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In the Eye of the Storm: Commanding the Desert Rats in the Gulf War Hardcover – 1 Aug 1996


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Aug 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340682450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340682456
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Major General Patrick Cordingley joined the army in 1965 and has seen service around the world. He commanded the Desert Rats during the Gulf War and was awarded the DSO for his leadership. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 1999
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Patrick Cordingley has an impressive story to tell, from the first stages of getting his men together, through the arduous conditions of training, to fighting a major armoured battle. The story unfolds clearly and compellingly reavealing the human side of modern warfare. Anyone who want to know what it is really like to fight a war should read this gripping story.
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I've always felt that General Cordingley was a soldier's soldier and this book goes a long way to showing me I was right in my estimation. Written in plain language, apart from the various acronyms which soldiers are so familiar with, it's a blunt, factual account of the story of the 7th Armoured Brigade in what we in the west know as Gulf War One.

As with the war itself the book is 80% about deployment and build up and the problems faced by 7 Armd in getting to Saudi Arabia and living there. It enhances the reputation of quite a few people, the author amongst them for his humility and, without being bitchy, provokes thought about the actions of others.

I recommend this as an enjoyable read as well as being an historical necessity for anyone interested in these aspects of military history. Once I started it I couldn't put it down.

One lesson of the book seems clear. All the British needed to fulfill their obligations in that war was to have the 57 tanks of the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars under the command of Lt Col (now Major General) Arthur Denaro. His typical cavalry attitude and hunting instinct separate him from lesser men as the book makes clear, even if he did annoy the Brigadier from time to time he was always proven right and if he'd been listened to properly 7 Armd Bde may well have been spared their only serious blue-on-blue from the US Army.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Mar 2012
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This is a first class and really very readable account of the build up to the first Iraq war, 'Desert Storm' and of it's swift and extraordinarily efficient execution. The planning, the complex logistic/transport problems involved in such a mammoth operation, the desert training and the difficulties involved in dealing with local sensitivities and the media are dealt with in some detail. It's an enthralling narrative observed with intelligence and at times with humour of what is likely - in the light of recent cuts to the defence budget - to be the last large scale cavalry operation conducted by GB forces. The last hurrah for the Desert Rats?
The overwhelming impression is not of a gung-ho operation - but of an extremely efficient, professional and sensitive fighting force.
It's a very good read!
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An earlier review on this book have criticized the author for having a picture of burning tanks/oil fields and not really recounting this fully in the book. I have to counter this by saying of the 256 pages some 70 pages are dedicated to the ground operations of the 7th Armoured Brigade from the 23rd to 28th February 1991, i.e. the 100+ hours of combat operations.

Furthermore considering that Brigadier Cordingley was 'in theatre' from about the 17th September 1990, more than the vast majority of the British personnel, then that's a very high proportion of the book dedicated to the actual battle itself within Iraq and Kuwait. Perhaps what should be understood is that this is a book written by a (then) brigade commander who should not necessarily be in the'thick of the action' if his planning has been done properly. As such this book concentrates quite rightly on the higher 'brigade level' preparations and planning for war and not the day-to-day life that one might read on armoured warfare in other books. In summary then this is a worthy read and one that should not be overlooked by anyone interested in the British contribution to Operation Desert Sword & Sabre.

In all honesty though my primary purpose for buying this book was not for Brigadier Cordingley's account but for the pictures since I am interested in specific details of his Challenger 1 MBT for a modelling project. There are in total some 63 photos spread throughout the book, a mixture of B&W as well as colour and Brigadier Cordingley's tanks is included in six of these so this was definitely a worthy source of photographic information!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Post on 24 Oct 2010
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Mostly involves the build up to actual deployment in the Gulf.Logistics,personal thoughts etc.
The actual action they encountered is a small part of this book..The front cover (blazing fireball + Challenger tank + title) does not,repeat NOT give the reader a true sence of its content.

If you want a chronological account of Cordingleys limited time in the Gulf,with logistics,personal thoughts etc........buy it.

Not as advertised on the tin for me.
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