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Re: What's your favorite war memoir?
I tend to like the Japanese WWII naval memoirs like Hara. A couple of years ago, though, I ran across a memoir by Mori called "The Miraculous Torpedo Squadron" which is short but quite good. Mori was a classmate of Sakai's and Sakai edited the manuscript after the war when it only came out in Japan for many years. His war career was short as he was shot down and badly wounded at Guadalcanal. There are many others but I will stop there.
Peter Ewell's quiz on the Boschfontein a few weeks back sent me off read "Baa Baa Black Sheep" by Gregory "Pappy" Boyington again. It's a really fine story. I collected a lot of the WW2 memoirs and bios (re)published as Bantam paperbacks. Authors include Crisp, Galland, Gibson, Hara, Leckie, MacDonald, Macintyre, Rudel, and Sakai.
For senior commanders (who often had their memoirs ghostwritten) I would single out two outstanding ones: "Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant" and for WW2, "Defeat into Victory" by W. J. Slim, both of which were written by the principals.
So the question is, what is (are) your favorite first-person account(s) in military/naval history?
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