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Books in brief: Boots on the Ground

"As recently as 1992 the size of the British Army was 145,000; now it is just 82,000"

By Saul David   December 2016

boots-on-groundBoots on the Ground: Britain and her Army since 1945 by Richard Dannatt (Profile, £25)

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…

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