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Attack State Red

Attack State Red [Kindle Edition]

Richard Kemp
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'An unputdownable account of a British battle group on the offensive' ANDY MCNAB -- ANDY MCNAB

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What happened in Helmand's Sangin Valley in the spring of 2007 was nothing short of extraordinary. After the last gasp defence of the platoon houses by the Paras that preceded them in theatre, the soldiers of the Royal Anglian Regiment arrived in Afghanistan charged with taking the battle to the enemy. Despite brutal, debilitating conditions, the tour that followed became a bloody lesson in how to conduct offensive infantry warfare. Over a six-month tour of duty, the 'Vikings' battlegroup unleashed hell in heavy, relentless fighting that saw teenage soldiers battle toe to toe against hardcore Al Qaeda and Taliban warriors at unprecedented levels of ferocity.

The stories that emerged from the Sangin Valley, defined by bravery, comradeship, endurance and, above all, aggression, are remarkable So much so that Sandhurst manuals were re-written to incorporate the lessons of the campaign. But the fight was far from one-sided. May 2007 saw the Anglians suffer the highest number of British military casualties in any single month since the end of World War II. And those that did return home came back changed by the intensity of the experience.

In Attack State Red, Colonel Richard Kemp, a former Commanding Office of 1st Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, and Chris Hughes, the Daily Mirror Security Correspondent, tell the story of the Royal Anglian's deployment for the first time. Combining the strategic insight of 3 Para with the adrenaline charge of Sniper One, they have produced the most dynamic, substantial and visceral account of the war in Afghanistan that's ever been written.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9973 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,733 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 10 Sep 2009
This is without doubt one of the finest books about the war in Afghanistan. The secret lies in its simplicity - Col Richard Kemp and Chris Hughes set out to tell the story of the soldiers of the 1 Royal Anglian Battle Group and have achieved it superbly. They have not been side-tracked by the politics of the situation or become embroiled in any of the equipment issues, they have simply stuck to their task. Their research is excellent and they bring all the soldiers to life. At times you could be forgiven for thinking you have picked up a thriller from the fiction shelves as you are lifted from your armchair and plopped down in the middle of a battle. Unputdownable is an over-worked word in the world of books but in this case it is appropriate. The only times I put it down were either through sheer exhaustion to marvel at the courage of these young soldiers or, like them, to have a smoke and a brew to try to slow down the old heart rate. We are fortunate to have young soldiers of this calibre and even more fortunate that the closest we get to Afghanistan is through the pages of excellent books like this. Ross Kemp's television series on the Royal Anglians gave us a taste of what they endured, but this book takes us right into the Green Zone with them. It is only when you turn towards the back to the Operational Honours and Awards that you see that yet again a fine British regiment is under-decorated for its gallantry and sacrifice.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but 27 Dec 2010
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I bought this book having served with Kemp when he was a Captain. The combat sections of this book are well written with a crystal clarity that only comes from the real firefights that took place. Having spoken with various ex-soldiers about their experiences they all speak highly of the Anglians.

Unfortunately, the rest, the soldiers thoughts etc was utter rubbish written by a tabloid hack with spades of vomit inducing sugar.

I hope that any profits from this book are going to the surviving injured soldiers and families.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
I've read many war books in my time and I can say this is the most realistic I've ever read. The pace from the outset is fast and hard hitting.

Having served in Afghanistan, it really takes me right back to the green zone in Helmand province. If you want to know what it feels like to be pinned down by enemy fire, or what it feels like for a soldier slogging it out with the Taliban, this is a must read. I couldn't put it down. A Graphic and realistic look at life in the front line.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This is one of the most gripping and visceral accounts of modern combat I've ever read. From the very first sentence I was absolutely hooked - the writing is sharp, the story gritty, and the countless tales of bravery and humility literally made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.

Not only is Attack State Red an amazing testament to the courage and heroism of the soldiers of 1st Bn The Royal Anglian Regiment; it is a tribute the honour and bravery of every serviceman and woman sent overseas to defend our freedom.

If you decide to buy this book, stand-by for a sleepless won't be able to put it down.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best 8 Sep 2009
just finished the book could not put it down all weekend you got it just right you got the feeling for what life on the ground in afgan was like and what the boys went through over there this is far the best war book out
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
There are many books that have recently been produced about operations by the British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, but this book is head and shoulders above anything else currently available. If you are only going to buy one book about the war the British Army is undoubtedly currently engaged in, in Helmand Province, make this the book you choose. For a change, the Paras and Marines are equalled, in fact bettered, by the tough, aggressive and heroic young Royal Anglians who reluctantly and modestly tell their real life experiences throughout this gripping gem of a book. The writing is brilliant - horrifically factual, yet novel-like in it's easily readable style. The first time I picked it up, I intended to flick through and make a proper start later. After 2 hours, I still hadn't put it down. This books rips away the veneer of mundane media reporting and bland statistics and transports the reader to the very heart of Taliban territory and the daily life and death struggle the Royal Anglians faced. 9 Vikings never came back from this tour and this book will help to ensure those heroes are never forgotten. Without a doubt, this is one of the best books on the real story of the War in Afghanistan, at grass roots level, that you will ever read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Band of Brothers 20 Sep 2009
This book is now deservedly a Sunday Times Bestseller. As someone who hasn't been in the forces I got an amazing view of battle from reading Attack State Red. Most of the time it really felt like I was actually in a war. A lot of books say they are realistic but this one definitely is. I've read a lot of war books and this is by far, far the best. Its like Band of Brothers only better. Read it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attack State Red 8 Sep 2009
An excellent read, action filled & exciting, but also extremely moving. Factual, but written in the form of a novel. Expect tears, laughter & well-bitten nails. Loved it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, says it as it was
excellent book, says it as it was, i felt humbled on reading about the courage described in the book.
Published 1 month ago by Mark mountford
5.0 out of 5 stars top read
Having been on the same tour as them, & this being the 1st book I've read about operations in afg, I have to say that I was drawn into the book, & that I felt I knew the troops. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Attack State Red
An excellent and graphic account of the realities of what our troops are experiencing in
Afghanistan - whether the effects will last is down to the natives themselves - the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Very good realistic book. Gift for my son who was in the regiment in Iraq. He recognised the people and the atmosphere.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
A book that typifies the sacrifice and heroism of a very brave regiment. It makes me proud to be Britsh. Read this book and be prepared to be made aware of what our soldiers face.
Published 10 months ago by Robert Prince
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised
I returned this item as the book was in a shocking condition not at all as described!Not good at all
Published 10 months ago by Charlene Hunsperger
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book
Having read many books about Op Herrick I found as a former soldier this was by far the best I have read. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. Durber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great account
Fantastic account of modern infantry fighting. Well written so It could encapsulate both a hardened military reader and someone only slightly interested. Well done Col Kemp
Published 12 months ago by MR LA DAVIDSON
5.0 out of 5 stars "wow"
this has to be one of. or the best book out of Afghanistan. any one intrtested in war this is for you, its all fom the soldier an about the soldier. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, effective and unputdownable
As a tale of young men at war, this book is not only inspirational, but well written and accessible to those with little or no knowledge of battle. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. K. Riley
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