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  • #31
    Originally posted by Custer6
    Hi Doctor,
    I read that book too. I thought it was great. About the only thing I found disappointing was the lack of credit given to USArmy artillery. Atkinson seems to have ignored the very important contribution this branch of the armed forces made to the victory.

    Great stuff on the relationship among the Generals with each other. Even among the Generals, friends fired friends. Says alot about the commitment of the USArmy to victory.
    Custer6

    I agree on the Arty' omission. The way he tracked the activation of the National Guard units through training, deployment and combat was very well done. I've also read his Gulf War book, Crusade and thought it was well done. Have you heard when he may release the second book in the Liberation Trilogy?

    The Doctor
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    • #32
      Many books about Stalingrad:

      Battle of Stalingrad - Marshal Vasili Chuikov, 1968

      Two hundred Days of Fire - Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1963.

      Secret of Stalingrad - Walter Kerr, 1979

      Stalingrad; Defeat of the German 6th Army - Paul Carell, 1980s....

      Kevin
      Kevin Kenneally
      Masters from a school of "hard knocks"
      Member of a Ph.D. Society (Post hole. Digger)

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      • #33
        A Lonely Kind of War: Forward Air Controller, Vietnam
        by MARSHALL HARRISON

        Just finished it, for the second time.

        It is a narrative by a FAC flying OV-10 Broncos in the mid-late 60's. One of the better Vietnam books I have read.
        Retreat hell, we just got here. Every Marine, a rifleman.

        Never let the facts get in the way of the truth.

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        • #34
          I recently picked up Redcoats: The British Soldier and War in the Americas, 1755-1763 by Stephen Brumwell. It's one I've been wanting to get for awhile now.

          "Drawing on wide-ranging research in North American and British archives, he revises the standard negative view of the ordinary British soldiers and their officers. This negative view sees the rank and file as the dregs of society who obeyed orders only out of fear of the lash, while their officers tended to be unimaginative fops or fools who had purchased their commissions. While not denying that there is an element of truth in these stereotypes, Brumwell demonstrates that by the end of the war Britain's "American Army" had become a flexible, impressive fighting machine. Brumwell notes the irony that George Washington's Continental Army owed much of its success to its emulation of the British army in the Seven Years' War.

          Recent scholarship has highlighted the significance of the Seven Year's War for the destiny of Britain's Atlantic empire. This major study offers an important new perspective through a vivid and scholarly account of the regular troops at the sharp end of that conflict's bloody and decisive American campaigns. Fresh sources are employed to challenge enduring stereotypes regarding both the social composition and military prowess of the "redcoats". Stephen Brumwell shows how the humble soldiers who fought from Nova Scotia to Cuba developed a powerful esprit de corps that equipped them to defy savage discipline in defence of their "rights." He traces the evolution of Britain's "American Army" from a feeble, conservative and discredited organization into a tough, flexible and innovative force whose victories ultimately won the respect of colonial Americans."
          Last edited by HiredGoon; 05 Jan 05, 20:59.
          "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."

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          • #35
            Originally posted by The Doctor
            Custer6

            I agree on the Arty' omission. The way he tracked the activation of the National Guard units through training, deployment and combat was very well done. I've also read his Gulf War book, Crusade and thought it was well done. Have you heard when he may release the second book in the Liberation Trilogy?

            The Doctor
            Hi Doc,
            The next volume was originally scheduled for this year but it was put off until 2006 while Atkinson worked on a different project. I think the new project is involved with the current war in Iraq.

            I liked "Crusade" too.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Custer6
              Hi Doctor,
              About the only thing I found disappointing was the lack of credit given to USArmy artillery. Atkinson seems to have ignored the very important contribution this branch of the armed forces made to the victory.
              In all fairness, Atkinson does acknowledge the contribution that Irwin's artillerymen made to stopping Rommel at Thala.
              Scientists have announced they've discovered a cure for apathy. However no one has shown the slightest bit of interest !!

