Download E-books Leopard 1 Main Battle Tank 1965-95 (New Vanguard) PDF

By Michael Jerchel

Improvement of the Leopard 1 could be traced again to November 1956, whilst the operational requirement for a brand new conflict tank was once formulated by way of the Federal German defense force (Bundeswehr). initially a Franco-German undertaking, the tank less than layout used to be named the 'Standard-Panzer'. The French later dropped out, notwithstanding, and on 1 October 1963 the 'Standard' tank used to be formally named 'Leopard', a suitable selection contemplating Germany's wartime pedigree with the bold Tiger and Panther. This publication lines the improvement and repair list of the Leopard 1, detailing its keep watch over platforms, ameliorations and editions.

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Download E-books Striving for Air Superiority: The Tactical Air Command in Vietnam (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series) PDF

By Craig C. Hannah

"Tactical bombing," Gen. Jimmy Doolittle reportedly saw, "is breaking the milk bottle. Strategic bombing is killing the cow." such a lot international locations have traditionally selected among development tactical and strategic air forces; infrequently has a country given equivalent weight to either. the benefits of tactical air energy are seen this day as small wars and petty tyrants bedevil us, yet in a chilly warfare global cut up among continental superpowers, strategic bombing took priority. in accordance with Craig C. Hannah, the impression on America's tactical air arm was once simply in need of calamitous.

In the Nineteen Sixties, the U.S. Air strength lacked either the gear and correctly expert pilots to guarantee air superiority as the Tactical Air Command (TAC) had develop into little greater than a handmaiden to the Strategic Air Command (SAC). TAC centred totally on the interdiction of enemy bombers and nearly neglected its different duties, comparable to supplying shut aid of flooring troops with traditional guns and the interdiction of enemy combatants over the battlefield. Its plane have been designed to fly at supersonic speeds and shoot long-range, radar-guided missiles at huge, lumbering bombers and never to interact in puppy fights with hugely maneuverable MiGs. Its preferable fighter, the F-4 Phantom, lacked an inner cannon that was once so an important to the accomplishment of TAC's challenge, and its pilot education courses have been ill-suited for the air battle over Southeast Asia. the coming of surface-to-air-missiles in North Vietnam in 1965 additionally chanced on the Air strength with neither the strategies nor the guns had to neutralize that threat.

Hannah exhibits how a tactical air strength that gained a complete victory in international conflict II deteriorated right into a second-rate strength flying getting older airplane in the course of the early years of the chilly warfare; recovered in short over Korea, the place a mix of the F-86 Sabre and more suitable pilot education gave American pilots the sting in MiG Alley; then slid speedily into obsolescence through the Nineteen Fifties as protective coverage privileged the less costly SAC and relegated TAC to the position of continental security. His dialogue of what makes a fighter plane paintings is excellent; his clarification of why America's fighter plane didn't paintings in Vietnam is instructive and unsettling.

Hannah explains how TAC struggled in the course of the struggle in Vietnam to emerge within the Seventies because the best-equipped and best-trained tactical air strength on the planet. He side-steps politics and inter-service rivalries to target the nuts and bolts of tactical air strength. the result's a authentic, informative account of ways an air strength loses its means and reveals its project again.

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Download E-books Medieval Warfare: Theory and Practice of War in Europe, 300-1500 PDF

By Helen J. Nicholson

War in medieval occasions used to be by no means static or predictable - even supposing there have been beliefs and conventions to persist with, within the box commanders needed to use their initiative and adapt to the desires of the instant. during this concise, wide-ranging learn, Helen Nicholson offers the fundamental introductory advisor to a desirable subject.

Medieval Warfare
- surveys and summarises present debates and smooth study into battle in the course of the complete of the medieval interval throughout Europe
- units medieval battle idea and perform firmly into context as a continuation and edition of perform below the Roman Empire, tracing its switch and improvement throughout greater than a millennium
- considers army body of workers, constructions and gear, in addition to the perform of conflict by way of land and sea

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Download E-books Arab MiG-19 & MiG-21 Units in Combat (Combat Aircraft) PDF

By Tom Cooper

The MiG-21 supplied the spine of frontline Arab air wrestle energy for a few years and remained the Arabs' simply genuine wish of tough Israeli air supremacy. This publication offers an in depth background of the MiG-21 in Egyptian, Syrian and Iraqi carrier. It comprises various images, such a lot of that have no longer been obvious open air the Arab international and a wide share of that have by no means formerly been released wherever. the cloth is drawn from reputable assets and from the non-public collections and memories of fellows who flew, or met, those airplane in strive against.

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Download E-books US Army Combat Equipments 1910?88 (Men-at-Arms) PDF

By Gordon L. Rottman

No matter if often called internet equipment, TE-21, TA50, LBE or LCE, the yank soldier's person wrestle gear used to be seldom praised ? other than via its builders. however, it has consistently been, and should stay a vital a part of the scuffling with man's burden. because of lots of modern images, diagrams, and 8 complete web page color plates by way of Osprey veteran Ron Volstad, Gordon Rottman's textual content reveals a wealth of data at the altering nature people wrestle equipments from 1910-1988.

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Download E-books U.S. Army Combat Equipments 1910-1988 (Men-at-Arms, Volume 205) PDF

By Gordon L. Rottman

No matter if often called net apparatus, TE-21, TA50, LBE or LCE, the yank soldier's person strive against apparatus used to be seldom praised – other than through its builders. however, it has regularly been, and may remain an important a part of the struggling with man's burden. due to lots of modern photos, diagrams, and 8 complete web page color plates through Osprey veteran Ron Volstad, Gordon Rottman's textual content reveals a wealth of knowledge at the altering nature folks strive against equipments from 1910-1988.

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