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IN FOREIGN FIELDS: Heroes of Iraq and Afghanistan in their own words by [Collins, Dan]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2481 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (22 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044781D8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brilliant book! There are a lot of books written about VC recipients, but very little has been written on those who have shown equal valour, but for whatever reason have not been nominated for this award. It is often said that today's generation don't have the same 'grit' that previous generations have shown. Reading the stories in this book will dispel this myth and proves that Britains armed forces is still full of people who can show the same amount of 'grit' as those past generations have.
Another thing that will strike you is just how selfless and humble these recipients are. All of them exposed themselves to great danger so as to save the lives of their colleagues and friends, yet feel that this was nothing extraordinarily. Dan Collins has done a fantastic job of proving that the United kingdom still has the finest armed forces anywhere in the world.
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As a former soldier this made good reading
Having an idea of what the guys go and went through makes it easy to
put myself in their place albeit in my head.
Can the non-military reader do the same, to a less extent, yes I think so.
At the very least the book helps to dispel the glamour that the adverts might
portray about life in the forces and gives you an idea of just what may happen should
you walk through the recruiting office doors.
These are actually average, disciplined soldiers who found themselves in not so average situations.
It is the discipline and team building that the forces taught them that pulled them through.
Proof that it works.
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I chose this book because I have a son showing interest in joining the forces, so I thought I'd do a little reading up on the worst aspect of what he might be in for. It turned out to be a real eye opener.

Each of the accounts here (not stories) is magnificent. Time and again it shows the best and worst aspects of war, because that's what these 'conflicts' are, whatever the politicians call them. Each episode shows the tremendous camaraderie and incredible selfless bravery of the people concerned. What also come through is the huge professionalism of our forces in the face of incredible pressures.

I found the individual accounts both moving and shocking, both on the day and in their aftermath, injuries both mental and physical described. The aftershock is not talked about too much in the media, although things seem to be better than they were. This book gives a glimpse of that side too, although I fear it only scratches the surface.

The accounts are written in a genuine first hand style, with both humour and horror. You can almost hear the individuals talking, including phrases unique to where they were brought up. The accounts are probably 15-20 pages or so, so its easy to pick up and put down in that respect.

The book left me with a feeling of even deeper respect and gratitude to the people who serve in the armed forces on our behalf.

As far as my son goes, its his choice. After reading this, I don't have the right to stop him joining if that's what he wants. It doesn't seem fair to just hope some other parent will let their child fill the gap. I've no doubt he would have the greatest time of his life.. and maybe the very worst, just as the book shows time and again.
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Reading about the heroics of our forces makes me proud to be British. We support the "Help for heroes" charity in return for what our guys do for us all. Reading this book which highlights what some of our troops do for us is very humbling.
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You have to wonder how these people and their very close colleagues were able to survive the onslaught of fanatical gunmen and live to tell the tale. True personal accounts not only of their actions but very importantly of their feelings, at the time, immediately afterwards, and weeks and months later.
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A clear and concise read of British servicemen and women in harms way. Told in a manner that not only service and ex-service members understand but should also provide a clear insight to the civilian population of what is done and suffered in war by ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
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Good book at good price
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Great read. As an army veteran myself, it felt so much like I was there.
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