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Battle Orders 05: Chun: US Army in the Plains Indian Wars 1865 - 1891

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  • US Army in the Plains Indian Wars 1865–1891. (Battle Orders 5)
  • Author: Clayton Chun
  • 96 pages, numerous illustrations. 2004. The Plains Indian War was one of the most controversial conflicts in American military history, as the US Army faced a tough opponent that challenged it for decades following the end of the Civil War. The Army leadership endured a severe lack of resources, political constraints, an indifferent public, tough environmental conditions, and other problems of the frontier.

Campaign 006 Balaclava 1854. The Charge of the Light Brigade. 9780850459616

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  • Balaclava 1854. The Charge of the Light Brigade
  • John Sweetman
  • 96 pages. This book examines in detail the crucial battle of Balaclava, including: the attack on the redoubts; the action of "the thin red line" in which an assortment of about 700 British troops, some invalids, were abandoned by their Turkish allies; the subsequent charge of the Heavy Brigade; and the most famous part of the battle: the infamous charge of the Light Brigade.

Campaign 012 Culloden 1746. The Highland Clan's Last Charge. 9781855321588

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  • Culloden 1746. The Highland Clan's Last Charge.
  • Peter Harrington
  • 96 pages. Peter Harrington examines all aspects of the battle, including its background, the earlier Highlander victories, the men and commanders of both sides, and the massacre that took place in its aftermath

Campaign 014 Zulu War 1879. Twilight of a Warrior Nation. 9781855321656

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  • Zulu War 1879. Twilight of a Warrior Nation
  • by Ian Knight & Ian Castle
  • 96 pages. In the late 1870s the British Imperial administration in the Cape colony in southern Africa began to view the Zulu kingdom as a challenge to their authority.To contain this perceived threat, they engineered a war. The early campaigns went terribly wrong, with the decisive Zulu victory at Isandlwana. Ultimately however, the British won the war.

Campaign 023 Featherstone: Khartoum 1885. General Gordon's Last Stand. 9781855323018

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  • Khartoum 1885. General Gordon's Last Stand
  • Donald Featherstone
  • 96 pages. Proclaiming himself the long-expected Madhi he preached that the Sudan was to be purged of its Egyptian oppressors. Drawn in by the Egyptian failure to deal with the situation, the British sent General Gordon to organise an evacuation. On reaching Khartoum however, General Gordon believed, incorrectly, that the Madhi could be reasoned with. Instead of negotiating, the Madhi besieged the town for 317 days.

Campaign 026 trade edition: Hankinson: Vicksburg 1863. Trade. 9781841761244

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  • Vicksburg 1863. Trade Edition. Same book as Campaign 26, other cover
  • Alan Hankinson
  • 96 pages. The 1863 Vicksburg campaign was to prove decisive to the outcome of the American Civil War. Known as the 'Gibraltar of the West', Vicksburg was the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. In a masterly campaign Grant used riverboats and steamers to land his army south of the city.

Campaign 027 Featherstone: Tel El-Kebir 1882. Wolseley's Conquest of Egypt.

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  • Tel El-Kebir 1882. Wolseley's Conquest of Egypt
  • Donald Featherstone
  • 96 pages. In 1881 the Egyptian army mutinied from the Khedive of Egypt, and forced him to appoint Said Ahmed Arabi as Minister of War. In March 1882 Arabi was made a Pasha and from this time on acted as a dictator. Impassioned demands of Arabi that the foreigner be driven out of Egypt and massacres of Christians prompted an armed British response, first in the form of a naval bombardment of Alexandria, and then as an expeditionary force under Lieutenant-General Wolseley.
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Campaign 028 Pickles: New Orleans 1815. Andrew Jackson Crushes the British. 978185532605

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  • New Orleans 1815. Andrew Jackson Crushes the British
  • Tim Pickles
  • 96 pages. The conflict that broke out in 1812 seemed born of an almost subconscious desire for a war. In one last attempt to break the deadlock the British sent Major-General Sir Edward Pakenham to capture New Orleans. The troops he commanded were elite, veteran regiments. Andrew Jackson, leading the defenders, commanded a mixed force including militia, free Negro battalions, Indians and a group of local pirates.

