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Yellowjackets!: The 361st Fighter Group in World War II - P-51 Mustangs over Germany (Hardcover): Paul B. Cora Yellowjackets!: The 361st Fighter Group in World War II - P-51 Mustangs over Germany (Hardcover)
Paul B. Cora
R1,026 R772 Discovery Miles 7 720 Save R254 (25%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Yellowjackets! The 361st Fighter Group in World War II is a narrative history of a combat unit attached to the U.S. 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations from December 1943 through the end of the war in Europe.

Lee's Tigers - The Louisiana Infantry in the Army of Northern Virginia (Paperback, New edition): Terry L. Jones Lee's Tigers - The Louisiana Infantry in the Army of Northern Virginia (Paperback, New edition)
Terry L. Jones
R474 R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Save R69 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Sometimes called the "wharf rats from New Orleans" and the "lowest scrapings of the Mississippi," Lee's Tigers were the approximately twelve thousand Louisiana infantrymen who served in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia from the time of the campaign at First Manassas to the final days of the war at Appomattox. Terry L. Jones offers a colorful, highly readable account of this notorious group of soldiers renowned not only for their drunkenness and disorderly behavior in camp but for their bravery in battle. It was this infantry that held back the initial Federal onslaught at First Manassas, made possible General Stonewall Jackson's famed Valley Campaign, contained the Union breakthrough at Spotsylvania's Bloody Angle, and led Lee's last offensive actions at Fort Stedman and Appomattox.Despite all their vices, Lee's Tigers emerged from the Civil War with one of the most respected military records of any group of southern soldiers. According to Jones, the unsavory reputation of the Tigers was well earned, for Louisiana probably had a higher percentage of criminals, drunkards, and deserters in its commands than any other Confederate state. The author spices his narrative with well-chosen anecdotes-among them an account of one of the stormiest train rides in military history. While on their way to Virginia, the enlisted men of Coppens' Battalion uncoupled their officers' car from the rest of the train and proceeded to partake of their favorite beverages. Upon arriving in Montgomery, the battalion embarked upon a drunken spree of harassment, vandalism, and robbery. Meanwhile, having commandeered another locomotive, the officers arrived and sprang from their train with drawn revolvers to put a stop to the disorder. "The charge of the Light Brigade," one witness recalled, "was surpassed by these irate Creoles."

Lee's Tigers is the first study to utilize letters, diaries, and muster rolls to provide a detailed account of the origins, enrollments, casualties, and desertion rates of these soldiers. Jones supplies the first major work to focus solely on Louisiana's infantry in Lee's army throughout the course of the war. Civil War buffs and scholars alike will find Lee's Tigers a valuable addition to their libraries.

Scots Guards 1919-1955 (Paperback): David Erskine Scots Guards 1919-1955 (Paperback)
David Erskine
R967 Discovery Miles 9 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
History of the London Rifle Brigade 1859-1919 (Paperback, New ed of 1921 ed): Various Contributors History of the London Rifle Brigade 1859-1919 (Paperback, New ed of 1921 ed)
Various Contributors
R864 Discovery Miles 8 640 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The 92nd Infantry Division and the Italian Campaign in World War II (Paperback): Daniel K. Gibran The 92nd Infantry Division and the Italian Campaign in World War II (Paperback)
Daniel K. Gibran
R827 R722 Discovery Miles 7 220 Save R105 (13%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This work focuses on the all black 92nd Infantry Division in the Italian Campaign in World War II and the poor combat performance of the division in Italy. An introduction provides an overall view of the Italian Campaign and the role of the 92nd Infantry Division. The author then examines the reasons for the division's troubles on and off the battlefield, such as the low morale among the soldiers because of racial segregation, the limited facilities provided for them, and their lack of trust in their leadership. All of these issues are explored at length. Information on the early life and military training and experience of General Ned Almond is provided, along with the stories of Vernon Baker and John Fox, who emerged as leaders but endured a long struggle for recognition. The author concludes this work on a personal note by telling of his involvement as principal investigator of Acting Secretary of the Army John Shannon's study of why no African American received the Medal of Honor in World War II (a situation that was rectified in the late 1990s: See Elliott V. Converse, Daniel K. Gibran et al., The Exclusion of Black Soldiers from the Medal of Honor in World War II, McFarland 1997).

