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  Nelson's Navy (Elite 48)
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Nelson's Navy (Elite 48)
: Philip Haythornthwaite, Bill Younghusband
: Osprey Publishing
: 1993
isbn: 1855323346
: 66
: english
: PDF (scan)

Despite the many celebrated victories of the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815), the role of the Royal Navy should never be overlooked. The 'wooden walls' formed the country's first and most important line of defence, and ranged throughout the world to protect Britain's trade-routes and in support of the land forces and overseas possessions. This book covers the huge variations in uniforms not just in the Navy but the Royal Marines and Infantry regiments which served alongside naval crews. It also looks at the organisation, training and recruitment of the force and corrects a number of misconceptions regarding impressment and training.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 27-11-2014, 08:30 | : 384   (0)
  The NVA and Viet Cong (Elite 38)
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The NVA and Viet Cong (Elite 38)
: Kenneth Conboy, Simon McCouaig
: Osprey Publishing
: 1998
isbn: 1855321629
: 66
: english
: PDF (scan)

In 1940 Japan placed Vietnam under military occupation, restricting the local French administration to a figurehead authority. Seizing the opportunity, the Communists organised a Vietnamese independence league, the Viet Minh, whose armed forces became known as the PAVN (more commonly known to the West as the Vietcong, or NVA) and prepared to launch an uprising against the French at the war's end. This text details the history, organisation and uniforms of the People's Army of Vietnam from its origins in the fight against colonialism, through two separate wars against the US and Khmer Rouge, to its role in the modern era.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 26-11-2014, 09:50 | : 438   (0)
  South-East Asian Special Forces (Elite 33)
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South-East Asian Special Forces (Elite 33)
: Kenneth Conboy, Simon McCouaig
: Osprey Publishing
: 1991
isbn: 1855321068
: 66
: english
: PDF (scan)

Elite units have long been prominent in the armies of South-East Asia and, given the turmoil in the region since the 1960s, these forces have had ample opportunity to be tested in combat. Acknowledged expert on South-East Asia Ken Conboy outlines the history, organization and insignia of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Indonesian, Malaysian and various other South-East Asian special forces from their origins up until the late 80s, covering such groups as the Vietnamese Luc Luong Dac Biet ('Special Forces') and Lien Doi Ngoui Nhia underwater demolition team and the Cambodian Airborne Brigade Group.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 26-11-2014, 09:02 | : 386   (0)
  Elite Forces of India and Pakistan (Elite 41)
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Elite Forces of India and Pakistan (Elite 41)
: Kenneth Conboy
: Osprey Publishing
: 2000
isbn: 1855322099
: 66
: english
: PDF (scan)

Influenced by the German use of paratroopers early in World War II (1939-1945), General Sir Robert Cassels, the Commander-in-Chief India, ordered the formation of an airborne cadre in October 1940. Thus marked the origins of India's first élite units. Pakistan can trace the origins of its own army airborne to the common parentage of British-raised forces. Following the partition from India in August 1947, it raised its own Special Service Group, with individually specialised companies including desert, mountain, ranger and underwater warfare units. This remarkable volume by Kenneth Conboy details the history, organisation, uniforms and insignia of the élite forces of India and Pakistan. Also covered are the elite forces of Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 25-11-2014, 05:20 | : 329   (0)
  The Texas Rangers (Elite 36)
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The Texas Rangers (Elite 36)
: Stephen Hardin, Richard Hook
: Osprey Publishing
: 1996
isbn: 1855321556
: 67
: english
: PDF (scan)

The Texas Ranger is one of the most cherished symbols of the Lone Star State. While the Alamo is the undisputed symbol of Texas, the Ranger stands as an enduring symbol of the people of Texas. The Rangers were first formed to protect their neighbours from Indian attack, later they fought and died in a war for freedom, and staved off foreign invasion. Some Rangers died with glory at the Battle of the Alamo (1836), while many more were wounded, or died, in anonymity at dozens of obscure places. This volume by Dr Stephen L Hardin charts the history of this remarkable force from the 1820s through to the present day.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 24-11-2014, 04:27 | : 285   (0)
  German Commanders of World War II (2): Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe & Navy (Elite 132)
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German Commanders of World War II (2): Waffen-SS, Luftwaffe & Navy (Elite 132)
: Gordon Williamson, Malcolm McGregor
: Osprey Publishing
: 2006
isbn: 184176597X
: 67
: english
: PDF (scan)

