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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 Military
Released: 2014-04-30
Kindle Edition (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. It is also an account of strategy being turned into action - of the essential interplay of the personal and professional in the most testing of circumstances. 

He describes the day-to-day operations, and he provides a fascinating record of the Taliban's guerrilla tactics and the British response to them. His narrative 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.

His narrative 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. For the British intervention in Helmand is a microcosm of the Nato-led mission launched against the Taliban and al Qaeda.

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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)

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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.

As Luck Has It.

By Roland Barrowclough

Roland Barrowclough.
Released: 2015-07-16
Kindle Edition (830 pages)

As Luck Has It.
 
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HEY SAPPERS! AT LAST! Another Engineers novel.
“As Luck Has It.”
By Roland Barrowclough.
Despite what some younger Sappers think, the illustrious history of the Corps of Royal Engineers did not start the day they joined. It has been going on for quite a while. This novel is about tough Sappers in India, Afghanistan and other places over a hundred years ago - - about when some junior ranks are convinced that their senior NCOs joined the Corps. Those old men tell the truth though, “When I joined, Sappers were REAL MEN!” This is a saga about and for real men and youngsters who wish to become real men.
The border between what was Northwest India (Now Pakistan) and Afghanistan is known as the Durand Line. It was agreed in 1893 and is the main region for much of this story. Generations of soldiers have described it as “The most dangerous place on earth” with which many of today’s battle hardened veterans are familiar. Our narrative begins close to the Khyber Pass, the central character is a young lad, Andrew Duncan; son of a fatally wounded senior NCO: who joins his Dad’s Corps of Royal Engineers, “The Sappers.” In addition to his resolve to learn and improve himself, he never ignores helpful people. He encounters numerous situations, spread between difficult and absolutely dangerous that challenge his ingenuity and courage. Andrew Duncan runs into an abundant mixture of adventure, promising opportunities and downright good luck. After the excellent training and several unusual experiences, young Duncan ends up back in India as a valuable member of a commanding Lieut-General’s ‘private little army’, a reconnaissance and troubleshooting unit hidden as a Royal Engineer’s Independent Survey Troop working on the border.
Queen Victoria’s reign was a very active time for the British army and not least of all, in the area around the gore sodden Khyber Pass. Too much of the originally suggested border line was then and still is, physically impossible to reach in order to take verifiable bearings. As can be imagined, conducting an accurate survey was almost impossible when all of what could be reached was deep in tribal territory and all within rifle range of some very accurate, belligerent and inhospitable tribesmen. These warriors have more or less held their own wiggle room very successfully for over 2,000 years against the reigns of numerous invaders far more aggressive and vicious than the armies of Great Britain, India, Russia, Pakistan, or the United States. How present day politicians imagine that they could legislate solutions for this area’s troubles is beyond comprehension. Most experienced soldiers, serving and retired would agree.
This novel may become noted in military circles for its good taste handling of army language, as in - “Colour Serjeant, did you really believe that ‘Bullpen Carpeting’ about malaria?” and also “ - that there were certain junior officers and senior NCOs in the Corps of Royal Engineers who had raised ‘Masculine Bovine Waste’ to an absolute art form.”
Reader’s Comments: 'The sacastic army term - "And the Best of British Luck Mate." fits this chap. His Ammo Boots must be greased, he slips right through.'
'I have never seen a Lee-Metford rifle. It sounds like a good infantry weapon.'
‘You tell a ripping good yarn from which I learned a good deal.‘
'…was enjoyable because I found the adventures of Andrew Duncan interesting in many parts and fascinating in others.’
‘You have accomplished the no mean feat of writing a 19th century novel in the 21st century’
‘Andrew reminds me of Thomas Hughes' Tom Brown but with one exception, You are funny, Hughes is not.'

