From the shadow of Wellington, comes a compelling portrait of one of history's forgotten heroes. One of the most unlikely soldiers of his day, Rowland, Viscount Hill was imaginative, intelligent and brave. Frequently leading from the front in some of the Napoleonic Wars' most deadly battles, Hill was given his own 'detached' corps with which he fought his way through Spain, Portugal and France, winning unlikely victories such as at the Battle of St Pierre, where he defeated Marechal Soult by holding the French at bay for almost a whole day with a force less than half their number. He became so indispensible to Wellington that when the great man was asked to let Hill leave the Peninsula to lead an army elsewhere, he retorted: 'Would you cut off my right hand?' Away from the battlefield Lord Hill had the courage to stand up to George IV and William IV and feuded with Lord Grey. Wellington's Right Hand traces the career of a man who fought some of the most famous battles in military history, including Corunna, Talavera, Bussaco, Almaraz, Vitoria and Waterloo. Based on the Hill papers and a wide range of primary and secondary sources, this work will have great appeal for students of the period and Napoleonic enthusiasts alike.
After the devastating Second World War America was not a nation enthusiastic about sending its men and women into yet another bloody maelstrom. Unfortunately circumstances proved otherwise. This dramatic compilation details the causes and effects of "proxy wars" fought between two politically divergent superpowers on neutral soil in a foreign land; the effects these "undeclared" wars have on the collective national psyches of the soldiers that fight them and the leaders that orchestrate them; and their tragic reverberations for decades to come. ; ; Korean War: (June 25 1959 - July 27 1953 armistice signed war never officially ended) ; Explore how the tiny Asian country of Korea was divided in the aftermath of World War II and how the cold war politics between the United States and the Soviet Union led to a brutal conflict known as the "forgotten war." Supreme Commander General Douglas MacArthur's dispute with President Truman on the "end game" and his forced resignation are explored. And how new strategies developed; the evolution of tactical guerilla war and entertaining the actual use of nuclear weapons on battlefields as viable deterrents. ; ; Vietnam War: (September 26 1959 - April 30 1975) ; The Vietnam conflict was the longest war in American history - a conflict whose burden became unbearable and fraught with hard lessons. Explore why the most powerful nation in the world could not obtain victory over Ho Chi Minh and the communist North Vietnamese. Beginning with the Gulf of Tonkin incident in August 1964 to the TET Offensive the war perpetually escalated. Meanwhile devastating strategic and political incompetence and divisive anti-war protests in America nearly tore the country apart and crippled a Presidency. Fifty years later the effects of which are still being felt.
The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it's getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. Beckett is the architect of the family, and his social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there's another project he's got his eye on: the girl he's been waiting to kiss since he was fifteen. After losing her husband and returning to her hometown, Clare Brewster soon settles into her life as the mother of three young sons while running the town's bookstore. Busy, with little time for romance, Clare is drawn across the street by Beckett's transformation of the old inn, wanting to take a closer look ...at the building and the man behind it. With the grand opening inching closer, Beckett's happy to give Clare a private tour - one room at a time. It's no first date, but these stolen moments are the beginning of something new - and open the door to the extraordinary adventure of what comes next ...