Category: Military History

Secret Warriors: The Spies, Scientists and Code Breakers of World War I

A startling and brilliant account of global warfare I that uncovers how wartime code-breaking, aeronautics, and clinical learn that laid the basis for a lot of the strategies of the 20th century.

international warfare I is usually seen as a battle fought by means of armies of hundreds of thousands dwelling and struggling with in trenches, aided via brutal equipment that expense the lives of many. yet in the back of all of this an highbrow conflict used to be additionally being fought among engineers, chemists, code-breakers, physicists, medical professionals, mathematicians, and intelligence gatherers. This hidden warfare was once to make a good and lasting contribution to how warfare used to be carried out on land, at sea, and within the air, and most significantly, existence at domestic.

Secret Warriors presents a useful and clean heritage of the realm battle I, profiling many of the key incidents and figures which result in nice leaps ahead for the 20th century. informed in a full of life and colourful narrative kind, Secret Warriors finds the unknown facet of this tragic conflict.

sixteen pages of B&W illustrations

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Napalm: An American Biography

By Robert M. Neer

Napalm used to be invented on Valentine’s Day 1942 at a mystery Harvard struggle learn laboratory. It created an inferno that killed over 87,500 humans in Tokyo―more than died within the atomic explosions at Hiroshima or Nagasaki―and went directly to incinerate sixty four jap towns. The Bomb bought the clicking, yet napalm did the paintings. Neer bargains the 1st historical past.

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The American Military: A Narrative History

By Brad D. Lookingbill

The yankee army: a story background provides a entire advent to greater than 4 centuries of yank army history.

* offers a chronological account of yankee army historical past from clashes among militias and local americans to 21st-century operations in Afghanistan and Iraq
* gains own vignettes to place a human face on armed conflict
* Addresses styles of nationwide provider, the evolution of civil-military relatives, and the arrival of all-volunteer forces
* places occasions in historic context, and considers cultural, social, political, fiscal, and technological developments

Review

“This concise survey locations land, sea, and air providers within the extensive context of yankee politics and society. hugely readable, it includes sensible assurance of roles performed via girls and minorities.”
James C. Bradford, Texas A&M University

“A significant contribution to the examine of the yank army. the basic questions and prompt readings incorporated on the finish of every bankruptcy considerably raise its price as an undergraduate textbook.”
Darlene M. Iskra, Commander, U.S. military, Retired, Ph.D., writer of girls within the usa Armed Forces

“In its seamless integration of the burgeoning variety of works dedicated to the examine of ‘War and Society,’ Lookingbill's compelling synthesis plays an exceptional provider for either expert historians and basic readers.”
Kevin Adams, Kent kingdom University

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The American army: a story historical past provides a finished creation to greater than 4 centuries of yankee army background. It explores the sweep people army activities at domestic and overseas, from the preliminary clashes among militias and local American tribes to modern operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. The textual content offers either macro- and micro- perspectives of army heritage, supplying old context for every clash in addition to incorporating own vignettes from squaddies, civilians, and others laid low with circumstances of army motion. Chapters additionally discover parts of cultural, social, political, financial, and technological advancements in courting to army background, in addition to subject matters together with styles of nationwide carrier, the evolution of civil-military family, and the arrival of all-volunteer forces. straight forward and eminently readable, the yankee army deals revealing insights into the various ways that armed conflicts have formed the process our nation’s background.

About the Author

Brad D. Lookingbill is Professor of background at Columbia collage of Missouri. sooner than his educational profession, Dr. Lookingbill served within the military nationwide shield and Reserve. he's the writer of airborne dirt and dust Bowl, united states: melancholy the USA and the Ecological mind's eye, 1929-1941 (2001), warfare Dance at citadel Marion: Plains Indian struggle Prisoners (2006), and American army historical past: A Documentary Reader (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).

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17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis, and the Biggest Cover-Up in History

By Andrew Morton

Now in paperback, a meticulously researched old journey de strength in regards to the mystery ties between Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, the Duke of Windsor, and Adolf Hitler ahead of, in the course of, and after international battle II.

Andrew Morton tells the tale of the feckless Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor, his American spouse, Wallis Simpson, the unusual wartime Nazi plot to make him a puppet king after the invasion of england, and the tried cover-up by means of Churchill, basic Eisenhower, and King George VI of the duke's family with Hitler. From the alleged affair among Simpson and the German overseas minister to the invention of best mystery correspondence concerning the guy dubbed "the traitor king" and the Nazi excessive command, it is a saga of intrigue, betrayal, and deception suffused with a heady aroma of intercourse and suspicion.

