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Llandudno's Military Heritage

Llandudno's Military Heritage

Author: Peter (Durham University UK) Johnson, Adrian Hughes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2020

The North Wales seaside resort of Llandudno developed in the 1850s from a scatter of small settlements on the slopes of the Great Orme. In the Iron Age the defences of Pen Dinas hillfort and Roman coin hoards suggest local military conflict. Skirmishes are recorded from the times of the Vikings. In later centuries the focus for military activity stretches a mile or so down the Conwy Valley, to the castles of Deganwy and battles between Welsh and English. Llandudno became embroiled in the invasion of Edward I when he gave the Bishop of Bangor land on the Great Orme to build a 'palace'. This was sacked in Owain Glyndwr's revolt of the early 1400s. With the rise of Britain's empire copper was mined, partly to provide cladding for the wooden-hulled ships of her navy. By the twentieth century significant military training establishments were based in the area, as were prisoner of war camps and convalescent homes for military personnel. In 1915 a German U-boat attempted to pick up escaped POWs in Llandudno Bay. Specialist equipment for the Normandy landings was developed here and it became the new location for the Royal Artillery's Coast Artillery School and the Inland Revenue, a few of the many important features of the town's military heritage.

America's Forgotten Wars From Lord Dunmore to the Invasion of Mexico

America's Forgotten Wars From Lord Dunmore to the Invasion of Mexico

Author: Ian Hernon Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/05/2020

Americans know about the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the world wars, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq/Afghanistan but the many inbetween conflicts have been erased from public memory. And,as there was for the British Empire, there were a lot of them. Many have a particular resonance for Trump's America. The Texas-Mexico border conflict (1917) for example saw Hispanic farmers murdered as America prepared to invade south of the border - no Trump Wall then. The US kept 150 men as officially prisoners of war for 36 years after a conflict that ended in 1873 - which one? 'America's Forgotten Wars' is full of surprises, many of them coloured by irony and often tragedy: the Barbary Wars (1801-3), as a supremely ironic instance, were fought to end the North African slave trade. The Philippines War of 1899 is one of the the worst stains on US military and political history in that it caused the death of over 200,000 civilians. A companion volume to Ian Hernon's best-selling 'Britain's Forgotten Wars', this book puts US history in a whole new different light.

Black Ops Secret Military Operations

Black Ops Secret Military Operations

Author: Nigel West Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/05/2020

Black Ops is a thrilling compendium of undercover warfare from around the world. Here you will meet the most hardened soldiers and operatives facing extraordinary dangers deep behind enemy lines. The book features many amazing stories from World War II, such as the assassination of Holocaust architect Reinhard Heydrich by Britain's Special Operations Executive, which in 1940 received its mission from Churchill to 'set Europe ablaze' in the battle against Nazi tyranny. Also told are the stories of Stalin's favourite spy; the little-known account of how Japanese military codes were cracked; and Operation Mincemeat, which led to the invasion of Sicily. Written by a leading military intelligence expert, Black Ops ranges across a century of remarkable clandestine operations. Starting with Hans Carl Lody, the first German spy during World War I, we also have the plot to assassinate Lenin; the origins of strategic deception; and the Cold War defection of Oleg Gordievsky from the Soviet Union. The book is brought right up to date with the plot to assassinate Osama bin Laden by Navy SEALS in 2011, and the attempted assassination of the Skripals in the UK in 2018, leading to fears that the world is on the brink of a new Cold War. A compelling anthology of spies, soldiers, mercenaries and assassins, Black Ops tells the secret history of 20th- and 21st-century warfare.

James Monroe

James Monroe

Author: Tim Mcgrath Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/05/2020

The Buried Spitfires of Burma A 'Fake' History

The Buried Spitfires of Burma A 'Fake' History

Author: Andy Brockman, Tracy Spaight Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2020

This is the story of Lincolnshire farmer David Cundall's quixotic quest to unearth dozens of Spitfire fighters he believes were buried at the end of WWII. Armed with a high-tech survey showing mysterious shapes under the sunbaked surface of Yangon Airport, David's expedition is equipped with state of the art JCB excavators, supported by a crack team of archaeologists, and bankrolled by Wargaming.net. Nothing can stop him from recovering the iconic aircraft because, as David tells the world's media, it's impossible to make up this story. This real-life treasure hunt, an enthralling mix of Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes, took a team of researchers deep into Myanmar on a quest to find legendary Spitfires. But instead, the team unearths a tale of fake history highlighting the conflict between those want to believe and those who demand evidence.

