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The College - The Irish Military College, 1930-2000 (Paperback): Tom Hodson The College - The Irish Military College, 1930-2000 (Paperback)
Tom Hodson
R576 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R127 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since its establishment in 1930 the Irish Military College has had a vital influence on not only the Defence Forces but on the nation. It has formed all of the nation's commissioned officers, many of whom have achieved distinction both within and outside of the Defence Forces. The story of this relatively unknown national institution is intriguing as it has attempted to fulfill the roles laid down for it in 1923 in training and instructing officers and officer candidates. The task has not been easy, as the Military College has inevitably been subject to the many changes and fluctuations in the duties, roles and fortunes of the wider Defence Forces. In this book Colonel Tom Hodson, a former instructor in the Military College and a graduate of Ecole de Guerre, Paris, charts its history. He recounts how from its early predecessor, the Army School of Instruction, the Military College has repeatedly re-invented itself, culminating in the requirement for today's modern institution to embrace and impart instruction based on the needs of the Irish Defence Forces and the procedures of European and NATO armies.

The Lions of Carentan - Fallschirmjager Regiment 6, 1943-1945 (Paperback): The Lions of Carentan - Fallschirmjager Regiment 6, 1943-1945 (Paperback)
R571 R432 Discovery Miles 4 320 Save R139 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"It is said that it is the victors who write the histories of wars, so it is especially revealing to discover a book that was written from the viewpoint of those on the losing side. The great value of Griesser's superb, richly detailed, and fabulously illustrated work is that it fills in a very wide gap in our knowledge about one of Nazi Germany's elite branches of service."-Flint Whitlock, editor of WWII Quarterly Although it is known that Allied airborne forces landed into a German buzz saw on D-Day, far less is known about the troops they encountered on that dark night of June 6, 1944. One of the formations they encountered was a similarly elite group of paratroopers, who instead of dropping from the skies fought on the defensive, giving their Allied counterparts a tremendous challenge in achieving their objectives. This is the complete wartime history of one of the largest German paratrooper regiments, Fallschirmjager 6, from its initial formation in the spring of 1943 to its last day at the end of the war. With numerous firsthand accounts from key members, they describe the events of 1943-45 vividly and without compromise. These accounts reveal previously unknown details about important operations in Italy, Russia, on the Normandy Front, Belgium, Holland, the last German parachute drop in the Ardennes, and the final battle to the end in Germany. With over 220 original photographs, many from private collections and never before published, this book fully illustrates the men, their uniforms, equipment and weapons. This work will inform readers of the full record of Fallschirmjager Regiment 6, and why the Allied advance into German-held Europe was so painstaking to achieve.

The Rule of the Templars - The French Text of the Rule of the Order of the Knights Templar (Paperback, New Ed): J.M.Upton-. Ward The Rule of the Templars - The French Text of the Rule of the Order of the Knights Templar (Paperback, New Ed)
J.M.Upton-. Ward
R510 R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Save R62 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Order of the Knights Templar, whose original purpose was to protect pilgrims to the Holy Land, was first given its own Rule in 1129, formalising the exceptional combination of soldier and monk. This translation of Henri de Curzon's 1886 edition of the French Rule is derived from the three extant medieval manuscripts.

Both monastic rule and military manual, the Rule is a unique document and an important historical source. It comprises the Primitive Rule, Hierarchical Statutes, Penances, Conventual Life, the Holding of Ordinary Chapters, Further Details on Penances, and Reception into the Order. There are details of clothing, armour and equipment; instructions on conduct while on campaign; information on the daily life of members of the order and on the discipline which made it a formidable fighting force. The Rule evolved over almost 150 years of the Order's history, and is thus a dynamic piece of work, showing how the Templars adapted to political change and formulated their disciplinary code.

An introduction gives the historical background to the Rule and summarises the various sections. An appendix by MATTHEW BENNETT discusses the military implications.

With the Argylls - A Soldier's Memoir (Paperback): Ray Ward, Trevor Royle With the Argylls - A Soldier's Memoir (Paperback)
Ray Ward, Trevor Royle; Edited by Robin Ward
R249 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R60 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When Ray Ward died in 1999, his sons discovered an old and dusty manuscript in an Afrika Korps ammunition box in the cellar of the family home in Glasgow. These papers contained a collection of their father's memoirs, which detailed his experiences as an infantry officer during the Second World War, when he served in the 1st Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. His memoirs give vivid accounts of Ray Ward's time in Eritrea, Abyssinia, Egypt, the Western Desert, Sicily and mainland Italy, and bring to life individual episodes of bravery, adventure and danger that characterised the North African and Italian campaigns.

