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  Vietnam Riverine Craft 1962-75 (New Vanguard 128)
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Vietnam Riverine Craft 1962-75 (New Vanguard 128)
: Gordon Rottman, Hugh Johnson
: Osprey Publishing
: 2006
isbn: 1841769312
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

The southernmost region of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) encompassed the vast Mekong River Delta, and area covering 10,190 square miles. Three major rivers run through the Delta, the Song Hou Giang (aka Bassac) and the Song Mekong, which broke into three large rivers (Song My Tho, Ham Luong, and Go Chien). The Nhon Trach delineated the Delta's eastern edge. In all there were some 1,500 miles of natural navigable waterways and 2,500 miles of man-made canals and channels. The canal system was begun in 800 AD and its expansion continued up to World War II. The nation's capital, Saigon, lies on the Delta's northern edge. Few roads and highways served the region with sampans and other small watercraft via the canals being the main means of transportation. At least 70,000 Viet Cong (VC) were scattered over the area controlling up to a quarter of the population. Three Army of the Republic Vietnam (ARVN) divisions as well as various paramilitary forces battled the VC in the marshes, forests, and paddies. In 1965 the military situation in the Delta had deteriorated and the decision was taken to shore things up by committing a joint Army and Navy Mobile Riverine Force. This force was unique in its composition, mission, and the special craft in which it operated. The Army component was the 2d Brigade, 9th Infantry Division; the Navy component was River Assault Flotilla One. The various watercraft assigned to the Mobile Riverine Force are the subject of this book. These included much-modified landing craft, purpose-built patrol boats including Swift Boats and Monitors, and a variety of auxiliary and support vessels. Task Force CLEARWATER, a much smaller operation in the extreme northern portion of South Vietnam, also used these craft.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 6-01-2014, 06:20 | : 398   (0)
  Bronze Age War Chariots (New Vanguard 119)
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Bronze Age War Chariots (New Vanguard 119)
: Nic Fields, Brian Delf
: Osprey Publishing
: 2006
isbn: 1841769444
: 52
: english
: PDF (scan)

Chariots, the first mobile fighting vehicle, seem to have originated in Mesopotamia in the third millennium BC. The highly mobile two-wheeled war chariot, carrying a driver and an archer armed with a short composite bow, revolutionized military tactics after 1700 BC. This expensive weapon spread throughout the Middle East and is thought to have reached Egypt with the conquering Hyksos. It spread into Asia Minor, Greece, and was known in Northern Europe by 1500 BC. This book covers the evolution of the war chariot throughout the Bronze Age, detailing its design, development and combat history - in particular its fundamental involvement at the battle of Qadesh.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 25-12-2013, 04:25 | : 292   (0)
  Jeeps 1941-45 (New Vanguard 117)
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Jeeps 1941-45 (New Vanguard 117)
: Steven Zaloga, Hugh Johnson
: Osprey Publishing
: 2005
isbn: 184176888X
: 52
: english
: PDF (scan)

The jeep was the most famous military vehicle of World War II, and its name has become synonymous with a whole class of military and civilian all-terrain vehicles. The jeep originated in a prewar US Army requirement for a simple, inexpensive, and robust vehicle for basic utility chores. Its simple design proved to be adaptable to a host of military tasks including use as a scout vehicle, battlefield ambulance, communications vehicle, and staff car. This book, covering the savior of World War II, focuses on the design and development of this versatile vehicle used on nearly every front of World War II.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 25-12-2013, 03:33 | : 396   (0)
  Landing Ship, Tank (LST) 1942-2002 (New Vanguard 115)
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Landing Ship, Tank (LST) 1942-2002 (New Vanguard 115)
: Gordon Rottman, Tony Bryan
: Osprey Publishing
: 2005
isbn: 1841769231
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Landing Ship Tank (LST) is one of the most famous of the many World War II amphibious warfare ships. Capable of discharging its cargo directly on to shore and extracting itself, the LST provided the backbone of all Allied landings between 1943 and 1945, notably during the D-Day invasion. Through its history, the LST saw service from late 1942 until late 2002, when the US Navy decommissioned the USS Frederick (LST-1184), the last ship of its type. This book reveals the development and use of the LST, including its excellence beyond its initial design expectations.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 24-12-2013, 10:09 | : 372   (0)
  M3 Lee/Grant Medium Tank 1941-45 (New Vanguard 113)
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M3 Lee/Grant Medium Tank 1941-45 (New Vanguard 113)
: Steven Zaloga, Hugh Johnson
: Osprey Publishing
: 2005
isbn: 1841768898
: 52
: english
: PDF (scan)

The highly successful 'stop-gap' M3 medium tank was designed in 1941, and as adequate turret casting facilities were not yet ready, the M3 used an unusual armament configuration patterned after a French tank. British lend-lease demands led to the design of a second turret type with the US version called the Lee and the British version the Grant. It could penetrate Panzer armor, and its explosive firepower was excellent for dealing with German anti-tank guns. This book covers the design, development, service and variants of a vehicle that was the backbone of many World War II forces.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 24-12-2013, 09:29 | : 347   (0)
  Universal Carrier 1936-48: The 'Bren Gun Carrier' Story (New Vanguard 110)
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Universal Carrier 1936-48: The 'Bren Gun Carrier' Story (New Vanguard 110)
: David Fletcher, Tony Bryan
: Osprey Publishing
: 2005
isbn: 1841768138
: 52
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Universal Carrier was a fast, lightly armed vehicle developed by the British Army to carry infantry across ground defended by small-arms fire, specifically the Bren light machine gun, hence the name Bren Gun Carrier. This name would stick with the Universal Carrier and all of its future variants. This book details the Carrier, which was employed in a number of roles including carrying ammunition and towing anti-aircraft guns and trailers. All Allies used the Universal Carrier extensively during practically every World War II campaign. By the wars end, the Universal Carrier had proved itself to be an invaluable and successful cross-country vehicle that was both agile and fast for its time.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 22-12-2013, 04:55 | : 352   (0)
  Cromwell Cruiser Tank 1942-50 (New Vanguard 104)
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Cromwell Cruiser Tank 1942-50 (New Vanguard 104)
: David Fletcher, Peter Sarson
: Osprey Publishing
isbn: 1841768146
: 50
: english
: PDF (scan)

For most of World War II, British tank development remained faithful to the design philosophy inaugurated during World War I. Experiences in North Africa highlighted flaws in this basic design, however, and the General Staff identified the need for a new heavy cruiser that could combine speed and manoeuvrability with increased armour and armament. The Cromwell Cruiser tank was designed as a result, and soon proved itself one of the fastest and most successful tanks deployed by the Allies during World War 2. This book details the design and development of the Cromwell and its many variants, from its introduction at D-Day, through its many successes in the final year of World War 2 and beyond.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 19-12-2013, 10:17 | : 436   (0)
  English Civil War Artillery 1642-51 (New Vanguard 108)
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English Civil War Artillery 1642-51 (New Vanguard 108)
: Chris Henry, Brian Delf
: Osprey Publishing
: 2005
isbn: 1841767662
: 52
: english
: PDF (scan)

At the beginning of the English Civil War it was clear that artillery was to play a significant part in the conflict, as so many battles were fought by siege. Both Royalists and Parliamentarians raced to capture ordnance stores in urban areas such as London and Hull, realising that they would prove strategically decisive in the siege warfare that later developed. Illustrated with superb colour plates by Brian Delf, this book gives the reader an overview of the types of weapon used in this conflict and, more generally, how artillery was actually used in the seventeenth century.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 19-12-2013, 01:37 | : 375   (0)
  Armored Units of the Russian Civil War: Red Army (New Vanguard 95)
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Armored Units of the Russian Civil War: Red Army (New Vanguard 95)
: David Bullock, Peter Sarson
: Osprey Publishing
: 2006
isbn: 1841765457
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

By 1920 the Red Army fielded an overwhelming array of armored cars and armored trains, while tank detachments had begun forming in earnest. These armored units played an important part in consolidating the newly won Bolshevik empire in the early 1920s; as a consequence of the fact that railways were the strategic arteries that essentially controlled Russia, armored trains have never played such a significant role in military history as they did in the Russian Civil War. This title details their management, construction and repair, personnel and training and combat on all fronts, as well as discussing Trotsky's armored train, in which he conducted 36 tours.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 17-12-2013, 06:08 | : 312   (0)
  Armored Units of the Russian Civil War: White and Allied (New Vanguard 83)
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Armored Units of the Russian Civil War: White and Allied (New Vanguard 83)
: David Bullock, Andrei Aksenov
: Osprey Publishing
: 2003
isbn: 1841765449
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

One of the most important conflicts of the 20th century, the Russian Civil War was the struggle that led to the formation of the Soviet Union. Following the overthrow of the Russian Provisional Government on 7 November 1917, the All-Russian Congress of Soviets met and handed over power to the Soviet Council of People's Commissars. Immediately forces began to assemble in opposition to the Bolshevik regime, and these became known as the Whites. This title examines the armour that they had at their disposal throughout the course of the war. It was a varied collection including British and French vehicles and, perhaps most famously, the armoured trains that enabled the Whites to dominate much of Siberia.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 17-12-2013, 04:28 | : 308   (0)
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