What are you reading



  • @ABWorsham4 I’m currently reading H.W Schmidt’s With Rommel In The Desert.

    It’s a great read. Its interesting to see the war in the desert from a staff officer and company commander’s view.



  • My recommendations:
    http://legendarywarbooks.blogspot.com/

    Check at least
    Witold Pilecki The Auschwitz Volunteer, really amazing real life story WW2

    And
    Kurt “Panzer” Meyer, Waffen SS General
    Something like “Saving private Ryan” on steroids.

    -Krp-


  • 2020 2019 2018

    Just finished A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and A Great War by Joseph Loconte.

    In my youth, I read (and re-read) J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy (and The Hobbit), as well as C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. Loconte’s book taught me that the aforementioned authors’ works were heavily influenced by their experiences in World War One. From descriptions of battle to individual characters, the connections are there. I used to think it curious that, after doing the LOTR and Hobbit movies, Peter Jackson would move on to They Shall Not Grow Old; it now makes perfect sense…And now, I have to re-read The Hobbit and the LOTR trilogy.



  • I just finished *The Battle For North Africa *by John Strawson.


  • 2020 2019 2018

    all of the “Sharpe” novels by Bernard Cornwell. Not quite halfway through. Only read 3 or 4, years ago. Kinda dime novel type reads but he has them based on real events.

    I’ve always liked a ruthless protagonist anyway. Probably why I like “Jack Reacher” too. lol


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16

    @barnee said in What are you reading:

    all of the “Sharpe” novels by Bernard Cornwell. Not quite halfway through. Only read 3 or 4, years ago. Kinda dime novel type reads but he has them based on real events.

    I’ve always liked a ruthless protagonist anyway. Probably why I like “Jack Reacher” too. lol

    If you like Sharpe, barnee, you should try his The Last Kingdom series. In my view they are even better.


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16

    Recently finished “Churchill: Walking with Destiny” by Andrew Roberts. I thought it was a marvellous book. But then I am as much of a Churchill fan as the author and now rather better informed as to why I am right to be!


  • 2020 2019 2018

    @Private-Panic

    Thanks Panic. Are those the “Uthred” ones ? I read a couple a few years ago. They are pretty good. I’ll have to start from the beginning so I can get them in order. I read the very first two i think and then missed some, so quit reading them.

    I see there’s a tv show/netflix or something series too. might be worth checking out.


  • 2020 2019 2018 2017 '16

    @barnee That’s them. I have read all of them and love the way the Uhtred develops from a young hot head into a wily old warrior.

    The BBC / Netflix series is difficult for lovers of the books to swallow at first. There are lots of changes to the story to get to Uhtred the warrior much more quickly than the books do. But then the series settles into a much more recognisable story and gets better and better. I particularly like the depiction of Alfred the Great. Unfortunately there are no plans to make more series.



  • @ABWorsham4 Currently I’m reading False Flags, Disguised German Raiders Of World War 2.


  • 2020 2019 2018

    @ABWorsham4 I’m not familiar with False Flags, but I’ve read Mrs. Ferguson’s Tea Set, Japan and the Second World War: The Global Consequences Following Germany’s Sinking of the SS Automedon in 1940 by Eiji Seki. It’s an excellent account of the exploits of the German commerce raider Atlantis, and I found it fascinating as a Japanese perspective of WWII.



  • @The-Pripet-Martian I have read two books concerning Atlantis, The German Raider Atlantis and Ship 16. I’ll look for this book.

    False Flags doesn’t cover Atlantis much. It covers the lesser known raiders and supply ships.

    I didn’t realize the US Navy actively hunted for the raider Komet. The raider entered the Pan American Zone in the Pacific near the Galapagos Islands sinking 3 Allied vessels.


  • 2020 2019 2018

    @ABWorsham4 The more I read, the more I learn that American neutrality pre-Pearl Harbor was extremely nuanced, to say the least. Very interesting stuff.



  • @The-Pripet-Martian said in What are you reading:

    @ABWorsham4 The more I read, the more I learn that American neutrality pre-Pearl Harbor was extremely nuanced, to say the least. Very interesting stuff.

    No doubt, escorts were taking an active role in the Battle of the Atlantic. American made jeeps, trucks, tanks and planes were operating in North Africa, firing munitions fabricated in the States.



  • The Defenders of Taffy 3 and The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors. Good accounts of the Battle of Leyte Gulf.



  • @ABWorsham4 I’m currently reading George Marshall, Defender of the Republic.

    I finished Hitler’s Secret Pirate Fleet by James Duffy. Also I read a 1955 classic, The Secret Raiders by David Woodward. These two books finished my quest for knowledge of German Commerce Raiders.



  • Currently I am reading a book called Seizing the Enigma: The Race to Break the German U-boat Codes. So far it has been pretty interesting.


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