Condor Blues: British Soldiers at War

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Condor Blues is an action-packed, dramatic, and true account of contemporary soldiering. It also shatters the conspiracy of silence over the direction of British operations in post-war Iraq. Gallantry medals may have been awarded on a scale unprecedented for half a century, but in winning the battles the British Army lost the peace. Author Mark Nicol focuses on the lives of two platoons based at the isolated Camp Condor in Iraqs Maysan Province. The soldiers task was to live with and train Iraqi Civil Defense Corps recruits. Their lives jack-knifed from moments of force to farce, and they engaged in disturbing yet amusing pranks on a daily basis. They were also plunged into the biggest and bloodiest battles involving British forces in Iraq. After one firefight, they carried the broken bodies of those they had slain from the battlefield--the emotional impact was devastating. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews, Condor Blues is an honest and visceral account of soldiering in a brutal environment. The flawed thinking, the missed opportunities, and the heavy metal tactics that proved so counter-productive are all laid bare, making this essential reading for anyone seeking an impartial account of the most violent and controversial period of modern British military history.This honest and visceral account of British soldiers in Iraq, focusing on two platoons based at Camp Condor in Maysan Province, provides shocking insight into the consequences of the flawed thinking behind Allied operations in Iraq. From the Hardcover edition.

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Condor Blues is an action-packed, dramatic, and true account of contemporary soldiering. It also shatters the conspiracy of silence over the direction of British operations in post-war Iraq. Gallantry medals may have been awarded on a scale unprecedented for half a century, but in winning the battles the British Army lost the peace. Author Mark Nicol focuses on the lives of two platoons based at the isolated Camp Condor in Iraqs Maysan Province. The soldiers task was to live with and train Iraqi Civil Defense Corps recruits. Their lives jack-knifed from moments of force to farce, and they engaged in disturbing yet amusing pranks on a daily basis. They were also plunged into the biggest and bloodiest battles involving British forces in Iraq. After one firefight, they carried the broken bodies of those they had slain from the battlefield--the emotional impact was devastating. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews, Condor Blues is an honest and visceral account of soldiering in a brutal environment. The flawed thinking, the missed opportunities, and the heavy metal tactics that proved so counter-productive are all laid bare, making this essential reading for anyone seeking an impartial account of the most violent and controversial period of modern British military history.This honest and visceral account of British soldiers in Iraq, focusing on two platoons based at Camp Condor in Maysan Province, provides shocking insight into the consequences of the flawed thinking behind Allied operations in Iraq. From the Hardcover edition.
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Title Condor Blues: British Soldiers at War Height 194 mm
Mark Nicol Width 131 mm
ISBN-13 9781845963118 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #1845963113 Spine Width
Publisher Mainstream Publishing Pages 352
Edition 2010 Availability Out Of Stock

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