On Military Matters Weekly Update 11/30/2023


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VICTRIX WWII: 12mm M4A1 British Airborne

This superb set of 12mm miniatures is packed full of detail for such a small scale. There are some really dynamic poses and great mix of arms and equipment. Camouflaged helmets and the iconic Berets are depicted. We even have a figure of Major Digby Tatham-Warter famed for carrying an umbrella in battle. You get 184 miniature sin the pack giving you enough to field a whole company plus heavy weapons and command.

12 x Bren gunners
4 x 2 inch mortar teams
4 x 3 inch mortar teams
4 x Piats and loaders
4 x Radio teams
8 x Officers
16 x Ammo carriers
64 x Riflemen
4 x Snipers
20 x Sten gunners
4 x Flamethrowers
8 x Spotters
4 x Vickers teams 1 vol, 184 pgs 2023 UK, VICTRIX
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<![if !vml]><![endif]>Sanders, Richard

THE STRELTSY – Russla’s First Standing Forces 1500 to 1705

The Russian streltsy had a short, interesting, and later troubled history. Known as Orthodox ‘old believers’ that resented and refused western traditions, they were Russia’s first permanent standing infantry with firearms – and this shows in their name, which roughly translates from the Russian word for ‘shooter.’ Created by Ivan the Terrible, this armed force was never disbanded, even in times of peace. Soldiers served for life, and they were nicknamed as ‘stirrup’ troops because they were usually always near the tsar’s own stirrups. Often wielding both a musket and a poleaxe, they were a destructive force in Russia’s army in the 16th and 17th centuries – fighting often behind a ‘walking city’ of wooden frames against forces such as the Tartars. However, their staunch believe in rejecting western ideology caused them to alienate themselves from Peter the Great, slaughtering his mother’s family and dubbing him the Anti-Christ, ultimately leading to a failed rebellion and their complete dissolution from the Russian Army by 1720.

The author of this book dives into the history of the streltsy, their outfits, and their weaponry; he presents images of what remains of streltsy flags; as well as showcases both flat and 3D miniatures of the streltsy in wargaming. Fifty pages of color plates and illustrations. 1 vol, 74 pgs 2023 US, ON MILITARY MATTERS LLC
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ANCIENT WARFARE: Volume 16.6 Alexander attacks Persia

Theme: Alexander attacks Persia
* Alexander’s invasion of Asia Minor – Hellenism ascendant.
* Finally facing Darius – Alexander at Issus
* Conflicting accounts of a famous battle – The charge across the River Granicus
* Phalangites with javelins – A preponderance of points
* Alexander’s phalanx commanders – Men you can trust

* The mysterious massacre at Sandby Borg in AD 500 – Scandinavia’s bloody Pompeii
* A cruel but unusual punishment – Decimation in the Roman army
* Testing reconstructed Roman ballistae – In the engine’s sights
* The Domitius Ahenobarbus reliefs – Detail in the census
* Akhenaten’s Nubian campaign – The pacificst goes to war
* Painters and decorators in the Roman army – Tectores et pictores
* The tombstone of Viatorinus – Felled by Franks 1 vol, 84 pgs 2023 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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MEDIEVAL WORLD: Volume 9: The Byzantine Network

Theme: The Byzantine Network
* A Way with Words: The Impact of Byzantine Diplomacy
* When Translation was King: How the Gift of a Greek Manuscript Changed Medieval Spain
* A Byzantine Emperor in Europe: The Travels of Manuel II Palaiologos
* Pilgrims, Patrons, and Potentates: Journeys to and from Mount Athos
* Isabella de Lusignan: A Byzantine Queen of Morea

* The Battle of Manzikert: Seeing the Ottoman Perspective
* Heralds: Their Roles and Development
* Glory in Death: Sweden’s Magnificent Pre-Viking Graves
* Hypocras: A Delightfully Sweet and Spiced Wine
* Mounted Lance Combat: Principles and Techniques
* The Foulest One of All: The Legend of the Loathly Lady
* Joanna of Sicily: Queen, Countess, Pawn?
* Book review: Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages
* Book review: A Cultural History of the Medieval Sword 1 vol, 92 pgs 2023 NETHERLANDS, KARWANSARAY
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<![if !vml]><![endif]>Juneau, Jason

AGAINST THE ODDS # 59: Blind Faith

In A.D. 1415, at the Council of Constance, Jan Hus and Jerome of Prague, two church reformers from Bohemia, were burnt at the stake for heresy. In the years that followed, outrage over the execution convulsed civil society in Bohemia, a fief of the Holy Roman Empire. Now, with Bohemia in rebellion as well as consumed by heresy, the Emperor Sigismund must wage war to both extirpate the heresy and secure his throne.

The Hussite player’s forces are largely Bohemians (i.e. Czech) and others, who, inspired by the teachings of Jan Hus, supported the taking of Communion with both bread and wine, along with other reforms of the Roman Catholic Church. The Hussites are in turn divided into two to three factions: the Calixtenes (Moderates), the Taborites (Radicals), and a later splinter group called Orphans. Moderates preferred to reform the church, while radicals wanted more comprehensive reforms, not only of the church, but of the state and society. Some even rejected church and monarchy.

The Imperial player controls those forces under the Emperor and King, Sigismund of Luxembourg. (Note: Sigismund was still only King of the Romans in 1420. Although he was not crowned emperor by the Pope until 1433, he was still the ruler of Germany, in a nominal sense anyway.) They support the execution of Hus and oppose the taking of Communion with both bread and wine. Royal Crusaders, including both the Catholic minority in Bohemia and the Kingdom of Hungary are also under the direct control of the Imperial player. Papal Crusaders from the Holy Roman Empire (i.e. Germany) are under the indirect control of the Imperial player.
Blind Faith and issue #59 of ATO
Maps – One full color 22’x34′ hex mapsheet
Counters – 180 assorted full color die-cut 9/16′ pieces
Rules length – 12 pages
Charts and tables – 2 pages
Complexity – Low
Playing time – 4 to 5 hours
How challenging is it solitaire? – Average 1 vol, 60 pgs 2023 US, AGAINST THE ODDS
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Large format full color hardback. 64 full color plates with 350+ shield designs plus 84 horse patterns. The latest illustrated triumph from Mike. A comprehensive illustrated study of shield designs and horse decoration of the plains Indians. 1 vol, 124 pgs 2023 UK, PARTIZAN PRESS
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<![if !vml]><![endif]>Lupinacci, Art

RUSSIA BESIEGED: Deluxe Edition – Finnish Expansion

Leningrad 1 vol, 1 pgs 2023 US, COMPASS GAMES
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