History of the Northumberland Fusiliers 1674-1902 (Paperback): H.M. Walker History of the Northumberland Fusiliers 1674-1902 (Paperback)
H.M. Walker
R898 Discovery Miles 8 980 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Pipes of War - A Record of the Achievements of Pipers of Scottish and Overseas Regiments During the War 1914-18 (Paperback, New... Pipes of War - A Record of the Achievements of Pipers of Scottish and Overseas Regiments During the War 1914-18 (Paperback, New edition)
Bruce Seton, John Grant
R903 Discovery Miles 9 030 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Betrothed of Death - The Spanish Foreign Legion During the Rif Rebellion, 1920-1927 (Hardcover, New): Jose E. Alvarez The Betrothed of Death - The Spanish Foreign Legion During the Rif Rebellion, 1920-1927 (Hardcover, New)
Jose E. Alvarez
R2,017 Discovery Miles 20 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Following her defeat in the Spanish-American War of 1898, Spain shifted her colonial focus to her Protectorate in northern Morocco. When Spanish conscripts began to fight and to die by the thousands, political fallout forced the government to create a new unit of professional soldiers. This unit would serve the dual function of providing fighting men for Moroccan service, while sparing the lives of conscripted men. Under its founder, Jose Millan Astray, and his deputy, Francisco Franco, the Spanish Foreign Legion would quickly become the spearhead for Spain's army in Africa. This is the story of the creation, organization, and combat role of the Legion in its formative years from 1919 to 1927.

Based upon archival sources in Madrid, Segovia, and Ceuta, this is the first and most complete history in English or Spanish of the early years of the Spanish Foreign Legion. The unit was instrumental in crushing Abd-el-KriM's rebellion against Spanish colonial authority. When the Riffians annihilated the army of General Silvestre at Annual in 1921 and were poised to attack the Spanish enclave of Melilla, it was the arrival of the Legion that pacified its panic-stricken citizens. The force would be in the vanguard of all major offensives undertaken in recapturing the territory lost in 1921, and its amphibious landing at Alhucemas Bay in 1925 marked the beginning of the end for the Rif Rebellion.

California Sabers - The 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry in the Civil War (Hardcover): R. James McLean California Sabers - The 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry in the Civil War (Hardcover)
R. James McLean
R767 R717 Discovery Miles 7 170 Save R50 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

California Sabers is the story of the California Battalion and Hundred, a group of 500 select men who were the only organized group of Californians to fight in the East during the Civil War. They volunteered their enlistment bounty to pay their passage across Panama and on to
Massachusetts, where they became the cadre of the Second Massachusetts Cavalry.

From mid-1863 to July 1864, the Second Massachusetts fought a bloody guerilla war in northern Virginia against John S. Mosby, the confederacy s "Gray Ghost." In July 1864 the regiment became part of Sheridan s Army of the Shenandoah, and that fall it played a major role in the decisive battles of Winchester, Toms Run, and Cedar Creek.

In early 1865 the regiment was in the column that marched across Virginia destroying the vital railroad and canal that carried supplies from the Shenandoah Valley to the besieged Army of Northern Virginia. In late March, the Second Massachusetts was in the forefront of the battles at Dinwiddie Courthouse and Five Forks, the two actions that finally broke the stalemate at Petersburg and forced Lee to retreat to the west. In the ensuing chase, the regiment was the part of the cavalry spearhead that finally blocked Lee s army at Appomattox Courthouse.

This work, based on extensive research, is the first comprehensive history of this relatively unknown group and will be of great interest to Civil War enthusiasts and historians."

1st Battalion the Faugh-a-Ballaghs in the Great War (The Royal Irish Fusiliers.) (Paperback): A.R. Burrows 1st Battalion the Faugh-a-Ballaghs in the Great War (The Royal Irish Fusiliers.) (Paperback)
A.R. Burrows
R684 Discovery Miles 6 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Unit Sizes in the Late Roman Army (Paperback): Terence Coello Unit Sizes in the Late Roman Army (Paperback)
Terence Coello
R838 Discovery Miles 8 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Was the decline of Rome and the fall of the western Empire partly the consequence of declining troop numbers? This is one of the questions which Coello asks. Although there is some documentary evidence for unit sizes in the early period very little is known about the third century and following. Coello examines the evidence for the later period but although some misconceptions are exposed there is little new evidence available to shed any real light.