Andersonville Raiders

Andersonville Raiders

Author: Gary Morgan Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2020

In July 1864, six Union soldiers were hanged at Andersonville, a Civil War prison camp notorious then and now for its harsh conditions. But the hanged men's crimes had nothing to do with the war against the Confederacy; they weren't spies or saboteurs. They were the leaders of a gang-known as The Raiders-who terrorized their fellow Union prisoners in the hell of Andersonville. By June 1864, prisoners had had enough, and camp commandant Henry Wirz (executed after the war) sanctioned the formation of a quasi-police force, the Regulators, with permission to arrest, try, and punish offenders. In less than two weeks, the Raiders were broken up and arrested and hung. Andersonville is one of the most notorious aspects of the Civil War, and this is one instance in which brother-against-brother chivalry did not prevail, not even amongst inmates from the same side. Gary Morgan has dug deep into the historical record to tell this story, which is at once dramatic and historically important.

High Tide in the Korean War How an Outnumbered American Regiment Defeated the Chinese at the Battle of Chipyong-Ni

High Tide in the Korean War How an Outnumbered American Regiment Defeated the Chinese at the Battle of Chipyong-Ni

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2020

By early 1951, American forces and their UN allies had been driven more than 100 miles down the Korean peninsula by the Chinese. The situation was bleak when Gen. Matthew Ridgway ordered a last stand at the village of Chipyong-ni. There a single regiment (the 23rd Infantry) of fewer than 5,000 U.S. soldiers defeated a Chinese division of 25,000 men in what has been called the Gettysburg of the Korean War.

The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson The Baseball Legend's Battle for Civil Rights During World War II

The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson The Baseball Legend's Battle for Civil Rights During World War II

Author: Michael Lee Lanning Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2020

Eleven years before Rosa Parks resisted going to the back of the bus, a young black second lieutenant, hungry to fight Nazis in Europe, refused to move to the back of a U.S. Army bus in Texas and found himself court-martialed. The defiant soldier was Jack Roosevelt Robinson, already in 1944 a celebrated athlete in track and football and in a few years the man who would break Major League Baseball's color barrier. This was the pivotal moment in Jackie Robinson's pre-MLB career. Had he been found guilty, he would not have been the man who broke baseball's color barrier. Had the incident never happened, he would've gone overseas with the Black Panther tank battalion - and who knows what after that. Having survived this crucible of unjust prosecution as an American soldier, Robinson - already a talented multisport athlete - became the ideal player to integrate baseball.

Fallen Tigers The Fate of America's Missing Airmen in China during World War II

Fallen Tigers The Fate of America's Missing Airmen in China during World War II

Author: Dan Jackson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Zeros! A swarm of Japanese fighters ambush Lee Gregg and Glen Beneda over central China. It is the height of World War II and the two airmen are a part of the greatest aerial armada yet assembled by Major General Claire Lee Chennault's Flying Tigers. Their mission is to strike back against the largest Japanese ground offensive of the war, but the enemy's preemptive ambush sends four of the American fighters down in flames. Gregg and Beneda bail out, only to find themselves in the hands of Communist guerrillas, on an epic months-long odyssey behind enemy lines. During the war, America's air forces in China reported at least 624 aircraft and 1,771 airmen as missing on combat missions. Fighting a savage guerrilla air war against the Japanese, the prospect of crash-landing or bailing out in a remote and dangerous land loomed ominously in the mind of every individual. Of the airmen reported missing, more than half perished. Remarkably, ninety percent of those who survived returned to friendly territory - more than four times the percentage of those rescued in occupied Europe! Their rescuers included Nationalists, Communists, warlords, and even alleged collaborators. Despite deep divisions throughout wartime China, helping downed Americans transcended politics. The author scoured thousands of pages of official reports to build a comprehensive database of every American reported missing in China during the war. Memoirs, wartime diaries, and dozens of interviews with veterans - both American and Chinese - overlay this core of thorough historical research with compelling personal narratives. Lee Gregg and Glen Beneda find themselves on the run with the Chinese Communists, battling injury, sickness, China's internecine politics, and the Japanese. Brick Holstrom remains in China after the Doolittle Raid to command a squadron of medium bombers. Casey Vincent, the second-youngest general officer in the history of the Air Force, struggles to command in the most desperate circumstances, and American Volunteer Group ace George Mac McMillan returns to China to command a 14th Air Force fighter squadron for General Chennault. The fate of these men is an incredible story of survival in the midst of a brutal war; it is a touching story of cooperation between the United States and China - including with Mao Zedong's Communists. Fallen Tigers is not just a thrilling historical drama, it is of pressing importance for our time and the United States' relationship with the rising Chinese superpower.

