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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

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We have a few of those "Monday morning quarterbacks" too. They are oh so expert once retired and collecting. By the way, a tv comment gig pays well too.


David

Britain must stop "sleepwalking" and prepare to tackle Muslim extremism as seriously as it planned for the Second World War, Lord Richards has warned.

If I remember correctly:

The Cabinet in the early 20's established defense priorities, which remained unchanged until 1938 or 39, which created the Armed forces which went to war

1) Air defense of the United Kingdom.
Result. A close run thing.

2) Keeping the sea lanes to the UK open.
Result. A close run thing.

3) Colonial policing.
Result. Successful.

4) Small wars in colonial areas.
Result. Defeated the Italians and Vichy, it got a little dicey when the Germans sent Rommel to Africa.

5. There is no need to plan or prepare for a general war, and on no circumstances will the Army be committed to the European continent.
Result. Not good not good at all, however L/Cpl Thomas Atkins did amazing well under the circumstances.

I hope no one takes his advice.

An excellent summary, Hank, thanks.

Isn't this particular Lord Richards the (former?) general formerly known as David Richards, rather than Richard Dannatt? Not that it matters, really.

Entirely correct, 'H', alas, in my dotage I am confusing my 'tits', er, well, they all look the same these days! Text corrected, thanks, would you fancy the job of being my sub-editor?.

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