Author: Wolfgang Peter-Michel
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Der Erste Weltkrieg war durch die zunehmende Technisierung des Militärwesens geprägt. Aufgrund der großen Präzision und Feuerkraft, zu der sich Artillerie und Maschinengewehre entwickelt hatten, waren die Militärs überzeugt, dass dem Kampf auf große Entfernungen die Zukunft gehörte. Ein Zweikampf zwischen zwei Soldaten galt als unwahrscheinlich oder zumindest als Seltenheit. Doch das Gegenteil war der Fall: Der Bewegungskrieg der ersten Monate erstarrte alsbald zu einem Stellungskrieg. Ganze Armeen gruben sich in Schützengräben ein, die Befestigungswerke, die den ersten weltweiten Krieg des 20. Jahrhunderts prägten. Die Enge der Gräben führte zu einer der Industrialisierung des Kampfes gegenläufigen Entwicklung: War der Gegner in die eigenen Linien eingedrungen, so entschieden oft die besseren Nahkampfwaffen und -techniken das Duell. Dies führte zu einer Wiederentdeckung des Messers, das zuvor von den Militärs als Waffe totgesagt worden war. Dieses Buch stellt die wichtigsten der während des Ersten Weltkriegs eingesetzten Kampfmesser vor. Das gilt sowohl für offiziell eingeführte wie auch von den Soldaten privat beschaffte Exemplare. Denn viele Armeen versorgten ihre Truppen zu spät oder in zu geringer Zahl mit geeigneten Blankwaffen.
German Combat Knives
Author: Christian Mery
Publisher: Histoire Et Collections
This work presents the extraordinary diversity of the German daggers and bayonets from the First and Second World Wars. More than 140 images of both the weapons and their owners are presented along with richly detailed descriptions, providing explanations of the dimensions, the markings, and their handles. The author describes the particularities of each dagger and bayonet as well as their regimental origination.
The ‘Broomhandle’ Mauser
Author: Jonathan Ferguson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
At a time when most handguns were limited to six rounds, the ten-shot Mauser caught the attention of the world for its unprecedented firepower and formidable high-velocity 7.63×25mm cartridge. This saw its ultimate expression in the first-ever select-fire handgun – the 'Schnellfeuer' machine pistol, fed by a detachable magazine and offering both full-automatic and single-shot modes. The C 96 was the first semi-automatic pistol to see combat, arming both sides in the Second Anglo-Boer War, and seeing service with the German, Russian, Chinese and other militaries. Widely purchased commercially, it was carried by none other than Winston Churchill in the Sudan and South Africa, became prized by the Irish Republican Army and Soviet revolutionaries, and even armed Han Solo in the 'Star Wars' movies. Featuring full-colour artwork and an array of revealing photographs, this is the engrossing story of the C 96 Broomhandle Mauser, the ground-breaking semi-automatic pistol that armed a generation of military personnel, adventurers and revolutionaries at the turn of the 20th century.
A classic of military history about the smaller, personal battles of the First World War
Geek Drama (Geek Girl)
Author: Holly Smale
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.” A brand new World Book Day story from the no. 1 bestselling and award-winning GEEK GIRL series!
Author: Nicole Richie
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Tall, blond, and willowy, this twenty-two-year-old seems to have everything going for her—she’s rich and gorgeous, a talented singer, and has just returned to her Park Avenue penthouse after a year studying in Paris. But since her mother’s tragic death years ago, her father, an extremely successful financier, has been her only family—and if she’s being honest, her only true friend. All that changes when Jacob Williams is arrested on charges of fraud, and the SEC freezes the family’s bank accounts. With her father in jail and her partying pals suddenly scarce, Charlotte escapes Manhattan and heads to the one place she doesn’t think anyone will come looking: New Orleans. Determined to rebuild her life, Charlotte moves in with her beloved former nanny and finds a job in a local restaurant. Between trying to make ends meet and hiding from her past, she meets Kat, a fellow fashionista who introduces her to the best of the Big Easy’s bohemian style. With Kat by her side, Charlotte begins to haunt nightclubs, securing singing gigs that soon begin to heat up—as does her friendship with a local boy, Jackson. But Charlotte’s being followed by an angry stalker who wants nothing more than to destroy her for her father’s crimes. And with Mardi Gras just around the corner, the masquerade has only just begun . . . From the stylish avenues of Manhattan and dark clubs of the French Quarter to the bright lights of Los Angeles, the multitalented Nicole Richie’s scintillating tale shows that the very life you run from is the one that won’t let you hide.
A presentation of over 270 images of bayonets and an explanation of their development and use throughout World War I.
Author: Alan Dean Foster
Publisher: Del Rey
From science fiction icon Alan Dean Foster comes a blazing Pip & Flinx adventure for fans of the green-eyed redhead with awesome mental powers and his miniature flying dragon. In this dazzling novel, Flinx confirms his status as the galaxy’s greatest magnet for big trouble. Wandering out there in some remote region of the galaxy is a gargantuan sentient Tar-Aiym weapons’ system. All Flinx has to do–while his pals look after his injured love Clarity Held–is find the hefty object and persuade it to knock out the monstrous evil that is hurtling through space to waste the entire Commonwealth. A no-brainer, really, especially for Flinx, who is never without his loyal entourage of official snoops, crazed zealots, assorted goons, and the occasional assassin. Indeed, the boy wonder and his mini-drag, Pip, are eager to commence their heroic task . . . just as soon as Flinx visits Visaria–a dangerously depraved planet–to convince himself that humans are indeed worth saving. The chances of stumbling across high moral values and utopian ideals don’t look promising–what with Flinx playing a lawless Pied Piper to a gang of lying, thieving juvenile delinquents. But prospects really go south when Flinx runs afoul of the corrupt planet’s ruthless crime king. Still, life is full of surprises, and Flinx is about to get smacked by a passel of them–by turns devastating, heartening, and positively jaw-dropping. For although Flinx came to Visaria to plumb the enigma of humankind, there’s another mystery waiting here, a shocking clue about his own shadowy past. From the Hardcover edition.
Making Integral Knives
Author: Peter Fronteddu, Stefan Steigerwald
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
The next installment to this knife workshop series explains how to design and build an integral knife, a knife made out of a single piece of steel. From basic patterns and principles to technical solutions to various variations in design and process, this guide is ideal for the intermediate to advanced knifemaker. Through step-by-step instructions and images, three integral knife projects with varying levels of difficulty are explained. Learn how to make a hand-filed knife that doesn't require much equipment, a knife made using a milling machine, and a knife made with a piece of steel that has been professionally prepared with a wire-erosion process. With 350 photos and illustrations, this comprehensive guide is ideal for mastering how to make integral knives.
Learn how to make two types of Japanese knives: a tanto (dagger) and a hocho (chef's knife) following traditional techniques. With step-by-step images and clear instructions, this how-to guide covers acquiring iron ore, building and using a bloomery furnace, forging the blades, fitting the blades with handles, and sharpening the blades with water stones. The process is further detailed with images that illustrate the structure of the blade and diagrams showing the construction of each knife. In addition, a history of these legendary blades, methods for determining carbon content, and tips on caring for the completed blades are included. This is an ideal bladesmithing book for intermediate to expert level metalworkers.
Author: William Hauptman, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
This monograph on Ingres art includes a broad biographical account of his life and the artistic scene he frequented in Paris and Rome. It places his art within the context of 19th-century art movements, from his youth under the Bonaparte regime to the Third Republic.