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Tuesday, 28 February 2012


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It's worth pointing out that on the Kindle the maps will not be in colour and may not show the detail of printed maps. It's a weakness of the Kindle and although I'm a Kindle fan, it does have its limitations.
The paperback may be a better buy.

A comment from 'Son of Duff':

For a rip-roaring, yarn-telling, corker of a rendition of the whole Ostfront saga you can't beat Dan Carlin's hardcore history series: -

Ghosts of the Ostfront

He charges now, but 4x $1-99 will be well spent, I assure you.

I enjoy the way Carlin sculpts the shape of his theory of the history under inspection's "form" as he goes, so that the ensuing facts are true to form, giving you a real feel for, and comprehension of, the chronological motion. (I'm not qualified to say if his theories are right or wrong, but, well, it's the way you tell 'em, and he tells 'em well).

He's great at selecting poignant moments from history to reinforce the bigger formula. In the series "Death Throes of the Republic", his description of the Romans' first encounter with the new tribes called the Teutons and Cimbri means I will never look a Jerry in the eye again without thinking of them bollock naked snowboarding down the Alps on their battle shields in front of Rome's freezing centurions prior to battle to spook them, or chaining themselves together so that none could escape if the battle turned against them, and their womenvolk killing their husbands, children and themselves when the battle was lost and their warrior spouses fled past them waiting to the rear in the battle wagon.

As Churchill said, "The further back you look, the further forward you can see".

And in "Ghosts from the Ostfront", the Russian general wandering around the smouldering ruins of Berlin on the day after the Jerries surrendered, who muttered: "And the flame was extinguished from whence it came".

After listening to Carlin, and looking at Europe today, there's just a hint of a whiff of cordite in the air.


Thanks for the tip, AK. I am deliberately putting off buying an e-book system until enough people tell me of all the little snags. Quite apart from the looming pile of proper books still awaiting my attention!

My father told me that he'd always assumed that the Germans he was fighting were merely young men conscripted to serve their country: there was no sense in hating them. Then he saw Belsen and "paradoxically", as he said, if commanded to he would have advanced 10 miles a day and killed every German he met.

Alas, DM, all too human. I, too, visited Belsen back in the '60s. It defied belief. Nobody could talk, there were simply no words. What it was like when your Dad was there is beyond imagination.

But there are tears, David. There are tears.

Paul Rusesabagina, the inspiration for the Oscar nominated film, Hotel Rwanda, is not an ordinary man but an extraordinary one.

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