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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.

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.

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.

The North-West Frontier: British India and Afghanistan, a Pictorial History 1839-1947

By Michael Barthorp

Blandford Pr
Hardcover (192 pages)

The North-West Frontier: British India and Afghanistan, a Pictorial History 1839-1947
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A Sniper's Conflict: An Elite Sharpshooter’s Thrilling Account of Hunting Insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq

By Monty B

Skyhorse Publishing
Hardcover (224 pages)

A Sniper s Conflict: An Elite Sharpshooter’s Thrilling Account of Hunting Insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq
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"I could make out the head and shoulders of the insurgent as he was firing in the prone position. I aimed for the centre area . . . emoved the safety catch and held that point of aim. Then I slowly and deliberately operated my trigger squeezing it gently to the rear. The round impacted into the target just below the shoulder. The target seemed to slide down disappearing out of sight, the rifle muzzle remained pointing uppermost in the air."

The author sets the scene with action on a 2004 tour in Iraq where hard lessons were learnt. Next stop Helmand District, Afghanistan, after rigorous training. By now he had been a Sniper Instructor for eight years and his depth of knowledge makes this almost a sniper’s manual. This, combined with his descriptions of the sniper engagements experienced during his Battalion’s action packed tour, make this a thrilling and instructive read. He describes not just the operational background moves and tactics but his emotions—taking life even from distances of a kilometer is traumatic. Intense though the action was, there were long periods of watching and waiting—called Enduring Patience). Snipers work in pairs so relationship and trust are all important. Snipers are elite soldiers and clearly the author is among the best of the best.

A Sniper's Conflict is a superb account of professional soldiering at the sharp end.

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British Counterinsurgency

By John Newsinger

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

British Counterinsurgency
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Afghanistan: A Short Account of Afghanistan, its History, and Our Dealings With it

By P. F. Walker

A.M.P.
Released: 2013-04-22
Kindle Edition (81 pages)

Afghanistan: A Short Account of Afghanistan, its History, and Our Dealings With it
 
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For over a decade, Afghanistan has remained in the news, as a Western coalition led by the United States has sought to root out the Taliban. In the 1980s, the Soviets tried and failed to defeat the Mujahideen. A century previously, Britain repeatedly tried and failed to secure its regional strategic objectives in Afghanistan.

Philip Francis Walker, a veteran of the 75th Regiment of the British Army, laid out for public view a short history of the country from ancient times and its conquest by Alexander the Great, to the contemporary Anglo-Afghan wars. The backdrop of his writing was the Great Game, the strategic rivalry between Britain and Russia for dominance in Central Asia. Central to British concerns was the security of the Indian Empire, which lay to the south.

Devils Breath

By Simon M Gray

Released: 2014-10-07
Kindle Edition (225 pages)

Devils Breath
 
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Overcome with the Devils Breath, women fall prey to a sadistic hunter and are powerless to prevent his assault.
Noah Crespy, a decorated soldier fresh from the battlefields of Afghanistan, arrives home carrying shame in his heart.
Judith Wigley, a Lieutenant in the Territorial Army, joined with pride but left when her courage failed.
They try to find solace in each other and a love to heal the scars from battle.
But when the army decides even a hero is dispensable, Noah's life spirals to depths where only the Devils Breath can redeem him.

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.

Cries from the East: A fictionalised memoir of the British infantryman's war in Afghanistan

By Francis Odecroft

Released: 2014-05-19
Kindle Edition (179 pages)

Cries  from the East: A fictionalised memoir of the British infantryman s war in Afghanistan
 
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Anthony Cavendish is a British infantryman fighting in Afghanistan during the ‘War on Terror’. A young, thoughtful man from Cambridgeshire who abandoned his application to university in order to join the army, he now finds himself caught between his duty and family and that of fighting and killing an enemy with whom he knows very little about. Alongside this, he must also co-exist alongside his comrades who come from a variety of backgrounds and regions and in which he shares very little in common with, but nonetheless they must now depend on each other in order to survive their gruelling six-month tour of duty.

   


 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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