The British Army Since 2000 Book Brief
|Date of Review||November 2014||Title||The British Army Since 2000|
|Author||James Tanner||Publisher||Osprey Publishing|
|Format||64 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$18.95|
Since its founding 350 years ago, the British Army has constantly undergone changes, meeting challenges of war and peace. As author James Tanner acknowledges, attempting to explain infantry units' name evolution over the past 200 years would require a small book itself! While Osprey's The British Army since 2000 primarily focuses on the past decade, Tanner includes information dating to the Cold War's end.
The author begins with a short introduction recapping past restructuring and current transition to "Army 2020" based on the Strategic Defense and Security Review 2010. Subsequent segments course from the Army's role and character through the different regents and corps.
Tanner dedicates the final sections to Operations during peacetime and war since 1990, beginning with Operation Tosca, and highlighting the assorted dress requirements and personal equipment.
Nearly 40 photographs complement the author's account. Detailed artwork by Peter Dennis illustrates the different uniforms and gear of each regiment – including those used during specific operations.
A further reading and index complete this useful publication.
My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!