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GMT Games Manoeuvre Boardgame

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MANOEUVRE Available from GMT games at www.GMTGames.com Originally Published in October 2008 by John Zseller Manoeuvre is an abstract simulation of warfare during the Age of Napoleon. This simulation is “abstract” because while based on the tactic of the era, it is not based on any actual battle or historical event. Manoeuvre is a two-player game, where each player controls an army made up of Infantry and Cavalry units. Each unit has a certain amount of inherent Artillery firepower for bombardment actions, as there are no separate Artillery units. Control of the units is by the use of a deck…

Osprey Publishing’s ARMIES of the NAPOLEONIC WARS An Illustrated History

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ARMIES of the NAPOLEONIC WARS An Illustrated History Edited by Chris McNab Review Written by John Zseller New Review This is not a newly published book, it was originally published in 2009 by the Osprey Publishing Company. As an older volume it is available from Osprey Publishing, and can also be found on eBay and Amazon. The Napoleonic Wars were at turning point in the history of Europe at the end of the 18th Century. Influenced by the American Revolution, the French population rose up against the abuses of the Monarchy. This resulted in the French Revolution, beginning in 1789.…

Osprey Publishing’s Men At Arms MAA 482 US 10th Mountain Division in World War II

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US 10th Mountain Division in World War II Author: Gordon L. Rottman Illustrator: Peter Dennis This 48 page paperback book is number 482 in the Men-at-Arms series of books that are available from Osprey Publishing. The 10th was the only US mountain division to be raised in World War II, and still has a high profile, being involved in operations from Iraq to Somalia and from Haiti to Afghanistan. It did not arrive in Europe until winter 1944/45, but then fought hard in the harsh mountainous terrain of Northern Italy. The division was special in a number of ways. Its…

Osprey Publication’s Campaign 254 Kharkov 1942 The Wehrmacht Strikes Back

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Osprey Publication’s Campaign 254 Kharkov 1942 The Wehrmacht Strikes Back Campaign 254 Author: Robert Forczyk Illustrator: Howard Gerrard This 96 page paperback book is number 254 in the Campaign Series of book available from Osprey Publications. After failing to finish off the German Army in the 1941/42 Winter Counteroffensive Stalin directed the Red Army to conduct a powerful blow in one sector of the Eastern Front in order to disrupt German plans. The sector chosen was Kharkov. Under Marshal Semyon Timoshenko, the Stavka’s remaining reserves were assembled and prepared to conduct a breakthrough attack intended to encircle the German Sixth…

Bolt Action: Armies of Imperial Japan

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Bolt Action: Armies of Imperial Japan Bolt Action 5 Authors: Warlord Games Agis Neugebauer Illustrator: Peter Dennis This 56 paperback book is the 5th Supplement for the Bolt Action miniatures rules. Following the assault on Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese military saw action across Asia, from the capture and defense of the islands of the Pacific to the occupation of territory in China and Burma. With this latest supplement for Bolt Action, players have all the information they need to build a force of the Emperor’s fanatically loyal troops and campaign through some of the most brutal battles of the…

Osprey Publishing’s Air Vanguard 1 – Allison-Engined P-51 Mustang

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Allison-Engined P-51 Mustang By Martyn Chorlton This 64 page book is the first in the Air Vanguard Series of Books available from Osprey Publishing. While the most popular and widely flown P-51’s were the Merlin engined Mustangs with the bubble-canopied, credit must be given to the Allison-engined variants that preceded it. From the beginning of the Mustangs development in early 1940 it was noted that a rapid design was needed for a fighter at that time. By early 1942 Allison-engined Mustangs were in service with the RAF flying low-level reconnaissance. This book is divided into major sections beginning with the…

Osprey Publishing’s BETWEEN GIANTS The Battle for the Baltics in World War II

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BETWEEN GIANTS The Battle for the Baltics in World War II By Prit Buttar Available from Osprey Publications for $29.95 This volume is a complete recantation of the history of this little known part of World War II. The book begins with some history of the area in question beginning in the 1200’s, when Lithuania crowned its first king and began a centuries long conflict with the Teutonic Knights from Prussia. In 1385, the Lithuanians formed a union with Poland and embraced Christianity. This union fought off the Teutonic Knight with a final defeat at the Battle of Tannenburg in…

Osprey Publishing’s Aircraft of the Aces 115 Aces of the 78th Fighter Group

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Aces of the 78th Fighter Group Author: Thomas McKelvey Cleaver Illustrator: Chris Davey This is book number 115 of the Aircraft of the Aces series of books available from Osprey Publishing. Dubbed the ‘Eagles of Duxford’, the 78th Fighter Group (FG) was unique in being the only fighter unit in the ‘Mighty Eighth’ to fly the P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang operationally. Arriving in the European Theatre of Operations (ETO) in November 1942, and eventually committed to combat five months later, the 78th, along with the 4th and 56th FGs, ‘wrote the book’ on long-range fighter escort by…

