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Unit Sizes in the Late Roman Army (Paperback): Terence Coello Unit Sizes in the Late Roman Army (Paperback)
Terence Coello
R763 Discovery Miles 7 630 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
R1,838 Discovery Miles 18 380 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
R773 Discovery Miles 7 730 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.

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
R1,383 Discovery Miles 13 830 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.

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
R636 Discovery Miles 6 360 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.

The Royal Dragoon Guards - A Regimental History, 1685-2018 (Paperback): Peter MacFarlane The Royal Dragoon Guards - A Regimental History, 1685-2018 (Paperback)
Peter MacFarlane
R358 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R26 (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.

Welsh at War - Through Mud to Victory: Third Ypres and the 1918 Offensives (Hardcover): Steven John Welsh at War - Through Mud to Victory: Third Ypres and the 1918 Offensives (Hardcover)
Steven John
R661 R540 Discovery Miles 5 400 Save R121 (18%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The Welsh at War trilogy is the culmination of over twelve years of painstaking research by the author into the Welsh men and infantry units who fought in the Great War. These units included the four regular regiments-the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, South Wales Borderers Welsh Regiment and Welsh Guards-as well as the Territorial Monmouthshire Regiment, the Yeomanry regiments: the Denbighshire Hussars, Pembroke Yeomanry, Montgomeryshire Yeomanry, Glamorgan Yeomanry and Welsh Horse Yeomanry and their amalgamation into service battalions for the regular regiments during 1917. Welsh troops fought with great courage in every theatre of the war-the Western Front, Aden, China, Gallipoli, Egypt, India, Italy, Salonika and in Palestine-and as well as the casualties who were suffered during these campaigns, many men gained recognition for acts of gallantry. The three volumes, split chronologically, cover all of the major actions and incidents in which each of the Welsh infantry regiments took part, as well as stories of Welsh airmen, Welshmen shot at dawn, Welsh rugby players who fell, Welsh gallantry winners and the Welshmen who died in non-Welsh units, such as the Dominion forces and other units of the British armed forces. While chronicling a history of the war through the events and battles that Welshmen took part in, the stories of many individual casualties are included throughout, together with many compelling photographs of the men and their last resting places. Volume III-'Through Mud To Victory'-'Third Ypres And The 1918 Offensives'-records the stories of the Welsh troops involved in the Third Battle of Ypres, from the Welsh battalions of the 19th (Western) Division at Messines Ridge, through the storming of the Pilckem Ridge by the 38th (Welsh) Division and the Guards Division; and the Welsh troops who fought in the final offensives at Passchendaele Ridge. The actions of Welsh troops during the Battle of Cambrai carry through to the final winter of the war and the volume records the sufferings of Welsh troops fighting during the desperate German 'Kaiserschlacht', offensives of the spring of 1918; and carries through the summer of 1918, when the 38th (Welsh) Division moved back to the Somme, to the actions of Welsh troops during the 100 Days Offensive which finally ended the war. The volume also covers the stories of the final battles in Italy, Salonika and Palestine, which saw Welsh troops play a large part.

Hell's Angels - The True Story of the 303rd Bomb Group in World War II (Paperback): Jay A. Stout Hell's Angels - The True Story of the 303rd Bomb Group in World War II (Paperback)
Jay A. Stout
R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The true story of the 8th Air Force s legendary 303rd bomb group Although the United States declared war against Germany in December 1941, a successful assault on Nazi-occupied Europe could not happen until Germany s industrial and military might were crippled. The first target was the Luftwaffe the most powerful and battle-hardened air force in the world. The United States Army Air Forces joined with Great Britain s already-engaged Royal Air Force to launch a strategic air campaign that ultimately brought the Luftwaffe to its knees. One of the standout units of this campaign was the legendary 303rd Bomb Group Hell s Angels. This is the 303rd s story, as told by the men who made it what it was. Taking their name from their B-17 of the same name, they became one of the most distinguished and important air combat units in history. The dramatic and terrible air battles they fought against Germany ultimately changed the course of the war.

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
R978 R865 Discovery Miles 8 650 Save R113 (12%) 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.

Buffalo Soldier Regiment - History of the Twenty-fifth United States Infantry, 1869-1926 (Paperback, Enlarged): John Nankivell Buffalo Soldier Regiment - History of the Twenty-fifth United States Infantry, 1869-1926 (Paperback, Enlarged)
John Nankivell; Introduction by Quintard Taylor Jr.
R376 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R60 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In a debate in the Senate on July 9, 1866, contemplating the formation of a black infantry regiment, some senators observed that "if it was a privilege to serve in the Army, the colored troops had earned the privilege by their gallantry, and that if it was a duty, they should not be allowed to shirk it." Indeed, black soldiers had been serving since the Revolutionary War, but now, for the first time, they became part of the regular army, enjoying the same privileges, performing the same duties, and facing the same tedium and occasional danger that were every soldier's lot, but with the added burden of the intense racism of the time. Buffalo Soldier Regiment offers a detailed record of the service, exploits, travels, and traditions of one of these units, the "grand old Twenty-fifth."

