A German Soldier’s Memoir of the Eastern Front

Anyone who likes history, and in particular military history, knows there is a seemingly inifinite supply of books on WWII. Mostly written by worthy academic types, these often huge tomes strive to analyse, understand and ultimately explain something which is, as time goes by, increasingly inexplicable. This book, however, is different. ‘In Deadly Combat’ is a memoir of a German Officer who spent most of the War on the Eastern Front. And he survived.

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Alternate History – so much better than the real thing

For those of you out there bored with real history there is a solution – try alternate history. Basically alternate history takes a (usually well known) point in time and then rewrites what happened from then on. Its much more fun than the real thing.

For example, its well documented that the US ‘rescued’ German scientists at the end of WWII (Operation Paperclip), who were working on Nazi vengence weapons. These scientists, most famously Wernher von Braun, went on to build the backbone of the American space programme. But…what if the British had got there first?!

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Tintin – the end?

Tintin is shortly to hit the big screen. The reporter has, over the course of twenty-three adventures, taken us from the Soviet Union to South America, and over a period of five decades tackled everything from dictators to drug-runners, wars to aliens.

However some might feel short changed. His last adventure came to an ubrupt halt when his creator, Herge, died in 1983, leaving our hero in deadly peril in ‘Tintin and Alph-Art’.

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Kindle Update

Reading on the Kindle right now (or just finished):

  1. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (John le Carre). Should have read it before seeing the movie. It’s a lot easier. Although Gary Oldman remains the ‘man’. Can he really be the same guy who played Lee Harvey Oswald 20+ years ago? Continue reading

Everything Flows

In the mid 1960’s a chap called Vasily Grossman died in Moscow at age 58. He was a reporter during World War II and in the post war years wrote a communist response to War and Peace (called Life and Fate) and a lesser known, shorter work called Everything Flows; I doubt I would ever have read this book if it were not for the Kindle.

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