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    Default 5 Vietnam, 1 German

    Recently finished 6 books, 5 about Vietnam, 1 about Reinhard Heydrich.

    "The Killing of Reinhard Heydrich", by Callum MacDonald.........'the SS Butcher of Prague'. Rather tedious, but a pivotal incident in history.

    "LRRP Team Leader" by John Burford.......his experience as a team leader for a year in Vietnam, a very thorough description ........

    "Baptism, a Vietnam Memorial" by Larry Gwin.........

    "Pathfinder, First in, Last Out"....by Richard R. Burns......

    "The Killing Zone" by Frederick Downs, "My Life in the Vietnam War"..............

    "Land With No Sun" by Command Sergeant Major Ted G. Arthurs "A Year in Vietnam with the 173 Airborne"..............
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  2. #42

    Default More books?

    I was born during WW2, had relatives in the war, knew guys who helped slaughter the Japanese, who never surrendered.

    Over the years I've never been able to locate any Japanese first person WW2 books re the war. Lots of American, German, Brit, etc., but no Japanese!!!. Anyone know of any???????????

    Weren't our own American Japanese the most decorated soldiers of WW2? Sepp44

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    Default Sepp44

    Just finishing 'COMPANY AYTCH' by Sam Watkins, a man who fought for the south in the Civil War. It's wonderful, very detailed. What a guy, one of the best books I've ever read!

    Back to WW2. Another Franz Kurowski book, PANZER ACES. Franze Kurowski was/is? a remarkable guy. As I recall he was a newsman for the Reich. Very thorough and accurate.

    Recently bought 'With the Old Breed', by E. D. Sledge. He was in a movie series, associated with Tom Hanks, Both Mr Hanks and Mr. Sledge, remarkable fellows.

    I finally found a Japanese book 'Taken Captive' by Ooka Shoho, who didn't kill himself.

    Finally, i bought 'U-BOAT ACE', "the story of WOLFGANG LUTH by Jorden Vouse. For my money, books are the best investment there is.

    12/9/77....Just got TALES BY JAPANESE SOLDIERS by Kazuo Tamayama. Two Japanese books in one month, I could stroke out!
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    Second "thumbs up" for Company Aytch. Great book by a humble person.... also agree "With the Old Breed" is excellent. Just finished that a couple months ago.

    Now well into "Iron Coffins" by Herbert Werner. First hand account by U-Boat man, started as an Ensign and by war's end was in command of his own boat (there was substantial turnover and promotion opportunities) and details the transition from the time subs ruled the Atlantic to them becoming an endangered species due to allied equipment and tactics.

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    Default Books

    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Ranger View Post
    Second "thumbs up" for Company Aytch. Great book by a humble person.... also agree "With the Old Breed" is excellent. Just finished that a couple months ago.

    Now well into "Iron Coffins" by Herbert Werner. First hand account by U-Boat man, started as an Ensign and by war's end was in command of his own boat (there was substantial turnover and promotion opportunities) and details the transition from the time subs ruled the Atlantic to them becoming an endangered species due to allied equipment and tactics.
    If you're interested in more Military books, I have hundreds of them. Can't give them away at the show. I have boxes of them................Sepp44, Stan

    Lone Ranger: I believe Sam Watkins' book on his experience on the Southern side of the Civil war is one of the best books I've ever read. The detail is stunning! My grandfather was there when that war happened. He told me they "should have hung Bob Lee". His great grandfather was there to watch George Washington beat the British.
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    Default Tales by Japanese Soldiers, Sepp44

    I've been reading military history, having a hard time finding anything personal re Japanese Soldiers. Found one about a battle with the Russians in 1902 or thereabouts. Found stuff re how many planes were shot down and the names of the pilots were listed, but very little about/from the Japanese themselves. I recently bought 3 books re Japanese soldiers.

    I've gone through the first. 'soldiers alive' by ishikawa tatsuzo. On the rear of the book, in tiny letters, is stamped "fiction".

    I'm currently re-reading "TALES BY JAPANESE SOLDIERS" by KAZUI TAMAYAMA and JOHN NUNNELEY. It's great, lots of detail, well written re different guys' stories, etc.

    Finished the above....Very thorough, but short stories of Japanese soldiers from Bangkok to India. Only a page or two each, but 62 stories. Grim going for the troopers, nothing about actual battle.

    Also have "A 'JAPANESE POW"S STORY" titled "Taken Captive", by Ooka Shonei. Will get to it after Tales, etc.

    OK, good news sports fans, Ooka Shonei's story starts up with him being "Taken Captive" when he was too ill to fight, and winding up in a US military hospital. He was an older guy, had kids, saw no reason to kill himself. A very bright guy, much older than regular soldiers, was drafted close to the end of the war. I'm halfway through it. Well worth the trouble, Best,(and only) Japanese military story of WW2 I've ever found

    Second recent book is "No Surrender" by Hiroo Onoda. This guy stayed in hiding for 30 years, dodging everybody. Go figure.............


    another matter, "U-BOAT ACE" the story of 'WOLFGANG LUTH', haven't read it yet, perhaps too hasty, but I've always found the Germans to be accurate.

    Other things. Thank yous to your leader. And COMPANY AYTCH by Sam Watkins should be required in every school in America...........at least for the lads.

    OK, I just finished "A Japanese Pow's Story" in the forlorn hope of getting a good idea of the Japanese mind. Ooka Shonei's story covers being captured along with hundreds of other Japanese soldiers that didn't commit suicide. I have yet to find a book re Japanese warfare itself. I will continue looking,,,,,,,,,,
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    Default Robert Spielauer

    I was at the show this weekend, where discussions were heard about the upcoming changes in law in California re weapons, etc. Apparently the ten day ammo deal is not legal yet, but you are not allowed to touch ammo, etc.!

    Diane Feinstein continues to make weapons illegal in California. We are no longer able to own rifles with pistol grips. I gave mine to a guy in another state. F****** democrats........ Forget about the second amendment to the constitution or your right to keep and bare arms.

    While I'm at it, I just finished a Japanese movie called "Under the Flag of the Rising Sun". It is literally the first Japanese movie I have seen that even remotely describes WW2. Grim stuff. My favorite movie remains "The Seven Samurai" Go figure
    Last edited by sepp44; 4th August 2018 at 01:26 PM.

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    Default Books available

    Given my advanced age, it seems time to do something with the hundreds of books piled up, particularly the books I have mentioned. I have hundreds of military books, and maybe some of you guys (that can read) might want them? I'd guess I have about 10 boxes worth of books.

    A cardboard box can carry 20+ books, and if interested, I'll mail a full box to the interested guy. Not sure what it would cost, guess it depends on how far away we are from each other. You pay for the mail, I'll see you get booked!!!

    Lemme know if your interested. Sepp
    Last edited by sepp44; 14th August 2018 at 11:19 AM.

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