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    Military Bookworms?

    Post by gdead65 on Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:17 am

    Im not sure if there are any military bookworms out there, but I just finished a great book about a german sniper during the second world war called:"Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight's Cross.". This work really gives a good account of what it was like during the war. Attached is Amazon's link if anyone is interested:
    http://www.amazon.com/Sniper-Eastern-Front-Memoirs-Allerberger/dp/1844153177/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294236642&sr=1-6
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    Re: Military Bookworms?

    Post by Moliat on Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:02 am

    I've got "Dispatches" (after ria's recommendation) waiting for me for when I am done with my IB exams in late May. I have also read "The Nazis", which I really advise people to read. A book I would not advise you to read is the "WW2 diary" as it is pretty much what happened every single day throghout the entire war. It took me waaaay too long to finish that thing...


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    Re: Military Bookworms?

    Post by reclaimer_117 on Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:59 pm

    I read this great Journal of a soldier who fought during the Vietnam War. i'll edit this post later sometime if i figure out the name, but it really gives you that feeling of how crazy vietnam actually was. Honestly a great read and its not even that long.
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    Post by BestFriendEvr on Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:08 pm

    Hoo boy. I am a world war 2 nut. I have
    Band of Brothers
    The Pacific
    Flyboys
    D-day
    Citizen Soldier
    The Diary of Patrick Seasmus Flaherty
    2 atlas' of world war 2
    World War 2 ( a summary of the war in general)
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    Post by marysvillesquid on Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:59 pm

    This is a great book to read, if your a George Washington enthusiast. It really brings to light, how America came to be and the trials Washington and his men went through.

    Not to forget, it recieved a Pulitzer Prize!

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    Re: Military Bookworms?

    Post by riafomh on Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:27 pm

    I know some good ones, including General Swarzkopf (sp?)'s autobiography and another about a German officer who fought alongside Rommel - gotta hunt up the names, though...


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    Post by riafomh on Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:35 pm

    Yeah, "Dispatches" by Michael Herr, is THE BEST book on Vietnam, period. You will have 'war fatigue' just from how he writes it. The coolest part, however, is that excerpts from this book show up in Vietnam movie after Vietnam movie - everything from 'Hamburger Hill' to 'Full Metal Jacket'. They're not direct excerpts, but the basic tale/concept shows up in one form or another within the movie(s). I would be watching a movie and go "Hey! That's from the book!" - again and again...

    He was a war correspondent with... Esquire Magazine (?), and the book is basically about his time covering the war.


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    Re: Military Bookworms?

    Post by Falls on Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:40 pm

    I'm a huge student of warfare. Here's a small list of (a few) of my favorites. (non-fiction favorites at least)
    -Flags of our fathers -
    Absolutely brutal point of view of the battle of iwo jima. You'll literally have to put this book down from time to time to either cry, throw up, or just let your hands stop shaking. You feel like you have post traumatic stress when you're done.

    -Black hawk down-
    Too many people only see the movie. The book is 1000% times better. Get out there and find a copy.

    -Gates of fire-
    I guess this one is historical fiction, but its one of the most awesome books I've ever read. If you haven't read anything about the battle for Thermopylae, or about King Leonidas or anything, this is a great place to start.

    -Tiger Force-
    This is one of those books about Vietnam that gave some people in Washington heartburn. Just google it and you'll see why. This book is awesome, and is a prime example of how twisted and far gone some things in that war got to be. Absolutely awesome book though. Amazing story.

    -No true glory-
    About the battle for Fallujah, Iraq. Written by a US Marine infantryman who was there for the battle, this book pulls no punches, calls in no favors, and apologizes to no one. Honest, simple, and painfully in your face writing style. Can't recommend this enough. If you want some idea of what things were like on the ground back in those days, this will give it to you with so much honesty, you might find yourself wishing he had sugarcoated things a little bit.



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    Re: Military Bookworms?

