Category: Military History

  • Download E-books Croisades et croisés au Moyen Âge PDF

    By Alain Demurger

    Le 27 novembre 1095, à Clermont, le pape Urbain II lance un shiny appel à l. a. chrétienté : il faut aller libérer Jérusalem et les Lieux saints de los angeles tutelle des musulmans. À compter de là et jusqu’au milieu du XIIIe siècle, les croisades se succèdent, l. a. dernière se soldant par los angeles mort de saint Louis. En réalité, les choses sont moins simples qu’il n’y paraît : Urbain II n’a jamais employé le mot « croisade », pour commencer. Et le Moyen Âge tout entier est travaillé par des mouvements collectifs, des pèlerinages exaltés, des guerres saintes, qui rendent l. a. suggestion de croisade très difficile à appréhender. Aujourd’hui encore, elle suscite des débats houleux parmi les historiens.

    L’auteur de ce petit livre se suggest de faire le aspect sur le sujet, en recourant – on le lui pardonnera – à une métaphore culinaire : « Que faut-il pour réussir une mayonnaise ? Un bol et une cuillère de bois, un jaune d’oeuf, de l. a. moutarde, de l’huile. On mélange jaune d’oeuf et moutarde et l’on ajoute peu à peu l’huile, le tout étant vivement battu à los angeles cuillère, salé et poivré. Et l’on obtient un objet culinaire complètement nouveau. Que faut-il pour qu’il y ait croisade ? Un contexte – favorable – de réforme, un pape inspiré, l’idée de los angeles libération des Églises d’Orient, l. a. guerre sainte, le pèlerinage pénitentiel, los angeles rémission des péchés et Jérusalem. De cet amalgame (lui aussi divin, vehicle inspiré par Dieu !) naît l. a. croisade : une idée neuve, un objet historique nouveau. »
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  • Download E-books 1812: The Navy's War PDF

    By George C. Daughan

    When struggle broke out among Britain and the U.S. in 1812, America’s clients appeared dismal. British naval aggression made it transparent that the sea will be the war’s fundamental battlefield—but America’s army, basically twenty ships robust, confronted a practiced British fleet of greater than one thousand men-of-war. nonetheless, via a mix of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, a handful of heroic captains and their stalwart crews controlled to show the tide of the conflict, besting the haughty skippers of the effective Royal army and cementing America’s newly received independence. In 1812: The Navy’s War, award-winning naval historian George C. Daughan attracts on a wealth of archival study to inform the superb tale of this tiny, battletested staff of usa citizens and their inconceivable but pivotal victories. Daughan thrillingly information the pitched naval battles that formed the battle, and exhibits how those clashes proved the navy’s very important position in conserving the nation’s pursuits and independence. a beautiful contribution to army and nationwide historical past, 1812: The Navy’s struggle is the 1st entire account in additional than a century of ways the U.S. military rescued the fledgling state and secured America’s future.
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  • Download E-books The Vietnam War: History in an Hour PDF

    History for busy humans. hearken to a concise background of the Vietnam warfare in exactly one hour.

    War, what's it solid for? The Vietnam conflict: historical past In an Hour offers a gripping account of an important chilly War-era clash, fought among the USA and the Viet Cong, the Vietnam People's military and their Communist allies. It was once essentially the most aggravating army conflicts the United States has ever been eager about - and provoked a backlash of anti-war protests at domestic.

    Here are the main occasions top as much as the Vietnam conflict, the lethal guerrilla war of the Viet Cong, the family anti-war flow, and the autumn of Saigon. The Vietnam struggle: heritage In an Hour is key listening for an individual attracted to post-war heritage.

    Love your background? learn about the area with heritage in an Hour....

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  • Download E-books The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency PDF

    By Annie Jacobsen


    A Pulitzer Prize Finalist and the definitive heritage of DARPA, the safeguard complex examine venture supplier, from the writer of the New York Times bestseller Area 51

    No one has ever written the historical past of the safeguard Department's so much mystery, strongest, and so much arguable army technological know-how R&D company. within the first-ever background in regards to the association, New York Times bestselling writer Annie Jacobsen attracts on inside of assets, particular interviews, inner most records, and declassified memos to color an image of DARPA, or "the Pentagon's brain," from its chilly battle inception in 1958 to the present.

    This is the ebook on DARPA--a compelling narrative approximately this clandestine intersection of technological know-how and the yankee army and the usually scary effects.
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  • Download E-books Europe's Tragedy: A History of the Thirty Years War PDF

    By Peter H. Wilson

    From the Defenestration of Prague in 1618 until eventually the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, brutal battle swept throughout Europe. In his enormous learn of the motives and the implications of the Thirty Years battle, Wilson, a professor of heritage on the college of Hull in England, demanding situations conventional interpretations of the conflict as essentially non secular. He explores as a substitute the political, social, fiscal in addition to spiritual forces in the back of the conflict—for instance, an Ottoman incursion left the Hapsburg Empire significantly weakened and overshadowed by way of the Spanish empire. Wilson then presents a meticulous account of the battle, introducing a few of its nice personalities: the artful basic Wallenstein; the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus, who preserved his country via canny political treaties and armed forces operations; and Hapsburg archdukes Rudolf and Matthias, the brothers whose quarrels marked the way forward for Bohemia, Austria and Hungary. through the war's finish, ravaged as all of the states have been by means of violence, disorder and destruction, Europe used to be extra strong, yet with sovereign states instead of empires, and with an earthly order. Wilson's scholarship and a spotlight to either the main points and the bigger photograph make his the definitive heritage of the Thirty Years conflict.
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  • Download E-books City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas PDF

