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"Nej. Der er ikke tid. Kun løbe. Hen om hjørnet, ind gennem en port, over et plankeværk. Nu er de ude, de må være ude på fortorvet bag ham. Han kan ikke høre dem mere. Han kan ikke høre andet end blodet, der slår i hans ører, åndedraget der pumper med en mægtig støj igennem ham. Hvor gør de? Han opdager ikke braget fra skuddet, man han hører kuglen pifte forbi. Hans ryg er et sugende mål, der fylder hele gaden, det er umuligt ikke at ramme ham, han er sikker på, at nu mærker han den stikkende, varme smerte der vil vælte ham omkuld, men en stemme skriger inde i ham, at det ikke må ske, å lad det ikke ske."En roman om en gruppe unge, danske modstandsfolk under 2. verdenskrig, og deres kamp mod værnemagten, stikkerne og den angst, der af og til fylder dem, når røgen fra sabotagebomben har lagt sig og sirenerne hyler i det fjerne. Hans Jørgen Lembourn (1923-1997) var en dansk forfatter, journalist og politiker. Lembourn debuterede som skønlitterær forfatter i 1950 med romanen "Sandhedens forbandelse". Inspirationen til romanens handling fandt han i Den Græske Borgerkrig (1946-49), som han tidligere havde dækket i jobbet som journalist. I en længere årrække sad han i Folketinget for Det Konservative Folkeparti (1964-77), var formand for Dansk Forfatterforening (1971-81) og sad i Dansk Kunstråd (1978-87). nHans Jørgen Lembourns forfatterskab består af fiktionsværker såvel som essays.nn
In Nazi Germany, telling jokes about Hitler could get you killedHitler and Gring are standing on top of the Berlin radio tower. Hitler says he wants to do something to put a smile on the Berliners' faces. Gring says, ';Why don't you jump?'When a woman told this joke in Germany in 1943, she was arrested by the Nazis and sentenced to death by guillotineit didn't matter that her husband was a good German soldier who died in battle.In this groundbreaking work of history, Rudolph Herzog takes up such stories to show how widespread humor was during the Third Reich. It's a fascinating and frightening history: from the suppression of the anti-Nazi cabaret scene of the 1930s, to jokes made at the expense of the Nazis during WWII, to the collections of ';whispered jokes' that were published in the immediate aftermath of the war.Herzog argues that jokes provide a hitherto missing chapter of WWII history. The jokes show that not all Germans were hypnotized by Nazi propaganda, and, in taking on subjects like Nazi concentration camps, they record a public acutely aware of the horrors of the regime. Thus Dead Funny is a tale of terrible silence and cowardice, but also of occasional and inspiring bravery.
During the second half of 1943, after the failure at Kursk, Germany’s Army Group South fell back from Russia under repeated hammer blows from the Red Army. Under Erich von Manstein, however, the Germans were able to avoid serious defeats, while at the same time fending off Hitler’s insane orders to hold on to useless territory.Then, in January 1944, a disaster happened. Six divisions of Army Group South became surrounded after sudden attacks by the 1st and 2nd Ukrainian Fronts under command of generals Nikolai Vatutin and Ivan Konev around the village of Korsun (near the larger town of Cherkassy on the Dnieper). The Germans’ greatest fear was the prospect of another Stalingrad, the catastrophe that had occurred precisely one year before.This time, though, Manstein was in control from the start, and he immediately rearranged his Army Group to rescue his trapped divisions. A major panzer drive got underway, led by General der Panzertruppen Hans Hube, a survivor from Stalingrad pocket, which promptly ran up against several soviet tank armies. Leading the break-in was Franz Baeke with his Tiger and Panther-tanks. Due to both weather and ferocious resistance, the German drive stalled. Ju-52s still flew into Korsun’s airfield, delivering supplies and taking out wounded, but it soon became apparent that only one option remained for the beleaguered defenders: breakout.Without consulting Hitler, on the night of February 16 Manstein ordered the breakout to begin. Led by the strongest formation within the pocket, SS Wiking, the trapped forces surged out and soon rejoined the surrounding panzer divisions who had been fully engaged in weakening the ring.When dawn broke, the Soviets realized their prey was escaping. Although the Germans within the pocket lost nearly all of their heavy weapons and left many wounded behind, their escape was effected. Stalin, having anticipated another Stalingrad, was left with little but an empty bag, as Army Group South—this time—had pulled off a rescue. In The Korsun Pocket, Niklas Zetterling, a researcher at the Swedish Defense College since 1995 and Anders Frankson, have provided a highly detailed and often breathtaking account of one of the most dramatic battles of World War II. From grand strategy to soldiers’ voices on the ground, including expert statistical analysis, the action, and the stakes, of the battle at Korsun are made vividly clear.
