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 Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year
Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year
Author: Michael Farquhar
Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year
National Geographic
2015
Format: epub
Size: 12.2 Mb
Language: English

National Geographic and author Michael Farquhar uncover an instance of bad luck, epic misfortune, and unadulterated mayhem tied to every day of the year. From Caligula's blood-soaked end to hotelier Steve Wynn's unfortunate run-in with a priceless Picasso, these 365 tales of misery include lost fortunes (like the would-be Apple investor who pulled out in 1977 and missed out on a $30 billion-dollar windfall), romance gone wrong (like the 16th-century Shah who experimented with an early form of Viagra with empire-changing results), and truly bizarre moments (like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919).
Think you’re having a bad day? Trust us, it gets worse.

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 Osprey Warrior 90 - US Marine Corps Tank Crewman 1965-70: Vietnam
Osprey Warrior 90 - US Marine Corps Tank Crewman 1965-70: Vietnam
Author: Oscar Gilbert
Osprey Warrior 90 - US Marine Corps Tank Crewman 1965-70 Vietnam
Osprey Publishing
2004
ISBN: 1841767182
Format: PDF
Size: 22,4 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 66
Following Korea, by 1960 tanks and their crews had proved themselves to be a fundamental part of the Marine Corps' combined arms team. When the Marines were ordered to Vietnam in 1965, they took their tanks with them. This book explores this decision, which created a political storm. The presence of the tanks became a lightning rod for accusations of an 'escalation' of the war. Nevertheless, the tanks not only proved their value in the anti-guemilla campaigns, but amid the bitter conventional fighting and extraordinary casualties at Hue City. The ability to undertake such radical change and to prevail demonstrated the versatility, courage and tenacity that are the hallmarks of the 'ordinary' Marine.

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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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 Flying Fortress - the Illustrated Biography of the B-17s and the Men Who Flew Them
Flying Fortress - the Illustrated Biography of the B-17s and the Men Who Flew Them
Author: Edward Jablonski
Flying Fortress - the Illustrated Biography of the B-17s and the Men Who Flew Them
Doubleday & Company, Inc.
1965
Format: PDF
Pages: 390
Language: English
Size: 34.4 MB

The Boeing B-17 was more than a plane—and its story, and that of its crews—is more than history. It is drama, romance, adventure, tragedy and folklore set against the panorama of the greatest war in history. To the men who flew in the B-17, and particularly to those who feel thev owe their lives to this majestic aircraft, it was more than a metal monster with four engines and a hundred-foot wing. The B-17 was almost human—the Queen of the Bombers, the Big Bird, a Glorv Wagon, affectionately named "Rosie's Riveters," "Memphis Belle," "Swoose," "Suzy-Q," "Hell's Angels"—names which during the bittersweet years of war became as celebrated as the men who fought in them.

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 Russian Imperialism and Naval Power: Military Strategy and the Build-Up to the Russo-Japanese War
Russian Imperialism and Naval Power: Military Strategy and the Build-Up to the Russo-Japanese War
Russian Imperialism and Naval Power: Military Strategy and the Build-Up to the Russo-Japanese War
Author: Nicholas Papastratigakis
I.B.Tauris @ Co Ltd.
2011
Pages: 291
Format: PDF
Size: 40 Mb
Language: English

From 1904-1905, Russia and Japan were locked in conflict arising from rival imperial ambitions in the Far East. Nicholas Papastratigakis offers an integrated analysis of Russian naval strategy in the decade before this Russo-Japanese War, in which the Russians suffered catastrophic defeat. He seeks to determine the extent to which their defeat can be attributed to flawed Tsarist naval strategy in the region. Rooted in rich primary resources from Russian, French, and British archives, the book sheds new light on Russia's conduct in international affairs in the pre-World War I era. Papastratigakis places Russian naval strategy in the broader context of Russian military strategy at the turn of the century, and of imperialism and "navalism" in general. This book will be of enormous interest to scholars and students of naval, military, imperial, and Russian history.

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 Horrido! Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe
Horrido! Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe
Author: Trevor J. Constable
Horrido! Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe
Ballantine Books, Inc.
1970
Format: PDF
Pages: 468
Language: English
Size: 73 MB

Quiet comprehensive look at nearly all the top aces of the Luftwaffe. It has long sections on Rall, Barkhorn and especially Marseille and Hartman as well as a long chapter on the amazing night fighter aces. The personal remembrances of these pilots who were interviewed for this book in the 1960s when it was first published are priceless. The first part of the book is slow but worth getting through. The appendix has a large list of hundreds and hundreds of fighter aces and the units they served in. Essential reading for those interested in the Luftwaffe.

