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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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Current Affairs, News and Analysis

UKIP Racist campaign ?50 secs ago

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The Book Club

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Endeavour Newsletter 23 April 2014 Just some of the books on offer:  »More

Shooting, Hunting and Fishing

Springs?7 mins ago

Chap at "Derbyshire Arms" is a decent sort, makes muskets. He may know someone. His house is worth a visit, a pair of 50's semis knocked through and fully half timbered. Like a museum inside and rammed full of guns. Forge out the back. Posted from the ARRSE Mobile app (iOS or Android)

Current Affairs, News and Analysis

Crimea Heating Up...11 mins ago

What is being missed here is that non-citizenship brings with it the ability for visa free travel to Russia AND throughout Europe... How many others have that? Who would change it? The Latvian Civil Service is paid around €1000 a month. A G1 can earn 2k. Absolute peanuts, and little acorns...  »More

The Intelligence Cell

War On Porn.12 mins ago

I think company firewalls are largely aided by the employee computers being heavily locked down too. It is not the job of private companies nor the government to try apply moral values to something they don't like. Either way I'll still have porn. Sent from my GT-I9195 using Tapatalk

Weapons, Equipment & Rations

Search for an *Ally* star12 mins ago

Sometimes it's what you're not wearing that makes you ally. This was taken in Kiev during the Maidan riots, back in January. There's CS gas everywhere and its -20°C. Journos: furry hoods, respirators, hard hats. Ukrainian Red Cross bloke: waterproof, Norwegian, Red Cross emblem

Current Affairs, News and Analysis

Scottish Independence Round 223 mins ago

We prefer to use the word "induced" or "persuaded". A stick may be used, in either eventuality.

Royal Signals

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Join the Army - Regular Soldier Recruitment

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Current Affairs, News and Analysis

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Weapons, Equipment & Rations

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Films, Music and All Things Artsy

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I wonder how Crimson Field looks against the stuff in Lynn McDonald's [?] Roses of No-Man's Land. I think missus has a copy - must dig that out. Reminds me: according to mrs Stonker, all her QA/exQA mates decided to boycott the show after Episode 1, 'cos the director decided the old...  »More


Review – The Great War for Peace by WIlliam Mulligan1 day ago

A different perspective on the Great War. Not all of it is unique, novel or for that matter perceptive, but Mulligan does provide some valid and interesting points, despite the book meandering through all sorts of concepts, almost like a


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Set against the backdrop of the Peninsular War, the maverick officer, Captain James Keane, and his band of (not so) reformed rogues cock a snook at one of Napoleons generals and bring the massive French army to battle at a


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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


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


Review: Look Who’s Back, A Merciless Satire by Timur Vermes1 week 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


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

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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


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


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: The Road to Dunkirk by Charles More2 weeks ago

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