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Seing as we've got a thread for recommended watching, I thought we could have a thread of recommended reading for those of us who don't have of any of these dang-fangled portable video thinges to read when your on the bus/tube/train.  What books have you read that gave engaging accounts of comabt operations and/or life in the military?

 

Here's my list of 5 star reads:

 

The Forgotten Soldier - experiences of a german soldier on the eastern front in ww2

Dispatches - Vietnam war in all its madness

Chickenhawk - Vietnam Huey piolet's account of air ops in 1st cav

Black Hawk Down - think you'll all know this one!

Thunder Run - Abrams roll into Bagdad and fuck shit up

Generation Kill - Recon marines lead the way in Iraq

Apache - account around the rescue of a soldier's body in Afganistan

Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills - Story of Famous marine sniper Carlos Hancock

 

Any of these books are gauranteed to get you 'in the mood'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guest Steve

A Million Bullets is pretty good. It's basically about Herrick 4, and gives a fairly good insight into what was actually going on in Helmand, as well as looking at a lot of the reasons why things haven't been going smoothly. It is also the first book I've ever read with the word "hom" in it.

 

Anyone who recommends anything by Stephen E. Ambrose is going on my list of people to ND into next mission.

 

 

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Anyone who recommends anything by Stephen E. Ambrose is going on my list of people to ND into next mission.

 

But I was playing Call of Duty and I so loved Pegasus Bridge!

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Guest Prydain

I have just picked up an original printed copy of Seven Pillars of Wisdom from a stash of mostly shitty books from a recently dead relitive, it is a book I can easily read again. I also looted a reprinted version of Letters on the English, I have yet to read it but it is Voltaire so it can't be bad.

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Guest Chris

Sniper One and 3 Para both did the rounds last year, A Million Bullets is apparently pretty good.

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Guest ul

For queen and country by spud Ely is pretty good.

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Guest McVittees

A Million Bullets is pretty good. It's basically about Herrick 4, and gives a fairly good insight into what was actually going on in Helmand, as well as looking at a lot of the reasons why things haven't been going smoothly. It is also the first book I've ever read with the word "hom" in it.

 

Anyone who recommends anything by Stephen E. Ambrose is going on my list of people to ND into next mission.

 

 

 

Agreed!  ;D

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One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer, by Capt N Fick USMC. He was the tp boss in Generation Kill. His book covers his initial YO training, deployment to Ghanners in 01 and his tenure as a recce tp commander in Iraq.

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In Foreign Fields by Dan Collins - Personal accounts of British military medal winners from Iraq and Afghanistan, inspirational.

 

Apache by Ed Macy - Ed's account of flying the Longbow in Afghanistan and of the Operation Jugroom rescue when two Apaches went in with RM's strapped outside the cockpit to rescue an injured colleague.  Awesome read.

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What with having no gfx card for two weeks, I needed a 'mil fix' and so decided to read a book.  I bought Goose Green by Mark Adkin.  I thought reading another book about the Falklands war would be a waste of time but the book had excellent reviews on Amazon so a gave it a spin...

 

This book is excellent.  I thoroughly recommend everyone in VCB read it.  It's a very detailed description and analaysis of the battle for Goose Green by 2 para on 28 May 1982.  What makes this book so interesting, is the way the author focuses on the battle, the tactics and fighting on the ground - there's none of the usual first 100 pages on training, getting there and telling you how hard the para's are (that becomes obvious from what happens once they reach the Falklands).

 

It gives an account of the action from the perspective of the battalian commander all the way down to the individual sections and soldiers .  It was a big eye opener for me reading just how a close run thing Goose Green was and how much of a risk the battle was in the first place (in fact it really brings home how much of a risk the whole land campaign side of the war was).  It is also about leadership, how and why decisions are made and how those orders are executed down to the section level.

 

For me, being in VCB has been an eye openning glimpse into the world of real military doctrine, and as such I consider this book a detailed example of how such doctrine gets applied in war.  Target indication, friendly fire, suprssing fire, co-ordinating platoon movements, skirmishing, leaving casulaties behind, pressing the attack, mis- communication, crossing fields of fire, clearing comms, formations: everything we do in ArmA is here (it is also very pertinant to a lot of the stuff being discussed in the Infantry Feedback thread  http://www.volcbat.com/forum/index.php?topic=1482.0.   Goose Green is also particularly relevant to VCB as much like us,   2 para had little in the way of artillery or air support during key points of the battle.

 

Anyways, I could go on...step away from the keyboard - read it!   :)

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Apache by Ed Macy - Ed's account of flying the Longbow in Afghanistan and of the Operation Jugroom rescue when two Apaches went in with RM's strapped outside the cockpit to rescue an injured colleague.  Awesome read.

 

Just reading this at the mo, its v.good. Has anyone seen/read his new one?

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Quartered Safe Out Here was a fooking good read about the authors experience of him and his section fighting japs in Burma. Heavy shit.

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Quartered-Safe-George-MacDonald-Fraser/dp/0007105932/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255624903&sr=8-1-spell

 

This was also good. The account Bravo 2 Zero's CO. Totally rips Chris Ryan apart:

Eye of the Storm: 25 Years in Action with the SAS

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Eye-Storm-Years-Action-SAS/dp/1843170523/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255625108&sr=8-2

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Quartered Safe Out Here was a fooking good read about the authors experience of him and his section fighting japs in Burma. Heavy shit.

 

This was also good. The account Bravo 2 Zero's CO. Totally rips Chris Ryan apart:

Eye of the Storm: 25 Years in Action with the SAS

 

Yeah, read the latter and it does kinda show C Ryan as bit of a prat.  That's the good thing about authentic reads, makes you realise what BS others write.

 

Will give the other a try, haven't read anything about the conflict  in Burma.

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Guest niall

Whats a book?

 

The nearest to military books I read are Chris Ryan ones. Or Matt Lynn Death Force is a good SASOMGDELTASNIPERSPECIALFORCESSSSSSSSSS book.

 

And Harry Potter

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The vietnam ground zero series by Eric Helm are a great no nonsense read if you can get hold of them :)

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Guest McVittees

Whats a book?

 

Things you burn to keep warm.

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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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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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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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*Edit*

 

Reread the original post.

 

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Guest Serpico

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a good read. Not many guns mind.

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Guest Prydain

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a good read.

Wah?

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Guest Lunatic

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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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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