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The British Army since 2000 (Elite)
 
 

The British Army since 2000 (Elite) [Kindle Edition]

James Tanner , Peter Dennis
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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In the past decade and a half the unique requirements of dual wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have radically altered the appearance and capabilities of the British Army’s infantry soldiers. Gone are the tactics uniforms and equipment of the Cold War, replaced by an elite fighting force, skilled in counterinsurgency operations and warfare in both urban and rural environments. Fully illustrated and written by an insider, this engaging book traces the major transformations in British Army doctrine, organisation, structures, units, uniforms and equipment, from the end of the Cold War in the 1990s up to today, revealing how despite being a small force in global terms, the British Army continues to be able to punch above its weight.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11087 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (20 Sep 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M6AKWSC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 30 Sep 2014
By Darren
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a good synopsis of MoD policy and rehashes of British army guide and Army website. Some excellent photographs. The Art work However leaves allot to be desired, Its a throw back to the early osprey books. It was a very sad day when Mike Chappell retired. The plates are also split through the book not together is distracting. If this is the standard of Peter Dennis's artwork I'll give British army in Afghanistan 2006-20014 a miss.
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By Bob M
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This book is really not worth the money and is a very poor effort that could have been so much better when considering all that the army has gone through in the last fourteen years. Much of the text is a slightly reworded cut and paste from the MoD's British Army web site with no explanations of the changes in weapons or small unit tactics forced upon it by recent campaigns. For those of us used to the wonderful illustrations of the British Army produced for Osprey by Mike Chappell the very poor illustrations that accompany the text just add insult to injury!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very detailed and concise book 21 Oct 2014
By Redkite
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A very detailed and concise book on the way the Briish Army has changed through over a decade of overseas conflicts, and defence reviews and cuts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 22 Sep 2014
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Well written and extremely well researched
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5.0 out of 5 stars A time of change... 29 Sep 2014
By D.S.Thurlow - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great update! 4 Oct 2014
By wpapac - Published on Amazon.com
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Once again, Osprey does a great job in stuffing a ton of info, pics into a 60 page small book. I love all their series because you don't have to spend a ton of money for an informative snapshot of a subject. If it meets your educational needs, if not now,you can invest in some more weightier tomes at more expense. If the subject isn't to your liking, the you've on,y invested a few dollars. This fills the gap in many uniform histories and with the British army and their stoicism to hold on to traditional regiments. The changes are complicated,as,regiments are,retired or amalgamated. The Brits love uniforms and keeping up with the #10 dress vs the #2 is confusing for us colonials! This book sets it straight in a few uncomplicated pages! Bravo Osprey!
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