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003 British Pacific Fleet 1944-45: The Royal Navy in the Downfall of Japan

003 British Pacific Fleet 1944-45: The Royal Navy in the Downfall of Japan

Fleet series. Examines the ships, their technology, how the fleet was organized and commanded, and how it fought the campaign against Japan during the latter part of WWII. Explains how the Royal Navy joined the Pacific carrier war, and how the fleet adopted the U.S. Navy's ruthlessly effective fast-carrier doctrine. With ships optimized for short-range operations in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, it had to rapidly adapt to the long-range, high-tempo warfare of the Pacific, and the story is often one of inspired improvisation. $23.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $19.55 USD.
004 U.S. Seventh Fleet, Vietnam 1964-75: American Naval Power in Southeast Asia

004 U.S. Seventh Fleet, Vietnam 1964-75: American Naval Power in Southeast Asia

Fleet series. Examines how U.S. Navy's most powerful fleet fought and operated during the Vietnam War. Distilled from thousands of declassified secret documents, offers a unique new portrait of how the Seventh Fleet fought the Vietnam War, from the offensive strike power of naval aviation to the vital role of fleet logistics. Also examines the surface combatant fleet's gunfire-support role, and its raids against the North Vietnamese coast, amphibious warfare, fleet air defense, search-and-rescue, and mining and interdiction operations. Illustrated and includes personal accounts from North Vietnamese, Soviet, and Chinese sources. $23.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $19.55 USD.
010 A6M2/3 Zero-Sen: New Guinea and the Solomons 1942

010 A6M2/3 Zero-Sen: New Guinea & the Solomons 1942

Dogfight series. Covers the key role played by governing factors, including geography and climatic conditions, and examines the modified tactics employed by IJN Zero-sen pilots to help them cope in 1942 New Guinea. Combs through the comprehensive analysis of RAAF, U.S.A.A.F., and Japanese operational after-action reports for first-hand accounts from both famous aviators and previously unknown RAAF and Japanese pilots. The air combats fought over New Guinea in 1942 between Imperial Japanese Naval Air Force (IJNAF) pilots and their Allied counterparts in P-39 Airacobras and P-40 Warhawks were often trial and error affairs, with both belligerents being caught out by weather. $23.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $19.55 USD.
041 Operation Ro-Go 1943: Japanese Air Power Tackles the Bougainville Landings

041 Operation Ro-Go 1943: Japanese Air Power Tackles the Bougainville Landings

Air Combat series. Uses rare Japanese primary source material to explain how the Japanese planned and fought the 1943 campaign to strike Allied air power and shipping in the Solomons, and to slow the American advance by severing Allied supply chains. Corrects enduring myths often found in books that rely only on Western sources. Traces the unexpected and tremendous pressures placed on the operation's units at Rabaul as the Japanese dealt with massive, surprise raids from Fifth Air Force bombers, and later U.S. Navy carrier aircraft, concluding with the U.S. strategic victory of the Bougainville landings. $25.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $21.25 USD.
131 P-38 Lightning vs Bf 109: North Africa, Sicily and Italy 1942-43

131 P-38 Lightning vs Bf 109: North Africa, Sicily & Italy 1942-43

Duel series. Concentrates on the bitterly fought air war in North Africa, the Mediterranean, Sicily, and Italy in 1942-43. Using original archival sources, official records, and first-hand accounts from both U.S.A.A.F. and Luftwaffe veterans, as well as newly commissioned artwork and 50 carefully selected photographs from official and personal archives, this book examines the head-to-head for control of the skies in a key theater of World War II. $23.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $19.55 USD.
132 Valentine Infantry Tank vs Panzer III: North Africa 1941-43

132 Valentine Infantry Tank vs Panzer III: North Africa 1941-43

Duel series. Compares the technical details, design evolution, crew histories, and respective strengths and weaknesses of these iconic tanks, which frequently went head-to-head in brutal battles across Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. It documents the upgrades made to each AFV type over three years, as up-gunned and up-armored variants – ever more lethal, ever more survivable – arrived in North Africa. Also explores the two tanks' encounters, from the first Valentine versus Panzer III clashes in 1941, to the Axis drive into Egypt, and on to the Tunisian fighting of 1942-1943. $23.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $19.55 USD.
151 Harrier GR 7/9: Units in Combat

