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Doing book reviews takes up a lot of time, so i was just wondering what people were reading and what they thought of them?

 

I just picked up for 20p at a jumble sale "Dunkirk - Fight to the last man" by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore (great name). At about 700 pages it is big book but i am really enjoying it.

 

The previous one i finished (from same jumble sale) was "Destination Basra" which was ok, but didnt get me too excited. A pity really when you consider what those boys did, but I just didnt find it very exciting.

 

Anybody got anything to add?

 

Tim (too)

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I am reading a brilliant book from a WW2 U Boat commander. It's a biography of his war time service.

 

It's called IRON COFFINS and it's by Herbert A Werner. His boat amongst others was U-557.

 

I've also bought another book, again a biography, called PANZER LEADER by General Heinz Guderian.

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I got Ken Smalls The Forgotten Dead about Op' Tiger at Slapton in a charity bookshop for a quid the other week. His crusade to erect a monument to the men who died that night in the form of a DD Sherman he negotiated the purchase of from the US government and brought up from the seabed. A very good book about a very interesting man and a very worthy cause

 

oh and it was signed :)

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By Tank into Normandy - as reviewed by Snapper.

 

So far in it gives a great insight into how it was to fight in tank. It is the first WWII book that I have picked up since last year.

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OK specialist intrest, but a new book just published called 'Our's' The Story of the Jersey contigent in World War One.

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A book called 'Sniper One' about Our snipers is Iraq. Brilliant.

Get Eight lives down as well!

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I have just finished Attack State Red about the Royal Anglians in Afghanistan. It is one of the best books to come out of the war thus far. I don't mind admitting there was one moment when a soldier was killed that I had to stop, I was so upset.

 

I recently finished a book about the Norwegian campaign of 1940 called Hitler's Pre-emptive War. It is a superb translation into English but it becomes a little hard going.

 

Another recent gem was Long Rifle by Joe LeBleu, a US sniper in Iraq. Not gung-ho and easy on the eyes when you don't want to be overly challenged after a long day in the saltmines.

 

Sniper One and Eight Live Down are superb books. I've been trying to mix in and out of periods but there is a proliferation of Iraqistan books at the moment. As you know, we have The Pathfinder under way and I welcome reviews of new/very recent books. Olaf has helped with the next edition, which is out in October.

 

I want to resurrect the book reviews thing on the forum and this would mean appraisals of classic/old/unknown/favourite books. I've got quite a number I never got round to posting up due to other tasks including several from Tony B which all need to be sorted.

 

So let me know if you'd like to get involved with the forum books or to be inprint.

 

MB

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I'll review Ours then as well, also Andy Robertshaw's latest Ghosts of the Somme. PM on way to you about another matter!

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I just picked up for 20p at a jumble sale "Dunkirk - Fight to the last man" by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore (great name). At about 700 pages it is big book but i am really enjoying it.

 

Glad you're enjoying this - my late uncle gets a mention in the notes to Chapter 26.

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I am reading "23 Battalion" history of New Zealand in the second world war. This was published in 1959 and is a well writen record of 500+ pages including maps and photos, writen by the men of the 23rd Battalion.

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Drive to Victory a 1947 book on the Third Army. Shame I dropped it and it's now all broken up (it's the 1947 edition) :( . It's interesting to read about the ETO through the third army eyes but it's sometimes a bit tiring too...

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Came today - the new Terry Pratchett - "Unseen Academicals" :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

 

how much have you read?

 

Mark (ook?)

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how much have you read?

 

Mark (ook?)

 

got mine this afternoon! 160 pages, but I have had to cook dinner!:n00b:

 

Flash Forward by Robert J Sawyer is published 6th October so got it reserved. also from Britian at War on renwal of subscription Escape to Freedom, by Tony Johnson, an airman's story of escape and evasion.

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(not reading just browsing)the book about Jerrycans(bought it for my dads birthday he might get it back!!!)

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(not reading just browsing)the book about Jerrycans(bought it for my dads birthday he might get it back!!!)

 

Brilliant book that. I love it. Just need one dedicated to two gallon petrol tins now.

 

Tim (too)

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how much have you read?

 

Mark (ook?)

 

About a quarter.... Interesting to see the "downstairs" scene of UU, odd to read about the place without the Dean freaking out- I'm wondering if he returns by the end of the book!!

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

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do you want me to tell you later? :cool2:

 

got mine today, going to settle down with it in a mo, with a bottle of wine and planet rock on the radio, looks to be shaping up to be a good night

 

Mark

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do you want me to tell you later? :cool2:

 

Nope - finished it today! Rather a good one I thought, classic Pratchett yet different to the last few he's done. And a different side to Lord Vetinari too.....

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