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Soldiers of Destruction: The SS Death's Head Divis&hellip von Charles W. Sydnor Jr.
This is a book that deals almost exclusively with the SSTK, (Which is an acronym for SS, Totenkopf) a unit which was personally molded by Sepp Dietrich, and the result is an interesting, often behind the scenes look of how this unit had to go to great lengths at its inception to "acquire" transportation, weapons, ammunition, and most importantly, respect as a fighting unit. Dietrich was a master of indoctrination, and developed an intense training program for his troops, often rejecting conscripts and volunteers alike (at the beginning of the war) as they did not meet his "racial or ideological" standards. He often used individuals, enlisted and officer, as… Mehr dazu
A War to Be Won: Fighting the Second World War: Fi&hellip von Williamson Murray
"A War to be Won" is a well written and researched novel that offers a complete analysis of both the Pacific and European theaters. It offers some refreshingly sharp rebukes of tactical decisions made by various generals, and from previous readings, I tend to strongly agree with the authors. For example, the vain and pretentious Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who the authors failed to metion was nicknamed "Dugout Doug" by his frontline troops for his failure to leave his sheltered underground quarters during the seige of Luzon and Bataan, is given no quarter. To quote the authors, "When he was good, he was very good, and when he was bad, he was horrid."… Mehr dazu
Flags of Our Fathers von James Bradley
Flags of Our Fathers von James Bradley
James Bradley, the son of one of the six flagraisers on Mt. Suribachi, has written a beautiful novel on the childhoods, training, combat and post-war lives of the flagraisers who were not killed on Iwo Jima. It is truly a poignant book, and repeatedly made me wonder "what if" when considering so many lives that were cut short. The battle of Iwo Jima was the bloodiest of the Pacific. It was supposed to take 3 to 4 days. It took 36 days of savage combat against 22,000 crack Japanese soldiers who were defending what was considered "The Homelands" for the first time in the war. They were all dug in, some as deep as seven stories, into the volcanic earth, and the U.S… Mehr dazu