Vivid Courage - Victoria Crosses - Antecedent and Allied Regiments of the Staffordshire Regiment (Paperback): Robert Hope Vivid Courage - Victoria Crosses - Antecedent and Allied Regiments of the Staffordshire Regiment (Paperback)
Robert Hope
R567 R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Save R138 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the history of the Victoria Cross, this is the first book exclusively written about the recipients of this prestigious award who were members of this famous regiment. This is the fifth book written by the author - and like his previous works, contains a wealth of facts, figures and information. The Staffordshire Regiment existed in excess of 300 years and are exceedingly proud of their loyal, long and distinguished service to Crown and Country. The Victoria Cross is this country's highest honour that can be bestowed on individuals for most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour, self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy. Since the introduction of the Victoria Cross Medal in 1856, a number of unique records have been created by the `Staffords': a total of 13 Victoria Cross Medals have been awarded to members of the Staffordshire Regiment's antecedent regiments - and nine former soldiers, with other regiments, went on to be awarded the medal. Four holders of this highly-prized award served with the regiment during their army careers; 10 soldiers of their allied regiments - two from the West Indian Regiment (Jamaica Regiment) and eight from the 8th/7th Battalion, The Royal Victoria Regiment (Australian Army) - were awarded the Victoria Cross. Brief details are given on the histories of the Staffordshire Regiment and her allied regiments whose members were awarded the VC, and it also contains a brief history of the Victoria Cross. Summaries are given on the various wars and campaigns in which each of the Victoria Crosses were earned - and the life and times of these individual soldiers (including their VC actions) are recorded. These give a personal insight into their lives, irrespective of rank, or of noble birth. Some were killed in action, or died of wounds whilst carrying out acts of valour; some were to die young, whilst others lived for many years; some lived comfortable lives whilst others struggled - resorting to the workhouse, or dying in poverty. For some Victoria Cross recipients, there may be plaques or memorials; for others, an unmarked common or pauper's grave is their final resting place. Like the author's previous books, which were well researched, this book brings history to life and unites all military personnel regardless of rank and status in life. These remarkable soldiers have been fortunate enough to be recognised - and accordingly, it is their epitaph and legacy that their names are recorded for posterity.

Decoding the Front - Communication 1914-1918 (Paperback): Karen Derycke Decoding the Front - Communication 1914-1918 (Paperback)
Karen Derycke
R363 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R90 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The entry of the Dominions and the colonies into WWI produced a mixture of languages and cultures and communication thus became an international concept. The publication 'Decoding the Front' draws the attention to the wide range of possibilities that the word 'Communication' covers.Around the turn of the century, modern means of communication were not well-developed but the First World War and technological progress soon changed this. Photography and film, letters,postcards and many ways of communication at the front are discussed such as radio, telephone and telegraph. But also animals such as homing pigeons,horses and dogs were still indispensable in the vast communication network; communication in the First World War was often a strange contradiction between primitive and modern technologies.

Sixty Squadron, R.A.F. - A History of the Squadron from its Formation (Hardcover): Captain A.J.L. Scott Sixty Squadron, R.A.F. - A History of the Squadron from its Formation (Hardcover)
Captain A.J.L. Scott
R684 R499 Discovery Miles 4 990 Save R185 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sixty Squadron RAF, which covers the period from the disastrous maelstrom of the Somme offensive to final victory, 1916-1919, is one of the classic histories of the Great War. It is the story of a squadron whose members were awarded 1 Victoria Cross, 5 Distinguished Service Orders, 1 Bar to the DSO, 37 Military Crosses and 5 Distinguished Flying Crosses. Pilots of No.60 Squadron included Harold Balfour, Albert Ball, A.D. Bell-Irving, "Billy" Bishop, K.L. Caldwell, and the young T.B. McCudden, who was killed in action, but whose own accounts of the fighting have also become legendary. Organized in April 1916, No.60 Squadron went to France the next month. It participated in not only the Somme campaign but Arras, Passchendaele and the March 1918 offensive. Group Captain A.J.L. Scott has written in this book not only of the aces under his command but of their German opponents. His account begins with the early stages of scouting and closes with the final concepts of offensive aerial combat during World War I. In the intervening period No.60 Squadron achieved an impressive 274 victories over enemy aircraft. Many of those mentioned in these pages, first published in 1920, remained in aviation in the years after the war and during World War II, with considerable success.

