Several of his books have been adapted for the screen and made into films, including .
General Sir Peter Wall, the Chief of the General Staff and head of the Army, stated that he feared “huge political embarrassment” over the book.
“The situation we're in is that the Estonian government don't really get this at all.
“They've got a slightly old-fashioned view of this kind of stuff.
There are 165 Estonian troops serving in Helmand under British command.
“So we've got something here that is a revelation that will cause some serious difficulty A.
in the forthcoming elections in Estonia on 6th March, were this to get public before then, and B.
which will probably cause them to think quite hard about whether they continue to participate in the mission.” On the Estonian sensitivities about casualties, he said: “I recognise this doesn't stand up in logic viewed through the lens of a western system but it's sure as hell causing grief out there let me tell you.” The following day, Gen Richards phoned Mr Smith to make a similar case.
And they haven’t spoken until this, the night before Joe’s funeral.
Joe is dead, you see – but there he is, sitting up and talking like he always did.