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I've just finished this, which I stumbled across randomly...

 

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Very clearly influential to Ian Flemming, though enormously better written, Maugham's Ashenden stories are fictionalised accounts of his (actual) experiences as a British agent in Switzerland and Russia during WW1. 

 

The stories are often told with a very amusing dry wit, which should appeal to any fans of Kyril Bonfiglioli's 'Mortdecai' books. N.B. PLEASE don't confuse the Mortdecai books with the execrable recent Johnny Depp vehicle. These books are exceptional. They make me actually cry real tears of laughter.

 

 

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With models 1/48 scale fore more recreation  illustrative: 

 

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Started last week..........................  1914: Voices From The Battlefields.

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Reading 'It is bliss here - letters home 1939-45'  by Miles Hildyard.

 

I'd never heard of this man and picked it up from a bookstall in a local market last week on a whim.

 

It's fantastic;  Evelyn Waugh meets Chips Channon! 

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I know they have been mentioned here before, but I am about 9 deep into the Aubrey/Maturin series and boy it just keeps getting better.

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The Sharpe and Harper of the Naval world..

 

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Just picked up a few books online and plan on reading them when I chance.

 

Plan on starting these two first.

 

Stalingrad by Antony Beevor

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A Writer at War by Vasily Grossman

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On 2/3/2019 at 11:25 PM, DD_Arthur said:

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:  

I've seen that HBO show...that show ll give you the shakes...

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Finally, at long last, I started Shattered Sword today. This one is going to take a while. :) 

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32 minutes ago, LukeFF said:

Finally, at long last, I started Shattered Sword today. This one is going to take a while. :) 

The book is so good, I practically ate it. So don't count on it taking a while. ;)

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On 6/5/2019 at 7:36 AM, Cpt_Cool said:

I know they have been mentioned here before, but I am about 9 deep into the Aubrey/Maturin series and boy it just keeps getting better.

Love those books, I've read the whole series multiple times. Maturin's rant just before the battle at the end of HMS Surprise makes me smile every time! 😄
It makes me wish I could convince the creators of Counterpart to write a gritty cloak-and-dagger spy thriller set during the Napoleonic wars.

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sometimes i read dune

 

the spice expands counciousness

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On 8/20/2019 at 3:55 PM, JG4_dingsda said:

The book is so good, I practically ate it. So don't count on it taking a while. ;)

 

Yep - I’ll be reading it again soon.

What with PTO coming and all...

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Quite interesting, especially in summer 1942, the fights in Kuban, with Tank Crew developing further, I'm thinking about building an original campaign with the ME

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Almost a Miracle The American victory in the war of independence by John Ferling

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12 hours ago, Plurp said:

For Hs-129 fans. You can order a new revised edition of Pegg's Panzerjager here:  296 pages and 415 photos.

 

https://www.chandospublications.co.uk/hs-129/

 

 

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It's cheaper if you buy from panzerwrecks. I nearly choked on my Weet-Bix when the publisher wanted 22 pounds for postage to Australia.

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Might seem a bit flashy by the cover, but it's a very good pilot's account.

I'm now over 400 pages into it, and there's about 250 more to go.

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Landscape Turned Red. The Battle of Antietam.

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My family fought at this battle, they were part of the 20th Georgia Toombs/Bennings Brigade. They defended the Confederate right flank on the heights above the bridge shown on the cover of the book (Burnsides Bridge)

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On ‎11‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 10:15 AM, Bremspropeller said:

Might seem a bit flashy by the cover, but it's a very good pilot's account.

I'm now over 400 pages into it, and there's about 250 more to go.

 

Nice one brems, I read that one too and it is a fantastic book.  Definitely deserves a better cover though!

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Just got my signed copies the other day:

 

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Just got my signed copies two days ago. Christer really puts a lot of books on the subject to shame.

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S! 

 

@ZachariasX Bergström really makes excellent books. Placed order, sendin money his way tomorrow. I need a bigger bookshelf! 😳

 

What I am reading now is about a Finnish WW2 Ace. Never shot down by enemy, but died in a tragic accident when another shot down plane plunged into his from above. Lauri "Lapra" Nissinen was his name. 

 

 

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Fiction and non on and off. First the fiction:

 

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Then the non-

 

Germany and the Second World War: Volume IV The Attack on the Soviet Union. I'd read some parts, but am trying to get through all 1,200 pages consecutively in my spare time.

 

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Just finished Bergström's "Luftwaffe Pilots in WW2 Vol.1".

 

Good read and some interesting perspectives, sub-stories and facts that I hadn't come across before.

Although I have both "standard" volumes about Marseille in my bookshelves (both unread yet, d'oh), I had never read a compelling explanation for his metal/ psychologocal demise before.

 

The first chapter and the next-to-last were probably the most perspective giving chapters.

Hopefully there's more to come. He already has signalled there will be a chapter about jewish-origin Luftwaffe pilots in vol. 2.

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Anything by James Holland....War in the West series vol 1.2  Burma 44, Normandy 44 and yet to read the Big Week.

also Boyd (as in Major John) is an unmissable read for any aviation nut, icouldnt put in down and was depressing to finnish it...so read it again

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I'm reading 1984 again, and looking deeper in the cheap ass fearful mindset that seeks to control and exclude language and ideas that threaten the petty glory of The Party.

 

Orwell was a genius.

 

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2 hours ago, CanadaOne said:

that seeks to control and exclude language

1984 its going on:

 

i always thought that the word confabulation means conspiracy but actually means false memory

 

mandela effect all the way

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49 minutes ago, raaaid said:

1984 its going on:

 

i always thought that the word confabulation means conspiracy but actually means false memory

 

mandela effect all the way

 

 

Confabulation is what you say to someone when they've had a baby or got married.

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Started reading Animal Farm again.

 

Pretty funny how the pigs who demand that everyone follow their rules, and kill off those who disagree, end up looking like humans. And even as humans they are still weak and need the dogs to defend them. Excellent book, well worth revisiting.

 

Orwell was a genius.

 

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i read more comic books

 

one of the lasts was about the young uncle scrooge in the klondike by carl banks

 

imho the best book ive ever read

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2 hours ago, raaaid said:

i read more comic books

 

one of the lasts was about the young uncle scrooge in the klondike by carl banks

 

imho the best book ive ever read

Ever considered a career as a book reviewer?

 

I'm getting through these at the moment ; 

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On 11/19/2018 at 4:10 PM, InProgress said:

hehe

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Or in English? How i met my Wife

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