The Fifth Pillar: The Life and Philosophy of the Lord Bramall, KG

The Fifth Pillar: The Life and Philosophy of the Lord Bramall, KG

by Michael Tillotson


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The Fifth Pillar: The Life and Philosophy of the Lord Bramall, KG by Michael Tillotson

Six months before the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq, Field Marshal The Lord Bramall warned that an operation to remove Saddam Hussain would produce a display of massive, dynamic United States activity which provides one of the mainsprings of motivation for terrorist action in the Middle East and, far from advancing the 'war on terrorism', it would make matters infinitely worse. 'Dwin' Bramall rose from platoon commander in the Second World War to become professional head of the Army and then Chief of the Defence Staff. His reputation for a sharp mind combined with an engagingly persuasive manner led to his rapid rise through every level of command. As Chief of the Defence Staff 1982-85, he sought to turn the minds of the single service chiefs away from their fixation with the Soviet threat and towards the growing challenges to Britain's security and national interests arising in the Middle East and Asia. Now a House of Lords cross-bencher, he continues to speak against the failure of successive governments to provide adequate support for the nation's security and argues for the much closer co-ordination of foreign and defence policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780750942393
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 10/01/2006
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Michael Tillotson, Major-General retired, served operationally with the British Army in Malaya, Indo-China, the Indonesian Confrontation and South Arabia. He worked in Defence Intelligence, with the United Nations in Cyprus and on a fact finding Mission for UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim in the Middle East. He has known Lord Bramall for 50 years and was his Chief of Staff in Hong Kong. He is the author of Finland at Peace and War, commissioned by the government of Finland in 1993, and has been military obituary writer for The Times since 1997. He lives in Wiltshire.

Table of Contents

List of Plates and Maps     vii
Foreword   Sir Alistair Home CBE     ix
Author's Note     xiii
Prologue     1
The Fifth Pillar     5
An Eclectic Boyhood     21
The Road through Goirle     31
Getting Around     48
Acquiring a Reputation     62
The Sorcerer's Apprentice     78
Operational Command     93
Leadership the Green Jacket Way     113
'The Author and his Due'     132
The Application of Force     152
Divisional Commander     181
Hong Kong     198
Men and Money     215
Head of the Army     231
The Falklands War     247
Chief of the Defence Staff     267
Covering the Waterfront     285
Cross-bencher     303
Epilogue     324
Index     330

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