My book-buying "problem"

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

  1. Ewen Scott

    Ewen Scott Well-Known Member

    I can recommend Ashey Jackson's book. I also got his follow up "Ceylon at War 1939-1945". I found this less interesting with a large part being devoted to wartime life within Ceyon itself and the rest being a repeat, albeit in more detail, of the Ceylon related part of "Islands Ports and Sea Lanes".

    I've also got his Persian Gulf Command awaiting my attention.

    I don't know what it is about Boyd. Every time I pick it up I can't seem to get beyond page 100.
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  2. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

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  3. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Thanks for the link.... In my mind I spent a fortune that SAS book is about the price it was when it came out If I recall correctly.
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  4. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Thanks for the information re Jackson's book about Ceylon. I'm interested as my great uncle served there from mid-war onwards with a variety of RAF radar stations, so wartime life in Ceylon sounds good for me. :cheers: That will have to go on my wish list.

    I'm enjoying Boyd so far, but am only up to p.60 so I'll let you know whether I can get past my century with him. :D

    As a obsessive reader/researcher about the war in Europe and the Mediterranean for the last 30 years or so, I think a journey into the depths of the Indian Ocean will do me a lot of good in terms of understanding Britain's global war and perhaps go far to explaining some of the constraints that the Chiefs of Staff were always working within and which an over-focus on the war in Europe can make seem trivial when in fact they were of great importance.

    I'm also trying to get a hold of a copy of the 1942 Churchill War Documents - about 1700 pages though, so I think some form of swing out table to read in bed like the old boy himself had at Chartwell is called for, not sure how my missus will react to that suggestion though. :D


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  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Already got a much earlier edition, but, y'know; classic, and a quid.
    Definitely underlines ATB's revision policy, as it's twice the thickness of the one I had. 30 years between printings & still a 'live' product. Really interesting way to publish. Must look at a recent 'Panzers in Normandy' to see how/if they ever fixed that properly.
    If buying ATB - get the most recent edition possible. Makes a difference more than any publisher I've seen. Admirable policy, but also makes secondhand purchase tricky.

  6. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    One that's been on the 'to buy' list for a long time and finally got around to ordering it today.

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  7. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    Excellent, not too expensive I may hope
  8. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    It's a reprint. £22
  9. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Lots on the Freikorps in the the Baltic post WW1
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    Two new SWP titles
    Filling a gap (an old and often used excuse !)
    Second release from a new aviation publisher. The authors are well respected aviation historians
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    And finally two books on Belgian armour in 1940
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  10. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    After having purchased the complete series of US Army in the Mediterranean Theater, I embarked on the Italian Campaign. Finished Blumenson's volume on 'Salerno to Cassino' and now started with the sequel Fisher's 'Cassino to the Alps'.

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    These books unfortunately are a bit lean in tactical maps which makes it difficult at times to follow the actions, something unusual since the European Theater series has an abundance of excellent maps. To compensate for this I bought copies of the American Forces in Action series. Small books which have heaps of maps that fill up the gaps in the main series.

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    Especially the latter has superb maps.

    On the minus side: Having expended a lot of money on these books, I now have to do all the dish washing for the next two years, which I have to admit is a bit of a problem o_O.
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  11. youngvet

    youngvet Junior Member


    has anyone read this book "Operation Market Garden: September 1944-Simon Forty, Tom Timmermans". I have a lot of books on Arnhem but is this just ANOTHER book on the subject rehashing old theories or is there substantial new information?


  12. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Ooh, you bugger.
    I have a dim memory that one of the things that first kept me here was a strange little chat about Belgian T13s.
    A machine that seems to have a massive amount more info available than a decade ago.
    Appears to be French language only? Quite steep for something I can't read... but...
  13. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Orwell1984, you have been busy! :)
  14. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Postage delays...... ;)
  15. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    It is in French only but lots of pictures with easily translatable captions. This is volume 1 of a two volume set.
    Volume two still in the works. This book deals with development and design and prewar. The second volume will be combat use in WW2.
    It was a book I'd hummed and hahed about getting. I bit the bullet for my birthday and ordered them both.
    Great service and got into a nice email correspondance with one of the authors.
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  16. Don Juan

    Don Juan Well-Known Member

    I'm going well off the beaten track with this one:


    Be interesting to see if she has anything to say about the much rumoured Nazi occultists.
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  17. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Well I decided to make a purchase for charity (it's in a good cause!!!)... the Tank Museum that is. Was tempted by Thomas Jentz's Tank Combat In North Africa but it was just too much for me. I ordered discounted copies of the Haynes Centurion manual, the small version of their Churchill book, and my own copy of Forgotten Voices: Desert Victory.
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  18. Markyboy

    Markyboy Member

    So..... the naval and military press sale is back on. I’m only £15 lighter this morning which is quite restrained.
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  19. idler

    idler GeneralList

    The City Bookshop (Norwich) saw me coming...
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  20. Stuart Avery

    Stuart Avery In my wagon & not a muleteer.


    once you have gained enough spending money via the dish washer over the next two years then you ( should) buy a book that goes by the title of CASSINO THE HOLLOW VICTORY The Battle for Rome Jan-June 1944.Its by John Ellis.

    At around 600 pages its stuffed with detail. Its taken me a age to read it twice.The Bibliography pages run from 521 to 529. The war ARCHIVAL SOURCES he has not read you do not need to. At five pages, I'm still trying to obtain some of them. He rates the French has some of the most detailed he has come across.

    Hope you get the chance to obtain a copy? Not sure about that chap that goes by the name of Martin Blumenson. He's a bit one sided. Something to do with that chap that goes by the name of Lt General Mark. W..... ( Wayne) Clark, Commanding General, Fifth Army.

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