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Africa@War 33: Showdown in Western Sah
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The former colony of Spanish Sahara saw frequent outbursts of tribal and ethnic rebellions already while ruled by colonial authorities, in the late 19th and through early 20th Century. Its vastness and distances de-facto dictated the application of air power in response. While most of these attracted next to no attention in English-language media, at least the large-scale operations of the Spanish colonial authorities of the late 1950s became notable for the final combat deployment of the famous Messerschmitt Bf.109. Narby, their common history as former French colonies resulted in a short war between Algeria and Morocco, which in turn prompted an arms race that lasted well into the 1980s. Following much more action than was ever reported in the media, and amid growing resistance from natives and increasing international pressure, Spain withdrew from Spanish Sahara in 1975, indirectly opening a new chapter of this part of the world, which is going to be covered in Volume 2. Warfare in Western Sahara has in many ways become exemplary for modern-day counter-insurgency efforts in Africa and elsewhere. This is so in regards of this conflict being mis-declared as a part of some larger, external conflict - like the Cold War - in regards of the concept of an insurgency applying motorized forces to deliver often spectacular `hit-and-run' attacks; and in regards of a conventional military reacting with a combination of earth berms and air power. Illustrated by over 100 photographs, dozen of maps and 15 colour profiles, Showdown in Western Sahara, Volume 1 offers a fascinating study of the military aspects of this conflict, warfare strategies, tactics and experiences with different weapons systems.
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Cold War 1945-1991 Vietnam''s Final
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On March 30, 1972 some 30,000 North Vietnamese troops along with tanks and heavy artillery surged across the demilitarized zone into South Vietnam in the opening round of Hanoi’s Easter Offensive. By early May South Vietnamese forces were on the ropes and faltering. Without the support of U.S. combat troops – who were in their final stage of withdrawing from the country – the Saigon government was in danger of total collapse and with it any American hope of a negotiated settlement to the war. In response, President Richard Nixon called for an aggressive, sustained bombardment of North Vietnam. Code-named Operation Linebacker I, the interdiction effort sought to stem the flow of men and material southward, as well as sever all outside supply lines in the first new bombing of the North Vietnamese heartland in nearly four years. To meet the American air armada, North Vietnamese MiG fighters took to the skies and surface-to-missiles and anti-aircraft fire filled the air from May to October over Hanoi and Haiphong. With the failure of its Easter Offensive to achieve military victory, Hanoi reluctantly returned to the negotiating table in Paris. However, as the peace talks teetered on the edge of collapse in mid-December 1972, Nixon played his trump card: Operation Linebacker II. The resulting twelve-day Christmas bombing campaign from 18–30 December unleashed the full wrath of American air power. More than 2,200 attack sorties, including 724 B-52 sorties alone, were flown by Air Force and Navy aircraft delivering 15,287 tons of bombs that laid waste to the North Vietnamese capital. Railyards, military storage depots, power stations, and bridges, as well as radar and communication sites, airfields, and anti-aircraft defences were pummelled day and night. Linebacker II would prove to be decisive: a ceasefire agreement was signed on 23 January 1973.
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Desert Eagle Magach 6A/B–IDF Patton%2
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This book is perfect for the modellers who build the new Magic 6B Gal Batas from Meng, the Magic 6Bet from AFV Club, and many others. Colour photo album containing an extensive collection of previously unpublished photographs with historical background and in action shots.
£29.90
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Magach Tanks of the IDF-Magach 2&3 i
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his is the second volume in a new series on the Israeli Defense Force’s Magach tank and its derivatives. This volume contains detailed descriptions of the combat, operations and history of M48 Magach tanks during the Six Day War.
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The T-54/55 in Israeli-Arab Wars-Vol 2
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This is the second volume in a series on the T-54/55 tank and its derivatives in Israeli-Arab wars. Authored by Robert Manasherob, a world recognized expert on Israeli military vehicles, this volume contains detailed descriptions of the combat operations of the Syrian T-54/55 in the Yom Kippur War.
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Tankograd The First T-34 Birth of a
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The Soviet T-34 medium tank was undoubtedly the most important tank design of World War 2. In retrospect, one can go as far as to say "it was the tank that won the war". On the other hand, it was not an easy birth of a legend, as its revolutionary new tank design was not widely embraced when it was first proposed yet ultimately had to be rushed into production. This publication describes, in hitherto unseen detail and research, the birth of the legendary T-34 through its first series production Model 1940. It starts with the path that led to the first prototypes, covers the many details of its production models and, finally, follows it into action during those so decisive first five months of the Great Patriotic War, today most commonly known by the German name for the invasion, Operation Barbarossa. During this campaign, both the T-34 and KV tank came as a complete surprise to the advancing German Wehrmacht, and on many encounters the two new Soviet tanks designs slowed down the German momentum, eventually to an extent that the objective of Moscow could not be taken before winter arrived. Over the past decade, the author devoted himself to the many technical details of T-34-76 models, indeed closely looking at each and every "nut and bolt" and is now able to provide the first ever in-depth research on the development, technology and combat history of the T-34 Model 1940, the first version of a legendary tank family.
