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     Welcome to my research corner. Please note that I don't have all the research material there is as I find something new and useful every time I go to the book store. I have found checking out the bargin sections at the book store a good source of books. I also find a lot of books at bargin stores. Most of the materials on my list I either own or have been recommended to me. I hope that you find something useful in them.

     I've also found that many public library's carry some good books. I generally go to the main branch here locally rather than one of the smaller local libraries. So if you don't find one something locally, try your main branch.

 

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Civil War

     My knowledge of Civil War gaming is limited. I've picked up figures and painted a few but I haven't really spent as much time on it as I have on other areas. I have found some books with nice pictures in them.

Arms, Equipment, and Atlas of the Civil War. Tally Hall Press, 1996. ISBN 0-6812-1934-3. This is a three book set. 1) Illustrated Atlas of the Civil War contains Battle maps, Reproductions of color paintings. 2)Arms and Equipment of the Union contains nice museum photos of equipment, weapons and uniforms. 3) Arms and Equipment of the Confederacy contains museum photos of equipment, weapons, and uniforms. The pictures in this should be of use to gamers as well as reenactors. I've not put much work into my Civil War figures yet, but when I saw this set on the Bargain bin at Barnes and Knobles, I couldn't pass it up. If you can locate this set, it is a good addition to your resource library.

Combat Uniforms of the Civil War. Mark Lloyd. Illustrated by Michael Codd. Mallard Press, Spain, 1992. 220 pages. Color Pictures and Maps. ISBN 0-792-45075-2.

Returning to the Civil War. Grand Reenactments of an Anguished Time. Kent Courtney. Photographed by Al Thelin. Gibbs-Smith Publisher, Salt Lake City,1997. 96 pages. Nice color pictures as well as black and white. ISBN 0-87905-783-1.

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Colonial

     Ian Knight and Michael Barthorp are two of the better known authors of the Colonial era. There are many more books published on the subject. These are some I've collected over the years. Osprey Books are smaller books, but carry a good deal of information. In many cases they have black and white photos as well as the Color plates.

     The Osprey Books offer good pictures for detail painting of miniatures. These are great for the beginning painter for the cost. Some of these books maybe out of print as I tend to shop old book stores, gaming conventions, and bargain bins at major book stores. Most books stores can locate the Osprey series, gaming
companies also carry them. I pick most of them up at Historical Miniature Gaming Conventions from dealers. Public libraries also carry some of these titles.

Battle in Africa: 1879-1914. Howard Whitehouse. Field Books, Great Britain, 1987. 48 pages. Some black and white pictures. ISBN# 1-869871-01-4.

Boer Wars (1): 1836-1898. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series, #301. Text by Ian Knight. Color Plates by Gerry Embleton. Osprey Publishing Great Britain, 1996. 48 pages. 4 Color plates. ISBN 1-85532-612-4.

Boer Wars (2): 1898-1902. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series, #303. Text by Ian Knight. Color Plates by Gerry Embleton. Osprey Publishing Great Britain, 1997. 48 pages. 4 Color plates. ISBN 1-85532-613-2.

British Forces in Zululand 1879. Osprey Elite Series #32. Text by Ian Knight. Color Plates by Richard Scollins. Osprey Publishing Great Britain, 1991. 64 pages. 6 Color plates. This book has some really nice selection of uniforms and a good Lancer picture. Some really nice black and white pictures plus unit
information.

Colenso 1899: The Boer War in Natal. Osprey Campaign Series #38. Ian Knight. Osprey Publishing Great Britain, 1995. 96 pages. Some color pictures and color maps. ISBN 1-85532-466-0.

Majuba 1881. Osprey Campaign Series #45. Ian Castle. Osprey Publishing Great Britain, 1996. 96 pages.
Some color pictures and color maps. ISBN 1-85532-503-9. Contains an assessment of each commander's campaign strategy, then recounts the progress of the fighting, blow-by-blow. More than 90 illustrations, including maps, charts, and color plates accompany the text, and a series of three dimensional battle maps mark the critical stages of the campaign.