Campaign 035 Harrington: Plassey 1757. Clive of India's Finest Hour. 9781855323520

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  • Plassey 1757. Clive of India's Finest Hour
  • by Peter Harrington
  • At Plassey on 23 June 1757 Clive's 3,500 native and East India Company troops faced an army of 50,000 under the French supported nawab Siraj-ud-daula. Having succeeded in keeping his powder dry in a torrential rainstorm, Clive's guns were able to open a murderous fire on the enemy.

Campaign 037 Morrissey: Boston 1775. The Shot Heard Around the World. 9781855323629

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  • Boston 1775. The Shot Heard Around the World
  • Brendan Morrissey
  • This detailed text by Brendan Morrissey explores the opposing commanders and forces involved, whilst describing how the sparks at Lexington and Concord ignited the smouldering resentment of the Colonists into the flame of a rebellion. Colonist militia were pitted against British Redcoats in a series of struggles which led the British to evacuate Boston and to George Washington taking command of the fledgling American army

Campaign 038 Knight: Colenso 1899. The Boer War in Natal.

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  • Colenso 1899. The Boer War in Natal
  • by Ian Knight
  • In 1899 Great Britain was at the height of its Imperial power. The Queen Empress had been on the throne for more than 50 glittering years, and her domain touched upon every continent. Yet the British army was destined to be humiliated by poorly-organised citizen militia consisting of men whom the British professionals despised as back-wood farmers. In one week in December 1899 the farmers of the South African Boer Republics of the Orange Free State and the Transvaal inflicted three serious reverses on British troops
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Campaign 039 Little Big Horn 1876. Custer's Last Stand. Pb.

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  • Little Big Horn 1876. Custer's Last Stand
  • by Peter Panzeri
  • The death of George Armstrong Custer, and over half of his 7th Cavalry Regiment in the valley of the Little Big Horn on 25 July 1876, has become the most celebrated battle of the Indian wars. It was the greatest, and the last, victory of the Native Americans over the United States military. Disobeying orders, Custer followed a trail to a large encampment of Indians, split his command into three groups and attacked. In the resulting chaos Custer and more than half the troops under his command were killed
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Campaign 041 Knight: Rorke's Drift 1879. 'Pinned Like Rats in a Hole'. 9781855325067

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  • Rorke's Drift 1879. 'Pinned Like Rats in a Hole'
  • Ian Knight
  • The story of a mere 150 British and Imperial soldiers defending an isolated outpost against over 3,000 Zulu warriors summed up the experience of the colonial adventure for the Victorians and remains part of our heritage even today. Ian Knight recounts the course of this famous conflict in which no less than 11 Victoria crosses were won
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Campaign 044 Konstam: Pavia 1525. The Climax of the Italian Wars. 9781855325043

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  • Pavia 1525. The Climax of the Italian Wars
  • Author: Angus Konstam. Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • In these campaigns France's toughest adversary was the Spanish army, and when the thrones of Spain and Austria were combined in 1519, it altered the whole nature of the Italian Wars. In the titanic clash at Pavia the French were smashed by the Imperial army, King Francis I captured and the cream of his nobility slaughtered

Campaign 045 Castle: Majuba 1881. The Hill of Destiny. 9781855325036

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  • Majuba 1881. The Hill of Destiny
  • Ian Castle
  • In 1881 the tension between Britain and the Boer farmers of southern Africa that had existed for 75 years boiled over into open conflict. The British entered the war full of confidence, yet in a few short weeks they had suffered three separate reverses before suffering their final humiliating defeat on the isolated summit of Majuba. George Colley's force were swept off their 'unassailable' position and into headlong retreat.
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Campaign 051 Stevens: Inkerman 1854. The Soldiers' Battle. 9781855326187

