Lord Bramall has criticised the Metropolitan Police for forcing him to clear his name over historical claims of sex abuse.
The former armed forces chief criticised the investigation for failing properly to verify claims that he was part of a high-profile paedophile ring.
Allegations against the 92-year-old D-Day landings veteran were dropped by the Met after a nine-month inquiry that saw him publicly named as a suspect.
Speaking to the BBC he said: "I just don't see how them or any policeman could have believed one word of it without corroboration, which he didn't bother to get. It was I who had to prove that I couldn't have done it."
Scotland Yard has faced calls to issue a full apology to Lord Bramall and his family.
It launched Operation Midland after hearing claims made by a male accuser referred to as "Nick".