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Pte. Silcox
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posted 28 January 2021 22:16      Profile for Pte. Silcox   Email Pte. Silcox   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Has anybody ever read "The Sharp End: A Soldiers Story" by James R. Davis?

I've only read a little bit of it and it sounded pretty good, a canadian soldier (from recruit to seargeant) tells his storys about rwanda, yugoslavia and someother places

anyways, have you read it, what do you think?

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posted 29 January 2021 15:32      Profile for Argyll_2347   Email Argyll_2347   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes! 3 times!

It's great! I am reading Fortune's Warriors by him right now.

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posted 11 February 2021 13:31      Profile for GodOSigs   Email GodOSigs      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Roger! Thought it was a pretty good account of things as they were. A little bit on the cowboy side though and some of the opinions expressed are open for discussion. Over all a great book. If you want to expand on it read. The Lion, the Fox and the Eagle.
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posted 11 February 2021 14:29      Profile for fusilier   Email fusilier   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well I read this book as well. It was a good read and gives a fairly good idea of what life is like in the infantry. However it is a lot different than that, not all of us are in recce platoon. As much as we wish we were
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posted 13 February 2021 21:21      Profile for Highlander   Email Highlander   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm new to the list, but if I can say anything about the Sharp End, it is that it's agreat book. All of you know how hard it is to describe the military and the emotions that soldiers get when they are doing their job, I think that Davis has done a really good job of it.
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posted 15 February 2021 23:22      Profile for Doug     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Davis is a good story teller, I'll give him that. But don't believe everything you read.


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posted 18 February 2021 08:13      Profile for aa     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I would just echo the point that you shouldn't believe everything that you read (obviously) and I can definitely say that applies to Jim's books.....I'll leave it at that.
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posted 06 March 2021 08:21      Profile for meathead     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Aside from the fact that you can not always believe what you read, I think it is great to have a book by a Canadian soldier about a Canadian Soldier. Even though I have never served with the Royal Canadian Regiment or in a recce platoon, being a fellow soldier there are aspects of his career I can relate to and that is the attractive aspect of the book. I would recommend it to anyone.
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posted 09 March 2021 21:22      Profile for noneck   Email noneck   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have read both of the books The Sharp End and Fortunes Warriors. I find both of them to be well written and informative.In addition I think that it's great to have a Canadian soldier write about modern day soldiering. We need more of these types of educated rank and file soldiers to provide the Canadian public with an accurate portrayal of the profession of arms in Canada.
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