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1. MEMOIRS OF A POLISH LANCER  The Pamietniki of Dezydery Chlapowski (Ancient Empires Series) by Translated by Tim Simmons Translated by Tim Simmons
Finish date: 1 January 2011
Rating: B+
A very good first-hand account from a Polish officer who served in Napoleon's Grand Armée from 1807 to 1813 and saw service in the many great battles of that period.

2. Auguste De Colbert  Aristocratic Survival in an Era of Upheaval, 1793-1809 by Jeanne A. Ojala ( no cover) Auguste De Colbert: Aristocratic Survival in an Era of Upheaval, 1793-1809 by Jeanne A. Ojala
Finish date: 3 January 2011
Rating: B
A very enjoyable read of the life of a young Napoleonic cavalry officer reputed to be one of the bravest, most daring and dedicated officers in the Grande Armee who was killed in action during the Peninsular Campaign in Spain.

3. Prince Eugene at War 1809 (Napoleon's Commanders Series) by Robert Epstein (no cover) Prince Eugene at War 1809 by Robert Epstein
Finish date: 6 January 2011
Rating: C+
A short and concise account of Prince Eugene's role in the Italian and later Austrian Campaign of 1809 and the military connection between Napoleon and his step-son.

4. Blood and Faith  The Purging of Muslim Spain by Matthew Carr by Matthew Carr
Finish date: 12 January 2011
Rating: A
Excellent history of Spain's expulsion of the Moors in 1609 in an attempt to purify the blood of the Spanish nation. A great account told well, a very easy to read historical account.

5. Radetzky  Imperial Victor and Military Genius by Alan Sked by Alan Sked
Finish date: 16 January 2011
Rating: C+
One of the only biographies in English on the Austrian commander, Count Joseph Radetzky, who the author credits with helping to defeat Napoleon and saving the Habsburg Empire. Easy to read although I found it at times disjointed, switching from one year back to another and back again. Overall a decent account of a most interesting man.

6. Julius Caesar by Philip Freeman byPhilip Freeman
Finish date: 9 January 2011
Rating: B+
An excellent book offering a easy to read account of Julius Caesar's life. Although having read a few books on Caesar I still found this a great story of a most interesting and great man. Well worth reading for those who have not had the time to read anything on Julius Caesar and still fun for those who have.

7. British Campaigns In Flanders 1690-1794 by The Hon. J. W. Fortescue by The Hon. J. W. Fortescue
Finish date: 23 January 2011
Rating: B
First published in 1918 this book offers a decent overview of the British campaigns conducted in Flanders from 1690 to 1794 covering William III and Marlborough's campaigns, the War of Austrian Succession and the War of the French Revolution. The only problem with this book is that it is made up of extracts taken for the author's 20 volume history of the British Army so at times it feels disjointed.

8. Red Sun Rising  The Siege of Port Arthur by Reginald Hargreaves (no cover) Red Sun Rising: The Siege of Port Arthur by Reginald Hargreaves
Finish date: 26 January 2011
Rating: C
Concise but enjoyable military history of the Siege of Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese war of 1905-05. Limited maps, no photographs (published in 1962) but a number of first-hand accounts of the fighting which made this an interesting book to read.

9. One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick by Nathaniel Fick
Finish date: 28 January 2011
Rating: A
Excellent story of one man's journey into becoming a warrior. An easy to read and intelligent account by Nathaniel Fick of his experiences in the USMC prior to 9/11 and his subsequent deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq. This was a great book to read and anyone interested in first-hand accounts of combat should enjoy reading this book.

10. Pyrrhus of Epirus by Jeff Champion by Jeff Champion
Finish date: 30 January 2011
Rating: A
Great biography of one of Antiquities forgotten generals. Although primary scources were scarce the author did an excellent job in providing a decent history of the man and his battles. Well researched and well presented book which was easy to read and a joy to finish.

11. Aftermath  Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World by Nir Rosen by Nir Rosen
Finished date: 16 May 2011
Rating: C-


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Velvetink | 59 comments You are doing well, it's only Jan 3 and already one finished!


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'Aussie Rick' (AussieRick) I was lucky that the first book wasn't all that long :)


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12. Morning of Fire  John Kendrick's Daring American Odyssey in the Pacific by Scott Ridley by Scott Ridley
Finish date: 7 February 2011
Rating: A
Excellent story of one of America's earliest naval explorers in the Pacific region. It would appear that the United States owes a debt of gratitude to John Kendrick who established the first American outpost on Vancouver Island and laid the ground work for further American expansion in the region.

13. Once They Moved Like the Wind  Cochise, Geronimo, and the Apache Wars by David Roberts by David Roberts
Finish date: 13 February 2011
Rating: A
Very interesting and well-written account of the conflict with the Apaches during the expansion into the American west and the roles of Cochise and Geronimo in leading the Apaches against the 'white eyes' and Mexicans. A bit gruesome at times but that was the nature of the war on both sides. Also highlights the broken promises by the American government in their dealings with the Indians.

14. The Twilight Warriors by Robert Gandt by Robert Gandt
Finish date: 18 February 2011
Rating: C+
A decent, if not in depth account of the air, sea and land campaign to seize Okinawa from Japan in 1945. The book follows a number of 'Tail End Charlies' who join VBF 10 on the USS Intrepid prior to the battle for Okinawa. The author also follows the start of the Japanese Kamikaze campaign against American forces fighting on and around Okinawa.

15. Dracula, Prince of Many Faces  His Life and His Times by Radu Florescu by Radu Florescu
Finish date: 21 February 2011
Rating: C+
An interesting insight into Vlad the Impaler also known as Dracula using Romanian oral histories and the limited number of historical documents available. Overall a very interesting story of a man known to many as a Vampire but in truth a lot more, a patriot and a freedom fighter against the Turks? Well worth the read even if the sources are limited and the book is a little dated (1973).

16. Soult  Napoleon's Maligned Marshall by Peter Hayman (no cover) Soult: Napoleon's Maligned Marshall by Peter Hayman
Finish date: 27 February 2011
Rating: B
A very good biograpy of Marshal Soult, 1st Duke of Dalmatia, who was considered a skillful military strategist and one of the best marshal to fight against Wellington in the Pennisular. He was also known as the 'best loved Frenchman the British ever fought'.

