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thanks for that tip, warrenpeace.  I've got that on my wishlist and wasn't sure whether it added much to my knowledge but if it's excellent and just first two years there might be some stuff I don't know in detail

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Atkinson's a good writer. His WW2 trilogy is a good one.

Haven't read through this thread and it's likely been mentioned already.

My latest is re-reading Two Sides of the Beach by Edmund Blandford. I have hundreds of books on WW2, and of all sorts. Tactical. operational, strategic, memoirs, technical and on and on. But the stuff I like the most are the first hand accounts like this book.

It focuses on the experiences of Commonwealth and German soldiers on D-Day through Totalise.  These first hand accounts are always interesting, a view from the foxhole as it were. I can't get enough of this stuff really. If I were to identify a common theme, it's how almost every account begins with a comment on the noise. The terrific din of battle. Well, of course. But it struck me how many of these men mentioned it, and usually right off.

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3 hours ago, landser said:

I can't get enough of this stuff really.

Then you might like a book I am just now finishing: Anatomy of a Battle by Kenneth Macksey. If you are not already familiar with it, it is a fictionalized account of the opening day of OPERATION BLUECOAT, and is probably one of his best. It focuses on the personnel on both sides of a battalion-sized engagement in hedgerow country. The thing that fascinated me was how he shows how personality traits of individual soldiers played out in the fighting. They definitely have an effect, but there are so many of them that they kind of balance out, so you don't get a phony situation where one soldier or commander causes the battle to swing one way or the other. They all have their effects, which grow out of a brew of strengths and/or weaknesses. The book truly lives up to its title.

Michael

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