Category: Military History

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

By Danny S. Parker

On December 17, 1944, throughout 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 though greater than thirty males lived to inform of the bloodbath, precisely what came about that day continues to be mired in controversy. was once it only a "battlefield incident" or relatively a planned slaughter? Who gave the orders: notorious SS chief Jochen Peiper or an individual else? deadly Crossroads vividly reconstructs the serious occasions top 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 learning unique assets and interviewing a couple of hundred witnesses to discover the reality in the back of the Malmédy bloodbath. the result's riveting.

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Among Heroes: A U.S. Navy SEAL's True Story of Friendship, Heroism, and the Ultimate Sacrifice

By Brandon Webb, John David Mann

From Brandon Webb, military SEAL sniper and New York Times bestselling writer, comes his own account of the 8 acquaintances and fellow SEALs who made the last word sacrifice.
“Knowing those nice men—who they have been, how they lived, and what they stood for—has replaced my lifestyles. We can’t allow them to be forgotten. We’ve mourned their deaths. Let’s have fun their lives.”—Brandon Webb
As a military SEAL, Brandon Webb rose to the head of the world’s so much elite sniper corps, experiencing years of punishing education and wrestle missions from the Persian Gulf to Afghanistan. alongside the way in which, Webb served beside, knowledgeable, and supported males he got here to understand not only as fellow warriors, yet as associates and, ultimately, as heroes.
this can be his own account of 8 notable SEALs who gave focused on their comrades and their nation with awesome valor and abiding humanity: Matt “Axe” Axelson, who perished on Afghanistan’s Lone Survivor venture; Chris Campbell, Heath Robinson, and JT Tumilson, who have been one of the casualties of Extortion 17; Glen Doherty, Webb’s ally, killed whereas supporting safe the winning rescue and extraction of yank CIA and country division diplomats in Benghazi; and different shut associates, classmates, and fellow warriors. those are males who left in the back of powerfully instructive examples of what it capability to be alive—and what it actually ability to be a hero.

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Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (American Empire Project)

By Nick Turse

Based on categorized records and first-person interviews, a startling background of the yankee conflict on Vietnamese civilians
The American Empire Project
Winner of the Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial contrast
Americans have lengthy been taught that occasions similar to the infamous My Lai bloodbath have been remoted incidents within the Vietnam battle, conducted via quite a few "bad apples." yet as award-winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates during this groundbreaking research, violence opposed to Vietnamese noncombatants used to be under no circumstances unprecedented in the course of the clash. really, it was once pervasive and systematic, the predictable outcome of reliable orders to "kill something that moves."

Drawing on greater than a decade of analysis into mystery Pentagon files and vast interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Turse unearths for the 1st time the workings of an army laptop that ended in thousands of blameless civilians killed and wounded--what one soldier known as "a My Lai a month." Devastating and definitive, "Kill something That strikes" ultimately brings us face-to-face with the reality of a battle that haunts the United States to this day.

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Survivors of Stalingrad: Eyewitness Accounts from the 6th Army, 1942-1943

By Reinhold Busch

In November 1942 – in a devastating counter-attack from outdoors the town – Soviet forces smashed the German siege and encircled Stalingrad, trapping a few 290,000 squaddies of the sixth military within. for nearly 3 months, in the course of the cruelest a part of the Russian wintry weather, the German troops persisted atrocious stipulations. Freezing chilly and reliant on dwindling foodstuff offers from Luftwaffe air drops, millions died from hunger, frostbite or an infection if now not from the combating itself.

This very important paintings reconstructs the awful destiny of the sixth military in complete for the 1st time by way of reading the little-known tale of the sphere hospitals and crucial dressing stations. the writer has trawled via thousands of formerly unpublished reviews, interviews, diaries and newspaper money owed to bare the reports of squaddies of all ranks, from easy squaddies to generals.

The booklet comprises firsthand debts of infantrymen who have been wounded or fell in poor health and have been flown out of the encirclement; in addition to those that fought to the sour finish and have been taken prisoner by means of the Soviets. They consider the severity of the scuffling with, and demonstrate the slowly ebbing hopes for survival. jointly they supply an illuminating and tragic portrait of the appalling occasions at Stalingrad.

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The Roman Navy: Ships, Men and Warfare 350 BC-AD 475

The Roman military used to be outstanding for its dimension, achieve and durability. As major because the Royal army was once to the British Empire within the 19th century, the Roman military used to be an important to the extreme growth of Imperial energy and for its upkeep over a interval of greater than 800 years. the cloth and organization of this maritime strength is on the middle of this new book.

At the peak of its energy the Roman military was once, not less than in numerical phrases, the biggest maritime strength ever to have existed. It hired tens of millions of sailors and maintained and fought fleets of ships higher than any forces considering. In those pages the writer seems in any respect the facets of the army in flip. Shipbuilding, rigs and fittings, and shipboard weaponry are coated as are the entire critical send from the earliest forms to the final. The command constitution is printed, as are all facets of the crews’ lives, their recruitment, phrases of provider, education and uniforms. lifestyles onboard, food and drinks, self-discipline, faith and superstition are defined, whereas seamanship and navigation are handled besides bases and shore institutions. Operations characteristic prominently, the allied and enemy navies in comparison, and specimen battles hired to give an explanation for struggling with tactics.

All those points replaced and constructed highly over the nice span of the Roman empire yet this attention-grabbing booklet brings this complicated tale jointly in a single significant volume.

