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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5670 on: August 25, 2022, 03:38:55 PM »
^That sounds very good.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5671 on: August 29, 2022, 08:22:24 PM »
Just starting Terror of the Autumn Skies, by Blaine Pardoe.

This is a biography of Frank Luke, one of America's top aces in WWI. On his best day, he scored five kills in ten minutes (two balloons, two fighters and one recon aircraft). Eddie Rickenbacker felt that if Luke had lived longer, Luke and not Rickenbacker would have been America's top ace.

Luke's death is almost as famous as his prodigious balloon busting skills. Shot down behind enemy lines, he was wounded and crawled away from his downed aircraft. The traditional story is that he died in a blaze of gunfire, using his M1911 automatic to trade shots with a German infantry patrol. More recent scholarship believes that he did squeeze off a few shots, and the Germans may or may not have returned fire. But Luke really died of his wounds from the crash.   

The book seems to surmise that because Luke's family had deep German roots, Luke was out to prove that he was more American than other Americans. This drove his almost manic pursuit of victories and seeming hatred of the German war machine. I think this premise is credible since this is also the motivation that drove Henry Gunther, an American infantryman of German descent, and the last death before the Armistice, to attack a German machine gun nest, literally in the last minute before the cease-fire (the German machine gunners, knowing that hostilities were about to cease, even tried to wave Gunther off, but the American kept coming for them). 

Anyway, "Autumn Skies" is a "good", but not "great" book IMHO. Informative - it would be a good choice for anyone interested in WWI aviation.

https://www.amazon.com/Terror-Autumn-Skies-Story-Americas/dp/1616082941/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Interestingly the author is a prodigious writer, who mostly seems to write "Battletech" novels.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5672 on: August 30, 2022, 05:37:41 AM »
^Also sounds very good. I can see a connection between Battletech and WWI aviation!
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5673 on: August 30, 2022, 09:03:49 AM »
A big change between the book and movie is that in the book the protagonist, Bruno Stachel does not die. In fact, he goes on to star in two other books. In the first, "The Blood Order" he follows the Nazis in post-WWI Germany hoping to get to fly again...but gradually grows to despise them. In the third book, "The Tin Cravat," he defects to the US and returns to Germany to start a resistance movement.

That sounds like a great film trilogy idea, too! Maybe Peter Jackson should be working on that.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5674 on: August 30, 2022, 09:43:15 AM »
I am trying to decide between, "Island Infernos: The U.S. Army's Pacific War Odyssey, 1944", John Mc Manus's second of three books about the US Army in the Pacific War and, "Brothers In Arms" by James Holland, the story of The Sherwood Rangers in WWII. Tough choice.  :-\
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5675 on: August 30, 2022, 10:24:27 AM »
A big change between the book and movie is that in the book the protagonist, Bruno Stachel does not die. In fact, he goes on to star in two other books. In the first, "The Blood Order" he follows the Nazis in post-WWI Germany hoping to get to fly again...but gradually grows to despise them. In the third book, "The Tin Cravat," he defects to the US and returns to Germany to start a resistance movement.

That sounds like a great film trilogy idea, too! Maybe Peter Jackson should be working on that.

I would love to see the Blue Max get a remake! Yep, Jackson would be the guy. He practically has his own WWI airforce. :dreamer: 
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« Reply #5676 on: August 30, 2022, 10:57:20 AM »
I am trying to decide between, "Island Infernos: The U.S. Army's Pacific War Odyssey, 1944", John Mc Manus's second of three books about the US Army in the Pacific War and, "Brothers In Arms" by James Holland, the story of The Sherwood Rangers in WWII. Tough choice.  :-\

Yes, very tough choice. I read "Brothers in Arms" and enjoyed it. I am getting "Island Infernos" for the queue.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5677 on: August 30, 2022, 01:32:26 PM »
A big change between the book and movie is that in the book the protagonist, Bruno Stachel does not die. In fact, he goes on to star in two other books. In the first, "The Blood Order" he follows the Nazis in post-WWI Germany hoping to get to fly again...but gradually grows to despise them. In the third book, "The Tin Cravat," he defects to the US and returns to Germany to start a resistance movement.

That sounds like a great film trilogy idea, too! Maybe Peter Jackson should be working on that.

I would love to see the Blue Max get a remake! Yep, Jackson would be the guy. He practically has his own WWI airforce. :dreamer:

Pro: a Blue Max trilogy by PJ would exist.
Con: PJ would lose so much weight he would turn into a wraith.
Pro: PJ would lose so much weight he would turn into a wraith.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5678 on: September 08, 2022, 10:41:09 AM »
I forgot to mention the other day, but I've started Triumph and Tragedy, the final volume of Churchill's WW2 archive/memoirs; which will also finish out what amounts to the final entry of his history of the English-speaking peoples.

At the same time I also started on Gangsters vs Nazis, and after only the Preface I love it already! If the first page of chapter 1 is any indication, it may be written like a screenplay! Will update my impressions later, God willing and the creek don't rise.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5679 on: September 11, 2022, 03:43:32 AM »
A classic one, should be read with certain attention


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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5680 on: September 11, 2022, 08:52:05 AM »
Oh, great, there's an English translation!  :bd:

Wish that was true for Shaposhnikov's Nerve Center of the Army:dreamer:

(Yes, this counts as zeroth-world problems.  :nerd: )
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5681 on: September 11, 2022, 10:19:20 AM »
Dan Simmons Hyperion. As a scifi nut the Hyperion Cantos series is one I've wanted to read for a long time; all the books have been sitting on my shelf for too long and today I decided to make a start. Loving it.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #5682 on: September 28, 2022, 02:24:48 PM »
Just finished

Under the Southern Cross: The South Pacific Air Campaign Against Rabaul by Thomas McKelvey Cleaver

This is a great book covering the air and naval campaigns over the Solomons and Rabual in 1942 and 1943.

As the book opens, the Allies are outnumbered and outclassed in the air. But by the book's end, the tables are completely turned, with the Japanese taking tremendous losses against determined Allied air power. While the book purports to be focused on the air war, it covers naval action as well.

The heroes of the book have to be the F4 Corsair and the B25G Mitchell (the gunship version with the nose full of .50 caliber machine guns, and even a 75mm cannon). The B25Gs in particular used their massive firepower, and innovative skip bombing to shred Japanese transports.

The book does a very good job of presenting detailed accounts of many of the air fights and (mostly American) personalities who were key to the air war. Air combats were huge and intense. Often seeing hundreds of aircraft from both sides in massive air battles.

One blind spot is that while the book tries to present the Japanese perspective, it still falls somewhat short in this aspect (IMHO). 

Still I would say it is required reading for those interested in the Pacific Air War.

https://www.amazon.com/Under-Southern-Cross-Pacific-Campaign/dp/147283822X/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1664394831&sr=8-1
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