Strike from the Sea The Development and Deployment of Strategic Cruise Missiles since 1934

Strike from the Sea The Development and Deployment of Strategic Cruise Missiles since 1934

Author: Norman Polmar, John O'Connell Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

The cruise missile-also referred to as a guided missile-is a widely employed tactical and strategic weapon, capable of striking ground or ship targets with conventional or nuclear warheads. Before the development of ballistic missiles for attacking an enemy's homeland the U.S. and Soviet strategic arsenals had land-attack cruise missiles to deliver nuclear warheads. Subsequently, the U.S. and Soviet Navies as well as other fleets developed tactical anti-ship and anti-submarine cruise missiles. Much of this book addresses the U.S. Navy's Regulus missile program-the world's first submarine weapon for attacking an enemy homeland with a nuclear warhead-and the similar Soviet Navy's cruise missile efforts. Prior to Regulus a few of the world's submarines had deck guns that were employed for assaulting coastal targets; indeed, the British built a class of submarine monitors with large-caliber guns for attacking coastal targets. After the Regulus more advanced cruise missiles and ballistic missiles were sent to sea in submarines to attack an enemy's cities and military-industrial installations. Certain U.S. and Soviet/Russian land-launched, nuclear-armed cruise missiles also are examined in this book in the context of their being competitive with sea-based missiles for their roles and for resources. Also, at times the technology of one service's missiles was considered for use by another service. The U.S. Navy's rapid and successful development of the Polaris Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) and budgetary constraints caused the cancellation of advanced submarine-launched cruise missiles-the Regulus II as well as the follow-on Rigel and Triton. Submarines armed with the Regulus I missile continued on patrols in the North Pacific until mid-1964, when they were replaced on the 'deterrent' role by Polaris missile submarines. The Soviet Navy continued the development and deployment of anti-ship cruise missiles, which retained some land-attack capabilities. Following the retirement of Regulus in 1964 strategic cruise missile development in the U.S. Navy experienced doldrums. In the 1970s development of U.S. Navy land-attack cruise missiles resumed with the Tomahawk, initially designed as theater land-attack weapon with a nuclear warhead. Significantly, the Tomahawk was designed from the outset of the program to be launched from standard, 21-inch (533-mm) submarine torpedo tubes. While the Tomahawk was developed specifically for naval use from surface ships and submarines, subsequently a land-launched version was developed as a theater nuclear weapon named Gryphon for the U.S. Air Force as a counter to Soviet theater nuclear weapons in Eastern Europe. (The Tomahawk also was suitable for aircraft launch, although neither the U.S. Air Force nor Navy adopted that concept.) Subsequent Tomahawk variants with conventional warheads were developed for the land-attack and anti-ship missile roles. Sea-based Tomahawk missiles with conventional warheads-launched from surface ships and submarines-were employed extensively and very effectively in the Gulf War (1991) and in several subsequent conflicts and crises. The Soviet Navy's cruise missile programs have a similar development history and that effort has produced several land-attack weapons.

Proximity and Distance Space, Time and World War I

Proximity and Distance Space, Time and World War I

Author: Romain Fathi, Emily Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

The global magnitude of World War I has meant that proximity and distance were highly influential in the ways the conflict was conducted, and how it was experienced at tactical, political and emotional levels. This book explores how participants and observers in World War I negotiated the temporal and spatial challenges of the conflict. International in scope, it investigates how technology, mass media, elite diplomacy and imperial networks interacted in conjunction with proximity and distance. The authors canvas a range of approaches to the conflict, from cultural history to social, political and military history. Proximity and distance were contingencies that participants had to continually adapt to. This book documents the ways in which these adaptations were approached.

Proximity and Distance Space, Time and World War I

Proximity and Distance Space, Time and World War I

Author: Romain Fathi, Emily Robertson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

The global magnitude of World War I has meant that proximity and distance were highly influential in the ways the conflict was conducted, and how it was experienced at tactical, political and emotional levels. This book explores how participants and observers in World War I negotiated the temporal and spatial challenges of the conflict. International in scope, it investigates how technology, mass media, elite diplomacy and imperial networks interacted in conjunction with proximity and distance. The authors canvas a range of approaches to the conflict, from cultural history to social, political and military history. Proximity and distance were contingencies that participants had to continually adapt to. This book documents the ways in which these adaptations were approached.