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  • Inkerman 1854. The Soldiers' Battle. Campaign 51
  • Author: Patrick Mercer. Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Despite outnumbering their enemies five to one the Russians failed to achieve victory in what looked to be almost a foregone conclusion. The third major action of the Crimean War (following Alma and Balaclava), the battle fought in heavy fog at Inkerman proved to be a testament to the skill and initiative of the individual men and officers of the British Army of the day.
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Campaign 056 Eggmuhl 1809. Storm Over Bavaria. Pb

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  • Eggmuhl 1809. Storm Over Bavaria
  • Author: Ian Castle Illustrator: Christa Hook
  • Paperback; October 1998; 96 pages
  • Based for the first time upon the Austrian primary sources, this title takes the reader through the various clashes of this significant campaign
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Campaign 057 Konstam: San Juan Hill 1898. America's Emergence as a World Power. 9781855327016

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  • San Juan Hill 1898. America's Emergence as a World Power
  • Author: Angus Konstam. Illustrator: David Rickman
  • Labelled a 'splendid little war' by Senator John Hay, the Spanish American War was a peculiar event in America's history, provoked as much by the press as by political pressures. Here, aided by superbly detailed maps and artwork, the author deals with the clashes at Las Guasimas and El Caney, the capture of San Juan Hill, and the naval battle and siege of Santiago. The war was to mark the end of Spanish sovereignty in her 'New World', and the establishment of the United States of America as a world power.

Campaign 067 Morrissey: Saratoga 1777: Turning Point of a Revolution. 9781855328624

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  • Saratoga 1777: Turning Point of a Revolution
  • Brendan Morrissey and Adam Hook
  • For the first time British regulars were beaten in open battle by equal numbers of Americans. The Continentals bore the brunt of the fighting, supported by 'hordes' of militia who proved adept at attacking detachments or lines of communication.

Campaign 068 Lützen 1632. Climax of the Thirty Years War.

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  • Lützen 1632. Climax of the Thirty Years War. Campaign 68
  • by Richard Brzezinski
  • Pb. 96 pages

Campaign 069 Turnbull: Nagashino 1575: Slaughter at the Barricades. 0697808504599

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  • Nagashino 1575: Slaughter at the Barricades
  • by Stephen Turnbull
  • When Portuguese traders took advantage of the constant violence in Japan to sell the Japanese their first firearms, one of the quickest to take advantage of this new technology was the powerful daimyo Oda Nobunaga. In 1575 the impetuous Takeda Katsuyori laid siege to Nagashino castle, a possession of Nobunaga's ally, Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Campaign 076 Chartrand: Ticonderoga 1758. Montcalm's Victory against All Odds

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  • Ticonderoga 1758. Montcalm's Victory against All Odds.
  • by René Chartrand
  • On 5 July 1758 General Abercromby's expedition against Fort Carillon set off from its camp. Within hours, tragedy struck. Some rangers ran into a French scouting party and in the fierce skirmish that followed Lord Howe, the darling of the army, was shot through the heart. The army was shattered at the loss, but Abercromby went to pieces.

Campaign 082 Tincey: Edgehill 1642. First Battle of the English Civil War.

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  • Edgehill 1642. First Battle of the English Civil War
  • Keith Roberts
  • In 1642 both Royalists and Parliamentarians expected that one great contest of arms would see the crushing of their enemies. When their field armies blundered into contact on the evening of 22 October 1642, Prince Rupert urged King Charles to array his army on the great ridge of Edgehill and give battle.

Campaign 085 Harrington: Peking 1900. The Boxer Rebellion. 9781841761817

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  • Peking 1900. The Boxer Rebellion
  • Peter Harrington
  • In 1900 a violent rebellion swept northern China – the Boxer Rebellion. The Boxers were a secret society who sought to rid their country of the pernicious influence of the foreign powers who had gradually acquired a stranglehold on China.

