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#221: Re: What are you reading? Author: kawasakyLocation: Zagreb, Hrvatska PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:15 pm
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The latest happenings in the Muslim countries only confirm that, because what the people want is just opposite to what brain-dead-islamic-militants want.
In fact, it could be a death blow for them because decadent western-copying regimes will have to go, denying the militants their primary enemy. The fact is that Islam is a non-violent religion, or if you want, no more violent than Christianity or Judaism are, and that the great majority of Muslims do not support militants, as they are victims of their crimes. With westernized regimes gone, they (the Muslims) will have a good chance to undertake modernization without westernization and to establish regimes much more in accordance with the teaching of Islam.
So yes, extremism is surely in decline, but the problem is that they could kick a lot in their mortal spasms, and some of those kicks could be heavy, although only to speed the dying process of those morons.

However, it is a very complex matter and cannot be discussed in a hurry. I have 6 more books on Islam and extremism to go through and will make a synthesis in the new topic.

#222: Re: What are you reading? Author: BungarraLocation: Murchison region, West Australia PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:47 am
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ATTACK STATE RED; Colonel Richard Kemp & Chris Hughes

A true hard hitting story of The Royal Anglian Battle Group in Helmand Province 2007

Lees Viking passed an area of open ground to the left, dropping down to the wood line in the valley. As the WMIKs in front picked their way along the heavily potholed road, two local men appeared from nowhere and pushed a rusty old black Nissan into the path of Lee’s Viking, forcing the vehicle across to the right hand side of the road.
Lee had barely enough time to wonder what’s going on when the first RPG smashed  into the top of Dean Bailys Viking

Lee turned & saw Baily engulfed in flames, he just had time catch the terrified look on his mates face before Baily threw himself down inside the Vikings cab. Baily tore off his burning helmet & body armour & seconds later was back up in the fight, firing his SA80 at Taliban swarming all over the compound roofs. “Three enemy left…” In the forward turret of Lees Viking the marine gunner swung his GPMG to engage.
Lee dropped a gunman on the wall 40 mtrs away then heard a thumping noise from open ground off to the left. A soviet designed Degtjarev DShK 12.5mm anti-aircraft machine gun started to hose down the column spitting out bullets at the rate of 125 a minute. Red tracer streamed behind his vehicle.
A GPMG gunner in one of the Vikings  silenced the DShK with a long withering burst. By now all ten B company vehicles were engaged with the enemy. There was chaos inside Bailys burning Viking Sniper Teddy Rueker thought they had hit a mine. Then he heard the order to get out!, Get Out! From the commander, He shouted get out of the vehicle and booted open the heavily armoured door He grabbed Bailys leg and shouted up, Deano, get out mate we’re going – now…
A second PG7VL 93mm high-explosive warhead spiralled from its launcher at 295 mtrs per second slammed into the top of the Viking Baily had not made it out of the turret. ………….

The book is full on and it’s a rare day that The Anglicans didn’t see action
Deano Baily died from his horrific wounds.

I reproduced the description of this article to highlight the value of these proposed anti RPG systems. If they save even one life it is worth the investment!

#223: Re: What are you reading? Author: US_BrakeLocation: USA PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:04 am
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Up Close and Personal
The Reality of Close-Quarter Fighting in World War II
by David Lee



In 1947, US General Marshall controversially wrote that out of every one hundred combat soldiers only fifteen to twenty-five actually fired their weapons at the enemy, because of the innate human reluctance to take another's life. Others maintained the opposite view - that soldiers enjoyed killing. David Lee demonstrates that the situation was far more complex than either of these positions, arguing that the crucial factor for a unit's success in battle was the type of training it received.

First-person accounts of close-quarter fighting. I got the hardback used. A good read.

#224: Re: What are you reading? Author: Dima PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:38 pm
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Have just finished "Generation Kill" by Evan Wright - helped me to understand alot of unlogical things in the series.

Now reading "The Pacific" by Hugh Ambrose, the book, that the series were based on, feutures 2 more personal stories and alot of details, which were not included in the series.

#225: Re: What are you reading? Author: kawasakyLocation: Zagreb, Hrvatska PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:53 pm
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Isaac Deutscher: Stalin: a Political Biography
Although the first copyright dates back to 1949 this book is still one of the corner stones in studying both, Stalin and soviet communism.

#226: Re: What are you reading? Author: wickedakuba PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:57 pm
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iam reading a book by Joe Abercrombie called the blade itself, part of a trilogy pretty good so far. not a war book though but just finished beyond the beachhead by Joseph Balkoski which was a good read.

#227: Re: What are you reading? Author: MajorFrank PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:31 pm
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Dima wrote (View Post):
Have just finished "Generation Kill" by Evan Wright - helped me to understand alot of unlogical things in the series.

