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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by uhu » 24 Jan 2019 22:29

I just picked up a great book, that was flying under the radar, about the Allied air war over Europe a bit prior to D-day to the end of the war. Answers in great personal detail who had the most casualties from the air war. Up till now you'd think is was the Wehrmacht, or even the British. A few more guesses and you'd still be wrong. Not the Germans as they were bunkered up and the worst case was coming out and finding their Wilderstands destroyed. No the most casualties were suffered by the French, Belgian and other civilians with little cover as entire towns were wiped out to slow down German reinforcement. A very different book,
Beyond the Beach: The Allied War Against France (History of Military Aviation)

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Randy W. » 13 Feb 2019 05:25

I've found some books by David irvin is he worth Reading

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Attrition » 13 Feb 2019 20:08

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In Passage Perilous: Malta and the Convoy Battles of June 1942 (2012) by Vincent P. O'Hara

Just a cursory look so far, plenty of useful detail of Axis operation but too much "Aha! Told you that the British were gilding the lily!".
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Read most of it now, he writes that the Italian navy got better after the fiascos of 1941 and the British didn't but seems oblivious to the Japanese war and the diversion of resources it caused.

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by guder » 15 Feb 2019 15:19

Heydrich by Max Williams incredible amount of photos that take up half the book.

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by crimsonjunk » 24 Feb 2019 19:06

I'm about halfway through "On A Knifes Edge, The Urkraine, November 1942- March 1943"

I'm enjoying it so far. It's almost a companion to Antony Beevors "Stalingrad". In that it focuses on Mansteins efforts to save the southern front after 6th Armies encirclement. It has plenty of maps but I it lacks a large overall map to help give context to the smaller maps. I find myself on the internet trying to find context for the maps. It has plenty of first hand accounts from first hand participatants. His writing style really reminds me of Antony Beevors which I think is a good thing.

Overall I'm glad I bought it

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Peasant » 25 Feb 2019 11:03

Not "reading", per sè, but I'm watching the "Soviet Storm" documentary, here's the playlist in english: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... 0nWuNbHOM6

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Peasant » 26 Feb 2019 13:13

Peasant wrote:
25 Feb 2019 11:03
Not "reading", per sè, but I'm watching the "Soviet Storm" documentary, here's the playlist in english: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... 0nWuNbHOM6
P.S. After reading the comment section on the original videos I feel like my IQ has dropped by 10 points. It's like 110% of today's russian nationalists have congregated there, pouring a torrent of shit on germany together with the rest of western nations as well.

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Attrition » 05 Mar 2019 00:03

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Baughen, G. The RAF in the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain: A Reappraisal of Army and Air Policy 1938–1940 (2016) Fonthill Media 978-1-78155-525-5

Iconoclastic, entertaining and partly convincing analysis of RAF policy, with a little too much hindsight for its own good. Worth a read for the examples RAF management preferring to risk losing the war rather than divert effort from its strategy of industrial attrition through bombing. I thought that Portal was a villain and a bit of a shite; the book adds to the impression.
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I liked it enough to order the sequel

RAF On the Offensive: The Rebirth of Tactical Air Power 1940-1941 (2018) Air World 978-1526735157

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Attrition » 03 Jul 2019 20:34

Apropos the above, England and the Aeroplane: Militarism, Modernity and Machines by David Edgerton (2013) adds the macroeconomic, grand strategic and political analysis that Baughen only sketches.

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by JeroenPollentier » 19 Oct 2019 13:09

JeroenPollentier wrote:
25 Oct 2018 16:58
I'm reading the first volume of William Manchester's Churchill Biography.
It's very long and detailed, but I just can't put it down. It's one of the best books I've ever read, though I found his "Goodbye, Darkness" rather disappointing.
I'm reading the second volume of William Manchester's "Churchill" at the moment, and I can wholeheartedly recommend this one as well.
Next I'm going to buy his "The Glory and the Dream" "American Caesar" and of course the third volume of the Churchill biography, co-written by Paul Reid.

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Imad » 19 Oct 2019 17:17

Finest Years: Churchill As Warlord 1940-45

Max Hastings

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by Imad » 19 Oct 2019 17:20

JeroenPollentier wrote:
19 Oct 2019 13:09
JeroenPollentier wrote:
25 Oct 2018 16:58
I'm reading the first volume of William Manchester's Churchill Biography.
It's very long and detailed, but I just can't put it down. It's one of the best books I've ever read, though I found his "Goodbye, Darkness" rather disappointing.
I'm reading the second volume of William Manchester's "Churchill" at the moment, and I can wholeheartedly recommend this one as well.
Next I'm going to buy his "The Glory and the Dream" "American Caesar" and of course the third volume of the Churchill biography, co-written by Paul Reid.
Fantastic writer. I’m hesitant to read the third Churchill volume as it wasn’t written by him, but I think I shall take the leap and give it a go.

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by OpanaPointer » 19 Oct 2019 17:48

A Call To Arms: Mobilizing America for WWII by Maury Allen. 897 pages of minute detail about the socio-economic mobilization of the US.

Reader be warned: Allen mentions an agency once and includes the acronym. Then he never expands it again. Keep a score sheet of your own, there's not one in the back of the book.
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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by krp13 » 23 Oct 2019 18:53

My recommendations, mostly Finnish and German books.
https://legendarywarbooks.blogspot.fi/

Kurt Meyer Grenadiers and Simo Häyhä White death, you should read.

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Re: What is everyone reading on WW2?

Post by JeroenPollentier » 26 Oct 2019 17:32

Imad wrote:
19 Oct 2019 17:20
JeroenPollentier wrote:
19 Oct 2019 13:09
JeroenPollentier wrote:
25 Oct 2018 16:58
I'm reading the first volume of William Manchester's Churchill Biography.
It's very long and detailed, but I just can't put it down. It's one of the best books I've ever read, though I found his "Goodbye, Darkness" rather disappointing.
I'm reading the second volume of William Manchester's "Churchill" at the moment, and I can wholeheartedly recommend this one as well.
Next I'm going to buy his "The Glory and the Dream" "American Caesar" and of course the third volume of the Churchill biography, co-written by Paul Reid.
Fantastic writer. I’m hesitant to read the third Churchill volume as it wasn’t written by him, but I think I shall take the leap and give it a go.
I'm hesitant to buy the 3rd volume as well, after having read some mixed reviews. What do you consider the best book about Churchill's WW2 years, is it the one by Max Hastings?

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