151 Harrier GR 7/9: Units in Combat

Combat Aircraft series. The Harrier GR 7/9 was the RAF's main aircraft in the 1990s and during the first decade of the new millennium. Deployments include No Fly Zone patrols over northern Iraq, supported UN forces in the Balkans, and embarked in Royal Navy carriers to bolster the RAF presence ashore in the Arabian Gulf. Harrier GR 7s also flew from HMS Illustrious over Sierra Leone in 2000, and were involved in the second Gulf War during early 2003 acting as Close Air Support for Coalition forces. Includes official and personal photographs, and 30 artwork profiles illustrating the wide range of colors worn and ordnance employed. $25.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $21.25 USD.
324 Soviet Motor Gunboats of World War II: The Red Army's <em>River Tanks</em> from Stalingrad to Berlin

324 Soviet Motor Gunboats of World War II: The Red Army's River Tanks From Stalingrad to Berlin

New Vanguard series. Examines concept and design of Soviet Armored Motor Gun Boat (AMGB) – armored riverboat that functioned as a river tank. Capable of carrying up to 20 infantrymen directly into action, and providing immediate firepower from their tank turrets, machineguns or Katyusha rockets, their military value was widely recognized. They were versatile enough to be used in naval landing operations off the Gulf of Finland, the Azov Sea, and the Black Sea, and their capabilities were prized by local commanders. $20.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD.
395 The Winter Campaign in Italy 1943: Orsogna, San Pietro and Ortona

395 The Winter Campaign in Italy 1943: Orsogna, San Pietro & Ortona

Campaign series. Focuses on several little-known late-1943 battles fought in Italy, following the German withdrawal from the Salerno bridgehead and from Taranto. Maps and diagrams present an easy-to-follow overview of the multiple operations of this complex campaign. The forces of the opposing sides (including American, German, Canadian, New Zealand, and British troops). $25.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $21.25 USD.
552 Medieval Indian Armies (2): Indo-Islamic Forces, 7th-Early 16th Centuries

552 Medieval Indian Armies (2): Indo-Islamic Forces, 7th-Early 16th Centuries

Men at Arms series. Describes and illustrates the Indo-Islamic forces operating in South Asia, from the Umayyad Caliphate's frontier in north-western India and Afghanistan in the late 7th Century through to the Delhi Sultanate, the Sultanate of Bengal, and the Bahmani Sultanate in the 15th and 16th centuries. Explains arms, armor, fortification, land and sea transport, and how Muslim armies learned a great deal from their more numerous Hindu, Jain and Buddhist opponents. $20.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $17.00 USD.

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Roman Conquests: Gaul

Roman Conquests: Gaul

Starts with early Roman conquests and acquisitions, which were largely reactive and defensive, across the Alps in Gaul. The Gauls were one of the great warrior societies of ancient Europe, and some of Rome's heaviest defeats were suffered here at the end of the 2nd Century BC. Then examines subsequent campaigns, including those of Caesar and the epic siege of Alesia, to show how the Roman war machine was ultimately able to overcome vastly superior numbers of Celtic warriors to extend Rome's rule from the Mediterranean to the English Channel. $27.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $22.95 USD.
Battle for the Island Kingdom: England's Destiny 1000-1066

Battle for the Island Kingdom: England's Destiny 1000-1066

Recounts the clashes of Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Normans, their warlords, and their conniving queens. Begins with the Viking Cnut the Great, forging three nations into his North Sea Empire, while his Saxon wife Aelfgifu rules in his stead and schemes for England's throne. Her archenemy is Emma of Normandy, widow of Saxon king Aethelred, claiming Cnut's realm in exchange for her hand in marriage. Their sons become rivals, pawns in their mothers' wars until they can secure their own destinies. And always in the shadows is Godwin of Wessex, playing all sides to become the power behind the throne until his son Harold emerges as king of all of England. But Harold's brother Tostig turns traitor, abandons the Anglo-Saxons, and joins the army of the last great Viking, Harald Hardrada, where together they meet their fate at the battle of Stamford Bridge. And all this time watching from across the water is William, the Bastard, fighting to secure his own Norman dukedom, but with an eye on the English crown. $30.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $25.50 USD.
The Battle of Castillon 1453: The Death Knell for English France

