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on 24 July 2008
The book is based on PFC Buzzell's weblog - "live" from Iraq.
If you're about to deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan and call a Stryker, Piranha or a similar armoured vehicle your home for six to twelve months, this is an especially interesting read.
I had hoped for some more details about the small-unit tactics employed, but I understand that it would be much too sensitive for the World Wide Web. In the end operational security becomes a major hurdle.
Colby Buzzell comes across as straightforward, to the point and honest. There's no hiding his fear or covering up breaking general order number one. It appears that killing time can be almost as difficult, challenging and dangerous as killing insurgents, if you can find them. Then again don't worry they'll find you.
If you can manage to put it down, it's also an excellent "stop'n go book". Well, it's basically a diary with short stories in between the entries so you can read a couple of days worth, go to work and easily pick up where you left in the evening - possibly with a sneak peek during the lunch break.
I considered doing a "relief in place" by replacing Just Another Soldier by Jason Christopher Hartley - another US Army blogger from Iraq - with My War on my "Platoon Commander's Favourites" listmania list. I decided against it though, because they both tell their stories so well, and it's fascinating to hear it from the "trigger pullers" instead of the generals.
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