Download British Anti-tank Artillery 1939-45 by Chris Henry (.PDF)

British Anti-tank Artillery 1939-45 by Chris Henry
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Overview: The rapid development of the tank as an offensive weapon following its introduction in World War I gave artillery theorists cause for concern during the 1920s and 1930s. By the beginning of World War II anti-tank guns had been developed, initially at around 37mm and 2 pounds in weight of shot. By the end of the war, monster anti-tank weapons were being developed, able to penetrate an armour thickness of up to 200mm at a range of 1,000 yards. This book explores the British efforts to keep up in a war of development, which saw heavier and more powerful guns eventually replaced by experimental ideas in an attempt to stop the German onslaught.
Genre: Non-fiction, History

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Download British Artillery 1914-19: Heavy by Dale Clarke (.PDF)

British Artillery 1914-19: Heavy Artillery by Dale Clarke
Requirements: Any PDF Reader, 2 MB
Overview: World War I is often deemed to have been ‘a war of artillery’, and British heavy artillery played a vital part in destroying the German trenches and providing invaluable cover for advancing troops on the Western Front. This book details the huge guns of the Royal Garrison Artillery, including the 6-in. siege gun and howitzer, the 8-in. howitzer, the 12-in. railway and siege howitzer and the infamous 9.2-in breech-loading siege howitzer. Camouflage and enemy battery locations and transport are covered, as well as tactics used and how the guns were developed and manned.
Genre: Non-fiction, History

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Download British Artillery 1914-19: Field Army by Dale Clarke (.PDF)

British Artillery 1914-19: Field Army Artillery by Dale Clarke
Requirements: Any PDF Reader, 2 MB
Overview: In 1914 the artillery of Britain’s ‘Field Army’ encompassed those weapons judged to have sufficient mobility to keep up with troops in the field. This book describes all major variants, from the 60-pdr guns of the heavy field batteries, perched somewhat uncomfortably on the cusp between field artillery and siege artillery, to the 2.75in. guns of the mountain batteries, almost toy-like in comparison. Between these two extremes lay the bulk of the artillery of the Field Army: the 13-pdr guns of the Royal Horse Artillery, and the 18-pdr guns and 4.5in. howitzers of the Royal Field Artillery batteries.
Genre: Non-fiction, History

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Download Pacific War & Contingent Victory by Michael W. Myers (.PDF)

The Pacific War and Contingent Victory: Why Japanese Defeat Was Not Inevitable by Michael W. Myers
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Overview: About the Allies’ victory in the Pacific in WWII, it goes almost without question that Japan’s defeat was inevitable in the face of overwhelming American military might and economic power. But the outcome, Michael W. Myers contends, was actually anything but inevitable. This book is Myers’s thorough and deeply informed explanation of how contingent the “foregone conclusion” of the war in the Pacific really was.

However disproportionate their respective resources, both Japan and the Allied forces confronted significant obstacles to ultimate victory. One the two sides shared, Myers shows, was the lack of a single individual with the knowledge, vision, and authority to formulate and implement effective strategy. Both exercised leadership by committee, and Myers cogently explains how this contributed to the contingent nature of the conflict. A remarkable exercise in logical methods of strategic thinking, his book analyzes decisive campaigns in the Pacific War, examining the economic and strategic challenges that both sides faced and had to overcome to achieve victory. Japan, for instance, had two goals going into the war: to expand the boundaries of what they termed the “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” and to end their long and frustrating war in China. These goals, as Myers shows us, had unforeseen and devastating logistical and strategic consequences. But the United States faced similar problems—as well as other hurdles specific to a nation not yet on full war footing.