Osprey Publishing’s Air Vanguard 8, Curtiss P-40 – Long-nosed Tomahawks

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Curtiss P-40 – Long-nosed Tomahawks Author: Carl Molesworth Illustrators: Richard Chasemore and Adam Tooby This paperback book is number 8 in the Air Vanguard series of books available from Osprey Publishing. The initial version of the Curtiss P-40, designated by the manufacturer as the Hawk H-81, combined the established airframe of the earlier radial-powered H-75 (P-36) fighter with the Allison V-1710 liquid-cooled engine. The year was 1939, and the marriage was one of expediency. With the threat of war in Europe growing by the day, the US Army Air Corps brass wanted a modern fighter that would combine the sterling…

Osprey Publishing’s New Vanguard 193: Austro-Hungarian Battleships 1914-18

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Austro-Hungarian Battleships 1914-18 Author Ryan Noppen Illustrated by Paul Wright This 48 page book is number 193 in the New Vanguard series of books available from Osprey Publishing. At the start of World War I, Austria-Hungary did not have an overseas empire. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the primary purpose of the Austria-Hungarian navy was for the defense of its coastline. With the growth of their merchant marine, the admirals believed that they should take a more proactive policy of defense. The admirals knew that they required modern battleships to compete with the rest of Europe. Even though…

Osprey Publishing’s BLUE MOON OVER CUBA – Aerial Reconnaissance during the Cuban Missile Crisis

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BLUE MOON OVER CUBA Aerial Reconnaissance during the Cuban Missile Crisis By Capt. William B. Ecker, USN (Ret.) & Kenneth V. Jack For additional information visit http://www.ospreypublishing.com/store/Blue-Moon-over-Cuba–Aerial-Reconnaissance-during-the-Cuban-Missile-Crisis. On January 1,1959 Fidel Castro, and his revolutionary army overthrew to regime of Fulgencio Batista and shortly after Fidel Castro was named the premier of the new Cuban Republic. The outlook for this new republic was glowing. Castro, however, was under the influence of his brother Raul and his “compadre” Che Guevara. In time, their influence won out and the Cuban Republic became a Communist bastion in the Western Hemisphere. This led to…

Osprey Publishing’s Campaign 246 – Borodino 1812 Napoleon’s Great Gamble

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Borodino 1812 Napoleon’s Great Gamble Written by Philip Haythornthwaite Illustrated by Peter Dennis This is a 96 page book from Osprey Publishing’s Campaign series that is number 246. This Campaigns Book takes a look at Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. This was one of the largest invasions of its time and pitted the armies of Russian Tsar Alexander I against Napoleon’s Grande Armee. This book takes a look at this event in 1812 and provides the reader with a well written concise insight into Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and Tsar Alexander’s plans to thwart this invasion. The contents of…

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Osprey Publishing’s Sopwith Camel Air Vanguard 3

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Osprey Publishing’s Sopwith Camel Air Vanguard 3 Authors: Jon Guttman Peter Bull Illustrators: Harry Dempsey, Richard Chasemore, and Simon Smith This is a 64 page book that is the third book in the Air Vanguard Series of books available from Osprey Publishing. An icon of World War I aerial combat, the Sopwith Camel was a superb dogfighter in the hands of a pilot who could master its vicious idiosyncrasies. The first British fighter to be armed with twin machine guns, the Camel packed a considerable punch and was highly successful, notching up a considerable number of aerial victories. The Camel…

Osprey Publishing’s Air Vanguard 4, Hawker Hurricane MK I-V

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Hawker Hurricane Mk I–V Author: Martyn Chorlton Illustrators: Adam Tooby and Simon Smith This 62 page paperback book is number 6 in the Air Vanguard series of books available from Osprey Publishing. At the outbreak of World War II, only 111 Squadron and a handful of others were equipped with the Hurricane. Thanks to sudden massive orders and a well-organized Hawker sub-contracting production to Gloster and General Aircraft, more squadrons rapidly became operational. Cutting their teeth during the Battle of France, it was during the Battle of Britain that the type excelled and came to form the backbone of Fighter…

Osprey Publishing’s Air Vanguard 4, Martin B-26 Marauder

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Martin B-26 Marauder Author: Martyn Chorlton Illustrators: Henry Morshead and Adam Tooby This 62 page paperback book is the fourth in the Air Vanguard series of books available from Osprey Publishing. One of the most underrated medium bombers of the Second World War, the Martin B-26 Marauder never fully managed to shake off an underserved early reputation as a dangerous aircraft to fly. Deemed superior to all other designs on the table at the time, almost a 1,000 had been ordered before the aircraft first took to the air November 1940. From late 1941 the first B-26s became operational in…

