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  1. AdmiralOfTheFleet

    AdmiralOfTheFleet New Member

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    Hi again! It's me, Vincent. I'm trying to write a book about the Second World War, and I need some inspiration for which battle to write about and a title. Any suggestions are welcome, but please be serious. Thanks in advance!

    MY IDEAS (They're pretty bad, I know)

    Tin Cans & Jeeps - The Battle of Leyte Gulf
    Meatballs & Flattops - The Battle of Midway
    Darkness, Noise and Flame - The Normandy Landings and the Battle for Paris (Inspired by FDR's prayer)
    Shaken Souls - D-Day and the Battle for France (Again inspired by FDR's prayer)
    The Flyboys - The Battle of Britain
    We Shall Fight - The Desparate Start to the Second World War.

    Thanks in advance. If, by any remote chance, you like any of these titles, please comment. If you have any other suggestions, I would love to hear them to. Thanks!
     
  2. AdmiralOfTheFleet

    AdmiralOfTheFleet New Member

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    I'm also open to the idea about writing about the First World War, but I would like to write a purely NAVAL history of that war, like Robert K. Massie's excellent book, Castles of Steel.
     
  3. CAC

    CAC Ace of Spades

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    The above battles have been done to death...
    How about a book on the battle of the Coral sea?
    Battle of the Coral Sea - Wikipedia

    OR The USS Houston and HMAS Perth take on a slew of Japanese ships, charging dodging, both ships giving more than they got until both were sunk...
    Battle of Sunda Strait[edit]
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    Captain Albert H. Rooks, commanding officer of Houston, c. 1940–1942.
    Main article: Battle of Sunda Strait
    Houston and Perth reached Tanjong Priok on 28 February, where they attempted to resupply, but were met with fuel shortages and no available ammunition.[15] The two cruisers were ordered to sail to Tjilatjap with Dutch destroyer Evertsen, but departed at 17:00 without Evertsen, which was delayed.[16] The Allies believed that Sunda Strait was free of enemy vessels, with the last intelligence reports indicating that Japanese warships were no closer than 50 miles (43 nmi; 80 km), but a large Japanese force had assembled at Bantam Bay.[17][16][18] At 23:06, the two cruisers were off St. Nicholas Point when lookouts on Perth sighted an unidentified ship; when it was realized that she was a Japanese destroyer, Perth engaged.[17][16] However, as this happened, multiple Japanese warships appeared and surrounded the two Allied ships.[17][16]

    The two cruisers evaded the nine torpedoes launched by the destroyer Fubuki.[18] According to ABDA post-battle reports, the cruisers then reportedly sank one transport and forced three others to beach, but were blocked from passing through Sunda Strait by a destroyer squadron, and had to contend with the heavy cruisers Mogami and Mikuma in close proximity.[5] At midnight, Perth attempted to force a way through the destroyers, but was hit by four torpedoes in the space of a few minutes, then subject to close-range gunfire until sinking at 00:25 on 1 March.[16]

    On board Houston, shells were in short supply in the forward turrets, so the crew manhandled shells from the disabled number three turret to the forward turrets. Houston was struck by a torpedo shortly after midnight, and began to lose headway.[5] Houston's gunners had scored hits on three different destroyers and sunk a minesweeper, but she was struck by three more torpedoes in quick succession.[5] Captain Albert Rooks was killed by a bursting shell at 00:30, and as the ship came to a stop, Japanese destroyers moved in, machine-gunning the decks. A few minutes later, Houston rolled over and sank.[5] Of the 1,061 aboard, 368 survived, including 24 of the 74-man Marine Detachment, only to be captured by the Japanese and interned in prison camps. Of 368 Navy and Marine Corps personnel taken prisoner, 77 (21%) died in captivity

    One of the best naval stories ive ever read. You could call it something like "Brothers go down swinging"
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    "Small Boys and Giants at War".
     
  5. AdmiralOfTheFleet

    AdmiralOfTheFleet New Member

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    Yeah, maybe some lesser known and lesser written-about battles could work. Coral Sea, Dunkerque, Dieppe.
     
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    Start with what you're most interested in. As you progress in the writing certain sentences, words or phrases always seem to cut to the heart of the subject. A few short lines or paragraph can capture the essence of an entire chapter or the book itself, leading to that "Ah Ha" moment of there it is !

    In my opinion the best titles always tend to come from within the story.
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    I agree. Write the book and the title will come to you. Starting with a title limits what you are trying to say.
     
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    I had a tree cone to me once.
     
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    Kursk: The One with Tanks, not the Submarine.

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    Poppy grasshopper Patron  

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    it was a dark and stormy night- the battle of guadalcanal
     
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    It can also focus what you want to say...
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    James Bradley published a book several years ago named Flyboys, centering mostly on airwar around Chichi Jima.

    Hear! Hear! Listen to Lou. He offers good advice.
     
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    "It's the ILYU, damn it, not the TENARU!"
     
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    Poppy grasshopper Patron  

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    I got that one OP!
    tks
     
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    No, it's CTHULU!
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Let's leave the Y-donor out of this.
     
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    Otto Gearing up. Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I'll grant that the audience for these might be very small and specific. :D

    Or my favourite:
    Achtung Nahverteidigungswaffe!
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    I think "The Pun also Rises" needs to be a book.
     
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    Yes, John Pollack...
     
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    Pollack? Is that fresh water or seawater?
     

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