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#41 JOE BRENNAN

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Posted 04 December 2003 - 1251 PM

Originally posted by Chris Werb:
  You are shitting me, aren't you?  Tiny little Belgium has a HUGE military bookstore (worth visitng Belgium for IMHO!). There is at least one in Germany and several in the UK, though I can't vouch for any of these.


Would that I were. When in London, used to go fairly often, Motorbooks and Ian Allen were mandatory stops on the schedule.

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#42 Brian Kennedy

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Posted 04 December 2003 - 1918 PM

I'm flattered! Unless you thought they sucked...feel free to contact me offline if you want.

Originally posted by Gennady I. Beregovoy:
NO WONDER YOUR NAME SOUNDED FAMILIAR!  I'VE READ YOUR ARTICLE(S) YEARS BEFORE!



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Posted 04 December 2003 - 2215 PM

A Couple of articles for [url="http://"http://www.bharat-rakshak.com"]www.bharat-rakshak.com[/url] on the Vijayanta
(Vickers) tank and the new Tank-ex from DRDO. The latter got ripped off by the press, a paper named Asian Age in particular and my words were repeated verbatim in the Journal of Military Ordnance article on the Tank-ex. SHould count for something, I guess. Posted Image Am writing some more stuff for the same website- including an article on the Arjun MBT.


>>What attracted you to the subject matter, how did you research it?

Very interested in the subject matters at hand. Research- I look around for every bit of news available and then try and corroborate the same via first hand info.


>>What’s in the pipeline?

More articles on Indian (and others relevant to Indian security) defense projects. The prime criteria being that there is preciosu little on Indian defense projects on the web and elsewhere and most of the information is outdated. Groups like Janes etc infact have made a priviledge out of necessity, recycling the same data time and again. So new work needs be done.


>>What advice would you give to any other Tanknet members who are considering writing?

Can be dreadfully tiresome at times, especially when digging up data. Easy to put it on the backburner. Hence I would say just "stick with it" when it comes to getting the work done.

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Posted 04 December 2003 - 2221 PM

Originally posted by Tony Williams:
Absolutely! Very few writers go back to do original research (it's enormously time-consuming), they just look at a well-respected source and assume that it's correct. This is particularly obvious when a mistake is made. For example, I think it was probably William Green who first stated that late-model Bf 109s had MG 151 cowling guns. No they didn't, they couldn't possibly fit - it was almost certainly a typo for MG 131 - but you still find this being repeated!

Incidentally, the standard academic joke is that copying from one person is plagiarism, copying from several is scholarship.

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The example you cited is still around, to give a more recent analogy, the Mig 21-93 Upgrade does not have an IRST. However in the past, a couple of articles mentioned that it may include one and it is common to see references to an IRST even in published work by former IAF officers...though the aircraft doesnt have one. A single quote gets picked up and recycled endlessly.
The statement about "the trouble involved in original" research is still very valid. The more respected the source, the lazier the editorial staff.

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Posted 05 December 2003 - 0323 AM

Originally posted by Chris Werb:
  You are shitting me, aren't you?  Tiny little Belgium has a HUGE military bookstore (worth visitng Belgium for IMHO!). There is at least one in Germany and several in the UK, though I can't vouch for any of these.



Dear Chris

Ive visted three

Motorbooks has been mentioned
Foyles isn't specialist miltary but its military book dept is as big as most book shops - not as good as it used to be
Barbarossa Books in Maldon Essex - in the middle of nowhere!

And theres one in Farnborough (whos name I can't recall) and Caliver books also in Essex

In the states I visited Military Bookman in NY, but thats just 2nd hand

Cheers

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#46 Dave Clark

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Posted 05 December 2003 - 0414 AM

Originally posted by Bob_Mackenzie:
Barbarossa Books in Maldon Essex - in the middle of nowhere!


People are going to get horribly lost following your directions, Bob! They are in Tiptree - also in the middle of nowhere!

see [url="http://"http://www.barbarossabooks.co.uk/contact_us.htm"]Barbarossa Books[/url]

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Posted 05 December 2003 - 1143 AM

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Posted 05 December 2003 - 1203 PM

Originally posted by Dave Clark:
People are going to get horribly lost following your directions, Bob! They are in Tiptree - also in the middle of nowhere!

see Barbarossa Books


Come now. Essex is pretty small really. Hardly the "middle of nowhere." Foe that you need Russian steppes, African desert or Alaska and Canada's North Slope...

I'm sure a good bookstore wouldn't be hard to find. But I managed to miss it when I drove through Essex Posted Image Next year...

#49 Dan Robertson

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Posted 05 December 2003 - 1634 PM

I have just remmebered the one and only time my words have appeared in print.

