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The Korean War was the only time that the Cold War seriously 'ignited' yet it remains largely ignored by historians and publishers. Few people today realise the intensity of the fighting, the appalling conditions that prevailed and, for those captured, the inhumanity of the treatment shown to the luckless POWs.The all-too-few memoirs that have emerged from this war have on the whole been written by officers. Captured At The Imjin River is therefore doubly important in that its author, Dave Green was a nineteen-year-old National Serviceman. His story is a remarkable one which he tells with both candour and humour. Not only did he fight in two major battles but he was captured at the Imjin River along with those of his fellow Glosters who were not killed. They then endured extraordinary hardships for over two years at the hands of his Chinese and North Korean captors before being released at the conclusion of hostilities.Dave's account of the bitter fighting and his years of captivity demand to be read. Captured At The Imjin River is a special book in many ways as it gives the reader a true insight into war and captivity from the perspective of the squaddie. His powers of observation and description are commendable and, while clearly very different, evoke those of George MacDonald Fraser's Quartered Safe Out Here, that classic fighting-man's description of the war in Burma.
In October 1917 the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade took part in what is now known as the 'last great cavalry charge'. They charged across six kilometres of open ground before capturing, in a desperate hand-to-hand battle, the Turkish trenches that held the key to the strategic stronghold of Beersheba. Paul Daley's account of this battle takes him from Australia to Israel, from past to present, and from the battlefields to the archives, where he discovers a dark episode in Australian history that sits at odds with the Anzac myth.
A brilliant depiction of the German view of Operation Market Garden and the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944. Based on extensive research and containing new material it uniquely chronicles the struggle through the eyes of the German soldier and analyses the reasons for the eventual outcome.
In 1941 Hitler turned his military force onto Soviet Russia. The germans quickly advanced into Russia as the Soviet forces suffered defeat after defeat. This high profile narrative examines the campaign largely through the eyes of the German forces who were sent to fight and die for Hitler's grandiose plans.
The true story of the seemingly impenetrable German naval codes of World War 2. It provides a detailed analysis of the development of Enigma, its role during German U-boat operations and the subsequent code-breaking work at Bletchley Park.
In the 5th century B.C., Greece was a patchwork country of small, independent city-states whose tendency to fight each other was offset only by strong ties to common cultural elements such as language and a unique style of warfare. While surviving myths emphasize heroics and honor, the reality of ancient Greek warfare was that of regular men dealing with everyday problems. Relying heavily on primary sources such as Herodotus, Thucydides and Plutarch, this volume provides the first-ever tactical level survey of all Greek land engagements which occurred during the 5th century B.C., a seminal period in the history of western warfare. These 173 battles range from the Ionian Revolt to the Persian Invasion to the Great Peloponnesian War which dominated much of 5th century Greece. Using carefully researched logical probabilities to extend surviving records, the author places each battle within its historical context and analyzes it with a view to documenting any significant overall patterns of action. The result is not only a detailed study of each battle complete with maps and battlefield diagrams, but also an overview of general trends in 5th century Greek warfare.
The war of 1864 between Austria and Prussia on the one side and Denmark on the other was short but important for European history. The two Germanic great powers combined to force a much weaker but intransigent Denmark to cede its two provinces of Schleswig and Holstein, which freed German territory from foreign rule. But the war also marked the end of the co-operation of Prussia and Austria and the start of a new and potentially lethal relationship between them. Indeed, just two years later the two powers were at war, and at the end of that conflict Prussia had excluded Austria from Germany and was on the road to achieving German unity under her banner. The 1864 war, or to give it its popular name, the Second Schleswig War, has long been studied, and it is with an eye to extending its literature in English that we present this translated extract from the memoirs of an Austrian officer, Wilhelm Ritter von Grundorf, who was at the headquarters of the Austrian force during the campaign. Joining as a volunteer artillery cadet, in 1859 Grundorf was advanced to captain and transferred to the general staff. His services during the war with France and Piedmont were valued enough that he was given the Order of the Iron Crown. He served throughout the campaign, being present at two actions and generally distinguishing himself. His writing is lively, and provides all manner of detail rarely encountered. His text is accompanied by explanatory notes penned by the book's translator, Stuart Sutherland.
