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Will Fowler - Author

About the Author

Will Fowler has worked in journalism and publishing since 1972, specialising in military history. He is the author of several books on the subject.

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Kursk The Vital 24 Hours

Kursk The Vital 24 Hours

Author: Will Fowler Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2019

In the early summer of 1943, following the German defeat at Stalingrad and the inconclusive battle at Kharkov, Hitler sought a decisive battle that would turn the struggle on the Eastern Front in the Germans' favour. Large numbers of new Panther and Tiger tanks were rolling off the production lines, and Hitler was convinced that German armour could turn the tide against the advancing Soviets on the Eastern Front. Despite the reservations of his generals, Hitler was determined this offensive take place. On the 5th July 1943, the German army launched Operation Citadel. Attacking with a force of 3000 tanks and assault guns, the Germans faced a well-dug-in force of more than 3900 Soviet tanks, with another 1500 tanks in reserve. The tanks advanced with as many as 50 packed together per kilometre of line. What followed was the largest tank battle the world has ever seen, with heavy casualties on both sides in this titanic clash of arms. On the 11th July, three SS divisions - Totenkopf, Das Reich and Leibstandarte - attempted to break through the Soviet lines at the village of Prokhorovka and so unhinge the Soviet defensive position. Facing them was the newly-deployed Fifth Guards Tanks Army. It was the Germans' last chance to seize the initiative on the Eastern Front. The battle raged throughout the 12th July. By nightfall the Germans had lost more than 300 tanks, and the Fifth Guards Tanks Army 50 percent of their strength. Despite the heavy losses, the Soviet defenders had achieved their aim: the German attack had been halted. Although the fighting continued into August, the Germans had lost the battle and the initiative. With first hand accounts from both sides, vivid photographs, and specially commissioned maps of the combat zones, Kursk: The Vital 24 Hours is a comprehensive examination of the decisive failure of the German's last large-scale offensive on the Eastern Front.

Eastern Front in World War II Hitler's Russian War in Photographs

Eastern Front in World War II Hitler's Russian War in Photographs

Author: Will Fowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2017

With 30 million soldiers and civilians killed, the Eastern Front proved to be World War II's bloodiest conflict. Drawing on rare photographs from the Ukrainian State Archive, Eastern Front in World War II: Hitler's Russian War in Photographs presents a unique and visually outstanding account of one of history's most ferocious campaigns, telling the story from the perspective of ordinary men and women, both military and civilian, who took part in the struggle. Although major battles such as Stalingrad and Kursk are covered in some depth, the book focuses on individual soldiers' points of view, with attention paid to irregular forces such as partisans and Cossacks. Each chapter charts the progress of the war on land, air, and sea, and each photograph is put in context with detailed captions. Expertly written and featuring more than 450 rarely seen photographs, this is an outstanding visual history that will appeal to anyone interested in 20th century military history.

The Last Raid The Commandos, Channel Islands and Final Nazi Raid

The Last Raid The Commandos, Channel Islands and Final Nazi Raid

Author: Will Fowler Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2016

When Germany occupied the originally `demilitarised' Channel Islands in 1940, Hitler ordered the area to be staunchly fortified with colossal permanent structures like Battery Moltke on Jersey. As it was the only piece of the British Isles in Nazi control, he was determined that the islands should remain German forever. Churchill was equally obsessed, urging numerous commando raids and harebrained schemes for the invasion and liberation of the islands. But when France was freed in 1944, the Channel Islands were completely bypassed. German troops were cut off from their supplies and the island population began to starve. Occupied for almost the entire war, these quintessentially English islands serve as a fascinating microcosm of what Britain might have been like under Nazi rule. With one German soldier to every three islanders, resistance had to remain at a low level: possession of a radio merited a prison sentence. The Last Raid is an atmospheric account of life under German occupation, as well as the political manoeuvring behind the scenes. With the first detailed account in English of the Granville Raid, a unique German commando operation, Will Fowler combines the social experience of war with the military to form a fascinating chronicle of the fight for the Channel Islands during the Second World War.

Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Guns

Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Guns

Author: Will Fowler, Anthony North, Charles Stronge, Patrick Sweeney Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/12/2015

This encyclopedia of firearms is both an authoritative reference work and a stunning visual directory, explaining the development of arms through the centuries. The chronological survey begins with gunpowder and the first crude 14th-century hand cannons, and continues through handguns and the development of machine and submachine guns. Each gun's features are listed, as are the military, political and technological contexts in which the gun was developed. A full list of manufacturers and a glossary complete this easy-to-use encyclopedia. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in gun manufacture and conflicts of war.

Independent Mexico The Pronunciamiento in the Age of Santa Anna, 1821-1858

Independent Mexico The Pronunciamiento in the Age of Santa Anna, 1821-1858

Author: Will Fowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2015

In mid-nineteenth-century Mexico, garrisons, town councils, state legislatures, and an array of political actors, groups, and communities began aggressively petitioning the government at both local and national levels to address their grievances. Often viewed as a revolt or a coup d'etat, these pronunciamientos were actually a complex form of insurrectionary action that relied first on the proclamation and circulation of a plan that listed the petitioners' demands and then on endorsement by copycat pronunciamientos that forced the authorities, be they national or regional, to the negotiating table. In Independent Mexico, Will Fowler provides a comprehensive overview of the pronunciamiento practice following the Plan of Iguala. This fourth and final installment in, and culmination of, a larger exploration of the pronunciamiento highlights the extent to which this model of political contestation evolved. The result of more than three decades of pronunciamiento politics was the bloody Civil War of the Reforma (1858-60) and the ensuing French Intervention (1862-67). Given the frequency and importance of the pronunciamiento, this book is also a concise political history of independent Mexico.

Gobernantes mexicanos, I: 1821-1910

Gobernantes mexicanos, I: 1821-1910

Author: Will Fowler Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2015

El investigador reunio a un grupo de especialistas para estudiar la naturaleza del presidencialismo en Mexico y comparar las politicas de quienes gobernaron el pais a lo largo de los siglos XIX y XX, con hincapie en su relacion con el Poder Legislativo. El primer tomo esta dedicado a quienes gobernaron Mexico en el siglo XIX. Asi, Guadalupe Victoria, Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana, Benito Juarez, Porfirio Diaz, son protagonistas de capitulos donde, sin ignorar los rasgos biograficos, se explican los contextos sociopoliticos en que gobernaron.

Gobernantes mexicanos, II: 1911-2000

Gobernantes mexicanos, II: 1911-2000

Author: Will Fowler Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2015

El investigador reunio a un grupo de especialistas para estudiar la naturaleza del presidencialismo en Mexico y comparar las politicas de quienes gobernaron el pais a lo largo de los siglos XIX y XX, con hincapie en su relacion con el Poder Legislativo. Este segundo tomo esta dedicado a quienes gobernaron Mexico en el siglo XX y toca a personajes tan contradictorios como fascinantes: Alvaro Obregon, Plutarco Elias Calles, Lazaro Cardenas, Miguel Aleman, Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, Gustavo Diaz Ordaz y aun Carlos Salinas de Gortari. Al estudiarlos es ineludible analizar a la nacion que los coloco en el poder.

Illustrated Encylopedia of Machine Guns

Illustrated Encylopedia of Machine Guns

Author: Will Fowler, Patrick Sweeney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2015

This book offers a history and directory of machine guns from the 19th century to the present day, shown in 220 photographs. It is a comprehensive directory of arms around the world, organized according to country of manufacture. It features key specifications for each weapon, including magazine capacity, barrel length and unloaded weight. It explores the fascinating history of machine guns, from the Gatling to the General-Purpose Machine Gun. The machine gun was developed in response to the search for a faster rate of fire, and once its potential had been realized, its evolution became a race of innovation. This authoritative volume reveals the remarkable history of the machine gun, and provides a country-by-country directory of 160 types. The features of each gun are listed, along with the military, political and technological context in which the weapon was developed. Details such as magazine capacity, barrel length and unloaded weight are included for every entry. This superbly illustrated guide is essential reading for all enthusiasts interested in gun manufacture and weapons of war.

