What qualities does it take to walk up to an unexploded bomb or mine, and coolly and calmly examine it? To slowly and painstakingly remove the cover and attempt to defuse it? To be completely alone while everyone else has taken cover? The rise of terrorism in the 21st Century and the evolution of car bombs and other improvised explosive devices mean that bomb disposal officers are in high demand once again in places as far apart as Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. This book looks at life as a bomb or mine disposal officer, and covers what sort of person becomes a bomb disposal officer: a day in the life; training; types of devices; and the history of bomb disposal from WW1 to the present day in Iraq, Israel, and Afghanistan.
There are no second places in aerial combat. Fighter pilots have perhaps the most dangerous job of all pilots - engaging other aircraft in order to shoot them down, or flying over enemy territory to drop bombs. Learning to master flying such a complex jet is only part of the job. Ultimately, a fighter jet is no more than a weapons platform, and the pilot must be better than his or her rivals in using the jet's weapons. This book will examine what it takes to become a fighter pilot; what the job is like; the jets and equipment required; and what its like to fly at twice the speed of sound in pursuit of an enemy.
In the age of 24-hour news television, some war correspondents have become media stars by "embedding" or attaching themselves to a particular military unit in order to follow and report on their activities. Journalists who report on conflicts keep the world's citizens up to date by showing the reality of war. In the last century, the safety of war correspondents was usually respected by both sides involved in a conflict. Not so in modern warfare. War correspondents not only have to fear being killed or wounded in an attack they are reporting on, they have increasingly become the direct targets of violence and kidnapping themselves. This book describes the dangerous process of reporting on war and steps correspondents take to ensure their safety.
During World War II, William thinks he sees a German submarine off the coast and when he spots two men speaking German burying crates in the sand, he realizes they may be saboteurs. This is a fictional story based on true events that occurred during World War II.
David and his family travel back in time to San Antonio, Texas in 1836 and meet brave defenders of the Alamo such as Davy Crockett.
Describes the causes and key events leading up to the Revolutionary War and includes brief profiles of major figures during the period.
Explains the great calamity that was the Civil War, highlighting the major battles and prominent players in that conflict.
Describes the role of the African American pilots who trained at Alabama's Tuskegee Army Air Field to fight in World War II.
Recounts the causes and events of World War II, including background on the major political and military figures of the war.
In 1941, when an American pilot with the British Royal Air Force parachutes into the woods near her French village, fourteen-year-old Jeanne tries to keep him safe from the Nazis.
Max is bored with his grandfather's tales of Norway's Resistance movement against the Nazis in World War II, until he travels back in time and finds himself participating in a raid to free captured Resistance fighters.
In 1778, having been traveling with George Washington's army since the British burned down their house, Rob and his mother find themselves in the middle of the fighting at the battle of Monmouth when, after Rob's father is wounded, they take charge of firing the cannon.
It's 5:30 in the morning and still dark outside. Two hundred and fifty young men are in the mess hall having breakfast. They've been out of the sack since 4:30. That's when the operations sergeant made the rounds. He woke up everyone whose name was posted on the assignment sheet the night before. Right now, the men are very quiet. They are all thinking the same thing. "Will my plane get back safely? Will I be alive tonight?"
Teenage soldiers Michael and Ralph find a woman's dress in the bushes while serving with the Continental Army and are concerned about spies, but when they and their new comrade, Hugh, face the British they have other worries.
Young Kentuckian Sam Jones leaves the farm he works with the help of slaves to fight for the Confederacy, while his older brother, Ned, who helps the Underground Railroad, joins the Union Army.
What was life like before the Civil War? Why did the war begin? How did it end? This book answers these and other questions.
Used by the United States Army Special Forces, AH-6 Little Birds have a reputation for their ability to quickly attack a target and then get away before the enemy can react. They have proven to be so successful that the Army is developing a drone based off of the Little Bird design. This title introduces readers to the AH-6 Little Bird, its features, and the missions this small, speedy helicopter performs.
Learn detailed information about the Vietnam War Memorial and basic history of this war.
“Victory or Death” — the famous and stirring words of William Barrett Travis were written in a letter from the Alamo to the people of Texas in February 1836. This and other brash and brave letters, first-hand accounts, and documents are skilfully deconstructed in this detailed examination of The Battle of the Alamo, a last stand that proved to be a turning point in Texas’ War of Independence from Mexico. Readers will learn about the events leading up to and after the battle, be able to separate fact from myth, and better understand the perspectives of both the Texans and Mexicans.
Using speeches, photos, and paintings of the time, as well as material that addresses historical context, The Civil War guides readers in critically examining primary and secondary source materials. Discussions include how emerging technologies such as photography and the telegraph affected the messages being conveyed, and how ideologies of the era shaped what was seen, as well as whose voices were heard—and whose were not. Readers will gain an understanding of the sad and brutal aspects of a war whose echo continues to have an impact even today.
This interesting book examines the events and people who were involved in the War of 1812 between the United States and what would later become Canada. Unusal for a war, the conflict ended with friendly relations established and no major loss of territory for either country. However, an examination of primary and secondary source materials reveals the War of 1812 is remembered differently in each country, as well as by the Indigenous peoples whose territory and dreams of an independent nation east of the Mississippi River vanished.
Tech to Protect explores many of the incredible technological innovations that are occurring in the defense industry, including weaponry and military hardware, as well as surveillance and cybersecurity programs. Robots and drones are replacing humans in combat situations and police officers and soldiers are being equipped with “superhuman” abilities through x-ray vision and exoskeletons. Young readers will also learn about the controversies some of these innovations are creating, including concerns over privacy.
Meet the knights of the Age of Chivalry. This exciting title explores the work of a knight, from jousting tournaments and codes of honor to battlefields and life on campaign. Also examined are the legends surrounding Robin Hood and the Knights of the Round Table, as well as the very real battles between the British king Richard the Lionheart and the sultan Saladin, as well as the political maneuvering of Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Go on campaign in the Middle Ages and live through castle sieges and the fierce battles that changed history, including the Wars of the Roses and the Crusades. Castle defenses, life on campaign, medieval weaponry, and great warriors such as Genghis Khan and Joan of Arc will also be examined.
This book relays the factual details of the dropping of the atomic bombs that took place during World War II. The narrative provides multiple accounts of the event, and readers learn details through the point of view of a Manhattan Project scientist, a witness in Hiroshima, and an aide to the US secretary of war. The text offers opportunities to compare and contrast various perspectives in the text while gathering and analyzing information about a historical event.