Note that this is the same compendium that was previously published by Shilka Publishing.
It began in Sarajevo in 1914, in a cascade of treaty obligations following an assassination. It ended in the mirrored halls of Versailles in 1918, in a treaty that would lead directly to an even more catastrophic war. The Great War--World War I--slaughtered millions, left a continent in ruins, and caused many... [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]
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... [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]