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The Bomber Mafia - A Story Set In War (Paperback): Malcolm Gladwell The Bomber Mafia - A Story Set In War (Paperback)
Malcolm Gladwell
R340 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R91 (27%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The international bestselling author returns with an exploration of one of the grandest obsessions of the twentieth century.

In the years before the Second World War, in a sleepy air force base in central Alabama, a small group of renegade pilots put forth a radical idea. What if we made bombing so accurate that wars could be fought entirely from the air? What if we could make the brutal clashes between armies on the ground a thing of the past? This book tells the story of what happened when that dream was put to the test.

The Bomber Mafia follows the stories of a reclusive Dutch genius and his homemade computer, Winston Churchill's forbidding best friend, a team of pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard, a brilliant pilot who sang vaudeville tunes to his crew, and the bomber commander, Curtis Emerson LeMay, who would order the bloodiest attack of the Second World War.

In this tale of innovation and obsession, Gladwell asks: what happens when technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war? And what is the price of progress?

Gunship Over Angola - The Story Of A Maverick Pilot (Paperback): Steve Joubert Gunship Over Angola - The Story Of A Maverick Pilot (Paperback)
Steve Joubert 3
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Steve Joubert had always wanted to be a pilot and the only way he could afford to do so, was to join the South African Air Force in the late 1970s.

As an adventurous young man with a wicked sense of humour, he tells of the many amusing escapades he had as a trainee pilot. But soon he is sent to fight in the Border War in northern Namibia (then South West Africa) where he is exposed to the carnage of war. The pilots of the Alouette helicopters were witness to some of the worst scenes of the Border War. Often, they were the first to arrive after a deadly landmine accident.

In the fiercest battles their gunships regularly supplied life-saving air cover to troops on the ground.

The Necessities of War (Paperback): Peter Pouncey The Necessities of War (Paperback)
Peter Pouncey
R367 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R59 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Peter Pouncey presents for us and for the gods the mind of Thucydides as an historian and writer. Pouncey gives us an amazing reading of Thucydides' amazing reading of the confused experience of wartime events. He nails down for us Thucydides' lasting lessons.
Pouncey's Thucydides won the Lionel Trilling Prize.

Native American Weapons (Paperback, New edition): Colin F. Taylor Native American Weapons (Paperback, New edition)
Colin F. Taylor
R462 R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Save R78 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Featuring 155 color photographs and illustrations, "Native American Weapons" surveys weapons made and used by American Indians north of present-day Mexico from prehistoric times to the late nineteenth century, when European weapons were in common use. Over thousands of years the weapons were developed and creatively matched to their environment--highly functional and often decorative, carried proudly in tribal gatherings and in war.


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Nanoweapons - A Growing Threat to Humanity (Hardcover): Louis a Del Monte Nanoweapons - A Growing Threat to Humanity (Hardcover)
Louis a Del Monte
R642 R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Save R119 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Nanoweapons just might render humanity extinct in the near future-a notion that is frightening and shocking but potentially true. In Nanoweapons Louis A. Del Monte describes the most deadly generation of military weapons the world has ever encountered. With dimensions one-thousandth the diameter of a single strand of human hair, this technology threatens to eradicate humanity as it incites world governments to compete in the deadliest arms race ever. In his insightful and prescient account of this risky and radical technology, Del Monte predicts that nanoweapons will dominate the battlefield of the future and will help determine the superpowers of the twenty-first century. He traces the emergence of nanotechnology, discusses the current development of nanoweapons-such as the "mini-nuke," which weighs five pounds and carries the power of one hundred tons of TNT-and offers concrete recommendations, founded in historical precedent, for controlling their proliferation and avoiding human annihilation. Most critically, Nanoweapons addresses the question: Will it be possible to develop, deploy, and use nanoweapons in warfare without rendering humanity extinct?