Life of the Amir Dost Mohammed Khan of Kabul, Vol. 1 of 2: With His Political Proceedings Towards the English, Russian, and Persian Governments, ... British-Army in Afghanistan (Classic Reprint)

By Mohana Lal

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Life of the Amir Dost Mohammed Khan of Kabul, Vol. 1 of 2: With His Political Proceedings Towards the English, Russian, and Persian Governments, ... British-Army in Afghanistan (Classic Reprint)
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Excerpt from Life of the Amir Dost Mohammed Khan of Kabul, Vol. 1 of 2: With His Political Proceedings Towards the English, Russian, and Persian Governments, Including the Victory and Disasters of the British-Army in Afghanistan

Neither in the preceding publication nor in this, do I for a moment pretend to boast of the value of its information, eloquence, or style. On the con trary, I am fearfully conscious of abundant errors both in grammar, idiom, and, above all, of repe titions; but when I tell the public that I am a stranger to the customs, manners, and in great measure to the language of the English, and that I have written the mss. And published these two volumes in a short space of time, without the assistance of a friend, as I had expected, I feel as sured that I shall be excused on account of these great deficiencies. Whatever portion of the mss. Of these volumes (excepting about one hundred pages in the beginning) I was able to write every day, went to press immediately in the same way; and this will plainly account for errors and repetitions.

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Sir John Fortescue’s The Bloodiest Folly: the British Army in Afghanistan 1837-42

By J. W. Fortescue

Leonaur
Released: 2017-02-28
Kindle Edition (393 pages)

Sir John Fortescue’s The Bloodiest Folly: the British Army in Afghanistan 1837-42
 
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An outstanding analysis of The First Afghan War
Among British Army historians the reputation of Sir John Fortescue stands virtually without equal. His comprehensive fourteen volume history is a work of unparalleled achievement in its field. Fortescue combines thorough source material research with insightful academic observation of the conduct of the campaigns he describes and of the decisions, errors and strategic and tactical options of their principal protagonists. The Leonaur editors have carefully selected passages from Fortescue’s magnum opus to create a series of books, each focusing on a specific war or campaign.
Almost every student of the British Empire at war during the 19th century knows that the army that marched to Kabul, to secure the unpopular Shah Shuja on the throne of Afghanistan, was annihilated. Much of the blame for that debacle has fallen—quite unjustly according to Fortescue—upon the shoulders of Elphinstone, the ill-fated commander. Although The First Afghan War was a notorious blunder of cataclysmic proportions, Fortescue’s perspective on it will be a revelation to many readers. The war began as a conflict instigated by the British, over an unnecessary issue that was never in contention, against a leader of his people who was broadly amenable to British objectives. The conduct of the war, fought over the most hostile terrain populated by a fierce, resourceful enemy, disintegrated through mismanagement, incompetence, double dealing and treachery, into a humiliating defeat for British arms and prestige in India. Fortescue’s scathing assessment of the roles of civil servants and political officers, including Burnes, McNaughten and others, is an insightful appraisal of the consequences of the subversion of the authority of military officers by civilian appointed powers in a theatre of war.
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Sir John Fortescue's the Bloodiest Folly: The British Army in Afghanistan 1837-42

By J W Fortescue Sir

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An outstanding analysis of The First Afghan War

Among British Army historians the reputation of Sir John Fortescue stands virtually without equal. His comprehensive fourteen volume history is a work of unparalleled achievement in its field. Fortescue combines thorough source material research with insightful academic observation of the conduct of the campaigns he describes and of the decisions, errors and strategic and tactical options of their principal protagonists. The Leonaur editors have carefully selected passages from Fortescue's magnum opus to create a series of books, each focusing on a specific war or campaign.
Almost every student of the British Empire at war during the 19th century knows that the army that marched to Kabul, to secure the unpopular Shah Shuja on the throne of Afghanistan, was annihilated. Much of the blame for that debacle has fallen-quite unjustly according to Fortescue-upon the shoulders of Elphinstone, the ill-fated commander. Although The First Afghan War was a notorious blunder of cataclysmic proportions, Fortescue's perspective on it will be a revelation to many readers. The war began as a conflict instigated by the British, over an unnecessary issue that was never in contention, against a leader of his people who was broadly amenable to British objectives. The conduct of the war, fought over the most hostile terrain populated by a fierce, resourceful enemy, disintegrated through mismanagement, incompetence, double dealing and treachery, into a humiliating defeat for British arms and prestige in India. Fortescue's scathing assessment of the roles of civil servants and political officers, including Burnes, McNaughten and others, is an insightful appraisal of the consequences of the subversion of the authority of military officers by civilian appointed powers in a theatre of war.
Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket; our hardbacks are cloth bound and feature gold foil lettering on their spines and fabric head and tail bands.

