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  The Mexican Adventure 1861-67 (Men-at-Arms Series 272)
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The Mexican Adventure 1861-67 (Men-at-Arms Series 272)
: Rene Chartrand, Pierre Turner
: Osprey Publishing
: 1988
isbn: 185532430X
: 50
: english
: PDF (scan)

The 'Mexican Adventure' was a tragedy of the first order, born of a romantic view of Mexico shared by many Europeans. This school of thought took for granted that most Mexicans were barely capable of governing themselves and that a 'generous intervention' could only be beneficial to all concerned. For the French Emperor it would be a master stroke: a vast new vassal empire in America. René Chartrand examines the organisation, weapons and uniforms of the forces who fought on both sides of the conflict in a text accompanied by numerous contemporary photographs and illustrations including eight full page colour plates by Richard Hook.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 20-01-2015, 04:33 | : 280   (0)
  The Austrian Army, 1740-80 (3): Specialist Troops (Men-at-Arms Series 280)
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The Austrian Army, 1740-80 (3): Specialist Troops (Men-at-Arms Series 280)
: Philip Haythornthwaite, Bill Younghusband
: Osprey Publishing
: 1995
isbn: 1855325276
: 48
: english
: PDF (scan)

Until at least the latter years of Maria Theresa's reign, the Austrian artillery was acknowledged to be second to none in Europe; and it must have been no coincidence that Jean Baptiste de Gribeauval, who went on and so radically reformed the French artillery after he became inspector of artillery in 1776, had spent the Seven Years' War (1756-1763) on attachment to the Austrian army from the French. In this last of three volumes [Men-at arms 271 & 276], Philip Haythornwaite does a first class job of examining the composition and uniforms of these and other specialist troops of the Austrian army 1740-80, including the artillery units, engineers, Grenz, Jägers and medical troops.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 19-01-2015, 10:45 | : 373   (0)
  Romano-Byzantine Armies 4th-9th Centuries (Men-at-Arms Series 247)
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Romano-Byzantine Armies 4th-9th Centuries (Men-at-Arms Series 247)
: David Nicolle, Angus McBride
: Osprey Publishing
: 1992
isbn: 1855322242
: 54
: english
: PDF (scan)

Although the Byzantine Empire was a continuation of the Roman Empire and faced similar military problems, its solutions were very different. In North Africa, for example, Rome's large army concentrated on securing main roads and urban centres. Byzantium's smaller army built more fortifications and took a defensive stance. The most striking characteristic of later Byzantine military thinking was, however, the theme or provincial army system, which owed nothing to ancient Roman tradition. With eight superb full colour plates by Angus McBride, and many other illustrations, David Nicolle examines the history of Romano-Byzantine armies from 4th-9th centuries.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 19-01-2015, 09:38 | : 296   (0)
  The Austrian Army 1740-80 (2): Infantry (Men-at-Arms Series 276)
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The Austrian Army 1740-80 (2): Infantry (Men-at-Arms Series 276)
: Philip Haythornthwaite, Bill Younghusband
: Osprey Publishing
: 1994
isbn: 1855324180
: 49
: english
: PDF (scan)

At the accession of Maria Theresa in 1740, the Austro-Hungarian army included 52 infantry regiments, of which three were Hungarian, three Netherlandish and one Italian. The remainder drew their recruits not only from the Habsburg territories, including Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia (the last being lost to Prussia in 1742), but from the autonomous states of the Holy Roman Empire and beyond. The proportion of Hungarian raised regiments was set to rise in the coming years though - indeed 'foreign' personnel comprised an important part of the military etablishment. This title, the second in a sequence of three, details the organisation, uniform and equipment of the cosmopolitan Austrian Army from 1740-80, focusing on infantry troops.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 19-01-2015, 05:23 | : 320   (0)
  The British Troops in the Indian Mutiny 1857-59 (Men-at-Arms Series 268)
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The British Troops in the Indian Mutiny 1857-59 (Men-at-Arms Series 268)
: Michael Barthorp, Douglas Anderson
: Osprey Publishing
: 1994
isbn: 1855323699
: 50
: english
: PDF (scan)

