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War Coin - A Brief History of Mercenaries and Their Impact on World History (Paperback): Curtis H Stratton War Coin - A Brief History of Mercenaries and Their Impact on World History (Paperback)
Curtis H Stratton
R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
US Elite Forces: Uniforms, Equipment & Personal Items Vietnam 1965-1975 (Hardcover): Marti Demiquels US Elite Forces: Uniforms, Equipment & Personal Items Vietnam 1965-1975 (Hardcover)
Marti Demiquels
R1,383 R1,232 Discovery Miles 12 320 Save R151 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Trunk Monkeys - The Life of a Contract Soldier in Iraq (Paperback): Lewis Steiner Trunk Monkeys - The Life of a Contract Soldier in Iraq (Paperback)
Lewis Steiner
R394 R327 Discovery Miles 3 270 Save R67 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Trunk Monkeys: The Life of a Contract Soldier in Iraq tells the true story of operators from a private military contractor working in Iraq shortly after the Gulf War. From the perspective of grizzled veteran Lewis Steiner who had left the British Army to join the gold rush in the living hell that was war-torn Iraq, Steiner grew disillusioned about the declining situation in the country as he believed that the joint US and UK invasion had made things far worse. This fascinating and often extremely violent book encompasses the highs and lows of operating throughout the country from Basra in the south up to Mosul in the north. Steiner recounts of friends lost due to negligence and poor planning to the realities of conducting a private war surrounded by civilians who might be the enemy. Ultimately injured in an incident that left two dead, Steiner decides to soldier on due to a misguided sense of duty. Armed with his belt-fed SAW machine gun, Steiner accepted a contract located near Tikrit. The missions rapidly become a death sentence to many of the contract soldiers and dogs of war. In some cases, these missions were pointless, costing men, vehicles and the sanity of brothers in arms. Steiner was in the thick of it from dodging enemy ambushes to taking out a suicide bomber and narrowly escaping death in 'Sniper Alley' collecting cranberry sauce for the US forces on Thanksgiving Day. With the pedal to the metal, his Humvee attracted the unwelcome attention of insurgents who tried to blow him up with RPGs. Forget the fictionalised works of Andy McNab, Tom Clancy and Chris Ryan: this is the real deal. This is a firsthand account of the men who decide to pay the ultimate price, but be warned, this tells the real story that the Government does not want you to know.

Combat Tracking Guide (Paperback): John D. Hurth Combat Tracking Guide (Paperback)
John D. Hurth
R444 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R25 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is the first book on tracking in a combat situation that includes suggestions for integrating visual tracking operations into existing military doctrine in addition to the boots-on-the-ground detail necessary for soldiers who perform those operations. Learn how to visually track an armed individual or group in a combat situation for the purposes of gaining intelligence, locating the enemy, and/or killing them. This action packed volume is filled with useful photographs and carefully crafted diagrams to fully communicate the skills and actions required to become an expert tracker. Combat Tracking Guide is a functional, readable manual for soldiers, trackers, military organisations, affiliates, and enthusiasts around the world.

Steel Inferno: Ist SS Panzer Corps in Normandy (Paperback): Michael Reynolds Steel Inferno: Ist SS Panzer Corps in Normandy (Paperback)
Michael Reynolds
R460 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R73 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Steel Inferno provides a unique insight into the experiences of 1st SS Panzer Corps, one of only two units in the German Army which bore Hitler's name, during their fight against their Allied adversaries in Normandy. This meticulously researched book also explores the origins, formation and organization of the unit, and examines some of their more remarkable achievements during this bitter fight. It also lays to rest the myth that these two remarkable Waffen-SS divisions were annihilated in Normandy. In fact, though the Allies could never forget or forgive the atrocities the Wehrmacht and SS troops committed, many admired the Panzer Corps, and one compared fighting with them to 'fighting with tigers'.

Run to the Sound of the Guns - The True Story of an American Ranger at War in Afghanistan and Iraq (Hardcover): Nicholas Moore,... Run to the Sound of the Guns - The True Story of an American Ranger at War in Afghanistan and Iraq (Hardcover)
Nicholas Moore, Mir Bahmanyar 1
R538 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R80 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

As part of an elite special operations unit at the fighting edge of the Global War on Terrorism, Nicholas Moore spent over a decade with the US Army's 75th Ranger Regiment on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. In this compelling biography, a detailed narrative of gruelling life on the ground combines with accounts of some of the most dramatic search and rescue operations of the period to tell the true story of life on the line in the War on Terror.