This unique and penetrating book surveys 100 years of military inefficiency from the Crimean War, through the Boer conflict, to the disasterous campaigns of the First World War and the calamities of the Second. It examines the social psychology of military organizations, provides case studies of individual commanders and identifies an alarming pattern in the causes of military disaster.Absorbing and original, this is the definitive history of military failures.
”En visnet blomst i hæderskrandsen” handler om tapperhed og et fatalt svigt i det afgørende øjeblik. Titlen stammer fra en af datidens skillingsviser, der hånede de ”feige, undvegne”. Kaptajnløjtnant Philip Schultz, der var næstkommanderende på linieskibet ”Sjælland” under slaget på Reden den 2. april 1801 deserterede – forlod skibet – mens kampen var i fuld gang. Det samme gjorde chefen for soldaterne ombord, stabskaptajn Niels Westerholt. Indtil da havde de kæmpet tappert, men til sidst brød de sammen og stak af.Beskrivelserne af det historiske slag i Kongedybet ud for København har for det meste handlet om mod og tapperhed og ikke om svigt. ”En visnet blomst i hæderskrandsen” sætter fokus de to desertører og mytteristerne på et andet skib – ”Cronborg”- hvor det meste af besætningen stak af i skibets rofartøjer.Philip Schultz og Niels Westerholt bliver dømt til døden ved skydning i ryggen, der blev betragtet som en særlig nedværdigende straf. De bliver ført ud på Fælleden for at skydes. Nutidens soldater der ikke kan klare voldsomme begivenheder i udlandet, bliver ikke skudt men får tildelt psykologhjælp.
Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), en japansk ronin, en omvandrende kriger på samuraiernes tid, legendarisk kendt for sin uovervindelighed og for ”De fem ringes bog" om uovervindelighedens grundlag: Frigørelsen fra anspændelse, at blive ét med den totale opmærksomhed, der er tomhed, der føder fri bevægelse. Musashis skærpede liv-død-bevidsthed bliver en indsigt i, at livets værdi opstår af dødens mulighed. En bog om strategi og rytme på alle livets områder. Den er forblevet inspirationskilde for vidt forskellige mennesker. På dansk ved, med kommentarer og efterskrift af Hugo Hørlych Karlsen.
Sejlskibet, kanonkuglen og den enevældige konge var tre ting, der blev forældede i løbet af 1800-tallet. En fjerde taber, som blev ramt af de store teknologiske fremskridt, var rytteriet – soldaterne som kæmpede til hest. Mens det danske rytteri sakkede bagud i den militære udvikling, udkæmpede det to krige i 1848-50 og i 1864.DET DANSKE RYTTERI – DE SIDSTE KRIGE TIL HEST handler om, hvordan de danske dragoner og husarer klarede sig i en verden, hvor kanoner og geværer skød længere og længere, og slagmarken blev pløjet op med skanser og skyttegrave. Bogen er et nyt perspektiv på kampen om Slesvig. Der findes meget litteratur, som ser krigene med politikerens, generalens eller landsoldatens øjne. Nu skal læseren opleve krigen fra hesteryg. Det kaster lys på andre lokaliteter og begivenheder, end dem vi sædvanligvis hører om. Slagene ved Dybbøl og Fredericia træder i baggrunden til fordel for rytterfægtningerne ved Århus og Vorbasse.De slesvigske krige og navnlig krigen i 1864 har deres eget særpræg midt i mellem den romantiske Napoleonskrig og den industrielle Første Verdenskrig.Sune Wadskjær Nielsen er historiker, men har i de sidste 10 år arbejdet i forsvaret som journalist. Det har givet ham stor erfaring med populær formidling af historie.
