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Re: Recommended reading on the USA 1919-1945

Post by OpanaPointer » 18 Apr 2016 19:07

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OpanaPointer wrote:I served aboard USS Reeves '81-'83.
Sir - was this in the beginning / middle / or end of your career?

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Re: Recommended reading on the USA 1919-1945

Post by USS ALASKA » 19 Apr 2016 14:28

Ah - '81 was the beginning of my DoD career.

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Re: Recommended reading on the USA 1919-1945

Post by Delwin » 18 Sep 2020 21:08

What you can recommend on Ardennes battle? I have already reviewed "Time for Trumpets", Cole classics and now I am reviewing book by Dupuy plus few books in Polish (great analysis by F. Skibinski: chief of staff of Polish 1st Armoured). In each case I miss view from the German side (both details of fighting units and their strength to put the fights in context) as well as decision making/time tables etc. Where shall I go next? Bergstrom, Caddick?

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Re: Recommended reading on the USA 1919-1945

Post by Richard Anderson » 18 Sep 2020 23:25

Delwin wrote:
18 Sep 2020 21:08
What you can recommend on Ardennes battle? I have already reviewed "Time for Trumpets", Cole classics and now I am reviewing book by Dupuy plus few books in Polish (great analysis by F. Skibinski: chief of staff of Polish 1st Armoured). In each case I miss view from the German side (both details of fighting units and their strength to put the fights in context) as well as decision making/time tables etc. Where shall I go next? Bergstrom, Caddick?
Danny Parker's old title on the Ardennes was pretty good...he mined about all of the original German records that are available. We did too in HGL, but we didn't include much detail on the German decision making beyond the initial planning. It wasn't on Trevor's radar and Harper-Collins was more occupied with getting additional "human interest" inserted (which is why the index is screwed up, but that is a different story), so we basically never got around to it beyond the shuffling about of XXXIX Pz.-Korps in the end stage.

I haven't read Caddick-Adams, but hear it is pretty good...Beevor's book is pretty horrid - big surprise - I wasn't able to get past the first few chapters. Christer's book is a bit bewildering to me. His Germaan material is excellent, he did a good job mining the available sources, but much of what he writes about the U.S. Army is...odd I suppose is the nice way to put it. I supplied him with much of the American data, especially on tank and AFV losses, and he somehow used it to infer there was a conspiracy among the American leadership to conceal losses. It is truly bizarre, since he never came back to me to ask questions about things he was unsure of. Instead, he simply let his imagination take over and spun fantasies. It is one of the many reasons why I no longer freely share my data compilations, too many people have seriously deranged ideas about what they can tell them.
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Re: Recommended reading on the USA 1919-1945

Post by OpanaPointer » 18 Sep 2020 23:38

Eisenhower's Bitter Wood was worth a read.

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Re: Recommended reading on the USA 1919-1945

Post by Delwin » 20 Sep 2020 20:33

Richard Anderson wrote:
18 Sep 2020 23:25
Delwin wrote:
18 Sep 2020 21:08
What you can recommend on Ardennes battle? I have already reviewed "Time for Trumpets", Cole classics and now I am reviewing book by Dupuy plus few books in Polish (great analysis by F. Skibinski: chief of staff of Polish 1st Armoured). In each case I miss view from the German side (both details of fighting units and their strength to put the fights in context) as well as decision making/time tables etc. Where shall I go next? Bergstrom, Caddick?
Danny Parker's old title on the Ardennes was pretty good...he mined about all of the original German records that are available. We did too in HGL, but we didn't include much detail on the German decision making beyond the initial planning. It wasn't on Trevor's radar and Harper-Collins was more occupied with getting additional "human interest" inserted (which is why the index is screwed up, but that is a different story), so we basically never got around to it beyond the shuffling about of XXXIX Pz.-Korps in the end stage.

I haven't read Caddick-Adams, but hear it is pretty good...Beevor's book is pretty horrid - big surprise - I wasn't able to get past the first few chapters. Christer's book is a bit bewildering to me. His Germaan material is excellent, he did a good job mining the available sources, but much of what he writes about the U.S. Army is...odd I suppose is the nice way to put it. I supplied him with much of the American data, especially on tank and AFV losses, and he somehow used it to infer there was a conspiracy among the American leadership to conceal losses. It is truly bizarre, since he never came back to me to ask questions about things he was unsure of. Instead, he simply let his imagination take over and spun fantasies. It is one of the many reasons why I no longer freely share my data compilations, too many people have seriously deranged ideas about what they can tell them.
Apologies- I forgot (Kindle version be damned) that you are co-author of the book with T. Dupuy. So far I found your book best when it comes to tactical aspects of the battle however I have found difficult to follow "big" picture" without comments on the operational aspects of each day as well as German decision-making during the battle. While the first I can cure relatively easily the second is pretty difficult.

I did not even considered Beevor - he writes about everything which gives you hint. I have reviewed Christer's sample in Kindle and I found it a bit odd to say the least: I full understand various sentiments but his narrative did not suit me. No sure I want to pay for that. I believe will go for Caddick-Adams first. Thanks!

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