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« Reply #2325 on: 27 July 2017, 02:01:40 AM »

I have read an account where a gunner on a DDE describes their star shells bursting against the pagoda mast of a Japanese battleship
They were firing star shells because they had already fired everything else Shocked I don't want to see

One of the Escort carriers managed to hit a Japanese cruiser with its single 5" gun

My favourite quote is the message from Nimitz to Halsey, "Where is Taskforce 34 RR the world wonders"
The part after RR was message padding that was not remove before the message was printed and handed to Halsey, apparently he flew into a rage on reading it
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« Reply #2326 on: 27 July 2017, 06:19:34 PM »

One of the Escort carriers managed to hit a Japanese cruiser with its single 5" gun

Yup, a single 5" shell from the "jeep" carrier USS White Plains hit the Takao-class heavy cruiser Chokai's torpedo mount causing a catastrophic explosion. A US aircraft completed the job with a 500lb bomb, iirc, shortly after, leaving Chokai a static wreck which was abandoned and scuttled.

Perhaps the most ludicrously mismatched weapon and target pairing in the Battle of Samar involved a US airman who, having expended his bombs and exhausted all of the ammunition for his guns flew alongside a Japanese warship and emptied his .38 pistol into it!!

Leyte is a bizarre and fascinating battle!
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« Reply #2327 on: 28 July 2017, 12:46:07 AM »

Finished the "Gettysburg Magazine", July 2017, issue 57.

It has articles on Rodes failed night attack on Cemetery Hill on July 1, the defense of Blocher's Knoll, the emergence of the Federal Cavalry, the organizational changes to the army of the Potomac prior to Gettysburg and others.

Always interesting and published twice a year.
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« Reply #2328 on: 29 July 2017, 05:17:58 PM »

Just finished a little booklet 'Soldiers from the age of Bethlen Gabor'. It's about a Transylvanian prince from the beginning of the 17th century. The little booklet was put together by some reenactors and archeologists. A little history, and lots of pictures of different troop types.

A free pdf, to be downloaded here: http://katonak-bethlen-gabor-korabol.hu in Hungarian and English versions.  Wink
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« Reply #2329 on: 30 July 2017, 08:39:19 AM »

Got that book on The Uniform of the German Soldier. For 3.99 it is a great price for a book boasting 800 photographs, but I have come across a number of niggles, e.g. "in 1872 the Bavarian army adopted the dark blue Prussian uniform (no it didn't - it adopted the cut but retained its own lighter blue colour). Another niggle is that there is no clear description of field grey, other than the 1910 tunic was lighter and without the greenish tone of the 1915 tunic, but what colour is that? I want to paint a Battles of the Frontiers German force so how grey/brown/blue/green is field grey at that time? Nevertheless, the photos are fascinating, but the one I really like is Hindenburg as an officer in 1870 - a photo of a confident young officer with his pickelhaub at a really jaunty angle.
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« Reply #2330 on: 31 July 2017, 08:11:20 PM »

I read a book!
It had some pictures, but it was mostly text.
'A Knight Of The Seven Kingdons' by George RR Martin.
Actually a quite good read, and benefits from a lighter touch than GOT!
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« Reply #2331 on: 01 August 2017, 12:59:11 PM »

Got that book on The Uniform of the German Soldier. For 3.99 it is a great price for a book boasting 800 photographs, but I have come across a number of niggles, e.g. "in 1872 the Bavarian army adopted the dark blue Prussian uniform (no it didn't - it adopted the cut but retained its own lighter blue colour). Another niggle is that there is no clear description of field grey, other than the 1910 tunic was lighter and without the greenish tone of the 1915 tunic, but what colour is that? I want to paint a Battles of the Frontiers German force so how grey/brown/blue/green is field grey at that time? Nevertheless, the photos are fascinating, but the one I really like is Hindenburg as an officer in 1870 - a photo of a confident young officer with his pickelhaub at a really jaunty angle.

Yes ditto, found a few other errors but for four quid who's complaining. Personally I'd describe Hindenberg as a cocky arrogant little sh*t, but then he's Guards ... the affliction is international  Wink
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« Reply #2332 on: 04 August 2017, 03:48:45 AM »

A book I couldn't finish "The Foundations of the Science of War" by Col. J.F.C. Fuller, preface dated 1935.

This book is more psychology, relating war to the human body (brain, muscles, internal organs - which relate to structure, control and maintenance), etc, etc.

