Richard Dannatt


General The Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL is one of the UK’s most respected military commentators, frequently appearing on television and radio and in newsprint, most recently on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its implications for the West. As Chief of the General Staff he was given overall command of the British Army at a time when fighting was fiercest in Afghanistan. From his first day in the job, he proved himself a courageous leader and a forceful advocate for his men, never shying from controversy to tell the truth as he found it. More than any military leader of recent times, Richard Dannatt used his position to get a better deal for the British soldier – the right equipment, the right conditions, the right reward – to do the job the country asks of them. His leadership and example were critical in shaping the debate about the role of the professional army in modern warfare. He entered the House of Lords as a Crossbencher in 2011. He lives in in Norfolk.

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