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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Mark » 25 Jun 2012 18:41

I am now reading 'First Anglo-Sikh War' by Amarpal S. Sidhu which, so far, is turning out to be superb! The book not only gives a balanced history of the background to the war and its battles but also examines the battlefields in detail - both as they were then and are now. I believe the author is currently working on a book for the Second Anglo-Sikh War.

Worth checking out!

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Mark » 25 Jun 2012 18:45

Once I have read the above mentioned book I have 'On Afghanistan's Plains' by Jules Stewart lined up. Has anyone read this?

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Stuart_Bates » 26 Jun 2012 01:04

Currently reading through some Journals of the Society for Army Historical Research and it makes me wish that I had joined the Society years ago. So much information.

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Will Mathieson » 26 Jun 2012 02:36

Just finished 'First Anglo-Sikh War' by Amarpal S. Sidhu and am now waiting for his next book.
I found it a great read and easy to read. History would have been much different if the Sikhs were not held back by their commander, then it would have been a real slugfest after early British losses. Most interesting to me is that the history ties into a sword I have. Col Robert Sale died from grapeshot, years later his daughter married Charles Sheppey Sturt, the sword of whom I have. He has later history in the area with Charles Napier and has the Abyssinian medal.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Mark » 27 Jun 2012 18:31

Will Mathieson wrote:Just finished 'First Anglo-Sikh War' by Amarpal S. Sidhu and am now waiting for his next book.
I found it a great read and easy to read.


Glad you are finding the book the same as me, Will. Not only is the subject interesting but the writing style flows nicely and is easy to read. Looking forward to his sequel!

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Darrell » 27 Jun 2012 23:22

It seems I'm constantly reading something. Being a big Victorian Medal fan, I love reading about the background behind the medals I collect. For a short time, I have now run out of books ... so I decided to take on a huge task (not really Victorian related).

I have started reading all the AFTER THE BATTLE MAGAZINES ...yep ... Issue 1 and up ... currently Issue 156 just came out to news stands.

I just finished Issue 37 this afternoon. I can average at least one a day ... so doing the math :?
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Mark » 28 Jun 2012 17:12

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I am not familiar with the 'After the Battle' magazine - is it published in the UK or elsewhere?

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Re: What are you currently reading?

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Mark » 28 Jun 2012 17:49

Darrell wrote:Yes in the UK:

http://www.afterthebattle.com/


Many thanks for that, Darrell! I will have a good look :D

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Darrell » 28 Jun 2012 18:37

They are quarterly issues. Go back to 1973 (issue 1) so some of the earlier issues are a little dated, however, they do have updates through the years. A lot of obscure stories (besides the big battles) that you never have heard about.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Josh&Historyland » 14 Mar 2013 14:04

Hello forum. New member posting so beware.

I am reading Zulu Rising at the moment so far I am perfectly confident in saying that, if you are new to the conflict and want to learn about the Zulu war make sure the first book you get is by Ian Knight. (The first book of his I read was the National Army Museum book of the Zulu War)

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Mark » 14 Mar 2013 20:38

Josh

I have quite a few of Ian's books and have very much enjoyed reading them. That said I have yet to read Zulu Rising but was looking at it in Waterstones only this week. Having read many of his other books do you think it would add anything he hasn't covered in his other works?

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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Josh&Historyland » 14 Mar 2013 22:46

Hi Mark.

That's hard for me to say really, because although I have most of his Osprey books and of course the NAM one I have not read the book which, after looking around, I consider to be the closest thing to it thet he has written. I am talking about Brave Men's Blood, which I think is part of the coffee table brigade. Given the review Knight gave Saul David's Zulu on the Zulu War Research society website it was probably written to give it a bump off the shelf, but that's just my opinion.
However if it helps, my reading of Zulu rising will not stop me from eventually buying Brave men's Blood. Centering on iSandlwana and Rorkes Drift, so far it blocks together the sequence of events very well and brings to life characters from both sides in a very engaging way, adding nice depth both to the men and the story. Having yet to finish it, I will go out on a limb and say that at the very least you could call it a summery of all he has written about before in one volume, it being something of a culmination of nearly 30 years experience in the field of the Zulu War, so I think it's safe to say you might find a few new things in it.
Really the Bottom line is, that if you like the Zulu War you will want to buy it. I still want his other books. For instance I have read extensively about Waterloo and could probably talk about it from end to beginning, but should another book like "The Battle" come out I would certainly snap it up. Zulu Rising I think is one of those sort of books, I did hold off getting it for a while but then eventually succumbed (Who was I kidding anyway!) and I am enjoying it immensely).

Hope I have helped rather than hindered, will let you know when I finish.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Rural53 » 15 Mar 2013 11:07

In the Face of the Enemy - The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand by Glyn Harper and Colin Richardson.

I'm also reading the Flashman series and am up to Flashman at the Charge. Entertaining but I'm sure not particularly historically accurate.
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Re: What are you currently reading?

Postby Mark » 15 Mar 2013 23:00

Thanks for you thoughts, Josh! I have Brave Mens Blood but I think I last read it back in the late 1990s so cannot remember what it was like. I am in Cambridge this weekend and usually end up in Waterstones so will take a look for Zulu Rising - I am extremely tempted.

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