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THE SILVER BAYONET: The Second Austrian Unit 28mm Figures

THE SILVER BAYONET: The Second Austrian Unit 28mm Figures To play The Silver Bayonet, you choose an Officer figure from your preferred nation, and you recruit a special unit of skilled Soldiers to take on investigations and to battle against supernatural forces. This typical Austrian Unit can be used by itself or with the First Austrian unit. The 2nd unit contains: Doctor, Heavy cavalryman, Light cavalryman, Irregular trooper, Highwayman, Coachman, Woodsman, and Tactician. All figures are 28mm-sized, made of metal and supplied unpainted. $39.00 USD

OMM Discount 10%: Now $35.10 USD
Victrix NAPOLEONIC: British Household Cavalry 1812-1815: 28mm Figures

Victrix NAPOLEONIC: British Household Cavalry 1812-1815: 28mm Figures This set offers multiple head-and-arm options to make a unit of twelve charging 28mm British Household Cavalry, including a command frame with trumpeter and officer. These can represent the Royal Horse Guards (wearing a blue uniform) and the 1st and 2nd Life Guards (wearing a red uniform). As well as fighting in the Peninsula War, they were heavily engaged during the Waterloo campaign in 1815. They helped screen the armies' withdrawal from Quatre Bras and suffered many casualties as part of Lord Somerset's Brigade at Waterloo itself (losing 320 men out of 696). Has 3 x Main Frame and 1 x Command Frame. $46.00 USD


THE SILVER BAYONET: The Carpathians Castle Fier

THE SILVER BAYONET: The Carpathians Castle Fier Supplement for The Silver Bayonet: A Wargame of Napoleonic Gothic Horror, in which the special units must fight their way through the ruins of a menacing haunted castle. It features two campaigns – one competitive and one for solo or cooperative play – as well as new monsters to fight, soldiers to recruit, and treasure to unearth. High in the Carpathian Mountains stands the crumbling Castle Fier. Once home to a powerful warlord, the castle cast a dark shadow across the nearby villages, until crusaders attacked with sword and flame to put an end to its menace. Though history passed into folklore, the ruins of Castle Fier remained shunned by all as a cursed site. Now, horrors have been seen moving at night. An army gathers. Something has awoken in the ruins. With the political situation in the surrounding region becoming increasingly unstable, France, Prussia, Britain, and the other powers have dispatched their best agents to investigate the ruins, eliminate any threats, and acquire any treasures that could prove useful in the ongoing fight against the harvestmen. and each other. $25.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $21.25 USD


389 The HYDASPES 326 BC: The Limit of Alexander the Great's Conquests

389 The HYDASPES 326 BC: The Limit of Alexander the Great's Conquests Campaign series. In the years that followed Alexander the Great's victory at Gaugamela on 1 October 331 BC, his Macedonian and Greek army fought a truly 'Herculean' series of campaigns in what is today Iran, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it was in the Indus Valley, on the banks of the Hydaspes River (known today as the Jhelum) in 326 BC, that Alexander would fight his last major battle against King Poros. Detailed maps and 3D diagrams help explain how Alexander used feints and deception to transport a select force from his army across the swollen River Hydaspes without attracting the enemy's attention, allowing his troops the crucial element of surprise. Battle-scene artwork and photographs reveal the fascinating array of forces that clashed in the battle, including Indian war elephants and chariots, and horse archers and phalanx formations. Also examined are the differences in weaponry and armor between the opposing sides, which would prove crucial to the outcome. Although a tactical masterpiece, the Hydaspes was the closest that Alexander the Great came to defeat, and was one of the costliest battles fought by his near-exhausted army. $25.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $21.25 USD

073 BYZANTINE CAVALRYMAN vs VANDAL WARRIOR: North Africa AD 533-36 Combat Men series. In AD 533, the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I launched the first of his campaigns to reconquer the Western Roman Empire. This effort began in North Africa (modern Algeria and Tunisia), targeting the Vandal kingdom established there a century earlier, which also included Sardinia, Corsica and the Balearic Islands. Featuring full-color artwork and mapping alongside carefully chosen archive illustrations, this book shows how the Byzantine general Belisarius established his formidable reputation in the lightning-fast campaign that ensued, exploring the origins, tactics and reputation of the two sides' forces as they fought for control of North Africa. $25.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $21.25 USD
318 TANKS IN OPERATION BAGRATION 1944: The Demolition of Army Group Center

