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  1. Friedrich

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    Just got from a second hand book shop ( 1 ¢ !):

    Paul Brickhill's The Dam Busters.

    Any comment on this, Martin?

    [ 27. September 2005, 05:26 PM: Message edited by: General der Infanterie Friedrich H ]
     
  2. Martin Bull

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    Well, it couldn't be much more of a bargain than that ! ;)

    This was of course the book that forever fixed the Dambusters legend in the mind of the British public. It was a huge best-seller and was used as the basis of the film.

    In true 1950s style, it's a 'cracking good yarn', but beware the details - Brickhill gets quite a few things wrong ( to be fair, the subject hadn't been as deeply researched then as it is now ). The problem is, many subsequent authors ( including most recently Robin Neillands, as we've discussed here ) have simply used Brickhill as a source and thereby have perpetuated several Dambuster myths to this day......
     
  3. Jack Russell

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    Hello Gentlemen,

    Red Phoenix, the Rise of Soviet Air Power, 1941-1945, by Von Hardesty,1982.

    Yes, it's somewhat biassed, but it looks magnificent. I like it !!!
     
  4. Friedrich

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    Thanks, Martin!

    Guess I got a pretty good book for the price I paid! :D
     
  5. Marauder

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    Just started "Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War 1941-43"

    Then on to "Black Edelweiss" and "Seven Days in January"
     
  6. Martin Bull

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    Welcome to the forums, marauder ! [​IMG]

    An excellent choice of book, too - it's the latest book from David M Glantz, and I haven't seen any reviews for it in the UK yet. We'd be interested to hear what you think of it.
     
  7. Mahross

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    My latest is, Brian Bond and Kyoichi Tachikawa (Ed.) British and Japanese Military Leadership in the Far Eastern War, 1941-1945 . This is an interesting collection of essays by both British and Japanese academics. The stuff by the Japanese authors is especially interesting, especially their sources, which are out of bounds to non-Japanese academics. They are only available to Japanese academics or serving military officers of the JSDF. I recommend it, but be aware it is pricey, £65 for a book that is only 175 pages long, but that is Taylor and Francis for you!!

    Ross
     
  8. Jack Russell

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    Hello gentlemen,

    The Red Falcons; the Soviet Air Force in action, 1919-1969, by Robert Jackson
     
  9. silentmidgetassasin

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    I just picked up 2194 Days of War by Cesare Salmaggi and Alfredo Pallavisini from a used book store.
     
  10. Kai-Petri

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    Peter Caygill: Spitfire Mk V in action
     
  11. Martin Bull

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    I've got that one ! It's not a bad book - the Mk V often gets overshadowed by the exploits of the Mk I/II and Mk IX on either side of it....
     
  12. Kai-Petri

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    Martin!

    The nick name (three c´s) made me curious so had to get me a book to read about the plane!
     
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    A book on Iwo Jima. Very very interesting.
     
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    "Infantry Aces" Book about Knights Cross receipients. Covers the stories of 5 of them.
     
  15. Friedrich

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    Which one, if I may ask? [​IMG]
     
  16. Bill Murray

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    After taking a little break from WWII reading, I have just started EB Potters biography on Adm. William Halsey. Hopefully it will be as good as his work on Nimitz's bio.
     
  17. Kai-Petri

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    Next Henriette von Schirach´s memoirs. Don´t know if it´s any good but it´s always interesting to read views from many sides.
     
  18. Jack Russell

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    Hello gentlemen,

    I'm sorry to say that Christer Bergstrom once more postponed the release of Black Cross - Red Star, Vol 3. to march 2006 !! I'm gonna take my medication now !!!
     
  19. Martin Bull

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    ( Phew ! ) It'll give my bank-balance time to recover.... [​IMG]
     
  20. Erich

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    Jack/Martin I am glad Christer moved it back so I can save for EE's JG 300 volume 2 or Dr. Theo Boitens Nachtjagd work coming out at years end........and with the outlook of book prices the way they are I can be grateful I will be eternally broke.... :cool:

    tootles for now gents

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