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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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 The Vietnam War - The Illustrated History of the Conflict in Southeast Asia
The Vietnam War - The Illustrated History of the Conflict in Southeast Asia
Author: Ray Bonds
The Vietnam War - The Illustrated History of the Conflict in Southeast Asia
Crown Publishers, Inc
1979
Format: PDF
Pages: 252
Language: English
Size: 61 MB

An account of the Vietnam War which includes stories of hand-to-hand combat and the advanced technology of war in the 20th century. Includes an index of American service personnel and civilians missing in South-East Asia, updated to November 1993. Foreword by General William Westmoreland, US Army Chief of Staff between 1968 and 1972. Hundreds of authentic photographs combine with maps, diagrams, and text to capture the full scope of the Vietnam conflict from the French withdrawal to the fall of Saigon.

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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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 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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 Cold War Gone Hot: World War III 1986 (Osprey Force on Force №4)
Cold War Gone Hot: World War III 1986 (Osprey Force on Force №4)
Author: Ambush Alley Games
Cold War Gone Hot: World War III 1986 (Osprey Force on Force №4)
Osprey Publishing
2011
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 133
Size: 45 Mb
Language: English

"My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” - Ronald Reagan, 1984. With these words, spoken as a sound check to a radio broadcast, President Reagan came dangerously close to igniting the long-simmering Cold War. Although Soviet forces were placed on alert following reports of this comment, the full-scale conflict between the West and the Soviet Bloc did not break out. Cold War Gone Hot, the latest companion volume for Force on Force, looks at the 44-year history of the Cold War and asks: "what if?” With the orders of battle, vehicle stats and missions included in this volume, Force on Force players can simulate the advance of Soviet tanks across Western Europe, a thrust into Alaska, or any number of other plausible scenarios where history took a slightly different path.

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 Jungle Armour. British and Indian Army Shermans in the Far East. Colour and Markings
Jungle Armour. British and Indian Army Shermans in the Far East. Colour and Markings
Author: Dennis Oliver
Jungle Armour. British and Indian Army Shermans in the Far East. Colour and Markings
The Factory Publishing
2009
Format: PDF
Pages: 35
Language: English
Size: 66 MB

It was held that the jungle was no place for tanks, and it was only through the family connection of the 254th Tank Brigade's CO with the IV Indian Corps commander that the brigade took part in the Kohima and Imphal battles of early 1944. In southern Burma at the same time, the first Sherman tanks were making their presence felt in the Arakan. The performance of these American built tanks, their reliability and versatility, convinced British commanders that a tank could play a vital role in the reconquest of South-East Asia and the defeat of Japan. This booklet explains the history, organisation, and equipment of the brigades of M4A1, M4A2, M4A4, Dozer, and DD Shermans. A chart of WD numbers is included.

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 The Hand Grenade (Osprey Weapon 38)
The Hand Grenade (Osprey Weapon 38)
Author: Gordon L. Rottman
The Hand Grenade (Osprey Weapon 38)
Osprey Publishing
2015
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 82
Size: 6 Mb
Language: English


Allowing the user to inflict damage on his opponent within throwing range without leaving cover, the portable, lethally efficient hand grenade is a ubiquitous weapon of modern warfare, and has now found its way into law-enforcement arsenals too. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and an array of revealing photographs of grenades in use and in close-up, this engaging study explores and assesses the origins, development, combat use, and lasting legacy of the formidable military hand grenade.

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 Main Battle Tanks
Main Battle Tanks
Author: Melissa Abramovitz
Main Battle Tanks
Capstone Press
2001
Format: PDF
Pages: 56
Language: English
Size: 23.3 MB

The book describes the main battle tanks of today.

