Tune into General Talk, a monthly podcast by ABF The Soldiers' Charity.

Featuring leading figures from the worlds of defence, politics and current affairs, General Talk explores the changing role of the military in the modern world. Hosted by Harry Bucknall.

Episode 12: General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith

The Chief of the General Staff speaks about the critical role of the Army during the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the Integrated Review 2021 on UK Defence Policy, and women in the Army.

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Episode 11: Nick Bashall

War artist and one of England’s leading portrait painters, Nick Bashall, reflects on his time working with the British Army in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan in a new episode of General Talk.

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Episode 10: Clare Balding

Leading broadcaster Clare Balding speaks openly on topics spanning her presenting career; the strong link between the Armed Forces and sport; and how animals can bring strong mental health benefits.

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Episode 9: Johnny Mercer

Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, discusses support for Commonwealth veterans, suicide and finding politics a challenge.

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Episode 8: John Simpson

Leading broadcaster and BBC’s World Affairs Editor John Simpson speaks to Simon McCoy about his wide-ranging experiences at key events in history in this episode of General Talk.

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Episode 7: General The Lord Richards

General The Lord Richards discusses the citizenship rights of Commonwealth soldiers, stating that to “ask servicemen and women to pay for the privilege to live in the country they fought for or were prepared to defend is absolutely out of order.”

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Episode 6: General Sir James Everard

General Sir James Everard discusses his career in the British Army, his time at NATO and his new appointment as President of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

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Episode 5: Women in the Army

Women have served in the Army since 1902, but were not able to take on frontline roles until 2016. In this episode, we speak to two Guardsmen, Rhian Morgan and Yasmin Williams, who joined the First Battalion The Welsh Guards in 2020.

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Episode 4: General Sir Barney White-Spunner

General Barney White-Spunner discusses his time as Britain’s commanding officer in southern Iraq.

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Episode 3: Army Sergeant Major

WO1 Gavin Paton, the Army’s most senior soldier, speaks candidly on the Army's response to COVID-19, women in the Army and recruitment.

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Episode 2: Robin Bacon


Robin Bacon, our outgoing Chief of Staff, explores the shape of the military charity sector amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and outlines our work to support the Army family in need.

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Episode 1: General Sir Mike Jackson

One of the best known British generals of modern times, General Sir Mike Jackson led British forces in Iraq, UN forces in Kosovo and peacekeeping missions in Bosnia. Hear him talk Kosovo, James Blunt, comradeship and gardening.

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