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Captain Baczkowski's extraordinary memoirs, those of a young Polish cavalry officer, covers his life story from childhood to his great wish of becoming a cavalry officer being fulfilled a few years before the outbreak of World War 2. His idyllic life was shattered by the German invasion on 1st September 1939. The crux of the memoirs are his wartime experiences during the Polish 1939 Campaign when he commanded a bicycle platoon in the 19th Lancers Regiment, taking part in the well-known Battle of Mokra when the Volhynian Cavalry Brigade held up a German Panzer Division. Following the fall of Poland, he escaped across the mountains into Hungary from whence to France to join the reforming Polish Army. After the collapse of France, he was evacuated with the remnants of the Polish Army to Britain to continue the fight against Nazi Germany. He saw service in Scotland and then joined the British Army in West Africa as part of a scheme where 400 Polish officers received short time commissions in the British Army. On his return to the Polish Army he was posted to the 1st Armoured Division and took part in the North West Europe Campaign. His story ends with his decision to remain in exile after the Soviet takeover of Poland in 1945, service with the Polish Resettlement Corps and first tentative steps in creating a new life in London. His love of horses forms a continuous theme throughout his life.
How is it that the United States - a country founded on a distrust of standing armies and strong centralized power - came to have the most powerful military in history? Long after World War II and the end of the Cold War, in times of rising national debt and reduced need for high levels of military readiness, why does Congress still continue to support massive defense budgets? In The American Warfare State, Rebecca U. Thorpe argues that there are profound relationships among the size and persistence of the American military complex, the growth in presidential power to launch military actions, and the decline of congressional willingness to check this power. The public costs of military mobilization and war, including the need for conscription and higher tax rates, served as political constraints on warfare for most of American history. But the vast defense industry that emerged from World War II also created new political interests that the framers of the Constitution did not anticipate. Many rural and semirural areas became economically reliant on defense-sector jobs and capital, which gave the legislators representing them powerful incentives to press for ongoing defense spending regardless of national security circumstances or goals. At the same time, the costs of war are now borne overwhelmingly by a minority of soldiers who volunteer to fight, future generations of taxpayers, and foreign populations in whose lands wars often take place. Drawing on an impressive cache of data, Thorpe reveals how this new incentive structure has profoundly reshaped the balance of wartime powers between Congress and the president, resulting in a defense industry perennially poised for war and an executive branch that enjoys unprecedented discretion to take military action.
The lengthy delays of benefit claims decisions that persist for Veterans returning home with injuries from recent (and past) conflicts confound their transition from military to civilian community living. This book presents findings of the National Council on Disability and evaluates the perceived factors contributing to the sustained Veterans Administration backlog. The book contains potential solutions and recommended measures to facilitate the resolution of initial disability claims and appeals.
Thomas Pearson, a country parson's son, was commissioned in the 23rd Foot, Royal Welch Fusiliers, in 1796. In a career spanning 47 years he fought on three continents, was wounded five times, received two battlefield promotions and achieved the rank of general.Fix Bayonets! follows this hard-biting soldier in the deserts of Egypt, the dikes of the Netherlands, the jungles of the West Indies, the mountains of Spain and the wilderness of America. Through Pearson's true-life adventures we learn about war, wine, women and song in a fascinating epoch and meet a cast of famous and infamous characters, including King George III, Napoleon, the Duke of Wellington, James Madison, Winfield Scott, Marichal Soult, Lord Nelson and Major General William ("Auld Grog Willie") Stewart.The centrepiece is a detailed account of the bloody battle of Albuera in 1811. Albuera was the high point of Pearson's career he went into it as a junior major in his brigade and came out as the brigade commander because he was the only officer above the rank of captain still standing.
The Lion and the Rose tells the story of an infantry battalion in the Great War. Based on many unpublished sources, the book narrates the individual parts played by nearly 2,000 of those who served with the 4th King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment from the day that war was declared in 1914 until the armistice in 1918 and in a few cases, the stories of men whose war continued long afterwards. The battalion first saw action in Festubert in May 1915 and went on to fight on the Somme, the Ypres Salient and Gillemont Farm, though the battalion's epic stand at Givenchy on 9 April 1918 must rate as one of the greatest defensive actions of the war. Using contemporary combat reports, many of the major actions are described down to individual platoon level. The Lion and the Rose does not just concentrate on the major battles, but also examines everyday life in the trenches. Appendices give the most complete battalion roll to date and list those awarded medals for their bravery and also those nominated unsuccessfully for recognition.