For the 1st time, Morton unearths the whole tale at the back of the cover-up of these damning letters and diagrams: the bold heist ordered by means of King George VI, the graceful duplicity of a Soviet undercover agent in addition to the sour rows and recriminations one of the British and American diplomats, politicians, and lecturers. Drawing on FBI records, particular photos, and fabric from the German, Russian, and British royal information, in addition to the private correspondence of Churchill, Eisenhower, and the Windsors themselves, 17 CARNATIONS is a blinding old drama, jam-packed with event, intrigue, and startling revelations, written by way of a grasp of the style.

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The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe

By Andrew Wheatcroft

In 1683, an Ottoman military that stretched from horizon to horizon got down to grab the “Golden Apple,” as Turks pointed out Vienna. the consequent siege pitted battle-hardened Janissaries wielding seventeenth-century grenades opposed to Habsburg armies, commonly feared for his or her savagery. The partitions of Vienna bristled with weapons because the besieging Ottoman host introduced bombs, fired cannons, and showered the population with arrows through the conflict for Christianity’s bulwark. both sides used to be sustained by way of the hatred of its age-old enemy, definite that victory will be gained via the grace of God.

The nice Siege of Vienna is the center piece for historian Andrew Wheatcroft’s richly drawn portrait of the centuries-long competition among the Ottoman and Habsburg empires for keep an eye on of the eu continent. A gripping paintings through a grasp historian, The Enemy on the Gate bargains a well timed exam of an epic conflict of civilizations.

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My Men are My Heroes: The Brad Kasal Story (Leatherneck Classics)

By Nathaniel R. Helms

My males Are My Heroes introduces its readers to a dwelling commonplace of Marine Corps esprit de corps and army decorum. Sergeant significant Bradley Kasal, the satisfaction of Iowa, is a small city boy who desired to be a usa Marine even sooner than a poster excellent Marine recruiter marched into his highschool health club and provided him a problem Kasal couldn’t withstand. 20 years later Kasal stood stiffly at consciousness, one leg actually shot in part, whereas the military pass was once pinned to his chest. Kasal is at present the Sergeant significant of the Infantry institution at Camp Pendleton, CA until eventually he retires in may possibly, 2012.

After a quick stopover at to his formative years Kasal’s tale quick gathers steam, introducing the reader to his early Marine occupation; event stuffed years that earned him the identify “Robo-Grunt” from males who don’t provide accolades simply. Kasal makes use of his adventure hiking the ranks to demonstrate how Marines develop, and the way they're formed via the uncompromising attitudes of the officials and non-coms charged with turning younger Marines into tigers.

Kasal’s adventures culminate in Iraq. via now he's 1st Sergeant Kasal, ramrodding Kilo corporation, 3/1, a rifle corporation in third Battalion, 1st Marines, the strong “Thunder 3rd” that will conceal itself with glory in 2004. days into Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003 Kilo is ordered to carry open a severe highway among bridges that Saddam’s fierce Fedayeen Saddam have been simply as decided to remove. Kasal makes in his stand on that highway, actually status tall amidst fierce gunfire, demonstrating the type of management Kilo corporation had to get the task performed. Kilo’s struggle used to be a part of the 1st gigantic attempt of Marine Corps wrestle functions within the moment Iraqi battle and the single significant engagement the Marine Corps fought throughout the heady days of the “Drive Up” to Baghdad. while it was once over the so-called “Ninjas” of the Fedayeen Saddam have been smashed. every week later Kasal used to be in Baghdad, welcomed with open fingers via the exuberant population.

A yr later 3/1 was once again to Iraq, in Anbar Province, the epicenter of the brutal battle now raging within the former tribal stronghold of Saddam and his henchmen. The smiling faces that had greeted 3/1 the yr prior to have been long gone. Kasal is the first Sergeant of guns corporation, 3/1, the armored fist of a gentle infantry battalion. After 4 months of ambushes, IEDs, and lethal skirmishes 3/1 is ordered into Fallujah, to take the traditional urban again from Al Qaeda and the overseas warring parties who had became the traditional “City of Mosques” right into a citadel. it really is there, in November, 2004 that the “Thundering 3rd” entered into Marine Corps legend and Kasal into the Pantheon of Heroes for his activities through the such a lot savage conflict the Marines fought within the Iraq conflict.

At a non-descript residence in a walled local in Fallujah Kasal, on the time accompanying a squad of Kilo’s riflemen right into a contested condo, turns into interested by a close-quarter duel with fanatical Chechen warring parties. The struggle rages through the condo, from time to time Marines and the international opponents have been changing rifle fireplace and grenades at levels of below 10 ft. for nearly hours the squad is trapped contained in the apartment. through the brawl Kasal is shot seven instances, virtually loses his leg while it's approximately severed from his physique, and sustains 47shrapnel wounds whilst he used his physique to protect a wounded Marine laying subsequent to him from an enemy grenade. within the skirmish, ceaselessly referred to as the “Hell condo” struggle, Kasal used to be provided the army move, the nation’s moment optimum award for heroism.

