Allan Mallinson

Despatches from the Front

Dusty Warriors: Modern Soldiers at War

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Richard Holmes’s popular histories of the British army – Redcoat, Tommy, and Sahib – and his television War Walks, in which he recounts with enthusiasm and wryness the army’s battles, have established him, alongside the cerebral Sir John Keegan and Oxford’s Professor Hew Strachan, as one of the country’s leading military historians. As a military historian, however, he has singular credentials. He has combined his academic career with that of an officer in the Territorial Army, rising to command of a TA infantry battalion, and subsequently becoming director of reserve forces. After retiring from the TA he was appointed honorary colonel of a regular infantry regiment, the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR),

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