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Tanker Books/Novels

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Ill think you will find the FuhrerBegleitBatallion was actually Wehrmact, and not SS which was a seperate organistion. I memory serves it eventually became part of the Grossdeutchland formation, which was Wehrmact, and set up specifically as a rival (primarily for resources) to the Waffen SS. I think FBB eventually became a brigade, based on rather shaky memory of playing the wargame Crusade in Europe 20 odd years ago. It may have served in the Ardenne offensive in 1944, but I would have to check on that.

Rommel was a remarkable fellow, but he has been atributed postwar primarily as an AntiNazi. He didnt like politics much, but he did admire Hitler, and it was his patronage that made his career. its also forgotten that he once shot a French officer (a POW) out of hand, because he didnt clear a road of pows quickly enough for his 7th Panzer division. On the other hand, he was aware of the conspiracy, and whilst he didnt participate, quite clearly didnt report the individuals who did. Probably a better legacy than most German WW2 Generals I guess.

I bought that book 5 years ago (Eyes of Orion) and ive never managed to finish it. It was not well written imho, and it seriously put me off trying to finish it. I think Heights of Courage by Kahlani (Cant be arsed to look the spelling up) is much better, as indeed is the book by the commander of 7th Armoured Brigade during Operation Granby.

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I enjoyed " Steel Inferno" by Michael Reynolds ...it's about the 1st SS Panzer Corp in Normandy

" Panzer Commander " by Hans von Luck really good read takes you from the invasion of Poland the first fire fights, through the invasion of Russia to the end of the war

" The Rommel Papers " is an enjoyable read as well about Erwin Rommel

" Panzerkrieg " by Peter McCarthy and Mike Syron is about the formation and demise of the German Panzer Divisions in WWII

" Panzer Aces " by Franz Kurowski has several good stories of WWII German Commanders in action

" Hells Gate " by Douglas Nash has various stories hour by hour day by day of the Wiking division during the Cherkassy Pocket .

vK ~

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Just found and bought a cheap copy of "Proud Legions" by John Antal (my 3rd Antal book in a short while) and from the first look it was worth it. Now with "Red Phoenix" by Larry Bond and the "Armored Corps" trilogy I think my second korean war book collection is complete. :)

Also bought "Iron Fist" by Bryan Perrett, hope it is as good as it sounds.

Oh btw: "Armor Attacks" is a fantastic book, it chilled me so much that I had to get "Infantry Combat" as well.

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I loved the Armored Corps books, but was a bit let down by the ending in the last book. It felt kind of like he "ran out of gas" and prematurely brought the story to a end just to get it over with.

Proud Legion was was pretty good and a good read too. I haven't read the other books you mentioned.

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Zaloga also published a book titled Red Thrust that contains a series of vignettes regarding different battlefield operating systems. The tank battle you mention might be reproduced in Red Thrust.

Nope, the tank battle in "Red Thrust" is a different one than that in "Tank War Central Front".

Anyone have some recommendations on books that deal with the 100 hours of ground combat during "Desert Storm"? I´d love to know more details about the battles of the armored and mechanized infantry divisions.

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"Heavy Metal" is about the roll on Baghdad in OIF. Very good read, I just finished it. Until reading this book I had no idea how unreliable the M1 is. Most of the time the company is at 80% do to failures. Amazing and crazy at the same time.

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That sounds fairly normal for heavily used equipments to me..

It is usually possible to keep servicability above 90% for short periods, but day-in-day-out usage, in a hostile (hot/dusty) environment.. unlikely.

Would be interesting to hear how the light mech stuff holds up, I have heard rumour that the LAV vehicles are equally unreliable if forced to run off road extensively.

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a absolute must read is cauldron"from larry bond the best fic.wartime leopard1&2 battle chapters ,here is a preview":

Cauldron is a novel by Larry Bond that centers on a European financial crisis that leads to a military confrontation between the United States and France. The instrument of French imperialism in this novel is a transnational organization known as the European Confederation (EurCon). EurCon is domintated by France and Germany and bears a disturbing resemblence to the European Union. The story is set in 1998 and Bond even has a role for post-Soviet Russia."

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Does anyone own books by Ralph Zumbro, such as Tank Aces or The Iron Cavalry? Are they recommandable?

