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 The Sword And The Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive And The Secret History Of The KGB
The Sword And The Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive And The Secret History Of The KGB
The Sword And The Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive And The Secret History Of The KGB
Author: Christopher Andrew, Vasili Mitrokhin
Mitrokhin
1999
Pages: 753
Format: PDF
Size: 16 Mb
Language: English

The Sword and the Shield is based on one of the most extraordinary intelligence coups of recent times: a secret archive of top-level KGB documents smuggled out of the Soviet Union which the FBI has described, after close examination, as the "most complete and extensive intelligence ever received from any source." Its presence in the West represents a catastrophic hemorrhage of the KGB’s secrets and reveals for the first time the full extent of its worldwide network.Vasili Mitrokhin, a secret dissident who worked in the KGB archive, smuggled out copies of its most highly classified files every day for twelve years. In 1992, a U.S. ally succeeded in exfiltrating the KGB officer and his entire archive out of Moscow.

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 Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America
Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America
Author: Annie Jacobsen
Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America
Little, Brown and Company
2014
Format: pdf/epub/mobi
Size: 15 Mb
Language: English

The explosive story of America's secret post-WWII science programs, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Area 51
In the chaos following World War II, the U.S. government faced many difficult decisions, including what to do with the Third Reich's scientific minds. These were the brains behind the Nazis' once-indomitable war machine. So began Operation Paperclip, a decades-long, covert project to bring Hitler's scientists and their families to the United States.
Many of these men were accused of war crimes, and others had stood trial at Nuremberg; one was convicted of mass murder and slavery. They were also directly responsible for major advances in rocketry, medical treatments, and the U.S. space program. Was Operation Paperclip a moral outrage, or did it help America win the Cold War?

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 Weyers Flottentaschenbuch / Warships of the World: 60 Jahrgang 1990/1991
Author: Gerhard Albrecht
Weyers Flottentaschenbuch / Warships of the World: 60 Jahrgang 1990/1991
Bernard & Graefe Verlag
1990
Format: PDF
Pages: 859
Size: 272 Mb
Language: German/English

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 The War Against Putin: What the Government-Media Complex Isn't Telling You About Russia
The War Against Putin: What the Government-Media Complex Isn't Telling You About Russia
Author: M. S. King
The War Against Putin: What the Government-Media Complex Isn't Telling You About Russia
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
2014
Format: epub, pdf
Size: 2.6 Mb, 7.2 Mb
Language: English

In the West, politicians and journalists of all stripes have referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "thug", a "tyrant", a "murderer", a "Communist", a "Nazi", the next "Hitler" and more. But amongst the Russian people, his popularity rating has reached levels as high as 85%. There is even a very popular hit 'disco' song about him - 'A Man Like Putin'. So, who's right? Why such hatred for Vladimir Putin? Is it justified? Or has Putin been targeted merely for standing up the US-EU Axis of Internationalism? In clear, simple, powerful and concise language - supported by more than 100 illustrations - 'The War Against Putin' takes readers on an exciting 'crash course' journey from Russia's Medieval founding, through the days of the Czars, through the Communist Revolution and bloody Civil War, through Stalin & World War II, through the Cold War, through the Soviet collapse, through the Yeltsin disaster, and finally the Putin-led rebirth of the Russian nation. It is one of the "greatest stories never told", and will shed badly needed light on the new Russia, its dynamic leader, the dark forces aiming to bring about its demise, and maybe even World War III. Says Dr. William Carlucci: "I was glued to the edge of my seat with jaw wide open as I read this gem of a book from start to finish, in a single sitting. The clarity and simplicity with which King's masterpiece demystifies current events represents a rare ability to speak to the reader with entertaining and understandable prose. This piece really needs to go viral, and fast. 5 Huge Stars!"

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 White Ensign Flying: Corvette HMCS Trentonian
White Ensign Flying: Corvette HMCS Trentonian
White Ensign Flying: Corvette HMCS Trentonian
Author: Roger Litwiller
Dundurn
2014
ISBN: 1459710398
Pages: 192
Language: English
Format: EPUB
Size: 7 MB

White Ensign Flying tells the story of HMCS Trentonian, a Canadian corvette that fought U-Boats in the Second World War. Trentonian escorted convoys on the North Atlantic and through the deadly waters near England and France. The ship was attacked by the Americans in a friendly-fire incident during Operation Neptune and later earned the dubious distinction of being the last corvette sunk by the enemy. Litwiller has interviewed many of the men who served in Trentonian and collected their stories. Their unique personal perspectives are combined with the official record of the ship, giving an intimate insight into the life of a sailor — from the tedium of daily life in a ship at sea to the terror of fighting for your life in a sinking ship. Over one hundred photos from the private collections of the crew and military archives bring the story of Trentonian to life, illustrating this testament to the ship and the men who served in it.