Mr. Kipling's Army. Byron Farwell. W. W. Norton and Co. New York, 1987. 256 pages. No Color Plates. ISBN 0-393-30444-2. Life in the Victorian British army.

Queen Victoria's Enemies (1): Southern Africa. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series, #212. Text by Ian Knight. Color Plates by Richard Scollins. Osprey Publishing Great Britain, 1989. 48 pages. 4 pages color plates. ISBN 0-85045-901-X.

Queen Victoria's Enemies (3): India. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series, #219. Text by Ian Knight. Color Plates by Richard Scollins. Osprey Publishing Great Britain, 1990. 48 pages. 4 pages color plates. ISBN 0-85045-943-5.

Rorke's Drift 1879. Osprey's Campaign Series, #41. Ian Knight. Osprey Publishing Great Britain, 1996. 96 Pages. ISBN 1-85532-506-3. Very nice book. Color pictures. Black and white pictures. Maps and diagrams. Great diagram if you want to recreate the battle in miniatures.

The Anatomy of the Zulu Army from Shaka to Cetshwayo 1818-1879: Ian Knight. Greenhill Books, UK. Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg PA. 278 pages. Black and White Pictures. ISBN 1-85367-363-3.

The Anglo-Boer Wars: British and the Afrikaners 1815-1902. Michael Barthorp. Blandford Press UK, 1987. 176 pages. Black and White pictures. ISBN 0-7137-1658-4.

The Anglo-Zulu War. Professor John Laband and Ian Knight. Sutton Publishing Limited. Great Britain, 1996. 170 pages. No Color Plates. ISBN 0-7509-0882-3.

The British Army on Campaign (3): 1856-1881 Osprey Men-At-Arms Series #198. Text by Michael Barthorp. Color Plates by Pierre Turner. Osprey Publishing Great Britain, 1988. 48 pages. 4 pages color plates. ISBN 0-85045-835-8.

The British Army on Campaign 1816-1902 (4): 1882-1902. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series #201. Text by Michael Barthorp. Color Plates by Pierre Turner. Osprey Publishing Great Britain, 1988. 48 pages. 4 pages color plates. ISBN 0-85045-849-8.

The Washing of the Spears is a large book, but is the most recommended by people experienced in the period to those wishing to learn. Donald R. Morris. Simon & Shuster, Inc. New York, 1986. 655 pages. ISBN 0-671-63108-X, ISBN 0-671-62822-4 PBK.

The Zulu War. David Clammer. David & Charles Military publishers. New York, 1989. 239 pages. No Color Plates. ISBN 0-7153-9246-8. This book charts in detail the events of the war - from the terrible bloody massacre of the British by the Zulus at Isandhlwana, through the courageous defense of Rorke's Drift to final victory. The author uses the personal recollections and correspondence of the men involved as well as official reports in this vivid portrayal of one of the most dramatic episodes in military history. Eyewitness accounts and correspondence. Authoritative and imaginative text. Maps, photographs, and illustrations.

The Zulu War. Angus McBride. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series #57. Osprey Publishing Great Britain, 1994. 40 pages. 4 Color plates. ISBN 0-85045-256-2.

The Zulu War: A Pictorial History. Michael Barthorp. The Bath Press Avon, Great Britain, 1991. 181 pages. No color plates, but lots of Black and White shots. Some maps. ISBN 0-7137-1469-7.

The Zulus. Text, Ian Knight. Color Plates, Angus McBride. Osprey Elite Series #21. Osprey Publishing Great Britain, 1994. 64 pages. 6 pages of color plates. ISBN 0-85045-864-1.

Wargaming in History. The Second Anglo-Boer War. Edwin Herbert. Sterling Sterling Publishing Co. Inc., New York, 1990. 95 pages. Black and white pictures. No Color pictures. ISBN# 0-8069-7327-7.

Zulu 1816-1906. Osprey Warrior Series #14. Text Ian Knight. Color plates Angus McBride. Osprey Publishing Great Britain, 1995. 64 pages. 6 color plates. ISBN 1-85532-474-1. This also includes weapons information. Armor, tactics, and motivation.