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 Hot Books in the Cold War—: The CIA-Funded Secret Western Book Distribution Program Behind the Iron Curtain
Hot Books in the Cold War—: The CIA-Funded Secret Western Book Distribution Program Behind the Iron Curtain
Author: Alfred A. Reisch
Hot Books in the Cold War—: The CIA-Funded Secret Western Book Distribution Program Behind the Iron Curtain
Central European University Press
2013
Format: PDF
Size: 12.7 Mb
Language: English

This study reveals the hidden story of the secret book distribution program to Eastern Europe financed by the CIA during the Cold War. At its height between 1957 and 1970, the book program was one of the least known but most effective methods of penetrating the Iron Curtain, reaching thousands of intellectuals and professionals in the Soviet Bloc.

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 Smart Weapons: Top Secret History of Remote Controlled Airborne Weapons
Smart Weapons: Top Secret History of Remote Controlled Airborne Weapons
Author: Hugh McDaid & David Oliver
Smart Weapons: Top Secret History of Remote Controlled Airborne Weapons
Barnes & Noble
1997
Pages: 208
Language: English
Size: 57.3 MB

Top secret history of remote controlled airborne weapon system. Drone aircraft history. Precision guided munitions on unmanned aircraft. Examines the new robot warriors with smart weapons, including the unmanned HiMAT miniature jet fighter, the Dark Star and Global Hawk projects, the Predator currently patrolling Bosnia, and her amazing technological advances. Many color and black-and-white photos.

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 Cold War Submarines: The Design and Construction of U.S. and Soviet Submarines 1945-2001
Cold War Submarines: The Design and Construction of U.S. and Soviet Submarines 1945-2001
Author: Norman Polmar
Cold War Submarines: The Design and Construction of U.S. and Soviet Submarines 1945-2001
Potomac Books Inc.
ISBN: 1574885944
2004
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 432
Size: 16 Mb
Language: English

Analyzes the development of U.S. and Soviet submarines during the Cold War - Uses materials obtained from the former Soviet submarine design bureaus - Includes numerous photographs and drawings, many never before published, illustrating U.S. and Soviet submarine designs Submarines had a vital, if often unheralded, role in the superpower navies during the Cold War. Their crews carried out intelligence-collection operations, sought out and stood ready to destroy opposing submarines, and, from the early 1960s, threatened missile attacks on their adversary's homeland, providing in many respects the most survivable nuclear deterrent of the Cold War.

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 The Czecho-Slovak Struggle for Independence, 1914-1920
The Czecho-Slovak Struggle for Independence, 1914-1920
Author: Brent Mueggenberg
The Czecho-Slovak Struggle for Independence, 1914-1920
McFarland
ISBN: 0786496258
2014
Format: PDF
Size: 10,2 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 277
Pen and Sword uncovers how a group of revolutionaries from Bohemia transformed the idea of national independence for the Czech and Slovak peoples from a fantasy into a formidable movement that fielded armies, grabbed the attention of governments and contributed decisively to the fall of an ancient monarchy. Prior to 1914, few Czechs and even fewer Slovaks seriously consider a future for themselves outside the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but the outbreak of World War I forces some Czech leaders to reanalyze the political and military shortcomings of the Habsburg realm. A handful, led by Toma' Masaryk, decide to go abroad to raise the banner of resistance to the empire while generating propaganda in support of its enemies' war efforts. The liberation movement inaugurated by their activities, however, soon becomes divided between Masaryk, an admirer of the democracies of Western Europe, and Josef Durich, Pan-Slav who believes his people's salvation rests with tsarist Russia. At the very moment the Czecho-Slovak liberation movement is on the verge of an irreconcilable division between the two emigres, the onset of the Russian Revolution and the entry of the United States in the war swing the ideological contest in Masaryk's favor. The liberal government in Russia presents new opportunities for the Bohemian revolutionaries by permitting a unit of armed Czecho-Slovak volunteers to expand their ranks, but soon the Eastern Front lapses into inactivity as Lenin's Bolsheviks seize power and promote a pacifist policy. Meanwhile, back in Bohemia, the once meek Czech politicians become more outspoken in their opposition to Austria-Hungary as the wartime privations become more severe no relief in sight. The Czecho-Slovak national movement reaches its zenith in 1918.

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 Concord 1012 - British Army Of The Rhine
Concord 1012 - British Army Of The Rhine
Author: Thomas Laber
Concord 1012 - British Army Of The Rhine
Concord Publications
ISBN: 9623610122
1992
Format: PDF
Size: 61,8 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 64
For more than 40 years, the British Forces in Europe has contributed as part of Britain's commitment to the collective defence system of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). By having an army of more than 71,000 men permanently stationed on the European continent, the United Kingdom shares with its NATO partners, particularly with Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, the responsibility for the maintenance of peace, freedom and security in the heartland of NATO's Central Front.
The present structure of the British Forces in Europe, especially in Germany, dates back to the the Second World War when British army and air force units participated in the Normandy invasion (in 1944) alongside their allies. At the end of the war, the British contingent remained in North West Germany as the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) and the Royal Air Force Germany (RAFG). Further troops were stationed in Berlin.
Due to the subject of this book, the following chapters will mainly describe the organisation and responsibility of the BAOR representing the major component of the British Forces in Europe with over 56,000 military personnel.

