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Yangtze Showdown

Author : Brian Izzard
ISBN : 9781473855076
Genre : History
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The attack on the British frigate Amethyst on the Yangtze River by Chinese Communists in 1949 made world headlines. There was even more publicity when the ship made a dramatic escape after being trapped for 101 days. Eulogised by the British as an example of outstanding courage and fortitude, the 'Yangtze Incident' was even made into a feature film, which depicted the ship and her crew as innocent victims of Communist aggression. ??The truth was more complex, and so sensitive that the government intended that the files should be closed until 2030. However, these have now been released and in making use of these documents this book is the first to tell the full story. What emerges is an intriguing tale of intelligence failure, military over-confidence and a hero with feet of clay _ it is by no means as heroic as the well-publicised official version, but every bit as entertaining. While the reputations of diplomatic and naval top brass take a knock, the bravery and ingenuity of those actively involved shines even more brightly. Written with verve and including much new and surprising information, this book is both enjoyable and informative.

Secret War For China

Author : Panagiotis Dimitrakis
ISBN : 9781786722713
Genre : History
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In 1927, Chiang Kai-shek - the head of China’s military academy and leader of the Kuomintang (KMT) - began the ‘northern expeditions’ to bring China’s northern territories back under the control of the state. It was during this period that the KMT purged communist activities, fractured the army and sparked the Chinese Civil War - which would rage for over twenty years. The communists, led by General Mao Tse-Tsung, were for much of the period forced underground and concentrated in the Chinese countryside. As the author argues, this resulted in China’s war featuring unusually high levels of espionage and sabotage, and increased the military importance of information gathering. Based on newly declassified material, Panagiotis Dimitrakis charts the double-crossings, secret meetings and bloody assassinations which would come to define China’s future. Uniquely, The Secret War for China gives equal weighting to the role of foreign actors: the role of British intelligence in unmasking Communist International (Comintern) agents in China, for example, and the allies’ attempts to turn nationalist China against the Japanese. The Secret War for China also documents the clandestine confrontation between Mao and Chiang and the secret negotiations between Chiang and the Axis Powers, whose forces he employed against the CCP once the Second World War was over. In his turn, Mao employed nationalist forces who had defected - during the last three years of the civil war about 105 out of 869 KMT generals defected to the CCP. This book is an urgent and necessary guide to the intricacies of the Chinese Civil War, a war which decisively shaped the modern Asian world.

The Real Cruel Sea

Author : Richard Woodman
ISBN : 9781844689750
Genre : History
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For the British, the Battle of the Atlantic was a fight for survival. They depended on the safe transit of hundreds of convoys of merchant ships laden with food, raw materials and munitions from America to feed the country and to keep the war effort going, and they had to export manufactured goods to pay for it all. So Britain's merchant navy, a disparate collection of private vessels, became the country's lifeline, while its seamen, officially non-combatants, bravely endured the onslaught of the German U-boat offensive until Allied superiority overwhelmed the enemy.??In this important, moving and exciting book, drawing extensively on first-hand sources, the acclaimed maritime historian Richard Woodman establishes the importance of the British and Allied merchant fleets in the struggle against Germany and elevates the heroic seamen who manned them to their rightful place in the history of the Second World War.

Bomb Alley

Author : David Yates
ISBN : 9781473812567
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This is the untold story of the Falklands War as experienced by a below-decks seaman on one of the most important ships to be despatched to the South Atlantic. It is a no-holds-barred account as seen through the eyes of a Royal Navy matelot who shared the terror of the first encounter with Argentinean forces when South Georgia was retaken from the invaders in Operation Paraquat. Then HMS Antrim lead the first attack into the North Falklands Sound where she destroyed enemy defences and later became part of the main force anti-aircraft defences in the infamous 'Bomb Alley' or San Carlos Water. During one of the many air attacks the ship was struck by a bomb that destroyed her defensive missile system, but through pure chance the bomb did not explode and remained aboard wedged in the aft 'heads'. All around the stricken ship other RN vessels were taking extreme punishment from the almost continuous onslaught from low-flying Argentinean jets. HMS Antelope, HMS Coventry and the Atlantic Conveyer were all lost within a short period whilst the army was trying to establish a bridgehead.


Author : Brian Izzard
ISBN : 9781445637068
Genre : Transportation
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On 9 January 1972, the mighty Queen Elizabeth, then the largest liner in the world, caught fire in Hong Kong harbor. Watched by millions around the world, she burned live on television, including on Britains childrens program Blue Peter.


Author : Alan Gallop
ISBN : 0752459309
Genre : History
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In April 1951, the Affray was on a routine peacetime simulated war patrol in the English Channel. She radioed her last position at 21.15hrs on 16 April - and preparing to dive. This was the last signal ever received from the submarine. Fifty-six years later, Alan Gallop uses previously top secret documents, interviews with experts and contemporary news sources to explore how and why Affray became the last British submarine lost at sea.

Gamp Vc

Author : Brian Izzard
ISBN : 1844257258
Genre : History
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Rear Admiral Anthony Miers VC – nicknamed ‘Gamp’ – was one of the Royal Navy’s most controversial submarine commanders of the Second World War. Hot-tempered and incautiously spoken, he was notorious for his outbursts and those on the receiving end often ended up with a black eye, close-arrest or the sack – for some it was all three. After his death in 1985, allegations were made that Miers may have been responsible for war crimes in the Aegean in July 1941. He was soon named in the national press and there was a storm of controversy. Was Miers a war criminal? Author Brian Izzard relates his colourful war career and fully examines the war crimes allegation.

Glory And Dishonour

Author : Brian Izzard
ISBN : 1445676486
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The flawed characters of 27 men who were awarded the world's most prestigious bravery award, some of whom ended up in prison or were shunned by officialdom and a once adoring public.

Shanghai And Nanjing 1937

Author : Benjamin Lai
ISBN : 9781472817518
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From 1931, China and Japan had been embroiled in a number of small-scale conflicts that had seen vast swathes of territory being occupied by the Japanese. On 7 July 1937, the Japanese engineered the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, which led to the fall of Beijing and Tianjin and the start of a de facto state of war between the two countries. This force then moved south, landing an expeditionary force to take Shanghai and from there drive west to capture Nanjing. This fully illustrated book tells the story of the Japanese assault on these two great Chinese cities. The battle of Shanghai was the first large-scale urban warfare of World War II and one of the bloodiest battles of the entire Sino-Japanese War. The determined resistance by Chinese inflicted sizable Japanese casualties, and may well have contributed to the subsequent massacre of prisoners and civilians in the battle of Nanjing, tarnishing Japan's reputation in the eyes of the world.

Life On The Ocean Wave

Author : Sir James Eberle
ISBN : 9781904499169
Genre : Admirals
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