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Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Joe Poncho, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Joe Poncho

    Joe Poncho Engaging Member

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    Anyone on this site fans of Sven Hassel?
    If you are you'll know who he is if not then you won't! :) :violent4:

    To me he is the greatest ever writer of WW2 fiction from the German POV.
    What do you good folks think?
     
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    Fantastic writer,between him and Leo Kessler ,cant decide whos best:up:.
    Svens books are about a group of german ss penal regiment tankers arnt they?.
    Into Andy Mcnab and Chris Ryans books too:up:.
     
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    27th. Penal Regiment, they're the one's, Sumo. Dark, gritty, terrifying and amusing to boot. Sure, they stretch the thruth a little here and there but they are a great read and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a good story to amuse themself with on these long, cold winter nights. Leo Kessler is a good read too :up:

    Chris Ryan and Andy McNab are, to me, the modern day Hassle and Kessler. But getting back to Hassle's books, can you imagine what it must of been like fighting out there on the Russian Front? Makes you realise how lucky we are, I reckon. :violent4:
     
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    hes very good
     
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    He sure is. I'm re-reading all his books again now. The Russian Front one's are exceptional and reading them in winter makes them all the more 'real'!
    I've even started making model Panzer kits again which is something I haven't done for two or three years. I love making models of the Axis Panzers in 1.75th and 1.35th scale. Working on a 1.35th scale Sd.Kfz. 173 Jagdpanther at the moment - in between visits to the farm with my rifle, of course! :violent4:
     
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    very interesting joe mate
     
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    Funny that joe,Ive just finished an american Abrams in 1/32 scale!.
    Dressed it up in Israeli livery:eek::eek: (not very PC just now!).
    Your right about Hassels books especially when tiny and his mates were in russia.
    Kind of changes your opinion of the russians a wee bit eh,them cossacks were brutal!.
    Its interesting to read war storys from the german perspective for a change, they suffered too!
     
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    cant beat the broons or oor willie;)
     
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    Guess the 'ordinary Joe & Joanna' on all sides suffered terribly in the war but it is good to get the enemy perspective on these matters. 'Cross Of Iron' is supurb and shows the horror in all it's gory detail.
    The Abrams is one hell of a tank but too modern for me. I prefer WWII stuff especially the German gear. My Jagdpanther is coming along now and I have decided to give it a rough winter coat - approporiate for the time of year, I reckon!
    Have you got any pictures of the Abrham, Sumo? What other stuff do you build? Be intresting to see.

    Rockabilly - yes, you're right. The Broons and Oor Wille are great! I used to live in Glenrothes, Fife and my ex wife loved them.
     
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    I think we'd all like to see all of you's models. :up::D
     
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    Maybe if we get enough interested...
     
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    Yes sounds good to me
     
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    PM your email mate and Ill send you some piccies:up:
    Rockabillys right, the broons rock:Rock On:.
    Joe,have you seen cross of iron,the film?.
    Burn you a copy if you want it mate!.;)
     
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    Yes, I've got Cross Of Iron and it is a great film. Piccies would be good to see too. :up:
     
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    Jagdpanther is finished now and I have just started on a 1.76th scale JS2 Stalin tank. Will take some pics of Jagdpanther and try and post them on here! (Not good at that sort of thing though...):confused: Going to watch Cross Of Iron tonight too; then go out tomorrow with my brother down to the farm with the rifle and the S&W....great stuff!!!
     
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    Hmmm...was going to post some pictures of the Jagdpanther but I'm computer illierate!!!
     
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    oh dear! perhaps someone could help you? :)
     
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    book

    devils guard is brill if you can get a copy

    i read my first sven hassel book in berlin in 1968 it was banned in germany

    then i met an actual ex german soldier who was actually in a penal battalion for 2 years for being awol for 2 days he said he was lucky as most were just shot, this guy guarded our army base in berlin part of the gso. he was captured by the russians and spent 8 years in a salt mine before they released him
     
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    Very interesting stuff there, Sapper. So many stories the 'old guys' could tell. :up:
     
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    If you go and look in my album you'll find pictures of my models in there.
     

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