17. Vulcan 607  The Most Ambitious British Boming Raid Since the Dambusters by Rowland White by Rowland White
Finish date: 4 March 2011
Rating: B+
Pretty amazing story of the logistics and effort to get one ageing nuclear Vulcan bomber from the UK to the Falklands Island at the start of the Falklands War. Most of the book is about the training, preperation and logistics of getting just one aircraft with its bomb load over the airfield at Stanley, one of the longest airborne bombing missions in history.


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18. The Gothic War by Torsten Cumberland Jacobsen by Torsten Cumberland Jacobsen
Finish date: 8 March 2011
Rating: A
“The Gothic War” by Torsten Cumberland Jacobsen is an easy to read and excellent account of the Eastern Roman Empire’s campaign to reclaim Italy from the Ostrogoths. Roman armies made up of barbarians under the leadership of Belisarius, one of the greatest Roman generals, and later Narses (the Eunuch), fought for over twenty years to conquer Italy and return it to Emperor Justinian in Constantinople.
(see review)

19. The Good Soldiers by David Finkel by David Finkel
Finish date: 10 March 2011
Rating: A
Excellent and at times confronting account of one combat unit (2-16 Battalion, US Army) involvment in the 'Surge' during the Iraq War. The personal details of the casualties taken by this unit highlighted to me the every day bravery and commitment of these men to fight their countries war regardless of their own feelings.

20. CAMPAIGN OF ADOWA AND THE RISE OF MENELIK  by G. F-H. Berkeley by G. F-H. Berkeley
Finish date: 16 March 2011
Rating: C+
Interesting but dated (1902) account of the Italian campaign in Ethiopia and subsequent defeat at Adowa. One of the very few victories of 'savages' over a Western nation during the colonisation of Africa.

21. A Memory of Solferino by Henry Dunant by Henry Dunant
Finish date: 17 March 2011
Rating: B
A short but very interesting personal account by Henry Dunant on the terrible events and horrors he witnessed after the battle of Solferino which took place in Italy on June 24 1859. Subsequently this book and his appeal to European heads of State lead to the formation of the International Red Cross.

22. Black Hearts  One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death by Jim Frederick by Jim Frederick
Finish date: 19 March 2011
Rating: A
A very sad tale of a tragic incident that occurred in Iraq, the murder of a civilian family and the rape of a young girl by members of the 101st Airborne. This book does a great job of describing the downward spiral of one platoon and some of its members that ultimately lead to the commission of a horrific crime. It also highlights the almost unbearable stress that young soldiers are placed under in modern combat situations.

23. Memoirs Of The Count De Rochechouart by Frances Jackson by Frances Jackson
Finish date: 23 March 2011
Rating: B+
This is a delightful book on the life and times of Louis-Victor-Léon de Rochechouart (1788 – 1858) who was a French officer fighting in the Royalist, Imperial Russian and Bourbon armies during the Napoleonic Wars, rising from the rank of ensign to General. The majority of the book covers his experience as aide de camp to Alexander I, Tsar of Russians.
(see review)

24. No True Glory  A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah by Bing West by Bing West
Finish date: 27 March 2011
Rating: A
This was an excellent and well-balanced account of the battles for Fallujah during 2004. The author has attempted to present the story in a balanced and non-biased way with viewpoints from both the politicians and military commanders involved. The accounts of the actually fighting are excellent and I felt that this a very good straight-up military history that once again showed the courage of the 'grunt' in conflict without any fanfare, well done to the author.

25. Battle Scarred  The 47th Battalion in the First World War by Craig Deayton by Craig Deayton
Finish date: 29 March 2011
Rating: A+
This is an excellent account of one Australian Battalion, 47th 1st AIF, caught up in the maelstrom of the Western Front during the Great War. It has its heroes, its cowards and shirkers but its mainly made up of your average bloke trying to survive some of the worst battles faced by Australians during WW1 including; Pozieres, Mouquet Farm, Bullecourt, Messines, Passchendaele and Dernancourt, it is also the story of many unknown heroes who gave their lives for their country.
see review

26. Abraham Fabert by George Hooper by George Hooper
Finish date: 2 April 2011
Rating: C
This book covers the life and times of Abraham de Fabert who was renown for his bravery and engineering skills. In 1642 Louis XIII made him governor of the recently-acquired fortress of Sedan. In 1654 at the Siege of Stenay he introduced new methods of siegecraft which anticipated in a measure the great improvements of Vauban. In 1658 Fabert was made a Marshal of France, being the first commoner to attain that rank. He died at Sedan in 1660.


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27. The Cello Suites  J. S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece by Eric Siblin by Eric Siblin
Finish date: 4 April 2011
Rating: B+
Light, easy to read and very engaging and interesting book about Bach, Pablo Casals, and the authors search for Bach's Cello Suites and their meaning. I was so caught up in the story that I had to go buy a 2 CD pack of the complete Cello Suites and loved listening to the music as I read the book.

28. Witchfinders  A Seventeenth-Century English Tragedy by Malcolm Gaskill by Malcolm Gaskill
Finished date: 14 May 2011
Rating C-
I'm afraid to say that I really didn't enjoy this book, it started off well but then became repetitive and a bit boring. The book covers two ‘witch hunters’ in England during the period of the English Civil War. It’s still horrific to think what civilized people did in the name of religion and the law.

29. Apache by Ed Macy by Ed Macy
Finish date: 9 April 2011
Rating: B+
A pretty decent and fast moving first-hand account of a British pilot flying the Apache helicopter in Afghanistan. Excellent descriptions of what is was like flying this heavily armed attack helicopter into combat against the Taliban. Book has some great stories, some funny, a few sad, well worth the time to read.

30. The Origin of the Fighter Aircraft by Jon Guttman by Jon Guttman
Finish date: 11 April 2011
Rating: B
A decent overview of the introduction and development of the fighter aircraft during the Great War. Mainly covers the Western Front but does still provide some interesting information on other theatres. Author brings to light numerous aircraft and pilots usually forgotten in most histories as well as mentioning the many Aces and great planes known to most aviation enthusiasts.

31. Lions of Medina by Doyle D. Glass by Doyle D. Glass
Finish date: 14 April 2011
Rating: B+
A compelling account of Charlie Company, 1st Marine Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment of the 1st Marine Division during Operation Medina, Vietnam 1967. This is a very good book offering first-hand accounts of these young men and their first experience of war and what happened to them after. Overall an interesting book well worth the time to read, again shows the debt America owes to this unsung generation.

