From the First Gulf War in Iraq to the ongoing war in Afganistan the British Army has undergone massive changes in everything from mission capabilities to equipment.
Fully illustrated and written by an insider, this engaging book traces the major transformations in British Army doctrine, organization, structures, units, uniforms and equipment, from the end of the Cold War in the 1990s up to today. Since the end of the Cold War in 1991, the British Army has undergone deep and widespread changes, including the creation of new units and capabilities, as well as cuts and amalgamations. It has digested these changes while simultaneously fighting in two major expeditionary wars (one of them ongoing) and in several lesser overseas deployments. While small by superpower standards, it continues to "punch above its weight," and is unquestionably the most experienced (indeed, virtually the only experienced) fighting force in Europe. It remains the only NATO ally which the USA can rely on to contribute significant combat forces for expeditionary campaigns.
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Table of Contents
Introduction – the Army in the 1990s: overview – deployments in Germany – Northern Ireland – the Balkans – the Gulf /The Army today: doctrine since the end of the Cold War – responses to 'Options for Change' and 'Future Army Structure' /Organisation: Regular and Territorial forces – changes in senior command structure – remaining overseas garrisons – changes to regiments and corps (combat, supporting and services) – the battle group system /The Army at War: the Balkans – African deployments – Iraq – Afghanistan /Uniforms and distinctions: orders of dress – universal service dress – Combat 95 – Multi-Terrain Pattern – regimental and corps distinctions /Weapons and equipment: major items and systems – personal weapons and equipment /Bibliography /Index