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A fresh, nuanced look at an extraordinary woman and her lifelong fight for justice. Defying the constraints of her gender and class, Emily Hobhouse travelled across continents and spoke out against oppression. A passionate pacifist and a feminist, she opposed both the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer War and World War One, leading to accusations of treason.
In January 1991, eight members of SAS regiment embarked upon a top secret mission that was to infiltrate them deep behind enemy lines. Under the command of Sergeant Andy McNab, they were to sever the underground communication link between Baghdad and north-west Iraq, and to seek and destroy mobile Scud launchers. Their call sign: Bravo Two Zero.
‘The heavy smell of blood filled the air, and every moment you had this intense fear that the next bullet was meant for you.’ So remembered William Thorne, a South African volunteer soldier who fought in the muddy trenches along the River Somme in France on Europe’s Western Front.
The traumatic story of one of the last major battles of World War II, in which the Poles fought off German troops and police, street by street, for sixty-three days.
An insider account of the shadowy world of private military contracting.
The two political works in this text are the product of a time of intense turmoil in Chinese history. Dating from an epoch in Chinese history known as the "Period of the Warring States" (4003 - 221 BC), they anticipate by nearly 2000 years Niccolo Machiavelli's treatises on the same subjects.
This beautiful reference guide provides a clear and comprehensive look at the weapons and vehicles of all the countries that fought in World War II. It offers an excellent overview of the diverse weaponry used by both the Axis Powers and the Allies. The weapons described here range from the pistol to the 75t battle tank and from single-engine fighter planes to the largest, heaviest battleships ever to have sailed the seas. Everything you might want to know about the development and deployment of each type of weapon can be found here along with technical specifications, brought to life by over 500 photographs and technical drawings. Bursting with facts, this book is a treasure trove for anyone interested in history or military history wishing to learn more about how developments in weapons technology influenced the course of World War II.
Battles identifies the 100 major battles, from the ancient era to the present day, that have had a significant impact on the world in which we now live. Beginning with the battle of Kadesh (1294 BCE), which pitted two of the great armies of the ancient world against each other, the book then explores conflicts through the ages, including engagements in the former Soviet Union and Iraq.
It includes more than 250 colour and black-and-white photographs, artworks and maps illustrating the battles, the leading figures and the tactucs of the eras. This lavish title offers an information-packed insight into some of the decisive land and sea battles in military history.
In a narrative beginning almost 1.5 million years ago with the emergence of Homo erectus, Frank Welsh takes the reader from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, from the Industrial Revolution to the age of terrorism.
In both a philosophical and a practical work, Clausewitz defines the essential nature of war, debates the qualities of a great commander, assesses the relative strengths of defensive and offensive war, and - in highly controversial passages - considers the relationship between war and politics.
In February 2015, Tim Locks headed to Kurdistan to fight ISIS. After watching images of the Yazidi people being slaughtered, he couldn't sit back and do nothing. Having worked as a prison officer and a bouncer, he knew how to handle himself - and had a huge protective streak. He sold his house to raise money, put himself through arms training and bought his equipment on eBay. In this gripping book he reveals what it is like to fight alongside the Kurds as well as British and American ex-military. He has cleared the enemy from occupied villages, come under mortar and small-arms fire, and witnessed the horrific atrocities committed by ISIS. He also describes how WiFi on the front line allows today's soldiers to communicate, how they always find time for selfies, even when under attack, and how the Kurds are so used to this way of life they stop mid-firefight to have a cup of chai and play Candy Crush while manning the mortars. As cultures clash, and the bullets start flying, Tim shares his adventures with honesty and black humour.
The Relatively Public Life of Jules Browde turns the conventions of a biography inside out. It is more than the portrait of an unusual South African life, it is the moving tale of a complex and tender relationship between grandfather and grandson, and an exploration of how we are made and unmade in the stories we tell about our lives.
Een oorlog, twee broers, een tragiese twis. Albert Blake kyk in sy jongste boek na hoe verraad die bittereinder-generaal Christiaan de Wet en sy joiner-broer, Piet, uitmekaar gedryf het. Wie was reg: Christiaan, wat ten alle koste die vryheidstryd wou voer of Piet wat die einde aan die smart van die oorlog wou bring?