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Losing small wars : British military failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, Frank Ledwidge

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Losing small wars : British military failure in Iraq and Afghanistan
Title
Losing small wars
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British military failure in Iraq and Afghanistan
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Frank Ledwidge
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eng
Summary
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
Biographical or historical data
Frank Ledwidge is a former barrister and military intelligence officer. He has served in many conflict zones including Iraq, Helmand, and Libya.
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Ledwidge, Frank
Dewey number
956.7044
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Iraq War, 2003
  • Iraq War, 2003
  • Afghan War, 2001
  • Afghan War, 2001
  • Strategic culture
  • Warfare and Defence
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
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general
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Losing small wars : British military failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, Frank Ledwidge
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Paperback
Control code
9780300182743
Dimensions
23x16x3 cm.
Extent
304 p.
Isbn
9780300182743
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Losing small wars : British military failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, Frank Ledwidge
Publication
Note
Paperback
Control code
9780300182743
Dimensions
23x16x3 cm.
Extent
304 p.
Isbn
9780300182743
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Specific material designation
regular print

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