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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, which is here:  http://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/review-2-paras-battle-for-darwin-hill-and-goose-green-by-david-j-kenney.214066/, read it and you may understand

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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 describes his early life in Tanzania, until expulsion, and his

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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, to whom is it aimed?  Sebastian Faulks has co-edited this

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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 it necessary to mention, is that the book is not a

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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 battle the Pathfinders fought to stop the RUF taking the

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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 author for so many years. According to Phil Baker in

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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 in 1915, his service in 47 (London) Division, to his

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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 book about how those of German descent fought for Britain,

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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 Taranto through to smaller skirmishes by the coastal forces. There

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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 Leader Hartley-Penrose (a pilot) and a USAAF Lieutenant Olson (a

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