Military History

The Magnificent Bastards: The Joint Army-Marine Defense of Dong Ha, 1968

By Keith William Nolan

"Nolan . . . is going past the headlines to inform the tale of the boys who drove the ememy out in their hiding locations. this is often strive against narrative at its top. Nolan has mastered the soldier's slang and weaves it expertly into the account. . . . A compelling learn and a worthy addition to the turning out to be physique of Vietnam literature".--Military evaluate. photographs and maps.

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Archaeology of the Military Orders: A Survey of the Urban Centres, Rural Settlements and Castles of the Military Orders in the Latin East (c.1120-1291)

By Adrian Boas

Including formerly unpublished and little recognized fabric, this state-of-the-art ebook provides an in depth dialogue of the archaeological facts of the 5 army orders within the Latin East:
* the Hospitallers
* the Templars
* the Teutonic Knights
* the Leper Knights of St Lazarus 
* the Knights of St Thomas.

Discussing intimately the distinct structure on the subject of their numerous undertakings (such as hospitals in Jerusalem and Acre) Adrian Boas locations emphasis at the significance of the army Orders within the improvement of army structure within the center a while. the 3 vital sections of the ebook include chapters on the subject of the city quarters of the Orders in Jerusalem, Acre and different towns, their various rural possessions, and the tens of castles equipped or bought and improved within the 12th and 13th centuries.

A hugely illustrated and specific research, this complete quantity may be a necessary learn for any archaeology scholar or student of this era.

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The First Battle: Operation Starlite and the Beginning of the Blood Debt in Vietnam

By Otto J. Lehrack

Photograph account of the 1st significant conflict of the Vietnam warfare precise description of the way thr struggling with spread out attracts on first hand bills from either side On August 18, 1965, regiment fought regiment at the Van Tuong Peninsula close to the recent Marine base at Chu Lai. at the American aspect have been 3 battalions of Marines below the command of Colonel Oscar Peatross, a hero of 2 earlier wars. His opponent was once the first Viet Cong Regiment commanded by way of Nguyen Dinh Trong, a veteran of many fights opposed to the French and the South Vietnamese. Codenamed Operation Starlite, this motion used to be a convincing luck for the Marines and its end result used to be reason for nice optimism approximately America's destiny in Vietnam. This was once the operation that despatched the Vietnam struggle into the headlines around the kingdom and into the minds of american citizens, the place it took up place of abode for greater than a decade. Starlite was once step one in Viet Nam's turning into America's tar child. Marine members from deepest to colonel have been interviewed in the course of the book's learn section. The conflict is visible from the dust point, via those that have been on the aspect of the spear. yet this isn't simply one other conflict tale advised solely from the yank part.

In getting to know the ebook, the writer talked with and walked the battlefield with males who fought with the first Viet Cong Regiment. All have been entire wrestle veterans years ahead of the U.S. access into the warfare. The booklet additionally appears on the ongoing clash among the U.S. military and the U.S. Marines in regards to the technique of the Vietnam conflict. With many years of expertise with insurrection and uprising, the Marines have been institutionally orientated to base the fight on pacification of the inhabitants. the military, however, having mostly expert to satisfy the Soviet military at the plains of Germany, opted for search-and-destroy missions opposed to Communist major strength devices. The heritage of the Vietnam battle is suffering from many "what ifs." this can be the most important of them.

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The Day the Renaissance Was Saved: The Battle of Anghiari and da Vinci's Lost Masterpiece

It used to be a conflict that modify the process historical past, and was once immortalized in an incredible portray by way of Leonardo da Vinci that was once suggestion misplaced for hundreds of years . . . till now. 
 

On a sweltering day in June 1440, close to the Tuscan city of Anghiari, the simmering clash between Italy’s vital powers exploded right into a conflict wherein Florence and the papal States joined with Venice to defeat the formerly unstoppable military of Milan. The surprising denoument might open the best way for the flowering of Florentine tradition, and the beginning of what we now recognize because the Renaissance.

