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Land Combat

Since 1914 the art and increasingly science of warfare has become ever deadlier. Tanks have become more mobile and more protected, artillery has come to dominate battlefields and even ordinary infantrymen are now equipped with body armour and lightweight fully automatic weapons, usually fitted with magnifying scopes. Containing full-colour artworks and action photographs, Land Combat is a comprehensive guide to how wars have been fought since the outbreak of World War I. All of the most famous wars and campaigns are featured, from the Western Front to the Blitzkrieg, the Arab-Israeli wars and Vietnam, up to the Gulf and the present day. Land Combat is an authoritative guide to the development of the fighting techniques used on the battlefield from 1914 to today.
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Part 1: The Industrial Age (1900-1945) Introduction The State of Play - Warfare at the Turn of the Century Armies in 1900 Lessons from the Last Major Wars (ACW, Franco-Prussian War) Colonial Warfare The First World War Unassailable Positions (1914-1917) Manoeuvring to Stalemate (1914) Trenches, Wire and Conscription Breaking the Great Fortress - Gas, Artillery and Mines The Return of Manoeuvre (1918) Tanks, Stormtroopers and New Tactics Operations In Other Theatres Armoured Cars in Russia Minor and Irregular Forces in Africa The Inter-War Years Lessons Learned The Spanish Civil War The Second World War in Europe The Apotheosis of Armour The Fall of Poland Air-Land Operations in France Desperate Measures, Home Guards and Partisans Finland/Winter War Preparations to Defend Britain from Invasion Resistance in France and Other Nations Assault on Russia Operation Barbarossa The Shape of Things to Come: Stalingrad 42-43 The Greatest Tank Battle: Kursk 1943 Germany On The Defensive The Normandy Landings The Liberation of France and the Low Countries The Russian Advance Breaking the Westwall The Defence of Berlin War in the East The Red Sun Rising Sino-Japanese Conflict Japanese Conquests up to 1941 The Fall of Singapore War in the Jungle Pacific Islands Campaigns The Defence of India Island Hopping The Final Days Preparations for the Invasion of the Japanese Mainland The Dawn of the Nuclear Age The Future of Land Warfare in 1945 Part 2: The Nuclear Era (1945-1999) Introduction The Aftermath of World War Two Political and Strategic Considerations The Cold War and Its Effect On Strategic Planning The Nuclear Option Revolution, Insurrection and Civil War Civil War in China The Mau Mau Uprising Civil War in Congo Revolution in Cuba Civil War in Nigeria Civil War in Ethiopia Northern Ireland The Resurgence of Conventional Conflict The Korean War The Suez Invasion The Six-Day War Indo-Pakistani Conflict The Yom Kippur War Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan Iran-Iraq War The Falklands War Israeli Invasion of Lebanon The First Gulf War Brushfire Wars Malaya The British Retreat from Empire US Involvement in Vietnam Somalia The Balkan Conflict Chechnya The Complex Battlespace Warfare at the Dawn of the 21st Century Index

About the Author

Martin J. Dougherty is a freelance writer and editor specializing in military and defence topics. His published works deal with subjects ranging from naval weapons systems and precision-guided weapons to personal security. He is an expert on asymmetric and non- conventional warfare and has addressed several international conferences on these subjects.


'Along with some well written and informative texts, there are plenty of archive photos and also some fine colour profiles illustrating many of the weapons used throughout the period.' * Military Model Scene * The price for such a valuable book is not as high as you would expect, and it's recommended for those who would like to know more about past conflicts and military development. * DetailScaleView *

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