• Download E-books Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda PDF

    By Sean Naylor

    Command refused to devote the forces required to accomplish overall victory in Afghanistan. as a substitute, they delegated accountability for struggling with the war's largest battle-one which could have damaged Al Qaeda and captured Osama bin Laden-to a hodge-podge of devices thrown jointly on the final second.

    At sunrise on March 2, 2002, America's first significant conflict of the twenty first century all started. Over 2 hundred infantrymen of the a hundred and first Airborne and tenth Mountain Divisions flew into Afghanistan's Shahikot valley-and into the mouth of a buzz observed. They have been approximately to pay a bloody expense for strategic, higher-level miscalculations that underestimated the enemy's energy and willingness to struggle.

    Now, award-winning journalist Sean Naylor, an eyewitness to the conflict, information the mess ups of army intelligence and making plans, and vividly portrays the outstanding heroism of those younger, untested U.S. squaddies. Denied the additional infantry, artillery, and assault helicopters with which they proficient to visit battle, those troops however proved their worthy in brutal strive against and-along with the outstanding bold of a small staff of U.S. commandos-prevented an American army catastrophe.
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  • Download E-books The Siege of Krishnapur (New York Review Books Classics) PDF

    By J.G. Farrell

    Winner of the Booker Prize.

    India, 1857—the yr of the good Mutiny, while Muslim squaddies became in bloody uprising on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the topic of J. G. Farrell’s The Siege of Krishnapur, broadly one in every of the best British novels of the final fifty years.

    Farrell’s tale is decided in an remoted Victorian outpost at the subcontinent. Rumors of strife filter out in from afar, and but the participants of the colonial group stay convinced in their army and, certainly, ethical superiority. but if they locate themselves less than real siege, the genuine personality in their dominion—at as soon as brutal, blundering, and wistful—is quickly revealed.

    The Siege of Krishnapur is a spouse to Troubles, in regards to the Easter 1916 uprising in eire, and The Singapore Grip, which happens earlier than global struggle II, because the solar starts off to set upon the British Empire. jointly those 3 novels supply an unequaled photograph of the follies of empire.
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  • Download E-books Omdurman 1898: Kitchener's victory in the Sudan (Campaign, Volume 29) PDF

    By Donald F. Featherstone

    This quantity tells the tale of the conquest of the Dervish Empire, culminating at Omdurman in 1898: one of many nice wasteland battles within the imperial drama of the Victorian period. This dramatic clash witnessed hordes of local warriors set opposed to British self-discipline and firepower, gunboats at the Nile, a dramatic cavalry cost and Kitchener, the Sirdar, as conqueror. This ebook explores the occasions, weaponry and leaders of either side, and accompanying illustrations and vibrant pix carry the full crusade vividly to life.

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  • Download E-books Black Powder War (Temeraire, Book 3) PDF

    By Naomi Novik

    “A appropriate series.”
    –Anne McCaffrey

    “Naomi Novik has performed for the Napoleonic Wars what Anne McCaffrey did for technology fiction: built another truth during which dragons are genuine in a saga that's impressively unique, totally built, and peopled with characters you care about.”
    –David Weber, writer of the dignity Harrington series

    After their fateful event in China, Capt. Will Laurence of His Majesty’s Aerial Corps and his remarkable dragon, Temeraire, are waylaid through a mysterious envoy bearing pressing new orders from Britain. 3 useful dragon eggs were bought from the Ottoman Empire, and Laurence and Temeraire needs to detour to Istanbul to escort the dear shipment again to England. Time is of the essence if the eggs are to be borne domestic ahead of hatching.

    Yet catastrophe threatens the venture at each turn–thanks to the diabolical machinations of the chinese language dragon Lien, who blames Temeraire for her master’s dying and vows to best friend herself with Napoleon and take vengeance. Then, confronted with shattering betrayal in an unforeseen position, Laurence, Temeraire, and their squad needs to release a bold offensive. yet what likelihood have they got opposed to the massed forces of Bonaparte’s implacable military?
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  • Download E-books The Long Voyage (Tusk Ivories) PDF

    By Jorge Semprun

    Gasping for breath in a livestock truck occupied through 119 different males, a tender Spaniard captured scuffling with with the French Resistance counts off the times and nights because the educate rolls slowly yet inexorably towards Buchenwald. at the 5 possible never-ending days of the adventure, he has conversations that ship him into daydreams approximately his adolescence or set him struggling with Resistance battles another time. He describes the transitority conserving legal the place the names of far-off focus camps are spoken of in whispers - their person horrors mentioned, rated, pondered. In chilling element, the journey with these 119 males - a few worried, a few defiant - is evoked, together with his personal confusion, anger, and sour resignation. while finally the glorious, Wagnerian gates to Buchenwald come into view, the younger Spaniard is left by myself to stand the camp.
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  • Download E-books Osaka 1615: The last battle of the samurai (Campaign, Volume 170) PDF

