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The British Army in Afghanistan 2006–14: Task Force Helmand (Elite)

By Leigh Neville

Osprey Publishing
Released: 2015-05-19
Paperback (64 pages)

The British Army in Afghanistan 2006–14: Task Force Helmand (Elite)
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Fighting an elusive and dangerous enemy far from home, the British army in Afghanistan has been involved in asymmetric warfare for the best part of a decade. The eight-year series of deployments jointly known as Operation 'Herrick', alongside US and other NATO contingents within the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, have been the longest continuous combat commitment of the British Army since World War II. Together with Operation 'Telic' in Iraq, which immediately preceded and overlapped with it, this conflict has shaped the British Army for a generation. Enemy threats have diversified and evolved, with a consequent evolution of British doctrine, tactics and equipment. This book provides a detailed analysis of those specifics within a clear, connected account of the course of the war in Helmand, operation by operation.

Embed: With the World's Armies in Afghanistan

By Nick Allen

Brand: The History Press
Hardcover (288 pages)

Embed: With the World s Armies in Afghanistan
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A journalist's eyewitness account of life on the front line in Afghanistan, including previously unpublished photographs and details of the experiences of soldiers from 13 different countries
 
Between 2006 and 2009 journalist Nick Allen traveled to Afghanistan to "embed" himself with soldiers on the front line in the war against the Taliban. He was posted with military units from many countries, including Britain, the United States, Finland, Sweden, New Zealand, Denmark, and Estonia, and spent time with the Royal Gurhka Rifles, the U.S. Marine Corps, the 39th Combat Engineer Regiment, and the 506th Airborne of Band of Brothers fame. Here is his unrivaled first-hand account of military operations from the battlefields of Helmand and Kandahar, to the so-called "backwaters" of the Afghan conflict. It explores the daily existence of ordinary soldiers from around the world and their endurance of the drama, tragedy, boredom, and farce that characterizes war. This eyewitness portrayal of combat operations, reconstruction, and daily soldiering life faithfully reproduces the reality of life on the frontline and helps to answer the question What is the West doing there? 

Honourable Warriors: Fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan - A Front-line Account of the British Army’s Battle for Helmand

By Richard Streatfeild

Pen and Sword
Released: 2015-01-02
Hardcover (240 pages)

Honourable Warriors: Fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan - A Front-line Account of the British Army’s Battle for Helmand
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In 2009 Major Richard Streatfeild and his men fought for six months against the Taliban in Sangin, northern Helmand. They were engaged in over 800 fire-fights. They were the target of more than 200 improvised explosive devices. Ten men in his company were killed, 50 were wounded. This is their story – and it is the story, from the front line, of Western intervention in Afghanistan.

His graphic personal account gives an inside view of the physical, psychological and political battle to come to terms with severe casualties and the stress of battle while seeking the support of the local population. As he describes the day-to-day operations, he provides a fascinating record of the Taliban’s guerrilla tactics and the British response to them. His narrative also gives a direct insight into the experiences of soldiers who had to face down their fear throughout a prolonged tour of duty on the Afghan battlefield.

Honorable Warriors is essential reading for anyone who cares to understand the nature of the war in Afghanistan and how the odds are stacked against the army’s success.

Blood Clot: In Combat with the Patrols Platoon, 3 Para, Afghanistan 2006

By Jake Scott

Helion and Company
Hardcover (200 pages)

Blood Clot: In Combat with the Patrols Platoon, 3 Para, Afghanistan 2006
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"As you know 'blood clot' means blood cells coming together to form a strong clot that forms and sticks together to keep the wound sealed enabling it to repair. The Parachute Regiment's 'blood clot' acts the same, whether downtown scrapping or in some far away country fighting alongside each other. Our maroon berets come together, they stick together, they close ranks forming the blood clot and fight against anything that comes their way." (Jake Scott)

When the 3 Para battle group departed for Helmand Province, south Afghanistan, nobody really knew what to expect. Within a month of being on the ground the first of many contacts between the Taliban and British forces began. The British government and media were in shock - for the men on the ground it was what they were trained for. As weeks went on the fighting increased. Resources and manning were poor but for the Paras it was too late - it was back to basics, living in holes in the ground in 60 degree temperatures, often in small numbers and under constant attack from the Taliban. It looked as if it was going to be a long six months… 'Blood Clot' is a personal account of the Parachute Regiment's ferocious tour of duty in Helmand Province, Afghanistan 2006 by a man who was involved in the thick of the action.