Paddy Finucane and the Legend of the Kenley Wing - No.452 (Australian), 485 (New Zealand) and 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadro... Paddy Finucane and the Legend of the Kenley Wing - No.452 (Australian), 485 (New Zealand) and 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadro (Hardcover)
Anthony Cooper
R705 R535 Discovery Miles 5 350 Save R170 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A year after the start of the Battle of Britain, from the late summer of 1941 the Kenley Wing was one of the six Allied fighter wings taking the war to the Luftwaffe in the RAF s cross-channel air offensive over France. Comprised of three Spitfire fighter squadrons, the Australian No.452, the New Zealand No.485, and the British No.602, the Kenley Wing was typical of the wartime RAF in its cosmopolitan makeup, with pilots from all three countries as well as Ireland and Canada. The wing s famous ace pilots in 1941 included the Irishman, Paddy Finucane, the Canadian, Johnny Kent, the Australian, Bluey Truscott, and the New Zealanders, Al Deere and Hawkeye Wells. The most famous of them all was the charismatic Paddy Finucane, a flight commander with 452 (Australian) Squadron, who dominated the wing s scoring to become far and away its greatest star, and for a time the RAF s greatest public relations asset, stepping into the gap left by the loss into German captivity of Douglas Bader. This book tells the story of how Finucane s victories created the legend of the Kenley Wing in 1941."

Zombie Army - The Canadian Army and Conscription in the Second World War (Hardcover): Daniel Byers Zombie Army - The Canadian Army and Conscription in the Second World War (Hardcover)
Daniel Byers
R1,738 R1,442 Discovery Miles 14 420 Save R296 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Zombie Army will appeal to scholars and students of military history, Canadian social history, and political history, as well as anyone seeking a more nuanced understanding of how Canadians responded to the Second World War.

For King and Another Country - Indian Soldiers on the Western Front, 1914-18 (Paperback): Shrabani Basu For King and Another Country - Indian Soldiers on the Western Front, 1914-18 (Paperback)
Shrabani Basu 1
R333 R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Save R66 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Over a million Indian soldiers fought in the First World War, the largest force from the colonies and dominions. Their contribution, however, has been largely forgotten. Many soldiers were illiterate and travelled from remote villages in India to fight in the muddy trenches in France and Flanders. Many went on to win the highest bravery awards. For King and another Country tells, for the first time, the personal stories of some of these Indians who went to the Western Front: from a grand turbanned Maharaja rearing to fight for Empire to a lowly sweeper who dies in a hospital in England, from a Pathan who wins the Victoria Cross to a young pilot barely out of school. Shrabani Basu delves into archives in Britain and narratives buried in villages in India and Pakistan to recreate the War through the eyes of the Indians who fought it. There are heroic tales of bravery as well as those of despair and desperation; there are accounts of the relationships that were forged between the Indians with their British officers and how curries reached the frontline. Above all, it is the great story of how the War changed India and led, ultimately, to the call for independence.

Base Encounters - The US Armed Forces in South Korea (Paperback): Elisabeth Schober Base Encounters - The US Armed Forces in South Korea (Paperback)
Elisabeth Schober
R605 Discovery Miles 6 050 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Base Encounters explores the social friction that US bases have caused in South Korea, where the entertainment districts next to American military installations have come under much scrutiny. The Korean peninsula is one of the most heavily militarised regions in the world and the conflict between the North and South is continually exacerbated by the presence of nearly 30,000 US soldiers in the area. Crimes committed in GI entertainment areas have been amplified by an outraged public as both a symbol for, and a symptom of, the uneven relationship between the United States and the small East Asian nation. Elisabeth Schober's ethnographic history scrutinises these controversial zones in and near Seoul. Sharing the lives of soldiers, female entertainers and anti-base activists, she gives a comprehensive introduction to the social, economic and political factors that have contributed to the tensions over US bases in South Korea.

How 2 Become a Royal Marines Commando - The Insiders Guide (Paperback): Richard McMunn How 2 Become a Royal Marines Commando - The Insiders Guide (Paperback)
Richard McMunn
R308 R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Save R57 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Royal Marines pride themselves on their professionalism, teamwork and the desire to succeed. This insider's guide has been created in conjunction with current serving Royal Marines recruitment staff and is designed to show you how to successfully pass the Commando selection process.

