An outstandingly written, first person account of a decorated British soldier s experience of fighting Taliban forces in Afghanistan.
An Ordinary Soldier Afghanistan A Ferocious Enemy a Bloody Conflict One Man s Impossible Mission Doug Beattie with Philip Gomm An outstandingly written first person account of a decorated British soldier s experience of fighting Taliban forces in Afghanistan
Doug Beattie won me over from the very first moment with his smart and honest Preface, in which he not only tells us that he originally wrote this book for himself and his family in other words, he couldn t care less what we all think , but with the same breath welcomes us to criticise him and his book, because it was my choice to open up my life to scrutiny Oh, Mr Beattie, who are you and where have you been these past decades Don t you know that in the age of the internet, where marriages are [...]
This book was a triumph in my eyes Doug Beattie opens this book up with some gruesome lines very descriptive but written well and written with fear Fear I have not yet come across in other books in this subject no doubt I will read it in others During combat Doug Beattie admits he was scared though sometime not actually being able to think about fear in the middle of battle, between the lulls his mind wonders back to the what if s Most definitely the questions you wouldn t want to torture yourse [...]
This is the memoire of a soldier from the Royal Irish Regiment assigned to advise the Afghan National Police in a 12 day battle to recover a small town from the Taliban in 2006 Advise is too weak a term it often meant showing them how it is done, going in and clearing rooms, killing the enemy within with pistol, rifle, bayonet, and grenade They were frequently exposed to heavy fire, but fortunately it seems that the Taliban learned marksmanship from Imperial Storm Troopers bullets zinged all aro [...]
After watching Doug Beattie fighting the Taliban on panorama when I was 11 I bought his book and a late this year I spoke to him on twitter Doug wrote his book because he couldn t talk to anyone about what he d done, he didn t feel comfortable about telling his wife what happened so he put his thoughts to paper His book is a real insight into a modern officer s life on the battlefield, fighting a formidable enemy that is well prepared and well trained It really is a bloody conflict, and one that [...]
Enjoyed this on a number of different levels, the author s early years and joining the Irish Rangers and a soldier s perspective of Col Tim Collins read Rules of Engagement for a brilliant view of military leadership And then the author ends up in a village that nobody has heard of fighting the Taliban, supported by the Afgan Army and Police You sense this is typical, fighting to claim territory in places that nobody outside the region wil ever hear of The politics and challenges of working with [...]
What an incredible read This book humbly explains the theatre with in which Beattie operated during the capture of the town of Garmsir and how his decisions changed the course of the campaign It effortlessly describes the thought process of a soldier in all phases of war, with out assumption nor being condescending.
Here we glimpse one mans war, doubts blemishes A simple view of the trials tribulations faced in front line fighting, lack of resources distance to family Well written, enthralling factual Definitely recommended by me.
Written by a local man, i found it very interesting of a soldiers account of the war in Afghanistan.
This is one of the best books written on the conflict in Afghanistan It gave me much better understanding of the war on the ground.
Very well written account of the service of a man who went from ranger to captain Great book from a member of a great family.