I wrote into Focus Magazine (UK equivilent to Pop mechanics) after they named the Leclerc as "the best tank in the world" to "Educate" them out of this belief.

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Posted 11 November 2004 - 0456 AM

BTT.

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#51 John Dudek

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Posted 11 November 2004 - 1616 PM

About 12 years ago, I had a story posted in "All About Beer Magazine". It was entitled "Beer In Revolutionary War America" or A Revolutionary War Red-Coat's tale of ale.

What the hell! It bought some groceries that week! Posted Image

I've also got a historical novel finished and another in the making.

#52 Redbeard

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 0005 AM

I haven't been writing about tanks or any modern military subject, but have done some articles and lectures on Napoleonic matters (in Danish).

I've specialised in Austria and Bavaria in the 1813 autumn campaign and have a long term plan for some serious research, perhaps a PhD and a book on the Austrian role in the campaign and especially Leipzig. My overall hypothesis is a greater Austrian contribution than is usually acknowledged and how that is related to 2nd half 19th century (Prussian) history writing , and how much present day (Anglo-Saxon) history writing is based on those Prussians. I especially find it interesting how Schwarzenberg's (Radetzky's) operational orders have been misunderstood.

My interest started when doing reseach for wargames. I wondered how the Austrians could be as clumsy and lacklustre as usuallay described when they usually ended op top. I really started "seeing the light" when I through the fabulous Garison Library here in Copenhagen got access to early 19th century writing on the subject. Not only was a treasure of new first hand accounts revealed but most events were seen in a different light.

I'm not far from having the basis of a popular version of "New Light on Leipzig", but I still need years of work on the serious and tedious documentation part (of which a lot will have to be at the archives in Wienna), both on campaign itself and on the later historywriting (which always involves the risk of the sources after all not being able to support my hypthesis - which alse means thet the popular version will have to wait for the serious).

BTW I can recommend a modern (US) writer on the subject: George Nafziger. He has done a number of superb books on Napoleonic matters, incl. one on the autumn campaign. He leaves it to the reader to conclude, but gives very detailed accounts and has found his (primary) sources outside the usual suspects. He is also a splendid supplier of OoB's.

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 0607 AM

I've done staff rides (conducted about 7 of them, participated in another 10 or so) but never wrote anything with the exception of an article (never published) for Armor Magazine.

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 0612 AM

I am making the only Bulgarian-language website about WWII tanks and contrary to most sites out there, I'm not just quoting other sites, but mostly Jentz, Spielberger and co, so I would say it's a pretty good site :P. Apart from that, some college papers on Napoleon, and that's it for now (hopefully).

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 0754 AM

I have a 7-page article in this month's "Nikkei Electronics" magazine, titled: QVGA 15 frame-per-second H.264 Decoder Consuming Less than 200mW. (Starts on pg 212)

Does THAT count? Posted Image

Of course, it is all in Japanese, and it does not mention a single modern or WWII AFV, so I'm not sure my fame will spill over to this particular venue.

Oh well...

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 1524 PM

A wee little update to my post way back when...

My Essay on my follies in trying to join the Air Force was nixed by myself, but I am writing (right now actually) a paper for my Modern Russia class about Admiral Gorshkov's role in creating a "balanced fleet" for the Soviet Navy. I desperately want it to stay under 3000 words so I can publish it in Proceedings. In other news, you can read my other current project on [url="http://"http://63.99.108.76/ubb/Forum2/HTML/007177.html"]Right here[/url].

[Edited by FlyingCanOpener (12 Nov 2004).]

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 2011 PM

By the way, my recent sale on FLEETS OF WORLD WAR II for $10 was popular enough to prompt me to extend it up to Christmas. If you want a signed copy, write to me at my screen name @att.net .

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Posted 13 November 2004 - 1002 AM

Have an article awaiting publication by Armor Magazine...they are trying to find space for it....Will have a few quotes in one of Michael Green's books, coming out in April...

Currently researching US WWI tank development...Doing a photo-documentary on Jacques Littlefield's Panther A, which will end up being a sort of walkaround and technical observations on it's construction...

#59 Tony Williams

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Posted 13 November 2004 - 1224 PM

Another update: the book which Max Popenker and I wrote together: 'Assault Rifle: the Development of the Modern Military Rifle and its Ammunition' was published last month - see [url="http://"http://www.quarry.nildram.co.uk/Assault%20Rifle.htm"]http://www.quarry.nildram.co.uk/Assault%20Rifle.htm[/url]

And my alternative WW2 novel is on the way...more later!

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Posted 13 November 2004 - 1655 PM

Originally posted by Tiornu:
By the way, my recent sale on FLEETS OF WORLD WAR II for $10 was popular enough to prompt me to extend it up to Christmas. If you want a signed copy, write to me at my screen name @att.net .


I am waiting on "Fleets of WWI"




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