On November 1st, 1916, nine-hundred men of the 13th Battalion of The Pennine Fusiliers vanished without trace from the battlefield, only to find themselves stranded on an alien planet. There they must learn to survive in a frightening and hostile environment, forced to rely on dwindling supplies of ammo and rations as the natives of this strange new world begin to take an interest.
Madagascar provided the stunning backdrop for one of the strangest conflicts of the Second World War — when Britain went head to head against one of its closest allies.
When British forces landed on the island in 1942, the enemy they faced wasn’t German, Japanese or even Italian, this time the opposing forces were French.
Concerned that Japan might use Madagascar as a strategic... [click here for more]
The ability to advance rapidly over sometimes difficult terrain was a key part of the Warsaw Pact's strategy. The Eastern European nations which formed this historic alliance wanted to be able to move quickly and effectively so they didn't give their enemies an advantage.
The vital tools which helped the Warsaw Pact overcome the challenges it faced included a whole range of combat engineering equipment.... [click here for more]
Hundreds of years ago, a great evil rose and threatened to overcome the lands of Mantica. It was defeated by the Elves of House Cerillion, but its legacy remains in the form of the Bloodstone, a powerful a magical artefact. Held under guard deep within the great dwarfen stronghold of Mox, only a select few know of its existence... and even fewer know the truth of its origins. With an ancient enemy... [click here for more]
The Kaiserliche und Königliche Kriegsmarine -- The Austro-Hungarian Navy -- was in at the beginning of World War I when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie lay in state aboard its flagship, and at the end when it dissolved along with the empire that commanded it. During the war, this small but powerful "fleet in being" forced the Allies to maintain a blockade of the Otranto Straits. German... [click here for more]
Victors write history. German Admiral Reinhard Scheer knew this, and wrote his own anyway. In this memoir of World War One, he says, "We are victors and vanquished at one and the same time, and in depicting our success the difficult problem confronts us of not forgetting that our strength did not last out to the end."
Admiral Scheer took command of the German High Seas Fleet in... [click here for more]
It’s 1982 but not as we know it. The Cold War has lost its chill and World War III has arrived, threatening to send the whole planet into meltdown.
Vladislav Rakovich is a young, idealistic communist. He dreams of being an officer, leading his soldiers on a mission to free the world from capitalism. But as the Soviet armies roll west, he gains his first bitter taste of command and... [click here for more]
In 1982, the average Briton didn't know the Falkland Islands existed, let alone their status as a disputed British territory just off the coast of Argentina. That changed when the Argentinians invaded the islands and overwhelmed the small defending force. Both nations claimed the islands were theirs, but now Argentina thought the British would give them up without a fight.
They were wrong.
Britain... [click here for more]
The U.S. Army is the best-equipped force in military history, from the simple bayonet to multi-million-dollar technological marvels like the M1 Abrams tank and Apache Longbow helicopter.
This We'll Defend outlines the most important weapons and equipment the Army currently uses. All facts, figures and images in this ebook are direct from publicly available Army sources, edited and annotated... [click here for more]
The truth behind the SAS' most famous mission.
Drawing on extensive research, Operation Nimrod dispels the myths and reveals the truth of those six long days, and the dramatic rescue that thrust the SAS into the public eye.
On 29th April 1980, British police assured Iran that their embassy was secure. The very next day, terrorists stormed the embassy and took twenty-six hostages.... [click here for more]
On 13 July 2008, nine American Soldiers perished while fighting a pitched battle in the village of Wanat in Afghanistan’s Waygal Valley. On that day, the men of Company C, 2d Battalion, 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment, endured four hours of intense close quarters combat and mounting casualties. The contingent of 49 United States and 24 Afghan National Army Soldiers valiantly defended their small... [click here for more]
This is the inspiring true story of what happens when ordinary people unite to make a stand against evil.
Lidice was a peaceful and vibrant community in Czechoslovakia with a rich mining heritage. But an act of Nazi revenge saw this village wiped from existence in a horrifying chapter of European history.