Overturning conventional historiography, The Pacific War and Contingent Victory clarifies the proper relationship between freedom and determinism in historical thinking. A compelling retelling of the Pacific war that might easily have been, the book offers historical lessons in thinking about contemporary American foreign policy and American exceptionalism—most saliently about the dangers of the presumption of American ascendancy.
Genre: Non-fiction, History

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Download Bernard Montgomery (Command #9) by Tim Moreman (.PDF)

Bernard Montgomery (Command #9) by Tim Moreman
Requirements: Pdf Reader, 27.1 mb
Overview: This Osprey Command title looks closely at the early life, military experiences and key battlefield exploits of Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, first Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (1887-1976), perhaps the best-known, most highly respected and most controversial British general of World War II. “Monty’s” reputation was made while in command in North Africa, in the Mediterranean and then North-West Europe. Arguably his best-known achievement was rebuilding a dispirited and defeated eighth army and inflicting a decisive defeat on Rommel at El Alamein.

Montgomery’s style and exercise of command and his personal reputation were largely shaped by his highly driven, but often difficult and enigmatic personality. He made an incalculable contribution to the Allied victory in Europe, and his leadership had played a crucial role in transforming the British Army into a war-winning weapon.
Genre: Biography

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Download The Carpenter by Jon Gordon (.ePUB)+

The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All by Jon Gordon
Requirements: ePUB Reader, MOBI Reader, 1.55 MB
Overview: Bestselling author Jon Gordon returns with his most inspiring book yet—filled with powerful lessons and the greatest success strategies of all.

Michael wakes up in the hospital with a bandage on his head and fear in his heart. The stress of building a growing business, with his wife Sarah, caused him to collapse while on a morning jog. When Michael finds out the man who saved his life is a Carpenter he visits him and quickly learns that he is more than just a Carpenter; he is also a builder of lives, careers, people, and teams.

As the Carpenter shares his wisdom, Michael attempts to save his business in the face of adversity, rejection, fear, and failure. Along the way he learns that there’s no such thing as an overnight success but there are timeless principles to help you stand out, excel, and make an impact on people and the world.

Drawing upon his work with countless leaders, sales people, professional and college sports teams, non-profit organizations and schools, Jon Gordon shares an entertaining and enlightening story that will inspire you to build a better life, career, and team with the greatest success strategies of all.

If you are ready to create your masterpiece, read The Carpenter and begin the building process today.
Genre: Business & Money > Management & Leadership > Motivational

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Download Alistair Cooke’s American Journey by Alistair Cooke (.ePUB)

Alistair Cooke’s American Journey by Alistair Cooke
Requirements: ePUB Reader, 3.2 MB
Overview: "Alistair Cooke’s American Journey: Life on the Home Front in the Second World War" is an extraordinary travelogue, celebrating the spirit of a nation that would inspire Cooke’s legendary broadcasts for the next sixty years. Within weeks of the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, Cooke set off to see the effects of the war on ordinary Americans, from miners to lumberjacks, Pullman porters to peanut farmers and even Japanese-Americans interned in stark desert prison camps. Thought to have been lost for years, this enthralling account of Alistair Cooke’s travels through American during the Second World War was rediscovered just before his death. "So vivid …he makes you feel you were there". (John Humphrys). "A time capsule …containing the essence of a vanished America". ("Independent on Sunday"). "Personal, quirky, and sometimes very funny". ("Sunday Telegraph"). "Cooke’s mellifluous radio voice flows from every page …an account of one man’s love affair with an entire country. Every stop on the way glints like a facet on a diamond". Gavin Esler Alistair Cooke (1908-2004) enjoyed an extraordinary life in print, radio and television. The Guardian’s Senior Correspondent in New York for twenty-five years and the host of groundbreaking cultural programmes on American television and of the BBC series America, Cooke was, however, best known both at home and abroad for his weekly BBC broadcast Letter from America, which reported on fifty-eight years of US life, was heard over five continents and totalled 2,869 broadcasts before his retirement in February 2004, far and away the longest-running radio series in broadcasting history.
Genre: History

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Download The Hiltons by J. Randy Taraborrelli (.ePUB)