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              • #37
                I've just started reading Garbo: The Spy that saved D-Day. I think it has all his messages that he sent and recieved, translated thankfully.

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                • #38
                  Finished "Iron Tigers" by Michael Farmer
                  Started "The Influence of Air Power upon History" by Walter J. Boyne
                  Last edited by D-ploy; 17 Jan 05, 14:14.
                  Elfen haben doofe Ohren.

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                  • #39
                    Just Finished "Armegeddon to the Fall of Rome".

                    Just starting "Holy War: The Crusades and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East". Looks to be informative since the author is approaching the subject from all three viewpoints (Judaism, Christianity, Islam).
                    The Purist

                    Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking - John Maynard Keynes.

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                    • #40
                      Hello,

                      I've read some of few following books...I don't remember titles exactly, so please excuse me if I got them wrong...it's just off my head...

                      The most important book of all, the King James Version Bible!

                      FDR's Folly by Jim Powell, it describes how FDR prolonged Depression.

                      Iraq War by John Keegan, a summary of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a good book if you like Keegan.

                      Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell, another book on economics

                      Plymouth Plantaton by William Bradford, edited by Samuel Eliot Morris (1950 edition), a great book that tries to keep language changes to a minimum, thus rendering the quality of original manuscript.

                      Mayflower and Pilgrims by David Beale, a book on journey of Pilgrims and how they became America's spiritual ancestors.

                      Well, that's it...

                      Dan
                      Major James Holden, Georgia Badgers Militia of Rainbow Regiment, American Civil War

                      "Aim small, miss small."

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                      • #41
                        Just started reading last night:

                        The Wars of the Bruces: Scotland,England and Ireland 1306-1328.

                        by Colm McNamee

                        I bought this some years ago but I am only geting around to reading it now. It reads well and the author covers not just the political and military action but also the economic, social and cultural impacts that these series of Wars had on Britain and Ireland at the time.
                        http://www.irelandinhistory.blogspot.ie/

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                        • #42
                          I'm almost done reading "Fighting in Hell, The German Ordeal on the Eastern Front."

                          It is based on the recollections of veteran German commanders while serving in Russia.
                          It's pretty detailed in the analysis of weather, equipment, roads, rails, tactical movment, terrain, and logistics. A very good read for those who are interested in the Eastern Front.

                          Another excellent book is "Stalingrad" by Anthony Beavor. I've read it 4 times, and need to buy another copy of it.
                          No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.
                          -Gen. George S. Patton

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                          • #43
                            Nostromo by Joseph Conrad. I'm continuing on my own with some things from a 20th C lit course I took a few months ago.

                            Dieppe: August 19 by Eric Maguire. This was published in 1963. I enjoy some of the older books. They have more primary sources available to the author and it's interesting to compare them to more recent analysis and examine what has been learned or unlearned.

                            True Canadian War Stories from Legion Magazine. Not as good as I had hoped. Too much is written by a single woman about her experience as a WAAF.

                            The Gathering Storm by Winston Churchill. This series won the Nobel prize for literature. Read it and it's obvious why. An excellent series. If you ever see the reading list of George Patton, put out by his widow, on it there is an entry "Anything by Churchill." This is Churchill's peak of writing.
                            Last edited by Duncan; 18 Jan 05, 20:36.
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                            • #44
                              I'm reading TORPEDO JUNCTION by Homer H. Hickam, Jr.

                              This is about the U-boat war off the Atlantic coast in 1942.
                              Amazing how effective the U-boats were and the lack of coastal
                              waters defense by the Americans . Nice read.
                              SPORTS FREAK/ PANZERBLITZ COMMANDER/ CC2 COMMANDER

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                              • #45
                                [QUOTE=Juno]Nostromo by Joseph Conrad. I'm continuing on my own with some things from a 20th C lit course I took a few months ago.

                                Nostromo by Joseph Conrad.

                                Good Book that! I read it last year and was very impressed by the quality of the writing.

                                Intend to read Heart of Darkness this year.
                                http://www.irelandinhistory.blogspot.ie/

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