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The Red Army In 1943: Central Command and Control Organs And Leaders

By David M. Glantz

One of the so much opaque points of Soviet army functionality in the course of World
War II were the character, association, and capabilities of the purple Army's command
and keep watch over and administrative constructions. whereas the Stavka, the USSR's People's
Commissariat of safeguard, and the crimson military common employees are normal organs, the actual
organization and wartime features of those entities and the various organs subordinate to
them will not be. This hole within the old checklist sharply inhibited one's skill to
understand how and why the pink military emerged triumphant within the war.
Today, for the 1st considering that war's finish, the govt. of the Russian Federation has
opened its files to bare some of the orders, directives, directions, and regulations
issued via these key Soviet wartime command and keep an eye on and administrative organs that
governed the behavior of battle. those new files contain country safety Committee
decrees, People's Commissar ofDefense (Stalin) orders and directives, Stavka directives,
General employees directives and directions, and a bunch of records ready by way of other
central organs.
This slender quantity exploits that clean documentation to shape a mosaic illustrating
how these firms controlled the warfare attempt and contributed to the Soviet
achievement of victory. the quantity enhances the sooner quantity on pink military force
structure and gear and paves the way in which for a next quantity on pink Army
personnel at each point of command. As such, the 3 volumes will disguise the sinews
and implements of warfare (structure), the managers of struggle (command and keep an eye on and
administration), and at last, the human face of battle (the soldier).

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Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death

By Jim Frederick

This is often the tale of a small workforce of squaddies from the a hundred and first Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit often called “the Black middle Brigade.” Deployed in past due 2005 to Iraq’s so-called Triangle of loss of life, a veritable meat grinder simply south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts chanced on themselves in arguably the country’s most threatening situation at its most threatening time.

Hit through near-daily mortars, gunfire, and roadside bomb assaults, struggling with a very heavy dying toll, and enduring a prolonged breakdown in management, individuals of 1 Black middle platoon—1st Platoon, Bravo corporation, 1st Battalion—descended, over their year-long journey of responsibility, right into a tailspin of bad self-discipline, substance abuse, and brutality.

Four 1st Platoon infantrymen could perpetrate essentially the most heinous warfare crimes U.S. forces have dedicated in the course of the Iraq War—the rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi woman and the cold-blooded execution of her and her kinfolk. 3 different 1st Platoon squaddies will be overrun at a distant outpost—one killed instantly and taken from the scene, their mutilated corpses chanced on days later booby-trapped with explosives.

Black Hearts is an unflinching account of the epic, tragic deployment of 1st Platoon. Drawing on thousands of hours of in-depth interviews with Black center infantrymen and first-hand reporting from the Triangle of demise, Black Hearts is a undying tale approximately males in strive against and the fragility of personality within the savage crucible of struggle. however it is usually a well timed caution of recent risks rising within the means American infantrymen are led at the battlefields of the twenty-first century.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Fatal Crossroads: The Untold Story of the Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge

By Danny S. Parker

On December 17, 1944, through the conflict of the Bulge, greater than 80 unarmed usa squaddies have been shot down after having surrendered to an SS unit close to the small crossroads city of Malmédy, Belgium. even if greater than thirty males lived to inform of the bloodbath, precisely what came about that day is still mired in controversy. used to be it only a "battlefield incident" or fairly a planned slaughter? Who gave the orders: notorious SS chief Jochen Peiper or a person else? deadly Crossroads vividly reconstructs the serious occasions best as much as the atrocity--for the 1st time in all their revealing detail--as good because the aftermath. Danny S. Parker spent fifteen years studying unique assets and interviewing multiple hundred witnesses to discover the reality in the back of the Malmédy bloodbath. the result's riveting.

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The Emperor's Codes: Bletchley Park's role in breaking Japan's secret cyphers

By Michael Smith, Ralph Erskine

The intense wartime exploits of the British codebreakers dependent at Bletchley Park proceed to fascinate and amaze. within the Emperor's Codes Michael Smith tells the tale of ways Japan's wartime codes have been damaged, and the implications for the second one international struggle. He describes how the japanese ciphers have been damaged and the influence at the lives of the codebreakers themselves. utilizing fabric from lately declassified British records, privileged entry to Australian mystery authentic histories and interviews with British, American and Australian codebreakers, this can be the 1st complete account of the severe function performed through Bletchley Park and its major outposts around the globe.

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