815: 28mm Figures  This 28mm set includes British Line Dragoons and Scots Greys covering the later stages of the Peninsula War between 1813 to 1815, the 1814 campaign in France and the Waterloo campaign of 1815. This highly detailed set has multiple head and arm options to make a varied and dynamic unit of charging British Dragoons, including a command frame with trumpeter and Officer. In this particular set we have some suitably fierce and aggressive expressions, the Dragoon helmet, Scots Greys in Bearskins, and Scots Greys in oil skin covers as they were at Waterloo. The box contains: 12 x Figures (including an officer, musician and sapper), 3 x Main Frames, 1 x Command Frame, and multiple head variations (giving the option between line or Elite companies).  $46.00

UNIFORM PLATES…

392: KINGDOM OF SARDINIA: Swiss Regiment Christ 1814-1816  Another in the terrific series. Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc. Descriptions on reverse side. $14.00

393: KINGDOM OF PRUSSIA: Infantry Regiment No. 17 Tresckow 1806  Another in the terrific series. Uniform plate with 20+ color figures, flags or standards, facings, etc. Descriptions on reverse side. $14.00

BOOKS…

CONQUERORS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE: The Vandals  On 31 December AD 406, a group of German tribes crossed the Rhine, pierced the Roman defensive limes and began a rampage across Roman Gaul, sacking cities such as Metz, Arras, and Strasbourg. Foremost amongst them were the Vandals and their closest allies, the Alans. Their search for a new homeland took them on the most remarkable odyssey. The Romans were unable to stop them from marching the breadth of Gaul, crossing the Pyrenees, and making themselves masters of Spain. However, this Kingdom of the Vandals and Alans soon came under intense pressure from Rome’s Visigothic allies. In 429, under their new king, Gaiseric, they crossed the straits of Gibraltar to North Africa. They quickly overran this rich Roman province and established a stable kingdom. Taking to the seas they soon dominated the Western Mediterranean and raided Italy, famously sacking Rome itself in 455. Eventually, however, they were utterly conquered by Belisarius in 533 and vanished from history. Focus on the evolution of Vandal armies and warfare. $30.00

OMM Discount 15%: Now $25.50

CHARLES X’S WARS: Volume 2 – The Wars in the East, 1655-1657   Describes and analyses the two devastating wars fought between Sweden and Denmark-Norway during the reign of Swedish King Charles X Gustavus, an experienced former general from the Thirty Years’ War. Moreover, 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. The Dano-Swedish War of 1657-1658 and the Dano-Swedish War of 1658-1660. $55.00

 OMM Discount 15%: Now $46.75  

PATRICIANS AND EMPERORS: The Last Rulers of the Western Roman Empire  Offers concise comparative biographies of the individuals who wielded power in the final decades of the Western Roman Empire, from the assassination of Aetius in 454 to the death of Julius Nepos in 480. The book is divided into four parts. The first sets the background to the period, including brief histories of Stilicho (395-408) and Aetius (425-454), explaining the nature of the empire and the reasons for its decline. The second details the lives of Ricimer (455-472) and his great rival Marcellinus (455-468) by focusing on the stories of the numerous emperors that Ricimer raised and deposed. The third deals with the Patricians Gundobad (472-3) and Orestes (475-6), as well as explaining how the barbarian general Odoacer came to power in 476. The final part outlines and analyses the Fall of the West and the rise of barbarian kingdoms in France, Spain and Italy. $30.00

OMM Discount 15%: Now $25.50

A VERY GALLANT GENTLEMAN: Colonel Francis Thornhaugh (1617-1648) and the Nottinghamshire Horse  Colonel Francis Thornhagh figures prominently in Lucy Hutchinson’s Memoirs of the Life of Colonel John Hutchinson, an essential source for information about the English Civil War in the East Midlands. Little is known about this influential parliamentarian officer outside of Hutchinson’s writings. This new research examines Thornhagh’s contribution to the events of the period 1642-1648. $35.00

OMM Discount 15%: Now $29.75  

CAPTURED REBEL FLAG: The Letters of Captain William Dansey 33rd Regiment of Foot 1776-1777  William Dansey served with the 33rd Regiment in the British Army in America from 1776 until the end of the American Revolutionary War in 1783. In January 1776 he was appointed Captain of his regiment’s Light Infantry Company. During the war he was often in independent actions such as raids into rebel territory or scouting ahead of the main body of the army. He served in the First Light Infantry Battalion at the Battle of Brandywine along with light infantry companies from other regiments. $25.00

 FROM USHANT TO GIBRALTAR: The Channel Fleet 1778-1783  In 1778, when the expected war finally broke with France, Lord Sandwich, the long serving First Lord of the Admiralty, had to find the resources to match the French fleet not only in the Channel but in other theaters of war such as the West Indies, the Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean. In addition, the Royal Navy had to protect Britain’s extensive maritime commerce, covering the large inbound and outbound convoys on which the country’s economy depended. This book is a study of the men who led and the men who managed, both afloat and ashore, the Channel Fleet. $45.00

