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  Sherman Medium Tank 1942-1945 (New Vanguard 3)
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Sherman Medium Tank 1942-1945 (New Vanguard 3)
: Steven Zaloga, Peter Sarson
: Osprey Publishing
: 1993
isbn: 185532296X
: 49
: english
: PDF (scan)

The M4 Sherman tank was the mainstay of the Western allies between 1942 and 1945. Fast and modern it was better than most of the tanks Britain had to offer. The American Chief of Staff claimed in November 1943 that it had been hailed widely as the best tank on the battlefield today. However, by the time of the Normandy invasion of June 1944 this was not the case. The new heavy tanks being produced by the Germans were able to outclass the Sherman in both armour and armament. This title describes the development and operational use of the Sherman medium tank throughout World War II and beyond.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 18-08-2013, 12:48 | : 409   (0)
  American Light and Medium Frigates 1794-1836 (New Vanguard 147)
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American Light and Medium Frigates 1794-1836 (New Vanguard 147)
: Mark Lardas, Tony Bryan, Giuseppe Rava
: Osprey Publishing
: 2008
isbn: 1846032660, 9781846032660
: 48
: english
: PDF (scan)

The "Original Six" frigates were commissioned by the new-born US Navy at a staggering cost of $688,888.82. Designed to be light and fast, these warships enabled America to project its power across the globe. Among the ships Mark Lardas examines is USS Constellation: the first ship to be commissioned by the United States Navy, and also the first ship to engage and capture an enemy vessel, the French L'Insurgente - this engagement is vividly portrayed in original color artwork. The fascinating history of the USS Chesapeake is also brought to life through the dramatic account one of the bloodiest duels in the age of fighting sail as the Chesapeake meets the British frigate Shannon and is overwhelmed, the dying cry of the captain, "Don't give up the ship!" inspired the US Navy thereafter. Alongside stirring accounts of engagements during the Barbary Wars and the Quasi-War, the author explores the design and development of these frigates, explaining the shortcomings that led to their replacement by larger, heavier 44-gun models by 1800. Contemporary illustrations of US frigates and their British and French rivals help to place these ships in the context of European ship design, clearly showing the escalation of the naval 'arms race' during the seventeenth century. American Light and Medium Frigates is an ideal resource for any naval enthusiast wanting to learn more about the ships that witnessed the rise of the US Navy and Marines.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 15-08-2013, 06:39 | : 302   (0)
  War Elephants (New Vanguard 150)
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War Elephants (New Vanguard 150)
: Konstantin Nossov, Peter Dennis
: Osprey Publishing
: 2008
isbn: 1846032687, 9781846032684
: 49
: english
: PDF (scan)

Elephants have been deployed as weapons for centuries, particularly in South and South-East Asia, where war elephants constituted the bulk of most armies in the region from antiquity right up to the 19th century. This book offers an insight into the incredible history of these "living tanks," focusing on the design of the equipment and armament that made them so terrifying, particularly the development and structure of the fighting tower. The author, Konstantin S. Nossov goes on to trace the battle history of war elephants, from their deployment against Alexander the Great's army at the battle of Gaugamela, through to their use in the 19th century by the myriad armies of South-East Asia, all the time analyzing the battle formation and tactics of war elephants in action and how these tactics changed over time. He then goes on to examine the most famous action that war elephants took part in, Hannibal's dramatic march over the Alps and his subsequent invasion of Italy. Supported by rare illustrations and full-color original artwork, this book is a vivid account of the development and operation of one of history's most unusual "machines of warfare."
 
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: oleksandr74 | 8-08-2013, 05:26 | : 384   (0)
  Tudor Warships (2): Elizabeth I's Navy (New Vanguard 149)
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Tudor Warships (2): Elizabeth I's Navy (New Vanguard 149)
: Angus Konstam
: Osprey Publishing
: 2008
isbn: 1846032520, 9781846032523
: 50
: english
: PDF (scan)

