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 Profile AFV - Weapons Profiles 62 - Commando, Twister and High Mobility Vehicles.
Profile AFV - Weapons Profiles 62 - Commando, Twister and High Mobility Vehicles.
Author: Christopher F. Foss
Profile AFV - Weapons Profiles 62 - Commando, Twister and High Mobility Vehicles.
Profile Publications Ltd
1973
Format: PDF
Size: 11,8 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 24

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 Wars of the 20th Century
Wars of the 20th Century
Author: Collective
Wars of the 20th Century
Octopus Books Limited
1975
Format: PDF
Pages: 522
Language: English
Size: 94.5 MB

The turn of the century was a watershed in world history. Victoria still reigned in Britain; Kaiser Wilhelni II was calling for a 'place in the sun' for Imperial Germany; Czar Nicholas II was at the start of his ill-fated reign in Imperial Russia. Austria-Hungary, the Hapsburg Empire, dominated parts of Central and Eastern Europe along the Danube as she had done for centuries; the Ottoman Empire, with its Sultan in Constantinople, claimed suzerainty over most of what is now called the Middle East and even part of the Balkans. Africa and Asia were ruled by a few Western European states, notably Britain and France. The sleeping giant, the United States, had just entered the imperial race in the Spanish-American War, and was beginning its expansion in the Caribbean and Latin America. There were none who questioned European hegemony over the world. Europe, in fact, was the center of the world. It was only a matter of which power or combination of powers would dominate the other....

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 The Bolsheviks: The Intellectual and Political History of the Triumph of Communism in Russia
The Bolsheviks: The Intellectual and Political History of the Triumph of Communism in Russia
The Bolsheviks: The Intellectual and Political History of the Triumph of Communism in Russia
Author: Adam B. Ulam
Harvard University Press
Graduation Year: 1998
ISBN: 0674078306
Pages: 616
Format: pdf
Size : 36,3 mb
Language: English

"The Bolsheviks" is an intellectual biography of the highest sort. Whenever there is an opportunity to ask probing questions that would clarify Lenin's position and motivations in the reader's mind, Ulam gets the answers. His language is both undaunting and precise; one comes away from this book having achieved a substantial understanding of early Soviet history without ever having felt plunged in over one's head.

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 Hitler's Olympics: The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games
Hitler's Olympics: The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games
Author: Christopher Hilton
Hitler's Olympics: The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games
Sutton Publishing
2006
Format: PDF
Pages: 244
Language: English
Size: 94.4 MB

"I'm afraid the Nazis have succeeded with their propaganda." - William Shirer's diary, August 16, 1936. The Berlin Olympic Games, which remain the most controversial ever held, have their 70th anniversary in August 2006. "Hitler's Olympics" creates a vivid account of the disputes, the personalities and the events which made these Games so memorable. Ironically, the choice of Germany as the host nation for the 1936 Olympics was intended to signal its return to the world community after defeat in World War I. In actuality, Hitler intended the Berlin Games to be an advertisement for Germany as he was creating it, and they became one of the largest propaganda exercises in history. Two Germans Jews competed in the Games while the most memorable achievement was that of black American Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals. Ultimately, however, Germany was the overall biggest medal winner. The popular success of Owens allowed the Nazis to claim that their policies had no racial element and charges of anti-semitism which did arise were levelled at the Americans. In this stunning and important book, Christopher Hilton uses newspapers, diaries and interviews to recreate the unique atmosphere during the XIth Olympiad.

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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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 First Under the North Pole: The Voyage of the Nautilus
First Under the North Pole: The Voyage of the Nautilus
Author: William R. Anderson
First Under the North Pole: The Voyage of the Nautilus
The World Publishing Company
1959
Format: PDF
Pages: 72
Language: English
Size: 21 MB

Account by the Commander of the first submarine to travel beneath the North Pole.

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 The Young Turk Legacy and Nation Building: From the Ottoman Empire to AtatA?rk's Turkey
The Young Turk Legacy and Nation Building: From the Ottoman Empire to AtatA?rk's Turkey
Author: Erik J.
The Young Turk Legacy and Nation Building: From the Ottoman Empire to AtatA~1/4rk's Turkey (Library of Modern Middle East Studies)
I. B. Tauris
2010
Pages: 368
ISBN: 184885272X
Format: pdf
Size: 10,9 mb
Language: English
Quality: Good

The grand narrative of The Young Turk Legacy and Nation Building is that of the essential continuity of the late Ottoman Empire with the Republic of Turkey that was founded in 1923. Erik Jan Zurcher shows that Kemal's "ideological toolkit," which included positivism, militarism, nationalism and a state-centred world view, was shared by many other Young Turks. Authoritarian rule, a one-party state, a legal framework based on European principles, advanced European-style bureaucracy, financial administration, military and educational reforms and state-control of Islam, can all be found in the late Ottoman Empire, as can policies of demographic engineering. The book focuses on the attempts of the Young Turks to save their empire through forced modernization as well as on the attempts of their Kemalist successors to build a strong national state. The decade of almost continuous warfare, ethnic conflict and forced migration between 1911 and 1922 forms the background to these attempts and accordingly occupies a central position in this volume.
This is a powerful history reflecting and contributing to the latest research from a leading historian of modern Turkey. It is essential for all readers interested in the history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey, and for an understanding of a key player in the politics of the Middle East and Europe.

