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The Three Meter Zone - Common Sense Leadership for NCOs (Paperback, New edition): J.D. Pendry The Three Meter Zone - Common Sense Leadership for NCOs (Paperback, New edition)
J.D. Pendry
R421 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Will enlighten some noncommissioned officers...and frighten others. The book, based on experience throughout a long and successful career, is about leadership from the NCO perspective instead of the officer perspective.--Army Magazine

German Helmets of the Second World War: Vol Two: Parato-Covers-Liners-Makers-Insignia (Hardcover): Branislav Radovic German Helmets of the Second World War: Vol Two: Parato-Covers-Liners-Makers-Insignia (Hardcover)
Branislav Radovic
R2,194 R1,578 Discovery Miles 15 780 Save R616 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This two volume set is a fully illustrated, detailed look at the famous German "stahlhelm" of World War II. Full color photographs - including multiple-view, interiors, and up-close detail - show Army, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Paratroop, and many others. Both volumes have been specifically produced to give the advanced collector the opportunity to expand his or her knowledge, and to compare paint and insignia against their own collections. For the novice or would-be collector, these books are an invaluable reference.

Yankee Correspondence - Civil War Letters Between New England Soldiers and the Home Front (Hardcover): Nina Silber, Mary Beth... Yankee Correspondence - Civil War Letters Between New England Soldiers and the Home Front (Hardcover)
Nina Silber, Mary Beth Sievens
R1,335 R943 Discovery Miles 9 430 Save R392 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

These letters by New England soldiers and their families, many published for the first time, speak of the hardships of the war, especially frustrations with the army, homefront suffering, and government policies. They are grouped by six major themes: the military experience, the meaning of the war, views of the South, politics on the home front, the personal sacrifices of war, and the correspondence of one New England family.

Epitaphs of The Great War: Passchendaele (Hardcover): Sarah Wearne Epitaphs of The Great War: Passchendaele (Hardcover)
Sarah Wearne
R315 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R74 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Epitaphs of the Great War Passchendaele is an edited collection of headstone inscriptions from the graves of those killed during the Third Battle of Ypres - Passchendaele. Limited by the Imperial War Graves Commission to sixty-six characters - far more restrictive than Twitter's 140-character rule - these inscriptions are masterpieces of compact emotion. But, as Sarah Wearne says, their enforced brevity means that many inscriptions rely on the reader being able to pick up on the references and allusions, or recognise the quotations - and many twenty-first-century readers don't. Consequently she has selected one hundred inscriptions from the battlefield cemeteries and by expanding the context - religious, literary or personal - she has been able to give full voice to the bereaved. This collection, the second in a short series, will be published to coincide with the centenary of the opening of the Passchendaele offensive on 31 July 1917. Together with Epitaphs of the Great War The Somme, published on 1 July 2016, these books cover the epitaphs of the ordinary and the famous, the privileged and the poor, the generals and the privates and, after a hundred years, give us an insight into what contemporaries believed they had been fighting for and how they viewed the loss of the men they had loved.

Riddle of the Waves (Hardcover): Steven Price Brown Riddle of the Waves (Hardcover)
Steven Price Brown
R487 R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Save R96 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Ireland - every crewmember aboard the Spirit of Falmouth had served in one of these trouble spots, had had almost unimaginably traumatic experiences there, and then had trouble readjusting to civilian life. Some were hospitalised, others ended up living on the streets, many of them found themselves alone and isolated. This unique and inspiring account follows the Spirit of Falmouth's June 2016 voyage around the country these men had sworn to protect. The tall ship is the last remaining Merseyside Pilot Schooner, and the voyage was organised by veterans' charity Turn To Starboard to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the pilot service. The route took the men from Falmouth back to Liverpool, where the service started in 1766, the long way. For many of the men it was a pilgrimage, visiting the places they cherish, family homes, spiritual places, the homes of their heroes. It was a chance for each of them all to finally put to bed the issues they all faced when returning to civilian life. Sailing proved to be greatly restorative, helping them to find purpose in their lives, friendship after months of isolation and finally to regain their sense of worth. This is the story of the Spirit of Falmouth's crew - dramatic, uplifting, moving, and told with the inevitable darkly hilarious humour of those who have served.