This is the second book in a two-part series about the German Commanders of World War II (1939-1945) and covers distinguished commanders from the Waffen-SS, the Luftwaffe and the Navy. The commanders covered include such famous names as Josef Dietrich, Theodor Eicke, Kurt Meyer, Joachim Peiper and Karl Donitz and the book details their fascinating wartime experiences. The colour plates are in the uniquely meticulous style of the respected World War II illustrator Malcolm McGregor.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 20-11-2014, 07:49 | : 304   (0)
  Samurai Commanders (2): 1577-1638 (Elite 128)
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Samurai Commanders (2): 1577-1638 (Elite 128)
: Stephen Turnbull, Richard Hook
: Osprey Publishing
: 2005
isbn: 1841767441
: 68
: english
: PDF (scan)

This second volume about Japan's samurai commanders covers the generals of the later years of the Age of the Warring States (Sengoku period), a period when only the most able leaders survived. This was a time when the prowess of a commander was measured as much by his strategic and organizational abilities as by his individual fighting skills and he was expected to give as great a show of strength in the council chamber as on the battlefield. This book discusses the lives, battles and wider roles of talented commanders such as Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi - great men who stood out prominently due to their elaborate suits of armour and helmets, their stunning personal heraldry and their great armies.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 11-12-2013, 06:33 | : 455   (0)
  Samurai Commanders (1): 940-1576 (Elite 125)
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Samurai Commanders (1): 940-1576 (Elite 125)
: Stephen Turnbull, Richard Hook
: Osprey Publishing
: 2005
isbn: 1841767433
: 68
: english
: PDF (scan)

Osprey's examination of Samurai commanders during the Gempei Wars (11801185), the Onin War (14671477), and the early Sengoku period. The samurai were the military elite of medieval and early modern Japan, and the men who led them were hailed as the very greatest, most heroic and most honourable of all samurai warriors. This first of two books examines the lives, equipment, battles and wider roles of the samurai commanders between 940 and 1576, the period from the emergence of the samurai to the triumph of Oda Nobunaga, who set Japan on the road to reunification. The styles of armour and weaponry of the samurai changed considerably during this time and this book visually recreates some of the most famous samurai commanders, such as Taira Masaka (c. 903-940), Minamoto Yorimasa (1106-1180), and Takeda Shingen (1521-1573).
 
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: oleksandr74 | 11-12-2013, 04:26 | : 481   (0)
  Privateers & Pirates 1730-1830 (Elite 74)
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Privateers & Pirates 1730-1830 (Elite 74)
: Angus Konstam, Angus McBride
: Osprey Publishing
: 2001
isbn: 1841760161
: 68
: english
: PDF (scan)

Following the pirate scourge of the early 18th century, many sea captains took to privateering as a means of making money. A form of nationally sponsored piracy, it reached its peak during the American Revolution (1763-1776), when the fledgling American navy had to rely on privateers to disrupt British shipping between England and the rebellious colonies. Following peace in 1815, many former privateers turned to piracy, spawning the last great piratical wave, which would last for a decade. The world of these privateers and latter-day pirates comes vividly to life in this detailed exploration of their ships, crews, ports and battle tactics.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 4-09-2013, 04:37 | : 444   (0)
  NATO Armies Today (Elite 16)
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NATO Armies Today (Elite 16)
: Nigel Thomas, Ronald Volstad
: Osprey Publishing
: 1999
isbn: 0850458226
: 66
: english
: PDF (scan)

Osprey's study of NATO armies of the post-World War II period. The defeat of Hitler on 8 May 1945 left Western Europe militarily vulnerable and economically exhausted. The Soviet Union, however, had since 1940 annexed 180,000 square miles of Eastern Europe, occupied a further 390,000 square miles, and now seemed poised to advance still further westwards with its six-million strong forces. The increasing Soviet threat brought forth demands for a permanent Western Military alliance, and on 4 April 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed in Washington DC. This book explores the history, organization and uniforms of NATO armies - excluding the United States and Great Britain - as they were in the late 1980s.
 
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: oleksandr74 | 2-09-2013, 08:06 | : 405   (0)
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