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    Posted: 22 Mar 2012 at 17:19
What is your all time favorite book on war related History. Not necessarily the most educational, but the one you most enjoyed more than the others. The one you couldn't put down. If you can't make up your mind, try for the top three.
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There are many.
 
My personal best however is probably David Glantz's "Kharkov 1942" about the 2nd battle of Kharkov. Even though all Glantz's book are great this one was on an entirely different level.
 
Other excellent books are "The Blitzkrieg Legend" by Karl-Heinz Frieser and "The Peninsular war" by Michael Glover, a classic.
 
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Of 21st century authors, Tom Pakenham's The Boer War comes to mind. But as someone more interested in navies than armies, I'd have to go for N.A.M.Rodger's Safeguard of the Sea and Command of the Ocean (and I'm still waiting for the third of the trilogy).
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Graham, if you haven't read it already, I highly recommend this one.

CLEAR THE BRIDGE! The War Patrols of the USS Tang by R. O'Kane

It's about a US submarine in the Pacific during WW2. You will feel like you are there.


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Mine would be, Goodbye Darkness by William Manchester. 

Good-Bye to All That,  by Robert Graves, Ist edition.
 After the first edition the book was gutted.


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...i have read quite a few military books over the years, but the three that have proved to be the best, i read in the last 12 months, they are..
 
Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War....a soldier's vivid account of his experience during the American war in Vietnam.....one amongst many i know, but this one stuck in my mind, not just another blood and guts account......gruelling, evocative, funny, educational, touching and very memorable...

Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War

 

.......Ian Knight, Zulu Rising: The Epic Story of iSandlwana and Rorke's Drift...epic in the title, epic in the telling, this is truly a thorough book....written after 30 years of research and investigation, a brilliant account of the course of events before, after, and during the two battles... Knight unfolds the story almost on a minute by minute...this book includes in the main text a biography of all the major players in the drama-Zulu, Boer, and British, and other witness in this particular element of the Anglo-Zulu War.....myth-busting, astounding in its detail.... 

...Colonel Richard Kemp and Chris Hughes, Attack State Red....this is an account of the recent frontline experiences of a group of British soldiers in Afganistan...even though this is one of those 'I can't believe they did that' books....again, it's not just another blood and guts story for the voyeur....insightful, sad and honest... a true soldiers tale....
 
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I have a ton of books and not enough shelving to store them all. So i can't really pick just one or three as my favorite, i've enjoyed them all equally. But, i do have a few right here in front of me so i might as well make my post worthwhile.

Brassey's Encyclopedia of Military History & Biography
; Multiple authors and contributors - The title is explanatory.

Disaster at Sea
; By John Marriott - It covers disasters of military ships, passenger liners and transport & trade ships dating from the mid 19th century up to the 1980's. The ships covered are:

HMS Captain
USS Memphis
The collision of the HMS's Victoria & Campertown
Three peace time collisions
The loss of HM Submarines Untamed & Affray
The USS Squalus
HM Submarine Thetis
USS Thresher
RMS Titanic
The collision of the Stockholm & the Adrea Doria
The Herald of Free Enterprise Disaster
Collision of the Queen Mary with HMS Curacoa
Collision of the Egypt and the Seine
The loss of crude tanker Torrey Canyon
The loss of the crude tanker Amoco Cadiz
And the Fastnet Race of 1979

"Thunder Run"; by David Zucchino - Recent modern history. Chronicling three American battlions and fewer than a thousand men who launched a violent armored thrust right into the center of Bagdad in 2003. A very interesting read. Besides reporting the views of  Americans soldiers, the author goes out of his way to give an Iraqi view by conducting interviews with some of the Iraqi witnesses to the drama.


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"Adolf Hitler. My part in his downfall". by Spike Milligan. A personal account of his first few years in the British Army during WW2. Funny as all hell.
 
"Not as a duty only: An infantrymans war". by Jo Gullet.
"Corvettes: Little Ships for Big Men". by Frank B Walker.
"Kakoda". by Paul Ham.
"Like Lions they Fought: The Zule War and the Last Black Empire in Africa".  by Robert B Edgerton.
 
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Originally posted by Birddog Birddog wrote:

"Adolf Hitler. My part in his downfall". by Spike Milligan. A personal account of his first few years in the British Army during WW2. Funny as all hell.
 
 
...have to agree with you Birddog....i love Spike and have read all his 'life' books, they are all both poignant and hilarious throughout,  but this one remains a classic, one of the funniest tomes i have ever read...Clap


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John Keegan's The Second World War


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All of One Company - Donald Moore
Op.JB - Christopher Creighton
Ashes of Vietnam - Stuart Rintoul
Test Pilot at War - Tony Taylor
Battle of the April Storm - Larry Forrester
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I'd have to say the Pacific novelization by Hugh Ambrose. It detailed the wartime efforts of a few different American soldiers in the pacific theater. One was a marine lieutenant, another a navy dive bomber, another a marine machine gunner who died on iwo jima and i think a two mortar men for the army. Overall good read and you get a feel for all the efforts during the war instead of focusing on a specific battle or the war in general it was these mens experiences that told the war from a different perspective.  
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The German Generals Speak...BH Lidell Hart
Inside Hitlers Headquarters 1939-1945...Walter Warlimont
Rise and Fall of the Third Reich...William Shirer
Masters of Death...Richard Rhodes
How Hitler could of won World War 2...Bevin Alexander
The Rape of Europa...Lynn Nicholas
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G.A. Henty books are my favorite.
 
With Fredrick the Great,
 
By Point of the Bayonet,
 
The Boy Knight,
 
Are just a few
 
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