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Review:  Commando Despatch Rider by Raymond Mitchell

When war was declared in September 1939, Raymond Mitchell was two months short of his nineteenth birthday and determined to get into action. However, the death of his brother (an RAF Sergeant Pilot) some two weeks later, resulted in him delaying joining up until February 1940 in deference to his

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Review: If England Were Invaded by William Le Queux

This book is a reprint of the novel ‘The Invasion of 1910’ by William Le Queux. Think of Le Queux as a prototypical Tom Clancey and you have the gist of the novel. It covers in considerable detail a hypothetical Germen incursion into England. The novel was a sensation at

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Review: The Return by Michael Gruber

As far as book concepts go, The Return is pretty simple. Richard Marder is a sixty – something book editor who has acquired a degree of wealth over the years, and, upon being diagnosed with a terminal condition, decides to up sticks and head to Mexico – the land of

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Review: The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen

Ok, not the one with Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin, nor the one with Body and Doyle and the very fetching cardigans. These professionals are somewhat different.Four friends, one a woman, caught up in the dismal job market.These are intelligent and able young graduates, trying herd to earn a living

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Review: The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan – 70th Anniversary Edition

Many of you will have read The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan in the 55 years since its first publication, indeed many, like myself, will have read it several times and it will be a well-thumbed, well loved book on your milhist bookshelf.  To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day,

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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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