Great books

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  1. Never mind war from the US of A point of view, try these WW2 British ones - all fiction but mainly based on facts and all are very worth finding. Powerful and unforgetable:
    ARMY
    From The City, From The Plough - about the PBI
    Warriors For The Working Day - about Tankies
    Now Thrive The Armourers
    A Convenant With Death - by J. Harris - WW1
    RAF
    Bomber by Len Deighton
    RN
    The Cruel Sea - by Nicholas Montserrat
    HMS Ulysses - by Alistair MacLean
     
  2. Bomber by Len Deighton is a very good read, and looks at it from both sides. Must re-read it, its been a few years.
     
  3. The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell. Mega bolshy but pretty good.
     
  4. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    just read Bomber, s21 - an excellent read.

    Piece Of Cake and A Damned Good Show by Derek Robinson are superb - blackly funny and completely engrossing.
     
  5. Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy - absolutely stunning.
     
  6. The Purple Plain, H.E. Bates
     
  7. bunker 13, an indian catch 22; absolute war, best history of ww2 russian front- imagine, a gun line 300 kms long with guns or katyushas wheel to wheel, awesome losses on both sides.
     
  8. The General Danced at Dawn, McAuslan in the Rough, and The Sheikh and the Dustbin; all by George MacDonald Fraser (of Flashman fame). Takes place immediately post-WW2, in a "fictional" Bn.
    Anyone who's spent time in the Army, especially a Scottish regiment, is likely to wet themselves. Or get terribly misty as they sip at "the creature".
     
  9. Das Boot - Lother Gunter Bucheim (excuse spelling authors name?). A must read for all and kicks the film and mini series to bits.
     
  10. The first hundred thousand, good book well worth reading.
    Brave white flag & Season for escape, accurate retelling of the royals in Hong Kong 41/42.
    Still good to reread espec the section regarding border patrol at start.
     
  11. Fuge for a Darkening Island by Christopher Priest. (1972)

    Prophetic.
     
  12. Not war but a bloody good read all the same Scott by Sir Ranulf Feinnes.
     
  13. Bowmore_Assassin

    Bowmore_Assassin LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    Once Upon A Distant War by William Prochnau. The best book I have ever read about the Vietnam War.