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 Special Forces: The Men, the Weapons, and the Operations
Special Forces: The Men, the Weapons, and the Operations
Author: David Miller
Special Forces: The Men, the Weapons, and the Operations
Salamander Books Ltd
1999
Format: PDF
Pages: 184
Language: English
Size: 30 MB

This heavily illustrated volume covers in detail the elite special forces of the world, as increased responsibility for military operations falls on these smaller units of well-trained troops equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and equipment. Some units will be well-know to most readers, such as Britain's Special Air Service and Special Boat Squadron, America's SEALs and Delta Force, Germany's GSG-9, Russia's Spetsnaz, and France's Foreign Legion.Many readers will also learn for the first time about numerous other units, such as Israel's Sayerer Metkal, Egypt's Task Force 777, Argentina's Halcon Brigade, and Mexico's Force F "Zorros." Organization, selection, training, uniforms, weapons and equipment are covered for each unit. Maps, drawings, photographs and cut-away diagrams illustrate equipment and active operations. Famous missions such as the Scud missile hunt, aircraft hijackings, and the classic SAS storming of the Iranian embassy in London are covered with detailed photographs. The most up-to-date information available on NATO special forces in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, ignored by the American media, is also included.

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 The Cuban Missile Crisis October 1962 The U.S. and Russia Face a Nuclear Showdown
The Cuban Missile Crisis October 1962 The U.S. and Russia Face a Nuclear Showdown
Author: Fred J Cook
The Cuban Missile Crisis October 1962 The U.S. and Russia Face a Nuclear Showdown
Franklin Watts Inc.
1972
Format: PDF
Pages: 104
Language: English
Size: 10.5 MB

Describes the events that precipitated the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and analyzes the steps taken by President Kennedy to avert the threat to the security of the western hemisphere.

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 Cartridges of the World: A Complete and Illustrated Reference for Over 1500 Cartridges
Cartridges of the World: A Complete and Illustrated Reference for Over 1500 Cartridges
Cartridges of the World: A Complete and Illustrated Reference for Over 1500 Cartridges
Author: W. Todd Woodard (Editor)
Gun Digest; 14 edition
2015
ISBN-13: 978-1440242656
Pages: 688
Language: English
Format: EPUB
Size: 60 MB

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 Operation Desert Shield Prelude to Desert Storm
Operation Desert Shield Prelude to Desert Storm
Author: Yves Debay, Michael Green
Operation Desert Shield Prelude to Desert Storm (Concord - 2003)
Concord Publications Co
1991
ISBN: 9623619030
Format: PDF
Size: 35,4 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 90
Operation Desert Shield is written by Yves DeBay and Michael Green and published by Concord Publications Company. The book covers the buildup to the four day war. It comes with commentary, color and black and white photos.

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 Vom Original zum Modell: Uboottyp II, Die 'Einbäume'
Vom Original zum Modell: Uboottyp II, Die 'Einbäume'
Vom Original zum Modell: Uboottyp II, Die 'Einbäume'
Author: Eberhard Rössler
Bernard & Graefe Verlag
ISBN: 3763760237
1999
Pages: 90
Format: PDF
Size: 96.37МБ
Language: German

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 Fighting Ships
Fighting Ships
Author: Hugh W. Cowin
Fighting Ships
Gallery Books
1985
Format: PDF
Pages: 72
Language: English
Size: 21 MB

CONTENTS:

1 Submarines and Aircraft Carriers
2 Battleships, Cruisers and Destroyers
3 Frigates and Corvettes
4 Fast Attack and Patrol Vessels
5 Support Vessels

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 The Scottish Civil War:The Bruces and Balliols and the War for Control of Scotland 1286-1356
The Scottish Civil War:The Bruces and Balliols and the War for Control of Scotland 1286-1356
Author: Micheal Penman
The Scottish Civil War:The Bruces and Balliols and the War for Control of Scotland 1286-1356
Tempus Publishing
2002
Format: PDF
Pages: 152
Language: English
Size: 47.3 MB

A controversial re-evaluation of the Scottish Wars of Independence which argues that the sixty years of civil war between two generations of rival claimants for the Scottish throne - each with their armed camps of ambitious nobles - had a far more devestating and revolutionary impact upon the kingdom of Scotland than the scrappy wars against England's Edwards I, II and III.

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 The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare 2
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare 2
Author: Bernard Fitzsimons
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare 2
Columbia House
1977
Format: PDF
Pages: 128
Language: English
Size: 29.2 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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