318 TANKS IN OPERATION BAGRATION 1944: The Demolition of Army Group Center New Vanguard series. Uses new photos and color illustrations to explain tank camouflage and markings, as well as how the tanks and AFVs on both sides contributed to the eventual defeat of Army Group Center during Operation Bagration – the 1944 summer campaign on the Russian Front. The Red Army had embarked on a major tank modernization after the Kursk battles of 1943, and as a result, Operation Bagration saw the first widespread use of T-34-85 and IS-2 tanks, as well as self-propelled guns. Germany's Panther tank finally reached technical maturity in the summer of 1944, but small numbers weakened its battlefield impact, while other innovations such as the Tiger II heavy tank failed to leave their mark. $20.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $17.00 USD

148 THE NAKAJIMA Ki-49 DONRYU Combat Aircraft series. The Nakajima Ki-49 Donryu ('Dragon Eater'), codenamed 'Helen' by the Allies, was a twin-engined Japanese bomber designed to undertake daylight attacks without the protection of escort fighters. Consequently, while it was officially known as the Army Type 100 Heavy Bomber, its formidable defensive armament and armor were so heavy that they restricted the Ki-49 to payloads comparable to those of smaller medium bombers. While only five heavy bomber sentai (regiments) were equipped with the 'Helen', over 800 Ki-49s built between 1941 and 1944 saw extensive action in Burma, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, northern India, and north Australia. In an act of desperation, a small number of 'Helens' were even employed, unsuccessfully, as kamikaze aircraft against U.S. Navy warships operating off the Philippines and Okinawa. $25.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $21.25 USD

149 BF 109 JABO UNITS IN THE WEST Combat Aircraft series. Drawing from pilots' first-hand accounts, explores a number of specialized units, including Lehrgeschwader 2 and dedicated fighter-bomber sections of standard fighter units such as 10. Staffel of Jagdgeschwader 26, which flew this highly specialized fighter-bomber. Including technical specifications, rare photographs, and outstanding artwork, this book explores the Jabo versions of the Bf 109E, F, and G, both on the production line and with the addition of Rustsatze field conversion kits. $25.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $21.25 USD
251 THE U.S. MARINE CORPS 1775-1859: Continental and United States Marines

251 THE U.S. MARINE CORPS 1775-1859: Continental and United States Marines Describes and illustrates U.S. Marine Corps' uniforms, personal equipment, insignia, and weaponry, complemented by a succinct history of the Marines' military record from their beginnings to the eve of the American Civil War, by which time the U.S. Marine Corps had established itself as a small but vitally important part of the United States' armed forces. Organized in 1775, the first American Marines distinguished themselves throughout the American Revolutionary War, and even raided mainland Britain before being disbanded in 1783. Reestablished in 1798, the U.S. Marine Corps fought in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, both at sea and on land. The years after 1815 saw the Corps involved in a wide variety of conflicts, from the Seminole Wars to the Mexican-American War; Marines even reached China and Japan. As the prospect of civil war began to threaten the United States, a small battalion of Marines was responsible for the capture of abolitionist John Brown at Harper's Ferry on October 18, 1859. $21.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $17.85 USD

THE HUNDRED YEARS WAR: 1337-1453 Essential Histories series. Curry, Anne. An illustrated overview of the Hundred Years War, the longest-running and the most significant conflict in western Europe in the later Middle Ages. Drawing on the latest research for this new edition, examines how the war can reveal much about the changing nature of warfare: the rise of infantry and the demise of the knight; the impact of increased use of gunpowder; and the effect of the war on generations of people. Updated and revised edition includes full-color maps and 50 new images. $20.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $17.00 USD


JOHN HAMPDEN AND THE BATTLE OF CHALGROVE: The Political and Military Life of Hampden and his Legacy

JOHN HAMPDEN AND THE BATTLE OF CHALGROVE: The Political and Military Life of Hampden and his Legacy On June 16, 1643, Prince Rupert slipped out of Royalist Oxford with the intention of beating up Parliamentary quarters and hoping to capture a Parliamentarian convoy carrying some 21,000 pounds in coin. Having failed to intercept the convoy, the Royalists headed back to Oxford. A Parliamentarian cavalry column caught up with the Prince and his troops outside the small Oxfordshire village of Chalgrove, early in the morning of the 18th of June. During the short engagement, noted Parliamentarian Colonel John Hampden was wounded, and although he was able to leave the field, he was to die six days later of his wounds. Includes nine black-and-white illustrations, one black-and-white photo, and nine maps. $50.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD
WELLINGTON'S UNSUNG HEROES: The Fifth Division in the Peninsular War, 1810-1814

