Brian (Octavian) and I (drmessimer) want to start a thread that is essentially a round-robin book-read and book-discussion thread. The idea is that you send a Forum member a book that you have read. He reads it, posts his critique or opinion about the book on this thread, and passes it on to the next Forum member. So on it goes wending its way among the interested Forum members each of whom posts his take on the book and passes the book on. Any Forum member can launch a book. Just post an opening review and opinion, and send it to an interested Forum member. Pretty soon we will have several books in circulation, and a growing number of book reviews we can all benefit from and enjoy.
So, here are the guidelines.
1. Be sure the book you put into the circuit is a copy that you are giving away, no strings attached, because it isn't coming back.
2. The book can deal with any war or any nation from any perspective.
3. If you receive a book and read it, please write a review and put it back into play by sending it to the next reader.
4. You can review and put into circulation as many books as you want
5. I your receive a book and for any reason can't read it right away, put it back on the circuit and send it to the next reader. What we don't want is books that die in limbo.
6. As for postage, I pay it outbound, if you have a different policy, it's up to you. But in the long run, you will get the postage back in books that you otherwise wouldn't have access to without buying them. So paying for the postage is a bargain.
As an opener, I offer Charles W. Sydnor, Jr. Soldiers of Destruction: The SS Death's Head Division, 1933-1945
In my opinion this is the best book written about any Waffen-SS unit. Absent from this book is any bias for or against the Waffen-SS. It's a straight-forward, objective history that provides the reader a clear picture of relationship of the Waffen-SS to the regular German Army, and the Waffen-SS role in WWII. The Death's Head Division was somewhat unique among all the SS divisions in that it was formed entirely with concentration camp guards, (Totenkopfverbände) and led initially by Theodor Eicke who as Inspector of Concentration Camps orchestrated the reorganization and expansion of the concentration camp system in 1936-37. The Division's concentration camp background played a large role in how it was used at the front. I found the nature of the Division's infantry training, with its attendant high casualty rates, and the brutality of its discipline particularly interesting, especially in light of the Division's extraordinary morale and heavy, often unnecessary, losses in combat. This book is not only an interesting combat history, it also provides a study of an entirely different approach on how to motivated soldiers in combat.
Anyone who would like to read this book, just send me a PM and the first request I receive will be the one to get the book. Dwight
First up was cgb1066 (Corey) to whom I will send the book. Feel free to hound for second dibs. Dwight