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  Flak Jackets: 20th Century Military Body Armour (Men-at-Arms Series 157)
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Flak Jackets: 20th Century Military Body Armour (Men-at-Arms Series 157)
: Simon Dunstan, Ron Volstad
: Osprey Publishing
: 1990
isbn: 0850455693
: 49
: english
: PDF (scan)

Beginning in World War I, with the introduction of the steel helmet this book charts the development of protective equipment for soldiers and security forces. Initially body armour was seen as a military luxury that could be ill-afforded. However, the success of flak suits as worn by some bomber crews during World War II convinced the armed forces of the need to develop protection for the ground soldier against small arms fire. The scientific development of the modern flak jacket is traced as are the field trials conducted in Korea and later Vietnam. Extensive illustrations and photographs accompnay the text.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 17-12-2014, 06:36 | : 266   (0)
  The Age of Charlemagne (Men-at-Arms Series 150)
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The Age of Charlemagne (Men-at-Arms Series 150)
: David Nicolle, Angus McBride
: Osprey Publishing
: 1995
isbn: 085045042X
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

Most historians agree that the Carolingian Age, from the 8th to the 10th Century AD, represented one of the most important turning points in European history. It can be said with some certainty that early Carolingian military success was built on good leadership, adequate administration, and troops whose morale was almost consistently superb. It is also clear that the Carolingian army managed to adapt itself to face many and differing foes. This absorbing text by David Nicolle explores the organization and history of the Carolingian Empire during the age of one of history's most romanticised and heroic figures - Charlemagne.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 16-12-2014, 06:01 | : 262   (0)
  Prussian Light Infantry 1792-1815 (Men-at-Arms Series 149)
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Prussian Light Infantry 1792-1815 (Men-at-Arms Series 149)
: Peter Hofschroer, Bryan Fosten
: Osprey Publishing
: 1995
isbn: 0850455405
: 49
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Prussian light infantry branch was founded in the reign of Frederick the Great (1740-1786) and continued to develop from then onwards. It was the light troops of the Austrian army, the Croatian border soldiers, which so impressed Frederick in the Seven Years War that he considered it necessary to create an effective counter-force. Initially, there was a degree of reluctance amongst certain sections of the army towards this formation of light infantry. However, the Fusilier Battalions came to be regarded as elite formations, being well-trained, disciplined and carefully selected men led by young, fit and intelligent officers. This book described in detail the uniforms, organisation, training and weapons of this spectacular force.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 16-12-2014, 04:40 | : 302   (0)
  Prussian Line Infantry 1792-1815 (Men-at-Arms Series 152)
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Prussian Line Infantry 1792-1815 (Men-at-Arms Series 152)
: Peter Hofschroer, Bryan Fosten
: Osprey Publishing
: 1993
isbn: 085045543X
: 49
: english
: PDF (scan)

At the beginning of this period, the battalions of the Prussian Line usually fought in a linear formation three ranks deep, overwhelming the enemy with fire before a well-timed bayonet attack. By the end, the preferred formation was eight to 12 ranks deep. The responsibility for conducting the fire-fight was now given to the skirmish elements and the artillery. The formed battalions provided support for the fire line, and conducted the decisive bayonet charge. Whatever the change, the spirit and ability of the infantry remained consistently high throughout this bloody period.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 16-12-2014, 04:06 | : 227   (0)
  The Scottish and Welsh Wars 1250-1400 (Men-at-Arms Series 151)
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The Scottish and Welsh Wars 1250-1400 (Men-at-Arms Series 151)
: Christopher Rothero
: Osprey Publishing
: 1984
isbn: 0850455421
: 46
: english
: PDF (scan)

