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It’s been awhile since I did a book review. Here are 3 that I recommend.
First up is “Running Recon” by Frank Greco.
If you have read any of Major John Plaster’s books on MACV-SOG, this one is a great addition to those. Frank Greco did a tour with SOG and ran the photo lab for a while. This book is filled with photos. Some have been used in other books about SOG but there are quite a few never before seen photos also. It has some very good descriptions of patrols and types of weapons and gear used.
Next up is “Betrayal at Little Gibraltar” by William Walker.
This a book about the AEF during WW1. It covers the assault on Montfaucon during the Meuse-Argonne campaign and the jealousy, treachery and allowed insubordination by general officers that lead to the unnecessary deaths of American doughboys.
It will make you look at Black Jack Pershing and other general officers from WW1 that have been turned into heroes in a different light.
Last is “Somme-Into the Breach” by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore.
Quite a lot has been written about this battle. This book uses sources that have not been used before. Personal diaries, letters and unit diaries form British, Australian, New Zealand and German soldiers that took part in the battle.
The British took 57,000 casualties on the first day. The battle went on for months. It is the pure definition of insanity. Doing the same thing over and aver again and expecting a different result.
My personal view, Haig, Rawlinson, Gough and Robertson should have all been relieved in disgrace for the utter disaster that was the Somme.
The same can be said for several of the AEF general officers also as referenced in the book listed before this one.
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