Abandoned by the retreating Spanish army during the Peninsular War, the gun was an eighteen pounder bronze cannon, thirteen feet long, weighing three tons. When a group of Spanish partisans come across it two years later they see in it a chance for victory against the French - but first they must haul it across the mountains with nothing but a ...Read MoreAbandoned by the retreating Spanish army during the Peninsular War, the gun was an eighteen pounder bronze cannon, thirteen feet long, weighing three tons. When a group of Spanish partisans come across it two years later they see in it a chance for victory against the French - but first they must haul it across the mountains with nothing but a handful of donkeys and half-starved oxen. On its epic journey the cannon begins to gain almost mystical significance. For, with the gun, they are no longer a band of Spanish irregulars, they are an army able to take on the cream of Napoleon's troops...THE AUTHOR Cecil Scott Forester was born in 1899 in Cairo and educated in England. He went to Hollywood during the opening years of World War II to help write and produce "propaganda" films that would convince U.S. filmgoers that the they should take the side of the British and Allies in the War, which led to such films as Eagle Squadron (1941). He is most famous for his celebrated Hornblower series. He died in 1966.Read Less
Very Good. At a secret arms-design contest in Stalin? ? s Soviet Union; army technicians submitted a stubby rifle with a curved magazine. Dubbed the AK-47; it was selected as the Eastern Bloc? ? s standard arm. Scoffed at in the Pentagon as crude and unimpressive; it was in fact a breakthrough? ? a compact automatic that could be mastered by almost anyone; last decades in the field; and would rarely jam. Manufactured by tens of millions in planned economies; it became first an instrument of repression and then the most lethal weapon of the Cold War. Soon it was in the hands of terrorists. In a searing examination of modern conflict and official folly; C. J. Chivers mixes meticulous historical research; investigative reporting; and battlefield reportage to illuminate the origins of the world? ? s most abundant firearm and the consequences of its spread. The result; a tour de force of history and storytelling; sweeps through the miniaturization and distribution of automatic firepower; and puts an iconic.
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