En giftig snigmorder fra al-Qaeda myrder to højtstående britiske diplomater i Riyadh. Den britiske udenrigsminister har store problemer med at forklare, hvordan det kunne lade sig gøre, og MI6 får til opgave at ramme terrororganisationen hvor det virkelig gør ondt - på pengene.Matt Browning er lige trådt ud af SAS og har store økonomiske problemer. Men løsningen på hans finansielle problemer kommer, da han får tilbudt opgaven om at samle et team af tidligere SAS-soldater, som skal opsnappe en al-Qaeda transport af diamanter og guld på vej over middelhavet. De skal dræbe alle om bord og værdierne må de selv beholde.Sammenholdet blandt deltagerne bliver sat på prøve fra starten, da en af dem bliver udsat for et attentat. Alle bliver mistænkelige og tror, at der er en forræder iblandt dem. Kuppet bliver gennemført, men kort efter begynder drabene. To af deltagerne bliver udryddet - den ene med hele sin familie. Og Matt ved, at han er den næste på listen ...Chris Ryan er et pseudonym for en tidligere soldat inden for de britiske specialstyrker. Han blev kendt for at være den eneste ud af ottemands-holdet Bravo Two Zero, der undgik tilfangetagning i Irak under den første golfkrig. Under sin flugt (300 km gennem Irak til den Syriske grænse) drak Ryan vand forurenet med atomaffald og var efterfølgende ude af stand til at vende tilbage til aktiv tjeneste.
Geordie Sharp sendes til Rusland for at træne elitetropperne til kampen mod den tjetjenske mafias omsiggribende kriminalitet, men samtidig skal han hemmeligt anbringe to atombomber, som kan detoneres ved en eventuel magtforskydning i landet.Chris Ryan er et pseudonym for en tidligere soldat inden for de britiske specialstyrker. Han blev kendt for at være den eneste ud af ottemands-holdet Bravo Two Zero, der undgik tilfangetagning i Irak under den første golfkrig. Under sin flugt (300 km gennem Irak til den Syriske grænse) drak Ryan vand forurenet med atomaffald og var efterfølgende ude af stand til at vende tilbage til aktiv tjeneste.Debutbogen ‘Ham der slap væk’ fortæller historien om Bravo Two Zeros mission og Chris Ryans flugt.Ryan har lavet flere tv-shows om at overleve i farlige situationer og arbejder desuden som bodyguard.
Der fandtes ikke nogen modigere officer i Napoleons kavalleri end Etienne Gerard - når han selv skal sige det. Som ældre sidder han nu på sin stamcafé og fortæller, hvem der gider høre det, om sine bedrifter og eventyr fra hele sin glorværdige karriere over det ganske Europa: Fra hemmelige missioner for Napoleon over engelsk fangenskab, hvorfra han udfører en vovelig flugt, til en duel med den berygtede baron Straubenthal og til han til sidst redder Napoleon fra fangenskab ved Waterloo.Vistnok for første gang på dansk udkommer her samtlige atten fortællinger om den galante kavalleriofficer samlet og i begivenhedsmæssig korrekt rækkefølge, så man følger ham fra den spæde start i 1802 til han tager afsked med Napoleon på St. Helena i 1821.
During the history of aviation there have been very few aircraft that have achieved immediate success when entering front-line service. The de Havilland Mosquito was one such aircraft. It was not designed to an RAF requirement, but was the result of an initiative of the designers and builders to utilize the skills of woodworkers and the relative abundance of wood in the crisis years of World War II. The result was an airplane that could be built quickly, was extremely fast and extremely versatile. The pilots loved it.This book describes how it was built and utilizes many hitherto unpublished photographs from the design studio and production lines. It illustrates and explains the many different roles that the aircraft took as the war progressed. Fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, night fighter – there were few tasks that this brilliant design could not adopt.
