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  • Chief of Staff: The Diaries of Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall Volume One, 1933-1939



    About halfway through. At the CID and later as DMO&I at the War Office Pownall gives an intimate insight into the valiant rearguard action fought by the politicians against rearmament particularly for the army.

    In 39-40 Pownall was Chief of Staff to the BEF, expect some good insights there too.

    Recommended if that period is your bag (and you can get hold of it )

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    • Armageddon at Stalingrad by Glantz and House

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      • The Battle for Spain by Antony Beevor.
        "The blade itself incites to deeds of violence".

        Homer


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        • I started this one on the train on the way to work this morning. I am definately impressed. This is one darned good book.

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          "Never pet a burning dog."

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          • Colditz: the German Story

            Dashy asks if the book mentions Paul [Reid]. Of course, what writer of any book about the Prison Camp could not?

            That said, though, Osprey's Fortress series book Colditz is a good place to start for detail pursuit of the whole subject of what when, how, and contains a solid bibliography of the several published efforts about Colditz.
            RedDagger18

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            • Originally posted by Super Six 4 View Post
              Has anyone actually read all of Machiavelli's The Prince?
              It's a great book. I own two copies.
              Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
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              • The Army and Vietnam by Andrew Krepinevich: quite an interesting book. I would make an almost mathematically certain guess and say that many of the members of this board have read it, almost certainly with varying degrees of agreement or disagreement. Krepinevich does make some good points.
                Last edited by Basaltic; 18 Oct 10, 03:24.
                Mutare vel timere sperno

                Nec Aspera Terrent

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                • Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H. W. Brands
                  ...how useless it was to struggle against fortune, this being the burden of wisdom which the ages had bequeathed to him.

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                    • Commando
                      This book is great. http://ourcivilisation.com/smartboar...ando/index.htm
                      It is the first book I've read with a lasting impression.

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                      • Staroslavyanskii Yazyk: Chast' Pervaya - Vveddeniye Phonetika
                        [Old Slavonic Language: Part One - Introduction to Phonetics]
                        A. M. Selishchev

                        About as exciting as it sounds.......



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                        • Last of the Amazons by Jeff Pressfield



                          Thank you, Dulles Airport USO, for providing this book!

                          Also,

                          History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey on Monmouth


                          Started out boring, but got good fast.
                          Last edited by Janos; 22 Oct 10, 10:19.
                          Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
                          Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


                          "Never pet a burning dog."

                          RECOMMENDED WEBSITES:
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                          http://www.scv.org/
                          http://www.scouting.org/

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                          • Red Army by Ralph Peters.

                            Reading this again after about 20 years.

                            Great book!
                            "The blade itself incites to deeds of violence".

                            Homer


                            BoRG

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                            • GREAT reads!!!

                              Right now I'm in the process of reading two rather fascinating books that are basically panoramic in scope, deeply revealing in the psychological insight of their respective narratives & altogether absorbing in the fictitious scenes that have been so lovingly & gracefully crafted into these wonderful & sweeping stories.

                              The books are "East of Eden," by the immortal & World renowned author John Steinbeck, & "Ascent into Hell," by that wonderfully witty & irrepressibly buoyant Chicago Irishman Andrew M. Greeley.

                              So far they're both pretty enjoyable & pleasantly engrossing reads, with each featuring & laced with these fictitious characters wandering & living within the context of real-life historical events & experiences. So far so good!

                              Though the last book I read before those two was called "Gallowglass 1250-1600: Gaelic Mercenary Warrior, by Fergus Cannan.

                              Here's my review concerning that above book that was printed within Flipkart.com, this website dedicated to books of all types, sort of like Amazon.com, where you can order them on line.

                              European Samurai!
                              Review by Taylor Ahern!!!

                              ""Gallowglass""--- which is this beautifully & eloquently written analysis of the most ferocious & fearsome warrior sect to take to the battlefield over in Western Europe back during the late Medieval Era --- is this outstanding, superbly detailed, magnificently illustrated & vividly descriptive book!

                              For it provides the reader with this thorough & comprehensive account of that Scottish/Irish warrior elite, including the rough context from which they arose & exploded into bloodcurdling action.