Charting his rise from private to senior non-commissioned officer, this title follows Moore as he embarks on a series of dangerous deployments, engaging in brutal street combat and traversing inhospitable terrain in pursuit of Taliban fighters and Iraq's Most Wanted. Including never-before-published first-hand accounts of high-profile special operations missions including the tense rescue of Private First Class Jessica Lynch and the search and rescue mission for US Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, Moore recounts, in vivid detail, the realities of life on the front line.

Scout Ranger War Stories (Paperback): Dennis Eclarin Scout Ranger War Stories (Paperback)
Dennis Eclarin
R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Chesty Puller and Other War Heroes - An Anthology of Military History (Paperback): Arnold Paulsen Chesty Puller and Other War Heroes - An Anthology of Military History (Paperback)
Arnold Paulsen
R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Originals: The Secret History of the Birth of the SAS - In Their Own Words (Paperback): Gordon Stevens The Originals: The Secret History of the Birth of the SAS - In Their Own Words (Paperback)
Gordon Stevens 1
R264 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'We've been approached something like 25 times since the war. I kicked each out the window because they weren't going to make it with the integrity we require the story of the SAS to be told.' - Colonel Sir David Stirling, OBE, DSO, Founder of the SAS Based on over 120 hours of uncovered video and audio tape, The Originals tells the story of the birth of the SAS in the words of its founding members for the first time. Even David Stirling, founder of the regiment, contributed to the project - most historians believe he died without giving a single interview. It is also a very human story of a gang of misfits coming together to create a unit like no other: a maverick son of a Scottish laird; a boy who lied about his age to enlist; a policeman; a cheeky cockney; a Lincolnshire boxer; an Irish rugby international imprisoned for beating up his commanding officer; an Oxford rowing president and a quietly spoken man of God. The Originals covers the regiment's formation in 1941 to its supposed disbanding in 1945. With only two founding members alive today, it is not only an important document but a thrilling and moving read that will leave you reeling.

Success in the Shadows - Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines and the Global War on Terror, 2002-2015 (Paperback): Barry M... Success in the Shadows - Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines and the Global War on Terror, 2002-2015 (Paperback)
Barry M Stentiford
R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
12 Practical Strategies to Maximize Your Military Experience (Paperback): Sachiko Cleveland 12 Practical Strategies to Maximize Your Military Experience (Paperback)
Sachiko Cleveland
R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Warships Notebook Large Size 8.5 X 11 Ruled 150 Pages Softcover (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Warships Notebook Large Size 8.5 X 11 Ruled 150 Pages Softcover (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Motivation - Special Operations Success and Self Discipline (Paperback): John Winters Motivation - Special Operations Success and Self Discipline (Paperback)
John Winters
R268 Discovery Miles 2 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Tanks in the Great War 1914-1918 (Illustrated) (Paperback): J.F.C. Fuller Tanks in the Great War 1914-1918 (Illustrated) (Paperback)
J.F.C. Fuller
R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
General Jim Vaught and the Genesis of Joint Special Operations (Paperback): Bryan Vaught, Paul Gable General Jim Vaught and the Genesis of Joint Special Operations (Paperback)
Bryan Vaught, Paul Gable
R725 Discovery Miles 7 250 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Heroes of Telemark - Sabotaging Hitler's Atomic Bomb, Norway 1942-44 (Paperback): David Greentree Heroes of Telemark - Sabotaging Hitler's Atomic Bomb, Norway 1942-44 (Paperback)
David Greentree; Illustrated by Mark Stacey, Peter Dennis 1
R339 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R52 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In May 1941, the Norwegian Section of SOE received a dossier warning of the dangers of a hydroelectric fertiliser plant in Norway. Vemork produced heavy water, an essential part of making plutonium for nuclear weapons. When the Germans overran Norway the entire stock had been smuggled out of the country, but the plant was intact and soon producing heavy water again, destined for the German nuclear programme.

Despite the difficulties of getting to and operating in such a remote, hostile area, SOE decided it had to destroy the plant. Six ski-borne commandos had the task of slipping past 300 heavily armed guards and passing through a ravine the Germans thought impassable.

Fully illustrated with stunning new commissioned artwork, this is the thrilling story of the daring Norwegian-led SOE raid that prevented Hitler from building an atomic bomb.

