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Logistics of the First Crusade Acquiring Supplies Amid Chaos

Logistics of the First Crusade Acquiring Supplies Amid Chaos

Author: Gregory D. Bell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2020

In the late eleventh century, tens of thousands of people-knights and peasants, men and women, priests and lords-set out on a long and arduous journey to retake the holy city of Jerusalem. They traveled thousands of miles across difficult terrain and into hostile territory. How did they accomplish this remarkable task? How did they move through such an ever-changing and diverse landscape? Logistics of the First Crusade: Acquiring Supplies amid Chaos looks at the plans that they made and the methods they implemented to sustain themselves on this remarkable expedition in an attempt to understand how they persisted on the First Crusade. The crusaders sought to implement order as they traveled, moving with intent and adapting when confronted with hardship. In the end, they succeeded largely through their logistical perseverance.

The Other Wars The Experience and Memory of the First World War in the Middle East and Macedonia

The Other Wars The Experience and Memory of the First World War in the Middle East and Macedonia

Author: Justin (Memorial University of Newfoundland) Fantauzzo Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2019

In this insightful and revealing study, Justin Fantauzzo uses a wide range of documentary and visual sources to explore the experience and memory of British and Dominion soldiers who fought in the Middle East and Macedonia during the First World War. He shows that not only was the experience of these campaigns markedly different to their counter-parts on the Western Front, but so too were the memories and portrayals of these campaigns in the inter-war period. Fantauzzo's analysis highlights the disparities and contradictions that exist in the experience and memory of war and helps us to rethink what the war meant to the soldiers who fought in this region, how soldiers understood the war itself and how it was remembered.

The U.S. Invasion of Grenada Legacy of a Flawed Victory

The U.S. Invasion of Grenada Legacy of a Flawed Victory

Author: Philip Kukielski Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2019

In the fall of 1983, arguably the coldest year of the decades-long Cold War, the world's greatest superpower invaded Grenada, a Marxist-led Caribbean nation the size of Atlanta. Why and how this unlikely one-week war was waged was shrouded in secrecy at the time-and has remained so ever since. This book is a long overdue scholarly reconsideration of Operation Urgent Fury, based on historical evidence that only recently has been revealed in declassified documents, unheralded oral history interviews and unnoticed memoir accounts. This curated telling also offers a fresh view of the subject by unspooling the tangled story of the invasion in an accessible style. A chronological narrative emphasizes the human dimension of a sudden crisis now regarded as the greatest foreign policy challenge of President Ronald Reagan's first term. Because the American response was hastily drafted, many snafus and accidents marked the chaotic initial days of the operation when the international press was forcibly denied access to the battlefields by U.S. forces. Inevitably it fell to individual soldiers, aviators and sailors to correct situations arising from faulty intelligence, excessive secrecy or poor coordination. This work recounts their inspiring, underreported stories in filling out a more complete picture of the Grenada invasion.

The Last Colonial Regiment The History of the Kenya Regiment (TF)

The Last Colonial Regiment The History of the Kenya Regiment (TF)

Author: Ian Parker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2019

The Quaker Sergeant's War The Civil War Diary of Sergeant David M. Haworth

The Quaker Sergeant's War The Civil War Diary of Sergeant David M. Haworth

Author: Gene Allen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2019

The Civil War posed a dilemma for American Quakers, who abhorred slavery as much as they hated violence. Fighting for the Confederacy was unthinkable. The situation for the citizens of East Tennessee-most of whom voted against secession-was especially vexed. Faced with conscription into the Confederate Army, David Haworth, two of his brothers, and a group of friends walked from their home in East Tennessee into Kentucky, moving by night to avoid Confederate patrols. Arriving in London, Kentucky, they enlisted in the Union Army as part of the Third Tennessee Infantry. David kept a diary throughout the Civil War, recounting the unit's participation in numerous encounters including the battle at Resaca, Georgia, where his brother William was killed and where he and his other brother Isaac were wounded, and he went on to write movingly of one of the last engagements of the war at Nashville. This memoir is a rare historical source that scholars will find valuable. It is rich in detail, and Civil War buffs and general readers alike will find it an engaging firsthand account of our nation's most tragic conflict.

The RAF and Tribal Control Airpower and Irregular Warfare between the World Wars

The RAF and Tribal Control Airpower and Irregular Warfare between the World Wars

Author: Richard D. Newton Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2019

