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Armor and blood: the Battle of Kursk, the turning point of World War II

"One of America's most distinguished military historians offers the definitive account of the greatest tank battle of World War II--

an epic clash of machines and men that matched the indomitable will of the Soviet Red Army against the awesome might of the Nazi Wehrmacht. While the Battle of Kursk has long captivated World War II aficionados, it has been unjustly overlooked by historians. Drawing on the masses of new information made available by the opening of the Russian military archives, Dennis Showalter at last corrects that error. The critical turning point on World War II's Eastern Front, in Armor and Blood Showalter re-creates every aspect of this dramatic struggle. He offers expert perspective on strategy and tactics at the highest levels, from the halls of power in Moscow and Berlin to the battlefield command posts on both sides. But it is the author's exploration of the human dimension of armored combat that truly distinguishes this book. In the classic tradition of John Keegan's The Face of Battle, Showalter's narrative crackles with insight into the unique dynamics of tank warfare.

Boudica: The British revolt against Rome AD 60

Queen Boudica, leader of the Iceni, revolted against the Romans in AD60 only to have her efforts avenged by a humiliated Roman army. This lively and fascinating book examines in detail the evidence and theories which surround these events.

Brave days: the Fourth Australian Division in the Great War

The first full history of the Fourth Division, this book presents a detailed narrative telling the Division's story from its formation after Gallipoli right through to a period rarely covered in Australian military history - the final weeks of the 1914-18 war and the first weeks of peace.

The book ties together the history of not only the Division's infantry, but also of the artillerymen, machine gunners, engineers, medical personnel and headquarters staff, showing how the various elements worked together through adversity to achieve the triumphs of 1918. Brave Days is both an essential reference and a compelling story of heroism and tragedy on the Western Front.

Colonial voices: a cultural history of English in Australia, 1840-1940

An examination of the imperial spread of English from the Australian perspective, University of Melbourne historian Joy Damousi takes as her focus the key role voice culture, elocution, and eloquence played in the civilising mission of the British Empire, and how this impacted Australian culture over the century covered by the book. Rather than looking at the English language in Australia from a linguistic point of view of lexis and pronunciation, Damousi uniquely concentrates on the oral and auditory aspects of language, language as speech and listening, language as it is spoken and heard in everyday life.

Hitler's Panzers: The Lightning Attacks That Revolutionized Warfare

Determined to secure a quick, decisive victory on the World War II battlefields, Adolf Hitler adopted an attack plan that combined tools with technique- the formidable Panzer divisions. Self-contained armored units able to operate independently, the Panzers became the German army's fighting core as well as its moral focus, establishing an entirely new military doctrine.

In Hitler's Panzers, renowned World War II scholar Dennis Showalter presents a comprehensive and unbiased study of Nazi Germany's armored forces. By delving deeply into a detailed history of the theory, strategy, myths, and realities of Germany's technologically innovative approach to warfare, Showalter provides a look at the military lessons of the past, and a speculation on how the Panzer ethos may be implemented in the future of international conflict.

Instrument of war: the German Army 1914-18

Drawing on more than a half-century of research and teaching, Dennis Showalter presents a fresh perspective on the German Army during World War I. Showalter surveys an army at the heart of a national identity, driven by--yet also defeated by--warfare in the modern age, that struggled to capitalize on its victories, and ultimately forgot the lessons of its defeat.

Exploring the internal dynamics of the German Army, detailing how the soldiers coped with the many new forms of warfare, Showalter shows how the army's institutions responded--or did not--and how Germany itself was changed by war. He goes on to detail the major campaigns on the Western and Eastern Fronts and the forgotten war fought in the Middle East and Africa, revealing operational strategy, the complexities of campaigns of movement versus static trench warfare, and the changes in warfare.

The Forgotten: The Chinese Labour Corps and the Chinese ANZACS in the Great War

The Forgotten explores an often-overlooked part of Australia’s rich and diverse history – the service and sacrifice of the Chinese Labour Corps who worked under the British and French on the Western Front during the First World War. It puts the story of the Chinese Labour Corps into the broader history of China’s encounters with western European nations since the 1700s. A part of that story includes the large numbers of Chinese people who immigrated to Australia during this period. It was the sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons of these Chinese settlers who volunteered to fight for Australia during the First World War. Those men are the Chinese Anzacs. The Forgotten celebrates the shared history between China and Australia and the combined efforts to promote peace.

Tyra: Through blood sweat and tears

Through the traumatic years of Finland's emergence as an independent nation, Tyra struggled with her understanding of God. Friends and family died through frightening natural disaster, the horrors of repeated wars, and a devastating murder in the family. Just when she thought her life was beginning to make sense, and Finland was no longer at war, her husband was evicted from the land he was farming, and to cope financially they were forced to migrate first to Arctic Sweden, and then to subtropical Australia. But finally, as she looked back over her life, she could see that the senseless made sense, and through everything God had a purpose.

The nature of history in Ancient Greece and Rome

This analytical discussion of ancient historiography focuses on the continuities and innovations of the genre as it progressed from the fifth century to B.C. to the end of the fourth century A.D. It shows the continuous development of writing over the course of seven hundred years through the analytical study of ancient historiography. It is not a concentrated study based on well- known historians, but a study of other less significant writers as well.