By Jim Lacey
Through the years the impact has grown that the 2003 invasion of Iraq met with little resistance and that, with few exceptions, the Iraqi military easily melted away. As this e-book essentially indicates, not anything will be farther from the reality. In its force to seize Baghdad, the U.S. Army's third Infantry department was once in approximately consistent wrestle for twenty-one days. whereas americans have been looking at Saddam's statue being torn down on television, a brigade of the third identity used to be at the verge of being overrun by way of Iraqi Republican safeguard devices attempting to break out north. instructed to carry bridges in his quarter, a brigade commander needed to blow up one in all them simply because he didn't have the wrestle energy to carry it. the corporate commander protecting the opposite bridge used to be so challenging pressed that he referred to as at the artillery to fireside their ultimate protecting fires a command made basically while a unit is in mortal threat and one who had no longer been given due to the fact that Vietnam. each one of the division's armored autos was once hit by means of rockets a few taking greater than a dozen hits and the scuffling with used to be so fierce from time to time that whole battalions ran out of ammunition. however, while the battling was once eventually over, the third identification had destroyed Iraqi usual military divisions and 3 divisions of the a lot vaunted Republican shield.
Takedown tells the little-known tale of what occurred to the third identity in the course of its fight to win Baghdad, a crusade that a few name probably the most vicious in American army historical past. to supply this firsthand account, Jim Lacey, a former Time journal reporter embedded with the first Brigade of the one hundred and first Airborne department, attracts on large interviews that he performed with the yankee squaddies concerned in addition to entry to non-public papers and conflict memoirs. This tale can be enriched via his large use of interview transcripts of senior Iraqi military officials besides their own written memories. From the Kuwaiti border to the streets of Baghdad, those dramatic eyewitness descriptions of what went on provide readers a correct examine the brutal engagements during which the department fought for its life.
In employing one of these wealth of basic resource fabric, Lacey has succeeded in writing a quick paced narrative of the clash, subsidized up by way of verifiable proof, that indicates how glossy wars are fairly fought.
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He was a very calm intellectual type. ” “He always gave me more latitude as a battalion commander then I probably deserved. He did not micromanage me. All he did was give me a mission and the tools to get it done. I will say that I love him like a brother . . ” “He was always in the middle of the fight. ” COLONEL DAVID PERKINS (2ND BCT) “Perkins was a very practical and pragmatic commander. If something helps his ability to fight, he takes an interest. ” “A great commander. ” “He is so likeable and so intelligent that he sometimes intimidated people.
Anyone looking for a detailed account of the inside workings of Saddam’s regime and his military is urged to pick up a copy. Author’s Note: Throughout this book I refer to battalions and brigades because I believe it enhances the clarity of the battle descriptions. In fact, battalions in this war were actually task forces and brigades are more properly referred to as brigade combat teams (BCT). At its home-station an infantry battalion consists of several infantry companies. In combat, though, infantry battalions often receive attachments of armor companies from pure armor battalions, and the armored units have infantry attached to them.
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