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    Default Any book recommendations for me?

    Specifically, British army memoirs from WW2. I prefer reading about the war from a personal perspective rather than the strategic overviews.

    I have just finished "The Impossible Victory" by Brian Harpur, about the Italian campaign.

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    Default Re: Any book recommendations for me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trooper
    Specifically, British army memoirs from WW2. I prefer reading about the war from a personal perspective rather than the strategic overviews.

    I have just finished "The Impossible Victory" by Brian Harpur, about the Italian campaign.
    Have you read Spike Milligan's war autobiography?
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    Have you read Spike Milligan's war autobiography?
    I can't say I have- is it worth a read? Somehow I had the impression that he was involved in entertainment during the war.

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    Not at all. He was a gun bunny, flaggie and occasional OP with the Royal Artillery from 1939 (?) until invalided out in 1944 (?).

    Very funny books, but quite sad in places as well.

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    The Black Bull: From Normandy to the Baltic with the 11th Armoured Division
    Patrick Delaforce

    One for a taster

    It is a great pity that the Library Service in the UK is run by local Councils - this has seen 99% of books about conflict being removed over the past 20 years, due to PC attitudes & domination of the service by women.
    Mills & Boon is seen as more important than nasty stuff about historical facts.
    Things are going to get a whole lot worse from now on.......

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    My local Library has never failed to get a book for me and quickly too. You have a good point about the Military Books dissapearing off the shelf ad a quick search of my local Libraries archived books gave literaly hundreds of titles that they had removed to store (including Winnies complete volumes on ww2).

    Try a search on your local libraries website and see if you get the same results.

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    Spike milligans books are definitely worth a read. He got in to entertainment late on after service in N.Africa. He ends up in a holding camp full of "loonies" as he calls them, even the OC of this establishment is a bit bomb happy. These blokes are no longer combat effective and are stored here until they can be dealt with, but from this camp Spike enters a new era of his life as an entertainer of the troops.

    One sad note is when he finally leaves Italy, leaving an Italian girl behind. Very sad, I was sort of routing for him to marry her and live happily ever after, in Italy if needed. We definitly lost a great man when he finally passed away.
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    Spike it is then- and I will have to look out for The Black Bull.

    I have pretty much given up on my local public library. They are so keen on multimeeja I get the impression books are almost a nuisance to them.

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    Try 'Hill 112' can't remeber who its by (i know poor skills and drills) but it's about the British advance on Caen, well worth a read.
    "There is no country on the face of the earth to which the principle of citizen-soldiership is so well adapted as our own, for the freedom possessed by Britons is of so general and real a character as to cause the humblest in the land to feel deeply the neccessity of preserving the safety and independence of the nation of which he is a part"

    The Volunteer's book of facts 1863

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    Sounds good!
    Max Hastings gives a pretty good account of the Caen operation in his book "Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy"

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    Hi,
    Any of Patrick Delaforce's books are well worth reading.
    A quick list (of the ones I've on my shelf, - not all of them,.yet)

    Montys Maruaders 4th and 8th Armoured Brig
    Montys Highlanders 51st Highland Div
    Montys Ironsides 3rd Div. Normandy beachs to Bremen

    The Black Bull 11th Armoured Div. Normandy to baltic

    Churchills Desertrats 1&2 7th Armoured Div. Italyand Normandy

    Polar Bears 49th Div. Normandy to relief of holland

    Marching to the sound of gunfire North west europe '44/45


    The good thing is that he served with RHA 11th Armoured as a troop laeder in normandy, then as FOO in holland and germany, during ww2,so he writes with experience,....and some humor, at times.

    Other writers worth looking out for, - in my opinion, are,

    Ken Ford, Battleaxe Div, africa to italy with 78th div '42-45
    Ken Tout, Anything he's written. (he served in 1st bat nothants
    yeomanry, fighting in Shermans)



    If you've any specific area's of interest, post them, I'm sure other posters have groaning bookshelfs, as well as me


    On the library front, I find my local brilliant, the district computerised system, has yielded up many titles I'd never seen, or read.

    All the best.

    Andy

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    Cheers Andy,

    I am especially interested in reading accounts by those who served, it helps to balance up the "big picture" history books.

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    Much the same, here; Trooper.

    Andy

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    Hi Trooper, me, again;..............just finished a Brilliant book,(from the libary,.natch lol) Poor Bloody Infantry, by Charles Whiting.
    Well worth looking out for..............

    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by rascman
    Hi Trooper, me, again;..............just finished a Brilliant book,(from the libary,.natch lol) Poor Bloody Infantry, by Charles Whiting.
    Well worth looking out for..............

    Andy
    Thanks..!

    I have just read "By tank into Normandy". The memoirs of a young lad who finds himself a Troop Leader in one of the Yeomanry Regiments on D day. An excellent account.

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