32. Crimea  The Last Crusade (Allen Lane History) by Orlando Figes by Orlando Figes
Finish date: 24 April 2011
Rating: C
A detailed and in-depth look at the Crimean War which was a decent enough read and which covered aspects of the cause and the results of this conflict in more detail than many previous books. The author provides evidence to show that the conflict really may have been about religion as well as power politics.

33. The Korean War by Cameron Forbes by Cameron Forbes
Finish date: 27 April 2011
Rating: A
Excellent account of Australia's role in the Korean War, the books subtitle tells all; 'Australia in the Giant's Playground'. It's a great account, well told and interesting. It's not your standard military history but more a general history covering those major engagements that Australian forces were involved in. The book concentrates on the men who went to Korea and who fought and died there and it’s a great story, sad, poignant and thoughtful.
(see review)

34. Millennium  The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom by Tom Holland by Tom Holland
Finish date: 1 May 2011
Rating: A
Another excellent account from Tom Holland, this time telling the story of the formation and re-structuring of Christendom and the Church into something that we recognise today. The book is full of battles and massacres and has a range of characters and peoples known to us from history including Canute, William the Conqueror and Pope Gregory VII and many, many others. A great and fun book to read.


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35. Napoleon Soldier and Emperor by Octave Aubry by Octave Aubry
Finish date: 5 May 2011
Rating: A
Excellent and enjoyable, although a little dated (published in 1938), account of Napoleon, Emperor of the French. The author holds Napoleon in great regard and that is shown in his account of Napoleon's life story. The book is just over 440 pages of text with a few nice old illustrations, its not an in-depth study but still I found a few things that I had not read before. Overall a very enjoyable account of this great mans life.
(see review)

36. Thutmose III  The Military Biography of Egypt's Greatest Warrior King by Richard A. Gabriel by Richard A. Gabriel
Finish date: 8 May 2011
Rating: C
My first venture into ancient Egyptian military history and overall an interesting and rewarding account, although the author does tend to repeat himself throughout the narrative. The book provides the reader with an easy to read and enjoyable account of Thutmose III and his role in expanding ancient Egypt’s borders and the revamping of his army and navy, covering various campaigns and battles including Megiddo.

37. Soldier of France  Sebastien Leprestre De Vauban, 1633-1707 by F. J. HebbertSoldier of France: Sebastien Leprestre De Vauban, 1633-1707 (no cover) by F. J. Hebbert
Finish date: 11 May 2011
Rating: C
A detailed and well-researched account of the French soldier- engineer and later Marshal, Sebastien Vauban. One of very few books in English available on Vauban so a must have for any military library however the book is a bit dry and not an overly riveting read but still well worth the effort.

38. Viking Panzers  The German SS 5th Tank Regiment in the East in World War II by Ewald Klapdor by Ewald Klapdor
Finish date: 16 May 2011
Rating: C+
An interesting account of the German SS 5th Tank Regiment that fought mainly on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. The book utilises German Army combat reports, High Command situation reports, first-hand accounts and the authors letters to give the reader a feel for what was happenening as the 5th SS "Viking" fought a fighting retreat back to the borders of the Reich.

39. Russia  A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People by Jonathan Dimbleby
Finished 21 May 2011

40. Hellfire by Ed Macy by Ed Macy
Finished 22 May 2011
Rating: A
Excellent prequel to "Apache". Ed Macy's account of his first combat tour in Afghanistan flying the Apache attack helicopter is riveting reading. I started this book one morning and finished it the afternoon of the following day. It’s a book that is hard to put down once started!

41. Pozieres  The Anzac Story  by Scott Bennett by Scott Bennett
Finish date: 26 May 2011
Rating: A
A very good first book by this new Australian author covering the Australian experience on the Somme. During the battle for Pozieres the Australian forces suffered 23,000 casualties in a matter of weeks. The author has used numerous first-hand accounts, letters, diaries and official after-action reports to ‘flesh’ out his story, well worth the time to read.

42. War Dogs. A History Of Loyalty and Heroism by Michael G. Lemish by Michael G. Lemish
Finish date: 29 May 2011
Rating: C
A decent but short account of the use of dogs during wartime. The author offers a very quick history of 'wardogs' used during the Great War and then follows on with accounts covering the American armed forces and their use of dogs in all of the major conflicts to the end of the Vietnam War.

43. 19 Weeks  America, Britain and the Fateful Summer of 1940 by Norman Moss by Norman Moss
Finished date: 2 June 2011
Rating C
This book provides an interesting story of Britain and the United States during the spring and summer of 1940. Germany has already conquered France, Belgium and Holland, and is looking towards British shores. Only the RN and RAF stand between England and Germany's armed might, what will America do?


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44. Seven Men of Gascony by R.F. Delderfield by R.F. Delderfield
Finished date: 4 June 2011
Rating A
My first novel for many years and what a delight it was to read. Although this book was first published in 1949 it still offers anyone interested in the Napoleonic Wars a great story of seven French Voltiguers fighting during the campaigns of the Empire under Napoleon. I actually felt a touch of sadness at the end of the story for the fate of these brave men.
(see review)

45. Horse Soldiers  The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan  by Doug Stanton by Doug Stanton
Finished date: 8 June 2011
Rating B+
A fast-paced and interesting account of a group of US Special Forces fighting in Afghanistan after 9/11 with Northern Alliance forces against the Taliban. Well presented and easy to read this book draws you into the action with these brave men as they battle against not only the Taliban but the harsh environment of Afghanistan.

46. Atlantic  A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Simon Winchester
Finished date: 23 June 2011
Rating C-
At times intriguing and at other times boring this book offers the reader a look at the history of the Atlantic Ocean. I found parts of the book engrossing and very interesting but sad to say it was mostly, for me, dull and at times very un-interesting.

