After one abject defeat, and in the middle of a failing war, there has never been a better time for a book on the real problems besetting the British military service, the last institutional sacred cow. Losing Small Wars is a synthesis of personal insight and well-sourced academic reflection with a strong leavening of historical context. The book will be essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the British military in the 21st Century. A powerful critique of British military complacency and arrogance, Losing Small Wars will reshape attitudes to ‘the Best Counterinsurgency Army in the World’.
Losing Small Wars is no hatchet job, the book is written from the perspective of a retired officer who loves his country and service, but believes the time has come for the British military publicly to answer some tough questions; chief amongst them ‘Why has the British military machine so conspicuously failed in fighting its recent wars? It is written from a steady, respectful but critical perspective.
Ranging from a critique of supposed successes to a look at how the UK compares to the highly competent militaries, Losing Small Wars will suggest a way ahead in a world where 'wars amongst the people' demand skills and qualities the UK military badly needs to develop.
In fifteen years as a military intelligence officer, Frank Ledwidge served front line operational tours in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq - the latter as head of one of the joint-service multinational teams failing to find WMD. He was subsequently selected to head his service specialisation for two years. He is a graduate of the Joint Service Command and Staff College and has worked closely with US and other NATO forces including taking and passing the US Marine Counter-intelligence Course. He retired from the service in early 2009.
In his civilian life he is a...
More about Frank Ledwidge