The Battle of Castillon 1453: The Death Knell for English France

Summarizes the origins of the Hundred Years' War and the ebb and flow of fortunes during the war up to the Treaty of Tours in 1444. It then describes the military reforms of King Charles VII, and the artillery, technical and tactical innovations of the Bureau brothers in the development of artillery. Describes the Battle of Castillon, the decisive action in the French conquest of Gascony, in detail. The book concludes with an account of the aftermath of the battle and the final expulsion of the English after the surrender of Bordeaux, three months to the day after the defeat of Shrewsbury at Castillon. $45.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $38.25 USD.
The Tudor Arte of Warre: Volume 3: The Conduct of War in the Reign of Elizabeth I 1558-1603 – The Elizabethan Army

The Tudor Arte of Warre: Volume 3: The Conduct of War in the Reign of Elizabeth I 1558-1603 – The Elizabethan Army

Essentially an Elizabethan army handbook that explains its leadership, organization, tactics and training, and recruitment. Also describes how soldiers were paid, clothed, equipped and provided for – or as was too often the case, not provided for. Wars are fought by armies; in Elizabeth's England, the wars led to the creation of armies in a rather ad-hoc fashion, until the long-term commitments to Ireland and the Netherlands forced the creation of a semi-permanent institution. Considers the strengths and weaknesses of the county-based system, that included a fair amount of endemic corruption.

An army is as good as its recruits, and in Elizabeth's reign, recruitment for service, either for the newly developed Trained Bands or for overseas service as pressed men, was predominantly managed by the counties. Provides a detailed explanation and description of infantry training and tactics, and includes many diagrams from contemporary military handbooks which demonstrate how companies and larger formations could be deployed. Also summarizes the role of the cavalry. $60.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $51.00 USD.
Soldiers & Civilians, Transport & Provisions: Early Modern Military Logistics & Supply Systems During the British Civil Wars – 1638-1653

Soldiers & Civilians, Transport & Provisions: Early Modern Military Logistics & Supply Systems During the British Civil Wars – 1638-1653

Investigates operational-level logistics and supply systems, including what methods of supply were used, what decisions and events these systems impacted, and how these related to strategic and tactical outcomes of the wars. Explains the facets of land, coastal and riverine transportation, the supply of manpower to the armies, and the supply of food, clothing and shelter to multiple forces across various conflicts throughout the British civil wars. Outlines regional disparity in military logistics systems due to reliance on pre-existing civilian structures and methods – which had not been developed with a military purpose in mind, and resulted in substantial logistical and supply differences that consequently, and heavily, favored one faction over another. $60.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $51.00 USD.
Great Britain & the Defence of the Low Countries 1744-1748: Armies, Politics and Diplomacy

Great Britain & the Defence of the Low Countries 1744-1748: Armies, Politics & Diplomacy

Explains how the progress of the fighting in the Low Countries influenced politics back in London, and how resulting political decisions affected the course of military operations. Analyzes military campaigns and an examination of their political mismanagement. Military failure now changed the government's preoccupations. With the threat of French invasion and the prospect of a Jacobite uprising, the question was whether home defense or the war in Flanders were to take priority. After further military failures, the pertinacity of the leading proponent of war measures, the Duke of Newcastle, was shaken early in 1748, as the reality of a dire military situation made itself apparent. The progress of peace talks at Aix-la-Chapelle thereafter mirrored exactly the path of impending military catastrophe, with the mighty fortress of Maestricht firmly in French sights. $60.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $51.00 USD.
Calamity at Frederick: Robert E. Lee, Special Orders No. 191, and Confederate Misfortune on the Road to Antietam

Calamity at Frederick: Robert E. Lee, Special Orders No. 191 & Confederate Misfortune on the Road to Antietam

