Download PDF by John Laffin: Arab Armies of the Middle East Wars 1948-1973

By John Laffin

ISBN-10: 0850454514

ISBN-13: 9780850454512

Textual content through John Laffin. color Plates through Mike Chappell. This ebook examines the supplier, education and gear of key Arab armies among 1948 and 1973. It appears intimately on the forces of Jordan, Syria and Egypt and explains their defeats by the hands of the Israelis in those years. as a result of renowned call for, strictly constrained amounts of Osprey’s so much sought after out of print Men-at-Arms, leading edge and Elite titles are again in inventory. a lot of those books were out of print for five years or extra, so don’t omit this one-off chance to shop for them hot-off-the-press at normal sequence costs whereas shares final. Orders may be processed on a strictly first come, first served foundation so hurry! Order your books at the present time.

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M. Peck) and Broke (Commander Edward Evans) soon made out the attackers and Peck tried to ram the nearest, G42, but missed. However, Broke hit G42 full amidships, almost cutting it in half. The German crew stormed onto Brokers foredeck and a savage hand-to-hand fight ensued; however, a petty officer with a light machine-gun soon had the boarders subdued and they were taken below as prisoners. An officer was surprised a little while later to find them being served a hearty meal of bacon and eggs by their captors.

All of the 12th Flotilla arrived home safely, although the heavily damaged Onslaught had lost all its charts and navigational gear, which caused its surviving officers some challenging problems. This action, which might easily have had more serious consequences for the Germans, showed how darkness enabled destroyers to operate at reasonably close ranges with acceptable risk of damage, and use their torpedoes effectively. However, British techniques for fighting and communication in darkness left much to be desired and an opportunity was missed.

Relatively young and inexperienced officers found themselves in command of fast and heavily armed ships and often had to take vital tactical decisions themselves, instead of waiting to be told what to do by the flagship. If this ethos had been more prevalent in their seniors who commanded the great ships at Jutland, the outcome might have been a decisive victory for Britain. Significantly, the Navy which performed so superbly in World War II was to a large extent officered by men who had served in destroyers and were consequently far more self-reliant and less inhibited by "form" than their predecessors.

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