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  US Marine in Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003 (Warrior 106)
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US Marine in Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003 (Warrior 106)
: Richard S. Lowry, Howard Gerrard
: Osprey Publishing
: 2006
isbn: 1841769827
: 67
: english
: PDF (scan)

Operation Iraqi Freedom officially began on March 20, 2003 and has become one of the most controversial conflicts of modern warfare. Thousands of US Marines were deployed into Iraq in order to topple the dictatorship government and liberate the Iraqi people. This book examines the experience of those "ordinary" Marines who fought on the frontline of one of the major battles in the operation, the battle for An Nasiriyah. This title details the Marines' enlistment, levels of training and life in the Iraqi desert, as well as exploring their important role in the complex stabilization operations after their hard-won victories on the battlefield. US Marine in Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003 offers a fascinating insight into the modern Marine Corps.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 28-11-2014, 07:52 | : 313   (0)
  Hittite Warrior (Warrior 120)
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Hittite Warrior (Warrior 120)
: Trevor Bryce, Adam Hook
: Osprey Publishing
: 2007
isbn: 1846030811, 9781846030819
: 70
: english
: PDF (scan)

Written by Trevor Bryce, one of the world's leading experts on the Hittites, this book charts the rise and fall of a warrior people famed for their ferocity, who built an empire which stretched from Mesopotamia to Syria and Palestine. Regarded as barbarians by the Egyptians, for a hundred years the Hittites fought a draining war against the Egyptians - the climax of which saw the Hittites defeated and their 400-year-old empire destroyed at the Battle of Qadesh (1274 BC). Thought to have invented iron, used to forge their weapons, and known for pioneering a revolutionary three-man chariot system, Bryce details the day-to-day lives of Hittite warriors. He examines their training, equipment, tactics, and motivations, as well as their unique attitude to religion which saw them adopt the gods of the people they conquered. The inclusion of a Hittite manual which describes, in detail, the training of horses and the warriors that rode them in battle, as well as original full color illustrations make this book a fascinating and enlightening addition to an often ignored subject.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 27-11-2014, 04:29 | : 242   (0)
  Nelson's Sailors (Warrior 100)
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Nelson's Sailors (Warrior 100)
: Gregory Fremont-Barnes, Steve Noon
: Osprey Publishing
: 2005
isbn: 1841769061
: 67
: english
: PDF (scan)

Drawing on many contemporary sources and eyewitness accounts, this book examines the lives of the ordinary sailors of the Royal Navy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815), detailing their attitudes, duties, comforts, hardships, vices and virtues. The popular image of the British sailor of this time is of a press-ganged wretch living off weevil-infested food, motivated only by prize money and facing constant hazards aboard a floating hell, where discipline was maintained by the lash. The extent to which this enduring image accords with reality is revealed here.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 27-11-2014, 03:46 | : 278   (0)
  Mau Mau Warrior (Warrior 108)
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Mau Mau Warrior (Warrior 108)
: Abiodun Alao, Christa Hook
: Osprey Publishing
: 2006
isbn: 1846030242
: 68
: english
: PDF (scan)

Osprey's study of the Mau Mau Rebellion (1952-1960) in Kenya and its fighters. The Mau Mau Freedom Fighters waged a guerrilla war for eight years against their British colonial rulers, which became known as the Mau Mau Uprising. The Mau Mau sought to win back their land and independence. This underground militia was an extremely powerful force employing tactics, which included the assassination of British settlers and the Africans who collaborated with the British, as well as raiding colonial prisons for weapons and staging daring ambushes in the Kenyan forests and mountains. The conflict saw these untrained warriors, deemed by many to be terrorists employ an innovative mix of traditional African warfare tactics, counterinsurgency methods and European firepower. The uprising ended in failure but set the stage for Kenyan independence in 1963. This title will explore their unique motivations, training and tactics, as well as their battle experience.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 25-11-2014, 03:37 | : 310   (0)
  Tudor Knight (Warrior 104)
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Tudor Knight (Warrior 104)
: Christopher Gravett, Graham Turner
: Osprey Publishing
: 2006
isbn: 1841769703
: 68
: english
: PDF (scan)

Osprey's study of the knight during the Tudor period (1485-1603). The Tudor knight was the first line of defence employed by monarchs from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, the last of a long tradition of knighthood dating back to the 11th century. Knighthood during the Tudor era saw reforms in recruitment, appearance, and most radically in training and equipment. This book details those changes, profiling the knight's appearance and dress, life on campaign, and experience of battle in France, Scotland and Ireland. It also explores the concept of chivalry, as sensationally enacted by Henry VIII and Francis I of France at the celebrated Field of Cloth of Gold near Calais, in 1520.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 24-11-2014, 09:56 | : 314   (0)
  Japanese Infantryman 1937-45: Sword of the Empire (Warrior 95)
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Japanese Infantryman 1937-45: Sword of the Empire (Warrior 95)
: Gordon Rottman, Michael Welply
: Osprey Publishing
: 2005
isbn: 1841768189
: 64
: english
: PDF (scan)

