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At the end of the First World War, the British Army was the largest and arguably the most successful it had ever been. By the outbreak of the Second World War, it had not only significantly shrunk but had woefully failed to modernise, leading to the crushing defeat of the Battle of France in 1940.
How did Britain go from the most militarily advanced nation in the world to being so severely on back foot? Robert Lyman and Richard Dannatt look at the history of the British Army in the inter-war period and deliver a salutary warning for the present day.
Robert Lyman is one of the top historians of the Second World War. He has written a wide range of books on varying facets of this iconic conflict, from the rise of fascism in Europe and the political background of the war through to the often-forgotten battlegrounds of the Middle and Far East.
General The Lord Dannatt GCB MC is a former Chief of the General Staff and a member of the House of Lords. In his retirement, he has been involved in the patronage of multiple charities and institutions, as well as commentating and writing on the military, past and present.