On 28 September 1066 William of Normandy landed near Hastings and prepared to meet the Anglo-Saxon army of King Harold Godwinson. On 10 October 1066 the two armies met; and after six hours of fighting what became known as the Battle of Hastings, the Anglo-Saxon army was crushed and their king slain. The Normans set up castles to control the native population, and four-fifths of all England's land changed ownership. However, despite initial Norman success, it was fully two centuries before the Anglo-Norman kings managed to penetrate the wild interiors of Wales and Scotland, and many more centuries before the countries of Scotland, Wales and England were united under one crown.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 15-12-2014, 08:49 | : 323   (0)
  Flags of the Napoleonic Wars (3) (Men-at-Arms Series 115)
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Flags of the Napoleonic Wars (3) (Men-at-Arms Series 115)
: Terence Wise, Guido Rosignoli
: Osprey Publishing
: 1996
isbn: 0850454107
: 48
: english
: PDF (scan)

In this third of three volumes examining the flags of the Napoleonic Wars [Men-at-Arms 77, 78 & 115] Terence Wise details colours, standards and guidons of Anhalt, Kleve-Burg, Brunswick, Denmark, Finland, Hanover, Hesse, the Netherlands, Mecklenburg, Nassau, Portugal, Reuss, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & Westphalia in a text containing a plethora of illustrations including eight full page colour plates by Guido Rosignoli.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 15-12-2014, 06:00 | : 306   (0)
  Germany's Eastern Front Allies 1941-45 (Men-at-Arms Series 131)
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Germany's Eastern Front Allies 1941-45 (Men-at-Arms Series 131)
: Peter Abbott, Nigel Thomas
: Osprey Publishing
: 2001
isbn: 0850454751
: 49
: english
: PDF (scan)

The 1930s were a time of growing tension for the smaller states of Eastern Europe. Since the end of the First World War they had enjoyed an independence which most of them had not known for centuries, but this was now threatened by the growing power of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. Instead of combining for self defence, they were bitterly divided. The Munich crisis of 1938, which served as the prelude to World War II, showed how little reliance could be placed on the Western democracies, whose power to intervene militarily in Eastern Europe was negligible. In effect this left the smaller East European states with little alternative but to become clients of either Germany or Russia.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 15-12-2014, 05:10 | : 253   (0)
  The Special Air Service (Men-at-Arms Series 116)
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The Special Air Service (Men-at-Arms Series 116)
: James Shortt, Angus McBride
: Osprey Publishing
: 2005
isbn: 0850453968
: 46
: english
: PDF (scan)

Since its birth at Kabrti in 1941, the Special Air Service has consistently captured the imagination of the military and public alike by the daring and unconventional nature of its operations. The nature of the tasks and the methods peculiar to the SAS have made it difficult to standardise items of equipment. Apart from issues common to the British Army as a whole, SAS personnel have need of, and access to, various specialised 'pieces of kit': often SAS innovations created to meet specific needs. James Shortt investigates the organisation, tactics, equipment and remarkable history of Britains elite fighting force.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 15-12-2014, 03:45 | : 223   (0)
  The Polish Army 1939-45 (Men-at-Arms Series 117)
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The Polish Army 1939-45 (Men-at-Arms Series 117)
: Steven Zaloga, Richard Hook
: Osprey Publishing
: 2001
isbn: 0850454174
: 49
: english
: PDF (scan)

Poland was the first of the Allied nations to succumb to German aggression in the Second World War, but by the most tortuous of routes her army managed to remain in the field through all five years of bloody fighting. Polish soldiers fought in nearly every major campaign in the European theatre, and their tale is a complicated and tragic one. This richly detailed text by Steven Zaloga relates the story of the Polish Army during the Second World War, from the first wave of Stukas in 1939 to its eventual conclusion.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 12-12-2014, 04:22 | : 248   (0)
  Wellington's Light Cavalry (Men-at-Arms Series 126)
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Wellington's Light Cavalry (Men-at-Arms Series 126)
: Bryan Fosten
: Osprey Publishing
: 1982
isbn: 0850454492
: 46
: english
: PDF (scan)

In April 1756 the Horse Guards agreed, with some reluctance, to the addition of a single 'light troop' to most cavalry regiments. From their formation these troops were fashionable and treated as having a special character, and they became so useful that by 1759 it was decided to form complete regiments of light cavalry. Bryan Fosten provides an in depth account of the organization, uniforms and history of Wellington's Light Cavalry in a text backed by numerous illustrations including eight full page colour plates by the author himself.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 12-12-2014, 03:33 | : 258   (0)
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