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Brasso, Blanco and Bull

Tony Thorne

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Memoirs, Prose: non-fiction

The comedy classic of life in National Service.

When Tony Thorne first turned up for his medical in 1956 he had little idea of the adventures he would face and the people he would encounter over the next two years in service. Brasso, Blanco & Bull is the hilarious account of life in National Service, where 23339788 Thorne faced the horrors of basic training, the boredom of the drill yard as well as the unforgettable camaraderie of the squad.


'This book took me back more years than I care to remember.' Bernard Cribbins, The Parachute Regiment, 1947-8

'A great reminder for those of us that did it and a great treat for those that didn't.' Windsor Davies, East Surrey Regiment, 1950-2

'More Virgin Soldiers just like the ones I remember. This lot made me laugh a lot.' Leslie Thomas, Royal Army Pay Corps 1949-51

'I thoroughly enjoyed the read.It took me back to my days of national service, most of which I enjoyed!'
Freddie Truman, OBE, Royal Air Force 1951-3

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Praise for Brasso, Blanco and Bull

  • A very funny and affectionate memoir - Daily Mail

  • Sheer hilarity - Soldier Magazine

  • A treasure house of memories for all those who were in national service. - Lord Ashdown

  • This lot made me laugh a lot. - Leslie Thomas

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