Books that need publishing.

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by von Poop, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Personally, I'm waiting for single volume coverage of each major British Tank type of a comparable quality to "Mr Churchill's Tank" or the Spielberger series on German Armour.

    Any more that'd get you down the bookshop/Amazon like a shot?

    Cheers,
    Adam.
     
  2. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    I'd like to see a good book on the US 31st Infantry Divison, the Dixie Division that served in the SW Pacific, New Guinea and the Philipines. I have several family members who served in that division, in the 167th Infantry.

    Also, I'd like to see a good book on Watch on the Rhine, but from the American point of view, maybe throw a in chapter or two on the 101st AB. Have any ever been written on that subject, it's such and obscure battle?o_O
     
  3. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    Right now I need a good book on German Amphibians of the last war and a pamphlet on the useage/history of the Notek blackout light.
     
  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    ;)

    I've been looking for a while but never seen a decent/thorough English language book on French Tanks? That'd be nice.
     
  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    More on the the immediate postwar period, allied control commisions, rebuilding of German Industry etc.
    I find it a sparsely covered period... or is it just me?
     
  6. Donnie

    Donnie Remembering HHWH

    1st Fife and Forfar Yeomanry 1939-1945.....

    Donnie
     
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I'd like to see a After the Battle book (Yawn) for:

    Korea, Italy and Africa for starters.

    :D
     
  8. Donnie

    Donnie Remembering HHWH

    How about we all help write a forum book about a subject narrowed down by the forum members, with all our knowledge put together the result would be spectacular!

    Then have it published? a legacy for others that follow to live up to?

    Donnie
     
  9. m kenny

    m kenny Senior Member

    ;)

    I've been looking for a while but never seen a decent/thorough English language book on French Tanks? That'd be nice.


    index

    All their books are bi-lingual French/English

    the 'Trackstory' series would be your best bet
    Trackstory
     
  10. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Thanks MK, I've often hovered over their Char b book.

    Do you know of any single volume encyclopedia in English? Something like the old Chamberlain & Doyle/Ellis books?
     
  11. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    I started a thread on this subject in another forum I frequent but I'd be interested in getting the views of the wise ones here.
    There's a huge amount of material out there on the Second World War and more published each year. However is there any subject or area that you feel has been neglected in English publishing? Anything you'd like to see in print apart from the 1000th general book on the Spitfire, Tiger Tank, Battle of Britain or B-17?

    Here's an incomplete list of some subjects I'd like to see covered:
    An English history of Operation Marita and the Greek campaigns of 1940-41.
    A survey of British armour in the 1940 campaigns
    British armoured cars in the desert, a survey
    A history of the Inshore Squadron in the Med.
    A study of the Luftwaffe reconnaissance units particularly the users of the Hs 126 and Fw 189
    And conversely a look at the Lysander units of 1940
    A new study of the Battle of the Java Sea and the NEI campaign.

    Okay that's me done for starters!
    Have at it!
     
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  12. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Transport, low loaders, bowsers and lawnmowers of the RAF during the Battle of Britain.
    The WAAF during the Battle of Britain
    502 Sqd during the Battle of Britain
    Andree Borrell of SOE with new photos
    49 Sqd of Bomber Command
    A history of Fiskerton Airfield.
     
  13. bitoque

    bitoque Junior Member

    Hello!

    I'd like to see Tom Jentz publish more books from the series "Tank Combat in North Africa".
    A dream of mine "Tank Combat in North Africa - June 1940 to February 1941"... maybe i'll write it one day :)

    -Nuno
     
  14. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Had this in mind for a long time, so first up for me would be a Then and now book on the Burma Campaign.
     
  15. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    We had this thought a while back, when the forum was largely populated by tumbleweed
    (Oooh! a post, not seen one of them for a few hours... remember that, old lags? all seems a long time ago.)
    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/books-films-tv-radio/11973-books-need-publishing.html
    Hopefully it'll fly a bit more this time around as the old place is so much stronger.