In light of technological advances and multiplying irregular conflicts, conventional wisdom suggests airpower as the ideal, low-cost means of conducting modern warfare-and the air control method adopted by the British between the two world wars seems to back this up. Swift and precise targeting from above was considered more humane, after all, sparing civilians as well as British soldiers during punitive expeditions in unruly colonial regions. But what conventional wisdom misses, and this book makes clear, is how the Royal Air Force's (RAF) innovative approach actually worked-relying on British airmen on the ground at least as much as on airborne technology to control restive tribes and villages. The RAF and Tribal Control tells the story of these forgotten airmen, the RAF special service officers who, embedded among local populations and indigenous tribes, collected vital intelligence, developed targets, directed air strikes when necessary, and, perhaps most important, provided personal assessments of airpower's qualitative effects against primarily guerrilla forces. Airpower is a highly technological endeavor. But in wars where the human dimension takes primacy, Richard Newton reminds us that measuring the effectiveness of air actions requires a qualitative approach that is nearly impossible via overhead sensors. And this is where the RAF special service officers came in-airmen who understood the local cultures and peoples, they served as conduits for information and communication between the colonial administration and the tribes and villages. It was their ground-level contributions that made the integration of airpower into the civilian administration of colonies and mandates possible. This first in-depth account of the RAF special service officers' role brings to light previously unpublished insights. The RAF and Tribal Control fills a significant gap in the history of air warfare. In doing so, the book dispels the notion that airpower alone is effective in small wars and irregular conflicts-and reveals the importance of the boots-on-the-ground human component in waging unconventional air warfare, both in the days of the RAF's vaunted air control and in our own time.

Over There in the Air The Fightin' Texas Aggies in World War I, 1917-1918

Over There in the Air The Fightin' Texas Aggies in World War I, 1917-1918

Author: John A. Adams Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2019

Over There in the Air tells the little known story of the contribution of Texas A&M University to early aviation in World War I. Over two thousand students served in the war in one capacity or another, and of those about 250 were involved in the newest martial development-military aviation. The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, as it was then known, was regarded as one of the top leading academic institutions in the country for contributions to the nation's effort in the Great War. Through painstaking research-using unit records, after-action reviews, alumni newsletters, and countless other university documents-John A. Adams Jr. paints a portrait of the Aggie aviator in the Great War. Texas A&M aviators flew in European air forces, hunted German U-boats, went on scouting missions, and served as attack pilots. Adams has identified, often for the first time, those Aggies who served and follows them through training, life on the front, and the return home. While much of the World War I story occurred over there , just as much took place over here. Adams explores the home front as well as the battlefront, capturing campus life in the midst of mobilization, recruitment, and a devastating influenza epidemic that claimed as many as fifty campus lives. Over There in the Air is a riveting book about an important contribution of a university to the World War I effort. It is sure to catch the attention of all Aggies and those interested in aviation history.

Transhumanizing War Performance Enhancement and the Implications for Policy, Society, and the Soldier

Transhumanizing War Performance Enhancement and the Implications for Policy, Society, and the Soldier

Author: H.Christian Breede Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2019

The concept of soldier enhancement often invokes images of dystopian futures populated with dehumanized military personnel. These futures serve as warnings in science fiction works, and yet the enhancement of soldiers' combat capability is almost as old as war itself. Today, soldier enhancement is the purpose of military training and the application of innovative technologies, but when does it begin to challenge individuals' very humanity? Bringing together the work of a diverse group of practitioners and academics, Transhumanizing War examines performance enhancement in the military from a wide range of perspectives. The book builds on two key premises: that rapid advances in science and technology are outstripping governments' and military organizations' capacity to adapt, and that this has put pressure on the connection between the military and the public. The contributors to this collection grapple with the implications of continued technological advancement and the possibility that innovative solutions to performance enhancement will risk further alienating the soldier from society. Navigating the fine line between technological promise and ethics, this volume presents a guide to responsible implementation in Canada and abroad. Offering unique insights into a debate on the bleeding edge of public discourse, Transhumanizing War considers the best ways to improve combat effectiveness while still preserving soldiers' humanity. Contributors include G. de Boisboissel (St Cyr), Linda Bossi (Defence Research and Development Canada), David Bryant (Defence Research and Development Canada), Colin Farrelly (Queen's University), Sara Greco (Queen's University), Monica Jones (University of Michigan), Thomas Karakolis (Defence Research and Development Canada), Allan Keefe (Defence Research and Development Canada), Maxwell Mehlmen (Case Western Reserve University), Farzana Nabi (US Army), K. Niall (Defence Research and Development Canada), David Tack (Defence Research and Development Canada), A. Vergin (Deutsche Bundeswehr), Randall Wakelam (Royal Military College of Canada), and Vicki Woodside-Duggins (Canadian Defence Academy).

Transhumanizing War Performance Enhancement and the Implications for Policy, Society, and the Soldier

Transhumanizing War Performance Enhancement and the Implications for Policy, Society, and the Soldier

Author: H.Christian Breede Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/12/2019

