British army

Why our soldiers are more impressive than every other kind of leader

8 December 2018 9:00 am

One of the pleasures of journalism is the opportunity to meet eminent persons: bankers, businessmen, civil servants, diplomats, politicians, vignerons.…

Army recruiters should follow the Roman example

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Advertisements encouraging men and women to join the army emphasise that their religious beliefs, sexual orientation and emotional needs will…

When heroes come home to be husbands again

2 December 2017 9:00 am

From ‘Comrades of the great war’, The Spectator, 1 December 1917: Eventually all will be over, even the shouting; and…

BBC1's The Last Post is not for those who like their TV fearless and innovative

7 October 2017 9:00 am

BBC1’s latest Sunday-night drama The Last Post, about a British military base in Aden in 1965, feels like a programme…

‘Levelling down’ in schools is the problem, not the solution

19 August 2017 9:00 am

The education gap Sir: It is disappointing that Toby Young (‘Parents, not schools, are key to the knowledge gap’, 5…

Why Isis should admit guilt rather than claim responsibility

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Terrorists’ guilt Sir: A small contribution to the psychological war: when the next atrocity happens, could the BBC and other…

Iraq: the real question

9 July 2016 9:00 am

‘If it falls apart, everything falls apart in the region’ — Note from Tony Blair to George W. Bush, 2…

When the brain is the battlefield — mental health in the armed forces

20 February 2016 9:00 am

How Britain handles veterans with mental health problems. By Professor Sir Simon Wessely

The pretend war: why bombing Isil won't solve the problem

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Britain, France and America are in a protracted fight against Islamic radicalism. Pity our leaders have no idea how to win it

Letters: In defence of Italy, and the rise and fall of the military moustache

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Italy’s to-do list Sir: You would expect a long letter of rebuttal by a piqued senior diplomat in response to…

Six rivals for the name Isis

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Not in their name The BBC decided to start calling the Islamic terror group Isis by the acronym IS instead.…

Start with a torpedo, and see where you go from there

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Sebastian Barry’s new novel opens with a bang, as a German torpedo hits a supply ship bound for the Gold…