Now reading "The Pacific" by Hugh Ambrose, the book, that the series were based on, feutures 2 more personal stories and alot of details, which were not included in the series.


Might want to read With the old breed by E.B. Sledge and Helmet for my pillow by R. Leckie. Good books both.

#228: Re: What are you reading? Author: arkturasLocation: United Kingdom PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:03 pm
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If anyone fancies a short read - something to fit on a few train or bus trips to work try - Andy Mcnab's 'Last night another soldier' it was an excellent read - all be it very short. Currently i'm reading '3 Commando Brigade' by Ewen Southby-Tailyour which i'd also reccomend - its covers some of the operations by 3 Commando in Afghanistan.

#229: Re: What are you reading? Author: mooxe PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:57 am
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arkturas wrote (View Post):
If anyone fancies a short read - something to fit on a few train or bus trips to work try - Andy Mcnab's 'Last night another soldier' it was an excellent read - all be it very short. Currently i'm reading '3 Commando Brigade' by Ewen Southby-Tailyour which i'd also reccomend - its covers some of the operations by 3 Commando in Afghanistan.


What dates does the 3 Commando book cover? When I was in Afghanistan we did some operations with the Royal Marine Commandos.... Thats the same Regiment right?

#230: Re: What are you reading? Author: MajorFrank PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:56 am
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Right now reading An Army at Dawn - The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson. If it's any good I might get his other book The Day of Battle - The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944. It's supposed to be a trilogy with the final not yet published part covering the Normandy stuff and war in Europe.

#231: Re: What are you reading? Author: Panzermayer PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:32 pm
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Currently reading the following:

War Without Garlands: Barbarossa 1941/42. http://www.amazon.com/War-Without-Garlands-Barbarossa-1941/dp/1885119712
&
The Tragedy of the Faithful: 3rd SS Panzer Korps. http://www.amazon.com/Tragedy-Faithful-3rd-Panzer-Korps/dp/0921991614

Just finished:

The Art of War.
&
The Fotgotten Soldier

#232: Re: What are you reading? Author: arkturasLocation: United Kingdom PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:48 pm
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What dates does the 3 Commando book cover? When I was in Afghanistan we did some operations with the Royal Marine Commandos.... Thats the same Regiment right?


Some of the operations I have covered in the book run between 2006 & 2007, specifically; 'Operation Baaz Tsuka, Bauxite, Clay, Glacier 4; 5, Operation Herrick 5, Kendle & Knight.

#233: Re: What are you reading? Author: dj PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:06 am
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Stocking up on the Borders going out of business bargains.  Best deal was the Osprey Warsaw '44 book for $8.  They are almost sold-out at the stores...last days.


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#234: Re: What are you reading? Author: dj PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:08 am
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Osprey Warsaw '44


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#235: Re: What are you reading? Author: dj PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:24 pm
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Wow...it looks like I have plenty of books to read for a while thanks to the Borders blow-out.  Got the last few remaining Osprey's for only $2 each.  One book not shown in photo is Beacons in the Night...with recent declassified story of OSS (pre-CIA) operations in Yugoslavia to assist partisan uprisings against the German.


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#236: Re: What are you reading? Author: MajorFrank PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:23 am
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Nice haul dj.

Right now reading Easy Company Soldier by Donald Malarkey. Written after the Band of Brothers tv-series. Still good though.

#237: Re: What are you reading? Author: mooxe PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:05 pm
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mooxe wrote (View Post):
Just ordered from Amazon...

"If You Survive" by George Wilson

"Penalty Strike: The Memoirs Of A Red Army Penal Company Commander" by Alexander Pyl'cyn

"Death Traps: The Survival of an American Armored Division in World War II " by Belton Y. Cooper


$37.18 with tax and shipping incl, not bad.


Finished Penalty Strike. It was a good easy read. It was nice to read about the personalities in the chain of command. Descriptions of combat were quite well also. I would recommend to anyone here.

If You Survive. Excellent combat! I lost this book in a hotel, was very dissapointed. Was like watching a good movie and the power going out. Definetly buying this one again from Amazon.

#238: Re: What are you reading? Author: papa_whisky PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 7:51 am
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Reading Matterhorn, a novel about a young second Lt in the marines on his first tour in Vietnam. A compelling read written by a Vet that places you the reader very uncomfortably right in the middle of a place that nobody in their right mind would wish to be.

#239: Re: What are you reading? Author: Therion PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:32 pm
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Ernst Jünger - Storm of Steel

I'm more and more fascinated with WWI.

#240: Re: What are you reading? Author: kawasakyLocation: Zagreb, Hrvatska PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:10 am
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Simon Sebag Montefiore, Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

Excellent book that contains some recently declassified data, as well as an original perspective of already known stuff. In my opinion Montefiore's two books about Stalin and Deutscher's Stalin political biography make an awesome combination.



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