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Fire Mission - The Diary of a Firing Sergeant in Afghanistan
 
 

Fire Mission - The Diary of a Firing Sergeant in Afghanistan [Kindle Edition]

Craig Douglas
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Craig Douglas was a Firing Sergeant for an Artillery Troop in Afghanistan. He spent 6 months in FOB Inkerman, also known as FOB Incoming due to the amount of attacks it was subjected to by the Taliban. His tour was from October 2007 until April 2008. Prior to him arriving, Ross Kemp had been through the base and on patrol experiencing a fire fight with the Taliban.

In the month of November the base was practically attacked every day and resupply was few and far between due to the hostile location.

Put on your body armour, don your helmet and take cover. The shells fall thick and fast with devastating consequences. Inside these pages you'll find frustration, humour, fear, chickens and a goat.

Welcome to the Helmand Province through the eyes of an ordinary soldier who found himself in an extraordinary country.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11089 KB
  • Publisher: Craig Douglas (22 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FGRER60
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Craig Douglas was born in Ely, England. He spent most of his childhood in a northeastern mining village before joining the British Army. He has completed tours of Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kososvo, Iraq, Cyprus (holiday tour) and a particularly violent tour of Afghanistan.

Craig has now moved back to the UK. He spends time editing and managing the Near2theKnuckle Webzine at www.close2thebone.com and formats manuscripts for both Smashwords, Createspace and Kindle. Craig has work in Volumes 2, 3, 5 and 6 of the Radgepacket series, the Harsh and the Heart, Celebrating the Military. His book 'Fire Mission : The Diary of a Firing Sergeant' can be purchased for both Kindle and in Paperback at Amazon.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent read 2 Nov 2013
By Jenks
Format:Kindle Edition
Warts n all diary that makes you further appreciate what the men and women of the forces are dealing with. If the Taliban are not hurling RPGs at them there seems to be very little else to occupy their time. Changing from playing poker one minute to blowing up the enemy in a matter of seconds has got be exhausting. Good book recommended for anyone who wants to feel part of the team rather than a civvy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A cracking diary of a soldier's experiences in Afghanistan. This is the Army's answer to Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real Life Adventures in an Inner-city Ambulance.

The logistical cock-ups experienced by the author when serving at FOB Inkerman beggars belief. Burning Camel Dung to keep warm in sub-zero temperatures as supplies of kerosene weren't a priority? Terrible.

Deserves it's own series/mini-series or film.

I have just four words to add: Buy now and read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it 9 Oct 2013
By Patrick
Format:Kindle Edition
Run of the mill arty guy in a FOB, but most days ups and downs are very well detailed with what most of us don't know or understand, the seemingly endless battle to keep communications going, the all to often cancelled resupply choppers.

Seems hard to understand in this day and age guys battling with comms whilst running out of all sorts of necessities.

A good grass roots read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Being ex artillery, spot on book 18 Nov 2013
By johnho
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Brought it on kindle, great price, can relate to the command post style of living in slipper city,
Could have and should have given the guns line, it's due respect and that the gun section commander deserves his credit,
But typical of a china graph fairy, to write a book solely on the command post, totally forgets the BQMS, and the cooks and why he never mentions high angle in effect,
If your not artillery or understanding of the army way of life, you may find it hard to enjoy as much myself,
But pleased he wrote the book and allows people to know the truth
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A more caring Army... 12 Nov 2013
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I have to admit that I wasn't familiar with the term Firing Sergeant until reading this book, despite being part of the Command Post and Recce teams over a 6 year stint in the 40 Regt.Royal Artillery.

The book gives the impression the army is not nearly as disciplined as the cold war era?

Overall I did enjoy the day to day accounts of army life...the majority of which can be truly tedious.

I'm happy to say it's all becoming a dim and distant memory but books like this remind you all to clearly about the often disorganized state of the military :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Honest Account 5 Nov 2013
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Craig Douglas doesn't mess about, he gives a straight forward warts and all account of his time in Afghanistan. The honesty here was the most refreshing part and his military sense of black humour comes shining through. A great read which never succumbs to sensationalism or propaganda.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 22 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Great book, funny and honest description of life in afghan, hard to put down, hope there's more to come

Great
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5.0 out of 5 stars None 7 Oct 2013
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a book full of facts not fiction unlike other books funny with sarcasm throughout straight talking easy to understand well worth a read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Quite boring. The author seemed to want to regale the reader every time he emptied his bowels. Tedious,unimportant stuff!
Published 23 days ago by Rod H
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Truly felt i was there in this excellently written book and being a true story made it even better. Like to know how it feels to survive in the filed then read this.
Published 1 month ago by R I Tonks
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This is good read. Very different from other books about Afghanistan and Iraq. Less dramatic but none the worse for it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A Gaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read, whether you've been or not.
Brilliant account of life in Afghanistan from the view of the author.
Well worth a read, just remember its a f***ing diary.
Published 4 months ago by Robbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good honest read
As my review title says, it's a honestly written diary of events, no embellishments just facts. For the price well worth the money.
Published 6 months ago by Me
1.0 out of 5 stars badly written and published with errors
My Kindle version came with errors not just spelling but entire chapters misplaced. Th bit I did read was not well written.
Published 6 months ago by Wrant
4.0 out of 5 stars Fire mission the diary of a firing sergeant in Afghanistan
Have to say that I really enjoyed this book and coming from an ex sapper high praise. What I found out about life on the front line was that units had to operate with minimum... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Steven ribano
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
I enjoyed this book which is very unusual in that it is written as a diary. It is clear that are soldiers do a great job in appalling conditions but they do it on a shoestring and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by G. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Real stuff
A great read, I lived every moment please more of this kind of writing, It's true what Rat Packs do for the constitution Craig, Ricky the Fist
Published 8 months ago by Ricky the fist
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Book
A different insight on this type of book. This book is a day to day diary, which shows the honest aspects of a soldier on tour in Afghanistan. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark Aldridge
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