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  1. RabidAlien

    RabidAlien Ace

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    Currently reading Heinz Schaeffer's "U-Boat 977". I'm not too big on the Navy side of WW2 (for some odd reason, I especially don't care much for submarine stuff! LOL), but this is a good book. Its always nice to get perspectives from the other side. What I don't care for is the trend that most German authors I've read are following: "we were never involved in the politics, we were just serving our country, we weren't Nazi's". Okay. So I guess there were no Nazis in the German armed forces. Otto Skorzeny's memoir is the only one I can think of where he doesn't go to great lengths to deny who/what he was. It was never flaunted, but he never denied it. I can respect that. But back on the book at hand: a good, fast read, I'm glad I picked it up!
     
  2. Kai-Petri

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    Next: The First Pathfinders: Operational History of Kampfgruppe 100, 1939-
    41 , Kenneth Wakefield, Oct 1992

    Chris Goss: Luftwaffe Fighters' Battle of Britain

    The SS Cavalry Brigade in Poland and Russia 1939-1942 by Mark Yerger
    Schiffer 1996
     
  3. Phantom of the Ruhr

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    B-24: Combat Missions by Martin W. Bowman
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    Started Eastern Inferno by Christine Alexander and Mason Kunze. It's the diary of a German soldier on the Eastern Front. Jeff (Slipdigit) wrote the Forward and several of our other Rogues are mentioned in the Acknowledgments. Read about 40 pages so far, and it's a good read.
     
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    A-58 Cool Dude

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    Did you get Jeff and the others to autograph it? That would be neat.
     
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    Currently reading "Secrets and Lies - a History of the CIA Torture and Bio-Weapon Experiments" by Gordon Thomas. Ties in well with the "Double Standard" thread on the use of 'brain-washing' and chemical/ bio-weapons. Interesting read about decisions from heads of the CIA on germ warfare and the tests conducted on "Volunteers" and purported bio-attack on Korea.
    Here is some of what is touched on in the book:
    Project MKULTRA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    It would be, except I bought it as an e-book. Maybe I'll get Jeff to forward a few electrons with his name on them.
     
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    A-58 Cool Dude

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    Well, can he e-sign it then?
     
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    belasar Court Jester Staff Member

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    Just finished Battle of the Ruhr Pocket by Leo Kessler. I said plenty in the Book forum about this turkey.
     
  10. RabidAlien

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    Currently reading "Secret Weapons of World War II" by William Yenne. I'm divided on this one. The editing is horrific (at one point, he mentions the launch date of a submarine by saying "it was launched on August."), and aside from the cover, there are absolutely no photos included anywhere. None. Nada. Not even a photo of an Me262. The only thing that's kept me reading is the fact that he's mentioned several weapons/submarines/rockets that I hadn't heard of before...and I'm looking forward to getting to Hitler's flying saucer. Would I recommend this book to anyone? Probably not. Will I keep it in my library? Probably not.
     
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    I just finished Atkinson's An Army at Dawn. What a read! It should be a "must-have" and "must read" on every student of US WW2 military history book list. As soon as I go through two issues of Military History, one Civil War Times Illustrated, the February issue of SKI Magazine and the latest issue of Playboy's Special Edition Voluptuous Vixens (all pictures, no words) that were put on the back burner while reading AAaD, I will be heading to Barns & Noble for the 2nd of the Liberation Trilogy by Atkinson.
     
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    Agreed, Rick Atkinson is one of my new favorite authors. Very easy to read, not too dry/academic in his writing, he gives you a perspective of the entire battle that feels like you're about 10 feet above the action, instead of sitting and looking at everything on an impersonal map in a headquarters somewhere.

    Update on "Secret Weapons". I put it down this morning. Just couldn't find the drive to finish the book. Now started "Iron Coffins" by Herbert A. Werner. "SW" book is one of only two WW2 books in my "sell" pile. I will not be keeping it.
     
  13. Phantom of the Ruhr

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    Jonathan Bastable's Voices of Stalingrad
     
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    The defence of the Reich-HitlerĀ“s nightfighter planes and pilots
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    Arms and Armour Press 1982
     
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    I'm reading The Last Stand, Nathaniel Philbrick's study of Custer and Sitting Bull at the Little Bighorn.
     
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    I just finished reading "Russia's Heroes" by Albert Axell
    I am now currently reading "Pegasus bridge" which was written by the guy who wrote "Band of Brothers"
     
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    ^Of all the books Ambrose wrote, Pegasus Bridge is my favorite. Enjoy.

    Right now I'm reading Eric Hammel's Pictorial Tribute to the battles on Tarawa as well as the Marshalls. So far I'm enjoying it immensely.
     
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    'Operation Werwolf' by Tom Kane, an eKindle book. Set at the end of the war, it's an based on a true story, but with a high tech twist.
     
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    The past month I've read:
    Band of Brothers-Stephen E. Ambrose
    We Who are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers-Marcus Brotherton
    Call of Duty: My Life Before, During, and After the Band of Brothers-Lynn "Buck" Compton

    Next I plan to read Beyond Band of Brothers The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters.
     
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    You're gonna love "Beyond Band of Brothers".

    I'm about half-way through "Iron Coffins" right now, by Herbert Werner, a German submariner in WW2. I have this really really strong desire to go out and get "Das Boot" on DVD.
     

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