Category: Military History

Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam

Scorched Earth is the 1st publication to chronicle the consequences of chemical battle at the Vietnamese humans and their setting, the place, even at the present time, greater than three million people—including 500,000 children—are in poor health and death from delivery defects, melanoma, and different health problems that may be at once traced to Agent Orange/dioxin publicity. Weaving first-person debts with unique learn, Vietnam warfare pupil Fred A. Wilcox examines long term effects for destiny generations, laying naked the continuing enormous tragedy in Vietnam, and demands the USA executive to ultimately admit its function in chemical conflict in Vietnam. Wilcox additionally warns readers that except we cease poisoning our air, nutrition, and water offers, the melanoma epidemic within the usa and different international locations will basically irritate, and he urgently calls for the chemical brands of Agent Orange to compensate the sufferers in their greed and to forestall utilizing the Earth’s rivers, lakes, and oceans as poisonous waste dumps. Vietnam has selected August 10—the day that the U.S. started spraying Agent Orange on Vietnam—as Agent Orange Day, to commemorate all its electorate who have been tormented by the lethal chemical. Scorched Earth should be published upon the 3rd anniversary of today, in honor of all these whose households have suffered, and proceed to endure, from this tragedy.

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The Vietnam War: History in an Hour

History for busy humans. take heed to a concise heritage of the Vietnam struggle in precisely one hour.

War, what's it solid for? The Vietnam conflict: heritage In an Hour supplies a gripping account of an important chilly War-era clash, fought among the us and the Viet Cong, the Vietnam People's military and their Communist allies. It was once essentially the most hectic army conflicts the United States has ever been curious about - and provoked a backlash of anti-war protests at domestic.

Here are the main occasions major as much as the Vietnam warfare, the lethal guerrilla struggle of the Viet Cong, the household anti-war circulation, and the autumn of Saigon. The Vietnam warfare: background In an Hour is key listening for someone drawn to post-war historical past.

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Leningrad: State of Siege

“All deals of hand over from Leningrad has to be rejected,” wrote Adolph Hitler on September 29, 1941, on the outset of Operation Barbarossa. “In this fight for survival, we haven't any curiosity in maintaining even a share of the city’s inhabitants alive.”

During the famed 900-day siege of Leningrad, the German excessive Command intentionally deliberate to get rid of the city’s inhabitants via hunger. Viewing the Slavs as sub-human, Hitler launched into a vicious software of ethnic detoxification. by the point the siege led to January 1944, virtually one million humans had died. those that survived will be marked completely via what they persisted because the urban descended into chaos.

In Leningrad, army historian Michael Jones chronicles the human tale of this epic siege. Drawing on newly on hand eyewitness money owed and diaries, he finds the real horrors of the ordeal—including tales long-suppressed by means of the Soviets of looting, legal gangs, and cannibalism. yet he additionally indicates the sizeable mental assets on which the voters of Leningrad drew to outlive opposed to determined odds. on the peak of the siege, for example, a rare concert of Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony profoundly bolstered the city’s will to resist.

A riveting account of 1 of the main harrowing sieges of global historical past, Leningrad additionally portrays the extraordinary strength of the human will within the face of even the direst catastrophe.

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The Napoleonic Wars (Smithsonian History of Warfare)

This vividly illustrated background of the Napoleonic Wars records the wars' origins within the French Revolution, narrates Napoleon's victories at Austerlitz and Jena, and concludes along with his defeats within the Iberian peninsula, Russia, and eventually at Waterloo. writer Gunther E. Rothenberg describes how Napoleon remodeled interstate war right into a procedure of relentless conquest, making a army superpower on a scale now not visible because the Roman Empire. even though ultimately defeated, Napoleon's version of conquest set a trend that was once to be revived through glossy totalitarian states, and their opponents.

  • A sweeping exam of the increase, triumph, and eventual downfall of Napoleon, a guy whose army genius endlessly replaced the face of war.
  • Analysis of Napoleon's approach of waging struggle, and the concepts that allowed him to create a singularly strong military.
  • A examine the profound impression of Napoleonic conquest on battle of the fashionable era.

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The Thirty Years War (New York Review Books Classics)

By Anthony Grafton, C. V. Wedgwood

Europe in 1618 used to be riven among Protestants and Catholics, Bourbon and Hapsburg--as good as empires, kingdoms, and numerous principalities. After indignant Protestants tossed 3 representatives of the Holy Roman Empire out the window of the royal fortress in Prague, international conflict unfold from Bohemia with relentless abandon, drawing powers from Spain to Sweden right into a nightmarish global of famine, affliction, and probably unstoppable destruction.

OCR a little off after moment 3rd of publication, yet nonetheless very readable and relaxing. Apologies for reupload, nonetheless being used to torrents.

