For any of you whiling your time away at an ops desk on the drag-stag, I have found an excellent book to keep you company (and to make you realise things aren't as bad as they could be). In Deadly Combat, by Gottlob H Bidermann. Basically it's a book about the Eastern Front, but unlike The Forgotten Soldier, this one appears to be a true account. It follows Biddermann's progress through the 132 Inf Div as he walked into Russia as a private, then out of ir as a company commander. ?It is a fairly personal account which was written for the members of his Regiment / Div, so is written in stark military speak, ie no civi explanations (he merely expects you to understand the terminology, which is handy since we all do). ?It doesn't attempt to glorify what he did but is written entirely matter of fact like, probably because this is an English translation of a German account. ?It should be compulsory reading for all infantrymen to be perfectly honest. ?There are probably lessons in it that we have all forgotten, which we ought remember, could come in handy in the near future. ?Give it a go (Amazon do it, it could be on your desk in a couple of days). Anybody else found anything worth reading, if so post it on this thread.