Commanding Boston's Irish Ninth - The Civil War Letters of Colonel Patrick R. Guiney Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer... Commanding Boston's Irish Ninth - The Civil War Letters of Colonel Patrick R. Guiney Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. (Hardcover, New)
Christian G Samito
R2,024 Discovery Miles 20 240 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Christian Samito writes in his introduction: "In reading Guiney's words, one can have a fuller appreciation of what motivated civilians to volunteer to fight a war and of the privations they suffered in service to their country." These are the collected Civil War letters of Patrick Robert Guiney, an Irish immigrant from Country Tipperary who relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. When the Civil War broke out, Guiney volunteered to defend the Union and, quickly rose from First Lieutenant to Colonel, to command the ninth Massachusetts regiment. A fervent supporter of Lincoln and passionately opposed to slavery, Guiney felt that, in his service to his new country, he was doing his part to gain freedom for the slaves. Being politically outspoken, Guiney was often criticized for his views by other Irish-Americans. His letters reveal not only the experiences and thoughts of an Irish Catholic soldier, but also the hidden tensions within his immigrant community. His views and observations not only illuminate his personal independence of thought, but also the political landscape which he tried to improve.

Commanding Boston's Irish Ninth - The Civil War Letters of Colonel Patrick R. Guiney Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer... Commanding Boston's Irish Ninth - The Civil War Letters of Colonel Patrick R. Guiney Ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. (Paperback)
Christian G Samito
R847 Discovery Miles 8 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Christian Samito writes in his introduction: "In reading Guiney's words, one can have a fuller appreciation of what motivated civilians to volunteer to fight a war and of the privations they suffered in service to their country." These are the collected Civil War letters of Patrick Robert Guiney, an Irish immigrant from Country Tipperary who relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. When the Civil War broke out, Guiney volunteered to defend the Union and, quickly rose from First Lieutenant to Colonel, to command the ninth Massachusetts regiment. A fervent supporter of Lincoln and passionately opposed to slavery, Guiney felt that, in his service to his new country, he was doing his part to gain freedom for the slaves. Being politically outspoken, Guiney was often criticized for his views by other Irish-Americans. His letters reveal not only the experiences and thoughts of an Irish Catholic soldier, but also the hidden tensions within his immigrant community. His views and observations not only illuminate his personal independence of thought, but also the political landscape which he tried to improve.

Three Years in the Army of the Cumberland - The Letters and Diary of Major James A. Connolly (Paperback): James A. Connolly Three Years in the Army of the Cumberland - The Letters and Diary of Major James A. Connolly (Paperback)
James A. Connolly
R696 Discovery Miles 6 960 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

..". offers an unsurpassed chronicle of the war in the West."-- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"Thiseyewitness account brings a better understanding to a conflict that brought a nationto its knees." -- Historical Media Review

..". anexceptional Civil War narrative. It has value for the military and literaryhistorian." -- War, Literature, and the Arts

The letters anddiary of Major James Austin Connolly, 123rd Illinois Infantry, constitute anunsurpassed record of Civil War campaigning in the West. Connolly had a flair fornarrative, an eye for people and places, and a smooth and facile style. His accountsoffer a realistic picture of day-to-day soldiering in the Civil War -- of rough, spare living in the field, of boredom and fun in camp, of seemingly aimless scouts, and of the high excitement of battle.

Elite Military Formations in War and Peace (Hardcover, New): A. Hamish Ion, Roch Legault, Keith Neilson Elite Military Formations in War and Peace (Hardcover, New)
A. Hamish Ion, Roch Legault, Keith Neilson
R1,522 Discovery Miles 15 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From Thermopylae to Belfast, elite military formations have been deployed against conventional or irregular forces. This study offers a superb analysis of elites in military history. A collection of brilliant studies by distinguished scholars, it illuminates, through a combination of overview and case study, a historical subject that has profound implications for the development of specialized forces in the post-Cold War Era. The study uses a comparative approach which investigates the topic over time and across culture.