Zulu: Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift 22-23 January 1879. Text by Ian Knight. Color plates by Michael Chappell & Angus McBride. Windrow & Greene LTD in Great Britain, 1994. 136 pages. Mix of black and white photos, and color photos. ISBN 1-872004-23-7.

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Samurai

Arms and Armor of the Samurai: The History of Weaponry in Ancient Japan. I.Bottomley & A. P. Hopson. Crescent Book, New York, 1990. 192 pages. Color prints. Color photos of Museum Pieces. ISBN 0-517-64467-3.

Samurai Armies 1550-1615. Osprey Men-At-War Series, #86. Text S.R. Turnbull. Color Plates by Richard Hook. Osprey Publishing Ltd., Great Britain, 1989. 40 pages. 4 color pages. ISBN 0-85045-302-X.

Samurai Warriors. Stephen Turnbull. Blandford Press UK, 1987. 160 pages. Some color pictures. ISBN: 0-7137-2285-1.

The Samurai. Osprey Elite Series, #23. Text Anthony J. Bryant. Color Plates by Angus McBride. Osprey Publishing Ltd., Great Britain, 1989. 64 pages. 4 color pages. ISBN 0-85045-897-8.

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Medieval

Arms & Armor of the Medieval Knight: An Illustrated History of Weaponry in the Middle Ages. David Edge & John Miles Paddock. Crescent Books, New York, 1990. Color Prints. Color Museum photos. Black and white museum photos. ISBN 0-517-64468-1.

Arms and Uniforms: The Age of Chivalry Part 1. Liliane and Fred Funcken. Prentice Hall Inc., 1983. 102 pages. Color Prints. ISBN 0-13-046276-4.

Arms and Uniforms: The Age of Chivalry Part 2. Liliane and Fred Funcken. Prentice Hall Inc., 1984. 108 pages. Color Prints. ISBN 0-13-046292-6.

Arms and Uniforms: The Age of Chivalry Part 3. Liliane and Fred Funcken. Prentice Hall Inc., 1983. 104 pages. Color Prints. ISBN 0-13-046326-4.

Knights at Tournament. Osprey Elite Series, #17. Text by Christopher Gravett. Color Plates by Angus McBride. Osprey Publishing, Great Britain. 64 pages. 6 Color plates. ISBN 0-85045-836-6.

Medieval Heraldry. Osprey Men-At-Arm Series, #99. Text by Terence Wise. Color Plates by Richard Hook. Line drawings by William Walker Osprey Publishing, Great Britain, 1982. 40 pages. 4 Color plates. ISBN 0-85045-348-8.

Medieval Warfare. H.W. Koch. Bison Books LTD, 1988. Color Prints. 256 pages. ISBN 0-86124-008-1.

The Art of Heraldry: Origins, Symbols, and Designs. Peter Gwynn-Jones. Barnes & Noble Book, Great Britain, 1998. 128 pages. Lot's of color prints, shield patterns. Great for painting your knights or getting ideas for designs. ISBN 0-7607-1082-1.

The Knights of Christ. Osprey Men-At-Arm Series, #155. Text by Terence Wise. Color Plates by Richard Scollins. Osprey Publishing, Great Britain, 1997. 40 pages. 4 Color plates. ISBN 0-85045-604-5.

The Palladium Book of Weapons and Castles. Compiled by Matthew Balent. Palladium Books, Michigan, 1982. 50 pages. Drawings. No color. ISBN 0916211-08-8. This is a book that goes along with a role playing game. It offers really nice diagrams of castles and weapons.

The War of the Roses. Osprey Men-At-Arm Series, #145. Text by Terence Wise. Color Plates by G. A. Embleton. Osprey Publishing, Great Britain, 1983. 40 pages. 4 Color plates. ISBN 0-85045-520-0.

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Other

     Some of these books could be out of print or not have more than color descriptions in the text. The Wargames Research books are nice, but some are out of print. They do not have color pages, but do have some descriptions of hard to find Army information.