47. Once There Were Titans  Napoleon's Generals and Their Battles, 1800-1815 by Kevin F. Kiley by Kevin F. Kiley
Finished date: 15 June 2011
Rating B
A very good account of some of Napoleon's generals, many unknown to most readers. Each chapter (16 in total) covered one battle during the Napoleonic Wars to highlight one or a number of Napoleons generals. Overall a very good book let down by a number of typographic errors (not picked up by an editor) and the authors annoying habit of repeating himself. Having said that I learnt a few things and enjoyed the author’s accounts of the battles mentioned.
(see review)

48. Serenade to the Big Bird (Schiffer Military History) by Bert Stiles by Bert Stiles
Finish date: 16 June 2011
Rating: A
This is an excellent account of a pilot's story who flew B-17's over Europe during WW2 and rightly considered a classic. Bert Stiles wrote his book during the war but did not live to see it published. After completing his 35 bombing missions in a B-17, instead of returning to the United States he transferred to fighters and died in his P-51 over Germany. His mother arranged to have his book published after the war in his memory. The book isn't all combat and flying but also reflections on life and war as seen and experienced by a young man, this is a great story and I am glad that I read it.

49. St Michael And The Dragon by Pierre Leulliette by Pierre Leulliette
Finish date: 19 June 2011
Rating: A
A first-hand account of the fighting in Algeria during the FLN nationalist uprising in the 1950's and the French involvement in the Suez Crisis of 1956 by a young French Paratrooper who served with distinction in the 8th B.P.C. (Bataillon des Parachutistes Coloniaux: Colonial Parachute Battalion). The author left after three years of service but came away troubled by what he saw and what was done during his time in the military. One of very few accounts in English to cover this conflict and well worth the time tracking down a copy.
(see review)

50. Bomb Hunters  In Afghanistan with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal Unit by Sean Rayment by Sean Rayment
Finish date: 22 June 2011
Rating: A
This book provides the reader with a gripping account of the role of the British bomb disposal units in Afghanistan. These men, and women, face tremendous danger every day carrying out their duties. Reading about the soldiers in the patrol bases going out on patrol and being hit by an IED and the horrendous casualties that occur really does bring home the horrible nature of the war in Afghanistan.

51. The Confusion of Command  The Memoirs of Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas D'Oyly 'Snowball' Snow 1914 -1918 by Dan Snow by Dan Snow
Finished date: 25 June
Rating: C
This book, although listed as 228 pages really only contains two short journals written by Lt General Sir Thomas Snow. The first journal covers the retreat from Mons and the Battle of Le Cateau. The second journal covers the Second Battle of Ypres. Detailed notes provided by the author’s follow both journals within the book. Overall the book offers an interesting insight into the problems with command and control on the Western Front during the early stages of the Great War.

52. Escape from the Deep  A Legendary Submarine and Her Courageous Crew by Alex Kershaw by Alex Kershaw
Finish date: 24 June 2011
Rating: C
A decent account by Alex Kershaw of the U.S. Navy submarine USS Tang, and its crew on its final mission during WW2. The book was an easy, light read and offered an interesting account of this final mission and what happened to the crew. I felt that this book was not of the same standard as his other accounts but still an OK read of a legendary submarine and its captain, Commander Richard O'Kane.

53. MILITARY OPERATIONS AT CABUL  Which ended in the Retreat and Destruction of the British Army in January 1842 With a Journal of Imprisonment in Afghanistan by Lieut. Vincent Eyre Bengal Artillery by Lieut. Vincent Eyre Bengal Artillery
Finish date: 27 June 2011
Rating: B
This was a very interesting first-hand account of the British Army operations in Cabul during 1842 when Afghanistan rose up in revolt against its ruling King and the British forces in the city. The majority of the account is taken up with what happened in the city during this period and then a short account of the retreat when Afghan tribal forces destroyed the British Army and their followers. The author also provides his account of his time as a prisoner and the book has a number of items of interest in the Appendix. If you enjoy this period of history or eyewitness accounts then you will most likely enjoy this book.

54. The German Army on the Somme, 1914-1916 by Jack Sheldon by Jack Sheldon
Finish date: 2 July 2011
Rating: B
Overall a fascinating account of the Somme as told by the other side – from the German perspective. The book is mainly first-hand accounts from officers and men of the German Army that fought and died on the Somme in 1916. The book can be a bit remorseless in the constant accounts of mud, blood, filth, non-stop shelling and death but then again that was what the Somme was in 1916. I did find it interesting to read about what the Germans thought and did during the Allied offensive in 1916 and strange to say I’ve never stopped to think of the German missing when I’ve read books from the Allied perspective. This book made me stop and realise that these men suffered just as badly as the Allied troops.


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55. Thesiger by Michael Asher by Michael Asher
Finish date: 23 July 2011
Rating: B+
An interesting and engaging account of one of England's last explorers, Wilfred Thesiger, who was also the author of such books as; 'Arabian Sands' and 'The Marsh Arabs'. Overall this is a great story of a very interetsing man, well worth the time to read if you are interested in exploration or/and the Middle East.

56. Ambush Alley  The Most Extraordinary Battle of the Iraq War by Tim Pritchard by Tim Pritchard
Finish date: 6 July 2011
Rating: A
A gripping and fast-paced account of the Battle for Nasiriyah that took place on March 23, 2003 when U.S. Marines from Task Force Tarawa try to secure two vital bridges in the town and soon get bogged down in street fighting. Using first-hand accounts of the men on the ground this is an excellent combat narrative that highlights the 'fog of war', excellent book well worth reading.

57. Lions of Kandahar  The Story of a Fight Against All Odds by Rusty Bradley by Rusty Bradley
Finish date: 10 July 2011
Rating: A
Another great first-hand account of United States Special Forces in combat in Afghanistan. Although the book took a bit of time to get into the no-holds bar battle I didn't mind as the author took time to introduce the reader to his team and the circumstances on the ground in Afghanistan in 2006. This was a gripping account of a small SF team in conflict with the Taliban as they attempted to reclaim Kandahar Province.

58. NAPOLEON'S ARMY IN RUSSIA  The Illustrated Memoirs of Albrecht Adam, 1812 by Jonathan North by Jonathan North
Finish date: 12 July 2011
Rating: A
Another great book that you can slowly take your time and enjoy the beautiful illustrations in this lovely presented book; "Napoleon's Army in Russia" by Albrecht Adam. Once you start taking the paintings in you realise what a great job the artist did. This is a nice book just to slowly browse through and enjoy the colours and visual story of this man's journey in Napoleon's army as it marched upon Moscow.

