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#1 06-Aug-2015 11:52:30

Richard B.
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What are you reading?

I`m reading -
"with the Riff Kabyles" by Bernd Terhorst
A first English edition published in 1926, not very military, more a travelogue really, but very interesting.

Just finished "Armored Champion" by Steve Zaloga
Frankly bored the pants off me, dull technical details throughout, just NOT what I want to read, I couldn`t give a s**t about the differences between one mark of Sherman and another, my technical interest is vague - gun size, speed, armour thickness - thats all I need to know.

What are you lot reading?


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#2 06-Aug-2015 14:15:02

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Re: What are you reading?

I've just started "At Risk" by Stella Rimington (ex-MI5 director general). Only a few chapters in, but it's pretty good so far.

Before that, I was reading "How Wars Begin" by A.J.P. Taylor. Quite interesting, and an easy read.


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#3 06-Aug-2015 15:04:05

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Re: What are you reading?

I'm reading "The Somme: Day By Day", and "Aircraft of World War I 1914-1918"...both will be getting done as reviews for the Journal.

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#4 06-Aug-2015 16:17:36

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Re: What are you reading?

Away from military stuff just now - just finished the excellent "Lewis Trilogy" by Peter May - been to most of the places mentioned and could easily picture them from the descriptions.

Most of the way through "The Lost Army of Cambyses" by Paul Sussman.  Also been to most of the places mentioned. 

Cannot get my head around reading any more history at the moment.

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#5 06-Aug-2015 17:29:17

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Re: What are you reading?

I took a break from all things Military , apart from the occasional browse fact finding.  Just revisited The Quiller books , by Adam Hall , which I read when they were first published . Also read Alan White's series of A Long Days Dying etc , again read these many moons ago.   Currently reading Antony Beevor's   Ardennes 1944 , seriously disappointed by his Berlin book , however this one has been well put together so far. I tend to keep a fiction book on the go at the same time , and am also reading Len Deighton's SS-GB .    cheers  John

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#6 06-Aug-2015 17:58:49

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bannockburn bhoy wrote:

I took a break from all things Military , apart from the occasional browse fact finding.  Just revisited The Quiller books , by Adam Hall , which I read when they were first published . Also read Alan White's series of A Long Days Dying etc , again read these many moons ago.   Currently reading Antony Beevor's   Ardennes 1944 , seriously disappointed by his Berlin book , however this one has been well put together so far. I tend to keep a fiction book on the go at the same time , and am also reading Len Deighton's SS-GB .    cheers  John

Don`t like Beevor's writing style ;(

SS-GB is a great thriller smile


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#7 06-Aug-2015 18:38:58

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Re: What are you reading?

Just finishing Tigris Gunboats-Forgotten War in Iraq 1914-17, very good account of the operations from a naval viewpoint............I have War in the East waiting in the wings........Russo-Turkish War 1877.
I have a kindle book or two n the go and a paperback thriller too............


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#8 06-Aug-2015 19:08:05

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Re: What are you reading?

bannockburn bhoy wrote:

am also reading Len Deighton's SS-GB

Way back when I was a teenager, I read a book that featured a German invasion of Britain. The only thing I can remember about it is a village in the south-east being massacred, the men shot and the women & kids burnt in the local church. Is that a scene from SS-GB? Or something else?


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#9 06-Aug-2015 23:06:12

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Alan  vaguely remember covering this , myth had it I think , that 50K+ Persians perished in a massive sandstorm , but it turned  out they were actually destroyed by Egyptian forces. The Persians fostered the sandstorm tale to historically put a smother on the defeat. Their destination was the Siwa Oasis , have you been there Alan . Evidently a LRDG base . Featured in Ice Cold in Alex. Time and space can be weird at times. 

Richard I agree about A,Beevor , however credit where credit is due and this book is much better than Berlin , and Stalingrad , I think.   

Gary Funnily enough I have been looking at the 1877 war and other things Turkish ,mainly because of the amount of figures out there now , and I was looking to do something different , however talked myself out of it , still dealing with the pile.     

Russell   Thanks for that , I have not hit it yet in SS-GB , but if I do ,you will be the first to know mate .     

     cheers   John

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#10 07-Aug-2015 05:34:42

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The Osprey book on the Russo-Turkish War 1877 has some great uniform illustrations.......I have been collecting ACW, Crimean,Napoleonic and Colonial figures in preperation..............judging by recent progress it will be ready for 2020 or beyond!
Also the new Ospreys on the Armies of the Triple Alliance and the Turkish-Greek War 1919-22 have drawn my interest!

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#11 07-Aug-2015 11:26:33

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Re: What are you reading?

At the moment I have "The Defense of Moscow 1941 - The Northern Flank" by Jack Radey and Charles Sharp on my nightstand. 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Defense-Mos … 1781590702

In my car (for reading during my breaks at work) is Barbara Tuchman's "Stillwell and the American Experience in China 1911-45".  Read it a good many years ago but decided it worth revisiting.