Drawing on a wealth of official records, reports, and personal recollections, this book reconstructs the experiences of the Twenty-fifth Regiment from its formation in 1869 through its service in the border town of Nogales, Arizona, in 1926. Following the troops as they move all over the country, we see the soldiers engaged in scouting, escort and guard duty, and road building; skirmishing with Indians; quelling labor riots; fighting forest fires; and even campaigning in Cuba and the Philippines. From its moments of drama to its depictions of garrison life and accounts of the regiment's Bicycle Corps and baseball team, this volume preserves a vital part of America's complex history.

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
R2,833 R2,335 Discovery Miles 23 350 Save R498 (18%) 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 (Paperback): Ryan W. Keating Shades of Green - Irish Regiments, American Soldiers, and Local Communities in the Civil War Era (Paperback)
Ryan W. Keating
R829 R727 Discovery Miles 7 270 Save R102 (12%) 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
R895 R774 Discovery Miles 7 740 Save R121 (14%) 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
R1,269 R1,054 Discovery Miles 10 540 Save R215 (17%) 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
R462 R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Save R81 (18%) 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.

The 11th North Carolina Infantry in the Civil War - A History and Roster (Paperback): William Thomas Venner The 11th North Carolina Infantry in the Civil War - A History and Roster (Paperback)
William Thomas Venner
R1,092 R904 Discovery Miles 9 040 Save R188 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The 11th North Carolina Infantry in the Civil War is the unforgettable story of civilian-soldiers and their families during the American Civil War. This narrative follows a regiment of Carolinians from their mustering-in ceremony in 1861, to the war's final moments of surrender at Appomattox. A multitude of Tar Heels tell their stories through the use of over 1,500 quotes, enabling us to hear what they saw, experienced, and felt. The 11th North Carolina Infantry in the Civil War tracks these Carolinians and follows them as they changed from exhilarated volunteers to battle-hardened veterans. They eagerly rushed to join the Bethel Regiment with exuberance for battle, summed up by their colonel, who shouted at the Yankees, "You dogs, you missed me!" Later, once the grim realities set in, the Tar Heels stood solidly beside their comrades. One rifleman expressed this shared sentiment, writing; "Open ground and enemy works, it made the men quiet, but they did not flinch." Eventually though, as the war took its horrible toll, a weary veteran wrote, "I wonder--when and if I return home--will I be able to fit in?" The 11th North Carolina Infantry in the Civil War is an intensely personal account based upon the Carolinians' letters, journals, memoirs, official reports, personnel records, and family histories. It is a powerful account of courage and sacrifice.

The Fighting Fifteenth Alabama Infantry - A Civil War History and Roster (Paperback): Jim Faust The Fighting Fifteenth Alabama Infantry - A Civil War History and Roster (Paperback)
Jim Faust
R1,077 R889 Discovery Miles 8 890 Save R188 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Fighting Fifteenth follows the 15th Alabama Infantry Regiment through the Civil War from its organization to its surrender at Appomattox. Through the use of first-hand accounts, the book places emphasis on the individual soldier and their wartime experiences.

Cracker Cavaliers - The 2nd Georgia Cavalry Under Wheeler and Forrest (Paperback): John Randolph Poole Cracker Cavaliers - The 2nd Georgia Cavalry Under Wheeler and Forrest (Paperback)
John Randolph Poole
R647 R590 Discovery Miles 5 900 Save R57 (9%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

From the first conflict under General Nathan Bedford Forrest at Murfreesboro in 1862 to the desperate and often brutal battles with Union cavalry in the Carolinas during 1865, the 2nd Georgia was almost constantly in action. While the 2nd Georgia fought in such famous campaigns as Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Knoxville, Resaca, Atlanta, and Bentonville, they also participated in deadly encounters at Farmington, Mossy Creek, Noonday Creek, Sunshine Church, and Waynesboro. Many of these conflicts are obscure to all but the most ardent Civil War historians. Returning in paperback, this is the first regimental history of a Georgia Cavalry regiment ever published. The 2nd Georgia served under both Nathan Bedford Forrest and Joe Wheeler, and campaigned not only on home turf, but literally on the farm acreages of many of the unit's members.