I like Fuller's writings but this was too esoteric for me.

The best passage is where he is discussing military shortsightedness.  The established British higher command had an opposition to scientific progress. He says "during the war I knew a major-general who was also an anti-optic fanatic; he disliked trench periscopes, and when, early in the war, a proposal was made to introduce them, he officially put down his objection on paper, and it read: 'It is contrary to the traditions of the British officer to seek information from a position of security by means of a mechanical device'".

An army of lions...
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« Reply #2333 on: 10 August 2017, 05:01:37 AM »

Finished "The Real War" by Liddell Hart, no date but most likely early 30's.

Very good history of WWI, mainly from a British perspective.  Good folding maps (western front and eastern front) in the back and each chapter has a map before the narrative.  I enjoyed it very much.

An interesting discussion in chapter VII, "The Battle of a Nightmare-The Meuse-Argonne", where he talks about the Ardennes.  "It was based on the idea that the Ardennes formed an impenetrable back wall to the great German salient in France, and that if the Allies could reach and close the exits east and west they would cut off the German armies the the salient.  But the impassibility of the Ardennes has been much exaggerated, especially in Haig's reports.  Actually, the Ardennes were traversed by numerous roads and several railways, so that though the severance of the routs east and west might complicate the German withdrawal this wold be imperiled only if the objective was attained very rapidly."

Seems like this book was never read by the French GHQ prior to WWII.
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« Reply #2334 on: 10 August 2017, 07:16:16 AM »

'The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared' - what an absolute hoot.
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« Reply #2335 on: 15 August 2017, 10:40:49 PM »

Forgotten Battles of the Zulu War - Adrian Greaves, covering all the other battles than Isandalwana and Rorke's Drift. I'm actually finally getting round to painting my Pendraken Zulus and British now.
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« Reply #2336 on: 16 August 2017, 12:37:57 AM »

By Tank Into Normandy by Stuart Hills MC (2002)
A good book, Apart from the DIRE first chapter about how great his public school was and how many runs he scored (honestly, people outside your school might read it).
It's actually a really good, honest account of his time as a commander of Sherman troop in Normandy and after (his DD sank under him on D-Day). Written with access to quite a few of his contemporaries journals, and compiled from his and the regimental diaries, but also with a good deal of hindsight, fifty years after. The details of combat are, as you would expect, hazy, but a lot of the minor details he remembers are stolll obviously vivid. The after action accounts, and how the men dealt with the loss and trauma of seeing friends (and actually enemies) killed is very well thought through. Overall it is not in the least gung-ho.
He does talk mostly about tank commanders and officers lost, and only really talks about the men when they are in his Tank, but I guess that's the times he lived in.
I would actually recommend it, but skip Chapter 1!
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« Reply #2337 on: 16 August 2017, 01:34:21 AM »

Forgotten Battles of the Zulu War - Adrian Greaves, covering all the other battles than Isandalwana and Rorke's Drift. I'm actually finally getting round to painting my Pendraken Zulus and British now.

Other battles of the Anglo-Zulu war?! This could revolutionise colonial gaming!
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« Reply #2338 on: 16 August 2017, 08:00:03 AM »

By Tank Into Normandy by Stuart Hills MC (2002)
A good book, Apart from the DIRE first chapter about how great his public school was and how many runs he scored (honestly, people outside your school might read it).
It's actually a really good, honest account of his time as a commander of Sherman troop in Normandy and after (his DD sank under him on D-Day). Written with access to quite a few of his contemporaries journals, and compiled from his and the regimental diaries, but also with a good deal of hindsight, fifty years after. The details of combat are, as you would expect, hazy, but a lot of the minor details he remembers are stolll obviously vivid. The after action accounts, and how the men dealt with the loss and trauma of seeing friends (and actually enemies) killed is very well thought through. Overall it is not in the least gung-ho.
He does talk mostly about tank commanders and officers lost, and only really talks about the men when they are in his Tank, but I guess that's the times he lived in.
I would actually recommend it, but skip Chapter 1!

Do you not find that with a lot of military memoires? I tend to skip the bits until they actually put on a uniform. Then skim read until they actually get somewhere near the front.

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« Reply #2339 on: 16 August 2017, 10:27:59 AM »

It's All Going Wonderfully Well - biography of Bob Hoskins. A bit hit and miss and a bit patchy in that it seems to be a lot of anecdotal stuff in no particular chronological order.
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