Essays and Texts in Honor of J David Thomas (Hardcover): T. Gagos, Roger S. Bagnall Essays and Texts in Honor of J David Thomas (Hardcover)
T. Gagos, Roger S. Bagnall
R1,561 R1,381 Discovery Miles 13 810 Save R180 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A collection of nine essays focused on military and administrative institutions in the ancient world, and supplemented by a presentation of thirty texts in Greek and Latin written on papyrus and wooden fragments, some previously unpublished. The essays and textual editions are contributed by a host of distinguished international scholars in honour of Professor J David Thomas seventieth birthday. Professor Thomas (formerly at the University of Durham) has edited a large number of ancient texts over the last 50 years, and his work has been important to our understanding of subjects as diverse as the military strength on Hadrians Wall and the chain of command in the Egyptian civil service.

Togus, Down in Maine - The First National Veterans Home (Paperback): Timothy L Smith Togus, Down in Maine - The First National Veterans Home (Paperback)
Timothy L Smith
R509 R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Togus, located 4.5 miles east of Augusta, Maine, was formerly part of the town of Chelsea. After the Civil War, Congress enacted laws and established a system of facilities that collectively became known as "National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers." The critical need to establish an eastern branch of the National Home led to the selection of the former Togus Spring Hotel, which after some remodeling, opened for Union Civil War veterans in
November 1866. Gathered from cherished family albums, collectors of Togus artifacts, libraries, and archives, Togus, Down in Maine: The First National Veterans Home represents the first published history of the area, and most of the photographs have not been viewed by the public. The images of Civil War veterans are of particular interest, along with views of buildings, barracks, and hospitals from 1866 to the 1930s. From 1932 to 1960, over 60 buildings were demolished, and new buildings with reinforced concrete and brick facings were built.

Plenty of Time When We Get Home - Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War (Hardcover): Kayla Williams Plenty of Time When We Get Home - Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War (Hardcover)
Kayla Williams
R594 R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Save R42 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Brian, on his way back to base after mid-tour leave, was wounded by a roadside bomb that sent shrapnel through his brain. Kayla waited anxiously for news and, on returning home, sought out Brian. The two began a tentative romance and later married, but neither anticipated the consequences of Brian s injury on their lives. Lacking essential support for returning veterans from the military and the VA, Kayla and Brian suffered through posttraumatic stress amplified by his violent mood swings, her struggles to reintegrate into a country still oblivious to women veterans, and what seemed the callous, consumerist indifference of civilian society at large.

Kayla persevered. So did Brian. They fought for their marriage, drawing on remarkable reservoirs of courage and commitment. They confronted their demons head-on, impatient with phoniness of any sort. Inspired by an unwavering ethos of service, they continued to stand on common ground. Finally, they found their own paths to healing and wholeness, both as individuals and as a family, in dedication to a larger community."

Modeling Human and Organizational Behavior - Application to Military Simulations (Paperback): National Research Council,... Modeling Human and Organizational Behavior - Application to Military Simulations (Paperback)
National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Board on Human-Systems Integration, Panel on Modeling Human Behavior and Command Decision Making: Representations for Military Simulations; Edited by Anne S. Mavor, …
R2,510 R2,325 Discovery Miles 23 250 Save R185 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Simulations are widely used in the military for training personnel, analyzing proposed equipment, and rehearsing missions, and these simulations need realistic models of human behavior. This book draws together a wide variety of theoretical and applied research in human behavior modeling that can be considered for use in those simulations. It covers behavior at the individual, unit, and command level. At the individual soldier level, the topics covered include attention, learning, memory, decisionmaking, perception, situation awareness, and planning. At the unit level, the focus is on command and control. The book provides short-, medium-, and long-term goals for research and development of more realistic models of human behavior.

Panzer Regiment 8 in World War II: Poland , France, North Africa (Hardcover): Kevin Fish Panzer Regiment 8 in World War II: Poland , France, North Africa (Hardcover)
Kevin Fish
R1,675 R1,222 Discovery Miles 12 220 Save R453 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Formed in 1936, Panzer Regiment 8 served in both the 10th and 15th Panzer Divisions and saw action in Poland, France, and in May 1941 with the famed German Africa Corps, under the legendary Rommel. The regiment went on to serve with high distinction in every major battle fought in Africa until May 1943, when out of fuel and ammunition, the regiment's ability to fight on came to an end. This book sheds new light on the history of the German panzer arm and gives in depth detail of the lives and battles that were fought by these proud Swabian troops.

