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  • Just finished Macarthur's War:The Invasion of Japan by Douglas Niles & Michael Dobson

    It is a pretty decent alternate history novel about the Pacific Theater of operations. "Dugout Doug" does not look good in this book.

    I am currently reading End of the Beginning by Harry Turtledove. It is the sequel to Days of Infamy an alternate history of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
    If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks,glory would become the prey of mediocre minds. Napoleon

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    • Just finished "Making the corps" which doubles escorting a platoon during boot camp in Parris Island and the past, present and future of the U.S Military in general and the U.S Marines specificly. I found, surprisingly that the I.D.F and U.S military has alot in common and that the two face the same problems, even though the book is a bit old (97, re-released in 07)
      Now starting a book called "from the desert to Lebanon" which was written by a friend of mine, it's his personal story from the war events of '06 in Gaza and Lebanon

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      • Just finished the The Coldest Winter by Halberstram. Most of it is devoted to the political environment leading up to the crossing of the 38 parrallel by NATO forces after Inchon and subsequent entry into war by China. I never realized how much animosity existed towards MacArthur in and out of the military circles. There is a great deal of the book devoted to the other players involved like Mao, Stalin, and the mis-reading of intentions and intentional mis-reading. I think the book would be a good study for our current middle-east affairs.

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        • I'm about 1/2 way through The Man Who Knew Infinity, which is a biography of the Indian mathematician Ramanujan.

          I need to get back to reading and finishing Battlecry of Freedom. I'm looking at picking up The Glorious Cause by Middlekauff for a history of the AWI. It is part of the same series as Battlecry. Has anyone read it?
          "When they get in trouble they send for the sonsabitches." - Admiral King

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          • The Renault light tanks in Russia by A. V. Kikhtenko

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              • -An avid reader,
                Alexander

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                • KV-2: Soviet Heavy Breakthrough Tank


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                  • by John McPhee

                    Uncommon Carriers and La Place de la Concorde Suisse, both by McPhee.

                    ...Carriers is about various occupations and ...Suisse is about the Swiss Army(Militiamen).

                    I am reading both primarily because they are creative non-fiction and wanted to see his writing style.
                    www.writersamuseme.com/stevepark.htm#878116944

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                    • I just started this one a few days ago, and I'm really impressed by the research -- appendices include not just the strength of the units but the infantry strength, # of AFVs, and # of artillery, as well as the (for the axis) the German combat rating.

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                      • I am starting off with the classic from The survivor of most of the legendary waffen ss fighting, 'panzer Meyer', himself!

                        The book is ofcourse: "GRENADIERS, The story of Waffen SS General Kurt 'Panzer' Meyer".

                        It's a classic, and if one forgives his unashamedly positive attitude to the German agression war, it's a great read!
                        "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 steve park View Post
                          Uncommon Carriers and La Place de la Concorde Suisse, both by McPhee.

                          ...Carriers is about various occupations and ...Suisse is about the Swiss Army(Militiamen).

                          I am reading both primarily because they are creative non-fiction and wanted to see his writing style.
                          I finished "La Place de la Concorde Suisse" -- A good overview of the weave of how and why the Swiss Army works with light history for the last 400-500 years thru WWII. They're probably better than you think.
                          www.writersamuseme.com/stevepark.htm#878116944

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                          • Almost finished with Panzer Battles by General F.W. von Mellenthin---one of the many great books on the employment of German armor in WWII. A good read if you don't mind having to flip to and from maps quite often!

                            Regards,
                            Alex
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                            • Days of Infamy
                              ďCome and take it!"

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                              • Panzer Commander

                                Panzer Commander.
                                By Hans von Luck

                                Very enjoyable!

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