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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848841078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848841079
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Is the comprehensive guide that includes full and up to date details of the structure and organisation of today's British Army. It is essential reading for everyone with an interest in the current state of UK defence. - Tank Regiment

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 April 2012
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Most officers and soldiers within the British army confine their service to their own sphere of influence - gunners serving with the Royal Artillery, Paras serving with Airborne Forces are two examples with very few instances where such officers and soldiers would serve with, say, an armoured or engineer brigade. Consequently, many experienced service men and women are often unaware of `how the other half lives' inside the army and this book goes a long way to explain the makeup of those elements which may be unfamiliar.

This is not a book one can sit down and enjoy as a read. Instead it is a fully comprehensive explanation of the way in which the British army is structured - laid out in tabular form. As such, the 15 chapters are: Overview, Organisation, International Commitments, Units of the Regular Army (to late 2011), Household Cavalry and RAC, Armoured and Protected Vehicles, Infantry, Artillery, Army Aviation, Engineers, Communications, Combat Service Support, Joint Service Units, Recruiting - Selection and Training, Reserve Forces and Miscellaneous.

Infuriatingly, the book has no index which means that anyone wishing to look up a specific such as, say, Gurkhas, Guards or Medical Corps will have to troll through the detail contained below each chapter heading in order to find what they are searching for.

Two small errors relating to the formation of the Adjutant General's Corps in 1992; The Royal Army Chaplains Department is not part of the AGC. At the time of that particular phase of reorganisation, the RAChD refused to join because such a merger would place them within a structure of combatant troops and Chaplains are strictly non-combatant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AJ the hun on 16 Dec 2012
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If you have an interest in such things you will find this informative. Yes, it can be a bit tricky to find your way around but on the whole you can generally find what you are after. The book does seem to be pretty up to date and covers all the things you would expect - structure, equipment, training and includes the TA/Reserves as well.
All in all a very good reference work albeit not a particularly easy read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Williams on 13 April 2013
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A good basic snap-shot to the army today - covering briefly all aspects of deployment and arms. The detail is just right to give you a picture of what is going on in the British Army. However, for more information, you will need to consult other books. Great reference.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Calum Rankine on 24 April 2013
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I'm looking to join the army and was recommended to buy this book to brush up on all aspects of the British Army for interviews and tests, the book doesn't disappoint. Includes all you need to know and more, find out a lot I didn't know as well. Not set out like a story and is basically a book full of facts with descriptions so not a read for fun but for facts and knowledge
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Josh Durbin on 23 July 2012
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This book is one of the most insightful I have ever read.
Although it can get tedious for those who lack interest in The British Army, the layout and script are very easy to comprehend and Charles Heyman makes the most complicated system very simple.
The 'piece du resistance' is the selection of quotes at the back of the book. A good laugh and a very lighthearted way to finish a diction.
Overall this book is a good read, very intelligently done, and captures the 2020 changes in the Army, explaining the reasons for the change and making it all very simple.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SaintBob on 10 Sep 2012
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Good overview of the formation of today's Army before the Government savage our fighting forces even more. Suspect morale within the ever-decreasing Army described here is falling.
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Stating that it has been updated since 2010 is a load of crap to be honest. It still has a lot of relevant info but its literally just been a reprinted cover from 2009.
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Very good for revising for an Army officer interview. Good coverage of all the equipment used by the British Army.
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