Reports from Hell (Hardcover): Chas Smith Reports from Hell (Hardcover)
Chas Smith
R616 R485 Discovery Miles 4 850 Save R131 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From the author of Welcome to Paradise, Now Go To Hell, a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Nonfiction and Cocaine + Surfing A gonzo ride through the Middle East as only Chas Smith, the award-winning author of Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell and Cocaine + Surfing: A Sordid History of Surfing's Greatest Love Affair, could provide. Follow Smith and his misfit band of merrymakers as they search for the true origins of Al Qaeda and endeavor to ride the unsurfed waves of Yemen all while exploring the slim opportunities for fun in the margins of our global war on terror and at what cost-even if it means eventual kidnapping by Hezbollah.

Uniforms and Equipment of U.S Army Infantry, LRRPs, and Rangers in Vietnam 1965-1971 (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed): Paul W.... Uniforms and Equipment of U.S Army Infantry, LRRPs, and Rangers in Vietnam 1965-1971 (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed)
Paul W. Miraldi
R1,886 R1,356 Discovery Miles 13 560 Save R530 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This new, extensively researched volume is a comprehensive guide to the history, development, wear, and use of uniforms and equipment during America's involvement in the Vietnam War. Included are insignia, headgear, camouflage uniforms, experimental items, modified items, flak armor, boots, clothing accessories, paper items and personal items from the year 1965 to 1971, all examined in great detail. Using re-constructed photos the author recreates the look and appearance of the American Soldier in Vietnam. Rangers, medics, scouts, RTO's, machine gunners, Pathfinders, and riflemen are all here and accompanied by detailed text. For the first time, see easily recognizable dating system used by the U.S. Government supply system to date the items on the manufacturer tag. A helpful appendix shows, for the first time ever, all forms of post war gear such as ALICE and camouflage like BDUs and the Rapid Deployment Force pattern, and all those that were never used in South East Asia during the Vietnam War. Included is also an easy to follow, detailed description of each item along with a comparison showing the actual wartime produced item side by side with the undesirable so the collector/Historian/Re-Enactor will never make the mistake of utilizing Post War Produced items again. Packed with over 500 detailed color photographs, and over 100 never before seen original photos from veterans, as well as many close-ups, this book fills an important gap in the collectors reference library and will be invaluable for collectors, living historians, re-enactors, modelers, curators, and artists alike.

Women, Warfare and Representation - American Servicewomen in the Twentieth Century (Hardcover): Emerald M. Archer Women, Warfare and Representation - American Servicewomen in the Twentieth Century (Hardcover)
Emerald M. Archer
R2,629 Discovery Miles 26 290 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Women, Warfare and Representation considers the various ways the American servicewoman has been represented throughout the 20th century and how those representations impact the roles she is permitted to inhabit. While women have a relatively short history in the American military, the last century shows an evolution of women's direct participation in war despite the need to overcome societal sex-role expectations. The primary focus is on the American case, but Emerald Archer also introduces a comparative element, showing how women's integration in the military differs in other countries, including Great Britain, Canada and Israel. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the book draws on military history, theory and social psychology to offer a more complete and integrated history of women in the military and their representation in society.

Regimental Records of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Volume V, 1918-1945 - Part One, November 1918-May 1940 (Hardcover): Lt-Gen... Regimental Records of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Volume V, 1918-1945 - Part One, November 1918-May 1940 (Hardcover)
Lt-Gen Jonathon Riley, Lt-Col Peter Crocker, The Late Lt-Col Sinnett
R1,100 R799 Discovery Miles 7 990 Save R301 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Volumes III and IV of RWF Regimental Records end rather abruptly on 11 November 1918. The first part of RR Volume V describes the later history of the war-raised units of the Regiment during the Great War and the reduction of the Regiment thereafter. It then details the campaigns and stations of the Regiment from 1919 to 1939 including service in Ireland, India, the North-West Frontier, Cyprus, Sudan, Shanghai, Gibraltar and Hong Kong. The Territorial Army is also covered as is the Regiment's role as an experimental mechanised unit in the 1930s. The last section of Part One then tells the story of three of the Regiment's units - the 1st Battalion, 101st Anti-Aircraft and Anti-Tank Regiment, and No 2 Independent Company, on active service from 1939 to May 1940.