Campaign 086 Konstam: The Armada Campaign 1588. The Great Enterprise Against England. 9781841761923

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  • Armada Campaign 1588. The Great Enterprise Against England
  • With the help of battle plans and bird's eye views of the action, leading historian Angus Konstam considers many of the intriguing questions surrounding the campaign, concluding with details of how the Armada's disastrous return voyage around Scotland and Ireland became one of the most tragic episodes in maritime history
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Campaign 089 Hardin: The Alamo 1836. Santa Anna's Texas Campaign. 9781841760902

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  • Alamo 1836. Santa Anna's Texas Campaign
  • On the morning of 6 March 1836 around 1,100 Mexican soldiers under Generalissimo Santa Anna stormed a small mission outside San Antonio, Texas, and slaughtered the garrison of around 200 Texans. It was not a large battle but its significance vastly outweighed its size for the name of the mission was the Alamo. Less than two months later Santa Anna's force was smashed at San Jacinto by a volunteer army whose battle cry was "Remember the Alamo"

Campaign 091 Kolin 1757. Frederick the Great's first defeat.

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  • Kolin 1757. Frederick the Great's first defeat. Campaign 91
  • Author: Simon Millar. Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • Pb. 96 pages. In May of 1757 Frederick the Great invaded Bohemia, smashed an Austrian army outside Prague and bottled it up in the city. The Empress Maria Theresa despatched Marshal Daun with 60,000 men to save the Empire's second city. Frederick had won a string of victories over the Austrians and was convinced his men would always triumph. Although outnumbered he attacked, but the Austrians were waiting. His army was defeated and forced to withdraw. As his veterans commented, 'they were not the same old Austrians at all'

Campaign 106 Reid: Culloden Moor 1746. The death of the Jacobite cause. 9781841764122

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  • Culloden Moor 1746. The death of the Jacobite cause
  • by Stuart Reid. Illustrator: Gerry Embleton
  • In this modern and highly detailed account the author combines a thorough knowledge of 18th century tactics, an intimate knowledge of the battlefield itself and a scandalously underused archive of contemporary material from both sides to provide a balanced and accurate account of this controversial encounter.

Campaign 109 Guilford Courthouse 1781. Lord Cornwallis's ruinous victory. pb

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  • Guilford Courthouse 1781. Lord Cornwallis's ruinous victory
  • Author: Angus Konstam. Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • When the British commander Lord Cornwallis launched his invasion of North Carolina in early 1781, his objective was to destroy General Nathaniel Greene’s American army. At Guilford Courthouse on 15 March 1781 the two armies met. In a desperately hard-fought battle the small but professional British army succeeded in fighting its way through three separate lines of American troops. Cornwallis lost over a quarter of his command.

Campaign 111 Isandlwana 1879: The Great Zulu Victory. 9781841765112

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  • Isandlwana 1879: The Great Zulu Victory
  • Author: Ian Knight. Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • The battle of Isandlwana fought on 22 January 1879 was the greatest defeat suffered by the British Army during the Victorian era.

Campaign 113 Millar: Rossbach and Leuthen 1757: Prussia's Eagle Resurgent. 9781841765099

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  • Rossbach and Leuthen 1757: Prussia's Eagle Resurgent
  • Author: Simon Millar. Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • By the autumn of 1757 Frederick the Great was beset by enemies. The French had invaded the territory of his Anglo-Hanoverian allies, a Franco-Imperial army was threatening Saxony, an Austrian army 110,000-strong had marched into Silesia and even the ponderous Russians had moved against him. Then within a month Frederick transformed his fortunes

Campaign 114 Konstam: Lepanto 1571. The greatest naval battle of the Renaissance. 9781841764092

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  • Lepanto 1571. The greatest naval battle of the Renaissance
  • Author: Angus Konstam. Illustrator: Tony Bryan
  • 2003. For much of the 16th century the Mediterranean was a battleground between Christians and Muslims. A decisive battle between two large galley fleets was expected to decide the fate of the entire Mediterranean basin. In August 1571, an Ottoman fleet of some 235 galleys encountered the slightly smaller Christian fleet of the Holy League

Campaign 116 Roberts: First Newbury 1643: The turning point. 9781841763330

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  • First Newbury 1643: The turning point
  • by Keith Roberts. Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • Parliament armies had been crushed at Adwalton Moor and Roundway Down and the Royalists had taken Bristol. When they summoned Gloucester to surrender on 10 August the city’s only hope was a Parliament relief army. With the citizens of London so firmly committed to Parliament’s cause and the King’s cavalry no longer invincible the balance of power had shifted irretrievably.