Disaster struck for Lidice in 1942 when the prominent Nazi official Reinhard Heydrich was assassinated.... [click here for more]
ONCE, TWICE, THREE TIMES A MONKEY
Life is good for Ack-Ack Macaque. Every day the cynical, cigar-chomping, hard-drinking monkey climbs into his Spitfire to do battle with the waves of German ninjas parachuting over the gentle fields of Kent. But life is not all the joyous rattle of machine guns and the roar of the engine, as Ack-Ack is about to find out… Because it is not 1944. It is the 21st century,... [click here for more]
This concise first volume of Worldbuilding For Writers, Gamers and Other Creators provides straightforward guidance on how to model the astronomical elements of an Earth-like planet for your storyworld setting. Author and storyworld creator Matthew Wayne Selznick ("Brave Men Run -- A Novel of the Sovereign Era") explains the science and helps you through the (basic) math required to:
Select... [click here for more]
A heart-stopping military thriller from Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell – betrayed, hunted and disavowed, Sam Fisher’s toughest mission has just begun
Inside North Korea, veteran Fourth Echelon agent Sam Fisher finds himself on the run when a top-secret covert mission goes fatally wrong.
Betrayed by his allies, hunted by his adversaries, and disavowed by his own agency, Sam is stranded deep inside... [click here for more]
THE EPIC FIRST NOVEL OF THE LEGENDARY SCIENCE FICTION SERIES...
30 years before the Clan invasion, the crumbling empires of the Inner Sphere were locked in the horror of the Third Succession War. The great Houses, whose territories spanned the stars, used BattleMechs to smash each other into rubble...
Grayson Death Carlyle had been training to be a MechWarrior since he was 10 years old, but his graduation... [click here for more]
In a fantasy realm shattered by the zombie apocalypse, a bold Knight must enlist unlikely allies while discovering the source of undead corruption, in this darkly humorous adventure from the bestselling game range, Zombicide: Black Plague.When Knight Alaric von Mertz loses his family to a ravenous zombie horde, he swears revenge on the necromancer responsible.
But... [click here for more]
THE FIRST IN A SERIES, PITTING WORLD WAR ONE SOLDIERS AGAINST ALIENS.
On November 1st, 1916, nine-hundred men of the 13th Battalion of The Pennine Fusiliers vanished without trace from the battlefield, only to find themselves stranded on an alien planet. There they must learn to survive in a frightening and hostile environment, forced to rely on dwindling supplies of ammo and rations as the natives... [click here for more]
TRUE STORIES OF THE CIVIL WAR collects four long civil war tales, meticulously researched by Civil War authority Joseph J. Millard. Included are four classic works, all originally published in TRUE Magazine. Great reading for any Civil War buff!
"The Spy Who Saved the Union" -- The tale of the amateur spy who single-handed wrecked the greatest treason conspiracy this country has ever known!... [click here for more]
Ten insightful science fiction tales from one of British sci-fi and fantasy’s most intriguing authors.
John Houlihan is best known for his Cthulhu mythos and historical fantasy series, but this is his first major collection of sci-fi stories, including debut play, Bomber Command.
In Most Exalted, plunge into the starchy corridors of a veteran’s care home, where a former intergalactic tyrant... [click here for more]
One bullet can change history... Berlin, 1945. Karl Fairburne is a member of an elite sniper corps, working for the American secret service deep behind enemy lines. Stalin's troops have over run the city looking to revenge the battle of Stalingrad and seize control of the Nazi's nuclear secrets before their British and American allies.
SS General Helmstadt, head of the Nazi nuclear programme, is... [click here for more]
NOWHERE TO RUN...
The Gray Death Legion is in the employ of the Free Worlds League, and has even been given a landhold on the planet Helm. But dark forces conspire against them, and the Legion soon finds themselves declared renegade war criminals, fair game for anyone to attack.
Now they are on the run on their home planet, trying desperately to reach safety before the might of House... [click here for more]
The Assassin lurched and staggered, vanishing from view in a fountain of mud, water and splintering metal. It emerged after a second, one arm hanging limply and its torso armour pitted and dented. Halsey dropped the cannon on target and let fly on maximum rapid fire, shells slamming from the massive bore and tearing into the Assassin's chest cavity. The WarMek stumbled, then toppled forwards into... [click here for more]
Edgar Hoffmann Price (1898 - 1988) was an American writer of popular fiction (he was a self-titled 'fictioneer') for the pulp magazine marketplace. He is probably most famous for his collaboration with H. P. Lovecraft, "Through the Gates of the Silver Key," though he published hundreds of other works. This volume collects 19 of his western and war stories. Note that this volume, as with much... [click here for more]
BACKS AGAINST THE WALL…
Galatea. The Mercenary's Star. Even the most down on their luck units can find work here. Leading the newly-formed Gray Death Legion has been challenging for Grayson Death Carlyle, so when a job comes their way, he’s only too happy to take it. The mission: train the local resistance on the planet Verthandi to resist their Draconis Combine masters.
