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  • Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk

    Any metaphor will tear if stretched over too much reality.

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    • Something light for the holiday season: The Walking Dead, Compendium 1

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      • The French Army from Within (1914)
        The author used the nom de plume of Ex-trooper

        He clearly has at some time served with both the British and French armies and is able to make detailed comparisons. He is not a former FFL. His English is that of a very well educated Briton with an extensive vocabulary and what I would say was the tone of an officer. The copy I have was picked up in a 2nd hand bookshop and is clearly a print to order reprint from an older book. It gives a very detailed picture of the organisation, attitude and tactics of the French army just before it went to war.
        Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
        Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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        • Il 20 Gruppo Caccia. Dalle origini all'Africa Settentrionale 1939-1941. Vol.1

          By Daniele Gatti

          Book description from the author on 12 oclock high forum

          The 20 Gruppo Caccia was created on 1 June 1939 at Ciampino South, and had immediately in the organic 351 Squadriglia mounted on Fiat G.50 and shortly after 352 and 353 with their Fiat CR.32. The 20 Gruppo under the command of maggiore Mario Bonzano was initially placed first in the employ of the 52 Stormo and, since 1 October 1939, in the newly formed 51 Stormo. Shortly after the 20 Gruppo passed through in 56 Stormo with which it took part, from the autumn of 1940, in the campaign on the front of the Channel where, however, failed to cross its weapons with the enemy fighters. The 20 Gruppo, returned from the dreary northern skies, it was re-equipped with the latest Fiat G.50bis and sent, in May 1941, in North Africa, where it remained until the end of the year. It, which in the meantime had received 151 Squadriglia yielding the 351 at the 155 Gruppo, faced several dogfights claiming over 40 planes shot dowm and several mechanized vehicles destroyed on the ground. The unit of "Black Cat", in these eight months spent in the skies of Libya and Egypt, lost eight pilots and one of them (capitano Mario Montefusco) was decorated with Medaglia d'Oro al Valor militare. The text accompanied by 180 pics, many of which are new, and ten color profiles depicting the aircraft of the 20 Gruppo, is the result of extensive research at the Italian and foreign documentary sources. This book is a tribute to all men, fighters or specialists, who paid tribute to the emblem of the "Black Cat" from the date of foundation of the unit until the end of 1941.
          Book is a large format paperback and profusely illustrated with photographs and profiles. Going to be a slower read with my rudimentary Italian but worth it to study an area not well covered in English,

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          • "Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it"
            G.B Shaw

            "They promised us homes fit for heroes, they give us heroes fit for homes."
            Grandad, Only Fools and Horses

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            • The Anglo-Saxons at war - so far, quite solid, though it's not quite everything I hoped and thought it would be when I first started reading but it is still very informative and the author has a good style.
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              • Soviet Rocket Fighters by Yetim Gordon. Some interesting aircraft including a swept forward wing type and what looked like a swept wing version of the Bell X-1. Good photos
                Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
                Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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                • "The Generals" by Winston Groom.
                  Trying hard to be the Man, that my Dog believes I am!

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                  • Originally posted by Trung Si View Post
                    "The Generals" by Winston Groom.
                    I was just about to start that one myself.
                    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy. -- Ernest Benn

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                    • The Legions of Rome by Steven Dando-Collins:


                      The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein:

                      I'm actually reading that 1983 printing

                      and Nam by Mar Baker:
                      BoRG
                      'A Battle is the Shield Wall. It's smelling your enemy's breath while he tries to disembowel you with an axe'

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                      • The Moon is a harsh mistress - a golden oldie - re set on Mars in Birth of Fire by by Jerry Pournelle
                        Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
                        Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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                        • Originally posted by MarkV View Post
                          The Moon is a harsh mistress - a golden oldie - re set on Mars in Birth of Fire by by Jerry Pournelle
                          I'll have to pick it up, never read it. Wasn't a huge fan of Pournelle
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                          'A Battle is the Shield Wall. It's smelling your enemy's breath while he tries to disembowel you with an axe'

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                          • AHIKS - Play by (E)mail board wargaming since 1965.
                            The Blitz - Play by Email computer wargaming.

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                            • AHIKS - Play by (E)mail board wargaming since 1965.
                              The Blitz - Play by Email computer wargaming.

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                              • "1946: The Making of the Modern World" by Victor Sebestyen

                                http://www.amazon.com/1946-Making-Mo...&keywords=1946

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