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All you ever wanted to know about fortifications but never asked

An introduction to the history of fortifications and their building technology.

British Muslim Soldier

It isn't nice but you're an animal, so you can do it, dressed in green and brown and black waiting to be attacked and smiling because you had bullets for teeth.

Adnan Sarwar, a Pakistani boy from Burnley, joined the British Army - the White Man's Army. Why did he do it? To prove he was as white as his friends? For Queen and Country? Or to work out who he was - British, Muslim or a Soldier? Perhaps he could be all three.

'British Muslim Soldier' is Adnan's journey through the battlegrounds of war, race and identity, facing up to the often brutal realities of these fraught warzones. There is racism, family ties, tedious routine, enemies and torture. But what Adnan's story really comes down to is love - love for his family, for his fellow squaddies - and a deep-rooted sense of identity and belonging.

...when did these clothes fit so well? When did Corporal become an older brother and when did the army become a mother? When did I become a British soldier?

Let's Kill the Dai Uy (Short Story)

This article is a hilarious tale of an Air Force combat fighter pilot in Vietnam who goes out on patrol with a special forces team he has supported many times from the air. Seeing the pilot is having a hard time keeping up, one of the Chinese mercenaries called Nungs, says to the team leader, "Let's kill the Dai Uy."

Dai Uy is Vietnamese for captain.

Read on to see what happened.

Aaron Bank : The Father of the Green Berets

Entering the Army at the advanced age of 37, Aaron Bank would lead a group of Special Forces into southern France and take down several Nazi units before the Allied invasion liberated the entire country. Later, he would be part of "Operation Iron Cross," leading a group of former German POWs into Berlin in an attempt to assassinate Hitler. This book chronicles the events leading up to the proposed attack and the formation of the Green Berets.

Post-Ottoman Coexistence: Sharing Space in the Shadow of Conflict (Space and Place)

In Southeast Europe, the Balkans, and Middle East, scholars often refer to the "peaceful coexistence" of various religious and ethnic groups under the Ottoman Empire before ethnonationalist conflicts dissolved that shared space and created legacies of division. Post-Ottoman Coexistence interrogates ways of living together and asks what practices enabled centuries of cooperation and sharing, as well as how and when such sharing was disrupted. Contributors discuss both historical and contemporary practices of coexistence within the context of ethno-national conflict and its aftermath.

Conflict, Security and the Reshaping of Society (Open Access): The Civilization of War (Routledge Studies in Liberty and Security)

Examines the effect of contemporary wars (such as the 'War on Terror') on civil life at a global level. This title shows how 'war' and 'security' tend to exchange targets and forms of action as well as personnel (for instance, the use of private contractors in wars and of military experts in the 'struggle for security') in modern society.