Joseph Miranda. First Battle of Britain. Decision Games, 2009. A wargame, not a book, included with Strategy & Tactics 255. The German air offensive against Britain in 1917 and 1918. The German player raids British cities and tries to damage civilian morale; the British player tries to intercept the raiders and bomb their aerodromes. It's a long, long time since I've bought a copy of S&T, and I try to avoid buying wargames because I never seem to actually play them, but I couldn't resist in this case, given the subject matter!

Robin Prior. Gallipoli: The End of the Myth. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2009. As noted in comments! I doubt it will actually end the myth, as far as Australia is concerned, because it doesn't seemed to be aimed at the Gallipoli story as Australians understand it. Rather, it's aimed at other historians who have argued that the Dardanelles campaign was a good idea badly executed.

Yuki Tanaka and Marilyn B. Young, eds. Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth Century History. New York and London: The New Press, 2009. A collection of essays on subjects ranging from British air control in Iraq to the present-day legal questions surrounding the bombing of civilians. Most interesting to me is probably the one by Tetsuo Maeda on the bombing of Chungking (Chongqing) between 1938 and 1943, since it's hard to find much in English on strategic bombing by Japan. I think I actually did a double-take when I turned to the list of contributors and saw that three of them were people from my own university I'd never heard of! That they're philosophers and lawyers only partly excuses this ...

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4 thoughts on “Acquisitions

  1. Jakob

    I've had a couple of games of The Burning Blue via email and cyberboard; although not quite as easy as setting it up on a table, we've managed to get through a game in a few weeks. Is there a cyberboard or VASSAL module for the game?

  2. Erik Lund

    S&T. Wow. I assume that it's better play-tested than some of the old classics were. _East is Red_, grr.

  3. Post author

    That one was before I started buying them! But I think the last one I picked up (before this one) was on Desert Storm. Only it wasn't called that because Desert Storm hadn't happened yet, it came out during Desert Shield! It was obviously pretty rushed too. A historical curio.

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