This text gathers the testimonies of numerous veterans of the Parachute Regiment and provides first-hand accounts of the major events in their history, including an investigation into the events of 'Bloody Sunday'. Since their foundation during the Second World War, the Parachute Regiment has acquired a formidable reputation as tough, fearless soldiers. "The Red Devils" have played a key role in many of the battles of the past sixty years - the capture of Sicily, the D-Day landing, the heroic but doomed attempt to capture the bridge at Arnhem. In the so-called years of peace since the Second World War, the Paras have seen action all over the world - from Cyprus, Palestine, Egypt, Borneo and the Falklands to Bosnia. Their service in Northern Ireland has been surrounded by controversy - the events of "Bloody Sunday" in Londonderry in 1972 are still the subject of fierce debate, and a continuing government inquiry.;For his authoritative book, John Parker has gathered together the testimony of numerous veterans of the Parachute Regiment. Their first-hand accounts of the major events in their history bring home the reality (and cruelty) of combat. The events of "Bloody Sunday" are seen through their eyes, and will re-ignite the controversy over what actually happened. Usual marks commensurate with age and shelf wear!
In 'The Lights that Failed', Steiner challenges the assumption that the Treaty of Versailles led to the opening of a second European war and provides an analysis of the attempts to reconstruct Europe during the 1920s. The peace treaties represented an almost impossible attempt to solve the problems caused by a murderous world war. In The Lights that Failed: European International History 1919-1933, part of the Oxford History of Modern Europe series, Steiner challenges the common assumption that the Treaty of Versailles led to the opening of a second European war. In a radically original way, this book characterizes the 1920s not as a frustrated prelude to a second global conflict but as a fascinating decade in its own right, when politicians and diplomats strove to re-assemble a viable European order. Steiner examines the efforts that failed but also those which gave hope for future promise, many of which are usually underestimated, if not ignored. She shows that an equilibrium was achieved, attained between a partial American withdrawal from Europe and the self-imposed constraints which the Soviet system imposed on exporting revolution. The stabilization painfully achieved in Europe reached it fragile limits after 1925, even prior to the financial crises that engulfed the continent. The hinge years between the great crash of 1929 and Hitler's achievement of power in 1933 devastatingly altered the balance between nationalism and internationalism. This wide-ranging study helps us grasp the decisive stages in this process. In a second volume, The Triumph of the Night , Steiner will examine the immediate lead up to the Second World War and its early years. Very good condition with some very minor wear.
The history, in three volumes, of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Volume I: The Fight at Odds 1939-1941 Re-armament and pre war planning. Early war operation. Norway and France. The Battle of Britain and "The Blitz". The bombing of Germany. Air operations in the war at sea. The Mediterranean and the Middle East. Volume II: The Fight Avails 1941-1943 The Far East. the U-boat war and anti-shipping operations. The Western Desert, Malta and Tunisia. The strategic bombing offensive. Sicily. The invasion of Italy (with subsequent operations up to the fall of Rome, May, 1944). Volume III: The Fight is won 1939-1945 The Combined Bombing Offensive. The Atlantic and the Bay of Biscay. The liberation of North West Europe - plans and preparations. Normandy and the battle for France. Flying bombs and rockets. Italy and the Balkans. The advance into Germany and the final surrender. Victory in Burma and the Far East. The war in the air - the balance sheet.
Anthony Swofford's grandfather fought in WWII; his father fought in Vietnam; and he - a directionless, testosterone-battered teenager - became a scout/sniper in the marines and fought in the Gulf War. His account of that time is also part of a lineage - after Wilfred Owen, Norman Mailer, Michael Herr and Tim O'Brien, it brings the raw and searing tradition of soldiers' stories up to date. A harrowing yet inspiring portrait of a tormented consciousness struggling for reconciliation and peace, JARHEAD is authentic, revelatory and brilliantly crafted.
8vo, up to 9 3/4" tall. Wrapper with wear to the edges a tape marks inside. Paste-downs have similar tape marks, otherwise a clean book. "It is more or less a contemporary common-place that political philosophy is dead. There has, it is true, been a 'revolution in philosophy' in Britain since Moore and Wittgenstein. But this has been concerned mainly with clarifying the nature of philosophical problems. Very little has been done to apply the analytical techniques of modern philosophy to the problems of politicsa field in which philosophers were once deeply interested. Writers on political theory, on the other hand, have been more or less untouched by developments in philosophy. From their standpoint philosophy's revolution has often seemed a rather sterile and trivial argument about language which could have no conceivable relevance to the problems of government and politics. The authors of this book believe that there is no need for this divorce between philosophy and the problems of politics and social organization. They take the view that the modern welfare state has grown up with too little clear and rigorous thinking about its underlying principles and procedures. There are problems connected with the nature of law, with concepts like 'rights', 'justice', 'equality', 'property', 'punishment', ,responsibility', 'liberty', and with the justification of civil authority, which badly need clarifying, and which modern philosophical techniques can illuminate. Most of these problems have a long history in political thought ; but thinking about them in a philosophical way more or less stopped short after the first world war. Accordingly the authors of this book are trying to make explicit the social principles which underlie the procedures and political practice of the modern democratic state. They claim to be resuming a task that has been neglected too long. Their book is offered, in the first place, as a modern introductory textbook for students of social and political philosophy; but they believe, too, that it will be of more general interest and hope that it may stimulate other philosophers to undertake more detailed studies of the many problems with which it deals.
Photographs and text provide a vivid record of events in Europe from the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand to the Treaty of Versailles. Black boards with gold title to spine. Illustrated in colour and black and white. Size approx. 22x28cm. Unclipped dust wrapper is rubbed and creased with a couple of small tears.
Verdun and the Somme were two of the most important battles in the First World War. Written by a leading military historian, and accompanied by many first-hand accounts on an audio CD, this work includes 30 facsimile items of First World War memorabilia that allow the reader to re-live this period of history.
Book in very good condition but dust jacket is well worn with several tears and stained sellotape on front and spine. This is the second volume of the official history of the Grenadier Guards in the Second World War. It tells the story of the Grenadiers' campaigns in the Mediterranean from Mareth Line to the Austrian frontier, between 1942 and 1945. Appendices include lists of personnel and casualties and decorations. With 22 black & white photographs and 22 maps including 8 fold-out maps.