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Liked them both, lots of interesting details, however both could benefit from more maps. I can recommend them anyway, especially for the price they are going for.

Cheers,

Rump

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I recently got hold of a copy of Truppenführung - German Army Unit Command in WWII, republished by Stackpole in softcover and available on line for around £8.

Fairly familiar stuff for those brought up on FM-100-5, as the US document was based largely on the German pre-war document.

I'm finding the stuff on Logistics arrangement and management really interesting, as this is frequently skimmed/glossed over in combat manuals - the arrangement of the echelons being taken for granted quite often.

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Found this gem, by Sir Liddel Hart, 'The way to win wars', paperback, 1942 1st printing, wartime edition.

For 6 pounds 50.

I LOVE Amazon.

-Rump

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Well after many years of reccomendations I picked up the paper back that has been sitting on my shelf for just as many yrs and well what can I say.... It really doesnt get much better than this.

http://www.amazon.com/BRIDGE-TOO-FAR-RYAN-CORNELIUS/dp/B000J4URRI

It really is amazing how a full scale rout got turned around and the reader must ask themselfs what would have happend if everything that could have gone wrong didnt for the Allies.

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Totally agree, s p l e n d i d book.

Will go now to the cellar where I keep older books, & find back this one & start reading it again.

Rgds, K

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Here is TOP RARE and Interesting manual for HEAVY RUSSIAN TANK. WW2 Time

please take a look to the ebay auction opened today.

EBay Auction number is: 140386013638

Here is the link to it:

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Page 1:

Congratulations on purchasing the model IS 2 Josef Stalin Heavy Tank.

We are sure you will be pleased with its rugged off road handling.......

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"First Clash" is actually easy to find. Macksey's "Counterstroke" (the follow on book) is the Holy Grail. Amazon affiliates currently have at least 25 copies of FC ranging from US$0.01 to US$38.

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CS is the total Holy Grail(second is "Chieftains" by Bob Forrest-Webb), even the guys at the Canadian military manual archive don´t know shit about it....gnaaah. However that copy of FC looks like a picker, got the same and like the looks of it alot more than the one with the flame on the cover.

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Just finished reading Warrior's Rage: The Great Tank Battle of 73 Easting

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And I fully agree with the comments posted here.

This book is a MUST for anyone interested on actual cavalry operations and Armour.

It is a fascinating book I finished in 2 days.

It is really worth IMHO

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For anyone who loves M1 tanks, "Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad" by David Zucchino is a must. It's like Blackhawk Down, but way better.... and with tanks. I read it because my Batallion XO was the lead tank company CO on the 2 thunder runs in 3rd ID, and people were passing the book around the unit. Well worth the read.

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Can anyone recommend books/websites about the current war in Afghanistan,

with focus on engagements on the company level (or slightly above),

so with focus on tactics.

THX !

K

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I have nothing specific to this conflict, but there are two (translated from the Russian?) works on the Soviet involvement that are interesting, and both have been published to the public domain by the US military as training docs.

The Bear Went Over The Mountain

The Other Side Of The Mountain

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I have an "UNCLAS" Canadian "Lessons Learned" type document that I'll post when I get home.

Its a PDF so I need to zip it first (and can't do that here).

Edited by Gibsonm

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Not A Good Day To Die is a good book, but a bit thin on the actual tactics. Actually, most of the books are, maybe for operational security issues, maybe because it can actually be quite difficult to reconstruct an action through interviews with the soldiers while they are still in theater (and even worse if they are already back, since the time span will blur the details even more).

Other books that I found helpful about Afghanistan:

  • An Ordinary Soldier (exemplary for the description of OMLT operations) by Doug Beattie
  • Danger Close by Stuart Tootal
  • On Afghanistan by Ross Kemp
  • Helmand Assault by Ewen Southby-Tailyour

Chris Hunter's very commendable book "Eight Lives Down" is from Iraq, but the situation in Afghanistan is probably comparable (it focuses on ordnance disposal (IED defuzing) and the counter-IED intelligence work, so as such the book is of limited use for the creation of SB Pro scenarios; still worth reading though).

Dan Mills' book "Sniper One" is another account from Iraq, and focuses on the siege situation of their local camp with more or less daily insurgent attacks. That one is written from the "grunt level" but still insightful. It is probably somewhat transferable to other siege situations, e.g. undermanned military outposts, or the defense of Afghani National Police stations.

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