59. Eager for Glory by Philip Lindsay Powell by Philip Lindsay Powell
Finish date: 13 July 2011
Rating: B
This book had so much potential considering the subject matter, the first recent biography of Drusus the Elder, however I was disappointed to find that the editor or publisher had let the author down. Lindsay Powell has a love for the Roman period and he has put his heart into this book providing the reader with as much detail as he could squeeze into the narrative. What spoilt my reading pleasure was that nearly all the plate numbers that the author referred to in his text did not match the plate numbers in the photograph section and in one case he refers to a plate that didn't even exist in the book. So when the author referred to the Elbe River the corresponding plate number in the photograph section depicted a Roman coin and vice versa, such a simple thing that could have been corrected by an editor was missed and spoilt the book. The narrative ran to 143 pages in a 234 page book, the rest was made up of lots of great and interesting information including Gazetteer (places to visit and what to see), Glossary, place names, ancient sources, notes and bibliography.

60. The First Clash  The Miraculous Greek Victory at Marathon and Its Impact on Western Civilization by Jim Lacey by Jim Lacey
Finish date: 16 July 2011
Rating: C+
Although the title of this book sounds like it is about the Battle at Marathon in 490BC it covers much more. The majority of the narrative is taken up with the history of the people and empires (Greece and Persia) leading up to the climatic battle. Overall it's a good study of this period of ancient history and the author puts his own spin on his reading of ancient sources based on his military experience, it’s up to the reader to accept that or not. Overall a decent history but be aware that the account of the actual battle only takes up about ten pages in the story.

61. Sea Wolves  The Extraordinary Story of Britain's WW2 Submarines by Tim Clayton by Tim Clayton
Finish date: 22 July 2011
Rating: B
This book provides the reader with a harrowing account of British submarines and their crews during operations in WW2. Not a subject covered in detail before, this book brings these men and their actions to light. Some of the stories were horrific and they suffered, like the German U-boats, a very high casualty rate. Well worth the time to read.
(see review)

62. Cornwallis and the War of Independence by Franklin B. Wickwire by Franklin B. Wickwire
Finish date: 26 July 2011
Rating: A
This biography of Charles, Second Earl Cornwallis (1738-1805), first published in 1971, is an excellent look at a British General during the American War of Independence.
(see review)

63. Livy, Books 21-25  The Second Punic War (1883) by Livy by Livy
Finish date: 30 July 2011
Rating: C
An interesting account by Roman historian of the Second Punic War. Must be read with caution and a grain of salt when accepting Livy's account of the battles and the reasons for Rome's failure and Carthage's triumphs but overall an enjoyable romp in history. Here is an example of Livy’s style; “According to Livy, pulling the folds of his toga into his hands Fabius said, "we bring you peace and war. Take which you will.' Scarcely had he spoken when the answer no less proudly rang out: 'Whichever you please, we do not care.' Fabius let the gathered folds fall, and cried: 'We give you war’.”

64. Bertrand Du Guesclin, Constable of France;  His Life and Times, by Enoch Vine Stoddard by Enoch Vine Stoddard
Finish date: 5 August 2011
Rating: B
Excellent and enjoyable account of one of France's greatest heroes who rose from humble beginnings (minor Breton nobility) to become a Marshal of France. Bertrand Du Guesclin served France and it's King during the latter stages of the Hundred Years War and recovered numerous towns, castles and regions for France. Although first published in 1897 this book is still a very satisfying read.


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65. The Fourth Part of the World  The Race to the Ends of the Earth, and the Making of History's Greatest Map by Toby Lester by Toby Lester
Finish date: 13 August 2011
Rating: C
I felt a bit let down by this book, it seemed to promise so much with an interesting story of a little known tale of America and a map however I felt that the author overloaded the book with just too much information and I started to get lost in the story. I am sure many other readers will enjoy this story but for me it dragged in parts although in other sections I loved it.


66. Ivan's War; The Red Army 1939-45 by Catherine Merridale by Catherine Merridale
Finish date: 12 August 2011
Rating: C
In this book the author attempts to look at the life of the Russian soldier of WW2 fame – ‘Ivan’. We get to see the Russian soldier fighting his way from the terrible early days of 1941 to the end of the war, not a pretty sight! The author uses numerous first-hand accounts to tell her story, overall not a bad book if you’re interested in the subject.

67. The Jews Against Rome by Susan Sorek by Susan Sorek
Finish date: 14 August 2011
Rating: C+
This small book, 154 pages of narrative, is a great primer if your interested in the Jewish War against Rome. The author offers details into Josephus and his accounts in The Jewish War and then gives us a nice little history of the campaign conducted by Vespasian and his son Titus to quell the Jewish revolt. A nice easy to read historical account to get you interested in further reading.

68. Voices of Silence  The Alternative Book of First World War Poetry by Vivien Noakes by Vivien Noakes
Finish date: 26 August 2011
Rating: C
Decent book offering poems and poets from the Great War that we may not have heard or read about before. Good mixture of poems covering themes from the Home Front to the trenches and everything in between. Nice to sit back and read a few pages at days end.

69. Tars by Tim Clayton by Tim Clayton
Finish date: 19 August 2011
Rating: B
The author tells the story of the men of the Royal Navy - 'Tars', who helped Britannia rule the waves. He tells the story through the accounts of two ships and their crews, Monmouth and Dragon and one captain; Augustus John Hervey, during the period of the Seven Years War. Overall it's a very good story and told well, we learn how these men lived, fought and died and learn how the Royal Navy operated.

70. The Siege of Budapest  100 Days in World War II by Krisztian Ungvary by Krisztian Ungvary
Finish date: 24 August 2011
Rating: B
Detailed and at times disturbing account of the Siege of Budapest that occurred towards the end of 1944 and lasted for over two months resulting in enormous loss of life amongst the civilians trapped in the city and the soldiers on both sides fighting to hold/take Budapest. The author has used numerous first-hand accounts to tell the story of what the fighting was like during the siege and how peopled lived and tried to survive. Book is 475 pages of which 380 is narrative about the Siege, the rest is appendixes, notes and biography.

71. Swords for Hire  European Mercenaries in Eighteenth-Century India. by Shelford BidwellSwords for Hire: European Mercenaries in Eighteenth-Century India. (no cover) by Shelford Bidwell
A decent account of the role of European mercenaries in India during the mid to late 1800's. We read of people such as De Boigne, Perron, George Thomas and many more who changed the face of warfare in India up until the defeat of the Brigades at the hands of General Lake and Arthur Wellesley in 1803 at the battle of Assaye.

