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Dark Places

DARK PLACES: Professional Wargaming of Dark Themes

Examines wargames that are used to explore the darkest elements of conflict. Those usually run behind closed doors and rarely, if ever, reach the public domain. Sometimes these games are part of professional military activity, sometimes part of academic research. The games in this book were carefully chosen to reduce the risk of offense and demonstrate the ways of running such games, but without using current or recent conflicts as examples. They include: Bosnian Mercenary: Gaming the Chaos of the Disintegration of Yugoslavia; WMD 1945; My Aunt’s War: Civilian Experience of War; Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Gaming Surrender; Pickett’s Charge: Using Drama; The Button: Nuclear Decision Making; Exercise Hard Rock: Civil Defence; and The Tank Factory: Military Management of the Economy During Wartime. $25.00 USD

WARGAMES FROM WORLD WAR II Examples of Axis and Allied Wargaming Rules and Umpire Guidelines

WARGAMES FROM WORLD WAR II: Examples of Axis and Allied Wargaming Rules and Umpire Guidelines

Examines the detail of wargames played before and during World War II, by including primary material as well as extracts from source documents, wargaming rules, and umpiring guides from the pre-war period until 1945. Includes detailed guidelines on the German use of wargaming during the war, based on post-war analysis by the American military, samples of the German map-based tactical exercises set at platoon and company level, an example of a British attack on a village, British and American umpire manuals with rules for arbitrating field exercises as well as sand table and map wargames, and a Royal Navy carrier wargame: Find, Fix and Strike (1944). $28.00 USD



Brings together some of the best practices on matrix games, based on Chris Engle’s wargaming matrix game methodology, since the first book was published in 2014. Provides practical advice on running games, with ten examples of future, current and historical conflicts. This book is divided into three sections. The first part includes a detailed guide to running matrix games; the second part includes five new games about conflict, procurement, the High North, and protecting critical national infrastructure; and the final part of the book includes five scenarios about simulating historical conflicts for military education. This book replaces the previous edition Matrix Games for Modern Wargaming.

Contents: A foreword by Peter Perla, author of the classic Art of Wargaming.; 1: Practical Advice on Matrix Games.; 2: Current and Future Crises (Ukraine 2022: The Sins of Our Father; One China; The High North: The Future of the Arctic (and the World); Hope and Glory: Protecting Defence Procurement); 3: Historical Crises (The Falklands War (1982); Chaoslavia (1993); Crisis in Crimea: A Counter Revolution (March 2014); The Red Line: Civil War in Syria (August 2013); Lasgah Pol: Afghanistan (2008)) $28.00 USD


ARRACOURT '44: 12 Scenarios

ARRACOURT ’44: 12 Scenarios

Chronicles one of the greatest tank battles of the Second World War. It follows Patton’s 3rd Army as it rolls through Lorraine, France, in early September of 1944, and confronts the make-shift panzer brigades that include the formidable Panther tank. Contains twelve scenarios featuring tanks, based on the Battle of Lorraine. $32.00 USD

FINAL COMBAT: Battle of Arnhem

FINAL COMBAT: Battle of Arnhem

This book contains 75 skirmish scenarios that chronicle the Battle of Arnhem during Operation Market-Garden. Although it is written for Final Combat, it can translate to most skirmish rules. $60.00 USD



This book contains 15 historical scenarios that examine the fighting in and around Berlin, from April 18 to May 1, 1945. It features SS-Unterscharfuhrer Georg Diers and his comrades as they struggle to prevent the inevitable collapse of Nazi Germany. Although the scenarios are not all conjoined in campaign fashion, they will allow players to gain insight into a titanic struggle that consumed thousands of souls in the last gasp of the Third Reich. These scenarios may be enjoyed in a roleplaying format or as a standard wargame with miniatures. Realistic small-unit tactics should result in accurate military outcomes. However, certain liberties regarding force ratios are taken for the sake of playability. $32.00 USD



THE ARMY OF THE MANCHU EMPIRE: The Conquest Army and the Imperial Army of Qing China, 1600-1727

This book describes and analyses the Manchu (or Qing), an army that was known for its victories over Ming China and later pushing back Russian expansion. The focus is on the 17th and 18th century Qing army, when the Manchu military system developed its own characteristics and reached maturity. Explains the development of the Manchu Conquest and Imperial Qing armies and details the military system of Qing China, which until 1912, fought a variety of enemies including Ming Chinese, Mongols, Tibetans, Russians, and Western Colonial armies. Contains 100 black-and-white illustrations, 20 color illustrations, and three black-and-white maps. $50.00 USD

On Military Matters Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD

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Offers a broad overview of the history of 17th Century Transylvania and its rulers. The most important political events are presented in connection with social, economic and military developments. Details the military organization of the principality with detailed presentations of all its components: military categories, weapons, equipment, recruitment of troops, mobilization, motivation, compensation, fortifications, military regulations, and justice. Campaigns and battles are also represented, with detailed descriptions of some of the most important military achievements of Transylvania during the early modern age. Contains 22 black-and-white illustrations, five black-and-white maps, eight pages of color plates, and five tables. $45.00 USD

On Military Matters Discount 15%: Now $38.25 USD


KING GEORGE’S ARMY: British Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815: Volume 2 – Foot Guards and 1st to 30th Regiments of Foot

King George’s Army: British Regiments and the Men who Led Them 1793-1815 will contain five volumes, with coverage given to cavalry regiments (Volume 1), infantry regiments (Volumes 2-4), and Ordnance and other regiments (Volume 5).