    Post by Deffgrippa on Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:23 am

    I love my Second world war Books. I have a very decent knowledge of the eastern front Germans vs Russians.
    I just finished reading Panzergrenadiers Divisions 1939-1945 Very good book.
    Stalingrad by Antony Beevor is what i'm about to start reading.
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    Post by riafomh on Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:27 am

    One called.... "Face of Battle" by military historian John Keegan, who talks about how military historians only talk about battles in the context of the generals involved and their decisions, etc. So what he does is take 3 famous historical battles:

    The battle of Agincourt, where Henry V defeated the French despite being outnumbered by 4 or 5 to 1, approx 20,000 full-plate armoured French were defeated by about 5000 tired, hungry, and (not in armour) English.

    The battle of Waterloo, where Napoleon was defeated.

    The battle of the Somme (WW I).

    He takes each of these 3 battles and recounts them, but from a 'down-in-the-mud-and-the-blood' front-lines kind of perspective. Totally awesome.



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    Re: Military Bookworms?

    Post by Falls on Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:44 am

    Oh man, Ria I love that book. Its sitting on my shelf right now. Outstanding work. Smile
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    Post by gdead65 on Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:26 am

    Deffgrippa wrote:I love my Second world war Books. I have a very decent knowledge of the eastern front Germans vs Russians.

    When I bitch about how cold it is out there, I think about the Winter during Stalingrad and warm right up.......

    Ria- Thanks for the tip, I was looking for something to read before I made another attempt at a horribly translated version of "All is quiet on the Western Front".
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    Post by Moliat on Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:55 am

    The degrees in Norway drop to those temperatures every year, gdead :P


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    Post by Falls on Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:03 pm

    Oh speaking of the Eastern front. You all should REALLY check out a book called 'The forgotten soldier'. Its freaking brutal. Its written by a German infantryman who survived every major engagement on the Eastern front from 1942 all the way to the end of the war. Amazing, and horribly sad story.
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    Post by riafomh on Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:38 pm

    gdead65 wrote:
    Deffgrippa wrote:I love my Second world war Books. I have a very decent knowledge of the eastern front Germans vs Russians.

    When I bitch about how cold it is out there, I think about the Winter during Stalingrad and warm right up.......

    Ria- Thanks for the tip, I was looking for something to read before I made another attempt at a horribly translated version of "All is quiet on the Western Front".

    Oh wow, I feel like playing a game of Panzer Blitz right now... great strategy game...


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    Re: Military Bookworms?

    Post by Falls on Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:00 pm

    gdead65 wrote:
    When I bitch about how cold it is out there, I think about the Winter during Stalingrad and warm right up.......

    You should come hang out for a winter in Nebraska. We have colder winters and about as much snow as a lot of Northern Russia.
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    Post by Sp4 on Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:43 am

    You aren't fighting a war though right?
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    Post by Moliat on Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:48 am

    And we have houses, which kind of neglects the cold.


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    Post by Sp4 on Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:52 am

    Unless you do it like me and forget to close your bedroom window all the time.
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    Post by riafomh on Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:56 am

    I was born in the Yukon, about 300 miles north of Whitehorse (look it up, I guess...), in a small mining town up the side of a mountain. I remember one time when I was just a little gaffer, it was so cold you could go outside and SPIT on the railing, and then.......(few seconds pause here).... pick it up. Think it was -70 below that time.... not sure if that was Celsius, or Farenheit...


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    Post by Sp4 on Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:02 am

    xD

    -70 Fahrenheit, that is -55 or so Celcius. I think the lowest I ever "encountered" was -25 Celcius.

    -E- That "Face of battle" books sounds pretty interesting.
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    Post by gdead65 on Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:27 am

    BestFriendEvr wrote:Hoo boy. I am a world war 2 nut. I have
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    FYI>>>Dick Winters passed away a short time ago (RIP). It's sad to see the heros of that generation pass. My fav quote from him was when his grandson asked him: "Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?"
    His response was: "No, but I was in a company of Heros"
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    Post by Falls on Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:51 am

    RIP Mr. Winters.
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    Post by riafomh on Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:39 am

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    Post by Deffgrippa on Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:33 am

    Yeah russian winters are like -30 or something. What i read about the battle was the germans lost about 330,000 or more which was alomost there entire southern group.

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