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French Dragoons - Volume 1: 1669-1749 (Paperback): Ludovic Letrun French Dragoons - Volume 1: 1669-1749 (Paperback)
Ludovic Letrun
R440 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R74 (17%) Out of stock

According to Pere Daniel the Dragoon corp got its origins under the reign of Henry II, with the mounted arquebusiers, created in 1554. Those were mostly small units of infantrymen, travelling on horses and firing when dismounted. The nickname 'dragoon' actually appeared later, under the reign of Henri III, and designate as well mounted arquebusiers, carabiniers and muskeeters. In this book, you will discover the magnificent uniforms of those cavalrymen, from the first XVIIth century wars, to the battles led by Louis XV's generals. 66 plates illustrate 200 horsemen and 60 flags. THIS BOOK IS IN ENGLISH.

Hard Fighting (Hardcover): Jonathan Hunt Hard Fighting (Hardcover)
Jonathan Hunt
R1,011 R928 Discovery Miles 9 280 Save R83 (8%) Out of stock

This account, following on from Unicorns - The History of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry 1794- 1899, covers the Regiment's war service between 1900 and 1945. During the Boer War the SRY formed part of the first volunteer unit to see active service overseas fighting the Boer Commandos as cavalry. For its role in the ill-fated 1915 Gallipoli campaign, the Regiment was awarded the King's Colour and then fought Allenby's victorious campaign against the Turks. During the Second World War the Regiment initially saw service in Palestine, at the siege of Tobruk and the fall of Crete. After acting as Special Forces in Ethiopia, they were converted to armour and fought through from Alamein to Tripoli before returning to North-west Europe for D-Day and the advance to Germany. In so doing they won thirty Battle Honours and 159 awards including eighty-three for gallantry. General Sir Brian Horrocks later wrote 'no armoured regiment can show a finer record of hard fighting.' Hence the title of this invaluable regimental history.

Sturmbataillon No. 5 Rohr 1916-1918 (Paperback): Sturmbataillon No. 5 Rohr 1916-1918 (Paperback)
R596 R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Save R107 (18%) Out of stock

At the beginning of the Great War, assault units did not exist. If one was to compare the Caslow assault detachment (Sturmabteilung Caslow) with the Rohr assault detachment then battalion (Sturmbattalion) which succeeded it, it is easy to maintain that the former - an experimental detachment - gave rise a year later to the latter, a remarkable combat and training unit. The book supplements existing works on the subject of the Sturmbatallion Nr 5 (Rohr) and offers among other things an exceptional number of illustrations in a small format, which has never previously been available. Indeed, it allows a closer look at this assault unit, showing different aspects over a period of about three years. The text is drawn from the account written by Schwerin and a number of other sources. It particularly studies the circumstances in which the unit's fighting took place.

Bloodline: the Origins and Development of the Regular Formations of the British Army (Hardcover): Iain Gordon Bloodline: the Origins and Development of the Regular Formations of the British Army (Hardcover)
Iain Gordon
R804 R745 Discovery Miles 7 450 Save R59 (7%) Out of stock

Using easy-to-follow, family-tree type tables, Bloodline shows the origins and development of every regular formation in the British Army including the latest amalgamations and changes brought about within the 'Future Army Structure'.The charts illustrate clearly how, in some cases, up to 25 original regiments of the line have, over the centuries, by successive disbandments and amalgamations, been reduced to a single regiment in today's superb but shamefully overstretched army.The Battle Honours of each post-Cardwell constituent are recorded separately so the progress of each of the original regiments, and the theatres in which it was involved, may be examined individually. The pedigrees and Honours of disbanded units are also recorded so their contribution will not be lost to posterity. A chronological summary of Battle honours provides an overview of the British Army's campaigns over the past 300 years and notes on the origins of each formation place its original purpose within the political and historical perspective of the time.A robust editorial platform throughout applauds the Army as 'the Nation's most dependable and trustworthy institution' and castigates government neglect and public indifference for the unnecessary 'blood and sacrifices' which successive generations of soldiers have had to make as a result of inadequate investment and preparation. Bloodline is a splendid record of achievement and will provide an invaluable work of reference for anyone who has dealings with, or simply an interest in or affection for, the British Army.Iain Gordon was the founder of Method Publishing Co Ltd, publishers to the Ministry of Defence and Army Garrisons and Establishments throughout the world for more than 40 years.Since his retirement in 1995 he has written two highly-acclaimed military/naval biographies both published by Pen and Sword. His last book Admiral of the Blue: The Life and Times of Admiral John Child Purvis1747 - 1825 was shortlisted for The Mountbatten Maritime Prize in 2006.