Firepower - How the NRA Turned Gun Owners into a Political Force (Hardcover): Matthew J Lacombe Firepower - How the NRA Turned Gun Owners into a Political Force (Hardcover)
Matthew J Lacombe
R548 Discovery Miles 5 480 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

How the NRA became a political juggernaut by influencing the behaviors and beliefs of everyday Americans The National Rifle Association is one of the most powerful interest groups in America, and has consistently managed to defeat or weaken proposed gun regulations-even despite widespread public support for stricter laws and the prevalence of mass shootings and gun-related deaths. Firepower provides an unprecedented look at how this controversial organization built its political power and deploys it on behalf of its pro-gun agenda. Taking readers from the 1930s to the age of Donald Trump, Matthew Lacombe traces how the NRA's immense influence on national politics arises from its ability to shape the political outlooks and actions of its supporters. He draws on nearly a century of archival records and surveys to show how the organization has fashioned a distinct worldview around gun ownership and used it to mobilize its supporters. Lacombe reveals how the NRA's cultivation of a large, unified, and active base has enabled it to build a resilient alliance with the Republican Party, and examines why the NRA and its members formed an important base that helped fuel Trump's unlikely political rise. Firepower sheds vital new light on how the NRA has grown powerful by mobilizing average Americans, and how it uses its GOP alliance to advance its objectives and shape the national agenda.

The Book of the Crossbow (Paperback): Ralph Payne-Gallwey The Book of the Crossbow (Paperback)
Ralph Payne-Gallwey
R1,091 Discovery Miles 10 910 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

THE WEAPON OF CHOICE IN THE MIDDLE AGES AND WAS A MAJOR FACTOR IN RICHARD COER DE LYON DEFEATING THE SARACENS AT THE BATTLE OF ARFUS IN THE THIRD CRUSADE. THIS IS THE STANDARD WORK ON THE CROSSBOW AND IS ESSENTIAL STUDY FOR HISTORIANS AND MILITARY BUFFS. AS A BONUS THE BOOK HAS AN ADDITIONAL SECTION ON CATAPULTS AND OTHER SIEGE ENGINES.

Revolver - Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America (Hardcover): Jim Rasenberger Revolver - Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America (Hardcover)
Jim Rasenberger
R654 R534 Discovery Miles 5 340 Save R120 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Living by the Sword - Weapons and Material Culture in France and Britain, 600-1600 (Paperback): Kristen Brooke Neuschel Living by the Sword - Weapons and Material Culture in France and Britain, 600-1600 (Paperback)
Kristen Brooke Neuschel
R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Sharpen your knowledge of swords with Kristen B. Neuschel as she takes you through a captivating 1,000 years of French and English history. Living by the Sword reveals that warrior culture, with the sword as its ultimate symbol, was deeply rooted in ritual long before the introduction of gunpowder weapons transformed the battlefield. Neuschel argues that objects have agency and that decoding their meaning involves seeing them in motion: bought, sold, exchanged, refurbished, written about, displayed, and used in ceremony. Drawing on evidence about swords (from wills, inventories, records of armories, and treasuries) in the possession of nobles and royalty, she explores the meanings people attached to them from the contexts in which they appeared. These environments included other prestige goods such as tapestries, jewels, and tableware-all used to construct and display status. Living by the Sword draws on an exciting diversity of sources from archaeology, military and social history, literature, and material culture studies to inspire students and educated lay readers (including collectors and reenactors) to stretch the boundaries of what they know as the "war and culture" genre.

Depth Charge - Royal Naval Mines, Depth Charges & Underwater Weapons, 1914-1945 (Paperback): Chris Henry Depth Charge - Royal Naval Mines, Depth Charges & Underwater Weapons, 1914-1945 (Paperback)
Chris Henry
R403 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Churchill's Hellraisers - The Thrilling Secret Ww2 Mission to Storm a Forbidden Nazi Fortress (Hardcover): Damien Lewis Churchill's Hellraisers - The Thrilling Secret Ww2 Mission to Storm a Forbidden Nazi Fortress (Hardcover)
Damien Lewis
R599 R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Save R104 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Making Of The Atomic Bomb (Paperback, Reissue): Richard Rhodes The Making Of The Atomic Bomb (Paperback, Reissue)
Richard Rhodes
R541 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R193 (36%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

With a brand new introduction from the author, this is the complete story of how the bomb was developed. It is told in rich, human, political, and scientific detail, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly -- or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity there was a span of hardly more than twenty-five years. What began as merely an interesting speculative problem in physics grew into the Manhattan Project, and then into the Bomb with frightening rapidity, while scientists known only to their peers -- Szilard, Teller, Oppenheimer, Bohr, Meitner, Fermi, Lawrence, and yon Neumann -- stepped from their ivory towers into the limelight. Richard Rhodes takes us on that journey step by step, minute by minute, and gives us the definitive story of man's most awesome discovery and invention. The Making of the Atomic Bomb has been compared in its sweep and importance to William L. Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. It is at once a narrative tour de forceand a document as powerful as its subject.

