The Spectral Tide: True Ghost Stories of the U. S. Navy by Eric Mills

By Eric Mills

Now, for the 1st time, comes a long-overdue publication that offers all the U.S. Navy's wealthy shipment of paranormal phenomena. there's the good Stephen Decatur, whose mournful apparition nonetheless stalks the halls of his recognized domestic, acknowledged to be some of the most haunted spots in Washington, D.C. USS The Sullivans, now a floating museum, is the resource of a lot aggravating spectral activity--poltergeists starting locks, hurling gadgets, and turning on radar that's now not less than electricity. Then there are the repeated sightings of the good-looking USS Lexington ghost, 'polite. . .kind. . .smartly wearing a summer time white military uniform.' From translucent sails to phantom crews, from a flaming ghost send to the notorious psychic anomaly on the U.S. Naval Academy to battleships the place the useless nonetheless linger, this publication bargains a minimum of a haunted heritage of the U.S. Navy.

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Attack State Red by Richard Kemp

By Richard Kemp

Eco-friendly: input with out explosives or firing until enemy pursuits are identified.

Amber: input firing. No explosive entry.

Red: Explosive access utilizing a grenade or cost. input firing at will.

What occurred in Helmand's Sangin Valley within the spring of 2007 used to be not anything wanting remarkable. After the final gasp defence of the platoon homes by means of the Paras that preceded them in theatre, the warriors of the Royal Anglian Regiment arrived in Afghanistan charged with taking the conflict to the enemy. regardless of brutal, debilitating stipulations, the journey that turned a bloody lesson in tips on how to behavior offensive infantry struggle. Over a six-month travel of responsibility, the 'Vikings' battlegroup unleashed hell in heavy, relentless battling that observed teenage squaddies conflict toe to toe opposed to hardcore Al Qaeda and Taliban warriors at unparalleled degrees of ferocity.

The tales that emerged from the Sangin Valley, outlined by way of bravery, comradeship, persistence and, specifically, aggression, are outstanding quite a bit in order that Sandhurst manuals have been re-written to include the teachings of the crusade. however the struggle was once faraway from one-sided. may possibly 2007 observed the Anglians undergo the top variety of British army casualties in any unmarried month because the finish of worldwide conflict II. and those who did go back domestic got here again replaced by way of the depth of the experience.

In assault kingdom crimson, Colonel Richard Kemp, a former Commanding workplace of 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, and Chris Hughes, the day-by-day reflect defense Correspondent, inform the tale of the Royal Anglian's deployment for the 1st time. Combining the strategic perception of three Para with the adrenaline cost of Sniper One, they've got produced the main dynamic, enormous and visceral account of the conflict in Afghanistan that's ever been written.

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Presidential Decisions for War: Korea, Vietnam, and the by Gary R. Hess

By Gary R. Hess

In 1950, american citizens anticipated that the USA could salary one other significant conflict within the close to destiny. as a substitute, over the process the following half-century, they fought constrained wars opposed to minor powers: North Korea, North Vietnam, and Iraq. In Presidential judgements for conflict, Gary R. Hess explores the ways that Presidents Truman, Johnson, and Bush took the US into those wars. He recreates the unfolding crises in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, explaining why the presidents and their advisers concluded that using army strength was once eventually essential to uphold U.S. defense. the choices for battle are then evaluated by way of how successfully the president assessed U.S. pursuits, explored possible choices to warfare, adhered to constitutional approaches, and equipped congressional, renowned, and foreign support.Once at conflict, each one president as commander in leader confronted the problem of waging a restricted struggle, which imposes regulations on army operations and pursuits and at the volume to which well known feelings should be aroused. After tracing how Truman, Johnson, and Bush replied to unfolding army advancements, Hess evaluates the wartime management of every president by way of his effectiveness in coordinating political and army goals, handling civilian-military family members, speaking goals and maintaining renowned and congressional help, gaining and maintaining foreign backing, and responding to diplomatic tasks and possibilities for peace. Presidential judgements for battle concludes that the standard of presidential management without delay affected the various results of those 3 wars, each one of which continues to be a subject matter of ongoing controversy between historians and the general public.

