By Chris Henry

Of the entire British weapons in use through the moment global struggle, the 25 pounder is the gun that top represents Britain's militia. It was once adaptable, it packed a strong punch, and especially it used to be trustworthy. This e-book offers a whole strive against historical past of a gun that used to be utilized in each theatre of the second one international battle and observed large carrier within the postwar years, fairly in Korea and through the Malaysian emergency. The final 25-pounder gun to determine motion within the British military was once one utilized by SAS troops at Mirbat, Oman, in 1972.

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By their nature, these commitments tended to be short-term and 'prudential', motivated by a sense of specific advantage rather than by an ideology of control or a practice of conquest although that did not preclude a growing practice of territorialization nor projects for widespread conquest. 8 A European emphasis on trade can be seen elsewhere, including on the west coast ofMrica and around Hudson Bay in northern Canada. In each case, Europeans sought to exploit economic resources, such as slaves, gum arabic and furs, that could only be obtained if natives were willing to trade with them.

The bellicosity of the regime was an element, as was a perception of the likely response of other powers. 69 Saddam sought short and predictable wars, rather as Louis XIV and Hitler had done; but each was to find the conflicts he started difficult to contain. Equally, they were ready to use force against domestic opponents, or indeed elements of their population they thought hostile or unwelcome. This was true of Louis XIV and the Huguenots (French Protestants), Hitler and the]ev/s, and Saddam and the Kurds.

Tim Blanning has argued that the reciprocal nature ofwar is crucial, that the victim of a predator has the option of submitting and avoiding war, and that both sides can exercise reason. In common with Geoffrey Blainey, whom he praises, Blanning has also claimed that the decision to prefer war to peace is taken by the two parties concerned because they have different assessments of their respective power. 47 Such assessments can include a (mis)understanding of the international system, in particular the nature of alliances.

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