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« Reply #2250 on: 14 April 2017, 02:50:35 AM »

Finished another book by Liddell Hart, "Europe In Arms".  Published in 1937 as Europe looks more menacing and is rearming, he discusses the air forces, the various armies and air forces.  The book has 4 parts: Forces, Problems, Measure and Forecasts.

He pushes for mechanization and better training for all, starting with the commanders.  His foresight is about half correct, as he says with antagonists both mechanized there would probably be a deadlock after the initial rush.  Of course he doesn't discuss what would happen if one side was unprepared.

It was interesting to see what discussion was occurring before the war started.  One of the more interesting Hart books to me.
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« Reply #2251 on: 15 April 2017, 09:33:34 AM »

Just finished James D Hornfischers 'Neptune's Inferno' about the naval battles for guadalcanal and how the USN learnt to fight surface (night) battles at a very hight cost. Excellent book! Really gripping and showing you the blood and gore that are the result of heavy ordnance tearing through layers of steel...

Now just started 'Somme' by Lynn MacDonald. I like the way she gets the participants to speak to you but miss the solid military history that I believe should be used s a framework. Even so; well worth it!

Cheers,
Rob
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« Reply #2252 on: 15 April 2017, 03:29:44 PM »

Finished "The British Way of Warfare" by Liddell Hart.  This one done in 1932.

In it he says that the British had a distinct practice of war.  Don't get entangled on the continent - mobility and surprise.  But 1914 to 1918 changed that and what came after.

Some of his chapters:
"The Fallacy of French Strategy", "Who Won the Marne?", "The Future of Armament-and its Future Use", "The Weapons of Land Warfare-To-Day and Tomorrow".

At the end he gives his "concentrated essence of war":
1. Do choose the line (or course) of least expectation.
2. Exploit the line of least resistance.
3.Take a line of operation which offers alternative objectives.
4.Ensure that both plan and dispositions are elastic, or adaptable.
5.Don't lunge when your opponent can parry.
Don't renew an attack along the same line (or in the same form) after it has once failed.

Good for wargames also.
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« Reply #2253 on: 18 April 2017, 08:04:52 PM »

Ι just finished Sukru Ilicak’s (Sukru Ilijak) dissertation “A Radical Rethinking of Empire: Ottoman State and Society during the Greek War of Independence 1821-1826”. It a remarkable piece of work based on Ottoman primary sources. It details the ideational and political reaction of the Ottoman state and society to the Greek Revolution, as well as how the revolution triggered the massive political and social transformations that would culminate in the Tanzimat reforms. A must read for those interested in further understanding the Greek Revolution and its impact. It is also a good description of the kind of forces the Ottoman state  was able to mobilized against the Greeks before they gave up and called in Mehmet Ali Pasha of Egypt. A good lay down of the character of the final pre-modern Ottoman armies.

I have uploaded in the 19th Century Warfare and Wargaming Facebook Group, so feel free to grab it, or get it from a friend in the group.

Next up? "The Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1885-Combat at Slivnitsa" by Colonel Regenspursky. Reading for the current Theme of the 19th Century Warfare and Wargaming Group.
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« Reply #2254 on: 19 April 2017, 03:18:21 AM »

After re-reading Washburn's "The great Martian Invasion" I am now starting the new second volume in the trilogy - "The Breakout". Really enjoyed the first one and lots of great gaming possibilities. That's one problem with HOTT, I find myself continuing to add armies to paint that I'll need to live another hundred years to do.....but it's just so much fun creating them!

Terry
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« Reply #2255 on: 19 April 2017, 05:19:57 AM »

Sorry Terry I can't see the problem here Wink
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« Reply #2256 on: 19 April 2017, 06:01:55 AM »

Coincidently, Terry, just started reading the first book, "Invasion", this evening. Just put it down actually! As you said, a hundred more years.  Smiley
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« Reply #2257 on: 24 April 2017, 11:42:30 AM »

https://wordery.com/the-battle-of-koniggratz-in-1866-patrick-joseph-shrier-9781519790866?currency=GBP&gtrck=TEJZNm03VGY0ckNXM0ZZcFhkOXc3V1E5YTJRK2Z2c1ZVVGZKeFdtblg3OFo0dG5vc3U0eFdJcGRVOUo5TStBbTRTdG1KRWlCSlQ5b3pWZzJxQ3BzeHc9PQ&gclid=CPvB7bDuvNMCFRIz0wod3akE2A

Anybody read this ?
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« Reply #2258 on: 24 April 2017, 12:37:17 PM »

Just started "The ar of the Gun Boats" by Bryan Cooper.

Lots of derring-do, zipping about at 40 knots!

Good intro to the subject.

Unfortunately, my butterfly is twitching its wings.
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« Reply #2259 on: 24 April 2017, 01:12:09 PM »

No, but at £8.48 I've just ordered a copy.
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« Reply #2260 on: 24 April 2017, 02:00:40 PM »

At that price we can't lose but I'm not holding my breath. I'm presuming you've ordered the new Wargaming History 1866 Vol II ?
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« Reply #2261 on: 24 April 2017, 06:32:16 PM »

Certainly have. I imagine it will have much higher production values.
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