Campaign 119 Tincey: Marston Moor 1644. The beginning of the end. 9781841763347

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  • Marston Moor 1644. The beginning of the end
  • Author: John Tincey. Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • The Royalists in the North were forced onto the defensive and besieged in York. In a bold march Prince Rupert outmanoeuvred his enemies and relieved York without a shot being fired. However, when Rupert met the allied army in battle on Marston Moor on 2 July his cavalry was defeated by Cromwell’s Ironsides who then turned on the Royalist infantry. The result was a hard-fought but catastrophic defeat; the Royalist army was crushed and their forces driven from the north of England.

Campaign 121 Reid: Quebec 1759. The battle that won Canada. 9781855326057

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  • Quebec 1759. The battle that won Canada
  • Author: Stuart Reid. Illustrator: Gerry Embleton
  • In this book Stuart Reid details how one of the British Army’s consummate professionals literally beat the King’s enemies before breakfast and in so doing decided the fate of a continent.

Campaign 123 Reid: Auldearn 1645. The Marquis of Montrose’s Scottish campaign. 9781841766799

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  • Auldearn 1645. The Marquis of Montrose’s Scottish campaign
  • Author: Stuart Reid. Illustrator: Gerry Embleton
  • Stuart Reid details the remarkable sequence of victories at Tippermuir, Aberdeen, Inverlochy, Auldearn and Kilsyth that left Montrose briefly in the ascendant in Scotland. However, his decisive defeat and surrender at Philiphaugh finally crushed the Royalist cause in Scotland.

Campaign 125 Zorndorf 1758. Frederick faces Holy Mother Russia. 9781841766966

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  • Zorndorf 1758. Frederick faces Holy Mother Russia.
  • by Simon Millar. Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • 2003. In January 1758 Count Wilhelm Fermor marched into East Prussia at the head of 45,000 Russians. This book details the bitter day-long battle in which the Russian infantry refused to buckle.

Campaign 128 Morrissey: Quebec 1775: The American invasion of Canada. Paperback. 9781841766812

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  • Quebec 1775: The American invasion of Canada
  • Brendan Morrisey
  • In this book Brendan Morrissey details the events of this ferocious struggle whose results would have such momentous consequences at Saratoga in 1777

Campaign 130 Turnbull: Kawanakajima 1553 - 64. Samurai power struggle

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  • Kawanakajima 1553–64. Samurai power struggle
  • Author: Stephen Turnbull. Illustrator: Wayne Reynolds
  • 2003. In the space of 12 years, between 1553 and 1564, this valley deep in the mountains of central Japan witnessed no less than five battles between two of Japan’s greatest warlords. Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin were both descended from great families and were highly skilled tacticians. Both had taken the tonsure and risen to high rank in their respective Buddhist sects. When Shingen attempted to seize control of Shinano province they were set on a collision course.

Campaign 135 Monmouth Courthouse 1778. The last great battle in the North.

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  • Monmouth Courthouse 1778. The last great battle in the North. (Campaign 135)
  • Author: Brendan Morrissey. Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • 2004. The battle of Monmouth Courthouse was not only the last major action in the Northern theater, it was also the longest and hardest-fought engagement of the entire Revolutionary War.

Campaign 140 Chartrand: Monongahela 1754-55. Washington’s defeat, Braddock’s disaster. 9781841766836

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  • Monongahela 1754 - 55. Washington’s defeat, Braddock’s disaster
  • René Chartrand. Illustrator: Stephen Walsh
  • The origins of this defeat can be traced back to the death of a junior French officer little more than a year before in a relatively minor skirmish with a party of Virginian militia commanded by the same George Washington. René Chartrand examines the subsequent chain of events that ultimately sparked a world war.

