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 Into the Land of Bones: Alexander the Great in Afghanistan
Into the Land of Bones: Alexander the Great in Afghanistan
Into the Land of Bones: Alexander the Great in Afghanistan
Author: Frank L. Holt
University of California Press
2005
Pages: 254
Format: PDF
Quality: Good
Language: English
Size: 1,5 mb

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 Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Author: Tim Weiner
Doubleday
2007
Pages: 732
ISBN: 978-0-385-51445-3
Format: PDF
Quality: Good
Language: English
Size: 10 mb

Legacy of Ashes is a detailed history of the Central Intelligence Agency from its creation after World War II, through the Cold War years and the War on Terror, to its near-collapse after 9/11. The book is based on more than 50,000 documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA itself, and hundreds of interviews with CIA veterans, including ten Directors of Central Intelligence.

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 The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228
The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228
Author: Dick Couch
The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228
Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 1400046955
2003
Format: EPUB
Size: 6,1 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 352
There is a pod of good books on the SEALs, but this one is unique. Couch, a Vietnam-era SEAL and retired naval reserve captain, was given the most complete access possible to the demanding BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) course and has recorded his observations, those of one who has been there and done a good deal of that. His account of Hell Week, the culmination of a formidable three-phase course intended to produce men who are physically, psychologically, and technically the best in the world at what they do, may leave the average reader short of breath. Few Hollywood stereotypes are on view; in their stead are a man who passed BUD/S at age 39, a superb swimmer who was disqualified for sinus problems, and a trainee at the low end of the fitness scale who subsequently won the Congressional Medal of Honor. Also on view is much serious thought by serious thinkers on the making of warriors at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

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 The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare 19
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare 19
Author: Bernard Fitzsimons
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare 19
Columbia House
1978
Format: PDF
Pages: 128
Language: English
Size: 25.5 MB

Any profound understanding of the wars which have shaped our world depends on an understanding of the weapons with which they were fought. In these volumes, details of all the weapons of our century are gathered together in a single work. The facts and information packed into these magnificent volumes could only be duplicated in a library of reference works, and even then, so thorough has been the work of the contributors that new facts are constantly being brought to light, new theories advanced and old myths exploded. Includes Warships, Aircraft, Tanks, Small Arms, Missiles, Artillery...

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 A History of Warfare: Field-Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
A History of Warfare: Field-Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
Author: Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
A History of Warfare: Field-Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
The World Publishing Company
1968
Format: PDF
Pages: 589
Language: English
Size: 86.2 MB

The aim of the general must be not only to win wars but also to play his part in preventing them. Some years ago Sir Winston Churchill said : 'Peace is the last prize I seek to win.' Nobody knows better than a soldier the overwhelming value of that prize, because nobody knows better than a soldier the monster called War.

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 Squadron/Signal Publications 1045: P-51 Mustang in action - Aircraft Number 45
Squadron/Signal Publications 1045: P-51 Mustang in action - Aircraft Number 45
Squadron/Signal Publications 1045: P-51 Mustang in action - Aircraft Number 45
Author: Larry Davis
Squadron/Signal Publications
ISBN: 0897471148
1981
Pages: 55
Format: PDF
Size: 11.84МБ
Language: English
All P-51 versions are covered - P-51A through the twin Mustang, the P-82. Two pages of color plates show the Mustang's colors. Lots of line drawings show the changes in the plane as it progressed through the war and post WW2 action.

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 The Great Naval Race: The Anglo-German Naval Rivalry, 1900-1914
The Great Naval Race: The Anglo-German Naval Rivalry, 1900-1914
Author: Peter Padfield
The Great Naval Race: The Anglo-German Naval Rivalry, 1900-1914
David McKay Company
1974
Format: PDF
Pages: 404
Language: English
Size: 55.3 MB

