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3/3/08 3:35 PM
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list any great novels of the infantry in world war two. Love reading that stuff.
3/4/08 10:31 AM
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The Naked and the Dead Slaughterhouse-5
3/4/08 4:35 PM
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zealot66
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mailer and vonnegut ? yeah they were good.
3/10/08 10:12 AM
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Not infantry but Piece of Cake (RAF pilots in early WWII) by Derek Robinson is good. He also wrote a sequel called A Good Clean Fight which is split between RAF pilots in North Africa and an SAS unit operating behind enemy lines in North Africa.
3/10/08 9:34 PM
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the SAS in the desert campaign are almost better than fiction. Those guys were real life legends.
3/11/08 10:09 AM
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It's not infantry, and it's mostly comedic, but "Catch 22" is a WW2 novel and one of the greatest books ever written.
3/18/08 2:02 PM
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the SAS in the desert campaign are almost better than fiction. Those guys were real life legends. --------------------- Yep - the SAS characters in A Good Clean Fight are based on historical characters. The author actually discusses (in all his novels) the historical inspirations for the characters and events. The novel is about an RAF squadron flying P-40's that's trying to do cause as much grief to the Germans as possible - the German and Italian air forces aren't coming up to fight (as they're reserving their strength for a future offensive) so the commander of the squadron has his men take part in deadly strafing attacks on German units hoping this prods the Germans into action. At the same time, an SAS unit is wreaking havoc behind Axis lines. And there's a German unit led by an old German WWI vet trying to track them through the desert. It's a pretty good read but the author's best was Piece of Cake which was based on early WWII.
3/18/08 3:42 PM
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The british certainly took the lead in special operations. And really fostered by churchill's hope to set the coast on fire thru commando raids.
3/21/08 7:18 AM
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With the Old Breed is a fantastic novel of the marines on peleliu. For ww2 fiction....Harry Turtledove.
3/24/08 4:55 PM
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old breed by eugene sledge isnt a novel I dont think. Ive seen him interviewed several times.
3/30/08 3:49 PM
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im readint a thin red line. some of the characters are different in the book. I loved the movie and the book is almost as surreal and bizzare. Really good book.
5/5/08 8:41 PM
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cuharee- i'm not sure of the spelling or who wrote it but it was great
5/9/08 8:29 PM
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Someone(can't remember who), is writing a series of novels about WW2. They will be in a similar vein to the Sharpe series, following one man and his journey from 39 to 45 over a dozen books. Can't remember the author, but it is someone successful. Not everyone will be impressed, but I'm really looking forward to them. Sorry for the lack of info
5/9/08 8:46 PM
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Presumably Curahee was based around the 101st Airborne?
5/17/08 1:43 PM
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 I think curahee by Burgett is non fiction. I guess Pressfield is releasing one about the SAS in north africa. He is good but often his characters are too cliche for me. The tides of war was a pisser.


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