The Adventures and Inventions of Stewart Blacker

The Adventures and Inventions of Stewart Blacker
Author: Barnaby Blacker
Publsiher: Pen and Sword
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2006-08-17
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781844154319

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En biografi over den britiske flyver, eventyrer og opfinder, Stewart Blacker, der deltog i begge verdenskrige og bl. a. udviklede de første britiske mandbårne anti-tank-våben.

The Adventures and Inventions of Stewart Blacker

The Adventures and Inventions of Stewart Blacker
Author: Barnaby Blacker
Publsiher: Pen and Sword
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2006-08-17
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781473818613

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Stewart Blacker was a remarkable figure. His inventions were used with significant effect both in WW1 and WW2. Most notable of these was the synchronised machine gun, attached to fighter planes that could fire through the propeller. He also designed the PIAT anti tank weapon which was used with dramatic effect during WW2, from Normandy until the end of the war. The book argues that with less obstruction from officialdom, the PIAT could have been ready at the start of the war to stop Blitzkreig in its tracks.As an aviation pioneer, flying (and crashing) planes soon after the Wright Brothers, he found himself in charge his Majestys Air Force at the outset of WW1. Later after having seen the awful slaughter occurring in the trenches and feeling guilty he had chosen the easy option, he joined up with his old regiment and fought at Neuve Chapelle until he was injured in 1917. During the interwar years he continued to fly and develop weapons and was the first man to fly over the top of Everest.

Cracking Hitler s Atlantic Wall

Cracking Hitler s Atlantic Wall
Author: Richard C. Anderson Jr.
Publsiher: Stackpole Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2009-11-18
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780811742719

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Refreshingly different perspective on the momentous events of D-Day.

The Indian Army on the Western Front

The Indian Army on the Western Front
Author: George Morton-Jack
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 348
Release: 2014-04-07
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781107027466

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Recasts the role of the Indian Army on the Western Front, questioning why its performance was traditionally deemed a failure.

The Indian Army on the Western Front South Asia Edition

The Indian Army on the Western Front South Asia Edition
Author: George Morton-Jack
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2015-02-24
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781107117655

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Recasts the role of the Indian Army on the Western Front, questioning why its performance was traditionally deemed a failure.

Churchill s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

Churchill s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
Author: Giles Milton
Publsiher: Picador
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2017-02-07
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781250119049

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Six gentlemen, one goal: the destruction of Hitler's war machine In the spring of 1939, a top-secret organization was founded in London: its purpose was to plot the destruction of Hitler's war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage. The guerrilla campaign that followed was every bit as extraordinary as the six men who directed it. One of them, Cecil Clarke, was a maverick engineer who had spent the 1930s inventing futuristic caravans. Now, his talents were put to more devious use: he built the dirty bomb used to assassinate Hitler's favorite, Reinhard Heydrich. Another, William Fairbairn, was a portly pensioner with an unusual passion: he was the world's leading expert in silent killing, hired to train the guerrillas being parachuted behind enemy lines. Led by dapper Scotsman Colin Gubbins, these men—along with three others—formed a secret inner circle that, aided by a group of formidable ladies, single-handedly changed the course Second World War: a cohort hand-picked by Winston Churchill, whom he called his Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare. Giles Milton's Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is a gripping and vivid narrative of adventure and derring-do that is also, perhaps, the last great untold story of the Second World War.

Zeppelin Onslaught

Zeppelin Onslaught
Author: Ian Castle
Publsiher: Casemate Publishers
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2018-05-30
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781848324350

