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crtChunk72
04-01-2004, 02:26 PM
I love to read, and I was wondering how many of you out there have a good "military" book that's worth reading.

I read one a long time ago about underwater demolitions, but can't think of the name of it. The only other one that I've read is "Black Hawk Down" which was the basis for the movie.

I love reading Black Hawk Down (I'm on my second reading of it). The way it characterizes the "fog of war", the "everything is going to hell" aspects, and that it contains both sides of the story (some chapters from the Somalian point of view).

What other good books are out there? What's your favorite?

Thanks...

EDIT: Here (http://www.war-stories.com/warstory-featured.htm) is a site of Vietnam war stories told by those who lived them... not a book, but some good reads nonetheless...

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crtChunk72
04-01-2004, 02:26 PM
I love to read, and I was wondering how many of you out there have a good "military" book that's worth reading.

I read one a long time ago about underwater demolitions, but can't think of the name of it. The only other one that I've read is "Black Hawk Down" which was the basis for the movie.

I love reading Black Hawk Down (I'm on my second reading of it). The way it characterizes the "fog of war", the "everything is going to hell" aspects, and that it contains both sides of the story (some chapters from the Somalian point of view).

What other good books are out there? What's your favorite?

Thanks...

EDIT: Here (http://www.war-stories.com/warstory-featured.htm) is a site of Vietnam war stories told by those who lived them... not a book, but some good reads nonetheless...

http://www.bigbutton.com.au/~evilazz/crtChunk72.jpg

Fyredawg
04-01-2004, 03:00 PM
Try reading a bridge too far. Really good book. There are two others ... and no I can't remeber the name of them right now that I read as well on the same subject. One was from the german point of view, which was actually quite interesting. And the other was more targeted on Frot's men at the bridge in Armhem ..

Anyways good books all.

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The Black Plague (http://www.bpclan.com) - We are recruiting for America's Army (http://www.bpclan.com/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&p=545#545) and Battlefield Vietnam (http://www.bpclan.com/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&p=546#546)

crtChunk72
04-01-2004, 03:18 PM
I found this to be a intense passage from the web site I listed in my first post... wanted to share it here... it's from a soldier on the 707 flight home from Vietnam...

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I remembered how lucky I was to be, "going home, going home, Lord, I'm going home." I chose to think about it all. My confused mind swirled with the thoughts of everyone and all I cared about. My throat tightened and then burned. My stomach knotted up and then began to tremble. A shiver racked my frame as my hands grew clammy cold and when I could not suppress it any more I felt the fiery tears rush into my eyes and spill down my cheeks. My chest shuttered and a soft sob came to my throat. I let the torrent continue and I could hear the soft plops as tears fell onto the crisp, starched, khaki shirt. I watched, bleary eyed, as they flowed over my silver lieutenant's bar and then dropped onto the green and red of my First Division patch. I tried to gulp in a breath, thinking to stop this silly cry and then discovered I could not and so I relaxed and just let it take hold of me, the sting of salt in my eyes, the taste of salt in my mouth, the warmth of letting go.
Tears of joy, tears of sorrow, tears of memory, tears that begged to understand why I had been spared and others had not, tears of frustration, of trying to understand all that had happened in the last two years, understand how it fit in with all I had experienced before and would experience in the future.
Silently, unobtrusively, she (the stewardess) responded. I felt her hand run across my shoulders, felt her slip into the seat next to me, her left arm resting around my slumping shoulders, her perfume filling the space. The pretty stew with the perfect golden pageboy and the deep blue eyes grasped my right hand with hers and said in a soft, soft voice, "It's OK Lieutenant. You're almost home."

xROGUEx
04-01-2004, 04:45 PM
I have a couple. Of course Black Hawk Down is awesome, but also try and read Bowden's other book, "Killing Pablo." Also, "Band of Brothers" is excellent. If you're looking for fiction, try Tom Clancy's "Red Storm Rising." It's very different from his other books, and a really good read.

Fyredawg
04-01-2004, 06:29 PM
Another good fiction book along the lines of Red Storm Rising, is Team Yankee

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The Black Plague (http://www.bpclan.com) - We are recruiting for America's Army (http://www.bpclan.com/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&p=545#545) and Battlefield Vietnam (http://www.bpclan.com/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&p=546#546)

wombat50
04-01-2004, 07:05 PM
"KOREAN WAR-Uncertain Victory" by Donald Knox
I have the second volume only, which deals with the remainder of the war after Chosin. Mostly battlefield accounts interspersed with factual information by the author.

"We were Soldiers Once..and Young" Hal Moore and Joe Galloway
The movie was decent the book that inspired it is awesome.

Anything by Stephen Ambrose about WW2

[CdnSniper]
04-02-2004, 06:48 PM
These aren't really "war" books but they are pretty good, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six and Clear and Present Danger. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Slackbladder
04-03-2004, 06:44 AM
"The White Rabbit" by Bruce Marshall.

It is the true story of a RAF officer during WWII given the job of co-ordinating the French Resistance. He was captured by the Gestapo.

Horrifying, yet utterly inspiring.

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wombat50
04-03-2004, 07:02 AM
@Fyredawg,
Its been awhile, but I read "A Bridge too Far"
I agree, a good book. The part that sticks in my memory is when some Germans want a small group of Brits to surrender in Arnhem, Holland and they reply, "Bugger off!", and keep fighting. lol

CJMello63
04-03-2004, 11:47 AM
Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides.

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UK_X_Fire
04-03-2004, 02:33 PM
If you want a good novel about Vietnam try "Fields of fire" by James Webb

kllr-teddy
04-03-2004, 04:12 PM
I like to read a book called the fith horseman.... its about bio-terror. I also like to read any tom clancey books. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Trying to find the rainbow connection...

-kllr-teddy

GreyHaired
04-06-2004, 06:00 AM
Slightly different and mostly fist fights:

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rshea
04-07-2004, 08:20 PM
Not really war, but DEEP BLACK by Stephen Koontz is fun stuff.

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