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With Our Backs to the Wall. Victory and Defeat in 1918

Автор: adminton2746 от 15-06-2014, 12:53
Автор: David Stevenson
Название: With Our Backs to the Wall. Victory and Defeat in 1918
Издательство: Belknap Press
Год: 2011
Формат: PDF
Страниц: 747
Язык: English
Размер: 5.5 MB

With so much at stake and so much already lost, why did World War I end with a whimper an arrangement between two weary opponents to suspend hostilities? After more than four years of desperate fighting, with victories sometimes measured in feet and inches, why did the Allies reject the option of advancing into Germany in 1918 and taking Berlin? Most histories of the Great War focus on the avoidability of its beginning. This book brings a laser-like focus to its ominous end the Allies incomplete victory, and the tragic ramifications for world peace just two decades later.In the most comprehensive account to date of the conflict's endgame, David Stevenson approaches the events of 1918 from a truly international perspective, examining the positions and perspectives of combatants on both sides, as well as the impact of the Russian Revolution. Stevenson pays close attention to America's effort in its first twentieth-century war, including its naval and military contribution, army recruitment, industrial mobilization, and home-front politics. Alongside military and political developments, he adds new information about the crucial role of economics and logistics.The Allies eventual success, Stevenson shows, was due to new organizational methods of managing men and materiel and to increased combat effectiveness resulting partly from technological innovation. These factors, combined with Germany's disastrous military offensive in spring 1918, ensured an Allied victory but not a conclusive German defeat.

Panther Pzkpfw V. (Aero Team 09)

Автор: adminton2746 от 15-06-2014, 12:49
Название: Panther Pzkpfw V.
Издательство: Aero Team
Серия: Aero Team 09
Год издания: 1991
Язык: Czech
Количество страниц: 20
Формат: PDF
Размер: 12,2 MB

Чешскoe издание серии Aero Team для любителей моделизма

The National Army Museum Book of the Crimean War. The Untold Stories

Автор: andrey4444 от 15-06-2014, 12:44
Автор: Massie A.
Название: The National Army Museum Book of the Crimean War. The Untold Stories
Издательство: Pan Macmillan
Год: 2004
Формат: pdf
Размер: 208 Mb
Язык: английский

The Charge of the Light Brigade, the Thin Red Line and the Lady of the Lamp have all passed into legend. The Crimean War showed the incompetence of the British high command being redeemed time and again by the outstanding courage of the British soldier. Failure of supplies, exposure and disease led to the deaths of thousands during the Crimean winter. Here for the first time are the previously unpublished first hand accounts of fighting, woven together to recreate one of the most gruelling conflicts in history. From the commander-in-chief Lord Raglan to the lowliest private, the material from the archives of the National Army Museum bring to life tragic friendships, shattered nerves, accusations, rivalries, the harrowing experiences of Victoria Cross winners, decapitation and amputation - revealing untold stories from the Crimean War.

The Abyssinian Campaigns : The Official Story of the Conquest of Italian East Africa

Автор: adminton2746 от 15-06-2014, 12:29
Автор: Collective
Название: The Abyssinian Campaigns : The Official Story of the Conquest of Italian East Africa
Издательство: HMSO
Год: 1942
Формат: PDF
Страниц: 148
Язык: English
Размер: 27.5 MB

The East African Campaign was a series of battles fought in Horn of Africa during World War II by Allied (predominantly British Commonwealth) forces against Axis forces, primarily from Italy, between June 1940 and November 1941.
Allied forces involved, under the British Middle East Command, consisted of units from: British Commonwealth states including British East Africa, British Somaliland, British West Africa, the Indian Empire, Northern Rhodesia, Nyasaland, the Mandate of Palestine, South Africa, Southern Rhodesia, Sudan and the United Kingdom; and Ethiopian irregular forces, Free French forces, and Belgian troops from Force Publique. The Axis forces included: units from the Italian Regio Corpo Truppe Coloniali (recruits from Italian-occupied Abyssinia, Italian Eritrea and Italian Somaliland), Italian regulars and the small Compagnia Autocarrata Tedesca ("German Motorized Company"). The majority of the Italian forces were East African colonials led by Italian officers.
Fighting began with the Italian bombing of the Southern Rhodesian air base at Wajir in Kenya, and continued, pushing the Italian forces through Somaliland, Eritrea, and Ethiopia until the Italian surrender after the Battle of Gondar in November 1941.

Прерванный полет «Эдельвейса». Люфтваффе в наступлении на Кавказ. 1942 г

Автор: adminton2746 от 15-06-2014, 12:06
Название: Прерванный полет «Эдельвейса». Люфтваффе в наступлении на Кавказ. 1942 г
Автор: Дмитрий Дёгтев
Издательство: Центрполиграф
Серия: Сражения в воздухе. Военная авиация XX века
Год: 2014
Страниц: 253
Язык: русский
Формат: pdf
Размер: 5.7 Мб

«Охота на дроф» - план захвата Керченского полуострова, о котором доложил фюреру Манштейн в апреле 1942 года. Гитлер с ним согласился, но сделал одно решающее замечание - люфтваффе должно, как и прежде, играть решающую роль в наступлении.
В Крым был направлен лучший специалист - командир VIII авиакорпуса барон В. фон Рихтхофен. Он возглавил четвертый флот люфтваффе и мощные воздушные удары обрушились на советские войска. В книге приведены архивные документы и воспоминания летчиков, а также отечественные мемуары и источники ранее не публиковавшиеся.