Campaign 141 Tincey: Blenheim 1704. The Duke of Marlborough’s masterpiece. 9781841767710

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  • Blenheim 1704. The Duke of Marlborough’s masterpiece
  • Author: John Tincey. Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • The Blenheim campaign is rightly considered the pinnacle of the career of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough. On 13 August 1704, Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy faced a Franco-Bavarian army threatening to knock Austria out of the War of the Spanish Succession. In a hard-fought battle Marlborough won a resounding victory, capturing Marshal Tallard and over 14,000 men.

Campaign 142 Reid: Dunbar 1650. Cromwell’s most famous victory. 9781841767741

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  • Dunbar 1650. Cromwell’s most famous victory
    Author: Stuart Reid.
    Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • 2004. In July 1650, Oliver Cromwell led a powerful force across the Scottish border to remove the problem. For six weeks Cromwell waged a frustrating campaign against a Scots enemy that refused to meet him in battle.

Campaign 168: Sadler: Flodden 1513. Scotland's greatest defeat. 9781841769592

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  • Flodden 1513. Scotland's greatest defeat.
  • Author: John Sadler. Illustrator: Stephen Walsh
  • 2006. This book examines the strategies of the opposing armies and the significant effect of the weapons, including longbow and artillery, which they deployed.

Campaign 170: Turnbull: Osaka 1615. The last battle of the samurai. 9781841769608

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  • Osaka 1615. The last battle of the samurai.
  • Author: Stephen Turnbull. Illustrator: Richard Hook
  • 2006. This book explores the bitter struggle of the Summer and Winter campaigns, which eventually saw the last great clash of the samurai and defined the balance of power in Japan for years to come.

Campaign 172: Chartrand: Gibraltar 1779–1783: The Great Siege. 9781841769776

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  • Gibraltar 1779–1783: The Great Siege
  • Author: René Chartrand. Illustrator: Patrice Courcelle
  • 2006. In this detailed account of the siege, Chartrand examines the Franco-Spanish and British forces as well as the personalities and plans that would contribute to a vital British victory at a time when British fortunes elsewhere in the world were on the wane.

Campaign 176 Clement: Philadelphia 1777. Taking the capital. 9781846030338

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  • Philadelphia 1777. Taking the capital.
  • Author: Justin Clement. Illustrator: Stephen Walsh
  • The initial engagement at Brandywine, the Paoli Massacre and the missed opportunity at Germantown are all examined in detail by Justin Clement, with supporting maps, original artwork and photographs. Recently discovered information about the battle of Brandywine and analysis of the major personalities

Campaign 185 Evans: Naseby 1645. The triumph of the New Model Army. Paperback. 9781846030789

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  • Naseby 1645. The triumph of the New Model Army
  • Author: Martin Marix Evans, Illustrator: Graham Turner
  • 2007. Using first-hand accounts, Martin Marix Evans introduces the origins of the campaign, explores the strengths and weaknesses of the opposing armies, and vividly describes the engagement

Campaign 191: Millar: Vienna 1683 Christian Europe repels the Ottomans. Paperback

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  • Vienna 1683. Christian Europe repels the Ottomans
  • Author: Simon Millar. Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • 2008. The capture of the Hapsburg city of Vienna was a major strategic aspiration for the Islamic Ottoman Empire, desperate for the control that the city exercized over the Danube and the overland trade routes between southern and northern Europe.

Campaign 198 The Samurai Invasion of Korea 1592–98.

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  • Samurai Invasion of Korea 1592–98
  • Author: Stephen Turnbull. Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • 2008; 96 pages. Highly illustrated with photographs, full colour battlescene artwork, detailed maps and bird’s-eye views. Stephen Turnbull examines the samurai invasion of Korea, the first step in an ambitious Japanese plan to conquer China. This is a history of a campaign, which not only involved huge numbers of men, differing terrain and tactics but was also the only time that the legendary samurai were pitched against a foreign nation.