Mar. 18th, 2017

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A few more days, a few more books...

The first one that I finished this last week was Osprey Raid #47: Behind Soviet Lines: Hitler's Brandenburgers Capture the Maikop Oilfields 1942, a military adventure that smacks of Hollywood. Not that they held it long...

Next was then Osprey Raid #48: Storming Monte La Difensa: The First Special Service Force at the Winter Line, Italy 1943 in which a combined US and Canadian force is used to bull their way through German defenses rather than being used behind German lines to disrupt their communications. Brave men whose work and training led to the many special service forces that world powers use now.

Finally, Osprey Vanguard #26: The Sherman Tank in US and Allied Service, not the best tank of WWII, nor the most numerous, but it was the mainstay of US armor of the war. This was a fairly well-written book on the subject.
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This week led to a lot of dabbling in movies and the like.

We open the week by popping out to the theater to see Logan a very mature superhero movie. I liked it very much; much more than most of the other films in this particular series.

The next night my beloved was feeling pretty ill and went to bed early so I stayed up and put on a disc called With Fire and Sword 1 a Polish TV series that deals with a mid-17th Century war between the Poles and the Cossacks in a very melodramatic fashion, reflecting what was happening on the international stage by what was happening in the love life of a Polish knight, Polish heiress, and Cossack lord. Not great, and I have my doubts about the translations on the screen. What's very weird is that they rattle on in Polish, then apparently has overdubbing in Russian, and then English subtitles. I may watch the last disc, but I'm in no rush.

The night before last my beloved had another meeting and so I put on via Netflix streaming the documentary about a documentary called Night Will Fall which discusses the making of a film at the end of WWII about the discovery of the concentration camps. At first just a British project, later they added materials from the US film teams and finally Soviet. In the end it took so long to piece together that the political situation had completely changed and the documentary was never released. The film uses portions of the original documentary that are appalling, so don't watch this if you're squeamish. If released now, it would be a slap in the face of Holocaust deniers.

Last night after we took the dogs on a long-delayed walk which they clearly appreciated on such a pleasant evening, I put on Harry and Snowman a lovely documentary about a Dutch resistance fighter who came to America after the war and became a horseman here who saved a horse from the knacker's wagon for a pittance who became a famed jumper in the 1950s. Very touching piece of work.

There's a lot to be done this weekend; we'll be driving all over the place today, and tomorrow we expect to be doing a bunch of yardwork both front and back.

Have a good week!

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