In 1914, a new kind of war came about, bringing with it a new kind of world. World War One began on horseback, with generals employing bayonet charges to gain ground, and ended with attacks resembling the Nazi blitzkriegs. The scale of devastation was unlike anything the world had seen before: 14 million combatants died, a further 20 million were wounded, and four empires were destroyed. Even the victors´ empires were fatally damaged. An overwhelming disaster from which the world is still recovering, World War One can seem baffling in its complexity. But now Norman Stone, one of world´s greatest military historians, has composed a dazzlingly lucid and succinct history of the conflict. Stone has distilled a lifetime of teaching, arguing, and thinking into this brisk and opinionated account of the fundamental tragedy of the 20th century. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Prebble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001087/bk_adbl_001087_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dopo la battaglia della Marna, la Prima Guerra Mondiale perde definitivamente il suo slancio: i fronti sono veri e propri inferni di morte e devastazione, dove gli opposti schieramenti si affrontano senza riuscire a prevalere gli uni sugli altri. Ai combattimenti corpo a corpo, all’arma bianca e alla baionetta furono aggiunti nuovi strumenti di morte (gas asfissianti, sottomarini, mitragliatrici). I soldati, consapevoli di ´´andare al macello´´, non potevano che obbedire a folli ordini di comandanti che si mostravano del tutto indifferenti a quelle continue carnefici-ne.In questo quinto volume de La Breve storia della Prima Guerra Mondiale, en-triamo nel pieno del conflitto, concentrando l’attenzione specialmente sui fronti orientali: la sconfitta della Serbia e la Campagna di Mesopotamia, la creazione del mito di Lawrence d’Arabia e la questione palestinese, che prende origine proprio in questi anni e ancora oggi non è risolta. [After the battle of the Marne, the First World War finally loses its momentum: the fronts are real hells of death and devastation, where the opposing sides face off without being able to prevail over each other. For melee combat, with bayonets and bayonet were added new instruments of death (poison gas, sub-marines, machine guns). The soldiers, aware of ´´going to the slaughter,´´ could not but obey orders to commanders crazy that showed themselves completely indifferent to the ongoing carnage. In this fifth volume of The Brief History of the First World War, we enter the height of the conflict, focusing especially on the eastern fronts: the defeat of Ser-bia and the Country of Mesopotamia, the creation of the myth of Lawrence of Arabia and the question Palestinian, which takes its origin in recent years and is still not resolved.] Please note: This audiobook is in Italian. 1. Italian. Lorenzo Visi. http://samples.audible.de/bk/area/000137/bk_area_000137_sample.mp3.
Jacko Brooks joined the Infantry as a boy soldier and now, at the age of 24 years, he has just been badged as a member of 22 SAS Regiment, so despite his enormous mortgage, clapped-out car, and complete lack of funds, he is doing pretty well. Only trouble is, he only finished selection two weeks ago, and now 7 Troop´s ´´New Boy´´ is in the middle of the Iraqi desert. Tui is Jacko´s Troop Sergent. He is Fijian, six foot five in flip-flops, and shits muscle. Jacko decides to like him instantly. When 7 Troop go on patrol in Baghdad, they are ambushed by insurgents armed with RPGS and AK´s. The patrol stand their ground and fight but are soon out of ammo and the enemy is closing in fast. There´s only one option: to fight with the only weapon they have left: bayonets. The debut short story and stunning action thriller from real-life hero, Andy McNab. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Moyer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/spok/000001/bk_spok_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There comes a time in the course of battle when a participant casts his fate to the gods of war, and carries on without question, the task at hand. Living, dying, right or wrong, can be contemplated later. The spirit of the bayonet takes over and carries the youth through the crucible of battle to emerge a short time later several ages older. Stephen Crane´s classic novel gives us a glimpse into the mind of a young soldier as he passes through the experience he will never be able to forget, and possibly awaken him from his slumber in a sweat and panic for years to come. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Michaels. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/kafr/000009/bk_kafr_000009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The bloodiest day in American history took place on the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. On September 17, 1862, Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia fought George McClellan’s Union Army of the Potomac outside Sharpsburg along Antietam Creek. That day, nearly 25,000 would become casualties, and Lee’s army would barely survive fighting the much-bigger Northern army. Although the battle was tactically a draw, it resulted in forcing Lee’s army out of Maryland and back into Virginia, making it a strategic victory for the North and an opportune time for President Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in the rebellious states. When discussing the Civil War in Maryland, most of the focus is understandably on Antietam, but it’s important not to overlook the battle that ultimately brought the Union and Confederate to Antietam Creek in the first place. The Battle of South Mountain was an opening salvo of sorts before Antietam, fought on September 14, 1862, among several gaps. Despite being significantly outnumbered, Lee´s army had the advantage of fighting defensively on higher terrain. At Crampton´s Gap, Union General William Franklin’s nearly 13,000-strong VI Corps crashed down on about 2,000 Confederates led by Howell Cobb who were part of Lafayette McLaws’ division. McClellan had ordered Franklin’s corps to set out for Crampton’s Gap on the morning of September 14, wasting nearly 11 hours in the process, and Franklin delayed his assault for three more hours while arranging his lines for what turned out to be a short fight. The fighting that occurred on that long Sunday was fierce and constant. Artillery, musket, bayonet, and fists were all employed as weapons, resulting in a tremendous number of casualties. By barely holding onto some of the passes, Lee was able to retreat to Sharpsburg, where he hoped to gather together his scattered forces. As it turned 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/120050/bk_acx0_120050_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.