May I Quote You, General Lee? - Observations and Utterances of the South's Great Generals (Paperback): Randall J Bedwell May I Quote You, General Lee? - Observations and Utterances of the South's Great Generals (Paperback)
Randall J Bedwell
R185 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R35 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"May I Quote You, General Lee"? edited by Randall Bedwell. Robert E. Lee, long regarded as preeminent among the southern generals, has been described as a "wholly human gentleman". Quotations from General Lee and comments about him from leaders who knew him well, the book illuminates the beliefs of the fighting men whose steadfast convictions kept them loyal to their cause.

Northern 'Q' - The History of Royal Air Force, Leuchars (Paperback): Ian Smith Watson Northern 'Q' - The History of Royal Air Force, Leuchars (Paperback)
Ian Smith Watson
R536 R417 Discovery Miles 4 170 Save R119 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Northern 'Q': The History of Royal Air Force, Leuchars takes its title from the long standing primary role as one of the oldest airfields in the UK. Leuchars began its links with military aviation as far back as 1911 with the arrival of the Royal Engineers who established a balloon squadron for reconnaissance training. Following the outbreak of war in 1939, the station was identified as an ideal location to launch maritime operations under Coastal Command. By the end of the war, Leuchars, like so many other airfields, was under the threat of redundancy as many airfields were rendered surplus to requirements. The developing international situation placed a shift in defence with the Cold War and Leuchars was once more deemed to be in an ideal and vital position. From 1950, this corner of north-east Fife has been on permanent guard with every type of operational interceptor in RAF service. Now politics from austerity to Scottish independence, rather than sound judgement, is setting the agenda as the RAF leave for Lossiemouth in Moray.

Time Flies - Reflections of a Fighter Pilot (Hardcover): David Hamilton Time Flies - Reflections of a Fighter Pilot (Hardcover)
David Hamilton
R549 R430 Discovery Miles 4 300 Save R119 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Time Flies: Reflections of a Fighter Pilot' retells the exploits of David Hamilton's thirty years of service in the Royal Air Force. He had a wide and varied career; flying Lightnings to defend UK airspace, operating from HMS Ark Royal in F-4 Phantoms, and defending the Inner German Border from RAF Wildenwrath. In the UK MoD he was a staff officer responsible for the Eurofighter project. He served in the First Gulf War, as the commander of a Tornado F3 Squadron deployed in Saudi Arabia, and worked as General Sir Peter de la Billiere's air advisor afterwards. He flew with and was supervisor of the Red Arrows. In NATO's Brussels Headquarters, he served as a Group Captain, formulating the Rules of Engagement for the Bosnian air campaign, and then became the deputy station commander at RAF Leuchars. Hamilton also led the Tornado F3 four-ship flypast over Edinburgh Castle as the Stone of Destiny returned to Scotland on 30 November 1996, before taking early retirement from the RAF to work in the defence industry on the Eurofighter project.

Uniforms of the Third Reich: A Study in Photographs (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Arthur Hayes Uniforms of the Third Reich: A Study in Photographs (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Arthur Hayes
R1,905 R1,375 Discovery Miles 13 750 Save R530 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This new book takes a close look at a variety of authentic World War II era German uniforms including examples from the Army, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Allgemeine-SS, Hitler Youth and Political Leaders. The pieces are shown in large full frame front and rear shots, and in painstaking detail to show tailors tags, buttons, insignia detail etc. and allow the reader to see what the genuine article looks like. Various accoutrements worn with the uniforms are also included to aid the collector.

