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I think you're not wasting your time. You know, other people are reading these threads too, and might have more open minds.
Your right. I was referring specifically to one person. I am always up for a good discussion with open minds. Nomanhan in particular was a facination for me as only until the last couple years, I knew next to nothing about it. Thx to a good recommendation from JoeW, I picked up Alan Coxx's definitive work on the battle which also gave an excellent overview of the Kwantung "Army" itself, it's history, rise, peak and fall prior to August Storm.
Speaking of which, just Kindled David Glantz's Soviet Strategic Offensive in Manchuria, 1945: Vol 1 (Soviet (Russian) Study of War) Facinating stuff that greatly expands on Coxx's overview. Mind numbing in it's detail, definately can only read in short bursts. One facinating thing already learned was that the US's "Desert Storm" in 91 was based on the Soviet operation, so successful was it. In fact (according to Glantz), in honor of the Soviet operation the planners changed the original codename from Desert Sword to "Storm" because of it. This operation tends to be discounted in the West alot because of the overall weakness of the opposition, but belies the complexity, timing and intricate planning, operationally, strategically and tactically that went into it. Really good stuff. It tends to burst the myth that the Red Army at the end of WWII was a bumpkin compared to the technical "Western Armies"
Love my Kindle btw......no more carting around 30ILB's worth of books with highlighters and pencils. Only issue is that for some reason "Shattered Sword" causes the thing to crash when you scroll through your self generated notes on it. Had to file a trouble report with Amazon after we determined that i didn't have a defective Kindle. An annoying thing....when you have 120+ pages of notes.
< Message edited by Nikademus -- 7/13/2011 6:20:23 PM >