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I have been reading Hitler's War: The War That Came Early by Harry Turtledove.
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Currently, re-reading for the fourth or fifth time, George MacDonald Fraser's omnibus, McAuslan Entire, his hilarious short stories books--A General Danced at Dawn, McAuslan in the Rough, and The Sheikh and the Dustbin. Fraser uses his wit and storytelling to describe experience as a junior officer in the Gordon Highlanders post-WWII. Like any good piece of literature, one can read his book and find something more from one's growth and experience between readings.

This time I found his description being in the North African desert at night, which I experienced in the First Persian Gulf War. "Perhaps it was the desert, hot as a furnace floor during the day, a mystery of silver and shadow and silence by night; as you stood on the parapet and looked out across the empty dunes, you felt very small indeed and helpless, for you were in the presence of something that had seen it all, through countless ages, something huge beside which you were no bigger than an ant."
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Currently, re-reading for the fourth or fifth time, George MacDonald Fraser's omnibus, McAuslan Entire, his hilarious short stories books--A General Danced at Dawn, McAuslan in the Rough, and The Sheikh and the Dustbin. Fraser uses his wit and storytelling to describe experience as a junior officer in the Gordon Highlanders post-WWII. Like any good piece of literature, one can read his book and find something more from one's growth and experience between readings.

This time I found his description being in the North African desert at night, which I experienced in the First Persian Gulf War. "Perhaps it was the desert, hot as a furnace floor during the day, a mystery of silver and shadow and silence by night; as you stood on the parapet and looked out across the empty dunes, you felt very small indeed and helpless, for you were in the presence of something that had seen it all, through countless ages, something huge beside which you were no bigger than an ant."
The story of McAuslan's court martial is a classic
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Absolutely. Fraser is one of the few writers who captures well dialect in dialogue.
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First Light

Was alerted elsewhere at ACG of 'First Light' by Geoffrey Wellum and rightly so.

Just started reading and still at his RAF flying training in 1939 not progressed yet to BoB but already very much chamred by his 'stream of consciousness' writing.

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390 pp of indepth look at Japanese battleship development. Uses some of the latest Japanese sources and very technical so not for those looking for an operational history
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I just finished reading The King Without a Kingdom, book 7 in The Accursed Kings series by Maurice Druon. Next up is Hitler's War, book 1 of The War That Came Early series by Harry Turtledove.
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Albert Kesselring: Soldat bis zum letzten Tag.

I like this book because the author does not write in the whimpering tone sometimes seen in German WW2 biographies. He also stands up for his opinions and decisions, even if those are not totally house-clean. Like sometimes praising Hitler's way of thinking. That said, he is critical of him more often than not. But, mainly on strategic matters.

I wasn't aware that Kesselring actually had his background from the army - artillery. He also served a lot in staffs during and after WW1. This could explain his appointment as an area commander - Italy, Africa, Western Europe Theatre of Operations.

As an army officer, a general as well, he felt obliged to learn to fly when he transferred to Luftwaffe. This came him to good use as a commander of Luftflotte 2 in France and on the Eastern Front. Eventually, he spent quite a few hours in his personal Focke-Wulf FW189, a three-seat twin-engine tactical reconnaissance plane, travelling between his commands and scouting the front lines with his own eyes. As Commander of Obercommando Sud (Italy, Mediterranean, Africa) he, much like Rommel, often flew over the desert. At that time he was 58 years old.

Another news to me (on Wikipedia) was that he was shot down five times during the war. He doesn't elaborate much on this in the book.

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Hitler's Forgotten Flotillas: Kriegsmarine Security Forces

Looks at the smaller craft of the Kriegsmarine (R-boats, minesweepers, landing craft etc)
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A Higher Form of Killing

A definitive history of the development and use of chemical and biological weapons, including nerve gases.

I doubt many know the vast and terrible extent of the use of war gases in WWI by all sides, nor the fiendish ingenuity used to make their deployment ever more effective.

I have just reached the stage of Soman, the second nerve agent developed by Germany, ten times more powerful that Tabun, the first nerve agent developed as an insecticide.

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Just a bit over halfway through Christopher Goscha's "Vietnam: A New History". For readers who wonder why a "new" history of Vietnam is needed, the simple answser is: If you read Frances Fitzgerald's "Fire in the Lake" and accept that as the standard account of modern Vietnam, you were misled. Fitzgerald's depiction of Ho Chi Minh's Vietnam as being the righteous heirs of "a timeless, deep-seated culture of resistance to foreign invasion and colonial domination" (Goscha's words) depended far more on drinking the official Party coolaid (my words) than any analysis of real historical facts. Again to quote Goscha: "Whether one is for or against American intervention in Vietnam, there are serious problems in terms of how American-focused accounts of the wars like... (Fitzgerald's "Fire in the Lake") ...represent the Vietnamese past." Goscha doesn't deny the importance of communist nationalists in shaping Vietnam's present, but rather intends to demonstrate that "communist Vietnam was but one of several possibilities."

Goscha's "Vietnam: A New History" assembles all the scholarship written on Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and French colonialism in Indochina over the past 42 years, and distills it into a readable yet important book.
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Just finished "The She Wolf" recently good series.
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Just finished "The She Wolf" recently good series.
I was sad to finish that series. It was the best I had read in quite some time.

Right now I am reading West and East, book 2 of The War That Came Early series by Harry Turtledove.
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