Category: Military History

There's a War to Be Won: The United States Army in World War II

By Geoffrey Perret

There is a warfare TO BE gained is the landmark tale of 1 of the best armies in heritage, a conscript strength of novice squaddies who had an remarkable list of strive against luck. the following -- for the 1st time in a single quantity -- is the chronicle of the U.S. Army's dramatic mobilization and beautiful march to victory in global battle II.
In a full of life and engrossing narrative that spans theaters of operations all over the world, Geoffrey Perret tells how the military used to be drafted, expert, prepared, armed, and led at each level of the warfare. starting with the prescient army planners of the Thirties, he deals vibrant warts-and-all profiles of the farsighted commanders who might cleared the path, males like Marshall, MacArthur, Eisenhower, Ridgway, Bradley, and Patton.
Drawing seriously on very important new resource fabric in significant information through the usa, there is a warfare TO BE received bargains new insights into the wartime military, its commanders, and its battles. an enormous paintings of yank army history.
"An immensely readable, well-researched historical past . . . Dramatic." -- Chicago Tribune

From the Paperback edition.

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The Vikings and Their Enemies: Warfare in Northern Europe, 750–1100

By Philip Line

A clean account of a few of history's maximum warriors.

The Vikings had a rare and far-reaching historic impression. From the 8th to the 11th centuries, they ranged throughout Europe—raiding, exploring, colonizing—and their presence was once felt as distant as Russia and Byzantium. they're most famed as warriors, but possibly their expertise for battle is simply too little understood. Philip Line, during this scholarly and hugely readable learn of the Viking age, makes use of unique documentary sources—the chronicles, sagas, and poetry—and the newest archaeological proof to explain how the Vikings and their enemies in northern Europe geared up for war.

His image exam provides an updated interpretation of the Vikings’ method of violence and their scuffling with tools that might be interesting analyzing for somebody who's willing to appreciate how they operated and accomplished rather a lot in medieval Europe. He explores the practicalities of waging warfare within the Viking age, together with compelling money owed of the character of campaigns and raids, and exact debts of Viking-age battles on land and sea, utilizing all of the to be had proof to provide an perception into the event of strive against. all through this attention-grabbing ebook, Philip Line seeks to dispel universal myths concerning the Vikings and misconceptions approximately their method of struggle.

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Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World

By Roger Crowley

In 1521, Suleiman the extraordinary, Muslim ruler of the Ottoman Empire, dispatched an invasion fleet to the Christian island of Rhodes. this is able to end up to be the outlet shot in an epic conflict among rival empires and faiths for keep an eye on of the Mediterranean and the heart of the area. In Empires of the Sea, acclaimed historian Roger Crowley has written an exciting account of this brutal decades-long conflict among Christendom and Islam for the soul of Europe, a fast paced story of spiraling depth that levels from Istanbul to the Gates of Gibraltar. Crowley inspires a wild solid of pirates, crusaders, and non secular warriors suffering for supremacy and survival in a story of slavery and galley conflict, determined bravery and utter brutality. Empires of the ocean is a narrative of remarkable colour and incident, and gives a very important context for our personal conflict of civilizations.

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History of Warfare, Scottish Soldiers in France in the Reign of the Sun King: Nursery for Men of Honour

By Matthew Glozier

This quantity examines the function and value of Scottish squaddies in France within the age of the solar King, Louis XIV. The learn examines the complicated dating of expatriate Scottish squaddies to their native land and local sovereign, in the context of a altering surroundings for army employment. The amity of the so-called 'auld' alliance intended little in an age of fast improvement within the dating among armies and the states they served. stuck within the heart have been a few Scots, trying to perpetuate conventional modes of employment in a foreign country. they discovered themselves the objective of accelerating pressures to devote wholeheartedly to 1 company or one other. The publication surveys the heritage of Scottish soldiers' carrier at the continent as a rule, and in France specifically by means of reading the explicit stipulations of army carrier there within the sunlight King's reign with a distinct specialize in the warriors of the regiment of George Douglas, Earl of Dumbarton.

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Yank: Memoir of a World War II Soldier (1941-1945) - From the Desert War of North Africa to the Allied Invasion of E

By Ted Ellsworth

Ted Ellsworth was once a tender Dartmouth grad in 1941. within the years sooner than the U.S. joined the second one international struggle attempt, American males who wanted to struggle opposed to Hitler have been granted permission from President Roosevelt and the U.S. Congress to affix the British military. In basic condition, battling for one more nation's military will be an automated forfeiture of U.S. citizenship (as famous on U.S. passports). Yank starts with goodbyes to Ellworth's younger spouse and kin. It covers his crossing to Britain, preliminary remain in London, task to a North African tank regiment and the crusade there, participation within the invasion of Italy and the second one wave of D-Day, money owed of fierce battles, being taken prisoner via the Germans and shipped to a POW camp, the camp deprivations, liberation by way of the Russians, and eventually, the yr Ellsworth spent wandering japanese Europe without dog-tags, after the battle had ended, attempting to achieve a urban from which he may possibly send again domestic. Ellsworth have been formally MIA for over years, and everybody assumed he used to be lifeless. the ultimate pages aspect Ellsworth's homecoming while his spouse hand-delivers the gorgeous and intimate observe that she'd written him while he used to be first pronounced missing.