Last Stand at Le Paradis (Hardcover): Richard Lane Last Stand at Le Paradis (Hardcover)
Richard Lane
R570 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R114 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In early September 1939, the 2nd Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment were one of the first complete infantry units of the BEF to land in France.returncharacterreturncharacterThe first months of World War Two were relatively quiet but after deploying to the Maginot Line sector during January 1940 they came into contact with those Germans manning the West Wall or Siegfried Line. A patrol led by Captain Peter Barclay entered German territory and was attacked. As a result, the first decorations of the war were awarded. Barclay received the Military Cross and Lance-Corporal Davis the Military Medal while the remaining members of the patrol were mentioned in despatches.returncharacterreturncharacterTwo days later, the battalion suffered a tragic first when Lieutenant Patrick Everitt was mortally wounded while leading a daylight patrol. Everitt was the first British officer to be killed in action in the Second World War.returncharacterreturncharacterWhen the Germans launched their offensive on 10 May, the BEF advanced to the River Dyle in Belgium. Within days the Allied Armies had been forced onto the back foot by the speed and ferocity of the German breakthrough. The Norfolks withdrew to the River Escaut where the BEF was to make a stand. On 21 May, the Company Sergeant Major George Gristock courageously destroyed some German machine-gun posts and won a posthumous Victoria Cross.returncharacterreturncharacterAs the Allies withdrew towards the Channel, the Norfolks were ordered to defend a section of the Canal Line between Be'thune and Le Cornet Malo. Already down to around half strength, the Norfolks held their sector from 24 to 27 May. By the time the order was issued for them to withdraw, it was too late, Battalion HQ at Duries Farm, Le Paradis was surrounded and they had no alternative but to surrender, although 'C' Company held out until the following morning.returncharacterreturncharacterAfter the surrender, ninety-nine men of the Battalion were marched to a paddock where they were machine-gunned in cold blood by their SS captors. Miraculously, two men survived and were instrumental in bringing the SS officer responsible, Fritz Knoechlien, to justice after the war.returncharacterreturncharacterWhen the remnants of the battalion reassembled in England, its strength was just five officers and 134 other ranks. The remainder had either been killed or captured as POWs.

1st Airborne - Market Garden 1944 (Paperback): Simon Forty, Leo Marriott 1st Airborne - Market Garden 1944 (Paperback)
Simon Forty, Leo Marriott
R363 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R144 (40%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

While the 6th Airborne Division had landed in France on D-Day and covered itself in glory, its counterpart, the 1st Airborne Division, had last seen action during an amphibious assault at Taranto on September 9, 1943, as part of the invasion of Italy. Returned to the UK in December 1943, it was held in reserve during the battle of Normandy and spent three months waiting for action, as plan after plan was proposed and then discarded, such was the speed of the Allied pursuit of the Germans. In September 1944, however, 1st Airborne played a leading role in Operation Market-the air component of Operation Market Garden, an audacious attempt by the Allies to bypass the Siegfried Line and advance into the Ruhr. It was to be 1st Airborne's last action of the war. Encountering more resistance than expected, including II SS Panzer Corps, the division landed too far from Arnhem bridge, and fought bravely but in vain. Held up en route, particularly at Nijmegen, XXX Corps' advance to Arnhem stuttered and ran late. After nine days of fighting, 1st Airborne had lost 8,000 men around Arnhem when the survivors retreated across the Lower Rhine to safety. During those nine days, however, they had created a legend: first as the small unit under Lt-Col John Frost held the "bridge too far" and then as the Oosterbeek perimeter came under sustained attack waiting for XXX Corps to arrive. The Past& Present Series reconstructs historical battles by using photography, juxtaposing modern views with those of the past together with concise explanatory text. It shows how much infrastructure has remained and how much such as outfits, uniforms, and ephemera has changed, providing a coherent link between now and then.

