Out of 193 countries that are currently UN member states, we've invaded or had some control over or fought conflicts in the territory of something like 171. That's not far off a massive, jaw-dropping 90 per cent! To find out more about this book and how to buy it go to amazon.co.uk.

This little book is a modest attempt to tackle what is an absolutely enormous and enormously complex subject. It is inevitable that it will not be a completely perfect attempt. Our country's history belongs to all of us, so if you feel I've missed out any essential details or got something badly wrong in this book, do please let me know. I'd like to know anyway, for my own benefit, and as and when and if there's ever a new edition of the book published I'll try to get it right next time! Similarly, our armed forces are still in action on a regular basis and it may be that be that by the time you read this book, one or two or a few sections may be out of date. If so, again, as and when and if the book's reprinted, I'll correct that.

If there's something you think needs changing in the book, or if there's anything else you want to let me know, contact me at stulaycock@live.co.uk. Thanks, Stuart

ALL THE COUNTRIES WE'VE EVER INVADED
AND THE FEW WE NEVER GOT ROUND TO

by STUART LAYCOCK