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« Reply #3435 on: 01 September 2020, 09:39:19 PM »

My Bazaine is on the way!
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« Reply #3436 on: 04 September 2020, 01:00:22 PM »

Finished "Dixie Victorious: An Alternate History Of The Civil War", edited by Peter G. Tsouras.

Rather than one story, this has 10 different "what ifs", from an Anglo-french intervention, to AA Johnston vs US Grant, to Lincoln getting killed when Early confronts Ft Washington in 1864.

Some I liked, some not so much, but the authors are well known in most cases: Andrew Uffindell, James Arnold, Edward Longacre, Peter Tsouras and Kevin Kiley among others.
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« Reply #3437 on: 05 September 2020, 09:25:48 PM »

Reread "The Fifteen Decisive Battles of The World by E.S. Creasy.  Probably first read it 5 decades ago.

Good history in between and leading up to the battles.  Creasy wrote for and educated audience as there are many Greek and Latin passages, untranslated.  I had forgotten that.  The French I can read but  the other is Greek to me ( Smiley).

This volume was printed 1851 and Creasy is extolling the long peace between and among the nations he considered important - Europe (Britain, France and Russia) as well as the US, though he does allude to the Mexican American War.  And this being just prior to the Crimean War.  He doesn't consider warfare against the native troops to be an issue.

But, well written.
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« Reply #3438 on: 06 September 2020, 01:12:01 PM »

Operation sea Lion by Peter Fleming. A few chapters in and so far a good read, written in a nice style that flows nicely. Also Never Mind The Billhooks wargame rules which look to give a nice game.
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« Reply #3439 on: 09 September 2020, 04:49:04 PM »

Finished "The Civil War Up Close: Thousand of Curious, Obscure, and Fascinating Facts about the Civil War America Could Never Win" by Donald Chartwell.

Strange title but some interesting stuff, and also factual errors.  For example he says Albert Sidney Johnston was killed at Shiloh leading a cavalry charge.  And a few others like that.

So So.
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« Reply #3440 on: 10 September 2020, 03:58:57 PM »

Finished volume 84, No. 2 of "The Journal of Military History".  Published 4 times per year.

Articles include:
There Will Still Remain Heroes and Patriots: The Politics of Resignation in the Early American Navy, 1794-1815,
Ingenuity, Excess, Incompetence, and Luck: Air-Resupply Anecdotes in Military History
(side note - the Spanish dropped basket laden turkeys over cut off troops in the SCW; picture the turkeys madly flapping their wings...)
Rescuing a General: General Haywood "Possum" Hansell and the Burden of Command

Others plus many book reviews also.
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« Reply #3441 on: 17 September 2020, 03:10:24 PM »

Finished "Gettysburg: An Alternate History" by Peter Tsouras.  This book is great for the combat and what ifs.  Seems more in depth than other alternate history I have read and captures ACW combat as I think it happened.

Alternate history, but the South does not win.  Stuart arrives a day early which enables Lee to listen to Longstreet about maneuvering around the Union left flank.  Lots of interesting tie-ins to actual historical statements.

Extremely well done and recommended for ACW aficionados.  I am madly painting ACW troops for Regimental Fire and Fury so this whets the appetite.
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« Reply #3442 on: 18 September 2020, 08:36:42 AM »

Finished with all the computer textbooks, now reading:

The Infantry Attacks - Erwin Rommel.


So far, an excellent read, well presented, and very accessible.
Quite a contrast to other stuff I've read by German authors that tends to be quite heavy going.
I don't know whether that's a problem for the authors or translators.
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« Reply #3443 on: 18 September 2020, 09:40:36 AM »

Just started Neither Up Nor Down. The British Army and the Flanders Campaign 1793-95
Long ignored period of history noe receiving increasing coverage.
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« Reply #3444 on: Yesterday at 09:31:22 PM »

Irregular Wars: Conflict at the World's End wargames rules. They look to be good and simple but effective game mechanics. The only downside is there are som many very tempting army lists at the back of the book. Which ones to go for is the question!
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« Reply #3445 on: Yesterday at 11:18:06 PM »

Finished "Trafalgar: Napoleon's Naval Waterloo" by Rene Maine, translated by Rita Eldon and BW Robinson.  Printed 1957 but a good read.

Details the travels of Nelson and his Naples/Sicily sojourn. All in all well done from the French viewpoint.

(And I still haven't received my Bazaine.) Cry
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