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  Megiddo 1918: The Last Great Cavalry Victory (Campaign 61)
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Megiddo 1918: The Last Great Cavalry Victory (Campaign 61)
: Bryan Perrett, Ed Dovey
: Osprey Publishing
: 1999
isbn: 1855328275
: 96
: english
: PDF (scan)

Osprey's Campaign title for the Battle of Megiddo (1918), which was one of the more decisive campaigns of World War I (1914-1918). After securing the capture of Jerusalem General Allenby planned a campaign that would knock Turkey out of World War I. In a spectacular campaign General Allenby's Egyptian Expeditionary Force achieved the breakthrough in Palestine that commanders on the Western Front had only dreamed of. Supported by Lawrence and his Arab irregulars, the Desert Mounted Corps swept across the Turkish rear, destroying three armies in the process. Turkey's war was over and the days of the tottering Ottoman Empire were numbered. This was a British 'Blitzkrieg' with a speed of advance that stunned the world twenty years before Germany's Panzers rolled across Europe.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 16-04-2015, 10:36 | : 302   (0)
  Russian Fortresses 1480-1682 (Fortress 39)
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Russian Fortresses 1480-1682 (Fortress 39)
: Konstantin Nossov, Peter Dennis
: Osprey Publishing
: 2006
isbn: 1841769169
: 70
: english
: PDF (scan)

In 1462 the throne of the Principality of Moscow passed to the Ivan III (1462-1505), who succeeded in throwing off the Tatar yoke. For the next 200 years this new state struggled to maintain her borders against a series of attacks from the Lithuanians, Swedes and Poles to the west, as well as the Tatars to the south. They achieved this through the development of a network of fortified sites and a series of linear defensive systems. This book examine how these fortifications were developed to respond to ever changing situations under the command of such charismatic rulers as Ivan the Terrible, right through to the military reforms of Peter the Great.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 8-04-2015, 05:41 | : 256   (0)
  Crusader Castles in the Holy Land 1097-1192 (Fortress 21)
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Crusader Castles in the Holy Land 1097-1192 (Fortress 21)
: David Nicolle, Adam Hook
: Osprey Publishing
: 2004
isbn: 1841767158
: 67
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Crusaders that landed in the Middle East in the late-11th century brought with them their own traditions of military architecture, but it was not long before their defensive construction began to reflect a broad array of local influences. Most early Crusader structures were relatively small, and tended to increase the existing natural and defensive features of a site. The basic forms comprised freestanding towers, castra, and hilltop and spur-castles, but urban centres, religious sites and rural dwellings were also fortified. From the 1160s, bigger, stronger and more expensive castles began to appear, in response to developments in Islamic siege weaponry. This title examines the early fortifications erected by the Crusaders in modern-day Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and south-eastern Turkey.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 8-04-2015, 04:54 | : 272   (0)
  Chickamauga 1863: The River of Death (Campaign 17)
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Chickamauga 1863: The River of Death (Campaign 17)
: James Arnold
: Osprey Publishing
: 1992
isbn: 1855322633
: 102
: english
: PDF (scan)

Osprey's examination of the battle at Chickamagua, one of the decisive campaigns of the American Civil War (1861-1865). By the Autumn of 1863 the Confederacy was in dire straits. In a colossal gamble, Confederate President Jefferson Davis stripped forces from all the major Confederate armies to reinforce the Army of Tennessee in a last ditch attempt to crush the Union. On 19th September the Confederates attacked the Union army along Chickamauga creek south of Chattanooga. On the second day of bloody fighting the entire Union right collapsed and the army retreated headlong for Chattanooga, all except General George H. Thomas' Corps who fought on doggedly until nightfall delaying the confederate advance, saving the Union and earning his fame as the "Rock of Chickamauga".
 
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: oleksandr74 | 7-04-2015, 09:58 | : 290   (0)
  Waterloo 1815: The Birth of Modern Europe (Campaign 15)
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Waterloo 1815: The Birth of Modern Europe (Campaign 15)
: Geoff Wootten
: Osprey Publishing
: 1993
isbn: 1855322102
: 96
: english
: PDF (scan)

Osprey's study of the most famous battle of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). Waterloo holds a special place among the great battles of history. The climax of more than twenty years of war, it was indeed a close-run affair, matching two of the world's greatest generals - Napoleon and Wellington. This volume covers the entire campaign including the battles of Quatre Bras, Ligny and Wavre, with five full-colour maps and three highly detailed bird's eye views showing decisive moments in the action. An excellent sense of the closeness of the battle is communicated - Wellington himself claimed it was "the nearest thing you ever saw in your life" - and this gripping account shows the full justice of that statement.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 6-04-2015, 07:37 | : 306   (0)
  Caesar's Gallic Wars 58-50 BC (Essential Histories 43)
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Caesar's Gallic Wars 58-50 BC (Essential Histories 43)
: Kate Gilliver
: Osprey Publishing
: 2003
isbn: 0415968585, 1841763055
: 94
: english
: PDF (scan)

