The First World War resulted in the creation of a number of independent states in the eastern part of the European continent. Yet it is Poland that celebrates its national day precisely on 11 November.
British success in Malaya appeared to show how an insurgency could be defeated by Western-led forces. The campaign was plundered for ‘lessons’ – for Vietnam in particular. The latter’s failure, however, led critics to argue that Malaya was a special case which did not offer transferable ‘lessons’. An analysis of the general principles underlying British success in Malaya can nevertheless still...
Placing the British army's experience on the Western Front into the context of wider military developments in strategic and tactical thinking amongst allies and opponents alike, Dr Philpott's assessment of the often traumatic but nonetheless dynamic transformation in the conduct of war between 1914 and 1918 provides an important corrective to the existing Anglo-centric interpretation.
Laser weapons have dominated futuristic weaponry in science fiction for decades, whilst the military has used lasers as range finders and to designate targets for guided weapons since the Vietnam War. Due to ongoing improvements in optics, power generation and control systems, the use of lasers to generate lethal effects is becoming a reality