Military

Rangers in Combat: A Legacy of Valor

Title: Rangers in Combat: A Legacy of Valor
Author: John D. Lock
Genre: Non-fiction, Military History
Reviewer: Jim Stewart

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1587364999

For more than 200 years, U.S. Army Rangers have fought suicidal combat missions against overwhelming odds-earning their unrivaled reputation as the world's premier close-combat warriors. In Rangers in Combat, Lieutenant Colonel J. D. Lock vividly brings to life the horrific battles and the heroic exploits of a special breed of men for whom "valor, honor, and country" mean more than life itself.

Take a stand with Robert Rogers and his outnumbered Rangers during the French and Indian War. Ride with Mosby on the Soughton Raid in the Civil War. In World War II, spearhead Patton's invasion of Sicily beside the legendary William O. Darby, suicidally climb the cliffs of Pointe-du-Hoc with James Earl Rudder, or storm "bloody Omaha" with Max Schneider. Stand outnumbered deep in North Korea while defending Hill 205 against overwhelming hordes of Communist Chinese. And high atop a mountain in Afghanistan, fight your way out of a savage al Qaeda terrorist ambush.

From the snowy forests of Upstate New York and the swamps of South Carolina, to the humid streets of Mogadishu and the snowy mountain peaks of Afghanistan, read accounts of and lessons learned from some of the most courageous, daring, and vicious ground combat in the annals of U.S. military history.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Lock, John D.

Charlie Battery: A Marine Artillery Unit in Iraq

Title: Charlie Battery: A Marine Artillery Unit in Iraq
Author: Andrew Lubin
Genre: Non-Fiction, History
Reveiwer: Bill McDonald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1555716423

"Charlie Battery" is the harrowing and personal account of a Marine Corps artillery battery fighting for survival in the opening days of Operation Iraqi Freedom as they fight in the vicious battle at An-Nasiriyah. Written by the father of one of Charlie Battery's Marines, the story follows their sudden call to war, their deployment in the largest convoy since WW2, and their baptism-by-fire at An-Nas. Through extraordinary interviews with the Marines, their families, and their superior officers, we are given a rare glimpse of what they early days of the war in Iraq were like for the Marines and their families - not only for the Marines who foughyt, but for all those who watched it unfold live at 0330 one morning on MSNBC

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Lubin, Andrew

Street Fight in Iraq: What It's Really Like Over There (Valor in Combat Series)

Title: Street Fight in Iraq: What It's Really Like Over There (Valor in Combat Series)
Author: Patrick Tracey
Genre:
Reviewer: Bill McDonald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0977143112

A day by day account of the battle for Ramadi, Iraq during the height of the Iraqi insurgency from August 2004 until March of 2005. The legendary Fox Company, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines battled insurgents on a daily basis and this book serves as a blow by blow account; told by Fox Company Gunnery Sergeant, Patrick M Tracy. The author brings you along for the ride through many battles and skirmishes and has an upfront, no-nonsense style of telling his story.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Tracey, Patrick

Blood Stripes: The Grunt's View of the War in Iraq

Title: Blood Stripes: The Grunt's View of the War in Iraq
Author: David Danelo
Genre: Non-Fiction, Military History
Reviewer: Bill McDonald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0811733939

Told from the perspective of the grunts living and dying in the sand, Blood Stripes takes readers behind the headlines into the thick of the fight against the insurgency in the streets and back alleys of western Iraq. From February through September 2004, these Marine warriors deployed to Al Anbar province, a chaotic and confusing world of rocket-propelled grenades, roadside bombs, ambushes, and snipers. Foreword by Steven Pressfield, author of "Gates of Fire"

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Danelo, David

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