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Re: What's your favorite war memoir?
Nicholas Monsarrat's 'The Cruel Sea' is generally accepted to be one of the finest fiction works of WWII but is based on his 'Three Corvette's' - the story (showing care for what the censor might say) of his service on 'Three Corvettes' in the early years of the war. Something I must re-read.
Another book produced by a novelist is 'Quarterd Safe Out Here' by George MacDonald Fraser (author of the 'Flashman' novels) which deals with his experiences as a young 'squaddie' in Burma in the last months of the war. His Regiment - the Border Regiment - recruited in an area I know well and I can relate to many of those in the book. Very well recommended. https://militaryhealth.bmj.com/content/jramc/146/3/271.full.pdf
'Just as “Defeat into Victory” by Field Marshall Slimhas been described as the best general’s book of the Second World War, “Quartered Safe Out Here” which describes the same campaign, must have a strong claim to being the best private soldier’s 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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