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Rice Paddy Recon: A Marine Officer's Second Tour in Vietnam, 1968-1970

A tender U.S. Marine officer recounts his stories of the Vietnam conflict over a nineteen month interval. He graphically describes what it used to be wish to practice 3 specific wrestle missions: long-range floor reconnaissance within the Annamite Mountains of I Corps, infantry operations within the rice paddies and mountains of Quang Nam Province and specified police operations for the CIA in Tay Ninh Province. utilizing Marine Corps legitimate unit histories, CIA files, and his weekly letters domestic, the writer is predicated virtually solely on fundamental assets in supplying a correct and sincere account of wrestle on the small unit point. Of specific curiosity is his description of his project to the CIA as a Provincial Reconnaissance Unit (PRU) consultant in Tay Ninh Province, the place he participated in numerous mystery missions as a part of the debatable Phoenix software. The identify and contribution of the CIA's most precious secret agent in the course of the struggle, the recognized "Tay Ninh Source," is published.

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Archaeology of the Military Orders: A Survey of the Urban Centres, Rural Settlements and Castles of the Military Orders in the Latin East (c.1120-1291)

By Adrian Boas

Including formerly unpublished and little identified fabric, this state of the art ebook provides a close dialogue of the archaeological proof of the 5 army orders within the Latin East:
* the Hospitallers
* the Templars
* the Teutonic Knights
* the Leper Knights of St Lazarus 
* the Knights of St Thomas.

Discussing intimately the specified structure on the subject of their a variety of undertakings (such as hospitals in Jerusalem and Acre) Adrian Boas locations emphasis at the significance of the army Orders within the improvement of army structure within the center a long time. the 3 crucial sections of the booklet include chapters on the subject of the city quarters of the Orders in Jerusalem, Acre and different towns, their quite a few rural possessions, and the tens of castles outfitted or bought and increased within the 12th and 13th centuries.

A hugely illustrated and unique research, this accomplished quantity may be a vital learn for any archaeology pupil or student of this era.

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You're Stepping on My Cloak and Dagger (Bluejacket Books)

By Roger Hall

With a pointy eye and wry wit, Roger corridor recounts his studies as an American military officer assigned to the workplace of Strategic providers (OSS) in the course of international struggle II. First released in 1957 to serious and renowned acclaim, his e-book has develop into a cult favourite in intelligence circles. the tale follows Hall's reports from a junior officer fleeing a tedious education project in Louisiana to his quirky and rigorous OSS education rituals within the usa, England, and Scotland. speedy to select up at the talents helpful for behind-the-lines intelligence paintings, he turned a professional teacher. yet he used to be purely reluctantly given operational tasks as a result of his popularity as an iconoclast. In his droll story-telling type, corridor describes his first parachute leap in aid of the French resistance as a comedy of mistakes that terminated in advance. His final project within the warfare sector got here while William Colby appointed him part head of an operations team that made its means walking via Sweden. referred to as one of many funniest and so much perceptive works ever written approximately existence within the OSS, the ebook contains a wealth of unforgettable personalities that corridor encountered through the years.

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For God and Kaiser: The Imperial Austrian Army, 1619-1918

By Richard Bassett

One of the best examples of deeply researched and colorfully written army historical past, Richard Bassett's For God and Kaiser is an important account of the Habsburg military advised for the 1st time in English. Bassett exhibits how the Imperial Austrian military, again and again, was once a decisive think about the tale of Europe, the stability of overseas energy, and the security of Christendom. furthermore it was once the 1st pan-European military made of various nationalities and faiths, counting between its infantrymen not just Christians but in addition Muslims and Jews.

Bassett excursions one of the most very important campaigns and battles in glossy ecu army heritage, from the 17th century via international warfare I. He information technical and social advancements that coincided with the army's tale and gives attention-grabbing snap shots of the good army leaders in addition to noteworthy figures of lesser renown. Departing from traditional checks of the Habsburg military as useless, superseded, and again and again insufficient, the writer argues that it was once a uniquely cohesive and bold scuffling with strength, in lots of respects one of many glories of the outdated Europe.

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The War Nerd

By Gary Brecher

Self-described warfare nerd Gary Brecher is familiar with he’s now not on my own, that there’s a legion of fats, lonely americans, caught in silly, paper-pushing table jobs, who get off on analyzing approximately conflict simply because they hate their lives. yet Brecher writes approximately warfare, too. warfare Nerd collects his such a lot opinionated, enraging, enlightening, and pleasing items. half battle commentator, half offended slapstick comedian àla invoice Hicks, Brecher inveighs opposed to pieties of all stripes — Liberian generals, Dick Cheney, U.N. peacekeepers, the neo-cons — and the big incompetence of army powers. A provocative loose philosopher, he unearths a lot to recognize within the very unlikely areas, and never regularly for the main pacifistic purposes: the Tamil Tigers, the Lebanese Hezbollah, the Danes of 1,000 years in the past, etc, around the globe and during the centuries. Crude, scatological, un-P.C., but deeply knowledgeable, Brecher presents a extensively diversified, thoroughly unvarnished viewpoint at the nature of struggle.

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