Abandoned World War II Aircraft, Tanks and Warships (Hardcover): Chris McNab Abandoned World War II Aircraft, Tanks and Warships (Hardcover)
Chris McNab
R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The scattered remains of a German bomber on Spitsbergen Island; Sherman Tanks waterlogged off Omaha Beach; Japanese merchant ships sunk off the coast of New Guinea. More than 75 years after the end of World War II, the conflict's legacy can still be seen from the Arctic wastes to the Solomon Islands of the South Pacific. The six years of World War II produced a greater number and variety of weapons than any other conflict before or since. This included more than 5 million tanks, armoured fighting vehicles and other self-propelled weapons; 8 million artillery guns; almost a million military aircraft; more than 50,000 ships and submarines; as well as many millions of rifles, machine guns and handguns. Today, in every corner of the world, the remnants of this epic conflict can still be seen. Long-buried partisan weapons caches in the Belorussian forest; sand-covered trucks in the Sahara desert; crashed American bombers and Japanese anti-aircraft guns in the jungles of New Guinea; tank wrecks on old military training grounds; thousands of unexploded bombs in the depths of the world's seas and oceans; or the hundreds of aircraft and 30 Japanese ships destroyed in Truk Lagoon, the biggest graveyard of ships in the world and today a popular dive site. Illustrated with more than 150 unique photographs, Abandoned World War II Aircraft, Tanks and Warships allows the history buff and general reader to explore the detritus of this great, destructive conflict in every part of the world.

Defeating the Panzer-Stuka Menace - British Spigot Weapons of the Second World War (Hardcover): David Lister Defeating the Panzer-Stuka Menace - British Spigot Weapons of the Second World War (Hardcover)
David Lister
R645 R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Save R125 (19%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Churchill's Shadow Raiders - The Race to Develop Radar, World War II's Invisible Secret Weapon (Hardcover): Damien... Churchill's Shadow Raiders - The Race to Develop Radar, World War II's Invisible Secret Weapon (Hardcover)
Damien Lewis
R599 R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Save R104 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The History of the SAS (Paperback): Chris Ryan The History of the SAS (Paperback)
Chris Ryan
R215 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R43 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Drawing on the stories of the soldiers who were there, this dramatic history of the SAS is full of bravado. Forged to fight guerrillas in the sweltering jungles of Malaya... Ryan writes with the authority of a man familiar with every nuance of the regiment's tactics, training, weapons and equipment.' - Sunday Times Culture Tasked with storming mountain strongholds in the desert. Trained to hunt down the world's most wanted terrorists. This is the extraordinary story of 22 SAS. The history of the modern SAS is one of the great successes of post-war Britain. Since it was revived in 1950 to combat Communist insurgents, the Regiment has gone from strength to strength, fighting covert wars in Oman, Borneo, Northern Ireland, the Falklands, the Persian Gulf and beyond. In the process, it has become one of the most indispensable, and at times controversial, units in the British army Today, the SAS is regarded as the world's leading Special Forces unit, renowned for its demanding Selection course and its relentless ability to adapt to the changing nature of warfare. More than anything else, however, it is the determination and ingenuity of the SAS soldiers that has made the Regiment what it is today. Drawing on his extensive network of contacts and his own experiences, Chris Ryan tells the story of the men on the ground. From the earliest patrols in the Malayan jungle, through to the storming of the Iranian Embassy, the daring raids behind enemy lines in the Gulf War, and up-to-minute missions to capture or kill notorious terrorists - this is the gripping, no-holds-barred account of Regiment operations. Above all, it is a story of elite soldiers fighting, and triumphing, against seemingly impossible odds.