72. Maximillian's Lieutenant  A Personal History of the Mexican Campaign, 1864-67 by Ernst Pitner by Ernst Pitner
Finish date: 30 August 2011
Rating: C-
This book is made up of the letters and diary entries of Austrian Lieutenant Ernst Pitner written during his time as a volunteer in the Austrian Corps in the Mexican campaign. It’s interesting to read about what this officer experienced and saw but I must confess that there isn't a lot of excitement that keeps you riveted to the pages.

73. Xenophon's Retreat  Greece, Persia and the End of The Golden Age by Robin Waterfield by Robin Waterfield
Finish date: 1 September 2011
Rating: C-
An OK account of Xenophon and his role in the historic tale of the 10,000 Greeks and the retreat from Persia. The author covers not only the battles but also background on the people, country and history of the times.


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74. When We Walked Above the Clouds  A Memoir of Vietnam by H. Lee Barnes by H. Lee Barnes
Finish date: 3 September 2011
Rating: A
This smallish book is the author's memoirs of his time in service during the Vietnam War as part of a US Army Special Forces team based in Tra Bong. Don't expect daring-do accounts of combat with massive enemy forces, last ditch stands in the Firebase, etc. Nope, this book is about life and surviving in Vietnam, digging trenches, burning the shit, working with local forces, picking off leeches, killing rats, searching for lost and dead teammates and the every day grind of an unrelenting war. This is an excellent story and I found it hard to put the book down, it’s written well and is laced with humour and sadness and I think if you really want to know what these men went through then this would be the book to read.
(see review)

75. The Bonfire  The Siege and Burning of Atlanta by Marc Wortman by Marc Wortman
Finish date: 11 September 2011
Rating: C
A decent history of the siege and subsequent burning of Atlanta during the American Civil War. The historian takes us back to the beginnings and history of the city and takes the time to introduce us to the main players in this drama. Overall a good easy to read story with numerous first-hand accounts although I would have liked to have read more detail in the accounts of the battles fought between the opposing forces during this period.

76. What It is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes by Karl Marlantes
Finish date: 12 September 2011
Rating: C
An interesting and personal perspective on what it takes to go to war and the human cost involved for those doing the fighting. The author speaks about his experiences in Vietnam and tries to convey the serious issues a country faces when it sends its young men off to war and the responsibilities that nation should have in bring these men and women back into society with as little harm as possible.

77. Forgotten Valor  The Memoirs, Journals and Civil War Letters of Orlando B.Wilcox (History Book Club Selection) by Orlando Willcox, Robert Garth Scott by Orlando Willcox
Finish date: 28 September 2011
Rating: B+
An excellent book covering the Army career of Orlando B.Wilcox, from graduation at West Point, through the final stages of the Mexican War, the Third Seminole War, the Civil War and then back on the plains with the American Indians. This officer was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1895 for "most distinguished gallantry" during the battle of Bull Run. The author has done a great job in bringing alive this forgotten American general with the use of his journals, memoirs and letters. A great read and highly recommended for those who enjoy first-hand accounts of the Civil War.

78. The Annals of Imperial Rome by Tacitus by TacitusTacitus
Finish date: 22 September 2011
Rating: B
An excellent historical account written by Tacitus who was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire (AD 56 – AD 117). This book covers the Roman Empire from the reign of Tiberius beginning in 14 A.D. to the reign of Nero ending in 66 A.D. Overall a well told story, lots of great accounts of sieges and battles by Roman Legions and lots of the politics in Rome although at times it gets a bit repetitive during Nero's reign of all the enforced suicides and murders but that's what happened I suppose. The only down side to this translation (Michael Grant) is the use of modern military terminology rather than Legion, Cohorts, and Centurion, etc.

79. Road of 10,000 Pains  The Destruction of the 2nd NVA Division by the U.S. Marines, 1967 by Otto J. Lehrack by Otto J. Lehrack
Finish date: 2 October 2011
Rating: A
I've finished reading "Road of 10,000 Pains" and found it an excellent account or rather a well put together book of a number of the Marine's experiences during their battle with the 2nd NVA Division during a series of operations in Que Son Valley in 1967.
I found some great stories in the book and the final chapter; 'Parting Shots' really made me think about these young men who fought and died in Vietnam. Another section of the book that has to be read is the Appendix; 'Awards For The Que Son Valley Campaign'.
Not only did President Lyndon Johnson award a Presidential Unit Citation to the 5th Marines but also awarded 6 Medal of Honor, 21 Navy Crosses, 75 Silver Stars and 12 Bronze Stars.


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80. The Last Escape  The Untold Story of Allied Prisoners of War in Europe 1944-45 by Tony Rennell by Tony Rennell
Finish date: 8 October 2011
Rating: B+
A very good account of a forgotten part of the Second World War; Allied POW's caught in the final months of the Third Reich. The author's of this book have provide the reader with a detailed and moving account of what happened to the many thousands of Allied POW's caught in the final struggle for Nazi Germany towards the end of WW2.

81. Rough Notes of Seven Campaigns in Portugal, Spain, France and America During the Years 1809-1815 (Spellmount Library of Military History) by John Spencer Cooper by John Spencer Cooper
Finish date: 9 October 2011
Rating: C+
A short (150 pages) first-hand account written by a Sergeant of the 7th Royal Fusiliers who served and fought in most of the famous battles and sieges of the Peninsular Campaign during the Napoleonic Wars and who later shipped to America to fight in the battle of New Orleans in 1815. An easy to read and quick book offering an insight into the daily life of a British soldier during the war against the French.

82. The Lost King of France  A True Story of Revolution, Revenge, and DNA by Deborah Cadbury by Deborah Cadbury
Finish date: 11 October 2011
Rating: B+
This book provides the reader with a well-told story of the son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, the French Revolution and the use of DNA to solve a 200-year mystery. I found it to be a moving account and a well told piece of history which was very enjoyable to read and I couldn't wait to get to the end to find out did the DNA confirm or prove wrong the story in the book of the tragic end of a little boy caught up in the Terror.

83. Paris  The Secret History by Andrew Hussey by Andrew Hussey
Finish date: 21 October 2011
Rating: B
An engaging and at times humorous and dark look at the secret history of Paris, the history of this city as seen by the poor, the disposed, the criminals, the prostitutes, poets, artists and the rebels throughout this cities history. It’s a fun romp through history and the city, travelling to places and areas known and unknown and learning some interesting aspects of the history behind those places and people. This book may not be for everyone’s taste and the research may not be as thorough and as detailed as some would like but overall it was a decent and enjoyable account of a city that I love to visit and I felt I learnt a few things on the way.

