Browsing posts tagged: Attack and defense. Siege warfare

The Sturmgeschütz rumbling forward into action is one of the iconic images of World War II. As mobile assault guns, the StuGs were essentially designed as infantry support weapons, but they also proved themselves as highly effective tank destroyers. Written by Emmy Award winning author Bob Carruthers this fascinating study encompasses the design, development and […]

Tiger I and Tiger II

The German Tiger I and Tiger II (known to the Allies as the 'King Tiger' or 'Royal Tiger') were the most famous and formidable heavy tanks of the Second World War. In their day their awesome reputation inspired such apprehension among Allied soldiers that the weaknesses of these brilliant but flawed designs tended to be […]

A New Excalibur

The idea of a mobile strong-point, out of which the tank developed, probably occurred to most minds after our first experience of attacking strongly entrenched positions; I first heard it suggested by an Intelligence Corps officer as early as the Battle of the Aisne….the suggestion of using the 'Caterpillar tractor, which has been experimented with […]

The Centurion Tank

Few tank designs have been as effective, versatile and long-lived as that of the British Centurion. Conceived during the Second World War as the answer to the superior German Tiger and Panther tanks and to the lethal 88mm gun, this 52-ton main battle tank incorporated the lessons British designers had learned about armored fighting vehicles […]

Ambushes and Surprises

Ambushes and surprise attacks are tactics as old as warfare itself. This instructive and interesting book, written by a distinguished Victorian soldier and military historian, describes and analyses some of history’s most famous military ambushes – including Hannibal’s waylaying of the Romans on the shores of Lake Trasimene; the other great disaster to Roman arms […]

Vauban under Siege

Vauban under Siege is the first systematic comparison of the theory of Vaubanian siegecraft with its reality, contrasting military engineering’s pursuit of the efficient siege with generals‘ contradictory search for rapid conquest, purchased at the cost of additional lives.

A History of Chemical Warfare

On 22nd April 1915 a greenish yellow cloud drifted across no-mans-land on the Ypres Salient – chemical warfare had begun. This book examines chemical warfare in the Twentieth Century, starting with the First World War and moving on through the inter-war period, the Italian invasion of Ethiopia and the Japanese invasion of China to the […]

Britain and Biological Warfare

From fear of sabotage on the London Underground to the first anthrax bomb and massive outdoor tests, Britain and Biological Warfare tells the largely untold history of biological weapons research and policy in the UK. Drawing on recently declassified documents, this book charts the secret history of germ warfare policy from the 1930s to the […]

Secret History of Chemical Warfare

This book offers a full examination and description of all the toxic chemical and microbiological agents, either tested, manufactured or used since 1914. It identifies the major research, testing and manufacturing plants worldwide with special emphasis on the UK and North America. Among the British sites are Porton Down (Wiltshire), Sutton Oak (Lancashire), Nancekuke (North […]

Chemical and Biological Warfare

From agent orange to anthrax, chemical and biological warfare is viewed as an abhorrent, immoral weapon abused by evil despots of weaker nations. Why did the United States government, now focused on eliminating „weapons of mass destruction“, sponsor the development and stockpiling of chemical and biological weapons between 1918 and 1990?“Chemical and Biological Warfare: A […]