Armies of the Ancient Near East, 3,000 BC to 539 BC. Nigel Stillman and Nigel Tallis. Wargames Research, 1984, Great Britain. 208 pages. ISBN None. Organization, tactics, dress, and equipment. 210 illustrations and maps. Egyptian Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, New Kingdom, Saite, Libyan, Nubian, Kushite, Sumerian, Akkadian, Eblaite, Amorite, Hammurapic Babylonian, Old Assyrian, Hurrian, Mitannian, Kassite, Middle Assyrian, Neo Assyrian, Neo Babylonian, Chaldean, Gutian, Mannaean, Irnaian, Cimmerian, Hyksos, Canaanite, Syrian, Ugaritic, Hebrew, Philistine, Midianite Arab, Cypriot, Phoenician, Hattian, Hittite, Anatolian, Sea Peoples, Neo Hittite, Armaean, Phyrgian, Lydian, Urartian, Elamite, Minoan, Mycenaean, Harappan. While the book doesn't have color photos, the text in many cases gives color descriptions and uniform descriptions.

Armies of the Carthaginian Wars 265-146 BC. Text by Terence Wise. Color Plates by Richard Hook. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series #121. Osprey Publishing Ltd., Great Britain, 1988. 40 pages. 4 color plates. ISBN 0-85045-430-1.

Armies of the Dark Ages 600-1066. Ian Heath. War Games Research Group Publication. 128 pages. ISBN# None. Organization, tactics, dress, and weapons. 148 illustrations. Byzantine, Sub-Roman, Pictish, Irish, Visigothic, Lombard, Merovingian, Carolingian, Ottonian, Viking, Russian, Slave, Avar, Khazar, Magyar, Bulgar, Pecheneg, Ghuzz, Alan, Armenian, Sassanid, Arab, Andalusian, Near Eastern, Saxon, Norman, Italian,
and Spanish Armies. While the book doesn't have color photos, the text in many cases gives color descriptions and uniform descriptions.

Armies of the Greek and Persian Wars 500 to 350 BC. Text by Richard Nelson. Illustrations by Ian Heath. War Games Research Group, 1978. 84 pages. ISBN none. Campaigns, organization, tactics, dress, & weapons. 80 illustrations & diagrams, 22 maps. While the book doesn't have color photos, the text in many cases gives color descriptions and uniform descriptions.

Armies of the Macedonian and Punic Wars 359 BC to 146 BC. Text Duncan Head. Drawings by Ian Heath. War Games Research Publication, 1982. 192 pages. ISBN NONE. Organization, tactics, dress, and weapons. 188 illustrations. Persian, Greek, Boiotian, Spartan, Athenian, Phokian, Aitolian, Achaian, Tarantine, Syracusan, Macedonian, Thracian, Bithynian, Illyrian, Scythian, Bosporan, Sarmatian, Saka, Parthian, Indian, Carthaginian, Numidian, Spanish, Celtic, Galatian, Roman, Latin, Samnite, Campanian, Lucanian, Bruttian, Apulian, and Etruscan armies. While the book doesn't have color photos, the text in many cases gives color descriptions and uniform descriptions.

Armies of the Middle Ages, Volume 2: The Ottoman Empire, Eastern Europe and the Near East. Ian Heath. War Games Research Publication, 1984. 201 pages. ISBN NONE. Organization, tactics, dress and weapons. 174 illustrations and 105 coats-of-arms. Black and white drawings, no color. This book covers Albania, Bulgaria, the Byzantine Empire, the Catalan Company, Cilician Armenia, Cyprus, the Sultanate of Delhi, the Golden Horde, the Holy Roman Empire, the Hospitallers, Hungary, the Hussites, Lithuania, the Mamluks, Moldavia, the Morea, Muscovite Russia, the Navarrese Company, the Ottoman Empire, Poland, the Principality of Achaea, Serbia, the Teutonic Knights, and Timurid Empire, Transylvania, the Empire of Trebizond, Venice, Vijayanagar, the White Sheep Turks, and Wallachia. While the book doesn't have color photos, the text in many cases gives color descriptions and uniform descriptions. The book also has many black and white shield patterns.

