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Review: No Surrender in Burma by Fred C Goode.

Operations Behind Japanese Lines  Capture And Torture : Lance Corporal Goode was a member of the Special Services Detachment 11 ( middle East).  he was a natural linguist speaking Chinese and  some of the India dialects Their role was to support Chang Kai-Shek’s army fighting the Japanese fighting in Japanese held

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Review: Orde Wingate, Unconventional Warrior by Simon Anglim

Major-General Orde Wingate (1903-44) was in his lifetime, and remains, a controversial and divisive figure. He was revered by some officers like “Mad Mike” Calvert and strongly reprehended by others as a maverick. However, although some of his opinions may at the time have seemed outrageous, the maverick has turned

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Review:Kitchener’s Army by Peter Simkin

This excellent book is yet another Pen and Sword re-release, this time in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum. The subtitle is The Raising of the New Armies 1914-1916. It was first published in 1988 but does not feel dated at all. The subject matter is well laid out and

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Book Review: The Samurai Warrior by Ben Hubbard

This book explains a key era in Japanese history; the founding of the samurai as the dominant culture in Japan after centuries of warfare and established 250 years of peace and international isolationism.

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Review Of Fatty O’Leary’s Dinner Party By Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith, as the author of novels, short stories and books for children effectively has more than one career because he is already a well known professor of medical law.

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Book Review: Till the Boys Come Home by Tonie & Valmai Holt

During the First World War communication was purely by snail mail, no telephones/email/Skype to enable soldiers and their families to stay in touch.  One of the favourite ways was postcards and what the authors have done here is to bring a review of postcards sent during the War both from

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Book Review: The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey

Some ARRSE members may already have read Catherine Bailey’s intriguing book Black Diamonds, about the fall of the Earls Fitzwilliam of Wentworth Woodhouse.  If you enjoyed that, you are likely to enjoy The Secret Rooms as well. This book was first published in 2012 and was recently re-published by Penguin

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Book Review: Deep Sea Attack by Martin W. Bowman

This book describes the RAF’s campaign against the German Navy and Merchant Marine in the Atlantic, North Sea and English Channel. This was a vital part of the war, firstly in ensuring the UK’s survival and later in turning the screw on the blockade of Germany and preventing Kriegsmarine action

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Book Review: Deep Sea Hunters by Martin W Bowman

One of the major British concerns during the Second World War was maintaining sufficient imports of food and materiel for the population to avoid starvation and be able to fight.  The German U Boat campaign threatened to win the war.  Its ultimate failure to do so was caused by a

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Review: Unmanned by Dan Fesperman

The banner journo header on the cover reads “A new book by Dan Fesperman is becoming a major literary event” – Sunday Telegraph. Can’t say I agree, not on the evidence of this particular novel. I am unfamiliar with Dan Fesperman. Before reading “Unmanned”, a quick look at his back

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