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The War Room Reference Library

Discussion in 'History & Military Discussion' started by Cetashwayo, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. Cetashwayo

    Cetashwayo Lord of Ten Thousand Years Magistrate On Leave Commission Artist

    Across the Horizon
    I Agree. I'll do that tonight, because the amount of paywalled sources is crazy.
  2. I'll just quote myself:

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  3. Apocal

    Apocal Alpha Technoblack Moderator

    With the Russian Army, 1914-1917
    a memoir by Alfred Knox, British officer on exchange duty with the Imperial Russian Army. Gives a very personal account of war on the Eastern Front of World War One up to the point the Army collapses.

    Day by Day with the Russian Army, 1914-1915

    written by Bernard Pares, another British attache-observer with the Russian Army.

    U.S. Army Green Book Series
    The series of official histories documenting the U.S. Army's role during World War Two. Obviously superseded in recent years by more modern scholarship and in-depth analysis, but still a good starting point for understanding the hows, whys and wherefores of various campaigns during the conflict.
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  4. Douglas Nicol

    Douglas Nicol Tali Groupie

    Ayr, Scotland
    Second World War, two books on armoured vehicles.

    First off this one

    The Encyclopeaedia of German Tanks of World War 2. Despite the rather generic title this is a fairly detailed book covering many of the armoured vehicles in use by the German armed forces from 1933-45. Also has a section on armoured vehicles captured from other countries impressed into German service, pretty pricy book to get though.


    A similiar publication on Allied tanks is, in my opinion not as good, but still worthwhile owning if you can get it at a decent price.


    Online reference to the U-Boat war.

  5. Minow

    Minow sucking it down

    Some time later I'll write up some sources I think are pretty good, but a quick suggestion: use the "spoiler" tag for each segment, so that it's quicker and easier to scroll through, and people can just display the parts they want.


    Primary Sources
    Cavalry Outpost Duties by F.W. De Brack - First hand best practices for light cavalry as recommended by a French Cavalry officer who served in Napoleon's Grand Armee. It presents immense detail in clear, concise terms.
    A Brief Discourse by Humfrey Barwick - Transcribed for the use of the general internet by Norseman. A discussion by an Elizabethian officer in England regarding the value of firearms and the vaunted Longbow.
    Soviet Organization in WWII - Documents purportedly recovered from a fallen Soviet officer during the Winter War with a hyper detailed Table of Organization and Equipment, down to individual firearms, for Soviet armies circa 1942. I can't attest to their accuracy but I present this nonetheless.
    British Pathé newsreel archives, 1896-1976: Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage – not only from Britain, but from around the globe – of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, sport and culture. The archive is particularly strong in its coverage of the First and Second World Wars.

    Flight- The British Aviation Magazine to be found online. It has its entire archive from 1999 to 2005 with lots of juicy information on planes to be found within.
    Airminded- Blog of aviation historian Brett Holman has collected links to online archives of a number of British newspapers here, and has annotated day-by-day British newspaper coverage of the 1909 and 1913 'scareship' waves, of the Sudeten Crisis of October 1938, and of the Blitz from 1940 to 1942.

    etc etc, so on and so forth.
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  6. Cetashwayo

    Cetashwayo Lord of Ten Thousand Years Magistrate On Leave Commission Artist

    Across the Horizon
    Split them into two different threads. How do you use spoiler tags?
  7. Minow

    Minow sucking it down

    Pretty simple, it's just a [ spoiler ][ /spoiler ] tag around each block of text you want to collapse into it, minus the spaces in the brackets of course.
  8. Cetashwayo

    Cetashwayo Lord of Ten Thousand Years Magistrate On Leave Commission Artist

    Across the Horizon
    Alright, thanks, I spoilered it.
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  9. Douglas Nicol

    Douglas Nicol Tali Groupie

    Ayr, Scotland
    For another web site reference I thought this might be of interest. Most people are probably aware of it, but still....

    Britains Small Wars.

    This website covers Britains smaller scale military conflicts since 1945. From participation in the Korean War to small scale brush wars to actions like Aden to more well known events like the Falklands. It's a fairly interesting site for those interested in Britains post colonial period.


    Another suggestion is how about referencing documentaries. I have a few suggestions but I'll wait and see if it is okayed. I'm NOT talking about posting full documentaries as that would break several copyrights but a summary and a trailer if available.
  10. DonBosco

    DonBosco Dread Lord of the Luddites

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  11. I'm going to be lazy and copy the references I posted over at SB.

    Topic: Soviet Storm
    Title/Author: Starmedia
    Link : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhuA9d7RIOdaJ8jAIBVwV3ToGxzo3AK0h
    Description: A Russian documentary on the Soviet role in WW2. Rather balanced, details, and easy to understand. Russian speakers may prefer the original Russian version or the various other Russian videos.

    Topic: Chieftain
    Title/Author: Nicholas “Chieftain” Moran
    Link : http://worldoftanks.com/en/news/pc-browser/21/
    Description: You've already seen a few of his articles posted by Alamo. His articles are largely tank centric, which makes sense as he is the American amateur historian for Wargaming, the people behind World of Tanks. He also has YT videos(some of his are under WoT instead)where you mostly find videos of him giving a tour of various historical tanks, with the German Leopard 1 being most recent.

    Speaking of which...

    Topic: Operation Think Tank
    Author: Steve Zaloga, Harry Yeide, Hilary Doyle, David Fletcher, Rob Griffin, Ken Estes, with Nicholas “Chieftain” Moran
    Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEAEU2gs2Nz-aSi3PpjNI9Q4klDGi421D
    Description: A Q&A session with many well noted tank historians.

    Topic US Army FM17-33, Armored Field Manual 1942
    Link: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/ref/FM/PDFs/FM17-33.PDF
    Description: In case you ever wondered what they told their tankers. And no, they weren't told to avoid tanks.

    Author: Lida Mayo
    Link: http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/Beachhd_Btlefrnt/index.html
    Description: A WW2 history from the US Army Ordnance Department perspective. Tends to go into the logistical side of various battles and events. Details can be quite interesting.
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  12. Apocal

    Apocal Alpha Technoblack Moderator

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  13. willyvereb

    willyvereb Migratory Thinker

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  14. Visorak

    Visorak Unverified Mushroom.


    Thought I'd link this one, since I couldn't find it in that Field Manual directory linked earlier. It's a decent overview of the Soviet Armed Forces TO&E as of circa 1989. The parent directory has a lot of useful resources as well, including the two other parts of FM series 100-2, Soviet Operations and Tactics and Soviet Specialized Warfare and Rear Area Support.
  15. I found this source earlier today, and the sheer amount of information is ridiculous. WW2 historical documents.
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  16. DonBosco

    DonBosco Dread Lord of the Luddites

I just write Internal Ad System Story