Engines of War

How Wars Were Won & Lost on the Railways

Author: Christian Wolmar

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1586489720

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 7738

Before the nineteenth century, armies had to rely on slow and unreliable methods of transportation to move soldiers and equipment during times of conflict. But with the birth of the railroad in the early 1830s, the way wars were fought would change forever. In Engines of War, renowned expert Christian Wolmar tells the story of that transformation, examining all the engagements in which railways played a part from the Crimean War and American Civil War through both world wars, the Korean War, and the Cold War with its mysterious missile trains. He shows that the 'iron road' not only made armies far more mobile, but also greatly increased the scale and power of available weaponry. Wars began to be fought across wider fronts and over longer timescales, with far deadlier consequences. From armored engines with their swiveling guns to track sabotage by way of dynamite, railway lines constructed across frozen Siberian lakes and a Boer war ambush involving Winston Churchill, Engines of War shows how the railways - a fantastic generator of wealth in peacetime - became a weapon of war exploited to the full by governments across the world.
Posted in History

Engines of War

Author: George Mann

Publisher: Doctor Who (BBC)

ISBN: 0553447661

Category: Fiction

Page: 312

View: 2233

The Doctor does not like to remember the version of himself that lived during the Time Wars, when he crashed on the planet Moldox, where the Dalek took humans prisoner, and he joined forces with a young Dalek hunter, Cinder.
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Doctor Who: Engines of War

Author: George Mann

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 055344767X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 5078

"I've had many faces. Many lives. I don't admit to all of them. There's one life I've tried very hard to forget-the Doctor who fought in the Time War." The Great Time War has raged for centuries, ravaging the universe. The Daleks and the Time Lords deploy ever more dangerous weapons in desperate attempts at victory, but there is no end in sight. On the outer rim of the Tantalus Eye, scores of human colony planets are now overrun by Dalek occupation forces. A weary, angry Doctor leads a flotilla of Battle TARDISes against the Dalek stronghold but in the midst of the carnage, the Doctor's TARDIS crashes to a planet below: Moldox. As the Doctor is trapped in an apocalyptic landscape, Dalek patrols roam amongst the wreckage, rounding up the remaining civilians. But why haven't the Daleks simply killed the humans? Searching for answers, the Doctor meets 'Cinder', a young Dalek hunter. Their struggles to discover the Dalek plan take them from the ruins of Moldox to the halls of Gallifrey and set in chain events that will change everything. And everyone.
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Engines of Change

A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars

Author: Paul Ingrassia

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451640641

Category: History

Page: 395

View: 2744

Chronicles the history reflected by fifteen iconic car models to discuss how automobiles reflect key cultural shifts as well as developments in such areas as manufacturing, women's rights, and environmental awareness.
Posted in History

Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War

Author: Richard Preston (Jr.)

Publisher: 47North

ISBN: 9781477807682

Category: Fiction

Page: 476

View: 2001

Learning his long-lost sister is being kept at a mysterious clan's base, Romulus Buckle must rescue her to gain the key to victory over the Founders, but this rescue attempt means abandoning his allies to face the Founders' raids alone.
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Allied Aircraft Piston Engines of World War II

History and Development of Frontline Aircraft Piston Engines Produced by Great Britain and the United States During World War II

Author: Graham White

Publisher: SAE International

ISBN: 9781560916550

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 426

View: 1934

Illuminates some of the historically significant developments in WWII aircraft engines that directly contributed to the execution and tactics of war, divided into sections on British and American manufacturers including Rolls-Royce, Bristol, Price and Whitney, and General Electric Turbosuperchargers
Posted in Antiques & Collectibles

Powering the Luftwaffe

German Aero Engines of World War II

Author: Jason R. Wisniewski

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1460215842

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 104

View: 2582

Aviation technology progressed by leaps and bounds during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Although much of this was due to advances in airframe design, much less appreciated is the role of aero engine development. This book focuses on this aspect, particularly German piston aero engine design and development, which has been generally under researched and under published compared to Allied piston aero engines. It covers key piston aero engines such as those produced by Daimler-Benz, BMW, and Junkers, as well as less well appreciated engines such as those produced by Siemens, Argus, and Hirth. It also covers turbojets and rockets, particularly the Junkers Jumo 004 and Walter 109-509 that powered the infamous Messerschmitt Me 262 and Me 163 jet and rocket fighters. Finally, the book concludes with tables comparing Allied and German piston engines, a glossary of key terms, and a bibliography....
Posted in Technology & Engineering

Our Engines of War

And how We Got to Make Them

Author: Henry Jervis-White-Jervis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Firearms

Page: 115

View: 1032

Posted in Firearms

Engines of Liberty

The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law

Author: David Cole

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0465060900

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 8157

Posted in Political Science

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders

Author: Richard Preston (Jr.)

Publisher: 47 North

ISBN: 9781611099188

Category: Fiction

Page: 446

View: 2400

Captain Romulus Buckle and his zeppelin crew plan to rescue their kidnapped leader from the City of the Founders, but first they must survive the war zeppelins and aliens that infest the skies of post-apocalyptic Southern California.
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Engines of War - An Illustrated Booklet of the Locomotives and Freight Cars of the British Ministry of Supply and of the U.S. Army Transportaton Corps

Author: Guy N. Wildish

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473357381

Category: History

Page: 24

View: 4218

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Posted in History

Engineers of Victory

The Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide in the Second World War

