NORWAY REJECTS MILITARY APPLICATION TO USE LIVE PIGS IN DEADLY TRAINING EXERCISES

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Armed Forces Tries to Silence Animal Ethics Authority Decision, But Damning Information Is Published Anyway

London – Following more than three years of campaigning by PETA, PETA US and local activists, the Norwegian government has, for the first time, rejected an application by the Norwegian Armed Forces to shoot, stab and break the bones of live pigs in crude medical training exercises on the grounds that non-animal training methods are available. The Norwegian Animal Research Authority’s (NARA) decision was based, in part, on information provided by PETA showing that human-patient simulators are more effective than injuring and killing animals. Norwegian law requires that non-animal methods be used whenever they’re available, and nearly 80 per cent of NATO nations do not use any animals for military training.

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Book Review – From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow, Volume 5, Victory and Aftermath 1918-1919

B2050

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What was not understood at the time was that the Second World War began in 1919 as the Treaty of Versailles forced Germany into unbearable humiliation. When war again resumed, the Royal Navy survived and triumphed on the lessons learned during WWI
This is a valuable reference work that reads easily and will satisfy the most committed enthusiast of naval history. By reprinting this work in paperback, the publisher has done a great service to the understanding of a very important period of history. History is no longer written on such an epic scale as publishers and authors pander to the attention deficit suffered today by many readers. This is such a shame, but works such as these provide a beacon for future authors and those who create historical works in new media.

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Book Review – From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow, Volume 4, 1917 Year of Crisis

B2049

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In Volume Four, the author continues his immaculate study of the Royal Navy into the |German attempt to cut the sea routes between Britain and North America, using U-Boats. Again, he covers all aspects, political, financial, military and operational, of this critical period of history that has done so much to shape the period that followed it.

This is a valuable reference work that reads easily and will satisfy the most committed enthusiast of naval history. By reprinting this work in paperback, the publisher has done a great service to the understanding of a very important period of history.

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Book Review – From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow, Volume 3, Jutland and After May to December 1916

B2048

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This American author died in 1980 and during his career wrote some fifteen major works on Royal Navy history. His set of five volumes “From Dreadnought to Scapa Flow” made a major contribution to naval history. Volume Three has been reprinted and contains some illustration in the body of the book, but is primarily a text monologue. See also reviews for Volumes One to Five in this reviews database.

The author offers some great insights into the Royal Navy of its time, the politicians, the technology, the tactics and the changing threats. Arguably this can only be achieved from someone looking in from the outside.

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Book Review – Sparta at War, Strategy, Tactics, and Campaigns, 550-362 BC

B2047

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Sparta has such a legend of invincibility, it may come as a major surprise to learn that this unique society rose and fell, then unsuccessfully attempting to rise again. The author has very capably described the process, providing a detailed analysis and vivid descriptions.

A rewarding read.

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Book Review – Images of War, Stilwell and the Chindits, The Allied Campaign in Northern Burma 1943-1944

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The author has provided concise text with an outstanding selection of images to tell the story of the Allied fight back that was to end in the Japanese forces surrendering.

All Allied forces operating in the area battled on against heavy odds in anonymity as the Forgotten Army and this book provides a worthy epitaph to the legendary Chindits and Marauders. A largely unknown story told well and impeccably illustrated.

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U.S. Navy tests “Star Wars” technology at sea; Successor to LCS? Beefed up LCS

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U.S. Navy tests “Star Wars” technology at sea

December 12, 2014—Zapping enemy planes, ships and boats with lasers may seem like something straight out of Star Wars, but the U.S. Navy inched a step closer to that reality during a recent demonstration on board a naval ship in the Arabian Gulf. The laser weapon system could be deployed on guided missile destroyers and Littoral Combat Ships in the early 2020’s.

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