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Still pushing through with Guns of August - about 75% of the way through.

 

In the meanwhile, I picked up a copy of America's Hundred Thousand this week. Never knew it would be as thick as a phonebook!

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Lend-Lease and Soviet Aviation in the second world war by Vladimir Kotelnikov. 540 pages!

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Picked up Crime and Punishment at a very cool used book store in Montreal. Going to read it after Paradise Lost.

 

And the prose in Paradise Lost is like eating a gallon of Haagen-dasz per page. It's beyond lusciously rich.

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If you liked the Rudel´s book, you must read this one ...

 

Memoirs of a Stuka Pilot (Helmut Mahlke).

 

You are in the cockpit while reading the book and feel part of the action. I love it!

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26 minutes ago, 15[Span.]/JG51Spartan said:

If you liked the Rudel´s book, you must read this one ...

 

Memoirs of a Stuka Pilot (Helmut Mahlke).

 

You are in the cockpit while reading the book and feel part of the action. I love it!

:soldier:

 

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Likewise! https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Light-Original-Penguin-Collection/dp/0141042753/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544381489&sr=8-1&keywords=first+light

 

This one is brilliant. Have it on audiobook, and its a true story but feels like a novel really, and as you say makes you feel as if you are there. Kinda book that benefits greatly from a good narrator.

 

Really goes into the human side of things as well, not just the war, but the struggle to actually become a fighter pilot. At times I thought good lord, how many young pilots like him so desperately wanted the very thing that would end up getting them killed! Funny thing is I just finished the Geman aces speak (also have both volumes which are excellent) so I really came to see the human side of the German fighter pilots, and kinda felt for them hearing this book, in which they are mostly the hated (understandable) dehumanized enemy!

 

Do you know if Stuka pilot comes in audio format? Well, I shall check, cause I really wan't to hear a memoir of a stuka pilot!

 

German Stuka pilot! Can't imagine the odds were very good for those chaps, wot wot...

 

 

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1 hour ago, Wolf8312 said:

 

Likewise! https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Light-Original-Penguin-Collection/dp/0141042753/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544381489&sr=8-1&keywords=first+light

 

This one is brilliant. Have it on audiobook, and its a true story but feels like a novel really, and as you say makes you feel as if you are there. Kinda book that benefits greatly from a good narrator.

 

Really goes into the human side of things as well, not just the war, but the struggle to actually become a fighter pilot. At times I thought good lord, how many young pilots like him so desperately wanted the very thing that would end up getting them killed! Funny thing is I just finished the Geman aces speak (also have both volumes which are excellent) so I really came to see the human side of the German fighter pilots, and kinda felt for them hearing this book, in which they are mostly the hated (understandable) dehumanized enemy!

 

Do you know if Stuka pilot comes in audio format? Well, I shall check, cause I really wan't to hear a memoir of a stuka pilot!

 

German Stuka pilot! Can't imagine the odds were very good for those chaps, wot wot...

 

 

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You will love that this one. I am still in the middle of the book and this pilot flew from the very beginning of the war in Poland. A lot of close calls that I will not tell you so I do not spoil the reading .... Now we are in Barbarossa!!! Every page is amazingly descriptive and well written. No politics at all, just a soldier in the call of duty.

Thanks for the FIRST LIGHT, I will certainly read it! :)

I am also looking for a BF110 Biography ... anyone? :gamer: 

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This book in Danish is calling ' shoot down ' 

And it's a book all plane German / allies shoot down ww2 

And it's a very interesting book 

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!!!! Shoot down in Denmark !!!! 😆😁

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Has anyone read this yet? I can hardly wait.

 

Woke Gaming, edited by Kishonna L Gray and David J Leonard

University of Washington Press, £23.50

"This eye-opening collection of essays serves to remind readers of the power and potential of games as a catalyst for change. According to its co-editor Kishonna L Gray, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois, games and gamers are imagining the world anew, amid a culture of dehumanising stereotypes, of hostility, harassment and erasure. Woke Gaming seeks to push readers to recognise persistent inequalities, as well as those who struggle for change within both our virtual worlds and in our everyday communities."

 

From the Guardian (where else?)

 

Meanwhile just finishing "Vietnam - and epic tragedy 1945-75", by Max Hastings. I like Hasting's prose style, which is plain but lively. This is a general reader's book that covers a wide sweep of history, but more interesting than many on VN as it does not devote hundreds of pages to obscure details of US politics, instead focusing on the overall goals and limitations faced by successive US presidents and other principal actors. Some specific accounts of the US air operations are interesting.

 

Overall message: fighting a war when you have not the material to win (the French), or the will to do whatever it takes (the US), or neither (the SVN government), may end up being worse than not fighting at all. Or possibly not, given how horrible and murderous the VC and NV Govt were, right up with the Khmer Rouge, all of whom really did know how to deliver "dehumanising stereotypes, of hostility, harassment and erasure".  Highly recommended even for non-Yanks.  

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Just picked up "The Cancer Ward" by Solzhenitsyn.

 

It's Jordan Peterson recommended. 👍

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i picked up a blueberry comic book but hasnt strated it yet

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Ted Barris (a great CDN writer of all things military has just published Dam Busters Unknown.jpg.07c9671f668569cb5f6c56c41fa54ffe.jpg

One great read!

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Reading "Chernobyl.  History of a Tragedy" by Serhii Plohy.  A Penguin paperback.

 

Bought it yesterday morning.

 

  The local firemen have just managed to get onto the roof of Unit 3 to fight the raging fires there.  The raging fires are caused by flaming blocks of graphite and fuel rod debris blown onto the roof when the core of reactor 4 exploded.........omg...omg....omg....:o:  

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Catastrophe 1914 Europe Goes To War - Max Hastings.

 

About 60% through it.

 

Mike.

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Halfway through this one and enjoying it immensely.  Don't be put off by the cover.

 

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19 hours ago, DD_Arthur said:

Reading "Chernobyl.  History of a Tragedy" by Serhii Plohy.  A Penguin paperback.

This one is also great about the topic:

Truth About Chernobyl by Grigori Medvedev

 

He's a nuclear power expert who worked at the Chernobyl plant as well. Is is especially good if you are at least slightly familiar with the principle of nuclear decay and reactors.

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The early years of aviation. Jolly good book this one.

 

 

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Finally finished Guns of August and have moved onto Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? Not the most exciting book, but informative nonetheless. 

 

 

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Read Atkinson's An Army at Dawn (excellent/fascinating - it's amazing how badly we started in this war), slogged through The Day of Battle (tough read/very dry), and enjoyed The Guns at Last Light immensely.

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Amazing read for the Devs (and all of us, of course) in case they haven't read it yet .... It contains important information that can help to polish the FM, DM, etc. No technical data but pricelass info, IMHO

Krupiski also gives accounts of the JV44 and the Me262 ....

 

THE GERMAN ACES SPEAK

 

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I bought one of those as an audiobook.  The choice of narrator is terrible though and he has such a strong US accent that it completely breaks the narrative.  

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2 hours ago, Feathered_IV said:

I bought one of those as an audiobook.  The choice of narrator is terrible though and he has such a strong US accent that it completely breaks the narrative.  

 

Better to have an English accent.

 

Even worked in Star wars.

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15 minutes ago, Feathered_IV said:

He sounds like a sales rep from a Ford dealership.  :happy:

 

Ouch.

 

I had Red Storm Rising (Clancy) read by F. Murray Abraham. He was good.

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