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 Heavy Weapons Guide (Twilight: 2000)
Heavy Weapons Guide (Twilight: 2000)
Heavy Weapons Guide (Twilight: 2000)
Author: Loren Wiseman
GDW
1989
ISBN: 1558780319
Pages: 50
Language: English
Format: PDF
Size: 16 MB

The Heavy Weapons Guide is a resource and guidebook to more than 110 mortars, grenade launchers, recoilless rifles, mines, hand grenades, rifle grenades, SAMs, and other support weap c The latest in antitank missiles are described and illustrated, including BILL, ACCP, Eryx, and Tan-Breaker. Mortars range from the American M224 60mm up to the Soviet M-55 240mm. Grenarr launchers include the older American M79 "Thumper" and the latest Soviet underbarrel AK-GL. In addition, the game includes eight pieces of recoilless artillery, 26 rockets and rocket launchers, 20 mines, and more than 30 grenades covering all types currently in service and a few that haven't been adopted yet. As a special bonus, the Heavy Weapons Guide also includes descriptions, illustrations, game statistics, and rules for th0 use of flame weapons in Twilight: 2000, including flamethrowers and the ever-popular home-made firebomb called the 'Molotov cocktail'.

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 The Military Balance 1980-81
The Military Balance 1980-81
Author: Collective
The Military Balance 1980-81
Arms and Armour
1980
Format: PDF
Pages: 145
Language: English
Size: 48.5 MB

‘The Military Balance’ is the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ annual assessment of the military capabilities and defense economics of 170 countries worldwide. It is a useful resource for those involved in security policy making, analysis and research.
The book is a region-by-region analysis of the major military and economic developments affecting defence and security policies, and the trade in weapons and other military equipment. Comprehensive tables detail major military training activities, UN and non-UN deployments, and give data on key equipment holdings and defence expenditure trends over a ten year period.

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 NATO Forces - An Illustrated Reference to Their Organization and Insignia
NATO Forces - An Illustrated Reference to Their Organization and Insignia
Author: Brian L. Davis
NATO Forces - An Illustrated Reference to Their Organization and Insignia
Blandford Press
1988
Format: PDF
Pages: 184
Language: English
Size: 55.6 MB

Briefly describes the history and organization of NATO, and identifies the armed forces insignia of each member nation.

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 Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses-and Misuses-of History
Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses-and Misuses-of History
Author: Barry Eichengreen
Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses-and Misuses-of History
Oxford University Press
2015
Format: PDF
Size: 3.3 Mb
Language: English

The two great financial crises of the past century are the Great Depression of the 1930s and the Great Recession, which began in 2008. Both occurred against the backdrop of sharp credit booms, dubious banking practices, and a fragile and unstable global financial system. When markets went into cardiac arrest in 2008, policymakers invoked the lessons of the Great Depression in attempting to avert the worst. While their response prevented a financial collapse and catastrophic depression like that of the 1930s, unemployment in the U.S. and Europe still rose to excruciating high levels. Pain and suffering were widespread.
The question, given this, is why didn't policymakers do better? Hall of Mirrors, Barry Eichengreen's monumental twinned history of the two crises, provides the farthest-reaching answer to this question to date. Alternating back and forth between the two crises and between North America and Europe, Eichengreen shows how fear of another Depression following the collapse of Lehman Brothers shaped policy responses on both continents, with both positive and negative results. Since bank failures were a prominent feature of the Great Depression, policymakers moved quickly to strengthen troubled banks. But because derivatives markets were not important in the 1930s, they missed problems in the so-called shadow banking system. Having done too little to support spending in the 1930s, governments also ramped up public spending this time around. But the response was indiscriminate and quickly came back to haunt overly indebted governments, particularly in Southern Europe. Moreover, because politicians overpromised, and because their measures failed to stave off a major recession, a backlash quickly developed against activist governments and central banks. Policymakers then prematurely succumbed to the temptation to return to normal policies before normal conditions had returned. The result has been a grindingly slow recovery in the United States and endless recession in Europe.
Hall of Mirrors is both a major work of economic history and an essential exploration of how we avoided making only some of the same mistakes twice. It shows not just how the "lessons" of Great Depression history continue to shape society's response to contemporary economic problems, but also how the experience of the Great Recession will permanently change how we think about the Great Depression.

