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Nephros

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#1 10 years ago

I need recommendations on a good book that covers the battles in FH2 so far. Last year I read 'An army at Dawn' in preparation for the release of FH2, but that turned out to start too late in the war. By then, Rick Atkinsons next book 'Day of Battle' had come out, so I had to read that. Then I had to read 'A bridge too far' which I had picked up on a whim when I bought the other book. Now that I have finished that I am finally ready to do what I wanted to do in the first place, which was to read a book about the African theater that would give me some perspective for the game.:D This morning I bought 'Rommel's War in Africa' by Wolf Heckmann, because it was the only thing I could find at my half-price books, but I have no idea if it is any good or not.




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#2 10 years ago
Nephros;4199369I need recommendations on a good book that covers the battles in FH2 so far. Last year I read 'An army at Dawn' in preparation for the release of FH2, but that turned out to start too late in the war. By then, Rick Atkinsons next book 'Day of Battle' had come out, so I had to read that. Then I had to read 'A bridge too far' which I had picked up on a whim when I bought the other book. Now that I have finished that I am finally ready to do what I wanted to do in the first place, which was to read a book about the African theater that would give me some perspective for the game.:D This morning I bought 'Rommel's War in Africa' by Wolf Heckmann, because it was the only thing I could find at my half-price books, but I have no idea if it is any good or not.

You really should read Rick Atkinson's "An Army at Dawn." It is an OUTSTANDING work of history and deserves all the accolades it has received (*cough* Pulitzer Prize *cough*). Yeah, it's later in the N African Campaign (after Torch) but it has some great insight to generals like Montgomery, Patton, and others. His section about the Kasserine Pass is worth the price of the book alone. Read it!




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#3 10 years ago

I want a comprehensive history of Africa, similar to Eagle against the sun, a history of pacific war, or like d-day was a comprehensive history of that campaign.




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#4 10 years ago

I just read some of the combat memoirs of Johannes Kummel written by Frank Kurowski, which is quite interesting in North Africa. It was one of 6 of these memoirs in a book I baught not too long ago and it has some awesome stuff in it :Amazon.ca: Panzer Aces II: Battle Stories of German Tank Commanders in World War II: Gateway: Franz Kurowski

It also includes the story of Kurt Knispel for those who don't know he was credited with the most confirmed kills as a gunner and later a commander but was never awarded an Iron Cross for his actions despite numerous recommendation's, great story, great book!




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I'll try to help, but my memories of what books i've read are much worse than my recolection of what was in all of those books... and that isn't exactly something i'm good at :lol:. War in the desert by Richard Collier excelent book covering the whole of the desert war in resonable detail considering the scope. Would probably fit your request the best as it includes all battles that are the basis of all the maps thus far... except the crete map, don't think it is mentioned. If i'm not geting my books crossed, it also detailes the middleastern theater which played an important part in the british situation for a considerable chunk of the war. Kasserine : first blood by Charles Whiting. The introduction of the US army to the desert war. Well written book that will break any high and mighty ideas you may have about how the US waltz into the war and strait into berlin. The Conquest of North Africa 1940-1943 By Alexander G. Clifford Not a bad book, i cant recall it very well but i'm prety sure i've read it... it covers basicaly the same thing as War in the desert so i think i get the two confused... War in the desert is better as best i recal. The Conquest of North Africa 1940-1943 - Google Book Search




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#6 10 years ago

I have panzer aces 2 and it's good if you want to hear all the trivialities while commanding German tanks but I have heard that the author has been known to make a few things up where facts are lacking. I'd assume that they're educated guesses as to what happened during the time frame but guesses nonetheless.




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#7 10 years ago

If you want FH2 theatres I recommend the following: -Crete by Anthony Beevor -Memoirs of Colonel Luck -Rommel papers ofcourse...




Von Mudra

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#8 10 years ago

There's this one book, called "The Desert War" I forget the author, but he was a correspondent in the British Army, the history is from the battles with Italy to Rommel to even fighting Vichy France in the Middle East, great read.

Also those "Panzer Ace Books", that series has a couple books out on the African campaign from the german perspective, and I think even one on Italian tanks.

BTW Braun, he did get the Iron Cross, First and Second class, but he refused to be awarded the Knight's Cross, despite being recommended 4 times.




Braun

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#9 10 years ago

Von Mudra;4200438

BTW Braun, he did get the Iron Cross, First and Second class, but he refused to be awarded the Knight's Cross, despite being recommended 4 times.

Yup I meant the Knight's Cross my bad there.=p




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#10 10 years ago

I would suggest "An Army At Dawn" as well. Just finished reading it and plan on buying his second book in the trilogy that he just released called "Day of Battle", which covers the Italian front.

Dawn is a great book that really provides some insight into the American effort in North Africa. It doesn't really cover the British Eighth at all, at least not until they enter Tunisia and begin wittling down the Axis forces there. But by that time it's around the invasion of Italy.




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