84. Banners of the King  The War of the Vendée, 1793-4 by Michael Ross by Michael Ross
Finish date: 15 October 2011
Rating: C+
Decent account of little known uprising that occurred between 1793-1794 during the French Revolution known as the War of the Vendée. Basically a revolt by peasants in the rural areas of France when the revolutionary committees attacked the Catholic Church and instigated the levee en mass to recruit men for the French armies fighting against other European powers. The book was a little dry at times and needed more maps but only one of very few modern accounts available on this subject.

85. Disaster at Moscow   Von Bock's Campaigns, 1941-1942 by Alfred W. Turney by Alfred W. Turney
Finish date: 16 October 2011
Rating: C+
Short but reasonable account of the life of Field Marshal Von Bock and his role in the German assault on Moscow in late 1941 as commander of Army Group Centre. After Operation 'Typhoon' was halted at the gates of Moscow and then pushed back by Zhukov's counter-offensive Von Bock was placed on sick leave and later given command of Army Group South for Operation 'Blue', he was later relieved of his command and was killed in 1945. Von Bock was a stiff military officer in the Prussian mould but believed in the Army and Germany. Overall this book offers an interesting insight into Von Bock and what happened to him. The book isn't very detailed, has a few mistakes that should have been picked up by the editor and limited maps however is one of few books in English on this German officer.

86. LIONS OF CARENTAN, THE  Fallschirmjager Regiment 6, 1943-1945 by Volker Griesser by Volker Griesser
Finish date: 18 October 2011
Rating: B+
A very good account of the combat operations of the 6th Fallschirmjager Regiment, from its activation in 1943 to its surrender in 1945. We follow these ‘Green Devils’ from their first operation in Rome when Italy tried to surrender in 1943, then into the hard and heavy fighting in Russia back across to Europe to participate in the German efforts to repeal the Allied invasion in Normandy and then into Holland, the Eifel Region and then the Ardennes. The book has some excellent, never seen-before photographs of these German paratroopers in action and lots of them. The one failing of this book, or I should say the publishers failing, is a substandard effort in editing. I came across numerous typos, spelling mistakes and badly translated sentences which spoilt the overall affect of this book and tarnished the great effort the author took to make this an exceptional book on these Fallschirmjager's. Overall a great book and well worth the time to read and should be in every serious military library and I hope that the publishers take the time to edit the book in its next printing run and fix these very basic errors.

87. MOST UNFAVOURABLE GROUND  The Battle of Loos, 1915 by Niall Cherry by Niall Cherry
Finish date: 24 October 2011
Rating: C+
Detailed and well-researched account of the battle for Loos in 1915. The author has a passion for the subject and has provided a very detailed account of the BEF at Loos, but at times the book can drag with the weight of detail. The author has utilised numerous first-hand accounts, diaries, letters and combat/operational reports and orders to give the reader an idea of the horrendous losses suffered by British units during this terrible battle.

88. Attack State Red by Richard Kemp by Richard Kemp
Finish date: 23 October 2011
Rating: B+
A fast paced account of the operations, battles and skirmishers fought by the officers and men of the Royal Anglian Regiment in Helmand's Sangin Valley in Afghanistan during 2007. This is a great book, with great accounts of pitched battles in Afghan compounds, towns and countryside but at no time do we lose sight of how these operations affect the young soldiers doing the fighting, and dying. This is a very moving account of these men’s everyday bravery.

89. Thunder Across the Swamp  The Fight for the Lower Mississippi, February-May 1863 by Donald S. Frazier by Donald S. Frazier
Finish date: 28 October 2011
Rating: C+
A decent account of the campaign for the lower Mississippi during the early months of 1863 with the Union Army under Major General Nathaniel Banks contesting the waterways and bayous with Confederate forces under the command of Major General Richard Taylor. The book is full of drawings, illustrations and maps and was an easy to read account of this interesting Civil War campaign. This is the second volume in a planned Louisiana Quadrille series.
(see review)

90. The Battle of the Tanks by Lloyd Clark by Lloyd Clark
Finish date: 31 October 2011
Rating: B+
A well told and presented account of the climatic battle of WW2; Kursk that occurred in July 1943. The author has produced a well researched and easy to read account of the massive clash between German and Russian forces at Kursk during Operation Zitadelle.
(see review)


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91. Death in the City of Light  The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris by David King by David King
Finish date: 3 November 2011
Rating: B
An easy to read an interesting account of a French serial killer stalking Paris during the Second World War. Lots of interesting details about the killer’s background, wartime Paris with its gangsters, Resistance fighters and collaborators along with the situation between the French Police and the German occupation forces. We read how Police discover the killing ground with body parts of other evidence scattered around, follow the hunt for the killer, his capture and subsequent court case. Overall a very decent account and not too taxing on the brain.

92. Napoleon at Work by Colonel Vachee by Colonel Vachee
Finish date: 5 November 2011
Rating: B+
A surprisingly good and enjoyable account of how Napoleon waged war via his headquarters and staff. First published and translated in 1914, at the start of the Great War, the author allows us to follow Napoleon through his methods of conducting a battle, using the 1806 Jena campaign as an example with the occasional reference to the 1870 Franco-Prussian War. Using many first-hand accounts from contemporary memoirs and reports the author shows how Napoleon used his inspired leadership to achieve victory in war.
(see review)

93. SACRIFICE ON THE STEPPE  The Italian Alpine Corps in the Stalingrad Campaign, 1942-1943 by Hope Hamilton by Hope Hamilton
Finish date: 9 November 2011
Rating: C
This book follows the deployment and subsequent actions of the Italian Alpine Corps on the Eastern Front in 1943. Sent by Mussolini as part of the Italian contingent to assist his German ally the Italian Alpine Corps was placed on the Don River along the Stalingrad Front and was caught up in the massive Soviet offensive to surround the German 6th Army in Stalingrad. We follow the fighting retreat of the Alpine troops until they reach the new German lines. Due to heavy losses the Alpine troops are sent back to Italy, the book then covers the fate of the Italian POW’s in Russian hands. The book does not go into great detail about the military actions of the Corps, which is what I wanted to read, it offers a general account of this unit with numerous first-hand accounts with a third of the book covering the issue of POW’s. If you are looking for a combat account of the Italian Alpine Corps in Russia then this book may not satisfy your cravings and you will need to look elsewhere.
(see review)

94. The Penguin Book of Australian War Writing by Mark Dapin by Mark Dapin
Finish date: 10 November 2011
Rating: B+
An engaging and very enjoyable book of short stories covering Australian war writing since First Settlement in 1790, frontier wars in Australia and New Zealand through to the Sudan, Boxer Rebellion, Boer War, and then through the two World Wars and the post 1945 conflicts including Afghanistan (2010). Stories taken from well-known and un-known Australians serving on land, air and sea. At times funny, sad, uplifting and horrific, it is sure to make the reader appreciate what our fighting men and women endured during times of conflict.