The Flag - The Story of Revd David Railton Mc and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior (Hardcover): Andrew Richards The Flag - The Story of Revd David Railton Mc and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior (Hardcover)
Andrew Richards 1
R574 R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Save R139 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Reverend David Railton MC served as a chaplain on the Western Front during World War I. Attached to three divisions between 1916 and 1918, Railton supported the soldiers in their worst moments, he buried the fallen, comforted the wounded, wrote to the families of the missing and killed, and helped the survivors to remember and mark the loss of their comrades so that they were able to carry on. He was with his men at many battles, including High Wood, the Aisne and Passchendaele; he received the Military Cross for rescuing an officer and two men under heavy fire on the Somme. It was Railton's idea to bring home the body of an unidentified fallen comrade from the battlefields to be buried in Westminster Abbey, and on Armistice Day 1920, his flag covered the coffin as the Unknown Warrior was laid to rest with full honours. Although suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, he returned to work as a parish priest in Margate, where he took particular interest in supporting ex-servicemen who had returned home to the aftermath of a terrible war and crippling unemployment. While the story of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior has been told before, this is the first book to explore David Railton's life and war, and of 'the padre's flag' he used as an altar cloth and shroud throughout the war. The flag was consecrated a year after the burial of the Unknown Warrior and hangs in Westminster Abbey to this day. This book explains how the idea came out of Railton's traumatic experiences on the Western front, and how he made his idea become reality, drawing on his letters and unpublished papers.

Defense Health Care - Treatment, Performance and TRICARE (Hardcover): Frederick Duncan Defense Health Care - Treatment, Performance and TRICARE (Hardcover)
Frederick Duncan
R4,077 R2,965 Discovery Miles 29 650 Save R1,112 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For over a decade, Congress and DOD have led a series of efforts to address the governance structure of the Military Health System. In chapter1, GAO examines (1) measures DOD uses to assess the quality of direct and purchased care, and (2) the extent to which DOD has established performance standards related to the measures and corrective action requirements for providers who do not meet those standards. As reported in chapter 2, or more than a decade, partially in response to congressional mandates, DOD has worked to address inefficiencies in the Military Health System to control costs. Chapter 3 examines the military departments planning processes for determining (1) operational medical personnel requirements, including an assessment of the mix of federal civilian, contractor, and active and reserve medical personnel; and (2) the most appropriate workforce mix at MTFs and any challenges in executing their desired workforce mix. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2008 directed DOD to conduct surveys of nonenrolled beneficiaries and civilian providers about access to care under the TRICARE Standard and Extra options. It also directed GAO to review the surveys results. Additionally, the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2017 included a provision for GAO to review access to care under TRICARE Extra. Chapter 4 addresses both provisions. The NDAA 2017 made several changes to the TRICARE program, including the establishment of a new preferred provider network health plan option called TRICARE Select. The NDAA 2017 made several changes to the TRICARE program, including the establishment of a new preferred provider network health plan option called TRICARE Select. GAO examined program policies, procedures, and contracts and interviewed DOD officials and TRICARE regional contractors as reported in chapter 5.

U.S. Military Medical Professionals - Ethical Guidelines, Practices, & Issues (Hardcover): Erin Andrews U.S. Military Medical Professionals - Ethical Guidelines, Practices, & Issues (Hardcover)
Erin Andrews
R3,136 Discovery Miles 31 360 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Military health care professionals serve in a variety of settings, more diverse than is typically found in the civilian environment. The Military Health System (MHS) is a global, comprehensive, integrated system that includes combat medical services, peacetime health care delivery to Service members and eligible beneficiaries, public health services, medical education and training, and medical research and development. MHS personnel provide a continuum of health services from austere operational environments through remote, fixed military treatment facilities (MTFs), to major tertiary care medical centers distributed across the United States. Military health care professionals are also expected to care for detainees, enemy combatants, nonstate actors, local nationals, and coalition forces. In addition, U.S. military personnel are often deployed to assist in humanitarian missions, such as natural disasters or to provide care to local citizens in combat zones. Directly applying ethical principles from civilian medical ethics may not be appropriate in military medicine. The basic discrepancy between the two settings involves their goals and how these goals can be achieved. This book examines the ethical guidelines, practices, and issues for U.S. military medical professionals.

