|Welcome to Catalogue 246 October 2021. As we come to the end of quite a brisk winter (for Perth) we present a shortened version of our normal list with the following categories given a rest. Aviation, Military Biography, Military General, Napoleonic, Naval, American Civil War have all been sent on leave as there was very little interest in them last time. We still have the books in these categories so if anyone has spotted something in a previous list or on our website, give me a shout and I’ll dig out the item. |
We visited with friends in Margaret River, Denmark and Albany last week. It was good to get out and about although we’re not restricted by COVID here in WA, we still haven’t availed ourselves of this freedom, till now. The South West of WA is like one big garden after the heavy rains we had, all the dams and lakes are chockers as is our home lake at Hyde Park. Thank God for all the rain because if the dams and lakes were dry after winter then the farmers will be in real trouble in summer when it really heats up.
Anyway, I digress. This is a military book catalogue not the Ag monthly. It’s a smaller list than normal but still contains books of high quality. My main interests are Special Forces, WW1 and WW2. I’ve given HUMAN ENDEAVOUR or “Adventure and Survival” another run in case someone out there has spotted something. I have many great books in this genre that need to see the light of day and find new homes.
Since my last list, we’ve witnessed the ignominious pull-out disaster from Afghanistan. The similarity with the ‘escape’ from Vietnam was hauntingly similar. The big difference between the two, Vietnam was a 10 year war where we lost over 520 soldiers; Afghanistan was a 20 year war where we lost around 43. Did we get better about staying alive or were the VC and NVA better fighters? It’s hard to extrapolate and we should be thankful for the small numbers KIA in Afghanistan. Let’s hope governments of the future only commit us to wars that we can win! As usual, this list is dedicated to those lost souls and to those diggers who are suffering as a result. I hope your families, mates and DVA are there for you, hell or high water.
Vaya con Dios
M & J