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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3570 on: March 18, 2017, 12:59:34 PM »
Hastings' Armageddon was equally tough, but equally brilliant.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3571 on: March 18, 2017, 01:08:03 PM »
That I haven't read yet.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3572 on: March 18, 2017, 01:12:49 PM »
Highly recommended. Along with his Retribution which covers the end of the war in Japan.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3573 on: March 18, 2017, 04:01:59 PM »
I don't think I have read any of Hastings books at all.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3574 on: March 18, 2017, 04:19:53 PM »
Highly recommended. Along with his Retribution which covers the end of the war in Japan.

I've read both Armageddon and Retribution, and would recommend both.

I visited Japan last Fall.  The first base I stayed at was NAF Atsugi, which is where the first US forces landed in Japan after the surrender.  The description of that event in Retribution was pretty interesting.  After being locked in total war for four years, it would have taken a bit of courage to be the first plane to land in the middle of mainland Japan.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3575 on: March 18, 2017, 09:07:02 PM »
My Father was in the Navy in WW II on a destroyer. His ship was one of the first to sail into Tokyo Bay ahead of the USS Missouri. The Japanese were told to fly black flags from all their gun emplacements and I remember well him saying, in his best Navy-like voice, all the black flags looked like fleas on a dogs ass. I think that means there were a lot though I'm not an expert on dog asses or fleas. Glad it wasn't my job-- the whole 'first-in' business.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3576 on: March 19, 2017, 05:03:47 PM »
I don't think I have read any of Hastings books at all.
His Overlord book is brilliant as well.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3577 on: March 19, 2017, 07:31:30 PM »
Speaking of the end of the war with Japan, I'm just finishing up Hornfischer's The Fleet at Flood Tide. He wrote Neptune's Inferno, Ship of Ghosts, and Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors , and this one is up to the standards of those excellent books. It covers the Marianas campaign and the decision to drop the atomic bomb, and how the two were linked.

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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3578 on: March 19, 2017, 07:51:09 PM »
It covers the Marianas campaign and the decision to drop the atomic bomb, and how the two were linked.

I have not (yet) read the book and I can already guess at one possible link... involving the letter 'K'.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3579 on: March 20, 2017, 07:41:16 AM »
I don't think I have read any of Hastings books at all.
His Overlord book is brilliant as well.

Agreed. The best book I've read on the Normandy campaign.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3580 on: March 20, 2017, 07:42:14 AM »
Speaking of the end of the war with Japan, I'm just finishing up Hornfischer's The Fleet at Flood Tide.

Outstanding book. Hornfischer is an excellent writer.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3581 on: March 20, 2017, 09:11:53 AM »
I don't think I have read any of Hastings books at all.
His Overlord book is brilliant as well.

Agreed. The best book I've read on the Normandy campaign.

Whilst 'Overlord' is good, I thought that 'Decision in Normandy' by D'Este was better.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3582 on: March 20, 2017, 09:20:28 AM »
I don't think I have read any of Hastings books at all.
His Overlord book is brilliant as well.

Agreed. The best book I've read on the Normandy campaign.

Whilst 'Overlord' is good, I thought that 'Decision in Normandy' by D'Este was better.

Decision in Normandy is also excellent. Rating one over the other comes down to a matter of personal preference.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3583 on: March 20, 2017, 09:29:13 AM »
Agreed.
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Re: What are we reading?
« Reply #3584 on: March 24, 2017, 10:24:55 AM »
I finished Lord's book on the coastwatchers in the Solomons.