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A fresh, nuanced look at an extraordinary woman and her lifelong fight for justice. Defying the constraints of her gender and class, Emily Hobhouse travelled across continents and spoke out against oppression. A passionate pacifist and a feminist, she opposed both the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer War and World War One, leading to accusations of treason.
An insider account of the shadowy world of private military contracting.
‘The heavy smell of blood filled the air, and every moment you had this intense fear that the next bullet was meant for you.’ So remembered William Thorne, a South African volunteer soldier who fought in the muddy trenches along the River Somme in France on Europe’s Western Front.
It's spring 1983. It seemed that one of the most startling discoveries of the century had been made, and that one of the world's most sought after documents had finally come to light, the private diaries of Adolf Hitler. What followed was the exchange of extraordinary sums of money for world-wide publishing rights. But that was just the beginning.
The traumatic story of one of the last major battles of World War II, in which the Poles fought off German troops and police, street by street, for sixty-three days.
The fascinating and heartwarming true story of two young children evacuated from Newcastle to the remote Lake District village of Bampton during the Second World War.
Een oorlog, twee broers, een tragiese twis. Albert Blake kyk in sy jongste boek na hoe verraad die bittereinder-generaal Christiaan de Wet en sy joiner-broer, Piet, uitmekaar gedryf het. Wie was reg: Christiaan, wat ten alle koste die vryheidstryd wou voer of Piet wat die einde aan die smart van die oorlog wou bring?
A quarter-century after the last shots were fired many misconceptions about the Border War remain. Since Willem Steenkamp's best-selling South Africa’s Border War was published in 1989 the rifle barrels have cooled and new information has come to light. This revised version of the classic puts the new facts on the table.
This beautiful reference guide provides a clear and comprehensive look at the weapons and vehicles of all the countries that fought in World War II. It offers an excellent overview of the diverse weaponry used by both the Axis Powers and the Allies. The weapons described here range from the pistol to the 75t battle tank and from single-engine fighter planes to the largest, heaviest battleships ever to have sailed the seas. Everything you might want to know about the development and deployment of each type of weapon can be found here along with technical specifications, brought to life by over 500 photographs and technical drawings. Bursting with facts, this book is a treasure trove for anyone interested in history or military history wishing to learn more about how developments in weapons technology influenced the course of World War II.
Battles identifies the 100 major battles, from the ancient era to the present day, that have had a significant impact on the world in which we now live. Beginning with the battle of Kadesh (1294 BCE), which pitted two of the great armies of the ancient world against each other, the book then explores conflicts through the ages, including engagements in the former Soviet Union and Iraq.
It includes more than 250 colour and black-and-white photographs, artworks and maps illustrating the battles, the leading figures and the tactucs of the eras. This lavish title offers an information-packed insight into some of the decisive land and sea battles in military history.
Battles of the Anglo-Boer War series provides an accessible guide to some of the major campaigns, battles and battlefields of this historic conflict in KwaZulu-Natal. The books are written for the general reader as well as for historians seeking fresh insights into the events leading up to, during and after the battles.
In her first openly personal book, the author delves into her unconventional life story. With a German father who supported Hitler and a largely illiterate Portuguese mother, hers is the story of the last century, of the defeat of bigotry and a new era ushered in by Mandela. Sad at times, deeply moving and, like Marianne, hugely entertaining.
Xu Hongci was an ordinary medical student when he was incarcerated under Mao's regime and forced to spend years of his youth in some of China's most brutal labour camps. Three times he tried to escape. And three times he failed. But, determined, he eventually broke free. This is a memoir of his struggle to retain dignity, integrity and freedom.