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  • Originally posted by Capt AFB View Post
    Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

    by Sarah Chayes

    Good book to understand the political realities in countries mostly in the Third World and the obstacles faced by any Western military operations in those regions.
    Indeed highly insightful for those conducting integrated operations
    with a wide historical sweep
    BoRG

    You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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    • Nothing But Victory: The Army of the Tennessee 1861-1865 by Steven Woodworth.
      "The blade itself incites to deeds of violence".

      Homer


      BoRG

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      • The Battle For Heraklion. Crete 1941: The Campaign Revealed Through Allied And Axis Accounts

        Review here: Crete – The Battle for Heraklion 1941 review

        It's a very well designed and illustrated work. As noted the author is a Greek born in the area who served in the Greek armed forces. This gives the book some unique insights and the author has an even handed approach. So far a great addition to the library of books on the Cretan campaign.

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        • High Command: British Military Leadership in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

          By Christopher L. Elliott

          Subject: Why didn’t the British Military high command achieve much better results in 2000-10 in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what accounts for this poor performance?

          Author: Christopher L. Elliott retired from the British Army as a Major General in 2002. This book was written over two years while Elliott was a research fellow at the universities of Oxford and Reading.

          I've just started the book, but already quite interesting in understanding British military and defence thinking at very senior levels (military, civil servants and politicians)

          http://http://www.hurstpublishers.com/book/high-command/

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          • Vakhmistrov's Circus: Zveno Combined Aircraft - The Projects, Development, Testing and Combat

            Amazon blurb:

            The purpose of this publication is to provide readers with most complete history of combined aircraft designs created by Vladimir Vakhmistrov. The designer himself referred to his projects as 'Zveno Aircraft' (where the Russian word 'Zveno' stands for 'Chain link' or 'Flight' combat unit), adding the names of aircraft which were included in each configuration. Vakhmistrov was among the world's pioneers in devising and implementing the attachment of small fighters under heavy bombers. The larger aircraft were thus able to carry the smaller ones to the target area, whereas the fighters, in their turn, after the separation from their 'motherships', acted as guards for the slow-speed giants.

            During the period from 1931 thru 1941, several configurations of this concept were created involving mass-produced TB-1 and TB-3 bombers, and I-4, I-5, I-Zet, and I-16 fighters, which were modified correspondingly in order to fit the task. Basing on Vakhmistrov's projects there were carried out the first in the world air connections of fighters under their bomber carriers. The most successful variant among all the created Zveno aircraft consisted of a four-engined Tupolev TB-3 bomber and two Polikarpov I-16 fighters attached under the bomber's wing. The fighters carried two 250-kg bombs each and acted as a high-speed dive bombers after disconnection from the carrier plane. Several such aircraft, referred to as Zveno-SPB, were used operationally during the war by the Black Sea Fleet Air Force.

            Initially, three TB-3s with AM-34RN engines were allocated for re-equipment into Zveno-SPB which were taken into service by the 2nd Special Squadron of the 32nd Fighter Regiment, 62nd Aviation Brigade of the Black Sea Fleet Air Force stationed in Eupatoria. The order to begin combat application of the 32nd Regiment's combined aircraft was given on 22 July 1941, while the first air raid on port structures in Romania, the German ally, was made on 26 July. More than thirty combat missions were carried out till October 1941, and became one of the most successful operations of the Soviet aviation during the Great Patriotic War. Meanwhile, Vakhmistrov had a large number of other interesting projects and many of them remained on the designer's drawing board.

            More than 20 years were spent by the author on the historical research of the subject in the Russian archives. The book is extensively illustrated by the pictures from the author's archive, aircraft test reports, as well as specially prepared scale drawings and color side views.

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            • Your graphic triggered my virus checker to report threat blocked (I use Avast)
              Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
              Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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              • Originally posted by MarkV View Post
                Your graphic triggered my virus checker to report threat blocked (I use Avast)
                Image is sourced directly from Amazon.com as are all the other book images I post. Nothing triggered through any of the programs I used. I'll ask if anyone else has an issue. If you run into issues like this please use the BPR function to bring it to the staff's attention so they can check to see if there is a problem that needs addressing immediately. I have bpred the post myself for further examination.
                Thanks for mentioning the problem.
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                • Napoleon and Austerlitz: The Glory Years 1805-1807 by Scott Bowden.
                  "The blade itself incites to deeds of violence".

                  Homer


                  BoRG

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                  • Doomed Before the Start: The Allied Intervention in Norway 1940. Volume 1: The Road To Invasion and Early Moves

                    Amazon blurb:
                    Books on the events of the early months of 1940 are dominated by the desperate fighting undertaken the British Expeditionary Force in Northern France and Belgium following the German invasion of May 10th and it is often overlooked that prior to this another British expeditionary force was involved in fierce fighting in Norway. Indeed, the invasion on April 9th saw the first use of airborne troops in the war and was also one of the very few amphibious operations undertaken by the Germans during the Second World War. It is hoped that Niall Cherry's new two-volume work covering the Allied intervention in Norway 1940 will fill this significant gap.

                    The author provides a detailed account of the German invasion and the Allied reaction, including the land, sea and air battles. This includes such actions as the sinking of HMS Glowworm and HMS Glorious, the Gladiators on the frozen lakes and Maurice Force, the sacrifice of the Territorial Battalions at Tretten and the Independent Companies, to name but a few. Volume 1 focuses on the prelude to and early phases of the German invasion and Allied response.

                    As in Niall's previous books, detailed research has been carried out using official reports, war diaries and veterans' accounts, supported by photographs and color maps.
                    There's been a resurgence of interest in the Norwegian campaign with a lot of new books out or in the pipeline. Cherry has done some excellent books on the British Airborne and this book does a good job of looking at the turmoil at the top of the British command structure that pervaded this campaign. Will be getting the second volume when it's out and comparing the total work to Geirr Haarr's excellent two volume history.

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                    • Originally posted by CarpeDiem View Post
                      Interesting!
                      Is it truly about Allied intervention, including French and Polish, or just British?
                      BoRG

                      You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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                      • Originally posted by Colonel Sennef View Post
                        Interesting!
                        Is it truly about Allied intervention, including French and Polish, or just British?
                        More British. The French and Polish get mentioned. The Norwegians get a more in depth look. But it is mostly a look at the British actions. He reproduces a lot of documents discussing the planning. Haarr does a better job of covering the non-British participants. There's a book on the Polish brigade at Narvik coming out later this his year which should be interesting.

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                        • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

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                          • Daniel Duluth

                            American Back Ground Books # 31 Daniel Duluth: Explorer of The North Lands... American Pioneer Classics one of 36 books by David J. Abodaher publisher: P. J. Kennedy & Sons : New York.
                            https://www.librarything.com/series/...ckground+Books
                            Last edited by SmackUm; 22 Feb 17, 13:59. Reason: add link

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                            • Folgore Parachute Division: North African Operations 1940-43

                              Just finished this and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the Italians in WW2, the Desert War or airborne forces. Well produced with an excellent array of pictures, many of which I hadn't seen before. This book doesn't just look at the Folgore in North Africa but also outlines the development of Italian airborne forces in general and includes a chapter on the planned attack on Malta. Many of the events covered in this work have been presented from an Allied or German perspective so it is nice to get a view from the Italian side. Some small translation glitches and I noticed one miscaptioning of an aircraft type but overall a book I'm glad to have bought!

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                              • Eric Ambler, Cause for Alarm



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