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Offline McV//Jack

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2009, 10:08:18 PM »
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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2009, 01:56:13 PM »
Fired through a few books of late, with a few more on the waiting list.

Danger Close by Col. Stuart Tootal. It basically covers his time as CO 3 Para on Herrick IV. It's nice to get a different perspective than that of the gravs on the tour (such as Blood Clot by an NCO of the Patrols Plt).  or by an outsider (Patrick Bishop, with 3 Para). Tootal gives an in-depth and personal look at how he saw the Bn's tour, the way he was overstretched, trying to deal with counter-insurgency as well as attempting to carry out the UK's half-arsed attempt at rebuilding Helmand with little to no resources and oodles of beauracracy. The book simply adds to sentiments I've heard a few times that he cared deeply for his lads.

Bullet Proof by L/Cpl Matt Croucher. It's mega chad, not necessarily the most well written book, but it gives a gravs view on things, Briefly rattles through who he is, why he joined the Corps etc, then goes straight into going into Iraq with 40Cdo on Telic, then his Herrick tours, including the famous "I've just tripped a tripwire so I'll sit on the grenade to save my mates" incident. By all accounts he should've been killed long before that incident. As I said, not the greatest book ever, but for some war-porn and a bit of ninja Bootneck nails-ness, it's a good read.

Target: Basra by Mark Rossiter. It's basically an overview of 3Cdo Bde's assault on the Al Faw peninsula at the start of Op Telic. Specifically centered around 40Cdo's push for Basra itself. Focuses a fair bit on the strategic elements of the operation, with plenty of quotes from officer types. Still, being Corps-pissed, I found it interesting enough.

A couple of novels next;
Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell. The bloke who writes Sharpe, writing a novel based on fact, about Henry V's little bimble around France ending up with giving the French a shoeing at Agincourt. Good stuff. It's also got an interesting interview with Cornwell at the end, going into the historical facts he used to give the novel some depth and accuracy.

Sharpes Fortress by Bernard Cornwell. Sharpe's gone from being an infantry stripey to a junior officer and is cutting about India killing Johnny Foreigner. That's about it.

Waiting list;
Man Down by Mne Mark Ormrod. He's a Bootneck who lost both legs and an arm on Herrick.

No True Glory by Bing West. About the USMC malletting Fallujah in 04/05.

Desperate Glory by Sam Kiley. A journalist on tour with 16AA Bde on Herrick VIII.

I'm currently halfway through The Junior Officers' Reading CLub by Patrick Hennessey. It's one mans tale of being an infantry young officer, starting with a year at Sandhurst, joining 1st Bn Grenadier Guards for tours in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as public duties in London. So far it's a well written, witty & cynical look at life as a junior officer in an infantry battalion. It's far better than Desert of Death, also by a Guards officer (albeit Scots Gds) during the same time-frame, as Hennessey, despite his cynicism, actually likes what he's doing, instead of dripping like the author of Desert of Death.
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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2009, 02:05:06 PM »
That Desert of death guy was a raging hom though. The odds of him getting through life without being registered as a sex offender seem slim.
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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2009, 02:31:19 PM »
Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell. The bloke who writes Sharpe, writing a novel based on fact, about Henry V's little bimble around France ending up with giving the French a shoeing at Agincourt. Good stuff. It's also got an interesting interview with Cornwell at the end, going into the historical facts he used to give the novel some depth and accuracy.
I've read 3/4 of that, really good book. Quite fictional story wise but still with facts (  well what I take are fact, wasn't around in them times) really worth a read Red and anyone else with even a passing interest in Medieval battles.

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2009, 03:07:18 PM »
Yeah mate, I've read Azincourt.
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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #20 on: October 24, 2009, 07:32:15 PM »
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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #21 on: October 24, 2009, 09:53:08 PM »
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a good read. Not many guns mind.

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2009, 01:42:22 AM »
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a good read.
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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2009, 06:40:59 PM »
Black foot is missing

Based upon a true Vietnam squad of deniable operatives doing cross border raids.  The story of how only cowards are noticed and the extraordinary deeds required to rise above your per group, usually resulting in death.

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2009, 08:25:28 AM »
Stalingrad by anthony beevor is good, however on a different tone anything by terry pratchet is good, in particular monstrous regiment is good for anyone in vcb.
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Offline McV//Jack

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #25 on: October 26, 2009, 09:56:04 AM »
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a good read. Not many guns mind.

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #26 on: May 18, 2011, 03:28:31 PM »
This is a ruddy old thread but I thought I'd post here before starting a new thread.

Just looking for reading recommendations. I've read alot of the more recent books regarding iraq and afghan.

Im currently reading TANK MEN, which focuses on tank crews ,obviously, from the first tanks in 1916 through WW2. Good read so far.

Anyone know of any good modern tank book? Any you know of FRIZ?

I'm waiting for a book about russian invasion of afghan to come in at the library at the mo'. Just to see what those mongs did in afghan all those years ago.

My personal recommendations of books I've read more than once are: House to House: A Tale of Modern War by David Bellavia
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Offline McV//Jack

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #27 on: May 18, 2011, 03:40:01 PM »
'Thunder Run' by David Zucchino is totally awesome! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thunder-Run-Tusker-Brigade-Baghdad/dp/184354282X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305729238&sr=1-1. It's about an armoured brigade  rolling into Baghdad up the main highway.  It proved (apparantly) that armoured forces could fight effectively in urban areas without infantry support (kinda). Lots of interesting stuff about the logistics of keeping an armoured column supplied and guys fighting off Iraqs with M16s from the hatches of their M1s. Read it twice. Loved it.  Should also add, it seems it was almost (but not quite) a total turkey shoot with hundreads of Iraqs being hosed down by 7.62 coax. Almost unbelivable how stupid some of the Iraqs were, trying to go up agains 65 ton Abrahms in Toyotas...hope them Virgins were worth it.

Another book I enjoyed was 'By tank into Normandy' by Stuart Hills.  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tank-Normandy-Cassell-Military-Paperbacks/dp/0304366404/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305729335&sr=1-1 Story of British tank commander in WW2. Starts off training in the amphibious Shermans and then fights his way across Normandy. Really gives a good account of how tense and stressful being a tanker in WW2 was (bascially if you were in the lead when you were ambushed you were dead).  Slow start to book with lots of stuff about his schools days but it does pick up.
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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #28 on: May 18, 2011, 04:26:50 PM »
I'm currently reading Unscathed: Escape from Sierra Leone by Maj Phil Ashby RM

It's a book about Phil Ashby and his personal experiences going through YO training, mountain leader selection and training, and his time with the UN in Sierra Leone. Really good read.

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Re: Reading recommendations
« Reply #29 on: May 18, 2011, 04:52:57 PM »
I've requested Thunder run from the library.

Keep them coming.

 

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