Recommend me the best war memoirs you've read

Recommend me the best war memoirs you've read

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  1. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Storm of steel

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      The Things They Carried. 10/10 book. Didn't know a book could make me cry until this one.

      Tried reading this but it bored me to death.

      all quiet on the western front was pretty good, I liked the one that got away and warrior brothers but I also read them when I was like 14 and obsessed with the military

      Have to check this out.

  2. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    all quiet on the western front was pretty good, I liked the one that got away and warrior brothers but I also read them when I was like 14 and obsessed with the military

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Not a memoir though

      Read Helmet For My Pillow, definitely my favorite WW2 memoir

      Guadalcanal Diaries is good too. Not quite a memoir but close enough.

  3. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Seconding All Quiet. It's a cliche recommendation but it's the GOAT for a reason. For some nonfiction oral history-collection, Studs Terkel's The Good War is really good too.

  4. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Fires on the Plains by Ooka and The Breaking israeliteel by Oda if you're interested in the pacific theater from Japanese perspective. (Also, If you happen to read Russian or Dutch, The Human Condition by Gomikawa.)

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Not OP but I have a paperback of Fires on the Plains on my shelf I have been meaning to get to. I find the Japanese experience in the Pacific extremely interesting.

      >No ice cream barges

  5. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    With the Old Breed and the follow up, China Marine.

    There's some pretty metal descriptions of combat that caught me off guard, but overall I think that I found China Marine more interesting, because I've never given a shit about China post WW2 and the Japanese that were still there.

  6. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone here read Vasili Grossman?

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yes but only Stalingrad and Life and Fate, which are not memoirs. Very good works, it is for a reason that Life and Fate is one of the best novels of the XXth century.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      I have, Writer went to war and life and fate.

      Life and Fate is war and peace but set at Stalingrad

  7. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Spike Milligan's war memoir series, starting with "Hitler: My Part in his Downfall"
    I've also heard good things about "Centurions" by Jean Larteguy

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Centurions is a novel, but it's excellent.

  8. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Recollections of a Confederate Staff Officer
    Three Months in the Southern States

  9. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'm not into ww2 stuff or tanks, but this guy was did so many interesting things and had interesting things to say. My favorite part is his conversation with Himmler.

  10. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Artem Drabkin, the guy who runs iremember.ru for soviet wwii memoirs, has a bunch of publications. They're more interview style collections but I honestly appreciate the variety of attitude and tone, has more personality.

  11. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    This guy's story was pretty intense if it was true. A good illustration of how violent, random, and pointless the Vietnam War was.

  12. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    for me it's

  13. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Are there any good memoirs from the American civil war?

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Company Aytch
      My time in the Confederate Navy-- Ralph Semmes

  14. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    The Eastern Front by Leon Degrelle is unironically really good, even translated. Makes sense since he was originally an old-school journalist.

  15. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    John Striker Meyer's MACVSOG material. Shit's insane. Maybe Hans von Luck's for getting around to fight on every front. Carius' is engaging as well.

  16. 5 months ago
    Osama bin Laden

    not a war memoir by a soldier but by a reporter. My War Gone By, I Miss It is by Anthony Loyd. it's about this heroin addict who goes to be a voyuer to the war in Bosnia and gets emotionally sucked in. there's a sequel too which is just as good. the guy went on to become one of the best war correspondents of all time and is still working for the Sunday Times. it's probably my favourite book in all honesty

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