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A timeless story of high command incompetence, saved by the guts and determination of a few, outnumbered PBI....
31 May 2018
Probably the best book of the current generation that I have read on infantry combat up "close and personal".
Major Howett's understanding, admiration and care for the lads that were under his command is obvious and put him in that all too rare category of being a soldiers officer....in command but not aloof, prepared to share the burden and the dangers rather than sit back in HQ and delegate. There's many a rupert that I've served under who could learn a thing or two from reading this book..!.
As a veteran, I watched the footage of Iraq and then Afghanistan and often wondered whether the "feckless Playstation generation" could hack the stresses of soldiering. Well if you're ex-Forces and wondered the same thing then fear naught....this book puts that doubt to bed in dramatic fashion. This generation are more than up to the job and we doubters owe these lads an apology.
Sadly this country does not deserve men like this. They stood and fought a determined, relentless and fearless enemy to a complete standstill with the kind of tenacity that brings to mind Rorkes Drift, Arnhem and the Alamo. In return they deserved respect and our hearfelt thanks. Shame then on the headshed, the "fellow" soldiers and the government of the day for the shoddy way they were treated on their return.
Well done to Major Jowett for writing this book and giving voice to the achievements of the men of his unit. They exemplify everything that we have come to take for granted about the British soldier....guts and determination against the odds while under-equiped, understrength and despite the incompetence of higher command.
A copy should be posted to Whitehall so that some retrospective awards are made...as they should have been at the time.