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Blood Brothers: The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel

By Elias Chacour, David Hazard

As a baby, Elias Chacour lived in a small Palestinian village in Galilee. while tens of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been killed and approximately 1000000 compelled into refugee camps in 1948, Elias all started an extended fight with the best way to reply. In Blood Brothers, he blends his riveting existence tale with old examine to bare a little-known part of the Arab-Israeli clash, bearing on questions such as:

•What behind-the-scenes politics touched off the turmoil within the center East?
•What does Bible prophecy rather need to say?
•Can sour enemies ever be reconciled?

Now up-to-date with observation at the present nation of the Israeli-Palestinian clash, in addition to a brand new foreword by means of Lynne Hybels and Gabe Lyons, this booklet bargains desire and perception that may support each one people discover ways to reside at peace in an international of anxiety and terror.

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Twelve Desperate Miles: The Epic World War II Voyage of the SS Contessa

By Tim Brady

The actual tale of the way a rusty New Orleans banana boat staffed with a very unlikely and various team was once drafted into carrier in WWII—and heroically succeeded in atmosphere the degree for Patton's epic invasion of North Africa.

The biggest amphibious invasion strength ever to move the Atlantic Ocean set sail from Virginia in November 1942 with the purpose of taking pictures Casablanca and an important airfield northeast of town. regrettably, the airfield was once situated a dozen miles up a twisting Morrocan river, too shallow for any send within the complete Allied fleet. because the invasion neared, the conflict division grew to become up the Contessa, a salt-caked Honduran-registered civilian freighter that had spent such a lot of her profession hauling bananas and honeymooners. 
   This unremarkable send, crewed through seamen from twenty-six diversified international locations, eighteen sailors pulled from the Norfolk County reformatory, and a French harbor pilot lively out of Morroco through OSS brokers, turned the focal point of the outlet salvo of worldwide warfare II. Too past due to affix the large convoy crusing for Africa, the Contessa set out on her personal throughout the U-boat-infested waters of the Atlantic to the beaches of Morocco, where she confronted her such a lot daunting problem: the twelve-mile voyage up the well-defended Sebou River, wearing an explosive cocktail of airplane gasoline and 9 hundred lots of bombs in her holds.
   Twelve determined Miles is a shocking and exciting account of 1 of the good untold tales of the battle.

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Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters

By Cole C. Kingseed

Now in paperback! The New York Times bestseller and battle memoir from the commander of the mythical Band of Brothers??now with a brand new preface from Dick Winters.

They have been referred to as effortless Company?but their undertaking used to be by no means effortless. Immortalized because the Band of Brothers, they suffered one hundred fifty% casualties whereas releasing Europe?an unheard of checklist of bravery lower than fireplace. Winner of the celebrated provider pass, Dick Winters was once their mythical commander. this is often his story?told in his personal phrases for the 1st time.

On D-Day, Winters assumed management of the Band of Brothers while its commander was once killed and led them in the course of the conflict of the Bulge and into Germany?by which era each one member were wounded. in keeping with Winters?s wartime diary, Beyond Band of Brothers additionally contains his comrades? untold tales. this can be a relocating memoir by way of the guy who earned the affection and admire of straightforward Company?and who's a hero to new generations around the globe.

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Saratoga: A Military History of the Decisive Campaign of the American Revolution

By John F. Luzader

The months-long 1777 Saratoga crusade used to be essentially the most decisive of the total progressive struggle. The crushing British defeat caused France to acknowledge the yank colonies as an self reliant country, claim warfare on England, and devote funds, ships, palms, and males to the uprising. John Luzader’s extraordinary Saratoga: an army background of the Decisive crusade of the yankee Revolution is the 1st all-encompassing goal account of those pivotal months in American history.

British common John Burgoyne assembled his command at St. Johns in June 1777. His strength consisted of diverse warships, greater than one hundred thirty items of artillery, and 7,800 males together with huge divisions of rested veteran British Regulars. Burgoyne meant to trap Albany, long island, wrest keep watch over of the important Hudson River Valley from the colonists, and divide the Northern American colonies in part. preliminary colonial competition integrated greatly separated fastened positions, small garrisons and instructions, and feuding American commanders. Burgoyne’s fundamental opponent was once common Horatio Gates, a haughty and divisive chief whose 8,000 males integrated a number of able box commanders, together with Benedict Arnold and Daniel Morgan. The sequence of battles huge and small those males could engineer shocked the area and spun the colonial uprising in a wholly assorted direction.

The British offensive kicked off with a gorgeous victory at citadel Ticonderoga, via a pointy profitable engagement at Hubbardton. different activities erupted at citadel Stanwix, Oriskany, and Bennington. notwithstanding, critical offer difficulties dogged Burgoyne’s column and, the help of normal William Howe did not materialize. confronted with hungry troops and a strong collecting of yankee troops, Burgoyne made up our minds to take the offensive through crossing the Hudson River and relocating opposed to Gates. The complex maneuvers and command frictions that sparked significant battles, one at Freeman’s Farm (September 19) and the second one at Bemis Heights (October 7). Seared into the general public cognizance as “the conflict of Saratoga,” the engagements ended in the humiliating defeat and finally the hand over of Burgoyne’s complete army.

Decades within the making, former nationwide Park provider employees historian John Luzader’s Saratoga combines strategic, political, and tactical historical past right into a compelling portrait of this decisive crusade. His sweeping prose is based seriously upon unique archival learn and the author’s own services with the hard terrain. entire with wonderful unique maps and images, Saratoga will take its position as one of many very important and illuminating crusade experiences ever written.

FINALIST / RUNNER-UP: the military historic beginning amazing Writing Award for Operational / conflict background, 2008

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