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Foelkersam
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Post by Foelkersam » 19 Mar 2004 22:01

Hi, i'm reading "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoj. I've read a third and think it's very good, though i think Dostojevkijs books is better. But, as i said, i've not finished it yet, so maybe i change my mind. Tolstoj is far more easy to read than Dostojevkij.

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Post by Gyenes » 19 Mar 2004 22:13

Foelkersam wrote:Hi, i'm reading "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoj.
Way to go. I hope you have the will to finish it. Though it is a good read of course, but I feel the immense depth scares many people.

I myself am reading The French Foreign Legion: a complete history of the lengendary fighting force by Douglas Porch. Not sure how good it is as I have only begun today. Having finished up Monty's Autobiography in preportation for a research paper. All and all I would say Monty's Autobiography was a good read, but as he was not the best writer it could get rather dull at times. By that I mean I would just list numbers and talk about supplies for several pages.

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Post by Foelkersam » 19 Mar 2004 22:25

Gynes, i will finish it. Like i said it's very easy to read. It's on 1300 pages and i read about 50-70 a day. I read about 30-35 book a year, and only 1/3 of these are military literature. But, if you not are used to reading i can imagine that some people feel it to be 'heavy'.

By the way, my TV broke down yesterday so their is not much else to do. :( :D

/David

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Post by USAF1986 » 20 Mar 2004 08:43

I just finished reading “Wielding the Dagger”: The Marinekorps Flandern and the German War Effort, 1914-1918 by Mark D. Karau (Praeger Publishers, Westport, Connecticut, 2003)…highly recommended for an interesting and scholarly treatment of this WWI German multi-functional naval organization commanded by Admiral Ludwig von Schröder (the “Lion of Flanders”).

Another recent read: The Americans in Brittany – 1944: The Battle for Brest by Jonathan Gawne (Histoire & Collections, Paris, France, 2002). If you have an interest in this little reported offshoot of the Normandy campaign, then THIS is your book! All aspects of the Brittany fighting are covered including the reduction of St. Malo/Dinard and the Ile de Cézembre. Based on unit records and veteran recollections and packed with maps, OOBs and many never-before-seen photographs, I highly recommend this book!

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Shawn

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Post by Benoit Douville » 20 Mar 2004 15:38

Qvist,

I agree with you. "Hitler's Last Gamble" is an excellent study of the Battle of the Bulge by Colonel Trevor H. Dupuis. He is one who said that the Wehrmacht soldier were the best fighting soldier of World War II. A marvelous piece of literature.

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Post by F/PAUL » 24 Mar 2004 02:07

New Reads: Sd. Kfz. Pz. Kpfw. VI Tiger Ausf. B "Konigstiger" Vol I & II by Waldemar Trojca - Good Stuff!!

Focke-Wulf FW-190 "Long Nose" An Illustrated History of the FW 190D Series by Dietmar Hermann

Jame's Infantry Weapons 2004-2005 - This is gonna take awhile!!

Re-reads: Scorched Earth by Paul Carrell I learn something new each time I pick this up.

Slaughterhaouse - An Encyclopedia of the Eastern Front

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Post by F/PAUL » 24 Mar 2004 02:10

New Reads: Sd. Kfz. Pz. Kpfw. VI Tiger Ausf. B "Konigstiger" Vol I & II by Waldemar Trojca - Good Stuff!!

Focke-Wulf FW-190 "Long Nose" An Illustrated History of the FW 190D Series by Dietmar Hermann

Jame's Infantry Weapons 2004-2005 - This is gonna take awhile!!

Re-reads: Scorched Earth by Paul Carrell , I learn something new each time I pick this up.

Slaughterhouse - An Encyclopedia of the Eastern Front

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Post by Michate » 24 Mar 2004 08:55

"Kursk 1943" by Zetterling/Frankson

"Mittlere Ostfront, Juni 1944" by Gerd Niepold

"Das deutsche Reich und der 2. Weltkrieg" (Germany and the Second World War), Vol. 4 and 6

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Michael

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Post by Armfeldt » 24 Mar 2004 12:59

I´m currently reading three books
- On War -> Clausewitz
- Hitler/Hubris -> Kershaw
- The Cardinal of the Kremlin -> Clancy
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Post by Richard Murphy » 24 Mar 2004 21:22

Thanks to finishing Richard Lamb's excellent The Drift to War 1922-1939 I've taken a sudden interest in the period between the Wars, so I'm now flicking between;
The Gathering Storm-Churchill (Owned all six (Sadly, only the first four are original hardback 1st's.) for years, only just getting around to reading them!), which is very interesting, though Winston's style is a bit floral for my taste!
Prelude to Downfall-Hitler and the United States 1939-41-Saul Friedlander. Fascinating! I didn't know that the German Press was forbidden from reporting Lindbergh's Des Moines speech for fear of making it look like he was being directly supported by the Nazi's!
I also have Shirer's Collapse of the Third Republic and Dupuy's A Genius for War lined up.

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Post by Kaan Caglar » 24 Mar 2004 22:19

Currently reading Gallipoli of Alan Moorehead. Its an unbiased book and a well written one. And has accurate info dealing with the emplacements.
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Post by Hans_Rudel » 24 Mar 2004 22:31

I'm going to read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by Shirer. I am also trying to decide whether to read that or The Second World War by John Keegan

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Post by Chadwick » 26 Mar 2004 03:03

Just picked up Passage Through Armageddon: The Russians in War & Revolution 1914-1918 by W. Bruce Lincoln.

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Post by Orok » 26 Mar 2004 04:14

Just finished John R. Schindler's Isonzo: the Forgotten Sacrifice of the Great War. Starting Geoffery Wawro's The Austro-Prussian War: Austria's War with Prussia and Italy in 1866.

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Post by Juha Hujanen » 30 Mar 2004 14:21

I've read first 100 pages of Montgomery's memoirs.400 pages to go :)

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