Posts Tagged ‘Books’

The Haul Report 90

Posted on July 16th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

While this week saw the arrival of my eagerly awaited washes, that wasn`t the only thing that arrived.First off, my parents gave me a voucher for the local Games Workshop store, so of course I rushed over and grabbed me some figures and the newest Whit…

Stout Hearts

Posted on July 12th, 2017 under , . Posted by

A great book at a great price on the Kindle. This is currently available for only a couple of quid and is a very thorough, systematic and well-structured account of the British and Canadian role from D-Day to the close of the Normandy campaign. It…

The Real X-Men

Posted on July 4th, 2017 under . Posted by

No, I haven’t gone all superhero, just the latest book to hit the reading list, along with a trio of books by the same author all discounted to 99p on the Kindle. I have been fascinated by this subject for years, so this should be an interesting read a…

The Real X-Men

Posted on July 4th, 2017 under . Posted by

No, I haven’t gone all superhero, just the latest book to hit the reading list, along with a trio of books by the same author all discounted to 99p on the Kindle. I have been fascinated by this subject for years, so this should be an interesting read a…

Roads still leading to Rome

Posted on July 4th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I got a book token for Father’s Day from No. 2 son and it was burning a hole in my pocket, although I have not been reading as much as I used to but I always have one on the go, so while I waited for the little sweet shop to open I had some time to kil…

Roads still leading to Rome

Posted on July 4th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I got a book token for Father’s Day from No. 2 son and it was burning a hole in my pocket, although I have not been reading as much as I used to but I always have one on the go, so while I waited for the little sweet shop to open I had some time to kil…

Fighting The Second Civil War: History of Battlefield Preservation and the Emergence of the Civil War Trust

Posted on July 4th, 2017 under . Posted by

Over the course of 30 years, a good idea and the hard work of dedicated history lovers Evolved into a movement that has saved from encroaching development some 45,000 acres – More than 70 square miles – At 132 American Civil War, Revolutionary War and …

The Haul Report 88

Posted on July 2nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Another week has past by, and some nice additions have found their way into my possession once again.The first one was long awaited, as it was first set for release in february.But now the latest book of Tolkien has been released, Beren and Luthien, te…

The Haul Report 88

Posted on July 2nd, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Another week has past by, and some nice additions have found their way into my possession once again.The first one was long awaited, as it was first set for release in february.But now the latest book of Tolkien has been released, Beren and Luthien, te…

A Wargamer’s Guide to the Anglo Zulu War

Posted on June 30th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

A few weeks ago I began to give serious thought to my next big project, the Anglo Zulu War. The first book I bought was Daniel Mersey’s Wargamer’s Guide to The Anglo Zulu War published by Pen and Sword Publishing. I wanted to begin this project with a …

A Wargamer’s Guide to the Anglo Zulu War

Posted on June 30th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

A few weeks ago I began to give serious thought to my next big project, the Anglo Zulu War. The first book I bought was Daniel Mersey’s Wargamer’s Guide to The Anglo Zulu War published by Pen and Sword Publishing. I wanted to begin this project with a …

Panzer Krieg by Jason D. Mark

Posted on June 30th, 2017 under . Posted by

The first volume of our Stalingrad panzer series is much larger than originally planned. At almost 580 large-format pages, the combat histories of Panzer-Abteilungen 103, 129 and 160 are examined in depth, both in text and photos.The pre-publication wi…

Panzer Krieg by Jason D. Mark

Posted on June 30th, 2017 under . Posted by

The first volume of our Stalingrad panzer series is much larger than originally planned. At almost 580 large-format pages, the combat histories of Panzer-Abteilungen 103, 129 and 160 are examined in depth, both in text and photos.The pre-publication wi…

Bolt Action: Afrika Korp Project

Posted on June 28th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Part 1: So it begins People often stop me in the street and say “Craig where do you get your army ideas from? (True story […]

Zulu War Books, thousands of em!

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

OK, maybe not thousands but I couldn’t resist. I’m kicking off my Zulu Wars project with some serious reading care of Pen and Sword Publishing. The Rejects prize for wining Best Game at Broadside was a £100 voucher and as I supplied the game and models the rest of the team insisted I get the prize (far be it for me to complain!). It couldn’t have come at a better time and will kick start my new project. So here’s what I bought… 
 
In addition my daughters treated me to an Amazon voucher for Father Day last week and I treated myself to several Osprey books to really round off my new Zulu Wars library. Combined with Daniel Mersey’s book A Wargamers Guide to the Anglo Zulu War which I bought a few weeks ago I have a lot of reading ahead of me. 

I’ve just finished reading Daniel Mersey’s book and I’ll be posting a review in a couple of days. I have a lot more reading to do before I settle on a set of rules or start buying miniatures but I’m determined to take my time and ‘do this right’. 

Zulu War Books, thousands of em!

