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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/16/2014 1:18:39 PM   
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Re reading one of the best books on WW1. The War the Infantry Knew by Captain J.C.Dunn. Everyone should read this book. Not better account of a battalion in WW1 from start to finish.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-War-Infantry-Knew-1914-1919/dp/0349106355/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392560297&sr=8-1&keywords=war+the+infantry+knew

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/16/2014 3:26:34 PM   
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Your library is a real treasure trove Wodin.

I do appreciate your recommendations. Thank you, Wodin.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/16/2014 3:35:26 PM   
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No probs;)

A great read this one. Robert Graves and Sassoon where both in the battalion at some point and are mentioned in the book. Also Frank Richards who wrote old Soldiers never Die (His memoir) was in this battalion so i's a great companion read.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/16/2014 4:30:16 PM   
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Just finished Charity, the last book in the Bernard Samson series.

Roskill's War at Sea series is available on Kindle for £1.24 each so that's my next project.

I also have Marder's Deadnought to Scapa Flow books to read.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/16/2014 6:15:06 PM   
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Roskill's War at Sea series is available on Kindle for £1.24 each so that's my next project.



A very big Thank You for telling, I'm eyeing These 4 books since a while, the paperpacks are prized about 200 Euros. You just saved me a lot of money!


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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/16/2014 6:17:32 PM   
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Right now I'm reading Clancy classics Red Storm Rising.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/16/2014 7:47:38 PM   
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wodin -

I read and thoroughly enjoyed another book that you recommended - Storm of Steel.

I will definitely pick up "The War the Infantry Knew".

Thank You for your recommendation.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/16/2014 8:13:55 PM   
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Reading Dark Valley - 1930s the world powers.
And Bloody April the 1917 Arras air offensive. I don't think its going to end well.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/16/2014 9:19:59 PM   
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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/16/2014 10:19:48 PM   
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I'm re-reading J.F.C Fuller's 3 volume set of A Military History of the Western World. This is the American print of the original U.K. publication as The Decisive Battles of the Western World and their Influence on History.

IMO, the original title is more appropriate to the intent of the author as the book does not cover each and every battle or conflict that occured in the western world. Fuller isn't shy in his opinions and doesn't hold back much, my favorite is his observation that Marcus Crassus was both physically deaf and spiritually blind.

He segues into each chapter with a chronicle that discusses the changes that occurred from the era of the previous chapter to the topic of the next chapter. A very interesting sweep of history.

The creases in the spines of each book indicate that I have used this set for reference on many occasions, but haven't read them all from cover to cover since the '80s. IMHO, Fuller's work has a place in any historians reference library.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/17/2014 6:15:01 AM   
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Reading Dark Valley - 1930s the world powers.

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Read that many years ago - Piers Brandon - a very good book if I recall correctly.


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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/17/2014 12:05:04 PM   
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Both classics..both superb.


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wodin -

I read and thoroughly enjoyed another book that you recommended - Storm of Steel.

I will definitely pick up "The War the Infantry Knew".

Thank You for your recommendation.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/17/2014 12:51:53 PM   
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This has hit my Amazon wish list!!

Looks very special indeed. A book with no words.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Great-War-Joe-Sacco/dp/0224097717/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2VYVCXQRXDQX1&coliid=I1O4Q27OL7Y60W

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/19/2014 6:15:52 PM   
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Why oh why does work have to get in the way - I just want to finish the brilliant Third Axis Fourth Ally

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/20/2014 3:20:33 AM   
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I just started reading Bitter Glory: Poland and Its Fate 1918-1939 by Richard M. Watt.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/20/2014 9:33:34 AM   
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Just finished Berent's Rolling Thunder, which is a free kindle book. First book in a five part Wings of War series. (Historical fiction )

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/23/2014 7:07:14 PM   
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Finished Australia's Pacific War - Challenging a National Myth by Tom O'Lincoln.



As I wrote earlier, he mentions a couple good points, but his interpretations.... oh well. For example, he writes that the US dropped the bombs "because she didn't want left-wing revolutionary insurgents to succeed in the DEI...."  The list goes on, endlessly, no need to mention it all.

Now started Gordon Corrigan's Blood, Sweat and Arrogance - let's see what this writer has to say. I know what to expect...

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/23/2014 7:51:24 PM   
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Thank you, sounds like a title worth getting, just like another one, Scramble for Africa by Thomas Pakenham.

Thank you. I am putting Scramble for Africa on my "to buy" list at once.
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Ordered from Amazon - thanks for the tip Hotschi

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Wow...it arrived today... on a Sunday...


Amazingly fast.
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Having trouble getting into this at the moment Only read the Prologue so far, but do not find the writers style particularly easy to follow... Let's hope it improves....


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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/24/2014 6:46:07 PM   
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Thank you, sounds like a title worth getting, just like another one, Scramble for Africa by Thomas Pakenham.

Thank you. I am putting Scramble for Africa on my "to buy" list at once.
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Ordered from Amazon - thanks for the tip Hotschi

warspite1

Wow...it arrived today... on a Sunday...


Amazingly fast.
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Having trouble getting into this at the moment Only read the Prologue so far, but do not find the writers style particularly easy to follow... Let's hope it improves....

