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Field Marshal Lord Bramall, outstanding soldier, decorated D-Day veteran and Chief of the Defence Staff who was never afraid to speak truth to power – obituary – Source: The Times

Field Marshal Lord Bramall, who has died aged 95, brought a wealth of personal experience – ranging from the Second World War, when he earned an MC, to the Falklands War, when he was head of the Army – to the task of exposing complacent thinking on 21st century defence policy.

In the House of Lords and in letters to The Daily Telegraph and The Times he stressed the need for a proper defence review along with the “peace dividend” after the fall of the Soviet empire. Shortly before the allied invasion of Iraq in 2003 he expressed unease about the muddled policy of confrontation instead of containment.

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