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US Army Infantry Divisions 19420-43

by John Sayen

The US Army infantry division was an intricate system of men and equipment welded together by doctrine and organization into an entity that could fight, maneuver, communicate within itself as well as with outside...


Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-45 (1): Minekaze to Shiratsuyu Classes

by Mark Stille & Paul Wright

During the Pacific War, arguably the most successful component of the Imperial Japanese Fleet was its destroyer force. These ships were generally larger than their Allied counterparts and were better armed in...


M103 Heavy Tank 1950-74

by Kenneth Estes & Richard Chasemore

The T43 design represented the pinnacle of U.S. Army tank engineering of the late 1940s, with its cast elliptical hull and turret, Continental AV-1790 engine, cross-drive transmission, and torsion bar suspension....


The White Rose of Stalingrad: The Real-Life Adventure of Lidiya Vladimirovna Litvyak, the Highest Scoring Female Air Ace of All Time

by Bill Yenne

Of all the major air forces that were engaged in the war, only the Red Air Force had units comprised specifically of women. Initially the Red Air Force maintained an all-male policy among its combat pilots....


America's Elite: US Special Forces from the American Revolution to the Present Day

by Chris McNab

From Roger's Rangers to the Revolution, Civil War, World War I & II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Bin Laden raid, this book covers over 250 years of American Special Forces action. America's Elite...


Hawker Hurricane Mk I-V

by Martyn Chorlton & Adam Tooby

At the outbreak of World War II, only 111 Squadron and a handful of others were equipped with the Hurricane. Thanks to sudden massive orders and a well-organized Hawker sub-contracting production to Gloster...


German Automatic Rifles 1941-45: Gew 41, Gew 43, FG 42 and StG 44

by Chris McNab & Ramiro Bujeiro

This book explores the origins, development, combat use and lasting influence of Nazi Germany’s automatic rifles, focusing on the Gew 41(W), Gew 43/Kar 43, FG 42 and MP 43/StG 44. The Blitzkrieg campaigns...


Fallen Timbers 1794: The US Army's first victory

by John F. Winkler & Peter Dennis

Following the defeat at Wabash, in 1792 the Washington administration created a new US Army to replace the one that had been destroyed. The man chosen to lead it was the famous Major-General “Mad” Anthony...


The New Zealand Wars 1820-72

by Ian Knight & Raffaele Ruggeri

Between 1845 and 1872, various groups of Maori - the Polynesian people who had inhabited New Zealand since medieval times - were involved in a series of wars of resistance against British settlers, which in...


World War II Tactical Camouflage Techniques

by Gordon Rottman & Peter Dennis

This book explains and illustrates the actual materials and techniques adopted (both successfully and unsuccessfully) by tactical units – i.e. the concealment of personnel, weapons, equipment, field positions,...


Takur Ghar - The SEALs and Rangers on Roberts Ridge, Afghanistan 2002

by Leigh Neville & Johnny Shumate

In the early morning hours of March 4, 2002, a reconnaissance team of US Navy SEALs from the Tier One Naval Special Warfare Development Group attached to Joint Special Operations Task Force 11 attempted to infiltrate...


Talavera 1809: Wellington's lightning strike into Spain

by Rene Chartrand & Graham Turner

The battle of Talavera in 1809 was one of the major battles of the Peninsular War and Arthur Wellesley’s first victory in Spain itself, following which he was created Viscount Wellington of Talavera and Wellington....


Pe-2 Guards Units of World War 2

by Dmitriy Khazanov & Andrey Yurgenson

Petlyakov’s Pe-2 was the most numerous Soviet twin-engined bomber of World War 2, the aircraft being used as a dive-bomber, ground attack platform and dedicated reconnaissance type. The first examples entered...


The M1903 Springfield Rifle

by Leroy Thompson & Steve Noon

Developed to replace the Model 1892 Krag-Jørgensen rifle, the Model 1903 Springfield was a five-shot bolt-action rifle that introduced the .30-06 cartridge – the standard US round until the introduction of...


The New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War II

by Wayne Stack & Mike Chappell

In 1939, New Zealand was far less well prepared for war than it had been in 1914. Nevertheless, more than 140,000 New Zealanders - nearly 9 per cent of the dominion's total population - enlisted to fight overseas...


USAF and VNAF A-1 Skyraider Units of the Vietnam War

by Byron Hukee & Jim Laurier

USAF Skyraider units were originally tasked to serve as quasi-training units for the fledgling VNAF. Equipped only with the two-seat models of the Skyraider, American pilots were required to have VNAF ‘observers’...


The Fall of Eben Emael - Belgium 1940

by Chris McNab & Peter Dennis

In early May 1940, the fortress of Eben Emael was a potent sentinel over the Belgian–Dutch borderlands. The fortress covered 75 hectares on the surface, had 5km of tunnels underground and was studded with...


The Garden Club of America: One Hundred Years of a Growing Legacy

by William Seale

How women changed the American landscape from planting war victory gardens to saving the redwoods, beautifying the highway to creating horticultural standards.

In 1904, Elizabeth Price Martin founded the Garden...


German Airborne Divisions: Blitzkrieg 1940-41

by Bruce Quarrie

The German Army of World War II was the first to fully realise the benefits of using airborne troops alongside armoured formations. German Airborne Divisions became an integral part of the blitzkrieg operations...


Heinz Guderian: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of history

by Pier Battistelli & Adam Hook

This book gives a focused, military biography of Heinz Guderian, perhaps the most highly respected German tank commander of World War II. Guderian was a typical product of the Prussian military elite; the son...