Volume 2 details the Foot Guards and 1st to 30th Regiments of Foot within the army of King George the Third for the period of the Great War with France, and the men who commanded them. Regimental data provided includes short-form regimental lineages, service locations and dispositions for the era, battle honors won, tables of authorized establishments, demographics of the field officer cohorts and of the men, and sources of recruits from the militia. The book is essentially concerned with the lieutenant colonels, majors, and other field officers who commanded the regiments.

This volume alone contains over 1,000 mini-biographies, including dates of birth and death, parentage, education, career (including political), awards and honors, and places of residence. These biographies will show the regimental system in action, officers routinely transferring between regiments for advancement or opportunity, captains who were also (brevet) colonels, many who retired early, some who stayed the distance to become major generals and beyond. Where it has been possible to accurately ascertain, advancement by purchase, exchange or promotion has also been noted. $50.00 USD

On Military Matters Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD


A BRILLIANT LITTLE VICTORY: The 48th (South Midland) Division on the Western and Italian Fronts During the First World War

Analyzes the WWI history of the 48th South Midland Division, including its successful June 1918 defense of a critical position on the Asiago Plateau in Italy, high above the Lombardy Plain. It helped stop the Austrian attackers from breaking through into the rear of the main Italian position on the Piave Rivers. Despite fighting an effective defensive action, the divisional commander, Major General Sir Robert Fanshawe, was sacked and sent home a few days later to the dismay of his officers and men. Seeking to understand what lay behind the shocking removal, this provides a detailed analysis of the battle and looks at the factors that may have contributed to the sacking. Taking account of the standards of the time, offers a view about whether or not it was justified. Contains 10 black-and-white illustrations, 5-10 black-and-white photos, 2-3 color photos, 1-2 tables, and 10 maps. $60.00 USD

On Military Matters Discount 15%: Now $51.00 USD


A GERMAN SOLDIER ON THE EASTERN FRONT: A First Hand Account of the Beginnings of Operation Barbarossa

A first-hand account of the German experience on the front lines during the early days of Operation Barbarossa. Follows Lieutenant Hohberg, who had previously fought in the French Campaign and was sent to the East after receiving a promotion. Having led his battery several times, he was now waiting in vain for tank support. However, the lack of supplies, not to mention the fire raids and air raids, made any further advance impossible. With the Russian winter approaching, he knew that they would have to reach the Donets as soon as possible. $37.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $31.45 USD

HERMANN GORING The Rise and Fall – Images of War series.jpg

HERMANN GORING: The Rise and Fall – Images of War series

Features photos of Goring and other leading Nazis. A former WWI fighter pilot, Hermann Goring became the second most powerful Nazi. Ambitious and ruthless, in addition to being a primary architect of the Third Reich state police and Gestapo, his numerous appointments included Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, Director of the Four Year Plan, and playing a leading role in the Final Solution to the ‘Jewish Question.’ By the outbreak of the war, he was acknowledged as Hitler’s successor and was given the special rank of Marshal of the Empire. Due to being held responsible for a number of military disasters, Goring’s preeminent position declined to the point where he was expelled from the Party for illegally attempting to seize control of the State. Captured by the Allies, he was found guilty at Nuremberg of being a leading war aggressor and advocate of the persecution of Jews and other races. He cheated the hangman by committing suicide. Contains 250 mono illustrations. $27.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $22.95 USD


THE ROYAL ENGINEERS IN KOREA: The Photographic Memoir of Frank Merritt

Details the real story of Frank Merritt, autistic and dyslexic, who felt it was his duty to serve when he was called up to serve in the Korean War. Frank joined the Royal Engineers, and while he never wrote anything down, was fond of photography and became the unit’s photographer. Looks at how Frank took it upon himself to explore Korea, frequently wandering off alone with his Leotax camera, in an active war zone, oblivious to the danger. The Koreans he encountered were often surprised to see a U.N. soldier strolling through their villages and farms unarmed and taking photos. Frank went into places that were off limits due to enemy activity, taking candid photographs of ordinary Koreans going about their daily lives despite the war. Contains 300 mono illustrations. $50.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD

REMOTE OUTPOST: Fighting with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan

REMOTE OUTPOST: Fighting with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan

Follows a father and son who enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard after the horrors of 9/11 shook the nation. Details how Travis Harman enlisted with his father, left the Army, and then re-enlisted once more seeking to gain his father’s acceptance. After three months of training, Travis was sent to a remote outpost in the northeast part of Afghanistan, while his father had a desk job at Bagram Airfield. Travis was pulled into often horrific realities of modern war as he experienced intense combat while yearning for his father’s acceptance. Contains 14 color illustrations. $33.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $28.05 USD


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