OMM Discount 15%: Now $38.25  

THE BOXER UPRISING: An Overview of the Conflict and the Forces Involves   Well illustrated in b/w and color. Good introduction based on his Military Modeling articles. NOTE: THIS IS A LIMITED RUN. GET ‘EM WHILST THEY ARE HOT. $27.00

BURMA VICTORY 1944-1945: Photographs from Wartime Archives Images of War series   General Stilwell’s ad hoc force of Merrill’s Marauders, American-trained Chinese divisions, Kachin guerrillas, and General Wingate’s Chindits conducted a northern Burmese offensive that led to the coup de main seizure of Myitkyina’s airfield in May 1944. In August 1944, after a protracted siege, Myitkyina town on the Irrawaddy River fell to the Allies. At the same time elements of General Slim’s 14th Army were mounting a defense of northeastern India at Imphal and Kohima against Imperial Japan’s 15th Army; Operation U-Go, led by General Mutaguchi, from March to July 1944. Thereafter, the Allies began two major campaigns. First, the northern Burmese Sino-American offensive re-opened the land supply route to China via a newly-built Burma Road, which replaced the American Air Transport Command’s airlift that had kept Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek’s Chinese forces supplied. The second offensive was by General Bill Slim’s multi-national British 14th Army under, which advanced south-east through the Arakan. The ‘Forgotten Army’ eventually re-occupied Mandalay and Rangoon.  $29.00

OMM Discount 15%: Now $24.65  

HIMMLER: Hitler’s Henchman: Photographs from Wartime Archives Images of War series   Heinrich Himmler has a strong claim to be Adolf Hitler’s most powerful subordinate. He was certainly the main architect of the Holocaust. Appointed Reichsfuhrer-SS in 1929 he built the SS into a million strong paramilitary force and took control of the Nazi concentration camps system. From 1943 he became Chief of German Police and Minister of the Interior with command of the Gestapo as well as the Einsatzgruppen, who committed appalling atrocities and murder in occupied Eastern Europe and Russia.  $27.00

 OMM Discount 15%: Now $22.95  

FIGHTING WITH THE LONG RANGE DESERT GROUP: Merlyn Craw MM’s War 1940-1945   Drawing on interviews with Merlyn and other former LRDG veterans, the book created a vivid picture of this exceptional and highly decorated fighting man. Readers cannot fail to be impressed by the courage and ruthless determination of Merlyn Craw MM and his comrades.  Merlyn Craw was serving with the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force when he joined the LRDG in 1941. He took part in numerous missions in the desert. The navigational driving and fighting skills of the LRDG were legendary and they were frequently responsible for transporting Stirling’s SAS detachments on raids.  $50.00

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50  

 GREAT NAVAL BATTLES OF THE PACIFIC WAR: The Official Admiralty Accounts: Midway, Coral Sea, Java Sea, Guadalcanal and Leyte Gulf    The accounts here, compiled for and on behalf of the Admiralty, were written either during or immediately after the end of the war before historians had begun to give their assessments of these momentous events. These accounts were written for internal consumption, to guide and instruct naval officers. It was never intended that they would be released to the general public. As such, there was no jingoistic drum beating, no axes to grind, and no new angles to try and find. The authors of these accounts relate each battle, move by move, as they unfolded, accurately and dispassionately  $43.00

OMM Discount 15%: Now $36.55  

THE DARKEST HOUR – VOLUME 1: The Japanese Offensive in the Indian Ocean 1942 – The Opening Moves    The goal of the Imperial Japanese Navy offensive in the Indian Ocean area in March-April 1942, was to destroy the Royal Navy in the Far East and achieve domination on the western flank of the Pacific War on the eve of the Battle of Midway. The bold operation by two Japanese task forces (Kido Butai and Malay Force) in the Indian Ocean would only be possible with the fall of Singapore in February and the Dutch East Indies in early March 1942. Includes 75 b/w photos, one color illustrations, 24 color profiles, four maps, and 31 tables.  $30.00

OMM Discount 15%: Now $25.50

GERMAN U-BOAT LOSSES DURING WORLD WAR II: Details of Destruction   An introduction summarizes previous works on the subject and describes the difficulties of obtaining and verifying information from the Germans and Allies on U-boat losses. The main part of the book lists by hull number each U-boat’s date of commissioning, its commanding officer, and the date and port of departure for its last patrol. It also gives the date, position, and cause of loss of each submarine, with complete details on Allied units involved in the sinking, the names and ranks of their commanding officers and pilots, and the number of crew killed or rescued. An appendix neatly summarizes data on the disposition of surviving U-boats at the end of the war and provides valuable statistical data on German U-boat losses. Includes 16pp of plates and nine maps. $29.00

OMM Discount 15%: Now $24.65

THE MALAYAN EMERGENCY: The Crucial Years: 1949-53 – Images of War series   From 1948 through the 1950s British and Commonwealth forces fought a ruthless communist insurgency on the Malay peninsula. Thanks to sound generalship and the dedication and resilience of the officers and men, the security forces eventually broke the terrorists’ resolve. The 1st Battalion The Suffolk Regiment was just one of many British units involved in this successful campaign, known as the Malayan Emergency. Their tour between 1949 and 1953 coincided with the most crucial years when the future of the country and, arguably, the South East Asia region lay in the balance.  $35.00

