Stopped at Stalingrad: The Luftwaffe and Hitler's Defeat in the East, 1942-1943 (Modern War Studies)
I like to read, I like to read a lot.
Relates the story, and use, of armed military cargo planes as gunships. The development was fast from the first AC-47 *) gunships with three 7.62 mm Gatling guns with a crayon cross on the port cockpit windows as a fore sight to the later AC-130 equipped with low-light-vision TV, infrared read optics, 20 and 40 mm canons and a 105 mm canon in the later versions of the AC-130.
A very interesting book and by many considered as the 'standard book' on the development of gunships
*) Initially the 'type key' should have been FC-47 - as in Fighter Cargo. But the fighter community protested vigorously; They did not want the word 'fighter' connected with a slow, lumbering, WWII vintage cargo plane. That would simply be unbearable.. Hence the AC as in Attack Cargo
I grew up in the shadow of the Cold War.
But fortunately young and blissfully unaware of the thousands of nuclear IBM missiles and millions of Warsaw Pact troops ready to attack us from only a few miles away in Russia, Poland and DDR.
Hence I like to read about the period, to read about what I should have been worried about and afraid of. Sometimes it is even possible for me to 'connect' some of my own memories from the period with some of the events described in books like this.
I can recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of The Wall