Peace, War and Whitehall

A Memoir

Peace, War and Whitehall cover

Peace, War and Whitehall

A 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.' - 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword: HRH The Prince of Wales
Preface: Major General Richard Stanford, CB, MBE, Regimental Lieutenant Colonel, Welsh Guards
List of Illustrations


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


Product details

Published 28 Oct 2021
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 288
ISBN 9781472852304
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 32-page plate section in colour and b&w
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Charles Guthrie

Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, GCB…


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