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Military History Circle- Royal Guard or Standing Army? The Struggle for Control of Charles II's Regiments

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18 January 2008, 12:45
Major General Barney White-Spunner CBE, General Officer Commanding, 3rd (UK) Division, will talk about his recent book ‘Horse Guards’, which tells the story of the Household Cavalry. He will also endeavour to chart how King Charles II and Parliament introduced a system to control and administer the new army, and the tensions this created.
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Major General Barney White-Spunner will talk about his recent book ‘Horse Guards’, which tells the story of the Household Cavalry.  He will concentrate in this talk on the early years of the story, and try to explain how the development of the Household Cavalry between the Restoration (1660) and the Glorious Revolution (1688) influenced the shape and spirit of the Standing Army. He will also, which may be of interest to those in the UK Ministry of Defence, endeavour to chart how King and Parliament introduced a system to control and administer the new army, and the tensions this created.

Major General Barney White-Spunner CBE is General Officer Commanding, 3rd (UK) Division. He joined the Blues & Royals in 1979 and served in a variety of junior regimental appointments until attending the Army Staff College in 1989.  Thereafter he commanded a Medium Reconnaissance Squadron, both in the UK and with the UN, and spent two years working for the Military Secretary, dealing with personnel issues. In 1993 he went to Western China as Deputy Leader of the Joint British/Chinese expedition that made the first crossing of the Taklamakan Desert before spending 6 months on a Defence Fellowship at King’s College, London.  Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1994, he became Military Assistant to the Chief of Defence Staff, dealing primarily with the Balkans and European issues.  From 1996 until 1998 he commanded the Household Cavalry Regiment, based in Windsor.  This tour included four squadron deployments to Bosnia and providing the OPFOR at BATUS. 

In late 1998 he became Deputy Director of Defence Policy in the Ministry of Defence, dealing with long-term defence planning issues.  He was promoted to Brigadier in December 2000 and attended the Higher Command and Staff Course before assuming command of 16 Air Assault Brigade in April 2001. As Commander 16 Brigade he commanded the NATO Task Force Harvest operation in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in 2001 and the Kabul Multi-National Brigade in 2002.  He took over as Chief of Joint Force Operations in 2003 and was, in that capacity, Chief of Staff to the National Contingent Commander on Operation TELIC in the Gulf from April – May 2003, and thereafter ran several small scale operations in Africa and Asia.

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An optional £6 sandwich lunch shall be available from 1215.

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