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4.0 out of 5 stars Mentoring
Richard Doherty's account of 1st Royal Irish Battlegroup's tour in Helmand province is not going to win any prizes for journalistic prose. Much of it reads like a medal citation as the Rangers engage in remarkable activities time and time again. The book is full of the tribal regimental pride. But it has plenty going for it.

Firstly, the Royal Irish were...
Published on 2 Jan. 2010 by Charles Vasey

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1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
Having read in excess of 20 books on the British military operations in Afghanistan, mostly written by service personnel this book was quite dissapointing. It lacks the detail of the first hand combat accounts written by participants that in other books left the reader feeling almost part of it. Most annoyingly however the commentary on fighting appears simply to be word...
Published on 30 July 2012 by Consumer choices


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mentoring, 2 Jan. 2010
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Richard Doherty's account of 1st Royal Irish Battlegroup's tour in Helmand province is not going to win any prizes for journalistic prose. Much of it reads like a medal citation as the Rangers engage in remarkable activities time and time again. The book is full of the tribal regimental pride. But it has plenty going for it.

Firstly, the Royal Irish were mentoring the Afghan National Army (ANA) and thus are much more likely to have contributed to the solution (if there is one) to the Taliban insurgency than the toughest para patrol action. Small groups of Rangers are out training and leading trying to move an army into the modern era of the professional soldier. This is not just a matter of the alphabet soup of modern weapons, but a different style of leadership and ethos. This topic alone marks out this book as worth reading.

Secondly, it is a tale of uncommon bravery and resourcefulness by the various soldiers responding to an enemy whose bravery was always recognised and whose skill is improving. That there are such a lot of mdeals is remarkable but having read the stories it is not surprising.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing, 30 July 2012
This review is from: Helmand Mission: With 1st Royal Irish Battlegroup in Afghanistan 2008 (Kindle Edition)
Having read in excess of 20 books on the British military operations in Afghanistan, mostly written by service personnel this book was quite dissapointing. It lacks the detail of the first hand combat accounts written by participants that in other books left the reader feeling almost part of it. Most annoyingly however the commentary on fighting appears simply to be word for word copies of official citations of a number of service personnel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real life book on combat, 6 Nov. 2010
Excellent book on the real lives of our fantastic servicemen and it takes me back to the days i felt like they did when i served and it made me miss it all the more. It opens a window to the minds of combat troops for those who don't know what it's like for those that have been there, done it and brought the t-shirt.
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