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5.0 out of 5 stars
Powerful account, 24 May 2013
Dealing with not only the war in Afghanistan but also the inner workings of the British Army, this book gives an insight into "our boys" and what the political elite uses them for. It is like Catch 22 without the jokes.
This book explains in painstaking detail how non-officers are treated by those in command. Not only is bullying normalised in the British Army but PTSD is not taken seriously either. The book shows that if British soldiers feel they are being asked to commit war crimes, they have no way of registering their objections in a meaningful way without opening themselves up to abuse and legal reprisals.
The book is concise and well-written, I would particularly recommend anyone thinking about joining the armed forces to take a look (whether you think the war in Afghanistan is justified or not, you may also face a situation where you believe your orders are illegal)