JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

High Command: British Military Leadership in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, by Christopher L. Elliott

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  • January-March 2018
    Volume: 
    12
    Issue: 
    1
    Book Review

    Defeats are orphans and very educative. Most defeats are, in fact, manifestation of erroneous judgments or equipment failure, or a combinations of the two. In case the defeats are of military force application then the costs are very high. The United Kingdom’s (UK) military missions and the losses in Iraq and Afghanistan can be classified as failures, if not outright defeats, and have thrown up significant lessons about its higher defence management. In his book High Command, Christopher Elliott analyses the UK’s erroneous decision to participate in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in the previous decade without a clear strategy and with limited resources.

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