British Army chief General Sir Richard Danna
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General Sir Richard Dannatt
the British Army yesterday, announcing General Sir
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Dannatt in York, 2007
retired from his post as Chief of the General Staff
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as his successor.
Dannatt was regarded by many soldiers as a person to be admired, having campaigned for
better pay and conditions for soldiers. It has been reported, however, that prime
minister Gordon Brown does not agree with this view—politicians are thought to have
disliked him drawing attention to the Ministry of Defence's failings.
He is expected to continue his campaign for the improvement of soldiers' pay and conditions
in his new role as 159th Constable of the Tower of London
Dannatt has opposed the invasion of Iraq since he started his job as Chief of the General Staff,
and criticised the government's post-war planning.
Richards, Dannatt's successor, said, "I wish to thank General Sir Richard Dannatt for his
leadership, dedication and courage as Chief of the General Staff and more broadly for his long
and distinguished 40 year career." Richards served in Afghanistan, where he was appointed
overall commander of international forces, making him the first British soldier to command
American troops since the Second World War.