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I'm currently reading the long awaited volume 3 of David Glantz and Jonathan House's Stalingrad trilogy. It appears that volume 3 is going to consist of up to 3 books and there is a companion book to volume 3 Book 1? Is this still a trilogy or is it a serial ?
I'm about halfway through the book and it is very detailed but not as dry as some of Glantzs stuff. I thought the first 2 books were quite good To the Gates of Stalingrad and Armaggedon at Stalingrad.
I have found that the books Glantz teams up with House on are far more readable and Glantzs best work.





So what are you guys reading?
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The Life & Times of Pancho Villa by Friedrich Katz

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The military talents of Pancho Villa are often obscured by his diplomatic stumbles or tactical errors. While this book is not primarily a military history it does illustrate Villa's rise and fall as a commander. Villa was a military innovator -- perhaps it might be more accurate to say that he combined a number of existing but wildly diverse elements into a unique system. His actions during the Celaya campaign in 1915 (Villa's Waterloo, 100 years after the demise of Napoleon) reflect an intuitive grasp of a golden strategic opportunity unraveled by flaws in Villa's personality. Recommended.
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Because I don't understand Napoleonic games too well, I am reading Tactics and the Experience of Battle in the Age of Napoleon by Rory Muir. The read so far has been pleasant and informative.

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Just started Mussolini and his Generals, by John Gooch, following the very excellent Fascist Voices.

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I finished April's excursion through The Great War in North Africa with a couple of Lettow-Vorbeck histories. On the matter of related games, there is an early S & T edition with a game called Sideshow: The Campaign for German East Africa 1914-1918 that I might try and acquire and give a go...and then there is The Battle of Tanga 1914 on the way later this year.

I have read many Vietnam books over the last few years, but I have been saving one for the right time, and I read We Were Soldiers Once by Hal Moore this past week. It was every bit as good as I expected it to be. Moore managed to capture some of the fear felt by those troops as they lay in elephant grass not knowing if that rustling in the grass just feet away was friend or foe. I thought it was reasonably well balanced as Moore included comments from the leader of the PAVN 66th, 33rd, and 32nd.

So now I am mounting up the double-sided counters (Grrr....) from Vae Victis for Ia Drang, Vietnam 1965. I am also wishing I owned Silver Bayonet: The First Team in Vietnam, 1965. So far, restraint mode is firmly engaged.
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I got this for completeness sake, expecting nothing, but its full of interesting albeit occasionally extraneous points not to be found elsewhere. A downside is the absurd diagram of Norman foot and cavalry marching in lockstep into the Malfosse. Hardback, 158 pages, 8x5 inches, £6 on Amazon, but the 67 illustrations may render the £1.79 Kindle edition unsatisfactory. There's 25 other books in the 'Battle Story' series, color-coded according to century/period:-

http://bit.ly/Sdsszd


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...which says it all. Viewing the Senlac site from above I thought it a bit low-lying compared to nearby slopes, such as Telham on which I was standing.

Sir Anthony Robinson
and Time Team place the battle of Hastings 150 yards to the east, whereas Nick Austin says it was at Crowhurst, a few miles south.


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which looks very interesting and will probably arrive tomorrow [stand by for update!]
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I just finished



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This is a very interesting Book about the German Air Landings in the Fortress Holland and the Dutch Countermeasures. It was written by a Dutch Author and you get good Accounts from both Sides.


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Jimp - you're aware of this game, right? Guns of the Askari
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The Blitzkrieg Legend by Frieser
The Battle for Stalingrad by Chuikov

Glantz's Stalingrad series is up next, although I will probably start with Erickson's chapters on Case Blue as a refresher.

I'm reading about the Eastern Front from 1941-1945 more or less chronologically, with Erickson as a backbone, and reading other books that may exist for greater depth as I go.
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On the last chapter of this, I am enjoying it, I have the most recent printing and the new introduction by the author explains how looking back he wasnt objective/neutral in his writing and that some things he took for face value he should have pursued further. An honest reflection I feel. The last chapter is about his return to some of the areas visited in the 80's with rise of Osama bin Laden, 9/11, and the US invasion in the early 2000's.

That said I still think it is a good book showing a good perspective of the Mujahideen side of things during the war by someone who took the physical risk to go inside Afghanistan during the Soviet-Afghan War.

I have most of Robert's books that deal with military history and I like his style, looking forward to reading his other titles (Particularly his Balkan Ghosts).

Edit: Just finished it, definitely recommend.
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I will be touring the Western Front this autumn, concentrating on the 1914-1915 sites. Therefore, I am now reading



and plan to follow it up with

Murray's The Rocky Road to the Great War: The Evolution of Trench Warfare in 1914

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Arcology wrote:
The Blitzkrieg Legend by Frieser
The Battle for Stalingrad by Chuikov

Glantz's Stalingrad series is up next, although I will probably start with Erickson's chapters on Case Blue as a refresher.