The concept of soldier enhancement often invokes images of dystopian futures populated with dehumanized military personnel. These futures serve as warnings in science fiction works, and yet the enhancement of soldiers' combat capability is almost as old as war itself. Today, soldier enhancement is the purpose of military training and the application of innovative technologies, but when does it begin to challenge individuals' very humanity? Bringing together the work of a diverse group of practitioners and academics, Transhumanizing War examines performance enhancement in the military from a wide range of perspectives. The book builds on two key premises: that rapid advances in science and technology are outstripping governments' and military organizations' capacity to adapt, and that this has put pressure on the connection between the military and the public. The contributors to this collection grapple with the implications of continued technological advancement and the possibility that innovative solutions to performance enhancement will risk further alienating the soldier from society. Navigating the fine line between technological promise and ethics, this volume presents a guide to responsible implementation in Canada and abroad. Offering unique insights into a debate on the bleeding edge of public discourse, Transhumanizing War considers the best ways to improve combat effectiveness while still preserving soldiers' humanity. Contributors include G. de Boisboissel (St Cyr), Linda Bossi (Defence Research and Development Canada), David Bryant (Defence Research and Development Canada), Colin Farrelly (Queen's University), Sara Greco (Queen's University), Monica Jones (University of Michigan), Thomas Karakolis (Defence Research and Development Canada), Allan Keefe (Defence Research and Development Canada), Maxwell Mehlmen (Case Western Reserve University), Farzana Nabi (US Army), K. Niall (Defence Research and Development Canada), David Tack (Defence Research and Development Canada), A. Vergin (Deutsche Bundeswehr), Randall Wakelam (Royal Military College of Canada), and Vicki Woodside-Duggins (Canadian Defence Academy).

Me 262 vs P-51 Mustang Europe 1944-45

Me 262 vs P-51 Mustang Europe 1944-45

Author: Robert Forsyth, Gareth (Illustrator) Hector Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/12/2019

Arguably two of the finest fighters built during the course of World War II, the Me 262 and P-51 Mustang heralded new dawns in aircraft performance. Making its operational debut in the summer of 1944, and powered by the Jumo 004 jet engine, the Me 262 outclassed Allied planes in terms of speed and firepower ratio, offering a formidable punch with four 30 mm MK 108 nose-mounted cannons. However, in the P-51, fitted with the Rolls-Royce (Packard) Merlin engine and drop tanks, the USAAF finally had a fighter that had the `legs' to escort its heavy bombers deep into Reich airspace and back. If flown to its strengths, the P-51 was more than capable of taking on the feared Me 262 on an equal footing, despite the differences in power and top speed. Indeed, the Mustang proved to be the Luftwaffe fighter arm's nemesis. When the P-51D sortied over Germany from the summer of 1944 onwards, it shredded through the ill-trained and depleted Gruppen of the Luftwaffe's defence wings. This book examines the two fighters in detail, exploring their history and development and containing accurate descriptions of the combats between the P-51 Mustang and the Me 262 in what were some of the most bitter and large-scale aerial actions fought over Europe in 1944-45.

British Amphibious Assault Ships From Suez to the Falklands and the present day

British Amphibious Assault Ships From Suez to the Falklands and the present day

Author: Edward (Author) Hampshire Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/12/2019

Amphibious assault ships have been at the centre of nearly all of Britain's expeditionary campaigns since World War II, from the Suez crisis of 1956 to operations as far afield as Borneo (1963-66), the Falklands (1982), Sierra Leone (2000) and Iraq (2003). In major operations such as Suez and the Falklands, the use of amphibious assault ships was essential to the military success of the campaigns. The Suez Crisis saw two of the Royal Navy's former light fleet carriers converted into 'commando carriers' to specialise in amphibious warfare. In the 1960s these were followed by the famous Fearless class ships - the first purpose-built amphibious assault ships in the Royal Navy. With an internal dock, headquarters capability, and multiple landing craft, these 'Landing Platform Docks' were built to project power around the world. When the Falklands were invaded, HMS Fearless was the key to the successful landing in San Carlos. In the 1990s, a new generation was ordered: the helicopter carrier HMS Ocean and the Albion class LPDs. In recent years Ocean, Albion and Bulwark have been the largest fighting ships of the Royal Navy and have acted as the navy's flagships, as well as being perhaps the most versatile ships in the navy. This title is an essential guide to British Amphibious Assault Ships across the decades, from the mighty Fearless to the modern Albion. Packed with full-colour illustrations, contemporary photography, and detailed analysis, this definitive work explores the history, development, and deployment of the Royal Navy's front line.

Desperate Sunset Japan's kamikazes against Allied ships, 1944-45

Desperate Sunset Japan's kamikazes against Allied ships, 1944-45

Author: Mike Yeo Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/12/2019

Fully illustrated throughout, Desperate Sunset examines the development and evolution of the kamikaze using first-hand accounts, combat reports and archived histories. By the middle of 1944, Imperial Japan's armed forces were in an increasingly desperate situation. Its elite air corps had been wiped out over the Solomons in 1942-43, and its navy was a shadow of the force that had attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. But the Japanese had one last, desperate, card to play. The Japanese High Command decided that the way to inflict maximum damage on the superior enemy forces was to get the poorly trained Japanese pilots to crash their explosive-laden aircraft onto their target, essentially turning themselves into a guided missile. The kamikazes announced themselves in the immediate aftermath of the Leyte Gulf naval battles, sinking the USS St. Lo and damaging several other ships. The zenith of the kamikaze came in the battle of Okinawa, which included ten kikusui (Floating Chrysanthemum) operations which involved up to several hundred aircraft attacking the US fleet.