                              Furthermore, it was the Scottish (& Irish!) Gallowglass that pretty much turned back the encroaching tide of Norman conquest over in Ireland back during the 13th & 14th centuries while fighting as these well paid mercenaries under the guidance & direction of which-ever Irish chieftain that they were serving at the moment.

                              Moreover, the author goes into great, vivid & remarkable detail concerning those die-hard, utterly fearless Scottish mercenaries who, through their savage ferocity & ruthlessness in combat, preserved much of the fabric of Irish society back during the late Middle Ages, basically by helping to maintain the old Gaelic order!

                              For the Gallowglass ((who could be either Scottish or Irish, yet they initially sprang from the Scottish Highland Isles & seaboard back during the mid 13th century!)) would hire themselves out to the highest bidder ((usually in the form of this Irish chieftain or war-lord)) over in Ireland back between 1250 till about the late 16th century, as the author makes brilliantly clear.

                              Basically they would serve as these much sought after, chain mail clad, ax hacking mercenaries, while under the command of various, powerful Irish chieftains, to fight against either the Normans or these rival Irish tribes that sought to usurp the power of the lord whom he was serving under at the moment.

                              For the Gallowglass mercenaries, as Fergus Cannan goes into exceptional & considerable detail on, would be maintained at the expense of the lords & chieftains whom they were serving, as they were quartered, or "billeted," within the usually sparsely furnished dwellings of the mostly poor Irish vassals that lived within that lord or chieftain's tribe---this practive known as "coyne & livery."

                              Though where Fergus Cannan really excels is in describing, in vivid & frightening detail, the warrior ethos & Highland culture from whench the Gallowglass emerged & exploded from, along with their recruitment over in Ireland, training ((which was invariably very brutal, harsh, rigorous & often merciless!)), choice of weapons, equipment, their "conditions of service," overall "appearance," & their often extensive & bloody experience upon the field of battle.

                              For the term Gallowglass eventually became this European by-word that meant "savagery & blind valor," for they were that fierce & intrepid during those moments of close-quarter combat--this well documented fact that Fergus Cannan drives home with much vigor & enthusiasm.

                              Also, as Fergus Cannan implies, the chain mail clad, broadsword slashing Scottish/Irish Gallowglass mercenaries were the most fearsome, ruthless & feared close quarter shock troops in all of Europe back during the late middle ages, at least until the coming of the ferocious Swiss pikemen!

                              Moreover, when it came to hand-to-hand combat the bloodthirsty Gallowglass had few, if any, peers in that blood-soaked, terrifying department.

                              Also, as the author clearly illustrates on more than one occasion, when immersed in such savage & violent hand-to-hand maelstroms---whether swinging away with this double edged, 5 foot broadsword or hacking away with this 6 foot Norse ax---the amazing skill & proficiency of the quintessential Gallowglass mercenary could scarcely be matched or emulated, if at all! For the Gallowglass were in essence the European Samurai!

                              For the Gallowglass ((who were initially this fiery admixture of Norse, Gaelic & Pictish tribesmen, at least in their original Highland manifestation!)) were these ferocious bad-assess indeed---whether as these Scottish Highland mercenaries fighting over in Ulster or as these equally hard & fierce Irishmen enforcing the will of their lord ((characteristics & traits that the author points out & details with great, painstaking clarity!)).

                              ""Gallowglass, 1250-1600"" is this very informative, revealing, absorbing, ferocious & altogether excellent read, as it's very well written! It will not disappoint!

                              Also, the various, very colorful illustrations are quite marvellous, & very graphic, especially the front cover that depicts this scene of savage close quarter combat of the most personal kind.

                              For ""Gallowglass"" will explode into action! Just make sure to toss on some chain mail & grab this 12 foot spear for protection, for the extremely tough & formidable men that Fergus Cannan writes about will come jumping out at you with every turn of the page ((with either this 6 foot, customary Norse battle-ax or this 5 foot, double edged broadsword!))!!!


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                              • Bomber Boys, fighting back by Patrick Bishop
                                "To be free is better than to be unfree - always."

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