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Isaac Brock was the British general responsible for defending the long frontier of Upper Canada with meagre forces in the opening days of the War of 1812.
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Hugh Stockwell rose from major to major-general during the Second World War, and commanded no fewer than four different divisions before being whisked from Germany to command at Suez, largely as a result of his experience of amphibious operations during the Second World War.
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Book Review By David Benest - This is a remarkable account of one of Britain’s finest soldiers, with a Foreword by Field Marshal Lord Brammall. The author himself has had a most distinguished military record and makes very clear at the outset that this is no hagiography, given that ‘Farrar-the-PARA’, or ‘TFH’ for all his many achievements, was not the epitome of perfection, as his many confidential reports make clear – but then again, who does fit such a place in the annals of military service?
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The First Colonial Soldiers: A Survey of British Colonies and Their Garrisons, 1650 - 1714 "Jonathan Riley, himself a former Lieutenant General, has written a great book covering General the Brock's life and his campaign in Canada, with the knowledge of a senior and decorated Army Officer." by Mr M J Cornwell
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The English Expedition To Portugal, 1662 – 1668
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“‘Farrar the Para’ – as he was affectionately known to his troops – was one of the most distinguished field commanders of modern times,” says the biography’s author, Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley,
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Counterinsurgency

Jonathon Riley Presentation to the IExpeE Annual Dinner, April 2010. There is not a day that goes by, or so it seems, that we do not hear of yet another of our best young men and women being killed or injured in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb - in military parlance an improvised explosive device or IED.
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Operational Experience from Bosnia to Iraq - RUSI. June 2009
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My theme is all about how the private sector can expand, in the context of complex emergencies and expeditionary operations, to fill areas which at present are the preserve of the civil departments of government or major organisations like the UN
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General Interest

My thesis is that we have spent a great deal of time and effort over the past fifteen years developing our own doctrine, and understanding that of our allies and opponents, perhaps to the extent that, as one commentator on Ex Saif Sareea suggested, that they are read only by those who write them;
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An Anthology of History & Commentaries, by Michael Leventhal (London 2011) - A Tribute To Richard Holmes By Jonathon Riley
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Supported by United States Department of Defense. Jonathon Riley has spoken on several aspects of preventing mass atrocities in warfare during the three years of the programme. These included his experiences in the Balkans in 1992-1993, 1995 and 1998-1999. He also spoke about Sierra Leone.
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Foreword to the Catalogue of the Littlecote Armoury. This article was submitted to the Royal Armouries by Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley, but never published.
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Identifying lessons that can be learned from the Iraq conflict – As an Expert Witness, Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley was called to give evidence at the Chilcot Inquiry
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History, it is said, is accelerating. Since the end of the Second World War, we have amassed around 100 times more information than in the rest of human history up to that time. We think of human knowledge as always increasing, “What is now proved”, said William Blake, “was once only imagin’d.”
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Military Doctrine

Expeditionary Logistics Conference 2015 Prague – Chairman’s (Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley )Opening Remarks
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International Security Assistance Force Provincial Reconstruction Team
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Information is power, and how one party in any conflict uses that power determines how effective its efforts will be. Information is a force-multiplier, a decision tool, a central part of a campaign: in other words, it is firepower and like many sorts of firepower
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Any attempt to assess Napoleon’s success or failure as a General must first establish what we mean by a General, and Generalship. At the outset, one must be clear that this is not a discussion about the peacetime role of General officers, since they will be judged by standards of professional competence; this is a discussion about Generalship in war
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Operational Experience from Bosnia to Iraq - RUSI. June 2009
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An Example From Former Jugoslavia by Lieutenant Colonel JP Riley
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Foreward by Jonathon Riley
In many ways, Neil Spencer was a typical young Royal Welch Fusilier. Born in Newport, Gwent, always interested in joining the Army and once he had made a decision to do just that, the motivation changed his life for the better.
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GOC MND (SE) Iraq – 2005. Information is power, and how one party in any conflict uses that power determines how effective its efforts will be. Information is a force-multiplier, a decision tool, a central part of a campaign: in other words, it is firepower and like many sorts of firepower, it can result in blue on blue if it is not targeted correctly. It can also be a weapon of mass effect.
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Former Deputy Commander of ISAF from 2007-2008
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Military History

A Short History of the 6th Brigade 1808 -1992
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The System of Honour in 18th and Early 19th Century Society & the Military. Delivered as a lecture in Canada, June 2013
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When Henry V began his preparations for the campaign of 1415, 600 years ago this year, Simon Flete had been the Master of the Armouries in the Tower of London for seven years.
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Colonel JP Riley DSO MA Chief of Staff – HQ 1st Armoured Division 1998
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Arms & Armour Journal, Vol 8, No 2 (2012) - 'Logistics and Supply in Medieval and Renaissance Armies'
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Lecture delivered at The Harvard Club, 10 May 2011 Read more...

Foreword by Lt-General Jonathon Riley CB, DSO, PHD, MA - Lt-Gen Riley - The Last Colonel of The Royal Welch Fusiliers
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2nd Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers in the Great War - Foreword written by Author Jonathon Riley
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A Royal Welch Fusilier at War, 1796-1815. The Biography of Thomas Pearson - Foreward By Major-General JP Riley, DSO
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by Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley – Published in History Today Volume 57 Issue 7 July 2007
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The Treaty of Ghent and the End of the War of 1812, June to December 1814. Four months after the fall of Napoleon, as plans were being agreed for a great peace congress to be held in Vienna in September, three British and five American negotiators met in the small town of Ghent in the newly-independent nation of Belgium.
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Brock’s Plans for War - by Jonathon Riley
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The Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion Jan 2014
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Delivered by Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley
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an address given by Lt-Gen Jonathon Riley at the Welsh National Commemoration on the Somme
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by Lieutenant-General Jonathon Riley
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Keynote Address Guelph Conference, February 2012 by Jonathon Riley
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News Articles

This major event followed on from the opening of the David Jones Exhibition. (Lt-Gen Jonathon Riley acted as Military Adviser.)
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The National Memorial Arboretum Dedication
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Royal Welch Fusiliers

Home of The Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum, the Memorial Garden at Caernarfon Castle opened in July 2016, to mark the one hundred year anniversary of the Battle for Mametz Wood
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The Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum
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The Royal Welch Fusiliers - Second Christmas Truce, 1915
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Lt-Gen Jonathon Riley tells a familiar and much mythologised story
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