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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 3/27/2021 2:15:59 PM   
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Oh my!! Just thought I'd give Seaforth Publishing a quick check and.....

...if this is anywhere near as good as their book on the Littorios then this will be a superb addition to the collection.

Well that has totally made my day. Out at the end of April apparently!!




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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 3/27/2021 11:06:48 PM   
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Rise of the Seleucid Empire 323 223 BC J Grainger.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 3/29/2021 3:12:55 AM   
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Rise of the Seleucid Empire 323 223 BC J Grainger.

An excellent 3 volume series on a little known empire.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 4/8/2021 11:51:34 AM   
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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 4/21/2021 3:45:29 PM   
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Oh my!! Just thought I'd give Seaforth Publishing a quick check and.....

...if this is anywhere near as good as their book on the Littorios then this will be a superb addition to the collection.

Well that has totally made my day. Out at the end of April apparently!!



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Arrgghhh - put back to late May or early June.....


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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 4/23/2021 9:43:47 AM   
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Barbarossa by Alan Clark

This came out in 1965 - but now counts as ancient history I suppose. It should prove excellent grounding for my glorious forthcoming victories in WITE2 :)

Fortunately as my copy of the WITE2 manual is probably still stuck in the Suez canal, my offensive is delayed - a curiously appropriate occurrence.

Some historians hate it but here is a review from Goodreads:

Barbarossa by Alan Clark was published over half a century ago and is still a classic of the Nazi / Soviet military struggle on the Eastern Front. Don't let the title fool you. This account is much more than just the initial invasion of Russia by the Wehrmacht. It recounts the entire war in Eastern Europe. This masterpiece focuses on the major strategic aspects of the fighting primarily from the German perspective - from the initial German invasion and the turning point at Stalingrad to the final collapse of the German forces and the Soviet's sweep through Poland and into Berlin.

The account is definitely lopsided with the predominance of the discussion focusing on the German perspective. This is due to the period in which it was written. It would be another 40 years before the Soviet archives opened and historians could begin to review the details from a Russian viewpoint. Never-the-less this is a fantastic introduction to the early successes, mid-war stresses and finally the total collapse of the Nazi war machine.

The author provides some biographical background on the primary participants with a focus on the German leadership. Of particular interest are the quoted exchanges between Hitler and various members of the German General Staff giving some direct insight into the interaction of the personalities involved and the atmosphere surrounding those meetings.

In addition to the military aspect of the account, Alan Clark includes the economic particulars driving the strategy and battles. As an example, Clark discusses Albert Speer's production of tanks, close working relationship with Colonel General Guderian and the design and fielding of the new generation of tanks - the Panthers and Tigers. Challenges with keeping the mechanized forces fueled is discussed from both a logistical perspective early in the war and how the petroleum shortage at the end of the war impacted operations.

Diplomatic aspects of the war are also part of the narrative. Of particular interest was Clark's assessment of how Ribbentrop was viewed by many of the German General Staff - which was at best a bumbling fool. Another fascinating insight is Clark's documentation of Himmler's take on how he (Himmler) was viewed by the Western Powers. According to Clark Himmler believed he was viewed in a positive light by the Western Powers. Himmler truly thought he could negotiate a peace with the West, and even went as far as hoping the West would participate in the fight against Communism, i.e. the Soviets, in the East. It seems the Nazi leadership were living in quite the fantasy world at the conclusion of the war.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the fighting on the Eastern Front. Written in a style that is easy to read this comprehensive study continues to be a valuable contribution to the collection of WW II knowledge.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 4/23/2021 11:20:52 AM   
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Barbarossa by Alan Clark

This came out in 1965.....

warspite1

I had no idea its as old as me

I read this about 25-30 years ago. I guess all books about the Soviet - German war written at that time will have limitations.

But I agree that the author had an easy to read style - which can never be over rated (I recall trying to read Erickson's first volume at around the same time - and failed to get through The Road To Stalingrad three times.... ). Sold it in the end having never got past the first couple of chapters. Always wondered if that was the right decision.....

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 4/23/2021 12:12:11 PM   
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Some light reading for bedtime




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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 5/23/2021 5:47:57 AM   
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I purchased WITE2 and so I've been dusting off my Osprey books on the Eastern Front - specifically (Operation Barbarossa (1), (2) and (3)) to get in the mood.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 5/23/2021 6:33:25 AM   
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Just finished a book about Gustaff Erichson, as he called himself. Also known as Gustav Vasa. Or Gustav I of Sweden to the English speaking world.

And know I want to play some medieval game.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 5/23/2021 7:07:28 AM   
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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 5/23/2021 7:20:15 AM   
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Qualiteeeeee book.