Adventures in the Rifle Brigade in the Peninsula, France and the Netherlands from 1809-1815 (Paperback): John Kincaid Adventures in the Rifle Brigade in the Peninsula, France and the Netherlands from 1809-1815 (Paperback)
John Kincaid
R455 R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Save R72 (16%) Out of stock

Captain John Kincaid, who served in the 95th Rifles and who fought in most of the major battles between 1809 and 1815, presents a highly personal account of the Peninsular War and the Battle of Waterloo which contains insightful observations, facts, and graphic descriptions.

The History of the 9th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, June, 1861-June, 1864 (Hardcover): Daniel G. Macnamara The History of the 9th Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, June, 1861-June, 1864 (Hardcover)
Daniel G. Macnamara
R2,071 Discovery Miles 20 710 Out of stock

When the Civil War erupted, more than 1,000 Irish Americans formed the North Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry regiment, the first of the state's ethnic regiments. This book is a history of the regiment, told by Daniel Macnamara, who served as its commissary sergeant and rose to become regimental quartermaster.

'A Rabble of Gentility' - The Royalist Northern Horse, 1644-45 (Paperback): John Barratt 'A Rabble of Gentility' - The Royalist Northern Horse, 1644-45 (Paperback)
John Barratt
R511 R420 Discovery Miles 4 200 Save R91 (18%) Out of stock

General George Monck once described the Royalist horse as "a rabble of gentility". Modern research has largely dispelled this image of the King's cavalry. However the description seems at first sight appropriate to the body of cavalry known as the "Northern Horse". Formed from those elements of the Marquis of Newcastle's Northern Royalist Army which elected to continue to fight after the crushing defeat at Marston Moor (2 July 1644) during the next 15 months the Northern Horse swept across much of England and Wales , becoming increasingly notorious in the process. United and reorganised by their commander, the formidable Sir Marmaduke Langdale, the Northern Horse, whilst professing loyalty to the King, increasingly followed their own agenda, of renewing the war in the North, sometimes at the expense of the wider Royalist cause. This book looks at the origins and composition of the Northern Horse, the characteristics of its officers and men, their motivation and behaviour, and their impact on those they encountered. It examines their chequered fighting record, a subject of debate even among contemporaries. It will deal with their victories, notably their epic relief of Pontefract in March 1645, and their controversial role at such encounters as Naseby and Rowton Heath. The book makes extensive use of contemporary sources, some used here for the first time. Extensively illustrated, including specially commissioned artwork and maps, 'Rabble of Gentility?' will be welcomed by readers interested in the history of the British Civil Wars, living history enthusiasts, wargamers and model makers, and those interested in the history of Northern England in the 17th century.

The Good Regiment - The Carignan Salieres Regiment in Canada, 1665-1668 (Paperback, New Ed): Jack Verney The Good Regiment - The Carignan Salieres Regiment in Canada, 1665-1668 (Paperback, New Ed)
Jack Verney
R746 Discovery Miles 7 460 Out of stock

In 1665 the Carignan-Salieres Regiment was sent to Canada by King Louis XIV to quell the Iroquois, whose attacks were strangling the colony's fur-based economy and threatening to destroy its tiny settlements. In the course of its three-year stay in Canada, the regiment established a period of relative peace that allowed the French to consolidate their foothold on the north shore of the St Lawrence, establish new settlements across the river, and rebuild the economy to its former prosperity. Promoted by Abbe Lionel Groulx as a body of chosen men sent to do God's work, the regiment came to be viewed as an elite corps of Catholic crusaders. In The Good Regiment Jack Verney sets the record straight, revealing that the Carignan-Salieres Regiment was not a group of saintly knights but caroused, womanized, and gambled in off hours just like any other infantry regiment.

