Books

Pen and Sword_Images of War_Book Review

Pen and Sword_Images of War_Book Review

I enjoy going to rummage sales, antique stores and second-hand book stores in the hopes of finding that rare jewel of a book that fits my interests and is a bargain. Such was the case a week ago on a trip to Half-Price Books when I turned in three boxes of books for the princely […]

Victory at Yorktown_Book Review

Victory at Yorktown The Campaign That Won The Revolution By Richard M. Ketchum October 19th, 1781-a British Army under Major General Lord Cornwallis marched out of their entrenchments at Yorktown Virginia and surrendered to General George Washington commanding the American forces and to Lieutenant General de Rochambeau commanding the French. The Revolutionary War would go […]

Yank Magazine_Mar.3_1944

As time allows I will read and comment on the articles I find in the stash of Yank Magazines that I bought at an antique mall. This is the first. Note that the pictures in the post are not necessarily from Yank. Yank Magazine March 3rd, 1944, No Edition listed, Cover photo A Nurse Digs […]

Flying Under Two Flags-An Ex-RAF Pilot in Israel’s War of Independence_book review

I had been aware that Israel had a few ME-109G’s in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948-49 but I had no idea how they got there. In a FB chat a friend tuned me into Mr. Levett’s book and lent it to me. From the first page to the last the book was interesting which […]

The First Warplanes by William E. Barrett

Frank Luke of Arizona was the most spectacular and controversial figure in the U.S.A.S. He was assigned to the 27th Aero Squadron on July 26, 1918. He had the reputation as a superb pilot in the schools and in the ferrying service to which he was first assigned, but he had a long A.W.O.L. record. […]

Empire of the Summer Moon

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C. Gwynne My rating: 5 of 5 stars About a month ago I watched the prequel to the Lonesome Dove series-Comanche Moon. I would rate the three-part series 3 out of […]

The Massacre at Nemmorsdorf

General William Tecumseh Sherman remarked that “war is hell” as his Army marched through a crumbling Confederacy in his famous March  to the Sea. Certainly the Southerners in the path of Sherman’s Army would have agreed as they saw their lives turned upside down and in some cases lost to Sherman’s “bummers” as his western […]

The First World War in the East

I’ve read little about World War One and the little I’ve read has been around American involvement that began in April, 1917 when America entered the war on the side of France, Britain and the Commonwealth countries. But the fact is the war had been going on since August, 1914 and all sides, Allied powers […]

The “2nd German” 26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The 2000 census shows that 53% of Wisconsin’s population claims some German ancestry. During the Civil War a number of regiments consisted primarily of soldiers of one nationality. The best example is probably the Irish Brigade consisting of New England Regiments. Because of the huge number of immigrants from German areas of Europe whole regiments […]

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