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  1. scarface

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    I, too, am re-reading McDonald's 'A Time For Trumpets', this time with the goal of tracing Dad's movements through the battle - with that in mind, does anybody have any links to detailed (the more detail, the better) maps of the battle area?


    -whatever

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  2. Biak

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    I think the best book I have ever read is "Once an Eagle," by Anton Myrer. It was recommended to me by a Soldier about a Soldier. Since it is the only book Gen. Henry Shelton said he ever read twice I believe I'm in good company.
     
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    I just started reading:

    Lost Victories
    Author: Erich Von Manstein
    Foreword by: B. Liddell Hart
     
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    " At Rommel´s side"-The lost letters of Hans-Joachim Schraepler

    The book is made of the letters sent to his wife during the war, often by colleagues taking them on their flight back to Germany so no censor would be able to change the letters. His son found them in 2001 after his mother died.Interesting addition to the books on life with Rommel in DAK.
     
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    I decided to do some homework before the HBO series "The Pacific" aired, so I re-read Robert Leckie's and Eugene Sledge's memoirs. On Guadalcanal, Leckie's unit comes in contact with a Coastwatcher. Knowing very little about them, I picked up Lonely Vigil: Coastwatchers of the Solomons by Walter Lord (Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press [Bluejacket Books, 2006], 1977. What a great read so far! One of those "if you read only one book about Coastwatchers, read this one" type books. Highly recommended.

    Greg C.
     
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    I just read Flyboys by James Bradley. Very informational book that covers the lead up to the war with Japan and their isolationism views that led to some of their extremely inhuman atrocities. Main storyline revolves are the various US airmen that were shot down while on missions to Chichi Jima late in the war, one of which was former President Bush. Highly recommended to others.
     
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    I am currently reading Stuka Pilot by Hans-Ulrich Rudel and Fortress Without a Roof: The Allied Bombing of the Third Reich by Wilbur H. Morrison.
     
  8. Richard

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    Reading this one at the moment...

    Most Secret War
    By R. V. Jones

    Telling the story of the scientific war...German Beams, Radar, Enigma and so on.
     
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    I recently finished Jeff Shaara's WWII trilogy. VERY good reading! Covers in the entire war in Europe and is planning a fourth book to deal with the war in the Pacific.

    I like the fact that Shaara gives the points of view from all parties involved. Much food for thought.
     
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    Have just finished The German Invasion Of Norway - April 1940 by Geirr H Haarr (brilliant book and will be buying the follow on volume). Started to read The Siege Of Kustrin 1945 by Tony Le Tissier but just can't get in to it at the moment so I am now reading Utmost Savagery - The Three Days Of Tarawa by Joseph H Alexander. So far, so good.
     
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    Little Wolf at Leyte: The Story of the Heroic Uss Samuel B. Roberts (De-413) in the Battle of Leyte Gulf During World War II by J. Henry Doscher
     
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    Currently am on chapter 5 of The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw. Really fascinating book it's hard to put down, but unfort. if i had enough time this past week i would have been quite further.
     
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    The Eagle has landed by Jack Higgins.
     
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    I just finished Max Kennedy's Danger's Hour. It concerns the USS Bunker Hill and the kamikaze attacks on her in May 1945 that finished the war for her. It looks at the two kamikaze pilots and their "training" and motivation. It also is a good primer on aircraft carrier construction and examines the heroic efforts of its crew as it struggles to save the ship.

    I recently read Kershaw's The Few, which looks at American fliers who volunteered for the RAF before the US got involved in the war. I thought it was OK, but felt that it probably only deserved about half of the pages it used.

    I also picked up With the Old Breed. I'm almost ashamed to admit that I hadn't read it previously, but it's next in the queue.
     
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    I just finished the latest copy of Civil War Times Illustrated, and now I'm into the latest copy of World War Two Magazine. Makes for great bathroom reading you know.
     
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    World War Two used to be a great magazine, I had a charter subscription, but when they changed the layout it started to suck really badly, the articles became rehashes of stuff I'd already read, very little original scholarship. I haven't read it in several years now, what a pity. Maybe I'm missing out on a good read but I just couldn't stand what they did to it.
     
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    It's not so bad anymore. Take a peep at the newstand next time you are in there. The history magazine rack is usually next to the adult entertainment section.
     
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    Heinz Werner Schmidt:
    With Rommel in the desert
     
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    Just finished this past weekend the bedford boys, now im reading Cobb by Al Stump, to take a book break from wwii
     
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