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August 7, 2006 3:32 PM   Subscribe

Whether you are looking for Soviet War Photos or some free monographs, this incredible collection of military history links should be your first stop.
posted by mattbucher (23 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
some of the links go to the same sources, but the sheer volume (and organization of material) is impressive.
posted by mattbucher at 3:33 PM on August 7, 2006


Holy crap, this is huge. Thanks mattbucher
posted by nj_subgenius at 3:51 PM on August 7, 2006


Wow, worth a bookmark for the map section alone.
posted by Lverner at 4:17 PM on August 7, 2006


This post was deleted for the following reason: it's just a bookmark dump


posted by dersins at 4:49 PM on August 7, 2006 [1 favorite]


Thanks for the great links Matt. I love it.

...and try not to be such a turd, dersins. Jeezus.
posted by bim at 5:04 PM on August 7, 2006


Bookmarked, with thanks.

Surely dersins was joking?
posted by languagehat at 5:15 PM on August 7, 2006


I have a friend who is a history buff and really fun to talk to about history stuff. I just sent him a link to this post.
Thank you mattbucher!
posted by BillsR100 at 5:33 PM on August 7, 2006


Surely dersins was joking?

Actually, as someone still in the throes of a decade-long obsession with the First World War, I think this is an awesome post. I was, in fact, just joking.

With a little passive agressive snark thrown in. Sorry.
posted by dersins at 6:05 PM on August 7, 2006 [1 favorite]


Bookmarked. Thanks.
posted by marxchivist at 6:28 PM on August 7, 2006


Well then I'm sorry too. Peace and love...or something like that. :)
posted by bim at 6:45 PM on August 7, 2006


Weirdly enough, I was just thinking that I wanted to know more about the siege of Stalingrad. (No, really.)

This is an amazing resource, mattbucher -- thanks for sharing.

May God bless the internets and all their tubes!
posted by vetiver at 6:57 PM on August 7, 2006


(derail)

I'm all for forgiving dersins for snarking: "just a" bookmark dump is not necessarily a bad thing if it's an interesting bookmark dump. (Somebody ought to sit down with this Mathowie whippersnapper and have a little talk with him.) This is a perfect example, and his earlier deleted-FPP one is worth bookmarking as well.

In fact, dersins, shoot, maybe y'all ought to do an FPP specifically about useful, topical bookmark dumps?

(/derail)
posted by pax digita at 3:20 AM on August 8, 2006


Very nice, even if they did misspell Liddell-Hart
posted by IndigoJones at 5:11 AM on August 8, 2006


dersins: I'm currently in the throes of my own obsession with the First World War. I'm reading Fromkin's Europe's Last Summer in conjunction with Sidney Fay's (far superior) The Origins of the World War and an occasional glance at Albertini's The Origins of the War of 1914, and am eagerly looking forward to starting Hew Strachan's The First World War once I've gotten the origins stuff under my belt—Strachan is supposed to be the WWI historian of our day. Any recommendations?
posted by languagehat at 5:26 AM on August 8, 2006


Very nice, even if they did misspell Liddell-Hart

Who's "they," and what makes you think Liddell Hart has a hyphen? Because it doesn't.
posted by languagehat at 5:29 AM on August 8, 2006


languagehat:

Liddell Hart, of course, as an overview, and John Keegan as well. Some books on specific battles / campaigns I thought were good: Leon Wolff's "In Flanders Fields," Martin Middlebrook's "The First Day on the Somme," Alistair Horne's "The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916."

Then there are the memoirs and novels by those who were there: Ernst Junger's "Storm of Steel," Henri Barbusse's "Under Fire," Graves' "Goodbye to All That," plus, of course, Sassoon, Dos Passos, and Erich Maria Remarque. (I assume you've read many of these.)

Finally, some of my most recent favorites have been Lyn Macdonald's books, which are stitched together out of recollections and memoirs written by soldiers who were there.
posted by dersins at 7:03 AM on August 8, 2006 [1 favorite]


memoirs and novels by those who were there

How on earth could I forget to mention e.e. cummings' "the enormous room?" Well, probably because it's only set during the First World War, not so much being about it, but it's one of my all-time favorite books.

And I suppose you might as well read Hemingway, but you probably already have, anyway.
posted by dersins at 7:17 AM on August 8, 2006 [1 favorite]


Those Soviet War Photos are amazing. Nice, small selection of primo shots.
posted by QIbHom at 11:51 AM on August 8, 2006


dersins: Thanks! Yes, I've read Hem; I've got Cummings, Graves, and Liddell Hart but haven't gotten around to them yet; I'll definitely look for the others.
posted by languagehat at 2:37 PM on August 8, 2006


Dersins (and others), what do you think of the Pat Barker novels (Regeneration, Eye in the Door, Ghost Road)? I found them extremely compelling but don't know how they stand up to actual WWI history.
posted by mattbucher at 2:50 PM on August 8, 2006


I've heard very good things about them, mattbucher, but I haven't read them myself. My obsession / interest has been with books that are either factual, or fictions written by those who experienced the war firsthand.

That's not meant as a dig of any sort, merely as a clarification.
posted by dersins at 3:56 PM on August 8, 2006 [1 favorite]


Who's "they," and what makes you think Liddell Hart has a hyphen? Because it doesn't.

"They" are the people who run this fine site. The first link they cite is here. I was so outraged at the missing L that I fat fingered the intrusive hyphen.

But then, I am not putting up a dedicated web page

(Further down I see they linked to King's College correct spelling.)
posted by IndigoJones at 4:45 PM on August 8, 2006


This is great. Thanks, mattbucher.
posted by Devils Slide at 7:27 PM on August 8, 2006


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