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5.0 out of 5 stars
Finally a book that shows the Yanks can fight, 28 Feb 2006
This book was almost written by accident, as the author didn't experience the events. Don't let that put you off. The action is non-stop and you feel like you are there. The battle could easily have been a disaster - and nearly was, as a typical American 'blue on blue' friendly fire air attack produced 75% of the fatal casualties.
What should have been an easy race to two vital bridges resulted in the main thrust being bogged down in close quarter fighting - literally in the case of the Abrams tanks, which sank into an area of sewerage.
What does come across is when communication is lost and a force split in an urban area, the training takes over and the troops are able to function independently. The opposition was fierce, yet these troops held their ground and won. Their casualties were the highest of any single day in the conflict. The writing is focussed and leaves the reader with a good overview of events - unlike the commanders at the time.
An excellent read and well worth considering buying. Along with "Shooter", "Thunder Run" and "Bullets and Copenhagen" (not yet released), this book shows how the modern day American grunt still has the stomach for a fight.