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Factual, immediate and exciting glimpse of life at war
on 26 October 1999
This is a blow by blow account written in a "fly on the wall" manner of an Infantry Battalion sent from Germany to Saudi in order to expell Iraq fron Kuwait. It is written in an unusual style which joins together snippets of interviews from officers and men alike and it reports it as it was said. There are no brave and grand statements here. This is what makes it so valuable. Rupert Smith said "I am becoming less certain exactly when I began to know what I know now". That is why this is different : it was written based on testimony that has not had time to benefit from hinsdsight. It will prove to be an important research tool in the future.