Kirtland Air Force Base (Hardcover): Kirtland Air Force Base (Hardcover)
R678 R543 Discovery Miles 5 430 Save R135 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Tanks in the Great War 1914-1918 (Paperback): J.F.C. Fuller Tanks in the Great War 1914-1918 (Paperback)
J.F.C. Fuller
R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Short History of the Black Watch or Royal Highlanders - 1725-1907: With an Account of the Second Batallion in the South... A Short History of the Black Watch or Royal Highlanders - 1725-1907: With an Account of the Second Batallion in the South Africa War, 1899-1902 (Paperback)
Roger Chambers; Am Freiceadan Dubh
R414 Discovery Miles 4 140 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Terrorist Hunter (Paperback): Tamer Elnoury Terrorist Hunter (Paperback)
Tamer Elnoury 1
R240 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R30 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The gripping true story of the undercover agent risking his life to fight terrorism Their aim was to kill as many people as possible. His mission was to stop them. A terrorist plot to kill hundreds of innocent people. An undercover agent posing as a wealthy Al-Qaeda sympathiser. A race against time to gain the terrorists' trust and bring them down. Before it's too late... In the aftermath of 9/11, long-time undercover FBI agent Tamer Elnoury joined an elite counterterrorism unit. Its mission: to infiltrate terror cells, gain detailed knowledge of their networks and bring them successfully to justice. Writing under a pseudonym, Tamer Elnoury here tells the hair-raising true story of life undercover, risking his life to keep us safe.

Sas - Notebook (Paperback): Wild Pages Press Sas - Notebook (Paperback)
Wild Pages Press
R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
World War II US Marine Infantry Regiments (Paperback): Gordon L. Rottman World War II US Marine Infantry Regiments (Paperback)
Gordon L. Rottman; Illustrated by Peter Dennis
R311 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R48 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The United States Marine Corps came into its own in the Pacific Islands campaign against Japan in World War II. From Guadalcanal to Okinawa, US Marines formed the tip of the spear as Allied forces sought to push the Japanese back to their Home Islands.

This fascinating study tracks the deployments of the various Marine divisions throughout the war and explains their composition, but also goes deeper, to detail the individual regiments - the focus of the marines' identity and pride. It explains the organization of the Marine infantry regiment and its equipment, and how they evolved during the war. The marine infantryman's evolving uniforms, field equipment and weapons are illustrated throughout using specially commissioned artwork and detailed descriptions to produce a fitting portrait of the US military's elite fighting force in the Pacific.

As You Were (Paperback): Timothy Redmond As You Were (Paperback)
Timothy Redmond
R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A freshly-minted prosecutor with the Brooklyn DA's Office, Tim Redmond thought he'd left his life as a Green Beret behind as he pulled into the World Trade Center train station on the morning of 9/11. Three months later he was back in Afghanistan with his old A-Team . . . gearing up for the fight of their lives! Follow this team of Special Forces on their raucous and heroic journey through the unimaginable horrors of war and their unique struggle to return to a home they can no longer make sense of. This is a book every single adult in America should read today

Special Forces Berlin - Clandestine Cold War Operations of the Us Army's Elite, 1956-1990 (Hardcover): James Stejskal Special Forces Berlin - Clandestine Cold War Operations of the Us Army's Elite, 1956-1990 (Hardcover)
James Stejskal 1
R664 R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Save R147 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It is a little-known fact that during the Cold War, two U.S. Army Special Forces detachments were stationed far behind the Iron Curtain in West Berlin. The existence and missions of the two detachments were highly classified secrets. The massive armies of the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies posed a huge threat to the nations of Western Europe. US military planners decided they needed a plan to slow the juggernaut they expected when and if a war began. The plan was Special Forces Berlin. The first 40 men who came to Berlin in mid-1956 were soon reinforced by 60 more and these 100 soldiers (and their successors) would stand ready to go to war at only two hours' notice, in a hostile area occupied by nearly one million Warsaw Pact forces, until 1990. Their mission should hostilities commence was to wreak havoc behind enemy lines, and buy time for vastly outnumbered NATO forces to conduct a breakout from the city. In reality it was an ambitious and extremely dangerous mission, even suicidal. Highly trained and fluent in German, each man was allocated a specific area. They were skilled in clandestine operations, sabotage, intelligence tradecraft and able to act if necessary as independent operators, blending into the local population and working unseen in a city awash with spies looking for information on their every move. Special Forces Berlin was a one of a kind unit that had no parallel. It left a legacy of a new type of soldier expert in unconventional warfare, one that was sought after for other deployments including the attempted rescue of American hostages from Tehran in 1979. With the U.S. government officially acknowledging their existence in 2014, their incredible story can now be told.

Unconventional Warfare - Pocket Guide (Paperback): U. S. Army Unconventional Warfare - Pocket Guide (Paperback)
U. S. Army; Edited by Sgt Wolf
R126 Discovery Miles 1 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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