General Sir Richard Dannatt { 5 images } Created 9 Dec 2009

General Sir Francis Richard Dannatt, GCB, CBE, MC..

Constable, Tower of London and Former Chief of The General Staff
General Sir Richard 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 commanding 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, Dannatt wrote the Army Doctrine Publication "Operations" - a revised operational doctrine appropriate to the post Cold War era. From 1994 to 1996 he commanded 4th Armoured Brigade in Germany and Bosnia during the early days of the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement.

After heading the Defence Programme Staff during the Government's Strategic Defence Review in 1997/98, General Dannatt took command of 3rd (UK) Division in 1999, and 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). In 2001-02 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. General Dannatt left this role on 29 August 2009. From 1 September 2009, he became Constable of the Tower of London.
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