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Just finished Days of Infamy which takes a fictional look at a different possibility for Pearl Harbor (i.e. Japan goes after US carriers at sea after the real strike). I really enjoyed the book and really didn't expect to!

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Just finished Days of Infamy which takes a fictional look at a different possibility for Pearl Harbor (i.e. Japan goes after US carriers at sea after the real strike). I really enjoyed the book and really didn't expect to!

Searching about 1950s planes performances, casually I've finded today this curious site:

http://www.alternatewars.com/

including: http://www.alternatewars.com/AltHistory_Listing.htm

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Reading Cat's Cradle which before I started, had no idea that the creation of the atom bomb was a key plot anchor of the book. I'm enjoying the critical look at stereotypes, forms of government, and variety of characters explored in the story.

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Wow, sounds interesting Brad. Would like to hear what you think about it once complete.

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Duel For The Golan: The 100-Hour Battle That Saved Israel by Jerry Asher with Eric Hammel. Just picked up from inter-library loan. Dovetails nicely, providing some commentary, with my current wargame (VG) Flashpoint: Golan.

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Re-reading Combat, a compilation of 10 mil-fi short novels; left-over 4th of July reading but can't put it back down. Just finished Larry Bond's LEO thriller including Rods from God for Brains.

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Duel For The Golan: The 100-Hour Battle That Saved Israel by Jerry Asher with Eric Hammel. Just picked up from inter-library loan. Dovetails nicely, providing some commentary, with my current wargame (VG) Flashpoint: Golan.

 

Outstanding book and a quick read. More detail of the Israeli participants and actions, perhaps due to Jerry Asher apparently being an Israeli, although Syrian's at the divisional and sometime specific brigade level are identified and described. As I mentioned, it related to my current wargaming Flashpoint: Golan, and I even dug out my copy of Avalon Hill's IDF (sister to MBT) for some tactical approach vs the more operations FP: Golan.

 

All in All, Good Stuff. I look to pick up a good operational overview of 1967's Six Day War. Any recommendations?

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While not history per se, reading Dragon Strike - A Novel of the Coming War with China by Humphrey Hawksley and Simon Holberton. About 180 pages in so far and mostly a political thriller with dashes of miltary action. China is about to come to blows with USN, diesel subs ordered to attack a USN Amphibious Ready Group centered on USS Peleliu whic is entering the South China Sea to conduct on Non-Combatant Evacuation. Japan is deliberating to take unerlateral action against China due to their unprovoked attack on Vietnam and the seizure of both the Parcel and Sprately Islands.

 

Interesting enough.

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...China is about to come to blows with USN, diesel subs ordered to attack a USN Amphibious Ready Group centered on USS Peleliu whic is entering the South China Sea to conduct on Non-Combatant Evacuation.

 

Rhetorically...what do contemporary writers have against Tarawa Class LHA's? I was embarked aboard LHA-2 USS Saipan and truely enjoyed my stay. <_< . I had read RSR before I went the summer before I deployed and had no idea that I would ever be assigned to Saipan. Clancy had it struck by ASM's an it quickly sank with a enormous loss of life. Now LHA-5 USS Peleliu... :( Dang Fiction!

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Rhetorically...what do contemporary writers have against Tarawa Class LHA's? I was embarked aboard LHA-2 USS Saipan and truely enjoyed my stay. <_< . I had read RSR before I went the summer before I deployed and had no idea that I would ever be assigned to Saipan. Clancy had it struck by ASM's an it quickly sank with a enormous loss of life. Now LHA-5 USS Peleliu... :( Dang Fiction!

 

Well, it's a capital unit that you can kill off for large emotional impact without hurting the carrier, which is usually the asset that winds up saving the day for the good guys. :P

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Well, it's a capital unit that you can kill off for large emotional impact without hurting the carrier, which is usually the asset that winds up saving the day for the good guys. :P

 

I'd say that sums it up quite well. Sorry Pete. :(

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Well, it's a capital unit that you can kill off for large emotional impact without hurting the carrier, which is usually the asset that winds up saving the day for the good guys. :P

 

I'd say that sums it up quite well. Sorry Pete. :(

 

I agree, it was just a rhetorical question whereas I read two separate books and find the same class of ship, one dear to my heart, take it on the chin in each book. It wasn't like neither was escorted, just both sunk for effect.

 

OBTW, in the book, the British, French, Japanese and Americans team up with the Vietnamese and South Koreans to take on PRC and its new found vassal states.

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