• Dictionaries of biography (Who's Who)

      No Quarter Given

      The Muster Roll of Prince Charles Edward Stuart's Army, 1745-46

      by Alastair. Livingstone

    • Military history

      Recasting Race after World War II

      Germans and African Americans in American-Occupied Germany

      by Timothy L Schroer

      Explores the re-negotiation of race by Germans and African American GIs in post-World War II Germany. Schroer dissects the ways in which notions of blackness and whiteness became especially problematic in interactions between Germans and American soldiers serving as part of the victorious occupying army at the end of the war. The segregation of US Army forces fed a growing debate in America about whether a Jim Crow army could truly be a democratising force in post-war Germany. Schroer follows the evolution of that debate and examines the ways in which post-war conditions necessitated re-examination of race relations. He reveals how anxiety about interracial relationships between African American men and German women united white American soldiers and the German populace. He also traces the importation and influence of African American jazz music in Germany, illuminating the subtle ways in which occupied Germany represented a crucible in which to recast the meaning of race in a post-Holocaust world.

    • Military life & institutions
      April 2014

      The Art of Military Coercion

      Why the West's Military Superiority Scarcely Matters

      by Rob de Wijk

      The United States spends more on its military than the rest of the world combined. And Western nations in general spend far more than developing nations around the globe. Yet when Western nations have found themselves in conflicts in recent decades, their performance has been mixed at best. In his fully updated new edition of The Art of Military Coercion, Rob de Wijk presents a theory on the use of force. He argues that the key is a failure to use force decisively, to properly understand the dynamics of conflict and balance means and ends. Without that ability, superiority of dollars, numbers, and weaponry won't necessarily translate to victory.

    • Military life & institutions
      January 2014

      Fighting for a Living

      A Comparative History of Military Labour 1500-2000

      by Erik Jan Zürcher

      Fighting for a Living investigates the circumstances that have produced starkly different systems of recruiting and employing soldiers in different parts of the globe over the last 500 years. It does so on the basis of a wide range of case studies taken from Europe, Africa, America, the Middle East and Asia. The novelty of "Fighting for a Living" is that it is not military history in the traditional sense (concentrating at wars and battles or on military technology) but that it looks at military service and warfare as forms of labour, and at the soldiers as workers. Military employment offers excellent opportunities for this kind of international comparison. Where many forms of human activity are restricted by the conditions of nature or the stage of development of a given society, organized violence is ubiquitous. Soldiers, in one form or another, are always part of the picture, in any period and in every region. Nevertheless, Fighting for a Living is the first study to undertake a systematic comparative analysis of military labour. It therefore speaks to two distinct, and normally quite separate, communities: that of labour historians and that of military historians.

    • Military life & institutions
      January 2014

      War and Society in Medieval Wales 633-1283

      Welsh Military Institutions

      by Sean Davies

      This text offers an examination of Welsh military organization, strategy, tactics and conduct in war which goes beyond the military sphere and touches on all aspects of Welsh society in this period. It helps to explain the transformation of the country from a part of post-Roman medieval Europe to the series of independent principalities eventually conquered by Edward I. The author questions many of the traditional assumptions, notably the tendency to see the Welsh (and the Irish and the Scottish) as "barbaric" and provides a corrective to these current views. It demonstrates that, whilst allowing for differences given the nature, economy, geography and topography of the country, Welsh military developments from the end of Roman rule to the Edwardian conquest generally correspond to those seen in the rest of Western Europe.

    • Biography & True Stories
      March 2011

      Faithful Through Hard Times

      A WW2 True Story

      by Jean Gill

      WW2 military history, with extracts from a soldier's diary The true story of four years, 3 million bombs, one small island out-facing the might of the German and Italian airforces - and one young Scotsman who didn't want to be there. This is not a WW2 memoir. It is a riveting reconstruction from an eye-witness account written at the time in a secret diary, a diary too dangerous to show anyone and too precious to destroy.Young men died in wars and old men lied about what they'd done in them; George had no intention of doing either.Private George Taylor arrived on Malta in 1940 thinking that shiny buttons would earn him fast promotion; he left four years later, a cynical sergeant and a Master Mason who never said, 'I was there' without a bitter smile.Despite the times he said, 'It's me for the next boat', despite his fears that Nettie had forgotten him, George kept the motto of the Royal Army Medical Corps 'In arduis fidelis', 'faithful through hard times' - in public - and only told his diary the inside story of four long years.Sixty years later, the truth has to be told. Book trailer youtube.com/watch?v=WrOShZg44Ec

    • Military life & institutions
      May 2016

      Glimpsing Modernity

      Military Medicine in World War I

      by Editor(s): Stephen C. Craig, Dale C. Smith

      Glimpsing Modernity is a collection of papers presented at the US Army Medical Museum-sponsored conference on medical aspects of the First World War held in San Antonio, Texas, in February 2012. It captures the metamorphosis of military medicine during the war in a series of inter-related vignettes. Some of these stories provide new and insightful interpretations of known military medical themes, while others depart from these to examine less well-known, but truly important medical topics.