This book examines in detail the Japanese Infantryman who was, despite comparisons with the notorious German Waffen SS of World War II (1939-1945), an enigma to Westerners. Brutal in its treatment of prisoners as well as the inhabitants of the areas that it conquered, the Imperial Japanese Army also had exacting standards for its own men - strict codes of honor compelled Japanese soldiers to fight to the death against the more technologically advanced Allies. Identifying the ways in which the Japanese soldier differed from his Western counterpart, the author explores concepts such as Bushido, Seppuku, Shiki and Hakko Ichi-u in order to understand what motivated Japanese warriors.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 20-11-2014, 09:47 | : 305   (0)
  Roman Auxiliary Cavalryman: AD 14-193 (Warrior 101)
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Roman Auxiliary Cavalryman: AD 14-193 (Warrior 101)
: Nic Fields, Adam Hook
: Osprey Publishing
: 2006
isbn: 1841769738
: 70
: english
: PDF (scan)

Drawn from a wide range of warlike peoples throughout the provinces, especially on the fringes of the empire, auxiliaries were generally not citizens of the Roman empire. The cavalry of the auxilia provided a powerful fighting arm; organized, disciplined and well trained, it was adept at performing both skirmish and shock action. This book details the many roles of the Roman auxiliary cavalryman, including reconnaissance, communication and policing duties, as well as in battle. Motivation for enlisting, conditions of service and experience of battle are all explored, and colour illustrations support the text.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 1-04-2014, 03:44 | : 335   (0)
  Matchlock Musketeer: 1588-1688 (Warrior 43)
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Matchlock Musketeer: 1588-1688 (Warrior 43)
: Keith Roberts, Stephen Walsh
: Osprey Publishing
: 2002
isbn: 1841762121
: 68
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Matchlock Musketeer follows the lives of soldiers armed with this weapon from its adoption by the English in Queen Elizabeth's reign until its replacement with the flintlock at the end of the 17th century. It was used extensively during the Armada Campaign (1588), the English Civil War (1642-1651), The Restoration (1660) and the Glorious Revolution (1688). The musketeer's experience in battle, skirmish, siege and camp saw both change and continuity during this period. The common experiences of the musketeer (including digging trenches, firing and fighting, and life on campaign) are explored in this title.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 26-08-2013, 07:48 | : 399   (0)
  SOE Agent: Churchill's Secret Warriors (Warrior 133)
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SOE Agent: Churchill's Secret Warriors (Warrior 133)
: Terry Crowdy, Steve Noon
: Osprey Publishing
: 2008
isbn: 1846032768, 9781846032769
: 64
: english
: PDF (scan)

Osprey's study of Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents during World War II (1939-1945). On average an SOE agent would be dead within three months of being dropped in the field. Terry Crowdy tells the extraordinary story of these agents, some of whom were women as young as 22, following them through their experiences beginning with their recruitment and unorthodox training methods, particularly the unarmed combat training provided by the notorious Fairburn and Sykes partnership. As well as detailing these controversial techniques, the training chapter also covers the tough physical training course and parachute training that all recruits had to endure before being sent into occupied Europe. Crowdy also examines the SOE's unique system of codes, which included each agent composing their own poem as well as using quotations from famous pieces of literature to convey secret messages, and explores the strengths and weaknesses of this system. Full-color artwork and photographs show the innovative equipment, including the S-Phones and Eureka sets, which allowed the agent to communicate directly with pilots and other agents. Lastly, the book recounts the incredible combat missions of the SOE agents, including operations in the field with Yugoslav and Greek partisans, as well as sabotage missions ranging from blowing up bridges to the raising of full-scale partisan armies as they attempted to fulfill Churchill's directive to set Occupied Europe ablaze.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 20-08-2013, 10:24 | : 320   (0)
  Merrill's Marauders (Warrior 141)
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Merrill's Marauders (Warrior 141)
: Edward M. Young, Adam Hook
: Osprey Publishing
: 2009
isbn: 1846034035, 9781846034039
: 68
: english
: PDF (scan)

Merrill's Marauders were the first American Army infantry unit to fight in the China-Burma-India theater, and one of the most renowned units to come out of World War II (1939-1945). The Marauders established a lasting reputation for hard fighting and tenacity in the face of adversity, combating a determined enemy, some of the most difficult and disease-ridden terrain in the world, and a seemingly indifferent higher command. Pushed beyond the limit of their endurance, at the end of nearly six months of operations behind Japanese lines, the remaining Marauders were withdrawn from combat after suffering over 90% casualties. Because of its courageous actions, the unit received the very rare honor of having every member presented with a Bronze Star for gallantry. This book explores the creation, training and combat experiences of the Marauders, one of the most famous units in the US Army's roll of honor.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 24-07-2013, 07:15 | : 370   (0)
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