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Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

By Eric Blehm

Fearless takes you deep into SEAL crew SIX, directly to the guts of 1 of its so much mythical operators.
“As a rule, we don’t propose books or videos or whatever concerning the command the place I work—and Adam Brown worked—but because the writer writes in Fearless, ‘you need to be aware of the foundations, so that you understand whilst to bend or holiday them.’ this can be a type of times.  learn this booklet. interval. It succeeds the place the entire others have failed.”  --Anonymous SEAL workforce SIX Operator
When military SEAL Adam Brown awakened on March 17, 2010, he didn’t be aware of he could die that evening within the Hind Kush Mountains of Afghanistan—but he was once prepared. In a letter to his young children, now not intended to be visible until the worst occurred, he wrote, “I’m now not terrified of something that will ensue to me in this earth, simply because i do know it doesn't matter what, not anything can take my spirit from me.”
Fearless is the tale of a guy of extremes, whose braveness and backbone have been fueled through religion, relations, and the affection of a lady. It’s a few guy who waged a conflict opposed to his personal worst impulses, together with drug habit, and persisted to arrive the pinnacle tier of the U.S. army. In a deeply own and soaking up chronicle, Fearless reveals a glimpse contained in the SEAL workforce SIX brotherhood, and provides an indelible portrait of a hugely expert warrior whose ultimate act of bravery resulted in the final word sacrifice.
Adam Brown used to be a faithful guy who used to be an not going hero yet a real warrior, defined through all who knew him as…fearless.

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Nero's Killing Machine: The True Story of Rome's Remarkable 14th Legion

By Stephen Dando-Collins

The 14th Gemina Martia Victrix Legion used to be the main celebrated unit of the early Roman Empire–a strength that have been burnt up lower than Julius Caesar, reformed, and nearly burnt up back. After engaging within the a.d. forty three invasion of england, the 14th Legion completed its maximum glory whilst it placed down the recognized uprising of the Britons lower than Boudicca. Numbering under 10,000 males, the disciplined Roman killing computer defeated 230,000 rampaging rebels, slaughtering 80,000 with in basic terms four hundred Roman losses–an accomplishment that led the emperor Nero to honor the legion with the name ""Conqueror of Britain."" during this gripping publication, moment within the author’s definitive histories of the legions of old Rome, Stephen Dando-Collins brings the 14th Legion to existence, providing army background aficionados a distinct soldier’s-eye view in their strategies, campaigns, and battles.

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Our Darkest Day: The Tragic Battle of Fromelles and the Diggers’ Final Resting Place

By Patrick Lindsay

On 19 July 1916, within the northern French village of Fromelles, Australia suffered its worst-ever army defeat while a British officer ordered 15,000 of our greatest and bravest to head 'over the top' and assault the German traces. 8 hours later, greater than 5500 Diggers lay lifeless or wounded: the an identical of all Australian casualties from the Boer, Korean and Vietnam wars mixed.

The phenomenon of Fromelles has captured the hearts of Australians all around the nation. the tale of Australia's worst army catastrophe and the ensuing foreign crusade to reclaim the misplaced infantrymen of the conflict of Fromelles sparked nationwide and foreign headlines, an army research and an archaeological dig to discover the resting position of those lacking infantrymen.

Lambis Engelzekios's tireless research and Patrick Lindsay's sensational ensuing e-book Fromelles was once the catalyst for a lot of this motion. Fromelles has bought over 30,000 copies considering the fact that booklet, and now Hardie furnish offers the precise model for fanatics of army historical past. An abridged model overlaying the conflict itself, Our Darkest Day will intrigue army historical past fanatics who're willing to profit approximately this such a lot notorious wartime conflict.

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Elite Panzer Strike Force: Germany's Panzer Lehr Division in World War II

By Franz Kurowski

  • Story of 1 of the simplest and so much battered armored divisions within the German militia
  • Follows the department from Normandy and the conflict of the Bulge to the tip of the conflict
  • How Germans fought americans at St. Lô and Bastogne
  • Includes quite a few firsthand bills in accordance with interviews with veterans
  • Features Kurowski's trademark you-are-there type
  • First time in English
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    The Culture of War

    A revered pupil of army heritage and knowledgeable on technique, Martin van Creveld lately explored the fashionable world’s moving approach to strive against within the altering Face of struggle. Now, within the tradition of battle, he argues that there's even more to warfare than simply squaddies killing each other for no matter what reason.

    War has continuously been an issue of deep intrigue. struggling with itself could be a resource of serious, even perhaps the best, pleasure; out of this pleasure and fascination a complete tradition has grown–from the battle paint of tribal warriors to today’s “tiger suits,” from Julius Caesar’s crimson cloak to Douglas McArthur’s pipe, from the ornamental shields of historical Greece to today’s nostril artwork, and from the discovery of chess round six hundred A.D. to the main smooth wrestle simulators. The tradition of battle has its personal traditions, legislation and customs, rituals, ceremonies, tune, paintings, literature, and monuments because the starting of civilization.

    Throughout the a long time, the tradition of warfare has often been hugely esteemed. now not so in today’s complex nations, which have a tendency both to mock it (“military intelligence is to intelligence what army track is to music”) or to denounce it as “militaristic.” This provocative e-book, the 1st of its style, units out to teach how wrongheaded, or even risky, such attitudes are. The tradition of conflict argues that women and men, opposite to the hopes of a few, are only as enthusiastic about struggle this day as they've been long ago. an army that
    has misplaced contact with the tradition of warfare is doomed now not in basic terms to defeat yet to disintegration.

    Innovative, authoritative, and riveting, it is a significant paintings via one of many world’s maximum and so much insightful army historians.

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