David

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#12 07-Aug-2015 11:44:24

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bannockburn bhoy wrote:

Russell   Thanks for that , I have not hit it yet in SS-GB , but if I do ,you will be the first to know mate .

I hope I haven't spoiled it for you, mate. Let me know if it comes up, if it's not in SS-GB, I might see if I can find out which book it was.


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#13 07-Aug-2015 17:28:48

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John

Yes been to Siwa - had a swim in Cleopatra's bath, stood where Alexander the Great was crowned Pharaoh, Looked for the Zerzura Club, climbed the Mountain of the Dead an ancient graveyard used as air raid shelters in WW2.  Yes it was a base for LRDG and many other units and formations.  The Afrika Korps occupied it 3 times, and the Italians did so too.  However, both lots went skinny dipping in the sacred pool of the oracle and so earned the displeasure of the oracle (public nudity was banned).  This, of course was the cause of their defeat.

It was also fought over in WW1. 

Incidentally the Temple of Amon (where Alex was crowned and the target of Cambyses Army) is where the name Ammonium comes from. 

The hotel we were in had a geothermal heated swimming pool.  The local people are Berbers and Arabic is the second language.  The food and hospitality are excellent.  My wife and daughter-in-law found the "wise woman" scarily accurate in her reading of palms and in her predictions. 

The book, however, is detective mystery and the army only features at the beginning and the end.  The plot is quite clever and would make an excellent scenario for a Pulp type game.

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#14 07-Aug-2015 20:12:14

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Re: What are you reading?

David Reasoner wrote:

At the moment I have "The Defense of Moscow 1941 - The Northern Flank" by Jack Radey and Charles Sharp on my nightstand. David

Read it a couple of months ago.  Lots there but I found it tough going, a long book for a short time period.  Still, I definitely got the sense of two forces being wholly exhausted trying vainly (and more or less incompetently) to land a knockout blow.

Be interested to know how you found it.

Cheers

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#15 07-Aug-2015 22:22:20

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Rumblestrip wrote:
David Reasoner wrote:

At the moment I have "The Defense of Moscow 1941 - The Northern Flank" by Jack Radey and Charles Sharp on my nightstand. David

Read it a couple of months ago.  Lots there but I found it tough going, a long book for a short time period.  Still, I definitely got the sense of two forces being wholly exhausted trying vainly (and more or less incompetently) to land a knockout blow.

Be interested to know how you found it.

Cheers

Andrew

I bought it as a present for myself last Christmas, but lately lack of time for reading in the evenings means I've been making slow going of it and am still only about halfway through.  The amount of detail presented, particularly on the Soviet side, should make it a good source for scenarios.  I have been following Jack's articles and other writings since the mid-1980's and have exchanged emails with him off and on for many years, so cannot claim to be completely unbiased, though.

David

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#16 08-Aug-2015 22:46:21

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#17 23-Aug-2015 16:51:01

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"The Guns of Hagar Qim"  The Diaries of Stan Fraser 1939 - 1946

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#18 24-Aug-2015 06:28:01

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Destiny in the Desert by Jonathan Dimbleby - concentrates on the politics around the North African campaign


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#19 26-Aug-2015 23:07:11

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Looks like there is potential for some great book reviews.


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#20 27-Aug-2015 08:41:21

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Russell     Your pillaged village , didn't materialise in SS-GB , cheers mate .  John

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#21 20-Sep-2015 08:58:28

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Re: What are you reading?

Russell Phillips wrote:
bannockburn bhoy wrote:

am also reading Len Deighton's SS-GB

Way back when I was a teenager, I read a book that featured a German invasion of Britain. The only thing I can remember about it is a village in the south-east being massacred, the men shot and the women & kids burnt in the local church. Is that a scene from SS-GB? Or something else?

I do remember something the same, but wasn't that the book and film called:
"The eagle has landed"?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eagle_Has_Landed

Cheers, Peter


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#22 20-Sep-2015 11:03:24

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Doesn't sound like Oberst Kurt Steiner , cant see Michael Caine doing the pillage routine ,maybe in the book and not in the film , I haven't read it .

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#23 20-Sep-2015 11:42:49

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"The Eagle has Landed" was by Jack Higgins, read it as part of my school English lit (37yrs ago) don`t remember a massacre??

I remember the Yanks staging a doomed landing in SS-GB so the crippled king`s death ** could be used as a rallying cry for the Free British now living in Canada!!!! (or have I completely lost the plot??)     

** The king had been badly wounded in a bombing raid and was captured whilst Queen Elizabeth and the kids had been sent to Canada.


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#24 20-Sep-2015 12:53:40

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Peter wrote:

I do remember something the same, but wasn't that the book and film called:
"The eagle has landed"?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eagle_Has_Landed

Cheers, Peter

The German paras were holed up in a church, but there was no massacre, in the book or the film.


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#25 20-Sep-2015 18:23:21

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Russell, also for me it was a long time ago that I saw that film on TV.
Didn't recall all of it.
Cheers, Peter


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