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Positives from Afghan Campaign

After over a decade in Afghanistan, with a vast amount of blood and treasure spilled, are there any positives that we can take away? How about better kit, improved training or the suggestion that we'll be leaving behind a credible and effective ANSF?

» Positives from Afghan Campaign

Charlie Gee T-Shirts - All profits to Royal British Legion

Do you remember the mighty dealer of death to russki tanks/ argie submarines? Also sometimes known as the stuff of nightmares.. If so you might be interested to know that an enterprising ARRSEr is currently getting some t-shirts made up featuring the beast.

» Charlie Gee T-Shirts - All profits to Royal British Legion

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Thatcher's Gamble Review: Mrs Thatcher’s Gamble and the Corps of The Royal Marines by David J Kenney - (South Georgia Island April 1982)  My apologies to AY for the extremely late review of this book. I had been very reluctant to pick it up and do the business after reviewing another of the authors’ books on the FI,
War Medic Hero Review: War Medic Hero by M Naya - This book, written by his brother Michael, simply describes the life of Sergeant Pierre Naya. I say simply, but that is far from the reality. Pierre was born in Tanzania, and with a family descended from the Seychelles. The book
Broken World Review: A Broken World by Sebastian Faulks - The anniversary of the Great War sees a rash of just in time publications of contemporary letters and quotations. The first question is does this book adds  to the canon of First World War literature and secondly , if so,
Capital ships at war Review: Capital Ships At War 1939-1945 by John Grehan and Martin Mace. - Capital Ships At War 1939-1945.  Is a fascinating insight into some of the most famous battles fought by the Royal Navy in the Second World War, alongside some of those that are less prominent. The first thing that I feel
Op Mayhem Review: Operation Mayhem by Steve Heaney MC with Damien Lewis - This is a first-hand account of the Pathfinders’ actions in Sierra Leone as part of the UK’s operations there in 1999.  Steve Heaney was the Pathfinder Platoon Sergeant at the time and gives a dramatic and eye-opening account of the
Research Review: Research by Philip Kerr - I am the only person of my acquaintance never to have read a book by Philip Kerr; until “Auld Yin” asked me to review his latest novel “Research,” for ARRSE. I now wonder how I failed to notice this good
Harry's War Review: Harry’s War by Harry Stinton, Ed by Virginia Mayo - This small book has been republished to coincide with the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. In it is reproduced extracts from a diary that Harry Stinton kept of his time in the army from his volunteering
a german tommy Review: A German Tommy by Ken Anderson - This book is subtitled the secret of war hero.  In actual fact the book was a slight disappointment to me.  The style was fine, I just found the content lacking somewhat. It could and should have been a very interesting
51jxcIbZMGL._ Review: War at Sea in the Mediterranean 1940-44 byJohn Greham & Martin Mace - This book is a unique collection of the actual battle reports from ships and Admirals during the War in the Mediterranean 1940 to 1944.  It covers famous events such as the Malta convoys and the Fleet Air Arm action at
DDay spy Review of The D-Day Spy by Peter Tong -   This is the second book in a series of three, all of them taking place in World War II. The first book, Island Of Steel, involves a group of seven people brought together by unusual circumstances. An RAF Squadron
griffin-armoured-survivor-ipad2-case-2 Griffin Survivor Case for iPad - They have been stood on, dropped, thrown at people and buried under a load of stuff. But all my mobile phones have sat boxed until the otterbox or griffin case arrives. These things are a bit fiddly to get on
Battles of a gunner officer Review: Battles Of A Gunner Officer by John Philip Jones - The gunner officer in question is Major Peter Pettit of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC). Via his diary and letters we follow him through Tunisia, Sicily and Normandy, finally crossing north-west Europe and over the Rhine into Germany.  Peter Pettit
Battle of the Bulge Review:The Battle of the Bulge: Hitler’s Final Gamble by Patrick Delaforce - In 1944, the war in Europe was not going well for Germany and her allies. The Allied campaigns in Italy, southern France and Normandy were taking their toll on the Axis and it was obvious that the Allies were making
8th Army in Italy Review: Eighth Army In Italy 1943-45 by Richard Doherty - This is a new history of the Eighth Army in Italy, a period of the war in a theatre often overlooked.  The author, Richard Doherty, has written a detailed history of both the army and its commanders .The author describes
1914 The Year the World Ended Review: 1914 The Year The World Ended by Paul Ham. - In August 1914 the Europeans powers plunged the world in to a war that would kill or maim 37 million people, tear down the fabric of society and uproot ancient political systems to set the world on course for the bloodiest

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