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« Reply #2640 on: 14 May 2018, 11:36:53 AM »

No fleet lists, but a previous book I read (see above in the list), "Clash of Fleets" does have lists.  These are for small actions but a great book.
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« Reply #2641 on: 14 May 2018, 12:39:18 PM »

I am really tempted.

I have completed* my 1:3000 WWII in the Med project.

What was WWI like in the Med? Wasn't Captain von Trapp of the Sound of Music fame an Austro-Hungarian seafarer? Submariner? Didn't I read about him trapping an Italian submarine in Lake Perry Como or something?

Did the Russians and the Austo-Hungarians ever bump heads in the Black Sea?

Oh look. Here comes a slippery slope for poor Nobby.



*as far as any projects are ever completed. May need USS Wasp for the Malta run.  
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« Reply #2642 on: 14 May 2018, 02:25:34 PM »

I seem to recall someone telling me the Japanese had a number of ships in the Mediterranean during WWI as part of the Allied Forces.
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« Reply #2643 on: 14 May 2018, 03:47:10 PM »

They did, certainly some destroyers, may be some heavier stuff. They were also heavily involved in convoy escort in the Indian and Pacific oceans, guarding against surface raiders.
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« Reply #2644 on: 15 May 2018, 02:55:42 AM »

"Clash of Fleets" describes 17 actions in the Black Sea, all between the Russians and the Ottomans.  Sorry, no Austrians.
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« Reply #2645 on: 15 May 2018, 05:24:39 AM »

Currently reading Trial by Battle Hundred Years War book 1 by John Sumption. Slow going but learning interesting things. My only concern is that's its quite long so I will have forgotten most of it by the time I get to the end
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« Reply #2646 on: 15 May 2018, 08:05:55 AM »

Currently reading Trial by Battle Hundred Years War book 1 by John Sumption. Slow going but learning interesting things. My only concern is that's its quite long so I will have forgotten most of it by the time I get to the end

And you will have another four to read...
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« Reply #2647 on: 15 May 2018, 06:31:43 PM »

Half way through Nick Smith's "Biomass Revolution". And anxiously waiting on "Hell Divers III" also by Nick, which was released today and I hope also shipping today!!! Excellent work his!

Terry
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« Reply #2648 on: 19 May 2018, 08:45:43 PM »

Bolt Action 2nd Edition which arrived today and have been flicking through it on and off. Beautifully produced as one would expect from Osprey. The rules look nice and simple which is what I want, for some fun solo AVBCW and possible WWII. For something more historical, I will play Battlegroup, despite the few issues I have with it.
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« Reply #2649 on: 19 May 2018, 11:31:24 PM »

Field of Glory, Napoleonic.  I think it has potential, but I get why people felt it was overwhelming.
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« Reply #2650 on: 20 May 2018, 04:18:47 PM »

Finished Vol 82, No.1 of "The Journal of Military History".

Articles include
Flodden 1513: Re-examining British Warfare at the End of the Middle Ages
How Wars End: Victorian Colonial Conflicts
Mapping the First World War: The Empowering Development pf Mapmaking during the First World War om the British Army
Rommel Almighty? Italian Assessments of the "Desert Fox" during and after the Second world War.

As well as over 100 pages of current book reviews.

Published 4 times a year and with a subscription one can go into the archives to the beginning in the 30's.
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« Reply #2651 on: 20 May 2018, 09:42:52 PM »

The new Hervey book No 13 - The passage to India.
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« Reply #2652 on: Yesterday at 03:02:30 PM »

Finished "Maneuver in War" by Charles Andrew Willoughby, 1939.  Willoughby became MacArthur's intelligence officer during WWII, and MacArthur called him "my pet fascist" and "There have been three great intelligence officers in history.  Mine is not one of them."  So not well written about in history books (one historian called him one of the three worst intelligence officers).

But this book is interesting, having quite a bit on Napoleonic maneuver and battle, as well as chapters on the Spanish Civil War and the Italo-Ethiopian war.  Lots of maps but not always well coordinated to the text.  He also uses maps from several sources so place names can change from map to map.

There are many, many examples of maneuver so the book was very interesting.  Liked it.
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« Reply #2653 on: Yesterday at 05:59:40 PM »

Started Nick Smith's "Hell Divers III". This is a really great series set several hundred years after a nuclear war apocalypse. If you like suspense, monsters and non-stop action then you'd like this series.

Terry
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« Reply #2654 on: Yesterday at 07:40:08 PM »

Just getting to the end of Retreat and Rearguard 1914, by Jerry Murland. What a gripping read. A really strong narrative with lots of first hand quotes to help bring the scene to life. Something like 18 actions involving the BEF between Mons and the Marne are described and discussed, some with really good maps to make recreating the action easier. I am now at the back end of the book where the author looks at what happened to some of the troops who were cut off in the retreat. It is amazing how many of them headed north and caught a train to Lille or Antwerp and the like, and then made it back to Britain. Some were captured and became POWs for the duration. Others evaded capture and were hidden by French or Belgian civilians until they could get away, or in some cases for the whole of the war. In a few tragic cases human nature got the better of some of the civilians, eg when a local woman formed a close relationship with a British soldier, who would then be betrayed by her local admirer. A number of such betrayals led to some hidden soldiers being executed as spies. Murland even posits that some may have blended into the local community so well that they never came forward at the end of the war, but continued to live out their new life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Great Retreat from the point of view of those who actually carried it out.
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