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MODERN ARMORED FIGHTING VEHICLES

by Dr Thomas Bruce

Armored vehicles are essentially armed and armored high mobility off-road vehicles. While their mobility aspects are clearly very important, there are many high mobility off-road vehicles not designed for military applications. Therefore the key defining aspects of an Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV), as the name implies, is the armament they carry to inflict damage and the armor they possess as protection against damage.

There has within recent years been a great number of exciting and innovative developments in critical AFV technologies. Key among these are significant enhancements to both armament and armor. The primary armament of an AFV consists of relatively large caliber guns that fire a range of ballistic munitions, including kinetic energy penetrators, high explosive, incendiary, and shaped-charge warhead tipped rounds. Some guns are also capable of firing anti-tank guided missiles. In addition to the main weapon, many AFV’s are also equipped with a range of secondary weapons including machine guns, grenade launchers, mortar tubes and missile launchers. These weapons and their capabilities in penetrating standardized armor is reviewed in detail in this volume.

AFV armor is designed to protect the vehicle against both threats fired by other AFVs and threats originating from any other source, including buried mines, infantry portable weapons, air-launched missiles, artillery shells and improvised devices. Protection against each type of threat often requires a unique type of armor solution. These solutions are then layered onto the vehicle to provide the required protection. Vehicle armor systems include applique armor, spaced armor, reactive armor, cage armor, netted armor, electric armor, spall systems, dazzlers, jammers, and Active Protection Systems (APS). Each type of armor is covered in detail in this volume, both at a system level and with respect to their integration into specific AFVs.
This volume covers the theory of AFV design, of armament performance and of armor design and performance. As well most modern AFVs are described and discussed. A modern AFV is considered to be one that was either designed over the last 20 years or is likely to continue to see service with front line combat troops for the foreseeable future. Main battle tanks, light tanks, reconnaissance vehicles, tracked and wheeled armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles and tank destroyers are covered.



The Story of the Holy Bible

by Lillian Dare

A brief summary of the Holy Bible, with some explanation and commentary.



The Saga of the Jews: 4,000 years of history in 60 stories

by David Mandel

The sixty stories included in this book constitute a history⸻ the history of the Jewish people. They are individual mosaics of a panoramic picture that covers 4,000 years.

The first story takes place four millennia ago in Ur, the capital of Sumer, the oldest kingdom in history. The last story is about an entrepreneur in Tel Aviv, one of the leading centers of global high technology, and the event that it reports. If it did not happen yesterday, it might happen tomorrow.

Through the pages of this book pass patriarchs and prophets, kings and queens, saints and villains, philosophers and generals, politicians and scientists.

The stories use various literary formats. Others use anachronistic formats, such as a radio interview with King Jeroboam, or the life of Rabbi Akiva in a three-act play. Some, especially those of the biblical age, are presented with humor. Many of the stories are told in first person by characters that in some cases are historical and in others imaginary, but in all cases the mentioned events are historical. At the end of the book, under the title “Notes about the stories,” the author includes a short explanation about each chapter.

The theme of this book, actually the basic theme of Jewish history, is the survival of the Jewish people, who, despite being one of the smallest nations on the planet, have, during their long existence, faced and survived the most powerful empires.

The pharaohs of Egypt, the emperors of Rome, the fanatical monks of the Spanish Inquisition, the Nazis guilty of the worst genocide in human history, have all disappeared, but the Jewish people are still here, actively participating in contemporary history and contributing to the progress of humanity.

Mark Twain, the distinguished American writer, wrote an essay titled Concerning the Jews: “All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains.” He finished his essay with a question: “What is the secret of his immortality?”

The author found the answer to Mark Twain’s question in a most unexpected place: in a detective novel, Postmortem, by writer Patricia Cornwell, in a phrase that could serve as the national motto of the Jewish people: “Surviving is my only hope, Succeeding is my only revenge.”



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