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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.

As seen in The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday, Sussex Express and The Argus, 
Featured on BBC Radio 4 ' The Today' programme and on BBC South East Television

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
 
Product Description:
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

Leonaur Ltd
Paperback (272 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.

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

By Leigh Neville

Osprey
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.

The Official ARRSE Guide to the British Army

By Major Des Astor

Transworld Digital
Released: 2012-11-16
Kindle Edition (224 pages)

The Official ARRSE Guide to the British Army
 
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How will we defeat the Taleban and bring peace to Afghanistan? What will the British soldier of the late 21st century look like? When will the next World War break out?

We're damned if we know, but if you want to find out what today's British Army is really like, then The Official Arrse Guide to the British Army is the book for you. Drawn from the wit and wisdom of the ARmy Rumour Service, Britain's biggest and most active military website, the Official Arrse Guide gives the inside track on all aspects of modern British military life. How do I join? Where will I be sent? What's the hardware like? What exactly is it that clerks put in staff officers' coffee? Why do the RAF wear uniforms? Where can I get a decent pair of boots? Is there any meat in an army sausage? All these crucial questions - and more - are answered in The Official Arrse Guide.

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

Forgotten Books
Paperback (444 pages)

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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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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Amazon review highlights

"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 Counterinsurgency

By John Newsinger

Palgrave Macmillan
Released: 2016-04-30
Kindle Edition (290 pages)

British Counterinsurgency
 
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British Counterinsurgency challenges the British Army's claim to counterinsurgency expertise. It provides well-written, accessible and up-to-date accounts of the post-1945 campaigns in Palestine, Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, South Yemen, Dhofar, Northern Ireland and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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
 
Product Description:
- 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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