New interpretation of the evidence surrounding the creation, distribution and loss of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Special Orders No. 191 outside Frederick, Maryland, in September 1862. Examines why General Lee thought his army could operate north of the Potomac until winter; why Lee found it necessary to seize the Federal garrison at Harpers Ferry; what Lee hoped to accomplish after capturing Harpers Ferry; where Corporal Barton Mitchell of the 27th Indiana found the Lost Orders; and if D.H. Hill or someone else was to blame for losing the orders. $19.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $16.15 USD.
More Work Than Glory: Buffalo Soldiers in the United States Army, 1865-1916

More Work Than Glory: Buffalo Soldiers in the United States Army, 1865-1916

Views the broader perspectives of race against the backdrop of the transition of the U.S. Army from a frontier constabulary to an international power. In the process, highlights the staggering assortment of non-military missions, including assignments to national parks and forests; road building; exploration; pioneer military bicycling; duty along the border between the United States and Mexico; employment as agents of law and order, and a litany of other contributions against formidable Native Americans and others. Frames the narrative within the context of continuity and change from Reconstruction in the 1860s through the early 20th Century. Above all, focuses on the soldiers themselves to provide a human perspective, as well as challenges prevalent misconceptions that often overshadow more fascinating facts. Profusely illustrated with compelling images and detailed maps. $50.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD.
The Spioenkop Campaign: The Battles to Relieve Ladysmith, 17-27 January 1900

The Spioenkop Campaign: The Battles to Relieve Ladysmith, 17-27 January 1900

Places the January 24, 1900, Battle of Spioenkop within the context of the larger British campaign to break through the Boer lines and relieve the besieged town of Ladysmith. Uses battlefield archaeology and eyewitness accounts of Boer and British participants to create a highly original and detailed account. Also serves as a battlefield guide to Tabanyama and Spioenkop, providing detailed maps and numerous GPS locations. $50.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD.
Lockheed Blackbird: Beyond the Secret Missions – The Missing Chapters

Lockheed Blackbird: Beyond the Secret Missions – The Missing Chapters

Updated edition is based on 850 pages of Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird documentation and images declassified by the CIA that cover the A-12 Oxcart program. These highly significant documents range from discussions at the highest levels of the U.S. government concerning the rationale for Oxcart's development and eventual deployment, to extremely detailed intelligence data gleaned from each of the 29 operational missions flown by Oxcart during Operation Black Shield. $80.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $68.00 USD.
Nautilus to Columbia: 70 Years of the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Submarines

Nautilus to Columbia: 70 Years of the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Submarines

Covers the origins, design and development of the U.S. Navy's fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, starting with the U.S.S. Nautilus (SSN 571) in 1952. Covers all of the 220+ submarine hulls built and delivered to the U.S. Navy, from the U.S.S, Nautilus through to the Navy's newest class of submarine, the Columbia class SSBNs, with more than 1,300 images. $70.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $59.50 USD.
A Bad Day I Fear: The Irish Divisions at the Battle of Langemarck, 16 August 1917

A Bad Day I Fear: The Irish Divisions at the Battle of Langemarck, 16 August 1917

Discusses the unmitigated disaster at the Battle of Langemarck (16 August 1917) that decimated the 16th (Irish) Division and 36th (Ulster) Division despite their tenacity and sacrifice. Misunderstandings, a general lack of urgency, and a lack of clarity over assigned tactical objectives, mismanagement of artillery, tank and infantry assets, and a failure to understand local geography contributed to the unfortunate delay between the close of the Messines operations in mid-June 1917 and the opening of Third Ypres on 31 July. $45.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $38.25 USD.
The Darkest Year: The British Army on the Western Front 1917

The Darkest Year: The British Army on the Western Front 1917

The fourth of a five-volume series examines the British Army in 1917. It includes essays which consider grand strategy, tactical development and training, maintenance of morale, and the importance of intelligence gathering. It also includes insightful studies of crucial battles and engagements, such as the advance to the Hindenburg Line, Third Battle of the Scarpe, and the dreadful struggle for Bourlon Wood. $60.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $51.00 USD.
Botha, Smuts & the Great War

