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 The Seafarers - The Dreadnoughts
The Seafarers - The Dreadnoughts
Author: Collective
The Seafarers - The Dreadnoughts
Time-Life Books
1979
Format: PDF
Pages: 184
Language: English
Size: 25.2 MB

"The Dreadnoughts," a volume in "The Seafarers" series put together by Time-Life, begins with the review of the British fleet at Spithead in 1897 and ends with the aftermath of the Battle of Jutland (known in Germany as the Battle of the Skagerrak). This was the largest naval engagement of World War I and the only one to involve battleships on a large scale. Fought May 31-June 1 1916 in the North Sea, the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet, commanded by Admiral John Jellicoe, faced the Kaiserliche Marine's High Seas Fleet, commanded by Vice Admiral Reinhard Scheer. Knowing that the Battle of Jutland is the climax of this volume puts the rest of this look at the Dreadnoughts in perspective. The lessons of the Battle of Tsushima during the war between Russia and Japan in 1905, where long-range fire decided the outcome, were not lost on the British Admiralty. The result was the creation of the H.M.S. "Dreadnought," a radical design that heralded the start of an epic naval arms race of battleships between Great Britain and Germany, the United States and Japan over the first four decades of the 20th century. Although she never fired her guns in battle and her only action during World War I was to ram and sink a German U-boat in the North Sea, "Dreadnought" was a pivotal ship in naval history because she was so far advanced that every battleship that came after her embodied her basic concept. Before her, all battleships had a main battery of four guns. The "Dreadnought" had ten, although it could fire only eight in a broadside, and it was bigger and faster than any of her predecessors.

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 Breaking the Fortress Line 1914
Breaking the Fortress Line 1914
Author: Clayton Donnell
Breaking the Fortress Line 1914
Pen and Sword Military
2013
Format: EPUB
Pages: 222
Size: 35 Mb
Language: English

Breaking the Fortress Line 1914 offers a fascinating new perspective on the German offensive against France and Belgium in 1914. In graphic detail it describes the intense fighting that took place around the forts and fortified cities that stood in the path of the German invasion. The ordeal began with the German assault on the mighty fortress of Liège. They took twelve days to batter their way through the ‘Gateway to Belgium’, losing tens of thousands of men in repeated frontal assaults, and they had to bring up the heaviest siege artillery ever used to destroy the defenses.

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 The Germans at Thiepval (Battleground Europe)
The Germans at Thiepval (Battleground Europe)
Author: Jack Sheldon
The Germans at Thiepval
Pen and Sword Military
Battleground Europe
2010
Format: EPUB
Pages: 160
Size: 6 Mb
Language: English

Ninety years after the Battle of the Somme was fought, visitors continue to flock in very large numbers to the massive Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval, site of a bitter three-month struggle during the summer of 1916. This book explains in detail how, from the autumn of 1914 onwards, the German defenders turned this key feature into a virtually impregnable position, from which they were able for weeks on end to repulse every attempt to capture it.

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 The United States Air Force: A Turbulent History
The United States Air Force: A Turbulent History
Author: Herbert Molloy Mason, Jr.
The United States Air Force: A Turbulent History
Mason/Charter
1976
Format: PDF
Pages: 328
Language: English
Size: 34.6 MB

Less than seventy years after Orville Wright's plant fell apart during an army demonstration, the United States Air Force, with its nuclear capability, has developed into the nation's most powerful political and military weapon. Here is the complete story of this amazing technological metamorphosis. The slip-shod, hair-raising first few years were a curious mixture of comedy and drama. Under the stress of flights at 46 mph, propellers fell off, wings ripped in half, and telephone poles were a lethal threat to every pilot. In 1916, Pancho Villa was never as safe as when the first provisional aero division crashed its way through Mexico, looking for him after he had raided a Colorado town. The two world wars, of course, and the years between them, firmly established the value of an efficient air force. This powerful emergence began with Woodrow Wilson's commitment to supply the allied cause with 22,600 planes, fewer than 1,000 of which ever reached the front. During the interim years, the flamboyant prominence of Billy Mitchell, Benny Foulois, and others, helped to promote the fledgling air corps despite furious military, public, and congressional opposition. Finally, the awesome German Luftwaffe forced franklin d. Roosevelt to call for a crash development program. With only a dozen b-17 bombers at the time of Hitler's invasion of Poland, the U.S. would end World War II with the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This advent of nuclear capability destines the air force to controversy for the rest of its days.

