'Territorials, A Century of Service' by Professor Ian FW Beckett. DRA Publishing. ISBN 0955781310 The definitive, official history of the Territorial Army - Territorials, A Century of Service - was launched at a reception at the National Army Museum in London yesterday, Thursday 3 April 2008. The launch was hosted by Chief of the General Staff (CGS) General Sir Richard Dannatt and attended by Baroness Taylor, Minister for Defence Equipment and Support. The book itself commemorates the centenary of the Territorial Army, and charts the history of the TA from its formation on 1 April 1908 to the present day. The book has been written by renowned military historian, Professor Ian FW Beckett, Professor of History at the University of Northampton and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society: "I am extremely honoured to have been invited to write the book for TA100 and to be part of the celebrations of an organisation with such a fascinating history," Professor Beckett said. 'Territorials, A Century of Service' brings to life the story of the Territorial Army, and its challenges and achievements during a century of service. General Dannatt said: "Professor Beckett has provided us with a superb chronicle, which should stand as a memorial to those Territorials who have gone before, and a tribute to those who serve today." In the book, Professor Beckett charts the passage of the TA through two world wars, the cold war years to more recent times in Iraq and Afghanistan. During this time the TA has moved from being a poorly equipped forgotten force to what it is today - a professional, well equipped and highly motivated organisation which provides indispensable support on current operations.