Battledress. The Uniforms of the World's Great Armies 1700 to the Present. Text by Michael Barthorp, Hans Bleckwenn, Eckart Klessmann, Paul Martin, John Mollo, Guido Rosignoli. Color Illustrations by Wilhelm von Halem. Artus Books, Orion Publishing Group, Great Britain, 1993. 256 pages. ISBN 1-85605-174-9. This book offers a variety of pictures for a variety of military uniforms. If you plan to paint more than one period or paint for other folks, this is a good edition to one's resource library.

Byzantine Armies 886-1118. Text by Ian Heath. Color Plates by Angus McBride. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series, #89. Osprey Publishing Ltd., Great Britain, 1988. 40 pages. 4 color plates. ISBN 0-85045-306-2.

Queen Victoria's Enemies(4): Asia, Australasia, and the Americas. Text by Ian Knight. Color Plates by Richard Scollins. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series #224. Osprey Publishing Ltd., Great Britain, 1990. 48 pages. 4 color plates. ISBN 0-85045-951-6.

Rome's Enemies: Germanics and Dacians. Text by Peter Wilcox. Color Plates by G. A. Embleton. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series #129. Osprey Publishing LTD, Great Britain, 1988. 40 pages. 4 color plates. ISBN 0-85045-473-5.

Rome's Enemies(2): Gallic and British Celts. Text by Peter Wilcox. Color Plates by Angus McBride. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series #158. Osprey Publishing Ltd., Great Britain, 1985. 48 pages. 4 color plates. ISBN 0-85045-606-1.

Rome's Enemies(3): Parthians and Sassanid Persians. Text by Peter Wilcox. Color Plates by Angus McBride. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series #175. Osprey Publishing Ltd., Great Britain, 1986. 48 pages. 4 color plates. ISBN 0-85045-688-6.

Rome's Enemies(4): Spanish Armies. Text by Rafael Trevino. Color Plates by Angus McBride. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series #180. Osprey Publishing LTD, Great Britain, 1993. 48 pages. 4 colors plates. ISBN 0-85045-701-7.

The American Soldier: U.S. Armies in uniform 1755 to the present. Philip Katcher. Military Press, New York. 224 pages. Lots of color pictures. ISBN 0-517-01481-5.

The Ancient Greeks. Text by Nick Sekunda. Color Plates by Angus McBride. Osprey Elite Series, #7. Osprey Publishing Ltd., Great Britain, 1989. 64 pages. 6 color plates. ISBN 0-85045-686-X.

The Armies and Enemies of Ancient China 1027 BC - 1286 AD. John P. Greer. Wargames Research Group Publication, 1975. 120 pages. ISBN None. Chinese, Hsiung-nu, Kushan Indian, Bactrian, Ferghanian, Sogdian, Korea, T'u Chueh, Tokharian, Kuchan, Islamic, Tibetan, Nepaliese, Khitan, Qara-Khitan, Jurchen, Seljuk, Turk, Mongolian, Japanese, Mountain Tribes, Vietnamese, and Burmese. While the book doesn't have
color photos, the text in many cases gives color descriptions and uniform descriptions.

The Mongols. Text by S. R. Turnbull. Color Plates by Angus McBride. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series, #105. Osprey Publishing LTD, Great Britain, 1987. 40 pages. 4 color plates. ISBN 0-85045-372-0.

The Renault FT Light Tank. Text by Steven J. Zaloga. Color Plates by Peter Sarson. Osprey Vanguard Series, #46. Osprey Publishing LTD, Great Britain, 1988. 48 pages. 4 color plates. ISBN 0-85045-852-8.

The Roman Army: From Caesar to Trajan. (Revised edition). Text by Michael Simkins. Color Plates by Ron Embleton. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series #46. Osprey Publishing Ltd., Great Britain, 1985. 40 pages. 4 color plates. ISBN 0-85045-528-6.

The Scottish and Welsh Wars 1250-1400. Christopher Rothero. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series, #151. Osprey
Publishing LTD, Great Britain, 1989. 40 pages. 4 color platess. ISBN 0-85045-542-1.