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 The First World War - The war to end all wars
The First World War - The war to end all wars
Author: Geoffrey Jukes, Peter Simkins, Michael Hickey
The First World War - The war to end all wars
Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781841767383
2003
Format: PDF
Size: 22,3 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 352
Raging for over four years across the tortured landscapes of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the First World War changed the face of warfare forever. Characterised by slow, costly advances and fierce attrition, the great battles of the Somme, Verdun and Ypres incurred human loss on a scale never previously imagined. This book, with a foreword by Professor Hew Strachan, covers the fighting on all fronts, from Flanders to Tannenberg and from Italy to Palestine. A series of moving extracts from personal letters, diaries and journals bring to life the experiences of soldiers and civilians caught up in the war.

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 World War I Battlefield Artillery Tactics (Osprey Elite 199)
World War I Battlefield Artillery Tactics (Osprey Elite 199)
Author: Dale Clarke
World War I Battlefield Artillery Tactics
Osprey Publishing
Osprey Elite 199
2014
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 66
Size: 4 Mb
Language: English


As the First World War bogged down across Europe resulting in the establishment of trench systems, artillery began to grow in military importance. Never before had the use of artillery been so vital, and to this day the ferocity, duration and widespread use of artillery across the trenches of Europe has never been replicated. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork, this groundbreaking study explains and illustrates the enormous advances in the use of artillery that took place between 1914 and 1918, the central part artillery played in World War I and how it was used throughout the war, with particular emphasis on the Western Front.

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 The Routledge Atlas of the First World War, 3rd Edition
The Routledge Atlas of the First World War, 3rd Edition
Author: Martin Gilbert
The Routledge Atlas of the First World War, 3rd Edition
Routledge
2008
ISBN: 0415460387
Format: EPUB
Size: 52,0 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 224
From its origins to its terrible legacy, the tortuous course of the Great War is vividly set out in a series of 174 fascinating maps. Together the maps form a comprehensive and compelling picture of the war that shattered Europe, and illustrate its military, social, political and economic aspects. Beginning with the tensions that already existed, the atlas covers:
the early months of the war: from the fall of Belgium to the fierce fighting at Ypres and Tannenberg:
the developing war in Europe: from Gallipoli to the horrors of the Somme and Verdun
life at the front: from living underground, the trench system and the mud of Passchendaele to the war graves
technology and the new horrors: from phosgene gas attacks to submarines, tanks and mines
the home fronts: from German food riots to the air defence of Britain, the Russian Revolution and the collapse of Austria-Hungary
the aftermath: from war debts and war deaths to the new map of Europe.
This third edition contains an entirely new section depicting the visual remembrance of the war; a fascinating visitors' guide to the memorials that commemorate the tragedy of the Somme.

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 The Origins of the First World War
The Origins of the First World War
Author: James Joll
The Origins of the First World War
Longman Group
1984
Format: PDF
Pages: 244
Language: English
Size: 41 MB

The outbreak of the First World War has always presented a challenge to historians: they have sought to understand its causes in many different ways, from many different angles, and with very different results. The subject has a double fascination for the modern reader, therefore, since the debate throws light not only on the crisis of July-August 1914 itself, but also on the very nature of historical explanation and causality.

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 Posters from World War One 1914 - 1918
Posters from World War One 1914 - 1918
Author: Deutsches Historisches Museum
Posters from World War One 1914 - 1918
DISKUS
1996
Format: iso
Language : ENG + GER
Size: 96,3 МБ

Posters from World War One 1914 - 1918. Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
The historian of the future, wrote the journal Das Plakat in the final year of World War One, should give the poster archives more than just a cursory glance, as the World War poster revealed a great deal about the psyche of the masses. For all the nations involved in World War One, the "war of pictures" promoted an expectation of victory, a readiness to make sacrifices and the will to stay the course. The fame of the poster designers, the numerous poster competitions and the numbers of posters printed demonstrate the importance attributed to picture propaganda. Hans Sachs, the editor of the journal, recommended the posters as a worthy subject for collection, providing as they did insight into artistic achievements in the field of propaganda and into the self-image of the respective warring parties.
His recommendation was justified. In the four years of the war the poster artists of Europe and America presided over the coming of age of the political poster of the 20th century. The crisis within the community of European nations called forth a pictorial world which would continue to shape the image of one nation in the eyes of its neighbour until the middle of the century, with the most striking examples enduring even to the present day. This is particularly true of French and English posters which employed extreme images of the enemy to terrify the population or outstanding creative designs to canvass support for mobilization. America's entry into the war in 1917 raised the quality of poster propaganda still further.

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 Combat Tanks
Combat Tanks
Author: George B. Jarrett
Combat Tanks
Meredith Press
1969
Format: PDF
Pages: 102
Language: English
Size: 70.4 MB

Since World War I, tanks have been a crucial weapon of modern warfare . The great tanks - and the great tank battles - have made modern history. This is a picture history of the military tank - one of the most extraordinary military vehicles ever built. Here are rare photographs - taken from private files that were built up over a period of forty years - of every major tank the world's military powers have used since Britain's first experimental, "Little Willie." Many are action shots, actually taken in battle by one of the authors. Others are official photos of captured enemy tanks from four wars.

