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A Military History of Canada: From Champlain to the Gulf War
Is Canada really "a peaceable kingdom" with "an unmilitary people"? Desmond Morton says no. This is a country that has been shaped, divided, and transformed by war -- there is no greater influence in Canadian history, recent or remote. Through the Cold War, the Gulf War, and after, Canadians had to make difficult decisions about defence and foreign policy, and these events have shaped the country, developing our industries, changing the role of women, realigning our political factions, and changing Canada’s status in the world.
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Across the Reef: The Amphibious Tracked Vehicle at War
Look at the role of amphibious vehicles in landing U.S. forces on the beaches of Japanese-held islands during World War II.
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American Air Power: The First 75 Years
A thoroughly engrossing and exceptionally well-written account of American military aviation from the delivery of the first military craft by the Wright brothers in 1909, right up to the present. All the dimensions of America's air involvement are explored in depth, the technological, strategic, tactical, and political considerations that have shaped our nation's air defence policies and practices, the aircraft, the airmen, and the decision makers, the stories behind the headlines, how aviation developed in the Army, Navy, Marines, and finally in a separate Air Force, it's all here, generously illustrated with dozens of photos from military and private archives!
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B-52 Stratofortress: The Complete History of the World’s Longest Serving and Best Known Bomber
The B-52 is the longest serving and most versatile of the United States Air Force's combat aircraft. The Stratofortress entered active service in 1955 and is scheduled to continue as part of the air force's inventory through 2040. The jet-powered bomber was a mainstay of America's Cold War nuclear-deterrent strategy, providing air power that balanced the land and sea military forces. The massive plane also served as the launch platform for the experimental X-15 hypersonic rocket aircraft. Due to its versatility as an aircraft, the B-52 has seen combat service in all of America's military conflicts since it came on active duty: Vietnam, the first and second Gulf wars, and the War in Afghanistan. B-52 Stratofortress also covers every aspect of the aircraft's development, manufacture, and modification. These technical details set the stage for its military service, starting with its role as a nuclear bomber in the Cold War even though only conventional weapons have been used during its combat duty. The airplane's service in key campaigns in Vietnam is covered, followed by the quieter years after it. The B-52 returned to prominence in the Gulf Wars and Afghanistan, taking part in massive bombing campaigns in both conflicts. Finally, the book ends with the constant upgrades that will keep the B-52 an integral part of U.S. airpower for decades to come.
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Beyond the Wild Blue: A History of the U.S. Air Force: 1947-1997
Beyond the Wild Blue is a fascinating look at fifty turbulent years of Air Force history. From the prop-driven armada of World War II to the most advanced Stealth weaponry, from pioneers like General Henry "Hap" Arnold to glorious conquests in the Gulf War, Beyond the Wild Blue is a high-flying study of the triumphs (and failures) of leadership and technology.
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Boeing B-17 and B-29 Fortress and Superfortress Portfolio
One of a series comprising technical descriptions - cutaway drawings - genealogy - combat and operational records from contemporary articles from Flight, The Aeroplane and Aircraft Production, with modern material from Aeorplane Monthly.
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Courage on the Battlefield (Volume II): Canada’s Military Heritage
Courage in the battlefield is the second title in a three volume set of selected Canadian war heroes as compiled by Arthur Bishop. These exciting narratives bring to life the gallant and self-sacrificing stories of those who fought first on Canadian soil in the War of 1812, in the Crimea, the Indian Mutiny, the Boer war and in World wars I and II and in Korea.
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Engines of War: How Wars Were Won & Lost on the Railways
The birth of the railway in the early 1830's revolutionized the way the world waged war. From armored engines with swiveling guns, to the practice of track sabotage, to the construction of tracks that crossed frozen Siberian lakes, the "iron road" facilitated conflict on a scale that was previously unimaginable. It not only made armies more mobile, but widened fighting fronts and increased the power and scale of available weaponry; a deadly combination. In Engines of War, Christian Wolmar examines all the engagements in which the railway played a part: the Crimean War; the American Civil War; both world wars; the Korean War; and the Cold War, with its mysterious missile trains; and illustrates how the railway became a deadly weapon exploited by governments across the world.