The Fighting Newfoundlander, Volume 209 (Paperback): Gerald W.L. Nicholson The Fighting Newfoundlander, Volume 209 (Paperback)
Gerald W.L. Nicholson
R984 R924 Discovery Miles 9 240 Save R60 (6%) Out of stock

When Word War I began, Newfoundland had been without any kind of military organization for almost half a century. Public-spirited citizens immediately formed themselves into a Patriotic Association and within sixty days had recruited, partially equipped, and dispatched 537 officers and men overseas. The Fighting Newfoundlander is a vivid history of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment - the "Blue Puttees" - and its heroic contributions to the war effort. Gerald Nicholson details the harrowing experiences of the Newfoundland Regiment (the only Canadian unit) at Gallipoli and later at Beaumont Hamel where 710 of the 801 officers and men who took part in the assault died. He also follows them to the Third Battle of Ypres and Cambrai, for which they were granted the title "Royal" - the only army unit to receive such a distinction during World War I. Nicholson also places the regiment in a larger historical context through an exploration of the colonization of Newfoundland and its contributions to the War of 1812, the American War of Independence, and the American Civil War. The Fighting Newfoundlanders is an illuminating history of the Blue Puttees and their community.

Gurkhas (Hardcover): Peter Harclerode, David Reynolds Gurkhas (Hardcover)
Peter Harclerode, David Reynolds
R679 R557 Discovery Miles 5 570 Save R122 (18%) Out of stock

The Gurkhas remain one of the most distinctive and feared regiments of the British Army. Rumour has it that during the Falklands War, Argentinean troops lived in terror of being stalked and killed by Gurkha soldiers, reflecting the Gurkhas' well-founded fearsome reputation. Impressed by the fighting qualities of their Nepalese opponents in a short campaign in 1814, the British East India Company formed the first Regiment of Gurkhas in 1815. After the partition of India in 1947, the Gurkha Rifle Regiments were split between the Indian and British Armies, becoming an integral part of the latter. Following a brief history of the Gurkhas in the 19th century, the author examines their role in both World Wars and their extensive post-war active service in Malaya, Brunei and the Falklands and their more recent contributions in Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor and Sierra Leone. The rigorous selection and training of Gurkhas in Nepal is also reported at first hand, making this book a useful introduction to the traditions, history and future of an elite fighting force.

Life in the Welsh Guards 1939-46 (Paperback, New): Sydney Pritchard Life in the Welsh Guards 1939-46 (Paperback, New)
Sydney Pritchard
R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Out of stock

The memoirs of a Welsh Guardsman in the Second World War. About the AuthorThe author left home in Aberdare in 1939 after enlisting with the Welsh Guards. He recalls the heroic defence of Boulogne, the terrible Death Marches and the insecurity of life as a prisoner of war. He also tells his story of moving from camp to camp and recounts managing to hide German photographs, including one of Hitler, which he kept and is published here. Sydney Pritchard was lucky to come back alive, and returned to Aberdare full of hatred and joy. He later made his home in Aberystwyth.

Get Tough Stay Tough - Shaping the Canadian Corps 1914-1918 (Paperback): Kenneth Radley Get Tough Stay Tough - Shaping the Canadian Corps 1914-1918 (Paperback)
Kenneth Radley
R779 R625 Discovery Miles 6 250 Save R154 (20%) Out of stock

At a time when many books about the Great War of 1914-1918 are largely reiterations of earlier strictly chronological accounts, wherein not much is new except perhaps the author's style, it is refreshing, even exciting, when a book offering new vistas comes along. Such a book is this one. Like the author's earlier We Lead Others Follow, originality shines through in this present book, the work reflecting wide and thorough research, sound analysis, first-class and engaging writing (the book is not without humour) and a fascinating rendering of the temper of Canadian and British fighting men of the time. Readers should keep in mind that the attitudes, belief, opinions and prejudices expressed herein are those of the officers and men of 1914-18. It is their view of the world that is being reported. Obviously much has changed since 1918, but certain basic aspects of soldiering and war remain. Comparisons are left to the reader, but any judgements should reflect the fact that fighting men of that time, now a century in the past, lived and breathed the reality of that world called the Western Front. Get Tough Stay Tough is exceptionally well-documented, employing a wide range of archival records, published material, personal accounts of officers and men, training and other manuals, divisional and unit histories and war diaries. The bibliography includes almost 300 books and nearly as many journal articles. While the extent of research is obvious in the text, readers who pay attention to the end-notes will also see there the depth of research that enabled such an innovative account of themes virtually untouched in other histories. This book rigorously analyses some of the elements that made the Canadian Corps effective and formidable. The approach taken tracks discipline and morale as these were conceived and established within the corps and then details their respective application and development and their influence and impact upon fighting performance. The sequencing could be described as two sets of four chapters, the first set analysing discipline and the second analysing morale, the whole portraying their impact and influence on operational performance. Then two chapters examine the officer-Other Rank relationship within the corps, the first defining roles and functions and the second reflecting upon the developing state of the relationship. Throughout, the critical element of leadership is superimposed. The primary focus is the infantry, which bore the brunt of the fighting, with particular emphasis on junior officers and ordinary soldiers, these being the men most closely engaged and the men who endured and suffered the most. The place of higher command and staff is not neglected, nor are the artillery and engineers and the supporting services that maintained the corps in the field. In short, Get Tough, Stay Tough provides a unique perspective and a valuable assessment of the complex elements that contributed to the development and performance of a great fighting corps.