A Review of Lock ‘n Load: Forgotten Heroes Vietnam Second Edition

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Lock ‘n Load: Forgotten Heroes Vietnam Second Edition Originally Lock ‘n Load: Forgotten Heroes Vietnam Second Edition Originally appeared in Lock ‘n Load Publishing’s Line of Fire #12 On The Table review column MSRP: $59.99 Background The Vietnam War has a long and troubled history. Many people associate the Vietnam War with Presidents Johnson and Nixon. However, it really began back in the 1940s and came to a head with the rise of communist power in North Vietnam during the Cold War. It was the Cold War that pushed the United States into the conflict because we saw it as…

Europa Simulazioni Latest News for May 2015

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  May 2015 Quick Update GiocaCon 2015 GiocaCon 2015 On the 16th, 17th May at Piacenza, Italy, the first Convention entirely dedicated to games will be held, with a big space reserved to wargamers. As Europa Simulazioni we are part of the organization staff of the event, we will present our in-print games, together with our new proposals. Also the other Italian wargaming companies, Acies Edizioni and Camelot games, will be present, each one with his own products and proposals, so this will be an unique occasion to see these guys reunited and ready to present, and try, their games.…

STRATEGY FIRST 26TH ANNIVERSARY SALE ON STEAM! 80% OFF ON ALL GAMES Sale, May.11, 2015 – May.18, 2015

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STRATEGY FIRST 26TH ANNIVERSARY SALE ON STEAM! 80% OFF ON ALL GAMES! The 26th Anniversary Sale runs from May.11, 2015 – May.18, 2015 Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May.11, 2015 – Strategy First Inc., a leading digital publisher is proud to announce the 26th Anniversary Sale available on Steam. Each of the over 120 games available will feature an 80% discount off the regular price. The games available represent a large variety of genres from casual, indie, strategy, racing, simulations and many more. Take advantage today and save 80% on your own games or games for family and friends. Some of the…

Decision Games Drive On Pyongyang Modern War #5, Magazine with Boardgame

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Drive On Pyongyang Modern War #5 Revisited Designed by Ty Bomba Updated by Joseph Miranda MSRP $29.99 Background The Korean War was a war that was fought between the Republic of Korea (South Korea), supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), supported by the People’s Republic of China. This conflict was primarily the result of the political division of Korea that occurred at the conclusion of World War II. From 1910 until the surrender of Japan the Korean Peninsula was ruled by the Empire of Japan. Following Japans surrender in September 1945, the…

Dan Verssen Games (DVG) Announces Game Release Schedule for May and June 2015 – Warfighter and Warfighter Expansions 1–2-3-4 Reprints, Field Commander Alexander, Field Commander Napoleon, Field Commander Rommel, Thunderbolt Apache Leader, Deep Dish Counter Trays, Warfighter Expansion Reprints, Warfighter Expansions 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 Expansions, Modern Land Battles, Naval Battles

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Dan Verssen Games Latest News May 2015 The next month or so, will be a busy time at DVG. Here is the schedule for the game arrivals… ==May 20th== Tiger Leader (Look for our forthcoming Review of Warfighter and other DVG Game titles coming soon) Field Commander Alexander – Reprint Field Commander Napoleon – Reprint Field Commander Rommel – Reprint Thunderbolt-Apache Leader – Reprint Deep Dish Counter Trays ==June 5th== Warfighter – Reprint Warfighter – Reloading Expansion #1 – Reprint Warfighter – Stealth Expansion #2 – Reprint Warfighter – Support Expansion #3 – Reprint Warfighter – Bonus Bullet Dice #4…

Strategy and Tactics Press Briefing Room – Napoleon’s Last Campaign Belgium, 1815 S&T 293

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ST 293 Preview Article Sample Napoleon’s Last Campaign Belgium, 1815 By Christopher Perello Waterloo was one of the most dramatic and decisive battles in history, but like most battles occurred in the midst of a larger campaign. Many events in the days leading up to the battle contributed to its course and outcome. It is tempting to study the campaign only in terms of those contributions, but a battle is a part of the campaign and must be perceived as such. Napoleon lost at Waterloo partly because of decisions made on that battlefield, but in reality the battle was a…

GMT Games A World at War Second World War in Europe and the Pacific

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A World at War Second World War in Europe and the Pacific First look at A World at War available from GMT Games. A World at War is a grand strategic game of the Second World War in Europe and the Pacific. While the rule book for this game is quite extensive at 192 pages, players do not need to read or memorize all of the rules to play the game. They can play just the land battles or sea battles and ignore rules that are not applicable to play. Also, players can break up the game even further by…