After the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the fight for armoured superiority on the battlefield was quickly realised as one of the distinguishing factors that, combined with air and sea domination, would determine the outcome of the war. However, at this time, nearly all of the armoured vehicles used in combat were classed as light or middle weight and were unable to meet the demands dictated by modern warfare. In order to succeed, the Germans would have to develop their technology exponentially in order to triumph against the allies on the field.In the six years that followed, German tanks, assault guns and armoured vehicles were radically improved in all areas, with most offering superior firepower, manoeuvrability and armour that their allied counterparts simply could not rival. The introduction of the iconic Panzer IV, Tiger and Königstiger (Royal Tiger) tanks allowed the Germans to dominate the battlefields, ensuring a wealth of armoured victories over their enemies. These two films deal exclusively with these deadly vehicles in meticulous detail, showing them in action on the front lines using original archive footage never before seen outside of Germany. With over 50 minutes of original material, as well as bonus galleries and footage, this DVD will appeal to all military and vehicle enthusiasts.
EA’s Battlefield 4 is the fourth installment in a famous first-person shooter video game franchise. The game takes the player into modern time military conflicts that happen in different types of settings, from big cities to deserted rural areas or mountains. The realism in the game is top-notch as you can see bullets flying everywhere and tanks, planes and helicopters flying on the battlefield.You also have to watch out for building collapsing in front of you as well as for airstrike attacks that force you to constantly move and change your position. Thanks to all this, players really believe they became an elite soldier and that they are in the middle of a real horrible war. Battlefield 4 contains both a solid single-player campaign and a great multiplayer with tons of modes like Conquest or Team Deathmatch, and up to 64 players able to participate in the same game session.Storyline and charactersThe story of Battlefield IV takes place in the year 2020, six years after the previous installment. The player character, Sgt. Daniel "Reck" Recker, member of a special tactical squad known as the Tombstone, is deployed to China to save a few VIP's located in Shanghai. At the same time, the situation between the global powers of Russia, China and The United States of America is fraught and the world is on the verge of another global conflict.Your mission is to find and stop an ambitious Chinese admiral that plans to overthrow his government and start another world war. Helping you in saving the world are a group of really interesting characters. First, there is your avatar Daniel Recker, a silent type of badass who cares about finishing his job. Then there’s Staff Sergeant William Dunn, a heroic and professional fighter, who always cares about his team. You are also going to meet Kimble Graves, an Irish soldier who is the loudest and the most emotional among the entire group.Premium EditionBattlefield 4 Premium Edition includes both all DLC’s as well as other additional content and features such as customization of your avatar, like dog tags, emblems, camouflage options etc. Furthermore, thanks to the Premium you will have access to new maps, weapons, achievements and vehicles.China Rising - China Rising DLC offers new achievements, Air Superiority gameplay mode, new maps, weapons, vehicles and gadgets. A dirt bike is waiting for you to drive it. Have fun with that.Second Assault - The Second Assault DLC equals new achievements, assignments, Capture the Flag scenario, new maps, weapons (like GOL Magnum) and new vehicles. You are definitely going to enjoy this one.Naval Assault - As the name suggests it, this DLC focuses mainly on Naval battles. The mode provided with it, the Carrier Assault, throws you on the carrier ship, where you need to destroy the enemy vessel and protect your own at the same time. Furthermore, it gives you new maps, weapons, new gadgets, vehicle and more.Dragon's Teeth - Dragon's Teeth DLC provides you with a chain link modification of the conquest mode, together with another maps, weapons and new gadgets for your disposal. You are going to have a lot of fun with that.Final Stand - new achievements, new assignments, new maps and new vehicles are definitely the highlight of this expansion pack. After all, don't you want to drive a snowmobile?ReceptionEdition received a lot of praise and positive reviews from players and game experts due to a huge amount of content provided with the expansion packs, great multiplayer and countless mods which you can enjoy with your friends.