Day the Devils Dropped In, The (Paperback): Neil Barber Day the Devils Dropped In, The (Paperback)
Neil Barber
R746 R694 Discovery Miles 6 940 Save R52 (7%) Out of stock

Examines the pivotal role of the 9th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment over the first week of the landings. Tasked with neutralizing the mighty Merville Battery, capturing Le Plein and the Ch'teau St C'me, failure by the Paras to achieve any of these key objectives could well have unravelled the whole OVERLORD operation with catastrophic consequences. Neil Barber has successfully tracked down surviving participants in the operation and as a result he is able to tell the full story of the fierce fighting that characterised the early days of the landings.

The 11th Durham Light Infantry - in Their Own Names (Paperback): Martin Bashforth The 11th Durham Light Infantry - in Their Own Names (Paperback)
Martin Bashforth
R533 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R75 (14%) Out of stock

The history of a First World War battalion belongs to the men who served in it, the networks of families, neighbours and friends who supported them, and the descendants who remember them. The 11th Battalion Durham Light Infantry was originally raised from volunteers in 1914, but came to include officers and men from all parts of Great Britain and the Empire. As a Pioneer battalion they primarily provided skilled labour for the 20th Division; however, the battalion also served as infantry during critical events. Letters from Robert Bennett, a former miner, provide an intimate insight into the everyday concerns of an ordinary soldier throughout his training and his experiences at the front. Martin Bashforth's book breaks new ground in research, using family histories and individual service records to provide details of how men died, how families coped with their loss, and how survivors made the transition to civilian life. In addition, the way in which memory of the First World War was originally shaped by official patterns of remembrance is compared with how, in the modern world, there has developed a greater sense of war in its individual, personal and human impact.

A Noble Crusade - The History of the Eighth Army 1941-45 (Paperback): Richard Doherty A Noble Crusade - The History of the Eighth Army 1941-45 (Paperback)
Richard Doherty
R410 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R63 (15%) Out of stock

Offers the history of Eighth Army. This book uses official records, personal accounts and Victoria Cross winners' stories to deliver a tale of the Eighth Army from its beginnings in the sands of North Africa through the victory of El Alamein to the end of the war and eventual victory.

Cheshire Bantams, The: 15th, 16th, 17th Battalions of the Cheshire Regiment (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed): Stephen McGreal Cheshire Bantams, The: 15th, 16th, 17th Battalions of the Cheshire Regiment (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed)
Stephen McGreal
R834 R775 Discovery Miles 7 750 Save R59 (7%) Out of stock

Raised in Birkenhead in 1914 the Bantams were unique as the average height of the volunteers was a mere five foot! Previously denied the opportunity to serve, these men seized this chance to join up. As a result the battalions comprised working class men from all over Britain: Welsh miners, sturdy London dockers, Lancashire mill workers and Merseyside labourers. As part of 35th (Bantam) Division, the Bantams fought on the Somme. The Bantams' casualties were so severe that by early 1917 the Division effectively ceased to exist. Thereafter reinforcements came from the General Pool. They suffered heavily again at Houlthust Forest. The 35th Division played a key part in stopping the German 1918 offensive. Some 900 members of these Battalions lost their lives in The Great War.

