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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #100 on: July 24, 2017, 09:18:55 am »
Busy reading Hannes Wessels's book " A handful of hard men".
Makes one wonder a little about the way we (South Africa under Vorster) threw Rhodesia under the bus.
Yip, i am reading Ian Smith ' the great betrayal' and i am surprised at Vorster. What was he thinking!
 

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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #101 on: August 12, 2017, 07:06:38 am »
The current situation would have been very different
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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #102 on: August 17, 2017, 09:12:26 pm »
Busy with this book. Well priced at R230.00

The official book launch is tomorrow....
 

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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #103 on: August 18, 2017, 07:48:46 am »
I will be there tonight  :deal:
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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #104 on: August 18, 2017, 10:37:55 am »
I did a camp at 61 Mech Bn at the end of '88 and Cmdt Mike Muller was telling us about the battle at Lomba. A proud yet humble professional soldier that spoke so highly of his men. Sadly he is no longer with us because I'm sure he would have liked to be there for the book launch.
 

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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #105 on: September 07, 2017, 08:32:21 pm »
I will be there tonight  :deal:

Come Edgar...tell us how it was....?

I am finished with the book. Who wants it ?
Would make sense to an ex 61 / SSB vet.
 

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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #106 on: September 08, 2017, 07:34:14 am »
I will be there tonight  :deal:

Come Edgar...tell us how it was....?

I am finished with the book. Who wants it ?
Would make sense to an ex 61 / SSB vet.

Had my copy signed by the author. It was an honour meeting everyone and hearing some of their experiences as captured in the book.  :thumleft:

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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #107 on: September 08, 2017, 01:56:25 pm »
Has anyone read " Iron fist from the sea" Douw Steyn. Is it worth trying to get?. The price seems to be about R800. :eek7:
 

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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #108 on: September 10, 2017, 05:09:25 pm »
Has anyone read " Iron fist from the sea" Douw Steyn. Is it worth trying to get?. The price seems to be about R800. :eek7:
Ek lees tans "Iron fist from the sea". Dit op Amazon gekoop vir $2.86 vir my Kindle.  Baie lekker geskryf en n plesier om te lees.

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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #109 on: September 10, 2017, 07:27:43 pm »
A higher call - Adam Makos

From Amazon.com:
December, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber’s tail. The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler—and he can destroy the young American crew with the squeeze of a trigger...

What happened next would defy imagination and later be called “the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.”

The U.S. 8th Air Force would later classify what happened between them as “top secret.” It was an act that Franz could never mention for fear of facing a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search the world for each other, a last mission that could change their lives forever.


Devotion - Adam Makos


From Amazon.com:

Devotion tells the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the Marines they fought to defend. A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi, Jesse became the navy’s first black carrier pilot, defending a nation that wouldn’t even serve him in a bar.

While much of America remained divided by segregation, Jesse and Tom joined forces as wingmen in Fighter Squadron 32. Adam Makos takes us into the cockpit as these bold young aviators cut their teeth at the world’s most dangerous job—landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier—a line of work that Jesse’s young wife, Daisy, struggles to accept.

Deployed to the Mediterranean, Tom and Jesse meet the Fleet Marines, boys like PFC “Red” Parkinson, a farm kid from the Catskills. In between war games in the sun, the young men revel on the Riviera, partying with millionaires and even befriending the Hollywood starlet Elizabeth Taylor. Then comes the war no one expected, in faraway Korea.

Devotion takes us soaring overhead with Tom and Jesse, and into the foxholes with Red and the Marines as they battle a North Korean invasion. As the fury of the fighting escalates and the Marines are cornered at the Chosin Reservoir, Tom and Jesse fly, guns blazing, to try and save them. When one of the duo is shot down behind enemy lines and pinned in his burning plane, the other faces an unthinkable choice: watch his friend die or attempt history’s most audacious one-man rescue mission.

A tug-at-the-heartstrings tale of bravery and selflessness, Devotion asks: How far would you go to save a friend?


Well written and i think thoroughly researched. He really tries to describe a situation so that you almost feel as if you are there!

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EDIT: added synopsis from amazon.com as per request by LoopSoosStroop
« Last Edit: October 11, 2017, 04:07:51 pm by Antonie »
 

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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #110 on: September 11, 2017, 09:53:53 am »
Guys, can I please ask that you elaborate a bit more on the books? Applicable conflicts, scope etc.?

Would like to have a better idea on what to follow up on.
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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #111 on: September 11, 2017, 01:03:29 pm »
Has anyone read " Iron fist from the sea" Douw Steyn. Is it worth trying to get?. The price seems to be about R800. :eek7:
Ek lees tans "Iron fist from the sea". Dit op Amazon gekoop vir $2.86 vir my Kindle.  Baie lekker geskryf en n plesier om te lees.

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Thanks for the info FF. :thumleft:
 

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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #112 on: September 14, 2017, 11:46:48 am »
I will be there tonight  :deal:

Come Edgar...tell us how it was....?

I am finished with the book. Who wants it ?be led by
Would make sense to an ex 61 / SSB vet.

Was also at the launch, was great to see some familiar faces and hear the stories from some of the C squadron guys. Bubby, I sent you a PM if you still want to get rid of the book.
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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #113 on: September 14, 2017, 06:46:38 pm »
I will be there tonight  :deal:

Come Edgar...tell us how it was....?

I am finished with the book. Who wants it ?be led by
Would make sense to an ex 61 / SSB vet.

Was also at the launch, was great to see some familiar faces and hear the stories from some of the C squadron guys. Bubby, I sent you a PM if you still want to get rid of the book.

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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #114 on: September 22, 2017, 11:11:51 am »
Heads-up manne.

The Terrible Ones van Piet Nortje, kos R509, vir die stel by Exclusive Books in Woodlands. Gewone prys is gewoonlik R959.
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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #115 on: September 22, 2017, 11:12:46 am »
Dis die twee volume hard cover stel in die boks!  :thumleft:
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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #116 on: September 22, 2017, 06:33:42 pm »
Dis die twee volume hard cover stel in die boks!  :thumleft:

Baie goeie prys. Myne paar jaar terug direk by Piet gekry. My naam ook in daai boek.
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« Reply #117 on: September 22, 2017, 07:01:18 pm »
Bie, ek het dit baie geniet om dit te lees  :thumleft:
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Re: Military book reviews
« Reply #118 on: October 11, 2017, 04:08:59 pm »
Guys, can I please ask that you elaborate a bit more on the books? Applicable conflicts, scope etc.?

Would like to have a better idea on what to follow up on.

Added synopsis in previous post for you  :thumleft: :thumleft: