Download E-books Flodden 1513: Scotland's greatest defeat (Campaign) PDF

By John Sadler

Osprey's exam of the conflict of Flodden, within which the Scottish and English armies clashed on nine September 1513. The Scots have been enhanced when it comes to artillery and well-trained within the new Renaissance strategies, while the English deployed extra conventional equipment. traditionally, this conflict is famous because the final during which the longbow performed a job and the 1st during which artillery had a substantial impact. well-known because the maximum Scottish defeat in historical past, it ended in the loss of life of Scotland's king. It plunged the rustic into mourning and extinguished Scotland's probability to Henry VIII's reign for the following 3 many years. This publication examines conflict, different strategies of the opposing armies and the personalities of the commanders.

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Download E-books The Second Crusade 1148: Disaster outside Damascus (Campaign) PDF

By David Nicolle

After the autumn of the crusader country of Edessa, the Pope known as for a brand new campaign in 1145. This new crusade by way of the Christian west opposed to the forces of jap Islam might culminate within the 1148 siege of Damascus, then the capital urban of an Islamic country that have been pleasant in the direction of the crusaders. regardless of the sooner successes for the crusaders at Antioch and Jerusalem, and the susceptible fortifications round Damascus, the siege proved a dark and embarrassing failure for the western armies. The siege used to be deserted quickly after it had began and the crusaders retreated. This defeat surprised the Christian global and dealt a serious blow to the arrogance of the crusading armies, whereas bolstering the morale in their enemies.

Utilizing a number of illustrations and full-color paintings, medieval war specialist David Nicolle analyzes the often-debated battles round Damascus, explaining how the domination of the encircling nation-state by way of the Islamic forces grew to become the decisive issue, and the way the besieging crusading forces came upon themselves lower than siege. He additionally seems on the campaign within the higher context of the conflict among East and West and explains how the second one campaign proved a turning aspect during this ongoing struggle.

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Download E-books Historia de la guerra (Universitaria) PDF

Las naciones occidentales –encabezadas por Estados Unidos– disfrutan en l. a. actualidad de una huge ventaja en casi todos los enfrentamientos militares. ¿Cómo ha llegado a alcanzar tal predominio los angeles «práctica occidental de los angeles guerra»? El presente libro, escrito por un equipo de siete distinguidos historiadores militares, ofrece una respuesta que parte de los orígenes en l. a. Grecia y los angeles Roma clásicas, recorre l. a. Edad Media (cuando los enemigos de Occidente estuvieron a punto de triunfar) y los angeles Edad Moderna (cuando Occidente utilizó los angeles fuerza militar para adueñarse de extensos territorios que nunca había poseído, primero en América y Siberia y, luego, en las costas de Asia y África), y llega hasta las guerras mundiales y los conflictos actuales. En él se ponen de relieve cinco aspectos esenciales de l. a. práctica occidental de los angeles guerra: una combinación de técnica, disciplina y tradición militar agresiva, más una extraordinaria capacidad para responder con rapidez a los retos y servirse de recursos económicos, más que humanos, para triunfar. Aunque, a lo largo de sus páginas, l. a. obra centra su atención en Occidente y en l. a. función de l. a. violencia en su auge, cada uno de los capítulos examina también l. a. eficacia militar de sus adversarios y los ámbitos en que l. a. ventaja militar occidental ha sido –y sigue siendo– puesta en entredicho.

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Download E-books Engines of War: How Wars Were Won & Lost on the Railways PDF

By Christian Wolmar

The start of the railway within the early 1830’s revolutionized the best way the realm waged warfare. From armored engines with swiveling weapons, to the perform of tune sabotage, to the development of tracks that crossed frozen Siberian lakes, the “iron highway” facilitated clash on a scale that was once formerly unbelievable. It not just made armies extra cellular, yet widened scuffling with fronts and elevated the ability and scale of accessible weaponry; a perilous combination.

In Engines of War, Christian Wolmar examines the entire engagements within which the railway performed an element: the Crimean battle; the yank Civil conflict; either international wars; the Korean battle; and the chilly conflict, with its mysterious missile trains; and illustrates how the railway grew to become a dangerous weapon exploited via governments around the world.

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Download E-books Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle For Palestine PDF

By Jonathan Schanzer

In June 2007 civil conflict broke out within the Gaza Strip among rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah. Western peace efforts within the zone continually enthusiastic about reconciling opposing fronts: Israel and Palestine. Now, this cautious exploration of center East historical past during the last twenty years unearths that the Palestinians have lengthy been a home divided. What all started as a political contention among Fatah's Yasir Arafat and Hamas chief Sheikh Ahmed Yassin throughout the first intifada of 1987 developed right into a full-blown conflict at the streets of Gaza among the forces of Arafat's successor, Mahmoud Abbas, and Ismael Haniyeh, one in all Yassin's early protégés. this present day, the conflict keeps among those diametrically opposing forces over the function of Palestinian nationalism and Islamism within the West financial institution and Gaza.

In this thought-provoking publication, Jonathan Schanzer questions the concept of Palestinian political cohesion, explaining how inner rivalries and violence have finally stymied American efforts to advertise heart East peace, or even the Palestinian quest for a homeland.

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Download E-books Constantinopolis PDF

By James D. Shipman

For over 1000 years, the medieval urban of Constantinople has been the jewel at the crown of the Roman Empire. Now, the once-mighty city is damaged down, with its protective partitions in shambles. lengthy have the neighboring Turks desired to declare the town, and Mehmet—the impetuous new Turkish sultan—thinks he and his legions may ultimately have their likelihood. In defiance of his past due father’s advisors, Mehmet vows to be the 1st chief in a millennium to wrench Constantinople from the Christians. he's decided to take town from the weakened yet liked Emperor Constantine—even if he loses his throne and his existence within the process.

An epic ancient army experience, Constantinopolis plots out the way forward for civilization as formed via a few attention-grabbing characters, together with one chief eager to keep his humans from destruction and one other made up our minds to guide his country to glory.

Revised version: This variation of Constantinopolis contains editorial revisions.

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Download E-books In the Balance: An Alternate History of the Second World War (Worldwar, Volume 1) PDF

By Harry Turtledove

From Pearl Harbor to panzers rolling via Paris to the Siege of Leningrad and the conflict of halfway, warfare seethed around the planet because the flames of destruction rose greater and hotter.
And then, all at once, the true enemy came.
The invaders appeared unstoppable, their expertise a long way past human achieve. and not prior to had males been extra divided. For Jew to unite with Nazi, American with jap, and Russian with German was once unthinkable.
But the choice was once even worse.
As the destiny of the realm hung within the stability, slowly, painfully, humankind took up the surprising problem . . .

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