Children's History of Weapons Ancient & Modern

Children's History of Weapons Ancient & Modern

Author: Will Fowler Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/03/2014

This book lets you travel back in time and find out about the first weapons and their uses - including stone clubs, flint axes, wooden spears, bronze daggers and steel swords. This book helps you discover how people defended themselves with moats, find out why combat dress developed from eye-catching uniforms to camouflage gear, and how the ultra-modern stealth bomber evolved from the fragile-looking bi-plane. Fact boxes highlight key dates; information panels provide technical details about weapons and military hardware; and clear maps show battle sites and tactics. It features over 400 evocative illustrations, maps and action photographs that capture the atmosphere and power of war. It is a superb reference book, ideal for 8- to 12-year olds. From the earliest times, humans have always had a need for weapons, whether for hunting, attacking or for protection. This book takes the reader through time, exploring the reality of what it was like to live in the past, from prehistoric times to life in the modern world. Each weapon - from clubs, axes and slings through crossbows, helmets and swords, and then sophisticated tanks, submarines and modern fighter planes - is set in the context of the lives of the people who used them. Vivid illustrations, maps and photographs are included throughout, making this an enthralling book that captures the imagination and brings history to life.

The Illustrated History of Pistols, Revolvers and Submachine Guns A Fascinating Guide to Small Arms Development Covering the Early History Through to the Modern Age

The Illustrated History of Pistols, Revolvers and Submachine Guns A Fascinating Guide to Small Arms Development Covering the Early History Through to the Modern Age

Author: Will Fowler, Anthony North, Charles Stronge Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/10/2013

This is an illustrated historical reference guide to military, law enforcement and antique firearms from around the globe. It contains the world's most important small guns from the medieval hand cannon and the matchlock handgun to the Luger P08 and today's FN P90. It features famous small arms including the Colt.45, the Browning High-Power M1935, the Smith & Wesson and the Sten submachine gun. It incorporates 180 specially commissioned photographs and artworks, including cutaway diagrams to show internal components and gun operation. Expertly written by leading professionals in their field, this is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of small arms, gun manufacture and war. This comprehensive encyclopedia of small arms is both an authoritative reference work and a stunning visual directory. This book, illustrated with 180 photographs and diagrams, looks at early weapons, then brings readers up to date with the arms that have shaped the conflicts of the last 150 years. Old weapons are often objects of beautiful craftsmanship, both in their workings and their ornate inlay, carvings or metalwork. Just as impressive are the sleek, light and efficient modern designs. Written by military experts, this is an essential handbook for anyone interested in the history of small arms, gun manufacture and conflicts of war.

Level 4: Shakespeare-His Life and Plays Book and MP3 Pack

Level 4: Shakespeare-His Life and Plays Book and MP3 Pack

Author: Will Fowler Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 20/06/2013

This reader is accompanied with a CD that contains the full audio of the text in MP3 format. Shakespeare's plays are famous all over the world - in the theatre, in film and in the classroom. What do we know about the man? What kind of life did he have? Who were his friends? Why can we still laugh and suffer with his characters 400 years after his death?