WELLINGTON'S UNSUNG HEROES: The Fifth Division in the Peninsular War, 1810-1814 The men of the Fifth Division ('The Pioneers') were among the workhorses of the British Peninsular army. Lacking both the kudos and the wealth of letters, journals and memoirs of divisions like the Third and the Light, it is easy to overlook the part they played in the struggle that finally drove the French out of Spain and Portugal. Yet they were the first troops into the streets of Badajoz, played a crucial part in the great victory at Salamanca, and made up the bulk of the troops that finally took San Sebastian after a protracted and bloody siege. Includes 13 black-and-white illustrations, 11 maps, and five tables. $50.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD

THE PATTERN: The 33rd Regiment in the American Revolution 1770-1783 Regimental history of the 33rd Foot during the Revolutionary War. In the early 1770s, the 33rd Foot acquired a reputation as the best-trained regiment in the British Army. This reputation would be tested beyond breaking point over the course of the American Revolutionary War. From Saratoga to South Carolina, the 33rd was one of the most heavily-engaged units – on either side – throughout the war. Includes four black-and-white illustrations, 22 black-and-white photos, two color illustrations, 18 color photos, 8pp color plates, 15 maps, two tables, and four graphs. $45.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $38.25 USD

THE SOUTH AMERICAN PACIFIC WAR: Nationalism, Nitrates, Gunboats, and Guano, 1879-1881 Peru and Bolivia were decisively beaten by Chile during the War of the Pacific, 1879-1884, and as a direct consequence of this humiliating defeat, they suffered extensive territorial losses, including the entire Bolivian coastline. The territories lost contained valuable nitrate and guano deposits, which were exploited by Chile, at a most fortuitous time for the rapidly-degenerating Chilean economy. includes 21 black-and-white photos and 12 maps. $50.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD
THE SECOND BATTLE OF WINCHESTER: The Confederate Victory that Opened the Door to Gettysburg

THE SECOND BATTLE OF WINCHESTER: The Confederate Victory that Opened the Door to Gettysburg June 1863. The Gettysburg Campaign is underway. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia is pushing northward through the Shenandoah Valley toward Pennsylvania, and only one significant force stands in its way: Maj. Gen. Robert H. Milroy's Union division of the Eighth Army Corps, in the vicinity of Winchester and Berryville, Virginia. Despite being heavily outnumbered, General Milroy defied repeated instructions to withdraw his command even as the overpowering Second Corps under Lt. Gen. Richard Ewell approached within striking distance. The veteran Indiana politician-turned-soldier was convinced the enemy consisted of nothing more than cavalry or was simply a feint. Includes 97 images and 17 maps. $27.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $22.95 USD

THE LAST BATTLE OF WINCHESTER: Phil Sheridan, Jubal Early, and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, August 7-September 19, 1864 Dissects the five weeks of complex maneuvering and sporadic combat before the opposing armies ended up at Winchester, an important town in the northern end of the Valley that had changed hands dozens of times during the war. Tactical brilliance and ineptitude were on display throughout the day-long affair, as Sheridan threw infantry and cavalry against the thinning Confederate ranks, and Early and his generals shifted to meet each assault. A final blow against Early's left flank collapsed the Southern army, killed one of the Confederacy's finest combat generals in Robert Rodes, and planted the seeds of the sweeping large-scale victory at Cedar Creek the following month. Includes 81 illustrations and 22 maps. $27.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $22.95 USD

THE HUNGARIAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE 1848-1849: An Illustrated Military History Examines the Hungarian Revolution and war of independence of 1848-1849 as it transitions from a feudal system to a civic society. All of this happened as part of a wider European revolutionary process in which Hungarian and international events were in constant interaction. The movement towards German and Italian unity, the attempt to create a unified Poland, and the efforts to federalize the Hapsburg Empire all influenced developments within Hungary and vice versa. Includes 150 black-and-white illustrations, 50 color illustrations, and 25 maps. $60.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $51.00 USD

THE REPUBLIC FIGHTS BACK: The Franco-German War 1870-1871: Volume 2 – Uniforms, Organisation and Weapons of the Armies of the Republican Phase of the War The Franco-German War of 1870-71 saw the demise of one empire, that of Napoleon III, and the birth of another, a new German Empire under the rule of the King of Prussia and his first minister, Bismarck. After the debacle of the French surrender at Sedan, vast new armies were raised, both in France and Germany. The French Republican government, under the tireless enthusiasm of Leon Gambetta, tried to mobilize the whole male population to participate in some form or other; was he successful? This book explains how they were organized, dressed, armed and supplied with the essentials of war. Technical innovations changed the way armies behaved in the field, railways speeded up movement, the telegraph delivered orders in a fraction of the time, and new weapons altered tactics used on the battlefield. Includes 20 color plates, 100 black-and-white illustrations, and five black-and-white maps. $40.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $34.00 USD