This is the dramatic story of the deadly competition in Dreadnought battleships between Great Britain and Imperial Germany in the years before the First World War. It is a story of two great empires set on a collision course to the Armageddon of 1914. But was the outbreak of war, as many historians have written, the inevitable result of the armaments race? Using original documentary evidence from both the British and German archives, Peter Padfield argues convincingly that it was not the armaments themselves that were the cause of the First World War. The personalities involved, especially Kaiser Wilhelm II with his obsessive dreams of imperial destiny, decisively influenced the course of events; and the German High Command did indeed conspire to manoeuvre towards conflict. The Great Naval Race is a clear and compelling narrative of those fateful years, and the author has vividly portrayed the leading protagonists in the drama - on the German side, Kaiser Wilhelm and the megalomaniacal Admiral Tirpitz, who launched the challenge to British naval supremacy. Among the British statesmen who responded to that challenge were Admiral Fisher, who dragged the British Navy into the twentieth century, Edward Grey, and Winston Churchill, who, belatedly recognizing the real nature of the German threat, turned his incomparable fire and energy to preparing the Navy for war.

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 Famous Aircraft of all Time
Famous Aircraft of all Time
Author: Kenneth Munson
Famous Aircraft of all Time (Arco Color Series)
Arco Publishing Company
1977
Format: PDF
Pages: 204
Language: English
Size: 60.6 MB

A book by famous author Kenneth Munson and famous publisher Arco on famous aircraft of all time. Many illustrations and technical data on them...

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 Order of Battle 5: The Ardennes Offensive V US Corps & XVIII US (Airborne) Corps: Northern Sector
Order of Battle 5: The Ardennes Offensive V US Corps & XVIII US (Airborne) Corps: Northern Sector
Order of Battle 5: The Ardennes Offensive V US Corps & XVIII US (Airborne) Corps: Northern Sector
Author: Bruce Quarrie
Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 1855328542
1999
Pages: 101
Format: PDF
Size: 36.91МБ
Language: English
This series provides the most detailed information ever published on the major battles of history and the units which fought them. Includes comprehensive order of battle diagrams, specially commissioned maps, and is supported by contemporary photographs and unit insignia and colors.

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 US Heavy Cruisers 1943-1975: Wartime and Post-war Classes (Osprey New Vanguard 214)
US Heavy Cruisers 1943-1975: Wartime and Post-war Classes (Osprey New Vanguard 214)
Author: Mark Stille
US Heavy Cruisers 1943-1975: Wartime and Post-war Classes (Osprey New Vanguard 214)
Osprey Publishing
Osprey New Vanguard 214
ISBN: 178200632X
2014
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 50
Size: 3 Mb
Language: English

This title follows on from a companion book covering the US heavy cruisers that were built prior to the war, together forming the definitive guide to the US’s heavy cruiser classes. Versatile warships, the heavy cruisers of the Baltimore class, and their successors in the Oregon City and Des Moines classes, commonly acted as carrier escorts throughout World War II, but also performed bombardment duties in support of amphibious landings.

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 A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front
A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front
Author: Winston Groom
A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918: Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front
Grove Press
ISBN: 0871138425
2002
Format: EPUB
Size: 5,3 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 272
Forrest Gump and Shrouds of Glory established best-selling author Winston Groom as an electrifying writer and narrative historian. Now, in A Storm in Flanders, the Pulitzer Prize nominee visits the bloody four-year-long Battle of Ypres, a pivotal engagement that would forever change the way the world fought -- and thought about -- war. Groom describes how the quaint medieval Belgian town of Flanders -- following the dreams and schemes of the stubborn "butchers and blunderers" who commanded from afar -- became the most dreaded place on earth, a "gigantic corpse factory" where hundreds of thousands of men died for gains that were measured in yards. In 1914, Germany launched an invasion of France through neutral Belgium -- and brought the wrath of the world upon herself. In accessible prose, Groom presents Ypres as the centerpiece of World War I, with all of its horrors, heroism, and terrifying new tactics and technologies. Ypres is where some of history's most hideous weapons were unleashed and refined: poison gas, tanks, mines, air strikes, and the unspeakable misery of trench warfare.