Celebrating Insurrection The Commemoration and Representation of the Nineteenth-Century Mexican Pronunciamiento

Celebrating Insurrection The Commemoration and Representation of the Nineteenth-Century Mexican Pronunciamiento

Author: Will Fowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2013

The pronunciamiento, a formal list of grievances designed to spark political change in nineteenth-century Mexico, was a problematic yet necessary practice. Although pronunciamientos rarely achieved the goals for which they were undertaken and sometimes resulted in armed rebellion, they were nonetheless both celebrated and commemorated, and the perceptions and representations of pronunciamientos themselves reflected the Mexican people's response to these revolutions. The third in a series of books examining the pronunciamiento, this collection addresses the complicated legacy of pronunciamientos and their place in Mexican political culture. The essays explore the sacralization and legitimization of these revolts and of their leaders in the nation's history and consider why these celebrations proved ultimately ineffective in consecrating the pronunciamiento as a force for good, rather than one motivated by desires for power, promotion, and plunder. Celebrating Insurrection offers readers interpretations of acts of celebration and commemoration that explain the uneasy adoption of pronunciamientos as Mexico's preferred means of effecting political change during this turbulent period in the nation's history.

Allies at Dieppe

Allies at Dieppe

Author: Will Fowler Format: eBook Release Date: 20/06/2012

In August 1942, the Allies launched a raid against the German-held port of Dieppe on the French channel coast. It was largely a disaster, with the Canadian forces bearing the brunt of the catastrophe. However, it wasn't all a failure, and history has tended to overlook the role of 4 Commando, who, along with their US Ranger counter-parts, landed and successfully disabled the German guns threatening the rest of the landings. Their actions proved an excellent demonstration of the military adage "e;train hard, fight easy? and showed the advantage of proper operational planning and brilliant leadership. This controversial raid also included members of the Free French and it was the first time US land forces engaged the Germans on mainland Europe. Set in the context of the Dieppe raid as a whole, Will Fowler studies the contribution of No. 4 Commando and Operation Cauldron, and evaluates how and why they achieved their objectives in this daring Commando raid of World War II.

Allies at Dieppe

Allies at Dieppe

Author: Will Fowler Format: eBook Release Date: 20/06/2012

In August 1942, the Allies launched a raid against the German-held port of Dieppe on the French channel coast. It was largely a disaster, with the Canadian forces bearing the brunt of the catastrophe. However, it wasn't all a failure, and history has tended to overlook the role of 4 Commando, who, along with their US Ranger counter-parts, landed and successfully disabled the German guns threatening the rest of the landings. Their actions proved an excellent demonstration of the military adage "e;train hard, fight easy? and showed the advantage of proper operational planning and brilliant leadership. This controversial raid also included members of the Free French and it was the first time US land forces engaged the Germans on mainland Europe. Set in the context of the Dieppe raid as a whole, Will Fowler studies the contribution of No. 4 Commando and Operation Cauldron, and evaluates how and why they achieved their objectives in this daring Commando raid of World War II.

Malcontents, Rebels, and Pronunciados The Politics of Insurrection in Nineteenth-Century Mexico

Malcontents, Rebels, and Pronunciados The Politics of Insurrection in Nineteenth-Century Mexico

Author: Will Fowler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2012

Behind every pronunciamiento, a formal list of grievances designed to spark political change in nineteenth-century Mexico, was a disgruntled individual, rebel, or pronunciado. Initially a role undertaken by soldiers, a pronunciado rallied military communities to petition for local, regional, and even national interests. As the popularity of these petitions grew, however, they evolved from a military-led practice to one endorsed and engaged by civilians, priests, indigenous communities, and politicians. The second in a series of books exploring the phenomenon of the pronunciamiento, this volume examines case studies of individual and collective pronunciados in regions across Mexico. Top scholars examine the motivations of individual pronunciados and the reasons they succeeded or failed; why garrisons, town councils, and communities adopted the pronunciamiento as a political tool and form of representation and used it to address local and national grievances; and whether institutions upheld corporate aims in endorsing, supporting, or launching pronunciamientos. The essays provide a better understanding of the rebel leaders behind these public acts of defiance and reveal how an insurrectionary repertoire became part of a national political culture.

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