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Will Fowler has worked in journalism and publishing since 1972, specialising in military history. He is the author of several books on the subject.
As 6th June, the 75th anniversary of the world’s largest amphibian invasion fast approaches, it was, perhaps, perfect timing to have the opportunity to read and review this gem of a book. Interspersed with personal anecdotes from those who were there, complimented by some excellent photographs, maps and diagrams, and littered with incredible stories of bravery, D-Day is a fascinating insight into not only what happened on the day of the invasion but also the huge range of talent, ingenuity and downright genius that came into play as Operation Overlord was organised and kept secret from the occupying German forces. Trickery, subterfuge, technology and invention all played their part. Will Fowler has created an excellent work for people who would like to understand how the liberation of Europe began but who don’t have the will or the time to wade through the vast array of works written on the subject. This book brings it all together in sufficient detail that you can appreciate and applaud without being bogged down. I learned a lot from reading this book, an awful lot, and my respect for the generation who gave so many lives that we may enjoy ours, grew with that experience. Highly recommended.
In September 2000 the notorious militia gang, 'West Side Boys' kidnapped eleven British soldiers in Sierra Leone and Operation Barras was launched as the rescue operation. Fast roping in from helicopters, the SAS soldiers engaged in a heavy firefight with the militia, killing several, and capturing their leader. Meanwhile the Paras advanced on foot, fighting their way through a village to recover the Land Rovers abandoned by the kidnapped soldiers. The operation was a complete success, with all the soldiers being rescued. This daring raid is brought to life with specially commissioned artwork, detailed maps and overhead shots to recreate one of the greatest hostage-rescue success stories.
Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (1794-1876) is one of the most famous, and infamous, figures in Mexican history. Six times the country's president, he is consistently depicted as a traitor, a turncoat, and a tyrant-the exclusive cause of all of Mexico's misfortunes following the country's independence from Spain. He is also, as this biography makes clear, grossly misrepresented. Drawing on seventeen years of research into the politics of independent Mexico, Will Fowler provides a revised picture of Santa Anna's life, with new insights into his activities in his bailiwick of Veracruz and in his numerous military engagements. The Santa Anna who emerges from this book is an intelligent, dynamic, yet reluctant leader, ingeniously deceptive at times, courageous and patriotic at others. His extraordinary story is that of a middle-class provincial criollo, a high-ranking officer, an arbitrator, a dedicated landowner, and a political leader who tried to prosper personally and help his country develop at a time of severe and repeated crises, as the colony that was New Spain gave way to a young, troubled, besieged, and beleaguered Mexican nation. Deconstructing the myths surrounding Santa Anna's life, the book offers a fresh view of a critical chapter in Mexico's history.
Pearson English Readers bring language learning to life through the joy of reading. Well-written stories entertain us, make us think, and keep our interest page after page. Pearson English Readers offer teenage and adult learners a huge range of titles, all featuring carefully graded language to make them accessible to learners of all abilities. Through the imagination of some of the world's greatest authors, the English language comes to life in pages of our Readers. Students have the pleasure and satisfaction of reading these stories in English, and at the same time develop a broader vocabulary, greater comprehension and reading fluency, improved grammar, and greater confidence and ability to express themselves. Find out more at english.com/readers
The 'Confrontation' between Malaysia and Indonesia in Bornew (January 20, 2006), the war against Indonesian raids across a 900-mile border in some of the world's worst jungle terrain, eventually involved nearly 20,000 British and Commonwealth troops, with air and naval support; and yet, by mutual consent, it was astonishingly little reported at the time. This 'secret war' saw the perfection of SAS jungle tactics; a Parachute Regiment action described as 'a second Rorke's Drift'; and audacious secret missions deep inside enemy territory, including the award to a Gurkha soldier of the British Army's only 'living VC' for 40 years.
With first-hand accounts from both sides, vivid photographs and specially commissioned maps of the combat zones, this highly illustrated book is a comprehensive examination of the decisive failure of the German's last large-scale offensive on the Eastern Front.
The SAS and Special Forces Guide to Escape and Evasion covers everything a person needs to know about evading capture and making a successful return to friendly territory. Beginning from the point where an individual finds himself or herself trapped behind enemy lines, the book offers useful tips and solid advice from special forces' experts on how to survive in enemy territory undetected. Every key topic is covered, including the will to survive; handling stress in captivity; escape techniques; survival in a variety of environments, such as arctic, tropical, and desert; how to forage for foods; surviving interrogation and imprisonment; tracking and how to cover your tracks; navigation, with or without equipment; and seeking recovery by friendly forces. All the techniques featured are those used by the world's elite special forces, such as the British Special Air Service, the United States' Green Berets and the Russian Spetsnaz. The book also includes a number of 'real life' accounts of escape from World War II, Vietnam, the Gulf War and the War in Irag. This is a book for anyone who wants to know how to survive in the most stressful of circumstances and emerge a winner.
This book looks at the desperate last attempt by the Germans to win the battle of Stalingrad in an all-out effort and how the Red Army managed to cling on against the odds, marking the turning point of the war on the Eastern Front in early October 1942 before exhaustion and the Russian winter set in.
Knives can be both luxuries and necessities. For the outdoorsman, as well as for the soldier, a knife can be used to gather and prepare food, build and tend a fire, create a shelter, and signal for rescue. When the chips are down, they will also do duty as lethal close combat weapons. For the more domestic user, knives can simplify and make convenient a wide variety of tasks.KNIVES is a complete reference to the history and culture of these fascinating tools.
With first-hand accounts from both sides, vivid photographs and specially commissioned maps of the landing areas and combat zones, this book is a comprehensive examination of the first 24 hours of the liberation of Europe. - Nearly 7,000 ships landed over 132,000 US, British and Canadian troops on the beaches of Normandy on 6 June 1944 and, had the landing failed, the course of the war would have been altered. - This book gives the dramatic history of the first 24 hours of the Normandy landings and explains in detail the events that occurred in each landing zone. - It starts with an overview of the preparations for the landings and the disposition of German forces around Normandy, then gives a dedicated chapter to the airborne and glider landings which preceded the main assault and each of the individual beach landings. - Includes first-hand accounts of combat on the Normandy beaches. - Detailed timelines give a breakdown of events on each of the five beaches codenamed Utah and Omaha for the US beaches and Gold, Juno and Sword for the British and Canadian. - Specially commissioned maps show the areas of operation and movement of forces.