For decades after 1945, it was generally believed that the German army, professional and morally decent, had largely stood apart from the SS, Gestapo, and other corps of the Nazi machine. Ben Shepherd draws on a wealth of primary sources and recent scholarship to convey a much darker, more complex picture. For the first time, the German army is examined throughout the Second World War, across all combat theaters and occupied regions, and from multiple perspectives: its battle performance, social composition, relationship with the Nazi state, and involvement in war crimes and military occupation. This was a true people's army, drawn from across German society and reflecting that society as it existed under the Nazis. Without the army and its conquests abroad, Shepherd explains, the Nazi regime could not have perpetrated its crimes against Jews, prisoners of war, and civilians in occupied countries. The author examines how the army was complicit in these crimes and why some soldiers, units, and higher commands were more complicit than others. Shepherd also reveals the reasons for the army's early battlefield successes and its mounting defeats up to 1945, the latter due not only to Allied superiority and Hitler's mismanagement as commander-in-chief, but also to the failings of the army's own leadership. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Page. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/010293/bk_tant_010293_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Although revered in history for their civilization and culture, the Greeks were always in a constant state of warfare amongst themselves. With the likes of Athens, Sparta, and Thebes asserting dominance over the Ionian Peninsula, none of the other city-states could amass an army strong enough to challenge their superiority in the area, much less take on all challengers and invade Persia. However, none of these other city-states had a ruler named Alexander. With his fierce tenacity, unrivaled ruthlessness to his enemies, superior tactical understanding, and his compassion and charisma for his soldiers, Alexander III of Macedonia has carved out a niche in history as one of the greatest generals to ever step onto a battlefield. His ability to react to what his opponents did and his willingness to surrender favorable conditions in exchange for a better opportunity to strike has set him apart from every other general or military leader in the history of the world. From birth and through his early years, tutored by Aristotle at the will of his father, also a successful commander, Phillip II, Alexander was molded to become the greatest leader the Greeks had ever known. Through the personal training from his father in the art of commanding an army, Alexander proved at every battle that he was far superior to any other general of the time, and quite possibly, the greatest military leader of all time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim D. Johnston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/076927/bk_acx0_076927_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the 1960s, the US Air Force lacked both the equipment and properly trained pilots to assure air superiority because the Tactical Air Command (TAC) had become little more than a handmaiden to the Strategic Air Command (SAC). TAC focused primarily on the interdiction of enemy bombers and virtually ignored its other responsibilities, such as providing close support of ground troops with conventional weapons and the interdiction of enemy fighters over the battlefield. Its aircraft were designed to fly at supersonic speeds and shoot long-range, radar-guided missiles at large, lumbering bombers and not to engage in dog fights with highly maneuverable MiGs. Its premier fighter, the F-4 Phantom, lacked an internal cannon that was so crucial to the accomplishment of TAC's mission, and its pilot training programs were ill-suited for the air war over Southeast Asia. The arrival of surface-to-air-missiles in North Vietnam in 1965 also found the Air Force with neither the tactics nor the weapons needed to neutralize that threat. Hannah explains how TAC struggled through the war in Vietnam to emerge in the 1970s as the best-equipped and best-trained tactical air force in the world. He side-steps politics and inter-service rivalries to focus on the nuts and bolts of tactical air power. The result is a factual, informative account of how an air force loses its way and finds its mission again. The book is published by Texas A&M University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Chester. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/062780/bk_acx0_062780_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Marine Corps has always considered itself a breed apart. Since 1775, America's smallest armed service has been suspicious of outsiders and deeply loyal to its traditions. Marines believe in nothing more strongly than the Corps' uniqueness and superiority, and this undying faith in its own exceptionalism is what has made the Marines one of the sharpest, swiftest tools of American military power. Along with unapologetic self-promotion, a strong sense of identity has enabled the Corps to exert a powerful influence on American politics and culture. Aaron O'Connell focuses on the period from World War II to Vietnam, when the Marine Corps transformed itself from America's least respected to its most elite armed force. He describes how the distinctive Marine culture played a role in this ascendancy. Venerating sacrifice and suffering, privileging the collective over the individual, Corps culture was saturated with romantic and religious overtones that had enormous marketing potential in a postwar America energized by new global responsibilities. Capitalizing on this, the Marines curried the favor of the nation's best reporters, befriended publishers, courted Hollywood and Congress, and built a public relations infrastructure that would eventually brand it as the most prestigious military service in America. But the Corps' triumphs did not come without costs, and O'Connell writes of those, too, including a culture of violence that sometimes spread beyond the battlefield. And as he considers how the Corps' interventions in American politics have ushered in a more militarized approach to national security, O'Connell questions its sustainability. