Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan (Paperback)
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Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan (Paperback)

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Partly on the strength of their apparent success in insurgencies such as Malaya and Northern Ireland, the British armed forces have long been perceived as world class, if not world-beating. However, their recent performance in Iraq and Afghanistan is widely seen as - at best - disappointing; under British control, Basra degenerated into a lawless city riven with internecine violence, while tactical mistakes and strategic incompetence in Helmand province resulted in heavy civilian and military casualties and a climate of violence and insecurity. In both cases the British were eventually and humiliatingly bailed out by the US army. In this thoughtful and compellingly readable book, Frank Ledwidge examines the British involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking how and why it went so wrong. With the aid of copious research, interviews with senior officers and his own personal experiences, he looks in detail at the failures of strategic thinking and culture that led to defeat in Britain's latest 'small wars'. This is an eye-opening analysis of the causes of military failure, and its enormous costs.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300182743
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 25 mm

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“An intelligent and persuasive tragedy”

This is a refreshing examination of military involvement in the political arena where there is almost never a 'military solution'. Post-War strategic and operational planning with the essential political... More

Paperback edition
23rd February 2013
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“Food for thought”

I enjoyed this book which was an excellent counterpoint to all the 'positive' accounts of forces life in either Iraq or Afghanistan. While acknowledging the bravery of the soldiers concerned the author... More

Paperback edition
18th October 2012
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