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Re: What's your favorite war memoir?
I highly recommend THE WAR JOURNAL OF MAJOR DAMON “ROCKY” GAUSE, the true story of an American Army Air Force pilot in the Philippines in 1941, and his long trek south to Australia to escape the Japanese. A very good read.
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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