New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean tells the incredible story of how a renegade group of spies kept Hitler from obtaining his ultimate prize: a nuclear bomb.
From national bestselling author and retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson comes the essential guide for surviving todays emergenciesfrom navigating in the wild to staying alive in any disaster.These 100 skills, adapted for civilians from actual field experiences of special forces operations, offer a complete hands-on and practical guide to help you survive in the wild no matter the climate or terrain; be prepared for any crisis; and have the critical life-saving knowledge for staying safe in any hostile environment or disaster. Yesterdays survival guide is no longer relevant. 100 Deadly Skills: Survival Edition is what you need for todays world, combining survival hacks developed on the battlefield with the low-tech tools you have on hand. This book is your essential prep manual, from securing shelter, building fire, finding food, and navigating back to civilization no matter the environment to thinking like a special forces solider so that you can survive a hostage situation, an active shooter, a suicide bomber, or a terrorist threat on the subway, and even apply trauma medicine as a first responder. Full of specific scenarios to help you get in the mindset of survival, 100 Deadly Skills: Survival Edition is better than a Swiss Army knife whether youre lost at sea, forced to land a plane, fighting off a bear, or deciding whether to run, hide, or fight. Next to each skill are easy-to-grasp detailed illustrations, because when you need to survive the apocalypse, you dont have time for complicated instructions.
A hands-on, practical survival guide from retired Navy SEAL Clint Emersonadapted for civilians from actual special forces operationsto eluding pursuers, evading capture, and surviving any dangerous situation.In todays increasingly dangerous world, threats to your personal safety are everywhere. From acts of terror to mass shootings, and from the unseen (and sometimes virtual) matrix of everyday crime, danger is no longer confined to dark alleys or unstable regions. Potentially life-threatening circumstances can arise anywhere, anytime, and Clint Emersonformer Navy SEALwants you to be prepared. 100 Deadly Skills contains proven self-defense skills, evasion tactics, and immobilizing maneuversmodified from the world of black opsto help you take action in numerous worst case scenarios from escaping a locked trunk, to making an improvised Taser, to tricking facial recognition software. With easy-to-understand instructions and illustrations, Emerson outlines in detail many life-saving strategies and teaches you how to think and act like a member of the special forces. This complete course in survival teaches you how to prevent tracking, evade a kidnapping, elude an active shooter, rappel down the side of a building, immobilize a bad guy, protect yourself against cyber-criminals, and much moreall using low-tech to no-tech methods. Clear, detailed, and presented in an easy-to-understand and execute format, 100 Deadly Skills is an invaluable resource. Because lets face it, when danger is imminent, you dont have time for complicated instructions.
DEN 18. MARTS 2003 sneg to aktivister sig ind på Christiansborg og angreb Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Med rød maling.Få dage senere blev Frank Martinsen ringet op af Politiets Efterretningstjeneste og håndplukket til et job i livvagternes a-kæde. De næste fire år levede han som en skygge bag Fogh, klar til at beskytte landets ultimative VIP. Med alle midler.Dette er historien om en rod fra Kalundborg, der som ung betjent blev optaget i Politiets Aktionsstyrke og deltog i nogle af 90’ernes heftigste politiaktioner. Om knivskarp træning og endnu skarpere operationer. Om opstarten af Gamma 21, det hemmelige team bag statsministeren. Om det pres, terrortruslen lagde på de folk, der bevogtede Fogh dag og nat. Og om hvordan Frank Martinsen til sidst mistede grebet om sit eget liv i sit forsøg på at beskytte statsministerens.
The sensational German bestseller on the overwhelming role of drug-taking in the Third Reich, from Hitler to housewives. 'Bursting with interesting facts' Vice'Extremely interesting ... a serious piece of scholarship, very well researched' Ian KershawThe Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops' resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940.The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused decision-making, with Hitler and his entourage taking refuge in potentially lethal cocktails of stimulants administered by the physician Dr Morell as the war turned against Germany. While drugs cannot on their own explain the events of the Second World War or its outcome, Ohler shows, they change our understanding of it. Blitzed forms a crucial missing piece of the story.
