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20 Dec 13. According to a new market research report, “Global Ammunition Market [Large Caliber, Medium Caliber & Small Caliber] (2012 – 2017)”, published by MarketsandMarkets, the total ammunition market is expected to reach $8.15 bn by 2017 with a CACR of 0.67%. The global Ammunition Market has seen considerable growth during the past decade due to the recent conflicts which has served as a growth factor for the ammunition industry. Army modernization programs by developed and developing nations alike are expected to drive the market. Moreover, the need to maintain professional armies and the training imparted in doing so, has led to the growth in demand for training ammunitions. Similarly, the development in technology and the need to reduce collateral damage and prevent civilian casualties in war has led to an increase in demand for sophisticated precision guided munitions. However, the end of the conflict and withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the austerity measures undertaken by the west, troop size reduction of many western powers and their increased reliance on simulators to train their troops means that the Ammunition Market is set to stay relatively stable in value terms. Thus the Global Ammunition Market is estimated to be $8.43bn in 2012 and is expected to register a CARC of 0.67% to reach $8.15bn by 2017. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire)

03 Jan 14. The Real Great Escape, (Hardback), Guy Walters – Bantam Books. An in-depth study of a famous escape adventure during the second world war, Guy Walters’ The Real Great Escape is a fascinating read for anyone interested in military history. In early 1942, the Germans opened Stalag Luft III, a top-security prisoner-of-war camp for captured Allied airmen. The camp soon came to contain some of the most inventive and brave escapers the world has ever known – who performed an escape that would be immortalised in the classic film The Great Escape. This book takes a fresh look at the remarkable event by examining how it was really achieved and assessing the complex nature of the man who led it.
* Product code: TRGE
* ISBN: 9780593071908
* Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
* Format: Hardback
* Dimensions: 23.2cm x 15.0cm
* BATTLESPACE Comment: No doubt, like the Editor, many of our readers have seen the film ‘The Great Escape,’ many times, particularly over Christmas. This book sets the whole story in perspective and sadly points out the futility of the escape and its failure and points out that as there were many other multiple escapes this one only gained renown due to the murders of 50 servicemen. Well worth a read.

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