Ancient Fortifications (Hardcover): Silke Muth, Peter Schneider, Mike Schnelle, Peter De Staebler Ancient Fortifications (Hardcover)
Silke Muth, Peter Schneider, Mike Schnelle, Peter De Staebler
R1,576 R1,309 Discovery Miles 13 090 Save R267 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Dedicated to the investigation of fortifications as important and integral elements of ancient built space, the present volume results from the activity of the German based international research network Fokus Fortifikation. Ancient Fortifications in the Eastern Mediterranean and is intended as a guide to research on ancient fortifications and a source of inspiration for new research. Ancient city walls and other fortification structures have long been underestimated. Since the early years of the 21st century, research on ancient fortifications has experienced an international boom, particularly amongst young researchers. They approached the study of fortifications with fresh ideas and new aims, and felt the need to discuss the problems and potentials of these monuments and to develop harmonised research methods and objectives. The outcome is the present bilingual (English and German) book, which offers a condensed view of the network's extended conversations. The goal is not so much to offer an overview on the development of ancient fortifications, but rather to present versatile and diverse approaches to their research and interpretation and to serve as a kick-off for a new understanding of this category of ancient buildings. The book is divided into two parts: the first part includes 12 chapters on methods of interpretation, documentation, and field project organisation; the systematic description and presentation of fortifications; the'building experience'; masonry forms and techniques; defensive, symbolic, and urbanistic functions and aspects; on fortifications in written sources, the visual arts, and as a historical source; and on regional and rural fortifications, and regionally confined phenomena. Part two is a catalogue that offers exemplary presentations of fortifications studied by network members; it is arranged in four sections: regions, sites, architectural elements and architectural details. The book is Volume 1 in the new series Fokus Fortifikation Studies. Volume 2 in the series, Focus on Fortification: New Research on Fortifications in the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East (Oxbow Books), the proceedings of an international conference held in Athens in December 2012, will also appear in 2015.

Basic Training For Dummies (Paperback): Rod Powers Basic Training For Dummies (Paperback)
Rod Powers
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The easy way to prepare for basic training

Each year, thousands of young Americans attempt to enlist in the U.S. Armed Services. A number of factors during a soldier's training could inhibit successful enlistment, including mental toughness and physical fitness levels. "Basic Training For Dummies" covers the ins and outs of this initial process, preparing you for the challenges you?ll face before you head off for basic training..

You'll get detailed, week-by-week information on what to expect in basic training for each branch of service, such as physical training, discipline, classroom instruction, drill and ceremony, obstacle courses, simulated war games, self-defense, marksmanship, and other milestones.Tips and information on getting in shape to pass the Physical Fitness Test (PFT)All-important advice on what to pack for boot camp Other title by Powers: "ASVAB For Dummies Premier, 3rd Edition," "Veterans Benefits For Dummies"

Whether you join the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or the Coast Guard, "Basic Training For Dummies" prepares you for the challenge and will help you survive and thrive in boot camp

Personal Groupings, Award Documents, and Ephemera of Rommel's Afrikakorps:: Army - Luftwaffe - Kriegsmarine (Hardcover,... Personal Groupings, Award Documents, and Ephemera of Rommel's Afrikakorps:: Army - Luftwaffe - Kriegsmarine (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Robert Kurtz
R1,631 R1,178 Discovery Miles 11 780 Save R453 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For German military document collectors this volume has a treasure trove of rare Afrikakorps related award documents, propaganda leaflets, Soldbuchs, Wehrpass and Remembrance/Death cards. Among the many rare documents you will see both Allied and German/Italian propaganda leaflets, Afrikakorps field newspapers, and two field-made newsletters associated with the Sonderverband 288 unit. We have also assembled several complete Afrikakorps veteran groupings and every known document variant of the AFRIKA cuffband and Italian-German Medal.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Military Families - 101 Stories about the Force Behind the Forces (Paperback): Amy Newmark Chicken Soup for the Soul: Military Families - 101 Stories about the Force Behind the Forces (Paperback)
Amy Newmark; Foreword by Miranda Hope
R364 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R21 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Whether you're a service member, or the spouse, child or parent of one, you know about the sacrifices that you make. You'll find inspiration, support, and appreciation in this collection of personal stories about military families. You'll read about growing up in the military, being a military spouse or the parent of a service member, and moving. Lots of moving! And you'll read about pride and patriotism, heartache and joy, miracles, and the amazing stories that could only happen in the military. You'll be helping the USO as well, because royalties from this book will support the USO in everything that it does across the globe for service members, their families, and veterans.

