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  Medieval Siege Weapons (1): Western Europe AD 585-1385 (New Vanguard 58)
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Medieval Siege Weapons (1): Western Europe AD 585-1385 (New Vanguard 58)
: David Nicolle, Sam Thompson
: Osprey Publishing
: 2002
isbn: 1841762350
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Medieval era was a period of huge variety and invention in siege warfare. Before the use of cannon and other gun-powder artillery, siege engines relied on assorted sources of power, from torsion 'energy storage' systems to man-power, counter-balances and others. This book reveals how technological traditions from the Graeco-Roman world, Persia, India and above all China made a massive contribution to siege warfare techniques. It also covers developments in military engineering, such as mining, counter-mining, the breaking of walls, the use of noxious and chemical fumes and the use of fire-weapons.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 16-10-2013, 06:21 | : 363   (0)
  Confederate Ironclad 1861-65 (New Vanguard 41)
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Confederate Ironclad 1861-65 (New Vanguard 41)
: Angus Konstam, Tony Bryan
: Osprey Publishing
: 2003
isbn: 1841763071
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

The creation of a Confederate ironclad fleet was a miracle of ingenuity, improvisation and logistics. Surrounded by a superior enemy fleet, Confederate designers adapted existing vessels or created new ones from the keel up with the sole purpose of breaking the naval stranglehold on the nascent country. Her ironclads were build in remote cornfields, on small inland rivers or in naval yards within sight of the enemy. The result was an unorthodox but remarkable collection of vessels, which were able to contest the rivers and coastal waters of the South for five years. This title explains how these vessels worked, how they were constructed, how they were manned and how they fought.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 15-10-2013, 09:35 | : 360   (0)
  Leopard 1 Main Battle Tank 1965-1995 (New Vanguard 16)
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Leopard 1 Main Battle Tank 1965-1995 (New Vanguard 16)
: Michael Jerchel, Peter Sarson
: Osprey Publishing
: 1995
isbn: 1855325209
: 48
: english
: PDF (scan)

Development of the Leopard 1 can be traced back to November 1956, when the operational requirement for a new battle tank was formulated by the Federal German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). Originally a Franco-German project, the tank under design was named the 'Standard-Panzer'. The French later dropped out, however, and on 1 October 1963 the 'Standard' tank was officially named 'Leopard', an appropriate choice considering Germany's wartime pedigree with the formidable Tiger and Panther. This book traces the development and service record of the Leopard 1, detailing its control systems, modifications and variants.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 15-10-2013, 06:20 | : 382   (0)
  Centurion Universal Tank 1943-2003 (New Vanguard 68)
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Centurion Universal Tank 1943-2003 (New Vanguard 68)
: Simon Dunstan, Peter Sarson
: Osprey Publishing
: 2003
isbn: 184176387X
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

From 1943 the British began the design of a tank that bore distinct similarities to the German Panther tank. Designed as a Universal Tank, the design emerged in mid-1945 as the Centurion. It was last used in action by the British Army in 1991 during the Gulf War. It has also seen action with the Israeli Defence Forces, the Indian Army in the wars with Pakistan and the Australian Army in Vietnam. This book details all the variants of the Centurion used in these conflicts as well as covering the specialised variants last used by the British in the Gulf War.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 11-10-2013, 09:28 | : 358   (0)
  US Nuclear Submarines: The Fast Attack (New Vanguard 138)
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US Nuclear Submarines: The Fast Attack (New Vanguard 138)
: Jim Christley, Tony Bryan
: Osprey Publishing
: 2007
isbn: 1846031680, 9781846031687
: 52
: english
: PDF (scan)

