Magazine article National Defense

Wealth of Useful Data in Jane's New Releases

Magazine article National Defense

Wealth of Useful Data in Jane's New Releases

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The U.K.-based publisher, Jane's, recently unveiled a real winner in a new product: the Balkans Handbook. It is an extraordinary publication covering everything most people would ever want to know about the conflict in the Balkans, a.k.a., the former Yugoslavia.

There are four sections. Color pages show uniform, insignia and rank of major armies and peacekeepers. The black section covers equipment used by former Yugoslav forces. A white section detailing NATO coalition equipment and a gray section, between the white and black, covers equipment used by both sides. The format is user friendlysoft-bound, easily carried in a pocket, and a reminder of the handbooks available to the Army special forces, which were compendiums of everything soldiers needed to know, at their fingertips.

Although the Internet versions of many of Jane's publications are being touted as the wave of the future, I prefer many of the oldfashioned hard-bound publications, such as Jane's Infantry Weapons (25th Ed): 19992000, edited by Terry Gander. There is, as usual, an abundantly detailed 824 pages of information, with 116 new entries. The forward to this volume speaks of the proliferation of small arms worldwide, largely as relics of the Cold War, since small arms development is diminishing,

Surprisingly, it predicts the demise of the sub-machine gun, based on the development of effective body armor, and the development of compact assault rifles with full power ammo capable of defeating most body armor. …

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