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Your Favourite Military Book (Thread)

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Icey101, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Add a short note why

    Mine is

    The countdown to
    Stephen Walker

    This book is incredible and tells the whole story around the bomb testing and development up to the drop....

    read it a few times and each time i read it i learn something else

    special note to another book:

    The Forgotton Soldier
    Guy Sajer
    This is another incredible book about a 17 yr old german soldier fighting on the eastern front, some of the scenes described are hard to digest....if you look this book up some dispute how authentic it is, but its an amazing read
  2. Das Boot, Lothar gunther Buchheim.

    The writer himself made three patrols with a German sub in WW2, and the events thereof are moulded into one long story, with fictional characters based on the actual
    U-boat crew. It's the best anti war book I've read so far.
  3. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough

    Sep 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon USA
    The Last Valley: Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam by Martin Windrow. Published in 2004 the author had access to the most recently declassified French govt documents related to their involvement in Vietnam.

    Initially looks at politics of pre WWII Vietnam. An incredibly interesting book. Well written and readable.
  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Parachute Infantry by David Kenyon Webster. Its the memoirs of an Easy Co. paratrooper. Its a very well written book about an average soldier in the 101st Airborn in WWII
  5. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
  6. There are a lot of good ones, but I think my favorite is "Ghost Soldiers". It's the account of one of the first US Army Ranger missions, to rescue prisoners in a Japanese POW camp near the end of WWII. Tells the whole story of planning the mission, negotiating permission to carry it out, then actually doing it. Really gripping. Also pulls no punches detailing the horriffic conditions in the camp.
  7. Factor88


    Jun 21, 2011
    Hard to pick just one, but Robert Massie's Castlesof Steel about the naval war in WWI is brilliantly written. Just the right amount of great original writing and historical qoutes.

    For a runner up, I would pick Bruce Catton's A Stillness at Appomattox, the third of Catton's 1950s era trilogy on the Civil War. I cannot understand why it is so hard to find Catton's books...with all due respect to the more easy to find Civil War books by Shelby Foote and James McPherson, Catton's books are a far more interesting and entertaining read in my opinon.

    By the way all the books above are non-fiction. Well-written non fiction to me is so far superior to war fiction, because the stuff actually happened.
  8. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Most of the modern non-fiction are ghost written rubbish, but a modern fiction book that is very well written is Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes about the Vietnam War. Its a really good story written by someone who was there.
  9. dozicusmaximus


    Mar 18, 2009
    Austin, TX
    The only one I've read was The Bluejackets Manual.
  10. Unprofessional


    Mar 5, 2012
    Yep. And, if you've watched HBO's Band of Brothers, you will recognize the Webster material that was included.
  11. paradog


    Dec 25, 2011
    Central NJ
    We Were Soldiers Once and Young by J. Galloway and Lt Gen. H Moore 

    It Doesn't take a Hero by General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
  12. nickbass79


    Nov 11, 2009
    North Carolina
    SOG by John L Plaster...Hands down the most intriguing Vietnam book I have read. It's about the MACVSOG teams that did cross border operations into Laos and Cambodia.

    Marine Sniper...About Carlos Hathcock.
  13. Sgt. Rock

    Sgt. Rock

    Apr 10, 2010
    The Second World War by Winston S. Churchill.
  14. jebmd

    jebmd Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Edgewater, Maryland
    Blinds Man Bluff
    Halsey's Typhoon

    I love reading anything to do with the Navy especially submarines.
  15. The book I wish I could read is the original version of "War as I knew it" by GS Patton. I read the sanitized version instead.

    I have read a number of other military/history books that I have enjoyed.

    Take care,

  16. colcifer

    colcifer Esteemed Nitpicker Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    A Galaxy Far, Far Away
    Art of War
  17. Will Kelly

    Will Kelly

    Mar 3, 2010
    Breakout by Martin Russ

    Really an excellent book on the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir. Also, there is a documentary available on Netflix called Chosin which makes an excellent companion to the book... the documentary is stunning and left me speechless. Best documentary I've seen besides Standing in the Shadows of Motown.
  18. nickbass79


    Nov 11, 2009
    North Carolina
    The Black Devils was a great book if your into WWII history. The 1st Special Service Group did some amazing things in Italy and the story of inception is pretty amazing.
  19. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by TE Lawrence. One of the first to more or less codify guerilla warfare. At one point had about 30 books on TE, before I gave away most of them prior to a move. Now wish I hadn't, but at least Pillars is now on my Kindle...
  20. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Years ago I read Hitler's Navy and enjoyed it. I had no idea their armed forces had so much trouble working together.