In his second volume on the Tudor Navy, naval expert Angus Konstam covers the extraordinary transformation of the Tudor fleet during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. This period witnessed the birth of a whole new breed of warships designed to dominate the seas and expand the corners of the Empire. Detailing warfare during the age of Sea Dogs, such as Sir Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh, and the landmark event of the Spanish Armada, he explains the technological innovations that allowed this small but efficient navy to defeat the larger Spanish fleet. Packed with new research, in-depth analysis, photographs, full-color reconstructions and detailed cutaway artwork, this book is a must for any lover of maritime history and for anyone who wants to understand how Britain came to rule the waves, creating and retaining her supremacy across the seas throughout the age of fighting sail.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 8-08-2013, 03:26 | : 244   (0)
  Austrian Napoleonic Artillery 1792-1815 (New Vanguard 72)
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Austrian Napoleonic Artillery 1792-1815 (New Vanguard 72)
: David Hollins, Brian Delf
: Osprey Publishing
: 2006
isbn: 184176499X
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Austrian artillery of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars was a creation of the renowned Lichtenstein system of the early 1750s. This weight system produced a series of weapons of 3-, 6- and 12-pdr. calibre along with 7- and 10-pdr. howitzers. In the 1780s they were joined by Cavalry artillery guns with their Wurst seats. In 1811 Austria also began the establishment of rocket troops based upon the British invention, whilst their heavy and siege pieces remained the 12 -,18- and 24-pdrs throughout the period. This book describes the system as well as its operational use during the Napoleonic Wars.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 1-08-2013, 03:57 | : 329   (0)
  Vanguard 31: US Half-tracks of World War II
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Vanguard 31: US Half-tracks of World War II
: Steven Zaloga
: Osprey Publishing
: 1988
isbn: 0850454816
: 50
: english
: PDF (scan)

A series of books describing key units and weapons systems of 20th century warfare, prepared by leading military experts for the enthusiast and modeller, and illustrating authentic details of armour and supporting vehicles, camouflage, markings, uniforms, insignia and weapons.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 23-01-2012, 14:29 | : 412   (0)
  New Vanguard 97: M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer 1943-97
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New Vanguard 97: M18 Hellcat Tank Destroyer 1943-97
: Steven Zaloga
: Osprey Publishing
: 2004
isbn: 1841766879
: 52
: english
: PDF (scan)

The M18 76mm Gun Motor Carriage was developed for the US Army's Tank Destroyer Command. It was the only tank destroyer deployed during World War II actually based on their requirements for speed and firepower. This book examines the development of this vehicle, the controversies over the need for high-speed tank destroyers, and its actual performance during World War II. Special emphasis is placed on examining its performance in its intended mission. Coverage also includes derivative vehicles of the M18 such as the M39 armored utility vehicle.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 20-09-2010, 00:40 | : 550   (0)
  Osprey New Vanguard 066 napoleon's guns 1792-1815
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Osprey New Vanguard 066 napoleon's guns 1792-1815
: Rene Chartrand Ray Hutchins
: Osprey Publishing
: 2003
: 46
: english
: PDF

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: Backfire | 4-06-2010, 15:29 | : 713   (0)
  Medieval Siege Weapons (2) - Byzantium, the Islamic World & India AD 476-1526 - (New Vanguard, 069)
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Medieval Siege Weapons (2) - Byzantium, the Islamic World & India AD 476-1526 - (New Vanguard, 069)
: David Nicolle, Sam Thompson
: Osprey
: 2003
isbn: 1-84176-459-0
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

The medieval period was one of the most inventive in military history when it came to non-gunpowder machine development. During this period, the pre-existing military-technological traditions from the ancient worlds were brought together. Three civilisations; Graeco-Roman World, Persia, India, and China, were primarily responsible for this evolution - the Late-Roman or Byzantine Empire, the Islamic World, and latterly the Mongol World Empire. This book examines the resulting stone-throwing machines that used assorted power sources from torsion energy storage systems, to manpowered and counterbalance sling devices, rockets et al.
 
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: flashsoft | 2-03-2006, 00:00 | : 955   (0)
  Greek and Roman Siege Machinery 399 BC-AD 363 - (New Vanguard, 078)
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Greek and Roman Siege Machinery 399 BC-AD 363 - (New Vanguard, 078)
: B.Campbell, B.Delf
: Osprey
: 2003
isbn: 1841766054
: 51
: english
: PDF (scan)

Siege machinery first appeared in the West during the Carthaginian invasion of Sicily in the late-5th century BC, in the form of siege towers and battering rams. After a 50-year hiatus these weapons of war re-appeared in the Macedonian armies of Philip II and Alexander the Great, a period that saw the height of their development in the Ancient World. The experience of warfare with both the Carthaginians during the later-3rd century BC, and Philip V of Macedon during the early-2nd century BC, finally prompted the introduction of the siege tower and the battering ram to the Roman arsenal. This title traces the development and use of these weapons across the whole of this period.
 
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: flashsoft | 26-02-2006, 00:00 | : 897   (0)
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