Books on warfare

Discussion in 'Warfare' started by Svíar, 6 April 2014.

  1. Svíar

    Svíar Heroic Member Sustaining Member

    Art of War - Sun Tzu

    Is a great book on ancient Asian warfare which of course does not only apply to the Asians.

    The ways Sun Tzu viewed the battlefield, the way he planned his strategy and how he thought is something that truly amazes me.
    For anybody studying the art of war this is a must.

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  2. Elessar

    Elessar Senior Member
    1. Cascadians

    One of my all time favorite books.


    In total, Ernst Jünger was wounded 14 times during the Great War, including five bullet wounds. He was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class and was the youngest ever recipient of the Pour le Mérite. Jünger stated that “Time only strengthens my conviction that it was a good and strenuous life, and that the war, for all its destructiveness, was an incomparable schooling of the heart..”

    The following is an excerpt from his memoir, “Storm of Steel”:

    “A ring of British and Germans surrounded us and called on us to drop our weapons. In my feeble voice, I called upon the men near me to fight on. They shot at friend and foe….there was the only choice between captivity and a bullet…my hurried movements pushed the blood from my lungs in bright spurts. I could breathe more easily, and started running along the trench…except for Schläger and me and a couple of others, everyone went down…at my ear I heard the voice of corporal Hengstmann, a tall blond lower saxon: ‘I’ll take you on my back, sir, either we’ll get through or we won’t!’…after a few bounds, a soft metallic buzz indicated that Hengstmann had stopped one. He collapsed gently under me, making no sound…this discouraging example didn’t deter the next volunteer from making a bid to rescue me. This was sergeant Strichalsky of the Medical Corps. He put me on shoulders, and, while a second shower of bullets whistled aroung us, he carried me safely to the shelter.”

    The read makes your life problems and personal hardships seem petty. It will make a better man out of you, in my humble opinion. Moreover, I prefer memoirs written by Germans as opposed to the state sponsored diaries and anti-war novels of allied soldiers, which only seek to demonize and defame the Fatherland.

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  3. Svíar

    Svíar Heroic Member Sustaining Member

    If I am not mistaken, Adolf Hitler received the Iron Cross as well did he not?
  4. renownedwolf

    renownedwolf Heroic Member

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  5. Plantagenet

    Plantagenet Heroic Member

    Reminds one of Adrian Carton de Wiart. From his wikipedia entry:

    I've been meaning to read more Junger, haven't gotten around to it though.

    In any case, here's two that are similar to OP:


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  6. The Fool

    The Fool Second Lieutenant Sustaining Member
    1. Lumine Boreali Gentlemen's Club
    2. Neoplatonism

    You got there first, you devil. :D
  7. Sellanrå

    Sellanrå Senior Member

    In Stahlgewittern is great. He describes in such a great way both the good times with comrades and the awful experience of war.

    That he did. In fact, a Jew awarded it to him. But this was changed in the official records later.

    I got this book by the great general:

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