Download E-books Fuentes de Oñoro 1811: Wellington's liberation of Portugal (Campaign) PDF

By René Chartrand

This Osprey name examines the an important crusade culminating within the hard-fought conflict that eventually drove the French from Portugal through the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). In October 1810 the Allied place in Portugal seemed precarious. regardless of defeating Marshal Masséna's French military at Bussaco, Wellington have been pressured to retreat to inside of a couple of miles of Lisbon. the following the French encountered a big line of fortifications stretching from the River Tagus to the ocean. outfitted amid nice secrecy and on Wellington's particular orders, those traces of Torres Vedras have been the French high-water mark. In February, together with his military close to hunger, Masséna used to be compelled to retreat and the scene was once set for the climactic motion of Fuentes de Oñoro.

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Download E-books Agincourt 1415: Triumph against the odds (Campaign) PDF

By Matthew Bennett

Osprey's crusade name for essentially the most vital campaigns of the Hundred Years' warfare (1337-1453). Agincourt is without doubt one of the so much evocative names in English army heritage. Henry V's forces have been drained, hungry, and confronted a French military 3 to 6 instances extra various. although, they possessed numerous merits, and English luck resulted from the combo of seriously armoured men-at-arms with troops armed with the notorious longbow - the havoc this weapon wreaked was once an important. utilizing unique 15th century facts, together with the surviving French conflict plan and the bills of fellows found in either armies, this identify discusses the lead-up to the conflict, the tactical tendencies of the 2 forces and the explanations for the final word English luck.

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Download E-books Granada 1492 PDF

By David Nicolle

By means of 1481 Granada used to be the final Islamic enclave in Catholic Spain. Granada's final ruler, Muhammad XII 'Boadbil', confronted the could of the Spanish royal military revitalised and lavishly built with smooth artillery. regardless of this mismatch of energy it took eleven years of challenging campaigning prior to the Spanish troops may possibly deliver their weapons to undergo at the partitions of Granada. After this the result couldn't be lengthy not on time. Andalusia, the actual embodiment of the flowering Islamic tradition in Spain, was once snuffed out. The commanders, forces, plans and crusade itself are all tested heavily during this beautifully illustrated account of 'Los Reyes Catolicos' maximum victory.

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Download E-books WAR PDF

By Sebastian Junger

In WAR, Sebastian Junger (The ideal Storm) turns his awesome and empathetic eye to the truth of combat--the worry, the respect, and the belief between males in an severe state of affairs whose survival is dependent upon their absolute dedication to each other. His on-the-ground account follows a unmarried platoon via a 15-month journey of responsibility within the most threatening outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. throughout the reports of those younger males at battle, he exhibits what it capacity to struggle, to serve, and to stand down mortal possibility each day.

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Download E-books Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare (Routledge Classics) PDF

By Bertrand Russell

Written on the top of the chilly conflict in 1959, Common feel and Nuclear Warfare used to be released in an attempt 'to hinder the disaster which might outcome from a wide scale H-bomb war'. Bertrand Russell’s staunch anti-war stance is made very transparent during this hugely debatable textual content, which outlines his sharp insights into the specter of nuclear clash and what could be performed to prevent it. Russell’s argument, that the single strategy to finish the specter of nuclear warfare is to finish conflict itself, is as proper at the present time because it was once on first ebook.

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Download E-books Vietnam Infantry Tactics (Elite) PDF

By Gordon L. Rottman

Osprey's research of the evolving US, Viet Cong and NVA strategies at battalion point and lower than through the Vietnam struggle (1955-1975). starting with an outline of the terrain, weather and the original nature of operations during this theater of conflict, writer Gordon Rottman, a Vietnam veteran himself, is going directly to clarify how unit association was once damaged down via combatant forces and the influence this had at the type of strategies they hired. specifically, Rottman highlights how devices have been geared up actually at the battlefield in preference to their theoretical tables of association.

US strategies incorporated the traditional US tactical doctrine as prescribed via numerous box manuals and within which leaders and troops have been carefully educated. however it additionally unearths what percentage American devices constructed cutting edge small unit strategies particularly adapted to the terrain and enemy practices. Key loose international Forces' strategies that might be mentioned intimately contain Command and keep an eye on, wrestle Patrols and Ambushes, Counter-Ambushes, protecting Perimeters, and Offensive Operations (sweeps, seek and smash, transparent and secure). by contrast, this booklet finds the strategies hired through Viet Cong and NVA devices together with their very own Offensive Operations (attacking bases and installations, attacking relocating forces), Reconnaissance, move Formations and defense, and Ambushes.

