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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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Cars, Bikes 'n AFVs

Slightly different buying experience.....9 mins ago

Ok I need to talk to the accountant, unfortunately unless I hire a car its not 100% tax deductible which is how I keep a pick up at home and drive an estate to work.

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Army Reserve

Reserve Training9 mins ago

Our partner regiment when we form the new regiment will be the scotch DG's who will be based in Edinburgh when they quit Germany and since our new hq will be in Edinburgh seems for us at least they have been sensible Posted from the ARRSE Mobile app (iOS or Android)

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ARRSE: Site Issues

Upgrade News10 mins ago

can you post links to examples please or upload the trouble ones in this thread? Otherwise we have little hope of working it out.

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Current Affairs, News and Analysis

Al-Sweady Inquiry: Claims Dropped14 mins ago

I like the 'ammunition infected with tuberculosis' claim, Iraqis (like many Arabs depending on the level of education) live on rumours no matter how ridiculous. I recall the accusation that US helicopters were dropping irradiated plates onto houses in Fallujah and that a shipment of blood...  »More

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Education and Resettlement Courses

New Bucks University - MSc in Organisational Resilience16 mins ago

I 'blagged' my Honours Degree somewhat - I managed to get my previous experience accredited as a GCGI with the City and Guilds Institute, as it's accredited at QCF Level 6:  »More

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Military History and Militaria

Unknown Colours17 mins ago

Gary please..... Trying to impose commonsense in anything to do with the Household is a contradiction of every Regimental tradition, we have fine tuned doing it the hard way with no rhyme or reason for centuries, and offering any explaination would just be an admission of failure. Laying up colours...  »More

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Armed Forces Pension Scheme

Advise on war pension appeal19 mins ago

Hello and thankyou for replying to me.. yes sorry i do understand all of that,I would have contacted her but have no way of doing so.. i am just really very anxious and do not know the procedure I got an email from RBL on the Monday 14th telling me i had representation and only gave the reps...  »More

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Hardware - PCs, Consoles, Gadgets

Dell KM362 Keyboard20 mins ago

It sounds like you have a US keyboard if the @ is on the number 2, or an international keyboard. On Win 7 you need to change the Format and the keyboard to match the type of keyboard. See here:  »More

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Cookery

"Foreign" food in the UK22 mins ago

Cheers for that, I've gone off Frank Cooper's too, without really knowing why. Tiptree stuff is good as is Prince Charles' Duchy wotnot, although I've only had his strawberry jam (it's good of him to find the time to make it). I also like- although being French it took a...  »More

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Police, PMCs, Security

PMCs in AFG: expedient, disposable and replacement for NATO?30 mins ago

The rules for PMCs, or Risk Management Companies as they are now known as, are very strict and well laid down by both MoFA and MoI out here. Unless they are above board and fully licensed with correctly vetted operators they can expect the NDS to come knocking with huge fines and expulsion to...  »More

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Current Affairs, News and Analysis

New national Anthem32 mins ago

I'm not a great fan of Hugo Boss old boy. Much more of a Saville Row Navy pin stripe. And I'll take spotted dick and custard over apfel strudle any day of the week. Mind you, Brattys, frikedela and Herfy pils could sway the argument however as far as I'm concerned they and BAOR were...  »More

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Armed Forces Pension Scheme

Can SPVA get any worse33 mins ago

Great that you have contributed but it would be a lot more helpful if: a. You mentioned what the parliamentary ombudsman investigated as someone else may be able to quote it in their appeals b. What procedures spva haven't implemented, again so others can use it in their battles with spva...  »More

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Shooting, Hunting and Fishing

Pistols Hot or Not-Show Us Yer Kit (real or for those in England, imagined)35 mins ago

Talking of strapless revolvers, anyone seen a calculation that compares the loading in a Colt Dragoon to a modern nitro load? Just curious; I imagine that c. 50 grains of BP must be at least something like .44 Special nitro load.

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ARRSE: Site Issues

Email Notifications Issues35 mins ago

definitely working so far. By the way have you seen that in 'watched threads' you can choose to see all watched threads, or only those that have a new post. Are those two lists correct?

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Books

Review: God of Vengeance by Giles Kristian2 days ago

The year is 785 and King Gorm has betrayed an oath and slain Jarl Harald and his village, with the exception of his youngest son, Sigurd, who manages to escape the slaughter. Sigurd is hell bent on revenge and is

Books

Review: Death on the Don: The Destruction of Germany’s Allies on the Eastern Front Jonathon Trigg.2 days 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

Books

Review; Images of War. Waffen-SS On The Eastern Front By Ian Baxter.4 days 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

Books

Review: Look Who’s Back, A Merciless Satire by Timur Vermes6 days ago

This mercilessly satirical novel sends up our media-obsessed society in a splendid way, pulling no punches and sparing no-one. It has sold 1.5 million copies in Germany and has been translated into 38 languages. It has already been optioned for

Books

Review: Mad Mitch’s Tribal Law by Aaron Edwards6 days ago

Subtitled ‘Aden and the End of Empire’, this excellent book describes the Arab insurgency and end of British colonial rule in Aden, and its hinterland, the Radfan.  All aspects are covered, predominantly from the British perspective but the focus of

Books

Review: Hearts of Green – John Marsh1 week ago

Review brought over from Rum Ration Well, what could possibly go wrong? I read the book over a couple of evenings, sat in my comfy old armchair, with a good slug of finest brandy. It was a fair old yarn,

Books

Review: The Caravaggio Conspiracy by Alex Connor1 week ago

This book follows on from “The Rembrandt Secret” but is a standalone book in its own right. However, reading the first would put a lot of the characters into perspective. The lead character, Gil, worked as an investigator in the

Books

Review: Combat Camera by Christian Hill1 week ago

From Auntie Beeb to the Afghan Frontline .  May 2011, Afghanistan: Camp Bastion is under attack, the Sun’s defense editor is about to catch  the wrong helicopter, and a famous TV war reporter (and actor) is missing half his kit

Books

Review of The Fallen by John Garfield1 week 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

Books

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

This is the excellently narrated story, now released in paperback, of how the P&O liner Canberra was requisitioned (STUFT) in 1982 and despatched to the Falklands War as a troopship. The book covers in fine detail the commandeering, conversion and

Books

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

Books

Review: The Road to Dunkirk by Charles More2 weeks ago

This is a book about a battle which was overshadowed by Operation Dynamo. It concerns the battle of the Ypres -Comines Canal in 1940. Once the writer gets into his stride, and describes the battle itself, its an exciting and

Books

Review: The Ill-Fated Battalion by Peter Sain Ley Berry2 weeks ago

Sub-titled “The Story of the 7th (Leith) Royal Scots at Quintinshill and Gallipoli, 1915” Once again I will declare an interest here as The Royal Scots was my former Regiment (not that one ever fully ‘leaves’ a Regiment!)  I previously

Books

Review: Great War, The Countdown to Global Conflict by Ian Welch2 weeks ago

On 7th. August 1914 the first British troops of the BEF commanded by Field Marshal John French  landed in France. They had been deployed in response to the German invasion of Belgium which violated the treaty of London 1839 and

Books

Review: Chemical Soldiers by Donald Richter2 weeks ago

Donald Richter has written the first new history of the Special Brigade since 1934.The story of the officers and men of this unique and sparsely recorded formation. All of whose members have long since died and whose memory is preserved

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