History and Records of Queen Victoria's Rifles 1792-1922 (Paperback, New edition): C.A.Cuthbert Keeson History and Records of Queen Victoria's Rifles 1792-1922 (Paperback, New edition)
C.A.Cuthbert Keeson
R1,186 Discovery Miles 11 860 Out of stock
Franco-German Brigade (Paperback): Peter Siebert, Walter Bohm Franco-German Brigade (Paperback)
Peter Siebert, Walter Bohm
R370 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R64 (17%) Out of stock

The book is an illustrated history of French and German joint operations. It discusses the units, equipment and training. The book includes full commentary and pictures.

The Australian Army in World War II (Paperback): Mark Johnston The Australian Army in World War II (Paperback)
Mark Johnston; Illustrated by Carlos Chagas
R335 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R26 (8%) Out of stock

The Australian infantry were amongst the Commonwealth's toughest and most widely traveled infantry, serving in campaigns including Syria, Greece, Cyprus, Crete, Libya, Egypt, New Guinea, and the South West Pacific. Their fearsome fighting reputation was earned first against the Afrika Corps in the Libyan Desert, and then in the hellish conditions of New Guinea, where they held out against the Japanese invasion.
Written by a leading expert on the subject and coupled with previously unpublished photographs from private collections and specially commissioned artwork, this book gives a comprehensive overview of the organization, units, uniforms, and insignia of the Australian "Diggers."

Sheffield City Battalion: the 12th (service) Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment (Paperback): Ralph Gibson, Paul Oldfield Sheffield City Battalion: the 12th (service) Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment (Paperback)
Ralph Gibson, Paul Oldfield
R657 R622 Discovery Miles 6 220 Save R35 (5%) Out of stock

On the 10th September 1914 the City of Sheffield officially raised its own battalion, named the 12th (Service) Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment (Sheffield City Battalion). Just three and half years later in February 1918, the Battalion was disbanded, never to be reformed. In this short space of time over 3,000 men passed through the ranks of the City Battalion. Of these almost 700 were killed or died of their wounds, and over 500 were commissioned.The book covers the raising of the battalion , training, Egypt, early days in France, preparations for the Somme, 1st July (over 248 men killed, over 300 wounded), the aftermath of the battle, Neuve Chapelle, Arras, Vimy Ridge and finally disbandment and post war.The book also has extensive appendices, listing decorations, army organisations and ranks, biographical list, The Reserves Companies, Documents. With a unique selection of photographs this book is a tribute to the men who served in the Sheffield City Battalion.

Regimental Records of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Volume V, 1918-1945 - Part Two, June 1940-December 1945 (Hardcover): Lt-Gen... Regimental Records of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Volume V, 1918-1945 - Part Two, June 1940-December 1945 (Hardcover)
Lt-Gen Jonathon Riley, Lt-Col Peter Crocker, The Late Lt-Col Sinnett
R1,241 R992 Discovery Miles 9 920 Save R249 (20%) Out of stock

Part Two describes the expansion of the Regiment and its service in every theatre of the war: Great Britain, NW Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Italy, Madagascar, and the Far East. Its units included not only infantry battalions, but also anti-tank artillery regiments and a parachute battalion. It ends where Volume VI picks up the story of the Regiment in 1945

The Stonewall Brigade (Paperback): John Selby The Stonewall Brigade (Paperback)
John Selby
R305 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R24 (8%) Out of stock

"Look! There is Jackson standing like a stone wall. Rally behind the Virginians!" With these words General Bee ensured the reputation of Thomas Jonathan Jackson and his troops who were fighting alongside him at the battle of the First Bull Run (July 1861). This reputation was enhanced in Jackson's Shenandoah Valley campaign and other operations where the Stonewall Brigade 's actions gained the praise of their Confederate compatriots and the respect of their enemies. This book examines the uniforms, equipment, history and organization of the Brigade and its combat experience during the American Civil War (1861-1865). Detailed maps and contemporary illustrations accompany this account of their major engagements.

The Public Schools Battalion in the Great War (Hardcover): Steve Hurst The Public Schools Battalion in the Great War (Hardcover)
Steve Hurst
R865 R806 Discovery Miles 8 060 Save R59 (7%) Out of stock

Founded in August 1914 with the principle that recruiting would be restricted to public school 'old boys', the volunteers gathered at Hurst Park racecourse in a spirit of youthful enthusiasm. A more somber mood soon set in. Despite many of the original volunteers leaving to take commissions in other regiments the battalion, now officially the 7th Middlesex, remained an elite until its disbandment in 1917.
The climax of the Battalion's war came on 1 July 1916. Close to the Hawthorn Redoubt Crater are two cemeteries sited on either side of the Auchonvilliers - Beaumont Hamel road. They contain row upon row of stones marking the graves of members of the Public Schools Battalion.
The author, shocked by this discovery, has spent ten years researching the history of the Battalion and the events of that fateful day as they affected it. The result is a fascinating and moving record of a very uniquely British battalion.

