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American Civil War Fortifications (3) Mississippi & River Forts, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPFOR68
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    American Civil War Mississippin Fortifications & River Forts, Part 3 by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPFOR68The Mississippi River played a decisive role in the American Civil War. The Confederate fortifications that controlled the lower Mississippi valley were put to the test in the lengthy Federal campaign of 1862-63. Vicksburg was a fortress city, known as the 'Gibraltar of the Confederacy', whose capture was seen as the key to victory in the war. This book explores the fortifications of...

    Castles Of Henry VIII, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPFOR66
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      Castles Of Henry VIII by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPFOR66In the last years of his reign Henry VIII needed a radically modern system of defence to protect England and its new Church. Anticipating a foreign onslaught from Catholic Europe after his split from Rome, Henry energetically began construction of more than 20 stone forts to protect England-s major ports and estuaries. Aided by excellent illustrations, Peter Harrington explores the departure from artillery-vulnerable medieval...

      German Defences In Italy WW II, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPFOR45
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        German Defences In Italy WW II by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPFOR45In 1943, Hitler ordered his forces to occupy the Italian mainland to protect the Third Reich's 'soft underbelly'. After the successful Allied landings in Salerno, the Germans fought a series of hard, rearguard actions as the Allies slowly pushed north up the peninsula towards the Alps. These actions were based around the construction of a series of defensive lines, including: the Gustav Line, anchored on Monte Cassino, the...

        German Field Fortifications, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPFOR23
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          The German Army of World War II considered itself an offensive, mobile force. The experiences in the trenches in World War I had done much to shape its concept of field fortification, and its mobile warfare ethos was intended to prevent the previous war's stalemate. This book addresses frontline defensive field fortifications, built by infantrymen using local materials, and includes rifle platoon positions, trenches, crew-served weapon positions, bunkers, dugouts, shelters and more. It also...

          Israel Fortifications 1973 October War, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPFOR79
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            Israel Fortifications 1973 October War by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPFOR79The Bar Lev Line along the Suez Canal was born out of the overwhelming victory of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) in the Six Day War of 1967. Devastated by their defeat, the Egyptian army bombarded Israeli positions, causing many casualties. Accordingly, the IDF Chief of Staff, General Haim Bar-Lev, ordered the construction of a series of fortified positions named the Bar Lev Line. Each position was surrounded by...

            Japanese Pacific Island Defenses 1941-45, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPFOR1
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              About this Osprey Publishing BookThe prolonged and bloody fighting for control of the Japanese occupied Pacific islands in World War II is a key point in 20th-century warfare. No two islands were alike in the systems and nature of their defensive emplacements, and local improvization and command preferences affected both materials used and defensive models. This title details the establishment, construction and effectiveness of Japanese temporary and semi-permanent crew-served weapons...

              Mycenaean Citadels 1350-1200bc, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPFOR22
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                Mycenaean Citadels 1350-1200bc by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPFOR22Mycenaean society was constantly geared for battle and invasion. Their -cities- were heavy fortresses with unimaginably thick perimeter walls. Legendary sites such as Mycenae, Tiryns, Argos, Krisa, the Athenian Acropolis and Gla are all representative of their fortified citadels that dominated the Greek countryside for some 300 years until their sudden decline and abandonment around 1100 BC. This title describes the golden...

                Ottoman Fortifications, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPFOR95
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                  Ottoman Fortifications by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPFOR95 Fortress 95Author: David NicolleIllustrator: Adam HookAbout this bookThe Ottoman Empire was heir to the architectural traditions not only of the Byzantine Empire but also to those of the medieval Islamic Middle East. Having learned from these, the Ottomans created a fusion of military architectural styles to which they added what they learned from their later medieval and early modern European rivals. This book explores the...

                  Scapa Flow: The Defences Of Britain?s Great Fleet Anchorage 1914?45, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPFOR85
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                    Author: Angus KonstamIllustrator: Peter DennisAbout this bookA strategically important natural harbor in the Orkney Islands, Scapa Flow served as Britain_s main fleet anchorage during World Wars I and II. In 1914 and again in 1939, the British began building a comprehensive defensive network by fortifying the entrances to Scapa Flow, and then extended these defenses to cover most of Orkney. By 1940, it had become an island fortress, the largest integrated defensive network of its kind in...

                    Spanish Colonial Fortifications In North America 1565-1822, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPFOR94
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                      Spanish Colonial Fort In Ameri by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPFOR94Author: Alejandro de QuesadaIllustrator: Stephen WalshAbout this bookTo maintain its imperial power in America, Spain built fortifications across the width of the continent. These outposts were established along Spanish borders from the late sixteenth century onwards to defend its interests against rival European powers and to suppress uprisings of the Native Americans and local population. By the eighteenth century,...

                      Strongholds Of The Picts, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPFOR92
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                        Strongholds Of The Picts by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPFOR92 Fortress 92Author: Angus KonstamIllustrator: Peter DennisAbout this bookWhen the Romans withdrew from Britain, the north of the country was ruled by the most mysterious of the ancient British races, the Picts. Much of what is known about these -painted- warriors, comes from the remains of the fortifications that they left scattered around Scotland. Although the Picts are famous as sea raiders, they were also subjected to...

                        The Atlantic Wall (1) France, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPFOR63
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                          The Atlantic Wall France, Part 1 by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPFOR63Germany's Atlantic Wall was the most ambitious military fortification program of World War II. With Germany's gradual loss of the strategic initiative to the Allies, in 1942 Hitler was forced to construct an impenetrable wall of fortifications along the Atlantic and Mediterranean coast. This book deals solely with the structures on the French coast, starting with the Pas-de-Calais and extending down to Spain. It features...

                          The Fortifications Of Israel, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPFOR91
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                            The Fortifications Of Israel by Osprey PublishingItem Number: OSPFOR91 Fortress 91Author: Samuel RoccaIllustrator: Adam HookAbout this bookThis book provides a detailed study of the fortifications of the founders of ancient Israel from the time of their first settlement in the Middle East, through the periods of the united and divided kingdoms, until the sack of Jerusalem in 586 BC. It begins in the period of Israelite settlement in the First Iron Age period (1200-1000 BC). The extensive...

                            The Hindenburg Line by Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPFOR111
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                              Jagging across north-western Europe like an ugly scar, the Hindenburg Line was Germany's most formidable line of defence in World War I. Its fearsome reputation was matched only by its cunning design, with deep zigzagging trenches, concrete fieldworks, barbed wire and devilish booby traps forming an intimidating barrier for any attacking army. Through meticulous research, this volume explores each of the major portions of the Hindenburg Line, paying particular attention to three examples of...

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