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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.