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This review is from: Picking Up the Brass (Paperback)
At last! A book about the British Army that doesn't make it sound like one long ego trip at the end of which you get to call everyone a "hat" or a REMF, despite the fact that you left years ago and now spend most of your time strapped to a word processor! This type of book used to be common place when ex-national servicemen like Spike Milligan got out and got on with poking a bit of fun at themselves and their experiences. Nowadays it seems to be about how far your "stare" goes, how tough you are and how crap everyone else is.
Bell and Deacon have found a way of describing what it is to be one of the anti-elite, an ordinary squaddie, in way that is amusing but truthful. If you served, are serving or are thinking about it, you need to read this book. I can't wait for the sequel. This goes right up there with Milligan, and the Virgin Soldiers series.