Armoured Farmer is one man's story of his time in 3 Royal Tank Regiment, The Armoured Farmers, during the Cold War. The story is typical of the experiences of thousands of soldiers in the 1970s and 1980s. What sets it apart is that Arthur3bums actually bothered to write his down and get it published. I was in 15/19H and co-located with the author in Tidworth 77 and Paderborn until 82 and despite us being Recce and 3RTR being on tanks, Arthur3bum's and my careers and career paths were both remarkably similar and contemporaneous. Having previously performed final edits on a number of (non-Army-related) books, when Malcy announced that his magnum opus was close to fruition, I offered to review it for him seeing as how I could cast a uniquely dispassionate but experienced and qualified eye over it. The pre-publication copy dropped through my doorstep. No surprise then that it was a book and book-shaped. It had pretty pictures, which always appeals to us donkey-wallopers yer knar. What else can I say? No but seriously. Malcy has posted extracts on ARRSE and they have generally been well received. Let me assure you that the whole book is like that. Tells it like it is, reads easy (no pretentious writing or long words to have you reaching for the dictionary) and, true to life, there is always something to laugh about even when it's no laughing matter. He catches the squaddy sentiment in a way that nobody outside ever can or will. I could smell that distinctive smell of OEP220 on the Ferret park at Nicosia even though my sense of smell was struck off strength years ago. And I found myself reading it with a West Country accent. No idea why. I always felt I'd missed out when my local regiment was in the process of converting to Recce even as I joined and I missed out on my life-long dream of playing with big-boys' toys (not that I didn't feel fulfilled in the Recce role, you understand: playing with Chieftain was simply a tick in the box that I didn't get). For those who want to know what it was like in a tank on the front line of the Cold War, this is the book you need to read to get the warts and all. For those of you who were there, it's wonderful trip down Memory Lane, SP9 7QD without being an ego-trip. Malcy isn't afraid to put himself down when he thoroughly bliddy deserves it. Rather than a strict chronological history, much of the book is broken down into periods by type, for example troop training, FTX, Ranges, BATUS, etc, which makes for a remarkably easy read. You don't have to do so much flicking back to refer to previous events because they are all lumped together logically. All too quickly you'll come to the end of the book and wish for more. I bet the barsteward had that in mind all along. Sucker you lot all in, then issue a Volume 2 to take your money twice. It will be available in bookshops very shortly (some of them may even be good bookshops). Or you can order it direct from the author, Arthur3bums, here on ARRSE. OOH ARRRRRRRR. Points of zoyder arl round moy lovelies. And a bottle of Dog for me. NOTE TO MODS: The author would love this to become a sticky, pretty please. Edited once because some deletions from my original draft made a particular choice of words less than apposite.