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F-86 Sabre: Rebuilding & Flying the North American F-86 in the 1990’s
The North American F-86 Sabre was a post-war jet fighter that entered service with the United States Air Force in 1949 and was retired from active duty by Bolivia in 1994. What is even more exciting is the mount of activity surrounding the rebuilding of the type as a war bird worldwide. There are literally tons of spares, and a significant number of airframes in a varying conditions and a growing number of companies offering Sabre Jet related services. The myths surrounding the Sacramento accident does nothing to enhance the image of the Sabre jet but those myths are cleared up here. Here are some of the article features. Flying the F-86A and CAC Sabre, Sabre Aerobatic Team. Rebuilding the NAA FJ-4B Fury. China Lake the Sabre's last stand. Fort Wayne's Saber Five. Airworthy & Project Sabers listing History of the F-86A G-SABR/48-178. Rebuilding and F-86H. CAC Sabres today. Surviving Sabre airframes worldwide. Exclusive F-86A Cutaway.
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Fighter (Military Missions)
This highly informative and beautifully illustrated volume presents you not only with an overview of a century of powered flight and the key technical developments, but also with an explanation of fundamental aerodynamic principles. Setting events in their historical context, it examines each of the most important fighters in turn and tells of the individuals whose ingenuity and courage gave military aviation its extraordinary momentum.
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Ford Model GP: Military Test Model (TM10-1101)
This Ford Test Model GP (Military Jeep) TM 10-1101 Service Manual covers the famous War Jeeps. It is a brand new reproduction of the very rare original for the Ford Model GP ¼ -Ton 4 x 4 Army vehicle built in 1941 and is now known worldwide as the Jeep. This wonderful manual not only helps maintain your vehicle but also presents a history of the famous Jeep and illustrates how Ford adapted to utilize existing parts during the war years. The model designation of GP, meaning general purpose, contributed to coining the Jeep name. This manual has 128 pages of information and 170 illustrations covering operator instructions and service information for the front & rear axles, frame & springs, propeller shafts, body, brakes, engine, clutch, transmission & transfer case, cooling system, electrical system, wiring diagrams, fuel & exhaust, lubrication, steering gear, tires, wheels & bearings, shock absorbers, lubrication, and tools. You will find the wiring diagrams, exploded views, pictures and illustrations in this book very helpful when servicing and maintaining your Ford Model GP Jeep.
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Frank Wootton: 50 Years of Aviation Art
This magnificent volume celebrates Frank Wootton's career as an aviation artist. He traveled the world as an official war artist to the Royal Air Force for much of WWII. In 1944, he joined the Allied forces and painted the events and aircraft around him as he moved with the troops through newly liberated France and into Belgium He was then moved to Southeast Asia where he saw out the end of the war in Japan. This collection encompasses the range of Wootton's aviation art, from those early intense years right through to the present day -- including his impressions of the Concorde and modern high-tech fighter planes.
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Gunfighters: Airworthy Fighter Airplanes of WW2 and Korea
This is a photographic history of American fighter aircraft of World War II and Korea. Contents cover: Top gun Big beautiful jugs Hellcats and Corsairs Hawk wings P-38s and more hit singles Jet aircraft
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Hands to Flying Stations: A Recollective History of Canadian Naval Aviation 1945-1954 (Volume 1)
In the first ten years, fifty eight young men of all ranks died, serving in the cause of Canadian Naval Aviation. Volume One of HANDS TO FLYING STATIONS describes for the first time those early days, and is the story as told by those who were there.
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Hands to Flying Stations: A Recollective History of Canadian Naval Aviation 1955-1969 (Volume 2)
As told by those who were there, this is the story of the early years of Canadian Naval Aviation.
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Hawker Aircraft Since 1920
This book, by one of the most distinguished writers on military aviation, was originally published in 1961 and updated in 1971. An outstanding work when first published, it is now of even greater value, the author having made a complete revision as well as expanding and updating the sections on the later aircraft such as the Hunter and Harrier, and adding new chapters on the Sea Harrier, the Harrier G.R.5, and the joint Anglo-American Harrier. These and other Hawker products are described in great detail and illustrated by photographs and drawings.
