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Shelldrake
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Number of posts : 3002
Localisation : Camberley
Cap Badge : Royal Artillery
Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   16/5/2012, 16:02

jim wrote:
My God shelldrake, what on earth are you doing up at 0530 hrs?




It was 0730hrs where I am, Jim. Have a look at my location. Laughing
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Number of posts : 3002
Localisation : Camberley
Cap Badge : Royal Artillery
Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   16/5/2012, 16:04

Gordon. wrote:
Googling Max Hastings..... Laughing


That was all a long time ago, Gordon - no need to bring it up again!! Embarassed Embarassed
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Places Served : Arborfield, Bordon, Osnabrück, Paderborn and once again Paderborn.
Registration date : 2011-06-14

PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   29/5/2012, 08:20

try Amazon, might get a better bargain there.
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PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   29/5/2012, 08:25

Just about to order this one.I`m told it`s very good

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Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   29/5/2012, 08:40

I have almost completed my memoirs, working title is "I was Barnes Wallis' Batman". Suspect
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PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   29/5/2012, 09:41

Put me down for a freebie pse..Or would you like me to write the foreword? study
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PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   29/5/2012, 16:34

Will do Gordon, I've got another Ex Gunner to write the foreward - Douglas Bader.
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PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   29/5/2012, 17:06

You would be better off with his dug.he had forelegs Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   29/5/2012, 18:19

Good thinking Gordon, remind me of his dogs name again? Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   29/5/2012, 18:46

His dog was called Nigger,which was quite acceptable in bygone days.Still is acceptable as a name (by some) but not as a description...
Now how do i get out of this mine field???? lol!
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Localisation : Worksop, Notts
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Places Served : Fallingbostal, NI, Hohne, Fallingbostal, again.
Registration date : 2012-03-30

PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   29/5/2012, 19:51

Walk around with your hands over your ears, whilst stamping both feet in a forward direction.

I`m sure you will leave the mine field one way or another.
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PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   29/5/2012, 21:01

Very helpful Mal.That`s just what i`ll do.. bom
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Number of posts : 784
Age : 87
Localisation : s. yorks
Cap Badge : RA (ns) RA, R.Sigs, RE ( TAVR)
Places Served : Oswestry, Tonfanau, Woolwich, Osnabruck, MT School Bordon, Bulford, Manorbier, Hameln, R.Sigs Blandford, RSME Chattenden, Western Highlands.
Registration date : 2011-04-26

PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   29/5/2012, 21:55

brum wrote:

I found a book by Max Hastings called "All Hell Let Loose".

Max covers the whole of WW2 in one volume, it would take a writer of his stature to manage that !

He don't mess about, Max, he just tells it like it was. It looks like being a good book !


Ref. my PM Cartav/ Brum........ And info. on previous MH book, "Armageddon"
I'm part way through......... He might just be telling WW2 D-Day to Berlin as it was but, up to halfway through, he's praised the Yanks and believes the Brits were a pretty incompetent lot. Even the paras as a unit, and not just the top brass at Arnhem, come in for some stick. And if we'd lost, a fair number of our lot could have been tried at something like the equivalent as Nuremburg for battlefield atrocities, and the RAF Typhoon pilots didn't think it too much wrong to shoot up civilian refugee columns. The Wehrmacht comes out of it pretty well though. Just about the best army in the world apparently. On the plus side, the Krauts thought our Gunners were good at their trade!

Is that how it was ? Maybe, but that's a hell of a lot different from anything I've been conditioned to believe.
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Registration date : 2012-03-30

PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   30/5/2012, 16:04

Don`t forget, history is written by the victors, so one side of the story is pretty much over looked or ignored.
I`m sure both sides did things they shouldn`t have, but there was a war on, it changes things.
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PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   30/5/2012, 16:55

I have just finished "Tenko (TheTrue Story)" I knew the Nipponese were bad little barstewards but this book was a real eye opener...
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Number of posts : 3002
Localisation : Camberley
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Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   13/10/2017, 14:21

Me and Thirteen Tanks: Tales of a Freelance Coldwar Spy. By Peter McDonagh, he of BFBS fame, highly recommended and available from Amazon.
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Number of posts : 784
Age : 87
Localisation : s. yorks
Cap Badge : RA (ns) RA, R.Sigs, RE ( TAVR)
Places Served : Oswestry, Tonfanau, Woolwich, Osnabruck, MT School Bordon, Bulford, Manorbier, Hameln, R.Sigs Blandford, RSME Chattenden, Western Highlands.
Registration date : 2011-04-26

PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   20/10/2017, 18:07

OK, I'm still here you lot.... One or two have climbed the promotion ladder since my last intelligent contribution......Subject of books, though. I seem to recall a project was in hand to put together something as a record of BAOR.......must be a year or two back since I sent off one or two pics which seemed to be worthy of inclusion in any erudite tome....... Did it ever go to print, or was it scorned by publishers ?

Yes, you at the back ! Wake up !!! There was life in Germany before berets are shrunken to a fascinator style, no two alike, & cap badges are displayed above left ear 'oles/.. And that multi terrain stuff looks like a house painter's overalls on which he wiped his brush. HRUMPH !
Bring back uniformity, red tunics, brass buttons & pipe clayed webbingn !
And why have Tescos stopped selling bratwurst ?
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Number of posts : 3002
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Places Served : Troon, Lippstadt, Devizes, NI, Paderborn, Dortmund, Colchester, Belize, Canada, Cyprus, Gutersloh
Registration date : 2010-10-26

PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   21/10/2017, 12:56

Steady on, before we know it Ginger Jim will be on here bemoaning the demise of 37 pattern webbing and ammunition boots! Suspect Suspect Suspect
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PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   27/10/2017, 19:22

>>Cartav wrote :  I seem to recall a project was in hand to put together something
as a record of BAOR.......must be a year or two back since I sent off one or two
pics which seemed to be worthy of inclusion in any erudite tome....... Did it ever
go to print, or was it scorned by publishers ? <<

HQ BAOR and the White House still existed then - the tasked civil servant went when the org dissolved.

Since then two plans -
1)  somewhere in Normandy Barracks Sennelager is a "Legacy Historian" reputedly (or allegedly) a former SLO who had been responsible for the closure of Haig Barracks Hohne, and tasked to gather the remnants of knowledge (I shall enquire for his details)
2)  Paderborn Stadt have designs on the real-estate about to be released, AND have delved in to the History of the British in Westfalen to produce an Exhibition (Ausstellung) in the Am Abdinghof Council Buildings in the town (from memory the parking there is iffy at best), recording the impacts and interactions between the  population and the military:

Link here:  https://www.paderborner-konversion.de/briten-westfalen/ausstellung

anyone considering devlopping a project / purchase of  barracks:

https://www.paderborner-konversion.de/standorte
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PostSubject: Re: Books by ex Squaddies   30/10/2017, 23:41

and

There is more:

Legacy Officer is Hugh Pierson
While stories and photographs are welcome to be sent electronically, submissions and memorabilia can also be sent through the post to:

Legacy and Projects Officer, HQ BFG, Catterick Barracks, BFPO 40.

Contacts/Links:

http://www.sixth-sense.de/dont-throw-it-show-it/

To submit your stories visit: www.bfgnet.de/legacy-project or visit the BFGnet Facebook page.
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