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One King: A Wargamer's Companion to Argyll's & Monmouth's Rebellion of 1685

One King: A Wargamer's Companion to Argyll's & Monmouth's Rebellion of 1685. Covers the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685, covering every encounter and unit in England and Scotland. Its sits alongside the book Fighting for Liberty as the ideal companion and provides the information needed to bring the Monmouth Rebellion to life on the tabletop. Also includes fast play campaign rules for the wargamer to use the strategies, maps, deployments, and military objectives and refight history. Includes OOBs and unit sheets. Includes 42 color photos, 49 black-and-white Illustrations, nine color illustrations, 45 maps, and 25 tables. $50.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD.
The Men Who Would Be Kings: The Last Samurai Rebellion

The Men Who Would Be Kings: The Last Samurai Rebellion. These are rules for Japanese samurai, not British colonial. Adds a little bit of Hollywood dazzle to rules for the last samurai rebellion, and offers up a fascinating perspective on the period and the forces involved. $28.00 USD

Gran Meccanismo: Clockpunk Roleplaying in Da Vinci's Florence

Gran Meccanismo: Clockpunk Roleplaying in Da Vinci's Florence. RPG system offers swashbuckling adventure in a Renaissance Italy (1510) where Florence's winding alleys play host to spies, scholars, and sell-swords alike. Players are nobles, mercenaries, inventors, and artisans who may find themselves crossing wits with Machiavelli, avoiding the dangerous charms of Lucretia Borgia, or hearing Christopher Columbus telling tales of the new world he has discovered. Meanwhile, Leonardo da Vinci unleashed a technological revolution where primitive computers, decorated with delicately painted cupids, run on water clocks; spring-powered tanks whir across the battlefield, cannons thundering from their flanks; and gliders flit across perfectly blue Tuscan skies. $35.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $29.75 USD.

With Musket, Pike & Drum: Wargame Rules for Engagements with Small Forces 1500 to 1700. Following on from the very popular Beyond the Empire rules, these rules use any scale of figures, most world conflicts covered for the period. Includes eight scenarios, solo rules, and sample European, New World, and Asian army lists. $32.00 USD


381 Battle of Malta: June 1940-November 1942

381 Battle of Malta: June 1940-November 1942. Campaign series – On 11 June 1940, the British crown colony of Malta – which dominated the central Mediterranean and all-important sea routes to and from North Africa – was bombed for the first time by aircraft of the Italian Regia Aeronautica. The Italians were joined in their efforts by the German Luftwaffe in January 1941. Malta was effectively beleaguered for nearly two and a half years, dependent for survival on naval supply convoys, and reliant for defense on often-outnumbered fighter aircraft and anti-aircraft guns. Features carefully selected photographic images, some previously unpublished. Seven specially commissioned color maps explore the strategic situation in the Mediterranean in this period, the military sectors into which Malta's defense was divided, and German mine-laying operations around the island. The three stunning battlescene artworks and 3D BEVs show key events from the battle, including the 26 July 1941, German attack on the Grand Harbour, and the major Luftwaffe raid 21 March 1942. $24.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $20.40 USD.

382 Carrhae 53 BC: Rome's Disaster in the Desert. Campaign series – The Battle of Carrhae offers a fascinating tale of treachery, tactics and topography in which Rome experienced one of its most humiliating defeats at the hands of the Parthians. Examines the crucial psychological and political factors (including Crassus' lust for military glory and popular acclaim) that played a key role in this brutal battle. Parthian general Surena's horsemen completely outmaneuvered Crassus' legionaries, killing or capturing most of the Roman soldiers not far from a trade-route town on the fringes of the arid wastes of northern Mesopotamia. Explores the tactics and techniques of the Parthian horse archers, details of Roman and Parthian equipment and weaponry, and discusses the last stand of Publius Crassus, son of Marcus Licinius. $24.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $20.40 USD.

004 F-86A Sabre: Korea 1950-51. Dogfight series. The F-86A Sabre had entered U.S.A.F. service in 1949, and in December 1950, three squadrons were sent to South Korea. Despite primitive basing conditions and overwhelming Chinese opposition, the Sabre pilots stopped Communist air forces from attacking U.N. ground troops, and allowed Allied fighter-bombers to operate without threat of interception. The ensuing air battles between Sabres and MiG-15s were the first since World War II, and the last in recent times to involve large numbers of jet fighters in direct confrontation. F-86 pilots demonstrated the superiority of their training and tactics and the outstanding qualities of their Sabres. Includes contemporary photographs and specially commissioned artwork, including ribbon diagrams offering step-by-step illustrations of the dogfights explored in the book. $22.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $18.70 USD.