95. The Battle of Adwa  African Victory in the Age of Empire by Raymond Jonas by Raymond Jonas
Finish date: 12 November 2011
Rating: B+
An excellent account of the Ethiopian victory by native forces under the command of Emperor Menelik over the Italian forces at Adwa in 1896. The author provides lots of interesting details on how the Italians came to be in Ethiopia and how natives forces managed to defeat a modern European army on the field of combat. For the first time in Africa's history a native force had won a war against an occupying European country. At times the author diverges from his narrative with little forays into interesting bits of history but he always brings back onto the track of Adwa. Overall a very engaging read and well worth the effort for anyone interested in military history or the history of this part of the world.
(see review)


96. Carthage Must be Destroyed  The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization by Richard Miles by Richard Miles
Finish date: 16 November 2011
Rating: B
I've just finished the book, 373 pages of narrative, the rest is notes. It took a little while to get into as the author took the time to set Carthage's place in history and how it developed in the Mediterranean and the relationship of some of its gods and deities. Once we started into the various conflicts on Sicily and with Rome it moved along quite OK. I think the author’s main objective was to show how the victor’s subsequently re-wrote history to portray Carthage as an evil empire that had to be destroyed. Overall it was an interesting historical account of Carthage and its place in ancient history. If you prefer a military account of the Punic Wars then I would recommend Adrian Goldsworthy’s book.
The Punic Wars by Adrian Goldsworthy by Adrian Goldsworthy

97. American Warrior  A Combat Memoir of Vietnam by John C. "Doc" Bahnsen Jr. by John C. "Doc" Bahnsen Jr.
Finish date: 18 November 2011
Rating: C
An interesting memoir of one man's war In Vietnam. John C. "Doc" Bahnsen Jr. completed two tours of Vietnam, one in aviation (helicopters) and one in an armoured unit. Doc liked to lead from the front and was considered one of the most aggressive combat leaders on the ground and in the air. Overall a decent account, the book structure takes a little bit of time to get use to but once you are into the story if flows along quite well and very quickly.

98. 1812  The Navy's War by George C. Daughan by George C. Daughan
Finish date: 26 November 2011
Rating: B+
1812: The Navy’s War is a well written account of America’s war with Britain from 1812 till 1815. The author has attempted to show the role of the fledgling US navy and how it was a determining factor on the conduct of the war and the subsequent peace signed at Ghent in 1814.
(see review)

99. Warriors (An Infantryman's Memoir of Vietnam, The Bravest Men in the Bloodiest Year of the War) by Robert Tonsetic by Robert Tonsetic
Finish date: 27 November 2011
Rating: C+
A short narrative account of one man's war in Vietnam. The author was posted to Vietnam during 1968 and took command of Charlie Company, 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry and participated in some of the hard-fough actions during the Tet Offensive and the May Offensives. A good insight into what American infantrymen - 'Grunts' - dealt with during their combat tours, well worth the time to read.

100. Roberts Ridge  A Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan by Malcolm MacPherson by Malcolm MacPherson
Finish date: 2 December 2011
Rating: C+
Short but gripping account of a Special Forces mission to secure the top of a mountain in Afghanistan (Takur Ghar) in 2006 that went wrong and led to a seventeen hour long engagement with enemy forces and the deaths of seven American serviceman. The book is fast paced and gives you the chance to know the men involved and the circumstances of their deaths, well worth reading.


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101. Van Gogh  The Life by Steven Naifeh by Steven Naifeh
Finish date: 8 Jan. 2012
Rating: A
Comprehensive and interesting biography of one of the worlds greatest artists; Vincent van Gogh.


102. Thunder Run  The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad by David Zucchino by David Zucchino
Finish date: 9 December 2011
Rating: C+
Well told account of the 'Thunder Run' conducted into Baghdad by the Spartan Brigade of the Third Infantry Division at the start of the American offensive against Iraq. The book includes stories from the tankers and grunts up to the commanding officers and some Iraqi combatants and civilians and provides the reader with non-stop action as the Americans battle their way into downtown Baghdad.

103. Conquered into Liberty  Two Centuries of Battles along the Great Warpath that Made the American Way of War by Eliot A. Cohen by Eliot A. Cohen
Finish date: 19 December 2011
Rating: C
A decent history of the wars and battles along the Canadian-American border; 'The Great Warpath' from 1690 to 1871. The author provides snapshots of the famous and many well-known battles as well as some of the lesser well-known fights that occurred in this region during this period. Overall an interesting read and recommended for anyone who may not have read much on this period or area but offering nothing new for those who have studied this subject previously.
(see review)

104. To the Limit  An Air Cav Huey Pilot in Vietnam by Tom A. Johnson by Tom A. Johnson
Finish date: 21 December 2011
Rating: B+
This is a well-told first-hand account of the experiences of a young helicopter pilot flying a Huey during the Vietnam War between 1967-68. The author flew with the 1st Cav and his stories are humorous, sad and full of action. For those who love great aviation accounts or stories of the Vietnam War, they should find this book a treat.

105. The Slaves Who Defeated Napoleon  Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian War of Independence, 1801-1804 (Atlantic Crossings) by Philippe R. Girard by Philippe R. Girard
Finish date: 28 December 2011
Rating: B
This book offers the reader a well researched and a well told story of the French campaign on Haiti during the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon lost more officers and men to yellow fever during this campaign than enemy action.

106. To End All Wars  How the First World War Divided Britain by Adam Hochschild by Adam Hochschild
Finish date: 31 December 2011
Rating: B+
Excellent historical account of the Great War.


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