    By Stephen Turnbull

    Osprey's exploration of the complicated heritage of the Siege of Osaka (1614-1615), in addition to of the conflict studies of the opposing forces, in a compelling exploration of the clash that resulted in the eventual triumph of 1 dynasty over one other. In 1614, Osaka citadel was once Japan's maximum fortification, measuring nearly 2 miles in size with double circuits of partitions, a hundred toes excessive. It used to be guarded through 100,000 samurai, dependable to their grasp: the top of the Toyotomi extended family, Toyotomi Hideyori. The fortress used to be probably impenetrable, but the ruling shogun of the age, Tokugawa Ieyasu, was firm to damage this one final risk to his place as Japan's final ruler.

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  • Download E-books Constantinople: The Last Great Siege, 1453 PDF

    By Roger Crowley

    'Engagingly clean and shiny . . . The 21-year-old Mehmet [the Ottoman Sultan] emerges from this ebook as ruthless yet cutting edge, irascible yet flexible and, peculiarly, indefatigable - a valuable successor to Alexander and the Roman emperors he widespread up to any Muslim hero.' Malise Ruthven, Sunday Times

    In the spring of 1453, the Ottoman Turks complicated on Constantinople in pursuit of an historical Islamic dream: shooting the thousand-year-old capital of Christian Byzantium. through the siege that undefined, a small band of defenders, outnumbered ten to at least one, faced the could of the Ottoman military in an epic contest fought on land, sea and underground.

    'In this account of the 1453 siege, written in crackling prose by way of former Istanbul resident Roger Crowley - his first publication and never, i am hoping, his final - we're handled to narrative background at its such a lot enthralling.' Christopher Silvester, Daily Express

    'A shiny and readable account of the siege . . . [And] an outstanding traveller's consultant to how and why Istanbul turned a Muslim city.' Philip Mansel, Guardian

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  • Download E-books Missing in Action PDF

    By Dean Hughes

    A boy confronts prejudice and intolerance during this outstanding, “emotionally sincere coming-of-age tale” (Publishers Weekly) set at the American homefront in the course of global conflict II, from the acclaimed writer of Search and damage and Soldier Boys.

    Dirty. Lazy. Good-for-nothing.

    Jay Thacker is used to being known as names simply because his dad is part Navajo. yet he will get an opportunity at a brand new lifestyles and a brand new id while he and his mother flow to the small city of Delta, Utah, to stay with Jay’s grandfather. In Delta, Jay can persuade each person, and even perhaps himself, that his dad—who is lacking in motion as he fights in WWII—is quite a POW and armed forces hero, and never long past forever.

    As the summer time wears on and Jay reveals himself growing to be up a bit swifter than he anticipated, he learns to examine a few truths that had formerly been very unlikely to stand. Truths approximately his father; approximately Ken, his new good friend from the japanese internment camp within sight; and approximately himself, too.

    In this understated and relocating tale, Dean Hughes bargains a glimpse on the offerings a boy needs to make as he makes a decision what sort of guy he’ll sooner or later be.
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  • Download E-books The Long Way Home: The Other Great Escape PDF

    By John McCallum

    A real tale of romance and get away in the course of the moment global War.

    At the age of 19, Glasgow-born John McCallum signed up as a Supplementary Reservist within the sign Corps. a bit over a yr later, he used to be in France, operating frantically to establish verbal exchange strains as Europe once again hurtled in the direction of battle. Wounded and captured at Boulogne, he used to be despatched to the infamous Stalag VIIIB felony camp, with his brother, Jimmy, and buddy Joe Harkin.

    Ingenious and inventive, the 3 males set approximately making plans their get away. With assistance from Traudl, an area lady whom John had met whereas operating in within sight undesirable Karlsbrunn, they placed their plan into motion. In an extraordinary twist of fate, they undergone the city of Sagan, round which the seventy-six airmen of the nice get away have been being pursued and stuck. in spite of the fact that, in contrast to every one of these different escapees, John, Jimmy and Joe finally made it to freedom.

    Now, because of the declassification of records below the reputable secrets and techniques Act, John McCallum is ultimately capable of inform the exciting tale of his experience, within which he recaptures the entire possibility, audacity and romance of 1 of the main bold escapes of the second one international battle.
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