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 under , . Posted by

OK, maybe not thousands but I couldn’t resist. I’m kicking off my Zulu Wars project with some serious reading care of Pen and Sword Publishing. The Rejects prize for wining Best Game at Broadside was a £100 voucher and as I supplied the game and models the rest of the team insisted I get the prize (far be it for me to complain!). It couldn’t have come at a better time and will kick start my new project. So here’s what I bought… 
 
In addition my daughters treated me to an Amazon voucher for Father Day last week and I treated myself to several Osprey books to really round off my new Zulu Wars library. Combined with Daniel Mersey’s book A Wargamers Guide to the Anglo Zulu War which I bought a few weeks ago I have a lot of reading ahead of me. 

I’ve just finished reading Daniel Mersey’s book and I’ll be posting a review in a couple of days. I have a lot more reading to do before I settle on a set of rules or start buying miniatures but I’m determined to take my time and ‘do this right’. 

The Three Battles of Sand Creek: In Blood, in Court, and as the End of History

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under . Posted by

The Three Battles of Sand Creek: In Blood, in Court, and as the End of History

The Sand Creek Battle, or Massacre, occurred on November 29-30, 1864, a confrontation between Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians and Colorado volunteer soldiers.

The affair was a tragic event in American history, and what occurred there continues to be hotly contested. Indeed, labeling it a “battle” or a “massacre” will likely start an argument before any discussion on the merits even begins. Even questions about who owns the story, and how it should be told, are up for debate. Many questions arise whenever Sand Creek is discussed: were the Indians peaceful? Did they hold white prisoners? Were they under army protection? Were excessive numbers of women and children killed, and were bodies mutilated? Did the Indians fly an American flag? Did the chiefs die stoically in front of their tipis? Were white scalps found in the village? Three hearings were conducted, and there seems to be an overabundance of evidence from which to answer these and other questions. Unfortunately, the evidence only muddies the issues. Award-winning Indian Wars author Gregory Michno divides his study into three sections.

The first, “In Blood,” details the events of November 29 and 30, 1864, in what is surely the most comprehensive account published to date. The second section, “In Court,” focuses on the three investigations into the affair, illustrates some of the biases involved, and presents some of the contradictory testimony. The third and final section, “The End of History,” shows the utter impossibility of sorting fact from fiction. Using Sand Creek as well as contemporary examples, Michno examines the evidence of eyewitnesses all of whom were subject to false memories, implanted memories, leading questions, prejudice, self-interest, motivated reasoning, social, cultural, and political mores, an over-active amygdala, and a brain that had a “mind” of its own―obstacles that make factual accuracy an illusion. Living in a postmodern world of relativism suggests that all history is subject to the fancies and foibles of individual bias.

The example of Sand Creek illustrates why we may be witnessing “the end of history.” Studying Sand Creek exposes our prejudices because facts will not change our minds we invent them in our memories, we are poor eyewitnesses, we follow the leader, we are slaves to our preconceptions, and assuredly we never let truth get in the way of what we already think, feel, or even hope. We do not believe what we see; instead, we see what we believe. Michno’s extensive research includes primary and select secondary studies, including recollections, archival accounts, newspapers, diaries, and other original records. The Three Battles of Sand Creek will take its place as the definitive account of this previously misunderstood, and tragic, event.

The Three Battles of Sand Creek: In Blood, in Court, and as the End of History

Posted on June 19th, 2017 under . Posted by

The Three Battles of Sand Creek: In Blood, in Court, and as the End of History

The Sand Creek Battle, or Massacre, occurred on November 29-30, 1864, a confrontation between Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians and Colorado volunteer soldiers.

The affair was a tragic event in American history, and what occurred there continues to be hotly contested. Indeed, labeling it a “battle” or a “massacre” will likely start an argument before any discussion on the merits even begins. Even questions about who owns the story, and how it should be told, are up for debate. Many questions arise whenever Sand Creek is discussed: were the Indians peaceful? Did they hold white prisoners? Were they under army protection? Were excessive numbers of women and children killed, and were bodies mutilated? Did the Indians fly an American flag? Did the chiefs die stoically in front of their tipis? Were white scalps found in the village? Three hearings were conducted, and there seems to be an overabundance of evidence from which to answer these and other questions. Unfortunately, the evidence only muddies the issues. Award-winning Indian Wars author Gregory Michno divides his study into three sections.

The first, “In Blood,” details the events of November 29 and 30, 1864, in what is surely the most comprehensive account published to date. The second section, “In Court,” focuses on the three investigations into the affair, illustrates some of the biases involved, and presents some of the contradictory testimony. The third and final section, “The End of History,” shows the utter impossibility of sorting fact from fiction. Using Sand Creek as well as contemporary examples, Michno examines the evidence of eyewitnesses all of whom were subject to false memories, implanted memories, leading questions, prejudice, self-interest, motivated reasoning, social, cultural, and political mores, an over-active amygdala, and a brain that had a “mind” of its own―obstacles that make factual accuracy an illusion. Living in a postmodern world of relativism suggests that all history is subject to the fancies and foibles of individual bias.

