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Re: hardcore history
« Reply #165 on: July 29, 2018, 06:33:57 AM »
I couldn't finish An Army at Dawn.
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Re: hardcore history
« Reply #166 on: July 29, 2018, 10:15:49 AM »
If you have the time B .H.Liddell Hart "History of the Second World War". Is a nice over view of the war. 
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Re: hardcore history
« Reply #167 on: July 29, 2018, 11:05:30 AM »
If you have the time B .H.Liddell Hart "History of the Second World War". Is a nice over view of the war.
I read Rise and Fall of the Third Reich when it came out in paperback. I was in the fifth grade. Needed a BIG dictionary.
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Re: hardcore history
« Reply #168 on: July 29, 2018, 11:08:16 AM »
I’ve wanted to read Raul Hilberg’s The Destruction of the European Jews since I heard a lecture by him in college, but I’ve never been able to bring myself to face the task.
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Re: hardcore history
« Reply #169 on: July 29, 2018, 11:33:53 AM »
If any of you like hard core military history, come visit http://ibiblio.org/hyperwar. We have terabytes of files on WWII.
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Re: hardcore history
« Reply #170 on: July 29, 2018, 12:54:05 PM »
I’ve ended up there a couple of times, but military history is not really my thing.  I’m more interested in social and economic history and the history of science and technology (which admittedly is often connected to military history).
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Re: hardcore history
« Reply #171 on: July 29, 2018, 04:47:47 PM »
I couldn't finish An Army at Dawn.

In retrospect I'm surprised how many glowing reviews I found for the series.  It's very well researched, but I can only read about advance/retreat/advance/retreat/hold/hold/hold/advance so many times before it becomes mind-numbingly boring.  The Africa campaign is the probably worst in this regard, partly because I had no landmarks or even a sense of scale of troop movements.  I wonder if more pop-culture depictions of this phase of the war would have made it easier for me to digest (Battlefield 1942 is basically my only exposure to African and Italian battles).


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Re: hardcore history
« Reply #172 on: July 29, 2018, 05:14:05 PM »
The episodes where he touches on Mongol history is mental orgasm.

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Re: hardcore history
« Reply #173 on: July 29, 2018, 05:42:33 PM »
I couldn't finish An Army at Dawn.

In retrospect I'm surprised how many glowing reviews I found for the series.  It's very well researched, but I can only read about advance/retreat/advance/retreat/hold/hold/hold/advance so many times before it becomes mind-numbingly boring.  The Africa campaign is the probably worst in this regard, partly because I had no landmarks or even a sense of scale of troop movements.  I wonder if more pop-culture depictions of this phase of the war would have made it easier for me to digest (Battlefield 1942 is basically my only exposure to African and Italian battles).
I have some very detailed maps but couldn't follow his action.
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Re: hardcore history
« Reply #174 on: September 26, 2018, 11:19:14 AM »
Realized I hadn't listed to episode 1 of Hardcore History Addendum so rectifying that today. Just blurt laughed at at my desk at "Imagine Hitler is Taylor Swift, sorry Taylor Swift"

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Re: hardcore history
« Reply #175 on: October 11, 2018, 04:04:53 PM »
I couldn't finish An Army at Dawn.

In retrospect I'm surprised how many glowing reviews I found for the series.  It's very well researched, but I can only read about advance/retreat/advance/retreat/hold/hold/hold/advance so many times before it becomes mind-numbingly boring.  The Africa campaign is the probably worst in this regard, partly because I had no landmarks or even a sense of scale of troop movements.  I wonder if more pop-culture depictions of this phase of the war would have made it easier for me to digest (Battlefield 1942 is basically my only exposure to African and Italian battles).

Hmmm....the only movies I can think of off hand that touch on the North Africa theatre are the Humphrey Bogart SAHARA and  PATTON with George C. Scott. Oh, and there was the old RAT PATROL TV series.  I guess Americans don't like to remember Kasserine Pass......
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Re: hardcore history
« Reply #176 on: October 11, 2018, 04:08:12 PM »
I couldn't finish An Army at Dawn.

In retrospect I'm surprised how many glowing reviews I found for the series.  It's very well researched, but I can only read about advance/retreat/advance/retreat/hold/hold/hold/advance so many times before it becomes mind-numbingly boring.  The Africa campaign is the probably worst in this regard, partly because I had no landmarks or even a sense of scale of troop movements.  I wonder if more pop-culture depictions of this phase of the war would have made it easier for me to digest (Battlefield 1942 is basically my only exposure to African and Italian battles).
I have some very detailed maps but couldn't follow his action.

Thank you! I thought it was just me! I love military history and yet found Army at Dawn a slog. Still managed to finish it with effort and disappointment. 

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Re: hardcore history
« Reply #177 on: October 11, 2018, 04:20:53 PM »
It's great if you're following Grandpa after Kasserine, I guess.
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Re: hardcore history
« Reply #178 on: January 12, 2019, 04:10:40 PM »

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Re: hardcore history
« Reply #179 on: January 29, 2019, 07:52:25 PM »
I can always distance myself from tales of the sacking of other cities in history, but maybe because of how recent it was reading/hearing about what happened in Nanjing is always haunting to me. 
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