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 Twenty Million Yankees - The Northern Home Front
Twenty Million Yankees - The Northern Home Front
Author: Donald Dean Jackson
Twenty Million Yankees - The Northern Home Front (The Civil War Series)
Time-Life Books
1985
Format: PDF
Pages: 184
Language: English
Size: 32.2 MB

In a sense, "Twenty Million Yankees: The Northern Home Front" is one of the secondary books in the Time-Life series on The Civil War. After all, this book by Donald Dale Jackson and the Editors of Time-Life Books does not talk about battles or generals, politicians or issues. What it does do is look at what things were like for the common folks back home (a similar volume, "Confederate Ordeal" looks at the Southern side of the equation).

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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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 Carnivore: A Memoir by One of the Deadliest American Soldiers of All Time
Carnivore: A Memoir by One of the Deadliest American Soldiers of All Time
Author: Dillard Johnson, James Tarr
Carnivore: A Memoir by One of the Deadliest American Soldiers of All Time
William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN: 0062288415
2013
Format: EPUB
Size: 3,2 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 320
Amid ferocious fighting that many times nearly took his life, Sergeant Dillard "C. J." Johnson and his crew are recognized by Pentagon reports to have accounted for astonishing enemy KIA totals while battling inside and out of the "Carnivore," the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Johnson commanded during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After miraculously beating stage-three cancer (caused by radiation exposure from firing armor-piercing depleted-uranium rounds during combat), he returned to his platoon in Baghdad for a second tour, often serving as a sniper protecting his fellow troops. Today, Johnson and his men's story is the stuff of legend—earning them a cover story in Soldier of Fortune and a display in the Fort Stewart Museum. But only now is Johnson telling his full story: reviewed and approved for publication by the Department of Defense, Carnivore is the gripping and unflinchingly honest autobiography of a remarkable American warrior.

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 Hot Wings of Desert Storm
Hot Wings of Desert Storm
Author: George Hall
Hot Wings of Desert Storm
Kidsbooks Inc.
1991
Format: PDF
Pages: 36
Language: English
Size: 36.5 MB

Information and pictures of fighter planes from around the world such as the F-14 Tomcat and the F/A-18 Hornet that were used in the Persian Gulf War.

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 The Geeks of War: The Secretive Labs and Brilliant Minds Behind Tomorrow's Warfare Technologies
The Geeks of War: The Secretive Labs and Brilliant Minds Behind Tomorrow's Warfare Technologies
Author: John Edwards
The Geeks of War: The Secretive Labs and Brilliant Minds Behind Tomorrow's Warfare Technologies
AMACOM
2005
Format: PDF
Size: 1,5Mb
Language: English

"Wars are fought on the battlefield, but the technologies that enable 21st century warfare are developed in research laboratories. Within the walls of corporate, government, and academic labs, researchers are probing the edges of science to uncover technologies that will make warfare more efficient - and more deadly. This book looks at the people behind the curtain, and at the next generation of tactical, information, communication, vehicular, biological, and cryptographic systems. Featuring in-depth interviews with the project directors and scientists performing this groundbreaking research, "The Geeks of War" also examines their scientific, political, patriotic, and financial motives, as well as the implications these technologies may have for the future. Presenting the views of numerous respected military, business, and technology analysts, "The Geeks of War" takes readers inside America's leading military technology research facilities - exploring a clandestine world that few people ever see."

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 Carrier Battle in the Philippine Sea
Carrier Battle in the Philippine Sea
Author: Barrett Tillman
Carrier Battle in the Philippine Sea
Phalanx
1994
ISBN: 1883809045
Format: PDF
Size: 13,2 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 51
Renowned aviation historian, Barrett Tillman, has done a concise yet exhaustive job of research of the famed Marianas Turkey Shoot, the greatest air battle of the Pacific war. Because of in depth interviews much of the story is told by participants. These exciting accounts are augmented by Tillman's analysis. This large format book also provides both U.S. Navy and Japanese order of battle down to squadron level for both carrier and shore based aircraft. One map, 47 black and white photos. Six brush profiles of Hellcats, Avengers, Dauntlesses, Zeros, Judys and Vals (all by John Valo) provide a wealth of visual history. Final appendices supply losses and U.S. Navy aerial combat claims for this historic engagement of carrier aircraft. 48 pages, 47 b/w photos, six aircraft profiles, appendices, 8.5x11 inches, softcover.