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Download E-books The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea--The Forgotten War of the South Pacific PDF

By James Campbell

Mendacity due north of Australia, New Guinea is without doubt one of the world’s biggest islands. In 1942, while international warfare II exploded onto its beaches, it used to be an inhospitable, cursorily mapped, disease-ridden land of dense jungle, towering mountain peaks, deep valleys, and fetid swamps. Coveted by means of the japanese for its strategic place, New Guinea grew to become the location of 1 of the South Pacific’s such a lot savage campaigns. regardless of their loss of jungle education, the thirty second Division’s Ghost Mountain Boys have been assigned the main grueling venture of the total Pacific crusade: to march one hundred thirty miles over the rugged Owen Stanley Mountains and to guard the proper flank of the Australian military as they fought to push the japanese again to the village of Buna on New Guinea’s north coast.

Comprised of nationwide Guardsmen from Michigan and Wisconsin, reserve officials, and draftees from around the kingdom, the thirty second department lacked greater than training—they have been with no even the fundamentals valuable for survival. the boys weren't issued the really good garments that later grew to become usual factor for squaddies scuffling with within the South Pacific; they fought in rapidly dyed wrestle fatigues that bled within the severe humidity and left them with festering sores. They waded via brush and vines with no assistance from machetes. they didn't have insect repellent. with out water-resistant bins, their fits have been lifeless and the quinine and diet capsules they carried, in addition to salt and chlorination drugs, crumbled of their wallet. Exhausted and driven to the edge of human persistence, the Ghost Mountain Boys fell sufferer to malnutrition and ailment. Forty-two days when they set out, they arrived miles south of Buna, approximately shattered by way of the adventure.

Arrival in Buna supplied no respite. The thirty second department was once ordered to release an instantaneous attack at the eastern place. After months of furious—sometimes hand-to-hand—combat, the decimated department ultimately completed victory. The ferocity of the fight for Buna was once summed up in Time journal on December 28, 1942, 3 weeks prior to the japanese military used to be defeated: “Nowhere on the planet this present day are American infantrymen engaged in scuffling with so determined, so cruel, so sour, or so bloody.”

Reminiscent of classics like Band of Brothers and The issues They Carried, this harrowing portrait of a mostly missed crusade is a component warfare diary, half severe event story, and (through letters, journals, and interviews) half biography of a gaggle of guys who fought to outlive in an atmosphere each piece as fierce because the enemy they confronted.

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Download E-books The White Witch of the South Seas (Gregory Sallust Book 11) PDF

By Dennis Wheatley

'Before there has been James Bond, there has been Gregory Sallust.' Tina Rosenberg, Salon.com
The White Witch of the South Seas is the 11th in Dennis Wheatley's bestselling Gregory Sallust sequence that includes the debonair undercover agent Gregory Sallust, a forerunner to Ian Fleming's James Bond.

A spellbinding tale of experience and intrigue advised within the actual Wheatley culture, that includes Gregory Sallust who, whilst traveling Rio de Janeiro, turns into drawn into perilous motion. situation ends up in him changing into the good friend of a tender South Seas Rajah, Ratu James Omboluku, there to safe finance to get better treasure from a sunken send mendacity off the island he ideas; and he intends to take advantage of this treasure for the betterment of his people.

But others, led through the unscrupulous Pierre Lacost, also are making plans to recuperate the treasure, and it isn't lengthy prior to Gregory, having an affair with the passionate Manon de Bois-Tracy, unearths himself surrounded by way of homicide, magic, blackmail, kidnapping and a few of the main ruthless thugs he has ever encountered.

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Download E-books Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire PDF

By Saul David

In "Victoria's Wars: the increase of Empire" Saul David explores the early a part of Queen Victoria's reign, whilst the British Empire was once good so one can turning into the best empire the area had ever obvious. this can be the tale of ways it occurred and the folks who made it ensue. In a fast-moving narrative starting from London to the cruel terrain of India, Russia and the a long way East, Saul David indicates how Britain ruthlessly exploited her place because the world's purely superpower to extend her empire. but little of this territorial acquisition was once deliberate or sanctioned by means of the house govt. as an alternative it used to be principally the paintings of the boys at the flooring, and to these at domestic it rather did look that the empire used to be received in a 'fit of absence of mind'. Saul David creates a bright portrait of existence at the violent fringes of empire, and of the likely never-ending and brutal wars that have been fought within the identify of alternate, civilization and the stability of energy. "Splendid ...a extraordinary treasure-chest of anecdotes ...a wonderfully brisk, cool and really appropriate narrator". ("Daily Telegraph"). "Incisive and acute ...thorough and infrequently revelatory, [David] continually unearths a telling word, an attention-grabbing aspect or a human story". ("Sunday Times"). Saul David is Professor of warfare experiences on the college of Buckingham and the writer of a number of significantly acclaimed historical past books, together with "The Indian Mutiny: 1857" (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for army Literature), "Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu conflict of 1879" (a Waterstone's army historical past ebook of the yr) and, such a lot lately, "Victoria's Wars: the increase of Empire".

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