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An engrosing and inspirational read
on 27 February 2013
I saw Company Commander recommended when I'd finished reading WAR by Sebastian Junger, the American author & journalist's account of the five trips he made to the Korengal Valley with US forces in Afganistan. At times an uncomfortable and disturbing read, interspursed with facinating information gained over many years of research on how military personnel react in moments of extreme danger.
Company Commander is Major Russell Lewis's personal diary of his six month tour with the Parachute Regiment at Inkerman, which was the British Army's most exposed Forward Operating Base in Helmand Province, Afganistan. His story telling is calm and controlled but with warmth and passion and an obvious admiration and respect for the men who served under him. Their role is not to sit and wait for the enemy to strike but to go out and find them. Russell Lewis's accounts of their daily patrols, usually under cover of darkness in the early hours of the morning, make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up! It's not at all surprising that he was subsequently awarded the Military Cross for his leadership and gallantry. A highly recommended read.