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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 Marine Steam Engine
The Marine Steam Engine
The Marine Steam Engine
Author: Richard Sennett, H. J. Oram
Longmans & Co.
Pages: 580
Format: PDF
Size: 43 mb
Quality: Good
Language: English
1898

A minor classic in steam marine engineering.
Sennett and Oram's "Marine Steam Engine" went through many editions. Be aware that the later editions simply carried across older technology shown in the earlier editions such as this one. Despite some useful snippets, I don't favour this text quite as much as Bauer or Seaton, because it stops short of full detail. It also has a bias toward naval rather than mercantile practice, but if naval is what you are after, maybe this is for you.

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 The Archaeology of Airfields
The Archaeology of Airfields
Author: Bob Clarke
The Archaeology of Airfields
Tempus Publishing
2008
Format: PDF
Pages: 224
Language: English
Size: 56 MB

In the 1950s the British Government embarked on the ambitious project of building a countrywide air defence network - The ROTOR Project. Airfields were erected around the British Isles, both underground and open to the elements. Using his archaeologist's training, Bob Clarke has investigated the background of many of the UK's airfields and airfield structures, asking questions about why they were built in their often widely differing locations, and which criteria affected the decisions. He uncovers in the process the fascinating thought processes behind their construction and illustrates what they reveal about the concerns of their time. This book does not seek to cover every airfield in Britain, nor to tell the stories of the many squadrons involved. Rather, this is a history of Britain's airfields set against the country's varied landscape, examining both their make-up and the political background that saw them called into being.

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 America's Secret MiG Squadron
America's Secret MiG Squadron
Author: Gaillard R. Peck Jr.
America's Secret MiG Squadron: The Red Eagles of Project CONSTANT PEG
Osprey Publishing
Osprey General Aviation
ISBN: 1849089760
2012
Format: EPUB
Pages: 352
Size: 3 Mb
Language: English

This book is the story of a group of military pioneers who were intent on using their experience and knowledge to develop a new training paradigm for fighter pilots. As a Vietnam veteran and Phantom F-4 pilot, Col. Gail Peck (call-sign "EVIL") had been disappointed with the level of training offered to US fighter pilots. He was determined to ensure that US fighter pilots were unbeatable in the air particularly against their Cold War adversaries flying the already legendary MiG fighter jets. Working with the support of General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Jr., and under conditions of the upmost secrecy the CONSTANT PEG program was launched with Peck as the original "Red Eagle."

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 Command of the Sea: The History and Strategy of Maritime Empires
Command of the Sea: The History and Strategy of Maritime Empires
Author: Clark G. Reynolds
Command of the Sea: The History and Strategy of Maritime Empires
Krieger Pub Co
ISBN: 0898746299
1984
Format: PDF
Size: 10,2 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 689
This book consequently seeks to discover the strategic alternatives and constants governing navies and empires throughout the continuum of history by raising hypotheses to be tested by historical examination and by future action. It therefore examines the natural factors such as geography and topography, the political and economic aspects of empire building, the cultural and intellectual manifestations, technology and the tactical evolution of naval forces. Together, these elements define the concept of sea power-in the twentieth century A.D. as well as in the twentieth century B.C. Sea power, when applied to command of the major waterways of the world, indeed emerges as "a great thing"-in the past, today and for the foreseeable future.

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 Symon Petliura and the Jews. A Reappraisal
Symon Petliura and the Jews. A Reappraisal
Symon Petliura and the Jews. A Reappraisal
Author: Taras Hunczak
Rutgers University
2008
Pages: 132
Format: PDF
Size: 6 Mb
Language: English

The book Symon Petliura and the Jews is based on the author’s article of the same title which originally appeared in 1969 in The Jewish Social Studies as well as his “Letter to the Editors” published in the above journal a year later. Both works deal with the years 1917-1921, a complex period in the history of Ukraine intertwined with confrontations between various ethnic groups particularly the Jews and the Ukrainians. As a result there emerged certain stereotypes which to this day remain as obstacles to the normal relations between the two nations.