The samurai sword: a symbol of the spirit of old Japan, it embodies the samurai's steel discipline, unswerving devotion and peerless skill. With its creation, a feat of craftsmanship passed down by generations of artisans, the samurai sword is generally considered to be superior even to the famed blades of Western Damascus and Toledo. The Samurai Sword Handbook is a precise exploration of the samurai sword designed for sword collectors as well as anyone intrigued by these ancient blades. Detailing the origins and development of the samurai sword, its historical background, styles, famous schools and differences in construction, this revised edition of the classic reference outlines methods of identifying and researching the sword, as well as caring for it properly. This must-have for sword lovers is sure to be a bestseller.Topics of this Samurai book include:Japanese History and the Samurai SwordTypes of swordsParts of the swordBlade shape, construction, and grainThe making of the swordInscriptions and their readingsCare and maintenanceAppraisal and valueRelative point values
The inspiration behind the HBO series THE PACIFICHere is one of the most riveting first-person accounts to ever come out of World War 2. Robert Leckie was 21 when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps in January 1942. In Helmet for My Pillow we follow his journey, from boot camp on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifice of war, painting an unsentimental portrait of how real warriors are made, fight, and all too often die in the defence of their country.From the live-for-today rowdiness of Marines on leave to the terrors of jungle warfare against an enemy determined to fight to the last man, Leckie describes what it's really like when victory can only be measured inch by bloody inch. Unparalleled in its immediacy and accuracy, Helmet for My Pillow tells the gripping true story of an ordinary soldier fighting in extraordinary conditions. This is a book that brings you as close to the mud, the blood, and the experience of war as it is safe to come.'Helmet for My Pillow is a grand and epic prose poem. Robert Leckie's theme is the purely human experience of war in the Pacific, written in the graceful imagery of a human being who - somehow - survived' Tom Hanks
Slavenka Drakulic attended the Serbian war crimes trial in the Hague. This important book is about how ordinary people commit terrible crimes in wartime. With extraordinary story-telling skill Drakulic draws us in to this difficult subject. We cannot turn away from her subject matter because her writing is so engaging, lively and compelling. From the monstrous Slobodan Milosevich and his evil Lady Macbeth of a wife to humble Serb soldiers who claim they were 'just obeying orders', Drakulic brilliantly enters the minds of the killers. There are also great stories of bravery and survival, both from those who helped Bosnians escape from the Serbs and from those who risked their lives to help them.
In June 2005 four US Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al-Qaeda leader known to be ensconced in a Taliban stronghold surrounded by a small but heavily armed force. Less than twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs was alive.This is the story of team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing. Blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and still breathing, Luttrell endured four desperate days fighting the al-Qaeda assassins sent to kill him, before finding unlikely sanctuary with a Pashtun tribe who risked everything to protect him from the circling Taliban killers.
Heinz Guderian - master of the Blitzkrieg and father of modern tank warfare - commanded the German XIX Army Corps as it rampaged across Poland in 1939. Personally leading the devastating attack which traversed the Ardennes Forest and broke through French lines, he was at the forefront of the race to the Channel coast. Only Hitler's personal command to halt prevented Guderian's tanks and troops turning Dunkirk into an Allied bloodbath.Later commanding Panzergruppe 2 in Operation Barbarossa, Guderian's armoured spearhead took Smolensk after fierce fighting and was poised to launch the final assault on Moscow when he was ordered south to Kiev. In the battle that followed, he helped encircle and capture over 600,000 Soviet troops after days of combat in the most terrible conditions.Panzer Leader is a searing firsthand account of the most effective fighting force in modern history by the man who commanded it.
Between 58 and 50BC Caesar conquered most of the area now covered by France, Belgium and Switzerland, and twice invaded Britain. This is the record of his campaigns.Caesar's narrative offers insights into his military strategy & paints a fascinating picture of his encounters with the inhabitant of Gaul and Britain, as well as offering lively portraits of a number of key characters such as the rebel leaders and Gallic chieftains. This can also be read as a piece of political propaganda, as Caesar sets down his version of events for the Roman public, knowing that he faces civil war on his return to Rome.