This third volume in the series further provides the reader with an insight into the wide range of uniforms, weapons and field equipment used by the Imperial German Army during World War I. Using over 600 period photographs and color images from items out of private collections and museums, the author displays a broad range of artifacts to the reader, together with detailed descriptions. Topics covered in this volume include: Landsturm Uniforms and Equipment; Cyclist (Radfahrer) Equipment; Colonial Uniforms in China 1898-1918; Colonial Uniforms (Africa and the Southseas); Colonial Police Uniforms (Africa and the Southseas); Horse Equipment; and many other rare and unusual topics.
Taking military charter schools as her subject, and drawing on years of research at one school in particular, Brooke Johnson explores the underpinings of a culture based on militarization and neoliberal educational reforms and probes its effects on individual identity and social interactions at the school.
It is 1814 and the Bengal Army of the Honourable East India Company is at war with a marauding Nepal. It is here that the British first encounter the martial spirit of their indomitable foe - the Gurkha hill men from that mountainous independent land. Impressed by their fighting qualities and with the end of hostilities in sight the Company begins to recruit them into their own ranks. Since then these light hearted and gallant soldiers have successfully campaigned wherever the British Army has served - from the North West Frontier of India through two World Wars to the contemporary battlefields of the Falklands islands and Afghanistan's Helmand Province, with well over one hundred battle honours to their name and at a cost of 20,000 casualties. In this talk General Duffell separates fact and myth and recounts something of the history, character and spirit of these loyal and dedicated soldiers seen through the prism of his own service and campaigning as a regular officer in the 2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles, as the Brigade of Gurkhas Major General and as Regimental Colonel of the Royal Gurkha Rifles.
During the Second World War, thousands of American servicemen were uprooted from the US and deposited in rural England and immediately thrust unceremoniously into the frontline of the largest conflict the world has ever seen. Fortunately, many remembered to pack small cameras in kitbags and snapped photographs of their everyday lives as the war unfolded. Yank Bomber Boys in Norfolk: A Photographic Record of the USAAF in the Second World War features over 500 of these personal photographs to produce a unique flavour of life in and around these airbase plots of 'Little America' in Norfolk. None of the photos used in this fascinating book have been utilised from professional sources; the shots from the station's own Photographic Section were the top of the admissible list. Many of these photographs were taken on cheap box cameras and the single prints they produced have been kept for decades by the GIs and their families in the States. Others have been painstakingly collected, documented and restored by a group of British archivists who have kindly allowed the author access to their priceless collections. This is how the Second World War looked to those airmen who were there.
According to Pere Daniel the Dragoon corp got its origins under the reign of Henry II, with the mounted arquebusiers, created in 1554. Those were mostly small units of infantrymen, travelling on horses and firing when dismounted. The nickname 'dragoon' actually appeared later, under the reign of Henri III, and designate as well mounted arquebusiers, carabiniers and muskeeters. In this book, you will discover the magnificent uniforms of those cavalrymen, from the first XVIIth century wars, to the battles led by Louis XV's generals. 66 plates illustrate 200 horsemen and 60 flags. THIS BOOK IS IN ENGLISH.
During the Japanese occupation of large parts of Asia and the Pacific in 1941-45, Japan raised significant numbers of troops to fight alongside them, as well as militias to guard their conquests. The total number of these soldiers is estimated at no fewer than 600,000 men. These ranged from the regular troops of Manchukuo (200,000 men), Nanking China (250,000), Thailand, and recruits from the 'puppet' Burmese Independence Army (30,000) and Indian National Army (40,000), to constabularies and spear-wielding militias in the Philippines (15,000), Borneo, Indonesia and New Guinea. Many of the recruits from former European colonies hoped for independence as part of the 'Greater East-Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere' proclaimed by Japanese propaganda, but Japan's intentions were entirely cynical. They formed alliances to deny the Allied powers access to territory that they could not actually occupy, and raised these large numbers of auxiliary troops to relieve the manpower burden of occupation, or simply as 'cannon-fodder'. This extensively researched study examines each of these armies and militias in detail, exploring their history and deployment during World War II, and revealing the intricacies of their arms and equipment with stunning full-colour artwork and previously unpublished contemporary photographs.
