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Ruy Horta
05-14-2006, 03:06 AM
Although many of us are looking forward to the next flight sim by Oleg Maddox, covering the Battle of Britain, I'd like to recommend a good read on the campaign that started the series: Barbarossa.

War Without Garlands
Operation Barbarossa 1941 / 1942
by Robert Kershaw (Brit. Col. Para. Reg.)

Ian Allan, 2000
ISBN 0-7110-2734-X
Hardcover edition
256 pages

Having read It Never Snows in September another book by the same author dealing with Operation Market Garden from the German pov, I was curious about his take on the Eastern Front.

Kershaw's experience as a staff officer, trained in germany, gives him a unique ability to mix dry military statistics with the point of view of the regular soldier (and officer).

War Without Garlands makes extensive use of eye witness reports and letters home to fill in on the large battles.

Kershaw covers men, tactics, weapons, logistics, psychology and does not ignore the brutality of this war, including the infamous commissar order and mass murders.

The photographic content is very good, offering a good mix of action and the mundane.

Reading War Without Garlands will have a sobering effect and will bring many back to the realities of war on the Eastern Front. It does a good job at debunking a number of myths - giving Totsiegen its true meaning.

Highly recommended reading 9/10

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It Never Snows in September (also 9/10 IMHO)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0711021678/qid=1147597...ks&v=glance&n=283155 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0711021678/qid=1147597466/sr=1-4/ref=sr_1_4/002-1587827-9780825?s=books&v=glance&n=283155)

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Ruy Horta
05-14-2006, 03:06 AM
Although many of us are looking forward to the next flight sim by Oleg Maddox, covering the Battle of Britain, I'd like to recommend a good read on the campaign that started the series: Barbarossa.

War Without Garlands
Operation Barbarossa 1941 / 1942
by Robert Kershaw (Brit. Col. Para. Reg.)

Ian Allan, 2000
ISBN 0-7110-2734-X
Hardcover edition
256 pages

Having read It Never Snows in September another book by the same author dealing with Operation Market Garden from the German pov, I was curious about his take on the Eastern Front.

Kershaw's experience as a staff officer, trained in germany, gives him a unique ability to mix dry military statistics with the point of view of the regular soldier (and officer).

War Without Garlands makes extensive use of eye witness reports and letters home to fill in on the large battles.

Kershaw covers men, tactics, weapons, logistics, psychology and does not ignore the brutality of this war, including the infamous commissar order and mass murders.

The photographic content is very good, offering a good mix of action and the mundane.

Reading War Without Garlands will have a sobering effect and will bring many back to the realities of war on the Eastern Front. It does a good job at debunking a number of myths - giving Totsiegen its true meaning.

Highly recommended reading 9/10

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1885119712/sr=8-1/qid=...825?%5Fencoding=UTF8 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1885119712/sr=8-1/qid=1147597413/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-1587827-9780825?%5Fencoding=UTF8)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/071102734X/qid.../203-2710283-4442308 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/071102734X/qid=1147597514/sr=8-2/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i2_xgl/203-2710283-4442308)

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It Never Snows in September (also 9/10 IMHO)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0711021678/qid=1147597...ks&v=glance&n=283155 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0711021678/qid=1147597466/sr=1-4/ref=sr_1_4/002-1587827-9780825?s=books&v=glance&n=283155)

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Taylortony
05-14-2006, 03:19 PM
cool will look out for it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif