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 Top Secret Files: World War I: Spies, Secret Missions, and Hidden Facts from World War I
Top Secret Files: World War I: Spies, Secret Missions, and Hidden Facts from World War I
Author: Stephanie Bearce
Top Secret Files: World War I: Spies, Secret Missions, and Hidden Facts from World War I
Prufrock Press
ISBN: 1618212419
2014
Format: EPUB
Size: 8,9 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 128
Flame throwers, spy trees, bird bombs, and Hell Fighters were all a part of World War I, but you won't learn that in your history books! Uncover long-lost secrets of spies like Howard Burnham, "The One Legged Wonder," and nurse-turned-spy, Edith Cavell. Peek into secret files to learn the truth about the Red Baron and the mysterious Mata Hari. Then build your own Zeppelin balloon and mix up some invisible ink. It's all part of the true stories from the Top Secret Files of History. Take a look if you dare, but be careful! Some secrets are meant to stay hidden...

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 Vimy Ridge (Battleground Europe)
Author: Nigel Cave
Vimy Ridge (Battleground Europe)
Pen and Sword Military
2013
Format: EPUB
Pages: 208
Size: 45 Mb
Language: English

The latest in the Battleground Europe series of books covers the activities of the French army, the British occupation of the Vimy sector, Easter 1917 and the start of the Battle of Arras, in addition to sections on car tours, memorials and cemeteries.

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 Ypres 1914: Langemarck
Ypres 1914: Langemarck
Author: Jack Sheldon
Ypres 1914: Langemarck
Pen and Sword
Battleground Europe
2014
Format: EPUB
Pages: 208
Size: 53 Mb
Language: English

These three Battleground Europe books on Ypres 1914 mark the centenary of the final major battle of the 1914 campaign on the Western Front. Although fought over a relatively small area and short time span, the fighting was even more than usually chaotic and the stakes were extremely high. Authors Nigel Cave and Jack Sheldon combine their respective expertise to tell the story of the men – British, French, Indian and German - who fought over the unremarkable undulating ground that was to become firmly placed in British national conscience ever afterwards.

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 Gallipoli: A Ridge Too Far
Gallipoli: A Ridge Too Far
Author: Ashley Ekins
Gallipoli: A Ridge Too Far
Exisle Publishing
2013
ISBN: 1459657748
Format: EPUB
Size: 5,2 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 708
In early August 1915, after months of stalemate in the trenches on Gallipoli, British and Dominion troops launched a series of assaults in an all - out attempt to break the deadlock and achieve a decisive victory. The 'August offensive' resulted in heartbreaking failure and costly losses on both sides. Many of the sites of the bloody struggle became famous names: Lone Pine, the Nek, Chunuk Bair, Hill 60, Suvla Bay. Debate has continued to the present day over the strategy and planning, the real or illusory opportunities for success, and the causes of failure in what became the last throw of the dice for the Allies. This new book about the Gallipoli battles arises out of a major international conference at the Australian War Memorial in 2010 to mark the 95th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. Keynote speaker Professor Robin Prior led a range of international authorities from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, France, Germany, India and Turkey to present their most recent research findings. The result was significant: never before had such a range of views been presented, with fresh German and Turkish perspectives offered alongside those of British and Australasian historians. For the resulting book, the papers have been edited and the text has been augmented with soldiers' letters and diary accounts, as well as a large number of photographs and maps.

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 World War I Companion
World War I Companion
Author: Matthias Strohn
World War I Companion
Osprey Publishing
Osprey General Military
ISBN: 1782001883
2013
Format: PDF (e-book)
Pages: 271
Size: 4 Mb
Language: English

The pieces in this book form an excellent introduction to the military history of World War I that will also prove
valuable to specialists in the subject.’
Professor Gary Sheffield

World War I changed the face of the 20th century. For four long years the major European powers, later joined by America, fought in a life or death struggle that would topple the crowned heads of Europe and redraw the map of the Continent. It was a conflict unparalleled in its scale, which in turn fuelled devastatingly rapid developments in military technology, technique and innovation as the belligerent powers sought to break the deadlock on the Western Front and elsewhere.
In the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict, 14 renowned historians from around the world examine some of the key
aspects of the war, providing a wide-ranging analysis of the whole conflict beyond but including the stalemate in the trenches of the Western Front.

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 The Battle for Vimy Ridge 1917 (Battleground Europe)
The Battle for Vimy Ridge 1917 (Battleground Europe)
Author: Nigel Cave, Jack Sheldon
The Battle for Vimy Ridge 1917 (Battleground Europe)
Pen and Sword Military
2007
Format: EPUB
Pages: 236
Size: 10 Mb
Language: English

In a new departure in the Battleground Europe series, this book is a guide to both sides of a major battle - in this case to the Canadian Corps operations against 1st Bavarian Reserve Corps at Vimy from 9 - 12 April 1917, which formed part of the opening of the British offensive, known as the Battle of Arras. Historically, the capture of Vimy Ridge was an event far more significant than its undoubted military importance alone.

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 The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Middle East
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Middle East
Author: Martin Sieff
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Middle East (Politically Incorrect Guides)
Regnery Publishing
2008
Format: PDF
Size: 15.8 Mb
Language: English

Why most of what you think you know about the Middle East is wrong
The Middle East: a region that's almost never off the front pages, yet one most Americans know little about. The mainstream media and Ivy League academics only make matters worse by casting everything in the usual politically correct mold: Arab terrorists are just desperate freedom fighters, and the region's one free democracy--Israel--is the oppressor, not least because of its alliance with America. And if Islamic extremism is a problem, the establishment tells us, it's only because it's rooted in that source of all evils: religion. A different strain of political correctness has seeped into some minds on the right--most notably the Bush administration, which, so ready to buy into the egalitarian myths we are all taught, believed that Western-style democracy could flourish anywhere. Now, in The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to the Middle East, veteran Middle East correspondent Martin Sieff puts the lie to all these myths and clichés, giving you everything you need to know about the region to understand its past, its present, and its possible future. In The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to the Middle East, you'll learn:
- How, for three decades, the British supported parliamentary democracy throughout the Middle East, but it didn't work
- Why Britain's post-World War I Middle East policy was a comedy of errors and incompetence that soon escalated into tragedy
- Where America went wrong in Iraq: how U.S. policymakers vastly underestimated the intransigent, unsophisticated, and anti-Western nature of its competing communities
- How Saudi Arabia's security forces defeated al Qaeda--and why you never heard about it
- How the Muslim nations of the Middle East took an irrevocable turn toward radical Islam not in the tenth century or after the fall of Baghdad to the Mongols in the thirteenth century--but in 1979
- How the Arab states openly declared their determination to prevent a Jewish state from being born in 1947--twenty years before the West Bank and Gaza were first occupied
The Politically Incorrect Guide(tm) to the Middle East is a bold first step toward facing the hard truths necessary for peace.

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 For Love and Courage: The Letters of Lieutenant Colonel E.W. Hermon from the Western Front 1914--1917
For Love and Courage: The Letters of Lieutenant Colonel E.W. Hermon from the Western Front 1914--1917
Author: E. W. Hermon
For Love and Courage: The Letters of Lieutenant Colonel E.W. Hermon from the Western Front 1914--1917
Preface Publishing
ISBN: 1848090390
2009
Format: EPUB
Size: 7,2 МБ
Language: English
Pages: 384
Lt Colonel E.W. Hermon died in a hail of bullets on the 9th April 1917, the first day of the Battle of Arras, leading his men of the 24th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers into the attack. Like hundreds of thousands of others in the Great War, he gave his life for his King and country. He was shot through the heart, one bullet slicing through the papers in his top pocket, including the four-leaf clover his wife had given him for good luck. His final words to his Adjutant were 'Go on!' before he sank to his knees and died almost instantaneously. He was carried from the battlefield by his faithful soldier servant, Buxton, and now lies buried in the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Roclincourt, three miles from Arras. This could have been the end of the story but he left a testament of his life and ideals in a unique and hitherto unknown and unpublished collection of long and detailed letters he wrote to his darling wife and his children, 'the Chugs'. Now, nearly a century after his death, he speaks to us of a past, less cynical life, where selflessness, honour, duty and courage were admired above all else. His own courage was officially recognised as he was mentioned in despatches three times and posthumously awarded the D.S.O. The letters have been transcribed and edited by Hermon's granddaughter Anne Nason with the guidance and historical advice of James Holland, the distinguished historian and writer. Peter Caddick-Adams, who works alongside Richard Holmes at Cranfield University, believes the letters to be unique in their candour and context since Hermon was Battalion Commander and thus his letters were not censored.

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 Retreat of I Corps 1914 (Battleground Europe)
Retreat of I Corps 1914 (Battleground Europe)
Author: Jerry Murland
Retreat of I Corps 191
Pen and Sword Military
Battleground Europe
2014
Format: EPUB
Pages: 139
Size: 24 Mb
Language: English

On 23 August 1914 it was only the two divisions of General Smith-Dorrien’s II Corps that were directly engaged with the German First Army along the line of the Mons-Conde Canal. As the British Expeditionary Force withdrew from Mons and bivouacked around Bavay on 25 August, Sir John French and his GHQ advisors – unsure of the condition of the routes through the Forêt de Mormal - ordered the British Expeditionary Force to continue their retirement the next day and to avoid the 35 square miles of forest roads.

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 Battle on the Aisne 1914: The BEF and the Birth of the Western Front
Battle on the Aisne 1914: The BEF and the Birth of the Western Front
Author: John Sheen
Battle on the Aisne 1914: The BEF and the Birth of the Western Front
Pen and Sword Military
2012
Format: EPUB
Pages: 156
Size: 24 Mb
Language: English

The river Aisne featured prominently in August 1914 during the Retreat from Mons and in September was the scene of bitter fighting when the BEF re-crossed it in their unsuccessful attempt to dislodge the German Army entrenched along the Northern Crest.The fighting was hugely costly to the BEF, which had already fought three major engagements and marched over 200 miles in a month. The three British Corps lost over 700 officers and some 15,000 men. Little wonder one officer wrote that he felt he was 'in the company of ghosts'.Historian Jerry Murland places the Aisne battles in their context, both from the BEF and German viewpoints.

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