Ferdinands/Elefants on the Eastern Front

Superb piece of WW2 History.

I have mentioned this before, but as a Military Historical Fiction Writer if you have not read The Last Citadel by David L. Robbins about the Battle of Kursk, I HIGHLY Recommend it.


Mike's Research

The Ferdinand Sd.Kfz.184 was a 70 ton panzerjäger (tank hunter) armed with a 88mm Pak 43/2 L/71 main gun and used by the Germans during WWII.    Its combat debut was during Operation Citadel (German: Unternehmen Zitadelle, AKA the Battle of Kursk) in July 1943 where it was misused as a direct assault weapon and suffered heavy losses.


Dr. Ferdinand Porsche submitted a design for a new 45-ton heavy tank, the VK 45.01 (P).    In preparation for production, 100 chassis were built and 9 were used for prototypes.    No spare parts were produced.    During test trails at Berka, Germany, the VK 45.01 (P) competed against the Henschel identically-armed VK 45.01 (H) H1 prototype which proved to be superior in performance.    In October 1942, the two entries were evaluated and the Henschel prototype was accepted for mass production which became the infamous Tiger I tank.


Ferdinand mit 21cm Beutemorse

An early proposal…

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Ordinary Men: A Profile of the Chechen Insurgents and their Tactics

Dodge Billingsly’s work covering the Chechen Wars is well worth the time, as is his book, Fangs of the Lone Wolf.

via Ordinary Men: A Profile of the Chechen Insurgents and their Tactics — American Partisan

A Classic, Reviewed

An excellent Book review of “The Squad: and the Intelligence Operations of Michael Collins”


Western Rifle Shooters Association

Do read the whole thing:


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The Cavalry of the Wehrmacht Book Review

I am always on the lookout for the more obscure WW2 books and this looks to be fascinating.

Inch High Guy


The Cavalry of the Wehrmacht 1941-1945

By Klaus Christian Richter

Hardcover in dustjacket, 208 pages, heavily illustrated

Published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd January 2004

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0887408141

ISBN-13: 978-0887408144

Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches

Some of the lesser-known formations in the Wehrmacht order battle consisted of traditional horse cavalry units.  After the First World War the Reichsheer possessed eighteen Cavalry Regiments totaling 16,400 men.  These were organized along the lines of standard infantry regiments with integral supporting formations such as artillery, communications, anti-tank, and anti-aircraft.  Cavalry brigades fought in Poland, Holland, Belgium, and France.  Several of these units were amalgamated to form the 1st Cavalry Division in October 1940.  The division fought during the invasion of Russia, but was reorganized to form the 24th Panzer Division during the winter of 41-42.

At this point the remaining cavalry strength of the Wehrmacht was disbursed into divisional…

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Rendezvous with Death Book Review

Appreciate the Review Jeff.

Always enjoyed reading obscure History like this. 👍

Inch High Guy


Rendezvous with Death: The Americans Who Joined the Foreign Legion in 1914 to Fight for France and for Civilization

by David Hanna

Hardcover in dustjacket, 332 pages

Published by Regnery History June 2016

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1621573966

ISBN-13: 978-1621573968

Dimensions: 6.0 x 1.1 x 9.0 inches

The French Foreign Legion is one of the more storied of the world’s military formations.  In the Legion a man can make a fresh start regardless of his past – in exchange for the promise of military service to France a new identity is created.  The Legion is famous for attracting men looking for a fresh start for themselves or to forget past mistakes.  The men in this book did not join the Legion for the typical reasons.

Rendezvous with Death is the story of a group of Americans living in Paris at the beginning of the Great War in 1914.  Idealism is what…

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Free Books (really)

For all you fellow bookworms out there, be sure and bookmark this post. Great resource!

Travel Between The Pages

h/t to Stanislav and Milen for the extensive links


  • Classic Bookshelf: This site has put classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.
  • The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.
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  • Classic Book Library: Genres here include historical fiction, history, science fiction, mystery, romance and children’s literature, but they’re all classics.
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  • Read Print: From George Orwell to Alexandre Dumas to George Eliot to Charles Darwin, this online library is stocked with the best classics.
  • Planet eBook: Download free classic literature titles here, from Dostoevsky to…

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