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American Coastal Defences 1885-1950
McGovern, Terrance; Smith, Bolling
ISBN: 9781841769226
Osprey Pub Co  2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR044. A new round of fortification building began in the United States and its overseas territories in the late-19th century, which benefited from the latest technology and the increase in America's worldwide economic stature. This book provides a concise introduction to the design, development and purpose of American coastal defenses in the "modern" period (1885-1950), a period defined by the use of concrete, steel, and powerful breech-loading rifles. Packed with period and modern-day images of the fortifications, and written by a leading expert, it covers the emplacements, weaponry, equipment, and people that defended their country in times of great change and uncertainty.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 006090  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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British Fortifications in Zululand 1879
Knight, Ian
ISBN: 9781841768298
Osprey Pub Co  2005 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR035. On 11 January 1879 the British Empire went to war with the independent kingdom of Zululand. The British anticipated a swift and decisive victory, placing great faith in modern firepower; no plans were made for suppressing the Zulu over a protracted period, or for providing defensive positions from which to occupy Zulu territory. However, the losses suffered at Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift quickly altered the British approach; throughout the rest of the war, the British fortified almost every position they occupied in Zululand, from permanent column depots to temporary halts. This title explores British defensive techniques employed during the war, and how these related to contemporary engineering theory. Among the sites covered are Eshowe Mission Station, forts Pearson and Tenedos, and Rorke's Drift.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005176  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Forts of the American Frontier 1820-91: Central and Northern Plains
Field, Ron
ISBN: 9781841767758
Osprey Pub Co  2005 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR028. A major period of westward expansion took place in the United States during the first half of the 19th century. Fur trading, the coast-to-coast railroad, the California gold rush and the removal of Native American tribes both facilitated and encouraged America's "manifest destiny" to become a transcontinental nation. The task of protecting the settlers from the tribes that inhabited the Great Plains fell to the US Army, and to do this an extensive network of permanent forts was created via construction and acquisition. This title examines why the forts were built, as well as their design, defensive features and the role they played in the settlement of the American West. The daily lives of the garrison soldiers and fort inhabitants are also covered, together with the fighting witnessed at key sites.  As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005209  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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Forts of the American Frontier 1820-91: The Southern Plains and Southwest
Field, Ron
ISBN: 9781846030406
Osprey Pub Co  2006 
 Soft Cover New book, 64 pages, FOR054. During the early decades of the 19th century, the Southern Plains of the North American continent were only occasionally visited by explorers, trappers, traders, and missionaries. The first trading posts and forts were built then, such as Adobe Walls in the panhandle of North Texas, and Tubac Presidio in New Mexico. During the 1840s, when the 'Great American Desert' became the scene of an inexorable westward expansion, European pioneers and settlers flooded overland from the eastern seaboard. As they headed west, these settlers invaded and absorbed the traditional lands of the Native American. Via a series of Acts passed by Congress, many members of the Five Civilized Tribes (the Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole) were moved to reservations. It was hoped that a Permanent Indian Frontier guarded by a line of military forts would separate the Indian from the 'white man' forever. Numerous posts were built to police the southern end of this frontier between 1820 and 1840.   As New
Price: $20.95 (AUD)
Book Number: 005208  Bookseller: Viceroy Books
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