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"IT TOOK HEROES" A CAVALRY CHAPLAIN'S MEMOIR OF VIETNAM by Claude D. Newby... Very intense book about a 1st Cav Chaplain that spent his time in the field with his men. The only Chaplain to receive the Combat Infantryman Badge in Vietnam. I'm almost done reading it. I couldn't put it down. L.T.

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The new book " FLIGHT GEAR 1942-1945 " by Mathieu Bianchi aka Blue leader here on the forum !! Excellent reference book !!!

WANTED : RAF 1940 PATT FLYING BOOTS

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I just finished T-Patch to Victory, the 36th "Texas" Division in France, Germany, Austria by Vincent M. Lockhart. A must read!

 

Dan.

Always looking for 29th & 36th infantry divisions items (uniforms, medals, groupings, papers, maps, books...)

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"Hunt for Red October" James Clancy

Only recently became a fan of military fiction.

After reading Herman Wouk's "Caine Mutiny" , "Winds of War", and "War and Remembrance" I thought I would give Clancy a try.

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Just finished Is Paris Burning? From the 60's but very well written and researched. Most of the people were still alive when written interesting to read about battles right in the heart of Paris where all the landmarks are. I recommend for ww2 and Paris buffs.

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I'm currently reading "Shots Fired in Anger," by LTC (Ret.) John George, who was a lieutenant in the IL National Guard at the outbreak of WW2. He also had a lot of experience as a competitive shooter before the war, including the 1939 Camp Perry National Rifle Matches. This is the 2d edition (1981) which is expanded from the original with its Merrill's Marauders description.

 

This is a GREAT book, and an easy, enjoyable read. He describes the training which the 132d IN Regiment went through, the deployment to the S. Pacific, and his unit's role in the later days of the Guadalcanal campaign, from 8 DEC 42 - 7 APR 43. This period includes working the beaches unloading ships, getting drunk on homemade hooch and thorough descriptions of combat ops against the Japanese. George was a shooter, and used that set of skills in combat, as well as lacing his narrative with descriptions of the weapons and tactics used - and how he was able to adjust the tactics some, based on his shooting experience.

 

I've just begun reading the second section of the book, which is a detailed description of the Japanese weapons used against the Allies in the S. Pacific. The 3d section of the book will detail George's experience with Merrill's Marauders. There are two sections of photos of the Marauders, which George apparently took. I think

 

Cons: sparse map coverage of the Guadalcanal fight. There's a map of the island on the frontispiece, but it's not terribly detailed. There are better maps of the section about Burma, but I haven't read that yet to have an opinion of them.

 

I'd recommend this for anybody interested in small unit leadership, competitive shooting applications in combat, the Guadalcanal campaign, Japanese small arms or Merrill's Marauders.

 

Steve

 

 

I just received my copy (the expanded 1981 edition, hardcover) and am currently reading it. I higly recommend this book to those interested in the ground war in the Pacific.

 

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Just started U-Boat 977 by Heinz Schaeffer (1952 W.W. Norton) Schaeffer was the commander of the U-977 who survived the war to tell his story.

Looking for: Fourth/ Seventh Rhode Island Infantry items


Purple Heart : Robert L. Freitag KIA ETO 2/11/45


Any US/German items with the last name "Freitag"


also, war-related posters



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I got some great books for Christmas. I am currently reading "When Women First Wore Army Shoes - A First Person Account of Service as a member of the Women's Army Corps During WWII". It is great so far.

 

...Kat

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Just finnished Semper Fi,Mac.

In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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Recently i've finished The End -by Ian Kershaw about the final 12 months of the war from the German side. (Hard going but interesting)

 

Berlin -about life in the German capital from 1939-1945 (Interesting)

 

Citizen Sailors -about the Royal Navy from 1938-1945 (Excellent Read)

 

D-Day - Anthony Beevor and Overlord -Max Hastings (Normandy Overdose)

 

Got Cassino -Hollow Victory by John Ellis and Day of Battle -by Rick Atkinson lined up (Both about Italy) -Last year i also read Monte Cassino by Matthew Parker and Italy's sorrow by James Holland -both good books on Italy.

 

Rich

Collector of Fixed bail M1 Helmets

https://m.facebook.com/M1Helmet/

"The dreams of Empire lure the hearts of Kings - and so men die" Burma, 1944

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I am presently reading Rick Atkinson's Guns at Last Light. Like the previous two books in the trilogy it is quite engaging and I find it hard to put down. However, I will note that there are a lot of words that he uses that I have never heard of before! Though I can often figure the meaning of the words out through the context of use I do often find myself consulting a dictionary to find out their meaning. By the way, I am keeping a running list of "new" words I find in his books! (Did this for his previous two books as well). Never too old to learn!!

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I re-reading Company Aytch by Sam Watkins. One of the best Civil Wars accounts out there.

Looking for: Fourth/ Seventh Rhode Island Infantry items


Purple Heart : Robert L. Freitag KIA ETO 2/11/45


Any US/German items with the last name "Freitag"


also, war-related posters



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I just finished reading "Spearheading D-Day" by Jonathan Gawne

I am now reading "An Army at Dawn" by Rick Atkinson

Collecting WWI 26th Division Machine Gun and Infantry related Helmets, Equipment, Groupings, Photos and Dog Tags!


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This year is a "big" one in the United Kingdom as it marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the 1914-18 War. ( 1917- '18 in the US) Throughout the year there will be a plethora of commemorative events leading up to August 4th which was when it all began. The BBC is devoting a lot of airtime to it and this book forms the basis of an excellent documentary series which in currently being screened. (See both links below.)

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01npqws

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww1

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Im currently reading "what are you currently reading ?" :D

 

Sorry couldn't resist that ! :blush:

WANTED : RAF 1940 PATT FLYING BOOTS

WANTED : DINGHY TYPE K ,TYPE A

" ALWAYS WANTING USAAF ITEMS IN THEIR ORIGINAL PACKAGING "

"WOULD ALSO LIKE 487th FS AND 515TH BS RELATED ITEMS "

"Illegitmi non carborundum"

 



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I'm reading Descent into the Darkness, Pearl Harbor ,1941 A Navy Diver's Memoir. So far a great book.

 

Nick

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Collecting Marine Raider Groups

On the battlefield, Pfc Edward Ahrens, an Able Company BAR man, lay dying, soaked in his own blood.

 

As his company commander, Lew Walt cradled him in his arms, he surveyed the scene around them. Nearby lay a Japanese officer, a sergeant, and thirteen enlisted men, all dead. Ahrens had been shot twice in the chest and bayoneted three times. He whispered to Walt, "Captain, they tried to come over me last night, but I don't think they made it." Choking back tears, Walt replied softly, "They didn't, Eddy. They didn't."

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