Botha, Smuts & the Great War

Examines the wartime roles of South African prime minister, General Louis Botha, and his deputy, General Jan Smuts. Both commanded in the field. Steadily, the South African army they commanded – benefiting from wartime training, sometimes in the field – gained resilience, experience and battle-hardiness, adapting to the conditions of the campaigns and the demands of the tasks. South Africa's campaigns were complex and divergent, starting with the invasion of neighboring German South West Africa – to neutralize enemy radio stations and so aid the security of the South Atlantic. Suddenly suspended following the outbreak of the Afrikaner Rebellion, the campaign recommenced in January 1915. $40.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $34.00 USD.
The U.S. 37mm Gun in World War II

The U.S. 37mm Gun in World War II

Examines the design and development of the 37mm gun, including its mounting on a wide variety of tanks and vehicles, different types of ammo, and declining role in Europe but continued use in the Pacific theater. Profusely illustrated. $45.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $38.25 USD.
U.S. Army Ford M8 & M20 Armored Cars

U.S. Army Ford M8 & M20 Armored Cars

The M8 and M20 served in Europe and the Pacific during WWII. Author has used the archived notes of the officer tasked with coordinating the project to develop and deliver the M8, explaining why it took two years to deliver it to the Army. Over 200 photographs make this a great reference for any military modeler or vehicle enthusiast. $40.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $34.00 USD.
Against Hitler's Luftwaffe in the Balkans: The Royal Yugoslav Air Force at War in 1941

AAgainst Hitler's Luftwaffe in the Balkans: The Royal Yugoslav Air Force at War in 1941

Discusses the build-up of the Yugoslav Air Force between the World Wars with a variety of aircraft, from obsolete WWI airplanes just after WWI, to more modern aircraft from 1936 on. Examines the aerial defense of their country, followed by the evacuation to Egypt of 220 Yugoslav aviators, who continued the fight against the Axis under the colors of the RAF. $43.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $36.55 USD.
Damned Hunchbacks: Italy's Forgotten Torpedo Bomber Units of the Second World War (1940-1943)

Damned Hunchbacks: Italy's Forgotten Torpedo Bomber Units of the Second World War (1940-1943)

Drawing on rare historical photography, explores the heroic feats of Italy's most successful wartime bomber, the Savoia Marchetti S.79 Sparrowhawk, that fought the convoy war against the state-of-the-art British Royal Navy warships and merchant ships. Focusing on the technical specifications of the S.79 torpedo bomber, using original unit war diaries, and detailed armament and cockpit views, this book explores the emergence, the organizational growth, and the combat record of Italy's mighty torpedo-bombers units against Allied battleships, cruisers, destroyers and raiders. Torpedo-bomber actions are described in the major sea battles in the Mediterranean, from the more famous attacks such as the strike on HMS Indomitable during Operation Husky, the dramatic events of Operational Pedestal, and the battle for the control of Malta, Operation Harpoon, or the clash with the Royal Navy during the Axis invasion of Crete, to less-covered sea fights such as the Battle of the Sirte. $50.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $42.50 USD.
Fallschirmjager: In the Defense Of The Oder 1945 – Schwedt, Zehden, Eberswalde, Seelow, Berlin

Fallschirmjager: In the Defense Of The Oder 1945 – Schwedt, Zehden, Eberswalde, Seelow, Berlin

Examines the role played by the German parachute troops, including 9th Fallschirmjager Division, SS-Fallschirmbataillone 600, and Fallschirm-Panzer-Jagd-Bataillon 54, in the defensive line of the Oder in April 1945. The narrative follows the retreat from the Oder into the streets of Berlin and Breslau. $35.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $29.75 USD.
The Gunner & the Grunt

The Gunner & the Grunt

Two soldiers recount the same battles as members of the same recon unit, but from different angles during the Vietnam War. Michael Kelley, the Gunner, was flying in an armed helicopter above the jungle providing suppressive fire support, while Peter Burbank, the Grunt, was down in the jungle on foot patrol involved in firefights with Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army troops. Follows these two Boston boys from army training through deployment to the war zone and the shock of first combat missions, to helicopter air-assault search and destroy operations from the Cambodian border to the sands of the South China Sea. $35.00 USD

OMM Discount 15%: Now $29.75 USD.

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