Vanished Ocean by Dorrik Stow

By Dorrik Stow

This can be a e-book approximately an ocean that vanished six million years in the past - the sea of Tethys.
Named after a Greek sea nymph, there's a experience of puzzle approximately this type of giant, historical ocean, of which all that continues to be now are a couple of little swimming pools, just like the Caspian Sea. there have been different nice oceans within the historical past of the Earth - Iapetus, Panthalassa - yet Tethys used to be the final of them, vanishing an insignificant second (in geological phrases) prior to guy got here at the scene. as soon as Tethys stretched internationally. How will we recognize? and the way may well this sort of gigantic ocean vanish? The clues of its life are scattered from Morocco to China. This booklet tells the tale of the sea, from its origins a few 250 million years in the past, to its disappearance. It additionally tells of its effect on lifestyles on the earth. The dinosaurs have been simply commencing to get going while Tethys shaped, and so they have been lengthy lifeless by the point it disappeared. Dorrik Stow describes the strong forces that formed the sea; the marine lifestyles it as soon as held and the wealthy deposits of oil that lifestyles left in the back of; the influence of its currents on surroundings and weather.

It is never discovered how extremely important oceans are to weather and setting, and for this reason to lifestyles on the earth. the tale of Tethys can also be a narrative of extinctions, and floods, and amazing episodes reminiscent of the digital drying up of the Mediterranean, earlier than being crammed back through a dramatic cascade of water over the straits of Gibralter. And within the telling of that tale, we additionally find out how geologists prepare the clues in rocks and fossils to find Tethys and its heritage.

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A history of the world in 100 weapons by Chris McNab

By Chris McNab

Now to be had in a souvenir version, this hugely illustrated giftbook exhibits the growth of weapon know-how throughout the ages.

From army heritage experts Osprey Publishing, A background of the area in a hundred guns tells the tales of the hundred definitive guns whose results were the main progressive, altering the best way conflict is waged and the very global we are living in. From the gladius of historical Rome to the AK-47, all a hundred are printed in an array of luxurious colour photos and modern pictures. Compiled with the help of the various top army historians, this revised quantity finds not just the weapon itself yet who wielded it and the place, basically explaining the blow-by-blow boost of army know-how and services around the ages.

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The Vickers-Maxim Machine Gun by Martin Pegler

By Martin Pegler

The world's first self-powered laptop gun, the Maxim gun grew to become a effective image of Victorian colonialism within the ultimate years of the nineteenth century. It was once the brainchild of Sir Hiram Maxim, the American-born firearms inventor who based the corporate bearing his identify with financing from Albert Vickers, who grew to become the company's chairman; Maxim's corporation used to be absorbed by means of Vickers, Sons and corporate in 1897. next versions in British, German and Russian carrier - the .303in Vickers (1912), 7.92mm MG 08 (1908) and 7.62mm PM M1910, respectively - ruled either the jap and Western Fronts in the course of global warfare I and soldiered on into international conflict II, whereas the Vickers remained in front-line British provider primarily unchanged till 1968.

The .577/450in Maxim's innovative layout eschewed the hand-cranking required by way of earlier rapid-firing weapons, as an alternative harnessing the weapon's draw back power to eject every one spent cartridge and insert the following. Water-cooled and in a position to six hundred rounds in line with minute, it was once frequently fixed on a tripod and belt-fed, not like previous types reminiscent of the Gardner and the Gatling, which have been often fastened on horse carriages and hopper-fed. First verified in 1884, the Maxim was once followed by way of the British military in 1888 and observed carrier within the First Matabele warfare (1893-94); in a single incident, 50 squaddies with 4 Maxims fought off 5,000 warriors. even though it used to be hampered via its weight and simply noticed (before the appearance of smokeless powder) due to the clouds of smoke it produced whereas firing, the Maxim used to be thought of extra trustworthy than its contemporaries; its very presence at the battlefield was once believed to provide its clients an important mental virtue over their competitors. on the other hand, the armies of many countries remained skeptical concerning the reliability of computing device weapons commonly, and on the outset of global warfare I basically have been hooked up to every infantry battalion of the British Expeditionary strength.

