Lord Dannatt

General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL

General the Lord Dannatt was commissioned into The Green Howards in 1971. He served seven tours of duty with the 1st Battalion in Northern Ireland and also with the UN in Cyprus and for many years in Germany before he commanded the Battalion in the airmobile role from 1989 to 1991. Amongst appointments on the Staff, as Colonel Higher Command and Staff Course/Doctrine at the Army Staff College, Camberley in 1992-93, he wrote the Army Doctrine Publication “Operations” – a revised operational doctrine appropriate to the post Cold War era. From 1994 to1996 he commanded 4th Armoured Brigade again in Germany and also in Bosnia during the early days of the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement.

After heading the Defence Programme Staff during the new Labour Government’s Strategic Defence Review in 1997/98, he took command of 3rd (United Kingdom) Division in January 1999, and also served in Kosovo that year as Commander British Forces. In 2000 he returned to Bosnia as the Deputy Commander Operations of the NATO Stabilisation Force (SFOR). From 2001 to 2002 he was the Assistant Chief of the General Staff in the Ministry of Defence before taking command of NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC). In March 2005 he took over as Commander-in-Chief Land Command, and assumed the appointment of Chief of the General Staff in August 2006, handing over to General Sir David Richards three years later.

He is President of the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1973, was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996, awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in 1999 and was appointed as a Knight Grand Cross of the most Honourable Order of the Bath in 2009. In 2010 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London and in 2011 also as a Deputy Lieutenant for Norfolk. In the same year he became a cross bench member of the House of Lords.

General Dannatt is President and a Founder Patron of the Service charity Help for Heroes, a Patron of the war-zone charity, Hope and Homes for Children and of Street Child of Sierra Leone. He has an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from the Universities of Durham and Kent and in Technology from Anglia Ruskin University. He is an Honorary Fellow of Hatfield College, Durham, President of the Norfolk Churches Trust, YMCA Norfolk, and the Norfolk Branch of the Army Benevolent Fund and Patron of The Royal British Legion in Norfolk. In August 2009 he became the 159th Constable of The Tower of London and a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces.

General Dannatt became a Trustee for the Royal Armouries in August 2009.

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Female soldiers

The Nizam of Hyderabad raised two battalions of 1000 women each for his war against the Marathas in 1795. They were taught French drill and fought at the battle of Khurda.