But things... [click here for more]
Based in the universe created by David Drake (with his permission) A New Hope chronicles, in anthology format the exploits of A Troop, 2/4 Cavalry. Designed to solely test out a new type (though of old ideas) of vehicles and tactics, the troopers are challenged by an insurgency campaign set in the mountainous Pollo Mountains.
Available in PDF, Kindle and .epub formats ... [click here for more]
A SWORD FORGED IN SHADOWS…
Theodore Kurita is the son of Takashi Kurita, and heir apparent to the Draconis Combine, one of the most powerful realms of the Inner Sphere. But the Draconis Combine has never been a place of smooth transitions. Historically, a Kurita proves themself a fit leader by a successful bid for power, political or...otherwise.
Theodore's perilous journey to power... [click here for more]
In the 1970's, the US Army decided that it needed a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, similar to the West German Gepard or Soviet ZSU-23-4. The result was the M247 Sergeant York.
This article describes the M247 itself, the procurement process, and all the problems that led to Caspar Weinberger describing it as "basically an ineffective system" when it was cancelled in 1985. ... [click here for more]
In this military science fiction short story and since the end of the war with the Muslim Coalition the European Space Union has returned to looking at conducing anti-piracy strikes in order to secure its border better. The unit is deployed on the border to conduct one of many strikes to come but first must also find an arms dealer to staunch the flow of the pirates weaponry.
Available in PDF, Kindle,... [click here for more]
The characters in this short steampunk story battle against the Nazi War Machine set in the rough 1940s. While like WWII this is a different struggle and shows the stress that can happen to a soldier fighting enhanced soldiers and the mental struggle that conflict creates.
Available in PDF, Kindle, Nook (.epub), and Microsoft Reader (.lit) formats ... [click here for more]
Tessa the Tank is old and retired, living in a shed at Fretwell Tank Museum.
Tessa is excited about going to a classic vehicle show, but Brian the tank transporter has an accident. Will they get to the show on time?
Children will love this story, which subtly conveys the importance of teamwork. ... [click here for more]
When Thomas ‘Only’ Atkins signed up to fight for King and Country, half the boys he grew up with ended up fighting alongside him.
The 13th Battalion of the Pennine Fusiliers were a ‘Pal’s Brigade,’ a whole town transposed to the Somme together to feed the Front’s relentless need for warm bodies. They also disappeared from the face of the Earth, on the 1st November... [click here for more]
The massive invasion force of Operation Serpent has descended behind enemy lines. Their mission is to obliterate the military power of Clan Smoke Jaguar and seize the homeworld of Huntress. Commanding this historic assault is General Ariana Winston of the elite Eridani Light Horse mercenary brigade. After a year's voyage through deep space, they have arrived. But the battle has just begun. The dangers... [click here for more]
The Nazis, desperate for victory at all costs, explored every avenue open to science, including some long forgotten... and some best left dead. But what if they had succeeded? In the obscure village of Totenstadt, a team of the Reich's best minds, under the terrible Colonel von Teufel, are blending technology and the occult to create a new and terrible weapon, to test the boundary between life and... [click here for more]
Everyone knows the story of Adolf Hitler's final days – cornered, insane, killing himself in despair as Berlin burned above him. But this story is based solely on the eyewitness accounts of the people who shared the bunker with him – the people most loyal to the Führer; the people most likely to lie to protect him. The world’s foremost Nazi hunter has never believed the official... [click here for more]
The mercenary code was broken by the Gray Death Legion during their desperate fighting on the planet Caledonia. At least, that is the ruling of the courts. And the judges decide to hit below the belt—Grayson Carlyle, revered leader of the now outlawed mercenary band, is stripped of his title and holdings, and the legion is banished from Glengarry, the planet they’ve called home for years.
All... [click here for more]
The warrior Clans created the Elemental to be the ultimate infantry soldier. Genetically engineered to be bigger, stronger, and tougher than mere humans, and equipped with advanced power armor, Elementals can stand toe-to-toe with BattleMechs. Among this elite breed, young Jake Kabrinski is a fast-rising star who has never known defeat.