I'm reading about the Eastern Front from 1941-1945 more or less chronologically, with Erickson as a backbone, and reading other books that may exist for greater depth as I go.


I too have been entertaining a similar reading adventure. Which authors do you have in mind to supplement Erickson?
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eviltediz43 wrote:
Arcology wrote:
The Blitzkrieg Legend by Frieser
The Battle for Stalingrad by Chuikov

Glantz's Stalingrad series is up next, although I will probably start with Erickson's chapters on Case Blue as a refresher.

I'm reading about the Eastern Front from 1941-1945 more or less chronologically, with Erickson as a backbone, and reading other books that may exist for greater depth as I go.


I too have been entertaining a similar reading adventure. Which authors do you have in mind to supplement Erickson?


Earl Ziemke Moscow to Stalingrad and Stalingrad to Berlin
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I have started the 6 volumes of Winston Churchill's Second World War. I managed to find a complete hardbound set published in 1950 for only $50. Eyewitness to Hell is still on the back burner due to its vivid imagery, I really want to finish it sometime soon so I can start to get over it.
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I finished April's excursion through The Great War in North Africa with a couple of Lettow-Vorbeck histories.

Is his name misspelled in your microbadge, or does it refer to another person?
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eviltediz43 wrote:
Arcology wrote:
The Blitzkrieg Legend by Frieser
The Battle for Stalingrad by Chuikov

Glantz's Stalingrad series is up next, although I will probably start with Erickson's chapters on Case Blue as a refresher.

I'm reading about the Eastern Front from 1941-1945 more or less chronologically, with Erickson as a backbone, and reading other books that may exist for greater depth as I go.


I too have been entertaining a similar reading adventure. Which authors do you have in mind to supplement Erickson?


So far, I've recently read or plan to read:

Operation Barbarossa and Germany's Defeat in the East by Stahel
The Battle for Moscow by Seaton
The Defense of Moscow 1941: The Northern Flank by Radey and Sharp
The Glantz/House Stalingrad series (volumes 1 & 2 for now)
Red Phoenix Rising: The Soviet Air Force in World War II by Hardesty and Grinberg
Black Cross Red Star: The Air War Over the Eastern Front Volume 3 by Bergstrom, Crandall, and Sundlin

I have other books that I've read in the past, but these are the focus for now. A lot of great research has come out in the last 10 years.
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fredthomas wrote:
InvisibleRobots wrote:
I finished April's excursion through The Great War in North Africa with a couple of Lettow-Vorbeck histories.

Is his name misspelled in your microbadge, or does it refer to another person?


The name is misspelled! I wrote the BGG user who did the badge, and he said he intended to fix it, but was not keen on going through the whole microbadge approval process again. I would like to see it fixed, but I *think* that it might be poor form for me to initiate the process - rather than the creator.

Lettow-Vorbeck was a pretty incredible guy; not just a brilliant strategist, but a tough old bird. I heard a story from the MB creator that one of his (German) professors grew up living next to L-V. What the professor most remembered was how L-V would throw these incredible tantrums directed at his aging lawn mower; yelling at it and occasionally kicking it! I guess we all have our weak link.
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Jimp - you're aware of this game, right? Guns of the Askari


No, I wasn't Paul. But thank you for bringing it to my attention! It looks like a pretty good game that I need to try. Much obliged. My FLGS keeps copies of back issues of ATO, so I might have it as soon as today.

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Knight's Cross: A Life of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel



I'm attempting to fill in my woeful lack of substantive knowledge about WWII. I have a side interest in WWI's Battles of the Isonzo, and Rommel played a role in several battles in 1917-1918. Once you get past the first chapter, which is mostly political scene-setting and writerly throat-clearing, the book takes off and is a very readable account of Rommel's actions.
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Continuing my rereading of the WWI classics. Last month was Barbara Tuchman. This month it's Robert K Massie:


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I think its in one of the books about Crete, that the recruiting posters haven't changed since the war: Keine Muttersöhnchen in den Fallschirmjägern !
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fredthomas wrote:
InvisibleRobots wrote:
I finished April's excursion through The Great War in North Africa with a couple of Lettow-Vorbeck histories.

Is his name misspelled in your microbadge, or does it refer to another person?


Hi Fred -- all fixed now.

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I will be touring the Western Front this autumn, concentrating on the 1914-1915 sites. Therefore, I am now reading



and plan to follow it up with

Murray's The Rocky Road to the Great War: The Evolution of Trench Warfare in 1914



If you haven't seen "Before Endeavours Fade" by Rose Coombs, you should check it out. It is an excellent tour guide of the battlefields. It is from a British perspective and it concentrates on their sites. I would highly recommend this book.
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