"Oh, praise an' tanks! De Lord he come To set de people free; An' massa tink it day ob doom, An we ob jubilee." During the American Civil War more than 2,000 regiments of infantry, cavalry and artillery mustered to fight in the conflict. Re-discover a regiment very little is known about: The first black regiment in the Union Army, the first to fight against Confederate soldiers and the first to be brigaded with white regiments--the 1st South Carolina Volunteers.
Abandoned as a baby, Andy McNab's start in life was tough. Growing up in South London with foster parents, and surrounded by poverty, he attended seven schools in as many years, disillusioned and in remedial classes. It wasn't long before his life descended into petty crime. By the age of sixteen, he was in juvenile detention. Recruited into the Army from there, it soon became apparent that he had the reading age of an eleven year old. The next six months in the Army education system changed his course of his life forever. Today Everything Changes is the inspiring story of when life changed for Andy McNab.
As accomplished as she is unknown, Marie Marvingt set the world's first women's aviation records, won the only gold medal ever given for being outstanding in all sports, invented the ambulance airplane, was the first female bomber pilot in history, fought in World War I disguised as a man, has been recognized as a hero of the Resistance in World War II, was the first to survive a crossing of the English Channel in a balloon, worked all her life as a journalist, spent years in North Africa, exploring, nursing, accompanying troops, and inventing metal skis. Today she remains the most decorated woman in the world. Unbelievable? Some people think so. Her life was so unusually rich in exploits, daring, and accomplishments that people dismissed it as a hoax. This biography introduces you to the gifted woman said to be ""the most incredible woman since Joan of Arc,"" provides proof that she did indeed do everything ascribed to her, and investigates some of the other reasons she has been forgotten. Known as the ""fiancee of danger,"" she was the model for the silent film series, The Perils of Pauline. This first English-language biography of Marie Marvingt is the story of the real ""Pauline.
'Silent Cities' depicts the history of the 230 war cemeteries around Ypres, in the Salient and the rest of West Flanders. The most special graves are described and illustrated, sorted by cemetery. The stories of the most famous soldiers are highlighted in separate frameworks, giving the history of their origins and their lives.
Over 1.9 million warriors have deployed for Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, two of our Nation's longest conflicts. The physical and psychological demands on both the deployed and non-deployed warriors are enormous. In the 5 years from 2005-2009, more than 1,100 members of the Armed Forces took their own lives, an average of 1 suicide every 36 hours. This book examines suicide prevention efforts of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) with a focus on suicide surveillance; suicide risk and protective factors; and suicide prevention interventions.
In response to concerns about access to medical care at many Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and clinics across the country in Spring 2014,1 Congress passed the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA, P.L. 113-146, as amended). On 7 August 2014, President Obama signed the bill into law. Among other things, the act establishes a new program that would allow the VA to authorise care for enrolled veterans through the Veterans Choice Program if they meet the eligibility requirements.
Using a wealth of contemporary sources, this book narrates the story of the Liverpool Rifles in the Great War from their mobilisation in August 1914 to their return to Liverpool in 1919, each day of their active service in France and Belgium detailed. The role played by 3,000 individuals, including every single casualty---wounded or killed---is covered in the narrative and in many cases, the exact position where this happened. The battalion served a tough apprenticeship in the Second Battle of Ypres, losing over 40 per cent casualties in their first five months overseas. By the time the battalion left the Somme in September 1916, their casualties figures exceeded the number who sailed to France in 1915. The ferocious struggle in the Third Battle of Ypres and their epic defensive actions at Little Priel Farm and Givenchy are described down to individual platoon level; twenty-one detailed sketch maps allowing the reader to follow the action. Uniquely, the battalion roll in the appendices includes every officer and man who served with the battalion overseas, many of whom do not feature in the Medal Rolls.