There used to be, might be, no gorgeous proof of this than a big portray through Leonardo da Vinci commemorating the conflict of Anghiari, a masterpiece that quick turned famous—but then was once mysteriously misplaced. till lately, that's, while researchers made a wide ranging discovery of the site the place it's been hidden for greater than 400 years.

In The Day the Renaissance was once Saved, Niccolò Capponi—a direct descendent of Niccolò Machiavelli, in addition to of a Florentine basic who used to be a key strategist of the crusade at Anghiari—weaves the tale of da Vinci’s misplaced masterpiece in the course of the narrative of the history-changing conflict, and provides context at the improvement of humanist notion and the political intrigues of fifteenth-century Italy. 

Complete with maps and twenty-four colour photographs, this can be army background, political historical past, and paintings background all rolled into one, from a pupil whose ancestors have been key avid gamers within the scheming, plotting, and struggling with that ended in this pivotal second in Western heritage.

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The Yankee Comandante: The Untold Story of Courage, Passion, and One American's Fight to Liberate Cuba

By Mitch Weiss

William Morgan, a tough-talking ex-paratrooper, surprised friends and family whilst in 1957 he left Ohio to hitch freedom combatants within the mountains of Cuba. He led one band of guerrillas, and Che Guevara one other, and jointly they swept throughout the state, finally forcing corrupt dictator Fulgencio Batista from energy. in precisely a yr of scuffling with, the yank innovative had altered the panorama of the chilly struggle. yet Morgan believed they have been combating to disencumber Cuba. Then Fidel Castro canceled elections, seized homes, and imprisoned Morgan’s fellow freedom warring parties. Even Morgan’s personal apartment mysteriously blew up. yet The Comandante is ready greater than simply the revolution. It’s the tale of 2 humans in love, burdened by way of executive brokers and mobsters vying to manage a state that quickly introduced the realm to the edge of nuclear destruction. within the mountains, Morgan met Olga Rodriguez, a gorgeous, fiery nurse, whom he quickly married. jointly, amid their firestorm romance, they made up our minds to take a stand and take again the govt from Castro and Guevara. The newlyweds all started operating fingers to arrange for a counterrevolution, quickly stuck in a cloak-and-dagger net between Castro’s forces; the Mob, which managed Havana; and the CIA’s arrangements for the Bay of Pigs Invasion. yet one in every of Morgan’s guards betrayed him to Castro, who threw the counterrevolutionary in legal, putting his spouse and their daughters below apartment arrest. The couple smuggled mystery messages to one another until eventually Olga eventually escaped by means of drugging her captors. ahead of she may well loose her husband, although, a junta tribunal attempted and sentenced him to dying via firing squad. Drawing on declassified FBI, CIA, and military intelligence files in addition to Olga’s diaries, Pulitzer Prize–winning authors Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss skillfully display the internal workings of the Cuban Revolution whereas detailing the impressive love tale of a insurgent nurse and an American highway hero who left their mark on history.

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War: A Short History

By Jeremy Black

During this concise historical past of conflict, Jeremy Black levels broadly, giving due consciousness to non-western in addition to western traditions. The background of warfare is inextricably sure to the heritage of the area. via a close exploration of 'world-scale' problems with conflict, provided inside of a chronological framework that spans human heritage, Jeremy Black skilfully illustrates this truth when supplying the reader with different astute insights and compelling interpretations of war.

War: a quick heritage is a dramatic flow clear of the formulaic, western method of army heritage. Too slender in its specialize in wars particular to the west and too uncomplicated due to an over-reliance on a technologically-deterministic interpreting of battle, this strategy has been rejected by means of Jeremy Black in favour of a world version that takes all components under consideration whilst contemplating the strengths and weaknesses of a selected army culture. it is a booklet that's as vital for its relevance to present international problems with clash because it is for its thorough attention of a monumentally major element of human history.

