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Waffen SS on the Eastern Front

This new book contains rare and never before published photos of the Waffen-SS in combat and at rest 1941-45. Quote "The author Ian Baxter obviously has a great eye for unusual and interesting photographs"

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Failure in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Britain got almost everything wrong and should admit its failure
Old news perhaps, but vehemently expressed by Rory Stewart MP in the Telegraph on Monday. Read ARRSE users' reactions in one of the busiest threads of the week.

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How can the Army develop a learning culture?1 min ago

To be fair that's kind of the idea behind targets, to get people to achieve them. The problem comes where idiots set targets to achieve one thing and, for reasons I've never, ever been able to fathom, expect something else to occur. Align your target with your desired output and things do...  »More

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Weapons, Equipment & Rations

Redesigning the Entrenching tool - more advice needed!3 mins ago

There was a book about Spetznaz with a photo of a bloke chucking a shovel into a target whilst diving through fire. Cold Steel make a replica of the Sov tool. I quite like the Russians, they do some unexpectedly flashy stuff which you wouldn't bet against working quite well

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Old & Bold

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Health and Fitness

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Current Affairs, News and Analysis

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Current Affairs, News and Analysis

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Economics

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There are a lot of amenities that people want but aren't prepared to pay for on an economic basis (i.e. without subsidy, cross charge or any other way of hiding the fact that a service or amenity doesn't wash its face. The fact is that the airline business in the UK is about as...  »More

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Current Affairs, News and Analysis

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Australia

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Current Affairs, News and Analysis

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DIY

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Current Affairs, News and Analysis

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The Intelligence Cell

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Military History and Militaria

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Books

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Review: Death on the Don: The Destruction of Germany’s Allies on the Eastern Front Jonathon Trigg.1 week ago

Nazi Germany’s assault on the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941, Operation Barbarossa, was the largest invasion in history. Almost 3.5 million men smashed into Stalin’s Red Army, reaching the gates of Leningrad, Moscow and Sevastopol. But not all

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Review; Images of War. Waffen-SS On The Eastern Front By Ian Baxter.1 week ago

This book is part of the Images of War series by the author. It contains rare and never before published photographs of the Waffen-SS in combat and at rest on the Eastern Front. Now as per the advert I can

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Review: Mad Mitch’s Tribal Law by Aaron Edwards1 week ago

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Review: Hearts of Green – John Marsh1 week ago

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Review: The Caravaggio Conspiracy by Alex Connor2 weeks ago

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Review: Combat Camera by Christian Hill2 weeks ago

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Review of The Fallen by John Garfield2 weeks ago

I thought I would have a quick read of this book, flicking through the photographs, noting the war cemeteries I have visited myself.  However, that was not to be.  I finished up spending hours with maps (and Google Earth) looking

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Review: A Very Strange Way To Go To War by Andrew Vine2 weeks ago

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Review: For Exemplary Bravery – The Queen’s Gallantry Medal by Nick Metcalfe MBE QGM2 weeks ago

Metcalfe has written an exemplary book about a medal awarded for Exemplary Bravery; an award that he himself holds. This must be the definitive record of this medal to date. It covers the situation prior to the initiation of the

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