The Royal Dragoon Guards - A Regimental History, 1685-2018 (Paperback): Peter MacFarlane The Royal Dragoon Guards - A Regimental History, 1685-2018 (Paperback)
Peter MacFarlane
R363 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R27 (7%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The Royal Dragoon Guards have a long and distinguished history dating from 1685. Originally raised as regiments of horse and dragoons, they were subsequently designated as the 4th, 5th and 7th Dragoon Guards and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons. They fought in all of Britain's major wars from the late 17th century onwards, charging at Blenheim with Marlborough's cavalry, at Waterloo with the Union Brigade, and at Balaklava with the Heavy Brigade. In the 19th century, they also saw service in India and Africa. All four regiments served in France and Flanders during the First World War and one regiment fired the first British shot on the Western Front. They were then amalgamated into two regiments - the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. Both regiments were mechanised shortly before the Second World War, in which they played a leading role in the D-Day landings. In 1992, the two regiments amalgamated again to form the Royal Dragoon Guards. Recent conflicts have taken the regiment to Iraq and Afghanistan, continuing a record of operational service covering more than three centuries. This regimental history of the Dragoons tells their story as it played out across the centuries, exploring their role in both major and minor conflicts of the last 300 years. The title examines the development of the regiment up to the present day and highlights key figures across its history. The text is supported throughout with photographs and illustrations.

The 25th North Carolina Troops in the Civil War - History and Roster of a Mountain-Bred Regiment (Paperback): Carroll C. Jones The 25th North Carolina Troops in the Civil War - History and Roster of a Mountain-Bred Regiment (Paperback)
Carroll C. Jones
R982 R844 Discovery Miles 8 440 Save R138 (14%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This historical account covers the 25th Regiment North Carolina Infantry Troops during the Civil War. Farmers and farmers' sons left their mountain homesteads to enlist with the regiment at Asheville in July and August 1861 and to defend their homeland from a Yankee invasion. The book chronicles the unit's defensive activities in the Carolina coastal regions and the battlefield actions at Seven Days, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Plymouth, Richmond and Petersburg. In addition, casualty and desertion statistics are included, along with a complete regimental roster and 118 photos, illustrations, and maps.

Toward the Flame - A Memoir of World War I (Paperback): Hervey Allen Toward the Flame - A Memoir of World War I (Paperback)
Hervey Allen; Introduction by Steven Kirk Trout
R394 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R32 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Considered by many to be the finest American combat memoir of the First World War, Hervey Allen's "Toward the Flame" vividly chronicles the experiences of the Twenty-eighth Division in the summer of 1918. Made up primarily of Pennsylvania National Guardsmen, the Twenty-eighth Division saw extensive action on the Western Front. The story begins with Lieutenant Allen and his men marching inland from the French coast and ends with their participation in the disastrous battle for the village of Fismette. Allen was a talented observer, and the men with whom he served emerge as well-rounded characters against the horrific backdrop of the war. As a historical document, "Toward the Flame" is significant for its highly detailed account of the controversial military action at Fismette. At the same time, it easily stands as a work of literature. Clear-eyed and unsentimental, Allen employs the novelist's powers of description to create a harrowing portrait of coalition war at its worst.

The Seventh West Virginia Infantry - An Embattled Union Regiment from the Civil War's Most Divided State (Hardcover):... The Seventh West Virginia Infantry - An Embattled Union Regiment from the Civil War's Most Divided State (Hardcover)
David A Mellott, Mark A. Snell
R992 R912 Discovery Miles 9 120 Save R80 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Though calling itself "The Bloody Seventh" after only a few minor skirmishes, the Seventh West Virginia Infantry earned its nickname many times over during the course of the Civil War. Fighting in more battles and suffering more losses than any other West Virginia regiment, the unit was the most embattled Union regiment in the most divided state in the war. Its story, as it unfolds in this book, is a key chapter in the history of West Virginia, the only state created as a direct result of the Civil War. It is also the story of the citizen soldiers, most of them from Appalachia, caught up in the bloodiest conflict in American history. The Seventh West Virginia fought in the major campaigns in the eastern theater, from Winchester, Antietam, and Fredericksburg to Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Petersburg. Weaving military, social, and political history, The Seventh West Virginia Infantry details strategy, tactics, battles, campaigns, leaders, and the travails of the rank and file. It also examines the circumstances surrounding events, mundane and momentous alike such as the soldiers' views on the Emancipation Proclamation, West Virginia Statehood, and Lincoln's re-election. The product of decades of research, the book uses statistical analysis to profile the Seventh's soldiers from a socio-economic, military, medical, and personal point of view; even as its authors consult dozens of primary sources, including soldiers' living descendants, to put a human face on these "sons of the mountains." The result is a multilayered view, unique in its scope and depth, of a singular Union regiment on and off the Civil War battlefield-its beginnings, its role in the war, and its place in history and memory.

