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Death Of The Leaping Horseman

Author : Jason D. Mark
ISBN : 9780811714044
Genre : History
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Revised edition of a rare account of a German armored division in combat at the epic Battle of Stalingrad. • Day-by-day story of the 24th Panzer Division's savage fighting in the streets of Stalingrad in 1942 • Eyewitness accounts from participants reveal the brutality of this battle • Photos from official archives, private collections, and veterans--most of them never seen before • Used copies of the out-of-print earlier edition sell for more than $900 • A treasure trove for historians, buffs, modelers, and wargamers
Category: History

Island Of Fire

Author : Jason Mark
ISBN : 9780811766197
Genre : History
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Stalingrad was one of the largest, bloodiest, and most famous battles in history as well as one of the major turning points of World War II. For four winter months during the battle, German and Soviet forces fought over a single factory inside the city of Stalingrad. Lavishly illustrated with photos and maps, Island of Fire presents a day-by-day—at times hour-by-hour—chronicle of that pitiless struggle as seen by both sides. The book is unparalleled and exhaustive in its research, meticulous in its reconstruction of the action, and vivid in its retelling of the street-by-street, hand-to-hand fighting near the gun factory.
Category: History

Armageddon In Stalingrad

Author : David M. Glantz
ISBN : STANFORD:36105215286449
Genre : History
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The world's foremost authority on the Soviet Army in World War II offers the second installment of his pathbreakinbg trilogy on the epic clash at Stalingrad. The definitive account of the battle that produced a major turning point for both the Easterrn Front and World War II.
Category: History

Ride Of The Second Horseman

Author : Robert L. O'Connell
ISBN : 019802293X
Genre : Social Science
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"Accurst be he that first invented war," wrote Christopher Marlowe--a declaration that most of us would take as a literary, not literal, construction. But in this sweeping overview of the rise of civilization, Robert O'Connell finds that war is indeed an invention--an institution that arose due to very specific historical circumstances, an institution that now verges on extinction. In Ride of the Second Horseman, O'Connell probes the distant human past to show how and why war arose. He begins with a definition that distinguishes between war and mere feuding: war involves group rather than individual issues, political or economic goals, and direction by some governmental structure, carried out with the intention of lasting results. With this definition, he finds that ants are the only other creatures that conduct it--battling other colonies for territory and slaves. But ants, unlike humans, are driven by their genes; in humans, changes in our culture and subsistence patterns, not our genetic hardware, brought the rise of organized warfare. O'Connell draws on anthropology and archeology to locate the rise of war sometime after the human transition from nomadic hunting and gathering to agriculture, when society split between farmers and pastoralists. Around 5500 BC, these pastoralists initiated the birth of war with raids on Middle Eastern agricultural settlements. The farmers responded by ringing their villages with walls, setting off a process of further social development, intensified combat, and ultimately the rise of complex urban societies dependent upon warfare to help stabilize what amounted to highly volatile population structures, beset by frequent bouts of famine and epidemic disease. In times of overpopulation, the armies either conquered new lands or self-destructed, leaving fewer mouths to feed. In times of underpopulation, slaves were taken to provide labor. O'Connell explores the histories of the civilizations of ancient Sumeria, Egypt, Assyria, China, and the New World, showing how war came to each and how it adapted to varying circumstances. On the other hand, societies based on trade employed war much more selectively and pragmatically. Thus, Minoan Crete, long protected from marauding pastoralists, developed a wealthy mercantile society marked by unmilitaristic attitudes, equality between men and women, and a relative absence of class distinctions. In Assyria, by contrast, war came to be an end in itself, in a culture dominated by male warriors. Despite the violence in the world today, O'Connell finds reason for hope. The industrial revolution broke the old patterns of subsistence: war no longer serves the demographic purpose it once did. Fascinating and provocative, Ride of the Second Horseman offers a far-reaching tour of human history that suggests the age-old cycle of war may now be near its end.
Category: Social Science