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 The Shadow World - Inside the Global Arms Trade
The Shadow World - Inside the Global Arms Trade
Author: Andrew Feinstein
The Shadow World - Inside the Global Arms Trade
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2011
Format: PDF
Pages: 662
Language: English
Size: 26.8 MB

The Shadow World is the harrowing behind-the-scenes tale of the global arms trade, revealing the deadly collusion that all too often exists among senior politicians, weapons manufacturers, felonious arms dealers, and the military—a situation that compromises our security and undermines our democracy.
Pulling back the curtain on this secretive world, Andrew Feinstein reveals the corruption and the cover-ups behind a range of weapons deals, from the largest in history—between the British and Saudi governments—to the guns-for-diamonds deals in Africa and the imminent $60 billion U.S. weapons contract with Saudi Arabia. He exposes in forensic detail both the formal government-to-government trade in arms and the shadow world of illicit weapons dealing, and lays bare the shockingly frequent links between the two. Drawing on his experience as a member of the African National Congress who resigned when the ANC refused to launch a corruption investigation into a major South African arms deal, Feinstein illuminates the impact this network has not only on conflicts around the world but also on the democratic institutions of the United States and the United Kingdom.
Based on pathbreaking reporting and unprecedented access to top-secret information and major players in this clandestine realm, The Shadow World places us in the midst of the arms trade’s dramatic wheeling and dealing—from corporate boardrooms to seedy out-of-the-way hotels—and reveals the profound danger and enormous financial cost this network represents to all of us.

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 The Story of the U-505
The Story of the U-505
Author: Daniel V. Gallery
The Story of the U-505
Museum of Science and Industry
1972
Format: PDF
Pages: 36
Language: English
Size: 27.7 MB

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago . . . since 1954 the permanent home of the captured German submarine U-505 . . . has been accorded world-wide recognition for its public services in the field of education. Eminently successful in its primary mission of visualizing the relationships between the latest discoveries in science and their adaptation by industry for man's progress and betterment . . . the Museum with its 14 acres of floor space . . . has for years been host to more than three million visitors annually, including increasingly sizable contingents from countries in every section of the globe.The Story of the U-505.pdf

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 Russia’s Wars in Chechnya 1994–2009 (Osprey Essential Histories 78)
Russia’s Wars in Chechnya 1994–2009 (Osprey Essential Histories 78)
Author: Mark Galeotti
Russia’s Wars in Chechnya 1994–2009
Osprey Publishing
Osprey Essential Histories 78
2014
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 96
Size: 42 Mb
Language: English

In this fully illustrated book an expert on the conflicts traces the progress of the wars in Chechnya, from the initial Russian advance through to urban battles such as Grozny, and the prolonged guerrilla warfare in the mountainous regions. He assesses how the wars have torn apart the fabric of Chechen society and their impact on Russia itself. Featuring specially drawn full-colour mapping and drawing upon a wide range of sources, this succinct account explains the origins, history and consequences of Russia's wars in Chechnya, shedding new light on the history - and prospects - of the troubled region.

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 Hitler: A Biography
Hitler: A Biography
Hitler: A Biography
Author: Ian Kershaw
W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393337618
ASIN: B00BJIMCA8
2010
Pages: 1030
Language: English
Format: EPUB
Size: 17.3 mb

“Magisterial . . . anyone who wishes to understand the Third Reich must read Kershaw.”—Niall Ferguson.
“The Hitler biography of the twenty-first century” (Richard J. Evans), Ian Kershaw’s Hitler is a one-volume masterpiece that will become the standard work. From Hitler’s origins as a failed artist in fin-de-siècle Vienna to the terrifying last days in his Berlin bunker, Kershaw’s richly illustrated biography is a mesmerizing portrait of how Hitler attained, exercised, and retained power. Drawing on previously untapped sources, such as Goebbels’s diaries, Kershaw addresses the crucial questions about the unique nature of Nazi radicalism, about the Holocaust, and about the poisoned European world that allowed Hitler to operate so effectively.

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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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 The Jet Age - Forty Years of Jet Aviation
The Jet Age - Forty Years of Jet Aviation
Author: Walter J. Boyne, Donald S. Lopez
The Jet Age - Forty Years of Jet Aviation
Smithsonian Books
1981
Format: PDF
Pages: 204
Language: English
Size: 26 MB

This compilation of the proceedings of the forty years of jet aviation is unique in that the primary contributors to the book were also seminal contributors to the fascinating forty years of progress. The brief biographical sketches which precede each chapter give but an inkling of the fundamental importance of the contribution of the authors. The articles themselves, however, convey the essence of the often revolutionary changes they imposed upon our life and times.

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