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  • Paul Mann III
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    Iím working my way through the compiled Walking Dead comics.



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wa...d_(comic_book)

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  • Skoblin
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    Sindikat-2: GPU protiv Savinkova [Syndicate-2: The GPU versus Savinkov]. O.B. Mozokhin and V.N. Safonov.
    The capture of Russian revolutionary and counter-revolutionary Boris Savinkov by the Soviet secret service in 1924.

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  • Pruitt
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    I am about halfway through with: "Kings and Pawns", by James Nelson.

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  • warmoviebuff
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    I am currently reading "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" (actually I am listening to it on Audible) for the third time. It is an amazing achievement by William Shirer and still the best book on the subject, in my opinion. I first read it in high school. Excuse me for saying this, but some of the stuff in the book reminds me of America today.

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  • panther3485
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    Recently acquired another book on warships:

    Warrior to Dreadnought - Warship Design and Development 1860-1905, by David K Brown, Seaforth Publishing.

    I'm about 1/3rd of the way through it and I already think it's among the best and most thoroughly researched books on warships I've yet seen.
    It is also just barely "in the nick of time" because it bears substantially on some of the material I'll be covering in the next Warships Tournament. ....
    Speaking of which, today I must update my progress in the appropriate thread.

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  • Duncan
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  • 101combatvet
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    Pit Beef

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  • Tsar
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    Why Germany nearly won.

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  • panther3485
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    Originally posted by OttoHarkaman View Post

    Includes information about the river gunboats used in the Iraq campaign during WWI ?
    The book has over 300 pages but contains only a short section, covering about 4 pages, for British gunboats in the Mesopotamia region (which of course includes Iraq).
    I've not yet read those pages - or the book in general - to determine the precise content. I just had a quick check right now to see if anything that might relate to your question is there.
    Last edited by panther3485; 06 Jun 19, 04:52.

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  • OttoHarkaman
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    Originally posted by panther3485 View Post
    River Gunboats - An Illustrated Encyclopaedia by Roger Branfill-Cook.
    Includes information about the river gunboats used in the Iraq campaign during WWI ?

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  • panther3485
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    Originally posted by panther3485 View Post
    Just finished Confederate Ironclad vs Union Ironclad - Hampton Roads 1862. Tonight, will begin on Confederate Ironclad 1861-65 and after that, Union River Ironclad 1861-65. All of these are Osprey volumes. Concise but very informative.
    Prior to reading the above, I had already started on British Battleships of the Victorian Era by Norman Friedman. I'm resuming that one.
    Next in the queue is Before the Battlecruiser - The Big Cruiser in the World's Navies 1865-1910, by Aidan Dodson.
    After that, I've got River Gunboats - An Illustrated Encyclopaedia by Roger Branfill-Cook.

    All three are from Seaforth Publishing in the UK and of considerable substance. The first two in particular will take me some time to work through, based on maybe 30 minutes of reading time each night when I go to bed. (I find that half-an-hour or so of reading helps me get to sleep).
    Unlike the first two, the River Gunboats encyclopedia will not be a "read it all from cover to cover" job but is still an impressive work.

    Of course, apart from the pleasure of learning while I read, this is also to help me prepare for the next Warships Tournament. I wasn't sure whether or not I should be including river gunboats at all until I read the information on the book's jacket, which gave a brief summary of just how much important work these vessels performed in the age of steam.

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  • 1claire
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    Just started reading The Poppy War by R.F Kuang. It talks about trauma, forgotten history, and the power of fiction to produce radical empathy.

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  • Capt AFB
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    "Malta Spitfire" by Canadian fighter ace George Beurling. Very interesting read.

    Malta was a far more brutal air battle site during WW2 than the Battle of Britain. Many Canadian and other Commonwealth airmen fought there.

    Beurling was the epitome of the individual professional fighter pilot, to a point that he would be able to fire the exact number of rounds at a determined distance at an enemy aircraft to bring it down.

    His individualistic attitude as being a loner and not wanting to work with a wingman brought much grief to himself from his superiors in England, prior and after Malta. But in Malta, he was the Spitfire pilot that caused a lot more grief to the Axis then his chain of command.

    South African Ace "Sailor" Malan, one of his superior, said that he would have like to give Beurling is own Mustang fighter aircraft to fight the enemy over Germany - "He would either have been killed or end the war as the pilot with the greatest number of Axis aircraft destroyed" or words to that effect.

    His individualistic attitude and not lack of teamwork would get the better of him, and in October 1944, he received an honourable discharge from the RCAF.

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  • panther3485
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    Just finished Confederate Ironclad vs Union Ironclad - Hampton Roads 1862. Tonight, will begin on Confederate Ironclad 1861-65 and after that, Union River Ironclad 1861-65. All of these are Osprey volumes. Concise but very informative.

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  • Capt AFB
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    Originally posted by Capt AFB View Post
    Just finished reading Jean Laterguy's "The Centurions", a novel about French paratroop officers experience as PoW in Indochina after Dien Bien Phu and then go on to fight the revolutionaries in Algeria.

    Great mix in the cast of characters,coming from all walk of life in France. Really well written. Made me think of WEB Griffin style, although perhaps a bit more grittier and intellectual.

    Looking forward to read the sequel "The Praetorians."
    Found time to read "The Praetorians." A good sequel to "The Centurions", with a bit more action towards the end of the book.

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