Shades of Green - Irish Regiments, American Soldiers, and Local Communities in the Civil War Era (Paperback): Ryan W. Keating Shades of Green - Irish Regiments, American Soldiers, and Local Communities in the Civil War Era (Paperback)
Ryan W. Keating
R841 R747 Discovery Miles 7 470 Save R94 (11%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Drawing on records of about 5,500 soldiers and veterans, Shades of Green traces the organization of Irish regiments from the perspective of local communities in Connecticut, Illinois, and Wisconsin and the relationships between soldiers and the home front. Research on the impact of the Civil War on Irish Americans has traditionally fallen into one of two tracks, arguing that the Civil War either further alienated Irish immigrants from American society or that military service in defense of the Union offered these men a means of assimilation. In this study of Irish American service, Ryan W. Keating argues that neither paradigm really holds, because many Irish Americans during this time already considered themselves to be assimilated members of American society. This comprehensive study argues that the local community was often more important to ethnic soldiers than the imagined ethnic community, especially in terms of political, social, and economic relationships. An analysis of the Civil War era from this perspective provides a much clearer understanding of immigrant place and identity during the nineteenth century. With a focus on three regiments not traditionally studied, the author provides a fine-grained analysis revealing that ethnic communities, like other types of communities, are not monolithic on a national scale. Examining lesser-studied communities, rather than the usual those of New York City and Boston, Keating brings the local back into the story of Irish American participation in the Civil War, thus adding something new and valuable to the study of the immigrant experience in America's bloodiest conflict. Throughout this rich and groundbreaking study, Keating supports his argument through advanced quantitative analysis of military-service records and an exhaustive review of a massive wealth of raw data; his use of quantitative methods on a large dataset is an unusual and exciting development in Civil War studies. Shades of Green is sure to "shake up" several fields of study that rely on ethnicity as a useful category for analysis; its impressive research provides a significant contribution to scholarship.

Shades of Green - Irish Regiments, American Soldiers, and Local Communities in the Civil War Era (Hardcover): Ryan W. Keating Shades of Green - Irish Regiments, American Soldiers, and Local Communities in the Civil War Era (Hardcover)
Ryan W. Keating
R2,874 R2,403 Discovery Miles 24 030 Save R471 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Drawing on records of about 5,500 soldiers and veterans, Shades of Green traces the organization of Irish regiments from the perspective of local communities in Connecticut, Illinois, and Wisconsin and the relationships between soldiers and the home front. Research on the impact of the Civil War on Irish Americans has traditionally fallen into one of two tracks, arguing that the Civil War either further alienated Irish immigrants from American society or that military service in defense of the Union offered these men a means of assimilation. In this study of Irish American service, Ryan W. Keating argues that neither paradigm really holds, because many Irish Americans during this time already considered themselves to be assimilated members of American society. This comprehensive study argues that the local community was often more important to ethnic soldiers than the imagined ethnic community, especially in terms of political, social, and economic relationships. An analysis of the Civil War era from this perspective provides a much clearer understanding of immigrant place and identity during the nineteenth century. With a focus on three regiments not traditionally studied, the author provides a fine-grained analysis revealing that ethnic communities, like other types of communities, are not monolithic on a national scale. Examining lesser-studied communities, rather than the usual those of New York City and Boston, Keating brings the local back into the story of Irish American participation in the Civil War, thus adding something new and valuable to the study of the immigrant experience in America's bloodiest conflict. Throughout this rich and groundbreaking study, Keating supports his argument through advanced quantitative analysis of military-service records and an exhaustive review of a massive wealth of raw data; his use of quantitative methods on a large dataset is an unusual and exciting development in Civil War studies. Shades of Green is sure to "shake up" several fields of study that rely on ethnicity as a useful category for analysis; its impressive research provides a significant contribution to scholarship.

Chasing Mosby, Killing Booth - The 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry (Paperback): James Carson Chasing Mosby, Killing Booth - The 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry (Paperback)
James Carson
R908 R819 Discovery Miles 8 190 Save R89 (10%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Near the end of the Civil War, Army Chief of Staff Henry W. Halleck described the 16th New York Volunteer Cavalry as ""cowed and useless"" after they were ""cut up"" by Confederate General John Mosby's Rangers. The following April the New Yorkers made their place in history when 26 men led by Lieutenant Edward P. Doherty captured and killed John Wilkes Booth. An amalgam of three partially formed regiments, the 16th was plagued by early desertions, poor leadership and a near mutiny as its First Battalion prepared to march to northern Virginia to bolster the outer defenses of Washington in October 1863. The regiment spent most of the remainder of the war chasing Mosby's cavalry, winning a handful of tactical victories but mainly confounded by the Confederate guerrillas. Drawing on personal letters, diaries and memoirs by men of the 16th, and the recollections of Mosby's men, this deeply researched history provides fresh perspective on Mosby's exploits and the hunt for Booth.