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HMCS Haida: Battle Ensign Flying
This is the story of Canada's greatest destroyer, the aggressive and hard-hitting Haida. She is Canada's most decorated warship, winning honours in the Arctic, English Channel, Normandy, Bay of Biscay, and Korea. Her first commander, the late Harry DeWolf, is Canada's most famous naval hero. Since her decommissioning in 1963, Haida, the last of the feisty Tribals, has been preserved as a national naval memorial. HMCS Haida's story is an account of sharp-end war; of Canada's naval experience in Murmansk convoys and British Home Fleet protection; in English Channel operations, when Canadian and British naval units swept the German naval ensign from the seas; in the destruction of a U-boat, and in the liberation of Trondheim, Normay. Haida was always in on the action. She sank more enemy military tonnage than any other Canadian vessel.Haida's finest days were during the intense naval operations leading up to D-Day. With her sisters Huron and Iroquois and the ill-fated Athabaskan, with British and Polish men of war, she engaged German destroyers, torpedo boats, minesweepers and others and never lost. She vigorously carried the war to the enemy at great risk. Her postwar career including two tours in the Korean theater displays the same brave purpose in her officers and men, trained professionals and dedicated sailors. Barry Gough has written a new chapter in Canadian naval annals, showing that the best equipment brings forth the best results when good fortune and superb seamanship and weapons handling are matched in equal measure Haida's illustrious story.
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In Search of Pegasus: The Canadian Airborne Experience 1942-1999
This book is the first substantial attempt to chronicle the entire airborne experience, spanning over fifty-six years. Although often viewed as outcasts and pariahs, Canada's intrepid paratroopers have always represented the best combat soldiers this country has been able to offer. Renowned for their courage, initiative, physical prowess, and indomitable spirit, the nation's paratroopers have always represented the proficiency of the Canadian army. Aided by 400-plus dramatic photographs and a meticulously researched text, it opens the history and operational contribution of Canada's airborne forces to the public eye. From its beginnings as 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion in 1942 through the disbandment of the Canadian Airborne Regiment in 1995 and its aftermath it affirms the necessity of parachute capability. It is a tribute to their professionalism and tenacity.
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Jump Wings: History of Canadian Airborne Qualification Badges, 1942-2012
Canadian parachute-related 'wings'. Included are the first styles of wings introduced during the Second World War and continued to the present. Other sections address Para Rigger, Search and Rescue, Pathfinder/Scout and Army Pilot wings.
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Military Jet Aircraft: 1945 to the Present Day
From the Avro Vulcan and Boeing B-52 Stratofortress to the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II and Northrop B-2A Spirit, this thorough guide looks at more than 50 of the most important jet-engined aircraft developed between 1945 and today. They include dedicated interceptors, bombers, and reconnaissance platforms, as well as modern multirole warplanes such as the F-22, F-35, and Sukhoi Su-27. Organized by country, the book introduces each aircraft with large-format artwork in color, showing it in action wearing authentic markings. Detailed annotations indicate innovative design features and other points of interest. An in-depth description of each aircraft follows, profiling its design and manufacturing development and active deployment history. Along with action photographs, a comprehensive specifications panel gives information on dimensions, power plant, performance, and armament.
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This essential guide to all the most important jet fighter aircraft from 1945 to the present is a must-have for aviation enthusiasts and modelers. Arranged chronologically, each plane has a cutaway artwork labeled with key items of interest, and accompanying photographs showing both the aircraft?s cockpit and exterior from every angle. All the major types, including the Phantom II, MiG-21, and F-22 Raptor, appear with detailed specifications.
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Nose Art: An Illustrated History from World War I to the Present
Aircraft nose art has long been a military institution. First appearing in the form of a sea monster on the front of an Italian flying boat in 1913, through WWII, Vietnam, and on to today, Nose Art catalogs and presents it all. Hundreds of detailed illustrations through the decades give the full picture of the evolution and history of these mini-murals. From early shark and tiger mouths below front propellers, to historical logos and Loony Toons characters, to the modern banning of nude pinups, author Allan Burney explores this incredible subject in detail.
