What are you reading at the moment?

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Gage, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Bizarrely fluctuating price on Abe.
    I got it (softback) for about £4, then it went to £20, then loads for £3, and last week some lunatic was asking sixty quid.
    If it had been the original document it's based on, yeah, maybe, but it wasn't.

    Surprisingly handy though, isn't it. Right down to trailers.
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  2. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I really enjoyed that--and Immediate Action, the next book he wrote, but I must add the caveats that a) I was a lot younger and less discerning, and b) there have been a few attempts at debunking aspects of McNab's account.
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  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks CF, I let you know my thoughts.
  4. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    Mine is also softback, paid £1-95 for it. (St Richards Hospice Charity Shop) a very informative book and a steal I thought.

  5. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    One thing that sticks in my mind was the impression that the elite SAS were still doing everything on the cheap, patching up old kit that would be better replaced, talking about what they'd ideally have but didn't, making their own anti-personnel mines and scrounging off the Yanks and other units.

    You do get the impression that it was only the training and sheer bloody-mindedness that got them through and out of some scrapes.
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  6. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Heading off home for Christmas and I have brought two books with me which hopefully I will be able to finish. For now (though not my photo) --

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  7. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    Have you seen Anthony King's article: Why did 51st Highland Division Fail? A case-study in command and combat effectiveness. The Abstract:
    Published in 2017 via: Why did 51st Highland Division Fail? A case-study in command and combat effectiveness | British Journal for Military History
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  8. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    No. 38 Squadron 1916-1963

    I managed to find a copy of this rare and brief history of 38 Squadron RAF which I'm enjoying very much.

    It's interesting because they operated out of Malta and pioneered the use of the Vickers Wellington as a torpedo bomber.
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  9. brucenew

    brucenew Junior Member

    Title: PzKw Tiger Tank: The Official British Reports. ISBN: 978-1951171049

    A new, fully restored edition of all 12 official British reports on Tiger 131, together for 1st time in fully restored condition, with higher-resolution images than were available for first printing, with new introduction and commentary, in full color: PzKw Tiger Tank: The Official Wartime Reports:

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  10. Wobbler

    Wobbler Well-Known Member

    A bountiful Yuletide stocking.

    That’s bedtime taken care of for a while :D

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  11. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    That's a nice clean copy of 5 Div. It's a well illustrated book too.

    5 Div Anzio - Jane.jpg
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  12. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Well I finished Warriors for the Working Day and I liked it a lot except for a couple of parts I hated.

    Anyway now on to Salerno by Hugh Pond (1961?) which is interesting in that it seems it was mostly written based on interviews with veterans. It may be lacking a little in overall perspective and maybe in accuracy but on the plus side it's full of personal anecdotes. Curiously there are few quotes; I think much of it is what would be called "creative non-fiction", relating what happened in the same 3rd person voice as a novel.
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  13. Wobbler

    Wobbler Well-Known Member

    It is indeed Rich, yes. My brother told me he’d gone for one of the better condition editions. I am very much looking forward to tucking into this one.
  14. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

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    Just finished reading these two books. An excellent series and we're at the half way point in it now.
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  15. Len Trim

    Len Trim Senior Member

    Rereading an old favourite. 44754732-D334-4D30-A769-DFA1ACEE2D62.jpeg Len
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  16. Markyboy

    Markyboy Member

    I'm coming to the end of a massive Evelyn Waugh binge at the moment, and have just finished the 'Sword of Honour' trilogy which is very loosely based on his WW2 experiences. Absurdist humour right from the start but takes on a far more serious edge as it concludes.
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  17. Wobbler

    Wobbler Well-Known Member

    I remember watching this on Channel 4 years ago, think it was a two or three parter. I’ve never read the books though, which I imagine to be vastly superior to a TV movie (so often the case, of course).
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  18. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member


    Picked this up on the cheap. It's by Andy Saunders who knows his stuff and is well iluustrated with pictures, maps and diagrams. Good reference for the behind the scenes BoB details that can get overlooked in the air combat histories.
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  19. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    Peter Elstob was my late father's Tank Commander in 3RTR. The book is actually semiautobiographical and includes a number of incidents very closely based on what they actually went through. Although the characters in the book are conflations, I can see several characteristics of my father in the character 'Taffy' (Driver of the tank...). Dad was, needless to say, Elstob's Driver in real life.
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  20. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    A break from WW2 and a Christmas prezzie:

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