Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Gage, Mar 12, 2006.
Mine has it to.
It's printed in green ink.
Ahhh, cheers Owen.
I just found this in one of my bedside drawers. My brother got me this for Christmas 2018, I’d put it away for a bit of nightly pre-sleep reading and had then completely forgotten it was there as it became buried under lots of other odds and ends..until its rediscovery today. Books coming out of my ears at the moment!
A general with RSI ??
Have finished Canada and the Liberation of the Netherlands (Goddard). Very good - to a great extent accounts from Canadian soldiers and Dutch civilians. Helped really bring it home for me.
I'm now on to a library book - C. S. Forester's The Ship, a novel of I think a fictionalized light cruiser on convoy escort duty to Malta. I didn't even know he wrote WW2 fiction but it came up when talking with my father, because apparently his novel The Good Shepherd has been adapted for film and will be released this May.
Just completed this book, which I found thought-provoking, uplifting and utterly dismaying at times too.
Just started this book
This is a VERY good book. Really good at conveying the experience of being on a sub in various situations. The disaster Young was in on his second boat (collided with a trawler and sank) was terrifying. I think it helps that I toured HMS Alliance last March, so that when Young talks about the crew spaces I have a memory of what those were like. (If you go near Portsmouth I highly recommend the sub museum.)
A classic which I first read over 50 years ago
Back in the days when we still had a king and I was a wee sprog a diesel electric boat called in at Preston Docks. Dad somehow knew the commander and I got given a tour of the boat which I think may have been a T Class. The diesel was running charging up the batteries and what has stuck in my mind to this day was the sheer noise inside the pressure hull. It was near unbearable.
I've neglected this thread a bit recently but my last few were:
The Boy Airman - Richard Petty (Not much to this one really, a generic view of WW1 by his son and a few pics and diary entries from the man himself. One for memoir completists who are more hardcore than me. PM me if you want it!)
Rovers of the Night Sky - Nighthawk MC - (WW1 long range bomber pilot. Plenty of action, all written in a boys own style. 'The Great Game' rather than the horrors of war, but a decent read nonetheless).
Dimsie - Donald Stones (Mentioned this one earlier in the thread. Cracking read of a DFC* pilot who served in the Battle of France, Britain, Malta and Burma. It combines his two previous books and adds a final few pages leading up to his retirement. At least half of the book is post war, dealing with his time in Kenya, Malaya as a DC and latterly as an aircraft salesman. His numerous failed marriages are also laid bare. All in all a very honest memoir)
I am currently reading up about the North African campaign. I have just finished ‘Tobruk and El Alamein (Australia in the war of 1939-1945)’ by Barton Maughan, and have moved on to ‘The Desert Generals’ by Corelli Barnett.
That's pretty much the genesis of the idea that there actually was a first Battle of Alamein as opposed to a series of disparate and uncoordinated actions that succeeded in keeping Rommel from the Delta through sheer good fortune.
The counter-blast against the 'Montgomery Myth' as it were.
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