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Apparently not, but here are my most recent buys:

Shabtai Teveth, "The Tanks of Tammuz"

Ralph Zumbro, "The Iron Cavalry"

Alex Vernon and others, "The Eyes of Orion: Five Tank Lieutenants in the Persian Gulf War"

David Zucchino, "Thunder Run"

Tom Clancy, "Armored Cav"

Patrick Cordingley, "In the Eye of the Storm: Commanding the Desert Rats in the Gulf War"

Bryan Perrett, "Iron Fist: Classic Armoured Warfare"

Tom Carhart, "Iron Soldiers: How America´s 1st Armored Division crushed Iraq´s elite Republican Guard"

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Don't know if this has already been listed, but I recently came across:

Panzer Tactics, Wolfgang Schneider. Stackpole Books.

This is written by a (former) tank officer in the Bundeswehr, and covers small unit tactics of the Wehrmacht Panzer, Schutzen, Panzerschutzen and Panzergrenadiere companies and battalions.

While some of it is historical in nature - couched in the past tense, and relates only to conditions found during WW2, most of it is written in the present tense and relates to the conditions and intentions of the employment of mobile forces both historically and in the present.

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Anyone read any good tanker novels, other than the two old standards, "Team Yankee" and "The Ten Thousand" by Harold Coyle which I've read already. ?

I've heard good things about Pete Callahan's trilogy Armored Corps... but haven't read any of them.

A former business associate of mine who is a former M1A2 Plt Ldr and West Point grad said the classic text is Armored Warfare by James Frederick Charles Fuller. Amazon has it new for $83.95 (which is crazy).

Guess I'm looking for something lighter, more entertaining, and Cheaper.

BTW, watched some nice SB videos on YouTube this evening... most excellent vids by Daskal and wolfbiscuits...

where can i find the H Coyle novels?they seem to be out of print.

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This is what I´m currently reading and so far it gives an excellent insight into the whole 1AD during Desert Storm, from the command down to individual tankers. And Carhart knows how to describe the effect of a silver bullet tearing a T-72 apart...great pick up for anyone into modern tank warfare.

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http://www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d178.html

"Armoured Farmer - A Tankie's Tales" looks most interesting to me. Anyone got that and can say a bit about it?

Hi there

I knew the author during our service days. His experiences cover the British Royal Armoured Corps of the 80s in particular 3 RTR.

Here is a link that has a host of reviews mostly from his former peer group.

http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/p=2209817.html

Irish

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http://www.woodfieldpublishing.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d178.html

"Armoured Farmer - A Tankie's Tales" looks most interesting to me. Anyone got that and can say a bit about it?

I must also say thank you to Demolition Man for bringing that link to my attention. Having looked about the site there are many book titles that I will be aquiring. In the most they seem to be personal accounts of times past. Some of the better stories in my opinion.

Irish

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Hi all, I just finished reading a book called Thunder Run. It was about the run into Baghdad. I was wondering if any of you can suggest other books along those lines, or if you have not read it, I thought it was a great read. Any suggestions are most welcome.

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you might wanna try Gauldron from larry bond, wich is about a new war between Europe and The USA,a great read.!

German leopards vs US abrams...

Cauldron is a novel by Larry Bond that centers on a European financial crisis that leads to a military confrontation between the United States and France. The instrument of French imperialism in this novel is a transnational organization known as the European Confederation (EurCon). EurCon is dominated by France and Germany and bears a disturbing resemblance to the European Union. The story is set in 1998 and Bond even has a role for post-Soviet Russia.

As an economic downturn grips Europe, France and Germany use their industrial might to grab the former Warsaw Pact nations. They establish company factories, and buy out the government. However, the Eastern Europeans grow restless under French oppression. Led by Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, they confront EuroCon. The French are outraged and buy out the Russians, ending the fuel shipments to Poland. Disturbed by the bullying, America steps in with fuel shipments to Poland. The French confound this effort by sabotaging a fuel ship.

Unfortunately for the French, the Poles remain defiant and the Hungarians rebel. Hoping to stomp out the Hungarians, the French invade. Unfortunately, they are slowed by fierce Hungarian defenders. The French and Germans decide to invade Poland, hoping to make an example of them. The Poles fight back, and with U.S. and UK reinforcements, the Poles push back the Germans. Facing death between Poles and their hesitant French allies, Germany and Belgium split away, followed by the rest of EuroCon.

Also from larry bond is http://www.amazon.com/Red-Phoenix-Larry-Bond/dp/0446359688

about a North Korean invasion of the south...

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