After the Wall Came Down

Soldiering through the Transformation of the British Army, 1990-2020

Andrew Richards

A history of the British Army since the end of the Cold War, incorporating many firsthand accounts.
Publication date:
March 2021
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Casemate Publishers
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ISBN : 9781612008301

Dimensions : 229 X 152 mm
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• Unique account of the huge changes in the British Army in the post-Cold War era
• Covers the changing role of women in the army, racism in the army, and the lifting of the ban on homosexuals in the army and the changing of attitudes
• Based on the oral histories of dozens of soldiers - some of whom were only prepared to open up to a brother veteran and even then only anonymously

The generation of young men and women who joined the British Army during the mid to late 1980s would serve their country during an unprecedented period of history. Unlike the two world war generations, they would never face total war - there was never any declaration of war and there was no one single country to defeat. In fact, it was supposed to have been the end of a war, a time of peace and stability. Politicians started to use the term, Peace Dividend, with government officials even planning on how and where it should be spent. But for those in the military, the two decades following the end of the Cold War would not be a time of peace. Government spending and the size of the military was reduced but the Army's commitments increased exponentially. Those serving not only faced continuous deployment in overseas operations, they would also be involved in immense upheavals that took place within the army. When the Berlin Wall came down, the British Army had not changed for decades. The ending of the Cold War, combined with a technological revolution, a changing society at home, and new global threats mean that the Army of the second decade of the twentieth-first century - the army this generation of soldiers is now retiring from - is unrecognizable from the one they joined in the late 1980s. This is the story of the soldiers who served in the British Army in those tumultuous decades.


…an enjoyable and well researched history. […] It is a must read for anyone with an interest in how the army has continued beyond 1991, and probably should be read by many of ARRSE's old and bold who are still stuck in the cold war.
Army Rumour Service

This is an absorbing analysis of what it was like to serve during the most intense series of operations since the Second World War. […] It is an insightful review fo the cultural shifts, the impact of almost continuous overseas deployment and the disruption created by ever-changing policies.
Soldier Magazine

...a powerful, brutally honest, soldier's account of the operational, societal and morale challenges faced by the British Army from the moment the Berlin Wall fell.
Military Historical Society Bulletin

Andrew Richards provides a thoroughly absorbing account made all the more interesting due to the wide-ranging contributions of men and women who were there, did the jobs, experienced the changes and often have the scars to prove it. An excellent read.
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