The Fighting Wessex Wyverns (Paperback, New edition): Patrick Delaforce The Fighting Wessex Wyverns (Paperback, New edition)
Patrick Delaforce
R244 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R39 (16%) Out of stock

Commanded by the controversial Major-General Ivo Thomas, the 43rd (Wessex) Division was branded the "Fighting Yellow Devils" out of respect by its Wehrmacht and Waffen SS opponents. The 43rd's distinctive divisional badge of a golden Wyvern - half-serpent half-dragon - was to be seen in all the ferocious battles in Normandy, the Low Countries and Germany between June 1944 and May 1945. They suffered 12,500 casualties including 3000 killed in action. This publication tells the story of the division's campaign in Northwest Europe, from Normandy to Bremerhaven, in the words of the soldiers who actually fought with it: privates, sergeants and young company commanders, all have their individual stories to tell. Here are firsthand accounts of the landings on the shores of Normandy; the battles for the River Odon, Hill 112, Maltot and Mont Pincon; the breakout to the River Seine and the forcing of the vital bridgehead at Vernon. Fully illustrated with photographs of the Division in action, this is useful reading for anyone interested in the day-to-day actions of soldiers in the front line during the crucial last 11 months of the war.

Red Assault - Soviet Airborne Forces, 1930-1941 (Paperback): Vladimir Kotelnikov Red Assault - Soviet Airborne Forces, 1930-1941 (Paperback)
Vladimir Kotelnikov
R794 R640 Discovery Miles 6 400 Save R154 (19%) Out of stock

In the 1930s Red Army Command maintained what was often an offensive doctrine. The plan was to fight a bloodless victory on foreign ground. An offensive by the Worker's and Peasant's Red Army was to unfold as per the classic Blitzkrieg - it was with good reason that some of the higher ranking commanders had studied at the German General Headquarters Academy. Furthermore all the technical achievements of the period were taken into account. The assault would begin with air strikes from strategic aviation: armadas of huge bombers would attack key targets deep inside enemy territory. At the same time enormous numbers of airborne troops would be dropped behind enemy lines, armed with a range of equipment. These airborne troops would capture bridges, and roads, and take communications, and transport links out of action. Heralded by a powerful artillery attack, supported by tactical aviation the tanks, armoured vehicles, and trucks carrying motorised infantry would advance. There was a basis for such optimistic forecasts. Since the Soviets were in possession of such a quantitative, and qualitative advantage (and this was certainly the case) they were definitely able to advance. In the USSR aviation was undergoing development ahead of schedule, as were armoured tank technology, airborne assault troops, and chemical weapons. If the Soviets had tanks, aircraft, and chemical weapons, albeit in small quantities, any potential enemies would possess them too. The airborne assault troops however were a distinctly Soviet innovation. In this respect it was the Soviets that held an unquestionable advantage. It was here that the first groups of airborne paratroopers were dropped, and the first tanks and guns were dropped from the skies. The Red Army was conducting mass airborne assault operations during the course of exercises when no other nation on Earth had airborne assault troops. In other field's Soviet military science and technology in many cases copied existing Western achievements. Licenses were obtained, or examples of foreign materiel were simply copied. As far as the airborne troops were concerned the Soviet military, and the designers were in unchartered territory, having come up with a number of innovative solutions, which were later adopted by the armed forces of other nations. In this book the armament, equipment, and military hardware developed for airborne troops is described, both in terms of the actual technology, and the clearly fantastical, which only reflected the unrestrained imagination of the designers. A significant amount of attention is devoted to the aircraft, from which it was planned airborne troops would be dropped. The exercises that saw airborne troop drops are described, as well as the role airborne troops played in actual operations in the period up to 1941. This book has been written on the basis of a number of documents that the author has discovered in the archives, and in museum collections. This work draws upon the memoirs of the pioneer military paratroopers in the USSR, some of which have never been published before.

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