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Scrub that I spoke too soon

The Prologue was difficult - and frankly a bit of a ball ache... not sure why?

But two chapters in now - and this is proving to be a really good book!


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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/24/2014 6:57:05 PM   
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Glad you like it - I would be embarrassed to recommend a book and it turns out it's unreadable. So far, I'm also positively surprised by Corrigans book. No cheap pot shots so far - but I'm just past the introduction.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/26/2014 5:45:24 PM   
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Got [this] on order Well its almost Christmas...ish



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Well that's a shame...

Amazon ....... have just advised me they are cancelling my order.... as they have given up trying to get it...

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Hussah! Just seen Amazon has this in stock now - really looking forward to getting my mitts on this


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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/28/2014 6:27:01 PM   
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Please let me know whether your new book contains any information regarding camouflage patterns applied on the carriers during WW II - I've found plenty of information about USN patterns, but the RN remains a mystery to me in this field. Even the photographs found in the book about the British Pacific Fleet are not very usefull.

Finally, today I've finished the 2 volumes of George C. Dyers The Amphibians Came to Conquer - The Story of Admiral Richmond Kelly Turner in the printed version (that is, a REAL book, with paper and pages,not an e-book). On and off it took me 14 months to read it all - with breaks. Got it as Christmas present in 2012.

What a read!

I have learned a lot about amphibious warfare during the Pacific War, about planning, the actual procedures, the differences between ship-to-shore and shore-to-shore operations, OOB's, command decisions, etc etc etc - in my view it's the definite work on the USN island hopping campaign, although it almost exclusively focuses on the Amphibious Force Actions. As the subtitle says, it's also the biography of Kelly Turner - a very interesting commanding officer in the Pacific War. Highly recommended - it's also available for free online, but I prefer to possess the books (or E-Books) myself.

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/ACTC/index.html

As for printed books, I'll start E.B.Potter's Bull Halsey tonight - on the Kindle it's still Corrigan's book as mentioned above.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/28/2014 6:46:24 PM   
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"With the old breed - at Peleliu and Okinawa" by Eugene B. Sledge (sledgehammer in the series The Pacific)

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/28/2014 7:02:37 PM   
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Please let me know whether your new book contains any information regarding camouflage patterns applied on the carriers during WW II - I've found plenty of information about USN patterns, but the RN remains a mystery to me in this field. Even the photographs found in the book about the British Pacific Fleet are not very usefull.

Finally, today I've finished the 2 volumes of George C. Dyers The Amphibians Came to Conquer - The Story of Admiral Richmond Kelly Turner in the printed version (that is, a REAL book, with paper and pages,not an e-book). On and off it took me 14 months to read it all - with breaks. Got it as Christmas present in 2012.

What a read!

I have learned a lot about amphibious warfare during the Pacific War, about planning, the actual procedures, the differences between ship-to-shore and shore-to-shore operations, OOB's, command decisions, etc etc etc - in my view it's the definite work on the USN island hopping campaign, although it almost exclusively focuses on the Amphibious Force Actions. As the subtitle says, it's also the biography of Kelly Turner - a very interesting commanding officer in the Pacific War. Highly recommended - it's also available for free online, but I prefer to possess the books (or E-Books) myself.

http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/ACTC/index.html

As for printed books, I'll start E.B.Potter's Bull Halsey tonight - on the Kindle it's still Corrigan's book as mentioned above.
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No - nothing specific on camo I'm afraid - its a good book though


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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 2/28/2014 9:03:47 PM   
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I am reading Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History by Giles Milton.

It is a fun read about a conflict that is mostly forgotten today. I feel that the book exaggerates the importance of this conflict a bit. But I suppose that is to be expected after such a magnificent title.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giles_Milton#Nathaniel.27s_Nutmeg

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 3/3/2014 9:35:20 PM   
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I am reading Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History by Giles Milton.

It is a fun read about a conflict that is mostly forgotten today. I feel that the book exaggerates the importance of this conflict a bit. But I suppose that is to be expected after such a magnificent title.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giles_Milton#Nathaniel.27s_Nutmeg

I really enjoyed this book and I can recommend it to anyone who wants to read about the early years of the East India Company and their struggles against the Dutch East India Company. It also the story of many of the early explorers. And it also tells why this struggle affected New York.

The downside with the book is that I feel that there is so much more to tell about this epoch and the struggle (war) for the spice trade. Where is the extended version of the book.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 3/3/2014 10:33:06 PM   
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Damned Good Show by Derek Robinson (the last WW1\WW2 book of his for me to read)
The Stalingrad Cauldron: Inside the Encirclement and Destruction of the 6th Army by Frank Ellis

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 3/8/2014 4:02:58 AM   
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Matterhorn - Karl Marlantes.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 3/8/2014 10:41:23 AM   
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Tell me what you think of it..I read it a few months ago.
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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 3/8/2014 7:01:56 PM   
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I'm still reading Heavy Metal: A Tank Company's Battle to Baghdad. Book has roster of the Cobra Company. I'm confused about part detailing M113 APCs. Only 1 M113 (Cobra Seven-Seven) list vehicle commander (1st Sgt. Jose Mercado), but others seem to be without. And then is vehicle (Cobra Communications) with only 1 crewman listed (Spc. Marcelle Tucker).

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