Embed To the End with the World's Armies in Afghanistan

By Nick Allen

The History Press
Paperback (304 pages)

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Detailing the experiences of soldiers from 13 NATO countries, this is truly an international account of the war in Afghanistan

Between 2006 and 2013, 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, America, Finland, Poland, Sweden, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Denmark, and Estonia, and spent time with the Royal Gurkha Rifles, the U.S. Marine Corps, the 39th Combat Engineer Regiment, and the 506th Airborne of Band of Brothers fame. This book is an unrivaled first-hand account of military operations, from the battlefields of Helmand and Kandahar to the so-called "backwaters" of the Afghan conflict. This eyewitness portrayal of combat operations, reconstruction, and daily soldiering life faithfully reflects the reality of life on the frontline of a war that had no defined frontline. Fully up-to-date as the troops withdraw, it also surely helps to answer the question: what was the West doing there?

Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan, 2001–2014 (Everyman's Library CLASSICS)

By Theo Farrell

Vintage Digital
Released: 2017-09-07
Kindle Edition (576 pages)

Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan, 2001–2014 (Everyman s Library CLASSICS)
 
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A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

Afghanistan was an unwinnable war. This definitive account explains why.

It could have been a very different story. British forces could have successfully withdrawn from Afghanistan in 2002, having done the job they set out to do: to defeat al-Qaeda. Instead, in the years that followed, Britain paid a devastating price for their presence in Helmand province.

So why did Britain enter, and remain, in an ill-fated war? Why did it fail so dramatically, and was this expedition doomed from the beginning? Drawing on unprecedented access to military reports, government documents and senior individuals, Professor Theo Farrell provides an extraordinary work of scholarship. He explains the origins of the war, details the campaigns over the subsequent years, and examines the West’s failure to understand the dynamics of local conflict and learn the lessons of history that ultimately led to devastating costs and repercussions still relevant today.

‘The best book so far on Britain's recent war in Afghanistan’ International Affairs
‘Masterful, irrefutable… Farrell records all these military encounters with the irresistible pace of a novelist’ Sunday Times

Afghan Heat: SAS Operations in Afghanistan: War in Afghanistan against the Taliban

By Steve Stone

Digital Dreams Publishing
Released: 2014-08-04
Kindle Edition (145 pages)

Afghan Heat: SAS Operations in Afghanistan: War in Afghanistan against the Taliban
 
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Afghan Heat is a fast paced story of an SAS operative on operations from SAS selection through to a tour on the battlefields of Afghanistan. The book follows individual operations where special forces, aircraft, and the latest surveillance technology are fused together - in order to capture key figures or simply take out an enemy stronghold.

The books account is both gritty and graphical as it follows the SAS, battling at times against overwhelming odds in a hostile country. Fighting a war hardened enemy with years of experience fighting occupying forces. Even these elite soldiers with advanced weaponry and immense fire support at their disposal are put to the ultimate test of skill and courage fighting in the 'Stan.'

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"This was a very entertaining book to read. Working over here in Afghanistan as a lazy civilian I do bump into these guys from time to time and one can't help but wonder a bit about what their story is as the guys are pretty confusing in real life."

"A great book for many reasons. I liked that the writer was not a chest beater ego driven guy with an agenda about social or political or whatever that he would constantly muddy the story with."

"I liked the matter of fact description of the frequent action. I like the post military tansition, which I know can be hard for anyone."

"The author has done a marvelous job of giving us an exciting, yet not over-the-top macho BS, picture of what the SAS does when they're out and about in the country-side."

"If you're looking to get a glimpse behind the scenes into the stories you read about in the news (and those that you don't!), definitely grab this book."

British War in Afghanistan 1841, (Argonaut Papers 11) compiled from contemporary accounts with notes and glossary: The retreat and the massacre of the British Army from Kabul

By Tim Coates

Freckle
Released: 2014-11-25
Kindle Edition (114 pages)

British War in Afghanistan 1841, (Argonaut Papers 11) compiled from contemporary accounts with notes and glossary: The retreat and the massacre of the British Army from Kabul
 
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- Edited and compiled from three eyewitness accounts with notes and glossary.
In 1841 the British Army was forced to evacuate its base in Cabool (Kabul) and within only a few weeks was wiped out almost to the last man in the Himalayan passes. This book combines the official parliamentary report with the private accounts of Lady Florentia Sale, wife of Brigadier Robert Sale and Lieutenant Vincent Eyre in order to present a unique picture of the terrible events.

   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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