1st Edition HB 2000 176 Pages
Hardback with dustjacket . First published in the UK in 2000 by "Leo Cooper (Pen & Sword)".
Printed by "Redwood Books". Written by Frank Steer.
This is the first work of military history focusing on the logistic support aspects
of a major battle. It tells the stirring story of the men and the methods employed
to support 1st Airborne Division in one of the great battles of World War 2.
It is also the first history of the forming corps of the today's Royal Logistics Corps
Brigadier (retired) Frank Steer is a military logistician with 34 years experience
worldwide supplying troops on operations. Educated at St Ignatius College,
North London, Frank was commissioned into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in 1966.
He served in a wide range of operational staff and logistic appointments throughout
the world. Closely involved in mounting the Falklands War, the GI/G4 for the
British Force in Beirut, Commander Supply in Berlin and Commander Supply in the
Gulf War, he has extensive experience of supporting Armed Forces at war and in peace.
Frank was appointed a Member of the British Empire for service in Beirut in 1984.
After retiring from the British Army in 1999, Frank went on to spend seven years
as Director General of the Chartered Quality Institute, having joined it as the
Institute of Quality Assurance in November 1999. Frank was responsible for many
effective changes but by far his greatest achievement was securing the grant of
a Royal Charter in 2006. For seven years Frank successfully headed the UK's only
professional institute for the qualification of individuals in the use and
application of the full range of quality management systems throughout the
breadth of organisations and the full depth of management.
Frank was President of the European Organisation for Quality from 2002 to 2004,
and is a member of the Advisory Board to the International Society of Logistics.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute, the Chartered Institute of
Purchasing and Supply and the Institute of Logistics and Transport.
He is also a Member of the City and Guilds Institute.
Frank also lectures internationally on leadership, quality, logistics and military
history and is acknowledged as a first class facilitator and leader of workshops
and seminars. He leads tours of the battlefields at Waterloo and Arnhem and has
recently perfected a course taking business executives around the field of
Waterloo to evaluate the difference modern management techniques might have made
to the outcome of the battle.
An author, Frank's first three published works are connected with the Battle of Arnhem.
His other books are the history of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps from 1918 to 1993
and a novel set in the first ten months of the First World War, both of which have
recently been published. See Books for further information. During his military
service Frank was the author of a number of works on logistics, particularly in
a coalition context and involving the UN. He also wrote a major Ministry of
Defence study into sustainability.
Frank is a Trustee of the Royal Logistic Corps museum, which the Princess Royal
opened on 8 May 2003.
Frank has been married to Virginia for 39 years, has 5 children and 5 grandchildren
and lives in Kent.