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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
Released: 2016-02-03
Paperback (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.

Honourable 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.

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.

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

By Maj Agha H Amin Ret

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (88 pages)

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.

Frontline: A Soldier's Story

By Steve Stone

Stone Steve
Paperback (86 pages)

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.

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.
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.

British Counterinsurgency

By John Newsinger

John Newsinger
Released: 2015-10-07
Paperback (284 pages)

British Counterinsurgency
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Sale's Brigade In Afghanistan, With An Account Of The Seizure And Defence Of Jellalabad

By George Robert Gleig

Normanby Press
Released: 2014-08-15
Kindle Edition (194 pages)

Sale s Brigade In Afghanistan, With An Account Of The Seizure And Defence Of Jellalabad
 
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“The author of this account, as well as being a Forces Chaplain, was a prolific military historian. His scholarly account of the first Afghan War begins with a detailed description of Afghanistan's hostile terrain and its equally hostile (to outsiders) history. The book describes the early stages of the war, including Britain's decision to cross the Indus river and invade; the march on Khandahar and the successful storming of Ghuznee. Rev. Gleig then narrates the surrender of the pro-Russian ruler of Afghanistan, Dost Mohammed, the peaceful occupation of the capital, Kabul, and the part that Sale's Brigade played in the lengthy attempts to subdue Afghanistan's unruly provinces. The narrative concludes with the capture of the city of Jellalabad, which was then besieged by hostile tribesmen before the garrison were relieved.”-Print ed.

Fire Mission - The Diary of a Firing Sergeant in Afghanistan

By Craig Douglas

Craig Douglas
Released: 2013-09-22
Kindle Edition

Fire Mission - The Diary of a Firing Sergeant in Afghanistan
 
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Fire Mission is an unedited, uncensored account of a 6 month tour in a Forward Operating Base in Helmand Province, the heartland of the Taliban. The MOD didn't want this published as it portrayed the British Army in a bad way. Having left the Army Craig Douglas decided to go ahead anyway and publish the work.

Craig Douglas was a Firing Sergeant for an Artillery Troop in Afghanistan. He spent 6 months in FOB Inkerman, also known as FOB Incoming due to the amount of attacks it was subjected to by the Taliban. His tour was from October 2007 until April 2008.

In the month of November the base was practically attacked every day and resupply was few and far between due to the hostile location.

Put on your body armour, don your helmet and take cover. The shells fall thick and fast with devastating consequences.

Welcome to the Helmand Province through the eyes of an ordinary soldier who found himself in an extraordinary country.

The Killing Zone

By Richard Dorney

Ebury Digital
Released: 2012-08-09
Kindle Edition (322 pages)

The Killing Zone
 
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On a tour of duty in the Helmand River Valley, the Grenadier Guards faced the toughest challenge of their lives...

Carrying out patrols in the most fiercely contested land in Afghanistan the Guards were under fire almost constantly. The summer of 2007 saw some of the most frequent and intense combat yet, beyond what anyone could have predicted. Based in isolated forward operating bases their nearest reinforcements were often miles away, down a track strewn with deadly roadside bombs.

The Killing Zone is an action-packed and authentic insight into the real Afghanistan. This is what it’s like to deliberately draw fire on your own position so that your mates can escape an ambush, to experience the adrenaline rush of being the first in to clear a Taliban compound, and to rely on skill, loyalty and quick-thinking to survive in one of the most dangerous places on earth.

With the Paras in Helmand: A Photographic Diary

By Craig Allen

Pen and Sword
Released: 2015-12-04
Kindle Edition (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.

   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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