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Pappy Gunn by Nathaniel Gunn
P-39 Airacobra Aces Osprey Publication
Hornets Over Kuwait by Jay Stout
 

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Custer6 said:
"The Path to Victory" by Douglas Porch

I read some really good reviews of this book and I have read 400+ pages of the 600+ pages total so far. Porch's view is that the Meditteranean Theatre of World War II was pivotal. From what I read so far, he fails to prove his point. Also, the whole book is so unrelentingly negative towards everybody in every way possible that I am not sure I will be able to finish it. The guy busts on everybody and engages in attacks both on a personal and professional level. IMHO, bad history, unsupported thesis, and endlessly negative. This is disappointing because I was really looking forward to reading this book.
I also recently received this book ( a XMas gift :D ) and have heard good things about it.
Although I have yet to begin reading the book, I should say there wasn't much to be positive about in the Italian Theatre.
I've always considered the Italian Campaign as a study in how NOT to fight a war.
From the landings in Sicily to the battles on the Po; every mistake that could be made, was made.
 

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"Iron Hulls Iron Hearts - Mussolini's Armored Divisions in N. Africa" by Ian Walker. Good book on a rarely covered part of the N. African theater.
 

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tigersqn said:
I also recently received this book ( a XMas gift :D ) and have heard good things about it.
Although I have yet to begin reading the book, I should say there wasn't much to be positive about in the Italian Theatre.
I've always considered the Italian Campaign as a study in how NOT to fight a war.
From the landings in Sicily to the battles on the Po; every mistake that could be made, was made.

Hi TigerSqn,

The Med Campaign does have many negative features.

Hope you will let us know what you think of the book when you read it.
 

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An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson was an excellent book IMO on the US Army in North Africa. While it didn't get into the rest of the MTO or Italy, it did a very good job depicting the growing pains of the US Army.
 

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The Doctor said:
An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson was an excellent book IMO on the US Army in North Africa. While it didn't get into the rest of the MTO or Italy, it did a very good job depicting the growing pains of the US Army.
Hi Doctor,
I read that book too. I thought it was great. About the only thing I found disappointing was the lack of credit given to USArmy artillery. Atkinson seems to have ignored the very important contribution this branch of the armed forces made to the victory.

Great stuff on the relationship among the Generals with each other. Even among the Generals, friends fired friends. Says alot about the commitment of the USArmy to victory.
 

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The Doctor said:
An Army at Dawn by Rick Atkinson was an excellent book IMO on the US Army in North Africa. While it didn't get into the rest of the MTO or Italy, it did a very good job depicting the growing pains of the US Army.
This book is on my "to read soon" list. It has received a lot of good comments on other forums also.
 

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Custer6 said:
Hi Doctor,
I read that book too. I thought it was great. About the only thing I found disappointing was the lack of credit given to USArmy artillery. Atkinson seems to have ignored the very important contribution this branch of the armed forces made to the victory.

Great stuff on the relationship among the Generals with each other. Even among the Generals, friends fired friends. Says alot about the commitment of the USArmy to victory.
Custer6

I agree on the Arty' omission. The way he tracked the activation of the National Guard units through training, deployment and combat was very well done. I've also read his Gulf War book, Crusade and thought it was well done. Have you heard when he may release the second book in the Liberation Trilogy?

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Many books about Stalingrad:

Battle of Stalingrad - Marshal Vasili Chuikov, 1968

Two hundred Days of Fire - Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1963.

Secret of Stalingrad - Walter Kerr, 1979

Stalingrad; Defeat of the German 6th Army - Paul Carell, 1980s....

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A Lonely Kind of War: Forward Air Controller, Vietnam
by MARSHALL HARRISON

Just finished it, for the second time.

It is a narrative by a FAC flying OV-10 Broncos in the mid-late 60's. One of the better Vietnam books I have read.
 

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I recently picked up Redcoats: The British Soldier and War in the Americas, 1755-1763 by Stephen Brumwell. It's one I've been wanting to get for awhile now.

"Drawing on wide-ranging research in North American and British archives, he revises the standard negative view of the ordinary British soldiers and their officers. This negative view sees the rank and file as the dregs of society who obeyed orders only out of fear of the lash, while their officers tended to be unimaginative fops or fools who had purchased their commissions. While not denying that there is an element of truth in these stereotypes, Brumwell demonstrates that by the end of the war Britain's "American Army" had become a flexible, impressive fighting machine. Brumwell notes the irony that George Washington's Continental Army owed much of its success to its emulation of the British army in the Seven Years' War.

Recent scholarship has highlighted the significance of the Seven Year's War for the destiny of Britain's Atlantic empire. This major study offers an important new perspective through a vivid and scholarly account of the regular troops at the sharp end of that conflict's bloody and decisive American campaigns. Fresh sources are employed to challenge enduring stereotypes regarding both the social composition and military prowess of the "redcoats". Stephen Brumwell shows how the humble soldiers who fought from Nova Scotia to Cuba developed a powerful esprit de corps that equipped them to defy savage discipline in defence of their "rights." He traces the evolution of Britain's "American Army" from a feeble, conservative and discredited organization into a tough, flexible and innovative force whose victories ultimately won the respect of colonial Americans."
 
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The Doctor said:
Custer6

I agree on the Arty' omission. The way he tracked the activation of the National Guard units through training, deployment and combat was very well done. I've also read his Gulf War book, Crusade and thought it was well done. Have you heard when he may release the second book in the Liberation Trilogy?

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Hi Doc,
The next volume was originally scheduled for this year but it was put off until 2006 while Atkinson worked on a different project. I think the new project is involved with the current war in Iraq.

I liked "Crusade" too.
 

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Custer6 said:
Hi Doctor,
About the only thing I found disappointing was the lack of credit given to USArmy artillery. Atkinson seems to have ignored the very important contribution this branch of the armed forces made to the victory.
In all fairness, Atkinson does acknowledge the contribution that Irwin's artillerymen made to stopping Rommel at Thala.
 

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I've just started reading Garbo: The Spy that saved D-Day. I think it has all his messages that he sent and recieved, translated thankfully.
 

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Finished "Iron Tigers" by Michael Farmer
Started "The Influence of Air Power upon History" by Walter J. Boyne
 
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Just Finished "Armegeddon to the Fall of Rome".

Just starting "Holy War: The Crusades and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East". Looks to be informative since the author is approaching the subject from all three viewpoints (Judaism, Christianity, Islam).
 

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Hello,

I've read some of few following books...I don't remember titles exactly, so please excuse me if I got them wrong...it's just off my head...

The most important book of all, the King James Version Bible! :D

FDR's Folly by Jim Powell, it describes how FDR prolonged Depression.

Iraq War by John Keegan, a summary of Operation Iraqi Freedom, a good book if you like Keegan.

Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell, another book on economics

Plymouth Plantaton by William Bradford, edited by Samuel Eliot Morris (1950 edition), a great book that tries to keep language changes to a minimum, thus rendering the quality of original manuscript.

Mayflower and Pilgrims by David Beale, a book on journey of Pilgrims and how they became America's spiritual ancestors.

Well, that's it...

Dan
 
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