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Enigmas of the Mystical / Re: More Pix For A Laugh
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General Discussion / Re: RIP our own Richie61
« Last post by MetalDog on Today at 08:05:30 AM »
RIP Richie.
Kinda how I took Killer Angels to be; historically based but with dialog installed in to paper over the gaps between the numbers/statistics/dry, recorded history bits.

So my take: enjoy the read for what it is, but perhaps double check against the actual, recorded facts (if they exist) if desired.
Besilarius Gunner Asch sounds like a lot of fun.
As for what I uncover brant, I hope somebody else has a few answers here.
If you are looking for small unit combat in the Wehrmacht, have you heard of Gunner Asch?
The author, Hans Helmut Kirst, was a lieutenant in World War II, and wrote about life in the army.  Not all combat, but done with experience and authority.
Think he wrote about five books on the Gunner and his crew.
Interesting concerns that you've got.

I've not read the book and know nothing of the author, so I can't answer your questions, but I would enjoy seeing what you uncover.
I got a book called Panzer Aces in paperback novel form by a gent called Franz Kurowski and transl;ated from German by David Johnston over 10yrs ago because I thought it would be fun to read some novel style action from the other side of the fence. Playing war thunder kinda brought me back to wanting to read it. So I picked it up and started to read. From the Michael Wittman part. I read about an action in which Michael Wittman ran around with a STUG with a snub nosed "stump" canon beating off a soviet tank attack. The text was in novel format with feeling and dialogue that was typical of a novel. Not a history book. So I was curious about how much of it was actually historical. Considering that the book is split into six parts each on a different historical figure, the format is very strange. Why would you write a book about specific historical figures and then fill in the gaps with your own fictional take of how the dialogue etc may have played out? I mean I loved the bernard cornwell sharpes series, but he specifically used made up characters and blended them with other historically researched characters. He made up the  dialogue between the fictional and historical figures. Bernard though is very particular not about his sources exactly, but about what and what did not happen in a dedicated section at rear of each novel. The fact that this panzer aces novelisation of events actually seemed to put words into historical figures mouths kind of wierded me out, unless he really had memoirs with specific dialogue? I don't think so though.

This is where things got even stranger. After doing a search about the Author, the author served in the German forces in ww2 and wrote some stuff for germany during the war. He is accused of glorifying the german soldiers with no regard for war attrocities and also just writing whatever he wants.

Am I being too harsh on this author? Should I just enjoy the read? It's really like reading a bernard cornwell novel without the fictional characters. I really don't like it when things are made up unless the characters are fictional because I may absorb some as fact! It's hard to know whether authors like this simply get panned because they are not towing the allied perception of events. I like to read both sides to get a balanced insight.

Has anybody got any experience with this author. A lot of people seem to have loved the read on amazon. Perhaps I should be reading The Memoirs of Colonel Hans Von Luck instead. I have read steel inferno (ww2 library) and enjoyed that way back. Loved the book death traps about shermans as well. Has tank ace lafayette pool got a biography?

General Discussion / Re: RIP our own Richie61
« Last post by JudgeDredd on Today at 02:16:08 AM »
RIP Richie  :notworthy:
General Discussion / Re: RIP our own Richie61
« Last post by CptHowdy on Today at 01:21:34 AM »
sad indeed. i gifted him a copy of TOAW IV back when it was released. we exchanged a few PM. never knew he took a turn for the worse. my condolences to his family and friends.  :'(
General Discussion / Re: RIP our own Richie61
« Last post by MikeGER on Today at 12:37:43 AM »
so sad :'(  RIP Richie.

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