This book examines the evolution of airpower and specifically the growth and proliferation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs). While most existing literature examines either the law or ethics of RPAs, and some newer scholarship looks to the battlefield effectiveness (the gains from strikes versus the potential for 'blowback, etc.), this work investigates it from a broader military perspective. It examines the strategy for employment of RPAs across the spectrum of warfare, the potential deterrent value of RPAs in some circumstances, and the resulting ability of RPAs to fundamentally shift the character of when and how wars are fought. The central aim of this book is to evaluate the role of 'drones' in warfare to date, and make basic projections on how states will adopt RPAs and UCAVs in the future. At the core is the goal of answering a broad, underlying research question: How will the RPA innovation impact military strategy and international security?This book will be of much interest to students of airpower, drone warfare, military and strategic studies, security studies and IR.
The Avro Lancaster took the RAF's bombing campaign right to the heart of Nazi Germany, night after night, despite sometimes suffering appalling losses. The unique airframe, with one continuous long bomb bay and four powerful Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, allowed the Lancaster to carry a variety of bomb loads suited to the target being attacked. There is no doubt that without the Lancaster, RAF Bomber Command's offensive against Germany would not have had the devastating and controversial impact that it achieved. The speed, agility and bomb-carrying capacity of this bomber allowed it to destroy targets ranging from hardened-concrete submarine pens and reservoir dams, to railway marshalling yards and factories producing vital military hardware. This book is both the story of the Lancaster and that of its seven-man crews: pilot, bomb aimer/nose gunner, wireless operator, flight engineer, navigator and mid-upper and rear gunners. Illustrated with over 250 photographs, including several wartime images as well and many in full colour, it is also the history of the four most complete surviving airframes: the only two flying Lancasters in the world (PA474 and FM213) and the two ground-running aircraft (NX611 and FM159). Lancaster NX611 has been extensively photographed inside and out by Martin Keen, to give a real sense of what it was like to fly in this aircraft.
In the Shadow of the Bomb narrates how two charismatic, exceptionally talented physicists--J. Robert Oppenheimer and Hans A. Bethe--came to terms with the nuclear weapons they helped to create. In 1945, the United States dropped the bomb, and physicists were forced to contemplate disquieting questions about their roles and responsibilities. When the Cold War followed, they were confronted with political demands for their loyalty and McCarthyism's threats to academic freedom. By examining how Oppenheimer and Bethe--two men with similar backgrounds but divergent aspirations and characters--struggled with these moral dilemmas, one of our foremost historians of physics tells the story of modern physics, the development of atomic weapons, and the Cold War. Oppenheimer and Bethe led parallel lives. Both received liberal educations that emphasized moral as well as intellectual growth. Both were outstanding theoreticians who worked on the atom bomb at Los Alamos. Both advised the government on nuclear issues, and both resisted the development of the hydrogen bomb. Both were, in their youth, sympathetic to liberal causes, and both were later called to defend the United States against Soviet communism and colleagues against anti-Communist crusaders. Finally, both prized scientific community as a salve to the apparent failure of Enlightenment values. Yet, their responses to the use of the atom bomb, the testing of the hydrogen bomb, and the treachery of domestic politics differed markedly. Bethe, who drew confidence from scientific achievement and integration into the physics community, preserved a deep integrity. By accepting a modest role, he continued to influence policy and contributed to the nuclear test ban treaty of 1963. In contrast, Oppenheimer first embodied a new scientific persona--the scientist who creates knowledge and technology affecting all humanity and boldly addresses their impact--and then could not carry its burden. His desire to retain insider status, combined with his isolation from creative work and collegial scientific community, led him to compromise principles and, ironically, to lose prestige and fall victim to other insiders. Schweber draws on his vast knowledge of science and its history--in addition to his unique access to the personalities involved--to tell a tale of two men that will enthrall readers interested in science, history, and the lives and minds of great thinkers.
