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The Battle to Save the Houston: October 1944 to March 1945

By John Grider Miller

A global warfare II experience tale of epic proportions, this e-book tells the heroic story of a committed band of fellows who refused to enable their crippled send sink to the ground of the Pacific in past due 1944. in response to over seventy eyewitness bills and 1000's of reliable records and private papers, it documents in wealthy aspect the USS Houston's 14,000-mile perilous trip domestic to the Brooklyn military backyard. a part of Bull Halsey's well-known Pacific job strength 38, the Houston's have been helping air moves as a prelude to the conflict of Leyte Gulf, whilst she took an aerial torpedo hit that prompted critical flooding. approximately two-thirds of the staff deserted send sooner than the damage-control officer confident the captain she should be kept. one other torpedo hit days later advanced the crew's determined struggle. Surrounded via demise, floodwaters, and hearth, stalked via enemy subs, threatened by means of air assault, and operating from a storm, the boys of the Houston's remained towers of power whereas realizing their send was once by no means greater than mins clear of breaking up. John Miller's action-packed account supplies insights into the character of heroism and management that stay useful at the present time. extraordinary photographic documentation accompanies the textual content.

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Pylos and Sphacteria 425 BC: Sparta's island of disaster (Campaign)

By William Shepherd

Within the 7th 12 months of the second one Peloponnesian or 'Archidamian' warfare the Athenians occupied the promontory of Pylos at the west coast of the Peloponnese as a counterstroke to Sparta's repeated invasions of Attica. Over days of struggling with the small garrison beat off the Spartan military and fleet's decided efforts to dislodge it, after which the returning Athenian fleet gained a crushing victory within the close by waters of what's referred to now as Navarino Bay. to that end, a contingent of elite Spartan hoplites used to be stranded at the island of Sphacteria within the bay simply to the south of Pylos for a number of weeks of inconclusive siege and blockade operations and an unproductive interval of truce. The Athenians had complete keep an eye on of the ocean. With the campaigning season drawing to an in depth, they eventually made up our minds to mount an assault at the island utilizing unconventional strategies. An amphibious evening assault overran the Spartan outpost masking the shores and light-armed missile troops landed at break of day in overwhelming numbers. The Spartans have been slowly pushed again to their stronghold on the tip of the island, wasting males gradually and not allowed to have interaction within the hand-to-hand battling at which they excelled. They held their ultimate defensive position for some time until eventually, as at Thermopylae, they discovered themselves additionally below assault from the rear. Then, exhausted and out of water, with their commander lifeless and his deputy incapacitated through wounds, and a wide Spartan military close-by at the mainland yet powerless to aid them, the 292 survivors surrendered. This used to be a tremendous and magnificent blow to the Spartans' excellent and fearsome recognition, and those prestigious prisoners-of-war served the Athenians rather well as bargaining counters within the diplomatic job that punctuated the hostilities that persevered for the subsequent 4 years. The Athenian victory additionally prompted the long run behavior of the battle via highlighting the constraints of the conventional hoplite frame of mind and strategies, and the battle-winning power of light-armed troops, the hoplites' inferiors.

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The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

By Christopher Clark

One of The big apple instances booklet Review’s 10 most sensible Books of the Year

Winner of the Los Angeles Times ebook Prize (History)

The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to struggle in 1914 is historian Christopher Clark’s riveting account of the explosive beginnings of worldwide battle I.

Drawing on new scholarship, Clark deals a clean examine international conflict I, focusing now not at the battles and atrocities of the struggle itself, yet at the complicated occasions and relationships that led a gaggle of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict.

Clark strains the trails to battle in a minute-by-minute, action-packed narrative that cuts among the foremost determination facilities in Vienna, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Paris, London, and Belgrade, and examines the many years of heritage that proficient the occasions of 1914 and info the mutual misunderstandings and unintentional signs that drove the quandary ahead in a number of brief weeks.

Meticulously researched and masterfully written, Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers is a dramatic and authoritative chronicle of Europe’s descent right into a conflict that tore the area apart.

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H.M.S. Unseen

By Patrick Robinson

The H.M.S. Unseen is among the best, deadly submarines ever equipped. yet all of sudden, on a coaching project off the English coast, it vanishes, baffling army intelligence on either side of the Atlantic, together with nationwide safeguard Adviser Admiral Arnold Morgan. A lacking weapon is risky adequate. yet then the unthinkable starts off to happen....Planes start blowing up around the skies.

Searching for solutions, Morgan is confident that just one guy should be in the back of a majority of these devastating occasions: his archenemy, the world's such a lot cunning--yet reportedly dead--terrorist secret agent. decided to forestall his outdated nemesis, Morgan needs to use all his wits to discover a madman armed with a strong sub hidden someplace in 1000000 sq. miles of ocean. What Morgan does not comprehend, besides the fact that, is that the fanatical terrorist has a plan of his personal, one who will carry those severe warriors face-to-face--and just one will pop out alive in a single of the main chilling undercover agent tales of the year.