British Army Training in Canada - Flying Above the Prairie (Paperback): Guy Warner British Army Training in Canada - Flying Above the Prairie (Paperback)
Guy Warner
R568 R440 Discovery Miles 4 400 Save R128 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) is situated in Alberta, amidst the dry, semi-barren, rugged and undulating Canadian prairie, where the Blackfoot, Cree and Sioux tribes once hunted buffalo and engaged in combat. The training area measures 39 miles west to east and 32 miles north to south, with a total area of 1038 square miles. It is slightly larger than Luxembourg and seven times the size of Salisbury Plain. The prime purpose of BATUS is to provide realistic all-arms, battle group manoeuvre training with live firing. Four major `Prairie Storm' exercises are held every year between April and October, involving infantry, armour, artillery, aviation and support arms. Up to 2500-3000 personnel may be on the ground, along with as many as 1200 vehicles of all types from Main Battle Tanks to 4x4s. BATUS was formally established in 1972; making up for the loss of training areas in Libya in 1969. Right from the start it was envisaged that there would be an Army Air Corps element. The original aircraft were replaced by Westland AH1 Gazelles in 1977, they continue in service 40 years later with 29 (BATUS) Flight, which is now part of 5 Regiment Army Air Corps.

A History of RAF Drem at War (Paperback): Malcolm Fife A History of RAF Drem at War (Paperback)
Malcolm Fife
R543 R424 Discovery Miles 4 240 Save R119 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A comprehensive history of the Second World War Fighter Command airfield at RAF Drem located near Edinburgh. It was one of Scotland's most important airfields in this conflict. Its predecessor, the Royal Flying Corps Gullane air station is included in the account. When war broke out in 1939 among the first targets attacked by the Luftwaffe was the Royal Navy base at Rosyth. The Spitfires at RAF Drem were scrambled to protect this vital installation and were engaged in some of the first air battles over Britain. The exploits of its pilots received much attention from the press at the time. By mid-1940, much of the fighting had gravitated to the south of England. Spitfires and Hurricanes based at Drem would, however, continue to patrol the skies over the Firth of Forth until the end of the war. Night fighter squadrons were also based here, first flying the Blenheim and later the Mosquito. Appropriately the Drem lighting system for assisting the landing of aircraft at nightwas invented here. The Fleet Air Arm also had a presence at RAF Drem, with a squadron for the training of night fighter pilots. The airfield ended the war on a high note when three white painted Ju 52s arrived with German generals to surrender their forces in Norway. Like many other military airfields, Drem closed shortly after the end of hostilities and the runways were ploughed up and returned to agriculture.

Hiring Veterans into Civil Service Positions - Practices, Complexities, & Protection Issues (Hardcover): Sergio Ruiz Hiring Veterans into Civil Service Positions - Practices, Complexities, & Protection Issues (Hardcover)
Sergio Ruiz
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The laws and regulations regarding the preferences in hiring that can or must be given to veterans and certain family members are extremely complex. The preferences vary by the specific circumstances of the veterans and the hiring authorities being used. Some veterans can be non-competitively appointed, while other veterans may not be eligible for that same hiring authority, and the availability of an authority may depend on the grade of the position being filled. The right of a veteran to have his or her application considered for a position may depend on whether an agency is considering applicants who are internal to Government but outside the agency's own workforce. The degree of preference owed can vary by agency or position being filled. Under certain circumstances, the mother of a veteran may be eligible for preference, whereas the father would not be eligible. There are many other examples of how veterans may be treated differently under the law, but to put the message more simply: the laws relating to veterans' preference invite misunderstandings, confusion, perceptions of wrongdoing, and possibly actual wrongdoing -- whether intentional or inadvertent. This book discusses hiring authorities pertaining to veterans, the hiring of veterans under those authorities, and employee perceptions about veteran hiring. It also describes the statutes and pertinent case decisions for two laws designed to protect the employment rights of veterans in the civil service.

Irish Aces of the RFC and the RAF - In the First World War (Hardcover): Joe Gleeson Irish Aces of the RFC and the RAF - In the First World War (Hardcover)
Joe Gleeson
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The First World War had an enormous impact on Ireland. Over 240,000 Irish men and women volunteered to serve with the Allied forces, suffering almost 40,000 casualties. The Irish contribution to the air war remains overlooked, not just in Ireland, but also by historians generally. Although just 6,000 Irish served with the Allied flying services at a cost of 500 casualties, their impact was out of all proportion to their numbers. The contribution of Irish aces of the RFC and RAF to the Allied cause was enormous, just over thirty of whom accounted for 400 enemy aircraft. Irishmen such as Mannock, McElroy and Hazell were among the highest-scoring pilots of the war. Some were revered by their men, others were controversial figures - reckless with their own lives and those under their command - but many of their stories remain untold. This book seeks to restore all those who were written out of Irish history, while also providing for their achievements to be considered in the overall context of the first air war.

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