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 Revolution from Abroad: The Soviet Conquest of Poland's Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia
Revolution from Abroad: The Soviet Conquest of Poland's Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia
Author: Jan T. Gross
Revolution from Abroad: The Soviet Conquest of Poland's Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia
Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691096031
2002
Format: DJVU
Size: 25,5 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 408
Jan Gross describes the terrors of the Soviet occupation of the lands that made up eastern Poland between the two world wars: the Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia. His lucid analysis of the revolution that came to Poland from abroad is based on hundreds of first-hand accounts of the hardship, suffering, and social chaos that accompanied the Sovietization of this poorest section of a poverty-stricken country. Woven into the author's exploration of events from the Soviet's German-supported aggression against Poland in September of 1939 to Germany's attack on the Soviet Union in June 1941, these testimonies not only illuminate his conclusions about the nature of totalitarianism but also make a powerful statement of their own. Those who endured the imposition of Soviet rule and mass deportations to forced resettlement, labor camps, and prisons of the Soviet Union are here allowed to speak for themselves, and they do so with grim effectiveness.

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 Famous Sea Battles
Famous Sea Battles
Author: David Howarth
Famous Sea Battles
Little, Brown and Company
1981
Format: PDF
Pages: 192
Language: English
Size: 42.7 MB

Recounts how and why seventeen historic sea battles were fought, and traces the development of naval equipment and strategies.

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 Squadron/Signal Publications 6061: Flying Scoreboards: Aircraft Mission and Kill Markings - Aircraft Specials series
Squadron/Signal Publications 6061: Flying Scoreboards: Aircraft Mission and Kill Markings - Aircraft Specials series
Squadron/Signal Publications 6061: Flying Scoreboards: Aircraft Mission and Kill Markings - Aircraft Specials series
Author: Ernest R. McDowell
Squadron/Signal Publications
ISBN: 0897473051
1993
Pages: 66
Format: PDF
Size: 28.53МБ
Language: English
...At some point back in the prehistoric period a man must have decided to boast of his prowess as a hunter or warrior by selecting some tangible method to publicly show how skillful or fierce he proclaimed himself to be. What form this took will never be known but it could have been the tooth of a saber-toothed tiger, the skin of some animal or perhaps the head of an enemy of his tribe.
History does recount the use of scalps, shrunken heads and other such items for this purpose. As man became more civilized he had to forsake such grisly means and rather than display the remains of his victory, he decided to use personal ornamentation. Fierce head dress and masks, warpaint, tattoos and other similar items served to show others" how great a warrior he was.
As warfare advanced the need for larger groups to be recognized as either friend or foe brought about the development of uniforms and in time these became very colorful and distinctive. Mention the Bengal Lancers, the U.S. 7th Cavalry, the Black Watch, Cossacks, Coldstream Guards. U.S. Marine Corps, French Foreign Legion, or the Green Berets and a picture of a man in a particular uniform quickly comes to mind and conveys the idea that he was part of an elite organization with a sense of pride and a strong esprit de corps.
It was this type of background and the need for recognition that was responsible for the use of victory and mission markings on aircraft that began during the First World War and have been carried forward to this day.

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 Concord Firepower Pictorial 1031 - T-64 and T-80
Concord Firepower Pictorial 1031 - T-64 and T-80
Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Concord Firepower Pictorial 1031 - T-64 and T-80
Concord Publications
ISBN: 9623610319
1992
Format: PDF
Size: 10,4 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 64
One of a series of books designed to be of interest to the military vehicle, aviation, uniform and equipment modeller and enthusiast. This particular book looks at the current Russian battle tanks of the T-64 and the T-80.