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 Airway to the East 1918-1920
Airway to the East 1918-1920
Author: Clive Semple
Airway to the East 1918-1920
Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1848846576
2012
Format: EPUB
Size: 4,7 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 256
The origins of what became officially known as No 1 Aerial Route lay in the newly formed Royal Air Force's desire to move several squadrons of the then recently designed first heavy bomber to enter service - the Handley Page O/400, to the war in the Middle-East. The aircraft had served on the Western Front with some success, although not in the long-range capacity. During the spring of 1918, the Wing Commander of No 5 Wing, 'Billy' Borton, requested that one of the HP O/400 aircraft be flown to Egypt. This was approved by Major General Sir Frederick Sykes. Before the flight could proceed a great deal of planning was required since the aircraft's maximum range was only 600 miles. Several refueling and maintenance bases along the route were required. When planned in 1918 the route was from Paris - Lyons, Istres, Pisa, Rome, Barletta, Taranto, Athens, Crete, Mersa Matru and finally Cairo. Each landing station would require fuel, spares, and communications and back-up personnel. On July 50.00 1918 a new HPO/400 set off from Manston in Kent with Borton and his pilot Major McLaren plus two crew. After a comparatively trouble-free flight the bomber arrived in Aboukir, Alexandria on the evening of 7 August. As a result, the RAF decided to use this route to fly several squadrons of the Handley Page bombers shortly after the war had ended. The Arab leaders had found out that the Allie's promise that the captured Turkish lands would be returned to them was a duplicitous lie and that France and Great Britain would take control of the area. This quite naturally lead to massive unrest and rioting throughout the middle-eastern lands. The bombers were needed to quell the rioting and sabotage that had broken out. Thus, on 3 May 1919 58 Squadron set of from France on No 1 Aerial Route. It was a premature departure since many of the refueling airfields along the route were not prepared for there incoming customers. Chaos ensued - by 1 November Three Squadrons had been dispatched. Of the 51 bombers sent only 26 had arrived, ten were stuck en-route and 15 had been written-off as broken or lost at sea and 11 aircrew had perished.This is the story of the development of the route. It would eventually form the first stage of the Imperial Air Route to Australia.

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 A Young Persons Introduction to HMS Victory
A Young Persons Introduction to HMS Victory
A Young Persons Introduction to HMS Victory
Author: William Pearce
Alan Roe
Waterlow Ltd. for Portsmouth Royal Navy Museum Trading Co. Ltd
1982
Pages: 20
Language: English
Format: PDF
Size: 14 MB

HMS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, ordered in 1758, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765. She is best known as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. She was also Keppel's flagship at Ushant, Howe's flagship at Cape Spartel and Jervis's flagship at Cape St Vincent. After 1824, she served as a harbour ship. In 1922, she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth, England, and preserved as a museum ship. She is the flagship of the First Sea Lord since October 2012 and is the world's oldest naval ship still in commission.

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 Tunnel Rat in Vietnam
Tunnel Rat in Vietnam
Author:
Tunnel Rat in Vietnam (Warrior 161)
Osprey Publishing Ltd.
2012
Format: Pdf (E-book)
Size: 5 Mb
Language: English

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 Tanks: 100 Years of Evolution (General Military)
Tanks: 100 Years of Evolution (General Military)
Author: Richard Ogorkiewicz
Tanks: 100 Years of Evolution (General Military)
Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 1472806700
2015
Format: PDF (Converted)
Size: 11,5 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 320
Tank presents a comprehensive account of the world-wide evolution of armoured vehicles from their inception a century ago to the present day, starting with a detailed reappraisal of the development of tanks and how they evolved during World War I. By the end of that conflict tanks had gained considerable importance. However, this was not sustained in its immediate aftermath and a revival only began when the British Army started in to experiment in the 1920s with a more mobile use of tanks. The subsequent rise of the importance of armoured vehicles was accompanied by and was partly due to the advances in their design and performance achieved in Europe and America before World War II. The enhanced capabilities that tanks consequently acquired enabled them to become the core of combined-arms, mechanized formations.
Professor Ogorkiewicz has worked in the field of armoured vehicle development since the 1970s, and this is a serious, analytical study on the history of tank development and armoured warfare.

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 ConDiesel and the Gama Goat M561
ConDiesel and the Gama Goat M561
Author: Collective
ConDiesel and the Gama Goat M561
Condec Corporation
2003
Format: PDF
Pages: 15
Language: English
Size: 14 MB

Consolidated Diesel Electric Company was the successful competitor for the production program on the U. S. Army's M561, 6x6 1V4 Ton Cargo Truck (Gama Goat). The addition of this new and advanced mobility truck to the stable of ConDiesel's production vehicles is considered a milestone in the Company's history.

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 Warspite: Warships of the Royal Navy
Warspite: Warships of the Royal Navy
Author: Iain Ballantyne
Warspite: Warships of the Royal Navy
Pen and Sword Maritime
ISBN: 184884350X
2010
Format: EPUB
Pages: 224
Size: 6 Mb
Language: English

No warship name in British naval history has more battle honours than Warspite. While this book looks at the lives of all eight vessels to bear the name (between 1596 and the 1990s), it concentrates on the truly epic story of the seventh vessel, a super-dreadnought battleship, conceived as the ultimate answer to German naval power, during the arms race that helped cause WW1. Warspite fought off the entire German fleet at Jutland, survived a mutiny between the wars and then covered herself in glory in action from the Arctic to the Indian Ocean during WW2.