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Danny Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/002954/bk_tant_002954_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book seeks to explore two working hypotheses: Firstly, that Napoleon’s alleged military superiority in terms of skill and battlefield competence over his peers can be empirically quantified and proven. Secondly, that the results of Napoleonic warfare can be predicted by applying the theory of Contest Success Functions to these battles.To address these claims this book is organized into four sections:Theory:The first of the conceptual sections summarizes the theoretical underpinning behind the economical understanding of conflict. This so called ‘second approach’ and its merits are outlined and the history of these theoretical concepts is explained. Chapter three introduces the Ratio Contest Success Function (RCSF) put forth by Tullock and the Difference Contest Success Function (DCSF) employed by Hirshleifer, the concepts for predicting probabilities of success in conflict theory.History:The fourth chapter gives a brief report on warfare during the Napoleonic ages. A special emphasis lies on an analysis that evaluates if the key parameters have been homogenous over the time and what kind of technology was employed during these battles. The results are then compared with the demands of conflict theory. The fifth chapter then explicates the data set. The different variables that could be obtained are introduced and at last the scope of the further analysis is specified. This is done by picking the variables that can actually be used for an in-depth quantitative.Modelling:In the four chapters that deal with the actual modelling, the theory is applied to the historical data to yield the results we need to verify the working hypotheses. After the two different estimators used have been introduced in chapter six, the chapters seven and eight deal with utilising each of the estimators to answer these questions. The results from the estimates are interpreted and are compared in chapter nine. In addition, chapter nine attempts to weigh the explanatory value of the two approaches and places them in the historical perspective.Résumé:Chapter ten answers comments on Napoleon’s personal worth on the battlefield and applies the findings of the empirical work to three short case studies. The subsequent summary then merges the results of the whole study and concludes with follow-up questions for future research.
Battlefield 3: Armored Kill ups the ante for vehicular mayhem as only Battlefield™ can do.Featuring new drivable tanks, ATV’s, mobile artillery and more, this expansion pack also delivers huge battlefields for an all-out vehicle assault. Armored Kill also includes the biggest map in Battlefield history.- All-out vehicle warfare on four new maps- Includes the biggest map in Battlefield history- New vehicles, including tanks, ATV's, and mobile artillery- Earn 20+ unlocks for the new vechicles in Armored Kill- New Tank Superiority game mode- All maps playable with all six game modes
Diploma Thesis from the year 2010 in the subject Economics - Other, grade: 1,0, Helmut Schmidt University - University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg (Professur für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insb. Finanzwissenschaft), language: English, abstract: This thesis seeks to explore the two working hypotheses: Firstly, that Napoleon's alleged military superiority in terms of skill and battlefield competence over his peers can be empirically quantified and proven. Secondly, that the results of Napoleonic warfare can be predicted by applying the theory of Contest Success Functions to these battles. To address these claims this paper is organized into four sections: Theory The first of the conceptual sections summarizes the theoretical underpinning behind the economical understanding of conflict. This so called 'second approach' and its merits are outlined and the history of these theoretical concepts is explained. Chapter three introduces the Ratio Contest Success Function (RCSF) put forth by Tullock and the Difference Contest Success Function (DCSF) employed by Hirshleifer, the concepts for predicting probabilities of success in conflict theory. History The fourth chapter gives a brief report on warfare during the Napoleonic ages. A special emphasis lies on an analysis that evaluates if the key parameters have been homogenous over the time and what kind of technology was employed during these battles. The results are then compared with the demands of conflict theory. The fifth chapter then explicates the data set. The different variables that could be obtained are introduced and at last the scope of the further analysis is specified. This is done by picking the variables that actually can be used for an in-depth quantitative. Modelling In the four chapters that deal with the actual modelling, the theory is applied on the historical data to yield the results we need to verify the working hypotheses. After the two diffe