By Ian Kershaw
"Chilling... To Hell and Back should be required examining in each chancellery, each editorial cockpit and each position the place peevish Euroskeptics do their thinking…. Kershaw records each ‘ism’ of his research with notable aspect and passionate humanism."—[b]The ny occasions e-book Review
The Penguin historical past of Europe sequence reaches the 20th century with acclaimed pupil Ian Kershaw’s long-anticipated research of the pivotal years of worldwide warfare I and global warfare II.[/b]
The eu disaster, the lengthy non-stop interval from 1914 to 1949, was once remarkable in human history—an terribly dramatic, frequently tense, and perpetually interesting interval of upheaval and transformation. This new quantity within the Penguin historical past of Europe sequence bargains complete insurance of this tumultuous period. starting with the outbreak of worldwide conflict I during the upward thrust of Hitler and the aftermath of the second one global battle, award-winning British historian Ian Kershaw combines his attribute unique scholarship and gripping prose as he profiles the foremost determination makers and the violent shocks of warfare as they affected the complete eu continent and appreciably altered the process eu heritage. Kershaw identifies 4 significant explanations for this disaster: an explosion of ethnic-racist nationalism, sour and irreconcilable calls for for territorial revisionism, acute type clash given concrete concentration in the course of the Bolshevik Revolution, and a chronic challenge of capitalism.
Incisive, brilliantly written, and packed with penetrating insights, To Hell and again offers an quintessential examine of a interval in eu historical past whose results are nonetheless being felt today.
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Qxd:NVG153 26/11/08 11:34 Page 35 The Sheridan had a more urgent requirement for this system than tanks with conventional guns, as its standard M409 projectile was unusually slow and had a pronounced ballistic arc, mandating greater elevation correction than typical high-velocity ammunition. 50-cal machine-gun mount. The electronics for the unit were packaged in boxes placed in the rear of the armored bird-cage. The laser was not integrated into the gunner’s fire-controls; the commander lased the target and gave the range information to the gunner via the intercom.
US DoD) Command (TRADOC) commander General Donn Starry, and Army Material Command (AMC) commander General John Guthrie. Starry had commanded the 11th ACR in 1970 in Vietnam after it had transitioned to the Sheridan, and he repeated the litany of woes of the Sheridan, recommending its retirement along with the equally troubled M60A2 tank, also armed with the Shillelagh. Although Guthrie tried to defend the Sheridan, Starry was far F M551 SHERIDAN, 1ST CAVALRY, FT HOOD, TEXAS, 1974 After over a half-century of plain olive drab ﬁnishes, in the early 1970s the US Army began to camouﬂage-paint its combat vehicles.
Many crews preferred to “ride shotgun” outside the turret rather than risk being trapped and incinerated inside the vehicle. The Sheridan turret was small and overcrowded because of all of the internal equipment and an Army report concluded that “the cramped fighting compartment and high turret temperatures did limit capabilities of the M551 crewmen… [tankers] became fatigued early, crew efficiency was affected, and the sustained firing rate reduced. ” The Sheridan was a maintenance burden in Vietnam, especially due to its complicated turret electronics.
To Hell and Back: Europe 1914-1949 (Penguin History of Europe) by Ian Kershaw