"As recently as 1992 the size of the British Army was 145,000; now it is just 82,000"by Saul David / November 17, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in December 2016 issue of Prospect Magazine
Six years ago, the then General Sir Richard Dannatt published his hard-hitting autobiography Leading from the Front. Among other things, it excoriated Tony Blair’s Labour government for invading Iraq without good reason or proper post-war planning, and for sending its overstretched troops to Afghanistan before the former conflict had been resolved.
His latest book—written in conjunction with Sarah Ingham—is more ambitious in scope: it aims to provide a commentary on Britain since the Second World War, “seen through the perspective of the Army.” It contains many of the same merits of his earlier work—unflinching opinions set out in clear, concise prose—and represents, to date, the best account of the British soldier and the role he or she has played since 1945.