Author : Jason D. Mark
ISBN : 0975107690
Genre : Germany
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Kampfgruppe Scherer's outstanding feat of arms was one of Germany's most famous military achievements during the Second World War. With only a few thousand men from all branches of the service, including mountain troopers, elderly reservists, police officers, navy drivers, SS partisan hunters and supply troops, Generalmajor Theodor Scherer was ordered to hold Cholm in the face of a superior enemy force. That Scherer and his men prevailed is now an historical fact but analysis of daily radio traffic and combat reports reveals that the pocket's survival was precarious; at times, even senior commanders doubted if it could be saved. On several occasions the Soviet onslaught looked poised to inflict the death blow but somehow the exhausted men of Cholm grimly clung to a few resistance nests upon which a new line was anchored. General Scherer, a popular leader and inspiration to all his soldiers, despaired many times and was forced to continually plead for more men, more supplies and more aerial support. Urgent demands by other sectors meant Kampfgruppe Scherer was drip-fed just enough supplies and reinforcements to stay alive until, eventually, a relief force forged a permanent link and freed the exhausted survivors. After a catastrophic winter of setbacks and resounding defeats for the Wehrmacht, the General and his men were lauded as heroes and recognised with an arm shield that marked them as “Cholmkämpfer,†men of exceptional courage who had prevailed despite overwhelming odds.Primary sources have been utilised for the first time to present this battle in a detailed day-by-day format, from the forlorn days of January and February to liberation in early May.
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The Time Of The Crime

Author : Domietta Torlasco
ISBN : 0804758026
Genre : Performing Arts
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The Time of the Crime explores the undoing of the detective genre in the Italian art cinema of the sixties and seventies, using an approach that combines psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and aesthetics to redefine the task of film criticism.
Category: Performing Arts

Death In The Afternoon

Author : Ernest Hemingway
ISBN : 9781476770093
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Still considered one of the best books ever written about bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon is an impassioned look at the sport by one of its true aficionados. It reflects Hemingway's conviction that bullfighting was more than mere sport and reveals a rich source of inspiration for his art. The unrivaled drama of bullfighting, with its rigorous combination of athleticism and artistry, and its requisite display of grace under pressure, ignited Hemingway's imagination. Here he describes and explains the technical aspects of this dangerous ritual and “the emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick.” Seen through his eyes, bullfighting becomes a richly choreographed ballet, with performers who range from awkward amateurs to masters of great elegance and cunning. A fascinating look at the history and grandeur of bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon is also a deeper contemplation of the nature of cowardice and bravery, sport and tragedy, and is enlivened throughout by Hemingway's sharp commentary on life and literature.
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Author : Jason Mark
ISBN : 0992274931
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Stalingrad is justly infamous for its ruthless urban fighting and the destruction of Paulus¿s entire 6. Armee, but the fact that Germany¿s vaunted Panzerwaffe (armoured branch) suffered a catastrophic setback there is often overlooked. Three panzer regiments and three panzer battalions were wiped out, their valuable human and mechanical assets left lifeless in the ruins or on barren steppe that girdled the city. Conventional military wisdom eschews the offensive deployment of armour in an urban environment, yet panzers were crucial in many of the major tactical victories within Stalingrad¿s city limits and played a major role in holding the Nordriegel, a defensive position erected between the Don and Volga Rivers that held back several Soviet armies while the city itself was being subjugated by other German formations. In this first volume, the combat histories of Panzer-Abteilungen 103, 129 and 160 will be examined in great detail. Unprecedented access to Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt), a government agency that maintains records of former Wehrmacht personnel, has permitted the life and death of each battalion to be analysed in incredible detail. The narrative is enhanced by hundreds of rare photos drawn from official archives, private collections and the albums of veterans themselves. 559 photos, 12 aerial photos, 50 maps, 12 tables and 3 appendices.