The Ravens: The Men Who Flew in America's Secret War in Laos

By Christopher Robbins

The Ravens have been American ahead air-controllers who directed moves from weak, low-flying spotter planes, mostly in aid of a Meo basic named Vang Pao in Laos. "Advised" through the CIA, this fierce warlord fought to maintain the North Vietnamese out of the strategic simple of Jars. Robbins (Air the US) conveys the original taste of Raven-style strive against and likewise explains how the diplomatic-military dynamics of the clandestine warfare in Laos healthy into the general American attempt in Southeast Asia.

The solid of characters is memorable: a swaggering, rowdy bunch of mavericks whom their guardian carrier (the U.S. Air strength) had nice trouble controlling, they appeared to get by means of on sheer cussedness. in line with the writer, they suffered the top casualty expense of the Indochinese conflict. Robbins describes the poignant plight of displaced Meo/Hmong tribes those who have settled uneasily within the usa together with normal Pao and their ongoing fight to "propitiate the alien spirits of the United States.

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A Few Good Women: America's Military Women from World War I to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Evelyn Monahan

 In this riveting narrative heritage, girls veterans from the area wars, Vietnam, the Gulf battle, Afghanistan, and Iraq inform their remarkable stories.

Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee spent fifteen years combing via records, journals, histories, and information studies, and collecting hundreds of thousands of eyewitness debts, letters, and interviews for this extraordinary chronicle of America’s “few sturdy women.” girls this day make up greater than fifteen percentage of the U.S. military and serve along males in nearly each capability. listed here are the tales of the battles those girls fought to march beside their brothers, their stories of braveness and fortitude, of indignities persisted, of injustices triumph over, of the blood they’ve shed and the comrades they’ve misplaced, and the demanding situations they nonetheless face within the twenty-first century.

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The Socotra Incident (Eric Ritter Spy Thriller Book 3)

By Richard Fox

Whilst Somali pirates hijack a fishing boat smuggling a nuclear warhead, a frantic race for the weapon ignites. Al Qaeda desires the bomb to strike a devastating blow opposed to the West. The North Koreans wish the nuclear weapon again earlier than their position in nuclear terrorism is laid out ahead of the area degree. The CIA wishes their operative Eric Ritter to grab the bomb intact for later use...and Ritter does not understand why.

As the path runs chilly, the CIA thrust the green and naive Cindy Davis into the secret agent video game. A Russian fingers broker holds the major to discovering the nuke, and Davis needs to locate the bomb ahead of it slips into terrorists hands.

The Socotra Incident is a globe-hopping army mystery brimming with rigidity, betrayal, and espionage.

Eric Ritter secret agent mystery novels so as:

1. The Caliban application (Read it for FREE!)

2. Into Darkness

3. The Socotra Incident

4. The Beltway Assassin

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Cathar Castles: Fortresses of the Albigensian Crusade 1209-1300

By Marcus Cowper, Peter Dennis

In the early twelfth century advert a wide region of present-day France was once no longer less than the direct keep watch over of the French king. actually, the French king's direct authority stretched little additional than Paris and the realm instantly round it, the Ile de France. the various different areas have been semi-independent duchies and counties, managed via, among others, the King of britain and the Holy Roman Emperor. One such sector loose from direct French keep an eye on used to be the Languedoc, the world stretching from the Massif significant south to the Pyrenees, and so far as the river Rhone to the east. This quarter used to be less than the unfastened overlordship of the counts of Toulouse, and through the start of the twelfth century the full zone had turn into the centre of an early type of Protestantism known as Catharism that flourished to a unprecedented measure and threatened the guideline of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope blameless III, alarmed at this heresy and the unwillingness of the southern the Aristocracy to do a lot to uproot it, introduced a campaign in 1209 opposed to eu Christians. The crusading military, represented the proven Church consisting predominatly of northern French knights. They observed this as a chance either to 'take the go' and to acquire new lands and wealth for themselves extra comfortably than crusading to the Holy land. This, the Albigensian campaign, turned a brutal fight among the north and the south of France up to among orthodox Roman Catholic and heretic Cathar.

The population of the Languedoc had continuously relied for his or her security upon a chain of strongly fortified walled towns, corresponding to Albi, Carcassonne, B_ziers, Toulouse and a number of fortified hill-top villages and castles which dotted the nation-state. those so-called 'Cathar Castles' now grew to become the final shelter opposed to the invading crusaders and the clash built right into a sequence of protracted and bloody sieges that lasted for over 30 years. the writer describes those very varieties of fortification, the walled urban and the hill-top citadel. He explains why they have been located the place they have been, how they have been equipped, and the shielding rules in the back of their building, and in addition experiences how good they withstood the attempt of the Albigensian Crusade.

Related Titles
The Crusades (Essential Histories)
Medieval Siege struggle (Elite)
French Medieval Armies 1000-1300 (Men-at-Arms)

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Battle for the Falklands (2) : Naval Forces (Men-At-Arms Series, 134)

Within the early hours of the cold late-autumn morning, April 2 1982, mammoth forces of Argentine Marines, with heavy naval and air help, had invaded the Falkland islands, quick and virtually bloodlessly overwhelming a token garrison of Royal Marines. day after today Argentine forces additionally invaded the Falklands dependency of South Georgia, forcing the garrison of simply 22 Royal Marines to give up – even though now not sooner than that they had inflicted disproportionately heavy losses on their attackers. during this better half to Men-at-Arms 133 & one hundred thirty five Adrian English and Anthony Watts study the naval forces of either side who fought within the conflict for the Falklands.

