Boots on the Ground (Ebook)

Britain and her Army since 1945

Richard Dannatt

A vivid and fascinating account of Britain and her Army since 1945, told by the former head of the British Army

On Lüneberg Heath in 1945, the German High Command surrendered to Field Marshall Montgomery; in 2015, seventy years after this historic triumph, the last units of the British Army finally left their garrisons next to Lüneberg Heath.

Boots on the Ground is the story of those years, following the British Army against the backdrop of Britain's shifting security and defence policies. From the decolonisation of India to the two invasions of Iraq, and, of course, Ireland, the book tracks the key historical conflicts, both big and small, of Britain's transformation from a leading nation with some 2 million troops in 1945, to a significantly reduced place on the world stage and fewer than 82,000 troops in 2015. Despite this apparent de-escalation, at no point since WWII has Britain not had 'boots on the ground' - and with the current tensions in the Middle East, and the rise of terrorism, this situation is unlikely to change.

Sir Richard Dannatt brings forty years of military service, including as Chief of Staff, to tell the fascinating story of how the British Army has shaped, and been shaped by, world events from the Cold War to the Good Friday Agreement. Whether examining the fallout of empire in the insurgencies of Kenya and Indonesia, the politically fraught battle for the Falklands, the long-standing conflict in Ireland or Britain's relationship with NATO and experience of fighting with - or for - America, Dannatt examines the complexity of perhaps the greatest British institution.

Publication date: 03/10/2016

£8.99

ISBN: 9781782831235

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B01ENDTG2M

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics

Boots on the Ground (Paperback)

Britain and her Army since 1945

Richard Dannatt

A vivid and fascinating account of Britain and her Army since 1945, told by the former head of the British Army

On Lüneberg Heath in 1945, the German High Command surrendered to Field Marshall Montgomery; in 2015, seventy years after this historic triumph, the last units of the British Army finally left their garrisons next to Lüneberg Heath.

Boots on the Ground is the story of those years, following the British Army against the backdrop of Britain's shifting security and defence policies. From the decolonisation of India to the two invasions of Iraq, and, of course, Ireland, the book tracks the key historical conflicts, both big and small, of Britain's transformation from a leading nation with some 2 million troops in 1945, to a significantly reduced place on the world stage and fewer than 82,000 troops in 2015. Despite this apparent de-escalation, at no point since WWII has Britain not had 'boots on the ground' - and with the current tensions in the Middle East, and the rise of terrorism, this situation is unlikely to change.

Sir Richard Dannatt brings forty years of military service, including as Chief of Staff, to tell the fascinating story of how the British Army has shaped, and been shaped by, world events from the Cold War to the Good Friday Agreement. Whether examining the fallout of empire in the insurgencies of Kenya and Indonesia, the politically fraught battle for the Falklands, the long-standing conflict in Ireland or Britain's relationship with NATO and experience of fighting with - or for - America, Dannatt examines the complexity of perhaps the greatest British institution.

Publication date: 25/05/2017

£10.99

ISBN: 9781781253816

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: History & Classics

Reviews for Boots on the Ground

'A vital read for any politician taking decisions about military intervention.'

Nia Griffith The Times, must-read military books of the year

'An intriguing book, fearlessly pulling no punches, and thought-provoking at every turn'

Robert Fox Evening Standard

'Essential reading...a book for the shelves of everyone who cares about British history and our future in the world'

 Mature Times

'Ambitious...to date, the best account of the British soldier and the role he or she has played since 1945'

 Prospect

'Boots on the Ground is a crisply written and fascinating account not just of where the British Army has fought or peace-kept in the years since 1945 but of its place in a changing society too. A book of high value and great relevance.'

Lord Peter Hennessy 

'Ably and interestingly carries forward to the present day the story of the army as a key player in British national life.'

Corelli Barnett, author of 'Britain and Her Army' 

Richard Dannatt

Richard Dannatt

General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL served in the army from 1971-2009, during which time he led troops in Ireland and Kosovo and held the positions of Commander-in-Chief, Land Command and Chief of the General Staff. He is now Constable of the Tower of London, where he lives. His autobiography is Leading from the Front (Corgi, 2010).