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  • Achtung Baby
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    Just downloaded this book, I've been told it's well worth reading for those interested in the topic.

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  • Mountain Man
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    Military fiction and political fiction. Baldacci right now.

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  • OttoHarkaman
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    Originally posted by DingBat View Post
    That was a decent book.

    I'll be completely honest and admit I'm late coming to study the American war in the Pacific. I was familiar with the battle, sure, but not the details. I was not aware that, besides possibly Dieppe, this was the first, large scale, full out assault on a defended beach. And as such it provided a lot of lessons for D-Day planners.

    Tarawa, as a battle, isn't particularly interesting tactically as circumstances demanded a brute force assault. The book itself focuses on individual struggles and even includes some accounts by captured Japanese soldiers. It's hard not to come away with a renewed respect for those US Marines.
    Me too!

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  • walle
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    Shogun - James Clavell

    Read it the first time I was 15, was about time to re-read it.

    Next up will be The Count of Monte Cristo followed by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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  • DingBat
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    That was a decent book.

    I'll be completely honest and admit I'm late coming to study the American war in the Pacific. I was familiar with the battle, sure, but not the details. I was not aware that, besides possibly Dieppe, this was the first, large scale, full out assault on a defended beach. And as such it provided a lot of lessons for D-Day planners.

    Tarawa, as a battle, isn't particularly interesting tactically as circumstances demanded a brute force assault. The book itself focuses on individual struggles and even includes some accounts by captured Japanese soldiers. It's hard not to come away with a renewed respect for those US Marines.

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  • OttoHarkaman
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    Originally posted by DingBat View Post

    I just finished Midnight in the Pacific. Good book.

    I also recently finished this as well:


    Other books on the go:
    Thanks for the recommendations!
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  • DingBat
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    Originally posted by OttoHarkaman View Post
    Just a few books on my plate at the moment

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    I just finished Midnight in the Pacific. Good book.

    I also recently finished this as well:


    Other books on the go:

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  • OttoHarkaman
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    Just a few books on my plate at the moment

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    Last edited by OttoHarkaman; 08 Apr 20, 15:14.

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  • Phaing
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    Finished this one a little while ago, and I highly recommend it because it makes much more sense than the mini-series -




    And now into this one -

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  • Pruitt
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    Started to reread "Fire and Fortitude".

    Pruitt

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  • marktwain
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    Sword of Kings by Bernard Cornwell. Perhaps the best of his Uthur of Bebbanburg series,

    I WAS planning to read the current 90 posts on the ACLU tampon thread..... but I'll wait for lent..
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  • 17thfabn
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    Waterloo : The history of four days, three armies, and three battles b Bernard Cornwell

    Cornwell is of course best known for his historical fiction books. His Non fiction coverage of Waterloo is very readable.

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  • bill shack
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    I should have said that i doubt if any soldier under his (custer ) command deserted. yes lots of northern and southern troops deserted .

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  • bill shack
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    Pruitt, i disagree , custer was so well like in the civil war , he wore a red tie around his neck and very soon all of the troops under him wore one too. Other units when custer rode by would salute and let him go ahead. I really doubt if any trooper deserted during the civil war , he brought his men up to a very high standard and they responded accordingly .
    if fact Major albert Barbitz thought that during the civil war custer was the best cavalry general the north had ( he served under him 2nd ohio ) but after the war he called him obnoxious and thoroughly disgusted . .

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  • Pruitt
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    Bill, Custer led Michigan Volunteer Cavalry. I think he had as much trouble keeping them around as he did with the Professionals after the war. When a pair of men deserted in Kansas he sent a detachment after them to bring them back dead or alive. The Colorado Gold fields were not far away.

    How else could an unemployed civilian get food, arms, clothed, pay and transport to where the pickings were better?

    Lots of guys deserted in the ACW.

    Pruitt

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