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Romano-Byzantine Armies 4th-9th Century by David Nicolle, Angus McBride

By David Nicolle, Angus McBride

Even if the Byzantine Empire was once a continuation of the Roman Empire and confronted related army difficulties, its recommendations have been very assorted. In North Africa, for instance, Romes huge military focused on securing major roads and concrete centres. Byzantiums smaller military equipped extra fortifications and took a shielding stance. the main impressive attribute of later Byzantine army considering used to be, in spite of the fact that, the subject or provincial military process, which owed not anything to historical Roman culture. With 8 significant complete color plates through Angus McBride, and plenty of different illustrations, David Nicolle examines the historical past of Romano-Byzantine armies from 4th-9th centuries.

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Platoon Leader: A Memoir of Command in Combat by James R. McDonough

By James R. McDonough

A notable memoir of small-unit management and the arriving of age of a tender soldier in strive against in Vietnam.'

"Using a lean type and a feeling of pacing drawn from the tautest of novels, McDonough has produced a gripping account of his first command, a U.S. platoon playing the 'strategic hamlet' application. . . . instead of current a potpourri of wrestle yarns. . . McDonough has centred a pro storyteller’s eye at the info, humans, and incidents that most sensible converse a visceral consider of command lower than hearth. . . . For the author’s honesty and literary craftsmanship, Platoon Leader turns out destined to be learn for a very long time via moment lieutenants attempting to organize for the long run, veterans attempting to have in mind the earlier, and civilians attempting to comprehend what the occupation of fingers is all about.”–Army Times

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The Command: Deep Inside the President's Secret Army by Marc Ambinder, D. B. Grady

By Marc Ambinder, D. B. Grady

The U.S. Joint targeted 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 capability of terrorists to assault the U.S. than the other unmarried entity. And counter-terrorism is just one of its many missions. due to such excessive profile missions as Operation Neptune's Spear, which ended in the dying of Osama bin encumbered, JSOC has attracted the public's consciousness. yet american citizens simply understand a fragment of the genuine story.
In The Command, Ambinder and Grady offer readers with a concise and finished fresh historical past of the targeted missions devices that contain the best weapon opposed to terrorism ever conceived. For the 1st time, they display JSOC's organizational chart and describe many of the mystery applied sciences and techniques that catalyze their intelligence and kinetic actions. They describe how JSOC migrated to the guts 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. in addition they reveal formerly unreported circumstances the place JSOC's actions can have skirted the legislation, and query the power of Congress to supervise devices that, via layout, needs to function with minimal interference.

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

Put the bin encumbered raid within the higher context of a reworked mystery association at its operational best.
Explore different mystery missions ordered via the president (and the fabulous international locations within which JSOC operates).
Trace the expansion of JSOC's operational and aid branches and chronicle the command's mastery of the Washington inter-agency bureaucracy.
By Marc Ambinder, a contributing editor on the Atlantic, who has has coated 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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Black Arrows Blue Diamond: Leading the Legendary RAF Flying by Brian Mercer

By Brian Mercer

Brian Mercer is without doubt one of the most eminent post-war RAF fighter pilots and during this eminently readable autobiography he recaptures existence because it used to be within the days of transition from flying piston-powered plane to jet energy. His flying and management talents ended in a protracted organization with what was once then regarded as the best aerobatic exhibit staff on the earth - Treble One Squardron’s ‘Black Arrows’. Flying the dependent black Hawker Hunters in huge formation screens was once no effortless job and the writer explains in nice element how their mythical precision used to be completed, revealing many interesting incidents en course. whilst Treble One’s Hunters have been changed with the supersonic Lightining fighter, it quickly grew to become transparent that those superfast plane weren't fitted to close-up demonstrate flying. Brian used to be then requested to shape a brand new RAF exhibit group and proceed with Hunters. This used to be to turn into the No. ninety two Squadron’s Blue Diamonds’, who inherited the superstar function. confronted with the truth that destiny promoting in the RAF might movement him from cockpit to table, Brian elected to affix then then fledgling airline, Cathay Pacific. His tale maintains with many fascinating incidents flying from the company’s domestic base at Kai Tak in Hong Kong.

