Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs: Blundering and Waste in the Armed Forces
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Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs: Blundering and Waste in the Armed Forces

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Author Lewis Page set off a firestorm of controversy and accusations when he wrote an explosive story on the British military’s most useless and expensive hardware. In this puckish and provocative book, he tells the full story.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 23rd 2006 by William Heinemann
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Steve Switzer
Superb really entertaining to read and having been in the army for 12 years
myself I can well believe the cockups in here
I remember in Germany we used to have 'fashion parades' where the bods with the
most patched acid splashed combats were whittled down to a few who would get
a new jacket.. the rest of us looked like 'patches' out of the song.
So the idea that the 3 tribes only care about each other and that we keep pointless
scouting armoured unit battalions so the pointless rodneys of the cavalry...more
I became familiar with Lewis Page from his covering of the defense stories on The Register, and his unending rants on the extraordinary unnecessary burden shouldered by the British taxpayer to support the armed forces–an unusual position for an ex-naval officer. His coverage showed passion and strong opinions which piqued my interest, but they were limited in scope to the story at hand and did not form a coherent whole. This book, written before he acquired his full-time role at El Reg, lays out...more
Neil Booth
It is an interesting book and the author makes a lot of good and valid points and it would certainly be interesting to hear his thoughts considering what has changed since the book was first written. Some of his points have unfortunately come true, i.e. in Syria, which he indicated was unlikely to happen and consequently there is no opinion about what should be used to defend against this. I also feel he misses the self defence measures he would put in place should missiles slip through the airc...more
The factual errors and lack of knowledge in some areas detract from basically sound arguments,
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