Overweight British Army chief orders new uniform

The British Army`s Commander-in-Chief of land forces is known as "big eater".

Updated: Sep 19, 2010, 16:07 PM IST

London: Britain`s new Army chief has spent GBP 1,000 for his plus-size uniform to fit his bulky body weighing 127 kg.

General Sir Peter Wall, 55, who took over as Chief of the General Staff last week and is known as a "big eater", was measured up for a new uniform at a cost of GBP 1,000, which he paid for himself, according to the Daily Mail.

A rugby player in his youth, the six-foot-two-inch tall general nicknamed "the Bear", is known to enjoy his food and likes a drink with dinner. His favourite tipples are whisky, wine and port.

In his previous role as Commander in Chief of Land Forces, Wall ordered a review of physical training of troops to prepare them for combat in Afghanistan.

The popular GBP 165,000-a-year ­general is regarded as one of the military`s best brains and served as the head of operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

All officers and soldiers are ­supposed to pass an annual battle fitness test but wall has not had one for ten years.

An Army source said: "Sir Peter used to be super-fit when he played rugby, but his job now is as a commander and strategist rather than serving in a more active operational role. His size certainly has no effect on his abilities to carry out his duties."