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Caligula: An Unexpected General

Caligula: An Unexpected General Offers a new appraisal of Gaius Caligula as a surprisingly competent military strategist, arguing that his achievements helped to secure Roman military power in Europe for a generation. Caligula reigned for four short years, from 37CE to 41CE, before his infamous tenure came to a violent end. While much has been written about Caligula's notorious excesses and court life, relatively little of his military and foreign policy has been seriously studied. $40.00 USD

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The Role of Native Americans in Military Engagements: From the 17th Century to the 19th Century Explores the Indian/non-Indian interactions from the 17th through the 19th centuries, with a focus on military encounters. The essays are arranged in a roughly chronological order, beginning with early contacts in 1609 between the Lenape and Dutch in the Delaware region, and the Mohawks and French in New France. The Wiechquaeskeck of southwestern Connecticut also deal with the Dutch in Governor Willem Kieft's War in the early to mid-17th Century. The Abenaki (1694), Shawnee (1791), and the southeastern U.S. tribes (mid-19th Century) deal with incursions onto their lands. The final essay looks at the St. Albert Mounted Rifles, a corps of the Canadian Militia, in 1885, which was composed mostly of Metis men. $25.00 USD

Lieutenant General Sir Samuel Auchmuty 1756-1822: The Military Life of an American Loyalist and Imperial General Biography of Samuel Auchmuty, born in New York in 1756, and loyal servant of King George during the American Revolution as part of British 45th Foot. Served in India through the Second and Third Mysore Wars, the Rohilla War, and a serious mutiny. In 1798, Auchmuty was adjutant-general of the successful Red Sea campaign against French forces in Egypt. Returning to Britain in 1803, he commanded the defenses in Thanet, East Kent, at the height of the French invasion threat. He was the only British commander to emerge from the River Plate campaign with credit, capturing Montevideo in 1807. In 1811, he commanded the land forces that captured Java from Franco-Dutch control, and ended up as Commander-in-Chief, Ireland. $35.00 USD

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American Sea Fencibles in the War of 1812: United States Sea Fencibles, State Sea Fencibles U.S. Corps of Sea Fencibles consisted of U.S. Army officers and seamen in the enlisted ranks. They were a very unique corps which not only operated heavy cannons but they could also man harbor gunboats and serve as infantry when needed. Lists all of the companies, both federal and state, along with a short history for each company. Plus, the book lists the 979 known men who served in the U.S. Corps of Sea Fencibles and the 1,916 known men who served in the various state Sea Fencibles companies. $26.00 USD

The Last Siege: The Mobile Campaign – Alabama 1865 Offers a new perspective on the strategic importance of Mobile as a logistical center which had access to vital rail lines and two major river systems, essential in moving forces and supplies. Included are the most detailed accounts ever written on Union and Confederate camp life in the weeks prior to the invasion, cavalry operations of both sides during the expedition, the Federal feint movement at Cedar Point, the crippling effect of torpedoes on U.S. naval operations in Mobile Bay, the tread-way escape from Spanish Fort, and the evacuation of Mobile. The entrance of Federals into the city and the reaction of the citizenry are featured. $33.00 USD

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The Swedish Army of the Great Northern War, 1700-1721

The Swedish Army of the Great Northern War, 1700-1721 Describes the development of the Swedish Army during the Great Northern War, 1700-1721, when Sweden fought against a coalition of Russia, Denmark-Norway and Poland-Saxony. For parts of the war, Prussia and Hanover also joined the enemy coalition. The book describes how the army was reorganized in the year before the outbreak of the war, with its unique allotment system of recruitment. The book also includes a list of all army units during the 21 years of war. Supported by a large number of illustrations, including specially commissioned color uniform and flag plates. $33.00 USD

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Japanese Destroyer Fubuki Fubuki class boasted 24 units and was the world's first modern and powerful destroyer class. Her lead ship was the Fubuki, previously named destroyer no. 35, who was a veteran of many battles in World War II in the Pacific Area. $35.00 USD

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Home Waters: Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, and U.S. Navy Mine Forces Battling U-Boats in World War I Offers 150 photographs, maps and diagrams; plus appendices and an index to full-names, places, and subjects. $35.00 USD

