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kipt
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« Reply #2925 on: 10 February 2019, 04:37:49 PM »

Finished "Gettysburg Magazine" January 2019 Issue 60.

Some of the articles:
What Does the Evidence Say? this is about the decision to fight at Gettysburg.
Who Commanded the Iron Brigade?
Farnsworth Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign.

Always good tactical studies and supporting maps.
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« Reply #2926 on: 10 February 2019, 08:22:09 PM »

Just starting Gills trilogy 1809.
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« Reply #2927 on: 17 February 2019, 03:46:04 AM »

Finished "Be Your Own Napoleon: How would you command ten of history's greatest Battles?" by William Seymour.

This is a bad title as the battles show options at certain points of a battle or campaign, but you don't get to choose.  It was published before with the title of "Yours to Reason Why" (which I think I also have somewhere in my library, but couldn't find it).

The ten battles/chapters are:
Hastings
Crecy Campaign
Agincourt Campaign
The Third Civil War
Saratoga, Setting the Scene
Saratoga, Confidence and Confounded
Saratoga, Defeat and Surrender
Waterloo, 1-17 June
Waterloo, 18 June
Background to Chancellorsville
Chancellorsville
Gettysburg
Palestine 1917
Anzio; background to beachhead
Anzio; Battle for survival
Anzio; Breakout.

Somewhat dated (written in 1982).
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« Reply #2928 on: 21 February 2019, 01:09:43 AM »

Finished "The German Fleet at War: 1939-1945" by Vincent P. O'Hara.  Very good as it describes all sizes of actions, from the Bismarck to S-Boats.  This is very similar to the naval book I previously read and posted here which had individual actions in the different theaters from 1914 to 1918.

This does not discuss the U-Boats, but the surface fleet.  After the major units were eliminated or bottled up, the Germans fought to avoid defeat rather than to dominate the waters around Britain.  However, they did a good job of this against the Russians.

Lots of small actions and well worth the read.
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steve_holmes_11
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« Reply #2929 on: 24 February 2019, 10:04:23 AM »

The Pikeman's Lament (Again).

I have so many Dan Mersey rules, with similar, but different mechanisms, that I want to be sure I'm playing with the correct set of rules.
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Shedman
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« Reply #2930 on: 24 February 2019, 10:22:11 AM »

The Tricolor on the Atlas: Or, Algeria and the French Conquest by Moritz Wagner
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« Reply #2931 on: 24 February 2019, 02:45:32 PM »

Finished "The Last Kingdom" by Bernard Cornwell.  this is Book 1 of his The Saxon Tales.  Mid 800's in Saxon England where the main adversary is the DAnes.  This follows the life of a young boy, Uhtred, who is a Saxon, but raised by the Danes.

This is well written, better I think than the Sharpe series (and I am much more interested in the Napoleonic Wars than the dealings in early Britain).

Enjoyed it immensely and am now in the third book of the series.
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« Reply #2932 on: 24 February 2019, 03:25:17 PM »

Apparently it was the inspiration for the Peter Pig Longships game.
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« Reply #2933 on: 24 February 2019, 08:03:22 PM »

Can thoroughly recommend the Warlord Chronicles: The Winter King, Enemy of God and Excalibur. Wonderful reads.
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« Reply #2934 on: 24 February 2019, 08:41:04 PM »

Can thoroughly recommend the Warlord Chronicles: The Winter King, Enemy of God and Excalibur. Wonderful reads.

Entirely agree. They are, I recall reading, Bernard Cornwell’s personal favourites. They are certainly mine, excellent reads.
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« Reply #2935 on: 24 February 2019, 09:14:15 PM »

The Warlord Chronicles are brilliant and I enjoy re-reading them, even though I know the story!
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« Reply #2936 on: 24 February 2019, 10:10:36 PM »

Hmmmm. Seems I am in a minority. I thought the Anglo-Saxon novels of Cornwall were not as good as his Sharpe's series. However, did think that the Sharpe range did dip in quality after Sharpe's Waterloo

Also disappointed with his Starbuck series. Not a Cylon in sight.

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« Reply #2937 on: 24 February 2019, 11:09:40 PM »

Finished "Be Your Own Napoleon: How would you command ten of history's greatest Battles?" by William Seymour.

This is a bad title as the battles show options at certain points of a battle or campaign, but you don't get to choose.  It was published before with the title of "Yours to Reason Why" (which I think I also have somewhere in my library, but couldn't find it).

The ten battles/chapters are:
Hastings
Crecy Campaign
Agincourt Campaign
The Third Civil War
Saratoga, Setting the Scene
Saratoga, Confidence and Confounded
Saratoga, Defeat and Surrender
Waterloo, 1-17 June
Waterloo, 18 June
Background to Chancellorsville
Chancellorsville
Gettysburg
Palestine 1917
Anzio; background to beachhead
Anzio; Battle for survival
Anzio; Breakout.

Somewhat dated (written in 1982).

The sort of history book that assumes combat started in 1066 doesn't hold my attention to the bottom of the first page.
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« Reply #2938 on: 24 February 2019, 11:15:15 PM »

Hmmmm. Seems I am in a minority. I thought the Anglo-Saxon novels of Cornwall were not as good as his Sharpe's series. However, did think that the Sharpe range did dip in quality after Sharpe's Waterloo

Also disappointed with his Starbuck series. Not a Cylon in sight.



I'm with you on that one, even though my historical interests have generally tended more towards ancients than Napoleonic, I did find the Anglo-Saxon Tales to be a bit more plodding than Sharpe. In some ways they're different purposes, Sharpe being more standalone adventures rather than an ongoing saga. But while I enjoyed the first Anglo-Saxon books as they came out I lost interest after that and never picked up the later ones. I was never able to get into the TV version of it either.

I do remember enjoying the Warlord Chronicales though!
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steve_holmes_11
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« Reply #2939 on: 24 February 2019, 11:42:14 PM »

Finished "The Last Kingdom" by Bernard Cornwell.  this is Book 1 of his The Saxon Tales.  Mid 800's in Saxon England where the main adversary is the DAnes.  This follows the life of a young boy, Uhtred, who is a Saxon, but raised by the Danes.

This is well written, better I think than the Sharpe series (and I am much more interested in the Napoleonic Wars than the dealings in early Britain).

Enjoyed it immensely and am now in the third book of the series.

Good ripping yarns, through I occasionaly wondered whether he would announce himself as Captain Uthred of the South Essex.
Spoiler alert: He gains an Irish sidekick in a later book - though no volley gun has emerged yet.

I was impressed by the care in describing Alfred's Wessex and the relations between the Saxon and Danish kingdoms of the time.
I also enjoyed the links between locations in Alfred's time and their modern equivalents - all done without breaking the flow of the story.
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