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 Battlefield Medicine: A History of the Military Ambulance from the Napoleonic Wars Through World War I
Battlefield Medicine: A History of the Military Ambulance from the Napoleonic Wars Through World War I
Author: John S. Haller Jr.
Battlefield Medicine: A History of the Military Ambulance from the Napoleonic Wars Through World War I
outhern Illinois University Press
2011
Pages: 288
Format:pdf
Language : English
Size: 10mb

In this first history of the military ambulance, historian John S. Haller Jr. documents the development of medical technologies for treating and transporting wounded soldiers on the battlefield. Noting that the word ambulance has been used to refer to both a mobile medical support system and a mode of transport, Haller takes readers back to the origins of the modern ambulance, covering their evolution in depth from the late eighteenth century through World War I.

The rising nationalism, economic and imperial competition, and military alliances and arms races of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries figure prominently in this history of the military ambulance, which focuses mainly on British and American technological advancements. Beginning with changes introduced by Dominique-Jean Larrey during the Napoleonic Wars, the book traces the organizational and technological challenges faced by opposing armies in the Crimean War, the American Civil War, the Franco-Prussian War, and the Philippines Insurrection, then climaxes with the trench warfare that defined World War I. The operative word is "challenges" of medical care and evacuation because while some things learned in a conflict are carried into the next, too often, the spasms of war force its participants to repeat the errors of the past before acquiring much needed insight.

More than a history of medical evacuation systems and vehicles, this exhaustively researched and richly illustrated volume tells a fascinating story, giving readers a unique perspective of the changing nature of warfare in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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 Letters from the Front From the First World War to the Present Day
Letters from the Front From the First World War to the Present Day
Letters from the Front From the First World War to the Present Day (General Military)
Osprey Publishing
2014
ISBN: 1472803345
Format: EPUB
Size: 6,1 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 272
Similar to Letters From Iwo Jima and All Quiet On The Western Front, this book tells the story of young men from many nations thrown into the crucible of war, fighting not just to survive, but to understand what was happening to them and their comrades. It tells it in the words of the soldiers themselves, in their letters home.
A legacy of an empire and a nation at war, Love, Tommy, is a collection of letters housed at Imperial War Museums sent by British and Commonwealth troops from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa from the front line of war to their loved ones at home. Poignant expressions of love, hope and fear sit alongside amusing anecdotes, grumbles about rations and thoughtful reflections, eloquently revealing how, despite the passage of time, many experiences of the fighting man are shared in countless wars and battles.
From the muddy trenches of the Somme to frozen ground of the Falklands to the heat and dust of Iraq, these letters are the ordinary soldier's testament to life on the front line.

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 The Defence of the Dardanelles - From Bombards to Battleships
The Defence of the Dardanelles - From Bombards to Battleships
Author: Michael Forrest
The Defence of the Dardanelles - From Bombards to Battleships
Pen & Sword
2013
Format: ePub (e-book)
Pages: 204
Language: English
Size: 6.8 MB

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 Gallipoli: The Dardanelles Disaster in Soldiers' Words and Photographs
Gallipoli: The Dardanelles Disaster in Soldiers' Words and Photographs
Gallipoli: The Dardanelles Disaster in Soldiers' Words and Photographs
Author: Richard van Emden, Stephen Chambers
Bloomsbury Publishing
2015
ISBN: 978-1408856154
Pages: 352
Language: English
Format: EPUB
Size: 46 MB

Presenting more than 150 never-before-published photographs of the campaign, many taken by the soldiers themselves, together with unpublished written material from British, Anzac, French, and Turkish sources, including eyewitness accounts of the landings, this is an unrivaled account of what really happened at Gallipoli Van Emden's gripping narrative and lucid analysis of Churchill's infamous operation complements Stephen Chambers's evocative images, showing how the rapid spread of diseases like dysentery, the lack of clean water and food, and the tremendous losses on both sides affected morale, until finally in January 1916, in what were the best-laid plans of the entire disastrous campaign, the Allies successfully fooled the Turkish forces and evacuated their troops from the peninsula with no additional casualties. Here, leading First World War historian Richard van Emden and Gallipoli expert Stephen Chambers have produced an entirely fresh, personal, and illuminating study of one of the Great War's most catastrophic events.