A Civil War History of the New Mexico Volunteers and Militia (Hardcover): Jerry D Thompson A Civil War History of the New Mexico Volunteers and Militia (Hardcover)
Jerry D Thompson
R3,774 R3,268 Discovery Miles 32 680 Save R506 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Civil War in New Mexico began in 1861 with the Confederate invasion and occupation of the Mesilla Valley. At the same time, small villages and towns in New Mexico Territory faced raids from Navajos and Apaches. In response the commander of the Department of New Mexico Colonel Edward Canby and Governor Henry Connelly recruited what became the First and Second New Mexico Volunteer Infantry. In this book leading Civil War historian Jerry Thompson tells their story for the first time, along with the history of a third regiment of Mounted Infantry and several companies in a fourth regiment. Thompson's focus is on the Confederate invasion of 1861-1862 and its effects, especially the bloody Battle of Valverde. The emphasis is on how the volunteer companies were raised; who led them; how they were organized, armed, and equipped; what they endured off the battlefield; how they adapted to military life; and their interactions with New Mexico citizens and various hostile Indian groups, including raiding by deserters and outlaws. Thompson draws on service records and numerous other archival sources that few earlier scholars have seen. His thorough accounting will be a gold mine for historians and genealogists, especially the appendix, which lists the names of all volunteers and militia men.

After the War - Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture (Paperback): Stephane Grenier, Adam Montgomery After the War - Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture (Paperback)
Stephane Grenier, Adam Montgomery
R679 R580 Discovery Miles 5 800 Save R99 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

After serving in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide and civil war, Lieutenant Colonel Stephane Grenier returned to Canada haunted by his experiences. Facing post-traumatic stress disorder and an archaic establishment, he spent ten years confronting -- and changing -- the military mental health system from within. Coining the term "Operational Stress Injury" to allow the military to see mental injury in the same light as a physical wound, Grenier founded the Operational Stress Injury Social Support program that provides help for mentally injured soldiers and veterans. Since retiring from the military in 2012, his groundbreaking approach has been adopted by civilian society. Through his social enterprise Mental Health Innovations, Grenier delivers his direct "walk the talk" method to improve mental well being in government and business.

Primus in Armis - An Illustrated History of The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry (Hardcover): Stephen Keoghane Primus in Armis - An Illustrated History of The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry (Hardcover)
Stephen Keoghane
R1,041 R807 Discovery Miles 8 070 Save R234 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Primus in armis, 'first in arms', is the motto of the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, Britain's senior Regiment of volunteer cavalry raised in 1794 against the threat of French invasion. The Wiltshire Yeomanry has served for over 200 years and fought in South Africa, the First and Second World Wars and more recently as individuals in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of the places where the Regiment fought in the Second War will be familiar to modern readers including Aleppo, Palmyra, Baghdad, and more bizarrely, meeting the Russian army on friendly terms in Tehran. The battle of El Alamein in the western desert was possibly their finest hour. The author has accessed the extensive Regimental archives and interviewed many families of veterans to obtain a glimpse into the personalities of these soldiers. A wealth of unseen material from around the world has surfaced including stories concerning the aristocracy of the inter-war years and the previously forgotten service of the Regiment's most famous officer. This first, illustrated history of 'The Royal Wilts' will appeal to anyone with an interest in the British Army.

Curse on This Country - The Rebellious Army of Imperial Japan (Hardcover): Danny Orbach Curse on This Country - The Rebellious Army of Imperial Japan (Hardcover)
Danny Orbach
R932 R776 Discovery Miles 7 760 Save R156 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Imperial Japanese soldiers were notorious for blindly following orders, and their enemies in the Pacific War derided them as "cattle to the slaughter." But, in fact, the Japanese Army had a long history as one of the most disobedient armies in the world. Officers repeatedly staged coups d'etats, violent insurrections, and political assassinations; their associates defied orders given by both the government and the general staff, launched independent military operations against other countries, and in two notorious cases conspired to assassinate foreign leaders despite direct orders to the contrary.In Curse on This Country, Danny Orbach explains the culture of rebellion in the Japanese armed forces. It was a culture created by a series of seemingly innocent decisions, each reasonable in its own right, which led to a gradual weakening of Japanese government control over its army and navy. The consequences were dire, as the armed forces dragged the government into more and more of China across the 1930s-a culture of rebellion that made the Pacific War possible. Orbach argues that brazen defiance, rather than blind obedience, was the motive force of modern Japanese history.Curse on This Country follows a series of dramatic events: assassinations in the dark corners of Tokyo, the famous rebellion of Saigo Takamori, the "accidental" invasion of Taiwan, the Japanese ambassador's plot to murder the queen of Korea, and the military-political crisis in which the Japanese prime minister "changed colors." Finally, through the sinister plots of the clandestine Cherry Blossom Society, we follow the deterioration of Japan into chaos, fascism, and world war.

