Best War Book

Because books are always better than films :)

Full Metal Jacket
For a good laugh I find Leo kessler hard to beat. Especially the ones set post 1943. Carnage, depravity, looting, Nazis. He had it all. Pity he then wrote history books under his real name of Charles Whiting, and didn't change his style. Fact and fiction are the same thing to old Leo / Charles.
Because I am dutch and we were responsible for deporting over 97% of our jewish population in WW2, Shindlers Arc does it for me. We take the piss out of what we do in Iraq, Afghanistan and my personal favourite OP BANNER. But we do this job for a reason for all our bluster, the only people who are confirmed pacifists are soldiers, and if the powers that be listened to us more often the world would be a better place.

Sorry rant over!
Tough choice here, but I'll submit Pegusas Bridge as one of my favorites
Two of my favourites are:

'Warriors on Wheels' by Park Yunnie, who was 2IC of Popski's Private Army.


'The Only Way Out' which is an infantryman's memoirs from Normandy to the Schwartzwald (jan '45). Excellent book, but I can't remember the name of the author offhand.

Edit: It was R.M. Wingfield.
Devil's Guard - George Robert Elford

So good, I think it's still doing the rounds of the Coldstreams (lent to bro-in-law 15 years ago and not seen since).
"Inside the Third Reich" by Albert Speer, Hitler's armnaments minister & pet architect. Truly fascinating insight into a bonkers regime.


"Goodbye To All That" by Robert Graves. Best book about the 1914-18 war by far.
Re. the suggestion of "Full Metal Jacket', I think the movie came from two books. Isn't the training bit ('Get off my obstacle!') from 'The Short Timers' by Gustav somebody (?). I know the in-country bit is largely based on Michael Herr's 'Dispatches', not least because he wrote the screenplay. 'Dispatches' is the only book I have read that has made my feet start sweating with the tension. Once read, never forgotten.
I would go for dispatches as well damm fine read marred only by the fact as he wrote the screen play for most of the famous Vietnam movies it seems a bit clichéd until you realizes it all happened. Mind you the picture he paints of the unprofessional and down right dangerous attitude within the US ranks I am not surprised they lost.

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