The Red Lancers (Book, New edition): Ronald Pawly The Red Lancers (Book, New edition)
Ronald Pawly
R1,287 R1,083 Discovery Miles 10 830 Save R204 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Based on archive research, this is a detailed study of the history and personnel of a single unit of Napoleon's Imperial Guard, 1810-1815 - the 2nd Light Horse or "Red Lancers". Their part in the Napoleonic Wars is covered, from the 1812 Russian Campaign, through the defensive campaigns in Germany and France in 1813-14, to the fateful 100 days of 1815 and to the final sunset at Waterloo. Illustrated with many period paintings some previously unpublished and of international importance and detailed appendices on known members of the regiment - this is an impressive work of scholarship and is destined to become a standard reference for the collector and student of Napoleonic history.

Where Did That Regiment Go? - The Lineage of British Infantry and Cavalry Regiments at a Glance (Paperback): Gerry Murphy Where Did That Regiment Go? - The Lineage of British Infantry and Cavalry Regiments at a Glance (Paperback)
Gerry Murphy
R468 R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Save R77 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Everyone has heard of, say, the Irish Fusliliers, the Glorious Glosters, or Royal Scots Greys. But where are these regiments today? What are they called? And what were they called a hundred years ago? The painful and much-resented rationalisation of the British regiments - which meant amalgamation or simply disbandment - has been going on since the first regiments were raised in the 17th century, according to the perceived needs of the nation in war or peacetime. But it accelerated in the mid-1950s and the task has now been completed on General Jackson's watch, in 2007. Anyone trying to follow the name changes of a particular regiment soon gets caught up in and confused by different histories in different books. By using clear family trees, Gerry Murphy sorts out all the confusion in one indispensable volume. The appendices alone are invaluable, showing the number of regimental antecedents, honours, colours and insignia.

Shipmates - The Men of LCS 52 in World War II (Paperback): Gary Burns Shipmates - The Men of LCS 52 in World War II (Paperback)
Gary Burns
R975 R837 Discovery Miles 8 370 Save R138 (14%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In the late months of 1944, seventy-one men climbed aboard a runt of a ship only one-hundred-fifty-feet long and twenty-three feet wide, and headed toward the sound of gunfire. The ship carried an arsenal of weapons equal to those of ships twice its height and weight. Its shallow draft made it capable of maneuvering to within a few feet of any Pacific island beach. It was unique to all other crafts and earned its title of ""gunboat"" and fell in among the ranks of its sisters known as ""Mighty Midgets."" To the U.S. marines and soldiers landing on Japanese held islands in that final year of World War II, it became a guardian angel. Packed tight within the bulkheads of the tiny craft was a crew of men, diverse and contrasting, who would, over the course of the next several months, become as close as brothers. They came from every occupation: farmers, students, wagon loaders, cooks, teachers, and many more. They ranged from the very young at seventeen to the very noticeable middle-agers. They were black, white and brown; first-generation Americans and grandsons of western pioneers. A few had already seen combat in the Atlantic and the Pacific, while some only knew violence from watching a calf being born. But the ship made them all the same; she treated them with total disregard for their indiscretions, their flaws, their color and their religions. She kept them alive and they reciprocated by protecting her to their last breath. When the war finally ended and their mission was complete, they, the crew of Landing Craft Support 52 would hold her and their shipmates forever dear within their hearts and souls. They would carry with them the scars of war and most would see the day when the old 52 would go to the bottom without them. One by one they, like all the veterans of that war, would pass into distant history; most would never bear the pain of telling their war stories. The only reminders left to us of their courage and selfless sacrifice: weathered photos of men posing at their ominous guns, and drunken sailors on conquered beaches. Their smiles are sometimes lying and their eyes sometimes too truthful for those who have never met great fear or held a dying friend. It is from these cracked and saffron-colored photos that the foundation for building the story of LCS 52 and her crew began. Shipmates is the story of those brave men who served their country abroad a little known naval vessel during World War II, and it is the story of survivors who returned and built lives and families. They should never be forgotten though they are no longer here to give their own account.

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