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Filling the void,
This review is from: Dusty Warriors: Modern Soldiers at War (Paperback)
Dusty Warriors is an excellent look at the deployment of an infantry battalion to Iraq in 2004. It covers preparatory training, deployment and some actions of the unit -although it is by no means comprehensive. Using many eye witness statements it is very much a view from the ground up and it is certainly the story of the soldiers experience rather than of strategy.
Richard Holmes has a very accessible writing style, yet does not seem to compromise his language. Therefore, he is extremely good at bringing the unmilitary person into the military world, complete with all its different values, fashions, language and etiquette. This book should be compulsory reading for members of the present government who have so little understanding of the storm they have sent our forces into and how best to support them. Furthermore, with British society often ignorant or apathetic to the operations performed in its name, this book is a vital source for all those inclined to be better informed.
My only complaint is that I would like to have learned more of his opinions on how we should be adapting to the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan; the lessons he learned from this unit study. He certainly will have much to say on this topic but, sadly at the time of writing he still found himself bound (or self regulated?) by his commitment as a serving officer. Therefore, he is perhaps a little too diplomatic in his language and I strongly suspect there are ommissions to this end also -as Lcpl MacQuire hints in his review below. But, that Homes cares very deeply about Britain's soldiers was evident on every page.