The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty by J. Randy Taraborrelli
Requirements: ePUB Reader, 1.78 MB
Overview: The Hiltons is a sweeping saga of the success-and excess-of an iconic American family. Demanding and enigmatic, patriarch Conrad Hilton’s visionary ideas and unyielding will established the model for the modern luxury hotel industry. But outside the boardroom, Conrad struggled with emotional detachment, failed marriages, and conflicted Catholicism. Then there were his children: Playboy Nicky Hilton’s tragic alcoholism and marriage to Elizabeth Taylor was the stuff of tabloid legend. Barron Hilton, on the other hand, deftly handled his father’s legacy, carrying the Hilton brand triumphantly into the new millennium. Eric, raised apart from his older brothers, accepted his supporting role in the Hilton dynasty with calm and quiet-a stark contrast to the boys’ much younger half-sister Francesca, whose battle for recognition led her into courtrooms and conflict. The cast of supporting players includes the inimitable Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was married to Conrad briefly and remained a thorn in his side for decades, and a host of other Hollywood and business luminaries with whom the Hiltons crossed paths and swords over the years.
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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Download Whitechapel’s Sherlock Holmes by Dick Kirby (.PDF)

Whitechapel’s Sherlock Holmes: The Casebook of Fred Wensley OBR, KPM – Victorian Crime Buster by Dick Kirby
Requirements: PDF Reader, 3 MB
Overview: The story of Fred Wensley, a Somerset gardener who joined the Metropolitan Police in 1888 and retired, forty-one years later as Chief Constable of the CID, is an extraordinary one.

After an abortive attempt to catch ‘Jack the Ripper’ by nailing strips of bicycle tyres to the soles of his boots, Wensley got stuck into arresting the ne’er-do-wells of Whitechapel, where he would spend twenty-five years of his service.

Within months of joining the CID, Wensley, while off duty, arrested a double murderer. He smashed the murderous Bessarabian and Odessa gangs, brought the Vendetta gang to book when, brandishing revolvers they tried to storm a police court, played a decisive part in the Siege of Sidney Street and created the Flying Squad.

Wensley’s career was dogged with controversy; when Stinie Morrison was convicted of murder, was he, as he claimed, framed by Wensley? And was Edith Thompson, hanged for the murder of her husband, as Wensley stated, ‘a cold-blooded murderess’ or, as her defense counsel claimed, ‘a fanciful dreamer’?

The first King’s Police Medal was awarded to Wensley; he was appointed OBE and commended on many of occasions.

Retired Flying Squad officer, turned author, Dick Kirby has dug deep to paint a fascinating portrait of the man dubbed, ‘The Greatest Detective of all Time’.
Genre: History

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Download Jackie, Ethel, Joan by J. Randy Taraborrelli (.ePUB)

Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot by J. Randy Taraborrelli
Requirements: ePUB Reader, 1.71 MB
Overview: Over the years there have been many books published about the Kennedy family, individually and collectively. But only this book provides a powerful and detailed look at the complex relationships shared between the three women who were not born Kennedy but who married into the family: Jackie Bouvier, Ethel Skakel, and Joan Bennett. For each of the Kennedy wives, the Camelot years provided an entirely different experience of life lessons. These were the years when Jackie’s dreams became reality, but at a hefty price. For Ethel, these were years of frustration where her dreams of being First Lady were dashed and she sank into a deep depression. For Joan, her years as a Kennedy wife were the most confusing of her life, and she is now a recovering alcoholic. This fascinating story is set against a panorama of explosive American history, as the women cope with Jack’s and Bobby’s alleged affairs with Marilyn Monroe, their tragic assassinations, and other tragedies and scandals. Whether dealing with their husbands’ blatant infidelities, stumping for their many political campaigns, touring the world to promote their family’s legacy or raising their children, the Kennedy wives did it all with grace, style, and dignity. In the end, JACKIE, ETHEL, JOAN is a story of redemption and great courage.
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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