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Rorke's Drift

Rorke's Drift

Author: Adrian Greaves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2003

The story of the bravest battle ever fought. On 22nd January 1879 a force of 20,000 Zulus overwhelmed and destroyed the British invading force at Isandlwana, killing and ritually disemboweling over 1200 troops. That afternoon, the same Zulu force turned their attention on a small outpost at Rorke's Drift. The battle that ensued, one of the British Army's great epics, has since entered into legend. Throughout the night 85 men held off six full-scale Zulu attacks at the cost of only 27 casualties, forcing the Zulu army to withdraw. Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded for bravery shown on that night, the largest number for any one engagement in history. But as Adrian Greaves's new research shows there are several things about the myth of Rorke's Drift that don't add up. While it was the scene of undoubted bravery, it was also the scene of some astonishing cases of cowardice, and there is increasing evidence to suggest that the legend of Rorke's Drift was created to divert attention from the appalling British mistakes which caused the earlier defeat at Isandlwana.

Bosworth 1485

Bosworth 1485

Author: Michael K. Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2003

It's 1485. The battle of Bosworth marked an epoch in the lives of two great houses: the house of York fell to the ground when Richard III died on the field of battle; and the house of Tudor rose from the massacre to reign for the next hundred years. Michael Jones rewrites this landmark event in English history with startling evidence to suggest that the site of the battle recognized for over 500 years is wrong. He not only shifts the location of the battle, but shifts our perspective of its heroes and villains and its place in history.

Regime Unchanged Why the War on Iraq Changed Nothing

Regime Unchanged Why the War on Iraq Changed Nothing

Author: Milan Rai Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2003

This book shows how the US government is involved in a political quagmire in Iraq that threatens to evolve into a long and bloody conflict. As the number of US casualties rise every day, the idea that the war is won has begun to fade. The longer the chaos continues, the more the conflict threatens to engulf other regions already bitterly opposed to American intervention. Rigourously dissecting official propaganda and media misrepresentation, Regime Unchanged documents the real aftermath of the war. Milan Rai presents damning evidence that Ba'athists were deliberately restored to power. In the confusion of the first month of Iraq's 'liberation', the US and Britain pursued a path very similar to that taken in liberated territories after WWII: demobilisation of resistance movements, and the restoration of collaborators and fascists. Regime Unchanged demonstrates that this was not a war for disarmament, or for 'regime change', but a war for power. Rai also shows how the power of the global antiwar movement came very close to stopping the war against Iraq: he reveals exclusive evidence that the British Government was forced to frantically draw up contingency plans to withdraw from the US invasion force only days before the war was due to begin - because of the power of world wide protest.

Battle for the Ukraine The Korsun'-Shevchenkovskii Operation

Battle for the Ukraine The Korsun'-Shevchenkovskii Operation

Author: Colonel David M. Glantz Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/05/2003

A comprehensive guide to the battle for the Ukraine from the Soviet perspective during the winter of 1943-1944. This volume is an unexpurgated translation of the originally classified Soviet General Staff Study No.14.

Auldearn 1645 The Marquis of Montrose's Scottish Campaign

Auldearn 1645 The Marquis of Montrose's Scottish Campaign

Author: Stuart Reid, Gerry Embleton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/05/2003

Scotland in the 17th century was an independent country whose king was the King of England. Charles' proposed remodelling of the Scottish Kirk succeeded in alienating the Protestant population. In 1638 a National Covenant was signed throughout the country, opposing the King's reforms. In 1639 and 1640 two brief wars saw King Charles defeated and Scotland's independence re-asserted. However, one of the leaders, Montrose, was eclipsed by his rivals and in 1644 Montrose raised a Royalist rebellion. In the course of a year he won a string of victories that left him in momentary control of Scotland. The battle of Auldeam was the centrepiece of this campaign. This book details the remarkable Scottish campaign waged by the Marquis of Montrose.

Pearl Harbor Ghosts The Legacy of December 7, 1941

Pearl Harbor Ghosts The Legacy of December 7, 1941

Author: Thurston Clarke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2003

* Reconstructed from the memoiries of those who were there *Tells the story from the American, Japanese and local perspective *Published to commemorate the 60th anniversary Full of gripping drama and vibrant details, here is the intimate human story of the events surrounding that fateful day of December 7, 1941-the glamorous tropical city that seemed too beautiful to suffer devastation ... the stunned naval personnel whose lives would permanently be divided into before and after Pearl Harbor ... the ordinary Honolulu residents who were tragically unprepared to be the first target in the Pacific war ... the Japanese pilots who manned the squadron of deadly silver bombers ... and the island's community of Japanese-Americans whose lives would never be the same again. Blending meticulous historic recreation with lively reporting, Clarke counterpoints the freeze-frame nightmare of the 1941 bombing with the disturbing realities of present-day Honolulu, where hundreds of veterans, both American and Japanese, converge each year to relive every hour of the attack. Wealthy Waikiki landowners and native Hawaiian farmers, admirals and nurses, Navy wives and government officials-all take their part in Clarke's rich tapestry of memory and insight. In the end, Pearl Harbor emerges as a trauma that spread from Oahu to engulf the nation and the world-an event that continues to reverberate in the lives of all who experienced it.