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 Modern Military Powers: Israel
Modern Military Powers: Israel
Author: Stan Morse
Modern Military Powers: Israel
Military Press
1984
Format: PDF
Pages: 168
Language: English
Size: 35.8 MB

The rise of the Israel Defence Forces is one of the most remarkable phenomena of the modern military scene. Born out of the horrors of the holocaust of World War II, they have quickly grown into the most successful military force the world has ever seen. Five times they have been to war, and five times they have triumphed. They have faced and vanquished the entire hostile Arab world. They are the masters of modern warfare, and even the mighty USA gratefully accepts master classes from their war-proven airmen and soldiers. This volume illustrates and describes nearly all the items in Israel's order of battle.

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 German Battleships 1897-1945
German Battleships 1897-1945
Author: R. A. Burt
German Battleships 1897-1945
Arms and Armour Press
ISBN: 0853689857
1989
Format: PDF
Size: 11,5 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 50
The concept of the modern German Navy dates only from the time of Kaiser Wilheim II and so it can be classed as a relatively new maritime power. Until about 1880, the only function of the German fleet had been to deter enemy raids on the German coastline, consequently only small coastal defence vessels were built. A newly formed German Naval Command (1889) was well aware that if expansion of territory were required, a large fleet would have to be created to match that of Great Britain and perhaps gain control of the Atlantic and North Sea.

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 The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times
The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times
Author: Odd Arne Westad
The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times
Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521853648
2005
Format: PDF
Size: 44,5 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 405
The Cold War shaped the world we live in today - its politics, economics, and military affairs. This book shows how the globalization of the Cold War during the last century created the foundations for most of the key conflicts we see today, including the War on Terror. It focuses on how the Third World policies of the two twentieth-century superpowers - the United States and the Soviet Union - gave rise to resentments and resistance that in the end helped topple one superpower and still seriously challenge the other. Ranging from China to Indonesia, Iran, Ethiopia, Angola, Cuba, and Nicaragua, it provides a truly global perspective on the Cold War. And by exploring both the development of interventionist ideologies and the revolutionary movements that confronted interventions, the book links the past with the present in ways that no other major work on the Cold War era has succeeded in doing.

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 The Seafarers - The Whalers
The Seafarers - The Whalers
Author: A. C. Whipple
The Seafarers - The Whalers
Time-Life Books
1979
Format: PDF
Pages: 184
Language: English
Size: 26.5 MB

"The Whalers" is one of 22 volumes in The Seafarers book series published by Time-Life books in the late 1970s/early 1980s. This book focuses on the New England whaling industry in the mid-1800s. The descriptions of life at sea and the dangers associated with hunting whales in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans make one appreciate modern life. The Civil War and the discovery of oil in Pennsylvania in 1859 led to the end of the great era of whaling. This is the first book I have read in this series and I am looking forward to reading other volumes. This is a great book with numerous illustrations.

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 The Cuban Missile Crisis
The Cuban Missile Crisis
Author:Laurie Collier Hillstrom
The Cuban Missile Crisis (Defining Moments)
2015
Omnigraphics
Format:pdf
Size: 3 MB
Pages:240
Language:English
Provides users with a detailed and authoritative overview of events surrounding the harrowing 1962 confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union, telling the story of the tense thirteen-day standoff that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Includes biographies, primary sources, and more.

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 Modern Military Weapons
Modern Military Weapons
Author: Robin Cross
Modern Military Weapons
Franklin Watts Inc.
1991
Format: PDF
Pages: 46
Language: English
Size: 25.5 MB

A guide to modern military weapons, the book includes sections on tanks, artillery, missiles, fighter aircraft, bombers, helicopters, battleships, submarines and amphibious craft.

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 The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History
The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History
Author: Touraj Daryaee
The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History
Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199732159
2012
Format: PDF
Size: 31,9 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 426
This Handbook is a current, comprehensive single-volume history of Iranian civilization. The authors, all leaders in their fields, emphasize the large-scale continuities of Iranian history while also describing the important patterns of transformation that have characterized Iran's past. Each of the chapters focuses on a specific epoch of Iranian history and surveys the general political, social, cultural, and economic issues of that era. The ancient period begins with chapters considering the anthropological evidence of the prehistoric era, through to the early settled civilizations of the Iranian plateau, and continuing to the rise of the ancient Persian empires. The medieval section first considers the Arab-Muslim conquest of the seventh century, and then moves on to discuss the growing Turkish influence filtering in from Central Asia beginning in the tenth and eleventh centuries. The last third of the book covers Iran in the modern era by considering the rise of the Safavid state and its accompanying policy of centralization, the introduction of Shi'ism, the problems of reform and modernization in the Qajar and Pahlavi periods, and the revolution of 1978-79 and its aftermath. The book is a collaborative exercise among scholars specializing in a variety of sub-fields, and across a number of disciplines, including history, art history, classics, literature, politics, and linguistics. Here, readers can find a reliable and accessible narrative that can serve as an authoritative guide to the field of Iranian studies.

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