My book-buying "problem"

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Chris C, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Am currently reading Forgotten Victor, about O'Connor. Two takeaways:

    If O'Connor had somehow been running the battle of Gazala he would not have stood for all the slipshod thrown together unrehearsed plans that didn't work.

    And it's not so surprising now to me that he got captured, as he had a habit of personal reconnaissance, even if his party didn't know how far the Germans had advanced.
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  2. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Still going strong. Absolutely indebted to men such as Wilf.

    Kind regards, always,


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  3. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    Wilf is a great lad (told me off for calling him Mr Oldham), I haven't seen him for years but have had a few chats with him and exchange letters
  4. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    This one is good, but rather iffy in many aspects. His account of day-to-day activities and oddities of military procedure for everyday common occurrences is good. His accounts of some the historical facts about the fighting, well not so much.

    In one paragraph, he mentioned his regiment encountering Panthers and Tigers in late June in Normandy. He was in the US 112thIR/28thID and we all know how many Tigers faced the US beachhead. In the same paragraph, he again mentioned the "dreaded 88" when referring to HE artillery landing among advancing infantry. Apparently that is the only medium artillery piece the Wehrmacht had. And finally, he spoke of the US "47mm" ATG that held off the aforementioned Tigers. I thought this might be a one-time misprint, but he has referred to the main towed US ATG at the time as a 47mm in several other places.

    Some of the writing is a bit unpolished (something I know a thing or two about), but considering he wrote this himself in his latter years, I can understand.

    I'm a little past halfway through it

    So far, I give it a 6/10, good niche (medical officer) account, but there are better autobiographies out there.
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  5. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Slowing but not stopped:
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  6. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Did it again ... o_O


    ... ordered this volume of US Army in WW2, "The Supreme Command" ... which completes my collection of the 'Green Books' of the European Theater of Operations.
    A bargain: Hardcover (used) for $ 35,00 (incl. postage)

    Edit : Book arrived today and it's a beauty!

    Also available in digital on the internet; but I prefer a book.
    See: The Supreme Command - U.S. Army Center of Military History
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  7. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Very nice nick if that's the one. I've got a couple but they're mostly ex-lib bargains.
  8. Wobbler

    Wobbler Well-Known Member

    Couldn’t resist for £3.98, albeit the Kindle edition.

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  9. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Italian take on the desert war in English.
    Couple of SCW titles

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  10. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    My book buying problem ended last November with my rapidly advancing cateract problem. I now have the date for the first of my ops (2nd March) after which I hope to revert to my book shelve lack problem (after I've dealt with my waiting to be read problem)
  11. Wobbler

    Wobbler Well-Known Member

    All the very best for your op. My dear old mum, brother and sister have all had cataract ops over the last two years (bodes well for me, doesn’t it) and came through with flying colours, all well chuffed with the results.

    Here’s to you having a book buying problem again very soon.
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  12. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    I have not actually signed a contract for a six-month job possibly leading to full time employment, but it is 99% is going to happen (just working out a few details). Soooo I might have gone and ordered a copy of The Battle for the Rhineland by Reginald Thompson. :)
  13. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    You've inspired me.

    Cost: 40 quid, but don't ask about the international postage.

    I've finally decided that it's time to investigate the battlefields that are literally round the corner from my home. I was reading Max Hastings account of 29 Ind Inf Bde in 1951 and it was every bit as gripping as Cassino, Sittang or Alamein.

    The danger, of course, is that this leads me to the War Diaries, which could be an enormous black-hole into which more money can be tossed, but I'm willing to take the risk!

    Farrar-Hockley is also meant to have produced something a lot more readable that your average 'penned by committee' Official History.

    More generally, I'd be glad to see some more discussion in the 'post-war' section here. I've been putting up drips and drabs over the last couple of years, but I'm not sure how much interest we can generate. A lot of the 'small unit' engagements of the 50s and 60s are 'fun' as accounts often focus heavily on characters and local tactics as opposed to grand strategy and politics.

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  14. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Here's some of the inspirational stuff:

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    Or this vignette:

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  15. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    That looks like a pretty reasonable forty quid to me.
    Though I am vulnerable to slip-cases...

    And I couldn't agree more on how it'd be nice to see more on Korea.
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  16. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Discovered this new (to me) Italian publisher that does English editions too. Not too dear and some interesting topics.
    Soldiershop – The Great Illustrated History Since 1983
    Picked up the following:
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    Also this showed up finally:

    Found a cheap copy which is rare with academic titles.
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  17. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I bought a similar title a number of years ago on eBay:

    Crisis fleeting Original reports on military medicine in India and Burma during the Second World War
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  18. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    I was weak again.
    I bought Battle by Kenneth Macksey, 1974 MacDonald and Jane's.

    Anyone read it?
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  19. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    A long time ago... It's a narrative primer on the nature of the Normandy campaign. A good and easy read but more 'truth' than facts.

    If memory serves, it was on the back of this that the Canadians commissioned him to write First Clash. This covers a 1980s Cold-War-turns-hot scenario at battlegroup level. It's a bit more official with maps and lessons learned. Also well worth a look in my book.
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  20. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Went to the Canadian War Museum today. Donated six books to their book room, and came away with two paperbacks for $5 - the Pan/Ballantine Cassino by Dominick Graham, and Mussolini: His Part In My Downfall by Milligan :)
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