General The Lord DannattGCB MC is the UK’s foremost military commentator, frequently appearing on television and radio and in newsprint, most recently on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its implications for the West.
As Chief of the General Staff he was given overall command of the British Army at a time when fighting was fiercest in Afghanistan. From his first day in the job, he proved himself a courageous leader and a forceful advocate for his men, never shying from controversy to tell the truth as he found it.
More than any military leader of recent times, Richard Dannatt used his position to get a better deal for the British soldier – the right equipment, the right conditions, the right reward – to do the job the country asks of them. His leadership and example were critical in shaping the debate about the role of the professional army in modern warfare. He was appointed to the House of Lords as a Crossbencher in 2010.
His autobiography, Leading From The Front (Bantam Press, 2010) and subsequent Boots On The Ground: Britain and her Army since 1945 (Profile, 2017) were published to strong reviews and sales. Both books made prescient arguments for Britain to retain a coherent land army, capable of deploying to meet high intensity challenges to the country’s interests.
He lives in in Norfolk.