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Sniper One: The Blistering True Story of a British Battle Group Under Siege Hardcover – 30 Aug 2007
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Why did he roll up right outside the main enemy HQ on the first day? Supposedly no-one had told him.....after he had been given a 1 hour briefing by the guy he was taking over from. Why didnt he ask the CIMIC people who had been working there for months and continued to work with them throughout?
Was increasing the barricading to the building the moment they got there really their right message to the locals, again the CIMIC staff did warn them?
Why did the unit expend more ammunition than the rest of the invading force combined, for a smallish town in Iraq? Especially in comparison to the units that preceeded them and succeeded them in that same town.
After just a couple of years most of the guys have left the Army, yet throughout the book they were portrayed as being very much up for war.Especially someone like his acting 2ic Chris, who would have been a supposed shoe-in for promotion stepping up to the challenging situation like he did.
Overall though it was a gripping read and I couldnt put it down. It gave more detail than most UK newspapers on the factions within Iraq and the power struggles between them. It therefore makes a good starting point to understanding the Iraq war, and the challenges of creating the peace.
The books language is irritating (many chapters ending with lines such as 'and it was nothing compared to what was going to happen next...' which to me comes off as a cheap way to string the reader on), and some chapters have some basic local historic history bludgeoned between them which was obviously not written by the author and broke the natural flow of the book.
The authors total lack of respect of the enemies human life was quite eye opening. I only hope that most of the troops out there don't share this aspect of his personality. Other combat books I have read differed in this aspect quite considerably, and it disconnected me quite quickly from the authors situation.
However, the book did give a decent insight into the fact that more was going out there in Iraq than media/government let on, and this is always a good thing to remind yourself about.
Maybe I'm missing something because everyone else seems overwhelmed by this book, so you're probably not going to go wrong buying it. But I wouldn't recommend this book personaly.
It doesn't help that Sniper One documents negligible actual sniper action because sniping was not much required, but Sergeant Mills' writing style is, frankly, turgid. His account is also severely limited because it is presented only from Sergeant Mills' limited, narrow and self aggrandizing perspective. We get little history and therefore no context, just a lot of very similar descriptions of his stand-in hotel, its very limited facilities and the useless locals. Accounts of fire fights with the enemy are better, but better is not well done.
On balance I could not, even if I had to, find anything at all to recommend in this book. I didn't by its end have even much time for Sergeant Mills, an inflated ego who seems to think his graphic account of defecating into cellophane held by a colleague advertises what a tough nut he is. It certainly advertises something.
I will now put the book into the recycling bin.
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