War Veterans and the World after 1945 - Cold War Politics, Decolonization, Memory (Hardcover): Angel Alcalde, Xose M Nunez... War Veterans and the World after 1945 - Cold War Politics, Decolonization, Memory (Hardcover)
Angel Alcalde, Xose M Nunez Seixas
R3,083 Discovery Miles 30 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book examines war veterans' history after 1945 from a global perspective. In the Cold War era, in most countries of the world there was a sizeable portion of population with direct war experience. This edited volume gathers contributions which show the veterans' involvement in all the major historical processes shaping the world after World War II. Cold War politics, racial conflict, decolonization, state-building, and the reshaping of war memory were phenomena in which former soldiers and ex-combatants were directly involved. By examining how different veterans' groups, movements and organizations challenged or sustained the Cold War, strived to prevent or to foster decolonization, and transcended or supported official memories of war, the volume characterizes veterans as largely independent and autonomous actors which interacted with societies and states in the making of our times. Spanning historical cases from the United States to Hong-Kong, from Europe to Southern Africa, from Algeria to Iran, the volume situates veterans within the turbulent international context since World War II.

The Paras - Portugal'S First Elite Force (Paperback): John P. Cann The Paras - Portugal'S First Elite Force (Paperback)
John P. Cann
R461 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R113 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Portuguese paratroopers or "paras" began as a stepchild of the army and found a home in the Portuguese Air Force in 1955. Initially, the post-World War Two Portuguese Army seemed to have had mixed emotions about the need for elite, special-purpose forces that operated in small units with the attendant flexibility and elevated lethality. Shock troops have been traditionally controversial, and even the vaunted military theorist Baron Karl von Clausewitz saw little point in them. The history of the paras in the Portuguese Army is illustrative of this ambivalent view. Nevertheless, in a "war of the weak" in which insurgents avoid government strengths and exploit its vulnerabilities using agility, deception, and imagination, such small, crack government units are particularly well suited to counterinsurgency operations. This appreciation emerged with the threat of a new kind of war in Portuguese Africa, an insurgency, and the new and visionary Air Force well understood the potential of paras when combined with the mobility of the helicopter. The Air Force saw an urgent need for troops who could fight an unconventional war, who could not only defeat an enemy but separate him from the population in which he sought concealment and support and on which he depended for funding, recruits, and intelligence. These were specialised warfighters who in one minute were physically destroying an insidious enemy and in the next administering aid and support and protecting a vulnerable population. These were just the troops that Portugal would require for military success in its approaching battle fought between 1961 and 1974 to retain its African possessions, and this vision would be realized on the African battlefield with devastating consequences. This book tells the paras' story as researched from Portuguese sources. It details how they were formed and trained and how they developed their imaginative, effective, and feared tactics and applied them in operations to protect the population from insurgent predations and destroy a vicious enemy.

Veteran Narratives and the Collective Memory of the Vietnam War (Hardcover): John A. Wood Veteran Narratives and the Collective Memory of the Vietnam War (Hardcover)
John A. Wood
R1,567 R1,261 Discovery Miles 12 610 Save R306 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the decades since the Vietnam War, veteran memoirs have influenced Americans' understanding of the conflict. Yet few historians or literary scholars have scrutinized how the genre has shaped the nation's collective memory of the war and its aftermath. Instead, veterans' accounts are mined for colorful quotes and then dropped from public discourse; are accepted as factual sources with little attention to how memory, no matter how authentic, can diverge from events; or are not contextualized in terms of the race, gender, or class of the narrators. Veteran Narratives and the Collective Memory of the Vietnam War is a landmark study of the cultural heritage of the war in Vietnam as presented through the experience of its American participants. Crossing disciplinary borders in ways rarely attempted by historians, John A. Wood unearths truths embedded in the memoirists' treatments of combat, the Vietnamese people, race relations in the United States military, male-female relationships in the war zone, and veterans' postwar troubles. He also examines the publishing industry's influence on collective memory, discussing, for example, the tendency of publishers and reviewers to privilege memoirs critical of the war. Veteran Narratives is a significant and original addition to the literature on Vietnam veterans and the conflict as a whole.

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