The Draconis Combine and Clan Ghost Bear, bitter enemies during... [click here for more]
For ten years the European Space Union has been at war with the Muslim Coalition and now things are starting to come to a close. Kush will be returned to its former masters, while Mashara will go to the European Space Union. 2/4 Cav is sent back to Mashara to help effect the handover while dealing with another enemy: military politics and the problems that arise when people use that to get ahead... [click here for more]
After A New Hope, this ebook follows A Troop, 2/4 to the planet of Kearse, where alongside the Texian Airborne Legion, hunts General Malik through the war-torn streets of Caric. This is based off of the 1993 intervention in Somalia and parallels the failures and the successes that was encountered during that time period through a future look in David Drake's Hammer's Slammers universe.
Available... [click here for more]
In this military science fiction novella and after the events of Eagle Hammer, the Troop is sent to the Thai Defense Zone to put down a growing insurgency. Once they get there however, they try to unravel the mystery of who is trying to subvert a culture who remains tolerant of differing views into their "dream" culture.
Available in PDF, Kindle (.mobi) and Nook (.epub) formats ... [click here for more]
After a mis-calculation on an orbital drop, two Leopards from the Troop fight their way back to friendly lines. Of course it was a mixup but the Freelanders didn't think so when they ambushed the tanks and now they're on the run through the mountains to survive in this military science fiction short story. "A fun read." - DeviantArt user.
Available in PDF, Kindle and .epub formats ... [click here for more]
Task Force Serpent has triumphed and Clan Smoke Jaguar is shattered beyond redemption. But the final battle is still to come, when Prince Victor Steiner-Davion braves the unknown and travels to the very heart of the Clans: Strana Mechty. There, with elite units from across the Inner Sphere, he must wage the ultimate battle to destroy the the Crusader cause and forever eliminate the possibility of a... [click here for more]
Treasure for the Taking
Unaware of the forces marshaled against him, Captain Phinneus Shae and the crew of the Talion are headed into uncharted waters. With a doggedly determined killer from his past on his trail and cold-blooded pirates all around him, Shae’s contract to recover the treasure from a sunken ship seems destined to fail. But other, more nefarious individuals are... [click here for more]
A DANGEROUS NEW ENEMY APPROACHES…
Two decades after the events that nearly brought the Successor States to the brink of all-out war, the Great Houses exist in an uneasy peace.
But now, from out beyond the Periphery comes a new threat. A swift-moving military force of unknown origin.
Nothing the Inner Sphere has can stop them. Their power, speed, and ferocity are unparalleled. Some... [click here for more]
Bitter rivalries within the Star League threaten to plunge the entire Inner Sphere into chaos, as Victor Steiner-Davion and his sister, Katrina, maneuver their own forces to the brink of civil war. At the same time, their young brother, Arthur, is beginning to gain his own supporters in the Federated Commonwealth—including the powerful Draconis March, who see their own path to power within the younger... [click here for more]
Solaris VII is known as the Game World—where entertainment is king, money is power, and MechWarriors from every corner of the Inner Sphere come to make war against one another in the ultimate sporting event.
Michael Searcy arrived on Solaris VII as a dishonored MechWarrior, and worked his way up in the ranking to become a valued commodity in the games. He knows all the moves, plays all the... [click here for more]
In hope of salvaging the embattled worlds of the renegade St. Ives Compact, Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao has launched a war that stretches far beyond the scope of military conquest. His mission: reunite St. Ives with his own Capellan Confederation. But after months of combat extend into years, the smash-and-destroy tactics have turned the crippled Compact into a bloody wasteland—and the Chancellor's... [click here for more]
Sun-Tzu Liao is the First Lord of the resurrected Star League. In the last year of his reign, he decides to milk his power for every ounce of benefit for himself. His dream to rebuild his Capellan Confederation at any cost is about to become a reality. His first victim: his own aunt, Candace Liao, who deserted the Confederation in the Fourth Succession War, taking the St. Ives Compact with her. Answering... [click here for more]
DEAD RIGHT THERE
Jeremiah Rose and the Black Thorns, flush with their success against the Jade Falcons on Borghese, head to Harlech to draw a new assignment. Their only requirement: Their new job must let them face off against the Clans.
They find more than they bargained for. Their assignment: Garrison duty on Wolcott -- a Kurita planet deep in the heart of the Clan Smoke Jaguar occupation... [click here for more]