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Asolo PW MATIC 200 GV

Well those lovely folk at Asolo responded to my email regarding ‘professional field testing arrse style’ and got their UK distributor to sort me out with a pair of boots! Having spoken to Brendan, I opted for the PW Matic 200 GV’s.

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Review: British Cultural Memory and the Second World War, Noakes and Pattinson [Eds}

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This George Santayana quotation has been used and misquoted by many people. It begs the questions “What is memory and how does it function?” ARRSE reflects this sometimes in November with “Poppy Outrage” and “Proper Remembering” threads.

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Review: Seaforth World Naval Review 2015

A welcome arrival at the Subsunk RHQ is this year’s Seaforth World Naval Review, which is starting to become the reviewer’s annual ‘state of the nation’ for global naval affairs. 2015’s volume follows the standard SWNR format, broken down as it is into a global overview, a high-level summary of world

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Review: The Death’s Heads Chess Club by John DONOGHUE

This is a fictional story set in the darkest of places, Auschwitz at the height of The Final Solution.  It is also set in 1962 in the city of Amsterdam which is the venue for a chess tournament, the winner of which will be able to take part in the

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Review: Rome’s Lost Son by Robert Fabbri

Nero is two steps away from Emperorship, his father Emperor Claudius (the stutterer) has many enemies and favours his other son Britannicus , Messalina plots ruthlessly for Britannicus and with a weak emperor in control, lethal factions jockey for position. In the middle of all of this Vespasian delivers the captured British

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The Secret World of the Victorian Lodging House Joseph O’Neill.

“Criminals, Drifters, Beggars and the Shoeless plus all manner of itinerant persons of the underclass passed at some time or another through the Victorian Lodging House.  These places were to be found in every town or city  where they were seen as the schools for  prostitutes and apprenticed thieves.   The

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Review: The Prey by Tony Park

Seen by some as the successor to Wilbur Smith, Tony Park’s love and knowledge of the South African bush is obvious to the reader and forms the backdrop to his latest novel. The hero of the piece is Cameron McMurtrie, manager of a gold mine that is having problems with

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Review: The War In Italy 1943 – 1944. By John Grehan and Martin Mace

As the authors say “The objective of this book is to reproduce the despatches of Alexander and Cunningham……….they have not been modified in any way and are therefore the original and unique words of the commanding officers as they saw things at the time“. There are three shorter despatches: 1.Viscount

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Review: The Saxon Network by Norman Hartley

An easy to follow and difficult to put down detective story based on a character who is ex-military and an ex MI6 intelligence officer. Without giving too much away, John Saxon finds himself confronted in his new job at the BBC World Service by well-connected bad guys from his past,

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Review: Brothers in Blood by Simon Scarrow

Continuing the series following Prefect Cato and his sidekick Centurion Macro, this book sees them in cold damp Britain as part of a battle depleted 14th Legion.  Having fallen foul of the powers that be by actually winning a battle, Cato has been assigned the task of looking after the

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