My book-buying "problem"

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Chris C, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. Juha

    Juha Junior Member

    ^Interesting, at least with some of the thinner Panzer Division histories the reader is at the gates of Moscow at the middle of the book if not already past of it.
    I can understand why some books focus the later part of the war. Probably most of survivors, and potential readers, were those who fought during the later part of the war. Not so many of those serving 1939 -41 were alive in 1946. Many of the German unit histories were wrote in 50s and 60s, so it was easier to get diaries, photos, recollections and interviews from those who participated in those retreat battles.
  2. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Absolutely. Thanks to both Stolpi and von Poop for the points well made.

    Too many of the "big smiles, big smiles" school of memoires have, in modern parlance, the tone of "we wuz robbed" and "it wasn't me/not my fault" undertone.

    Whilst appreciating no one in war (bar the completely innocent victims of same) is whiter than white (edelweiss white even), these books do stick in my craw, and to my admittance (and likely loss) I am no longer inclined to give them the time of day (to the betterment of my blood pressure).

    Kind regards, always,

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  3. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    "My book-buying "Problem"".

    There are some I just cannot walk by.

    And please, no requests, as they are all earmarked for daughters (for when I am no longer their problem!)

    Kind regards, always, Jim.

    P.S. And yes, In more recent years I have come to realise that this is indeed a problem.

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  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Sigh. Not just you, mate. 'Ooh, that's very cheap for a shiny thing, and I'm out bored-shopping.'
    Used to have four copies of the Haynes Tiger. Not sure how... Gave them away to mates eventually.

    Keep them as a reminder to stop being silly. And present reserve for Brother & old man... :unsure:

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  5. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    And still them come:
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  6. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Came across this interesting and not expensive title on that has just been released:

    It's short at 61 pages but the price is $12.95 CDN so not pricey.
    And it's quirky enough to catch someone's eye on here I'm betting.
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  7. Don Juan

    Don Juan Well-Known Member

    Is there any reference to the Churchill-equipped Guards tank brigades in this book, Orwell?

    I might be tempted by it if there is.
  8. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member



    I've been toying with picking these up but a bit put off by price tag. Can you share an opinion about these volumes? Lots of information to go along with decent pictures, or just big picture books?


  9. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Not mention of Churchill tanks in the index, no photographs either.
    I went into looking through the Guards Units mentioned and so far just equipped with SPGs or T34/s/KV1s
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  10. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    To help you get an idea I'll quote you from the intro to this volume:
    The research done is indepth and the two authors are well known Italian armour historians. The first book had more text than this volume, which features the following: Chapter 7 Panther tanks, Chapter 8 Marder II and III Chapter 9 Grille Support Howitzers, Chapter 10 Field and Heavy artillery and Chapter 11 Towed Anti-tank artillery.

    While picture heavy the captions contain research and detail, of After the Battle Detail at times. Lots of stuff I hadn't seen before (whole series of pictures of Deserter, the New Zealander's pet Panther)

    I don;t think there will be a better collection of German vehicles and armour in Italy. If this is your area of interest definitely worth buying. I bought direct from the publishers and it was much cheaper
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  11. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    It's edge-of-the-seat reading here tonight!

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  12. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Toilets with a seat! I've obviously been visiting the wrong bits of Asia.
  13. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Thanks, that's tipped me over the edge! Off to search my piggy bank.


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  14. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    Please let me know what you think!
  15. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Mr bloody Hills & his weird but pleasing bloody books!
    Gah! Only broke my pretty solid weeks of resistance yesterday on a new Japanese armour thing.
    Now this.


    c.£7.50 here.
    Now just let me have a few more drinks.
    That'll be a 3AM order.

    And bugger.
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  16. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    One more drink, and an early evening order.

  17. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    If that Japanese armour book was purchased through NMP I fell victim to it as well.
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  18. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    In the mail box
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  19. idler

    idler GeneralList

    A couple of reasonably-priced battalion histories that are prettier inside than out:

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  20. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Yeah. Worth getting if tastes a tad niche.
    And some of the mine damage pics... Strewth.

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