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 From Marx to Lenin: An evaluation of Marx's responsibility for Soviet authoritarianism
From Marx to Lenin: An evaluation of Marx's responsibility for Soviet authoritarianism
Author: David W. Lovell
From Marx to Lenin: An evaluation of Marx's responsibility for Soviet authoritarianism
Cambrigde University Press
2009
ISBN: 0521125537
Format: PDF
Size: 10,7 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 252
This study is a contribution to the debate, begun just after the October Revolution, concerning the relationship between Marx's project and Soviet society. It focuses, however, only on the political aspects of the matter: to what extent was early Soviet authoritarianism the necessary outcome of Marx's works? Since Lenin's practice and theory largely determined and justified the early political character of the Soviet state, we may ask whether Lenin was implementing Marx's project or a project of his own design. Lenin, influenced by debates within Social Democracy and by the experience of the Russian revolutionary tradition, used a one-sided interpretation of Marx's work to build and defend a 'transition' which was fundamentally authoritarian. Marx was not causally responsible for the theoretical foundation of Soviet authoritarianism.

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 The British Army since 2000
The British Army since 2000
Author: James Tanner
The British Army since 2000
Osprey Publishing
Osprey Elite 202
ISBN: 1782005935
2014
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 66
Size: 3 Mb
Language: English

In the past decade and a half the unique requirements of dual wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have radically altered the appearance and capabilities of the British Army’s infantry soldiers. Gone are the tactics uniforms and equipment of the Cold War, replaced by an elite fighting force, skilled in counterinsurgency operations and warfare in both urban and rural environments.

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 The Russian Revolution 1917-1932
The Russian Revolution 1917-1932
The Russian Revolution 1917-1932
Author: Sheila Fitzpatrick
Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192891480
1984
Pages: 181
Format: PDF
Size: 49.56МБ
Language: English
The Russian Revolution had a decisive impact on the history of the twentieth century. Now, following the collapse of the Soviet regime and the opening of its archives, it is possible to step back and see the full picture of this event for the first time.
Impeccable in its scholarship and objectivity, this superb volume tells the gripping story of a Marxist revolution that was intended to transform the world, but instead visited enormous suffering on the Russian people, and, like the French Revolution before it, ended up devouring its own children. The author offers insightful descriptions of the February and October Revolutions of 1917, the Civil War, the interlude of NEP, Stalin's "revolution from above," the various Five-Year Plans, and the Great Purges-all treated as discrete episodes in a twenty-year process of revolution. The book incorporates data from archives that were previously inaccessible not only to Western but also to Soviet historians, as well as drawing on important recent Russian publications such as the memoirs of one of the great survivors of Soviet politics, Vyacheslav Molotov. In the Select Bibliography, the author highlights the most important of the recent scholarly works, directing readers to the burgeoning Western scholarship on the Russian Revolution in the last ten to fifteen years.
Shelia Fitzpatrick is an internationally known expert on Soviet history. This lively and readable Third Edition uses newly available Soviet archival material and the latest Russian and Western research to provide an authoritative, compact account of one of the key events of modern history.

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 Vietnam Tracks - Armor in Battle 1945-75
Vietnam Tracks - Armor in Battle 1945-75
Author: Simon Dunstan
Vietnam Tracks - Armor in Battle 1945-75
Osprey Publishing
1982
Format: PDF
Pages: 200
Language: English
Size: 32.6 MB

Post World War 2, especially in South East Asia, commanders made increasingly imaginative and effective use of AFVs. Ingenious improvisations inspired by difficult terrain and fighting conditions led to the development of a broad range of armor. In this book, Simon Dunstan details each of these armored ‘tracks’. Over 200 official and private photographs in black and white and colour showcase a broad range of tanks, all expertly captioned by the author himself.

