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Taking Command by General Sir David Richards
  

Taking Command

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Retiring in 2013 after 40 years of Army service, General Sir David Richards has been one of our most highly praised Generals, an outspoken voice on the state of the modern armed forces. His outspokenness and candour extends to his autobiography, detailing a career that has led him from Germany, Northern Ireland to Afghanistan and advisor to the Government during the crises in Libya and Syria. His views on the changing nature of the army as he’s experienced it and what he feels the future holds for the British Military make for startling reading.

~ Sue Baker

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Over forty years, General Sir David Richards served in theatres of operations in Germany, Iraq and East Timor, and in Afghanistan he became the first British general since the Second World War to take overall wartime command of American forces. More recently, as Chief of the Defence Staff, he oversaw the controversial Strategic Defence and Security Review. Richards has not always endeared himself to his superiors. With justification, he went outside his official remit to unilaterally authorise British intervention in Sierra Leone in 2000, confident that this was a moral necessity, and in doing so halted the depredations of the RUF rebels. His candid account offers an authoritative insight into the state of our military today.
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Taking Command by General Sir David Richards

General Sir David Richards is one of the best known British generals of modern times. In 2013 he retired after over forty years of service in the British Army and a career that had seen him rise from junior officer with 20 Commando to Chief of the Defence Staff, the professional head of the British Armed Forces. He served in the Far East, Germany, Northern Ireland and East Timor. He was the last Governor of Berlin's Spandau Prison, when Rudolf Hess, Hitler's deputy, was its sole prisoner. In 2005 he was appointed Commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in Afghanistan and as commander of NATO forces became the first British General to command US Forces in combat since the Second World War. In 2000, Richards won acclaim when he brought together a collation of forces in Sierra Leone to stop the ultra-violent Revolutionary United Front from attacking the capital, Freetown. In so doing he ended one of the bloodiest civil wars to bedevil the region. He did so without the official sanction of London, and failure could have cost him his career. As Chief of the Defence Staff he advised the government during the crises and interventions in Libya and Syria and oversaw the controversial Strategic Defence and Security Review. Taking Command is Richards' characteristically outspoken account of a career that took him into the highest echelons of military command and politics. Written with candour, and often humour, his story reflects the changing reality of life for the modern soldier over the last forty years and offers unprecedented insight into the readiness of our military to tackle the threats and challenges we face today.

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A fascinating book on the British Army from the 1970s to today--The Spectator


About the Author

General Sir David Richards served in the Far East, Germany and Northern Ireland before commanding deployments in East Timor and Sierra Leone, where his intervention in the civil war, without official sanction from London, proved decisive in ending years of factional fighting. He later served with NATO and led ISAF forces in Afghanistan, becoming the first British general to command US forces in a theatre of war since World War II. David Richards became Commander-in-Chief Land Forces of the British Army in 2008 and held that role until 2009, when he was appointed Chief of the General Staff. In 2010 he was appointed as Chief of the Defence Staff, the professional head of the British Armed Forces, and served in that position until 2013.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th June 2015

Author

General Sir David Richards

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Publisher

Headline Book Publishing an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History
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Autobiography: historical, political & military
Warfare & defence

ISBN

9781472220875

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