031 Gothic Line 1944-45: The U.S.A.A.F. Starves Out the German Army. Air Campaign series. Packed with first-hand accounts and rare photos from the 57th Bomb Wing Archives, this book is a fascinating history of the most successful U.S. battlefield interdiction campaign in history, immortalized in the writing of bombardier Joseph Heller in his novel Catch 22. In the bitter winter of 1944-45, the mighty Gothic Line would be defeated by American air power in one of the most pivotal but least-known air campaigns of World War II. It would not be a direct assault; instead Operation Bingo would ruthlessly cut the Germans' supply lines and leave them starved. However, it would not be easy. The rail routes were defended by a formidable array of heavy flak, and every raid was expected. Conditions were freezing, and even in electric flying suits, men suffered both hypoxia and frostbite. $24.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $20.40 USD.
066 British Cavalryman vs German Cavalryman: Belgium and France 1914

066 British Cavalryman vs German Cavalryman: Belgium and France 1914. Combat Men series. Offers a comparative assessment of each side's doctrine, organization, equipment and training, followed by a detailed analysis of their actual performance in three key encounter-actions: Casteau/Soignies (22 August), Cerizy/Moy (28 August), and Le Montcel/Feetoy (7 September). Supported by carefully chosen photographs and specially commissioned full-color artwork and maps. $22.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $18.70 USD.

141 F2H Banshee Units. Combat Air series. Examines the entire service life of the F2H in the service of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Royal Canadian Navy. Initially created as a replacement aircraft for McDonnell's pioneering FH1 Phantom, the F2H served in the Korean War as a strike fighter, close-air-support aircraft, B-29 escort, and photo-reconnaissance aircraft. After Korea, the Banshee served as a carrier-based nuclear-strike aircraft and as a defensive fighter for anti-submarine aircraft carriers. Filled with first-hand accounts and rare color photographs, this story of the F2H Banshee explores its service and details the technological development that improved the aircraft's capabilities over time. $24.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $20.40 USD.

309 Hawk: Air Defense Missile System. New Vanguard series. Packed with archive photos and original artwork, this book features research from Hawk technical and field manuals, interviews with Hawk veterans, and personal experiences with Hawk missile units. Credited with shooting down more than 100 aircraft during its combat career, the Hawk system was respected for its lethality. Such was Soviet concern that it developed electronic jammers, anti-radiation missiles, and other countermeasures specifically to degrade its effectiveness. The U.S. retired its Hawk systems soon after the Cold War ended in 1991, when air-defense priorities shifted from aircraft to ballistic-missile defense. $19.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $16.15 USD.

246 Gladiators: 4th-1st Centuries BC. Elite series. Featuring photographs and drawings of key items of visual evidence, and drawing upon the author's wealth of experience and research, this fully illustrated account recreates the little-known and under-represented gladiators of the centuries leading up to the dawn of the Principate, correcting myths and casting new light on the roles, lives and legacy of these legendary arena fighters. $20.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $17.00 USD.

546 The Red Army 1922-41: From Civil War to Barbarossa. Men at Arms series. Explores the interwar history of the Red Army, from victory in the Civil War to the onslaught of Germans in 1941. Details campaigns, organization and uniforms. The Red Army of the 1920s was employed to ruthlessly crush anti-Bolshevik opposition (real or suspected) in several regions of the U.S.S.R., notably Ukraine and Central Asia, and to fight a brief border war against Chinese Manchuria. During the 1930s, purges decimated the officer class even as the U.S.S.R. sent troops to Spain and defeated Japan and Finland. $19.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $16.15 USD.


The Macedonian Army of Philip II and Alexander the Great: 359-323 BC

The Macedonian Army of Philip II and Alexander the Great: 359-323 BC. Detailed analysis of the organization and equipment of the Macedonian army built by Philip II and later employed to world-changing effect by his son, Alexander III (the Great). Explains how Philip took the traditional forces of Macedon and reformed them into the most modern and sophisticated combined-arms force in the Mediterranean world. Pike phalanx, Companion cavalry, light troops, and light and cavalry types are described in detail, along with an analysis of the tactics employed in the great battles. Color photos showing replica weapons and equipment in use. Includes 90 color illustrations. $35.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $29.75 USD.
Defending the Arteries of Rebellion: Confederate Naval Operations in the Mississippi River Valley, 1861-1865

Defending the Arteries of Rebellion: Confederate Naval Operations in the Mississippi River Valley, 1861-1865. The Confederate war machine introduced numerous innovations and alternate defenses of the Mississippi River, including the CSA's first operational ironclad, the first successful use of underwater torpedoes, widespread use of army-navy joint operations, and the employment of extensive river obstructions. When the Mississippi River came under complete Union control in 1863, Confederate efforts shifted to the river's many tributaries, where a bitter and deadly struggle ensued to control these internal lifelines. Despite a lack of ships, material, personnel, funding, and unified organization, not to mention competition among all services for scarce resources, the Confederacy fought desperately and scored many localized tactical victories – often won at great cost – but failed at the strategic level. $25.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $21.25 USD.