Julius Caesar was one of the most ambitious and successful politicians of the late Roman Republic and his short but bloody conquest of the Celtic tribes led to the establishment of the Roman province of Gaul (modern France). Caesar's commentaries on his Gallic Wars provide us with the most detailed surviving eye-witness account of a campaign from antiquity. Kate Gilliver makes use of this account and other surviving evidence to consider the importance of the Gallic Wars in the context of the collapse of the Roman Republic and its slide toward civil war.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 6-04-2015, 06:09 | : 292   (0)
  The American Civil War (1): The War In The East 1861-May 1863 (Essential Histories 4)
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The American Civil War (1): The War In The East 1861-May 1863 (Essential Histories 4)
: Gary Gallagher
: Osprey Publishing
: 2001
isbn: 1841762393
: 96
: english
: PDF (scan)

The United States saw long-simmering sectional tensions erupt into fighting at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, in April 1861, beginning what would become the most cataclysmic military struggle in the western world between Waterloo and the First World War. This volume focuses on events in the Virginia theater during the conflict's first two years, highlighting Union and Confederate strengths and weaknesses, leadership and strategy on each side, and the ways in which events on the battlefield influenced politics, diplomacy, and debates about emancipation. Osprey Essential Histories are complete yet concise studies of each major conflict in history.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 3-04-2015, 07:07 | : 393   (0)
  Siegfried Line 1944-45: Battles on the German frontier (Campaign 181)
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Siegfried Line 1944-45: Battles on the German frontier (Campaign 181)
: Steven Zaloga, Steve Noon
: Osprey Publishing
: 2007
isbn: 1846031214, 9781846031212
: 99
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Siegfried Line campaign was one of the most frustrating and bloody series of battles fought by the US Army in Northwest Europe during World War II (1939-1945). In order to break through the German-Belgian border north of the Ardennes and eventually reach the Rhine, the First and Ninth divisions of the US Army dispersed themselves along the German Siegfried Line. The campaign kicked off in earnest in late September with the encirclement and eventual capture of Aachen, the first major German city to fall to the Allies. The paths to the Roer included not only the heavily urbanized area northeast of this city, but also the Hurtgen Forest along its southeastern flank. While a costly battle to seize the city continued throughout October, fighting also began in the forested area with initial attacks towards Schmidt. The German offensive to the south in the Ardennes derailed the Siegfried campaign for nearly two months and proved to be extremely costly. However, with Operation Grenade in February 1945, Ninth Army were finally propelled over the Roer River and were able to seize the vital Roer dams. Providing extensive coverage of the battle for Aachen and the fighting that ensued in the Hurtgen Forest, this title brings to life the Siegfried Line campaign which witnessed the US Army's most bitter fighting and set the stage for the final assault on the Rhine, leading the way into the heart of Germany.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 3-04-2015, 06:25 | : 236   (0)
  Eggmühl 1809: Storm Over Bavaria (Campaign 56)
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Eggmühl 1809: Storm Over Bavaria (Campaign 56)
: Ian Castle, Christa Hook
: Osprey Publishing
: 1998
isbn: Ian Castle, Christa Hook
: 97
: english
: PDF (scan)

Osprey's Campaign title for the Battle of Eggmuhl of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). In the Spring of 1809, the Austrian army, buoyant and full of new-found patriotic fervour, rolled across the frontier with Bavaria. The time had come to exact revenge for the humiliating defeat suffered at Austerlitz. But ten days later, harassed by ceaseless rain, they were streaming back from the Abens river with Napoleon in hot pursuit. Napoleon had not been in the front line when Austria had launched its campaign - and the French and their German allies had blundered backwards and forwards across the Bavarian countryside. But, with the appearance of Napoleon, Archduke Charles lost the initiative. Based for the first time upon the Austrian primary sources, this title takes the reader through the various clashes of this significant campaign.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 26-03-2015, 10:48 | : 294   (0)
  The Tower of London: A 2000 Year History (Landmarks in History)
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The Tower of London: A 2000 Year History (Landmarks in History)
: Geoffrey Parnell, Ivan Lapper
: Osprey Publishing
: 2000
isbn: 1841761702
: 50
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Tower of London is one of the most famous and well-visited landmarks in the world, with a fascinating history brought to life in a uniquely visual way for the first time through this stunning book. 14 specially commissioned paintings by the renowned historical reconstruction artist, Ivan Lapper show the Tower from its earliest pre-Roman days, right up to the start of this new millennium. A fascinating and engaging narrative by the official Keeper of Tower History, Geoffrey Parnell, brings the sights, sounds, events and characters of the past to life.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 24-03-2015, 06:13 | : 303   (0)
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