Operation Sealion: Hitler's Invasion Plan for Britain Studies the plans, the available capability and resources, the Germans' record in Norway and later Crete. The author weighs these against the state of Britain's defenses and the relative strengths of the land, air and particularly naval forces. $40.00 USD

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Guerrilla Nightmare: Luftwaffe Stukas at War Against Tito's Partisans in Yugoslavia, 1941-1945 In all major military operations in Yugoslavia against Tito's forces, the Stuka was an element which was always included in commanders' plans. In September 1943, it was Stukas that spearheaded the defeat of the Italian forces, since German land forces were few in numbers. Until the last day of WW II in Yugoslavia, Stukas were on the first line of fire even against a strong foe such as the Red Army. Includes 207 archive photos and 19 color profiles. $40.00 USD

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Lebensraum: The War for Europe 1941-1945

Lebensraum: The War for Europe 1941-1945 New edition of the Simulations Canada games of Lebensraum and West Front. The two games have been updated to include all known errata, some small additions, and have been combined into one game, but can be played as separate scenarios. Grand-strategic, moderate-complexity game of the war between Nazi Germany and the Allied Nations, starting with the German invasion of the U.S.S.R. in late June of 1941, through to the final battles to Berlin in 1945. The game includes both East and West Fronts, and can be played in a number of small (3 to 13 turn) historical scenarios, starting with Barbarossa in the East and Italy in the West, or in campaigns for each front individually, or a combined East and West Front campaign. Includes: 3 maps – total playing surface of 50 x 35 inches; 3 countersheets of 9/16-inch counters; 4 Player Aid Cards; 1 Rule and Scenario book; 2 Dice. Complexity: Medium. Time Scale: 3 months/turn. Map Scale: 50 Miles/80km per hex. Unit Scale: Army Group. Players: 2. Solitaire Suitability: High. Playing Time: 3 to 16 hours. $99.00 USD

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Russia Besieged: Deluxe Edition Reworking of L2 Design Group game. Two large maps cover the territory from Berlin to Archangel to Astrakhan down to Bucharest, all to accommodate 5/8-inch counters. Rich in design features, the game simulates unit breakdowns, surrounded cities, blitzkrieg attacks, a double impulse movement and attack system, two impulse turns, multi-weather turns and more. Complexity: 6 out of 10. Solitaire Suitability: 8 out of 10. Time Scale: 1 Turn = 2 months, broken down into monthly impulses. Map Scale: 1 hex = 32 miles or 52 km approximate Unit Scale: Army, Corps, Breakdown counters, Volkssturm, and Partisan. Players: 2 player or solitaire. $99.00 USD

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Forgotten Legions: Syria and Lebanon 1941 Two reworked games from Vance von Borries. Drive on Damascus givers you an operational-level simulation of 1941 Allied invasion of Vichy-French-held Syria and Lebanon. Bloody Keren presents an operational-level simulation that faithfully recreates the 1941 campaign in Italian Eritrea. Components: Three maps (34 x 42-inch map size); One map (11 x 34-inch map size); Two Countersheets of 5/8-inch unit-counters; Two Player Aid Cards 8.5 x 11-inch; Two Order of Battle Appearance Cards 8.5 x 11-inch; Rules booklet; Scenario booklet with Designer's Note; Six-sided die. Complexity: 5 out of 10. Solitaire Suitability: 8 out of 10. Drive on Damascus Time Scale: 2-Day Turns. Drive on Damascus Map Scale: 3 miles (about 4.8 kilometers) per hex. Bloody Keren Time Scale: 4-Day Turns. Bloody Keren Map Scale: 7.75 miles (about 12.5 kilometers) per hex. Unit Scale: Battalions with some companies and small brigades. Players: one to four, best with two. Playing Time: three to seven hours. $79.00 USD

