An Ordinary Soldier. Afghanistan. A Ferocious Enemy

Beattie Doug

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Cover Type: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Jacket Condition: Fine
Publisher: Simon And Schuster
Publisher Place: London
Publisher Year: 2008
Edition: First Edition

Description: 317 pages. Book and Jacket appear to have hardly been read and are both in Fine condition throughout.

Publishers Description: On 11th September 2006 - exactly five years after the attacks on the Twin Towers - a modern day Rorkes Drift was played out in the town of Garmsir, the Taliban gateway to Helmand Province. 40-year-old Capt. Doug Beattie of the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment was charged with the mission to help retake Garmsir from the Taliban. His commanders said it would take two days; it actually took two weeks of exhausting, bloody conflict in which at times he would be one of only three men up against a ferocious enemy in impossible conditions. His wife thought he had taken a desk job - instead he was leading from the front, fighting for his life against an overwhelming onslaught. For his repeated bravery Doug Beattie was decorated with the Military Cross. This thrilling, modern war story is alternately shocking, thoughtful, even humorous, but always unflinchingly candid. Beattie never shrinks from portraying the horrors of war and his role in them. AN ORDINARY SOLDIER offers an extraordinary insight into the mission in Afghanistan and, crucially, the relationship between British troops and the Afghans they serve alongside. Above all, its Beatties personal story of being what he modestly calls an ordinary soldier - someone who balances being a father and husband with that of fighting in the worlds most hostile place. It demands to be read.

ISBN: 9781847373762

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