Born in 1981, Jake Scott joined the Parachute Regiment aged 17, and had already seen service around the world - including Iraq - before becoming part of a small reconnaissance team trained to operate behind enemy lines, known as 'the Patrols'. Jake and his mates probed, escorted and fought their way in and around some of the most dangerous areas in the whole of the Middle East - virgin Taliban country. After intense fighting against the odds, leaving dead Taliban soldiers in their wake and encountering some very near misses themselves, the Patrols platoon eventually ended their tour of duty. This is their story - the very beginning of the Afghan troubles in the south, the build up and lack of support and equipment in the initial stages, the close and dangerous fighting, the boredom of the open desert and the uncontrollable sadness of friends killed and injured around them.

The Paras and their battle group arrived in small numbers in Helmand in 2006. They set the example for others to follow for many years to come - the aggressiveness of the airborne soldier when it was called for, fighting the Taliban on their turf, up close and personal.

Frontline: A Soldier's Story

By Steve Stone

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Frontline: A Soldier s Story
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Frontline offers an insight into the life of just one soldier out of the many thousands in the British Infantry deployed to Afghanistan. These modern day heroes risk their lives on a daily basis to help bring peace to a troubled country. Some of these soldiers are fresh out of school or college, and within a few months find themselves in a war zone fighting for their lives. Frontline gives a candid account of life on the front line. The highs and the lows of fighting a war thousands of miles from home, whilst at the same time battling homesickness and coming to terms with death and injury on a daily basis. Imagine being 18 and sent to a foreign country with 40-degree heat, an environment that is dusty and areas that are quite inhospitable. Every step on a dusty track could be your last as your eyes strain to catch a glimpse of an IED before it is too late. That is even before you get to where the enemy actually are, and before the rounds start impacting in the dirt, all around you kicking up small puffs of dust.

British Army in Afghanistan: Fourth Afghan War (Low Priced Black and White Edition)

By Maj Agha H Amin Ret

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British Army in Afghanistan: Fourth Afghan War (Low Priced Black and White Edition)
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Introduction This is a personal narrative and not a theses or a research paper sold at zero profit and in pure public interest. This is a very personal firsthand account of British Army operations as I saw as a consultant working in Afghanistan from 29 June 2004 till to date. If you attempt to read the vast available data and literature on British Afghan war , you will end up clueless , mentally disoriented and spiritually exhausted and drained. This is so because most writers have a vested agenda or have not seen things directly. This narrative is based on the following experiences :-- A close and direct association with Afghanistan as descendant of a family that migrated from Afghanistan in early nineteenth century but maintained contact with Afghanistan.My grandfathers brother served as doctor with Afghan Royal family from 1929 to 1945.My uncle served as a First Secretary in Pakistan Embassy from 1969 to 1971. As a Pakistan Army officer I saw Afghan war closely from 1981 to 1994. And finally as a consultant permanently stationed in Afghanistan from 29 June 1994 till todate I saw the ongoing Afghan war closely. Helmand was my area of operations as I was General manager of RDA an Afghan American NGO building clinics in Khanishin , Garmser , Nad I Ali , Musa Qila etc for the US firm Louis Burger.

WITH THE PARAS IN HELMAND: A Photographic Diary

By Craig Allen

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Hardcover (304 pages)

WITH THE PARAS IN HELMAND: A Photographic Diary
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Craig Allen, a Paratrooper for 29 years, returned to 2 PARA as a reservist and unofficial photographer for the Battlegroup's dramatic 2008 Tour in Helmand. As both a respected soldier and photographer he had unrivaled access to the fighting and moved from area to area following the action. Every evening he wrote up his experiences and those of the men he was with, whose trust he had as 'a member of the club'. He had a ringside seat to a very costly summer tour, with the Taliban proving themselves worthy enemies to even the most elite British Army soldiers.