“'His textual content is dense however it is filled with erudition and unusually, given its huge, immense scope, makes only a few sacrifices in its readability.'” – BBC background Magazine

“This is a precious addition for all these interested by battle experiences be they collage scholars or the armed forces... The publication is particularly readable and will stand as an item lesson to scholars on the right way to write... Professor Black covers the conflict of Stalingrad in one paragraph that's an excellent demonstration of his talents in overlaying the floor: a truly version of brevity. this can be a excellent e-book and to be recommended.” – British military assessment

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Soviet Conquest: Berlin 1945

By Tony Le Tissier

How did most sensible purple military commanders see the attack on Berlin in 1945 – what used to be their adventure of the final, negative conflict of the second one global conflict in Europe? own debts by way of the main recognized generals concerned – Zhukov, Koniev and Chuikov – were released in English, however the memories in their primary subordinates haven’t been on hand within the west earlier than, and it's their function within the ultimate Soviet offensive that's the concentration of Tony Le Tissier’s interesting ebook. those have been the officials who have been chargeable for the execution of the pink Army’s plan for the attack, in rapid contact with the troops at the entrance line of the improvement. They observed such a lot basically the place the operation succeeded and the place it failed. Their memories, ebook of which used to be lengthy banned within the Soviet Union, throw a brand new gentle at the process conflict and at the internal workings of the crimson military command within the ultimate section of the clash.

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Blood of the Provinces: The Roman Auxilia and the Making of Provincial Society from Augustus to the Severans

Blood of the Provinces is the 1st absolutely finished research of the biggest a part of the Roman military, the auxilia. This non-citizen strength constituted greater than half Rome's celebrated armies and used to be frequently the army presence in a few of its territories. assorted in origins, personality, and tradition, they performed a vital function in development the empire, maintaining the unequal peace celebrated because the pax Romana, and enacting the emperor's
writ.

Drawing upon the most recent old and archaeological examine to envision recruitment, trust, day-by-day regimen, language, strategies, and get dressed, this quantity deals an exam of the Empire and its infantrymen in a thorough new manner. Blood of the Provinces demonstrates how the Roman kingdom addressed a vital and enduring problem either off and on the battlefield - holding regulate of the miscellaneous auxiliaries upon whom its very lifestyles depended. Crucially, this used to be no longer simply
achieved through pay and punishment, but in addition by means of a truly specific set of cultural attributes that characterised provincial society lower than the Roman Empire. targeting the warriors themselves, and encompassing the disparate army groups of which they have been an element, it bargains an important resource of knowledge on how
individuals and groups have been integrated into provincial society below the Empire, and the way the nature of that society developed accordingly.

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Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable 14th Legion

By Stephen Dando-Collins

The 14th Gemina Martia Victrix Legion was once the main celebrated unit of the early Roman Empire–a strength that were burnt up less than Julius Caesar, reformed, and nearly burnt up back. After engaging within the a.d. forty three invasion of england, the 14th Legion accomplished its maximum glory whilst it positioned down the recognized uprising of the Britons less than Boudicca. Numbering below 10,000 males, the disciplined Roman killing computing device defeated 230,000 rampaging rebels, slaughtering 80,000 with merely four hundred Roman losses–an accomplishment that led the emperor Nero to honor the legion with the name ""Conqueror of Britain."" during this gripping ebook, moment within the author’s definitive histories of the legions of historic Rome, Stephen Dando-Collins brings the 14th Legion to lifestyles, delivering army historical past aficionados a different soldier’s-eye view in their strategies, campaigns, and battles.

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The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery

By William Gurstelle

Whether enjoying at protecting their very own fortress or just chucking pumpkins over a fence, wannabe marauders and tinkerers becomes quickly conversant in Ludgar, the struggle Wolf, ailing Neighbor, Cabulus, and the Wild Donkey—ancient artillery units recognized ordinarily as catapults. development those easy but subtle machines introduces basics of math and physics utilizing levers, strength, torsion, stress, and traction. directions and diagrams illustrate find out how to construct seven real operating version catapults, together with an early Greek ballista, a Roman onager, and the apex of catapult expertise, the English trebuchet. extra initiatives contain studying how you can lash and make rope and the way to build and use a hand sling and a employees sling. the colourful background of siege battle is explored during the tales of Alexander the good and his conflict of Tyre; Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, and the 3rd campaign; pirate-turned-soldier John Crabbe and his ship-mounted catapults; and Edward I of britain and his conflict opposed to the Scots at Stirling Castle.

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