Señor Skinner, one of the trio of brains at Too Fat Lardies
had an initiative at Twitter
to publish his best 12 wargaming Christmas books under the hashtag #12booksofchristmas
. The initiave was quickly followed by other Twitterati (including me) and soon we have all gathered an impressive collection of interesting military history and wargaming books.
I thought it was a shame to lose this trove of information (it is impossible to search and find interesting posted materials on Twitter) and for that reason I decided to transfer the list to my blog in this post.
Nick Skinner list:
#12 Arnhem by Major General Urquhart
#11 Storming Saint Nazaire byJames G. Dorrian
#10 Texan Iliad by Stephen L. Harding
#9 Sturmzug: Tactics of the German Assault Platoon 1944
#8 Command by Al Murray
#7 Red Devils by Mark Urban, who incidentally was recently interviewed by Henry Hyde and the podcast is available in his Patreon page really worth subscribing.
#6 Wargaming Campaigns by Henry Hyde coincidentally. This is IMHO the wargaming book of the year and a must-have for anyone in the hobby
#5 is the BAOR series of 12 British Army battlefield tours in Western Europe. A real jewel!
#4 Oosterbeek - Arnhem 1944 is a book in Dutch of the "then and now" type, comparing historical and modern photos of the Arnhem battle sites.
#3 The Silence of the Merville Battery by Neil Barber
#2 A Street in Arnhem by Robert Kershaw, of It Never Snows in September fame (among other outstanding military history books)
#1 The Holland Patch by Simon Haines
If you follow the threads of the different entries, you'll find a lot of additional suggestions and recomendations. My own list is a sort of ecclectic, mixing literature and military history works, most of them read this eyar but not necessarely.
#12 is for "14" by French writer Jean Echenoz, an account of a group of French soldiers in WW1
#11 is The Tartar Steppe by Italiand writer Dino Buzzati. An anti militarist writing in Moussolini Italy in 1938 is a breve move
#10 Sympathy of the Devil by Ken Anderson. In the Vietnam jungles written by a veteran of the Special Ops group.
#9 Pacific War Trilogy by Ian W. Toll. Everything you want to know from Peral Harbour to the atomic bomb in several thousand pages. A master work
#8 Cassino by Peter Caddick-Adams, used extensively during my trip to the battlefiled last April
#7 The Middle Parts of Fortune by Frederic Manning. Back to WW1 this time with the British by a veteran of the conflict.
#6 The Battle of the Rhine 1944 by Robin Neillands. Already a classic but fresh and enagaging about the campaign since the Normandy breakout to the Ardennes.
#5 Island of Fire by Jason D Marks. Over 700 pages on Stalingrad BUT focused on the fight around a few hundred sqaure meters: The Barrikady Factory
#4 It Never Snows in September by Robert Kershaw. Another classic about Market Garden from the German eyes
#3 Brazen Chariots by Major Robert Crisp. A veteran of the North Africa campaign riding a Stuart in the desert
#2 1945 Victory in the West by Peter Caddick- Adams (again). You thought Ardennes was the end of the war in the West and 1945 was a walkovr for the allies in the Western Front. Then you must read this. A very much neglected period of suffering and mounting casualties despite the war clearly coming to an end sonner or later. Probably the bext military history book I've read this year.
#1 Napoleon Campaigns by David Chandler. As Napoleon said abouy Marshall Ney, "The classic-est of the classics". This is one the books that most influenced me to undertake wargaming projects in the Napoleonic era.
I hope you liked these lists and will much appreciate if your leave your book suggestions in the comments sections