What do you mean about the good and bad?
What are you currently reading?
Posted 14 November 2017 - 01:43 PM
"One Step Ahead of Hitler: A Jewish Child's Journey Through France"
By: Fred Gross
Posted 14 November 2017 - 04:11 PM
The novel "A different war" by Craig Thomas. It's the final of 4 novels with the character of Mitchell Gant, and I wanted to read the final appearance of the 'Firefox' pilot character.
Kind of meh-inducing right now. More of corporate intrigue and nothing military related at all. Can't get many of the Brit expressions, but I'm slogging through.
Posted 14 November 2017 - 07:09 PM
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Posted 21 November 2017 - 01:57 PM
The Fleet the Gods Forgot. The U.S. Asiatic Fleet in WW2. Interesting read about how unprepared, undermanned and outgunned we were leading up to and early in the war.
Posted 27 November 2017 - 08:09 AM
"Inside, Outside" by: Herman Wouk
The human travels of a Jewish boy in America, during two world wars.
Posted 01 December 2017 - 11:50 AM
Posted 14 December 2017 - 08:41 AM
"Judah P. Benjamin: The Jewish Confederate" by: Eli N. Evans > The Free Press (a Macmillan, Inc. company) 1988
Tens, or more, thousands of books have been written about the American War of Rebellion. I've yet found time to read but an infinitesimal, pathetically tiny/meaningless, fraction of those.
THIS book, for all who have sincere care about those dark and bloody years, what led up to it, who was involved and how they performed under extreme duress - is humbly suggested, in the light of today and tomorrow.
Posted 14 December 2017 - 12:27 PM
What do you mean about the good and bad?
Most of the book is a travel log from when he visited the South Pacific in the 80's. In a way, useless information because the islands didn't look like that during the war and they don't look like that now. He visited most of the places where the major battles were fought (most of which he did not participate in) but when he describes the battles, he makes it sound like he was there. For example, he was on Guadalcanal after the island was secured but he writes like he was there for the actual battle. The only combat he actually participated in is in the first and last chapters.
He is also overly fixated on sex. He spends too much time talking about his over-sized thing and how it stopped him from losing his virginity. And I really didn't care to read about the Marines booted out of the Corps for being caught in homosexual acts. But the worse thing was him describing masturbating in his foxhole while the gory remains of his buddies were scattered around him.
I suggest you go Amazon and read the reviews of his book there. I agree with most of the negative comments there. I really don't see how some people could rate this book up there with "Helmet For My Pillow" or "With The Old Breed"...
Moderators, if this post is T.M.I., please remove it. But what I wrote is in the book.
Posted 14 December 2017 - 01:32 PM
I notice that the site automatically substitutes some words. The word I had has been replaced with "thing"!
Posted 15 December 2017 - 04:55 PM
By Tank Into Normandy by Stuart Hills.
A marvelous story well told by the author. As a young British officer commanding a troop of Sherwood Rangers operating M4 Shermans with 75MM guns the author presents an up front and very personal look at ETO armored combat. The book really takes off once the D-Day Invasion starts. His experience in trying to bring a Sherman Duplex Drive swimming tank ashore, and failing as so many did, was harrowing to read. The loss of many comrades in the Holland and Northern Germany campaigns left the author with feelings that persisted decades later. The ever-present fear of superior German armor and infantry armed with the highly effective Panzerfaust anti-tank rocket permeates the book. His experiences in working with the US 82nd Airborne and 101st Airborne Divisions were favorable and he offered high praise for their professionalism.
Had I been the editor I would have sharply reduced the writing spent on descriptions of his school days at a fine, upper crust British boarding school. The accounts of old school ties and cricket matches long ago will likely be tiresome for some USA readers.
That minor criticism aside, I found the book to be immensely readable and worthwhile, particularly for those interested in ETO armored combat.
Posted 06 January 2018 - 02:05 PM
"Men of Honor: American GIs in the Jewish Holocaust"
By: Jeff Donaldson
I picked this up in the for sale books at Palm Springs Air Museum library yesterday morning.
The author chronicles stories for 23 WWII POW veterans, almost all of whom were Jews.
The author wrote:
"More than 500,000 Jewish Americans served in the military during World War II. While it can be said that only a small percentage of those became prisoners of war, the number of soldiers who were affected by Nazis' persecution of Jewish people was much greater..."
The stories are somewhat brief, 3-4 pages at most each. A combination of the soldier's quoted words, and his recollections as recorded by the author.
Posted 17 January 2018 - 01:36 AM
This is an online piece that was written by a veteran's son about his father's short stint in Korea at the very end of the war as part of a top secret unit that was to test battlefield radar (then in its infancy), in combat. Attached to an ROK division, they then were embroiled in a valiant, last-stand apocalyptic fight for Hill 433 during the last Chinese offensive. Interesting story, and I'm inclined to believe it's true.
The reality was that a modified TPS-3 type radar tracking system was tested in combat in Korea, and was almost lost to the enemy one full decade before its public appearance by the U.S. Army in 1963.
Posted 17 January 2018 - 06:32 AM
History of Andersonville by Ovid Futch (for the fourth time lol)
The History of the Rebel Yell by Terryl Elliott (Not what I expected but interesting to say the least)
God Is My Co-Pilot by Robert Scott (I really liked this book, very entertaining and an easy read)
With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge (LOVED IT, enough said!)
Posted 17 January 2018 - 09:12 AM
"The Victors" by: Stephen Ambrose
An anecdotal history narrative about the D-Day invasion, emphasizing Eisenhower, British forces and commanders, and PIR units. A good informative read, some new facts I'd not known or understood in the past many many many reads about that era, in the typical Ambrose style... I've long enjoyed his work, and was not much impressed, or convinced, by the controversies which attempted to sully his scholarship. For me, Ambrose was the Shelby Foote of WWII historians.
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