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War and Peace in the Ancient World (Ancient World: Comparative Histories)

By Kurt A. Raaflaub

This booklet is the 1st to target battle and peace within the historical global from a world perspective.

* the 1st e-book to target conflict and peace within the historic international
* Takes an international standpoint, protecting numerous early civilizations, from China, India and West Asia, in the course of the Mediterranean to the Americas
* gains contributions from nineteen exotic students, all of whom are specialists of their fields
* deals extraordinary insights into the several ways that historic societies handled a typical human problem
* calls for no past historic wisdom, making it compatible for non-specialists

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God's Fury, England's Fire: A New History of the English Civil Wars

The series of civil wars that ripped England aside within the 17th century used to be probably the most devastating conflicts in its historical past. It destroyed households and cities, ravaged the inhabitants and led many, either supporters of Charles I and his rivals, to think that England’s humans have been being punished by means of a vengeful God. This masterly new heritage illuminates what it used to be wish to pass though a time of terrifying violence, spiritual fervour and radical politics. Michael Braddick describes how pamphleteers, armies, iconoclasts, witch-hunters, Levellers, protestors and petitioners have been all mobilized within the chaos, as they fought over new how one can think their global.

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Firefight

By Chris Ryan

A terrorist assault. A killer at the free. And a last, determined challenge . . .

Former SAS Captain, Tom Jackson, is a guy with not anything to lose. A veteran of the main risky missions the Regiment may throw at him, his lifestyles was once torn aside the day a terrorist assault killed his kinfolk. Now he grieves in obscurity, the area of war not anything yet memory.

However, humans larger up the chain of command produce other plans for Jackson. they're in a multitude in their personal making, and make him a proposal he can’t refuse — a proposal that might take him again into the brutal theatre of struggle. There’s a catastrophe ready to ensue, which just one individual might help hinder, and that individual is being held through the Taliban insurgency within the depths of a harsh Afghanistan wintry weather.

As Tom reluctantly prepares for this ultimate project, he does so within the wisdom that it'll cease a devastating terrorist assault — in addition to fulfill an ulterior cause of his personal. yet as occasions start to spread, Tom suspects that somebody is enjoying a online game with him; that no-one may be depended on; and that during the murky international of overseas terrorism, issues are seldom what they appear . . .

From the alternate Paperback edition.

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Blitzfreeze (Sven Hassel War Classics)

By Sven Hassel

Blitzfreeze is a stunning perception into the realities of warfare, the stipulations continued via usual squaddies, and their unwavering unity. It was once alleged to be Hitler's wonderful conquest of Russia. . . The twenty seventh Penal Regiment has been ordered to invade the Soviet Union. they're half-starved and ill-equipped. to arrive Moscow they have to defeat the fearsome purple military. yet as a substitute, they locate themselves on the mercy of a good deadlier enemy: the killer chilly of the Russian iciness. As they enhance around the icy wastes, they believe in basic terms of survival.

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Command Authority (A Jack Ryan Novel)

By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney

Decades in the past, as a tender CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan Sr. was once despatched out to enquire the dying of an operative—only to discover the lifestyles of a KGB murderer codenamed Zenith. He was once by no means capable of finding the killer…

In the current, a brand new strongman has emerged within the ever-chaotic Russian republic—the enigmatic President Valeri Volodon. however the foundations of his own empire are equipped on a bloody mystery from his earlier. And none who understand of it have lived to inform. For he has set a plot in motion—a plot to come Russia to its former glory.

But while a family members good friend of Ryan’s is poisoned through a radioactive agent, the path ends up in Russia. And Jack Ryan Jr.—aided via his compatriots John Clark and the covert warriors of the secretive Campus—must delve into a global clash thirty years within the making, and end what his father started.

With President Ryan combating the political conflict of his lifestyles, and his son combating a silent struggle opposed to a ruthless foe, international clash turns into imminent—and the opportunity of survival may perhaps quickly be misplaced for all…

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A Higher Form of Killing: The Secret History of Chemical and Biological Warfare

By Robert Harris

A better type of Killing opens with the 1st devastating battlefield use of deadly fuel in international warfare I, after which investigates the stockpiling of organic guns in the course of international struggle II and within the a long time later on in addition to the inhuman experiments con-ducted to check their effectiveness. This up-to-date variation features a new advent and a brand new ultimate bankruptcy exposing scary advancements lately, together with the black marketplace that emerged in chemical and organic guns following the breakup of the Soviet Union, the purchase of those guns through a number of 3rd international states, the makes an attempt of nations corresponding to Iraq to accumulate arsenals, and--particularly and so much recently--the use of those guns in terrorist assaults.

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