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  • I'm hoping to start "Castro's Secrets: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence Machine" by Brian Latell.

    http://www.amazon.com/Castros-Secret...rds=Castro+CIA

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    • ...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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      • I just started this,



        Really enjoyed the movie which seems to be firmly grounded in the book. So far it is very moving.
        "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
        John Adams, 1770

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        • I'm presently reading Zen and Japanese Culture by D. T. Suzuki.

          Mutare vel timere sperno

          Nec Aspera Terrent

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          • Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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            • Originally posted by VanguardFC007 View Post
              I finished Unforgiving Minute by Craig Mullaney a couple of days ago. I highly recommend it. Moving on to Sherlock Holmes next.
              I satisfying read from a very high-speed officer and scholar. Not a war-porn book at all. Good perspective from an officer leading an infantry platoon in Afghanistan as well as an officer-in-training in West Point and Ranger School. There was just the right amount of a love story in it to help us believe that he too was human and the battles are humble, realistic portrayals of what its like to be in combat in Afghanistan.
              The Europa Barbarorum II team [M2TW] needs YOUR HELP NOW HERE!

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              • Half way through and enjoying it alot.

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                • Halfway through Catch-22, just purchased 'Promise of Glory' by C.X. Moreau. Called 'A Novel of Antietam.'
                  This bass guitar kills TERRORISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                  • Simon Schama's The American Future- A History.

                    Fascinating and beautifully written. One military man who gets star treatment is General Montgomery C. Meigs, apparently a brilliant civil and military engineer who, thanks to his mastery of logistics, did as much as (say) Grant to assure the Union's eventual victory.
                    "I dogmatise and am contradicted, and in this conflict of opinions and sentiments I find delight".
                    Samuel Johnson.

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                    • Starting Hamlet by The Bard, for my literature class.
                      "A foolish man thinks he knows everything if placed in unexpected difficulty; but he knows not what to answer, if to the test he is put."

                      --Hávamál

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                      • With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge
                        I've always tried to teach you two things 007. First, never let them see you bleed.
                        And the second?
                        Always have an escape plan.
                        -Q

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                        • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
                          "I have never known a combat soldier who did not show a residue of war." --Sergeant Ed Stewart, 84th Division, US Army, WWII

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                          • Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
                            SGT, 210th MP Battalion, 2nd MP BDE, MSSG

                            Fervently PRO-TRUMP, anti-Islam and anti-Steelers!

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                            • Originally posted by Super Six 4 View Post
                              Starting Hamlet by The Bard, for my literature class.
                              Very Good, hope you enjoy it!

                              I also really enjoyed with the old breed. I liked it much better than the Pacific HBO series.
                              "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
                              John Adams, 1770

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                              • Massacre at Tobruk....
                                ....by Peter C. Smith.

                                A well-written book on the incredibly botched British Operation Agreement. The mission was to destroy stores and port facilities in Tobruk just before the start of the El Alamein offensive, to render ineffective the Axis forces' supply system going through that port. The attack went in during the night of 13/14 September 1942 and quickly developed into a minor disaster for the British forces. Those that got ashore from the improvised landing vessels were mostly killed or captured - several hundred, only a few got away. The special party going in from the desert also achieved very little.

                                The landing forces were taken to their assigned areas with two RN Tribal destroyers and more than a dozen MTB's, ML's and Fairmiles. After having disembarked some of the troops NW and E of Tobruk the destroyers and some MTB's were to enter the harbour, subdue any resistance, the destroyers to disguise themselves inside the harbour as Italian ones till the evening (there were Axis airfields close by Tobruk) and return to Alexandria after dark.

                                As a preliminary to the attack a heavy air bombardment was carried out. This was the first mistake as it was later found that this only warned the defenders and increased their readiness. The second was that the MTB units lost contact with each other during the advance, only half of them were accounted for when the attack was supposed to start. These were US-made Elco PT's. Selected because the British MTB's of the East Med force were considered too unreliable. Only 2 made it to the eastern landing area. One of these went aground and was captured with a lot of secret papers. The MTB force assigned to enter the port were not able to get through the booms and were taken under fire from the shore. The same happened to the destroyers, they all had to pull back. In the meantime the German FLAK batteries (88 mm's) had started to take their toll. HMS Sikh was seriously damaged, later to sink. HMS Zulu tried to take her in tow but had to give up due to the heavy fire from the shore. Italian coastal batteries also mixed in.

                                Worse was to come. As the surviving RN units pulled out and set course for Alexandria Luftwaffe and the Italian Air Force came into play. The AA cruiser HMS Coventry with a destroyer screen was outside of Tobruk as a back-up force. On the way back she was sunk by enemy aircrafts operating from Crete and the North African airfields. More than half a dozen PT's, ML's and Fairmiles were bombed and sunk by the Luftwaffe and machine gun fire from Italian Macchis and CR42's.

                                Not unexpectedly such a disaster had to be excused in some way. They had been betrayed! The author's investigations show quite clearly that no such thing happened. It was simply a case of bad planning and a competent defensive job by the Axis forces. If the landing force had gotten ashore as planned their losses would just have been even greater. All according to Smith.

                                Smith asks the obvious question: Had the Mediterranean Command learnt, or heard, nothing of the two recent British disasters, The St. Nazaire and Dieppe raids?

                                Fred
                                Saving MacArthur - a book series - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ies_rw_dp_labf
                                River Wide, Ocean Deep - Operation Sealion - https://www.amazon.com/product-revie...owViewpoints=1

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