With the end of the Cold War and the gradual drawing down of the "troubles" in Northern Ireland, the British Army has since 2000 found itself challenged by both new and familiar conflicts, including extended combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, contingency operations in Africa and the Balkans, peacekeeping in Cyprus, and presence missions overseas, to name a few. Along the way, the British Army has periodically rethought its organizational structure and equipment, and will do so again in a deliberate fashion as part of an objective force plan for 2020.
This is the theme of "The British Army since 2000", an Osprey Elite Series book authored by James Tanner, a retired British officer with recent experience on active service. The narrative systematically tackles the Army's role in the larger defense establishment, its changing force structure, the status of its regiments and corps, and surveys its recent operations. Although uniforms and equipment receive attention throughout the book, the concluding chapter talks specifically to that topic. The text is nicely supported by photographs, illustrations, and diagrams.
This is an extremely readable book on a typically dry subject, Army organizational matters. Military professionals and students of the military should find it an interesting introduction to a complex topic. The narrative specifically addresses the challenges of drawing down and reorganizing forces as driven by changes in funding and missions. The general reader looking for flash and bang may find it less compelling. Recommended.