The sepoy mutiny at Vellore in 1806 was the last major threat to British rule in south India, but it ended scarcely eight hours after it began. The consequences of the revolt, however, lasted much longer, Determined to find the cause of this unexpected mutiny, officials of the East India Company launched a sweeping enquiry, the first of its kind to be made regarding the Indian Army. As this new bureaucratic process of information-gathering and procedure intruded upon the sepoys traditional world of unrecorded negotiation and personal bonds, panic spread, causing ear-mutinies, riots, and political witch-hunts at garrison towns across the Madras Presidency. The British asked their sepoys many questions during the ensuing investigations of these incidents: why did they object to their new uniforms -- especially to the new turban, which sepoys likened to a European topi, or hat? In what sorts of political activities were sepoys engaged? British officials asked these questions, making assumptions regarding the identity, culture, and loyalty of Indian soldiers that were based primarily on colonial myth-making -- assuming, for instance, that the sepoys could not have planned an uprising on their own, without the aid of external provocateurs attached to the exiled sons of Tipu Sultan. Indeed, the task of British investigators was made extremely difficult by the fact that the mutinous troops had been guarding the Mysorean princes and their families, held as state prisoners at Vellore, at the time of the rising. The real interior life and interests of the sepoy battalions, revealed by the Vellore Mutiny enquiries, opened up the origins, socio-political thoughts, and daily lives of the indigenous soldiers of the Raj for the first time, revealing an army very different from that normally imagined by its own British officers. In Men Without Hats, all available primary documents concerning the Vellore Mutiny have been analysed for the first time, producing a comprehensive view of this significant event and a conclusion that challenges previous scholarly conceptions of the significance of the uprising.
Originating from an illustrated document published in Berlin in 1933, this book presents the uniforms of the various units, governmental and political organizations. We discover here not only the traditional branches of the armed forces such as the navy or air force, but also those of customs agents, forest rangers and members of the Nazi party. To facilitate the reader s understanding, the two opening chapters are dedicated first to the seizure of power by Hitler, and second to the transformation of the Reichswehr in Wehrmacht, which is a result of the events in the first chapter. In the same spirit, the original plates were completed by documents derived from the period, particularly those emanating from the archives of the 2nd French Office, well informed about the rise of the German forces. The accuracy, the diversity of the representation of uniforms, as well as its aesthetic quality, make this book a valuable document for historians and lovers of uniforms.
For more than a decade, Ron Capps, in the capacity as both a senior military intelligence officer and as an observer for the U.S. Department of State, was witness to several of the most devastating scenes of atrocity, human violence, and genocide the world has seen in the last 20 years. From the killing fields of Kosovo, the brutal cruelties perpetrated over the span of several conflicts in central Africa, the wars in both Aghanistan and Iraq, and culminating in the reality of ethnic cleansing he saw in Darfur, Ron acted as an intelligence gatherer and reporter but was diplomatically restrained from taking preventative action in these conflicts. The accumulation of these experiences, combined with the helplessness of his role as bystander, propelled him into a deep depression and a long bout with PTSD, which nearly caused him to take his own life. Seriously Not All Right is a soldier's memoir that provides a unique perspective of a noncombatant yet high-ranking military officer who suffered (and continues to suffer) from PTSD equally with those who drew weapons in battle. His story, and that of his recovery, is an inspiration and a sobering reminder of the cost of all wars, even those that appeared in the media and to the general public as merely sidelines in the unfolding drama of world events.
Originally one of the paramilitary groups that arose in Germanys turbulent 1920s , the SS grew from its original protection activities into theDeaths Head troops and the Verfugungstruppe, and later during WWII, the Waffen-SS. During its evolution, the SS changed from its black uniform into a variety of uniforms that eventually resembled those of the German army, in various types of fabric, and predominately field-gray, so often seen in period photographs and movies. In volume 1, Lorenzo Silvestri presents many different SS-VT, SS-TV, and SD uniforms with numerous full-color photos to display how the clothing appeared. In addition, numerous detail images are used to clearly expose key features of the uniforms and equipment. The text explains important details about the creation, manufacturing, and wear of each item. Period photos illustrate the wear of each item presented in the books. The two volumes present the various helmets, caps, trousers, tunics and jackets in nearly 900 pages with over 1,400 color, pre-WWII and WWII images.
With this third and final volume, the authors present, regiment by regiment, uniforms and equipment of the light cavalry in the last years of Empires and beginning of the Restoration. Significant changes in the uniform and equipment are described in the list and a significant portion is left to distribution tables of colours, charts, etc. THIS BOOK IS IN ENGLISH. This third part illustrates the last years of the Empire; dark years which will see our"Chasseurs" being gobbled up during the Russian disaster. Like a lot of regiments, the Chasseurs A Cheval were swallowed up in the Russian disaster. Phantom regiments were reformed with considerable difficulty in 1813 and 1814. During the First Restoration, 15 regiments were formed from the debris of the battles in Prussia and in France, fifteen regiments which then took part in the Belgian Campaign and its epilogue at Waterloo. King Louis VXIII dismissed these fifteen regiments on 16 July 1815, but it wasn't until the...18th that the Chasseurs a Cheval reappeared in the Royal Army!
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