The Grande Armee of Napoleon Bonaparte is widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest fighting forces ever deployed. With it the French scored a streak of historic victories that gave them an unprecedented grip on power over the European continent. At its peak it was made up of 680,000 men, a huge multi-national force of officers, infantry and cavalry, artillery and support services masterminded by a superior and highly flexible system of corps, divisions, brigades and regiments, commanded by officers in which Napoleon placed a huge degree of trust and autonomy to operate within the outlines of his strategic objectives.
Looking closely at how this military machine was constructed and mobilised this book will examine all aspects of the Grande Armee, from individual soldiers, what they wore, ate, slept in and were paid, to the chain of command, recruitment and training, intelligence and comms, and logistics and battle tactics. The legacy of Napoleon's army will be assessed, and how his organization and management initiatives influenced national armies around the world in ways that can still be seen today
Bushido: The Samurai Code of Japan is the most influential book ever written on the Japanese Way of the Warrior. A classic study of Japanese culture, the book outlines the moral code of the Samurai way of living and the virtues every Samurai warrior holds dear. It is widely read today in Japan and around the world. There are seven core precepts of Bushido: justice, courage, benevolence, civility, sincerity, honor, and loyalty. Together, these seven values create a system of beliefs unique to Japanese philosophy and culture that is widely followed today. Inazo Nitobe, one of Japan's foremost scholars, thoroughly explores each of these values and explains how they differ from their Western counterparts. Until you understand the philosophy behind the ethics, you will never fully grasp what it meant to be a Samurai what it meant to have Bushido
Defeat was looming for the South-as the Civil War wore on, paths to possible victory were fast disappearing. Dr. Luke Pryor Blackburn, a Confederate physician and expert in infectious diseases, had an idea that might turn the tide: he would risk his own life and career to bring a yellow fever epidemic to the North. To carry out his mission, he would need some accomplices. Tracing the plans and movements of the conspirators, this thoroughly researched history describes in detail the yellow fever plot of 1864.
The battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879, the first major encounter in the Anglo-Zulu War, witnessed the worst single day's loss of British troops between the battle of Waterloo in 1815 and the opening campaigns of the First World War in August 1914. Moreover, decisive defeat at the hands of the Zulu came as an immense shock to a Victorian public that had become used to easy victories over less technologically advanced indigenous foes in an expanding empire.
The successful defence of Rorke's Drift, which immediately followed the encounter at Isandlwana (and for which 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded), averted military disaster and went some way to restore wounded British pride, but the sobering memory of defeat at Isandlwana lingered for many years, while the legendary tale of the defence of Rorke's Drift was re-awakened for a new generation in the epic 1964 film Zulu, starring Michael Caine.
In this new volume in the Great Battles series, Ian F. W. Beckett tells the story of both battles, investigating not only their immediate military significance but also providing the first overarching account of their continuing cultural impact and legacy in the years since 1879, not just in Britain but also from the once largely inaccessible and overlooked Zulu perspective.
Blitzkrieg. Lightning war. We are all familiar with the rapid thrusts the Germans made in the early days of the Second World War that saw the demise first of Poland and then the Low Countries and France. But were the German tactics, which appeared at the time to smash through all resistance, really as devastating as they seemed? That is the major question Jeffrey Plowman asks in this absorbing new study of the campaign in Greece in 1941\.
Within three weeks they overran the country but, by looking into the campaign in detail, the author claims that at no time did the Germans gain ascendency over the token British and Anzac force sent to bolster the Greek defenders. They came close to doing so, but the Anzac troops and their Greek allies put up a spirited defence that sometimes turned the Germans' own methods against them.
This perceptive new account should prompt a reassessment of the Greek campaign. It also offers a fascinating insight into the weaknesses of the Germans' all-conquering method of warfare which became increasing apparent during the later stages of the war.
This new photo-album in the "Camera On" series contains over 100 photographs of the Sd.Kfz. 10/4 and 10/5 Selbstfahrlafette (self-propelled gun carriage).
The Selbstfahrlafette (Sd. Kfz. 10/4) fur 2cm Flak 30 and the Selbstfahrlafette (Sd. Kfz. 10/5) fur 2cm Flak 38 were self-propelled Flak halftracks based on the Sd.Kfz 10 one-ton vehicle.
In firing mode, the vehicle had hinged side walls that opened up to enlarge the firing platform at the back and to both sides. Except for armoured shield often fitted to the AA gun these vehicles were unarmoured.
Robert E. Lee: A Reference Guide to His Life and Works covers all aspects of his life and work, including individuals, places, and events that shaped Lee's career as a Virginian, soldier, and peacemaker. The extensive A to Z section includes several hundred entries. The bibliography provides a comprehensive list of publications concerning his life and work.
*Includes a detailed chronology detailing Robert E. Lee's life, family, and work.
*The A to Z section includes family members, campaigns in two different wars, cities as well as rivers and land areas of the time, military strategy and tactics, lieutenants and opponents, army organization, politics contending with war, plus seldom-mentioned topics such as geography, earthworks, desertion, personal health, and even the legendary "Rebel Yell."
*The bibliography includes a list of publications concerning his life and work.
*The index thoroughly cross-references the chronological and encyclopedic entries.
With D-Day and the Battle for Normandy being one of the most written about episodes of military history, it would be easy to assume that after 75 years had passed, that generations of historians would by now, have reached a consensus as to who were the leading protagonists in leading the way for the Western Allies most famous victory during the Second World War. It is indeed amazing to consider that many of the most commonly held perceptions of what exactly happened in 1944 are nothing but deeply ingrained myths, repeated so often that they now go unchallenged.
In Command and Valour, the author addresses these myths head on, and without taking prisoners, readdresses the truth of the battle reaching conclusions which may surprise many of those who thought they already knew all there was to know on such an iconic subject. Alongside this story, the author recounts, for the very first time in a single volume, the instances of incredible valour which led to the 21 Victoria Crosses and Medals of Honor to be awarded during the Normandy campaign.
"This historically strong and emotionally powerful book honors these men, who surely have great reason to be proud."--Choice
"Hell under the Rising Sun: Texan POWs and the Building of the Burma-Thailand Death Railway is especially welcome in American prisoner-of-war studies . . . . Historically strong and emotionally powerful, this book honors the men of the 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery Regiment of the Texas National Guard. Surely, they have a great deal to be proud of, and this book does them justice."--H-Net Reviews
This is the strange and fascinating life of Erwin Rommel, from his days as a youth in Imperial Germany-when he had a child out of wedlock with an early girlfriend-through his lauded military exploits during World War I to his death by suicide during World War II, after he attempted a failed coup against Hitler. Rommel was a man of contradictions: a soldier who wrote a bestselling book about World War I, a commander who went from commanding Hitler's bodyguard to trying to kill him, and a serious military mind who was known for participating in practical jokes. In Desert Fox, author Samuel Mitcham (Bust Hell Wide Open) confronts the truth about Rommel and takes a close look at his military actions and reflections.