Shattered Minds - How the Pentagon Fails Our Troops with Faulty Helmets (Hardcover): Robert H. Bauman, Dina Rasor Shattered Minds - How the Pentagon Fails Our Troops with Faulty Helmets (Hardcover)
Robert H. Bauman, Dina Rasor
R823 R512 Discovery Miles 5 120 Save R311 (38%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Shattered Minds is the first book to investigate how American military bureaucracies have let our troops down by failing to upgrade one of the most important pieces of personal safety equipment - the combat helmet. Two longtime employees of North Dakota defense contractor Sioux Manufacturing discovered that the required density of the Kevlar material woven into netting of combat helmets was being shorted. After bringing their discovery to the attention of management, rather than cleaning up the illegal practice, their boss accused them of stealing company secrets and having an adulterous affair. Both employees were fired, leading to a lawsuit and a judgment they won in court which eventually brought the company's bad faith practices to light. Around the same time, a separate whistleblower, retired Navy doctor Robert Meaders, was pulled into a bizarre and irrational struggle with Army and Marine bureaucracies when he found out from his Marine grandson that the protective webbing inside the military helmets provided to troops was inadequate. Why was the military so resistant to upgrading its combat equipment, the most essential gear used to protect from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that plagues soldiers long after their days of combat? By interweaving these two sets of whistleblowers' stories, authors Robert Bauman and Dina Rasor explain why the military, despite news coverage with revelations about these whistleblowers' personal efforts, continued to do the indefensible. Using their combined 85 years of knowledge covering and investigating the Pentagon, the authors try to explain why such a betrayal of our troops has persisted. They also offer information on how the public, press, and military departments can fix the problem and give U.S. troops a better helmet that will help them survive their service to the United States of America.

Weapons of the Samurai (Paperback): Stephen Turnbull Weapons of the Samurai (Paperback)
Stephen Turnbull; Illustrated by Johnny Shumate, Alan Gilliland
R360 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R62 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This fully illustrated new book describes and analyses the weapons and equipment traditionally associated with the samurai, Japan's superlative warriors. It examines the range of weapons used by them at different times and in different situations. Beginning with the rise of the samurai during the 10th century, this lively study traces the introduction of edged weapons (cutting and piercing) and missile weapons (bows and guns) over the next 500 years. The book shows clearly how they were employed by individual samurai using many previously untranslated primary texts, and explains how their use spread more widely among low-class troops, pirates and rebels. It also shows how schools of martial arts took over and changed the weapons and their uses during the peaceful Edo Period (1615-1868).

Living by the Sword - Weapons and Material Culture in France and Britain, 600-1600 (Hardcover): Kristen Brooke Neuschel Living by the Sword - Weapons and Material Culture in France and Britain, 600-1600 (Hardcover)
Kristen Brooke Neuschel
R1,015 Discovery Miles 10 150 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Sharpen your knowledge of swords with Kristen B. Neuschel as she takes you through a captivating 1,000 years of French and English history. Living by the Sword reveals that warrior culture, with the sword as its ultimate symbol, was deeply rooted in ritual long before the introduction of gunpowder weapons transformed the battlefield. Neuschel argues that objects have agency and that decoding their meaning involves seeing them in motion: bought, sold, exchanged, refurbished, written about, displayed, and used in ceremony. Drawing on evidence about swords (from wills, inventories, records of armories, and treasuries) in the possession of nobles and royalty, she explores the meanings people attached to them from the contexts in which they appeared. These environments included other prestige goods such as tapestries, jewels, and tableware-all used to construct and display status. Living by the Sword draws on an exciting diversity of sources from archaeology, military and social history, literature, and material culture studies to inspire students and educated lay readers (including collectors and reenactors) to stretch the boundaries of what they know as the "war and culture" genre.

Records of the Medieval Sword (Hardcover, New Ed): Ewart Oakeshott Records of the Medieval Sword (Hardcover, New Ed)
Ewart Oakeshott
R869 R779 Discovery Miles 7 790 Save R90 (10%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Forty years of intensive research into the specialised subject of the straight two-edged knightly sword of the European middle ages are contained in this classic study. Spanning the period from the great migrations to the Renaissance, Ewart Oakeshott emphasises the original purpose of the sword as an intensely intimate accessory of great significance and mystique. There are over 400 photographs and drawings, each fully annotated and described in detail, supported by a long introductory chapter with diagrams of the typological framework first presented in The Archaeology of Weapons and further elaborated in The Sword in the Age of Chivalry. There are appendices on inlaid blade inscriptions, scientific dating, the swordsmith's art, and a sword of Edward III. Reprinted as part of Boydell's History of the Sword series.