Fourteen months after the Peace of Paris concluded the Crimean War, the British Army was faced with a crisis which would require an even greater commitment of force. Putting down the Indian Mutiny would require two years, over half the British Army, and thousands of East India Company and loyal locals. The EICs forces better and more experienced command structure and superior rifle-fire prevailed against the massed ranks of sepoys and their allies. The three major operations that were undertaken by the British are detailed, as is the dress, equipment and uniforms of the troops.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 17-01-2015, 08:58 | : 271   (0)
  The Allgemeine-SS (Men-at-Arms Series 266)
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The Allgemeine-SS (Men-at-Arms Series 266)
: Robin Lumsden, Paul Hannon
: Osprey Publishing
: 2002
isbn: 1855323583
: 50
: english
: PDF (scan)

The SS originated as Hitler's personal bodyguard and following his rise to power in 1933 the organisation divided into two: the Waffen-SS, which comprised the military wing, and the Allgemeine-SS, whose role was to support the police in maintaining order. The Allgemeine-SS had a wide-ranging effect on all aspects of life in Nazi Germany, from enforcing Hitlers racial policies through to the running of over 500 factories in Germany and occupied Europe. While the more visible armed SS combat units naturally received all the publicity, especially during World War II, it was the rather faceless Allgemeine-SS which wielded the real power.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 17-01-2015, 06:31 | : 269   (0)
  The Irish Wars 1485-1603 (Men-at-Arms Series 256)
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The Irish Wars 1485-1603 (Men-at-Arms Series 256)
: Ian Heath, David Sque
: Osprey Publishing
: 1993
isbn: 1855322803
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Reformation in England further distanced the Irish, as the majority of Irishmen adhered stubbornly to their Catholicism. Eventually, in Elizabeth's reign, both sides resorted to the use of force on a large scale in a series of bloody wars and rebellions that were to culminate in the Earl of Tyrone's "Great Rebellion" of 1595-1603. This text by Ian Heath looks at the history, organization and tactics of the armies of the Irish Wars (1485-1603), armies which included such troops as the fearsome Irish Galloglasses, who bore a deadly axe six feet long with a blade that was one foot broad!
 
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: oleksandr74 | 17-01-2015, 05:06 | : 249   (0)
  Peter the Great's Army (2): Cavalry (Men-at-Arms Series 264)
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Peter the Great's Army (2): Cavalry (Men-at-Arms Series 264)
: Angus Konstam, Dave Rickman
: Osprey Publishing
: 1993
isbn: 1855323486
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

By the time of his death in 1725 Peter the Great had placed Russia among the foremost European powers, and had created a military system that has infuenced the European balance of power until the present day. In this companion volume to Men-at-Arms 260, Peter the Great's Army 1: Infantry, Angus Konstam discusses Tsar Peter's cavalry, both the regular troops and irregular forces such as the Cossacks, exploring their composition and effectiveness, and also outlines the development of the Russian train of artillery. The Author's text is complemented by a multitude of illustrations and photographs, including eight full page colour plates by David Rickman.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 16-01-2015, 07:20 | : 288   (0)
  Peter the Great's Army (1): Infantry (Men-at-Arms Series 260)
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Peter the Great's Army (1): Infantry (Men-at-Arms Series 260)
: Angus Konstam, Dave Rickman
: Osprey Publishing
: 1993
isbn: 185532315X
: 50
: english
: PDF (scan)

The figure of Tsar Peter the Great dominated Russia in the 18th century. Within a few decades his reforms had brought about changes from which no section of Russian life remained immune, paving the way for Russias emergence as a major military power. By the time of his death in 1725, the man who greeted the birth of his son with the exclamation another recruit had forged a dominant European power, and his legacy is still felt today. In this first of two volumes, Angus Konstam examines the organisation, tactics, uniforms and equipment of Peter the Great's infantry troops, in a text complemented by a multitude of illustrations, including eight full page colour plates by David Rickman.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 16-01-2015, 06:15 | : 256   (0)
  Argentine Forces in the Falklands (Men-at-Arms Series 250)
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Argentine Forces in the Falklands (Men-at-Arms Series 250)
: Nick Bijl, Paul Hannon
: Osprey Publishing
: 1992
isbn: 1855322277
: 48
: english
: PDF (scan)

The announcement of the imminent withdrawal of the British Royal Navy's ice patrol ship HMS Endurance in early 1982 prompted the Argentinian Junta in Buenos Aires to plan a military grab of the Falklands -- a siege they assumed would succeed with little resistance. Such an adventure was attractive as a distraction for the Argentine public at a time of political unease. In April, the Junta, led by Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri, made its move. This fascinating book examines the history, organization and equipment of the Argentine forces that battled for control of this remote British outpost during the Falklands War (1982).
 
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: oleksandr74 | 16-01-2015, 03:59 | : 248   (0)
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