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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 5/23/2021 9:48:24 AM   
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Qualiteeeeee book.


Its been on my reading list for years.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 5/23/2021 11:24:26 AM   
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Yes, it's a very interesting book, edited by the university Press of Kansas.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 5/23/2021 11:38:36 AM   
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A Revised and Expanded Edition!!? Awesome. There may be a book upgrade in my near future.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 5/23/2021 12:21:20 PM   
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Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks now Rule the World and how to Take it Back by Oliver Bullough

A sort of funny book that explains from A to Z how some personages stash their moneys. Looks like the whole thing was started by the British (oh, I can't say I'm surprised ) in 1963, to basically circumvent the Bretton Woods' straitjacket. A good read so far.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 5/23/2021 12:54:09 PM   
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A Revised and Expanded Edition!!? Awesome. There may be a book upgrade in my near future.


What's the difference with the original edition?

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 5/23/2021 3:23:22 PM   
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What's the difference with the original edition?


As explained in the preface, the 1st edition dated from 1995, this one dated from 2015. Between this 2 dates, lot of soviet archives has been opened, from STAVKA, GKO, NKVD... so the book became more accurate, about battles, statistics etc...

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...The twenty-six tables in the book’s second edition (versus the five in the 1995 edition) attest to the magnitude of new statistical evidence describing the scale of Soviet participation in the war. Among other things, the new edition broadens the definition of available manpower on both sides, including such overlooked groups as NKVD troops, Axis satellite armies, and dissident forces that the Germans recruited in the non-Russian portions of the USSR. It rejects traditional efforts by German generals to hold Adolf Hitler solely responsible for all German errors and atrocities...

Glantz, David M.; House, Jonathan M.. When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler (Modern War Studies) . University Press of Kansas. Kindle Edition.


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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 5/23/2021 3:29:11 PM   
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A Revised and Expanded Edition!!? Awesome. There may be a book upgrade in my near future.


What's the difference with the original edition?


According to the Authors:

"Up to 60 percent of the war’s content remained largely conjecture in 1995, but by 2015, this figure had decreased to roughly 10 percent. As a result, clarity is replacing opaqueness and truth is steadily winning out."

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 5/23/2021 3:36:55 PM   
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Thanks a lot. I'll check.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 5/23/2021 8:05:28 PM   
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In fact, I already have the Revised and Expanded Edition.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 6/2/2021 5:34:32 PM   
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Goebbels: A Biography by Peter Longerich.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 6/2/2021 9:13:45 PM   
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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 6/8/2021 5:42:26 PM   
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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 6/8/2021 5:42:44 PM   
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Recently, I practically do not read books, but I try to get acquainted with informative articles on the Internet. The last thing I read and what interested me was this . I thought about forex trading, but it was after I got to know this company better. This topic became even more interesting to me.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 6/9/2021 6:11:51 PM   
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Oh my!! Just thought I'd give Seaforth Publishing a quick check and.....

...if this is anywhere near as good as their book on the Littorios then this will be a superb addition to the collection.

Well that has totally made my day. Out at the end of April apparently!!



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Arrgghhh - put back to late May or early June.....

warspite1

It's arrived - huzzah!! Trouble is I am up to my eyeballs in the east - so won't be able to give this too much attention in the short term....

Looks as great a quality as their earlier The Littorio Class though .


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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 6/10/2021 4:30:22 PM   
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The Bible, Doing a Gospel of Mark study as well as finishing up Exodus, also been reading some Chuck Missler.

We can never do enough reading.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 6/13/2021 1:22:52 PM   
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I practically do not read books, but I try to get acquainted with informative articles on the Internet. The last thing I read and what interested me was this . I thought about forex trading, but it was after I got to know this company better. This topic became even more interesting to me.

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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 6/13/2021 2:36:38 PM   
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Recently, I practically do not read books, but I try to get acquainted with informative articles on the Internet. The last thing I read and what interested me was this . I thought about forex trading, but it was after I got to know this company better. This topic became even more interesting to me.



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I practically do not read books, but I try to get acquainted with informative articles on the Internet. The last thing I read and what interested me was this . I thought about forex trading, but it was after I got to know this company better. This topic became even more interesting to me.


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RE: What Book Are You Reading at the moment? - 6/13/2021 2:43:55 PM   
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Recently, I practically do not read books, but I try to get acquainted with informative articles on the Internet. The last thing I read and what interested me was this . I thought about forex trading, but it was after I got to know this company better. This topic became even more interesting to me.



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I practically do not read books, but I try to get acquainted with informative articles on the Internet. The last thing I read and what interested me was this . I thought about forex trading, but it was after I got to know this company better. This topic became even more interesting to me.


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