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A very good military read

Old 3rd Oct 2013, 05:56
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Since we are talking ex-Nav's fiction, Wibble has cracked out a few. Quite good they are too!

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Old 4th Oct 2013, 09:51
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Enjoying Geehovahs Defector just now. Not so keen on Mr Weavers efforts. Sorry!
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Old 4th Oct 2013, 11:01
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I bought Defector on Kindle a few weeks ago, excellent stuff, but the ending seemed a bit . . . .

That'll cost you a beer or three at the TDPU next month!!
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Old 4th Oct 2013, 14:06
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Fiction should be a natural fit for NAV's!
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Old 11th Oct 2013, 19:20
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Referee! A beer costs more than the book!

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Old 11th Oct 2013, 19:33
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Major General Jim Molan

Running the War in Iraq

An Australian General as Deputy Chief Strategic Operations
for the whole of Iraq under General Casey in about 2004/2005.

A very good outsiders view of the inside.
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Old 12th Oct 2013, 18:25
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The Wipers Times.
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Old 12th Oct 2013, 22:10
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Recently finished " To the Ends of the Air" by G E Livock. Tells his story from joining the R.N.A.S from school in 1914 and continues through to the story of the Far East Flight, of which he was second in command.
The F.E.F. flew from the U.K. to Singapore, around Australia, up to the Philippines and Hong Kong, and back to Singapore. All this in 1927-28, with 4 Supermarine Southampton II's, and all to a pre-planned schedule.
On its arrival back at Singapore, the F.E.F became No. 205 Squadron, the first R.A.F. squadron in the Far East, with Livock as C.O. Unfortunately, the book makes only a brief reference to his time with 205.
In the late '60s in Singapore, the Squadron museum had a typed copy of his account of his time on 205 in detail. I believe he had visited the Squadron a few years earlier, and had got the Squadron to type up his manuscript so that he could offer it to a publisher. In return the squadron got to keep a copy. It was a greaT account, but over the years I have forgotten much of it.
I have been unable to trace this second book, if it ever got published. Anyone know of it? Alternatively, does anyone know what happened to the Squadron's copy?
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Old 13th Oct 2013, 12:36
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Great thread! Kindle's been working o/t..

Another great read.

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Old 22nd Oct 2013, 10:56
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For fiction, Just finished Defcon one by Joe Weber. Good stuff.

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Old 8th Nov 2013, 23:04
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"The Trident"......

Forging and re-forging of a Navy SEAL leader | Fox News Video
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Old 15th Nov 2013, 21:19
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Dare I recommend the very irreverent three part tome available on Kindle by Alan Dallison, SABAT 1 to 3. If you want a laugh its cheap and full of errors, but, it does ring some bells.

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Old 26th Nov 2013, 08:48
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"The Long Walk": about a Polish army officer's arrest, interrogation, "trial" and eventually, escape from the Soviet Gulag and his walk to freedom. A breathtaking and true tale of human endurance. And also, for many ppruners of a certain age, a close-up glimpse of what we fought against in the cold war and the ghastliness that awaited if we hadn't.
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Old 26th Nov 2013, 09:42
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I enjoyed the book but I think it's been largely discredited now as Fantasy/Fiction - there's a lot on Google about it...........

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Old 26th Nov 2013, 11:31
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Yes, seen that arclite, although the horrid parts about the NKVD and Gulag concentration camps are pretty much spot on.

For a great read if you don't mind some fantasy, try Jihad about special forces involvement on Afganistan. The writer wasn't, it turns out, ever in the SAS but a great read anyway.
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Old 8th Dec 2013, 14:33
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Old 28th Dec 2013, 23:19
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Chivalry in combat...

I was given this for Christmas and have just finished it, couldn't put it down!

'A Higher Call' by Adam Makos (with Larry Alexander) tells the story of two WW2 pilots - one a rookie struggling to limp a shot-up B17 back from a sortie, the other an Ace in a 109 who chased down to finish it off but in fact spared it and escorted it through the coastal batteries and out to the North Sea. It covers their respective careers before and after that fateful event - and how they came to meet up in person almost 50 years later. Fascinating, truly inspirational and hugely moving. It's a completely true story BTW.
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Old 29th Dec 2013, 00:08
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Goosepool (aka Middleton St George aka Teesside Airport and dying as DTV)

One of my Xmas presents was

"Goosepool" the History of RAF and RCAF: Middleton St George and Teesside Airport: Amazon.co.uk: Stanley D Howes: Books "Goosepool" the History of RAF and RCAF: Middleton St George and Teesside Airport: Amazon.co.uk: Stanley D Howes: Books

fortunately a New copy, of interest to me as my Maternal Grandfather was a General Foreman with Wimpey's building the runways and my Maternal Uncle and my Father were on the very first draft of RAF personnel to arrive at Goosepool (though as was typical of WWII RAF they were soon moved on)

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Old 1st Feb 2014, 12:16
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The Red Line

Just finished the subject book in <3 days (unputdownable).

Tremendous account by fellow PPRuNer (& former Tonka Nav) John Nichol of a major raid by Bomber Command in WW2, with huge crew losses. Personal story insights of combatants & civilians literally 'puts flesh on the bones' of the raw statistics of BC's 55,573 dead in WW2.

Wholeheartedly recommended.

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Old 1st Feb 2014, 14:00
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"Duty" by SecDef Robert Gates.

What I found very interesting is his evaluation of the US Military's Readiness Posture when he took office as SecDef.....and the situation it is in today. It seems those concerns then are the same concerns now.

His account of Military Leadership and Decision making at the Top Levels of the US Military are not very comforting. Having studied the Leadership in place during the Vietnam War years....I don't see much difference between then and now sadly.
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