The actual D-Day landings an the subsequent few days of battle often resolved themselves into a multitude of desperate small scale struggles. By looking at the battle at this level through the eyes of both Allied and German participants, the author is able to develop new insights into the successes and failures on both sides.
The author of this work, Louis Faidherbe was given command of the Army of the North on 18 November 1870 after the disaster of Sedan. Faidherbe was a modest man and well aware that the raw material with which he had to fashion his army was most inadequate. Nonetheless, by the end of 1870 Faidherbe had made fairly good progress when the government ordered him to link up with the army in Paris. He dutifully moved south and engineered a striking success by capturing the fortress of Ham, thereby cutting German rail communications to the west and threatening their rear areas. However, he realised his troops were fast deteriorating in the wintry weather and that German reinforcements were coming in, and so he withdrew north to Arras. The government urged on him the necessity of doing something to divert the German efforts at Paris, and Faidherbe determined on a move southeast to cut across German communications. However the terrible winter weather and the poor condition of Faidherbe's troops complicated the manoeuvre, and by the time Faidherbe's army arrived around Saint-Quentin the Germans had anticipated it. All that the French could do was to fight another defensive battle in and around the town. Faidherbe's men fought well in parts, but their morale was low, and in spite of their numerical superiority they were forced into a disorderly retreat, shedding refugees with every mile, until once more they were under the shelter of the fortresses. There they remained until the war ended. This is a translation of Faidherbe's volume entitled Campagne de l'Armee du Nord published in 1872. It sets out in some detail the operations of the Army of the North and includes many appendices which give supporting evidence and documents.
The Bavarian army which fought the War of 1866 was not greatly distinguished for its performance, but a translation of the Bavarian general staff history of the war is a document which should be available in English, since it gives an official analysis of the conflict. The narrative presents a detailed account of the mobilisation of the army, and its actions against the Prussians during July 1866. The Contribution of the Royal Bavarian Army contains appendices which present an order of battle, the authorised strengths of the formations, and casualties, and as such these are valuable. The original text is complimented by translator Stuart Sutherland's additional explanatory notes.
Conventional histories of the Battles of Mons and Le Cateau describe how, although the British were massively outnumbered, precise and rapid rifle fire mowed down rows of German troops: the staggering casualties inflicted made both British victories, and set the stage for the Battle of the Marne. But neither encounter has ever been described in English from the German point of view. Using German tactics manuals and regimental histories, Terence Zuber re-examines the battles at Mons and Le Cateau, subjecting British tactics to a critique that goes beyond admiration for rapid rifle fire and presenting new and startling perspectives, showing how the Germans employed a high degree of tactical sophistication in conducting combined-arms operations. The odds were, in fact, even, and German casualties never reached the levels described in the standard histories. 'The Mons Myth' is the first history of these battles to take this approach in ninety years, and completely changes our understanding of what actually happened.
War in the Tyrol is a translation of part of 'Geschichte des k. k. Infanterie-Regiments Georg Prinz von Sachsen Nr.11', edited by Franz Jaeger. The account describes what happened in 1866 when Austrians met Italian volunteers under Giuseppe Garibaldi, who had been given the task of freeing Tyrol from Austrian rule. Previous historical document naturally stresses Austrian victories, despite Garibaldi ultimately proving successful. Nonetheless, taken in company with general accounts from the Italian side, it provides a key piece of the tactical and strategic puzzle which was the war for South Tyrol in 1866. The 11th Infantry Regiment was one of the oldest formations in the Austrian army. Raised as long ago as 1629, when the Thirty Years' War was raging in central Europe, it had served with distinction at the battles of Zenta (1697), Aspern (1809) and Leipzig (1813) and had been praised for its performance in the Hungarian campaign of 1849. In 1854, it had the headquarters of its recruiting district moved to the town of Pisek, in south Tyrol. During the 1859 conflict with France and Piedmont, the regiment formed part of 8th Corps. It took part in the battle of Melegnano with some distinction, and at the battle of Solferino was part of the successful defence of San Martino against the Piedmontese army. After that war the regiment moved garrisons a number of times before in 1862 being transferred to the mountainous city of Trient [Trento], under the command of Major General Franz Baron Kuhn von Kuhnenfeld, one of the more celebrated Austrian commanders of the mid-19th century. Kuhn accordingly trained the units under his command to not only march but fight in narrow valleys and along ridges, and this training was to serve the 11th well when war broke out with Italy in June 1866.