Setting up a Wargames Campaign. Tony Bath. Wargames Research Group Publication, 1986.79 pages. ISBN none. This book provides instruction to set up a campaign.

The Swiss At War 1300-1500. Text by Douglas Miller. Colour Plates by G. A. Embleton. Osprey Men-At-Arms Series, #94. Osprey Publishing LTD, Great Britain, 1981. 40 pages. 4 color plates. ISBN 0-85045-334-8.

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Rules

     I've not played all of these rules sets. I picked them up because they were recommended by gamers who have used them and suggested them. Note: as soon as I do get to play some of them I will update with additional feedback. I will point out the pros and cons, as well as what I like and dislike about them.

Piquet. Master Rules for Wargaming 2nd Edition. Bob Jones. This is the master set of rules. You will require the supplements for the period you wish to play. I've played these one time so far. As usual, when I'm learning a set of rules it's hard to form any real opinions till I've replayed them a few times. On initial play, I find that it is important that you set up the options cards properly and balanced. This is also recommended by the game designers. Little more set up involved than Sword and the Flame, but the fog of war is better. It's more of an operational level game than Sword and the Flame. Piquet: Din of Battle. 19th Century Colonial Supplement (1850-1914) is needed to play the Colonial period.

Principles of War. T. M. Penn. 1995. 84 pages. Quick Reference Card. Wargames rules for Regular and Colonial conflicts in the 19th century. This is the base set of rules. While I haven't played them yet, they have been recommended by other folks. I'm told they are a set of rules popular for tournaments in Great Britain. You'll need the Colonial Army Lists 1838-1915 supplement by T. M. Penn. These are soft back.

The Sword and the Flame. Larry V. Brom. And That's the Way it Was, 1999, 52 Pages. Set of quick reference cards. Covers: Pathan 1878, Zulus 1879, Boers 1880, Egyptians 1882, Dervishes 1884, and The Sword in Africa small unit African skirmish variant. This is a set of rules that covers miniature battles of the British Empire. The book includes Rules, Painting guide, scenery guide, and Historical Background to create battles for the British Empire. This set of rules has been modified and released by Larry Brom. They have recently been placed back into publication. The Sword in Africa has been added with this publication. This is a very good set of rules for a new gamers. It is a easy set of rules to learn. This set of rules is also easy to modify and plays well with 15 mm or 25 mm figures. This is the first set of rules I tend to recommend to new gamers. I find that these rules are very enjoyable without having to look up a lot of rules. The rules are simple enough that they are quick to remember and the reference charts are easy to follow.

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Video

     This is a list of videos in my collection so far. It's pretty small right now. I'll add more to it as I come across them. Some of these videos are documentary and the rest are some well known movies. In some cases videos can provide valuable historical information. In my case, I like doing some of my uniform research with videos.


Colonial War

     When I'm asked and when I asked others, I found that the two most commonly movies associated with the British/Zulu wars are Zulu and Zulu Dawn. These tend to be the biggest two recommended. They are followed by Shaka Zulu.

The War Against The Zulus. The History of Warfare Series. An authoritative account of the Zulu War of 1879. This movie features footage from Zulu Dawn, this video is a record of the war against the Zulus. It also contains specifically filmed reconstructions and re-enactments, plus dramatized eyewitness accounts combined with the very latest 3-D mapping techniques. Narrated by Robert Powell. Featuring expert comment and analysis by Dr. David Chandler former head of War Studies at Sandhurst. This was previously available as Zulu Wars 1879- The disaster at Isandlwana, in the Campaigns of History series through WH Smith Ltd. Cromwell Productions. Running time 55 min.

Zulu. Starring Michael Caine. This movie recreates the battle of Rorke's Drift. It's about 122 minutes long. This was the movie that sparked my interest in the period. This event is one of the more recreated battles with miniatures.

Zulu Dawn. Starring Burt Lancaster, Sir John Mills, and Peter O'Toole. This dramatic and true story recounts the breathtaking defeat of British forces at the hands of a 25,000 strong and relentlessly determined Zulu Army. Running time is about 117 minutes. This is also one of the really great movies.

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