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 Alliance: The Inside Story of How Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill Won One War and Began Another
Alliance: The Inside Story of How Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill Won One War and Began Another
Alliance: The Inside Story of How Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill Won One War and Began Another
2007
Author: Jonathan Fenby
Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 0743259262
Language: English
Format: pdf
Pages: 480
Size: 19 МБ

The history of the Second World War is usually told through its decisive battles and campaigns. But behind the front lines, behind even the command centres of Allied generals and military planners, a different level of strategic thinking was going on. Throughout the war the 'Big Three' - Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin - met in various permutations and locations to thrash out ways to defeat Nazi Germany - and, just as importantly, to decide the way Europe would look after the war. This was the political rather than military struggle: a battle of wills and diplomacy between three men with vastly differing backgrounds, characters - and agendas. Focusing on the riveting interplay between these three extraordinary personalities, Jonathan Fenby re-creates the major Allied conferences including Casablanca, Potsdam and Yalta to show exactly who bullied whom, who was really in control, and how the key decisions were taken. With his customary flair for narrative, character and telling detail, Fenby's account reveals what really went on in those smoke-filled rooms and shows how "jaw-jaw" as well as "war-war" led to Hitler's defeat and the shape of the post-war world.

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 Constantinople and Its Hinterland Papers from the Twenty-Seventh Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies
Constantinople and Its Hinterland Papers from the Twenty-Seventh Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies
Author: Mango Cyril, Gilbert Dagron
Constantinople and Its Hinterland Papers from the Twenty-Seventh Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies
Variorum
ISBN: 0860784878
1995
Format: PDF
Size: 42,8 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 448
From its foundation, the city of Constantinople dominated the Byzantine world. It was the seat of the emperor, the centre of government and church, the focus of commerce and culture, by far the greatest urban centre; its needs in terms of supplies and defense imposed their own logic on the development of the empire. Byzantine Constantinople has traditionally been treated in terms of the walled city and its immediate suburbs. In this volume, containing 25 papers delivered at the 27th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies held at Oxford in 1993, the perspective has been enlarged to encompass a wider geographical setting, that of the city’s European and Asiatic hinterland. Within this framework a variety of interconnected topics have been addressed, ranging from the bare necessities of life and defence to manufacture and export, communications between the capital and its hinterland, culture and artistic manifestations and the role of the sacred.

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 Submarines and Other Underwater Craft
Submarines and Other Underwater Craft
Author: Harvey Weiss
Submarines and Other Underwater Craft
Thomas Y. Crowell
1990
Format: PDF
Pages: 70
Language: English
Size: 28.9 MB

In the deep, dark, hidden world beneath the surfaces of our oceans, submarines glide silently past underwater canyons and huge unexplored mountain ranges. Today's submarines are fast, sleek, and completely modern. Not so with early submarines. The Turtle, a submarine built more than two hundred years ago, was clumsy and slow. Its first and only mission—to attack an enemy warship by drilling a hole in its hull—was far from successful.

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 A Pictorial Record of the Qing Dynasty - Old Manchu Capital
A Pictorial Record of the Qing Dynasty - Old Manchu Capital
A Pictorial Record of the Qing Dynasty - Old Manchu Capital
Author: Liaoning Provincial Library
Gale Asia
2008
ISBN: 978-9814246170
Pages: 300
Language: English
Format: PDF (e-book)
Size: 93 MB

For nearly 30 years before the Qing forces captured Shanhaiguan, Liaoning had been the political center of the early Qing government. Moreover, Liaoning was the rising land of the dragon; where the ancestors of Qing emperors were buried, therefore, the imperial court attached great importance to the administration and development of Liaoning. A Pictorial Record of the Qing Dynasty - Old Manchu Capital, is compiled by the Liaoning Provincial Library and consists of 500-plus photographs and paintings about the organizational system of the Liaoning area, its war relics, religious temples, culture, and education during the Qing Dynasty. Some of the photographs or paintings are taken from first editions or rare editions, such as the 130-volume Shengjing Gazette carved and produced by Wuying Hall. Also included in this title are the Collection of Manchu Official Seals produced during Emperor Qianlong's reign, the Records of the Sino-Japanese War published by the Japanese Hakubunkan in 1894, the Photograph Album of Scenes during the Russo-Japanese War published in 1906, the Complete Maps of Paddocks and Kaluns in the Territory of Shengjing, the Blueprint of Lushun Shipyard, the Photograph Album of Historical Relics in Shenyang, and many more.

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