The example of Sand Creek illustrates why we may be witnessing “the end of history.” Studying Sand Creek exposes our prejudices because facts will not change our minds we invent them in our memories, we are poor eyewitnesses, we follow the leader, we are slaves to our preconceptions, and assuredly we never let truth get in the way of what we already think, feel, or even hope. We do not believe what we see; instead, we see what we believe. Michno’s extensive research includes primary and select secondary studies, including recollections, archival accounts, newspapers, diaries, and other original records. The Three Battles of Sand Creek will take its place as the definitive account of this previously misunderstood, and tragic, event.

Swords of the Empire – various authors

Posted on June 18th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

This novel, hailing from the Warhammer line, is a collection of short stories set in / about the lands of The Empire.Containing 6 stories in total, each one numbers between 40 – 60 pages long, and varies a lot in theme and antagonists.The first one, Th…

Swords of the Empire – various authors

Posted on June 18th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

This novel, hailing from the Warhammer line, is a collection of short stories set in / about the lands of The Empire.Containing 6 stories in total, each one numbers between 40 – 60 pages long, and varies a lot in theme and antagonists.The first one, Th…

Haul Report 86

Posted on June 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Welcome all to another weekly oversight of stuff I obtained, and this week it’s a big one, but not really an expensive one.Because fleamarket season is in full swing, and some other bargains where found along the road as well…It started last saturday…

Haul Report 86

Posted on June 18th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Welcome all to another weekly oversight of stuff I obtained, and this week it’s a big one, but not really an expensive one.Because fleamarket season is in full swing, and some other bargains where found along the road as well…It started last saturday…

The Iasi – Kishinev Operation, 20-29 August 1944: The Red Army’s Summer Offensive Into The Balkans

Posted on June 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

The Iasi - Kishinev Operation, 20-29 August 1944: The Red Army's Summer Offensive Into The Balkans

The Iasi―Kishinev Operation, 20-29 August 1944: The Red Army’s Summer Offensive into the Balkans details the Soviet preparation and conduct of the Red Army’s massive offensive into Romania in the summer of 1944. The seventh of the ten strategic operations conducted by the Soviet armed forces that year, the operation successfully carried out the task of destroying German forces in northern Romania and taking Germany’s Romanian satellite out of the war, and was the first step in Stalin’s consolidation of a Balkan empire.

The study, unlike many others in this series, is based only in part on materials published by the Soviet General Staff’s historical section. Nonetheless, this and other material was written and published for the purpose of generalizing the experience of the war’s experience for training commanders and staffs in the preparation and conduct of multi-front offensive operations. The study is divided into two parts. The first deals with the operation as a whole. This includes the preparations by the Second and Third Ukrainian fronts for launching the operation. This includes an overall strategic appreciation of the situation as it obtained by the summer of 1944 and the Stavka’s instructions for carrying out an operation along the southern strategic direction. This is followed by a minute examination of the two fronts’ plans for organizing and exploiting a breakthrough of the enemy front, as well as the individual army commanders’ plans for their own sectors.

The study concentrates on such standard operational indices as the length of the attack front, the density of forces along the breakthrough front, the echeloning of forces for the attack, and cooperation among the combat arms. Whereas the first part offers an operational-strategic overview of the operation, the second is firmly focused at the tactical-operational level. This study is actually a doctoral dissertation dealing with the Third Ukrainian Front’s 37th Army, which played the leading role in the front’s offensive across the Dnestr River, from where it subsequently linked up with the Second Ukrainian Front’s forces to encircle the German Sixth Army. Many of the operational indices highlighted in the first part are repeated here in even greater detail. The successful conclusion of the Iasi―Kishinev operation destroyed the German position in the Balkans and laid the groundwork for the Red Army’s subsequent advance into Hungary and Central Europe. As one of the army’s more successful offensive operations, it is worthy of study by history buffs and professional officers alike.

The Battle of Kursk: Controversial & Neglected Aspects

Posted on June 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

In this book, noted historian of the Battle of Kursk Valeriy Zamulin, the author of multiple Russian-language books on the Battle of Kursk and Destroying the Myth: The Tank Battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk, July 1943: An Operational Narrative takes a fresh…

Hey for Old Robin!: The Campaigns And Armies Of The Earl Of Essex During The First Civil War, 1642-44

Posted on June 15th, 2017 under . Posted by

Hey For Old Robin! was the cry of the Earl of Essex’s army during the First Civil War as, contrary to modern popular belief, Robert Devereux was well-liked by the men he led. This book fills a gap in the literature of the Civil Wars, taking up the chal…