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At the outbreak of the First World War, the United Kingdom had no aerial defense capability worthy of the name. Britain had just thirty guns to defend the entire country, with all but five of these considered of dubious value. So when raiding German aircraft finally appeared over Britain the response was negligible and ineffective. Of Britains fledgling air forces, the Royal Flying Corps had accompanied the British Expeditionary Force into Europe leaving the Royal Naval Air Service to defend the country as best it could. That task was not an easy one.From the first raid in December 1914, aerial attacks gradually increased through 1915, culminating in highly damaging assaults on London in September and October. London, however, was not the only recipient of German bombs, with counties from Northumberland to Kent also experiencing the indiscriminate death and destruction found in this new theater of war the Home Front. And when the previously unimagined horror of bombs falling from the sky began, the British population was initially left exposed and largely undefended as civilians were killed in the streets or lying asleep in their beds. The face of war had changed forever and those raids on London in the autumn of 1915 finally forced the government to pursue a more effective defense against air attack.This German air campaign against the United Kingdom was the first sustained strategic aerial bombing campaign in history. Yet it has become the forgotten Blitz.In Zeppelin Onslaught Ian Castle tells the complete story of the 1915 raids in unprecedented detail in what is the first in a planned series of three books that will eventually provide a complete history of Britains Forgotten Blitz of 1914–18.

Britain s War Machine

Britain s War Machine
Author: David Edgerton
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2011-09-09
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780199832682

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The familiar image of the British in the Second World War is that of the plucky underdog taking on German might. David Edgerton's bold, compelling new history shows the conflict in a new light, with Britain as a very wealthy country, formidable in arms, ruthless in pursuit of its interests, and in command of a global production system. Rather than belittled by a Nazi behemoth, Britain arguably had the world's most advanced mechanized forces. It had not only a great empire, but allies large and small. Edgerton shows that Britain fought on many fronts and its many home fronts kept it exceptionally well supplied with weapons, food and oil, allowing it to mobilize to an extraordinary extent. It created and deployed a vast empire of machines, from the humble tramp steamer to the battleship, from the rifle to the tank, made in colossal factories the world over. Scientists and engineers invented new weapons, encouraged by a government and prime minister enthusiastic about the latest technologies. The British, indeed Churchillian, vision of war and modernity was challenged by repeated defeat at the hands of less well-equipped enemies. Yet the end result was a vindication of this vision. Like the United States, a powerful Britain won a cheap victory, while others paid a great price. Putting resources, machines and experts at the heart of a global rather than merely imperial story, Britain's War Machine demolishes timeworn myths about wartime Britain and gives us a groundbreaking and often unsettling picture of a great power in action.

The PIAT

The PIAT
Author: Matthew Moss
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2020-08-20
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781472838148

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Designed in 1942, Britain's innovative Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank (PIAT) provided British and Commonwealth troops with a much-needed means of taking on Germany's formidable Panzers. Replacing the inadequate Boys anti-tank rifle, it was conceived in the top-secret World War II research and development organization known colloquially as 'Churchill's Toyshop', alongside other ingenious weapons such as the sticky bomb, the limpet mine and the time-pencil fuse. Unlike the more famous US bazooka, the PIAT had its roots in something simpler than rocket science. Operated from the shoulder, the PIAT was a spigot mortar which fired a heavy high-explosive bomb, with its main spring soaking up the recoil. The PIAT had a limited effective range. Troops required nerves of steel to get close enough to an enemy tank to ensure a direct hit, often approaching to within 50ft of the target, and no fewer than six Victoria Crosses were won during World War II by soldiers operating PIATs. A front-line weapon in every theatre of the conflict in which Commonwealth troops fought, from Europe to the Far East, the PIAT remained in service after 1945, seeing action during the Greek Civil War, the Arab–Israeli conflict and the Korean War. This illustrated study combines detailed research with expert analysis to reveal the full story of the design, development and deployment of this revolutionary weapon.

Debrett s Peerage and Baronetage

Debrett s Peerage and Baronetage
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2011
Genre: Gentry
ISBN: UCSD:31822038912648

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Flypast

Flypast
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2007
Genre: Aeronautics
ISBN: IND:30000117508154

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The British National Bibliography

The British National Bibliography
Author: Arthur James Wells
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2007
Genre: Bibliography, National
ISBN: UOM:39015066381453

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Aviation News

Aviation News
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2006-07
Genre: Aeronautics
ISBN: STANFORD:36105131526431

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The Spectator

The Spectator
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2006
Genre: English literature
ISBN: UCR:31210016206797

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The Circle

The Circle
Author: Dave Eggers
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2013-10-08
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780345808608

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LONGLISTED 2015 – International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, bestselling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.