"Silent but deadly" - Osprey's US Nuclear Submarines: The Fast-Attack takes a fresh look at the controversial design and development of the nuclear submarine of which the United States Navy operates the largest fleet in the world. The advent of nuclear power transformed the submarine from a slow underwater vessel, incapable of staying submerged for long periods, into a weapon of stealth and endurance. Jim Christley, a former submariner, uses his own experience of serving aboard these vessels, and a wealth of technical information, to explore the many engineering issues and trade-offs, as well as the high risks of running a nuclear reactor at sea, which have dominated the intriguing story of the US nuclear submarine.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 17-09-2013, 03:45 | : 396   (0)
  Imperial Japanese Navy Submarines 1941-45 (New Vanguard 135)
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Imperial Japanese Navy Submarines 1941-45 (New Vanguard 135)
: Mark Stille, Tony Bryan
: Osprey Publishing
: 2007
isbn: 1846030900, 9781846030901
: 52
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II possessed the most technologically advanced and varied submarine fleet in the world. Ranging from the largest pre-nuclear submarines in the world to manned torpedoes, with the fastest combat vessels and midget submarines operating alongside craft capable of carrying floatplane bombers, the fleet should have been an awe-inspiring and highly effective force. Yet, despite playing a crucial scouting role and being equipped with the best torpedoes available, the Japanese submarine fleet was surprisingly ineffective. With unique color plates, Mark Stille highlights the technical details of this diverse fleet, including the design successes and operational errors as well as investigating the underlying causes behind the failures of one of the greatest naval forces in the Pacific.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 12-09-2013, 08:33 | : 438   (0)
  The Pirate Ship 1660-1730 (New Vanguard 70)
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The Pirate Ship 1660-1730 (New Vanguard 70)
: Angus Konstam, Tony Bryan
: Osprey Publishing
: 2003
isbn: 1841764973
: 50
: english
: PDF (scan)

The deeds and personalities of famous pirates have received significant attention in recent years: however, no detailed depiction of their vessels has ever been produced. This title redresses the imbalance, conducting a detailed exploration of the wide variety of pirate vessels that sailed the high seas during the 'golden age' of piracy (16901730), from gun-bristling warships to smaller craft such as sloops, brigantines and early schooners. It incorporates the latest archaeological evidence to produce a fascinating account of these vessels, detailing their origins, development and tactical engagement. Packed with contemporary illustrations and superbly detailed colour artwork, the ships of the 'golden age' are brought vividly to life.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 30-08-2013, 04:49 | : 357   (0)
  Napoleonic Naval Armaments 1792-1815 (New Vanguard 90)
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Napoleonic Naval Armaments 1792-1815 (New Vanguard 90)
: Chris Henry, Brian Delf
: Osprey Publishing
: 2004
isbn: 1841766356
: 48
: english
: PDF (scan)

There were many elements to British Napoleonic naval success but one of the key factors was gunnery. Other countries developed different naval weapons to fit their maritime strategies. The French and Spanish systems developed on similar lines, while those of the Baltic navies tended to rely on smaller craft and weapons. Holland, during this period, was part of the French sphere of influence and this had an effect on the development of its naval weapons. This title describes the systems of all these countries as well as the fledgling navy of America, whose gunnery skills embarrassed the Royal Navy at the height of their dominance.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 28-08-2013, 04:01 | : 335   (0)
  Crusader Cruiser Tank 1939-1945 (New Vanguard 14)
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Crusader Cruiser Tank 1939-1945 (New Vanguard 14)
: David Fletcher, Peter Sarson
: Osprey Publishing
: 2000
isbn: 1855325128
: 49
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Covenanter (which never saw active service) and Crusader Cruiser tanks were developed between 1939 and 1940. The Crusader first saw action in the North African desert in June 1941: its speed and sleek design made it a hard target to hit, and the tank was well-respected by the Afrikakorps for its velocity in combat. But its hurried development prior to World War II also made it prone to mechanical failure. This book examines the Covenanter and the many variants of the Crusader tank, detailing the designs, developments and disappointments of these infamous World War II tanks.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 23-08-2013, 03:14 | : 319   (0)
  Warrior Mechanised Combat Vehicle 1987-1994 (New Vanguard 10)
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Warrior Mechanised Combat Vehicle 1987-1994 (New Vanguard 10)
: Christopher Foss, Peter Sarson
: Osprey Publishing
: 1997
isbn: 1855323796
: 48
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Warrior has been an important component of the British Army since the first production example was handed over in May 1987. It has seen action in many parts of the globe and the British Army alone uses eight different specialised versions of the vehicle, while Desert and Arctic Warriors are also produced for countries with extreme climates. In this authoritative text Christopher Foss examines the development and operational life of the Warrior, the British armys most modern armoured personnel carrier, and its many variants, focussing on its role in 'Desert Storm' and other campaigns.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 18-08-2013, 13:21 | : 391   (0)
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