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Current Reading - February 2020

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1jztemple
Fev 5, 2020, 11:47pm

Finished The Electron and Sea Power by Arthur Hezlet. Published in 1975, this is a history of the use of electronics and electricity in naval activities from initial use till the 1970s. It covers such subjects as undersea cables, wireless communications, radio frequencies and the development of radar in detail, but also concerns itself with more diverse topics such as the installation of electric lighting in warships, as well as other electrically powered devices. It also delves into the use of electricity to power warships, and even the development of searchlights. The book really shines in the details of wireless communications from the beginning through WW1, something I knew little about and the book covers in quite a lot of detail. Very highly recommended.

2Shrike58
Fev 26, 2020, 7:30am

I read quite a stack of excellent military history this month, with Retreat from Moscow, Civil War Logistics and The Wehrmacht's Last Stand being the best.

As for The Myths of Tet, I might be a little less impressed with it as it recedes in the rear-view mirror; while I'm somewhat sympathetic towards the U.S. military leadership for having been given an impossible job I also don't think that their professionalism was all that.

3rocketjk
Fev 29, 2020, 11:14am

>2 Shrike58: Maybe one day I'll look for The Wehrmacht's Last Stand. It is endlessly fascinating/horrifying for me to think of those soldiers fighting on for a cause that was so obviously and irredeemably lost in a war so bloody.

4Shrike58
Mar 1, 2020, 9:06am

Nihilism at its finest.

5mburdette
Mar 2, 2020, 4:07pm

I just started The Wehrmacht's Stand. I read Citino's 2 previous volumes last fall. I expect this one to be just as good.