WARSHIP 2023 The varied topics in this year's annual includes articles on the secret battleship design that Mussolini's Fascist Italy sold to Stalin's U.S.S.R., the little-known German flak ships of World War II, the French aircraft carriers Clemenceau and Foch, and the development of electronic warfare in the Royal Navy. $60.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $51.00 USD

ON WARMER TIDES: The Genesis and History of Italy's First World War Naval Commandos History of Italy's WWI special-forces group – the MAS Flotillas – examines the innovation, audacity and determination of this unit during the Adriatic Campaign of 1915-18. E. Over the course of its wartime development, it pioneered new nautical technologies, such as manned torpedoes, jumping boats, and underwater explosives employed in the Buccari Bay Raid, the nocturnal assault on the SMS Wien, and the audacious infiltration of Pola naval base. Includes 22 black-and-white illustrations, and eight maps. $45.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $38.25 USD

A WAR OF EMPIRES: Japan, India, Burma & Britain 1941-45 Comprehensive account of the Japanese offensive into Burma, the British/Indian collapse and resurgence, the Japanese offensive into India in 1944, and the ultimate Allied offensive that recaptured the country in 1945. This hard-fought campaign was in securing Allied victory in the east, defeating Japanese militarism, and ultimately redrawing the map of the region with an independent India, free from the shackles of empire, all but guaranteed. Examines the crucial role of leadership (or lack thereof) on both sides, the emergence and exploitation of Allied air superiority, the fanatical nature of Japanese soldiers, the four-ring circus of Allied 'co-operation,' and the impact of terrain and weather on both sides' exploits. Excellent descriptions of Japanese bunker and strongpoint defenses. Combine that with fanatical Japanese troops and inept frontal assaults, and you have the basis for British and Indian defeat after defeat. $24.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $20.40 USD

THE ONE-SHIP FLEET: U.S.S. Boise – WWII Naval Legend 1938-45 Full history of the Brooklyn-class light cruiser U.S.S. Boise (CL-47), which was awarded eleven battle stars in WWII – more than any other light cruiser in her class. She participated in the naval battles in the Solomons in 1942. After repairs and modifications, the Boise was sent in 1943 to the Mediterranean theater to participate in the invasions of Sicily, Taranto and Salerno. She enhanced her fame by destroying enemy tanks during armored counterattacks in both Sicily and Salerno. From the Mediterranean, Boise was sent to the Southwest Pacific theater to join the U.S. 7th Fleet for the campaign in New Guinea in 1943-44 and then the invasion of the Philippines. She fought in the battle of Leyte Gulf, notably in the night engagement in the Surigao Strait, where battleships faced off against each other for the last time in maritime history. Boise was credited with helping to sink a Japanese battleship. She also fought off the suicide planes known as kamikazes at Leyte and later at Lingayen Gulf during the invasion of Luzon. $38.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $32.30 USD

CLEAN SWEEP: VIII Fighter Command against the Luftwaffe, 1942-45 Discusses the creation, development and operation of the Eighth Air Force Fighter Command and the battle to establish daylight air superiority over the Luftwaffe so that the invasion of Europe could be successful. On August 7, 1942, twelve B-17 bombers from the Eighth Air Force's 97th Bombardment Group out of Britain bombed the Rouen-Sotteville railroad marshaling yards in France. While the mission was small, the aerial struggle that began that day would continue to the end of the war. Packed with first-hand accounts. $32.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $27.20 USD



WARGAMES ILLUSTRATED: Issue #425 THEME: Where the Wild Things Were: Cowboys: Wild West Towns: How to represent them; What a Cowboy! New Wild West skirmish game inspired by the What a Tanker! Command Dice system; Dead Man's Hand: Boys and Bucks: Dead Man's Hand goodies. Features: SpeedPaints 2.0: Newcomers test the range of paints; Designer Notes: The Doomed: New Osprey rules; Hammerhead Painting Competition: Photos of the winners; Race to Munassib Pass: WWI cooperative 'race' game where players command British light patrol cars and attempt to cut off a retreating Senussi force controlled by the referee; Figure Spotlight: Plastic Franco-Prussian War French Infantry set plus painting guide; Rules Showcase: Mad for War – Age of Sail rules; Raising the Standard: Wars of the Roses flags and banners. Departments: Observation Post: Review a fantasy/historical expansion and a sci-fi skirmish game; Release Radar: New miniatures; Quick Fire: Hobby projects from WI readers. $9.50 USD


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