A Dark and Bloody Ground The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945

A Dark and Bloody Ground The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams, 1944-1945

Author: Edward G. Miller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2003

This work examines the ominous prelude to the Battle of the Bulge and reveals one of the US Army's bloodiest nightmares of World War II. In late 1944, the American army had pushed through Belgium almost unopposed. As small units advanced into the hilly woods south-east of Aachen, Germany, they encountered a forest bristling with German troops. The face-off took place in some of Germany's most rugged territory and in rain, sleet and freezing temperatures. For weeks US commanders ordered units of as many as seven divisions into the woods to be chewed up by German infantry and artillery. The book's description of the battle is based on government records, a large selection of first-hand accounts from veterans of both sides, and the author's visits to the battlefields.

Towton 1461 England's Bloodiest Battle

Towton 1461 England's Bloodiest Battle

Author: Christopher Gravett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2003

The Lancastrian army was conducting a triumphant march on the capital, having defeated Warwick at the Second Battle of St. Albans, when on 4 March, Edward of York was proclaimed king in London. The Lancastrians withdrew northwards and Edward followed in pursuit. The two armies met at the village of Towton on 29 March 1461. This long and bitter battle began early as the two armies advanced towards each other, raging all day with the Lancastrians seeming to have the better of it, until the Duke of Norfolk arrived with several thousand Yorkist reinforcements., resulting in what is known as 'Bloody Meadow'. This book reveals how Towton marked the resurgence of the Yorkist cause and established Edward IV as king.

The Alamo An Illustrated History

The Alamo An Illustrated History

Author: Edwin P. Hoyt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2003

Master historian Edwin P. Hoyt depicts with graphic and gripping detail the conflict between revolutionary Texas and the Mexican government determined to rule. In the first paperback edition of a highly acclaimed history, Hoyt describes the well-known historical facts of the revolution, the pivotal siege of the Alamo, and the decisive aftermath, and fills them with new life. By merging a multitude of authoritative accounts of this turbulent period and the bloody clashes that shaped it, Hoyt paints a dynamic portrait of Texas rebels and Mexican authorities locked in a struggle over the fate of an untamed land. Fully illustrated with more than 120 black and white and full color images, The Alamo reveals the entire spectrum of Texas's determined bid for independence. Read of the triumph, passion, and tragedy of the valiant yet doomed defenders of the old Spanish mission.

Orders of Battle Second World War 1939-45

Orders of Battle Second World War 1939-45

Author: H.F. Joslen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2003

One Flag, One Queen, One Tongue New Zealand and the South African War

One Flag, One Queen, One Tongue New Zealand and the South African War

Author: Ian McGibbon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2003

War has been an unforgettable, powerful experience for many New Zealanders, and a defining element in the evolution of New Zealand as a nation. The South African War - the Boer War of 1899-1902 - was New Zealand's first overseas war, in which more than 6,000 people fought and 230 lost their lives. This collection of essays by leading historians presents various perspectives on New Zealand's involvement in this historical event. Opposition to the war, women and Maori in the war, the Australian perspective, and the Montreal Flag Riot of 1900 are all subjtects covered. Several distinguished overseas historians, inluding Tom Pakenham and Carman Miller, set the New Zealand effort in a wider imperial framework.

Tanks on the Beaches A Marine Tanker in the Pacific War

Tanks on the Beaches A Marine Tanker in the Pacific War

Author: Robert M. Neiman, Kenneth W. Estes Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2003

Robert M. Neiman, perhaps the most experienced combat commander of the U.S. Marine Corps' tank arm, was one of the rare USMC officers to serve in both Iwo Jima and Okinawa battles. In Tanks on the Beaches, Neiman and his coauthor, Kenneth W. Estes, relay vivid accounts of fighting in the Pacific War, as well as Marine Corps service during the entire World War II period, devoid of idolatry and mythmaking. After the capture of Guadalcanal, Neiman endured Japanese bombardments there to gather information for his assignment as operations officer of a new tank school being formed in California. He eventually led his own tank company through four island battles culminating in the cauldron of Iwo Jima. Later, he finished the war as executive officer and commanding officer of the 1st Tank Battalion on occupation and security duty in North China in 1945-46. Neiman and Estes take the reader from prewar training at Quantico and in North Carolina through the off-duty delights of a New Zealand bereft of men, the horrors of Salpan and Iwo, the peculiar situation in China after the war and then back to the states for Neiman's successful postwar career as a lumber retailer. Through it all, Estes translates Neiman's eye for the interesting and the human into a multifaceted tale of a young marine going to war. This is an adventure story with many novel turns that will attract the Interest of military experts, military history aficionados, Marine Corps members in general, and veterans of armored fighting vehicle units. Neiman is not a USMC icon, just one of the unheralded thousands of officers who did the real fighting. This is their story as much as it is his.