Fighting Fox Company - The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers (Hardcover): Bill Brown, Terry Poyser Fighting Fox Company - The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers (Hardcover)
Bill Brown, Terry Poyser
R646 R500 Discovery Miles 5 000 Save R146 (23%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division has become one of the most famous small units in U.S. history, thanks to Stephen Ambrose's superb book Band of Brothers, followed by portrayals in film. However, to date little has been heard of Fox Company of that same regiment-the men who fought alongside Easy Company through every step of the war in Europe, and who had their own stories to tell. Notably this book, over a decade in the making, came about for different reasons than the fame of the"Band of Brothers." Bill Brown, a WWII vet himself, had decided to research the fate of a childhood friend who had served in Fox Company. Along the way he met Terry Poyser, who was on a similar mission to research the combat death of a Fox Company man from his hometown. Together, the two authors proceeded to locate and interview every surviving Fox Company vet they could find. The result was a wealth of fascinating firsthand accounts of WWII combat as well as new perspectives on Dick Winters and others of the "Band," who had since become famous. Told primarily through the words of participants, Fighting Fox Company takes the reader through some of the most horrific close-in fighting of the war, beginning with the chaotic nocturnal paratrooper drop on D-Day. After fighting through Normandy the drop into Holland saw prolonged ferocious combat, and even more casualties; and then during the Battle of the Bulge, Fox Company took its place in line at Bastogne during one of the most heroic against-all-odds stands in U.S. history. As always in combat, each man's experience is different, and the nature of the German enemy is seen here in its equally various aspects. From ruthless SS fighters to meek Volkssturm to simply expert modern fighters, the Screaming Eagles encountered the full gamut of the Wehrmacht. The work is also accompanied by rare photos and useful appendices, including rosters and lists of casualties, to give the full look at Fox Company, which has long been overdue.

The Devil's General - The Life of Hyazinth Von Strachwitz - "the Panzer Graf" (Hardcover): Raymond Bagdonas The Devil's General - The Life of Hyazinth Von Strachwitz - "the Panzer Graf" (Hardcover)
Raymond Bagdonas
R652 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R146 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This is the story of the most highly decorated German regimental commander of World War II, known as the "Panzer Graf" (Armoured Count). An aristocratic Silesian, whose ancestors had faced the Mongols at Leignitz, Strachwitz first won the Iron Cross in the Great War. After fighting with the Freikorps and in between the wars, he was serving with the 1st Panzer Division when the Polish campaign inaugurated World War II. Leading from the front, his exploits as commander of a panzer battalion earned him further decorations during the French campaign. Transferred to the newly formed 16th Panzer Division, he participated in the invasion of Yugoslavia and then Operation Barbarossa where he earned the Knight's Cross. The following year, during the advance on Stalingrad, he won the Oak Leaves for destroying 270 Soviet tanks at Kalach. Now commander of a regiment, he reached the Volga and fought ferociously on the northern rim of Sixth Army's perimeter. Severely wounded during the battles, he was flown out of the Stalingrad pocket. Upon recuperation, he was named commander of the Grossdeutschland Division's panzer regiment, and won the Swords to the Knight's Cross during Manstein's counteroffensive at Kharkov. After fighting through Kursk and the ensuing defensive battles, he was transferred the next year to Army Group North where he won the Diamonds to the Knight's Cross at Narva. For the rest of the war, sandwiched around a stay in hospital, he commanded ad hoc battlegroups, and pioneered the formation of"tank hunter brigades," consisting of deep-penetration infantry armed with panzerfausts and other demolitions who would ambush Soviet tanks. Wounded 12 times during the war, and barely surviving a lethal car crash, he was finally able to surrender to the Americans in May 1945. Australian author/researcher Raymond Bagdonas, though impaired by the disappearance of 16th Panzer Division's official records at Stalingrad, and the fact that many of the Panzer Graf's later battlegroups never kept them, has nevertheless written an intensely detailed account of this combat leader's life, as well as ferocious armoured warfare in World War II.

Citizen Explorer - The Life of Zebulon Pike (Paperback): Jared Orsi Citizen Explorer - The Life of Zebulon Pike (Paperback)
Jared Orsi
R720 Discovery Miles 7 200 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

It was November 1806. The explorers had gone without food for one day, then two. Their leader, not yet thirty, drove on, determined to ascend the great mountain. Waist deep in snow, he reluctantly turned back. But Zebulon Pike had not been defeated. His name remained on the unclimbed peak-and new adventures lay ahead of him and his republic. In Citizen Explorer, historian Jared Orsi provides the first modern biography of this soldier and explorer, who rivaled contemporaries Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Born in 1779, Pike joined the army and served in frontier posts in the Ohio River valley before embarking on a series of astonishing expeditions. He sought the headwaters of the Mississippi and later the sources of the Arkansas and Red Rivers, which led him to Pike's Peak and capture by Spanish forces. Along the way, he met Aaron Burr and General James Wilkinson; Auguste and Pierre Couteau, patriarchs of St. Louis's most powerful fur-trading family, who sought to make themselves indispensible to Jefferson's administration; as well as British fur-traders, Native Americans, and officers of the Spanish empire, all of whom resisted the expansion of the United States. Through Pike's life, Orsi examines how American nationalism thinned as it stretched west, from the Jeffersonian idealism on the Atlantic to a practical, materialist sensibility on the frontier. Surveying and gathering data, Pike sought to incorporate these distant territories into the republic, to overlay the west with the American map grid; yet he became increasingly dependent for survival on people who had no attachment to the nation he served. He eventually died in that service, in a victorious battle in the War of 1812. Written from an environmental perspective, rich in cultural and political context, Citizen Explorer is a state-of-the-art biography of a remarkable man.

