Tales of a Woman at War....with the Military System


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Copyright © Diane Allen (2020)

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First published (2020)

ISBN 978-1-912964-37-6 (Paperback)

Cranthorpe Millner Publishers

Relevant, relatable, and quite frankly remarkable. Diane personifies all that our Armed Forces should be about, but are no longer about - driven out by the wilful injustice within.

What memories this evokes ! We have moved so far..and yet so little.

Serving Army Major, Royal Engineers

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Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Di Allen  was one of the first women at Sandhurst. Sandhurst was so unprepared there were no boots small enough for women and no beds for them (a recurrent theme).

She served in the regular army, then in the reserves. She moved through the ranks into more senior leadership, creating new intelligence units. But with each success she achieved, resistance from those in charge increased.

In November 2018, Diane received an OBE. By November 2019, she had started a messy divorce with the British Army. But she isn’t leaving voluntarily – she has been frozen out.  She is now working as a defence consultant, but she would much rather have remained in the Army.

This is her account of her time in service with the military; the comical, the tragic, the painful and the honest story of a woman for whom the Army will always be her true family.

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