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    Here's a few books I've recently picked up, and thought I'd share them:

    Relentless Strike: The Secret History of Joint Special Operations Command

    Modern American Snipers: From The Legend to The Reaper---on the Battlefield with Special Operations Snipers
    Last edited by TheKiwi; 08-09-2015, 12:58 PM. Reason: Changed title to reflect new purpose

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    We already have a books/good read thread here;

    You might consider asking the mods to move this post.


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      Damn, I missed that thread.


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        "Nobi", aka in English "Fires on the Plain" by Shōhei Ōoka in 1957

        ISBN 0-8048-1379-5 Tuttle publishing

        A Novel of a Japanese Soldier's WW2 experience while consumptive and retreating from Filipino Guerrillas and US troops on Leyte.

        Among things written about are the discipline of Japanese forces, murder of Filipinos and Japanese, neglect of medical care, starvation, and even Cannibalism among Japanese Army troops as resistance crumbled.

        Ōoka (1909-1988) was a 35 year old Journalist drafted in 1944 who served on Mindoro and was captured by US troops


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          We'll keep this one exclusively for military and history reading.

          I've been re-reading my Axis & Neutral Battleships of WW2 book. Damn it's good if you like reading technical details until your eyes are bleeding. There are 30 pages in a 500 page book devoted to all the torpedo and bomb hits the Yamato took and their effects alone.


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            Originally posted by TheKiwi View Post
            We'll keep this one exclusively for military and history reading.
            Sounds good, as I've got a pretty good library of military books. For my latest additions, I've picked up a couple of books on the wars in Rhodesia, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, and Namibia. Once I've had the chance to read through them, I'll post some mini-reviews. And Jack Murphy, over at SOFREP, as been telling me for months to check out a ebook called Jaeger: At War with Denmark's Elite Special Forces. I'll get to that next.


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              Victory at Any Cost: The Genius of Viet Nam’s General Giap
              ISBN-10: 1574887424
              ISBN-13: 978-1574887426
              Victory at Any Cost: The Genius of Viet Nam's Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, by Cecil B. Currey, offers a thoroughly researched biography of the leader of the Vietnamese Communist forces against the Japanese, French and Americans.


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                Right I've made the thread a sticky and changed the title.


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                  The War that ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan.

                  500+ pages on how Europe made the fatal decision to go to war in 1914. The chapters devoted to the pre-war peace movements and socialist movements and how they utterly failed to prevent war were some of the more interesting ones (and new to me).


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                    Panzer Leader by Guderian is certainly an worthy read. His clashes with Hitler and Nazi high command are very interesting, as is the (lengthy) section devoted to the creation and training of armoured troops in pre WW2 Germany


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                      I'm always more than a little cynical about the post-war claims of German generals, especially when it comes to clashes with high command. A lot of it seems to be post-facto attempts to say that they'd have done much better if only the OKW wasn't putting it's oar in, rather than accept that they were out-General'd by the other side.

                      Much the same as post-war German claims about human-wave attacks, which as we now know pretty much amounts to whining about being outnumbered, especially post 1943.


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                        Originally posted by TheKiwi View Post
                        I'm always more than a little cynical about the post-war claims of German generals, especially when it comes to clashes with high command.
                        I'd maintain a degree of skepticism, but unlike many he actually went far enough to be relieved of command for withdrawals contravening standing orders in 1941


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                          Vanguard to Trident - British Naval Policy since WWII by Eric J.Grove. (First Published 1987).

                          Recommended if you have an interest in the subject and can find a copy for a reasonable price.

                          It discusses in depth the issues faced by the RN post WW2 in an era of massively reduced budgets and a large oversupply of (mostly obsolete) ships with the government eager to redirect spending and manpower into rebuilding the British economy.


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                            It Never Snows In September by Robert Kershaw

                            I'm only 1/3 of the way through but it gives a very interesting account of the German experience of Market Garden and the response they cobbled together. Certainly seems worth a read if you have an interest in the operation. Certainly it's valuable to see a relatively objective analysis of what the Germans did right rather than just assigning blame to allied intelligence failures/overconfidence


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                              Soldiers in the Woods
                              The U.S. Army's Spruce Production Division in World War One

                              Author: Rod Crossley
                              ISBN: 978-0-9831977-1-3

                              I just got this book the other day and have just skimmed it. The subject is about how the U.S. Army created a military unit of loggers and railroaders to handle the labor problems that were hindering aircraft spruce and Douglass fir production in the Pacific Northwest. The book covers the problems the Air Corps had when it was part of the Signal Corps, the labor issues, and the operations at the time. It also gives a good account what happened to the assets post war. I highly recommend this book if one is interested in wartime production issues, logging, railroading, or non-combat military units.