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 The Encyclopedia of Sea Warfare. From the First Ironclads to the Present Day
The Encyclopedia of Sea Warfare. From the First Ironclads to the Present Day
Author: Earl Mountbatten
The Encyclopedia of Sea Warfare. From the First Ironclads to the Present Day
Leisure Books
1975
Format: PDF
Pages: 260
Language: English
Size: 41.5 MB

History of the use of boats and ships in war - Ironclads - The American Civil war - World War I (1) in Europe and the Pacific - Nuclear ships - World War II (2).

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 Antisemitism: A Historical Encyclopedia of Prejudice and Persecution
Antisemitism: A Historical Encyclopedia of Prejudice and Persecution
Antisemitism: A Historical Encyclopedia of Prejudice and Persecution
Author: Richard Levy
ABC-CLIO
2005
Pages: 828
Language: English
Format: pdf
Size: 9.1 Mb

Written by top scholars in an accessible manner, this unique encyclopedia offers worldwide coverage of the origins, forms, practitioners, and effects of antisemitism, leading to the Holocaust and surviving to the present day. Antisemitism has informed the theory and practice of politics and has permeated cultures around the world. The line between anti-Jewish sentiment and other kinds of conflict is hard to define, but it is clear that the destructive nature of antisemitism has harmed the human community for two millennia.
Entries in this encyclopedia span the period from ancient Egypt to the modern era. Key theoreticians of Jew-hatred and their written works, its permeation of Christianity and modern Islam, and its political, artistic, and economic manifestations are covered. This is the first comprehensive work that deals with the entire history of ideas and practices that engendered the Holocaust.

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 Vietnam: A View from the Front Lines (Osprey General Military)
Vietnam: A View from the Front Lines (Osprey General Military)
Author: Andrew Wiest
Vietnam: A View from the Front Lines
Osprey Publishing
Osprey General Military
2013
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 308
Size: 3 Mb
Language: English

The Vietnam War ripped America apart and charted the nation’s tumultuous future. In their tens of thousands, young men went off to fight in what was an initially popular war only to face defeat and acrimony as national resolve wavered – and returned home to a nation that reviled them and tried to forget about them. Written by Andrew Wiest, the bestselling author of The Boys of ‘67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam this book traces the American experience of Vietnam from the war’s popular inception to its morale-crushing and bitter conclusion.
Based on rich collection housed at the Center of Military History and at the Vietnam Archive at Texas Tech, Vietnam allows the reader a grunt’s-eye view of the conflict – from the steaming rice paddies and swamps of the Mekong Delta, to the triple-canopy rainforest of the Central Highlands, and to the forlorn Marine bases that dotted the DMZ.

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 Tora! Tora! Tora! - Pearl Harbor 1941
Tora! Tora! Tora! - Pearl Harbor 1941
Tora! Tora! Tora! - Pearl Harbor 1941
Author: Mark Stille
Jim Laurier
Osprey Publishing
Raid (Book 26)
2011
ISBN: 1849085099
Pages: 80
Language: English
Format: EPUB
Size: 41 MB

The Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor is one of the most famous raids in history, if not the most famous. In the early hours of December 7, 1941, the carriers and aircraft of the Japanese First Air Fleet launched a sudden and unexpected attack on the US naval forces anchored in Pearl Harbor, hoping to cripple America's naval capabilities in one decisive blow. This new study by Mark Stille will address the build-up to, execution of, and fallout from the Pearl Harbor operation. Putting the raid in context, the political and military background will be addressed - Japanese expansion in the Far East, and American responses to it, and the steady increase in tensions between the two powers. The Japanese decision to launch an assault on Pearl Harbor will be considered in detail, from the time constraints faced in planning the raid, alternative operational possibilities, and the bold, stubborn leadership of Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto, who was the driving force behind the concept and planning, to the final adoption of the operation, and its place in Japan's national strategy. It is an illuminating new look at one of the most infamous events in modern history.

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 Inside Spetsnaz: Soviet Special Operations
Inside Spetsnaz: Soviet Special Operations
Author: William H. Burgess
Inside Spetsnaz: Soviet Special Operations
Presidio Press
1989
Format: PDF
Pages: 344
Language: English
Size: 48.3 MB

This is one of the few books on Soviet Special Operations Forces (SOF) collectively known as Spetsnaz. This book covers Soviet Army and Navy SOF in excellent detail. This is an older book printed in 1990 being the last book to be printed on the Spetsnaz prior to the end of the Cold War in 1991. The best about this book is that each chapter is written by different authors giving various analyses on the capabilities and operations, without a major western bias.

