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13 hours ago, Bremspropeller said:

Does anybody know if there is a unit-history on 474th Fighter Group?

 

Nothing I have seen. The 370th history was written by the son of one of the pilots that went to all the reunions and knew all the pilots. I don’t think that has been done for the 474th. They have a very similar war record to the 370th, stationed at Florennes together October 44 to January or later 45

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Thanks you guys - I just realized I had more than 80% of the books that Schiffer offers with "Fighter Group". 😅

Seems like there really is nothing on the 474th out there...

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The Battle For Stalingrad 

 

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On 12/25/2019 at 12:15 AM, Bremspropeller said:

Does anybody know if there is a unit-history on 474th Fighter Group?

 

 

The only book about the 474th FG that popped up was this one on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00071O7DS?SubscriptionId=0D2DHPR4QZK90GRWYP02&tag=porfessionalp7-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=386001&creativeASIN=B00071O7DS

 

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Several copies available at AbeBooks.com:

https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&cm_sp=SearchF-_-home-_-Results&kn=The+474th+Fighter+Group+in+World+War+II&an=&tn=&isbn=

 

 

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I'm reading this right now, but Santa brought me a dozen new titles - have to step it up.

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I was back rereading 1984 again. I'm always taken with the conversation between O'Brien and Smith that takes place late in the book.

 

You see O'Brien alludes endlessly to his authority and lords it over Smith, but he can only do so while Smith is restrained and while O'Brien has an even higher authority to back him up. On his own, O'Brien is nothing. Possibly a completely useless POS. Smith has to be restrained so that O'Brien can pretend to lord his authority over him. Without the restraints imposed upon Smith, O'Brien, as Orwell alludes, is really the frightened one. He fears Smith. Everything he does is because he fears Smith. And while Orwell sets up Smith's fear as the tool through which the story reaches it's climax, it is, in the end, O'Brien's fear of Smith which is the true statement. Thus Orwell's genius.

 

I guess O'Brien, given his position, was merely lucky.

 

Gonna jump into Boethius again. That's a book that never gets old.

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I found a copy of 1984 at work recently. I started reading it. I took it home.

 

Then I worried about taking it without permission and if any CCTV cameras saw me reading it and putting it in my bag.

 

Oh, the irony...

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6 minutes ago, Reggie_Mental said:

I found a copy of 1984 at work recently. I started reading it. I took it home.

 

Then I worried about taking it without permission and if any CCTV cameras saw me reading it and putting it in my bag.

 

Oh, the irony...

 

That's excellent!

 

I've read the book many, many times. Definitely one of my favorites. The idea of cheap ass people exercising authority as if they own it is a classic theme that goes back to the Iliad and beyond. In that case you had Agamemnon acting like an idiot because he felt offended.

 

Nothing has changed. It's still a hot topic in literature today.

 

 

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I’m starting to read this book. BTW the 61st anniversary happened yesterday 

 

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2 hours ago, Novice-Flyer said:

I’m starting to read this book. BTW the 61st anniversary happened yesterday 

 

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Slightly off-putting Marketing department hype at work here...

 

The Dyatlov Pass incident is not an 'UNTOLD TRUE STORY' at all. It has been told many times before and repeated in paranormal journals and forums often for decades.

 

And as for the truth, that is up to the reader whether they believe it and the explanations offered. 

 

Is it any good though?

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The event itself is interesting but the story is not particularly well-told.  There are a few cringe-worthy misspellings, e.g., "taking a peak" through a window.  The author is trying to be Krakauer but he doesn't have the chops.  

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The severn pillars of wisdom by T E Lawrence is a fantastic book, for anyone who studies the middle east or (like me) works out there its a must read, not much has changed other than Mobile phones and the internet. the underlying tribal element is as strong as ever

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