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Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank served as both Chief of the General Staff and Chief... Read More

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Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank served as both Chief of the General Staff and Chief of the Defense Staff under the governments of John Major and Tony Blair.The author has had an unparalleled military career, commanding at every level in the British Army from platoon to army, and serving the Welsh Guards and 22 SAS in Aden, Malaya, East Africa, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Germany.Peace, War and Whitehall will feature a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales.Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, GCB, GCVO, OBE, DL, was commissioned in 1959 and served with the Welsh Guards and the Special Air Service. He was Commander of NATO's Northern Army Group, 1992-93, Chief of the General Staff, 1994-97 and Chief of the Defence Staff, 1997-2001. He became a member of the House of Lords in 2001.'Charles Guthrie has been one of Britain's foremost soldiers as well as a terrific personality throughout his remarkable life. It is great that he is now telling his own story.' - Sir Max Hastings Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie commanded at every level in the British Army from platoon to army group, and was Britain's senior military commander at a time of great change. He oversaw the modernization of the armed forces following the Cold War years and led Britain's military involvement in operations in the Balkans and Sierra Leone. Charles Guthrie was commissioned into the British Army in 1959 at a time when Britain's influence was shrinking throughout the world, and Peace, War and Whitehall describes his operational experience with both the Welsh Guards and 22 SAS in Aden, Malaya, East Africa, Cyprus and Northern Ireland. As a senior officer he commanded the Welsh Guards during an operational tour of the Bandit Country of South Armagh at the height of the Troubles, before leading an armoured brigade in Germany in the midst of the Cold War, and eventually being appointed Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine and Northern Army Group as the Cold War ended and the former Yugoslavia began to disintegrate into savage internecine warfare. Peace, War and Whitehall details Lord Guthrie's extraordinary career from a young platoon commander through to Chief of the Defence Staff.Peace, War and Whitehall is the memoir of Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, who served as both Chief of the General Staff and Chief of the Defence Staff in the final years of the 20th century. It details his unique military career with the British Army, from his involvement in the small wars that punctuated Britain's withdrawal from Empire through to his leadership at the highest level in Britain's interventions in in the Balkans and Sierra Leone.Foreword: HRH The Prince of Wales Preface: Major General Richard Stanford, CB, MBE, Regimental Lieutenant Colonel, Welsh Guards List of Illustrations Prologue 1. Harrow 2. The Welsh Guards 3. Aden 4. The SAS 5. Germany 6. Belfast 7. Military Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff 8. Cyprus 9. Brigade Major, The Household Division 10. Commanding the Welsh Guards in Berlin 11. Commanding the Welsh Guards in South Armagh 12. The Coconut War 13. Commander, 4th Armoured Brigade 14. Sport 15. Reflections on Command 16. Kate 17. Commander-in-Chief British Army of the Rhine 18. Chief of the General Staff 19. Gold Stick, Colonel of The Life Guards 20. Chief of the Defence Staff 21. The Hinterland Epilogue Acknowledgements Index Pithy, humorous, engaging but above all wise. will guide future generations of our military leaders, but will also fascinate the general reader for their insights into how world-changing decisions are made.A lively and engaging account of a life well lived. [a] fascinating memoir.Charles Guthrie has been one of Britain's foremost soldiers as well as a terrific personality throughout his remarkable life. It is great that he is now telling his own story.[Lord Guthrie's] boldness and humour make the book fizz.There is profound wisdom in these engaging memoirs, written with wry humour and a deceptively light touch.

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Title: Peace, War and Whitehall
Author: Charles Guthrie
SKU: BK0455060
EAN: 9781472852328
Language: English

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Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, GCB, GCVO, OBE, DL, was commissioned in 1959 and served with the Welsh Guards and the Special Air Service. He was Commander of NATO's Northern Army Group, 1992-93, Chief of the General Staff, 1994-97 and Chief of the Defence Staff, 1997-2001. He became a member of the House of Lords in 2001.

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