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 The Retreat from Mons 1914: South
The Retreat from Mons 1914: South
Author: Jon Cooksey, Jerry Murland
The Retreat from Mons 1914: South
Pen and Sword Military
Battle Lines
2014
Format: EPUB
Pages: 152
Size: 36 Mb
Language: English

The Retreat from Mons 1914: South is the second volume in Pen & Sword’s Battle Lines series to cover the opening campaign of the Great War. It is the essential companion for every visitor who is keen to retrace the path taken by the British Expeditionary Force immediately after the outbreak of the conflict – all the important battle sites of the second stage of the retreat are featured here. Expert guides Jon Cooksey and Jerry Murland take visitors over a series of routes that can be walked, biked or driven, explaining the fighting that occurred at each place in vivid detail. They describe what happened, where it happened and why and who was involved, and point out the sights that remain for the visitor to see.

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 Pozieres (Battleground Europe)
Pozieres (Battleground Europe)
Author: Graham Keach
Pozieres
Pen and Sword Military
Battleground Europe
2011
Format: EPUB
Pages: 160
Size: 27 Mb
Language: English

The village sits on top of the ridge that bears its name, a ridge that was an objective on the 1st July 1916. As it was, the whole position was not finally cleared until early September 1916 as German, Australian and British troops fought tenaciously over it.

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 Fighting the Kaiser's War: The Saxons in Flanders 1914/1918
Fighting the Kaiser's War: The Saxons in Flanders 1914/1918
Author: Andrew Lucas, Jürgen Schmieschek
Fighting the Kaiser's War: The Saxons in Flanders 1914/1918
Pen and Sword Military
2015
Format: EPUB
Pages: 256
Size: 16 Mb
Language: English

Personal accounts of the Great War experiences of British soldiers are well known and plentiful, but similar accounts from the German side of no man's land are rare. This highly original book vividly describes the wartime lives and ultimate fates of ten Saxon soldiers facing the British in Flanders, revealed through their intimate diaries and correspondence. The stories of these men, from front-line trench fighters to a brigade commander, are in turn used to illustrate the wider story of thousands more who fought and died in Flanders 'for King and Country, Kaiser and Reich' with the Royal Saxon Army. This ground-breaking work is illustrated with over 300 mostly unseen wartime photographs and other images, recording the German experience of the war in human detail and giving a rounded picture of how the Saxons lived and died in Flanders.

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 Beaucourt (Battleground Europe)
Beaucourt (Battleground Europe)
Author: Michael Renshaw
Beaucourt
Pen and Sword
Battleground Europe
2003
Format: EPUB
Pages: 160
Size: 22 Mb
Language: English

Beaucourt is one of the last parts of the Battle of the Somme still to be covered, until now, by the splendid Battleground Europe Series. It was also one of the last actions of the Battle of the Somme, 1916.The eventual capture of Beaucourt along with Beaumont Hamel forced the Germans to retreat to their new defensive position known as the Hindenburg Line. Readers are taken on a voyage of discovery through the village of Beaucourt and along the banks of the Ancre in the direction of Cambrai.

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 A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire
A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire
Author: Geoffrey Wawro
A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire
Basic Books
ISBN: 0465028357
2014
Format: EPUB
Size: 4,1 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 472
The Austro-Hungarian army that marched east and south to confront the Russians and Serbs in the opening campaigns of World War I had a glorious past but a pitiful present. Speaking a mystifying array of languages and lugging outdated weapons, the Austrian troops were hopelessly unprepared for the industrialized warfare that would shortly consume Europe.
As prizewinning historian Geoffrey Wawro explains in A Mad Catastrophe, the doomed Austrian conscripts were an unfortunate microcosm of the Austro-Hungarian Empire itself—both equally ripe for destruction. After the assassination of the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, Germany goaded the Empire into a war with Russia and Serbia. With the Germans massing their forces in the west to engage the French and the British, everything—the course of the war and the fate of empires and alliances from Constantinople to London—hinged on the Habsburgs’ ability to crush Serbia and keep the Russians at bay. However, Austria-Hungary had been rotting from within for years, hollowed out by repression, cynicism, and corruption at the highest levels. Commanded by a dying emperor, Franz Joseph I, and a querulous celebrity general, Conrad von Hötzendorf, the Austro-Hungarians managed to bungle everything: their ultimatum to the Serbs, their declarations of war, their mobilization, and the pivotal battles in Galicia and Serbia. By the end of 1914, the Habsburg army lay in ruins and the outcome of the war seemed all but decided.
Drawing on deep archival research, Wawro charts the decline of the Empire before the war and reconstructs the great battles in the east and the Balkans in thrilling and tragic detail. A Mad Catastrophe is a riveting account of a neglected face of World War I, revealing how a once-mighty empire collapsed in the trenches of Serbia and the Eastern Front, changing the course of European history.

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