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ThreeCrow
04-12-2004, 05:41 PM
I have noted, in very many threads, discussions of favorite books or references about World War Two. I have, because in part of my addiction to Sturmovik and because there is a magnificent used book store downtown, collected more than a few sources of the history of the times 1935 (and earlier in appropriate veins as to causality) and 1946. When I built model airplanes, balsa when I was a kid and plastic when I was not, I frequented a hobby shop which sold the "Squadron/Signal" aircraft publications (more on that later).

Many of the publications I purchased would be of some great interest to fellow FB pilots. Some would provide information to Mission Builders, others to Skinners and more yet to those of us who are entranced by the History of this monumental war.

In the following post I will very briefly describe the "Atlas of World War II Battle Plans" (I will talk about some specific Squadron Signal, plane specific, pubs eventually.)

I apologize if this is not appropriate for this geaneral thread.

ThreeCrow

"Never Underestimate what a soldier will do in the defense of his country."
Gen Wesley Clark

ThreeCrow
04-12-2004, 05:41 PM
I have noted, in very many threads, discussions of favorite books or references about World War Two. I have, because in part of my addiction to Sturmovik and because there is a magnificent used book store downtown, collected more than a few sources of the history of the times 1935 (and earlier in appropriate veins as to causality) and 1946. When I built model airplanes, balsa when I was a kid and plastic when I was not, I frequented a hobby shop which sold the "Squadron/Signal" aircraft publications (more on that later).

Many of the publications I purchased would be of some great interest to fellow FB pilots. Some would provide information to Mission Builders, others to Skinners and more yet to those of us who are entranced by the History of this monumental war.

In the following post I will very briefly describe the "Atlas of World War II Battle Plans" (I will talk about some specific Squadron Signal, plane specific, pubs eventually.)

I apologize if this is not appropriate for this geaneral thread.

ThreeCrow

"Never Underestimate what a soldier will do in the defense of his country."
Gen Wesley Clark

ThreeCrow
04-12-2004, 06:13 PM
Book: "Atlas of World War II Battle Plans" published by Barnes and Noble, $9.95 US (but I got it for $3.00).

Edited by Stephan Badsey, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

This is a good reference for mission builders. Covering many theatres, land sea and air, particular major battles are described. The basic situation, both offensive and defensive, are described. These plans are detailed in maps showing units and positions and thrusts and objectives and defenses... other maps show the actual outcome after everything went FUBAR.

Included:

The Armoured Blitzkriegs:
Fall of France 1940; Gazala 1942; Operation Bagration 1944.

The Amphibious Landings:
Anzio 1944; D-Day 1944; Iwo Jima 1945.

The Slogging Matches:
Barbarossa 1941; Second Battle of El Alamein 1942; Kursk 1943.

The Airpower Factor:
Battle of Britain 1940; Scheinfurt Raid 1943; Monte Casino 1944.

The War at Sea:
Sink the Bismark! 1941; Pearl Harbor 1941; Operation Pedastal 1942.

Airborne Assualt:
Battle for Crete 1941; Operation Market-Garden 1944; Operation Thursday 1944.

The City Battles:
Stalingrad 1942; Manilla 1945; Berlin 1945.


My take:

I am an archeologist (retired) so my understanding of this more recent history is a bit on the slight side. While I have no real reason to doubt these chronicals, I also have no reason to doubt them either. Those relatives of mine who were involved were at nonme of these places described above. One flew the "aluminum trail", one flew Ploieste (?), and one was a SeaBee on Guam.

We will all continue to learn ( I am still trying to figure my war in the late sixties.

Perhaps if we share our references and if we agree that the "winner" writes the history....

I ain't too old to learn.

ThreeCrow

Language could be a problem tho

"Never Underestimate what a soldier will do in the defense of his country."
Gen Wesley Clark

[This message was edited by ThreeCrow on Mon April 12 2004 at 05:22 PM.]

ThreeCrow
04-12-2004, 06:20 PM
Damn,

Forgot to add that your favorite book description would be great.

"Never Underestimate what a soldier will do in the defense of his country."
Gen Wesley Clark