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  • Warhammer Historical
    they would not be worth the hefty asking price despite the useful painting tips However Jeff Jonas is an experienced wargamer and real enthusiast for the subject This comes across in the various sections In particular I found the descriptions of the various campaigns well detailed and extremely readable The details that are wanted by every wargamer the little tips about tactics and the impact of unusual weapons such as anti elephant carts are all there and covered in detail Jeff takes many of the major battles of the period and provides us with a detailed army list for each side and hints on the refighting of the action complete with special rule additions I am assured by my Ancient gaming pals that these list are extensive and should satisfy even the most pedantic gaming bore well we shall see There is one major omission from this product The Bibliography is extensive covering wargames source books for the ancient periods specialist publications and periodicals Details are given of wargame manufacturers publishers and internet sources However there is no mention of Wargames Forum COME ON we have been going longer than most online sources and we do have a Worldwide following

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    sense of pride in the achievements of the only genuinely multi ethnic opposition to the Axis and a solid endorsement of the ideals of Brotherhood and Unity which led so many young Yugoslavs to choose this difficult path to national liberation Given recent events in the region it is hard not to sympathise As a non regular although hardly entirely irregular army the Partisans are not susceptible to description in the traditional Osprey terms of uniform organization and campaign history Wisely Vuksic has instead sought to give the reader an understanding of the character of partisan warfare and in chapters such as Recruiting Belief and Belonging and The Experience of Battle he succeeds in bringing out the motivation discipline and camaraderie that held these men together in the face of so much adversity However there are sufficient nuggets of information to still keep the uniforms and weapons buff interested The ideological debate about different styles of forage cap is unexpectedly interesting as is the revelation of the full extent to which the Partisans came to be equipped by the Allies from 1944 onwards whole brigades wore British battledress and one unit was supplied with no fewer than 56 Stuart tanks The photographic material from the Croatian Historical Museum Zagreb is well chosen and all new to this reviewer and to some extent makes up for a rather disappointing colour section The limited material available is spread rather thinly and only 3 of the 8 plates are genuinely useful or informative The book would also have been better for some sharper proof reading to avoid such howlers as the Boyce anti tank rifle and the presence of both political commissar in the captions and political commissary in the text Finally since all quoted sources are naturally in Serbo Croat it might

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    confrontation on the battlefield from the King s blockade of Hull in July 1642 to the surrender of Galway to Parliament ten years later However in the early 1640s very places in England had defences in a state of repair and fewer still had modern fortifications capable of resisting artillery fire As a result many towns and cities had to improvise their defences piling earth behind their medieval walls adding bastions for artillery and building outworks to keep besieging forces at a distance The author of this new work Peter Harrington explains all of this in detail He covers the cost and methods of construction and the science of fortification reports the experience of defenders and attackers in actual cases and tells what life was like for the besieged backing it all up with many quotations from contemporary writers The book also explains why there is so little evidence of the huge amount of fortification remaining today and details sites where you can still see the evidence It ends with a useful bibliography a glossary of fortification terms and an index Of course like all Osprey titles the real strength of the book lies in the many illustrations There are contemporary engravings of all aspects of fortification and construction methods as well as plans of towns details of parts of fortifications and even the tools required to construct them In addition there are full colour artworks showing fortifications and sieges at Chester Newark Donnington Castle London and Basing House and illustrations of besieging forces and a siege battery I don t know the artists but the illustrations are certainly finely detailed and nicely executed Some of the besieging troops look a little Italian in appearance but I ll be charitable and assume those characters to be continental engineers and mercenaries

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  • Tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy
    seventeenth century to the current day The wars of the Mid Eighteenth Century are covered but in only six or so pages so the detail is rather sketchy The rest of the book goes into fare more detail regarding the Native American artistic sociological and cultural heritage But interesting as this is and I found much to hold my attention in these pages I feel that for the general wargamer

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  • Osprey publishing
    in Scandinavia during the period covered After which comes a piece on the social and military organisation this is also insightful and a fair amount can be learnt on the domestic life of the population at this time and how the Hierarchy worked touching on subjects such a land ect and the role of the church Also covered are subjects such as mercenaries councillors and the administrators The book then moves onto weapons and equipment from helmets and shields to body armour and swords ect complimented by black and white photographs of surviving artifacts this subject covers a full 8 pages including explanations of their use and upgrades to these Tourneys and heraldry is touched on lightly before again the book moves onto strategy and tactics Again this was a bit of an eye opener for me as I just thought that the two sides met in a field and whacked each other stupid till one gave in The book talks of shield walls and uses of the bows of the time I also learned that in general large battles were avoided or only risked when odds looked more favourable to one side than the other The book also takes into account the climate and the types of ground and the effects on the armies concerned again another eye opener The subject of fixed and field fortifications are covered and photographs of remaining examples are included in the book as well as a sectional drawing of a typical wall section Siege warfare is also touched upon A further reading list is also supplied to Aid those who are really interested in the subject or whom would like to have more info on certain aspects covered in the book The plates well these are astounding and well presented they even include

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  • Games Workshop  Warhammer 40
    including a monstrous disgrevilled shambling Chaos horde of the Lost and the Damned the striking and deadly efficient Eldar of the Ulthwe Strike Force the savage warbands of the Space Wolves 13th Company or the gallant rock solid Cadians of the Imperial Guard The codex also contains comprehensive details of the Cadia homeworld and other planets and satellites in the system information regarding the Eye of Terror the Plague of

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  • Osprey Fortress No 7
    lies Lisbon Not only important as the capital of Portugal but strategically vital as a major port facility that allowed to delivery of supplies and reinforcements to the Allied army and which was the starting point of the few viable supply routes either by road or water for armies campaigning in central Portugal Ian Fletcher one of today s foremost Napoleonic military historians and a renowned expert of the Peninsular Campaigns of Wellesley has produced an admirable volume with this release he Considers the strategic importance of the Lines and sets this within an assessment of the defensive tactical doctrine developed by the Allies One thing that I particularly enjoy with Ian s work is that he walks the ground that he writes about His assessment of the military situation or battle reports are educated by his own observations of the terrain climate and surrounding area There are a number of military commentators who do not feel this necessary but as a battlefield walker myself I feel such an approach adds a depth of understanding to the subject which may otherwise be lost Packed with photographs contemporary maps and diagrams the illustrations of Mr Younghusband and a brief guide to

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  • Osprey  New Vanguard 78  Greek and Roman Siege Machinery 399BC
    in grim determination to overwhelm even the most elaborate of defences But I had not realised before the scale of construction that the Romans and their precursors had undertaken in such siege work It seems that it was no enough to construct a machine that would effectively carry out a specific task for the attackers but there is a clear attempt to gain a psychological domination over the besieged as they helplessly observed the construction of these daunting machines This indicated that the attackers had an engineering superiority and an overwhelming determination to win But though the Romans may have brought the art of siege work to an efficient and professional military standard it was the Greeks who initially developed the art with the aggressive wars of Phillip and Alexander of Macedon providing an urgent incentive There are some detailed discussions of various aspects of Greek Helepolis or city takers These were siege towers of massive and overwhelming size and of a scale difficult to imagine even given modern egineering skills The problems of construction defence and especially the propulsion of such massive amounts of wood and metal are considered in depth This volume is perhaps of specialist interest but

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