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  1. I can't recommend Battle (also released as Anatomy of a Battle) by Kenneth Macksey enough, for stuff like this. Macksey fought through the Normandy campaign himself, and this is a thinly fictionalised account of a generic battle in Normandy from multiple perspectives, from soup to nuts, and spends quite a lot of time on the pre-battle preparations; liaison, movement, fire planning, logistic arrangements, along with reconnaissance and planning. It's quite old now - it was released in about 1974 - but a good mil-hist library, or university library should(?) have a copy. Alternately try interloan, or second hand book places (meatspace and online). The putative battle that Macksey describes would make for a pretty good CM scenario. I know that because I made one several years ago
  2. Topic is *after* the breakout, so; 1. Cinderella army, by Terry Copp (and other books by Copp) 2. Monty’s Men, by Buckley (and anything else by Buckley) 3. 18 Platoon, by Jary 4. Stout Hearts, by Kite 5. Corps Commanders, by Delaney 6. The 56th Infantry Brigade, by Holborn 7. Air power at the battlefront, by Gooderson 8. South Alberta’s, by Graves 9. The Guns of victory, by Blackburn (best read as the last of his trilogy) 10. For short-form writing, the Canadian Military History journal has their extensive back catalogue freely available on line. The last several volumes appear to have focussed mainly on WWI, so you’ll have to go through the back editions aways to find anything on NWE. (I personally thought the Whitaker’s book on the Rhineland was *terrible*)
  3. from a physics perspective; I call bull****. But soldiers are a superstitious bunch, so from a behavioural perspective; maybe?
  4. It's also free here as a PDF, meaning you can read it on any device. The rest of the Green Books are there too.
  5. The noise of time, Julian Barnes It's the summer holidays here, some I'm doing a bit of off-reservation reading before varsity starts again.
  6. That is not, as far as I know, true, and hasn’t been for quite some time. In many (most?) militaries these days the issues created by dumping guys and girls straight out of combat back into their home environments is well know. Policy is now to extract them, do any post tour admin (hand in ammo, clean stuff for customs, etc) then have a deliberate period (at least several days, and often a week) in a closed environment to decompress. Ready access to alcohol, no programme or timetable except a scheduled session with the psych. Fight, get drunk, yell at each other, sing stupid songs loudly out of tune, talk, sleep, etc. Now, you can argue that a couple of days - or even a week - isn't nearly long enough, but that's quite different to the military just ignoring the issue.
  7. The quiet american, by graham greene
  8. Dave Wiley makes some good points along those lines towards the end of this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlXzD5yuJKQ&list=PLBAEOsdxIbLPFEomzphaZQ0A5Vujkpjd8&index=22&t=0s
  9. Yes, there are. “Seven winds” for one.
  10. Aka, “the Prometheus syndrome”
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