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Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum

by Ed O'Donnell

There were few experienced swimmers among over 1,300 Lower East Side residents who boarded the General Slocum on June 15, 1904. It shouldn’t have mattered, since the steamship was chartered only for a languid...


Inside the Crosshairs: Snipers in Vietnam

by Michael Lee Col Lanning

"The American sniper could be regarded as the greatest all-around rifleman the world has ever known. . . ."

At the start of the war in Vietnam, the United States had no snipers; by the end of the war, Marine...


Seawolves: First Choice

by Daniel E. Kelly

They called themselves Seawolves . . .

The men of SEALs, PBRs, and SF called them saviors . . .

Created in 1967, the HAL-3 helicopter squadron--aka Seawolves--provided quick-reaction close air support to SEALs,...


The Wit and Wisdom of Winston Churchill

by James C. Humes

An extremely entertaining compendium of bon mots, anecdotes, and trivia about Winston Churchill from a leading Churchill lecturer and performer -- useful for speakers, students, of history, and World War II...


Nelson's Officers and Midshipmen

by Gregory Fremont-Barnes & Steve Noon

Immortalized in literature through such characters as C. S. Forester's 'Horatio Hornblower' and Patrick O'Brian's 'Jack Aubrey', the officers and midshipmen of the Royal Navy during the Revolutionary (1792-1802)...


Brewster F2A Buffalo Aces of World War 2

by Kari Stenman & Chris Davey

Entering service with the US Navy as a carrier-borne fighter, the Brewster F2A, later named Buffalo by the British and simply the Brewster by the Finns, saw relatively little service with its own nation. Indeed,...


American Civil War Armies (4): State Troops

by Philip Katcher & Ronald Volstad

"The War between the States" is the term used for the American Civil War (1861-1865)throughout much of the South even today. Many on both sides – not just the South – felt that they were serving their states...


The British Army 1939-45 (1): North-West Europe

by Martin Brayley & Mike Chappell

The Second World War was Britain's last as a world power. For a year it saw Britain standing alone against the fascist dictatorships; winning it cost the sacrifice of the entire national wealth. This first book...


The British Army 1939-45 (3): The Far East

by Martin Brayley & Mike Chappell

The lightning Japanese offensives in the Far East in 1941/42 inflicted a series of costly defeats on the ill-prepared and badly supported British Commonwealth forces in Malaya and Burma. The 'forgotten' 14th...


British Territorial Units 1914-18

by Ray Westlake & Mike Chappell

In his Army Reforms of 1906/07 the Secretary of State for War, Richard Burdon Haldane, provided for an expeditionary force - the Regular Army supplemented by the old Militia - and a new organisation intended...


M3 Infantry Half-Track 1940-73

by Steven Zaloga & Peter Sarson

As armoured warfare tactics matured, mechanised infantry became a key ingredient in what is now called 'combined arms' doctrine. For the US Army of World War 2, the most important technical aspect of infantry...


The Algerian War 1954-62

by Martin Windrow & Mike Chappell

It is hard to convey the public impact of France's war to maintain her colonial grip on Algeria; yet in the late 1950s this ugly conflict dominated Europe's media to almost the same extent as would Vietnam ten...


The Polish Army 1939-45

by Steven Zaloga & Richard Hook

Poland was the first of the Allied nations to succumb to German aggression in the Second World War, but by the most tortuous of routes her army managed to remain in the field through all five years of bloody...


The Spanish Civil War 1936-39

by Patrick Turnbull & Jeffrey Burn

By the spring of 1936 an armed clash was imminent between the forces of Spain's extreme Left and extreme Right. Viewed largely as a confrontation between democracy and fascism, the resulting civil war proved...


Gravelotte-St-Privat 1870: End of the Second Empire

by Philipp Elliot-Wright

Gravelotte-St-Privat was probably the hardest fought of all the battles of the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871). Attacked by superior Prussian forces from both the First and Second armies, Marshal Bazaine's French...


First Bull Run 1861: The South's first victory

by Alan Hankinson

At Bull Run, two inexperienced, ill-trained and poorly led armies clashed in the opening engagement of the American Civil War (1861-1865). Culminating in a stalwart defensive fight by Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson's...


The French Indochina War 1946-54

by Martin Windrow & Mike Chappell

The states of Indochina had been French colonies or protectorates since the 19th century. However, in March 1945 the Japanese interned all French troops and officials, and turned over all civil government to...


Autobiographies of Transformation: Lives in Central and Eastern Europe

by Mike Keen

Autobiographies of Transformation is a completely unique history of sociology in Central and Eastern Europe in the post-Communist era.

Through the autobiographies of ten key sociological witnesses from the...


Understanding Iraq

by William R. Polk

The Dramatic History of Iraq in One Concise Volume

The destinies of Iraq and America will be tightly intertwined into the foreseeable future due to the U.S. incursion into this complex, perplexing desert nation...


The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals 1824-1900

by Walter E. Houghton

`Simply a great work of reference. Future scholars will wonder how anybody managed without the Wellesley Index. It will quietly change the whole nature of Victorian studies.' Christopher Ricks, New Statesman...