October 07, 2015

Another Somewhat Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for October 7, 2015

Good Reads
The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944 (Pacific War Trilogy book 2)
by Ian Toll

World War II’s Pacific theater has become historical shorthand for bestial violence in appalling conditions. Grisly tales of battle-scarred Marines and Life magazine photos of sun-bleached Japanese skulls merely hint at the horrors of a war rivaled in ferocity only by the Russian front. The depressing image of life on those hot, sticky islands even crossed continents; in Joseph Heller’s classic novel “Catch-22,” a running threat to underperforming officers in the Italian theater is to be reassigned to dig graves in the Pacific.
Toll’s projected trilogy about the Pacific war,  can be considered a counterpart to Rick Atkinson’s fantastic Eurocentric Liberation Trilogy.

From the publisher:
This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War―the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944―when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a "conquering tide," concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas. It was the largest, bloodiest, most costly, most technically innovative and logistically complicated amphibious war in history, and it fostered bitter interservice rivalries, leaving wounds that even victory could not heal.

Often overlooked, these are the years and fights that decided the Pacific War. Ian W. Toll's battle scenes―in the air, at sea, and in the jungles―are simply riveting. He also takes the reader into the wartime councils in Washington and Tokyo where politics and strategy often collided, and into the struggle to mobilize wartime production, which was the secret of Allied victory. Brilliantly researched, the narrative is propelled and colored by firsthand accounts―letters, diaries, debriefings, and memoirs―that are the raw material of the telling details, shrewd judgment, and penetrating insight of this magisterial history.

This volume―continuing the "marvelously readable dramatic narrative" (San Francisco Chronicle) of Pacific Crucible―marks the second installment of the Pacific War Trilogy, which will stand as the first history of the entire Pacific War to be published in at least twenty-five years.

I also strongly recommend the first book:
Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 

Random Funny Stuff
Works of Art
Check out the amazing camo on the tunic of this 120mm German Sniper by By Ruslan Slyusarenko
more views HERE
Works of Art
This amazing diorama of The Battle of Agincourt was created by the Perry Brothers and model maker David Marshall of MMDioramas for the British Royal Armouries to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the battle. It features over 4000 28mm figures. The Royal Armouries blog features Agincourt 600: Making the Agincourt Diorama well worth a click over to HERE.

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