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  • Originally posted by The Cooler King View Post
    I'm almost finished with Audie Murphy's WWII memoir, To Hell and Back. An outstanding book retelling the actions of World War Two's most decorated Soldier in his own words.
    When I was assigned to the 3d ID in the 80's,we had to watch the movie as part of our in-processing.Same thing in 2d Ad,Had to watch "Patton".In 3d ID,I was in the 1/15th Inf,which was Murphy's Regiment.They had a shrine to him in Battalion HQ's.Also Co B,his old Company, shouted "Audie" every time they were called to attention.

    AUDIE!

    CAN DO!
    If you Ain't Cav,You Ain't S---

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    • I loved the movie but as the old cliche goes, the book is always better than the movie.

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      • Currently reading: The Dresden Files, Book 1 - "Storm Front", by Jim Butcher
        Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated... again...

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        • WHEN YOUR NUMBER'S UP: Meritocracy Goes to War

          This World War II story is a non-fiction novel, an expanded account based on actual events. A select group of high-IQ soldiers were chosen for university training in an Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP). They would become the engineers, the linguists and the medics needed for a long war. When infantry casualties mounted and draft boards came up short, the program came to a sudden halt and these special soldiers were unceremoniously deployed to combat divisions. The story follows four soldiers who join an armored infantry squad whose fatalistic maxim is "When your number's up, it's up."
          Written by the man who was there, Raymond Ross, Ph.D. or should I say S/Sgt. Ray Ross, this is a "Can't put it down," read--reactions from both men and women readers who now better understand their husbands and fathers.
          WHEN YOUR NUMBER'S UP is available at your local bookstore, Amazon or [email protected]. Let me hear your reactions--it's an exciting, good read.

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          • Found an interesting book in an airport book store recently. Written by a former RAF fighter pilot named Wellum. While he was not one of the typical top scorers he laboured through the war ending up as a test pilot on the Typhoon. A couple of his renditions on bad weather flying in single-engined fighters are simply hair-raising. Recommended!
            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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            • Originally posted by The Doctor View Post
              I was at Barnes & Noble today and I started to browse through Shake Hands With the Devil by Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire...I had to buy it and move it to the top of the reading list. I can already tell that it will not improve my opinion of the UN. Dallaire commanded the UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda in 1993-1994...His actions and leadership were heroic; but doomed to fail for lack of support. He is the highest ranking officer known to have been treated for post traumatic stress disorder.

              to Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire and Canada's heroic peacekeepers.
              That is fantastic book...?.......and the other peacekeepers....
              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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              • Originally posted by 17poundr View Post
                I feel that this thread is for us to drop a line or two to give our impression of the book, even if only starting the book, I try to give the first impressions, just so the next guy knows kind of what the book is about, after all it's a horrible bumber when you put down your hard earned sheckles to a book with a fancy cover, and find out it's the only sphere where re-cycling is defenatelly not 'in'
                Agree with you completely. As a Finn you might be interested in a book I just recently stumbled over describing the work of the Swedish crypto specialist Arne Beurling - "Svenska krypto bedrifter". He and his team broke the German chiffer codes so that they could follow the German operations from as early as 1940.
                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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                • The reply number is at 666. I feel so holy turning it to 667!

                  I cannot remember the exact name and do not have it on me. It was called "100 Battles that Changed the World" Yet googling it, I cannot find up the exact book. It had a brownish-black cover with a picture of some Soviet T-26 (some older Soviet model) with a soldier riding on it. Anyone know what Im talking about?
                  yeah!

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                  • Originally posted by Wolfe Tone View Post
                    In the same boat myself. I read Craig's years ago and enjoyed it a lot.

                    Bought Beevor's one but have yet to read it. Put off by the negative reviews I guess but I paid for it so the onus is there to get around to actually reading it one day!
                    I havent read 'Enemy at the gates', but I must say that Beevor has done a thorough, good job in his Staligrad, and although pretty factual, it's very readable, unlike say, Ericson's great 'The road to Stalingrad', which is full of detail, especially previously unkown Soviet side facts, but it's a serious read...

                    I recommend Beevors books to anybody, his Crete and Spanish civil war are great too!
                    "SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM" - " If you want peace, prepare for war".

                    If acted upon in time, ww2 could have been stopped without a single bullet being fired. - Sir Winston Churchill

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                    • Originally posted by leandros View Post
                      Agree with you completely. As a Finn you might be interested in a book I just recently stumbled over describing the work of the Swedish crypto specialist Arne Beurling - "Svenska krypto bedrifter". He and his team broke the German chiffer codes so that they could follow the German operations from as early as 1940.
                      Yep, the Finnish intelligence was onto the Germans very much, and oddly enough have the only secret recording of Hitler (meaning when he wasnt putting on a show), it's really interesting to hear him speak when he didnt realize there was a recording going on, very relaxed and composed!
                      This happened during his 1942 visit to congratulate Mannerheim on his birthday, really he was in Finland to try to get the Finns to attack Leningrad. He failed.
                      "SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM" - " If you want peace, prepare for war".

                      If acted upon in time, ww2 could have been stopped without a single bullet being fired. - Sir Winston Churchill

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                      • i near to finish "all the king's Armies- A military history of english civil war 1642-1651"

                        very interesting book with beatifull map of battles. dettallied! first opf these book i know very little about these war!

                        i had read also Beevor "la battalgia di berlino" (in italin language, i think that is the same "enemy at the gate") ...good!

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                        • I'm reading "The Mighty Midgets", a book about the LCS class of ships. They were small but packed a wallop.
                          As lord and master of your grill, you will welcome any opportunity to display your grilling prowess.
                          Mario Batali, 2006

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                          • Re-reading William Safire's "Freedom". Interesting take on the Lincoln White House from the point of view of Nicolas Hay, his personal secretary.
                            My Avatar: Ivan W. Henderson Gunner/navigator B-25-26. 117 combat missions. Both Theaters. 11 confirmed kills. DSC.

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                            • Reading:

                              Towards Ireland Free - The West Cork Brigade in the War of Independence 1917-21

                              by Liam Deasy.

                              The late Mr.Deasy was an active participent in the events he describes and he put together a well written account of one of the IRAs most hard hitting and effective units during the War.

                              Basically these men were starting from scratch in building up a guerrilla Army with no bases, few weapons and very little training at the start from which to carry out active operations.

                              They did however have an initial organization - The Irish Volunteers, and it was the good work here ( proper ranks, communications, secrecy) that laid the groundwork for what was to follow.
                              http://www.irelandinhistory.blogspot.ie/

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                              • I am a bathroom reader, so I take down alot of books. Right now it's Devils in Baggy Pants for the 100th time, plus Ridgeways Paratroopers by Clay Blair. Next its the"Legion of the Damned" by Sven Hassel, the greatest peice of German war lit since All Quiet. It's the story of the Penal Battalions, written by a fugitive from the law of averages. Unlike Ross Carter, he lived long enough to write several boooks. I recommend them to everyone.
                                "This life..., you know, "the life." You’re not gonna get any medals, kid. This is not a hero business; you don’t shoot people from a mile a way. You gotta stand right next to them... blow their heads off."

                                BoRG

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