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Smile, Shoot, Smile. Fighting in Iraq.,
This review is from: Dusty Warriors: Modern Soldiers at War (Paperback)
For me, this is the definitive book telling the story of the 'ordinary' British Soldier yet to appear out of the British involvement in Iraq.
This book follows the story of the 1st Battalion, The Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment (1PWRR) throughout their deployment to Al Amarah in Southern Iraq in 2004. Richard Holmes brings the story to us brilliantly. Superbly written and masterfully drawing upon the personal diaries and reports of the soldiers who took part in the battles of dirty, dusty Al Amarah. With brilliant descriptions of how an infantry unit works and a highly accurate, unobtrusive decoding of military jargon, this book pinpoints all that is good about the British Military without hiding any of the shortcomings.
Any unit that can win a VC, a hatful of MC's and various other bravery awards in 6 months is a good one. 1 PWRR comes across as well lead, with a very close and selfless camaraderie, but perhaps the most telling thing about this unit is that they are like so many in the British Army. However, they and their attached units from other famous regiments were the ones in Al Amarah when things kicked off. British Soldiers engaging the enemy daily. Prolonged, intense gun battles, mortar attacks, sniping and fixed bayonets.
Read it. You will not fail to be impressed.