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Night-Fighter Ace: Solitaire Air Defense Over Germany Solitaire, tactical-level game – based on the popular, action-packed Hunters game system – places you in command of a German night-fighter during World War II. Includes 32 night-fighter models available to pilot. The families of night-fighters include: Bf110 (10 aircraft), Ju88 (5 aircraft), Do 215/217 (6 aircraft), He219 (10 aircraft), and Ta154 (1 aircraft). For each night-fighter, you will be tracking the date of availability, speed, area of operations based on originating base, individual weapon systems, electronic systems, damage, and crew status. Components: One Counter-sheet of 9/16-inch unit-counters; Sixteen Aircraft Display Mats 8.5 x 11-inch (double-sided, 32 total); Four Player Aid Cards 8.5 x 11-inch; One Combat Display Mat 8.5 x 11-inch; One Bomber Target Mat 8.5 x 11-inch; One Pilot Awards Display Mat 8.5 x 11-inch; One Air Operations Display Mat 11 x 17-inch; Forty Ace Pilot Cards; Sixty Combat Cards; Rules Booklet featuring extensive Historical Background; One Log-sheet 8.5 x 11-inch; Two 6-sided and one 10-sided die; Playing time: Scenarios of 2 plus hours, up to the campaign game of 20 hours. Complexity: 6 out of 10. Solitaire Suitability: 10 out of 10. Time Scale: 3 to 4 days per turn. Map Scale: Abstract. Unit Scale: individual aircraft, individual weapon systems, individual electronic systems, specific crew members, and ammo rounds. $99.00 USD

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And Don't Forget the Magazines…

Miniature Wargames: Issue #425

Miniature Wargames: Issue # 425 Includes: Forward Observer: News and reports on MiniFigs, Deep Cut, On Military Matters, and more; Send Three and Fourpence: Interview of game designer Arofan Gregory; Command Decision: Kadesh 1274BC – Egyptians versus Hittites; What a Tanker! WWII scenario with Char B1s; Siege Train: Tabletop Teaser played out in both the 18th Century and the 27th Century; Fantasy Facts: Usual new F&SF gaming products, including releases from Caliver, Brigade, Crooked Dice, and others; by Crom! Downloadable rules plus scenery and figure ideas for gaming Conan the Barbarian quests; Getting out Alive: WWII Eastern Front scenario for Hell by Daylight rules with some alternative location options; Bovington: Recap of wargames show at the fabulous tank museum; Recce: Latest book releases; Wargames Widow: Building a new residence; Joy of Six (6mm); and more. $9.00 USD

Smooth-Bore Ordnance Journal Volume 10: American Civil War Smooth-Bore Artillery Includes 38 scale plans, 107 tables, and 135 photos of contemporary and surviving ACW ordnance. Covers graphically and in detail every aspect of the vital smooth-bore elements of ACW artillery. $35.00 USD

Medieval Warfare: Volume 8.4 From Priest to King Theme: Birkebeiner versus Bagler. Includes: Humble Beginnings, Bold Dreams – Coming to Norway; A Grand Victory During an Hour of Need – The Battle of Fimreite; The Hungry Louse Bites Hardest – Sverrir the Guerrilla Fighter; The Gods Who Need Fighters – Norse Mythology and Warfare; A Subtle and Strongly Ideological Narrative – Sverris Saga; Sverrir's Men and Chessmen – The Norwegian Freeman Soldier; Sverrir's Right to the Throne is Challenged – Birkebeiner versus Bagler; The Blade did not Shatter or Break – The Sword of the Volsungs; As if Struck by a Lethal Arrow – Warfare During the Black Death; Diversity in Medieval Islamic Armies – Warriors of the Abbasid Caliphate; The Ottoman Empire versus Venice – The Siege of Scutari, 1474; and More Norsemen on Film – Blood, Guts, and Vikings. $10.00 USD

Paper Wars: Issue 88 – Burning Mountains Includes two-player game about the Spring 1916 Austro-Hungarian offensive on the Italian Front, aimed to drive to the Veneto plain, west of Venice, cutting off the front in Friuli and along the Isonzo river, where most of the Italian Army were deployed. A little-known WWI battle, it could have changed the balance of the war. It's an attrition battle, where the mountainous terrain will channel the A-H efforts. A race against the time, while the Italian reinforcements hurry up to close the ever-widening gaps. One player controls the Austro-Hungarian forces, the other the Italian forces. Each player attempts to achieve, or maintain, geographical objectives to attain the victory. Two days per Game Turn, 2km per hex, unit scale is brigades and some regiments, Complexity: 1 to 10 (high): 4, Solitaire Suitability: 1 to 10 (high): 8, Playtime: 7 hours. $47.00 USD

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