Brassey's, 1st ed., 1992. Xxii + 508 pp., frontis., + 54 photo-plates. D.j., 23 x 15cm. FINE. The Chiefs of Staff play a little publicised but crucial part in the higher machinery of government. The Chief's vital importance is only revealed to the world in time of war, and then only in part. For the first time this book tells the story of the British Chiefs of Staff from the mid-19th Century up to 1992. It recounts their successes and failures in managing the services through the two World Wars, the Korean War, Suez, the withdrawal from Empire and finally the Falklands campaign. Revealing and colourful pen-portraits are drawn of principal personalities ' both military and political. The whole provides an incisive account of contemporary British military history.