    • Military life & institutions
      May 2016

      Glimpsing Modernity

      Military Medicine in World War I

      by Editor(s): Stephen C. Craig, Dale C. Smith

      Glimpsing Modernity is a collection of papers presented at the US Army Medical Museum-sponsored conference on medical aspects of the First World War held in San Antonio, Texas, in February 2012. It captures the metamorphosis of military medicine during the war in a series of inter-related vignettes. Some of these stories provide new and insightful interpretations of known military medical themes, while others depart from these to examine less well-known, but truly important medical topics.

    • Uniforms & insignia

      An Encyclopaedia of the Uniforms of the American War of Independence 1775-1783

      An expert guide to the uniforms of the American militias and Continental Army, the armies and navies of Great Britain and France, German and Spanish units, and American Indian allies

      by Digby Smith Kevin F Kiley

      The uniforms of the fighting men of the American War of Independence are a vivid illustration of the difficulties and complexities of the conflict, and this book brings together for the first time a sweeping survey of what they should have worn, what they really wore, how they were armed, and what they carried with them. As well as illustrations of the soldiers, equipment and kit with over 450 in total and an unrivalled level of detail in the depiction of the uniforms the campaigns and battles are explained with specially commissioned maps and plans, and plates and fine-art paintings of the period. CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Military history
      May 2015

      An illustrated encyclopedia of Uniforms of World War II

      An expert guide to the uniforms of Britain, America, Germany, USSR and Japan, together with other Axis and Allied forces

      by Jonathan North

      World War II was a huge conflict, fought on different fronts, covering diverse terrain and involving the fighting men of dozens of nations. At the outbreak of war in 1945 military uniforms had changed little from those worn by the soldiers of World War I, but as the conflict progressed changes were made to adapt to fighting and living conditions. This book covers in detail what the soldiers who fought in the war wore, from British infantrymen in Normandy to Japanese troops in Burma, and from Finnish ski divisions to female Chinese partisans. Lavishly illustrated, with intricate insignia detail, this book offers a definitive visual study of a pivotal period of history. AN ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF UNIFORMS OF WORLD WAR II An expert guide to the uniforms of Britain, America, Germany, USSR and Japan, together with other Axis and Allied forces Jonathan North CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      July 2019

      British Empire Uniforms 1919 to 1939

      by Edward Hallett, Michael Skriletz

      This book provides a unique insight into the uniforms and equipment used by British Empire forces between the two world wars. Including descriptions of deployments and incidents during the period, it features detailed photographs of individual artefacts as well as accurate uniform reconstructions in full colour. There are detailed descriptions and background information on subjects such as khaki uniforms, webbing, water bottles, communications equipment and so on. The equipment and uniforms portrayed in the book are derived from a broad range of collections, in order to provide comprehensive coverage of the uniforms and other items used by British Empire forces of the period. Covering British deployments in China, India, the North West Frontier and Palestine, this book is an indispensable guide to British Empire forces from the end of the First World War to the eve of the Second World War.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      July 2019

      British Empire Uniforms 1919 to 1939

      by Edward Hallett, Michael Skriletz

      This book provides a unique insight into the uniforms and equipment used by British Empire forces between the two world wars. Including descriptions of deployments and incidents during the period, the book features detailed photographs of individual artefacts as well as accurate uniform reconstructions in full colour. The text and annotations give detailed descriptions and background on subjects such as khaki uniforms, webbing, water bottles, sleeping equipment and so on. The artefacts and uniforms portrayed in the book are derived from the authors’ own collections, as well as those of fellow collectors, in order to provide comprehensive coverage of the uniforms, artefacts and equipment used by British Empire forces of the period. Covering British deployments in China, India, the North West Frontier and Palestine, this book is an indispensable guide to the British Empire forces from the end of the First World War to the eve of the Second World War.

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