Dannatt: PM didn't understand Afghan war

Dannatt: PM didn't understand Afghan war

LONDON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The former British Chief of the General Staff says Prime Minister Gordon Brown didn't understand the Afghanistan War until recently.

British generals criticize rightist party

LONDON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The ultra-rightist British National Party is "hijacking the good name" of the British military, a group of retired generals say.
Dannatt: Brown nixed 2,000 Afghan troops

Dannatt: Brown nixed 2,000 Afghan troops

LONDON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown rejected a call earlier this year to send 2,000 more troops to Afghanistan, the former head of the British Army says.

More Brit troops sought for Afghanistan

LONDON, July 17 (UPI) -- The head of the British Army warned of strategic failure in Afghanistan Friday as he demanded more permanent troops for that country.

Dannatt: Britain lost focus on Iraq

LONDON, March 30 (UPI) -- British soldiers in Iraq paid a price in dramatically increased attacks when attention was switched to Afghanistan in 2005, a top military official says.

British officer renting former Diana flat

LONDON, March 1 (UPI) -- The officer in charge of the British army is renting a Kensington Palace flat once used by Diana, princess of Wales, documents show.

British Army increases troops' family time

LONDON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- British military officials say they're revamping regulations to allow soldiers more family time in between foreign deployments.

Afghan surge advocate to head British Army

LONDON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A general who favors increasing the number of troops in Afghanistan has been named head of the British army.

Troops must take moral high ground

LONDON, July 18 (UPI) -- A top British defense official says the military must take the moral high ground or risk playing into the hands of terrorists and other militants in combat.

Report: Britain fears Afghan troop fatigue

LONDON, June 22 (UPI) -- Leaked government documents show British military officials are concerned "tour fatigue" is setting in with the country's soldiers in Afghanistan.

Report: Soldiers cannot afford to eat

LONDON, May 11 (UPI) -- Many members of the British Army are living in poverty, with some forced to rely on emergency food voucher programs, a military report said.

British select first FRES vehicle design

LONDON, May 9 (UPI) -- The British Ministry of Defense says it has selected General Dynamics UK's Piranha 5 design for its new future rapid effect system utility vehicle.

Official says overwatch mission on track

LONDON, April 28 (UPI) -- A British defense official says despite U.S. troops deploying to the south and criticism of Iraqi military capabilities, the objective in Iraq remains on track.
Prince Harry fighting in Afghanistan

Prince Harry fighting in Afghanistan

LONDON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Gen. Richard Dannatt, professional head of the British Army, said he is disappointed by the media's coverage of Prince Harry's deployment to Afghanistan.

British troops 'disillusioned' report says

LONDON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A top general in the British Army says underfunding and an "unsustainable" level of operations leaves troops "devalued, angry and suffering."
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General Francis Richard Dannatt, Baron Dannatt, GCB, CBE, MC (born 23 December 1950) is a former senior British Army officer. In 2006 he was appointed Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the army, and was succeeded by General Sir David Richards on 28 August 2009. On 1 August 2009 Dannatt was appointed to the ceremonial position of Constable of the Tower of London.

Dannat was born at home in Broomfield—now a suburb of Chelmsford—in Essex on 23 December 1950. His father and grandfather were architects, working from a practice in Chelmsford, and his mother was a part-time teacher at the London Bible College. He had an elder sister who died from breast cancer in 1988. Dannatt was heavily influenced by his paternal great-grandfather, a Victorian farmer and devout Christian who devised an early drainage system.

Dannatt and his sister were sent to separate boarding schools. Dannatt boarded at Felsted Junior School, where he gained an ambition to become a professional cricketer, before attending St. Lawrence College, Ramsgate in Kent, where he joined the Combined Cadet Force (CCF), rising to senior under-officer. While at school, he developed a dislike of his first name, Francis, after his name was mistaken for a girl's, leading to him being mistakenly invited to a birthday party where he was the only boy. He eventually switched to his middle name, Richard, when he was fifteen. Aspiring to become a barrister, Dannatt applied to study law at Emmanuel College, Cambridge but was turned down after an interview, at which point his ambition switched towards a military career.

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