    I haven't really changed my 'wants list' - still waiting for a solid encyclopedia of French Tanks, more coverage of British vehicles in the same detail as eg. Spielberger on German machines, and haven't yet found much on the allied control commission and German industrial regeneration postwar (though to be honest I've not looked for those last two for a fair old while).
     
  16. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Thinking more - I'd really like to see an update of the old Chamberlain & Ellis tank Encyclopaedias - best stab anyone's yet made at really solid general coverage of US/British/German types. Most general tank encyclopaedias are pretty crap, so why not take those two as a basis and build a genuinely useful, in-depth & somewhat wider book on all the WW2 Tanks. Those two, but with the Akirk 'Tanks!' site melded in & fleshed out - I'd pay top dollar for a one-stop tome like that.

    And Bovington/HMSO.
    If you're reading this - REPRINT THE DAVID FLETCHER MECHANISED FORCE/GREAT TANK SCANDAL/UNIVERSAL TANK SERIES! Preferably in one well-indexed volume.
    The secondhand price for those ought to give some indication that they'd sell like hot cakes (well, as hot as obscure-ish tank cakes get), maybe even invite The Blessed Fletcher to do some updating, so those of us who already paid the loopy price will feel unable to not buy a copy.

    Edit: Gotta love those algorithmic pricing routines:
    Amazon.com: Used and New: The Universal Tank: British Armour in the Second World War (Pt.2)

    The Universal Tank: British Armour in the Second World War (Pt.2) (Paperback)
    by David Fletcher (Author) - $10,806.20 + $3.99shipping

    Maybe It's time to put mine on for a bargain $10K... :unsure:
     
  17. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    And Bovington/HMSO.
    If you're reading this - REPRINT THE DAVID FLETCHER MECHANISED FORCE/GREAT TANK SCANDAL/UNIVERSAL TANK SERIES! Preferably in one well-indexed volume.
    The secondhand price for those ought to give some indication that they'd sell like hot cakes (well, as hot as obscure-ish tank cakes get), maybe even invite The Blessed Fletcher to do some updating, so those of us who already paid the loopy price will feel unable to not buy a copy.

    Amen brother! I regularly scour the second hand websites looking for copies of these titles at not too outrageous prices with no luck. Had a line on a copy of the Great Tank Scandal at under $100 CDN a couple of months back but order was cancelled as the book had already walked out the shop by the time I placed my order!
    Grrrrrr:mad:
    Ran into the same issue with this pricey gem:
    Amazon.com: Rays of the Rising Sun, Volume 1: Japan's Asian Allies 1931-45, China and Manchukuo (9781874622215): Philip Jowett : Books
    Copy for under a hundred found, ordered, lost in the mail. Getting reimbursed was sad comfort! And as there's a kindle edition available now, slim chance of seeing it reprinted. Us dinosaurs who like looking at our photographs in larger print format are SOL!

    Edit:
    And at that price VP you'd think they'd throw in the shipping !
     
  18. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    :lol:
    To be honest, I've seen the Tank Scandal & Universal Tank recently at prices mildly cooled from their peak. They don't hang around for long though.

    One sport here at £35 ;) get it while it's hot:
    Amazon.co.uk: Used and New: The Great Tank Scandal: Part 1: British Armour in the Second World War

    Enjoy the chase, though - I don't think you'll be disappointed when you do get your mitts on it. Still one of the classics in my opinion, publishers should be pushing David Fletcher to turn out more from his enormous British Tank brain.
     
  19. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member Patron

    Transport, low loaders, bowsers and lawnmowers of the RAF during the Battle of Britain.


    Yes!

    Did the British have a name for the blue and green colors used on equipment comparable to America's Olive Drab, or OD?

    Dave
     
  20. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    "The Complete unabridged AB 405s (Unit register of vehicles to war establishment) of the British Army - 1936 - 1945"

    I'd settle for just 'B' vehicles actually. :)
     

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