Friday, March 12, 2010

Reading In Progress

I've recently been reading a good bit more than I had in quite a while, and have finished a few books and have a couple in progress.

Panzer Commander by Hans von Luck - autobiographical memoir of a man who served under Rommel in France, Africa, and France again. He also served on the Eastern Front and finished up the war near Berlin. Covers his postwar experiences in a Russian prison camp and later in postwar Germany as well.

Is Paris Burning by Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierre - A fairly extensive book with many firsthand accounts, centered around the liberation of Paris in WW2.

Piercing the Darkness by Brock and Bodie Thoene - A fictional novel by two of my favorite authors. This one would likely be classified as a thriller. Many of their other novels are historical fiction, such as Twilight of Courage (of which I frequently re-read various sections).

In Progress
With Rommel in the Desert by H.W. Schmidt - another autobiographical Afrika Korps memoir. The author served in various positions under Rommel, from combat commands to a time as Rommel's personal assistant.

Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone - a novel focused on the Italian resistance fighters in WW2.

Alamo in the Ardennes by John C. McManus - As might be guessed from the title, this one is focused on the Battle of the Bulge, with a concentration on telling many small personal experiences from various participants.


Bluebear Jeff said...

You do need to post more than once a year.

Welcome back.

-- Jeff

Adelaide Gamer said...

You might find 'Infantry Attacks' interesting if you like the Rommel stuff. Written by the man himself in the twenties as an instructional book, recounting many of his daring WWI battles as a reconnaissance unit commander on the eastern front.

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Snickering Corpses said...

Thank you, John. I've finished all the books on the reading list there, though Bread and Wine I only skimmed as it turned out to be not what I thought it was. I don't recommend it; it's a depressing communist pre-war martyr tale rather than a WW2 resistance tale.

With Rommel and Alamo in the Ardennes proved much more interesting. I'm currently reading Infantry Attacks, which Adelaid Gamer reminded me to check out!