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Battle of the Barricades: U.S. Marines in the Recapture of by USMC (Ret.), Colonel Joseph H. Alexander

By USMC (Ret.), Colonel Joseph H. Alexander

The second one conflict of Seoul was once the conflict to recapture Seoul from the North Koreans in past due September 1950. the development on Seoul used to be gradual and bloody, after the landings at Inchon. the explanation was once the looks within the Seoul region of 2 firstclass struggling with devices of the North Korean People's military, the 78th autonomous Infantry Regiment and twenty fifth Infantry Brigade, approximately 7,000 troops in all. The NKPA introduced a T-34 assault, which used to be trapped and destroyed, and a Yak bombing run in Incheon harbor, which did little harm. The NKPA tried to stall the UN offensive to permit time to augment Seoul and withdraw troops from the south. even though warned that the method of taking Seoul might let final NKPA forces within the south to flee, MacArthur felt that he used to be absolute to honor offers given to the South Korean govt to retake the capital once attainable. at the moment day, vessels wearing the U.S. Army's seventh Infantry department arrived in Incheon Harbor. basic Almond was once desirous to get the department into place to dam a potential enemy stream from the south of Seoul. at the morning of September 18, the division's 2d Battalion of the thirty second Infantry Regiment landed at Incheon and the rest of the regiment went ashore later within the day. the following morning, the second Battalion moved as much as relieve an U.S. Marine battalion occupying positions at the correct flank south of Seoul. in the meantime, the seventh Division's thirty first Infantry Regiment got here ashore at Incheon. accountability for the area south of Seoul road handed to seventh department at 18:00 on September 19. The seventh Infantry department then engaged in heavy combating with North Korean infantrymen at the outskirts of Seoul. ahead of the conflict, North Korea had only one understrength department within the urban, with the vast majority of its forces south of the capital. MacArthur individually oversaw the first Marine Regiment because it fought via North Korean positions at the highway to Seoul. keep an eye on of Operation Chromite used to be then given to significant common Edward Almond, the X Corps commander. common Almond used to be in an important hurry to trap Seoul via September 25, precisely 3 months of the North Korean attack around the thirty eighth parallel. On September 22, the Marines entered Seoul to discover it seriously fortified. Casualties fixed because the forces engaged in determined house-to-house combating. nervous to pronounce the conquest of Seoul, Almond declared the town liberated on September 25 although Marines have been nonetheless engaged in house-to-house wrestle. This U.S. Marine Corps heritage offers special information regarding a tremendous element of the Korean battle. matters coated during this historical past comprise: the first Marine department; significant normal Oliver P. Smith; Seoul/Wonsan crusade; aerial clinical evacuation; shut air help within the recapture of Seoul; marine strive against automobiles; Bushmaster; 1950 road combating.

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Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His by Damien Lewis, Mike Dowling

By Damien Lewis, Mike Dowling

"In Iraq we placed our lives in each one other's arms (and paws) day by day. We took care of one another it doesn't matter what. Rex and i've a bond that would final for the remainder of our born days. If ever there has been a marine who lived as much as Semper Fidelis, the motto of the Marine Corps, it's Rex."

Deployed to Iraq's notorious Triangle of demise in 2004, Sergeant Mike Dowling and his army operating puppy Rex have been a part of the 1st Marine Corps army K9 groups despatched to front traces of wrestle considering Vietnam. It was once Rex's task to smell out guns caches, suicide bombers, and IEDs, the devastating explosives that wreaked havoc on troops and civilians alike. It used to be Mike's task to guide Rex into the guts of chance time and time back, regularly trusting Rex to carry them either again alive.

Dowling had became twenty-five and Rex 3 simply once they arrived in Iraq. Neither of them had any concept what to anticipate, and no education may perhaps absolutely organize them for this task. An animal lover in view that formative years, Dowling had fostered and educated canine for advisor canines for the Blind, and he was firm to serve within the military's K9 unit after becoming a member of the Marines. On their first patrols in Iraq, Rex suffered a doubtless incurable worry of explosions and gunfire, yet with Mike on the different finish of his leash, Rex won the braveness to accomplish his duty.

Filled with harrowing stories of knife-edge bomb-detection paintings, together with a rare baptism by means of hearth, Sergeant Rex is a heart-pounding account of the way an unbreakable human-canine bond helped Mike and Rex to stick curious about their challenge and keep numerous lives. Dowling takes us into the searing 130-degree warmth, the choking dirt, and the ever present chance of violent assault that appeared to permeate Iraq's streets. We adventure Dowling's visceral worry of strolling down an IED-laden alley the place dismemberment or dying can include any footstep, purely his depended on associate, Rex, by means of his side.

Loyalty is without doubt one of the hallmarks of any reliable Marine, and nowhere is that caliber extra glaring than during this dazzling account of Mike Dowling and Rex's wartime reports. A relocating tale of the way a guy and a puppy built whole belief in one another within the face of negative adversity, Sergeant Rex is an unforgettable story of sacrifice, braveness, and love.

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