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  • Italian pilots in Libya in 1912 flew with cast iron stove lids fitted into their seats as a protection against Sennusi ground fire
    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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    • Gustavus Adolphus; a History of the art of war from its revival after the Middle Ages to the end of the Spanish Succession war, with a detailed account of the Campaigns of the Great Swede, and of the most famous campaigns of Turenne, Conde, Eugene, and Marlborough by Theodoe Ayrault Dodge.
      "The blade itself incites to deeds of violence".

      Homer


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      • Just read Robert D. Kaplan's "Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and The End of a Stable Pacific". I have read Kaplan for years for his depth and breadth in reference readings, his keen observations during travels through countries, and his ability to identify and meet knowledgeable insiders. His works often exceed intelligence estimates in use of history, understanding geographic and cultural aspects of situations.

        He is currently chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor, a private global intelligence firm.
        Last edited by R.N. Armstrong; 03 Jul 16, 11:57.
        Leadership is the ability to rise above conventional wisdom.

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        • Just down loaded as a PDF The Infantry cannot do with a gun less by William Sanders Marble which covers the role of artillery in the BEF 1914- 1918. This is not the book but the original PhD Thesis from Kings College and provides many more useful references to source documents and texts.
          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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          • Is Sergey Dolmatov translated into English? Has anybody heard about him?

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            • Originally posted by SummerCity View Post
              Is Sergey Dolmatov translated into English? Has anybody heard about him?
              Unless he's the guy who contributed a paper to Conference on Physical-Technical Problems of Nuclear Science, Energy Generation and Power Industry, University of Tomsk -No and no. Endarken us and tell who he is.
              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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              • Collision of Empires: The War on the Eastern Front in 1914 by Prit Buttar.
                "The blade itself incites to deeds of violence".

                Homer


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                • British Battalions on the Somme by Ray Westlake - a 2nd hand copy (it was written in 1994). Essentially provides a summarised version of the war diaries for all 616 battalions on the Somme in 1916. Not exactly a reading book but a very useful one to dip into for quick reference.
                  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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                  • Some sample pages here:

                    Luftwaffe Crash Archive Volume 9 @ Wingleader.com

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                    • The history of the Colorado Springs and Cripple creek standard gauge railway, and a superbly ill8ustrated - original photos - history of the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.

                      Interesting fact: The Chinese laborers ate far better than the Caucasians.
                      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                      • "DRIVE" by Lawrence Goldstone.......The history and development of the automobile....and Henry Ford wasnt a very nice man...

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                        • Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer.

                          Written in 1968 it was recommended by one of the history magazines.

                          Excellent so far!
                          "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" Beatrice Evelyn Hall
                          Updated for the 21st century... except if you are criticizing islam, that scares the $hii+e out of me!

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                          • Originally posted by 17thfabn View Post
                            Once an Eagle by Anton Myrer.

                            Written in 1968 it was recommended by one of the history magazines.

                            Excellent so far!
                            Read that a long time ago. Very good. It was made into a mini-series with Sam Elliot among others.
                            Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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                            • Originally posted by Bow View Post
                              "DRIVE" by Lawrence Goldstone.......The history and development of the automobile....and Henry Ford wasnt a very nice man...
                              Understatement of the month Neither was Edison though not nearly so bad.
                              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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                              • Unbroken

                                On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the planeís bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

                                The lieutenantís name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, heíd been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

                                Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

                                In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a manís journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.


                                http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8664353-unbroken



                                Good book, but it makes my blood boil at the treatment our troops suffered...
                                Credo quia absurdum.


                                Quantum mechanics describes nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And yet it fully agrees with experiment. So I hope you can accept nature as She is - absurd! - Richard Feynman

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