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U-Boats of the Kaiser’s Navy
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:31


Author: Gordon Williamson
Illustrated by Ian Palmer
Publisher: Osprey Publishing

From Baird Maritime:
This little book describes the development of the German submarine arm of the First World War from its beginnings in the 1850s.

From around 1906 Kaiser Wilhelm began flexing his muscles and provoking his British cousins. At this time submarines began to be seen as acceptable and effective weapons. With the rapid developments of the diesel engine their development surged.

The early boats were small and conditions inside them primitive, to put it mildly.
Early in the war they started to be enlarged and their performances improved dramatically. A total of 355 were built from 1914-1918.

Early successes against British warships such as the sinking of three cruisers in a few minutes by ‘U9’ led to a rapid re-appraisal of the value of submarines. However, just as they began to be established, the British discovered effective ways of defeating them using convoys, mines and aircraft. By early 1918 it was all over, U Boat production could not match their losses.

Ordering Information:

Osprey Publishing
Oxford, UK
Web: www.ospreypublishing.com
 
Capricorn Link
Windsor, Australia
Web: www.capricornlink.com.au

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Charge: History’s Greatest Military Speeches
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:30

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Publisher: The Naval Institute Press

From Baird Maritime:

Inspiring dispirited, exhausted, scared, uncomfortable, sick or wounded warriors is an amazingly difficult task. If a leader fails in it, all is probably lost.

So, the best military speeches have usually been made in a “backs to the wall situation”. There are many, fortunately, that have made the difference. Those dispirited, cowed warriors have been turned round and inspired to fight.

There are many recorded speeches that have fortunately, made the necessary difference. The author, here, has presented many of the best of them.

Inspiring stuff.

Ordering Information:

The Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, USA
Web: www.usni.org

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The Enemy Within: A History of Espionage
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:28


Author: Terry Crowdy
Publisher: Osprey Publishing

From Baird Maritime:

A three thousand year history of the art, science and practice of espionage, an inevitable accompaniment to war of all kinds.

The author is absolutely fascinated by the subject. He has read widely. His bibliography and footnotes reflect that.

He looks closely at espionage in all its forms including murder or assassination by intelligence operatives. He shows how the Israeli Mossad service are masters of such activities as have been Russia’s KGB and it variations.

Murder, mayhem, torture and assassination are all important components of the trade along with surveillance, infiltration, bribery, kidnapping and much more. It is a fascinating but mostly unsavoury business but it has to be done and everyone does it.

As with most businesses, the energetic, innovative and brave seem to be the most successful. This fascinating books shows why.

Ordering Information:

Osprey Publishing
Oxford, UK
Web: www.ospreypublishing.com
 
Capricorn Link
Windsor, Australia
Web: www.capricornlink.com.au

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The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:24


Author: Andrew J. Bacevich
Publisher: Oxford University Press

From Baird Maritime:

This book was not written by a “bleeding heart” pacifist. The author is a West Point graduate and Vietnam war veteran who became a senior academic and writer. He has seen the good and the bad, near at hand and personally.

He also has the intellectual wherewithal to be able to very effectively yet passionately analyse and criticise the recent epidemic of American militarism. It is a hard hitting, indeed devastating book but a vitally important one that deserves much wider readership than it is likely to enjoy.

While he has plenty of material to work with, especially during the decade to the end of 2005, there is, to this reviewer at least, a feeling that there is a wind of change starting to waft through the United States. Perhaps by putting his finger on the New American Militarism, the author has helped to make enough people think as to inspire a change of direction.

Ordering Information:

Oxford University Press
Oxford, UK
Web: www.oup.com

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The Twins Platoon: An Epic Story of Young Marines at War in Vietnam
Wednesday, 30 January 2008 15:22


Author: Christy W. Sauro Jr.
Publisher: Zenith Press

From Baird Maritime:

A rather bizarre but nevertheless fascinating treatment of the often bizarre Vietnam War. This book follows a platoon of marines recruited in 1967 through their experiences in Vietnam and concludes long afterwards in 2005.

Even more bizarrely, it is written in the third person. Still, it remains personal and provides a very close up view of the experiences of a group of young, relatively uneducated but mostly good hearted Americans suffering in very unexpected ways.

An unusual but effective approach to military history.

Ordering Information:

Zenith Press
St Paul, USA
Web: www.zenithpress.com
 
Capricorn Link
Windsor, Australia
Web: www.capricornlink.com.au

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