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Roland W. est. 1984
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Hi,

i am new to wargaming hobby and because my girlfriends studies something about history (restauration and conservation of archeology objects) i get confronted with history all the time. I want to read about the most importent periods of WAR in history, but as always WHERE TO START.

Which book do you think are a must-read when i comes down to the history of war. (best they are also published in german^^...)
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A simple and enjoyable way is simply to head down to a bookshop or the library. Browse around and say you find something that you fancy like.. The Pacific War.. there are voluminous books and introductory books on this subject period alone. Grab the introductory, go to a corner, sit, read, sip a hot cup of coffee (if there's a cafe) and go from there.

You can search everything online, even use Google books to preview some or a publishers site like Osprey..but.. do take that walk to the bookshop or library...
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i thought maybe there are some perfect books to start with... true classics... from my girlfriend i know there are so many bad books about history that i think it is not easy to pick one
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My interest for napoleonic era was risen when reading (and watching) Cornwell's Sharpe's series - at first in India and later on in Pennisular War. The series are also uploaded in Youtube.
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I'm just reading Agincourt by Juliet Barker. Loads of research and its full of fascinating background and incidental detail that brings it all to life.
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sharpe is ordered :-)
it is not a book but... ^^ i feel that i like it.

books i think are best when you learn how the people lived (and maybe have feelt) the days and also get a sence of the warfare and military tactics
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I would suggest anything written by John Keagan (maybe Keegan) for a good overall history of warfare. For World War 1 a must read is The Guns of August.
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evil_puck wrote:
Which book do you think are a must-read when i comes down to the history of war. (best they are also published in german^^...)


I haven't read it, in fact I'm not much into military history at all (despite being a historian and a wargamer), but the German Amazon once recommended this book to me, which seems to be a good place to start, at least for the 20th centuriy: Gesichter des Krieges: Der Wandel bewaffneter Konflikte von 1900 bis heute by Martin van Creveld (it was originally written in English).
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I would read books starting with the classical antiquity Rome and Greece, mainly. Authors like Adrian Goldsworthy John Peddie and Yann le Bohec have written a lot about the roman army andits battle. Look on amazon.com or amazon.de for a research with these names.

You have also a series by Hans Delbrück, a German author, of 4 books about the art of war from antiquity to the modern times.

In addition a book covering several periods and battle like CARNAGE & CULTURE by Victor Davis Hanson is very interesting also, I strongly advise it.

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I never like reading in school, but then I found a book called Battle Fields of the Civil War, which Lead me to Battles and Leaders of the Civil War 4 very interesting books that has lead me to reading over 1,200 military, history books. so you never know what you are going to like in reading history. I like land battles.
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Hans Hans Delbrück ist very very old ... outdated but you get many many pages very cheap
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Crecy
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Warren-Ellis-Crecy-Raulo-Caceres/dp/...

The Battle
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1843543109/ref=s9_simh_gw...

Andrew Roberts
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Andrew-Roberts/e/B001ILHJEU/ref=ntt_...
Particularly: The Storm of War
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Storm-War-History-Second-World/dp/01...

I would also recommend reading such novels as Harry Turtledove's How Few Remain
http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Few-Remain-Harry-Turtledove/dp/0...
and other Alternate Histories, because they make you realise how fragile the balance of now is, given the remarkable idiosyncrasies upon which some battles turned.

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For the Napoleonic era "The Campaigns Of Napoleon" and/or "The Dictionary Of The Napoleonic Wars" by David Chandler

"The Face Of Batle" by John Keegan for the changing nature of warfare from Agincourt via Waterloo to WWI

Panzer Leader by General Heinz Guderian is good for WWII armoured warfare but very detailed.
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Roland

Try reading A War Like No Other by Victor D Hanson. It is a comprehensive read on the Peloponnesian War with some keen insights. Gives you a background on all Ancient Battles of that Period between the City States.
 
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Roland, you definately must have a look at:

Great Military Battles by Cyril Falls

Some of the most important battles of the period from Rocroi up to Stalingrad are described and contains maps,pictures and description of follwoing:

-Rocroi, Poltava, Blenheim, rossbach, Bunker Hill, Saratoga, York Town,
-Jena, Borodino, Waterloo, Balaclava, Bull Run, Gettysburg, Gravelotte / St. Privat, Tannenberg, Le Marne, Caporetto, Fall Gelb, El Alamein, Stalingrad.

great book to tart as it coveres all periods after 1600 AD.


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Starting with the 19th and 20th centuries, obviously the Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil War and World Wars I and II. I am sure there is alot on those (other than possibly the ACW) in German. In fact in many cases I wish some of it was more accessible in English.
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Why not start with Herodotus? (It's available in German!)

Honestly, it's an amazing read: lots of battles!
 
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The red badge of courage, by Stephen Crane, for the individual infantryman's point of view from the American civil war.


 
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For me, if you want to read a good war account, Antony Beevor's "Stalingrad" is excellent. It is in german as well, I believe. Check out amazon.de and search the author.
 
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My area of specialty is the American Civil War. It's very difficult to recommend just one book for any conflict and the civil war is no exception. Most civil war buffs would recommend Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era by James McPherson. I mention it simply because I know it's a popular choice. It's a broad scale and for me it's simply to broad scale which is why I don't recommend it as much as others.

For myself I recommend The Sword of Lincoln: The Army of the Potomac by Jeffry Wert. It's a more narrow focus than McPherson's book but with it's focus on the Virginian theater in the war and Lincoln's relationships with the commanders of the Army of the Potomac I think it's a superb first book on the subject. I myself read it years after I started studying the war so I knew most of the things in the book already but I found it's extremely enjoyable and with Wert's excellent writing skills it's a surprisingly strong page turner.
 
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For me the one that I started out with was "Barbarossa" by Alan Clark. Very good account of the Eastern Front on WWII. Also there are the books by Shelby Foote on the American Civil War:

* The Civil War: A Narrative. Vol 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville
* The Civil War: A Narrative. Vol 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian
* The Civil War: A Narrative. Vol 3: Red River to Appomattox

Cant go wrong with those three
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On the PAcific War, two books really fascinated me.
The fist one is by Spector, the eagle against the sun, a solid one book account of the WAr.
The second one is The Rising Sun, by John Toland, a facinating account of the war from the japanese side. Toland won with this one the pulitzer price and it's amply deserved.
I like too the Pacific WAr by Costello.

As was already written, Keegan is a very good military historian, and I loved The face of battle, the mask of ommand and 6 armies in normandy and found its histroy of warfare a particulary illuminating book.

On the 1940 campaign, the book by Karl Heinz Frieser Blitzkrieg Legende, Der Westfeldzug 1940 is a must read and on of the best military book I ever read.

On the eastern front, Glantz wrote several books on the subjects, and I really liekd his one book account of the war, when titans clashed. On the subject of the deshumanisation of the german army, I recommend Omer Bartov's Hitler's army, soldiers, nazis andwar in the third war.
John Ericksson account of the war, The road to stalingrad and the road to Berlin, are classic reading and fascinating books.

Julien
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I enjoyed Shelby Foote a lot although his southern bias gets a little irritating at times, particularly his use of nicknames for all the southern generals. For me it just detracts a bit from what otherwise was an excellent work. I have also enjoyed reading Stephen Sears books "Landscape turned Red" and "Gettysburg". At some point I think I'll get his "To the gates of Richmond" and Chancellorsville" as well.
 
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I've recently read Nigel Bagnall's book "The Punic Wars". I've no idea if it is available in German, but it is a very clear explanation of the the 3 periods of warfare between Carthage and Rome.

(ISBN 0-7126-6608-7)
 
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