The defeat of 90,000 Commonwealth soldiers by 50,000 Japanese soldiers made the World War II Battle for Malaya an important encounter for both political and military reasons. British military prestige was shattered, fanning the fires of nationalism in Asia, especially in India. Japan's successful tactics in Malaya-rapid marches, wide outflanking movement along difficult terrain, nocturnal attacks, and roadblocks-would be repeated in Burma in 1942-43. Until the Allied command evolved adequate countermeasures, Japanese soldiers remained supreme in the field. Looking beyond the failures of command, Kaushik Roy focuses on tactics of the ground battle that unfolded in Malaya between December 1941 and February 1942. His analysis includes the organization of the Indian Army-the largest portion of Commonwealth troops-and compares it to the British and Australian armies that fought side by side with Indian soldiers. Utilizing both official war office records and unofficial memoirs, autobiographies, and oral histories, Roy presents a synthesis of history from the top with history from below and provides a thick narrative of operations interwoven with tactical analysis of the Battle for Malaya.
Now a major motion picture.
This is the first time that those in direct command of Delta Company have shared their memories of the most significant battle fought by Australians in Vietnam, the Battle of Long Tan. They describe the experiences that brought them to Vietnam, and how Company commander Harry Smith drove Delta Company to become one of the most outstanding units in the Australian forces.
Each platoon played a crucial role in Delta Company's survival. The artillery's commitment in providing an unbroken wall of metal through which the enemy had to advance is told from the perspectives of both the forward controller and the gun positions. We fly with the RAAF helicopter pilots whose ammunition resupply was the turning point of the battle, and experience the carnage of the battlefield through the eyes of those in the relieving APCs.
The trauma of the battle did not end with the action, however, as politics began to play its part in the drama. The valour of those directly involved in the battle was never duly recognised. The ongoing efforts of the Long Tan commanders to right the many wrongs perpetrated in the wake of the battle, and their own journeys from the events of August 1966 draw the reader into a compelling dialogue on the aftermath of Vietnam.
Previously published as The Battle of Long Tan: As told by the commanders
Late in 1939 Nazi Germany, with new military weapons and tactics, was poised to overrun Europe and impose Adolph Hitler's control over Western civilization. At that very time, two British physicists invented the cavity magnetron. About the size of a hockey puck, it unlocked the enormous potential of radar exclusively for the Allies. Since the discovery of radar early in the twentieth century, development across most of the world had progressed only so far. Germany and Japan had radar as well, but in just three years, the Allies' new radar incorporating the top-secret cavity magnetron turned the tide of war from a doubtful to a known conclusion before the enemy even figured out how. The tactical difference between the enemy's primitive radar and the Allies' new radar was akin to comparing the musket to the rifle. The cavity magnetron proved to be the single most influential new invention responsible for winning the war in Europe. Written for a non-technical reader, this historical narrative tells the relatively unknown story of radar's transformation from a technical curiosity to a previously unimaginable offensive weapon. We meet scientists and warriors critical to the story of radar and its pressure-filled development and implementation in just months. The story highlights two characters who are woven into the narrative as it unfolds: one a brilliant and opinionated scientist, the other an easy-going twenty-one-year-old caught up in the peacetime draft. This unlikely pair and a handful of their cohorts pioneer a revolution in warfare as they formulate new offensive tactics by trying, failing, and fixing, as well as overcoming the nay-sayers and obstructionists on their own side
One of the most eminent historians of our age investigates the extraordinary success of five small maritime states
Andrew Lambert, author of The Challenge: Britain Against America in the Naval War of 1812-winner of the prestigious Anderson Medal-turns his attention to Athens, Carthage, Venice, the Dutch Republic, and Britain, examining how their identities as "seapowers" informed their actions and enabled them to achieve success disproportionate to their size.
Lambert demonstrates how creating maritime identities made these states more dynamic, open, and inclusive than their lumbering continental rivals. Only when they forgot this aspect of their identity did these nations begin to decline. Recognizing that the United States and China are modern naval powers-rather than seapowers-is essential to understanding current affairs, as well as the long-term trends in world history. This volume is a highly original "big think" analysis of five states whose success-and eventual failure-is a subject of enduring interest, by a scholar at the top of his game.
Early on Sunday morning, December 7th 1941, waves of Japanese Naval bombers took off from carriers in the Pacific to attack the United States Navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In his radio address shortly after the raid, President Roosevelt described the unprovoked act of aggression as "...a day that would live in infamy." It ended the United States' position of neutrality in the war in Europe and plunged the nation headlong into World War Two. Could the attack on Pearl Harbor have been prevented? Could war have been avoided? In "BEFORE PEARL HARBOR - China, FDR and the Plot to Bomb Japan", noted author and historian Michael Lemish explores America's relationship with China - already at war with the Japanese Empire - and uncovers a secret plan being hatched between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Chinese government to send bombers to Tokyo, long before the attack on Pearl Harbor, in the hope of averting a war which seemed inevitable. Painstakingly researched and well-documented, this true story of political power and intrigue was hidden from the American people for decades following the war. It features a cast of characters that reads like a who's who of 1930s and '40s celebrities, from pioneer aviators Charles Lindbergh and Jimmy Doolittle to writer Ernest Hemingway - as well as senior politicans and leading journalists from both countries, including Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek and his charismatic wife, and FDR himself. All of them held strong opinions and wielded considerable influence...includes 80 photos.