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The Spielberger German Armor & Military Vehicles, Vol 3: by Walter J. Spielberger

By Walter J. Spielberger

Книга The Spielberger German Armor & army automobiles, Vol three: Panzer III & Its... The Spielberger German Armor & army cars, Vol three: Panzer III & Its editions Книги Вооружение Автор: Walter J. Spielberger Год издания: 1983 Формат: pdf Издат.:Schiffer Publishing Страниц: 166 Размер: 59.23 ISBN: 0887404480 Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:A targeted examine of 1 of Germany's so much prolific tanks, plus different versions in line with the Panzer III chassis. those incorporated the 37mm to 75mm gun types, the fast & lengthy gun editions of the Sturmgeschutz, the Sturmhaubitze forty two & Sturminfanteriegeschutz, plus various different varieties in line with the chassis.

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The archaeology of weapons: arms and armour from prehistory by R. Ewart Oakeshott

By R. Ewart Oakeshott

Premodern guns of warfare obtain a greatly specified and thorough accounting during this quantity — the paintings of a famous authority on medieval hands in Europe. masking a interval of 30 centuries, the examine, like a richly woven tapestry, vividly describes the improvement of hands and armor — starting with the guns of the prehistoric Bronze and Iron a while, in the course of the breakup of the Roman Empire and the nice folk-migrations of the interval; the age of the Vikings; and eventually, the Age of Chivalry.
Relying on facts of hands present in toilets, tombs, rivers, excavations, and different websites in addition to on modern artwork and literature, the writer describes intimately an grand array of the guns and accoutrements of conflict: swords, shields, spears, helmets, daggers, longbows, crossbows, axes, chain mail, plate armor, gauntlets, and lots more and plenty else.
Profusely illustrated with greater than one hundred seventy of the author's personal line drawings and 23 plates depicting many infrequent and gorgeous guns, this meticulously researched quantity should be an quintessential source for army historians, archaeologists, scholars of fingers and armor, and an individual drawn to the weaponry of old.

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The British Army 1939-45 by Martin Brayley, Richard Ingram

By Martin Brayley, Richard Ingram

The lightning jap offensives within the a ways East in 1941/42 inflicted a sequence of high-priced defeats at the ill-prepared and badly supported British Commonwealth forces in Malaya and Burma. The 'forgotten' 14th military at the India-Burma border slowly outfitted up its energy and its tactical services; and Wingate's 'Chindits' proved that devices provided from the air may perhaps function deep at the back of enemy traces. In 1944 basic Slim's troops decisively smashed Japan's final offensive at Imphal and Kohima; and over the subsequent 12 months they drove the enemy relentlessly again via Burma, decreasing them to ravenous fugitives via the ultimate victory in August 1945. This concise precis of Britain's a long way East campaigns of worldwide conflict II is illustrated with many infrequent pictures, and 8 specific color plates.

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Warrior Mechanised Combat Vehicle 1987-1994 by Christopher Foss, Peter Sarson

By Christopher Foss, Peter Sarson

The Warrior has been a huge section of the British military because the first creation instance was once passed over in might 1987. It has noticeable motion in lots of elements of the globe and the British military by myself makes use of 8 various specialized types of the automobile, whereas desolate tract and Arctic Warriors also are produced for nations with severe climates. during this authoritative textual content Christopher Foss examines the advance and operational lifetime of the Warrior, the British army's newest armoured group of workers provider, and its many variations, focussing on its function in 'Desert typhoon' and different campaigns.

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The World's Great Rifles by Roger Ford

By Roger Ford

В книге рассказано о большом количестве образцах типов винтовок, ружей, автоматов современности и прошлого.
This advisor to the Worlds nice Rifles is di vided into a variety of sections: early rifles the age of the mu sket breech-loaders to bolt-action the trendy semi-auto s hotguns.

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