Author: Paul Kennedy

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 158836898X

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 7951

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Paul Kennedy, award-winning author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers and one of today’s most renowned historians, now provides a new and unique look at how World War II was won. Engineers of Victory is a fascinating nuts-and-bolts account of the strategic factors that led to Allied victory. Kennedy reveals how the leaders’ grand strategy was carried out by the ordinary soldiers, scientists, engineers, and businessmen responsible for realizing their commanders’ visions of success. In January 1943, FDR and Churchill convened in Casablanca and established the Allied objectives for the war: to defeat the Nazi blitzkrieg; to control the Atlantic sea lanes and the air over western and central Europe; to take the fight to the European mainland; and to end Japan’s imperialism. Astonishingly, a little over a year later, these ambitious goals had nearly all been accomplished. With riveting, tactical detail, Engineers of Victory reveals how. Kennedy recounts the inside stories of the invention of the cavity magnetron, a miniature radar “as small as a soup plate,” and the Hedgehog, a multi-headed grenade launcher that allowed the Allies to overcome the threat to their convoys crossing the Atlantic; the critical decision by engineers to install a super-charged Rolls-Royce engine in the P-51 Mustang, creating a fighter plane more powerful than the Luftwaffe’s; and the innovative use of pontoon bridges (made from rafts strung together) to help Russian troops cross rivers and elude the Nazi blitzkrieg. He takes readers behind the scenes, unveiling exactly how thousands of individual Allied planes and fighting ships were choreographed to collectively pull off the invasion of Normandy, and illuminating how crew chiefs perfected the high-flying and inaccessible B-29 Superfortress that would drop the atomic bombs on Japan. The story of World War II is often told as a grand narrative, as if it were fought by supermen or decided by fate. Here Kennedy uncovers the real heroes of the war, highlighting for the first time the creative strategies, tactics, and organizational decisions that made the lofty Allied objectives into a successful reality. In an even more significant way, Engineers of Victory has another claim to our attention, for it restores “the middle level of war” to its rightful place in history. Praise for Engineers of Victory “Superbly written and carefully documented . . . indispensable reading for anyone who seeks to understand how and why the Allies won.”—The Christian Science Monitor “An important contribution to our understanding of World War II . . . Like an engineer who pries open a pocket watch to reveal its inner mechanics, [Paul] Kennedy tells how little-known men and women at lower levels helped win the war.”—Michael Beschloss, The New York Times Book Review “Histories of World War II tend to concentrate on the leaders and generals at the top who make the big strategic decisions and on the lowly grunts at the bottom. . . . [Engineers of Victory] seeks to fill this gap in the historiography of World War II and does so triumphantly. . . . This book is a fine tribute.”—The Wall Street Journal “[Kennedy] colorfully and convincingly illustrates the ingenuity and persistence of a few men who made all the difference.”—The Washington Post “This superb book is Kennedy’s best.”—Foreign Affairs From the Hardcover edition.
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Making Jet Engines in World War II

Britain, Germany, and the United States

Author: Hermione Giffard

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022638862X

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 663

Our stories of industrial innovation tend to focus on individual initiative and breakthroughs. With Making Jet Engines in World War II, Hermione Giffard uses the case of the development of jet engines to offer a different way of understanding technological innovation, revealing the complicated mix of factors that go into any decision to pursue an innovative, and therefore risky technology. Giffard compares the approaches of Britain, Germany, and the United States. Each approached jet engines in different ways because of its own war aims and industrial expertise. Germany, which produced more jet engines than the others, did so largely as replacements for more expensive piston engines. Britain, on the other hand, produced relatively few engines—but, by shifting emphasis to design rather than production, found itself at war's end holding an unrivaled range of designs. The US emphasis on development, meanwhile, built an institutional basis for postwar production. Taken together, Giffard's work makes a powerful case for a more nuanced understanding of technological innovation, one that takes into account the influence of the many organizational factors that play a part in the journey from idea to finished product.
Posted in Science

Oil & war

how the deadly struggle for fuel in WWII meant victory or defeat

Author: Robert Goralski,Russell W. Freeburg

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 384

View: 4897

The full story of the role that oil played in the origins and outcome of World War II.
Posted in Technology & Engineering

Engines of the Mind

The Evolution of the Computer from Mainframes to Microprocessors

Author: Joel N. Shurkin

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393314717

Category: Computers

Page: 363

View: 1806

Traces the history of the computer from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to the present and describes the development of the computer industry
Posted in Computers

Engines of War

The Mechanised Army in Action

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Mechanization, Military

Page: 86

View: 4629

Posted in Mechanization, Military

Engines of Empire

Steamships and the Victorian Imagination

Author: Douglas R. Burgess Jr.

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804798982

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 2080

In 1859, the S.S. Great Eastern departed from England on her maiden voyage. She was a remarkable wonder of the nineteenth century: an iron city longer than Trafalgar Square, taller than Big Ben's tower, heavier than Westminster Cathedral. Her paddles were the size of Ferris wheels; her decks could hold four thousand passengers bound for America, or ten thousand troops bound for the Raj. Yet she ended her days as a floating carnival before being unceremoniously dismantled in 1889. Steamships like the Great Eastern occupied a singular place in the Victorian mind. Crossing oceans, ferrying tourists and troops alike, they became emblems of nationalism, modernity, and humankind's triumph over the cruel elements. Throughout the nineteenth century, the spectacle of a ship's launch was one of the most recognizable symbols of British social and technological progress. Yet this celebration of the power of the empire masked overconfidence and an almost religious veneration of technology. Equating steam with civilization had catastrophic consequences for subjugated peoples around the world. Engines of Empire tells the story of the complex relationship between Victorians and their wondrous steamships, following famous travelers like Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Jules Verne as well as ordinary spectators, tourists, and imperial administrators as they crossed oceans bound for the colonies. Rich with anecdotes and wry humor, it is a fascinating glimpse into a world where an empire felt powerful and anything seemed possible—if there was an engine behind it.
Posted in History