The Black Soldiers Who Built the Alaska Highway - A History of Four U.S. Army Regiments in the North, 1942-1943 (Paperback):... The Black Soldiers Who Built the Alaska Highway - A History of Four U.S. Army Regiments in the North, 1942-1943 (Paperback)
John Virtue
R1,078 R890 Discovery Miles 8 900 Save R188 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This is the first detailed account of the 5,000 black troops who were reluctantly sent north by the United States Army during World War II to help build the Alaska Highway and install the companion Canol pipeline. Theirs were the first black regiments deployed outside the lower 48 states during the war. The enlisted men, most of them from the South, faced racial discrimination from white officers, were barred from entering any towns for fear they would procreate a mongrel race with local women, and endured winter conditions they had never experienced before. Despite this, they won praise for their dedication and their work. Congress in 2005 said that the wartime service of the four regiments covered here contributed to the eventual desegregation of the Armed Forces.

The King's Shropshire Light Infantry 1881-1968 - Images of England (Paperback): Peter Duckers The King's Shropshire Light Infantry 1881-1968 - Images of England (Paperback)
Peter Duckers
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This book presents a photographic record of the service of a distinguished county regiment whose origins go back to the Seven Years' War, in the middle of the eighteenth century. Formed in 1881, the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the KSLI, formerly the 53rd and 85th Regiments, did tours of duty around the world in the days of the Empire - serving in India, the Far East, the West Indies, and the Mediterranean. This book also shows the KSLI on active service which took them to Egypt in 1882, the Sudan in 1885, and South Africa during the Boer War. Much expanded, the KSLI rendered outstanding service during the First World War. The eight battalions that went overseas served on the Western Front (notably in the Ypres Salient, on the Somme, and in the great offensives of 1918), in Palestine and in Salonika. During the Second World War, the KSLI played a major part in engagements in France in 1940, in Tunisia, in Italy and in North West Europe. Post-war campaigning took them back to Palestine, to Korea, and to Kenya, with peaceful interludes in Germany and Malaysia. The regiment ceased to exist as a distinct unit in 1968, when it was absorbed into the new Light Infantry as the 3rd Battalion. This fascinating book presents a vivid picture of the life of the regiment in times of peace and war through photographs from the regimental archives, the majority of which have never before been published.

They'll Do to Tie To - The Story of Hood's Arkansas Toothpicks (Paperback): Major Calvin L. Collier They'll Do to Tie To - The Story of Hood's Arkansas Toothpicks (Paperback)
Major Calvin L. Collier; Preface by Mark K. Christ
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The 3rd Arkansas was one of the most distinguished and well-respected Confederate regiments of the Civil War. It was the only Arkansas regiment to serve the entire war in the east, where most of the major battles were fought. The men of the 3rd Arkansas acquired a reputation as tenacious fighters and were known for the long knives-"Arkansas toothpicks"-they carried. As part of Gen. John Bell Hood's Texas Brigade, they found themselves in some of the fiercest fighting in the war in places such as the famous "sunken road" at Antietam and the Battle of Gettysburg. "They'll Do to Tie To!" was originally published in 1959.

Come on Highlanders! - Glasgow Territorials in the Great War (Paperback): Alec Weir Come on Highlanders! - Glasgow Territorials in the Great War (Paperback)
Alec Weir
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Formed in 1868, and already possessors of a proud history by the outbreak of the First World War, the men of the 9th (Glasgow Highland) Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry, were right at the heart of the cataclysmic events that unfolded between 1914 and 1918 on the Western Front. One of the first Territorial units to be rushed to France in 1914, they participated in almost all the major British battles, including the Somme in 1916 and Ypres in 1917. Altogether, around 4,500 men served with the Glasgow Highlanders in the First World War. The composition of the Glasgow Highlanders changed dramatically over five years of fighting, as the original Territorial members were replaced. Despite this change, the ethos of the battalion, built up over half a century of peace and many months of warfare, survived. Alec Weir has steeped himself in the proud history of the Glasgow Highlanders in the First World War. His accessible, informal style, employing many first hand accounts, and his rigorous research combine here to produce a fascinating and detailed account of how ordinary men from all walks of life confronted and mastered the hellish conditions of trench warfare.

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