Download E-books How to Lose a War at Sea: Foolish Plans and Great Naval Blunders (How to Lose Series) PDF

An engrossing compendium of high-seas army disasters

From the times of the Spanish Armada to the trendy age of airplane vendors, battles were bungled simply as badly on water as they've been on land. a few errors have been the results of inadequate making plans, overinflated egos, espionage, or miscalculations; others have been as a result of principles that did not carry water within the first position. In wonderful aspect, listed below are thirty-three of history's worst maritime mishaps, including:

  • The British Royal Navy's erroneous makes an attempt to play it secure in the course of the American Revolution
  • the fast existence and dying of the Imperial eastern Navy
  • The scuttling of the Graf Spee through a miles inferior force
  • The sinking of the Nazi megaship Bismarck
  • "Remember the Maine!"—the lies that began the Spanish-American War
  • Admiral Nelson wasting music of Napoleon yet redeeming himself on the Nile
  • The ANZAC catastrophe at Gallipoli
  • Germany's failed WWII crusade within the North Atlantic
  • Kennedy's quarantine of Cuba

Chock-full of wonderful proof and hilarious minutiae, How to Lose a struggle at Sea is the main entire quantity of nautical disasters ever assembled.

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Download E-books Silent Service: Submarine Warfare from World War II to the Present--An Illustrated and Oral History PDF

By Philip Kaplan

See the key and unsafe global of submarine existence and conflict like by no means before.

From the creative yet impractical designs of seventeenth-century inventors throughout the nuclear-powered submarines of this day, this seriously illustrated quantity lines the heritage of the silent strength and the elite corps of fellows who fought and sometimes died underneath the waves. although totally describing the improvement of the submarine, this book’s major concentration is at the males who served from international conflict I throughout the chilly warfare. Drawing upon journals, memoirs, and interviews with submariners of the earlier and current, Philip Kaplan paints a brilliant portrait in their lives and reports. He describes the terrors of looking ahead to intensity fees to blow up and the triumph of a torpedo extraordinary its objective, in addition to the attention-grabbing international of daily lifestyles at the smooth, sleek boats.

With approximately 250 pictures and dozens of interviews—and comprising a part of an eight-book sequence exploring the background of tanks, bombers, and fighter planes—this outsized souvenir quantity will attract somebody who has served in submarines or been thinking about this detailed carrier inside a service.

Skyhorse Publishing, in addition to our Arcade imprint, are proud to put up a wide diversity of books for readers attracted to history--books approximately international warfare II, the 3rd Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the yankee Civil conflict, the yankee Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, historic Rome, medieval instances, the outdated West, and lots more and plenty extra. whereas no longer each name we post turns into a New York Times bestseller or a countrywide bestseller, we're devoted to books on topics which are occasionally missed and to authors whose paintings would possibly not another way discover a domestic.

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Download E-books The Walls of Constantinople AD 324-1453 (Fortress) PDF

By Stephen Turnbull

The partitions of Constantinople are the best surviving instance of eu medieval army structure on the earth. They withstood a variety of sieges until eventually being ultimately triumph over through the artillery of Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453, and exist this day as a time pill of Byzantine and Medieval heritage. This publication examines the most protecting method retaining the landward facet of the town, which consisted of 3 parallel partitions approximately five miles lengthy. The partitions defended the town opposed to intruders, together with Attila the Hun, earlier than ultimately being breached by way of ecu knights through the Fourth campaign in 1204 and, eventually, destroyed by way of Turkish artillery in 1453.

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Download E-books The Fortifications of Malta 1530-1945 (Fortress) PDF

By Charles Stephenson

The Island of Malta occupies a pivotal place within the Mediterranean, forming an outpost among North Africa and the gentle underbelly of Europe. Such has been its strategic significance in the course of the years that it has develop into the most fortified locations on the earth. Following the winning defence of the island in the course of the nice Siege of 1565, the Knights Hospitaller outfitted new partitions and fortifications. those defences failed whilst Napoleon occupied Malta in 1798, and the island used to be retaken by means of the British in 1800. From this element onwards, Malta's defences have been modernised during the nineteenth century and the island's ultimate try got here in the course of global conflict II. This e-book examines these kinds of diverse forms of fortification from the sixteenth to the twentieth century.

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Download E-books With the Tanks 1916-1918: Memoirs of a British Tank Commander in the Great War (Eyewitnesses from the Great War) PDF

William Watson was once a tender Oxford post-graduate on the outbreak of the 1st global conflict in 1914. in addition to a number of associates from Oxford he enlisted within the military watching for the struggle to final six weeks. Watson all started his carrier within the nice battle as a British military bike despatch rider. He observed energetic provider in the course of the key battles of 1914 and early 1915. Watson was once then commissioned and have become a tank commander and observed lively carrier with the tanks so much significantly at Cambrai in 1917. 

This good written and evocative memoir used to be initially released below the tile 'A corporation Of Tanks' it constitutes a superb basic resource and is a useful addition to the library of a person with an curiosity within the evolution of the tank as a decisive weapon at the battlefield. hugely specified, yet still obtainable this remarkable new illustrated variation, edited by way of Emmy AwardTM successful historian Bob Carruthers is vastly instructed for critical fanatics and informal readers alike.

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Download E-books BMP Infantry Fighting Vehicle 1967-94 (New Vanguard) PDF

The Russian BMP infantry struggling with automobile (IFV) was once probably the most major options in infantry strategies within the latter half the 20 th century. in-built reaction to the specter of nuclear struggle, it was once the world's first IFV, offering the infantry squad with remarkable firepower, mobility and defense. With over 55,000 synthetic in view that 1966, the BMP is usually numerically some of the most very important armoured autos ever outfitted. This richly illustrated e-book examines the improvement and layout of the BMP, detailing its armaments, functionality in strive against and variations.

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Download E-books Mughul India 1504-1761 (Men-at-Arms) PDF

By David Nicolle

Babur, the founding father of the Mughul dynasty, used to be of Turco-Mongol foundation - he was once descended from Timur-i-Lenk [Tamerlane] on his father's facet and Genghiz Khan on his mother's. His first raid into India in 1516 used to be via a number of others, and by the point of his dying in 1530 Babur's troops had reached Bengal at the a long way facet of the sub-continent. With 8 effective complete web page color plates through Angus McBride, and lots of different illustrations, this article by means of David Nicolle examines the enterprise, strategies and uniforms of Mughul armies from Babur's time onwards.

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Download E-books Cold War Jet Combat: Air-to-Air Jet Fighter Operations 1950 - 1972 PDF

Mentioned listed here are 9 of the earliest wars related to jet airplane. From the Korean battle and past, it contains a wealth of gripping perception. the various jet-to-jet dogfights that spanned those jet-powered wars are enlivened to exciting impact, together with these engaged in through the Indo-Pak Wars of 1965 and 1971.

Operation ‘Musketeer’ (1956), fixed whilst RAF and French Air strength bombers and fighter-bombers attacked airfields and different ambitions in Egypt (after President Nasser had nationalized the Suez Canal), can also be lined during this gripping narrative. The Falklands crusade is additionally lined, as is the Vietnam struggle.

In one other bankruptcy, QRA operations round the British Isles are positioned lower than the microscope as RAF Phantoms, Lightnings, Tornadoes and storm Eurofighters on quickly response Alert are defined, patrolling overseas air area and preserving a relentless vigil as Soviet ‘Bears’ endured to check NATO defenses.

All in all, this can be a compelling, well-researched and hugely informative learn of a very dynamic period in aviation historical past.

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Download E-books Royal Navy Handbook 1939-1945 PDF

Overstretched from the beginning of the second one global battle in 1939, the Royal military got First global warfare surplus destroyers from the us military and launched into an enormous software of building, construction and purchasing airplane providers, escort providers and frigates and corvettes, increase a robust submarine arm and, nearly from scratch, recreating the naval air arm taken from it in 1918. The provider needed to examine quick. It quickly turned transparent that the Germans wouldn't provide a chance for a big battleship to battleship fleet motion alongside the strains of Jutland, yet that submarine battle and floor raiders have been to be simply as powerful at undermining the British conflict attempt. The Royal army was once anticipated to be energetic within the North Atlantic and in British waters, after which after the Soviet Union used to be invaded via Germany, it needed to guard the Arctic convoys. in the meantime, it additionally needed to retain regulate of the Mediterranean, on my own after the autumn of France, aiding flooring forces in North Africa after which in Greece, ship convoys to Malta and disrupt the Axis provide strains either within the Mediterranean and rancid the coast of Norway, after which it needed to face the japanese within the some distance East. via the war's finish the Royal military had grown from its pre-war energy of 129,000 to 863,000 males. Its fleet had additionally grown from 12 to sixty one battleships and cruisers, seven to fifty nine plane companies, and a hundred to 846 destroyers, through 1945.

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Download E-books Japanese Castles 1540-1640 (Fortress) PDF

By Stephen Turnbull

The panorama of sixteenth- and 17th-century Japan was once ruled by way of the smooth and implementing castles developed through the strong 'daimyo' of the interval. during this the main turbulent period in eastern historical past, those militarily subtle buildings supplied strongholds for the consolidation and keep watch over of territory, and necessarily they grew to become the focal point for lots of of the nice sieges of eastern background: Nagashino (1575), Kitanosho (1583), Odawara (1590), Fushimi (1600), Osaka (1615) and Hara (1638), the final of the battles that introduced an finish to a interval of severe civil battle. This name lines their improvement from the earliest trees stockades to the giant buildings that ruled the nice centres of Osaka and Edo.

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