trying to locate 2 books based on reference in W.E.B. Griffin
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I'm trying to identify the names of the manuals.
Any help? Thx
You also might try the Name That Book group, it's amazing what they have been able to identify and with very little info.
The scene where they meet is in camp, perhaps rainy, where there is a long period of inactivity and ennui for the regiment--both of them have become bored flipping through the books (these two books) which they've each read repeatedly. At the very same time, each of them wanders around camp looking to scare up some new reading material, via a temporary trade with another officer. They meet--only knowing each other slightly--and when the books are brought out for trade they burst into laughter because they both own the same works.
The characters were conscientious officers, idealists, men who worked at their craft even when not on duty. They are young, and slightly bookwormish--and this thoughtfulness helps them form their bond.
Feel sure it would have to be Lieutenants or Captains, maybe Majors? From Griffin's series?
I do recommend posting in the Name That Book group, there's a chance someone else who's read the book and identified them already will see your post. It really is quite uncanny how the requests in that group seem to find successful answers.
A good candidate would be 'Infantry Attacks' by Erwin Rommel; but I've already read that book. I'm also familiar with other famous works of military history and strategy such as Sun-Tzu and Musashi and Clauswitz.
What I'm saying is, I probably already know and own the two books; but I just want to confirm what they were. The titles were explicitly stated in the Griffin narrative and Griffin usually has a reason for anything he does, within the pages of his works. He doesn't waste time detailing something only to throw it away, later.
#4: What are these books like? Easily summed up:
W.E.B. Griffin writes very smooth, highly-readable, polished novels of American servicemen in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, etc. They're character-rich and well-detailed; a great series of novels showcasing the types of men who typically served the U.S. during those conflicts. Not just their service careers are covered, but also their private relationships, romances, personal commitments, and family bonds are all examined. Usually the story-climax brings about a crisis of conscience or ethic which they must confront; set off against the backdrop of a famous battle or historical event. WEB Griffin writes very nobly about issues of loyalty and duty.
He focuses primarily on Marines and Army; but with some books devoted exclusively to small units like SEALs, commandos, Rangers, LRPs, etc (unsurprising trend, given the rabid appetite for increased military violence in today's male computer-game audiences)
If someone had the eBook edition, they could search for it!
Thanks for your summary of the books, I've not been compelled to pick up a Griffin title, but mostly I thought he wrote in the vein of Clancy. My Dad's side of the family is career military, and my Granddad especially seemed to share your reading interests, so I've focused on military history titles I inherited from him. Less emphasis on novels, and more on memoir or popular journalism. I haven't made it through that stack, but maybe I'll add Griffin once I do.
Would appreciate if you posted when (if) you figure out those 2 manuals, I consider myself invested at this point.
Another clue: I can narrow it down based on the only Griffin books I've read. It was either: The Lieutenants, The Captains, The Majors, or Semper Fi. I think. See, I hate Colonels and Generals, and I probably wouldn't have read those two titles on a matter of principle.
I've only read 3-5 of his books; (none of his later series dealing with SEALS or Secret Service or The Ceremonial Flag Unit or The Quartermasters or anything like that).
It's been a long time since I read the books but F.W. Mellenthin's Panzer Battles seems to ring a bell. I'll look through my copies to see for sure.