by General Sir David Richards
Editor: Headline Publishing Group
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General Sir David Richards, is one of the most famous British generals of the modern eraIn 2013, he retired after more than forty years of service in the British Army and a career that saw him rise from junior to junior with 20 Commando Chief of Staff Officer, the professional chief of the British Armed Forces.He served in the Far East, Germany, Northern Ireland and East Timor.He was the last Governor of Berlin-Spandau, when Rudolf Hess, Hitler, his deputy, was his only prisoner.In 2005, he was appointed Commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in Afghanistan and as Commander of NATO forces became the first British General of US Forces Command in combat since World War II.In 2000, Richards received an enthusiastic reception when he assembled a ranking forces in Sierra Leone to stop the ultra-violent, Revolutionary United Front from attacking the capital, FreetownThus, he put an end to one of the bloodiest civil wars to torment the region.He did it without official sanction from London, and the failure could have cost him his career.As Chief of Defence Staff, he advised the government during crises and interventions in Libya and Syria and oversaw the controversial Defence and Security Strategy ReviewTaking Command was Richards’s typically outspoken account of a career that took him to the highest levels of military command and politicsWritten with candor, and often humour, its history reflects the changing reality of life for the modern soldier over the past forty years and offers unprecedented visibility on the readiness of our armed forces to combat the threats and challenges we face today
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