The Red Arrow wrote:
A) Get creative with unbent paperclips, moulded blue-tac and superglue (the blu-tac goes rock hard when coated).
B) They'll come in for the storming of gaddafi's private zoo scenario
C) It's all moot. The Afrika Korps set would own anything set against it 'cos any fule no that WWII Germans are the rootin' tootinest hardest bestest infantrymen ever. It was just weight of numbers that did for them and anyway if I'd been Monty we'd have been in Berlin a few weeks after D-Day 'cos I've read Max's book on what to do 60 years after the event.
I'm reading"Roads to Falaise" by Ken Tout (a tank commander in Normandy) at the moment. He quotes a joke popular amongst American troops in the summer of 1944, "By Christmas the Russians would be in Berlin, the Yanks in Paris and the Brits in Caen".
If only Max had been in charge, they'd have been laughing on the other side of their faces.
I've got to be fair and say that Max's 'Bomber Command' is very well done - required reading for anyone with more than a passing interest. 'Armageddon' is well worth a read, but does suffer from 'what Max would have done' and the old stand-by beloved of self-appointed military experts 'what about those brilliant Germans, eh?' Not that I'm a Montgomery fan by any stretch of the imagination, but hindsight is a marvelous gift. I've yet to give Max's 'The Korean War' a good going over, but from first dippings-in, it seems reminiscent of Stephen Ambrose. Maybe I should reserve judgement.
As an aside, the most infuriating WWII tome I've read recently was Chris Bellamy's 'Absolute War' - in which the author does a tremendous job in conveying the sheer size and scope of the Russian front only to undo much good work by constant and irrelevant comparisons to the Gulf war.
Oh, 'Flamethrower' by Andrew Wilson is an interesting and thought provoking read (He crewed a Churchill Crocodile). You might well have come across that one with your interest.
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