His story tells in superb action photographs and no-nonsense prose of the hardships, courage, fears and cost suffered by front line soldiers over prolonged periods. He captures the color of life and death in Afghanistan for both combatants and the luckless civilian population caught up in this vicious spiral of war. An unforgettable book which has true visual appeal.

SIX MONTHS WITHOUT SUNDAYS: The Scots Guards in Afghanistan

By Max Benitz

Birlinn
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SIX MONTHS WITHOUT SUNDAYS: The Scots Guards in Afghanistan
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Max Benitz reports from the front-line of a highly controversial war in a perceptive and revealing account of several months spent in Afghanistan with this world-famous infantry battalion. Training with them and living amongst them as they undertake their tour in Helmand province, Benitz gives a unique insight into the pressures faced by those who risk their lives every second of the day in one of the most dangerous places on earth. Fascinating and illuminating, The Scots Guards in Afghanistan reveals new insights into the war raging in Afghanistan and the men and women who bravely serve there for the British forces.

Max Benitz has a diverse career, both as an actor and a writer. Born in London in 1985, he is best known for his role as Midshipman Calamy in the 2003 film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World by director Peter Weir. He has also featured in a movie version of Thomas Hughes' novel Tom Brown's Schooldays and starred in Trial and Retribution X: Sins of the Father. Since then he has forged a career as a writer and journalist.

US Army Rangers 1989–2015: Panama to Afghanistan (Elite)

By Leigh Neville

Osprey Publishing
Released: 2016-05-24
Paperback (64 pages)

US Army Rangers 1989–2015: Panama to Afghanistan (Elite)
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Written by an expert on modern special forces units and the operations they undertake, this book explains the evolution of the Rangers' missions in Panama, the first Gulf War, Somalia, and the post-9/11 invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. It reveals the training and organizational changes that the unit has undergone and investigates, in particular, how their doctrine and mantra have changed during the fourteen-year war in Afghanistan.

At the beginning of the war, the Rangers were an elite light infantry unit of men tasked with short-duration recon raids and securing ground behind enemy lines in support of Special Forces--eventually becoming a special-mission unit themselves--on the cusp of being assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command.

Helmand Mission: With 1st Royal Irish Battlegroup in Afghanistan 2008

By Richard Doherty

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Hardcover (176 pages)

Helmand Mission: With 1st Royal Irish Battlegroup in Afghanistan 2008
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After celebrating St. Patrick’s Day 2008, 1st Royal Irish Battlegroup deployed to Afghanistan’s Helmand province as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade. For six months the Royal Irish fought the Taliban in Helmand in some of the most difficult country on earth. At the same time the Battlegroup was training the nascent Afghan National Army (ANA) and many of its engagements were alongside Afghan soldiers. Well trained and with an operational maturity gained from deployments in every year but one since 1998, they were considered the unit in 16 Air Assault Brigade best suited to the critical task of mentoring the ANA. One company deployed with 2 PARA Battlegroup in the Sangin valley. Its soldiers saw intense action against the Taliban, especially through the latter’s use of IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devices). Another company was given the task of ensuring the safe passage of an additional generator for the Kajaki dam and was involved in heavy fighting while so doing. TA soldiers from 2 R Irish formed Imjin Company which provided security but also deployed on wider tasks. Professionalism, high levels of trust and the unique humor of Irish soldiers ensured that they had a successful tour and accomplished their missions.

This is the stirring story of a regimental family at war and of those who sustained them, including their remarkable chaplain, Padre Albert Jackson, and the rear party which supported the families, especially those whose fathers or sons suffered injury or death. Above all, it is the story of a highly professional unit demonstrating its skills to the world and helping make Afghanistan a better place for its people.

   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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