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Rupert Red Two: A Fighter Pilot’s Life: From Thunderbolts to Thunderchiefs
In 1945 Second Lieutenant Jack Broughton graduated from West Point with the silver pilot wings of a newly commissioned member of the Army Air Corps. Nearly thirty years later, he retired as a full colonel in the United States Air Force, an entity that didn't even exist when he first learned to fly. Along the way Colonel Broughton saw duty in virtually every fighter aircraft the Air Corps and then Air Force had to offer. He experienced the birth and coming of age of the U.S. Air Force and its bloodying in combat in Korea and Vietnam. In this, his third book, Broughton offers readers what is virtually a biography of the U. S. Air Force as it was experienced by one of its finest combat leaders. From his initial duty in postwar Germany as part of the American occupation, to air-to-air combat in Korea, to his command of the Thunderbirds and two combat tours in Vietnam, Broughton describes what it is to meet the enemy in the air--and to fly some of the best-known aircraft in combat. By the bestselling author of Thud Ridge and Going Downtown.
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Sixty Years: The RCAF and CF Air Command 1924-1984
This book is a comprehensive history of Canadian military aviation during this period. It is a large format book, and is almost 500 pages long. Many of the profiles are of rare Canadian aircraft, not just the usual Spitfires and Sabres. Naval aviation is not covered. 60 Years is extremely well-illustrated, including a thirty-page section of colour profiles and there are hundreds of black-and-white photos.
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The Brown Water Navy: The River and Coastal War in Indo-China and Vietnam, 1948-1972
Briefly traces the history of river warfare, looks at French military operations in Indo-China, and looks at the combat operations of United States and Vietnamese river forces.
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The Korean War 1950-53: Osprey Men-at-Arms
At 4am on Sunday 25 June 1950 powerful North Korean forces invaded South Korea, advancing down the Uijongbu Corridor towards the Southern Capital of Seoul. South Korean troops resisted bravely, but were crushed by overwhelming Northern superiority. Later that day the United Nations Security Council condemned the aggression, and on 7 July appointed US General of the Army Douglas MacArthur to command UN forces which would be sent to save South Korea. In The Korean War 1950--53, Nigel Thomas and Peter Abbott explore the history of this conflict, which pitted UN forces against the People's Republic of China in a resulting in hundreds of thousands of casualties. Packed with specially commissioned artwork, maps and diagrams, the Men-at-Arms series of books is an unrivalled illustrated reference on the history, organisation, uniforms and equipment of the world's military forces, past and present.
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The National War Memorial/Le Monument commemoratif de guerre du Canada
This is a guide book to the National War Memorial that was published in 1982. The National War Memorial granite memorial arch with accreted bronze sculptures in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It was designed by Vernon March and first dedicated by King George VI in 1939. Originally built to commemorate the Canadians who died in the First World War, it was in 1982 rededicated to also include those killed in the Second World War and Korean War. In 2014 the dead from the Second Boer War and War in Afghanistan, as well as all Canadians killed in all conflicts past and future were added tp the monument. It now serves as the pre-eminent war memorial of 76 cenotaphs in Canada. In 2000, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was added in front of the memorial and symbolizes the sacrifices made by all Canadians who have died or may yet die for their country.
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The RAF: 1918-2018
For a hundred years the Royal Air Force has been at the forefront of the UK's defences. In the 1920s and 1930s, the RAF protected Britain's empire; during the Second World War it played a key role in defeating the Axis; and through the 1950s and 1960s it was a key part of Britain's nuclear deterrent. Julian Hale examines the history of the RAF through its organisation, personnel, aircraft and campaigns, from the biplanes of the First World War, through its 'Finest Hour' in 1940 and the dawn of the jet age to today's hi-tech aircraft and the emerging role of the unmanned aerial vehicle. Enriched with personal accounts and a wealth of photographs, this book provides a concise introduction to the world's first air force.
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The True Glory: The Story of the Royal Navy over a Thousand Years
A history of the Royal Navy divided into periods of British History: Anglo Saxon, Tudor, Stuart, Hanoverian, George III, Waterloo to Crimea, Crimea to WW1, Inter War Years, WW2 to Hiroshima, and 1945 to the Present Day.