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Find 'Em, Chase 'Em, Sink 'Em: The Mysterious Loss of the WWII Submarine USS Gudgeon

By Mike Ostlund

In April 1944, the hugely adorned submarine USS Gudgeon slipped underneath the waves in a single of the main risky patrol components within the most threatening army provider in the course of international struggle II. Neither the Gudgeon nor the team have been ever noticeable back. writer Mike Ostlund's "Uncle invoice" was once aboard the send as a lieutenant junior grade. via huge learn of patrol experiences in U.S. and eastern naval records, interviews with veterans who had served overseas the Gudgeon sooner than its ultimate patrol, and the private results of the misplaced men's kinfolk, Ostlund has assembled the main actual account but of this remarkably profitable submarine's exploits, of the boys in another country, from steward to captain, and of what we all know approximately her loss of life. via those tales we adventure the thrill of first sighting, then ultimate in on an enemy send, and the seconds ticking away because the workforce awaits the detonation of torpedoes. We listen the groans of collapsing bulkheads throughout the hull of the submarine, then the eerie cry of inch-thick metal because it is hire aside. The swish-swish-swish of a eastern destroyer's assault method. The thundercrack of exploding intensity fees among muttered prayers and anguished, flinching anticipation the place the group, all equivalent in danger now, needs to sit down totally nonetheless and take the punishment as they suppress the urge to do whatever, whatever. We additionally percentage the soreness of the ladies they left at the back of after they discovered the send was once misplaced; and of the thoughts and existence classes of the younger males who went to sea in another country Gudgeon sooner than its final patrol figuring out not often something, and coming domestic having noticeable an excessive amount of. The ebook recounts the mysterious disappearance of the USS Gudgeon in April 1944.

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The Command: Deep Inside the President's Secret Army

By Marc Ambinder, D. B. Grady

The U.S. Joint distinct Operations Command (JSOC) has confirmed to be the main deadly weapon within the president's arsenal. Shrouded in secrecy, the Command has performed extra to degrade the skill of terrorists to assault the U.S. than the other unmarried entity. And counter-terrorism is just one of its many missions. as a result of such excessive profile missions as Operation Neptune's Spear, which ended in the dying of Osama bin encumbered, JSOC has attracted the public's awareness. yet american citizens basically understand a fragment of the genuine story.

In The Command, Ambinder and Grady offer readers with a concise and complete contemporary background of the certain missions devices that include the best weapon opposed to terrorism ever conceived. For the 1st time, they exhibit JSOC's organizational chart and describe a number of the mystery applied sciences and techniques that catalyze their intelligence and kinetic actions. They describe how JSOC migrated to the heart of U.S. army operations, and the way they fused intelligence and operations in any such manner that proved the most important to beating again the Iraq insurgency. additionally they reveal formerly unreported situations the place JSOC's actions could have skirted the legislations, and query the facility of Congress to supervise devices that, by way of layout, needs to function with minimal interference.

With remarkable entry to senior commanders and staff leaders, the authors also:

  • Put the bin encumbered raid within the higher context of a remodeled mystery association at its operational top.
  • Explore different mystery missions ordered via the president (and the extraordinary nations during which JSOC operates).
  • Trace the expansion of JSOC's operational and aid branches and chronicle the command's mastery of the Washington inter-agency forms.
  • By Marc Ambinder, a contributing editor on the Atlantic, who has lined politics for CBS information and ABC information, and D.B. Grady, a correspondent for the Atlantic, and previous U.S. military paratrooper and a veteran of Afghanistan.

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Divide and Conquer (Tom Clancy's Op-Center, Book 7)

By Tom Clancy

#1 big apple occasions bestselling phenomenon Tom Clancy delivers an all-new, unique novel, Op middle: Divide and Conquer.Shadowy components in the country division secretly reason tensions to flare among Iran and the previous Soviet republic of Azerbaijan. They desire to begin a capturing struggle to extend their very own strength and profit.At an analogous time, the conspirators choose to up the ante - via deposing the president of the USA. In a treacherous scheme, they persuade the president that he's mentally volatile, and a silent coup d'etat is inside of their reach.Now, Paul Hood and the contributors of Op-Center needs to race opposed to the clock to avoid the outbreak of warfare, shop the dignity of the president - and divulge the traitors.

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The Tank Factory: British Military Vehicle Development and the Chobham Establishment

By William Suttie

The uk invented the tank and was once accountable for campaign-winning strategies, but through the beginning of the second one international battle had fallen good at the back of different countries within the layout and construct of armoured automobiles. William Suttie tells the heritage of tank layout from a central authority point of view and the selections and screw ups that resulted in that scenario, happening to element the formation of the battling autos learn and improvement institution at Chertsey. This attention-grabbing booklet finds that establishment's heritage, its floor breaking examine, innovations and designs and plenty of tales of the folks who labored there, and its target to make sure that the British military could by no means be lower than secure or outgunning back.

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