22 Jul

Why the Tank Isn’t Going Away

Banner: Movie clickThe tank is dead, long live the tank!

Well, not quite. The tank, a big, protected, fast vehicle with a big gun, isn’t going away anytime soon, no matter how many missiles, mines and other anti-tank weapons are developed.

Not because it’s indestructible, but because its so damned good at what it does. Take a look at The Chieftan’s analysis:

23 Mar

Book Rec: With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Iwo Jima (WW2 Memoir)

With the Old Breed book coverTLDR: The ultimate war memoir, very real, very historical, very visceral. If you’re disturbed by the image of throwing yourself down into maggot-infested corpses to save yourself from enemy artillery, this is not for you.

Eugene B Sledge, fresh recruit with the 5th Marines. That’s the 1st Marine Divisions, 5th Marine Regiment, 3rd Battalion. He’s the Sledgehammer, not because his big, or strong, or dangerous, but because his name is Sledge and they are gung-ho marines. Ergo, Sledgehammer.

Sledghammer’s first-person memoir is one of the best depictions of infantry warfare in WWII. That’s not my opinion, that’s the consensus of the war-journalist, WWII historian crowd. In my opinion, With the Old Breed is the best war memoir ever, period. It’s one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read (the other one being Educated by Tara Westover). It’s one of the most engrossing. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t stop reading. Read More

23 Feb

Book Rec: The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (historical adventure)

When I was a kid, I loved Sherlock Holmes. I had no idea that Conan Doyle wrote anything else.

Well, he did. A lot of anything else, some of which is as good, or better than Sherlock Holmes.

The Brigadier Gerard stores are one of those things. Set in the Napoleonic era, that is already historical by the time Conan Doyle wrote them, they focus on the eponymous French soldier’s exploits, starting with him being a junior captain, and ending with… well you’ll have to read for yourself. Read More