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Armchair Generals

A group for men who are interested in military history, or anything militaria.  Discuss armies of the past, great leaders, strategy, weapons, etc.

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Best Southern General of the Civil War?

Started by Jack Neulist. Last reply by d'Aalborg Nov 6, 2014. 18 Replies

Who gets your vote? And why? …Continue

Favorite/Most Interesting Battle

Started by Vytautas. Last reply by Travis Spuhler Aug 5, 2014. 33 Replies

The title says it all gents: what battle is your favorite, or what battle do you think is most interesting? And why?Continue

Aspirants

Started by Dave Lewis. Last reply by Karl Helweg Jul 31, 2014. 6 Replies

I've lurked in this group for a while but haven't stirred anything up. If this topic has already been cussed and discussed please forgive me. If not ....I recently finished a biography of Baron Von…Continue

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castles

Started by t-train. Last reply by Travis Spuhler Jun 1, 2014. 11 Replies

I have a problem that I have been pondering over for a long time, and hopefully you guys can give me some fresh insight.  I my question is quite briefly, what is the purpose of castles in medieval…Continue

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Comment by Beowulf87 on August 17, 2011 at 2:59am

Yes, I was thinking of going for the Punic Wars....

 

I've seen the Spartan book you mention, but am not sure how it is since I haven't read it yet--I see what you might mean by dry, but I personally found his style (at least in the one I read) enormously engaging....

Comment by Jack Neulist on August 17, 2011 at 1:54am

Cartledge can be drier than dust. He wrote a decent companion piece to the Thermopylae book, can't remember the title, about Spartan culture. It was worth a look, if a bit dry.

Goldsworthy is an excellent writer. Look for his titles on the Punic Wars and Caesar.

 

I'll have to dust off that Patton bio. Been a while since I've read anything about ol' George.

Comment by Beowulf87 on August 17, 2011 at 1:34am

Yes, I read Cartledge's Thermopylae.  He examined the events surrounding the battle more than the battle itself--so knowing that, it is great.

 

Yes and yes (the Patton bio is easily one of my new favorite books!).  Thinking about reading P W Singer's Wired for war next, or perhaps some Adrian Goldsworthy...

Comment by Jack Neulist on August 17, 2011 at 1:15am
Cartledge knows what he's talking about. Read some of his stuff on the Spartans. Blumenson I'm not too familiar with. WWII historian? Think I maybe have a bio of his on Patton sitting collecting dust. He good?
Comment by Beowulf87 on August 17, 2011 at 1:07am

...all right, looks like I'll be reading those two!

 

Anyone read Martin Blumenson or Paul Cartledge?  I've been reading them lately....

Comment by Jack Neulist on August 17, 2011 at 1:04am

It's good to be back.

 

Carnage and Culture was the book where Hanson first addressed the question of Western superiority in warfare. From Thermopylae to Rourke's Drift to Midway, he examined the "why" and "how" of outnumbered Western forces absolutely trouncing numerically superior Eastern enemies. His conclusions were interesting (and in my opinion dead on), and serve as the foundation for the theories he puts forth in Soul of Battle. The Western Way of War is a classic of military history. His depiction of Hoplite warfare is extraordinary, and puts many a famous fight into perspective. All three are more than worth a read.

Comment by Jack Neulist on August 16, 2011 at 5:03pm

I've had the pleasure of meeting Hanson, and listening to a few of his lectures. If you haven't read Soul of Battle, do, but I would highly recommend starting with Carnage and Culture. The two books, and their theses, are complimentary, if not almost identical.

I can only hope the West continues to field such armies. Without them, it's a numbers game. And we can't help but lose.

Comment by t-train on April 14, 2011 at 7:19pm
Just give me a few weeks Jack.  School is almost out, and I have a stack of military books to read :)
Comment by Jack Neulist on April 7, 2011 at 5:21pm
Sure been quiet around here lately. Somebody ought to stir up some trouble.
Comment by t-train on April 2, 2011 at 11:55am
  Here you go- Lord Nelson, famed admiral of the British navy and victor of the Battles of the NIle and Trafalgar.
 

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