What if you could combine the agility, adaptability, and cohesion of a small team with the power and resources of a giant organization?When General Stanley McChrystal took command of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq in 2003, he quickly realized that conventional military tactics were failing. The allied forces had a huge advantage in numbers, equipment and training - but none of the enemy's speed and flexibility.McChrystal and his colleagues discarded a century of conventional wisdom to create a 'team of teams' that combined extremely transparent communication with decentralized decision-making authority. Faster, flatter and more flexible, the task force beat back al-Qaeda.In this powerful book, McChrystal and his colleagues show how the challenges they faced in Iraq can be relevant to any leader. Through compelling examples, the authors demonstrate that the 'team of teams' strategy has worked everywhere from hospital emergency rooms to NASA and has the potential to transform organizations large and small.'A bold argument that leaders can help teams become greater than the sum of their parts' Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit'An indispensable guide to organizational change' Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Ardennes 1994 by Antony Beever, read by Sean Barrett. On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his last gamble in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes on the Belgian/German border. Although Hitlers generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe. In January 1945, when the Red Army launched its onslaught towards Berlin, the once-feared German war machine was revealed to be broken beyond repair. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the Wehrmacht.
A gripping and urgent investigation into the secretive world of the global arms trade - from a former member of the African National CongressRevealing the corruption and the cover-ups at the heart of ex-President Jacob Zuma's South AfricaAndrew Feinstein delves behind BAE's controversial transactions in South Africa, Tanzania and eastern Europe and the revolving-door relationships that characterise the US Congressional-Military-Industrial Complex. The Shadow World exposes both the formal government-backed trade in arms as well as the illicit deals and lays bare the shocking links between the two.'Essential reading for anyone who cares about justice, transparency and accountability in both the public and private spheres, and for anyone who believes that it is more important to invest in saving lives than in the machinery of death' Archbishop Desmond Tutu'Andrew Feinstein has written an authoritative guide to the business of war. Chilling, heartbreaking and enraging' Arundhati Roy'The nobility and justice of Feinstein's sentiments are indisputable. The arms trade is a loathsome commerce conducted by people who wear suits and occupy big boardroom tables, but should have trouble sleeping at night' Max Hastings, Sunday Times'Remarkable and courageous . . . The Shadow World is a heroic book by an author who, in writing it, has put himself in the firing line' Iain Macwhirter'Feinstein's book is a singularly powerful study, and deserves to be read by anyone who wants to see light shining on such a shadowy world' Independent
From the author of THE PERFECT STORM and WAR comes a book about why men miss war, why Londoners missed the Blitz, and what we can all learn from American Indian captives who refused to go home.Tribe is a look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the challenges veterans face returning to society. Using his background in anthropology, Sebastian Junger argues that the problem lies not with vets or with the trauma they've suffered, but with the society to which they are trying to return.One of the most puzzling things about veterans who experience PTSD is that the majority never even saw combat-and yet they feel deeply alienated and out of place back home. The reason may lie in our natural inclination, as a species, to live in groups of thirty to fifty people who are entirely reliant on one another for safety, comfort and a sense of meaning: in short, the life of a soldier.It is one of the ironies of the modern age that as affluence rises in a society, so do rates of suicide, depression and of course PTSD. In a wealthy society people don't need to cooperate with one another, so they often lead much lonelier lives that lead to psychological distress. There is a way for modern society to reverse this trend, however, and studying how veterans react to coming home may provide a clue to how to do it. But it won't be easy.
The incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, now a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie.THE INTERNATIONAL NUMBER ONE BESTSELLERIn 1943 a bomber crashes into the Pacific Ocean. Against all odds, one young lieutenant survives. Louise Zamperini had already transformed himself from child delinquent to prodigious athlete, running in the Berlin Olympics. Now he must embark on one of the Second World War's most extraordinary odysseys. Zamperini faces thousands of miles of open ocean on a failing raft. Beyond like only greater trials, in Japan's prisoner-of-war camps.Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini's destiny, whether triumph or tragedy, depends on the strength of his will ...Now a major motion picture, directed by Angelina Jolie and starring Jack O' Connell.