Soviet Submachine Guns of World War II: PPD-40, PPSh-41 and PPS (Osprey Weapon 33)

Автор: adminton2746 от 15-06-2014, 11:45
Название: Soviet Submachine Guns of World War II: PPD-40, PPSh-41 and PPS
Автор: Chris McNab, Steve Noon, Alan Gilliland
Издательство: Osprey Publishing
Серия: Osprey Weapon 33
ISBN: 978 1782007944
Год издания: 2014
Язык: English
Страниц: 82
Формат: PDF
Размер: 5,7 MB

The submachine gun (SMG) came to be the embodiment of the Soviet fighting spirit during World War II. From 1943 the Red Army’s preference for close-quarters combat resulted in entire infantry units being equipped with nothing but SMGs. By deploying multiple SMG-armed companies and battalions, the Red Army was able to develop ferocious firepower in urban warfare and position assaults, the soldiers keeping within the SMG’s effective range of about 150m to nullify the German skills in armoured and manoeuvre warfare, artillery support and aerial bombardment. Featuring expert analysis and an array of specially commissioned full-colour artwork, this engaging study explains the history, use and development of Soviet wartime SMGs in detail. It gives particular focus to the tactical applications of these weapons in combat, and how they compared to firearms wielded by their German opponents. With numerous first-hand combat accounts, and detailed technical explanations, this book is ideal for both the general reader and the firearms enthusiast.

A Century of Remembrance - One Hundred Outstanding British War Memorials

Автор: adminton2746 от 15-06-2014, 10:44
Автор: Derek Boorman
Название: A Century of Remembrance - One Hundred Outstanding British War Memorials
Издательство: Pen & Sword
Год: 2005
Формат: PDF
Страниц: 230
Язык: English
Размер: 78 MB

A Century of Remembrance is a study of one hundred outstanding United Kingdom war memorials which commemorate 20th century conflicts from the Boer War to the Falklands and Gulf wars. The first described is a Boer War memorial unveiled on 5 November 1904, and the last is the Animals in War memorial unveiled in London on 24 November 2004. The memorials chosen are listed as near as possible in chronological order and represent different wars, different artists, different areas of the country, and a variety of types of memorial. In category they range from individual to national memorials and include memorials in schools, churches and places of work, and examples representing communities and the armed services. In form they are from statues and stained glass windows to arches, obelisks and cenotaphs, and from cloisters and chapels to art galleries and gardens and even a carillon.

The Shadow World - Inside the Global Arms Trade

Автор: adminton2746 от 15-06-2014, 10:34
Автор: Andrew Feinstein
Название: The Shadow World - Inside the Global Arms Trade
Издательство: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Год: 2011
Формат: PDF
Страниц: 662
Язык: English
Размер: 26.8 MB

The Shadow World is the harrowing behind-the-scenes tale of the global arms trade, revealing the deadly collusion that all too often exists among senior politicians, weapons manufacturers, felonious arms dealers, and the military—a situation that compromises our security and undermines our democracy.
Pulling back the curtain on this secretive world, Andrew Feinstein reveals the corruption and the cover-ups behind a range of weapons deals, from the largest in history—between the British and Saudi governments—to the guns-for-diamonds deals in Africa and the imminent $60 billion U.S. weapons contract with Saudi Arabia. He exposes in forensic detail both the formal government-to-government trade in arms and the shadow world of illicit weapons dealing, and lays bare the shockingly frequent links between the two. Drawing on his experience as a member of the African National Congress who resigned when the ANC refused to launch a corruption investigation into a major South African arms deal, Feinstein illuminates the impact this network has not only on conflicts around the world but also on the democratic institutions of the United States and the United Kingdom.
Based on pathbreaking reporting and unprecedented access to top-secret information and major players in this clandestine realm, The Shadow World places us in the midst of the arms trade’s dramatic wheeling and dealing—from corporate boardrooms to seedy out-of-the-way hotels—and reveals the profound danger and enormous financial cost this network represents to all of us.

Medium Mark A Whippet (Osprey New Vanguard 207)

Автор: adminton2746 от 15-06-2014, 10:28
Автор: David Fletcher
Название: Medium Mark A Whippet
Издательство: Osprey Publishing
Серия: Osprey New Vanguard 207
ISBN: 9781782003984
Год: 2014
Формат: PDF (e-book)
Страниц: 50
Размер: 3 Mb
Язык: English

This title looks at the Medium Mark A Whippet, one of the most successful British tanks of World War I and, when placed alongside existing titles covering the Mark I, Mark IV and Mark V, completes the New Vanguard series’ coverage of the major British tanks of the war. The evolution of the Whippet is examined in detail, from design and development to mechanical details and crew duties, and information on the operational use of the vehicle is drawn from war diaries and battalion records.

Владимир Шигин. Сборник произведений в 23 книгах

Автор: adminton2746 от 15-06-2014, 10:21
Автор: Владимир Виленович Шигин
Название: Сборник произведений
Издательство: Вече , Молодая гвардия, Олма-пресс
Год: 2002 - 2013
Формат: FB2
Размер: 62 mb

С флотом Владимир Виленович Шигин знаком не понаслышке - капитан 2 ранга, закончил Военно-морское училище и академию, отслужил на различных боевых кораблях. Владимир Шигин является автором множества исторических книг по истории флота, таких как "Адмирал Нельсон", "Морские драмы Второй мировой", "Последние герои империи", "Призрак на вахте" и множества других.