 OMM Discount 15%: Now $29.75  

WARGAMES…

WWII COMMANDER: Volume Two: Kharkov  Second game in John Butterfield’s acclaimed Enemy Action series of card-driven games simulating pivotal battles in World War II, playable by two players or one player controlling either side in the conflict. This portrays the Third Battle of Kharkov, the key Eastern Front battle in which the German Army ended a string of Soviet victories begun at Stalingrad. In the late winter of 1943, Soviet Operations code-named Star and Gallop drove the Germans from the city of Kharkov and threatened a complete breakthrough, only to be driven back by the German counteroffensive known as Von Manstein’s Back Hand Blow.

Components: Three 22×34-inch maps (1 for each solitaire game and 1 for the 2-player game); Three rules books (1 for each game); Two full sheets of counters, printed both sides; 110 playing cards (poker quality); Multiple player aid cards; One ten-sided die (for solo play); One full color 3-inch box and lid. Scale: Map: 7.5 miles per hex. Hexes are oversized for easy counter handling; Time: Three days per turn, with several impulses in each turn; Unit: Regiments, brigades and divisions. $125.00

OMM Discount 15%: Now $106.25  

 HILL OF DOVES: The First Anglo-Boer War 1880-1881  Solitaire boardgame in which the player controls An Imperial British Army at war with a programmed non-player Transvaal Republican Army in 1881. The British army’s aim is to win the war by controlling the area known as Laing’s Nek which lies on the border between Natal and the Transvaal. The British army has up to 12 weeks to achieve this, failing which, the Boers will win the war. The player follows the instructions on the Sequence of Play cards aided by the step marker and the Set-up Card. If any battles are to be fought the player will be referred to the Tactical Deck or the Ambush Deck to resolve the battle and then the player will be prompted to return to the Operational Deck to continue the war. The game plays at the strategic, operational and tactical levels on three boards simultaneously. There are three phases to the game which are detailed on the Sequence of Play Cards. $80.00

 OMM Discount 10%: Now $72.00  

PAPER WARS CASE GELD: Issue 101   Case Geld: The Axis Invasion of North America, 1945-46 by Ty Bomba. This two-player (solitaire adaptable) alternative history mini-monster has two mapsheets and one counter-sheet to cover the bicoastal invasion of North America by the Japanese and Germans (who have already conquered the rest of the world) at the army/corps level and 50 miles per hex. $47.00

OMM Discount 10%: Now $39.95  

AND DON’T FORGET THE MAGAZINES

MINIATURE WARGAMES: Issue # 472  Cover: Big Guns: Cretan Beach Assault — Oltramarini Assault during the Ottoman-Venetian War 1668. Features: Lost UFO: Part 2 of 2 of a game set in 1980’s. The Aliens are coming to earth to harvest humans. This final article covers the rules used for solo or group play.; Send Three and Fourpence: Part two of a Cold War scenario using Black Ops rules. Having a Shufti: Fighting Patrol is based on British Army training films for UK and Soviet forces.; Live Free Or Die: Prequel scenario to the three-part series on The War of 1812. The Battle of Tippecanoe includes special downloadable cards and map.; Battle of the Bridge: Scenario for the new Wars of Orcs and Dwarves fantasy rules.; Scratch Build: Builds a Slaine-style Dark Ages Roundhouse.; Sex Aleae: What you can do with a reduced dice set? Alternatives to ‘buckets of dice’ are explored.; Defence in Depth: Figure and rules reviews; Quartermaster: Modelling and scenery reviews; Forward Observer: News; Recce: Book reviews.; Last Word: From David Mustill, organiser of Broadside. $10.00

C3i # 35: BURMA – The Forgotten War 1943-1944  Burma: The Forgotten War, 1943-1944, a child of the Empire of the Sun system and companion to Nr 30’s South Pacific. Includes a 11×17-inch map, 69 counters, and 48 Playing Cards. $45.00

OMM Discount 10%: Now $40.50

VAE VICTIS # 163: Hoa-Binh 1951-1952 (Wargame)  BOARDGAMES: Absolute War; Hollow Legion; Red Flag over Paris; Interceptor Ace; Dogs of War; FIGURINES: Mali fin de campagne; Age of Penda; Trois regles pour la 3e GM, 2e partie; Francais en Egypte (Empire); Strength & Honour; Combined Arms; HOBBY: Edu Team Wargames, retour d’experience; NEW RULES: Beyond the Empire; Team Yankee; Waking the Bear; in Deo Veritas; SCENARIOS: M44; ASL; Guiscard/Byzance; Basileus II; ART of WAR: Hoa Binh 1951-1952; Wattignies 1793; WARGAME with die cut counters – Solo Game: Hoa Binh, the Battle of the Black River 1951-1952. [Magazine in French, Rules in English] $28.00

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