I have just finished this book - the full title is indicative of the content LOSING SMALL WARS - British military failure in Iraq and Afghanistan. 1) This book would not have been needed if Tony Blair and the government had the decency and intelligence to listen to Field Marshall Lord Bramall who was against involvment in Iraq from the beginning and asked all the right questions " Of course we can get to Baghdad, but what are we going to do when we get there?" Letter to The Times. 2). Ledwidge tells of a certain very Senior Officer (but does not name) who went skiing in France just as a major op. was beginning. However, from the text and the context we can easily figure that one out. 3). Lovely little vignette on page 62 showing the British sense of humour General David Richards, Commander of ISAF in southern Afghanistan at the time "We were told the Canadians had asked to do Kandahar and that we would go to a place called Helmand. and I thought "Where's Helmand?". This should be required reading for every British serviceman and woman this August. It is certainly the most hard-hitting. It is clear that the author has nothing but admiration for the courage, tenacity and professional of the British Army- all ranks, but with a few notable exceptions only those below one star. The tale he tells will make very uncomfortable reading for almost everyone with the rank of Brigadier upwards and all the politiicans involved. Very few civil servants or anyone at the MOD will enjoy reading it either. Frank Ledwidge has "done the State some service". If only a quarter of what he outlines is true we should see a mass falling on swords. This book is up there with "Dead men Risen".