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Snapshots taken by American soldiers of Iraqi prisoners stripped naked, humiliated and tortured, shocked the worldin 2004. But, as Private Pictures reveals, far from this beinga phenomenon of the digital and Internet age, soldiers havebeen taking photographs of war for more than 100 years._­x000D_ _­x000D_ Janina Struk has traced thousands of soldiers’ images and follows this unacknowledged genre from the Boer Warto the twenty-­first-­century wars in Iraq and Afghanistan._­x000D_ _­x000D_ In this fascinating book she tells stories that reveal how soldiers’ pictures were used by the British press to thwart official censorship during the First World War as well as the controversies caused by pictures taken by German soldiers of Nazi crimes during the Second World War. She tells of how British soldiers faced a court martial accused of taking cruel images in Iraq, and how former Israeli soldiers are exhibiting their own snapshots taken in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to raise . . .

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June 6, 1944: Nineteen boys from Bedford, Virginia--­population just 3,­000 in 1944--­died in the first bloody minutes of D-­Day. They were part of Company A of the 116th Regiment of the 29th Division, and the first wave of American soldiers to hit the beaches in Normandy. Later in the campaign, three more boys from this small Virginia town died of gunshot wounds. Twenty-­two sons of Bedford lost--­it is a story one cannot easily forget and one that the families of Bedford will never forget. The Bedford Boys is the true and intimate story of these men and the friends and families they left behind.­Based on extensive interviews with survivors and relatives, as well as diaries and letters, Kershaw's book focuses on several remarkable individuals and families to tell one of the most poignant stories of World War II--­the story of one small American town that went to war and died on Omaha Beach.

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Their ferocity is as legendary as their loyalty to the British Monarch and their regimental histories are crammed with acts of incredible bravery and sacrifice. Their reputation as fearsome fighting men remains undisputed and the mere threat of their kukri knives has put the fear of God into opposing forces throughout the world. John Parker's book is a fascinating testimony to the Gurkhas - a fighting force that stands dramatically apart in British military history.

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The life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, later 10th Earl of Dundonald, was more extraordinary than that of Nelson, more far fetched than that of Hornblower or Patrick O'Brien's Jack Aubrey. Born the son of an eccentric and indigent Scottish peer, he entered the Royal Navy in 1793. In a series of outstanding and heroic actions, often against seemingly overwhelming odds, he made his name fighting Napoleon's navy as one of the most dashing and daring frigate captains of his day, before embarking on a career as a mercenary admiral.

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Human history—from the empires of the ancient world to the superpowers of the 21st century—has been inextricably shaped by conflict and the weapons that have been used to wage it. The technologies that have produced advanced civilizations have also been harnessed to the grim business of warfare. The trains that carried working people to their first seaside holidays in the 19th century also took millions of young men to war in 1914. Nearly a century later, the computer revolution, which by 2000 had come to dominate almost every aspect of life in advanced societies, had also introduced us to a new fifth dimension of warfare, in which governments jostle brutally in cyberspace.­This short history, stretching from the chariot to the Stuxnet virus which disabled Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme in 2007, charts some of the most significant weapons, fortifications and tactics that have been developed in the last 2,­500 years.­Since 1945, the pace of change has been relentless. In the . . .

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В начале 1942 года, после поражения немцев под Москвой, советское командование решило перейти в общее наступление на всех фронтах, от Ленинграда до Крыма. Явно переоценив первые успехи Красной Армии, Сталин объявил 42-­й год «победным» , годом «полного разгрома гитлеровских войск» , поставив задачу «гнать их на запад без остановки» .
Расплата за недооценку противника оказалась жестокой. Харьковская катастрофа и ржевская мясорубка, кровавые бойни на Невском пятачке и в большой излучине Дона, сдача Севастополя и трагедия Мясного Бора – поражения 1942 года по масштабам и потерям были вполне соизмеримы с разгромом 41-­го, причем их уже нельзя было оправдать «внезапностью вражеского нападения».
И советская пропаганда не придумала ничего лучшего, как назвать 1942 год «учебным» – дескать, все неудачи объясняются тем, что мы лишь «учились воевать». Вот только обошлась эта «учеба» слишком дорого – по некоторым оценкам, безвозвратные потери Красной Армии превысили 7 миллионов человек . . .

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Leading military historian Victor Davis Hanson returns to non-­fiction in, a set of brilliantly executed pocket biographies of five generals who single-­handedly saved their nations from defeat in war. War is rarely a predictable enterprise--­it is a mess of luck, chance, and incalculable variables. Today's sure winner can easily become tomorrow's doomed loser. Sudden, sharp changes in fortune can reverse the course of war. These intractable circumstances are sometimes mastered by leaders of genius--­asked at the eleventh hour to save a hopeless conflict, created by others, often unpopular with politics and the public. These savior generals often come from outside the established power structure, employ radical strategies, and flame out quickly. Their careers often end in controversy. But their dramatic feats of leadership are vital slices of history--­not merely as stirring military narrative, but as lessons on the dynamic nature of consensus, leadership, and destiny.

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The Commandos were Britain's first-­ever special forces, formed in 1940 using volunteers from all three services. After the war, Commando units of the Royal Marines engaged in virtually every military scenario involving British troops from 1945 to the present day. They became the elite of the British 'ready-­to-­go' forces, capable of deploying at a moment's notice to any trouble spot in the world. In this latest book in John Parker's acclaimed series on British military activity, dramatically recalled in their own words by men who were there, he recounts the major events in the 60-­year history of British Commando forces.

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In the summer of 1940 the fate of Europe hung in the balance. Victory in the forthcoming air battle would mean national survival; defeat would establish German tyranny. The Luftwaffe greatly outnumbered the RAF, but during the Battle of Britain it was the RAF that emerged triumphant, thanks to two key fighter planes, the Spitfire and the Hurricane. The Hurricane made up over half of Fighter Command's front-­line strength, and its revolutionary design transformed the RAF's capabilities. Leo McKinstry tells the story of the remarkable plane from its designers to the first-­hand testimonies of those brave pilots who flew it; he takes in the full military and political background but always keeps the human stories to the fore - to restore the Hawker Hurricane to its rightful place in history.

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To the people of Great Britain World War II was the deadliest and bloodiest war in history. Never before or since have so many people made such a personal sacrifice in the line of duty. Raiders tells the extraordinary true stories of six of the most daring special operations ever undertaken in warfare and the heroism of the people behind them. Operation Chariot was the most ambitious amphibious raid ever mounted by the British Forces. Attacking the heavily fortified dry dock at St Nazaire in German occupied France, an elite group of commandos battered their way through a maelstrom of bullets and incendiaries. Their boat is punctured by over a hundred shell holes, the dead and wounded lie all around them on the decks, but still their guns are blazing and still they press on... 'Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others' Winston Churchill

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