The eponymous Chieftain tankAs I'm working on a Cold War game at the moment - I've been reading around the subject. Isby's "Weapons and Tactics of the Soviet Union" is superb if lengthy - so I've been reading some Cold War Hot fiction to lighten the palette.
The Kindle store and free PDFs have proved invaluable in this regard. I have read several books on the third world war.Thus far they are Chieftains, Red Army and Red Storm Rising. Red Storm Rising is typical Clancy stuff. Interesting from a naval point of view but without much detail on the central front which is what I'm interested in. Writing about par for a thriller. The naval battles were played out with Harpoon - a naval wargame of legendary complexity. I find Clancy a guilty pleasure - like cheap sweets - his characters are not models of depth, but he (and it must be said Larry Bond) are eager for things to happen and to tell a story. The absence of which is the besetting sin of modern fiction.General Creamor is very keen to play the board game - which he can link with the Hunt for Red October board game I got him a while ago.Chieftains by Robert Forrest Webb is much bleaker and focused on the chaps at the sharp end specifically the armoured troops. Some well written stuff on the realities of living in armoured vehicle for prolonged periods of time. The ending is atrocious and essentially reads like the author wrote himself into a corner. I'll be culling a bunch of stuff about AFVs from it for my game.
Red Army is a book by an American spook specialising in the Red Menace andis probably the best of the lot. Not as good on technical detail, but wellwritten, things happen and some nicely observed characters. I'm about threequarters of the way through - my money is on a shock soviet win.Last shot in the locker is Team Yankee, which isn't availableelectronically, at least legally - so it will have to wait a while until I find a copy.