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 FM 31-19. Special Forces Military Free-Fall Parachuting
FM 31-19. Special Forces Military Free-Fall Parachuting
FM 31-19. Special Forces Military Free-Fall Parachuting
Author: US Army Institute for Military Assistance Team
US Army Institute for Military Assistance
1977
Pages: 106
Format: PDF
Size: 41.43МБ
Language: English
Table of Contents:
Foreword.
Introduction.
Tactical Application.
The MC-3 Military Free-Fall Kit.
Ground Training.
Appendix A. Jumpmaster Personnel Inspection.
Appendix B. Release Point Computation.
Appendix C. Aircraft Inspection.
Appendix D. Glossary.

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 The Seafarers - Fighting Sail
The Seafarers - Fighting Sail
Author: A. B. C Whipple
The Seafarers - Fighting Sail
Time-Life Books
1978
Format: PDF
Pages: 190
Language: English
Size: 30 MB

For anyone interested in naval history from the early 1700's until the early 1800's, including Trafalgar, this is the book to read !!! Mostly on the Royal Navy and the French Navy, it covers developments in tactics and shipbuilding, ordnance, and training, as well as the key naval personalities and battles of the era, especially Horatio Nelson. A must have for any naval historian.
Content:
The Mighty Shjp of the line
Essay: Battle at Sea: from "all hands" to broadside
A New day for His Majesty's admirals
A bloody nose for Napoleon at the Nile
Essay: The bittersweet life of a midshipman
Battle, Blockade and chase
Essay: Friends and foes: the Captains at Trafalgar
Trafalgar: the final kill
Essay: The Splendid spectacle

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 The Naval War in the Pacific: On to Tokyo (The Military History of World War II vol.12)
The Naval War in the Pacific: On to Tokyo (The Military History of World War II vol.12)
Author: Trevor Nevitt Dupuy
The Naval War in the Pacific: On to Tokyo (The Military History of World War II vol.12)
Franklin Watts, Inc.
1963
Format: PDF
Pages: 102
Language: English
Size: 35.1 MB

A retrospective of The Naval War in the Pacific.

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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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 The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare 15
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare 15
Author: Bernard Fitzsimons
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare 15
Columbia House
1978
Format: PDF
Pages: 128
Language: English
Size: 25 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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 America’s Elite: US Special Forces from the American Revolution to the Present Day
America’s Elite: US Special Forces from the American Revolution to the Present Day
America’s Elite: US Special Forces from the American Revolution to the Present Day
Author: Chris McNab
Osprey Publishing
Osprey General Military
ISBN: 978 1780962849
2013
Language: English
Pages: 376
Format: PDF
Size: 20,3 MB

America’s Elites takes the reader through some of the most dramatic special forces operations in US history, from sniping British commanders during the Revolutionary War to Riverine incursions in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, and from demolition missions on D-Day to the SEAL assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound in 2011. Training and selection procedures are explained in detail, and the book also describes some of the technologies that have separated regular soldiers from their Special Forces counterparts. Illustrated throughout with striking photography and artworks, America’s Elites forms the most comprehensive and visually impressive single-volume guide to US Special Forces available.

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 The US War Machine: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Military Equipment and Strategy
The US War Machine: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Military Equipment and Strategy
Author: James E. Dornan
The US War Machine: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Military Equipment and Strategy
Crown Publishers, Inc.
1979
Format: PDF
Pages: 280
Language: English
Size: 65.7 MB

Throughout the 1970s, the foreign and defense policies of the United States have been the subject of deepening controversey. And since policies and power are closely interrelated, the primary focus of debate has been the posture of the American military establishment. Issues of deterrent and war fighting concepts, of force structure and force balance, of tactical doctrine, of weaponry, of deployments, readiness and staying power have all come under intense scrutiny and critique. While the great bulk of analyses and commentary has originated in American circles and been addressed to the domestic body politics, interest in these vital matters has been international in scope.

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