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Tilly Colours
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The intention of this profile is to highlight the many and varied colour schemes applicable to Austin, Hillman, Morris and Standard Light Utilities – Tillys – during the war years. Indeed, the general colours here are equally applicable to all other British military vehicles of the period. The problem of identifying British wartime colours has always been a tricky one. Throughout the war, there were many interpretations of not only the official camouflage schemes, but also of the colours themselves. Virtually every photograph in the book is a black and white picture of a Tilly in military service during the war. With the invaluable help of Mike Starmer, who has long been recognised for his work in identifying these colours and patterns, the book contains a colour explanation so that the photographs can be usefully interpreted. Wherever possible, an illustration and explanation of the vehicle’s unit markings is provided. It opens up a wealth of suggestions for accurate liveries that would be appropriate for use on either a restored vehicle or a scale miniature. Hopefully, this little book makes it clear to both modellers and vehicle restorers/owners that there is more than just one plain green colour scheme available to them. British wartime camouflage is equally as interesting as those used by the opposing Axis forces.
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Belgian Leguan Last of the Breed-Part
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The Belgian Leguan replaced twelve ageing M48A2 AVLBs and, with the Pionierpanzer AEV, are the Last of the Breed of Leopards (or any tracked, armoured vehicle) in service in Belgium. The name Leguan is an adaptation of the German word legen, meaning ‘to lay’. The main task of an AVLB (Assault Vehicle Launch Bridge) is to provide an armoured and/or mechanised combat formation with a fast solution to overcome natural obstacles, or artificial obstacles created by the enemy. This enables an attacking unit to have the element of surprise, not limiting the unit to the available intact civilian road and bridge infra-structure. This Model Foto Focus takes a thorough look around these fascinating machines. For the modeller, this is the ultimate walkaround for an accurate model. For the armour enthusiast, it describes the Belgian version of this rare bridge-layer in great detail, and shows you how it operates.
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Belgian Pionierpanzer Last of the Breed-
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The Belgian Pionierpanzer, with the Leguan AVLB, are the Last of the Breed of Leopards (or any tracked, armoured vehicle) in service in Belgium. Compared to its sister vehicle, the Bergepanzer 2 ARV, the Pionierpanzer AEV (Armoured Engineer Vehicle) was equipped with a more powerful hydraulic system with a heat exchanger. A larger dozer blade was also installed which could be extended to 3.75 metres. It could also be fitted with scarifiers (teeth) to scrape (in reverse) frozen ground or concrete surfaces. Other specific features were hydraulic earth augers enabling the vehicle to drill holes to a depth of up to 1.9 metres. This Model Foto Focus takes a thorough look around these fascinating machines. For the modeller, this is the ultimate walkaround for an accurate model. For the armour enthusiast, it describes the Belgian version of this interesting engineer vehicle in great detail, and shows you how it operates.
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Lioness & Lion of the Line Vol3 M5
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In service with the Israeli Defence Force. This book covers the acqusition and history of the tank and vehicles, contains detailed descriptions of the design, developments, combat, operations and history. With combat and in-action photos, walkaround photos, tactical markings and previously unpublished photos.
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Israeli Wild & Cruel Cats Vol 6 Ac
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In service with the Israeli Defence Force. This book covers the acqusition and history of the tank and vehicles, contains detailed descriptions of the design, developments, combat, operations and history. With combat and in-action photos, walkaround photos, tactical markings and previously unpublished photos.
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Israeli Half-Tracks Vol 2
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In service with the Israeli Defence Force. This book covers the acqusition and history of the tank and vehicles, contains detailed descriptions of the design, developments, combat, operations and history. With combat and in-action photos, walkaround photos, tactical markings and previously unpublished photos.
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Israeli Armor Wrecks Vol 1 Tiran 4/5/6
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In service with the Israeli Defence Force. This book covers the acqusition and history of the tank and vehicles, contains detailed descriptions of the design, developments, combat, operations and history. With combat and in-action photos, walkaround photos, tactical markings and previously unpublished photos.
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Israeli Wild & Cruel Cats Vol 2 Pu
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In service with the Israeli Defence Force. This book covers the acqusition and history of the tank and vehicles, contains detailed descriptions of the design, developments, combat, operations and history. With combat and in-action photos, walkaround photos, tactical markings and previously unpublished photos.
£32.99
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Israeli God''s Chariots Vol 1 Merkav
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In service with the Israeli Defence Force. This book covers the acqusition and history of the tank and vehicles, contains detailed descriptions of the design, developments, combat, operations and history. With combat and in-action photos, walkaround photos, tactical markings and previously unpublished photos.
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Tankcraft (14) Centurion Armoured Hero
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The fifty-ton British Centurion tank, developed during the darkest days of the Second World War, was designed to out-gun and out-perform the latest German tanks, such as the formidable Panzer V Panther. It was one of the most successful tanks ever produced, and this volume in the TankCraft series by Robert Jackson is the ideal introduction to it. The Centurion came into service too late to test its ability in action with German armour, but in the post-war world it earned a fearsome reputation in action during the many conflicts of the Cold War era, from the Middle East to Vietnam. Nearly 4,500 were built, serving with the armies of some twenty nations. The Centurion’s chassis was also adapted to fulfil a variety of tasks, including armoured recovery, bridge-laying and guided weapons carrier. As well as tracing the history of the Centurion, Robert Jackson's book is an excellent source of reference for the modeller, providing details of available kits and photographs of award-winning models, together with artworks showing the colour schemes applied to these tanks. Each section of the book is supported by a wealth of archive photographs.
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