Revolver - Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America (Paperback): Jim Rasenberger Revolver - Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America (Paperback)
Jim Rasenberger
R393 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R63 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Arms and Armour (Paperback): Dawn Titmus Arms and Armour (Paperback)
Dawn Titmus
R161 R133 Discovery Miles 1 330 Save R28 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The Sword - Form and Thought (Hardcover): Lisa Deutscher, Mirjam Kaiser, Sixt Wetzler The Sword - Form and Thought (Hardcover)
Lisa Deutscher, Mirjam Kaiser, Sixt Wetzler
R1,479 Discovery Miles 14 790 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The sword is the most iconic of all weapons. Throughout history, it has connected various, sometimes conflicting, dimensions of human culture: physical combat and representation of political power, definition of gender roles and refinement of body techniques, evolution of craftsmanship and mythological symbolism. The articles collected here explore these dimensions, from a variety of disciplines, among them archaeology, medieval history, museum conservation, and linguistics. They cover topics from the production and combat use of Bronze Age swords via medieval fencing culture to the employment of the sword in modern military. They question traditional sword typologies and wide-spread theories about sword making, discuss medieval sword terminology and the use of swords as royal insignia, and describe the scientific methods for approaching original finds. Arising from an international conference held at Deutsches Klingenmuseum Solingen (the German Blade Museum), the volume provides fresh insights into the forms the sword can take, and the thoughts it inspires. LISA DEUTSCHER and MIRJAM E. KAISER work in prehistoric archaeology, specialising in La Tene and Bronze Age swords, respectively. SIXT WETZLER is the deputy director of the German Blade Museum; his research focuses on the history of edged weapons, and their use. Contributors: Matthias Johannes Bauer, Holger Becker, Jan-Heinrich Bunnefeld, Rachel J. Crellin, Vincenzo D'Ercole, Andrea Dolfini, Raphael Hermann, Daniel Jaquet, Robert W. Jones, Ulrich Lehmann, Claus Lipka, Stefan Maeder, Michael Mattner, Florian Messner, Nicole Moelk, Ingo Petri, Stefan Roth, Fabrizio Savi, Ulrike Toechterle, Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis, Marion Uckelmann, Henry Yallop

Islamic Arms and Armour (Paperback): Thom Richardson Islamic Arms and Armour (Paperback)
Thom Richardson
R274 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R54 (20%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Royal Armouries' collection of Asian arms and armour is among the finest in the world. With the aid of stunning photography, former Deputy Master Thom Richardson outlines a rich and vibrant diversity of military cultures from the Ottoman Empire to East Asia. The book provides fascinating information about medieval Islam, the Ottoman Turks, the Arabian Peninsula, Islamic kingdoms of North Africa, Iran and Iraq, the Caucasus, Afghanistan, India and Indonesia.

Musket Ball and Small Shot Identification - A Guide (Paperback): Daniel M Sivilich Musket Ball and Small Shot Identification - A Guide (Paperback)
Daniel M Sivilich; Foreword by David Gerald Orr; Introduction by Douglas D. Scott; Contributions by Henry M. Miller
R741 Discovery Miles 7 410 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In the past, an excavated musket ball might simply have been catalogued as either a ""spherical lead bullet"" or an ""impacted bullet."" But each recovered ball, far from being a mere lump of lead, is a part of history and has a story to tell. With the help of new equipment and research techniques, and an increase in the number of discoveries, these narratives can finally contribute exacting detail to the historical record. Battlefield archaeologist Daniel M. Sivilich provides readers with the tools and techniques to unlock the stories of small shot in this book, the first definitive guide to identifying musket balls, from the oldest formed to those fired in the early nineteenth century. Musket Ball and Small Shot Identification: A Guide traces the history of musket balls and small shot, and explores their uses as lethal projectiles and in nonlethal alterations. Sivilich asks - and answers - a variety of questions to demonstrate how a musket ball found in a military context can help to interpret the site: Was it fired? What did it hit? What type of gun is it associated with? Has it been chewed, and if so, by whom or what? Was it hammered into gaming pieces? By equipping historians and archaeologists with the information necessary for answering these questions, Sivilich's accessible work opens new views into firing lines, casualty areas, and military camps. It dispels long-held misperceptions about lead shot having been bitten by humans, offers examples of shot altered to improve lethality, and discusses balls made of materials other than lead, such as pewter. Coupling detailed analysis with more than 300 color and black-and-white illustrations for comparison and identification, this guide will prove indispensable to historians, battlefield archeologists, and collectors. It is a critical resource for understanding the full story of firepower.

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