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3 Commando Brigade

3 Commando Brigade
Autor: Ewen Southby-Tailyour
Data publikacji: 2008-08-00
ISBN: 9780091926953
Wydawca: Ebury Press
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 23.4 x 16 x 3.2 cm
Oprawa: twarda
Liczba stron: 320
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As a combat veteran and history buff I am pleased to be the first to review 3 COMMANDO BRIGADE on this side of the 'pond' and more than a little surpised that no one has done it sooner. Hopefully, I can offer something that will cause you to order a copy while providing 3 Commando some well deserved mention.

A heart-stopping account of the men of 3 Commando and the 6 months of brutal combat they faced in Afghanistan.
In 2006 the Royal Marines 3 Commando began an intense six-month tour of duty in Helmand, the southern war-torn and hard fought province of Afghanistan. Understrength and capped at 555 Marines they took on a fierce and determined Taliban with a bold and aggressive offense that saw over 800 engagements, perhaps none more telling or stirring than the recovery mission to retrieve a fallen marine (Lance Corporal Mathew Ford) from the enemy's Jugroom Fort under fire.
Come read the book and get introduced to a battle-tested and battle-proven fighting unit worthy of more praise than you'll find in my simple review.
Six months in fierce combat can be a lifetime to some, and for those in the Brigade who fell, it was. If you don't have any idea of who the Royal Marines are or of their service then this book will open your eyes and enlighten you to a lengthy and proud tradition.
Put down the action novel and turn off the Hollywood combat block-buster and read about some of the real life heroes that seldom get the attention or time in the limelight they so richly deserve.
And no, this isn't a novel so don't go looking for Rambos, Jack Bauers or John Waynes here, let alone conveniently tied up storylines. These are Marines in the real world and Marines at their best.

 

3 COMMANDO BRIGADE
This Book is an account of the exploits of the British Royal Marines' "3 Commando Brigade" in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, 2007. The author follows the brigade through their tour, and chronicles their acts and experiences. Some of those acts are impressive, and at least one (a daring rescue into Garmsir District's Jugroom Fort) is truly amazing. The book's weakness - for me - was not in the subject matter, but in the telling. The author's `Run and Gun' writing style leaves little room for aught but events. Consequently, this book is more about what happened in Helmand Province, than about the experience of being there. It reads a little flat - as a story told by an outsider: filled with facts and names, but a little light on passion. This, in spite of the fact that it is told in the first person. I should caveat this observation with the possibility that I may have been spoiled by Doug Beattie's excellent book "Task Force Helmand". But then again - maybe not. Perhaps it's not unreasonable to expect a book to be more engaging than this one was. Overall, it was a fairly fast read; and I did glean useful information, such as descriptions and basic capabilities of various British equipment (which, being a Yank, was news to me). It also contained useful tactical information (how the Brits, and the Taliban, fight) and good descriptions of particular battles in which they engaged. Of special interest, the author chronicles the establishment of the Mobile Operations Group concept and the MOG itself. The book is firmly set in history and a worthwhile read, especially for those US Marines looking forward to a deployment to Helmand Province. Just don't expect to be viscerally engaged. For some, that may in fact be a selling point.



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