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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4815 on: October 01, 2019, 03:03:10 PM »
Finished Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett.  It was one of the better ones.

About 50% through Monster Hunter Guardian by Larry Correia and Sarah Hoyt.  It has been outstanding.

Just got The Price of Admiralty by Keegan which is a reading accompanying a geezer history class on technology and warfare that I'm taking.

Continuing to slug through Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of WW2.  The degree of ethnic cleansing, starvation, disease, murder, etc..... after the war ended in different parts of Europe is horrifying.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4816 on: October 02, 2019, 08:30:28 AM »
^ I'm using a portion of the chapter on the Battle of the Atlantic to teach a class next week on operational art and theater anti-submarine warfare.  I used the Midway portion as a case study for a class I taught at the Naval War College as well.  It's a good book.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4817 on: October 02, 2019, 08:31:29 AM »
I'm still working my way through Virtues of War and Your Money or Your Life.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4818 on: October 02, 2019, 09:57:54 AM »
Interesting. What's your thoughts on if the Germans had come-up with the snorkel for their U-Boats early in the war what effect it would've had on the course of the battle?
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4819 on: October 06, 2019, 10:31:51 AM »
300 pages in to the 1000 page tome that is The Witching Hour by Anne Rice.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4820 on: October 06, 2019, 12:42:39 PM »
Interesting. What's your thoughts on if the Germans had come-up with the snorkel for their U-Boats early in the war what effect it would've had on the course of the battle?

The Snorkel was actually first deployed by the Dutch on several of their Home Waters-based subs, just before WW2. The Germans subsequently had it themselves after they invaded the Netherlands in 1940 and took some of the Dutch naval tech back to Germany.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4821 on: October 06, 2019, 06:12:05 PM »
Did not know that. Thanks Stagger.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4822 on: October 09, 2019, 07:22:14 AM »
Well, don't give Doenitz and crew too much credit. 
They were totally hornswoggled by the brits about their Metox radar detector.  It allowed the Uboat to determine if it was being tracked by the british airborne radar.
However, a captured pilot spun a story that Metox was the cause of Uboat losses.  He said it actually had transmissions, and the Coastal Command aircraft homed in on Metox.
This explained everything without accepting that the brits were reading Enigma. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metox_radar_detector

Doenitz and staff were submarine specialists and never really had a great ability to work outside of their specialty.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4823 on: October 09, 2019, 09:31:26 AM »
Just started Ernst Junger's, Storm of Steel.

I have read several WWI trench memoirs and this is darkest of the lot. However it is also the most visually descriptive. Junger makes me feel the experience of trench warfare like no other memoir I have read.

Anyone interested WWI on the Western Front should definitely give this book some time.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4824 on: October 09, 2019, 12:28:51 PM »
Storm of Steel is perpetually in my Amazon cart. Haven’t bought it yet.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4825 on: October 09, 2019, 12:33:52 PM »
Interesting. What's your thoughts on if the Germans had come-up with the snorkel for their U-Boats early in the war what effect it would've had on the course of the battle?

The Snorkel was actually first deployed by the Dutch on several of their Home Waters-based subs, just before WW2. The Germans subsequently had it themselves after they invaded the Netherlands in 1940 and took some of the Dutch naval tech back to Germany.

That is really interesting.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4826 on: October 11, 2019, 08:23:57 PM »
Finished Monster Hunter Guardian and it was enjoyable.

Reading another Terry Pratchett book.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4827 on: October 11, 2019, 09:05:34 PM »
Interesting. What's your thoughts on if the Germans had come-up with the snorkel for their U-Boats early in the war what effect it would've had on the course of the battle?

The Snorkel was actually first deployed by the Dutch on several of their Home Waters-based subs, just before WW2. The Germans subsequently had it themselves after they invaded the Netherlands in 1940 and took some of the Dutch naval tech back to Germany.

That is really interesting.

It certainly is.
The Dutch were not the first to experiment with it (IIRC, the Italians and the Brits did so before) but the Dutch actually put it into use. The Germans only seemed interested in using it for cabin ventilation and didn't give it much thought until their Uboats were forced to operate underwater for increasingly longer times due to the Allies' advances in detecting surfaced subs.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4828 on: October 13, 2019, 06:15:27 PM »
Finished Witching Hour today. Excellent. Picked up the 2nd and final books in the series too.

Rice is still writing too...going to pick up a newer book on Lestat and the first book in her new werewolf series.

She’s close to 80 now and still writing!
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #4829 on: November 04, 2019, 11:23:35 AM »
Started Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, about 100 pages in. Kinda meh so far.
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