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Angles of Attack : An A-6 Intruder Pilot's War
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Angles of Attack : An A-6 Intruder Pilot's War
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I gave up on that one and now I'm in

"Somalia on $5 a Day : A soldier's Story"
by MARTIN STANTON

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It is a report from the deployment of American forces to Somalia in the year before the famous "Black Hawk Down" battle.

Contrary to what the title and look imply, this book is rather oversaturated with military details. If you want to know precisely how a light division's infantry battalion was layed out in 1992, this is your book.

It also gives better or more impressions of the situation in Somalia at the time and what peacekeepers are facing.

There are many direct "lessons learned" in there, from when it is worth to defend a warehouse, whether it is a good idea to let some of the supplies slip and what it must feel like for a few tiny Japanese businessmen to try to seperate two NYC street gangs battling each other.
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Finished "The Influence of Air Power upon History" by Walter J. Boyne.
Interesting read, focused on U.S.

In between I read "Armored Cav" by Tom Clancy to get up to speed for the game "Flashpoint Germany".
A nice depiction of the Cav, although a bit dated (1994), the Comanche and XM8 were scrapped since, I think.

Now started "Green Team" by Richard Marcinko for something light in between.

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Guadalcanal Diary by Richard Tregaskis

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"It is impossible to understand modern Europe without understanding these sixteenth-century upheavals in Latin Christianity," he writes. "They represented the greatest fault line to appear in Christian culture since the Latin and Greek halves of the Roman Empire went their separate ways a thousand years before; they produced a house divided."

Worked my way through the first 200 pages so, hope to have most of it read by the time I return to work.

Very interesting and very well written by a man who knows his Reformation!

Refeshing to read he advises having The Bible near at hand to follow the Theological Disputations at the heart of the split in the Western Christian Church.
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Supreme Courage: Heroic Stories from 150 Years of The Victoria Cross, General Sir Peter de la Billiere, Little, Brown, 2004.
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Better than 'The longest day'? Which is my favourite! Now in my 4th read. I must get it, who was the Author? Further to this conversation, have you read 'Invasion 44' ? by John Frayn Turner.Very good I thought. Some very interesting info; on the training of young RM recruits for landing craft crews. (Which involved me.)

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Ace book! My favorite on the Normandy Campaign.
Suggestion, try 'D Day. Piercing the Atlantic Wall.' By Robert Kershaw and I will try yours!!
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Massacre at Tobruk....

....by Peter C. Smith.

A well-written book on the incredibly botched British Operation Agreement. The mission was to destroy stores and port facilities in Tobruk just before the start of the El Alamein offensive, to render ineffective the Axis forces' supply system going through that port. The attack went in during the night of 13/14 September 1942 and quickly developed into a minor disaster for the British forces. Those that got ashore from the improvised landing vessels were mostly killed or captured - several hundred, only a few got away. The special party going in from the desert also achieved very little.

The landing forces were taken to their assigned areas with two RN Tribal destroyers and more than a dozen MTB's, ML's and Fairmiles. After having disembarked some of the troops NW and E of Tobruk the destroyers and some MTB's were to enter the harbour, subdue any resistance, the destroyers to disguise themselves inside the harbour as Italian ones till the evening (there were Axis airfields close by Tobruk) and return to Alexandria after dark.

As a preliminary to the attack a heavy air bombardment was carried out. This was the first mistake as it was later found that this only warned the defenders and increased their readiness. The second was that the MTB units lost contact with each other during the advance, only half of them were accounted for when the attack was supposed to start. These were US-made Elco PT's. Selected because the British MTB's of the East Med force were considered too unreliable. Only 2 made it to the eastern landing area. One of these went aground and was captured with a lot of secret papers. The MTB force assigned to enter the port were not able to get through the booms and were taken under fire from the shore. The same happened to the destroyers, they all had to pull back. In the meantime the German FLAK batteries (88 mm's) had started to take their toll. HMS Sikh was seriously damaged, later to sink. HMS Zulu tried to take her in tow but had to give up due to the heavy fire from the shore. Italian coastal batteries also mixed in.

Worse was to come. As the surviving RN units pulled out and set course for Alexandria Luftwaffe and the Italian Air Force came into play. The AA cruiser HMS Coventry with a destroyer screen was outside of Tobruk as a back-up force. On the way back she was sunk by enemy aircrafts operating from Crete and the North African airfields. More than half a dozen PT's, ML's and Fairmiles were bombed and sunk by the Luftwaffe and machine gun fire from Italian Macchis and CR42's.

Not unexpectedly such a disaster had to be excused in some way. They had been betrayed! The author's investigations show quite clearly that no such thing happened. It was simply a case of bad planning and a competent defensive job by the Axis forces. If the landing force had gotten ashore as planned their losses would just have been even greater. All according to Smith.

Smith asks the obvious question: Had the Mediterranean Command learnt, or heard, nothing of the two recent British disasters, The St. Nazaire and Dieppe raids?

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