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 Khrushchev : The Man and His Era
Khrushchev : The Man and His Era
Author: William Taubman
Khrushchev : The Man and His Era
W. W. Norton & Co
2004
Format: PDF
Pages: 873
Language: English
Size: 36.8 MB

Amherst College political science professor Taubman's thorough and nuanced account is the first full-length American biography of Khrushchev-and will likely be the definitive one for a long time. Russians, Taubman explains, are still divided by Khrushchev's legacy, largely because of the great contradiction at the heart of his career: he worked closely with Stalin for nearly 20 years, approved thousands of arrests and executions, and continued to idolize the dictator until the latter's death. Yet it was Khrushchev who publicly revealed the enormity of Stalin's crimes, denounced him, and introduced reforms that, Taubman argues, "allowed a nascent civil society to take shape"-eventually making way for perestroika. Taubman untangles the fascinating layers of deception and self-deception in Khrushchev's own memoir, weighing just how much the leader was likely to have known about the purges and his own culpability in them. He also shows that shadows of Stalinism lingered through Khrushchev's 11 years in power: his fourth-grade education left him both awed and threatened by the Russian intelligentsia, which he persecuted; intending to de-escalate the Cold War, the mercurial, blustering first secretary ended up provoking dangerous standoffs with the U.S. The bumbling, equivocal speeches quoted here make Khrushchev seem a rank amateur in international affairs-or, as Taubman politely puts it, he had trouble "thinking things through." Working closely with Khrushchev's children, and interviewing his surviving top-level Central Committee colleagues and aides, Taubman has pieced together a remarkably detailed chronicle, complete with riveting scenes of Kremlin intrigue and acute psychological analysis that further illuminates some of the nightmarish episodes of Soviet history.

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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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 Pioneers of Flight
Pioneers of Flight
Author: Henry T. Wallhauser
Pioneers of Flight
Hammond
1969
Format: PDF
Pages: 96
Language: English
Size: 10.7 MB

Briefly traces the pioneering experiments that led to the first flight by the Wright brothers and describes subsequent landmarks in aviation history up to Lindbergh's crossing of the Atlantic in 1927.

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 The Gun
The Gun
Author: C. J. Chivers
The Gun
Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 0743271734
2011
Format: EPUB
Size: 7,6 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 496
At a secret arms-design contest in Stalin’s Soviet Union, army technicians submitted a stubby rifle with a curved magazine. Dubbed the AK-47, it was selected as the Eastern Bloc’s standard arm. Scoffed at in the Pentagon as crude and unimpressive, it was in fact a breakthrough—a compact automatic that could be mastered by almost anyone, last decades in the field, and would rarely jam. Manufactured by tens of millions in planned economies, it became first an instrument of repression and then the most lethal weapon of the Cold War. Soon it was in the hands of terrorists.
In a searing examination of modern conflict and official folly, C. J. Chivers mixes meticulous historical research, investigative reporting, and battlefield reportage to illuminate the origins of the world’s most abundant firearm and the consequences of its spread. The result, a tour de force of history and storytelling, sweeps through the miniaturization and distribution of automatic firepower, and puts an iconic object in fuller context than ever before.

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 Warships Illustrated No.12 - British Cruisers in World War One
Warships Illustrated No.12 - British Cruisers in World War One
Author: R. A. Burt
Warships Illustrated No.12 - British Cruisers in World War One
Arms & Armour Press
1987
ISBN: 0853688141
Format: PDF
Size: 5,7 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 64
The subject of cruisers during the period 1870 to 1914 is a complex one because of the variety of designs which are included in this category. Frigates of the 1840s were the real ancestors of the modern cruiser, and used for multi-role purposes such as scouting, policing, message-conveying, shadowing and commerce protection duties. Dreadnought-cruiser in 1906 put an end to the growth in displacements, although paradoxically the protected cruiser had taken a retrograde step and returned to the origins of the second class cruiser, with more moderate dimensions and the more direct function of serving the Fleet rather than engaging adversaries irrespective of their size. This group formed the link to the light and heavy cruisers which became standard construction and went oh to serve in the First and Second World Wars.

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