Dannatt: Front line violence 'not right place' for women

The former head of the Army, Lord Dannatt, has told ITV News he believes female soldiers should not be allowed to serve in front line roles.

Gen Dannatt, who led the Army from 2006 to 2009, said combat situations in which units attack with "violence, bayonets and machine guns" are "not the right place" for women to be.

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Army review considers women in front line combat roles

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has ordered an immediate review to examine whether female soldiers should be allowed to serve in front line combat roles. Head of the Army Sir Peter Wall is due to report by the end of the year.