Persia Triumphant in Greece: Xerxes' Invasion: Thermopylae, Artemisium and the Destruction of Athens. Epic story of the Great Persian War of 481-479 BC and the major land and sea Persian invasion of Greece under Xerxes. Starting from the Persian decision to avenge the outrage caused to imperial prestige by the battle of Marathon, this book details policy, diplomacy and religion as they intermingle with matters of strategy and tactics. Includes 21 color maps and diagrams. $43.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $36.55 USD.

The Medieval Crossbow: A Weapon Fit to Kill a King. Detailed and highly illustrated study of the medieval crossbow, with two foci. The first is a technical study of the design and construction of the medieval crossbow, the many different kinds of crossbows used during the Middle Ages, and a consideration of the relationship between crossbows and art. The second describes the history of the crossbow, from its origins in ancient China to its decline in 16th Century Europe. Also explores the challenges in deciphering the crossbow's early medieval history, as well as its prominence in warfare and sport shooting in the High and Later Middle Ages. Includes 50 color and black-and-white illustrations. $38.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $32.30 USD.

Mysteries of the Norman Conquest: Unravelling the Truth of the Battle of Hastings and the Events of 1066. Following in the footsteps of the Viking warriors of Harald Hardrada, the knights of William of Normandy, and the Anglo-Saxon soldiers of King Harold, the reader is taken on a journey from Yorkshire to the South Coast. Re-examines what has been written about that momentous year – the intrigues, preparations and maneuvers – which culminated on 14 October 1066 on a bloody hill somewhere in Sussex. Considers challenges to the traditional site of the Battle of Hastings on the slopes of what is today Battle Abbey. Covers three 1066 battles: Fulford, Stamford Bridge, and Hastings. $43.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $36.55 USD.

First Polish Armored Division: 1938-47. Detailed history of the 1st Polish Armored Division. Formed in Scotland in February 1942 from Polish exiles, its commander, Stanislaw Maczek, and many of its men had previously served in the Polish 10th Motorized Cavalry Brigade, which had taken part in the Polish invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1938, and offered tenacious defense against German and Soviet invasion of 1939. Under Maczek's leadership, the division was trained and equipped along British lines in preparation for the invasion of France. Attached to 1st Canadian Army, the division was sent to Normandy in late July 1944. It suffered heavily during Operation Totalize, but went on to play a crucial role in preventing an orderly German withdrawal from the Falaise Pocket by its stand at Hill 262. They then played their part in the advance across Western Europe and into Germany. $43.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $36.55 USD.

On The Eastern Front at Seventeen: The Memoirs of a Red Army Soldier, 1942-1944. Recruited into the Red Army aged just 17, Sergei Drobyazko's introduction to battle is a violent one: forced to retreat from his home city of Krasnodar after it is set ablaze by German forces. Later, Drobyazko is captured by the Germans, escapes, and enters service once more, rising to the rank of sergeant in an infantry regiment. In this gripping memoir, Drobyazko sets down his experience of the war as it unfolded around him. He claims to have consulted no historical sources and to have simply relied on his own memory, making this a deeply personal account. Translated into English for the first time. $33.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $28.05 USD.

Belgian Military Forces in the Congo: Volume 1: The Force Publique, 1885-1960. This first volume of Belgian Military Forces in the Congo is illustrated throughout with photographs, and includes specially-commissioned color artworks of the weapons, soldiers and aircraft of the Force Publique – established by King Leopold II to secure the Congo Free State and to protect a vast geographical swath of Central Africa that had become his own personal possession following the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885. $35.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $29.75 USD.

And Don't Forget the Magazines

Miniature Wargames: Issue #473

Miniature Wargames: Issue #473. Cover: Defend The Village: Cinematic samurai skirmish scenario, suitable for any ruleset you may choose but keyed to Osprey's Ronin; Send Three and Fourpence: Interview with Mark Fastoso, rules designer and one of the chaps behind the YouTube channel Little Wars TV; Gross Beeren: 15mm Napoleonic scenario with some suggestions, guidance and a simple ruleset free to download; Command Decision: Return of the Reaper is a generic fantasy scenario; Sepoys & Soldiers: Covers the process for creating a short, playable set of rules for Wellington in India. Complete with downloadable rules and play sheet; Road to Mandalay: Scratch build a Far Eastern dwelling; sci-fi: Scratch build a crashed sci-fi vehicle; Defence in Depth: Figure reviews; Quartermaster: Modeling and scenery reviews; Forward Observer: News; Recce: Book reviews; and Last Word: David Mustill, Broadside organizer. $10.00 USD

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