    By Roger Crowley

    “The upward thrust and fall of Venice’s empire is an impossible to resist tale and [Roger] Crowley, along with his rousing descriptive presents and scholarly realization to element, is its ideal chronicler.”—The monetary Times
    The New York Times bestselling writer of Empires of the Sea charts Venice’s spectacular five-hundred-year voyage to the top of energy in an epic tale that stands unmatched for drama, intrigue, and sheer opulent majesty. City of Fortune traces the entire arc of the Venetian imperial saga, from the ill-fated Fourth campaign, which culminates within the sacking of Constantinople in 1204, to the Ottoman-Venetian battle of 1499–1503, which sees the Ottoman Turks supplant the Venetians because the preeminent naval strength within the Mediterranean. In among are 3 centuries of Venetian maritime dominance, in which a tiny urban of “lagoon dwellers” develop into the richest position on the earth. Drawing on firsthand money owed of pitched sea battles, skillful negotiations, and diplomatic maneuvers, Crowley paints a vibrant photograph of this avaricious, enterprising humans and the bountiful lands that got here below their dominion. From the hole of the spice routes to the conflict among Christianity and Islam, Venice performed a number one function within the defining conflicts of its time—the reverberations of that are nonetheless being felt today.
    “[Crowley] writes with a racy briskness that lifts sea battles and sieges off the page.”—The manhattan Times
    “Crowley chronicles the height of Venice’s earlier glory with Wordsworthian sympathy, supplemented through remarkable studying and infectious enthusiasm.”—The Wall highway Journal
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  • Download E-books The Thirty Years War (New York Review Books Classics) PDF

    By Anthony Grafton, C. V. Wedgwood

    Europe in 1618 used to be riven among Protestants and Catholics, Bourbon and Hapsburg--as good as empires, kingdoms, and numerous principalities. After offended Protestants tossed 3 representatives of the Holy Roman Empire out the window of the royal fortress in Prague, international conflict unfold from Bohemia with relentless abandon, drawing powers from Spain to Sweden right into a nightmarish international of famine, disorder, and probably unstoppable destruction.

    OCR a little bit off after moment 3rd of ebook, yet nonetheless very readable and relaxing. Apologies for reupload, nonetheless being used to torrents.
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  • Download E-books Bomb Hunters: In Afghanistan with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal Unit PDF

    By Sean Rayment

    'Afghanistan is rather like Iraq – scorching, dusty and entire of people that are looking to kill you', SSgt Simon Fuller, Royal Engineer seek Advisor

    Bomb Hunters tells the tale of the British army's elite bomb disposal specialists, males who face demise on a daily basis within the most deadly zone of the main deadly state in the world – Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

    Bomb Hunters are up opposed to the Improvised Explosive machine – the IED – the lethal home made bombs planted via the Taliban. tough to discover and simple to set off, an predicted 10 bombs for each one of many 10,000 British troops were planted within the quarter. IEDs at the moment are the most killer of British troops in Afghanistan and the final word mental weapon.

    Bomb Hunters paintings in 50-degree warmth as they take the 'long stroll' into the kill sector, defusing as many as 15 bombs an afternoon. long ago yr the casualty fee has soared because the troops became locked right into a lethal video game of cat and mouse – to find and deactivate the lethal bombs earlier than they maim and kill squaddies, police and civilians. ability, chilly braveness and necessarily natural good fortune play an incredible half within the survival of those males and because the British public have already noticeable – a unmarried lapse of focus may end up in immediate death.

    Ex-paratrooper, now defence journalist, Sean Rayment, takes the reader on a trip into the warmth and mud of Helmand Province as he meets those brave infantrymen whereas they positioned their lives in danger to avoid different British troops falling sufferer to the IED. He interviews the Bomb Hunters as they practice their tasks at the frontline and paints a panoramic photo of what existence is like for the lads who play poker with their very own lives each day, who stay understanding the enemy watches their each movement, anticipating a weak point to teach itself, a trend in strategy to be exploited, or an errors to be made that triggers the gadget itself.

    This is as vibrant and dramatic as warfare reporting will get, blending 'close to the bone' narrative and dead-pan black humour from the Bomb Hunters themselves, a few of whom have been hence killed in motion. No punches should be pulled on what those males believe concerning the warfare, their position in it, the politicians and generals who ship them there, and the way they take care of the relentless strain of the activity itself within the middle of the world's such a lot adverse wrestle environment.

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  • Download E-books The US NATO Debate: From Libya to Ukraine PDF

    By Magnus Petersson

    Since the Libya battle in 2011 it's been greatly urged that NATO's position in US defense coverage has decreased, simply because Washington supplies Europe much less and Asia extra strategic precedence (a tendency that's strengthened through funds restraints), and as the US is not any longer attracted to constantly major NATO actions that typically difficulty eu conditions.

    Several specialists have prompt that the USA anticipate that the eu safety demanding situations essentially could be dealt with by way of NATO's eu allies in a brand new transatlantic burden sharing version, and that the USA function should still largely be Article V-focused. This ebook investigates to what volume those claims are legitimate, and what results they might have for eu and overseas security.

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