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Danger Close

Danger Close [Kindle Edition]

Colonel Stuart Tootal
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'At last, a commander telling us the cold, harsh truth about this war. An excellent and compelling read' (Andy McNab)

'A gripping first-hand account of the realities of frontline command at the start of the bitterest war that Britain has fought for generations' (Patrick Bishop, author of 3 PARA)

'The first senior commander to provide an account of the fighting, Tootal's book is refreshingly free of the gung-ho machismo and sentimentality that afflicts other lesser entries of the genre' (The Sunday Tribune)

'Tootal offers the perspective of a man in charge ... he tells the story well ... passionate admiration for his men is matched by disdain for others' (Sunday Times)

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A compelling and human portrait of modern war

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (27 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VD6NQE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,722 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a well written book by a man who shows great leadership and integrity. I have served in the British Army, my only active tours being in NI in the 80's. What these guys had to endure makes my experiences pale into insignificance. The two best things about the book, in my opinion anyway, are the manner in which Col Tootal paints the perfect picture of events on the ground and exposes countless flaws of the weak faceless ministers and bureaucrats who are making a sham of fighting the conflict.

He reveals his genuine care and concern for his men and his loyalty to his men must be one of the contributing factors to their success in the face of battles with both a fanatical enemy and the useless government who deployed them to this crazy theatre of operations.

No MP or MOD civil servant would be comfortable reading this tale but all should and then take time to focus on what unreasonable demands they make of our troops with such little support.

A truly excellent read. My admiration for this man huge.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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I served some 22 years in the Army and was lucky to do a couple of attachments to the Paras. This book is an excellent stripped down account of what soldiers and airmen face in Afghanistan. One of the most concise and complelling collection of stories about the conflict but more importantly the human dimension, the costs in lives and injuries - which are far greater than the politicans acknowledge. More damning as no politician has sons/daughters out there letting them know what parents and loved ones at home must live through, before and especially after serving in such a combat zone. Saddened by lack of support to our troops especially when they come home injured and have a long and slow support system. Col Tootal has done his boys & ladies proud, a shame he is no longer serving, the type of commander any soldier would wish for. Please read this book to understand what the other end of a British political decision means to those who have to uphold policy abroad - with the wrong equipment and restricted support. The young men who usually bear the brunt of scoieties complaints should be proud of what they achieve in Afghanistan, especially as the politicans at home, including the PM take for granted what and how they achieve success against heavy odds.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real account from the front line 20 Aug 2009
Col Tootal has provided a gripping and accurate account of Op Herrick 4 whilst avoiding the usual glamour and hyperbole that is characteristic of modern military writing. This book gives a fantastic insight into the emotional, military and political pressures facing a commander in Afghanistan. The descriptions of the Catch 22 situations the 3 PARA Battlegroup faced at the outset of the movement to Helmand Province demonstrate how admirably the soldiers under Col Tootal's leadership performed. His pride in the infantrymen, cavalrymen and airmen under his command, whether Paratrooper or not, comes across in spades and is evidenced by his outspoken response to the treatment of injured soldiers and equipment shortages on the front line. This is a testament to today's `Playstation Generation' soldiers and demonstrates that the British Army, at the front line, has maintained the resolve of its forebears. A thoroughly good read.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book. 9 Aug 2009
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Having read most books about the war in Afghanistan written by soldiers, it made a change to see things from the commanders point of view. Colonel Tootal has written an excellent account of his time in command of 3 Para during their first deploment in 2006. One can almost feel his frustration as political mission creep imposes more and more difficulties on him and his overtasked Battalion. One can feel his pain as his men are killed and wounded as the Battalion becomes embroiled in ceaseless combat with the Taliban.He is scathing about the way the wounded are treated once back in UK (what has changed in 3 years). Overall a thoroughly well balanced book which gives an excellent account of the burden of command. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Danger Close by Stuart Tootal 15 Sep 2009
This is an excellent book that is difficult to put down. It gives a superb insight into the challenges of leadership and the tactics employed on the ground in Afghanistan. The accounts of the brave young soldiers who were killed or badly injured and their subsequent treatment on their return to the UK is very moving. If you want to get some idea of what life is like for soldiers at all levels serving in Helmand Province then this is a marvellous account. I highly recommend it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 25 Aug 2009
For those of us with no experience of the realities of war this book is both challenging and thought provoking.

Can't recommend it highly enough. Should be required reading for politicians!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 2 Sep 2009
By Specky
An excellent account of 3 PARA's tour in Afghanistan, which - whilst it is told by their former Commanding Officer - gives the reader an idea of what he, the officers and the soldiers went through and thought, and how they dealt/deal with it. Very well written, hard to put down, at times exciting, at times emotional, at times funny - all round an excellent read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pressures of Command 17 Oct 2009
By Maxwell
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There have been plenty of books written and released in recent months about the battles and operations in Afghanistan. There have been equally vociferous, sometimes difficult, often uninformed and active media campaigns raging in our press and television. What is addressed only rarely in a book, is the so called loneliness of command,difficult decision making, the constant pressures of all natures, the never ending risk assessments and the endless demands for flexibility and response. This book has it in spades!

As an ex-commanding officer myself, I empathise entirely with what Stuart Tootal is trying to convey and his Epilogue is a first rate summation. While no book on such a conflict can in any way be described as "enjoyable", the writing is taught,difficult situations portrayed in easy language,the sheer frustrations of an under-resourced operation, interference by MoD and Whithall mandarins, all coupled with the incompetence of our politicians, make for an very interesting book, and I commend it.

After commanding such a battalion as 3 PARA, he had to move on and find pastures anew. A brave decision, a huge loss for the army but fully understandable. This book should be compulsory reading for all Staff College candidates,civil servants and politicians about the pressures of command.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best description of battle ever.
Colonel Tootal has related his experiences with 3 para in Afghanistan with such skill & realism that I am left in awe of the guys & gals that work in Afghanistan on a daily basis,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ronfitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving true story of bravery in the field
Excellent read which tells the true story of the bravery and professionalism of our soldiers during the Afghanistan campaign. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mags2745
5.0 out of 5 stars A Colonels True Version(no gloss just honesty at its best.)
Well done colonel Stuart Tootal for a very refreshing,honest and truly a brutal in your face account of how it really was to fight front line action against a force who did not... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for anyone wanting to understand Britain's war in...
In spare, powerful prose, Stuart Tootal provides a unique and gripping insight into Britain's fiercest fighting since the Korean War. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Matthew Green
5.0 out of 5 stars a commander of men, a true leader.
This books tells a great account of a real war and his compassion for his men.

A great booK and an interesting story of the experience
Published 6 months ago by Bobcatbullets
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all these war books i order like this one are bought for my brother so really cant say much ,except , if you like military stories then you ll like this
Published 6 months ago by nori
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A comprehensive insight into the conditions faced by the troops that were inserted into the Afghan conflict at the early stages. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Donminett
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
What a brilliant an accurate account of battle from a commanding officer and his battalion a great read well done sir
Published 7 months ago by SteveB
5.0 out of 5 stars A compulsive read!
You can smell and taste the action - excellent. Download it now and experience soldiering in the 21st century as if at first hand.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. J. J. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!!!
What a superb account of what life under fire is really like! I would strongly recommend that anybody who has never been shot at, read this book and gain a soldiers eye view of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by simmo8291
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